By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
A number of candidates turned in their petitions to be on the ballot for the Nov. 2 election which includes Lebanon City Council, Cartmell Scholarship, Mt. Juliet City Commission and Watertown City Council.
In Lebanon, three seats on council are on the ballot this time. Ward 3, presently represented by Councilor William Farmer, will have a new city councilor as Farmer decided not to seek re-election. Running for the seat are Rob Cesternino, Jud Nave and John M. Sloan.
In Ward 4, incumbent Councilor Joe Hayes will face opponent Carl Jones for the seat. In Ward 6, incumbent Councilor Kathy Warmath will also face opposition from candidate William (Bill) Durham, former Lebanon personnel director.
Cumberland University has entered into the world of book publishing, putting its first release into the market this week with plans to publish additional titles.
The first release, Faces in the Clouds, by Lebanon resident Curly Putman, is an inspiring collection of poetry and songs about his journey through life.
Putman is an original who in just a short period of time made a great leap from the mule wagon on Putman Mountain to a life changing moment on 16th Avenue in Nashville when he wrote the worldwide classic “Green Green Grass of Home.” Those who are familiar with Putman’s songs will be intrigued to learn how the lyrics came to be written. He is a long-time member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
The winner of tonight’s Week Zero opener featuring Lebanon at Wilson Central will get a leg up on the rest of the season with a region victory socked away and some momentum. The loser, not so much.
Playing a game this big, this early isn’t the idea situation for either program, but with finances being what they are -- neither program can afford to take a chance on playing this one deeper in the season during fall break with many students and fans out of town.
“Wilson Central is in the same boat as us,” said LHS coach Bobby Brown, “we’d love to have more time to prepare, but we’ll be ready.” Coming off a 4-6 season in 2009, Brown is expected to field a team with only two seniors projected to start -- one on each side of the ball. “We’ve got some size up front,” Brown said, “but we’re still learning.”
Central, 2-8 last season under departed coach Trae Aric, looks to longtime assistant Brad Dedman as the fifth head coach in the history of the program.
Dedman, 33, played at Lebanon High and has worked in some capacity at Wilson Central under all four former Wildcat head coaches.
“The early part of last week with the heat was pretty tough,” Dedman said, “we had to go in the gym a lot and we couldn’t get our jamboree in because of the storms. We’ve just got to play our game , protect the football and maybe and things will work out like they should.”
Live play-by-play radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM-989.
ELSEWHERE IN THE COUNTY -- Friendship Christian, Watertown and Mt. Juliet Christian open the 2010 season tonight with Week Zero home games.
John McNeal’s FCS Commanders will entertain a solid Middle Tennessee Christian team tonight at 7:30 p.m. at revamped Pirtle Field -- which features a new grandstand on the visitors’ side of the field.
Watertown welcomes White House-Heritage to Robinson Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The youthful Tigers hope to avenge last season’s 42-19 loss to the Patriots.
MJ Christian will host Donelson Christian tonight at 7 p.m. at Suey Field on the MJCA campus. The Saints are under the direction of new coach Mark Harrison.
THURSDAY NIGHT -- McClain Christian Academy dropped a 47-17 decision to Providence Christian of Rutherford County in an 8-man, junior varsity effort -- the inaugural game for the private school.
The game, played at MCA's brand new field at the intersection of Leeville Pike and Hartmann Drive, featured only one goal post due to soaking rains on Wednesday. Only 80 yards of the field was playable.
ALSO ON THURSDAY -- The Wilson Central - Lebanon freshman football game at LHS was postponed due to field conditions. No make-up date has been announced.
From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- Cumberland football will host Meet the Team and an Open House on Saturday, August 21 at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field, signaling the end of fall practice for the Bulldogs. Fans will be allowed to mix and mingle with the players and coaches for autographs starting at 10 a.m.
Football season tickets are also currently on sale, as well as tickets for Cumberland’s season opener at Austin Peay on Thursday, September 2.
Reserved seats for the Bulldogs six home games cost $75 per person until Friday, Sept. 3, while general admission season tickets are $40 apiece. Fans may also buy a Season Pass for $125, a general admission ticket for all home football and basketball games for the 2010-11 academic year.
Supporters may also purchase their tickets for the APSU contest through the Cumberland Athletic Department. All tickets for the game for adults and Cumberland students are $12, while tickets for seniors and ages 3-17 are $7. Children three and under are admitted free.Tickets may be purchased by calling 615-547-1350.
Tailgating and free food will be available for Cumberland supporters for the Bulldogs season opener Clarksville. The Cumberland Athletic Department will host a tailgating tent with free food in the parking lot at the corner of Eighth Street and Marion Street just south of the Burt School and just east of Governors Stadium. Food will be served in the tent from 4-5:30 p.m.
All tickets purchased through the athletic department may be picked up at the tent or at Gate 3 next to Will Call, just west of the tailgating tent.