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Martha Alice Rich Davis, 64

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at at the Nashville National Cemetery in Madison for Ms. Davis, 64 of Old Hickory.
The Mt. Juliet native died Feb. 4, 2012.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Retired from the State of Tennessee, she was a member of the Green Street church of Christ.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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Kevin Dean Lasater, 58

Mr. Lasater, 58, of the Leeville community, went home to be with the Lord Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 at his residence surrounded by his family.

He is preceded in death by brother, Allen Wayne Lasater; paternal grandparents Ennis & Fannie Mae Lasater; maternal grandparents, Kelly & Lucille Ogle.

Survivors include: his wife of 35 years Patricia Ann Patty Lasater; son Phillip Wayne (Amber) Lasater; daughter Megan Elizabeth Lasater; parents Raymond & Sarah Lasater; twin sister Karen (Tom) Weaver; brothers Charles (Leigh Ann) Lasater and Myron (Dana) Lasater; mother & father in-law Leslie Jr. & Katherine Sullivan; sister-in-law Vicky (Eddie) Jones; brothersin- law John (Betty) Sullivan, Scotty Sullivan, Joe Sullivan and Shannon Sullivan as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lasater was a member and elder of Leeville Church of Christ, a retired aircraft inspector with Triumph/Vought Aircraft in Nashville, an avid pilot and mechanic.

Visitation will be held 2-8 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 8 and 12 Noon until the service Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Services will be conducted by Bro. Doy Ott Hollman. Interment will follow at the Leeville Cemetery.

Active pallbearers: Larry Summars, Macky Glenn, Don Hoffmeister, Mark Barry, Paul Rotenberry and Jr. Sullivan. Honorary: co-workers, pilots, friends and fellow motorcyclists.

The family requests contributions may be made in Mr. Lasaters memory to the Megan Lasater Educational Trust Fund, c/o Wilson Bank & Trust.

Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Man charged in synthetic drug sale, possessing gambling equipment

From Post staff reports

Information and evidence obtained during undercover visits to local convenience stores checking on the reported sale of synthetic drugs led to the arrest of one stores employee.

Lebanon Police Departments Narcotics Unit utilized a confidential informant to visit 14 different convenience stores on Jan. 31 after receiving complaints regarding the stores selling synthetic drugs such as 7H from under the counter. This drug and other related drugs have been deemed illegal in the State of Tennessee.

The CI entered the stores to try and purchase the synthetic drug. Investigators with the LPDs Narcotics Unit were able to purchase one pack of 7H Hydro Botanical Potpourri at the Tobacco Outlet at 735 North Cumberland Street, said Chief Scott Bowen.

Using the information they obtained, officers on Feb. 1 served a search warrant on Discount Tobacco Outlet where they reportedly seized one gaming machine/gambling device, 10 packages of synthetic cannabis/7H and more than $4,000 in cash.

The store employee, Basam Farag Hanna, 31, of Nashville, was arrested and charged with the sale of illegal synthetic drugs and possession of gambling equipment. Farag is to appear in General Sessions Court on April 17.

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WC eliminated in state wrestling duals

FRANKLIN -- Wilson Central's wrestling team ran into a buzzsaw in Friday's opening match of the TSSAA State Dual Tournament at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center.

The Wildcats were blitzed 60-3 by powerful Soddy Daisy. Ninth grader John Kramer was the only WC wrestler to record a win as he decisioned Billy Swanson 12-6 in the 220-pound class.

Later on Friday, Central rebounded with a lopsided 71-6 victory over Knoxville Powell in the first round of the consolation bracket.

Wilson Central was eliminated by Ravenwood Saturday in the second round of the consolation bracket by a score of 38-30.

Soddy Daisy 60, Wilson Central 3
195 - Brett Ervin (SD) p. Dakota Petree (Wilson) 0:54; 220 - John Kramer (Wilson) d. Billy Swanson (SD) 12-6; 285 - Alex Seeley (SD) p. Michael Vaughn (Wilson) 0:25; 106 - Austin Houser (SD) d. Lane Dickerson (Wilson) 5-2; 113 - Adam Brewer (SD) d. Jonathan Hayes (Wilson) 8-5; 120 - Jacob Stevens (SD) d. Nick Insalaco (Wilson) 9-7; 126 - Josh Deckelman (SD) m.d. Eddie Small (Wilson) 19-5; 132 - Campbell Lewis (SD) p. Austin Richard (Wilson) 1:14; 138 - Gage Richmond (SD) p. John-Michael Jenkinson (Wilson) 3:45; 145 - Jonah Smith (SD) d. Jonathan Ward (Wilson) 4-0; 152 - Turbo Smith (SD) t.f. Benjamin Iiles (Wilson) 3:00; 160 - Brandon Hunt (SD) d. Jacob Myers (Wilson) 9-4; 170 - Blaike Henry (SD) p. John Lasater (Wilson) 1:18; 182 - Luke Reno (SD) p. Perry Baltz (Wilson) 4:39.

