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Local athletes compete in TSSAA track sectionals at Brentwood High

Athletes from both Lebanon High and Mt. Juliet will be competing Wednesday and Thursday in the TSSAA sectional meet at Brentwood High. Field events and the 3200 meters are Wednesday. Running finals are set for Thursday.

Lebanon High's Shaq Cragwall qualified for the sectional in three events -- high jump, long jump and triple jump over the weekend at the subsectional at Brentwood High.

Cragwall set a new school record in winning the triple jump at 46'3 1/4". He tied for first in the high jump at 6'4" and finished fourth in the long jump at 21'3 1/4".

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REGION 4A -- Watertown downs Clay Co. 7-6

Watertown 7, Clay Co. 6
CELINA -- Down 6-1 after four innings, Watertown manufactured a thrilling 7-6 victory over Clay County in Tuesday's Region 4A semifinal game.

Clay County helped matters by walking seven WHS hitters and committing four errors.

Tiffany Tomlinson lifted a sacrifice fly to score Mallory Josey with the eventual game-winner in the top of the seventh inning. Jamie Reed survived an 11-hit barrage to get the pitching decision for the Tigerettes. Leanna Warren and Jordan Brewington had Watertown's only two hits.

WHS (17-14) will play at Friendship Christian tonight at 6 p.m. in the Region 4A championship game. Both teams will advance to Friday's TSSAA sectional -- one win away from a berth in the Spring Fling.

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REGION 5AAA -- Mt. Juliet teams reach finals

Mt. Juliets baseball and softball teams find themselves just one win away from return appearances in the TSSAA Spring Fling -- thanks to wins Monday in their respective Region 5AAA semifinal games.

The Golden Bears (36-4) pounded out 15 hits and thumped visiting Clarksville Northwest 12-2. Mt. Juliet will play at Rossview Wednesday for the region title.

Rossview (27-7) needed 10 innings to defeat Station Camp in Tuesday's 5AAA semifinal contest.

MJHS and Rossview are both assured of a berth in Fridays TSSAA sectional.

The Lady Bears went on the road and defeated Clarksville High 4-1 -- improving to 33-13-1 overall. Coach Brad Rowletts team will play at Beech Wednesday in the Region 5AAA championship game.

First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Shackle Island. Beech reached the region finals with an 8-0 win over Clarksville Northeast.

Win or lose Wednesday, Mt. Juliet will play in a TSSAA sectional game Friday with the winner earning a spot in the Spring Fling.

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VU's Franklin a better coach than UT's Dooley?

The Predators are dead in the frozen water. The Memphis Grizzlies joined the Preds Sunday by losing Game 7 to the Los Angeles Clippers in their first-round NBA playoff series.

The NFL draft has come and gone. Spring practices have concluded for college football programs. Future college basketball players have decided on which school they will grace with their talent.

In other words, it is a slow time of the season if you are a sports fan.

That often prompts a flurry of various lists compiled by sportswriters around the country.

The Sporting News has released its annual list that ranks all Division I college football coaches. It is highly subjective and one of two TSN writers who compile this list is Matt Hayes. I have known Matty for years. He delights in taking jabs at fan bases known for their thin skins.

For starters, Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley is considered the worst coach in the SEC, including the coaches from Missouri and Texas A&M, who have yet to stick their toes in the SEC pool.

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Mayor thanks all who helped Whip Crackin' Rodeo

To the Editor:

My wife Darlene and I would like to commend all the sponsors and volunteers who played a vital role in the success of the 3rd Annual Charity WHIP CRACKIN' RODEO.

Without sponsorship support, events like the rodeo could not be made available to our community, while providing a sustainable impact of support to our local charities and additional commerce to our city.

This year, we were able to provide over 250 special needs children with a very special day of activities and enjoyment. The experience included lots of games and prizes. They got to see ESPN's Omega Force strongman show and the performance of the Coppertown Clown with man's best friend, the rescue dogs known as the Mutley Crew. The kids had the opportunity to ride horses, pet numerous farm animals, and see a few of the events which are held during the Rodeo. Michelle Hill's Empower Me Day Camp was on hand to make sure the Special Events Day was well organized and a huge success. Michelle adds that special touch to any event.

