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MJPD searching for suspect in Providence vandalism, fires

Over the past two weeks, intentionally set fires have created dangerous situations for area residents, over $20,000 in damages and multiple responses from emergency responders, according to Mt. Juliet Police.

All of the fires have been set in a small, localized area near Rutland Drive in close proximity to multiple homes and an elementary school. In addition, the offender(s) spray painted vulgarities on city park property, construction equipment, and a county school bus, a spokesperson said.

The criminal acts began on March 25 around 8 p.m. under the cover of darkness. A suspect or suspects spray painted vulgarities on city park property at Sgt. Mundy Memorial Park.

CU honors scholar athletes

Cumberland University recognized its scholar athletes with a luncheon hosted Thursday at Lebanons Immanuel Baptist Church.

A total of 452 students participate on one of Cumberlands 17 athletic teams with 162 having earned grade point acerages of higher than 3.0.

Some 29 CU athletes were recognized for being an Daktronic / NAIA Academic All-American; 71 for having earned TranSouth Conference academic honors and 25 Mid-South Conference academic honors.

The 29 Daktronics / NAIA Academic All-Americans included: Lauren Carter, Helena Farias. Simone Quinn, Jacob Hill, William Judson, Cody McCallister, Tim McCord, Ben Miller, Daley Sallis, Jarred White, Adam Wiss, Sam Green, Andy Shoultz. Tammy Gonzalez, Stefania Ibaque, Anita Pace, Devin Crotzer, Evan Sanna, Victoria Bennett, Allison Blackwood, Caitlin Gray, Heath Holliday, Mitch Ranier, Richie Seaton, Matt Sedquick, Tyler Wheeler, Allyson Agee, K.C. McGinley and Justin Fann.

CU presents Spring Band Concert

Cumberland Universitys School of Music and the Arts will bring a little swing and band music flair to audiences at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, as the department presents its Spring Band Concert in the campus Heydel Fine Arts Center Theatre.

The free public concert will spotlight the music of four Cumberland bands, including the Jazz Band, conducted by Instructor Glenn Martin, the Concert Band and Tuba Ensemble, both conducted by Associate Professor Stephen Coleman, and the Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Instructor Paul Garretson.

Featuring a variety of genres ranging from jazz to band music, from John Coltrane to John Philip Sousa, the upcoming concert should offer something for everyone, Coleman said.

Local Relay for Life raised $95k last year

On average, every single day of the year, at least one Wilson County resident gets news that no one wants to hear when theyre told, You have cancer.

But thanks to funds like the $95,000 raised right here in Wilson County last year through Relay For Life, these words dont always have the same implications they used to.

Through the American Cancer Society, many of our own friends and family members soon become better equipped to fight cancer after calling a phone number, visiting or receiving information packets. Some benefit from having a place to stay for themselves or their caregivers during treatments. Others find a brighter outlook after spending time with others in similar circumstances.

Suspect in shooting arrested, one still at-large

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police arrested one suspect reportedly involved in a shooting within the Inman Court Federal Housing Project after the man was seen and heard firing a semi-automatic handgun at a second suspect who was still at-large as of press time.

Thursday afternoon, Officer Justin Butler was driving through Inman Court on routine patrol when he witnessed two unidentified black males shooting at one another. Police Chief Scott Bowen said Butler gave chase on foot to the suspect closest to him, identified as Antwan Sawyer, 23, of 688 Center Street in Gallatin.

At that point in time, Butler was the only officer there, Bowen noted.

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During the chase, Sawyer allegedly fired three or four shots and then dropped the handgun. Butler was able to take Sawyer into custody after a short foot pursuit. Bowen said the other suspect fled the scene, as Butler had to choose which man to pursue.

Bowen noted the department had a good description of the other suspect and was seeking his whereabouts. He commended Butlers actions in handling the situation and said they were lucky no one was injured.

We get these calls weekly, almost daily, with someone either shooting in the air or at someone, Bowen said.

He noted that shots fired into the air and not at another individual can still be deadly and added the department takes all calls with shots fired very seriously.

Bowen said Sawyer was charged with reckless endangerment and evading arrest. The chief also noted Sawyer has a lengthy arrest record in Sumner County.

Sawyer remained in the Wilson County Jail as of press time.

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The crappie of haunted lake / a ghost story

I have not killed a turkey, only went for a few minutes one time. So, I will tell you this story.

Haunted? -- I guess just about anything can be haunted. Usually, when you think of haunted, you think of a house. But I know a lake that is haunted. I cant tell you where it is, I am sworn to secrecy. However, it is haunted. I can tell you the story just way it came about. See, the thing is, for some reason, I seem to be attracted to places that have, I guess you say, strange occurrences-lakes, houses, canyons etc. Maybe I attract the unusual. This is about a lake, perhaps a haunted lake. Some call it Nock-e-nut. I have never known why.