Wilson Central 71, Powell 6
126 - Eddie Small (Wilson) d. Tyler Kimble (Pow) 3-1; 132 - Austin Richard (Wilson) p. Johathan Sellers (Pow) 3:08; 138 - John-Michael Jenkinson (Wilson) p. Eli Bishop (Pow) 1:28; 145 - Jonathan Ward (Wilson) d. Adam Parton (Pow) 12-5; 152 - Ben Iiles (Wilson) p. Dakota York (Pow) 1:11; 160 - Jacob Myers (Wilson) p. Christian Bolden (Pow) 3:05; 170 - John Lasater (Wilson) p. Joe Gourley (Pow) 3:09; 182 - Perry Baltz (Wilson) p. Andrew Irby (Pow) 1:38; 195 - Dakota Petree (Wilson) wins by forfeit; 220 - John Kramer (Wilson) p. Robert Hamilton (Pow) 1:23; 285 - Anthony Riveria (Pow) wins by forfeit; 106 - Lane Dickeson (Wilson) wins by forfeit; 113 - Christian Cerrito (Wilson) p. Austin Irby (Pow) 2:58; 120 - Nick Insalaco (Wilson) m.d. Bob Carathers (Pow) 16-1.

Ravenwood 38, Wilson Central 30
132 - Jacob Freeman (Rw) t.f. Andy Hamrick (Wilson) 6:00; 138 - Austin Richard (Wilson) d. Taylor Warren (Rw) 6-5; 145 - Haydn Jennings (Rw) d. John-Michael Jenkinson (Wilson) 4-2; 152 - Tanner Reynolds (Rw) t.f. Benjamin Iiles (Wilson) 5:18; 160 - Grant Jones (Rw) d. Jacob Myers (Wilson) 6-2; 170 - Camden Grecco (Rw) p. John Lasater (Wilson) 3:37; 182 - Jonathan Mabry (Rw) m.d. Perry Baltz (Wilson) 9-1; 195 - Evan Long (Rw) p. John Petree (Wilson) 2:31; 220 - John Kramer (Wilson) d. Preston Shotts (Rw) 11-6; 285 - Bowen Reau (Rw) p. John Vaughn (Wilson) 0:13; 106 - Lane Dickeson (Wilson) wins by forfeit; 113 - Jonathan Hayes (Wilson) wins by forfeit; 120 - Nick Insalaco (Wilson) wins by forfeit; 126 - Eddie Small (Wilson) wins by forfeit.

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LHS sweeps Gallatin Friday

Lebanon High's basketball program turned the page after 57 years at Campbell Brandon Gym / Hester Gibbs Court with a pair of rousing victories Friday night over longtime rival Gallatin. Friday's contest marked the final regular season games at the old building.

The Devilettes dusted Gallatin 48-24 in the opener, running out to a 13-0 lead and never looking back.

The Blue Devils rode a 23-performance from post man Cameron High for a 53-39 victory over the slumping Green Wave. Senior Zimmer Hunn hit for 19, including the final regular season basket in the old building.

Elsewhere in Wilson County Friday night, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy's girls dusted off Riverside Christian from Fayetteville 49-18 behind 15 points from Lynnze Ethridge. The lady Saints improved to 11-13 overall.

In the nightcap at MJCA, the Saints rolled to a 66-46 win over Riverside as Trevor West popped for 21 points, including three 3-pointers. MJCA stands 14-9 overall / 7-4 in the Middle-East region of Division II.

Over at Friendship Christian, the Watertown Tigerettes pulled out a hard-fought 45-34 victory over the Lady Commnders Friday. WHS got double-digit scoring from Hailey Speck with 15, Morgan gartner with 14 and Jordan Brewington 12 on four 3-pointers. FCS was led by eight points each from Deja Jones and Kristian Watkins.

In the nightcap, No. 3-ranked Friendship slipped past a determined Watertown team 51-48 as Dalton Patterson led the way with 18 points. Mark Sandoval added 13. The Purple Tigers were led by 20 from KeAnDre Bates and 11 from Ty Jobe.

Mt. Juliet's Caya Williams broke the 2,500 point barrier for her carrer with an 18-point effort in Friday's 59-15 victory over Hendersonville.

The Golden Bears suffered their second consecutive defeat, this one a 54-42 loss at the hands of Hendersonville. Caleb Chowbay was the only MJ player in double figures with 19 points.

Wilson Central's boys moved into sole possession of first place in District 9AAA with a 82-61 win over Station Camp. Jacob Williams had 26 points as the Wildcats improved to 20-3 overall and 11-2 in District 9AAA.

Station Camp's girls defeated Wilson Central 55-53 in Friday night's opener, placing three players in double figures. Central was outscored 14-11 in the fourth quarter. Sydney Vanlandingham led the Lady Wildcats with 19 points.

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Cumberland baseball takes 2-of-3 to open 2012 season

MT. VERNON, Ga. -- Mike Mandarino tossed a complete-game shutout and William Henderson plated the only run, as 7th-ranked Cumberland split a doubleheader, winning the second game 1-0 on Saturday at Brewton-Parker.

The Bulldogs (2-1) dropped the opener, 4-2, with the Barons scoring four times in the fifth inning after CU held an early 2-0 advantage. Mandarino (1-0) helped the visitors to the doubleheader split, giving up four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in seven innings.

Brewton-Parker (3-4) left runners on first and third to end the game, as Eddie Peyton grounded out to end the game.

