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Fair looking to finish strong

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
One year after closing its gates for a whole day for the first time in its history, the Wilson County Fair has seen324,435 visitors total so far and heading into the final weekend has fairly clear skies in the forecast.

On Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 the Wilson County Fair closed its gates for one day due to heavy rain that drenched the county that day and night. On Thursday, emergency personnel and county residents struggled to clean up after the heavy rains caused flooding to some businesses and homes, an unwelcome reminder of the May floods.

Last weekend, temperatures dropped from the 90s after weeks of scorching temperatures to allow the Fair to experience four record-breaking days on its opening Friday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Tuesday, 32,811 people attended the Fair with another 28,697 on Wednesday, with Tuesday setting another record and Wednesday falling just short of totals in 2005 and 2006 when attendance on that Wednesday was 28,729 and 28,819 respectively.

Thursday night's total attendance of 31,829 was not a record, but still a very healthy number for mid-week.

Heading into this weekend, Bobby Boyd, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Old Hickory, said there was a 20 percent chance of rain today and Saturday. The high temperatures will be in the mid-90s for today and tomorrow.

There is a chance, but its a small chance, its a very low probability, Boyd said of rain this weekend.

Fridays high will be 95 with an overnight low of 72 and Saturday will see a high of 94. Both days have the 20 percent chance of rain, but showers will be isolated if they occur. Right now, a 20 percent chance isnt much, said Boyd.

Assuming the weather stays ideal, the Fair is on pace to possibly set an all-time attendance record this year. If the attendance Thursday, including that on Friday and Saturday can equal or surpass the same days in 2010, the total attendance could surpass 2009s record 505, 434.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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Wilson County ACT scores fall; but still above state average

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Wilson County High Schools managed to stay ahead of a sinking curve across the state in terms of 2011 ACT scores, posting higher scores in all subject groups than the state average, however, the county results also dropped from 2010 scores.

High school students in 2011 scored a composite of 19.7 on the ACT, compared to a composite of 19.9 last year. The state composite score for 2011 graduates was 19.5 compared to a score of 19.6 in 2010.

Were still ahead of the state in both years, said Nancy Ash, Supervisor of Testing and Accountability for the county schools.

Wilson County requires all High School juniors to take the ACT and Tennessee is one of only eight states in the country that requires its students to take the assessment test before graduation.

The ACT scores students in Math, English, Reading and Science and the highest possible score is a 36. In English, local students scored 19.7; in Math they scored 19.1, in Reading 20.0 and in Science, 19.6. By comparison, the state as a whole had a 19.4 in English, 19.0 in Math, 19.7 in Reading and a 19.4 in Science.

We are above the state average in all four subject groups, so were proud of that, said Ash.

Information released by the State Department of Education indicated nearly 75 percent of Tennessee public high school students said they hope to obtain at least a four-year bachelors degree.

These results are unacceptable, and we have to do more to ensure that our high school students academic results align with their aspirations, said Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

Ash said the county schools have many opportunities for students to improve their understanding of ACT test material and questions. Teachers are also shifting to make their class material more directly reflect the questions and problems found on the ACT test.

The individual high schools are doing many things to prepare the students, Ash said.

Some classes are using ACT standards for daily lessons, increasing the difficulty of everyday lesson plans, and Ash said some schools have an ACT focus of the day, that highlights one ACT question or problem each day.

Several local high schools offer special tutoring sessions on Saturdays for students preparing to take the test where they can achieve extra help with the material from their teachers.

Ash pointed out that the new standards for students in the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) tests and meeting those standards have also been applied to the ACT for high school students.

She said as the schools catch up to the increase in the standards, student scores on the ACT will improve as well as students are better prepared to tackle the challenges seen on the test.

While the scores for the local high schools were above state averages, Ash said there was still plenty of room for improvement and said they will continue to look at ways to better prepare each student.

We definitely know that there are many challenges for us, and were working diligently to meet those challenges and help our students, Ash said.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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General Sports

Prep football opens tonight

By TOMMY BRYAN
A full District 9AAA schedule is on tap tonight as Week Zero opens the 2011 prep football season here in Wilson County.

The headline matchup features Lebanon hosting Mt. Juliet at Nokes-Lasater Field. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. as the two teams meet for the 35th consecutive season since the series was renewed back in 1977.

Following back-to-back lopsided victories (48-20 in 2010; 52-13 in 2009), Mt. Juliet leads the series 19-15. The game marks the first for new LHS head coach Troy Crane while his Mt. Juliet counterpart Roger Perry has over 30-years under his belt with stops at Westmoreland and Portland on his resume.

The Golden Bears clicked on all cylinders in last weeks 28-0 victory over Clarksville Northwest in Saturdays Blue Devil Kickoff Classic.

Lebanon sandwiched a pair of touchdowns around a Ravenwood score to notch a 14-8 victory over the Eagles in their two-period jamboree appearance.

Mt. Juliets senior running back Brannon Garza did not dress in Saturdays jamboree and is questionable for tonights season opener due to an ankle injury. Lebanon defensive end Jeff Dee did not dress in the jamboree due to a shoulder problem, but will likely play tonight vs. the Bears.

Live radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9. A live videofeed is available free of charge at www.atwsportscast.com.

Also on the schedule for 7 p.m. starts tonight is Wilson Central hosting Gallatin; Watertown entertaining Cannon County and Mt. Juliet Christian Academy welcoming Community High from Bedford County.

The lone 7:30 p.m. start is Friendship Christian playing arch rival Donelson Christian at Pirtle Field.

Wilson Central is coming off a 3-2 loss to Trousdale County High in the Tobacco Bowl Jamboree while the Green Wave will be without the services of perhaps 10 players due to team discipline issues.

Watertown is looking to get the 2011 season off on a positive note tonight as Cannon County High comes to Robinson Stadium.

The Purple Tigers battled DeKalb County to a 7-7 draw in Saturdays Jamboree play and are looking to improve on last seasons 4-6 effort.

Mt. Juliet Christian will host Community tonight at Suey Field fresh off a solid preseason camp. Short on depth, the Saints must stay healthy in order to remain competitive this season.

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Vandy infielder headed to CU

By TOMMY BRYAN
Change is pretty constant in the world of collegiate baseball. So as Cumberland bids a fond farewell to All-America pitcher Will Locante, the Bulldogs are welcoming a former Vanderbilt player into the fold.

Sam Lind, a slugging infielder from Hartford, South Dakota, will enroll at CU next week and be eligible immediately.

The Arizona Community College Player of the Year in 2010 at Central Arizona Junior College, Lind had trouble breaking into Vanderbilts everyday lineup last season.

Sam is an outstanding hitter, said CU coach Woody Hunt, but remember Vanderbilt went to the College World Series. It was tough for him to settle in to a regular role. He can play several positions and shows a lot of ability as a hitter.

Lind, a lefty swinger, will certainly come to love the friendly right field porch at Ernest L. Stockton Field.

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