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Wayne Speck, 61
LEBANON -- Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon, June 6 at the Church of God Worship and Ministry Center for Mr. Speck, 61, of Lebanon.
Mr. Speck passed away Friday, June 3, 2011.
Services were conducted by Reverend Gordon Lee. Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife of 38 years, Brenda Bogle Speck; children Misty (Roger) Smith, Sandy (Ralph) Jackson, Dennis (Shana) Speck, Shannon (Tischa) Speck and Mark (Paige) Speck; siblings Jimmie Lee Petty, Harold (Janie) Speck, L.E. (Ruth) Speck, Shirley (James Earl) Driver, Sara (Allen) Tomlinson and Barbara (Ralph) Hall; and 17 grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by parents Osko and Ocie Hargis Speck, brother George Howard Speck and sister Billie Ruth Bates.
Pallbearers: John Davis, Paul Nolan, Maxie Croninger, Austin Speck, Dillon Jackson and Bill Cannon.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
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Noble Pruitt, 55
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, June 7 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Pruitt, 55, of Watertown.
A US Army veteran, he died Friday, June 3, 2011 in the University Medical Center.
Mr. Pruitt was self-employed with Pilot Car Service and a member of the Baptist faith.
Services were conducted by Brother Forrest Creekmore. Interment followed at Jennings Cemetery in Statesville.
Survivors include: wife Myra Bane Pruitt of Watertown; son Jonathan(Laura) Pruitt of Washington, D.C.; brother Carl Pruitt of LaFayette; sister Evelyn Pruitt of Washington State; step-son Richard (Wisa) Bane of Lebanon and adopted son Adam (Keri) Cozart of Watertown; Melissa Bane of Lebanon; numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, James Pruitt & Marietta High Pruitt; brother, Jimmy Pruitt.
Friends and family served as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
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Mary Frances Prichard, 93
ALEXANDRIA -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, June 7 at West Main Baptist Church for Mrs. Prichard, 93, formerly of Watertown.
Mrs. Prichard died Sunday, June 5, 2011 at NHC Health Care. She was retired from Precision Rubber and a member of the West Main Baptist Church in Alexandria.
Services were conducted by Rev. Ben Simpson. Interment followed in Hillview Cemetery.
Survivors include: brother Carl Prichard of Murfreesboro; nieces and nephews Nancy Beckwith of Murfreesboro, Thomas (Marlene) Prichard of Alexandria, Charles (Brenda) Prichard of Alexandria, Mike (Kaye) Prichard of Alexandria and Kayla (Chuck) Youngquist of Lebanon; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, A.R. and Etta Vanatta Prichard; brother Earl Prichard.
Great-nephews served as pallbearers.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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DeWitt Earl "Buddy" Roberts
OLD HICKORY -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, June 7 at St. Stephen Catholic Community for Mr. Roberts of Lebanon.
Born in Alexandria, La., Mr. Roberts died Thursday, June 2, 2011, at his residence.
The son of the late Mary Eleanor Campbell Roberts and DeWitt Talmadge Roberts, he attended Bolton High School in Alexandria, and later graduated from Chalmette High School, Chalmette, La.
He was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the United States Marine Corps.
Mr. Roberts was retired from University Medical Center and Cracker Barrel Inc. in Lebanon.
He was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Robert H. Hatton Camp No. 723, and Company K, 46th Tennessee Infantry Re-enactors.
Interment was at Wilson County Memorial Gardens, Lebanon.
Survivors include: wife of more than 23 years Kathryn Hall Roberts; daughter Lorena (William) Troughton; grandchildren Ioan Rhys Lord and Eluned  Catrin Troughton -- all of Aberystwyth, Wales, U.K.; brother Charles Roberts of Denham Springs, La.; and sisters Leta Juneau, Patsy Myers, and Elizabeth Holmes -- all of Alexandria, La., and Carolyn Gibson, of Quinton, Okla.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
Music City Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
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Hattie Lucille Johnson, 52
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 at Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church for Ms. Johnson, 52, of Lebanon.
A native of Wilson County, and a longtime employee of Shoney's in Lebanon, Ms. Johnson died Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
The daughter of the late Sidney and Hattie Johnson Sr., she attended Market Street School.
Ms. Johnson was a member of Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church and most recently of Pinnacle Life Christian Center.
Visitation will be 12 Noon until the service Wednesday afternoon at the church.
