By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine
My dad is a failure. Sounds harsh, I know. Hear me out though. Dad’s not from the south. He grew up the first child of, Elena Romano. When Elena entered the United States via ship from Italy she was just 2 years old. Shortly after her family arrived her father and mother split up and soon all four of their children, including Elena, were placed in separate orphanages. Keep in mind this was a different time.
What a weekend! Cumberland University did it again! Hosting a memorable 28th annual Phoenix Ball on Saturday night that brought out hundreds of guests.
From the elegant Patrons’ Party hosted by University Medical Center CEO, Saad Ehtisham and his wife Tracy to Saturday night’s soirée the money raised from these two events will no doubt help some lucky students complete their studies at this very prestigious University. If you’d like to be a part of next year’s event, call Cumberland University 615-444-2562.
This week is the first official week of summer break for ALL Wilson County students. If you’d like a break from the heat, pack up the kids and head to The Roxy Movie Theater.
Every Wednesday this summer, The Roxy will host a free family movie. Doors will open at 9:15am and the show begins at 10am. Seats are first come, first serve so get there early. Concessions will be available for purchase. On June 15th, Marmaduke will be showing. For a complete list of free movies showing at The Roxy this summer visit www.wilsonlivingmagazine.com.
Continuing with the ‘FREE’ theme, Saturday join the Friends of Cedars of Lebanon for Music in the Cedars. Music starts at 6 p.m. on the Camp Store Stage. ‘Off Road Band’ will be performing this week. Don’t forget to bring your own chair.
If you’re in the Providence area this weekend you won’t want to miss The Center Stage Concert Series at Providence Marketplace on Saturday night from 6pm to 8:30pm. This event is FREE and open to the public. Cajun band, Silver Stars and YaYa, will be headlining the event.
Also this weekend, Encore Theatre Company's presentation of the comedy-thriller "The Accomplice." Showtimes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday are 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. For details or tickets, contact Encore Theatre Company, 615-598-8950
On Tuesday, June 14 The Nashville Symphony will trade its concert hall for Memorial Lawn as the symphony returns for a summertime tradition at Cumberland University. Hosted by the Fine Arts Council the event will see Conductor Kelly Corcoran lead the Nashville Symphony through a range of favorite selections. The show begins at 7pm. For more information, Cumberland University, 615-444-2562.
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Until next time, keep reading!
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
For Woodbury teenager Nora Lee Davenport and Nashville aviator Louie Gasser it was love at first flight.
Around 1926, Gasser, Nashville’s first civilian commercial pilot and owner of Lebanon Airport from 1943 to 1946, was making extra money barnstorming, flying into small towns across the countryside and performing feats of derring-do with his bi-plane in the skies above the crowds.
After meeting 17-year-old Davenport, he invited her for a flight and asked if she would like to walk the wing of his aircraft. She accepted, and in due course, their romance grew into a marriage made in the heavens.
“I reckon it was because I liked him so much that I started my wing stunt,” Nora Lee told reporters about why she decided to become an angelic daredevil.
Rising a thousand feet or so above the ground in Gasser’s rickety, two-cockpit bi-plane, the 5-foot-3-inch, 100-pound spunky brunette walked the 10 feet along the flimsy wing and back. She never looked down but listened to her pilot boyfriend for instructions.
By RAY POPE
Thank God that we got some rain this past Sunday. There were times that I had to water my garden to keep it alive. Most everyone knows that city water is not the best thing you can put on your vegetables with the chemicals that are added. I use a soaker hose stretched out under my tomatoes where the water does not get up on the leaves. It still puts out a little spritz of water to soak the ground underneath the plants. I had let it run for about 15 minutes before looking out the kitchen window.
Beneath the tomatoes, lined up about a foot apart were about 10 birds all with their wings spread out enjoying the cool water. There were three Robins and seven starlings all taking advantage of the bird shower unit. I let the starlings have at it, just so not to disturb the Robins there. I saw a water retention system out at the Wilson County Fairgrounds that catches water run-off from the gutters of one of the building there. I need to get a look at it to see if I can build one here at home. There is nothing as good as rainwater for the crops.