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Lebanon woman killed in Sunday crash

A Lebanon woman was killed Sunday when her vehicle ran off the road in rainy conditions on Big Springs Road according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Ashley Sanders, 28, of Lebanon was pronounced dead at the scene after her 2003 GMC Yukon slid off Big Springs Road at the intersection of Ramsey Lane. State Trooper James Gatlin said Sanders was driving too fast for the current rainy conditions.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=3|imageid=204|displayname=0|float=right}

According to Gatlin, Sanders was driving southbound on Big Springs Road at approximately 1:55 p.m. She reportedly took a curve too fast, going into a yaw and sliding off the roadway. Her vehicle struck a guardrail and then rolled over onto the roof.

Gatlin said Sanders was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

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Gen. Hatton monument rededicated

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=39|imageid=223|displayname=0|displaydescription=0|float=left}Many gathered at the Lebanon Public Square Saturday, May 12 to mark the Centennial of the Gen. Robert H. Hatton memorial that stands in the center of the square.

The monument was first erected by the Robert H. Hatton Camp #723 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in May 1912. Local elected officials honored the history present in Lebanon and special guest speaker Mary Em Townson Hobbs, the great-granddaughter of Gen. Hatton, spoke about her family's history.

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REGION SOFTBALL -- FCS hosts semifinal games Monday

It's win or go home as the district softball tournaments have given way to regional openers tonight.

Mt. Juliet High's Lady Bears (32-13-1) will be on the road at Distict 10AAA champ Clarkville High tonight for a Region 5AAA tournament opener. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Coach Brad Rowlett's team finished second to defending state champ Beech in Friday's District 9AAA championship contest -- a 2-1 win by the Lady Bucs.

Beech (46-1) won their 40th game in a row and host Clarksville Northeast (16-11) in a 6 p.m. Region 5AAA semifinals game.

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REGION BASEBALL -- Top seeds Mt. Juliet and FCS host games today

Two Wilson County baseball teams will host their respective regional tournament semifinal games later today.

Mt. Juliet High (35-4) will host District 10AAA runner-up Northwest High of Clarksville in a 7 p.m. contest.

The Bears earned the host berth with a 4-1 victory over Station Camp Wednesday as Josh Smith (8-0) twirled six and one-thirds innings of six hit ball with five strikeouts before giving way to closer Conner Sugg in the seventh.

Sugg recorded the final two outs of the game and earned his 15th save of the season -- believed to be a state record.

Region 4A at Friendship
Friendship Christian School will host Clarksrange in the Region 4A semifinal game tonight at 6:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to the regional finals on Wednesday.

FCS (34-2) locked up the District 8A title with a 23-2 win over Trousdale County in Wednesday's tournaent finals.

The Commanders made it 14 conseuctinve district crowns after trailing 2-0 before scoring seven runs in the second inning. FCS tacked on six in the third and kicking in the run-rule with a 10-spot in the bottom of the fourth.

Monday's winners advance to the region finals on Wednesday and are guaranteed a spot in Fridays sectional.

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Young slugger hits three bombs

On Saturday, eight-year old Mt. Juliet resident Parker Walden had a day at the ballpark he won't soon forget.

Playing for the Worth 8U team at the Donelson Rotary Park, Walden cracked three over-the-fence homeruns in a doubleheader loss to the Franklin Rebels.

The son of John & Kerri Walden, Parker hit a one HR in Saturday's opener, then ripped two more in the nightcap.

Grandparents are Ron & Ann Walden; Bryon and Max Whithurst.

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Among the greatest who missed their special day

By SAM HATCHER

Three local men missed by only days the event at Cumberland University Tuesday in which World War II veterans who trained here for deployments to Europe were presented Honorary Masters degrees in Military Arts.

Harry Snodgrass, Louis Perner and Homer Burke, all three veterans from Wilson County, died only days before they could be presented their diplomas but were represented at the ceremony by family members.