It is full of crappie and bream and bass, this haunted lake stuck on an island in the middle of a swamp. It is hard to get to, as are most lakes with large fish populations. The island is several hundred acres in size, the lake in the middle, maybe 100-acres. I have fished the lake several times. It is a favorite spring lake for crappie or specs as they are called down there. I went some years ago, went just for the bass fishing. It was planned we would fish Mound Bayou, Saline and maybe Little Larto. Instead, we went to the haunted lake. Here is how it came about.

New Three Stooges flick opens Friday 13th

Dear Ken: Whats the latest on a new Three Stooges movie?

Are you pulling my hair? It opens April 13. The three stars are Will Sasso as Curly, Sean Hayes as Larry and Chris Diamantopoulus as Moe. The storyline has the trio attempting to save their childhood orphanage. Along the bumbling way, they get mixed into a murder plot and a reality TV show. Hopefully, there will be some pies in the face. Sasso, 36, is a Canadian comedian, who has been seen on the small screen in MADtv, Sliders, Til Death, Less Than Perfect and $#*! My Dad Says. His movie credits include Ernest Goes to School, Ski School 2, Happy Gilmore, Beverly Hills Ninja and Best in Show. Hayes, 41, grew up in the Chicago and was a classical pianist before he became a comedian. He played Jack McFarland on Will & Grace and Jerry Lewis in the TV movie Martin and Lewis. His movie credits include Billys Hollywood Screen Kiss, Cats & Dogs, The Cat in the Hat, Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! and The Bucket List. Diamantopoulos, 36, was born in Toronto and grew up splitting his time between Greece and Canada. His TV credits include The Starter Wife, State of Mind and 24. He played Frank Sinatra in the miniseries The Kennedys and is married to Becki Newton, who played Amanda on Ugly Betty.

Fishing for exotics

The Wilson Post

Down a country lane between Lebanon and Mt. Juliet, inside a converted three-car garage, might be the last place in the Southeast one would expect to discover a fish farm with more than 1,200 rare African exotic fish.

Rift Valley Exotics is the culmination of Jon Carmans fascination with colorful finny creatures that began as a youth.

Ive had a passion for fish my entire life. I tried a few times when I was younger and that didnt really succeed, said Carman, 33, who works in construction management for Gresham, Smith & Partners. When my son Jaden was born in 2001, I got my first little tank. It expanded to two and then I got my third one going.

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Birth Order

Wilson Living Magazine

I started taking an interest on the subject of birth order after becoming an adult. Mainly because I had grown tired of my older siblings treating me like I was still 5. Birth order explains a lot about a persons behavior, especially a person who comes from a family of six children. I am number four in that order.

I love my older brother and sisters, but this sibling battle has been going on since they were born first and my parents began referring to their younger children as the babies. A term my dad still uses to this day to describe his three youngest.

The older children in families will always talk about how much more the younger children got away with and how the younger kids generally had a more cushy life. But something they forget is everything they got was new.

Our Feathered Friends - April 11


I woke up early this past Saturday morning and peeped out the kitchen window to see what was lurking about at my bird feeding station. There were about eight or ten individuals of two different varieties of Doves feeding on the bare spot where I put out millet on the ground. The place where my old van was parked keeps the area bare and makes it easier for my ground scratchers to locate their food.

Whole hog and in a cookbook


Whats the origin of whole hog? If its too much like a story the butcher at the grocery might tell, please spare me the gruesome details. Thank you.- Not a Hog Myself, but Like That Barbeque

I have earlier indicated my deep love for barbeque. Especially, but not always, pork. I also have an affection bordering on addiction for bacon. A monthly highlight is my visit to a local breakfast buffet with a few other ex-teachers. We tell wild, almost gossipy, stories and eat piles of bacon.

A good friend, knowing of my bacon leanings and that I like to read cookbooks, drool over the pictures, but balk at fixing the food, handed me an amazing gift: Bacon Cookbook. I have spent happy hours with full color, full page photographs of a variety of bacon studded dishes. One of the most beautiful photos is of several bacon slices that have been brushed with brown sugar and red pepper before broiling.

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Road Commission, Urban facilities board to meet

Wilson County Road Commission will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, April 13, at the Road Commission office and will be followed immediately by the Urban Type Public Facilities Board in the same location.

WEATHER--Freeze warning issued

FromPost staff reports

A freeze warning has been issued by the National Weather Service office in Old Hickory, calling for sub-freezing temperatures and frost tonight across Middle Tennessee.

