Singers head to Italy next week for international festival
The University Singers and Cumberland Chorale will present their annual fall concert in Baird Chapel on the Cumberland University campus on Monday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.
Both choirs will sing a variety of musical styles including spirituals, gospel, classical and folk music, as well as works of modern American composers.
By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.
It’s that time of year to start speculating on our winter. Just by odds it seems that a particularly cold and messy one should be on the way. Our last few winters have not given us a good snowfall or even freezing conditions for more than a night’s temperature drop. I’m not sure that the pesky insects have been thinned out one iota during these mild winters.
To the Editor:
When visiting your city on Sept. 25 I had the pleasure of touring downtown and watching a homecoming parade. It was a completely enjoyable experience until I was leaving town by way of Murfreesboro Highway. At an intersection near Southside Elementary School there was a sign that can only be described as detrimental to the welfare of our great nation.
By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post
A case that was first ruled as a hit-and-run incident 40 years ago has been re-opened by authorities who have learned information that may mean the death of a young Lebanon man was not an accident.
The body of Charles Ragland “Butch” Cooksey Jr. was found early in the morning on Saturday, June 14, 1969, on Highway 70. He was 19 and authorities investigating at the time ruled his death as a hit-and-run.
Event raises funds for cancer research
The Shamrock Society’s 7th Annual “Low Country Boil!” will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the “top of the hill” in Southfork Subdivision at 2212 Cartel Drive in Lebanon beginning at 6 pm.
Residents in the master planned community of Providence and surrounding areas are running and walking to support the Mt. Juliet Help Center by participating in the inaugural Del Webb Providence HomeRun 5K race and 1-Mile fun walk on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 8:30 a.m.
From Post staff reports
The U.S. may have been in a recession since last year, but tourists visiting Wilson County in 2008 apparently did not get the memo about it because travel-related expenditures increased more than 5 percent from 2007.
According to figures released by Ricky Rodriguez, director of the Wilson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, travel-related expenditures in Wilson County in 2008, the latest year for which figures are available, were $102.77 million, a 5.31 percent increase from the ’07 amount of $97 million.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Click here for Election numbers (PDF)
A Look at the numbers
Turnout in the referendum on whether to increase the county wheel tax by $25 to fund a new Lebanon High School and purchase property for a new Watertown High School was low as voters defeated the
measure by 703 votes.
The nays secured 54% of the vote to deny the green light to fund the school projects on the drawing board for Wilson County.
BURNETT WILL START AT QB
A shoulder injury has shelved starting quarterback Chase Burnett for the time being, but Cumberland football coach Dewayne Alexander says true freshman Christian Burnett will be a more than adequate replacement.
CU will take a 1-3 record on the road to McKenzie Saturday for a 6:30 p.m. contest with Bethel College. Live radio coverage from Wildcat Stadium begins at 6 p.m. on WANT FM-989. and around the world on the Internet at www.cumberland.edu.
Burnett, who hails from Acworth, Georgia, is a product of Harrison High School in Kennesaw where he passed for over 1,000-yards twice in his career. Burnett will have the advantage of taking 100 percent of the reps with the first unit all week -- as opposed to limited practice time over the past two weeks due to wet conditions.
"With us practicing inside and in parking lots, Christian didn’t get a lot of work," Alexander said, "that hasn’t been the case this week."
Burnett threw four inter-ceptions against the Patriots, but two were fourth quarter "Hail Marys" and another came off a spectacular leaping effort from a UC defensive end.
"Christian has played in big games before, state finals and semifinals in the Goergia Dome," Alexander said. "He’s a tough competitor and with a week of practice under his belt he’ll do just fine."
Cumberland is coming off a heart-breaking 14-13 home loss to No. 6-ranked Univ. of the Cumberlands. Bethel enters the contest 0-4 following last week’s 21-13 loss at Bel-haven in Jackson, MS.
The Wildcats led Belhaven in eight offensive catergories, but turned the ball over five times -- three fumbles and two INTs. Bethel’s Josh Boyd had his best rushing performance as a Wildcat with 140 yards on 28 carries.
CU fans can hang around in McKenzie after the game to attend a USA Championship Wrestling show with WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler. The Memphis legend will toss the coin during pregame ceremonies. Tickets for the show in Dishman Gymnasium are $10 per person.
CU supporter yard signs: The Alumni Office is distributing yard signs that say "Proud Supporter – Cumberland University". Interested parties must make a $10 donation to the Annual Fund. Signs may be picked up in the Alumni Office or can be mailed to those out of town patrons. More information may be found at: www.cumberland.edu/alumni/cupride.