By KENNY HOWELL
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET — Ed Hagerty was sworn in as Mayor of Mt. Juliet at the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night.
“With Mt. Juliet, we were in danger of becoming a bedroom community of Nashville,” Hagerty said. “That’s not my vision.”
Hagerty believes that Mt. Juliet can “be a true edge city where people cannot just shop here, they can live, work, shop, play, worship, raise their family in a safe environment and now with Del Webb, have a great place to retire.”
The meeting itself was quick, lasting only 33 minutes. “That might be a record,” Hagerty quipped after the motion to adjourn.
Cumberland Athletics will honor 176 student-athletes who held a 3.0 grade-point-average or above at the end of the Fall 2010 semester during a luncheon Thursday, April 14 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon.
Student-athletes from Cumberland’s 16 sports will be recognized, including baseball (19), bowling (7), cheerleading (9), cycling (7), football (49), men’s basketball (6), men’s golf (3), men’s soccer (13), men’s tennis (5), softball (12), women’s basketball (6), women’s golf (4), women’s soccer (10), women’s tennis (4), volleyball (7) and wrestling (5).
Eight athletic training and two students who work within the athletic department will also be part of the group.
“We want to start a tradition of recognizing our student-athletes and their accomplishments both in the classroom and on the playing field,” said Ron Pavan, Director of Athletics. “This is a great way to honor all of these students and their academic achievements.”
Jimmy Van Buren
Sarah Beth Foote
Helena Dimantas Farias
Larissa Akari Miura
Tais Lacerda Bezerra
*Hats off to Sally Geis Smart, winner of the women's division in Saturday's third annual Roar Run to benefit the PE programs / equipment at Byars Dowdy Elementary.
Sally, who reportedly hasn't trained in quite a while, is a mother of four and the wife of local pastor Matt Smart. She ran a 24:33.
And by the way, Sally is considered by many as the greatest female distance runner in the history of Baylor University. She was inducted into the Baylor Sports Hall of Fame back in 2008 and still holds a record or two in Waco.
WILSON COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS
Wilson County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for recent thefts from B.J.’s Trailer Sales.
An unknown person, or persons, broke into the business located on Highway 109 sometime on March 17 and took three trailers. They included a 20-foot black enclosed trailer, a 12-foot white enclosed trailer and a 10-foot trailer.
Sometime during the nighttime hours of Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, an unknown person, or persons, broke into a Coke machine at B.J.’s and removed the money that was inside the drink machine.
Anyone with information regarding these crimes or any other felony crimes should contact the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at 444-1459 or the Wilson County Crime Stoppers at 444-JAIL (444-5245). Callers will remain anonymous.
Cumberland’s Mike Mandarino and Will Locante were named the TranSouth Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, on Monday after helping the Bulldogs win all five of its games last week, including a conference sweep at Bethel University.
Locante tossed a three-hit shutout with a career-high 13 strikeouts in the second game of Friday's doubleheader at Bethel, walking one and allowing just five total baserunners. The lefthander now has four double-digit strikeout performances this season, all in seven-inning games, and he leads the TranSouth Conference with 67 strikeouts.
The Memphis native also tossed 1.2 scoreless innings Tuesday against Lindsey Wilson after missing his previous weekend start because of an infection in his foot. Against LWC he allowed one hit and struck out three in a game the Bulldogs won 9-8 in 13 innings. For the season Locante is 4-2 with 3.17 ERA in 48.1 innings of work and opponents are batting just .221. It is Locante’s first Pitcher of the Week award this season.
Mandarino batted .522 (12-for-23) in five games, collecting multiple hits in all five outings and scoring six runs. He added two doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs. It is Mandarino’s second Player of the Week honor after garnering the accolade on February 28 as well.
The junior was 3-for-7 with two doubles, one RBI and two runs scored in a 13-inning victory over Lindsey Wilson and collected three more hits with a home run and three RBIs at Campbellsville on Wednesday. He plated a run with each of his hits at Campbellsville with a solo homer and a pair of run-scoring singles.
In the weekend series against Bethel he was 6-for-12 with two homers and four RBIs, including the game-winning solo home run for a 1-0 victory in the second game of Friday's doubleheader. His two-run shot in the first inning of the opener gave the Bulldogs an early lead in a 5-2 victory.
For the season Mandarino is batting .336 and leads the Bulldogs with 12 doubles and 40 RBIs. He is also tied for the team lead with 10 home runs.
Cumberland has now swept the TranSouth Player and Pitcher of the Week awards three times in the last four weeks and four times in the last seven weeks this season.
Cumberland plays at Georgetown College at 2:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday and hosts Martin Methodist in a three-game TranSouth series this weekend at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
Karen Knotts shares her life with TV star dad
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
The way Karen Knotts, daughter of the late, great comedian Don Knotts, sees it, her growing up years in Los Angeles were Mayberry-like in many ways. More importantly, she said, the man who created Deputy Barney Fife was “a great father.”
