By BECKY ANDREWS, Wilson Living Magazine
Have we met? Perhaps you’ve heard of me. I’m the meanest mom in the world. At least that’s what my 11-year-old has been calling me lately. Amazing how this new nickname came so soon after Christmas.
I guess the first time I heard that little term of endearment from him was a year ago when I refused to even discuss getting him a cell phone.
By ANGEL KANE, Wilson Living Magazine
The 8th grade class of Friendship Christian School in Lebanon recently returned from their annual trip to Washington, D.C.. The five day trip was a whirlwind tour of all the best D.C. has to offer.
The students spent their first day at the home of Thomas Jefferson in Monticello and spent the afternoon touring the famous estate and garden.
LEBANON -- Families are invited to enjoy a day of music, food, fellowship and yard-sale shopping Saturday, April 30, at the Family Day of Fun, sponsored by the Wilson County Black History Committee.
The event will be held in the parking lot of Historic Pickett Chapel, 209 East Market Street in Lebanon. The yard sale begins at 6:30 a.m. Other activities take place throughout the day, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Anyone who wants to participate in the yard sale can reserve a spot for $20; spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Yard sale participants must bring their own table, and no food items may be sold. To reserve a yard sale space, call 449-2911.
Donations will be accepted and will help fund the restoration of Historic Pickett Chapel, which is the oldest brick building in Lebanon.
Pickett Chapel Methodist Church was established in 1866 as the first church for Blacks in the city, and became a major factor in the formation of the Lebanon community.
The church remained active until 1973, when members moved to a new building, which was named Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church. For several years, until 2001, the historic building was home to a local theater company.
By RAY POPE
Like I mentioned in last week’s article, watch for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. After Wednesday night, there were several sightings of this little favorite. My first reported sighting came from Larry and Julia Haun of the Norene/Statesville area. Larry was very excited to hear that his was the first of many called in over the last three days.
Charlene Reeves has found a way to keep her Hummer juice fresh a little longer and also it keeps the dark splotches from forming on the inside of her Hummingbird feeders. We were talking the other night when she told me she uses my 4 to 1 mixture, but she also boiled the mix for three minutes, let it cool and then seal it up and store in the fridge. I might think that the temperature must kill off all bacteria. Charlene’s grandson, Neel Reeves has really taken a fancy to our feathered friends and enjoys his time spent in the Norene Community.
A good friend of mine, Mike Willey, saw her first Hummer last Wednesday in the late afternoon and another early Thursday morning. She works at the Lebanon Library and also a huge fan of the Hummingbirds.
I attended the Cumberland Bulldog baseball game this past Saturday and Sunday. Baseball doesn’t get much better than this.
By DAVID HOWELL
It’s been 30 years since I’ve been Tennessee Association of Student Councils Vice President of 1980-1981, where I embraced the vision with fellow TASC members of how important it is to give back to our communities.
I did not know how it would unveil, however I did know that the mission existed without compromise. The mission was to develop, improve and participate as a leader for the betterment of our schools and community.
By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
A Hermitage man was killed Wednesday afternoon when he swerved off the road and struck a tree on Interstate 40, just before Exit 238 in Lebanon.
Lebanon Police Officer Steve Green said the victim was identified as Joshua D. Brown, 30, of Hermitage. Brown was traveling in the left hand lane of I-40 eastbound when his Dodge Neon swerved to the right, off the road and struck a tree at approximately 3:30 p.m.
“The cause of the crash is still pending, it’s under investigation,” Green said.
From Post staff reports
A man has been arrested and charged in connection with a pipe bomb that was found in a farmer’s field on Holmes Gap Road on March 13.
Brian Heisler, 22, of 930 Neal Road, Watertown, was arrested on Tuesday, April 19, and charged with a prohibited weapon. He was released after posting bond and is to appear in court on May 20.
According to a news release from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, the incident was investigated initially by Sgt. Don Witherspoon and Marvin Norman of the WCSD’s Bomb Unit. After the pipe bomb was disarmed, the matter was turned over to Special Agent Mead McWhorter of the Tennessee Bomb and Arson Division and Agent Cordell Malone with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
During the course of the investigation, the release said, Heisler was developed as a suspect after reviewing video from a retail store where he was reportedly seen purchasing PVC materials.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Jobs and recruiting new businesses were the focus of a Lebanon City Council work session Tuesday afternoon, as councilors discussed recruitment with Kenny Martin, director of economic development for Mt. Juliet, and G.C. Hixson, executive director of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County.
The work session focused on a two-year plan proposed by Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino which called for the City of Lebanon to pay Martin for recruiting businesses into Lebanon as well as Mt. Juliet.
Cesternino scheduled the work session a couple of months ago to sit down and hear ideas from the other council members on how to bring jobs and new businesses into Lebanon, to increase the city’s revenues without increasing taxes.
By TOMMY BRYAN
Back-to-back games of errorless baseball helped pave the way for Wilson Central to sweep Lebanon in a District 9AAA two-game series earlier this week.
Wednesday night in Gladeville, Central managed just one earned run off tough-luck LHS starter Cain Sloan, in a 4-1 victory over the Blue Devils.
The Wildcats (13-11) broke open a 1-1 game with three runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out single by Jacob Williams and a misplayed flyball by a Lebanon outfielder.
That was more than enough for Central starter Jacob McEntire, who went all the way -- scattering seven hits. He struck out seven and walked only one batter as his defense played flawlessly behind him.
Sloan allowed seven hits over five innings with seven strikeouts before being lifted following a 30-minute delay for lightning. Trevin Potter worked the bottom of the sixth, facing four batters. He allowed one hit and struck out one.
Williams led Central with a 3-for-4 night, an RBI and a run scored. Devin Fish was 2-for-3 while Drew Chester, Dakota Byrd and Dylan Prendergast had the other hits for Wilson Central as the Wildcats improved to 4-3 in the district.
Leadoff man Jack McKeon paced Lebanon with a 3-for-3 night. Outfielder Jack Partlow added two singles while Michael Hastings and Brandon Shelton had the other hits for the Blue Devils.
LHS slipped to 9-16 overall with the loss / 2-3 in District 9AAA play. Lebanon is scheduled to play a couple of games Saturday, an early afternoon tilt with Oakland followed by a 7 p.m. game at Hendersonville High.
Central is scheduled to play in the Trojan Classic this weekend at Soddy Daisy High School.
Tuesday night at Veterans Field, Lebanon committed nine errors in a 12-9 loss to the Wildcats. Lebanon got a pair of three-run homers from Cain Sloan and pounded out 10 hits for the game.
But trailing 3-1, Central struck for six runs in the top of the fourth as LHS committed four errors, then added four more runs in the sixth -- thanks in part to four more Lebanon mistakes.
Friendship 23, RBS 0 -- Connor Gaines threw a five-inning one-hitter Tuesday as Friendship Christian blasted Red Boiling Springs 23-0 on the road.
The big junior evened his record at 1-1 after striking out nine and walking just one batter.
Kyle Wood had a third inning grand slam for the winners and finished the afternoon with three hits and seven runs batted in. Gaines drilled two hits, including a long three-run homer in the top of the third. Drew Erie also homered for FCS -- a solo shot in the third inning.
With the win, Friendship improved to 10-7 overall and 5-1 in District 8A.