The most recent of the three to die, Mr. Burke, died on Monday.

Besides a veteran of World War II, Mr. Burke and his late brother Efford were likely best known locally for discovering the Bluegrass duo Flatt and Scruggs while traveling as salesmen in East Tennessee for Martha White Flour.

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Improvements coming for WBMS outdoor classroom

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Winfree-Bryant Middle Schools Outdoor Classroom is receiving some additional improvements Saturday as local law firm Tressler & Associates PLLC and Tennessee Curb Appeal, LLC are supplying landscaping for the classroom that has served many students in the schools first year.

Before any students entered the new middle school, the outdoor classroom was built behind the schools practice football field, between WBMS and Byars Dowdy Elementary School.

A lot of our science and social studies classes have been out here frequently this year, said WBMS Principal Becky Kegley.

The classroom, complete with a podium, seating for about 30 students and a board for instruction, allows students to partake in activities that may be too loud or too messy for conventional classrooms.

Todd Tressler of Tressler & Associates, helped conceptualize and build the outdoor classroom last year, and along with TN Curb Appeal will supply additional mulch and other landscaping work to improve the look of the classroom.

Kegley said teachers can sign up to use the classroom any time they want, and many held review sessions for the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program Test, or TCAP test, in the outdoor classroom.

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Honor Flight takes local heroes to D.C.

One hundred and two World War II veterans from Wilson County and Middle Tennesseetraveled to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, May 8, in trip number four of the Music City Honor Flights.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=38|imageid=219|displayname=0|float=left}The veterans touredhistoric monuments, especially the World War II Memorial, on the expense-free trip aboard a US Air jet and tour buses, also with flight organizers and guardians.Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jim D. Henderson of Lebanon served as one of the guardians for the flight, which saw two locally connected veterans of that conflict included on the trip.

Large, enthusiastic crowds sent the group off early Tuesday at Nashville International Airport to be met by welcoming crowds of trravellers, volunteers, airport personnel, visitors and the famed fire boats salute at Reagan International in D.C. Similarsize crowds welcomed the veterans to their visits to not only the World War II monument, but also the Marine Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and many others, and visiting the wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the huge, 60-acre, Arlington National Cemetery.

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Every Mothers Day is special for this family

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Every Mothers Day is special, but for Jennie Hoffman and her daughter Ali, they never take one for granted since Ali was born prematurely and spent the first four months of her life in the hospital.

Now, 8-year-old Ali is not only telling her story, but raising money for the March of Dimes this Saturday, right before four generations of her family get together for another Mothers Day that Jennie is grateful to celebrate.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=37|imageid=214|displayname=0|float=left}Ali Hoffman was born on June 30, 2003, but due to complications during pregnancy, her birth date was far earlier than expected. Jennie explained Ali was born when she was just 26 weeks pregnant.

At the time of her birth, Ali weighed just 1.14 pounds.

I had Strep B, which is something women can get while pregnant that can basically make the mom go into labor, she said.

After Ali was born prematurely, she was rushed to the Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt University where she, and her mother, would spend the first four months of Alis life.

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Geneva Hale Davis, 87

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, May 9, at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown for Mrs. Davis, 87, of Watertown.
Retired from Precision Rubber and born in Birmingham, AL, she died Monday, May 7, 2012 at University Medical Center.
Interment was in the Jones Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.

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James Leonard Ford, 69

Graveside services were held Thursday morning, May 10 at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville for Mr. Ford, 69, of Mt. Juliet.
The son of the late Hurley David Ford and Frances Carmyne Chandler Ford Kephart died Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

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William Henry Legon Jr., 54

A memorial service was held Thursday morning, May 10 at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon for Mr. Legon, 54, of Lebanon.
The son of the late William and Mildred Legon, he died Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

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Peter A Mackie, 77

A funeral mass will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Nashville, for Mr. Mackie, 77, of Hermitage.
Mr. Mackie died Wednesday, May 9, 2012.
Visitation will be Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, 2250 N. Mt. Juliet Rd.

