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Phyllis Marlene Crook, 53

WATERTOWN -- Graveside memorial services were held Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Greenvale Cemetery for Mrs. Crook, 53, of Lebanon.
A native of Wilson County, she died Sept. 9, 2011 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
Survivors include: daughters Amanda (Kirby) Blackburn of Lebanon and Allison Crook of Troy, MI.
Also surviving is grandson Collin Crook; father Odell Crook of Lebanon and sisters Doris (Tom) Gorman of Lebanon; Debbie (Danny) Hodge of Monterey and Barbara (Bryan) Patterson of Watertown - as well as several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her mother Dora Hutchison Crook.
Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.

Roy G. Phillips, 53

LEBANON -- A memorial service is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Phillips, 79, of Lebanon.
A veteran of the United States Air Force and an engineer with Precision Rubber, he died Sept. 12, 2011.
The family will be receiving friends Wednesday from 2 p.m. until the service.
Survivors include: his wife of 46 years Frances Eden Phillips; children Melanie Jenkins, Larry Campbell and Keith (Michelle) Campbell; grandchildren Brent Manning, Jessie Ann Rogers, Matt Campbell, Shane (Suzanne) Bundy and Michael (Amanda) Bundy; sisters Charlene Mullins, Pauline (Bobby) Brown and Faye (Bob) Barnett; great-grandchildren Clayton Bundy, Shane Mintel, Sloan Bundy, Skylar Bundy and Ava Grace Bundy; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by daughter Denise Rogers and parents Bill and Martha Brumley Phillips.
Memorial contributions may be made to: the Shriners (Al Menah Shrine Temple, 1354 Brick Church Pike, PO Box 78545, Nashville 37207).
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Clyde Sanford Smith, 86

TAMPA, FL -- Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Garden of Memories Funeral Home in Florida for Mr. Smith, 86, of Lebanon and formerly of Tampa.
A retired US Air Force veteran with 20 years service and a former World War II Prisoner of War, Mr. Smith died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011 at his Lebanon home.
He was a 54 year member of the Scottish Rite, a member of Tampa Lodge No. 24 F&AM, a member of the American Legion Clyde O. Bratten Post 15 and a 70 year member of the Salvation Army.
Interment will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Survivors include: his life mate Sally Filipowicz, daughter Sandra Schreckengost, brother Charles Edwin (Rena) Smith; grandchildren Traci (Mike) Willingham and Scott (Krista) Santmyer; four great grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Sanford Asa Smith and Georgia Louise Scaggs Smith; wife Ramona; son Wayne Smith and a brother Glenn Smith.
Local arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.

Donna Griffin Jones, 65

MT. JULIET -- A memorial service will be conducted 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 at Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Lane, for Mrs. Jones, 65, of Mt. Juliet.
She died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011.
A member of Victory Baptist Church, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Juanita Fite Griffin.
Visitation will be at the church two hours prior to the service.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Chuck Groover and Rev. C. William Jones, Jr.
Survivor include: husband of 46 years Charles W. Jones, Sr.; children Rev. C. William (Pat) Jones, Jr. and Renee (Alan Jones) Carter; siblings Clyde S. Smitty (Brenda) Griffin, Jr., Charles Allen Chuck (Linda) Griffin, Carey (Debbie) Griffin and Danita Jane (Michael) Griffey.
Also surviving are: grandchildren Aaron Carter, Eric Cater, Jessie Freeland and John Freeland; step great-grandchild Shyann Freeland; aunts Becky Maxwell and Katherine Freeman; uncle Tom Fite.
The family requests no flowers, please. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Hannah, Bond win Sherry's Run

LEBANON -- A beautiful day for running produced solid times in Saturdays 8th annual Sherrys Run 5K. Some 3,612 participated in the run/walk with a total of 112 teams. There were 504 entrants running with a computerized timing chip.

Former Lebanon High and Belmont University cross country standout Clay Hannah, 23, took home top honors with a time of 16:54.

Finishing second with a time of 17:30 was Friendship Christian cross country coach Greg Armstrong, 37.

Lebanons Ginny Bond, 29, was the overall female winner with a time of 21:31. Second place went to Elli Hill, 30, of Mt. Juliet with a time of 21:52.

Kerry Dickerson, 46, of Lebanon topped the Male Masters Division (over 40) with a time of 18:04. Nashvilles Amy Breedlove, 42, was the Female Masters medalist with a time of 22:07.

Overall, we had a great day, said race director Scott Jasper. The weather was a big factor. The temperature was in the high 60s, much better than that blistering day we had last year.

The biggest thing is working with our barriers and getting everyone turned at North Greenwood Street, but for an event this size, very few problems.

Race notes -- Chris Kennedy still holds the race record with a time of 16:30 set back in the 2004 inaugural race. Kathryn Kopinski holds the female record at 21:04 set in 2009.

The oldest timed runner was Guillermo Cadena, 77, of Lebanon, who finished in a time of 41:23.

Lebanons Ruthie Farmer was named the Volunteer of the Year.

For complete race results, visit

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor

Police nab suspected burglar

From Post staff reports

A man suspected of breaking into a local business on Saturday was arrested and is now facing charges of burglary and public intoxication.

Jeremy Ross Taylor, 22, of 1220 Woodvale Drive, Gallatin, was arrested after Lebanon Police Officers Cody Bryan and Brian Blackburn reportedly found him inside Quality Motors, located at 416 South Cumberland Street, Lebanon.

