By JOHN L. SLOAN
Before I started hurting in every joint, I loved a tanning bed day for a little fishing on Percy Priest or Center Hill or Dale Hollow. It wasn’t too bad on Old Hickory, either.
You know the kind of day I mean; a day that makes you want to spend a half-hour at Sun Tan Village soaking up some serotonin and easing the ache in your aging joints. You want drizzle and a temperature that is several degrees below comfortable. It is the kind of day when the clouds hang just feet over the bow of the boat. You have to keep wiping your glasses to get the fog or drizzle off. You are often tempted to pull up the hood on your rain suit but that bothers your vision. Intermittently the sun comes out and cooks you just enough to tease you.
MT. JULIET -- Big Brothers of Mt Juliet / West Wilson County will be hosting a Dodgeball tournament on Saturday, April 9, beginning at 9 a.m., at West Wilson Middle School, 935 North Mt. Juliet Road in Mt. Juliet. All proceeds will benefit Big Brothers of West Wilson County’s Emergency Assistance Fund.
Teams will consist of six people, ages 18 and up. The cost to register a team is $60 and all checks should be made to Big Brothers with “Dodgeball Tournament” on the memo line. The tournament will be double elimination and trophies will be awarded to the winning team.
For more information on the tournament, call 641-0577 or visit www.dodgeballtn.com or the Big Brothers website at www.BigBrothersofMtJuliet.org/events
From Post staff reports
Sheriffing today is much different that it used to be. Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said his office today has assumed a number of new roles that local law enforcement wasn’t necessarily concerned about in years past.
A new challenge in which he is engaged, Ashe said, is that of dealing with certain homeland security issues. He told members of Lebanon’s Breakfast Rotary yesterday that among his early morning duties each day is to review a national security report published daily for law enforcement from federal authorities.
“We no longer can think that it can’t happen here,” Ashe said, referring to terrorist attacks and other threats to homeland security, because the reality is that “it can happen here.”
By GENE DAVIDSON, State Executive Director
USDA Farm Service Agency-Tennessee
In the past few weeks, there has been much talk and media coverage about unrest in the Middle East driving up the prices of fuel in the U.S. There is a certain sense of vulnerability when we realize events that occur half a world away affects our quality of life right here at home... in our own backyard. However, when it comes to food, fiber and yes, biofuels, we suffer no sense of vulnerability – Why? Because, thanks to America’s farmers and ranchers, we have what I refer to as, "Homegrown Security."
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Cold and rainy weather dampened the turnout of around 30 Wilson County teachers and those supporting them yesterday afternoon at a planned gathering on the Public Square in Lebanon, asking citizens to support teachers’ collective bargaining rights.
The gathering was planned and approved by the City of Lebanon on Tuesday afternoon. Cathey Roberts, second grade teacher at Tuckers Crossroads Elementary, helped organize the event.
Those who came held signs urging citizens to contact their local state legislators and ask them to vote against a proposed bill that would end collective bargaining rights for teachers’ unions and organizations.
CU HOSTS TREVECCA FRIDAY, SATURDAY
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Cumberland icon Woody Hunt can reach yet another coaching milestone this weekend as his Bulldog baseball team hosts TranSouth Conference rival Trevecca Nazarene in a three game series.
Hunt, in his 30th year as CU head coach, is sitting on 1,298 wins and can reach the 1,300 plateau with a couple of wins over the Trojans.
“To be honest, I didn’t know that was coming up,” Hunt said Thursday morning, “I’m really more focused on a good Trevecca team and getting our field ready to play.”
Friday's single starts at 2 p.m. as ace Aaron Wilkerson (3-0) is expected to take the hill for the Bulldogs. Saturday's twinbill cranks up at 12 Noon.
Earlier this year Hunt, the NAIA National Coach of the Year in 2010, was honored by the Lebanon / Wilson County Chamber of Commerce with a special “Man of the Year” award. He was also singled out by the Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association with their prestigious “Mr. Baseball” award at their 73rd annual Old Timers banquet.
Cumberland won its second NAIA national championship last June in Lewiston, Idaho, capping a 58-9 campaign with 29 wins in its last 30 games. The Bulldogs swept through the NAIA World Series, defeating Lee University, 4-3, in the championship.
Hunt picked up his 1,000th career victory March 5, 2005 with a 3-1 win over the Univ. of Alabama-Huntsville.