I received a phone call from Sandy Testamend telling me about the Robin that built its nest on the downspout underneath the front porch. There was too much stuff going on and I was finally able to go out to her place Sunday afternoon. The Robin had built a very nice looking nest of long looking weeds in a circular arrangement.
Wilson County Commission’s Animal Control Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, June 9, in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.
Education Committee will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 9, Conference Room 2.
Minutes Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 9, Conference Room 2.
Steering Committee will meet at 6:45 p.m., Thursday, June 9, Conference Room 2.
Budget Committee will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 9, Conference Room 2.
Road Commission will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, June 10, at the Road Commission office and will be followed by the Urban Type Public Facilities Board at the location.
Lebanon Beer Board will meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, in the Town Meeting Hall, City ofLebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, to consider the application of Joseph Yousef d/b/a Quick and Easy located at 313 South Cumberland Street, Lebanon, for off the premises consumption.
Wilson County 911 Board regular meeting will be 4 p.m., Monday, June 13, at the 911 office at 1611 West Main Street, Lebanon.
By KENNY HOWELL
Special to The Wilson Post
The Director of Schools Evaluation and the budget for the upcoming fiscal year were on the agenda at the Wilson County School Board meeting Monday.
“Mr. Davis is a very good leader,” said Zone 5 board member Greg Lasater of Director of Schools Mike Davis in a special work session before the meeting.
Overall, Davis scored a 4.14 out of 5 on his evaluation from the board.
“I truly feel very honored to have an evaluation of 4.14 out of 5 because when you look at the teacher evaluation system, no one’s a 5,” Davis said of his evaluation.
Middle Tennessee Electric crews will be working to improve electric service in Lebanon on Tuesday, June 14, which will require three separate outages in an area north of the city Square.
With the first outage, the scheduled work will require approximately 45 members to be without power.
This outage is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. and last until approximately 9:30 a.m., primarily affecting those along portions of Castle Heights Avenue and Coles Ferry Pike north of Baddour Parkway.
Shooting, car chase probed
From Post staff reports
An investigation into the exact events that led to the shooting of a 17-year-old involved in a high-speed pursuit with local law enforcement this past Wednesday could take months to complete, said a spokesperson for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
The TBI took over the investigation at the request of the District Attorney General since police officers were involved in the matter.
The 17-year-old was identified as Donald Hensel. He was transported by LifeFlight helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the arm after leading Lebanon and Mt. Juliet Police on a 30-minute pursuit. The Lebanon juvenile was reported as escaped from DCS custody.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- Local and state health officials continue to try and identify all the people who may have come in contact in the past week with a 5-year-old boy who died Sunday, June 5, from meningococcal meningitis, an uncommon type of bacterial meningitis.
Toward that end, a clinic was held at Southside Elementary School in the cafeteria Tuesday, June 7 for students and/or parents who came into direct contact with the student, identified as Jeffery Ian Tisdale, a kindergartner this past year at Southside.
The child became ill on Saturday, reportedly suffering from a fever and a neck ache. He also had what was described as a rash on parts of his body. His symptoms escalated and he was taken to University Medical Center’s Emergency Room where doctors determined he should be transported to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital by LifeFlight.
By CHRIS LYNN, Main Street Media
Former Friendship Christian head softball coach Erica Powell has accepted the head coaching job at Class AAA power Beech High School. Powell, 33, spent the past season teaching English and serving as an assistant to Kacey Pedigo at Mt. Juliet High after resigning her position at FCS following the 2010 season.
A 1996 graduate of Friendship Christian, Powell took the Lady Commanders to four consecutive trips to the Class A state tournament in her four years as head coach -- compiling a won-loss record of 119-56. Her FCS teams finished third twice, fourth once and fifth once.
Powell had no reservations taking over a team that won the 2011 Class AAA state title with a record of 42-11-2 -- the fourth state championship in the history of the program.
“I think stepping into a head coaching position with a team that’s had a lot of success over the past can be a challenge, but I truly believe that I hold a lot of the same philosophies that the previous coaches have,” said Powell.
“I would rather step into this position (at Beech) where expectations are high than to go somewhere that doesn’t have those same expectations because I’m a firm believer that expectations should always be high here.
