By Commissioner GERLAD NICELY
Tennessee Department of Transportation
It is a fact that a competitive and growing economy requires a quality transportation system. For a decade the nation's truckers have recognized the volunteer state as one of the top five roadway systems in the country and for the past two years I-40 in Tennessee has been recognized as the best segment of roadway in the nation. That is a major vote of confidence in our transportation network, considering the fact that freight systems in the U.S. transported approximately $15 billion in goods in 2005, nearly 80 percent of which moved by trucks on the roads.
To the Editor:
I read with dismay of the problems that the City of Lebanon is facing funding the Jimmy Floyd Family Center.
During the 18 years that our family has lived in Lebanon, three great things have happened. While I was not the best fan of former Mayor Don Fox, these things happened on his watch. I refer to the Don Fox Park, the Jimmy Floyd Center and the Music City Star commuter train.
To the Editor:
This letter is also for any Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation people who have the nerve to read this:
Bob Chaffin's Feb. 4 letter in The Wilson Post makes sense but no likely will be disregarded by anyone who has the ability to do anything about it.
To the Editor:
To all the coaches, athletes and parents of athletes, I want to apologize to you for the recent action that was taken concerning 4th block. Just for everyone’s information, the Wilson County Board of Education did not vote for this change, but this school board member is ready to get it changed back like it was.
By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post
Wilson County Commission’s Budget Committee voted to defer a decision on payment of the architect’s bill for designing the new Lebanon High School to the Education Committee at Thursday night’s meeting.
The education panel was to meet prior to the budget committee Thursday, but postponed its meeting until Feb. 23, according to education committee Chair Paul Abercrombie.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Foreclosures may have been up in Wilson County in 2008, but an official with the local real estate association said 2009 is already improving for buyers and agents.
Lyndon LaFevers, president of the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors, said Thursday he was feeling much more optimistic about home sales for 2009 as opposed to last year.
“We had a really slow, nothing, in November and December,” he said, but noted phone calls have picked up since January from prospective buyers.
Local churches host Red Cross training
From Post staff reports
When the next crisis sends hundreds of evacuees to Wilson County, will we be ready?
That’s the question that two local churches will address with the help of the Red Cross.
College Hills Church of Christ and First United Methodist will host Red Cross training in February for disaster relief shelters. The sessions will meet on Saturday, Feb. 14 at College Hills and Saturday, Feb. 28 at First Methodist from 9 a.m. to noon.
The churches scheduled the training as a result of College Hills hosting more than 130 evacuees from Hurricane Gustav in September 2008.
Cumberland (20-4, 10-3 TSAC) played one of its worst all-around games of the season, as Union came up with more loose balls and beat the Bulldogs on the boards, winning the battle of the glass, 44-27, including 15 offensive rebounds.
Matt Neaville scored the first seven points of the second period for Union (20-5, 10-1) and Greg Truvillion netted eight points during the opening run of the half, as Union built its lead to as many as 29 points.
Truvillion finished with a game-high 27 points and added nine rebounds, while Neaville posted 17 points and Keith Tolliver added 13 for Union.
Rontreal Braxton scored a game-high 15 points for Cumberland, while Kenneth Simms added 14 points, including 12 in the first half. Brandon Powell posted 13 points for CU as well.
Cumberland committed 10 turnovers in the first half but stayed in the game by shooting 55 percent from the field and forcing seven miscues from Union. The visitors led from the opening basket but CU kept the deficit at six points or less until the final minutes of the period.
The big play of the half came at the 7:59 mark when Truvillion made a basket and was fouled. After the foul CU’s Mario Stowers was whistled for a technical, which Neaville turned into two points. Truvillion then hit his free throw for a five-point play and a 33-25 Union advantage.
Union pushed its lead to 10 points late in the half after a 3-pointer from Tolliver and took a 41-34 edge into intermission. Simms scored 12 points in the period for the Bulldogs, as did Truvillion.
WOMEN'S GAME -- Cumberland's Lady Bulldogs shot 17 percent in the first half and never recovered, falling to top-ranked Union University, 96-45, Thursday at the Floyd Center.
The Bulldogs (7-19, 3-10 TSAC) made just six field goals in the opening half, including starting the contest only 2-of-18 from the field. CU had a four-minute and seven-minute drought in the first half and trailed 47-9 late in the opening period.
Cumberland embarks on a three-game road swing beginning Monday at Martin Methodist at 6 p.m.
The Bulldogs final home game of the season is Saturday, February 28 vs. rival Trevecca at 2 p.m. Senior Day activities will take place between the women’s and men’s game.