The officers, according a news release from the Lebanon Police Department, responded to a burglar alarm at the business within 2 minutes of being dispatched. Upon arrival, the officers found the front door had been forcibly opened and a white male subject inside the business.

Bryan and Blackburn then arrested Taylor. He was transported to the Wilson County Jail where he was booked. He was released after posting bond of $5,750. Taylor is to appear in court on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Taylor, the news release said, has previous convictions for vehicle burglary in 2010 in Davidson County.

'Dogs fall at Campbellsville

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. - Campbellsville blocked three kicks, two by Leon Melvin, as the Tigers outlasted Cumberland 30-27 Saturday night at Finley Stadium.

Wide receiver Stan Warrenhuffman had touchdown receptions of 25, 40 and five yards while Melvin blocked a field goal and an extra point, the latter of which was returned for a two-point conversion after the Bulldogs (1-1) pulled within one point with 6:57 remaining in the game.

Redshirt freshman QB Broc Loveless came off the bench to throw for 164 yards and one touchdown and also ran for a TD for Cumberland. Reed Gurchiek did not return to the contest after an injury in the second half.

"In our first two games, we've had the ball a lot down inside the 20 yard line and did not come away with enough points," said CU head coach Dewayne Alexander.

Cumberland had a field goal blocked in the first quarter and was stopped inside the Tiger five-yard line late in the second period, but Loveless ran 33 yards for a touchdown and Michael Shannon's 24-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the third quarter tied the contest at 14.

"This is college football," Alexander said, "we can't take that long to kick the football. You've got to trust the ball will be put down for you. Every team in the league will have a 4.5 guy coming off the edge."

The Bulldogs pulled ahead later in the third period on a 23-yard touchdown pass to James McClain, but Campbellsville pushed across a pair of TDs in the final period. Warrenhuffman had a five-yard scoring catch in traffic early in the quarter, tying the contest at 21, and then had a 40-yard TD reception with 8:34 remaining to put the Tigers ahead for good.

But the Bulldogs answered thanks to the third long completion of the game for Loveless, this one a 47-yarder to DeJeay Woods. McClain's six-yard run pulled the Bulldogs within a point, but Melvin's second block of the game was the difference and Blake Young scooped up the loose ball and rumbled 57 yards for a two-point conversion.

Cumberland had one last chance, but Loveless was sacked and Campbellsville ran out the final three minutes of the game.

The Bulldogs rushed for 170 yards on 49 attempts, splitting the carries evenly between Lemeco Miller, McClain, Loveless and Gurchiek.

Wayne Coffee paced the Tigers rushing attack, gaining 81 yards on 24 carries. Campbellsville quarterback Nathan Cooper finished 22-of-44 passing for 249 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Cumberland took over on downs in the first quarter and moved 60 yards on 15 plays, picking up four first downs along the way, but the drive stalled and Beau Baker's 24-yard field goal was blocked by Jeffrey Demary, keeping the game scoreless.

Campbellsville drove 47 yards on eight plays and again tried to convert a fourth down in CU territory. This time it worked, with Cooper hitting Warrenhuffman for a 25-yard inside screen on the first play of the second quarter. David Hon's extra point was good, giving the home team a 7-0 advantage.

The Tigers struck quickly on their next possession, with Cooper connecting on 15- and 20-yard pass plays to Demetric Ray and Coffee breaking free for a 27-yard scamper. Cooper scrambled and Bobby Leonard made a nice one-handed catch for a five-yard touchdown and a 14-0 Campbellsville lead with 11 minutes to play in the second quarter.

Cumberland moved the ball deep into Tiger territory on its next drive, aided by a 36-yard run from Gurchiek, but he was injured on the play and exited the contest with the CU 1st-and-goal at the three. A fumble on first down cost the Bulldogs one play and Mille and McClain were unable to cross the goal line on runs. Loveless rushed right on fourth down but was tackled for a loss, keeping the score 14-0 Campbellsville.

But the defense forced a punt and CU took advantage, moving 52 yards on four plays. Loveless rushed over left tackle and scampered 33 yards for the touchdown, cutting the deficit to 14-7.

Campbellsville drove deep into Bulldog territory late in the half, but on fourth down Cooper was pressured and Connor McChurch, who finished with a game-high 13 tackles, intercepted the pass at the CU 10-yard line. Campbellsville went to the locker room with a 14-7 lead.

Cumberland rushed 26 times for 132 yards in the half and had 159 yards of total offense, but just seven points. The Tigers posted 129 yards through the air and 198 total, with Cooper connecting on 13-of-21.

The teams traded punts to start the second half before Loveless hit a streaking McClain down the right sideline for a 48-yard completion, but the drive stalled and Baker's 25-yard attempt was blocked again, this time by Melvin.

Michael Shannon jumped an out-route to Warrenhuffman on second down on the Tigers next possession, intercepting the pass and returning it 24 yards for the touchdown, tying the contest at 14.

The CU defense forced two more punts by the Tigers, but CU was backed up to its own nine yard line after a delay of game penalty with six minutes to play in the third period. Loveless got the Bulldogs out of the hole with a 40-yard completion to Miller and McClain converted a 4th-and-1 with an eight-yard run. Loveless then hit McClain on a beautiful post-corner route for a 23-yard TD and a 21-14 Cumberland lead.