“Beech has such a great tradition in softball, and its teams have always been so classy, and I plan to keep all that going.
“I was fortunate enough to see Beech about five times last year and every time I saw them they were a better team, but they were always the hardest working team on the field, and I think that’s why they had so much success last season.”
After a stellar prep career at Friendship Christian, Powell then went on to pitch for Troy University (AL).
Powell got her first head coaching position at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College for two years, and then coached one year at Hooper Academy in Hope Hull, Alabama and took her team to a fourth place finish in the Alabama state tournament.
From Post staff reports
A pair of Wilson County baseball players were taken on Day Two of the 2011 MLB First Year Player Draft. Mt. Juliet native Taylor Hill was drafted in the sixth round Tuesday (187th overall) by the Washington Nationals.
Hill, a senior at Vanderbilt, was one of 11 Commodores chosen by a MLB team in the first two days of the draft. Hill sports a 5-1 record with an ERA of 3.00 in 16 starts and 92 innings of work for Vanderbilt. The son of David and Teresa Hill, he struck out 15 batters June 5 as Vandy defeated Belmont 6-1 in the NCAA Regionals.
LEBANON -- Nashville Superspeedway will play host to a NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver autograph session for ticket holders as part of its upcoming July 22-23 race weekend.
The autograph session is scheduled for Friday, July 22 at 1 p.m. in the Expo area located outside Gate 3 at Nashville Superspeedway.
The session will run from 1 to 2 p.m. A limited number of wristbands will be issued in advance of the session, beginning at 11 a.m., to those that present a ticket to either the "Lucas Deep Clean 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race or "Federated Auto Parts 300" NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Parking lots open at 9 a.m.
Participating drivers will be announced as they are confirmed on NashvilleSuperspeedway.com, as well as on Facebook.com/NashvilleSuperspeedway and Twitter.com/NashvilleSpdwy. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ricky Carmichael is the first driver confirmed for the autograph session.
Tickets for the "Federated Auto Parts 300" NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway on July 23 start at just $30, while tickets for the "Lucas Deep Clean 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on July 22 start at $25.
Juniors, ages 14 and younger, can attend any event for $10. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early for the best prices. Adult ticket prices will increase by $10, and junior prices will increase by $5, if purchased on race day.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 866-RACE-TIX or visit NashvilleSuperspeedway.com.
From Post staff reports
The second annual F-Series Wildcat Wood Bat Classic kicks off Wednesday at Wilson Central High with two games. Play will continue through Sunday at Central and at Cumberland University's Stockton Field.
Tournament finals and consolation games are scheduled for Sunday. Admission is $5 per session or $15 for a tournament pass. Teams are comprised of high school aged players (16 and 17) with a sprinking of 18 year-olds.
Wednesday night’s first round games at WCHS include:
6 p.m. – Generals vs Mustangs
8:30 p.m. – Worth Bulldogs vs Mustangs
THURSDAY, JUNE 9 at WILSON CENTRAL
6:00PM – Longhorns v Specialties
8:30PM – Bearcats v Riverdogs-RED
FRIDAY, JUNE 10 at CUMBERLAND
5:30PM – Specialties v Riverdogs-BLACK
FRIDAY, JUNE 10 at WILSON CENTRAL
3:30PM – East TN Bulldogs v Vipers
6:00PM – Vipers v Bearcats
8:30PM – Coyotes v Tigers
SATURDAY, JUNE 11 at CUMBERLAND
8:00AM – Riverdogs-RED v Tigers
10:30AM – Coyotes v Riverdogs-RED
1:00PM – Riverdogs-BLK v Mustangs
3:30PM – Worth Bulldogs v Specialties
SATURDAY, JUNE 11 at WILSON CENTRAL
8:00AM – Generals v Riverdogs-BLK
10:30AM – Longhorns v Generals
1:00PM – East TN Bulldogs v Tigers
3:30PM – Bearcats v East TN Bulldogs
6:00PM – Vipers v Coyotes
8:30PM – Longhorns v Worth Bulldogs
TOURNAMENT FINALS AND CONSOLATION SUNDAY, TBA.
