By RON HART
The New York Times had to take a deep breath, but did report that approximately
12 recent studies have determined that the death penalty saves lives and serves as a deterrent.
By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.
I’m an outdoor type person so when the weather is cold and wet I get a good case of cabin fever.
By JOHN B. BRYAN
It is hog-killing weather in Tennessee, and a huge hog was slain on Wednesday in Nashville as Republican lawmakers let their egos get the best of them taking for granted they had this power thing all figured out.
Historian and author Dr. Wali Rashash Kharif to give keynote address
Cumberland University and Lebanon’s Roy Bailey African American History Center will host an event honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Labry Hall on the CU campus.
The informative event will include a panel discussion featuring professors from the Cumberland University History Department, area residents who participated in the civil rights movement and Dr. Wali Rashash Kharif, a prolific author and professor of history at Tennessee Technological University.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Committee assignments in the Tennessee House of Representatives may be decided next week after a meeting is held on Tuesday between the majority and minority leaders and the new Speaker of the House.
That was the word Thursday from State Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Lebanon, who, along with her Democratic counterpart State Rep. Stratton Bone of Lebanon, witnessed an unprecedented for modern times change at the top of the House in a roundabout and shocking political maneuver.
“It was pretty shocking,” was how Lynn summed up the week’s events that brought Republican Kent Williams to the position of Speaker of the House in a deal with Democrats on Tuesday. Majority Leader Jason Mumpower of Bristol had been expected to ascend to the Speaker’s position after Republicans won a majority in the House in the Nov. 4, 2008 elections.
By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post
Several Wilson County residents are planning what may be the trip of a lifetime by traveling to Washington, D.C. to see for themselves the inauguration of Barack Obama, the first African American elected as President of the United States.
District 20 County Commissioner Annette Stafford plans to take her mom, Louvenia Dixon, her daughter, Ranesa Shipman, and her 13-year-old granddaughter, Hailey Stafford, along to see the parade and inauguration.
“I want her to be able to tell my great-grandchildren she saw the first African American President take the oath,” Stafford said.
By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post
Wilson County Commission’s Budget Committee unanimously approved a PILOT, or payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, agreement for CoreTech Industries at the panel’s regular meeting Thursday night.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Authorities are searching for two men who pushed their way into a home on West Adams Street in Lebanon, used Duct tape to restrain the two occupants and took money and other items.
Officers are also looking for two men and two women who are suspects in the robbery of two occupants of a room at a local hotel.
In the first incident which occurred about 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 8, Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said two men described as Hispanics, forced their way into the home at 714 West Adams Street where they robbed the two occupants.
BULLDOGS NOW 7-0 AT HOME
LEBANON -- Eleventh-ranked Cumberland broke open a close game with a 14-3 second half run and trampled Lambuth 78-62 Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. The win was CU’s 11th in the past 12 outings as Coach Lonnie Thompson’s squad improved to 14-2 on the season,
Brandon Springer hit 5-of-7 from the field for 17 points while Rontreal Braxton was 6-for-9 to net 15. Quentin Turner posted 11 points, including nine in the first half, while Kenneth Simms registered nine points and 10 rebounds.
After intermission, CU dominated play as Springer started the half with a runner in the lane, followed by a slashing layup from Braxton. Springer followed with another short jumper before Braxton converted an old-fashioned 3-point play. Springer ended the stretch with two free throws for a 53-32 advantage.
CU led by 16-18 points until the final four minutes when Lambuth (11-6) made a push, but it was too little too late for the Eagles. Lambuth struggled from the field in all phases of the game, hitting just 35 percent from the field, including 27 percent from 3-point range, and made just 14-for-26 foul shots.
The Bulldogs shot better than 55 percent from the floor for most of the night and committed just 13 turnovers, the second fewest this season by the squad.
Antawn Coby led Lambuth with 15 points, Michael Young added 14 points and 12 boards and DeCarlos Riley netted 10 points.
Cumberland continues its current four-game homestand, taking on Bethel College Monday, Jan. 19 and Martin Methodist Thursday,Jan. 22 -- both at 8 p.m.
WOMEN’S GAME -- Lambuth started the second half with a 24-3 run and never looked back, as the 8th-ranked Lady Eagles defeated Cumberland, 65-41, in Thursday’s opener.
Lambuth (13-4) led just 29-26 at halftime after an ugly opening 20 minutes from both teams. The squads combined for 28 turnovers and 36 percent shooting from the floor.
Rachel Cunningham led Lambuth with 16 points, Bryant added 14 and Johnson netted 11. Donna Lavea posted 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Cumberland (6-13) shot just 13 percent from the field in the second half, making just 4-of-31 shots. Keshia Brown hit two free throws with 16:50 left in the contest but the Bulldogs failed to score a basket until the 10:30 mark on a Tamara Gonzalez 3-pointer.
Simone Ryan was the only CU player in double figures, tallying 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Gonzalez scored nine points.
Cumberland continues its current four-game homestand, taking on Bethel College Monday and Martin Methodist Thursday, both at 6 p.m.