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Matthew George Kidd, 32

Matthew Kidd of Lebanon died Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at age 32.
The family will hold a private service in Costa Rica.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, W. Baddour Pkwy.

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Patricia Fawn Mazza, 50

Chapel services are planned for 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon for Fawn Mazza, 50, of Lebanon.
The wife of Jeff Mazza, she passed away Thursday, May 10, 2012.
Visitation is set for Tuesday from from 11 a.m. until the service. Interment will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

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None injured in PFG ammonia leak

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

An ammonia leak early Thursday morning evacuated employees from Performance Food Group in Lebanon, but no one was harmed or injured in the leak that required the dispatch of local HAZMAT personnel.

Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Dowell said the call came in around 2:30 a.m. and they responded to the distribution center on Maddox-Simpson Parkway. The department also called the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency for assistance.

The call to us actually came from the Lebanon Fire Department to request our assistance, said WEMA Director John Jewell.

Jewell said all 30 employees in the building at the time were evacuated safely and WEMA HAZMAT personnel managed to get the leak under control. He praised the work of PFG personnel who followed all the proper protocols.

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Annual antique tractor show slated

Wilson County Antique Power Association is hosting the 21st annual Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Show on Saturday, May 19, at the James E, Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.

Gates will open at 8 a.m.

The show will feature exhibits of antique tractors, antique tracks, gas engines, farm implements, corn meal grinding, blacksmithing and sawmilling. Many activities for all ages are scheduled throughout the day. Childrens activities include a Needle in the Haystack contest and a Kiddie Tractor Pull for ages 8 to 12. There will also be a Parade of Power, which allows proud owners to parade their equipment through the Fiddlers Grove area.

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Two MJ city workers on leave in 'sexting' case

From Post staff reports

Two Mt. Juliet City employees were placed on administrative leave as an ongoing investigation continues into reportedly sexually explicit text messages and photos being sent to one another using city-issued cell phones and computers.

Mt. Juliet Police Sgt. James Crosslin and his wife, Charlene Crosslin, who works in the citys Finance Department, were placed on leave without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

According to city policy concerning employees, sending inappropriate texts and photos can result in disciplinary action. Three MJPD detectives are assisting the citys Human Resources Department in the investigation, exploring the possibility of criminal wrongdoing.

The messages reportedly date as far back as 2010. The couple is reportedly separated.

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Wilson 2nd graders learn about farm life

By PATRICK HALL and NICHOLE MANNA
The Wilson Post

Around 1,500 second graders from local elementary schools visited the James E. Ward Agricultural Center on Wednesday and Thursday to get a taste of farm life from those who live it with the 11th annual Farm Days event.

Organized by Wilson County Soil Conservation and Farm Bureau Women of Wilson County, local students learn from farmers about caring for animals ranging from cattle, sheep, goats, chickens and even bees.

Second graders from West Elementary School were able to pet the nose of a 4-year-old Brown Swiss cow, but only after being reassured by Diane Major, of Wilson County Soil Conservation and also a local dairy farmer, that cows dont bite.

They only have four teeth on the bottom, she said.

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Businesses relieved MJ Road construction ending next week

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Business owners along North Mt. Juliet Road are relieved to hear the construction stretching the length of the major thoroughfare is to be complete next Friday, and many are looking forward to the benefits of having the road widened.

Im definitely relieved that its finally opening, said Jason Gregory, general manager of The Corner Pub, located at 4136 N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation said the construction will finally be complete on Friday, May 18, after three years of work. The project began in 2009 and was budgeted at $8.9 million.

The work widens North Mt. Juliet Road to five lanes from Interstate 40 to Highway 70. TDOT Community Relations Officer Deanna Lambert said the contractor, LoJac Enterprises, has until May 25 to finish, but said everything is expected to be done a week before that date.

Mt. Juliet Road should be open and all lanes drivable on Friday, May 18, barring any weather or other unforeseen delays, Lambert said. However, the contractor technically has until May 25to completely finish, so they may have to tie up some loose ends between those dates.

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