Knotts, 57, shares details about her life with the actor, famous for his role on “The Andy Griffith Show,” in her 75-minute production, “Tied Up in Knotts,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Central Magnet School (701 E. Main Street, Murfreesboro).
“The show is about my relationship with my dad, which was pretty extraordinary,” Knotts said during a phone interview this past week from her home in L.A. “It may be hard to believe, but he was funniest when just being himself. I try to relay to people the person Don Knotts was and all the different facets of his life. People are so interested in the comedic genius. I try to shed some light on that. I try to show what made him tick.
By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.
Did you ever have a favorite place to hide? As a child we often had hideouts that were probably inspired by the Cowboys and gangster movies that were prevalent on early TV shows. The train robbers would always go to their secret place in a canyon where no one could find them.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Lebanon Police arrested a Mt. Juliet resident for allegedly driving under the influence Thursday after his truck hit another vehicle at the intersection of Baddour Parkway and Hartmann Drive in Lebanon.
Lebanon Police Officer Steve Green said that around 12:30 p.m., Brian Ashley Morgan, 35, the driver of a 1996 Chevy box truck, was traveling westbound on Baddour Parkway when he attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Hartmann Drive, failing to yield in the process.
Morgan turned into the path of an oncoming 1993 Nissan Maxima driven by Roberta L. Ruiz. Her car struck the back end of Morgan’s truck causing considerable damage to the front of the Maxima and causing minor injuries to Ruiz.
Everyone is invited to join Lebanon Dialysis Clinic Inc. and the Meharry Medical College’s Clinical Research team for a Health & Wellness Expo from 8 a.m. until noon, Saturday, April 16, at Second Baptist Church, 323 West Adams Street, Lebanon.
Health education, maintenance of existing disease and free health screenings will be available.
According to officials at Lebanon DCI, 26 million Americans have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and millions of others are at risk and don’t know it. CKD is a silent killer. People with diabetes or high blood pressure are at the greatest risk. Early detection can prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.
Lebanon DCI officials said they want to help you understand this disease, how it may be prevented and how you can get help. For more information, call 444-7955 or visit www.dciinc.org.
From Post staff reports
Cumberland University officials announced plans Thursday afternoon to leave the TranSouth Athletic Conference and return to the Mid-South Conference beginning with the 2012-13 academic year.
Dr. Harvill Eaton, President of the University, said the decision to move its membership was based on several factors including the Mid-South Conference mission and a strong and shared commitment to academic excellence among its member institutions.
“Cumberland University has enjoyed a good relationship with the member schools of the TranSouth Conference, but this move will bring continuity to our athletic programs as well as students and fans,” said Dr. Eaton.
By JOHN L. SLOAN
There was a huge gap between the smell of azaleas in Lower Alabama and the crisp, cool air of the rising thermals as the sun warmed the mountains. Six years. A six years filled with heat, sand, cold, and wind…always the wind. And often, excessively often, the sound of gunfire and mortars and choppers and bombs.
By JOHN L. SLOAN
That is a question before Tennessee state legislators. Introduced by Rep. Frank Niceley (R) Knoxville, HB 1112 would make it legal to raise and import whitetail deer into Tennessee for commercial purposes.
Let me make it simple for you. What this bill would do is allow Tennessee residents to enclose deer in pens and raise them as they would cattle and then sell the live animals, the body parts for food consumption, allow the killing of them by individuals and sell the various by products.
By ANGEL KANE,
Wilson Living Magazine
For the first time in many years, we decided to stay home during Spring Break. To which our children responded …
“We never get to go anywhere. Our life is horrible. Why do you hate us?”
Dear Ken: Can you provide a bit of background on Matt Damon?
The actor, 40, was born in Cambridge, Mass., where his mother was an early childhood education professor and his dad was a stockbroker. One of his childhood friends was Ben Affleck. Damon entered Harvard as an English major in 1988 but dropped out before graduating after he co-starred in the movie Geronimo: An American Legend in 1992. He had also worked in Mystic Pizza, Rising Sun and School Ties. It was 1997’s Good Will Hunting, which he wrote with Affleck, that turned him into a star and also won him and his pal Oscars for best screenplay. The Boston Red Sox fan is a serious poker player.
By RAY POPE
Now is the time for our Purple Martins to start making their way here. Just like the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds making their way north in time with the blooming of the nectar producing flowers, so does the Purple Martins move forward with the hatching of the insects that provide them food. I am hoping that maybe this year I will get that first family of Purple Martins.
Back on the 19th of March, I did a talk on this insect eating machine, the Purple Martin, at Garr’s Rental and Feed. One of the first things to do as you prepare to place out a Martin condo is to ask yourself a question. Can I, will I, be able to put forth the time and effort that goes into attracting Martins?
This is not a few years involvement, but you should consider it a lifetime of work to do it right. Most of the Martin condos that I find around Wilson County have been neglected for many years past and have been taken over by House Sparrows or Starlings. Do you have the heart to evict a family of birds that really have no business of being here in the United States in the first place? It took me a few years to get used to doing that very thing when it came to my Bluebirds.
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