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General Lifestyle

Historical marker to be placed at old Rosenwald School
Site known today as Market Street Community Center

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Civic League will recognize a special school in Lebanon with a historical marker on Saturday, Feb. 21, a plaque that is sponsored by the league and approved by the Tennessee Historical Commission.

The Market Street Community Center was originally a Rosenwald School.
In the 1920s, black children all through the south benefited from the philanthropy of Julius Rosenwald, a German-Jewish man from Chicago, who decided to partner with Booker T. Washington to improve educational opportunities for black children.

The Wikipedia website said “Julius Rosenwald, an American clothier who became part-owner and president of Sears, Roebuck and Company, was the founder of The Rosenwald Fund, through which he contributed seed money for many schools and other philanthropic causes. To promote collaboration between white and black citizens, Rosenwald required communities to commit public funds to the schools, as well as to contribute additional cash donations.”

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Column

Mike McWherter wont say just yet, but looks like he is
By SAM HATCHER
         
Is he or is he not? That seems to be the question regarding whether Jackson attorney Mike McWherter will follow in his father’s footsteps and become a candidate for governor in 2010.
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Guest Column

Economic policies of Roosevelt

By BOB CHAFFIN

When I hear politicians, pundits and conservative columnists rendering opinions that FDR’s New Deal, “really didn’t bring us out of the depression,” I wonder how they know, or if they really know anything about the Economic Policies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 

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Letters to the Editor

Legislature, parties should address revenue issues facing Tennessee

To the Editor:

The current squabble about the elected Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives would be comical if there were not so many pressing issues that need addressing.

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Outdoor writer appreciates Robertson's 'Music of River' column

To the Editor:

I better watch out.

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Potter's House honored to be part of first ever Senior Extravaganza

To the Editor:

It was a great honor to be part of the First Annual Senior Extravaganza a few weeks ago.

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Proposed Bible Park not a good deal for Wilson County taxpayers

To the Editor:

If you, like me, are still upset about last year's property tax increase, you might be interested to know that Lebanon and the Wilson County commissioners are up to it again. They have passed a 5 percent sales tax increase on any resident that might wish to enjoy the proposed Bible Park. That's correct; anything you purchase within the park's "trade zone" would be taxed at over 14 percent.

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Will high electric bills help clean ash spill in eastern part of state?

To the Editor:

Thanks, Wilson Post, for printing our letters that concern the well-being of Lebanon and Wilson County.

To Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation officials, I’d like to ask if our electric bills being so high are helping to pay for the ash spill mess caused in East Tennessee. We know the weather has been cold, and when the December bill was over $400, more than ever before, we said nothing, but the January bill was $617, and we didn’t heat that much space. What could we do but pay the bill?

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General News

County BoE sets Feb. 21 work session

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Curriculum changes for incoming Wilson County freshman is one of the concerns the Wilson County Board of Education plans to discuss in a work session at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb 21 at the Central Office on Stumpy Lane, Lebanon.

Members also plan to decide how the system could work toward meeting requirements for at least one county high school to be accredited as an International Baccalaureate School.

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Drug bust nodded; local law to meet with Feds

By JOHN B. BRYAN
The Wilson Post

County Sheriff Terry Ashe confirmed a major drug bust occurred Wednesday night involving two law enforcement jurisdictions.

While he could not release details, Ashe did say the bust was part of an ongoing investigation. Information is expected to be released later.

In a related matter, local law enforcement officials will soon meet with Federal authorities to organize and initiate an effort to clean up gangs, drugs and weapons in a 14-county area.

According to Lebanon Commissioner of Public Safety Billy Weeks, Lebanon Police and Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe will meet with FBI officials next week to discuss implementing a “round-up” much like local law enforcement authorities have put in place here over the past several months.

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Three sentenced in murder-for-hire case

By CANDY WEBB
Special to The Wilson Post

GALLATIN -- A woman who thought she would collect $2 million by hiring a high school student to murder her mother was sentenced in a Sumner County courtroom with her co-defendants yesterday.

Though the intended murder victim Karen Colleen Stribel resided in Wilson County, the recorded conversations providing proof of the murder for hire plot took place in Sumner County, thereby giving Sumner County venue jurisdiction over the case.