F-Series Custom Bats - owner, Brandon Farmer, is a former Lebanon High baseball standout and JV coach at Wilson Central. He's been cutting wood bats for four years now, and has had great reviews of his bats. This is his second year in providing bats for this tournament. He can be reached at 615-306-3266.
Wood bats are generally an equalizer for power hitting teams vs contact hitting teams. The style of play is more even, and pitching strength and team speed becomes more noticable. There are many wood bat tournament opportunities cropping up in the Southeast now for all age groups.
Team notables -
Many of the players on these rosters are being scouted by college programs. I've received several emails lately from college coaches requesting rosters and player information.
East Tennessee Bulldogs, coached by Stephen Baker, pitching coach and recruiter at Tennessee Weslyan.
Some local notables -
MJ Bearcats - Austin Dyer
Mustangs - Devin Fish, 9AAA District MVP
Longhorns - Ethan Nehus, 9AAA All-District
Aaron Wilkerson was voted First Team NAIA All-American, Mike Mandarino earned Second Team honors and Will Locante was an Honorable Mention selection, as selected by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association (BCA) All-America Selection Committee and announced by the national office this week.
Wilkerson becomes only the second Bulldog to earn either First or Second Team All-America honors twice during his career. Steve Green garnered Second Team accolades twice and First Team honors as a senior.
Wilkerson, a Waco, Texas, native, garnered Second Team All-America honors in 2010 before posting a 12-0 record with a 1.49 earned-run-average in 90.1 innings of work this season. The righthander struck out 90 in 14 appearances with 13 starts and seven complete games, tossing three shutouts. Opponents batted just .179 against him this season. He ranked third nationally in victories this season, seventh in opponent batting average and hits allowed per nine innings (5.58), and ninth in ERA.
Wilkerson set a pair of NAIA records in 2011 as well, tossing 54.0 consecutive scoreless innings from February 19 to April 8. He also won 26 consecutive decisions to end his career, dropping his first start in 2010 and never losing again.
Mandarino put up monstrous numbers despite the new bats in college baseball in 2011. The Massapequa, N.Y., native batted .370 with 19 doubles, 18 homers and 66 RBIs as well as 50 runs scored. He finished second on the club in average and runs scored and led the Bulldogs in doubles, homers and RBIs.
Mandarino, CU’s full-time designated hitter and also a weekend starter for most of the year, also compiled a 5-3 record on the mound with a 4.37 ERA in 11 starts and 47.1 innings of work, striking out 35. He ranked sixth nationally in home runs and total bases (153), 20th in doubles and RBIs and 23rd in slugging percentage (.708).
Locante formed a dynamic 1-2 punch on the mound for the Bulldogs this season, registering an 8-2 record with a 2.11 ERA in 81.0 innings of work. The lefthander posted 118 strikeouts and a .179 opponent batting average in 13 starts with eight complete games and a pair of shutouts. The Memphis, Tenn., native ranked second in the country in strikeouts per nine innings (13.11) and third in total strikeouts as well as seventh in opponent batting average and eighth in hits allowed per nine innings (5.67).
Wilkerson, Mandarino and Locante give Cumberland 59 All-Americans under head coach Woody Hunt, including 20 First Team, 18 Second Team and 21 Honorable Mention All-Americans.
From Post staff reports
A Burns man has been charged in connection with the robbery of a Lebanon convenience store early Sunday morning. A news release from the Lebanon Police Department said the incident occurred about 2:45 a.m., Sunday, June 5, at the Mapco at 803 South Cumberland Street, Lebanon.
Lebanon Police responded to a call reporting a robbery, and officers were able to view video surveillance tape from the store and determined that the blue Kia Sportage with Florida tags used to flee the scene had been reported as stolen from Kentucky. Officers on shift at that time were advised of the vehicle’s description.
About two hours later, Officer Jeff Scott, who was on an unrelated traffic stop, observed the Kia which matched the description from the robbery as it drove past him on East Forrest Avenue. Scott disengaged his current traffic stop to initiate a stop with the Kia. The Kia did not stop and a short vehicle pursuit began.
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