By ANGEL KANE
There are people that say, the eyes are the windows to the soul. But given fillers, botox and brow lifts…I no longer believe that to be the case.
As I see it, if you really want to know someone’s soul…take a look at their shoes. You can really tell who is enjoying life or, more importantly, who has given up on life, based on their shoe selection.
For instance, just the other day, I was sitting in court amongst a sea of attorneys wearing blue, black and grey suits. I had the fortune of sitting between two young female attorneys and ….I looked down at their shoes.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
Historically enriched in a myriad of ways, Cedars of Lebanon State Park looks back to its formative years with W.P.A. (Works Progress Administration) Day on Saturday.
When the park opened in April 1937, it was celebrated with great fanfare that included a big parade and beauty contest, and why not, the park was the largest employee in the county. In fact, the name of the park at that time was Wilson County Cedar Forest.
Today, some half a million visitors come annually to camp in the park, hike its trails and observe the largest remaining stand of red cedars in the U.S. The forest is not of true cedar trees but junipers. The original cedar forest had been logged out for the pencil industry.
Created during the Great Depression as a federal reclamation project to 9,000 acres of land in Wilson County, the park promised to bring jobs and money to an area plagued with barren land previously deforested and unsuitable for crops. The land was purchased from more than 60 local farm families, some of whom were resettled, and jobs were given to 300 employees to replant and develop the park for recreation and conservation.
NO SERIOUS INJURIES REPORTED
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
A Chevrolet Cobalt crashed into the Tennessee Boulevard branch of Wilson Bank and Trust in Lebanon at approximately 1:46 p.m. on Wednesday after the car was hit by a pickup truck and sent out of control.
Lebanon Police Officer Robert Bates was first on the scene and said he received the call at 1:47 p.m. and he arrived at 1:48 p.m., as he was just leaving the LPD Headquarters on Tennessee Boulevard to go to a funeral escort. No one was seriously injured in the accident.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Lebanon City Council deferred several ordinances to work sessions at Tuesday night’s meeting, including a rewrite of the Lebanon Municipal Code’s animal control section and ordinances that would have authorized two Watershed/Hydrology studies.
The animal control ordinance has been an ongoing debate among councilors and citizens alike for the past month, and the proposed rewrite of the Municipal Code by City Attorney Andy Wright was presented as a solution to satisfy several objections.
However, the ordinance had been on the agenda for the council’s work session held on Sept. 14, but the councilors never addressed the ordinance as they debated a rezoning issue. This time, the council hopes to hold a work session to discuss only the animal control ordinance.
MEMPHIS -- The Tennessee Association of Realtors (TAR) named Mt. Juliet's Margaret Dixon as recipient of this year’s Realtor of the Year Award. Dixon was honored at the 91st Annual TAR Convention held in Memphis, Sept. 14-17, at the Memphis Marriott Downtown hotel.
The Realtor of the Year Award is given annually to the member who best represents the most complete character and professional profile of a Realtor. Dixon’s involvement at the national, state and local levels of the organization; her exceptional level of community involvement; and her sterling reputation as a real estate professional earned her this year’s award.
By DONOVAN STEWART, firstname.lastname@example.org
Blackman High's I’tavious Mathers could be the best high school running back you’ve never heard of. Friday in a 47-14 win over county foe LaVergne, the junior rushed for a school record 319 yards and four touchdowns to break the 1,000 yard mark in only five games this season.
With the record breaking performance Mathers, now has 1,049 yards and scored 11 touchdowns for the 4-1 Blaze. He is now only one of two backs across the state that have more than 1,000 yards as he joins Bearden’s Devrin Young in the 1,000 yard club this season. For the season, Mathers has had three games over 270 yards, and is arguably the best back in the state regardless of grade.
Mathers rushed for 279 yards and scored three times in the season opener against Tullahoma and a week later had 271 yards and another three touchdowns in a win over Lincoln County.