After an unlucky bounce on a punt pinned the Bulldogs at their own one yard line later in the quarter, Darius Skinner returned a punt 26 yards to the CU 21, setting up the Tigers deep in Cumberland territory for the second time in the second half. On third down Cooper hit Warrenhuffman in traffic for a five-yard score, tying the game at 21 with 12 minutes to play.

Good field position on the next possession set up the Tigers for another score. On 3rd-and-11 Campbellsville caught the Bulldogs jumping the wide receiver screen over the middle and Warrenhuffman ran past all of the defenders for an easy 40-yard touchdown catch, giving the home team a 28-21 advantage with under nine minutes remaining.

Cumberland answered thanks to a roughing the passer call that kept the next drive alive. Loveless then hit DeJeay Woods on a post route for 47 yards to the six and McClain punched it in from there. But the ever-challenging kicking game again came up short, with Melvin blocking the extra point. The ball bounced well up the field and after a scramble, Young picked it up and ran 57 yards for a two-point conversion and a 30-27 Tiger lead.

Campbellsville drove inside Bulldog territory again on the ensuing possession, but Allant McLemore knocked down a potential touchdown pass to Warrenhuffman, giving the ball to CU.

Loveless delivered a third down pass into Tiger territory to Courtland Styles, but the sophomore was unable to pull it in. Loveless was sacked on fourth down, turning the ball over at the Bulldogs' 30-yard line with just over three minutes play. Warrenhuffman caught a jump ball over the middle in the final minute, converting a fourth down to seal the victory for the Tigers.

"We played hard, but didn't play well enough to win," Alexander said. "We played a good football team tonight and I think this game will wind up helping us down the road."

Cumberland plays its home opener Saturday, Sept. 17, taking on Kentucky Christian at 1:30 p.m. at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.

Tigers claw RBS 48-14

WATERTOWN -- Racing to a 21-0 lead, Watertown improved to 3-0 on the season with a 48-14 homecoming win over Red Boiling Springs Friday at Robinson Stadium.

Tailback Brannon Hill set the tone with a 60 yard scoring run on the first play from scrimmage and the "Purple" party was on.

The Tiger defense held RBS to a three and out forcing a punt which was returned 79 yards for a touchdown by freshman Brandon George.

Late in the first quarter KeAnDre Bates intercepted a Bulldog pass and returned it 30 yards for a Watertown touchdown.

The Tigers scored six touchdowns for a 41-0 lead before Red Boiling Springs (2-1) could dent the scoreboard.

Watertown will be back in action Sept. 16 as the Tigers play at Pickett County High.

From Post staff reports

Results from Friday, Sept. 9

LEBANON -- Glencliff scored a pair of touchdowns in the first three minutes of the game and went on to defeat Lebanon 28-7 Friday night at Nokes-Lasater Field.

The game marked the second straight lackluster performance by the Blue Devils, coming on the heels of a 41-0 home loss to Gallatin seven days earlier.

"We can talk about all the should-a, could-a, would-a's, but bottom line, after our first two ballgames this year we've gone backwards instead of forwards," said first year head coach Troy Crane. "We've got to get back to work and figure out how to fix it. These guys have got to dig deep and decide if they want to fix it.

Fullback / linebacker Montez Brown was a one-man wrecking crew for the Colts, rushing for 123 yards on 17 carries and scoring the first two TDs of the game. He was created havoc for the LHS offense, recording double-digit tackles from his middle linebacker spot.

The Colts (3-1) piled up 309 yards in total offense while Lebanon generated just 114 yards. Juicy Apple had 45 yards in 10 first half carries for LHS while soph Bryce Suber completed 11-of-22 passing attempts for 62 yards in his first start.

Lebanon (1-3) will visit Wilson Central Sept. 16.

SHELBYVILLE -- Wilson Central dropped to 0-4 as Shelbyville racked up over 400 yards in offense in a 48-28 win over the Wildcats Friday night at Eagle Stadium.

Shelbyville struck first after Kenny Parsons recovered an onside kick on the opening kickoff. Ten plays later QB Luke Faulk scored on a 1-yard run.

The Wildcats (0-4) responded with a nine-play drive to even the score at the 3:21 mark of the first quarter on a three yard run by Brandon Mallory.

Shelbyville took advantage of a Tunde Onakoya fumble recovery on a punt and put the ball in the end zone off a 2-yard run by Marquis Morton.

Wilson Central quarterback Jordan Roundtree followed with a 13-yard TD run and the point after tied the game at 14-all with just over three minutes left in the half.

The Eagles closed out the first half with 10 unanswered points, including a 1-yard run by Morton followed by a 36-yard field goal by Thompson as Shelbyville posted a 24-14 advantage at intermission.

Wilson Central finished with 374 yards of offense, including 239 on the ground. The Wildcats will host Lebanon Sept. 16 in a 7 p.m. game.

MT. JULIET -- The Golden Bears remained undefeated at 4-0 with a 35-19 homecoming victory over LaVergne High Friday night. Mt. Juliet rushed for 196 yards on 30 attempts while QB Caleb Chowbay completed 4-of-9 passes for 99 yards and was picked off once. Fullback Contrez McCathern led the Bears with 133 yards rushing on 13 carries and a pair of TDs.

Mt. Juliet will play at Beech High Sept. 15 in the MyTv30 Thursday Night Lights series.

CELINA -- Senior Tallon Mehlhoff accounted for three touchdowns in the second quarter Friday night to help lift Friendship Christian to a 55-6 win at Region 4A rival Clay County High.