Craig Monson walked to leadoff the third inning for CU, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Hendersons single through the leftside for the games only run. CU bounced into a pair of doubleplays in the latter innings, but Mandarino made the single run stand up, as Cumberland won 2-of-3 games over the weekend against the Barons.

Chipper Smith (0-1) suffered the loss in the opener for the Bulldogs despite retiring the first 13 batters of the game. The lefthander allowed four runs on four hits with five strikeouts in six innings.

BPCs Joel McLaughlin (3-0) picked up the victory, giving up two runs on three hits with seven strikeouts in six innings. Ryan Raymer tossed a perfect seventh inning for his third save of the young season.

In the first inning of the opener, Cory Urquhart was hit by the pitch to leadoff the game and moved to second on a wild pickoff throw with two outs.Mandarino popped out to end the inning, but the ball was dropped and Urquhart came around to score for an early lead.

CU added to the lead in the fourth when Cody Ferrell led off with a shallow single and pinch-runner Ryan Critchelow moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Tyler Alford. Urquharts two-out double to deep rightcenter plated Critchelow for a 2-0 edge for the visitors.

The Barons broke through in the fifth, with a one-out single to left from Joseph Taylor breaking up Smiths perfect game. Jacob Otwell was hit before a run-scoring double by Tony Voiro. Peyton then bunted but the Bulldogs were unable to get the runner at the plate, allowing a run to score and putting runners on the corners.

DeMontez Jones and Omar Artsen followed with consecutive run-scoring singles through the leftside, giving BPC a 4-2 lead. The bleeding finally stopped for the Bulldogs when Daniel Jones flied out to right and Artsen was forced out by Ferrell, ending the inning.

ON FRIDAY -- Keith Kirby tossed six strong innings and Nick Sydnor collected three hits, drove in two runs and scored once, as seventh-ranked Cumberland opened the 2012 season with a 6-1 victory at Brewton-Parker.

The Bulldogs could not have asked much more from Kirby (1-0), who allowed just two hits and one hit with seven strikeouts in six innings of work. The righthander threw 95 total pitches, 60 for strikes, and retired 14 straight batters after giving up two singles in the first inning to the Barons (2-2).

Sydnor singled home the first run of the game in the second inning, started a four-run fifth inning with a leadoff single in the fifth and plated CUs final run with a single in the eighth. Josh McGee added two hits for Cumberland in the earliest season opener for the program since 2003.

Devin Stovall tossed three hitless innings to earn the save for the Bulldogs. The sophomore walked two batters in the eighth but struck out the final two of the inning to get out of the jam. In all he struck out five.

BPC starter Daniel Jones (0-2), the first of four Barons pitchers in the game, allowed three earned runs on seven hits in six innings, walking two and striking out nine.

The Bulldogs got on the board first when McGee reached on an infield single with one out in the second inning before a triple to leftcenter from Sydnor.

Sydnor started a four-run fifth inning for CU with a leadoff single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Craig Monson. Pinch-hitter Daniel Harrisons single to center pushed Sydnor across and Harrison moved to second on the throw. Antonio Butler followed with a double just over the third basemans head, plating Harrison.

Cory Urquhart then walked and both runners moved up with a stolen base. Sam Linds two-out single to shallow right scored both players for a 5-0 Cumberland lead.

Omar Artsen drew a one-out walk for the Barons in the sixth, stole second and third and scored on a sacrifice fly to left from Joseph Taylor.

CU added another run in the eighth when Mike Mandarino led off with a single and pinch-runner Ryan Critchelow moved to second on a wild pitch. Sydnors single to right plated Critchelow for a 6-1 lead.

Cumberland takes on Belhaven University, LSU-Shreveport and Southern Poly next weekend in Jackson, Miss., before opening the home schedule Wednesday, Feb. 15 against Milligan College.

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Allegation of stolen money leads to shooting

Wilson County Sheriffs Department is continuing an investigation into the shooting of a man late Wednesday night regarding an allegation of stolen money.

Sheriff Terry Ashe said the incident occurred around 10 p.m., Wednesday, at a residence at 450 Trousdale Ferry Road, Lebanon.

The two residents of the home, Willie Ray Hearn, 60, and Derrick Antonio Johnson Sr., age unknown, had been out socializing and returned home where Hearn accused Johnson of taking some money from him and then reportedly shot him.

Johnson was transported by Wilson County Emergency Management Agency ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

We have some conflicting statements, Ashe said, regarding the incident from Hearn and Johnson.

Hearn was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault and was booked into the Wilson County Jail on $75,000 bond. He is to appear in court on March 8.

Ashe said the investigation is continuing in the case which is being led by Sgt. Jeff Johnson and Det. Chris Hodge.

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.

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Letter from former slave to former master found

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

This is a genuine document.

So began the introduction to a letter appearing in the Aug. 22, 1865 edition of the New York Daily Tribune dictated by a Jourdon Anderson to a Wilson County landowner, Col. P.H. Anderson.

Jourdon Anderson was a former slave. Colonel P.H. Anderson was his former master. The Colonel lived in Big Spring, Tennessee, a small community in East Wilson County in the area of Old Rome Pike and Big Springs Road.

