By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Authorities continue to investigate a possible hit and run pedestrian fatality early Wednesday morning, Aug. 25, along Interstate 40, about a mile east of mile marker 227. The adult male victim has been identified Harold James Frelix Jr., 43, of Antioch, a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Frelix, a 1985 graduate of Antioch High School, was identified by using fingerprint analysis, Tennessee Highway Patrol officials said.
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
A 58-year-old woman suspected of robbing a bank in Cumberland County was arrested without incident on Wednesday at a local hotel in Lebanon by the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department. Dubbed by authorities in East Tennessee as the “Grandma Bandit,” the suspect was identified as Gail Cook who gave an address in Covington, La.
She is suspected of robbing a branch of Cumberland County Bank in Lake Tansi Village on Friday, Aug. 13. She was arrested by Lt. Steve Gatlin of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday after information was received that she might be in the area.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Some dust may have gone flying through the air, but it was all for the good Thursday as students, faculty, school system officials and county leaders put their shovels in the ground and turned the dirt in a ground breaking ceremony for the new Lebanon High School.
A large crowd gathered under a tent in a small corner of the construction site on Hickory Ridge Road and South Hartmann Drive for the official event.
The crowd included present and future students on hand along with past ones as well signifying “Once a Blue Devil, Always a Blue Devil.”
LEBANON -- After two weeks of two-a-days, the Cumberland University volleyball team is preparing to open the 2010 campaign as the Bulldogs will host their annual Volleydawg Classic this weekend at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center .
Cumberland welcomes Faulkner University, Mountain State University, Pikeville College, Reinhardt University and Tennessee Temple University in the two-day classic that begins Friday afternoon (today) at 3 p.m. Action will take place on two courts with six matches on both days.
Cumberland will face Tennessee Temple in the opening time slot and will take on Mountain State at 7 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, play begins at 9 a.m. with CU squaring off against Pikeville before being paired with Faulkner at 11 a.m.
“The girls have really worked hard and are really excited about getting the season started,” CU head coach Dwayne Deering said. “They are really hungry to play.”
Cumberland faced all four of this weekend’s opponents last season, winning all five matches, including two over Tennessee Temple. CU will not play Reinhardt, which is coached by former Bulldog Jenny Hayes. This year’s squad, which was picked to finish fifth in the TranSouth Conference by the league’s coaches, will be a mix of familiar players, including All-Conference returners Kaysi Arnold and Jessica Gericke, as well as several new faces.
Also returning to the starting lineup for the Volleydawgs is three-year starter Taylor Denney. Freshmen Danielle Girardeau and Mackenzie Gass along with transfers Meghan Gass and Jaclyn Rodriguez are also expected to spend significant time on the court this season.
“We are still going to be a young team,” Deering said. “But that further enhances the enthusiasm that these girls have. I am pleased with how we’re doing coming out of fall camp. The new players have really been catching on quickly.”
Admission to the Volleydawg Classic, as well as all other Cumberland home matches, is free.
LEBANON -- Patrick Maynard rushed for 100 yards and scored three touchdowns as Lebanon shutout Rossview High 35-0 Friday at Nokes-Lasater Field. Leading 7-0, LHS exploded for 21 second quarter points. The Blue Devils (1-1) visit Hendersonville next week.
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central improved to 2-0 on the season with a 16-12 victory over visiting Rhea County Friday night. Darell Stewart and Hunter Cranford each scored touchdowns for the Wildcats and Jackson Redditt added a 47-yard field goal.
LAFAYETTE -- Dalton Patterson hauled in a pair of TD passes and Kyle Wood ran for 106 yards and a TD as Friendship Christian (2-0) defeated Macon County 35-27 Friday night.
MURFREESBORO -- Watertown High slipped to 0-2 on the season with a 32-0 loss at Middle Tennessee Christian Friday night.
MEMPHIS -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy dropped a 28-7 loss at the Academy for Health Sciences Friday night in Shelby County. The Saints (0-2) managed 76 yards rushing on 19 attempts.