Devrin Young Unstoppable- Devrin Young, like Mathers cannot be stopped as he blitzed Lenoir City for 244 yards and scored twice as Bearden remains undefeated at 5-0. Young is averaging an eye popping 17.7 yards per carry and the Bulldogs are 5-0 for the second year in a row. The schedule though will get tougher as Bearden after a week off will host Maryville in two weeks.
Oakland Outlasts Riverdale- It took three overtimes but the 41st edition of the “Battle Of The Boro” was a classic as Oakland senior running back Tee Mayberry scored from four yards out in the third overtime to lift the Patriots to a 34-28 win. The No. 3 Patriots (5-0) got revenge for two defeats at the hands of the No. 6 Warriors (4-1) last season, but expect both of these teams to meet again later this season in the 6A playoffs.
Northside Makes A Statement- Jackson Northside made a huge statement by blasting pass happy Brighton 51-21. Indian quarterback Adam Craig was a very efficient 10-of-14 passing for 207 yards and three touchdowns to lead the offense while the Northside defense intercepted Brighton quarterback Danny Potter four times on the evening. The Indians, ranked No. 6 in Class 5A, are now 5-0 for the first time since 2001 and will go for their sixth win as they travel to Liberty (4-0) Friday night. Liberty is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A.
Signal Mountain Shows They Can Beat The Big Boys- After losing 48-20 last season to eventual Class 1A state runner up South Pittsburg for the region title, Signal Mountain got revenge in a big way on Friday night. Eagle quarterback Hogan Whitmore was the straw that stirred the Signal Mountain drink as he passed for 220 yards and three touchdowns and also scored the game winning touchdown for Signal Mountain. The loss for South Pittsburg was the first inside the district since 2006.
FRIDAY NIGHT STAT STUFFERS
Morgan Burman, RB, Clarksville Academy- Had a monster game as he rushed for 202 yards on just 17 carries and scored five touchdowns in 49-15 win over White House Heritage.
I’tavious Mathers, RB, Blackman- Set a school record with 319 yards on just 17 carries and scored four touchdowns in 46-14 win over Lavergne.
Zach Harvey, RB, Mt. Juliet Christian- Rushed for 235 yards and one touchdown a in 33-18 win over Kings Academy.
Jaylen Walton, RB, Ridgeway- Rushed for 203 and scored twice in a 35-0 win over Collierville.
Terrance Ayers, QB, Mitchell- Threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns on 25-of-41 passing in a wild 48-42 loss to Melrose.
Nathan Cole, WR, Mitchell- Caught ten passes for 171 yards and scored twice in 48-42 loss to Melrose
James Harmon, RB, Fairley- Rushed for 205 yards on just 13 carries and scored once in 38-0 win over Carver.
Devrin Young, RB, Bearden- Rushed for 244 yards and two TDs in a 40-13 win over Lenoir City.
Charlie High, QB, CAK- Subbing for an injured Quinn Epperly, the sophomore threw for 451 yards on 27 of 43 passing and three TDs in 48-45 win over Loudon.
Dametrius Thomas, RB, Fulton- Rushed for 221 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 22-7 win over Pigeon Forge.
Cameron Tallent, QB, Rhea Co.- The senior threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-24 loss to Bradley Central.
Terrance Marbuy, RB, Lookout Valley- Ran for 244 yards on just 16 carries and scored four times in a 41-20 win over Whitwell.
Hunter Lewis, RB, Sequatchie Co.- Ran for 327 yards and scored once in a 40-27 win over Chattanooga Christian.
Cedric Edwards, RB, Soddy-Daisy- Rushed for 245 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 41-13 win over Walker Valley.
Cody Ricker, RB, Morristown East- Rushed for 254 yards and scored four times while throwing two more scores in a 42-26 win over Cherokee.
BY THE NUMBERS
23- Consecutive games lost by Fayette Ware -- which is the most in the state.
33- Consecutive games won by Alcoa -- which is best in the state.