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Experiment: Is it ever too early to plant Irish potatoes?

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

Just looking at the bare garden plot in the middle of winter brought a feeling of sadness. It's seemed like such a waste of time and resources to see it idle -- unproductive, naked to the rain and sun.

One year my wife insisted on a cover crop and chose Harry Vetch which really took off just when it was time to clear it off for the spring planting. It seems as if I nearly tore up my tiller and irrigation pipes getting the tangled greenery off of the garden spot.

So the next year after noticing the potatoes in the garage growing long shoots, I decided to go ahead and plant them even though it was Feb. 15

You will remember that we had several snows last year and the temperature was below freezing many days after I had put the seed potatoes in the ground. Well it didn't seem to make any difference to the plants because as soon as it warmed up a bit, I started seeing little green shoots and leaves in the garden rows. We wound up digging the spuds with plenty of time afterward to grow another summer crop behind them.

So this year when the potatoes we hadn't eaten yet started growing shoots beginning as early as November, I began to wonder if I could go ahead and plant them. The shoots got longer and longer and finally I decided Jan. 22 to put them in the ground which was still a little wet from the last heavy rains.

Trying to work up the earth was too tiring and frustrating since the moles had made tunnels all through my beds, so I finally knocked off some of the grass and took a rod and made a hole to bury the seed potatoes in. I promised myself I'd come back later to finish cleaning off the ground when the weather was warmer. This no-till farming is definitely easier.

It's just been a few days since my experiment started but already the shoots, some of which I left above ground, have started to green up. I'll let you know in the spring how the crop is coming along, or better yet, invite you over for some French fries fresh from the new potato patch.

Editors Note: George Robertson is a physician with Family Medical Associates, PC, in Lebanon.

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Final basketball game at Campbell-Brandon gymnasium tonight

It has been said that all good things must come to an end and thus another chapter ends at the current Lebanon High School.

This Friday night at 6:30 p.m. the last Varsity Basketball game will be played on the LHS court. Though it is a bittersweet time, we look forward with great anticipation to our next venture as we prepare to move into our new facility on Blue Devil Drive.

If the court could talk, it would tell of many happy times, wins and losses and wonderful memories shared throughout the years. Once again we would like to invite all of those that were such a vital part of LHS basketball games to come and be a part of our big finale.

All of the former cheerleaders, managers, coaches and basketball players that at one time graced the court are all invited to come and be recognized on Friday night. Lebanon High School is a community school with a lot of pride and tradition that has been passed down through the ages.

Once a Blue Devil, always a Blue Devil. We will save you a seat!

Myra Jane Sloan, Ed.S.
Principal
Lebanon High School

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Local artwork 'centerpiece' for national TV network

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Sunday is the biggest sporting event of the year in America, the Super Bowl, and while many people spend the weeks leading up to the big game planning parties, Lebanon resident Rick Wittrig spent that time tirelessly crafting centerpieces for sports network ESPNs own Super Bowl gathering.

Wittrig is the owner and chief craftsman for Fire Pit Art and spends his time creating incredible fire pits and metal sculptures at his home in Lebanon. The opportunity to create something for ESPN sprang up in Atlanta.

We attended a wholesale tradeshow a few weeks ago and we were very well received, Wittrig said.

Wittrig said representatives of ESPN saw his work and approached him about creating something for their party in Indianapolis, Ind., for Super Bowl XLVI. Wittrig is no stranger to these high-profile jobs. In 2010, the Vancouver Olympics Committee asked him to create fire pits for Whistler Olympic Village. He also said hes done work for Dollywood in the past.

While he spends his days creating fire pits such as the one for the Vancouver Olympics, a steel sculpture of the globe where flames could reach out through the worlds oceans, ESPN wanted something less flammable.

They wanted to know if we were capable of doing sculptures. I accepted the challenge and went to work, he said.

Wittrig worked closely with ESPN, collaborating on a design with a team of individuals responsible for putting together the high-profile Super Bowl party. He said the party had a football and industrial theme, so his metalwork would be a key component to the decorations.

The sculptures are made from 18-guage stainless steel and are laser etched, he explained.

Wittrig worked 10- to 12-hour days this past week to finish the 40 sculptures that are to be on display in the center of tables at ESPNs Super Bowl bash. Thursday morning, the sculptures shipped out to Indianapolis.

While ESPN didnt elaborate on where the sculptures would be placed, Donna, Wittrigs wife, said they hope to see one during the networks live coverage of the game before or after the kickoff.

Its been fun and absolutely grueling, he said.

Wittrig said the sculptures were shipped to the Arts Garden in Indianapolis, which sits just a few blocks away from Lucas Oil Stadium, where the New York Giants and New England Patriots will line up for the Super Bowl.

Im unclear if the party is before, during, or after the game, or all of the above, Wittrig laughed.

When asked where they plan to watch the big game, Mrs. Wittrig said her husband asked her the same question Thursday morning, their first chance to take a breather and think about enjoying the game on Sunday.

I believe we will curl up on the couch and enjoy the game together as a family, she said. Unless, of course, we get an invitation to attend the ESPN Super Bowl Party, then off to Indianapolis we will go!