With his team ahead 21-0, Mehlhoff scored on a 21 yard run from scrimmage on the first play of the second quarter. Later he threw a 45 yard TD pass to Dalton Patterson, followed by a 26 yard return of an interception.

The Commanders evened their record at 2-2 on the season headed into a Friday, Sept. 16 game at Jackson County High School.

MT. JULIET Clarksville Academy had an easy time with Mt. Juliet Christian, winning the non-district game 63-17. The Cougars led 28-0 after the first quarter and never looked back -- improving to 3-1 on the season.

MJCA quarterback Rikesh Vanmali completed 10-of-27 passing attempts for 120 yards. His favorite receiver was Jackson Harrell with five catches for 72 yards.

The Saints will take a record of 0-4 into a Sept. 16 home game against Riverside Christian at Suey Field.

Read more... still seeking employees

Since launching a hiring website after the announcement on July 28 that would open a fulfillment center in Lebanon, the company has received more than 3,000 applications and hired hundreds.

Since the website went live in July, over 3,200 local residents applied for jobs at the fulfillment center that is to be located on State Route 840 near Highway 109. Amazon is expecting to hire between 400 and 500 employees to work at the 500,000 square foot facility.

Last week, Amazon conducted personal interviews at The Mill in Lebanon for almost 400 of the people who applied online. Job offers were extended to more than 270 applicants.

Were thrilled that weve been able to make hundreds of job offers to Tennesseans in the Lebanon area and we want to thank Mayor (Randall) Hutto and the Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County for their support, said Cambria Kelly, Amazons project manager of human resources.

Amazon is conducting interviews for up to 100 additional full-time positions at the fulfillment center. They are still accepting applications for hundreds of temporary positions in Lebanon.

To apply, you may search for the Amazon job openings at

We are still hiring for hundreds of additional jobs and weve been really impressed with the level of interest and the quality of applications weve received, Kelly said.

While Amazon is hiring hundreds in the local community, the battle about whether the company should be forced to collect and remit sales taxes like every other brick-and-mortar business in Tennessee, is still ongoing at the state and local levels.

Local businessman A.J. McCall, owner of D.T. McCall & Sons furniture store, and the national organization Alliance for Main Street Fairness spoke out against Amazon being an exception to the rule of having to collect and remit sales taxes.

Gov. Bill Haslam continued an agreement extended to Amazon by former Gov. Phil Bredesen that did not require the online retailer to collect or remit sales taxes in Tennessee.

Tennessees positive business climate has helped pave the way for us to make Tennessee our new home and we look forward to being part of the Lebanon community, Kelly said.

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post /

Thousands will participate Saturday in Sherry's Run

Tomorrow, thousands of runners and walkers will line up to raise money for cancer research and to honor cancer victims and survivors during the 8th annual Sherrys Run in memory of Johnny Keel and Peggie Dill and in honor of Kenny Scott.

The race begins at 8 a.m., and all chip-timed runners will begin lining up at 7:50 at the main branch of Wilson Bank & Trust located on 623 West Main Street in Lebanon. Registration for the race opens at 6:30 a.m. and team pictures will be held at that time as well. Registration for the race on the day of the event is $35.

There will be a silent auction beginning at 7 a.m. and a live auction at 9:10 with many items such as a seven-night stay at a resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, a World Class Fishing trip to Alaska, and tickets and airfare to any Kenny Chesney concert in 2012.

The silent auction features items such as an autographed Sugarland guitar, an autographed Charlie Daniels fiddle, an autographed Lee Greenwood book and two CDs and Judge Barry Tatums made-to-order world famous cheesecake. The silent auction will end at 9:30 a.m. and the live auction will end at 9:50.

Awards presented to runners and teams will begin at 9:30 a.m. after the racers cross the finish line. All winners may have their pictures taken at 10 a.m.

All runners and walkers will start the race heading east on West Main Street and will hang a left turn onto North Greenwood Street. The 1-mile mark will be on West Baddour Parkway as the course continues down to Castle Heights Avenue.

Walkers will continue down Castle Heights to the finish line, while runners will turn off Castle Heights Avenue onto Hill Street, back to North Greenwood Street and return down West Main to Wilson Bank & Trust.

With the race beginning at 8 a.m., all motorists should expect delays or for streets to be blocked along West Main Street for the beginning and end of the race.

Also, North Greenwood Street, Hill Street and portions of Castle Heights Avenue will be blocked for the race. You are urged to drive cautiously Saturday morning and follow all detours in place by the Lebanon Police Department.

Sherrys Run in 2010 raised $220,000, and this year, Anna-Lee Cockrill, spokesperson for the event, said they expect to raise the same amount, but pointed out whatever the dollar figure, it will all be used to help others.

All proceeds from the race and auctions will go toward increasing awareness and encourage early detection of colon cancer.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Hall may be contacted at

ROTC presents Colors tonight

From left: Senior Master Cadet Knox Kelley, Airman Shawn Lyons, Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Joseph Payne and Airman Ashley Pedigo of the USAF ROTC Color Guard will be presenting the Colors tonight at Lebanon High as the Blue Devils take on Glencliff High.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field. Live radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9 and around the world FREE on the Internet at

Kaitlyn Teeter - The 'Killer Elite'

The kill, or spike, in volleyball is a distant relative of the dunk in basketball. Energizing fans and teammate alike, the maneuver is executed with skill, elevation and power.

Friendship Christian junior Kaitlyn Teeter is the countys reigning queen of the kill.