The warning is in effect from 3 to 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

According to the NWS, a cold Canadian high pressure system will continue spreading colder air across the Middle Tennessee area tonight, bringing with it the lowest temperatures in several weeks.

Temperatures are expected to fall into the lower 30s across low-lying locations west of the Cumberland Plateau late tonight.

Record setting warmth in March produced an early growing season and local gardners should take care to cover sensitive outdoor plants as frost can damage or kill vegetation.

Strong response for CU Honorary Military Degree

The Wilson Post

With a month to go, Cumberland University has received more than 150 applications for the special ceremony on May 8, awarding honorary Master of Military Arts degrees to veterans who participated in seven large-scale maneuvers during World War II here in Wilson County.

Executive Director of Communications Phillip Carter said Cumberland has received 162 applications to date, which includes veterans who participated in the maneuvers and the families of deceased veterans.

We were very pleasantly surprised by that number, he said.

Cracker Barrel adopts shareholder rights plan

From Post staff reports

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Board of Directors has adopted a shareholder rights plan that limits an individual investors holdings to 20 percent in the company.

The board took the action on Monday. Shareholders, several months ago, voted not to continue with a previous so-called poison pill that limited an individual investors holdings to 10 percent.

The use of the poison pill approach comes about in the wake of Sardar Biglari, owner of Steak N Shake, who continues to purchase shares and now owns more than 16 percent of the stock in Cracker Barrel. Biglari sought in 2011 to become a member of Cracker Barrels board, but was not elected to the position by shareholders at the companys annual meeting in December.

CU BASEBALL -- 'Dogs sweep BMC on Saturday

LEBANON -- Devin Stovall tossed a three-hit shutout in the second game, Josh McGee collected three hits and four RBIs in the doubleheader and Antonio Butler added three hits and scored three times in Cumberlands doubleheader sweep over Blue Mountain, 7-2 and 8-0, on Saturday at Stockton Field.

The Bulldogs (26-21, 10-8 TranSouth) swept the three-game series against the Toppers (21-23, 7-11), outscoring the visitors 33-5. Cumberland pounded out 36 hits in the victories and limited BMC to 17 hits in the three contests.

Stovall (2-4) walked one and struck out seven in just his fifth start of the year, retiring the side in order four times. Blue Mountain never had more than one baserunner in an inning and only one reached third base and that came in the seventh.

Richie Seaton and McGee each hit three-run homers and Butler added a solo shot for the Bulldogs. McGee and Cody Ferrell each had two hits and McGee scored twice as well.

PREP BASEBALL -- Fish throws no-no

WC's Fish no-hits LaVergne
LAVERGNE -- Tyler Fish threw a no-hitter Friday night, lifting Wilson Central to a 4-0 victory at LaVergne High.

The junior struck out two, hit two batters and walked three -- running his record to 2-1 on the season.

The Wildcats scored all four runs in the top of the sixth inning as Jacob Williams drove in a pair of runs. Eric Guethlein, A.J. Franklin and Moose Wood each had two hits for the winners.

Wilson Central (10-11) is scheduled to host White House Saturday at 5 p.m.

Mark Harrison let go as MJ Christian football coach

Mt. Juliet Christian Academy is expected to move swiftly in naming a replacement for former football coach Mark Harrison -- who was let go March 30.

This was a decision that was made by our school administration, MJCA athletic director Paul Christensen confirmed Monday afternoon. The school has decided to go in a different direction and I certainly respect that.

Harrison, who went 4-16 in two seasons coaching the Saints, was perplexed following his conversation with Mike Lee, Mt. Juliet Christian Academys interim headmaster.

They just called me in and said they were not going to renew my contract, Harrison said. They told me I had done nothing ungodly or immoral.

Watson not your normal PGA golfer

Haaaay!! How bout that Bubba boy from Bagdad?

He done won him a Green Jacket at the Masters on Easter Sunday. Hallelujah!!

Bubba beat up on Tiger, Phil, Rory and some dude from South Africa, wherever that is.

Bubba Watson isnt cut from your normal PGA Tour golfers cloth.

Benjamin T. Pulley Jr., 87

Funeral services were held Monday morning, April 9 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Pulley, 87, of Lebanon.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he died Friday, April 6, 2012, at Quality Care in Lebanon.
Interment followed at the Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville.
Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Delores Katherine Simons, 57

Mrs. Simons, 57, died Friday April 6, 2012 at the Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.
A celebration of life was held Monday evening, April 9 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Graveside services followed Tuesday, April 10 at the Hooker Cemetery in Wildwood, Georgia.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.

David Thomas Jackson, 70

Mr. Jackson, 70, died Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Lebanon's Quality Care Health Care Center.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, April 10 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Interment followed at the Jackson Cemetery.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.


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