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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Register to vote in Presidential Primary by Feb. 6

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

If you plan to vote in the Republican and Democratic Presidential Preference Primary set for March 6, you have until Monday, Feb. 6, to register to do so.

Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren said state law allows new voter registration applications to be processed up until 30 days before each election. Applications received between Feb. 6 and March 6 will be processed after Election Day.

Bottom line, be sure to get your application in by Monday, Warren said.

This first primary is something new for Tennesseans, as everyone voting must comply with a new state law requiring voters to bring a state-issued photo ID with them to the polls.

According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, 12,571 photo IDs have been issued for voting purposes from July 1 through Jan. 30, 2012. The vast majority of those, 11,896, were non-photo driver licenses converted into photo driver licenses. Also, 675 of those issued were original photo identification cards.

All Wilson County voters, remember to bring your state or federally issued photo ID with you when you come to vote, Warren said.

Early voting begins on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and continues through Tuesday, Feb. 28, and local citizens may vote in Lebanon at the Wilson County Election Commission at 203 E. Main Street; the Mt. Juliet Community Center at 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy.; and at the Watertown Community Center on Sparta Pike.

We would love to have a great turnout for early voting, Warren added.

If you still need to get a proper photo ID to be able to vote, on Saturday, Feb. 4, the Department of Safety will open 19 driver service centers for citizens needing an ID. Since Wilson Countys center is not included among those that will be opened, county residents may travel to nearby Sumner County or Rutherford County to obtain an ID for voting.

Those centers will be open again on Saturday, March 3, for the same purpose and will be open normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Sumner County center is located at 855 Bluejay Way in Gallatin and the Rutherford center is at 1035 Samsonite Blvd. in Murfreesboro.

Voter registration applications are available at the Election Commission office, online at www.state.tn.us/sos/election/forms/ss-3010.pdf and at most Wilson County government offices. You may contact the Election Commission staff at 444-0216 with any questions and for help obtaining or completing an application.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted atphall@wilsonpost.com.

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Pickers favor Giants in Super Bowl

By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post

Local grocers have packed shelves with stand-and-graze snacks and television retailers are doing everything under the sun to get as many new screens in area homes as possible before Super Bowl XLVI kicks off Sunday.

For the record for those of you not so schooled on Roman numerals, XLVI is 46 in layman terms.

That's right, Sunday will mark the 46th anniversary of this extraordinary event which likely will boast the largest television audience ever. The prediction now stands that more than 100 million viewers will watch the game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots.

Set to kickoff at 5:20 p.m., the game is a rerun of sorts of the match-up in Super Bowl XLII.

However, this time around New England hopes to change the ending. In that game, played in 2008, New England was a 14-point favorite and lost 17 to 14.

This year New England is favored again but not by as many points. According to Las Vegas, New England should win the game by 3 points. New York, however, is counting on a repeated bad forecast coming out of Las Vegas and is pinning its hopes on another upset win.

An interesting side note to all of this "he said, she said" nonsense coming out of Las Vegas is that the winner of the Super Bowl has beaten the odds makers all but six times in the previous 45 games.

Fans here have their own ideas about the big game beyond Buffalo wings, onion dip, and chips and salsa.

County Mayor Randall Hutto would like to see the Giants win but he believes the Patriots are "well prepared" and likely the better team.

"I like the Manning family," he said, singling out New York quarterback Eli Manning, but "I think New England's going to win."

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead is picking the New York.

"I see the Giants winning 27-24," Craighead said. Asked about picking the underdog to win, he said he was a Vandy fan and was used to pulling for the underdog.

Watertown Mayor and County Attorney Mike Jennings said his heart is with the Giants, but hes picking the Patriots to win the game.

Country music icon Charlie Daniels, Cumberland University President Harvill Eaton and Circuit Judge John Wootten also agree that the Giants are going to win.

Wootten sees the game going into a possible overtime with New York winning by 6.

Eaton sees the event as reminding him of the lyrics in an old Three Dog Night song in which he paraphrased "Eli's comin' and the Patriots better hide."

Daniels didn't elaborate but picked the Giants as an upset winner.

Country music singer/songwriter and Wilson County resident Tracy Lawrence said, I think the Patriots will win 21 to 17. I think that they are fairly evenly matched, but Tom Brady will be the difference in the game. Its going to be a great game.

One resident expert, Wilson Post Sports Editor Tommy Bryan said succinctly "the Patriots" when asked who his choice was. Bryan said "too many people are trying to compare this game to the last match-up when the Giants won. But the truth of the matter is that both teams are different today than they were then and this year the Patriots are superior."

A second resident expert, Wilson Post columnist Joe Biddle sees it being a Giant win in what he described as a "close one."

"There's something about the Giants I like," Biddle said. He reasoned that New England has the best offense but said New York has "the best players top to bottom."

Biddle has covered some 25 Super Bowls and said it still amazes him that America can build up all the hype it does for this one game of the year.

CEO and Publisher Sam Hatcher may be contacted at shatcher@wilsonpost.com.
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3rd Annual Music at the Mill features Nashville singers/songwriters

From Post staff reports

McClain Christian Academy is once again bringing some of Nashvilles best songwriters and entertainers to Lebanon for the third annual Music at the Mill featuring Josh Turner and many other performers on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The event has garnered a stellar reputation for its intimate atmosphere and unique perspective into the stories and inspiration behind some of country musics top hits and a chance to hear those stories directly from the writers who experienced them.