Survivors include: children Monray, Terry (Wally) and MonLetio "Lil Bill" Johnson; adopted children Leonisha, Rosa Raudales, Ontario and Jonisha Jarrett; daughter Virginia Shaw; partner Matthew "Matt" Jackson; grandchildren Terrance Shaw, Vontez Johnson, Nikki Patterson, Zaria Johnson, Trevone Samuel, Alasha Johnosn and Desiree Northington; brothers Sidney (Cindy), Ricky (Barbara) and Johnny (Dionna) Jackson; nieces Princess and Shontae Johnson; nephews LaQuan, Jason, Justin, Ricjy Jr. and Darius Johnson, Jeffery Allen and DeAndra Beasley; great-nephews DaCorrius Crawford and Treyvon Johnson; uncles Raymond (Joyce) Weir, Harry (Mary) Harris; aunts Franoeola (Roger) Kirkendoll, and Doris, Delois and Annie Weir; great-aunt Louise Seay; and friends Geraldine Shannon and Bettie Stewart.
She was preceded in death by parents; brother James Johnson; uncles Kenneth, William and Edward; and great-niece Jamaria Johnson.
Lebanon's Saddler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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Charles D. Nichols, 66
LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, June 9 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Nichols, 66, of Watertown.
Retired from Textron/AVCO after 32 years, he died Monday, June 6, 2011, at his home.
Born in Buena Vista, Virginia, he was the son of the late McKamey Nichols and Audrey Clarice Nichols (John) Phillips and grew up in Crossville.
Mr. Nichols was a founding member of the Smith/Wilson Charter of ABATE and was president and treasurer of the Local 735 International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers.
Visitation Wednesday 4–8 p.m. and after 9 a.m Thursday at Ligon & Bobo.
Interment will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Shelia West Nichols; children John W. (Carol Dillon) Nichols of Watertown; Shelia Renee Nichols of Castalian Springs; Douglas R. (Ansley) Nichols of Marietta, GA; and Elizabeth West of Nashville.
Also surviving are grandchildren Crystal Nichole (Stephen) Atnip, Charles Arron (Kasey) Nichols, Mathew S. Nichols, Jeffrey Barrett, Casey Blu Barrett and Emma Victoria Nichols; along with great grandchildren Stephanie and April Atnip, William and Austin Nichols and Amanda and Riley Barrett.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Emma Jean Likens Nichols; and sons Timothy Wayne Nichols and Michael Lynn Nichols.
Pallbearers:  Mathew S. Nichols, Jeffrey Barrett, Casey Blu Barrett, Charles Arron Nichols, Stephen Atnip, Jimmy Barrett and Jerry Cole.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon was in charge of arrangements.
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Jeffery Ian Tisdale, age 5
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Jeffery Ian Tisdale, age 5, of Lebanon.
A student at Southside Elementary School, he passed away Sunday June 5, 2011 at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Visitation will be held Wednesday June 8 between the hours of 3-8 p.m. and Thursday, June 9 from 1 p.m. until funeral services.
Brother Stan Edwards will officiate the service. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: parents Jeffery and Traci Tisdale; brother Justin “Bubba” Tisdale; maternal grandparents Perry and Phyllis Ducote; paternal grandparents Hobart Odell Tisdale Jr. and Joyce Ann Goad Tisdale; uncle Kirk (Nicole) Tisdale; aunts Jennifer (David) Licon, Leeann (Pat) Manning, Jamie (William) Thompson, Jill (Jake) Balding, Terri Ducote and Tiffany (Andy) Pruitt as well as numerous cousins.
He is preceded in death by great grandmother, Annabel Head Ducote Renz.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in Ian’s memory to Jeffery Ian Tisdale Memorial Fund c/o of Wilson Bank & Trust, 623 West Main Street, Lebanon, 37087.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
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Gloria Case, 64
MT. JULIET – Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 10 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Case, 64, of Lebanon.
She passed away June 7, 2011.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 9 from 12-9 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Friday, June 10 at the funeral home.
Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment will follow at Granville City Cemetery.
Survivors include: husband John Case; sons Michael Johnston, Perry Johnston and Charles Wayne Case; daughters Cheryl Johnston, Michele (David) Tidwell, Betty Jean Case and Katrina Dawn Case.
Also surviving are siblings Robert (Nadine) Hudson, Michael (Pam) Smith, Richard Smith, Gary (Holly) Hillier, Diane Pink, Darlene (Andy) Knudsen, Helen Miller and Deloris (Roy) Wilkes; 31 grandchildren along with four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Stephan Papp and Irene Hudson; and her brother, Ronnie Papp.
Pallbearers: Joshua Vanatta, Matthew Vanatta, Christopher Vanatta, Joseph Vanatta, Anthony Duke and Billy Case.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
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Lloyd A. Warden, 89
MT. JULIET --  Memorial services will be private for Mr. Warden, 89, of Mt. Juliet.
A member of Green Hill Church of Christ and the Mt. Juliet Senior Citizen Center, he died Monday, June 6, 2011.
Mr. Warden was the son of the late James Jesse and Lula Mae Stroud Warden.
Survivors include: wife Mary Ely Warden and children Walter Henderson, Deborah Ann (Rory) Smith and James Richard (Debra) Warden.
Also surviving are seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
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NASCAR returns to Lebanon July 22-23