38- Number of undefeated teams in the state
41- Number of Winless teams in the state.
5-0- Overall record for Wartburg -- 5-0 for the first time in school history.
514- Total rushing yards for Gibbs on 56 carries in a 52-14 win over Gatlinburg Pittman.
1,049/11- Number of yards and touchdowns for Blackman junior running back I’tavious Mathers
1,005/15- Number of yards and touchdowns for Bearden senior running back Devrin Young.
TRANSOUTH CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL
NASHVILLE -- Taylor Denney posted a double-double and Kaysi Arnold had an error-free, 15-kill match to lead Cumberland University to come-from-behind 3-2 victory over rival Trevecca Nazarene University at Moore Gymnasium in TranSouth Conference volleyball action Tuesday night.
Cumberland (16-4, 3-0) defeated the Trojans for the third straight time, dating back to last season. CU also beat Trevecca (9-9, 2-2) here in five sets on September 4 in a non-conference match during the Scott Jones Classic.
Denney tallied a season-high 19 digs - her highest total since recording 23 against Pikeville College in 2008 - to go with her 21 assists. Arnold was the only Bulldog with double-digit kills, as the sophomore from Greenbrier, Tenn., set a new season-high. Her .375 attack percentage was the highest for any Cumberland player with at least 12 kills this season.
Cumberland trailed 2-0 going into the third set and winning even a set looked bleak as the Bulldogs held the lead for a total of eight serves to that point. CU lost the first two sets 20-25 and 23-25 before winning 25-17, 25-21 and 15-9.
The Volleydawgs started quick in the third set and forced Trevecca to take a timeout after an ace by Jessica Gericke made the score 12-7. Cumberland came out of the break continuing to add to its lead, winning the next two points and eventually getting to a nine-point lead at 21-12. TNU won back-to-back points before the teams closed out the set going point-for-point.
Trevecca looked to control the fourth set early, winning three consecutive points to start, but Cumberland won the next seven, taking advantage of four Trojan hitting errors, to take the lead for good. TNU would eventually close the gap and even tie the set at 21-21 on three straight points that ended a 7-2 stretch.
CU head coach Dwayne Deering called his first timeout to stop the bleeding and his team responded, claiming four more points to force the fifth set.
Again Cumberland started strong, taking a 5-1 lead and causing the Trojans to take a timeout. CU made it a 9-3 game before TNU used its second stoppage. An attack error by Trevecca made it an 11-4 contest and giving the Volleydawgs their largest lead of the set. A kill by Meghan Gass put the score at 12-6 and the Trojans put up three more points before a ball-handling error put the ball in the hands of Gericke, who closed out the match from the service line thanks to Arnold and Angelyn Stanton teaming up on a pair of blocks.
To start the match, CU jumped ahead early, winning the first three points, but the lead was short-lived as Trevecca rattled off five of the next six points to gain its first advantage of the contest. After a block by Mackenzie Gass and Angelyn Stanton, Meghan Gass served an ace to give Cumberland the lead again briefly at 6-5. CU forced two more ties - the latest coming at 9-9 - before the Trojans scored five straight to take the lead for good.
Cumberland trailed for most of the second set before battling back from as many as five points down as late as 19-14 to take a lead 22-21, but the Bulldogs couldn't close out the home team as Trevecca won back-to-back to points. Lauren Carter tied the game at 23-23 with a kill off an assist from Taylor Denney, but TNU won the final two points to take the two-set lead.
Gass tallied 18 assists, while Jaclyn Rodriguez and Gericke added 28 and 14 digs, respectively. Stanton, who played two years at Trevecca, posted nine blocks. As a team Cumberland, which ranks 20th in the NAIA in total blocks, recorded 13 1/2, including a triple block by Arnold, Laura DeGear and Danielle Girardeau.
The Lady Bulldogs return home Thursday to continue conference play, taking on Martin Methodist at 6 p.m.