This years line-up includes Josh Turner, famous for his hits Long Black Train, Would You Go With Me, Why Dont We Just Dance and more. With Turner are artists and songwriters Richie McDonald, Joey+Rory, Kevin Denney, Mandy Barnett, Sal Gonzalez and Jason Lee McKinney.

McDonald was the lead singer of the country group Lonestar and is known for hits such as Im Already There, My Front Porch Looking In, and much more.

Joey+Rory are a husband-wife duo who have released three studio albums to-date and appeared on CMTs 2008 show Can You Duet. Songs by Joey+Rory include Some Beach, written by the duo and performed by Blake Shelton, Cheater Cheater and Thats Important to Me.

Denney is a songwriter who penned hits for Tracy Byrd and Craig Morgan, including performing his own singles, Thats Just Jesse and Cadillac Tears. Barnett is the star of the stage production AlwaysPatsy Cline while also releasing two studio albums Mandy Barnett and Sweet Dreams.

Gonzalez has written songs such as Heroes, Losing You and River Bank while McKinney is known for hits Firefly, Sounds Like Me, Lord Knows and Middle of Nowhere.

There are three seating opportunities at The Mill at Lebanon for the event, and many sponsorship opportunities for individuals and local businesses to help raise money for the local private school.

Tickets may be purchased for three tiers of seating with Tier Three, $35, being general admission; Tier Two, $60, and Tier One, $125, being preferred seating in the front, dinner, a VIP gift and artist meet and greet after the show.

Individuals and small businesses may also donate at least $275 to be awarded sponsorship and receive two Tier Two seats and sponsor recognition at the event. Larger sponsorship packages are available for businesses up to $5,000.

Doors open for the event at 6 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and at 6:30 for all others with the show starting promptly thereafter. Tickets are available, and to purchase, call 444-2678 or email glangford@mca-pixie.com.

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TEC plans tree-planting Saturday

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Tennessee Environmental County and Executive Director Dr. John McFadden, executive director, have a goal of planning 5,000 trees in Lebanon as well as other Middle Tennessee cities on Saturday, Feb. 4, to improve the health and appearance of the community.

The effort is part of the councils Tennessee Tree Project, which projects to plant and care for 1 million native trees across the state.

According to the council, trees not only look great in a community, they also bring many health and environmental benefits along with them. McFadden said planting 30 trees each year helps offset greenhouse gasses from your car and home.

McFadden indicated studies have also shown communities with more trees have less crime and said the U.S. Forest Service found that more than 2 million acres of Tennessees native forests were cut and more than 500,000 acres converted for other uses.

The plan is to get the community involved and get enough support to plant 5,000 trees in Lebanon, Murfreesboro, Spring Hill and Gallatin. In Lebanon, the council is partnering with the City of Lebanon Stormwater Department and the Beautification Commission to plant trees along the Cedar City Trail.

Its great to have a partner who has done this type of tree planting a number of times like the Tennessee Environmental Council, said Lebanon Stormwater Director James Vaden.

The trail travels along the banks of Sinking Creek and the council is aiming to plant the trees in riparian areas near streams and waterways to serve a dual purpose of benefiting the councils Watershed Support Center.

Trees are a critical part of protecting and restoring water quality in our city, after all, we are named after the cedar tree, Vaden said.

Vaden pointed out trees provide many benefits for the stormwater volumes and runoff in Lebanon. He said they are a cost-effective way to comply with stormwater regulations and added that trees filter and reduce stormwater volumes as well as help restore local forests.

Volunteers will meet in Lebanon at the Jimmy Floyd Family Center for registration at 8:30 a.m., and tree planting will begin at 9 and continue until 2 p.m. You may register beforehand by contacting Vaden at 533-8219 for more information.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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LSSD to offer workshop on child sexual abuse

Lebanon Special School District presents a workshop on child sexual abuse called Darkness to Light Stewards of Children.

Its not a topic that we want to think about or discuss, but it is real, said Beth Petty, director of the LSSD Family Resource Center.

Petty has attended the training three times, once when it was provided to staff of

LSSD, once through Wilson County Parents as Teachers, and last year, when the FRC presented the workshop to parents and community leaders.

The first time I attended the training, I knew that child sexual abuse was real. I knew that I needed to report suspected abuse. I knew I would want to protect any child in this situation, but what really impacted me were the faces and stories of adult survivors of child sexual abuse, Petty said.

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FCS hosts Watertown tonight

FCS BOYSCAN LOCK UP TOP SEED IN 8A --
A full house is expected tonight at the Bay Family Sportsplex as District 8A rivals Watertown and Friendship Christian School square off. Action starts at 6 p.m. with the Lady Commanders and the Tigerettes.

Friendship has been boosted by the recent return of senior guard Andi Morrisett, who is back on the floor after tearing the ACL in her left knee against this same Watertown team nearly a month ago.

