By TOMI L. WILEY, Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET — All he ever wanted to be was a soldier, to serve and protect his country, but on Friday, July 30, his watch ended in Afghanistan during his second tour of duty. Spc. Michael Stansbery Jr. was killed in action last week in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan from injuries sustained when his dismounted patrol hit an improvised explosive device. He was 21 years old.
Michael graduated from Wilson Central High School in the class of 2007, and enlisted in the United States Army immediately after graduation.
Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and Prime Outlets of Lebanon will host the second annual “Business Extravaganza on Tax Free Friday", Aug. 6.
This Extravaganza will be at Prime Outlets-Lebanon and its purpose is for local Chamber businesses to promote their products or services and for Prime Outlets to showcase their tenants.
The Chamber and Prime Outlets invite everyone to come out on Friday, Aug. 6, from 1 to 7 p.m.
By AUTUMN ALLISON, The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- Citing the need to have some additional questions answered about the Federal Assets Seizure Fund, Lebanon City Council decided to “freeze” the account until members obtained more information. Council took the action at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.
Billy Weeks, former commissioner of Public Safety and now a consultant to the city’s police department, addressed the fund and how it differs from state drug funds.
By TOMMY BRYAN, The Wilson Post
Wilson County’s public school football teams are taking the current heat wave one day at a time as Wednesday’s high temperatures again forced coaches to juggle their practice times and locations.
David Burton, director of safety for the school system, sent an e-mail to fall sports head coaches and band directors Tuesday, and again Wednesday requiring them to move scheduled practices indoors or hold off until after 7 p.m. due to the heat index soaring over 100 degrees.
Wilson Central’s first year head coach Brad Dedman broke practice up into two sessions Tuesday.
“First we went in the gym for our individual and group work,” Dedman said, “but we went outside at 7 so we could get in some 11-on-11 team work.”
Mt. Juliet football coach Roger Perry sent his charges through a regular practice Tuesday afternoon inside the huge grand hallway at MJHS. Blessed with a rubberized floor, the Golden Bears hardly missed a beat. The Bears are expected to head inside again today.
Watertown High coach Gavin Webster sent his team home after school with instructions to return at 7 p.m. for practice.
“We’re doing everything we can to keep these young men safe and healthy,” Webster said. "We told them to make sure they took on plenty of water and had a good meal before they came back."
Lebanon High’s coaching staff sent their ninth graders inside for a practice in the gymnasium, with the varsity squad slated to return for a scaled back practice at 7 p.m.
“We won’t go full blast,” Blue Devil coach Bobby Brown said, “but we’ll get a lot of work done. We’ll just have to adjust a little until the weather breaks.”
Lebanon will adhere to the same schedule today.
Sports Editor Tommy Bryan may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- Cumberland University and the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority and Regional Transportation Authority have signed a one-year agreement that includes radio advertising for football, basketball and baseball as well as a new component for all CU home athletic events for the 2010-11 academic year - the Music City Star of the Game.
One Cumberland athlete will be highlighted over the public address system at the conclusion of all home events as the Music City Star of the Game. The athlete will also be featured and named in the postgame story on the CU athletic website.
The NMTA and RTA will also sponsor the Cumberland football coaches show, now called the Music City Star Coaches Show, which features CU football coach Dewayne Alexander and two Wilson County high school football coaches every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on WANT 98.9 FM.
Through a separate agreement the NMTA and RTA will honor the Music City High School Player of the Week this season, designating one Wilson County football player’s highlights from the previous game, and that player will also be featured during the Music City Star Coaches Show.
The show begins September 1 and runs through November 10 and will be hosted by Tommy Bryan, longtime sports editor of The Wilson Post.