MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, January 2 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. McPherson of Mt. Juliet. He passed away December 29, 2009. Mr. McPherson was preceded in death by his father, David Ray McPherson and his step-father, Dahl Vaughn.
Visitation with the family will be Thursday, December 31 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, January 2 from 10 a.m. until time of service. Chaplain Ray Vick will conduct the service. Interment will be at a later date.
Survivors include: his wife of 22 years Marsha Smith McPherson; mother Linda (Tom) Bennett; children Jennifer Riad, Diana (Glen) Steele, Robert Beydler, Melissa (Jason) Meyers and Tommy (Janel) McPherson. Also surviving: sisters Susie (Herb) Broyles, Donna (Andy) Sparks, Pam (Bobby) Mangrum, Jackie (Donald) Layne, Ren Estes, Candi (Gideon) Ndlovu and Thomasina (Mark) Tyree; 15 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and numerous aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fred Caldwell Benefit Fund at Wilson Bank & Trust, 1476 N. Mt. Juliet Rd., Mt. Juliet, 37122.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
GLADEVILLE -- With just over six weeks until the start of the 2010 season, the excitement is building for NASCAR’s return to Nashville Superspeedway. For the first time in the 10-year history of the track, Nashville will host the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series on the Easter weekend, April 2-3.
Fans can reserve great seats beginning today (Wednesday) at 8 a.m. by calling 866-RACE-TIX or by going online at www.NashvilleSuperspeedway.com. The April 2-3 weekend is stacked with on-track excitement, including NASCAR Camping World Truck practice, qualifying and a battle under the lights on Friday night, followed by NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying and the race on Saturday afternoon.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series will return June 4-5 under the lights for the “Federated Auto Parts 300.” The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will also make a second stop in Nashville on Aug. 7 for a one-day show featuring practice, qualifying and the night race.
Race tickets start at $35 for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races and $45 for NASCAR Nationwide Series races. Season tickets including all three race weekends are still available starting at $179 for adults and just $84 for kids 12 and under.
GREENEVILLE -- Mt. Juliet will play Cocke County Thursday afternoon in the finals of the GreenBank Ladies' Classic at Hal Henard Gymnasium. The Lady Bears moved to the title game with a 64-49 win over Cosby (Va.), Wednesday, shooting a hot 72 percent from the floor -- likely the second best shooting performance in the 21-year history of the tournament.
Mt. Juliet got a standout effort from sophomore post Caya Williams, who dumped in 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting, and hauled in nine boards. Britt Bell chipped in with a double-double (22 points and 10 rebounds) to go along with five assists.
Helen Mitchner, Mt. Juliet’s point guard, took a nasty spill and sustained a knot the size of a golf ball on her forehead, but returned to the game after being checked out by trainers.
The Bears led 14-9 after one quarter and 31-18 at intermission. Cosby could not catch up because Mt. Juliet hit 23-of-32 field goals in the game.
The Bears were last in the title game in 2006 when they lost to Wilson Central for the championship.
CENTRAL ELIMINATED -- Wilson Central, the two-time defending champs, was ousted in the consolation bracket of the GreenBank Ladies' Classic Wednesday afternoon, falling to Maryville High 49-36.
The Rebels (10-2) jumped out to a 12-3 first quarter advantage and commanded a 28-13 halftime edge. Wilson Central got the deficit at a dozen but could not bring it into single digits as Maryville maintained control.
Alex Breazeale and Tori Vaught shared scoring honors for Maryville with 13 points each. Rebekah Singleton had five steals and four assists.
Wilson Central (6-6) had Sydney Vanlandingham with 11 points and Taylor Peterson with 10.
FCS FALLS TO GORDONSVILLE -- Friendship Christian's Lady Commanders saw an 8-point lead slip away Wednesday as Gordonsville rallied for a 50-46 victory in the fifth place game of the Mid-State Christmas Tournament at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
Samantha Wright led the Tigerette comeback with a game-high 16 points. Kaity Woodall and Andi Morrisett each had 13 for the Lady Commanders -- who fell to 4-9 with the loss.
Gordonsville returns to Lebanon for a District 8A doubleheader Tuesday, Jan. 5 vs. Friendship Christian.