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.

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Wood bat tourney opens Wednesday

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

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Wilkerson is 1st team All-American

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.

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Robbery suspect arrested

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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Today's Blastout - Friday June 3, 2011
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Haslam, Black to speak at Wilson GOP Reagan Dinner

JUNE 25 AT BAIRD CHAPEL

The Wilson County Republican Party announces its annual Reagan Day Dinner to be held on Saturday, June 25, at 6 p.m., at Baird Chapel on the Cumberland University Campus in Lebanon.

Special guest speakers will be Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Rep. Diane Black. 

Haslam won the gubernatorial election on Nov. 2, 2010 with 65 percent of the vote and became the 49th Governor of Tennessee. On that same date, the GOP also increased their majorities in both chambers of the state legislature giving Republicans complete control of state government.   

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Teen shot after high-speed car chase

By ZACK OWENSBY, The Wilson Post
Three local police officers were injured during in a high-speed pursuit Wednesday, June 1 that ended in the suspect being shot and one officer being pinned under the suspect’s vehicle.

A 17-year-old male, whose name is withheld due to his age, was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the arm after leading Lebanon and Mt. Juliet Police on a 30-minute pursuit, according to authorities. The Lebanon juvenile was reported as escaped from DCS custody.

All three officers who were injured have since been released from the hospital and are on administrative leave pending investigation. The suspect underwent surgery Thursday for non life-threatening injuries.

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Union follows CU in TranSouth exodus

From Post staff reports
Longtime Cumberland rival Union University of Jackson is making plans to leave the TranSouth Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics altogether. Officials at Union have submitted applications for NCAA membership in hopes of becoming the newest additions to the Division II Gulf South Conference.

The announcement comes on the heels of Lebanon's Cumberland University announcing plans to bolt the TranSouth Conference and move to the Mid-South Conference in the fall of 2012.

MSC member Shorter University of Rome, Ga. also submitted an application to join the Gulf South Conference prior to the June 1 NCAA-mandated deadline.

Shorter currently fields teams in 21 NAIA sports, including football. It would join West Georgia and Valdosta State as GSC institutions in Georgia and provide UA-Huntsville with its second-nearest conference rival.

Union fields teams in the NCAA Division II minimum of 10 varsity sports, but does not compete in football. The only other Tennessee university in the conference is Christian Brothers University in Memphis.

"The Gulf South Conference is delighted to throw its support behind Shorter University's application for NCAA Division II membership," GSC Commissioner Nate Salant said last month.

"They bring a comprehensive and highly successful athletic program that includes football, a tradition of community engagement and outreach, and the kind of campus-wide support that emphasizes going to the games and matches.

"Shorter is clearly one of the institutions we need as we re-populate the GSC with like-minded institutions committed to winning regional and national championships and to academic integrity."

The Executive Committee of the GSC unanimously endorsed Union's application for NCAA Division II membership on April 27.

Union athletic spokesman Steven Aldridge said this week the university completed the application process in late May.

If accepted as NCAA members, Shorter and Union would begin a three-year transition period starting with the 2011-12 season and remain a full member of the NAIA and eligible to compete in national championships. In 2012-13 and 2013-14, the two schools would play full NCAA Division II schedules, but be ineligible for postseason play.

Arkansas Tech, Harding, Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist, Arkansas-Monticello and Southern Arkansas announced last year they were leaving the GSC to form a new NCAA Division II conference with former Oklahoma-based members of the Lone Star Conference.

The league will have only five members that compete in Division II football after the defections -- North Alabama, Delta State, West Alabama, West Georgia and Valdosta State.

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CU facelift continues with softball

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
The facelift of Cumberland University’s athletic facilities will continue over the summer and into the fall as softball is working toward building a new clubhouse. Fresh off a 31-27 record, the first winning season for the program since the 2001 campaign, Coach Heather Stanfill is, “super excited” about the prospect of having a locker room / office complex in place in time for the 2012 softball season.

“The digging has begun to move the electrical, and I expect they will be digging the footers sometime next week,” Stanfill said.

The plan calls for a 20 X 50 building to be developed out from Cumberland’s third base (home) dugout toward the left field four pole. Construction should be complete by mid-to late fall.