Morrisett had 16 points in Tuesday nights 41-37 upset win at Red Boiling Springs. Post Deja Jones added a double-double (12 points and 17 boards) as FCS improved to 7-13 overall / 2-5 in the district.

On Tuesday, the Watertown squad rallied for a 33-31 win over Monterey -- improving to 16-9 overall. Jordan Brewington had nine points while Morgan Gartner and Hailey Speck each had eight.

The FCS boys can lock up the top seed in the District 8A tournament with a win tonight over the Purple Tigers. Ranked No. 3 in Class A, Friendship blistered Red Boiling Springs 67-31 Tuesday night on the road.

Mark Sandoval had 17, Dalton Patterson 14 and Allen Heaston 11 for the 18-2 / 7-0 FCS team. The Tigers (21-3) won for the eighth straight time Tuesday, rolling over Monterey 80-67. Ty Jobe had 18 to lead WHS. Josiah Smith had 13 and KeAnDre Bates 10.

MJCA hosts Riverside Christian --
Mt. Juliet Christian Academy will host Riverside Christian Academy from Fayetteville tonight in a 6 p.m. basketball doubleheader.

The Lady Saints enter tonights contest 10-13 overall following a 54-28 loss at Franklin Road Academy on Tuesday. Lynnze Ethridge led MJCA with 11 points.

MJ Christians Saints were held to eight second half points in a 47-31 loss in Tuesdays night. MJCA fell to 13-9 overall as Trevor West and Ben Wankel each had nine points.

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Sweat's double-double leads CU over Lyon Thursday

LEBANON -- Gallatin's Michael Sweat scored 13 points and tied a career-high with 16 rebounds to lead Cumberland to a 73-58 victory over Lyon College in mens basketball action Thursday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Daniel McFadden added 14 points and Charles Stewart netted 11, both off the bench, as the Bulldogs (15-7, 5-4 TranSouth) ended a four-game conference losing streak.

CU shot 59 percent in the second half to expand its two-point halftime edge and send Lyon (7-14, 1-8) to its 12th loss in the last 13 outings.

Lamar Brinkley posted 11 points and Johnny Williams had 10 for Cumberland, while Lyon sophomore CJ Blount led all scorers with 20 points, including three rim-rattling putback dunks, and grabbed 15 rebounds to pace the Scots.

Daniel Ritchie was the only other Lyon player in double figures with 14 points, as the visitors shot just 38 percent from the field for the game.

Neither team could muster much offense in the first half, with the teams combining to make only 21-of-57 field goals. The Scots jumped out to an 11-5 lead behind five points from Ricky Thomas, but the Bulldogs came back with a 9-2 spurt that included two buckets by Terry Williams and the first of three 3-pointers in the period by McFadden.

Neither team led by more than three the rest of the half and Andrew Ayodejis trifecta with 1:10 on the clock gave CU a 29-27 edge at the half.

Lyon hung around to start the second half, cutting the deficit to two after a Slater Belew layup with 12:34 remaining, but CU answered with an 11-2 spurt that ended with a 3-pointer from Sweat and an old-fashioned 3-point play by Brinkley. The Scots never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Cumberland travels to Freed-Hardeman in Henderson Saturday for a 4 p.m. contest.

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MJ's Williams shoots for 2,500 tonight

By TOMMY BRYAN
Mt. Juliet High's high-scoring post player Caya Williams (left) is one of the finalists for the high school female athlete award as part of the Pepsi Celebration of Champions later this month presented by Kroger.

The event, set Feb. 22 at The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, is an annual celebration of athletic achievement hosted by the Nashville Sports Council.

A four-year starter for the Lady Bears, Williams needs only 11 points tonight vs. Hendersonville High to reach the 2,500 point mark in her career.

She recently passed former six-on-six star Sheila Johanssons (2,483 career points) to become the programs all-time leading scorer. The MTSU signee will finish her four-year career averaging more than 20 ppg.

Caya has been the backbone of our team for four years, said MJ head coach Chris Fryer. Shes been a difference maker every night out. When youve got someone with her skill set down low, it opens up the rest of the floor. Weve been blessed to have her in our program.

Williams was a Class AAA Miss Basketball finalist last season and is expected to be in the running for the award again this year.

For more information about the Pepsi Celebration of Champions, visit www.nashvillesports.com.

The Lady Bears (23-2 / 11-0) waxed Beech 77-45 Tuesday, Jan. 31 as Jamasha Jackson scored 19 points, Williams had 15 and Sydney Rau 12.

The Mt. Juliet boys scored nine points in the first half and suffered their first 9AAA loss of the season Tuesday, falling 47-42 to Beech.

Caleb Chowbay had 17 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Quinteon Hall eight as the Golden Bears fell to 20-4 overall / 10-1 on the season.

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CU women down No. 24 Lyon

LEBANON -- Simone Ryan posted her 12th career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Katie Smith added 10 first-half points, as Cumberland ran its winning streak to five with a 61-53 victory over 24th-ranked Lyon College in womens basketball action Thursday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (10-11, 5-4 TranSouth) started the game quickly but led by only three at halftime. Lyon (17-6, 6-3) took its only lead of the game early in the second half but CU answered with a 9-3 spurt led by a pair of buckets from Ryan and a 3-pointer by Courtney Atkinson.

