By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
May is national Foster Care Month, and the Wilson County Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, office is urging the local community to get involved or support foster homes and volunteers that care for abused children.
Last year in Wilson County, Laura Swanson, executive director of CASA, said there were 109 children in foster care, with CASA assisting 106 of those children. The organization currently has 70 volunteers which are assigned to one child to assist them through very difficult times. “We train volunteers to advocate for children who have been victims of abuse and neglect,” Swanson said.
Volunteers with CASA receive 30 hours of training before they begin working with children. Swanson described them as “the eyes and ears of the court” in a child abuse case and said they compile information about the child to help the juvenile court judge make a decision in the case.
LEBANON MAN HURT IN JAN. INCIDENT
From Post staff reports
Federal investigators said an excessive amount of dust caused a flash fire at the Hoeganaes Plant in Gallatin in January that killed one man and injured another man who is a resident of Lebanon.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board released the results of its assessment portion of its investigation this week in Nashville and must still review documents related to the matter.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- First Lady Crissy Haslam, wife of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, encouraged second grade students at Coles Ferry Elementary School to read for at least 20 minutes a day during the summer, while reading excerpts from two books for the students.
Haslam likened reading to physical exercise, while exercise makes you physically stronger, she said reading makes you mentally stronger and “helps your brain grow.” She also encouraged children to find books they enjoy reading, saying if they don’t like to read, maybe they haven’t found the right books.
“I want you, if you can, to try to read every day this summer,” Haslam encouraged the students.
She read from two books, one titled Gregor the Overlander, holding the paperback novel in her hand, and the other, a Winnie the Pooh story, which she read from an iPad.
CU FACES LOSER-OUT GAME SATURDAY
PADUCAH, KY -- Two Cumberland errors in the top of the ninth extended the inning and led Tennessee Wesleyan to a 5-3 victory over Cumberland Thursday night in the NAIA "Regional" Tournament at Brooks Stadium.
The loss dropped the Bulldogs (44-15) into the loser's bracket and a 9:30 a.m. "loser-out" game Saturday vs. either William Jewell or Southern Poly.
After a 3 hour, 21 minute rain delay, CU's T.J. Murphy drilled a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 3-all.
"T.J.'s hit gave us some momentum," said Coach Woody Hunt, "I really thought we could scratch out another run or two after that. We fought hard to get back in it, we just didn't make the plays in the ninth. That's been our problem all year."
CU was playing without DH Mike Mandarino, who injured a shoulder in Thursday's 11-1 win over William Jewell.
CU plays today at 2:30 p.m.
PADUCAH, KY — No. 5-ranked Cumberland rode a stellar performance by junior lefty Will Locante Thursday night for an 11-1 victory over William Jewell in the opening round of the NAIA National Championships.
Locante (8-2) was electric, striking out 14 batters in seven innings, allowing just one hit and no walks.
“We had a pro pitcher going for us tonight,” said CU coach Woody Hunt. “Fourteen strikeouts in just seven innings is a dominating performance at any level.”
CU pounded William Jewell pitching for 13 hits, led by second baseman Tommy Crews who went 4-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored — including a three run homer. Tommy Winegardner slugged a three-run homer, his 8th of the season and Mike Mandarino added a solo blast — his team leading 18th HR of the season.
“We scored consistentaly tonight, and had a couple of big innings,” Hunt said, “Tommy Crews is really swinging the bat well for us right now . We played good defense, made some tough plays.”
Now 44-14 on the season, Cumberland will take on Tennessee Wesleyan Friday in a 2:30 p.m. game at Brooks Stadium.
Live radio coverage begins at 2:10 p.m. on WCOR AM-1490 and on the Internet at www.gocumberlandathletics.com.
Wildcats fall in 9AAA soccer finals
HENDERSONVILLE -- Wilson Central dropped a 4-2 loss Thursday night to defending state champ Hendersonville High in the finals of the District 9AAA soccer tournament at Drakes Creek Park.
The teams waited out a 75-minute delay due to lightening and heavy rains. Central (10-5-1) visits Clarksville High Monday for the first round of the Region 5AAA tournament.
POST-SEASON HONORS -- Mitch Williams, Brad Cavanaugh, Patrick Cashman and Tucker Archie were named all-district. Williams, Cashman and Jackson redditt were selected all-tournament.
MJ wins 9AAA softball crown
LEBANON -- Mt. Juliet defeated Beech 9-6 early Friday morning to win the District 9AAA softball championship at Baird Park.
Play started Thursday at 5 p.m., but a storm halted play in the sixth inning for well over two hours. Mt. Juliet eventually lost the first game to the Lady Bucs 13-5 -- with the contest ending at 9:55 p.m.
The second game started at 10:12 p.m. and found the Lady Bears taking an early 3-0 lead on the strength of two-run triple by Madison Taylor.
Mt. Juliet will host a Region 5AAA opener Monday.
FCS - Gordonsville play at 2:20 p.m.
LEBANON -- Rained out last night, Friendship Christian and Gordonsville will square off Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the District 8A softball finals at FCS.
Friendship Christian needs just one win to earn the title. A Gordonsville win today would for the "if necessary" game to be played Saturday -- as GHS is holding graduation ceremonies tonight.