“We’re looking at lockers for 22 to 24 players, a lounge area and two offices for coaches,” Stanfill said, “basically a smaller version of Coach Hunt’s (baseball) club house.”

According to Cumberland athletic director Ron Pavan, over $500,000 has been spent on upgrading on-campus athletic facilities during the past three years.

“We’ve got more work to do,” Pavan said, “including a new roof for the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center and upgrades on the Tommy Gray Memorial Tennis Courts.”

Pavan also went on to say installation of an irrigation system was now complete on the CU soccer field, located at the intersection of South Greenwood and Leeville Pike.

Lindsey Donnell Stadium, home of Cumberland football, will have new home bleachers and a state-fo-the-art pressbox in time for the 2011 fall season.

Coach Stanfill said her players have been actively involved fundraising since she arrived on campus a little over three years ago and have amassed most of the money needed for the project.

“We’ll still be fundraising for the forseeable future, but we’re about $6,000 short of where we need to be in order to have the entire project paid for,” Stanfill said. “We’re very appreciative of the support from (CU President) Dr. Eaton, Mr. Pavan, our team parents and folks in the community We’ve been given some very important in-kind donations that will go a long way toward helping us complete the project.”

As for the future, Stanfill said she would like to see an indoor workout facility as well as the demolition of the existing pressbox with grandstand seating added behind home plate.

“We’re still working at the Nashville Superspeedway as ushers, helping with Central Parking in Nashville and with the CMA Music Festival later this month,” Stanfill said.

Caity Gray honored --  CU softball player Caity Gray was recognized last month as an NAIA Daktronics National Scholar-Athlete. Gray, a junior majoring in Management, has a 3.69 GPA.

The Corona, Calif., native played in 48 games with 47 starts, including 41 at first base this season. She batted .260 with 26 hits and 20 RBIs, posting seven multi-hit and five multi-RBI games. In the circle Gray tallied a 4-3 record with a team-best three saves, striking out 30 batters in 52 2/3 innings.

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Helen Kacy Dutton Mullins
MT. JULIET -- Memorial services will be conducted 7 p.m. Friday June 3 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Mullins of Mt. Juliet.
Born in Columbus, OH and raised in Pound, VA, she died Tuesday, May 31, 2011.
Mrs. Mullins was a member of Cook’s United Methodist Church and an employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for many years.
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday just prior to the service at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Pastor Holley Potts.
Survivors include: husband Gary Mullins of Mt. Juliet and sons Gary L. (Tonya) Mullins, II of Madison and Shane Jeffery (April) Mullins of Mt. Juliet.
Also surviving are sisters Janet Darlene Jennings of Fredericksburg, VA; Beverly Duncan and Michelle Henson -- both of Bristol, VA along with grandchildren Zoe Marie Mullins and Lily Marie Mullins.
Mrs. Mullins was preceded in death by her parents, John Henry and Elsie Presley Dutton and brother John Clayton Dutton.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
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Ray Watson, 72
LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, June 3 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Ray Watson, 72, of Lebanon.
Retired from TRW Ross Gear, Mr. Watson passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at his home.
Born January 28, 1939, in Wilson County, he is the son of Annie O. Watson of Lebanon and the late C. W. Watson.
Mr. Watson was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church.
Visitation after 9 a.m. Friday at Ligon & Bobo.
Services will be conducted by Brother Jerry Smith. Interment will follow at the Leeville Cemetery.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by daughters Janet (Michael) Presley of Carthage and Melinda Carol McDaniel and special friend Shawn Anderson; grandchildren Tabitha Fleming, Corey and Lacey Presley, Courtney and Daniel Hansen; great grandchild Noah Hansen.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
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James Henry Demumbra, Jr., 64
LEBANON -- Graveside funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, June 3 at the Watson Cemetery for Mr. Demumbra, Jr., 64, of Lebanon.
Mr. Demumbra passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at his home.
Visitation will be from 8 - 9:30 a.m. Friday at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
Born June 23, 1946, he was the son of the late James Henry and Pauline Virginia Dye Demumbra, Sr.
He was a plumber and had worked at Lebanon Appliance and Carpenter’s Quality Appliance.
Survivors include: children James F. (Kimberly) Demumbra, Krystal Michelle Demumbra and Joseph David Demumbra all of Lebanon; grandchildren Anna Demumbra, Anthony Brewington, and Kenzie Demumbra; and sisters Karen Denise Meadows, Rebecca Lynn Barrett, Wilma Sue Demumbra, Henrietta Jean Demumbra, Sarah Lorene Demumbra, Joann Marie Demumbra, Kathy Rose Demumbra, Peggy Frances Demumbra, Paulette Fay Demumbra and Kelly Darnell Demumbra.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Louise Marrels Demumbra; sister Linda Ruth Demumbra; and brothers Jessie Ulis Demumbra, Freddie Woodrow Demumbra Sr., and Timothy O’Brian Demumbra.
In lieu of flowers, family request memorials to funeral fund.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
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Local heads up Rose Society Garden Tour