Standing nearly 6-2 with remarkable leaping ability, the two-time all-stater has already delivered 281 kills through 18 games for the Lady Commanders -- better than 6.7 per set.

In the off season, she plays for one of the top club teams in the Southeast, Alli-ance Volleyball out of Brentwood.

"Kaitlyn is a special player," said FCS coach Randy Alley, "Her athletic ability allows her to be a very versatile player. She has the abilility to take over a game at any time. She is one of the top players in the state.

"I had the privilege to coach Mary K Kreuger at Stone Memorial High. Mary K is presently number 14 in NCAA Division 1 history in kills. I believe Kaitlyn to be a better all around player than Mary K. She is fun to watch, and Im certainly glad that she plays for me, not against me!!
She has all the tools to be a Division 1 NCAA standout."

FCS sports a 16-3 record after sweeping a pair of games Thursday Monterey against Trousdale County High and host Monterey. She had 26 kills against Trousdale County as the FCS JV team played and swept Monterey.

On Tuesday, Friendship defeated Red Boiling Springs 25-16 and 25-11 as Teeter had 11 kills. The nightcap found the Lady Commanders downing Gordonsville 25-15 and 25-14. Teeter had 14 kills. FCS is scheduled to host Watertown Thursday, Sept. 15.

Speaking of Watertown, The Tigerettes upped their record to 7-3 overall with a pair of road wins Tuesday vs. Monterey and Clay County. Game scores: 25-2 and 25-4 vs. Monterey / 25-9 and 25-19 vs. host Clay County.

Senior Kristin Cook of Wilson Central High is another big hitter. Her 21 kills and two blocks helped the Lady Wildcats run their record to 9-3 overall / and a perfect 3-0 in District 9AAA Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Gallatin. For the season, Cook has racked up 120 kills.

Wilson Central will host its annual Fall Fling Tournament with games running through Saturday evening. The Lady Wildcats of Coach Tammy Serbin are on tap to play three matches today, at 4, 5 and 7 p.m.


Silver Bullets of the Caney Fork, Pt. 2

The fog lays close and thick. It is dawn but we can barely see. The forecast is for a high temperature of close to 100 degrees. I dont care where you are, we call that hot. But I shiver slightly and button another button on my long sleeve shirt.

Seldom do I start an article or column about trout fishing on the Caney Fork that I dont recall that opening paragraph or something similar. I wrote that somewhere around 1984, for Tennessee Sportsman magazine. I believe that article was the start of the influx of trout anglers on the river. I also recall July 4, 1974, when Harold Dotson and I floated from the dam down to Dick Samsons store. We had 17 fish, a mixed bag of rainbow trout, walleye, spotted bass and a smallmouth. We did not see another angler either in a boat or on the bank.

I cannot say that about the blistering hot morning, July 28 of this year when Mark, Big Bird Campbell and I hit the river. It was, as I said blistering hot but again I wore long sleeves and they felt good until close to 10 AM. At daylight, it is cold on the Caney Fork regardless of what the temperature is back in the world.

There was no generation and the water was crystal clear and bone aching cold. We caught some fish, enough I guess, a mixture browns and brooks. One rainbow-the lone silver bullet. I dont know what has happened to the rainbows. Maybe the rockfish ate them all. Maybe it is something in the dam repair work or maybe we just caught them all.

It was a good morning. The sun, as always, was slow to top the ridges and not a drop of sweat dripped until the sun was well up and coloring everything copper. The slow current moved us along and turkeys called in answer to my squeaky reel handle. No, I am not making that up. When it finally warmed enough for me to shed down to short sleeves, the fog still lay close on the water. I caught a fish that jumped and I could not see it in the fog.

It was a different river for me. This was the first time I had been down the Caney in three years. I just had not been physically able. However, I made this trip just fine, very little pain and as usual, I caught the most. But it was a different river for sure. The heavy rains and floods of the past two years have changed the gravel bars and the float pattern. New trees down, old ones gone.

There has been another change, a great one. It has been coming for some time and the movie, A River Runs Through It, broke it wide open. Fly fishing has proliferated to the point that time after time, Orvis clad figures, male and female and one unidentified, suddenly appeared in the fog. Standing waist or chest deep in the cold water, their upper bodies waving wraith-like in the fog, they presented yet another obstacle to avoid. All were obliging and friendly as we quietly slid past in the small float boat. Susan and her husband Bob, friends of Mark, even obliged by catching one from their top of the line kayak so I could get a picture.

One motor powered canoe, complete with well-tattooed fly anglers also smiled for a picture. Lots of people on the river even though it was a weekday.

It was not the non-stop action we have seen in the past and we did not boat any bragging fish. Bird did catch a bass, one of his best this year and strangely enough, we did not lose a single lure. We needed a little generation. The fish go on a feeding frenzy as the fresh water first water comes down. At Happy Hollow, our takeout point, we ran into a high-ranking TWRA employee who shall remain nameless just in case he should have been working. He emailed me later and told me just after we left; he caught a dandy brown trout of over 20-inches. That is what you said, isnt it, Steve?

Are you hot? There are still some hot days left this year and time before we finish our last minute scouting, pick up the bows, and climb the trees.

The Caney, early in the morning, offers a sure fire escape from the heat. Trout and rockfish offer plenty of action. Maybe the rainbows will return and I can write another story about the Silver Bullets of the Caney Fork.