Cumberland dropped to 14-6 overall Wednesday with a 9-4 loss at 13th-ranked LSU-Shreveport (16-7).
The contest ended an eight-game, seven-day road trip for the Bulldogs, with CU winning the first five outings before dropping the final three.
Good Friday Golf -- The Blue Devil Football Foundation will be staging its 9th annual Good Friday Golf Tournament Friday, April 22 at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club. Lunch at 11 a.m. with a 12 Noon shotgun start. Entry fee includes lunch and one Mulligan and is $110 per player. Call 615-351-6047 to enter a four-member team. The BDFF is a not-for-profit organization.
LHS baseball season tickets -- Season tickets for all 10 Lebanon High home baseball games at Veterans Field are now on sale for $20 each -- a huge savings over the walk-up cost. tickets are available from any Blue Devil baseball player.
Basketball camps at FBC -- Lebanon’s First Baptist Church will host a series of spring break basketball camps March 14-25. First up is a One-on-One Skills Camp for boys and girls in grades K-4. The camp is set for March 14, 15 and 16 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost is $50 per camper. A girls camp for grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 will be held March 17 and 18 between the hours of 9 a.m. - 12 Noon. One-on-One skills will be taught and a double-elimination tournament will be held. Cost is $50. An identical camp for boys in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 will be held March 17 and 18 between the hours of 1-4 p.m. Cost is $50. For info on these camps or the Week Two schedule, call Davis Harrison at 615-417-4510.
Monday volleyball at CU -- Cumberland volleyball Coach Dwayne Deering is now accepting applications for the Monday Night Girls Volleyball League at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. League play begins Monday, March 22 and continues every Monday Night until April 25 with an 18U division and a 14U division. Cost is $60 per player. Contact Deering at 615-547-1318, or send an e-mail to: email@example.com.
B-D fitness scramble -- “Swinging Fore Fitness” a four-man golf scramble to benefit the physical education program at Byars-Dowdy Elementary School, will be held Thursday, March 24 at Lebanon’s Hunters Point Golf Course. An 11 a.m. shotgun start is planned. Entry fee of $200 per team includes green fees and cart. Hole sponsorships at $100 are still available. Call tourney chairman Claude Maynard at 615-476-1939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WCHS softball clinic Mar. 23 -- Wilson Central will hold a softball clinic for girls in grades 2-8 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 23 at the Lady Wildcats’ field. Cost is $50 with a $10 discount per two players from the same family. In case of rain, it will be moved inside to the gymnasium. For more information, call Coach Mike Shepard at 453-4600.
Adult co-ed softball -- An adult co-ed softball tournament will be held the weekend of March 25-27 at Tuckers Crossroads. Entry fee is $175 per team, $25 discount is paid by March 18. Teams may bat 10 or 12 hitters, but must alternate male and females. NSA rules will apply. Top three teams will earn trophy. All tournament proceeds from tournament will go towards Wilson Sox 11U travel baseball team. For more information, please contact Brandy at 598-8356 or Terry at 517-4482.
T-ball / coach pitch -- City of Lebanon T-ball and Coach Pitch sign-ups are Saturday, April 9, from 9-11 a.m at the Harold Dean Greer Recreation Center in Baird Park. Participants must be 4 years of age by April 30th, 2011, and cannot be 9 years on or before April 30th, 2011and live in Wilson County. The registration fee is $30. All new participants must provide a birth certificate (copy). Early registration continues through April 9. Those registering early can come to the Greer Center between the hours of 7:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m. (11-12 closed for lunch), Monday through Friday. Prospective coaches should come to the Greer Center to fill out an application. Call Nancy Lee at 449-0303.
Third annual Roar Run -- Byars-Dowdy Elementary will hold its third annual Roar Run 5k and 1 mile Fun Run Saturday, April 9. This year's edition of the Roar Run will start and finish at the College Hills Church of Christ on Leeville Pike. Registriation fees are as follows: $20 adults; $10 children (5-13 yrs), 5K Run/Walk Family Pre-Race $60 (for families of 5 or more - limited to immediate family only). One mile Fun Run/Walk $5 Children (9 and under); $10 (ages 10+). Day of Race fee is $30 for all participants. Anyone can registration until 7:45 a.m. the day of the event. Registration information at www.byarsdowdy.org.