From Post staff reports
The Nashville Rose Society Garden Tour 2011 is set for Saturday, June 4, from noon until 5 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

Members have tediously and meticulously been grooming every leaf and bloom on every rose bush, and Denise Thorne of Wilson County, chair of the Garden Tour, said she knows this tour will be a treat for everyone who visits.

The tour includes Jim and Starla Harding, editors of the Rose Leaf Magazine. Their gardens are located on 1705 Catalpa Court in Thompson’s Station.

The gardens of Larry and Connie Baird, who serve as president and first lady of the organization, are on 2571 Tonty’s Bend Road in Duck River, and they will have their gates open to welcome everyone.

Lyle and Ruby Worsham invite you to stop in and wander through the paths of their landscaped gardens at 212 Cheyenne Trail in Columbia.

The Belmont Rose Garden in the Nashville Campus of Belmont University will be on the tour. The address is 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. Head Horticulturist Mary Weber has the garden ready for touring.

You can read all about the history of this garden project on the Nashville Rose Society website www.nashvillerosesociety.com.

“All these people have devoted their time and energy for the Nashville Rose Society, so please show your appreciation and invite someone and tour these gardens. You can glean knowledge from these expert rosarians,” Thorne said.

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Our Feathered Friends - June 1

By  RAY POPE
While working in my garden this past Sunday, there were several Purple Martins looking over my Martin house. Finally there was a different type of bird also checking it out. I had to go in and retrieve my binoculars to see it a little more closely. There was a Tree Swallow very interested in living there as the female rested on the top and the male flew back and forth bringing nesting material inside.

I received an e-mail from Suzy Scott this past week. With such a pretty Sunday last week, Suzy decided to ride her motorcycle to church. She uncovered the bike and then reached for her helmet only to find that some bird had built a nest inside and there were three eggs already in it. I told Suzy that it was most likely a Carolina Wren as they like to nest in some of the strangest places. Anyway Suzy took the car instead.

The day I did the seminar on Bluebirds and Purple Martins, W.T. Nolen Jr. brought me several Bluebird houses that he had built. Dotty Kim wanted one very bad so I gave her one of them. Dotty laid hers on the rail of her wheelchair ramp with the intentions of putting it out the next day. Before she could do that, a pair of Carolina Chickadees took over the nesting box and raised their own family in it. They moved out this past week.

I woke up this morning just before time for church and had to rush to get there. After a great meal at my mother’s, I finally got to my house. I have been keeping an eye on my Bluebirds as they were elbow to elbow inside the nest. When I opened the box it was devoid of little ones. I then decided to move the house where I could work in peace in the garden without the dive-bombing. Before I could place it elsewhere, Pop Bluebird was back with a beak full of grass.

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Riders, cowboys giddy-up at new tack store

By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
Julie Hadlock just can’t get shed of her love for horses, saddles and everything else that reflects the Western lifestyle.

In fact, her itch got to be so bad that she finally felt compelled to open her own tack shop, Stockman Supply, in February in downtown Lebanon at the former site of Carpenter’s Scratch and Dent. It has quickly become a place that makes cowboys and equestrians feel equally at home.

What makes Stockman Supply extry special is its demonstration area in the back room. Not quite the same as the drive-up window at McDonald’s, the area is mighty convenient for horse owners to bring in their steed and have it personally fit for a saddle or other riding gear.

“I wanted to have an inside fitting room for the rider and their horse, so people can bring their horse in here to be custom fit for a saddle,” said Hadlock, who grew up on a mini-farm in Goodlettsville, just north of Nashville, where she worked with livestock from a young age.   

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Charges pending in bust

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Charges are pending against the occupants of a home at 201 Keaton Street after Lebanon Police Department’s SWAT team and its Narcotics Division served a search warrant Friday night, May 27 where they confiscated marijuana, pills, cash and seized a vehicle.

A concussion grenade was used by the SWAT team which executed the search warrant at the residence, Chief Scott Bowen said.

Once inside, he noted, “We were able to recover several items including cash, marijuana, pills, drug paraphernalia and seized a vehicle.”

The suspects’ names were not released as they have not been charged with anything as of yet, although Bowen added they will be filed soon.

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