Debbie Onukwubes two free throws with 5:33 remaining in the game cut the Bulldog lead to 44-42, but the next sequence for CU may have been the difference in the contest.

Jessica Pace was fouled but missed both free throws. Casie Cowan gathered the rebound and fed Ryan, who missed a shot in the lane, but Pace got another rebound and was fouled again. She made one foul shot but this time, Ryan grabbed the carom on the second miss, made the putback and was fouled, hitting the free throw for a 48-42 advantage.

Casie Cowan added buckets on the next two trips for the Bulldogs and Ryans jumper just before the shot clock expired put CU ahead, 54-47, with 1:43 left. Cumberland added 5-of-6 foul shots in the final minute to ice the victory.

Pace finished with seven points and seven rebounds and Cowan netted eight off the bench.

Christine Smith led the Scots with 18 points, including four 3-pointers, while Phagen Altom recorded 15 points and Onukwube posted 11 points and six boards.

The Bulldogs started the game 6-of-9 from the field and led 16-5 with 11:33 to play in the first half after a Smith jumper in the lane. But CU missed its next nine shots, most of them good looks that would not go down, and went more than eight minutes without a point.

Lyon took advantage, scoring eight consecutive points despite poor shooting themselves. Whitney Keith made a 3-pointer and two free throws before a steal and layup by Altom cut the deficit to 16-13 with 4:23 left. Smiths runner off the glass broke the scoreless stretch for CU and the freshman added two free throws and another basket before the end of the period, as CU took a 24-21 advantage to intermission.

Smith poured in 10 points of 4-of-4 shooting while the rest of the Bulldogs were just 5-for-17 from the floor. Lyon finished the half only 6-of-21 from the field but stayed in the game because of the drought by the home team.

Cumberland travels to second-ranked Freed-Hardeman Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest.

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LHS vs. Gallatin headlines final regular season games at venue

By TOMMY BRYAN
Maybe its appropriate that longtime rival Gallatin will provide the opposition tonight as Lebanon High turns the page on another legendary athletic venue.

Tonights Lebanon - Gallatin District 9AAA doubleheader marks the final regular season games at Campbell Brandon Gym / Hester Gibbs Court after some 57 years of service to local student-athletes.

The girls game will tip at 6:30 p.m. and another near capacity crowd is expected as all former players, cheerleaders, managers and coaches will be admitted free of charge and will be recognized on the court.

Coach Jim McDowells Blue Devils are hoping to follow up Tuesday nights stirring performance against Station Camp -- a 65-44 victory over the favored Bison.

LHS improved to 9-14 overall and 4-7 in District 9AAA while Station Camp slid to 14-9 / 6-5.

Post man Cameron High led all scorers with 26 while Zimmer Hunn scored 16 -- and drilled four 3-pointers. Cody Yarbrough had seven points while Julian Crutchfield and Jamel Officer each had six.

The Devilettes are still reeling in the wake of last weeks season-ending knee injury to junior Julia Fox. The talented guard tore an ACL in the early going of the Wilson Central game back on Jan. 27 is scheduled to have reconstructive surgery later this month.

Coach Larry Inmans team slid to 12-12 overall and 5-6 in District 9AAA after Tuesday nights 56-38 home loss to Station Camp.

Kelsey Yarbrough had 17 to lead LHS while Kristen Dedman finished with nine.

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The basics of post season scouting

By JOHN L. SLOAN, bowriter1944john@aol.com
I am continually amazed at how few deer hunters do any post-season scouting. I do not know of a single successful hunter who keys on mature bucks or has to struggle to find deer who does not count post-season scouting among his most valuable tools.

Back in the days when I was serious about deer hunting and hunted for bucks that would make record books, I started my post season scouting a week after the season ended. Some years I would be on the road, scouting in other states for two to three weeks. It is the number one time to find stand sites on new ground.

Why is this period so important? Well to start with, you are able find deer travel patterns that are in use when the deer are being hunted. They are not just leisurely meandering about. They are doing what they do during the time you hunt them. That is critical because that is what they are going to do next year unless one of four factors change.

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The Grey a thrilling tale of survival

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Im a movie guy, thanks to my father, who sat me down and got me to watch all these black-and-white classics and some color ones too. At a young age I was in love with films such as Witness for the Prosecution, Mutiny on the Bounty, Casablanca, Ben-Hur, and I still am.

While I grumbled at first having to watch a movie without color or a movie made so long ago, I dispensed with the misconception that old movies just werent cool and enjoyed every minute of them.

I loved when my dad would ask, want to watch this movie? Of course I took the opportunity to spend quality time with him, even if he fell asleep halfway through whatever we were watching. He could never sit through a whole movie, even if he loved it!

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Gladys Hardaway Webb, 93

Services were held Thursday afternoon, Feb. 2 at Partlow Funeral Chapel for Ms. Webb, 93, of Lebanon.
Owner of Gladys' Beauty Salon for over 50 years, she died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 at University Medical Center.Ms. Webbwas a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Lebanon and a faithful member of the FBC Choir.
Interment was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Dianne Amann, 60

Ms. Amann passed away Feb. 2, 2012 at age 60.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 at Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.
Visitation is one hour before the service.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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