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Wilson County students, parents invited to free college financial aid, info session at Tennessee Tec

Wilson County high school seniors and parents can learn about applying and paying for college by attending College Goal Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 22 at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. 

During the free session, financial aid experts will guide students and parents through the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Volunteers will explain the FAFSA line by line and give one-on-one information, as well as host question and answer sessions addressing other financial aid issues.

“This year the federal government has made the most significant changes to the FAFSA in more than 10 years,” said Lester McKenzie, TTU’s financial aid director. “Come get expert assistance so you don’t delay the federal aid application process.”

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General Sports

Bulldogs win at Lambuth

BRAXTON HAS 23 POINTS

JACKSON -- Rontreal Braxton scored a game-high 23 points as 16th-ranked Cumberland came from behind to score a 72-69 victory over Lambuth Thursday night.

Braxton hit 7-of-9 from the field, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range, and was 5-of-6 at the foul line, helping the Bulldogs (22-4) to their fourth win in the last five games. No other Cumberland player finished in double figures. Jamar Finley and Brandon Springer both finished the contest with nine points.

Lambuth stayed in the game despite shooting just 44 percent from the field by hitting the glass, collecting 21 offensive rebounds. The Eagles (15-10) led 31-30 at the half despite making only 13-of-36 shots from the floor in the period.

Youssoupha Sene led five Lambuth players in double figures with 14 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds, while Donnie Haywood added 13 and Tom Hammonds posted 12. Antawn Coby and Antawn Long both scored 10 points. Coby also recorded nine rebounds.

CU’s WOMEN FELL to 8-20 on the season with a 101-57 loss to Lambuth in Thursday’s opener. Cumberland’s Keshia Brown scored a season-high 13 points, going 5-for-9 from the field and grabbing six rebounds.

Lambuth (20-5) raced out to a 49-20 halftime edge after hitting nine 3-pointers in the opening period and 17 in the contest.

Cumberland’s men and women play at Bethel College Thursday, Feb. 26 before finishing the regular season Saturday, Feb. 28, at home against rival Trevecca Nazarene.

COACHING MILESTONE -- The Lambuth win marked the 200th career victory for CU's Lonnie Thompson in 11 years as a collegiate head coach – including a four-year stint at Motlow State Community College   
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LHS girls eliminate White Co.

MJ LADY BEARS WIN BIG

LEBANON -- Clutch free throw shooting down the stretch proved to be the difference Thursday as Lebanon’s Devilettes held off a determined bunch from White County 65-56 in the first round of the District 7AAA tournament at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium.

LHS improved to 12-13 overall and will play No. 1-seeded Cookeville Saturday at 3 p.m. in the district semifinals at Siegel High School. The victory assured Coach Ashley Johnson’s squad of a berth in the Region 4AAA tournament.

The Devilettes led by 17 in the second quarter and by 14 at intermission, but White County (20-9) managed to cut the deficit to seven, 45-38, after three quarters of play. White County trimmed the margin to two points at 53-51 on a Tasha Delaney steal and lay-up with just less than three minutes left.

From that point, Lebanon polished off the win going 12-of-16 from the free throw line led by senior Shay Coggins who went 9-of-10 at the line in the fourth quarter and finsihed with 13 points.

Lebanon was led by District MVP Icelyn Elie who scored a season-high 29 points despite fouling out with 1:40 left in the game. Freshman guard McKenzie Lamberson and Anna Stafford each had seven points for the winners. LHS went 31-of-47 (65 percent) from the line for the game. White County was 22-of-26 (84 percent) for the contest.

MT. JULIET 63, GALLATIN 50 – Mt. Juliet’s Lady Bears advanced to the District 9AAA semifinals on the strength of a 63-50 victory over Gallatin Thursday night at “The Cave”. The No. 2-seed in the tournament, Mt. Juliet led 34-14 at the half and was never threatened. The Lady Bears will take a record of 23-5 into Saturday’s 7 p.m. game vs. No. 3 Smyrna at LaVergne High.Ninth grade post player Caya Williams led MJHS with 24 points while junior Emily Gurchiek added 10 and Helen Mitchner chipped in with eight. 
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