Contact John L. Sloan at:

Bessie Laverne Allen, 75

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, Sept. 3 at the JC Hellum Funeral Home for Mrs. Allen, 75, of Lebanon.
Born July 29, 1936, she died Aug. 30, 2011 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.
Interment was at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: devoted husband Garland Allen; daughter Rae (Anthony Farley) Cartwright; step-daughter Melony (Joe) Cason; sister Geraldine Johnson; brothers Rufus Johnson, Paul (Pat), Ben (Alice) and Frank (Elizabeth) Hurd; brothers-in-law Leslie (Marilyn), Richard and Calvin Allen; aunt Elizabeth Hearn; as well as many Other relatives and friends.
Arrangements by JC Hellum Funeral Home , 107 Stokes St., Lebanon.

Terry Arlene Bryant, 58

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Bryant, 58, of Lascassas.
She died Sept. 4, 2011.
The family will be receiving friends Friday from 10 a.m. until 12 Noon and from 5 p.m. until the service.
Survivors include: daughters Tonya (Steve) Babcock and Tammy Barnes; siblings Bob Collins, Paul Collins, Keith Owen, Juanita Cookie Collins and Wanda Spag; grandmother Mary Nell Garrett; grandchildren Cody Ray Bryant, Clifton Ray Wombles, Dakota Babcock, Briana Barnes, Corey Ty Barnes, Matthew Evans, and Eli Mobbs; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
She is preceded in death by mother Sally Mae Owen, father William Cleopis Collins, step-father Thurman D. Owen, step-mother Maureen Collins, cousin Cindy Mobbs, and numerous aunts and uncles.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Mark Allen Robbins, 56

LEBANON -- A celebration of life is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Robbins, 56, of Lebanon.
Born May 15, 1955 in Peoria, IL to Russell and Clara Robbins, he died Sept. 5, 2011.
Survivors include: wife Shelley Slater Robbins; children Josh Robbins and Emily Robbins; father Russell Robbins Jr., of Peoria; sisters Brenda (Dick) Emmons and Anita (Steve) Gosch -- all of Mapleton, IL; brother James Robbins of Peoria, IL; many nieces and nephews; as well as dear friends Caroline, Frank, Wynema, Ralph along with all of his theater friends.
He is preceded in death by mother Clara Robbins.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Dr. Ralph Bentley Moore, 96

LEBANON -- A memorial service has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 37 Stumpy Lane, for Dr. Moore, 96, of Lebanon.
A retired physician and a former violinist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Moore died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 at Cedars Health Care.
Born March 21, 1915 in Richmond, IN to the late Everett R. and Edith McAdams Moore, Dr. Moore was a graduate of Madison College and Vanderbilt University. He earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University and practiced medicine in McMinnville and Woodbury.
Upon retirement, he did missionary work in many locations, including Africa.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 1 p.m. until the service.
Survivors include: his wife of 71 years Earline Thomas Moore of Lebanon; daughter Arlene (Smuts) Van Rooyen of Duarte, CA and son John Thomas (Gwen) Moore of Lebanon.
Also surviving are grandchildren Craig (Mimi) Van Rooyen, Andre (Kristin) Van Rooyen, Natasha (Alan) Latta -- all of California, Brent (Shalletta) Moore of Lebanon and Ashley (Marcel) Eisele of Australia; nine great grandchildren as well as special friends Joe and Shirley Fields.
In addition to his parents, Dr Moore is preceded in death by a sister Mary McConnico.
Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.

Nancy Jane Phillips, 82

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Thursday morning Sept. 8, at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Phillips, 82, of Watertown.
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the homemaker died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.
Services were conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Tramel.
Survivors include: husband John Thomas Phillips of Watertown; son Bill (Sherry) Phillips of Potomac, M.D.; daughter-in-law Vickie Phillips of Hermitage; grandchildren Stephanie Phillips of Hermitage and Brett Phillips of Potomac, M.D.
She was preceded in death by her son Mike Phillips.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

LFA donates to CP tournament

Lebanon Fire Association members John Hubbard (left) and Don Winfreeannounced a donation of $1,000 for the upcoming Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The money will help Josephs Storehouse Food Ministry in their building program for a new 9,700 square foot warehouse to be located behind the existing facilities. The new storage area will allow them to bring in additional meat, dairy and fresh produce to feed more hungry families in Wilson County.

The food ministrys Board of Directors has estimated it will require $300,000 to complete the new building, and they are encouraging everyone to consider helping them feed hungry families in Wilson County.

The founder of the ministry, Brother Bob Evans, said, If we could get 300 donations of $1,000 each, or 600 donations of $500 each, or even multiple donations of $30 for each square foot of the building, we will be able to start the construction right away!

To register for the golf tournament or for information about helping with sponsorships, visit or email

School board votes to partially fund SRO at Gladeville Elementary

Just a week after Student Resource Officers discovered a Mt. Juliet High School student had weapons on school campus, the Wilson County Board of Education voted Sept. 6 to pay half the salary of an additional SRO to be placed at Gladeville Elementary.

The board voted 4-1 in favor of adding the SRO with Zone 4 member Ron Britt voting against the measure. Mike Davis, director of schools, said the county Law Enforcement Committee voted against the idea 5-2 in their last meeting.

Were putting the safety of our kids on the back-burner, said Greg Lasater, Zone 5 board member.

Lasater pointed out that no K-5 elementary in the county has an SRO and said all of the schools should have those officers to keep students safe. Lasater pointed out that recently Gladeville has had several incidents where it was placed on lockdown, one of which involved a police chase in the area of two robbery suspects.

