By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Dont forget to grab your hat as you head out the door beginning Friday afternoon for the 2001 Wilson County Fair.
Why? Well, not only do hats help protect you from the late afternoon sun, they are also held in high esteem by the friendly folk who bring you the fair each year.
The theme of the fair is Hats Off to the 2011 Wilson County Fair and honors the many hats worn by those bring the nine-day event to life each year.
Each day of the fair is set aside to recognize something specific, and hats play a part in that recognition.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Tennessee Department of Health has yet to release information regarding a recent investigation of the Lebanon Health and Rehabilitation nursing home, which concluded a week ago finding a number of immediate jeopardy violations.
A request by The Wilson Post to TDOH on Tuesday for the report on the deficiencies has gone unanswered despite state regulations that require that such violations be reported to the public.
Officials at the state office have said repeatedly that findings in the report concerning Lebanon Health and Rehabilitation will be transmitted to the newspaper but as of deadline Thursday the list of violations had not been received.
The boys basketball team and cheerleading squad at Lebanon High will be the beneficiary of a golf scramble set Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Pine Creek Golf Course in Mt. Juliet.
Gearing up for the tournament are cheerleaders: Savannah Blalock, Katie Graves, August Greer and Maggie Sturm.
Standing behind are: first year hoops coach Jim McDowell, Cameron High, Blue Devil mascot Garrett Crawford Cody Yarbrough and Shaq Cragwall.
Tournament fee is $75 per player or $300 per team. Please mail advance registration to: Lebanon High c/o Jim McDowell or Amanda Hargis 415 Harding Drive Lebanon 37087. submitted photo
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Until recently, it had been a long time since new Lebanon High baseball coach Brian Black had chalked up a save.
A former starting pitcher at Millikin University in Decatur, IL, he last notched a save in his junior year vs. against Elmhurst College.
But Tuesday morning, he picked up a save of a different kind -- one that helped preserve the life of a local resident.
A first year Special Education teacher at LHS, Black was driving to school on Tennessee Boulevard when he noticed a Ford Ranger pickup veer off the road and on to the railroad tracks on the South end of Nokes-Lasater Field.
I could tell the driver was in trouble, Black said, his arm stiffened up and the truck went right off the road, got airborne and landed on the tracks with four flat tires.
Stopping his vehicle, Black hurried to the 20 year-old who was obviously having a seizure.
I grew up with a guy who was prone to seizures, so I knew right away what was happening, Black said.
Black was at first hesitant to move the distressed man, but just seconds later, he and an unidentified City of Lebanon employee were faced with another dilemma -- the approaching Music City Star.
Black was on the phone with Wilson County 911 when he heard the sound of the commuter train.
I didnt want to move him, but then we heard that train whistle, Black said.
He dispatched the city worker up the tracks in an effort to slow the train, then proceeded to pull the man out of his truck.
Luckily the city worker caught the attention of the engineer, stopping the train about 100 feet from the disabled truck.
If it had been a freight train, I dont think they could have stopped with all that weight. Luckily the Star only has a few cars and they got it stopped, Black said.
The entire incident took less than five minutes. I know that because after I got him out of the truck, I went back and got my cell phone. The 911 operator was still on the line and the elapsed time of the call was 4:36.
Right then, Coach (Troy) Crane came out of the football field house. He said my knees were shaking something crazy.
Having been featured on three Nashville television stations has made the Chicagoland native a little uncomfortable.
I think anybody else would do the same thing, said Black, who was quick to give plenty of credit to the City of Lebanon employee who joined in the rescue attempt. Thank goodness he stopped too, it took both of us to get it done.
MT. JULIET -- Helen Mitchner, a three-year starter at mid-state basketball power Mt. Juliet High, signed Friday with Nashville's Trevecca Nazarene University.
Mitchner, a 5-5 point guard, has helped the Lady Bears to a record of 84-13 over the past three seasons, two District 9AAA championships, and a trip the the TSSAA state tournament. She averaged over 6 points per game last season with 101 assists and 77 steals.
She played AAU basketball this past summer with Tennessee Flight Silver Nike and made it to the Final Four of the 17U Nike Nationals. She has a 3.79 GPA and plans to enter the Trevecca nursing program.
Front, from left: parents Helen and Curt Mitchner, Helen, grandmother Helen Forsyth and brother Justin Mitchner. Standing: TNU assistant coach Courtney Van Atta, head coach Gary Van Atta, MJ assistant coaches Rob Bell and Anna Sharpe, MJ head coach Chris Fryer and MJHS principal Mel Brown.