Zone 1 board member Vikki Adkins pointed out that Gladeville is unique compared to other county K-5 elementary schools because it is not located within a close proximity to law enforcement offices. Response times to the school in case of an emergency would be much longer than at the other schools.

Mt. Juliet Elementary has the Mt. Juliet Police Department, so does W.A. Wright, Lakeview is close by, Adkins said.

Britt pointed out that he polled many school systems near Wilson County and said only one, Rutherford County, has SROs at its K-5 elementary schools. Lasater replied that Rutherford County has 41 schools and 40 SROs.

He said his objection to voting for this measure was because the Law Enforcement Committee had already indicated the county would not pay for the other half of the officers salary.

I have a problem voting for something thats dead-ended, Britt said.

The salary would be $60,000 for one year, to be funded through the Education Jobs Program Grant for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Davis said the money would no longer be available after June 30, 2012.

He also pointed out the school board has no authority to dictate where the SRO would be placed, as the officer would be employed by the Wilson County Sheriffs Department. Davis did say that Sheriff Terry Ashe agreed the officer would be placed at Gladeville Elementary.

Also during the meeting, the board approved selling property where its Bus Maintenance Facility is located to Custom Packaging Inc. and purchasing new property for a new maintenance facility.

The existing facility is behind Custom Packaging on 204 McCowan Drive and would be sold for $675,000.

The board voted 4-1 with Britt opposing to authorize the sale of the property. Custom Packaging offered to buy the property in order to expand its facilities. The board also approved the purchase of a new facility on Maddox-Simpson Parkway in a 4-1 vote with Britt opposing.

Before this came along we were not looking for a new facility, Britt said, pointing out the $350,000 difference in the sale price of the old facility and purchase price of a new facility.

The new maintenance facility is owned by Rollins Leasing LLC, and the property could be purchased for $875,000. Davis said moving everything from the old facility to the new one would cost about $150,000 more.

This would meet the needs of the school system for the next 25 to 30 years, Davis said.

The $350,000 difference between the two prices would come from the school boards fund balance and County Attorney Mike Jennings said the purchase of the new facility would be contingent on selling the old.

Don Weathers, Zone 3 board member, asked to have the $150,000 in transition costs be pulled from the measure and have it bid to see if the move can be completed more cheaply.

We have plenty of time and I want to know what its going to take, Weathers said.

During the meeting, Roger Perry, head football coach at Mt. Juliet High School, and Mel Brown, principal of MJHS, asked the boards approval to begin raising funds through the schools booster club to construct a new weight room.

Perry said the existing weight room was too small to accommodate the 125 football players and that they also do not have enough locker space for the players. Perry proposed turning the old weight room into a Junior Varsity locker room once the new weight room is built.

We have growing pains and in our football program we dont have enough lockers, Perry said.

The project would not require any money from the school board, but would be built on donations alone. Perry indicated an individual had already donated $100,000 to get the project underway. The board unanimously approved the request to raise they money.

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

MJ, W-town play homecoming games

No. 6-ranked Mt. Juliet will look to improve to 4-0 on the season as the Bears step out of District 9AAA play Friday against LaVergne. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Coach Roger Perry is hoping his squad will bring great effort for 48 minutes. We were clicking early in last weeks (48-20) win over Portland, Perry said, but I feel like we let down a little once we got a lead.
LaVergne comes in 2-1 overall after a 28-0 loss at Oakland High last week.
That game with Oakland was a battle, Perry said, LaVergne comes to Mt. Juliet Friday and theyll mean business. Theyve got tremendous talent and you can see it on film. Those guys are playing good football. We better be ready to play.
Mt. Juliet has scored 104 points through three games -- an average of 34.6 points per contest.

RBS at Watertown -- Its homecoming Froday night at Watertown as Region 4A rival Red Boiling Springs provides the opposition. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Robinson Stadium with homecoming festivities scheduled for halftime.
The Purple Tigers stand 2-0 on the season after blitzing Huntland High 54-7 last week on the road. Friday night marks the first of eight consecutive Region 4A games to close out the regular season.
The Bulldogs come in 2-0 and were idle last week. RBS scored a 47-13 win over Pickett County in the season opener and a 53-15 victory over Mt. Juliet Christian a week later.
Through two games, the Bulldogs have racked up 100 points and allowed only 28.

FCS at Clay County -- Still smarting from a 26-20 home loss to Gordonville, Friendship Christian School will be on the road Friday at Clay County High for another Region 4A contest.
The Bulldogs stand 1-2 overall (1-1 in the region) following a 17-14 loss last week to Monterey.
Clay County quarterback Alex McLerran completed on three of his nine passing attempts, but two went for touchdowns as he racked up 133 yards through the air.
The Commanders stand 1-2 overall and 0-1 in league play following last weeks emotional 26-20 home loss to Gordonsville.

Wilson Central at Shelbyville -- Wilson Central limps into Bedford County Friday with a record of 0-3 following a 47-13 loss last week at Hendersonville. The Wildcats have suffered through a string of injuries, but should get some of their players back in action tonight.
Shelbyville sports a record of 3-0 with wins over Coffee County (40-13), Warren County (44-0) and Franklin County (31-27).

Glencliff at Lebanon -- Lebanon (1-2) will be without the services of quarterback / playmaker Patrick Maynard who injured an ankle last week in the 41-0 loss to Gallatin.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field. Live radio coverage begins at 76:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9 with a live video feed available on the Internet at
The reigns of the offense will be handled over to sophomore Bryce Suber who will be operating behind a re-vamped offensive line. Glencliff comes in 1-2 after a 13-9 loss last week to Nashville Overton.

Clarksville Academy at MJ Christian -- The 0-3 Saints get no relief in the schedule tonight as 2-1 Clarksville Academy comes to Suey Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
CA knocked off Nashville Christian last week 28-16 after splitting a pair of games vs. Montgomery Central (33-14 W) and Stewart County (26-20 L).
We kind of ran out of gas in the fourth quarter last week, and thats on me, said MJ Christian coach Mark Harrison. Our guys are playing with good effort, but weve got to play physical football for 48 minutes.


CU football's utility infielder

At a school known for its baseball program, everyone knows the value of a "utility infielder". On the football field, that guy is DaJuan Manning.

A fifth year senior, the former Gallatin High standout has emerged as one of Cumberlands most valuable players.

Since he arrived on campus Manning has played defensive back, returned kickoffs, seen time at wingback, blocked punts, caught passes and has moved back over to defense as a senior.

"DaJuan has really handled all this pretty well," said CU football coach Dewayne Alexander. "Whenever weve been a little undermanned at a position, DaJuan has been able to step in and take up the slack.

"Hes one of the fastest guys on the team and now that weve got a little depth at wingback, we decided that he could get on the field more in the secondary as kind of our nickel back against these spread offense teams and even a little linebacker if the matchup isright."

Manning has taken all the moves in stride.

"Hes always got a smile on his face, our coaches love him," Alexander said. "Hes one of those kids who is always hanging around the locker room, hes just a pleasure to be around."

CU visits Campbellsville -- Fresh off a 23-1 win at Lindsey Wilson last week, the Bulldogs head back up the road into Kentucky to play at Campbellsville on Saturday.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Finley Stadium with live radio coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9 as well as around the world on the Internet at

"Campbellsville is a very good football team, well-coached," Alexander said. "Theres a lot of excitement up there and deservedly so."

The Tigers will employ a 3-3 stack defensive front and according to Alexander, "theyll stunt like crazy".

Campbellsville (1-0) is coming off a season-opening 30-14 victory over Union, Ky. last week.


Charges pending in fatal wreck

LEBANON -- Charges are pending in a Tuesday, Sept. 6 accident on Hartsville Pike that resulted in the death of a Hermitage man. The accident happened about 10 a.m. near Athens Road and Centerville.

According to a report from the Tennessee Department of Safety, Robert L. Elkins, 32, of Forest Ridge Drive, Hermitage, died as a result of his injuries.

The report, filed by Trooper Tracy White of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, said Antonio L. Calhoun, 35, of Cainsville Road, was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle and was headed eastbound on Hartsville Pike near Athens Road when the vehicle crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 1999 Honda UAX driven by Elkins.

The Honda made a final stop in a ditch on the westbound side of Hartsville Pike while the Ford Explorer came to a final stop in the roadway facing southwest.

Calhoun and the passenger in his vehicle, Barbara C. Watson, 28, of Long Fork Creek Road in Lafayette, were both injured. All three persons were wearing their seat belts, the report noted.

Although there was no evidence of drug or alcohol use, Blood Alcohol and drug tests were requested as is standard in accidents when a fatality occurs.

Calhoun was issued a citation for Failure to exercise due care and driving on the wrong side of the road.

The report said that criminal charges are pending.

From Post staff reports

Sportswriter Biddle will contribute to The Wilson Post

Veteran sports journalist Joe Biddle will soon be offering his insights on the college football scene to readers of The Wilson Post.

Until recently a regular columnist with daily newspapers in Nashville since 1979, Biddle is the only Harris Interactive College Football Poll voter in the state of Tennessee. He is also the state chairman for the Heisman Trophy voting.

Main Street Media has given me a chance to return to my roots of writing for a locally owned newspaper that concentrates on local sports that larger papers are not equipped to provide on a regular basis, Biddle said.

While I search for a full time job, I have volunteered to write a column for The Wilson Post. It gives me a chance to keep my hand in writing.

For the past 13 years Biddle was a sports columnist for The Tennessean, producing a minimum for four columns a week and in football season writing six columns a week.

Biddle was selected Tennessee Sports Writer of the Year four times by the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters.

The Harris Poll is a weekly ranking of the top 25 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college football teams.

The poll was created in the summer of 2005 to replace the AP Poll, when decided it no longer wanted to be a part of the formula used by the BCS rankings to determine who plays in the BCS National Championship Game.

Unlike the other two seasonal polls, the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll, the Harris Poll does not release a preseason poll; in fact, it does not come out until the last half of September, several weeks into the season.

The Harris Interactive Poll is composed of former players, coaches, administrators, and current and former media who submit votes for the top 25 teams each week. The panel has been designed to be a statistically valid representation of all 11 FBS Conferences and independent institutions.

Plans call for Biddle to be interviewed each week by staffers from this newspaper in regard to the reasoning behind his Harris Poll votes.

Biddle is a native of Johnson City and a veteran of the US Air Force. He is a 1971 graduate of East Tennessee State University and is a member of the schools Communications departments Hall of Fame. Joe and his wife Sharon have been married for 36 years.

Biddle personally witnessed Nashville emerge as a major metropolitan area that went from having no major professional sports to having two, the NFLs Tennessee Titans and the NHLs Nashville Predators.

By TOMMY BRYAN, The Wilson Post /


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