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Obituaries

Brenda Hawkes Grandstaff, 51

LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Grandstaff, 51, of Lebanon.
Born May 20, 1960 in Wilson County, she died Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at her home.
The daughter of the late Brandon and Barbara Rhea Smith Hawkes, Mrs. Davis was a homemaker.
Visitation after 9 a.m. Friday at Ligon & Bobo.
Services will be conducted by Brother Winfrey Jewell. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: her husband Michael Grandstaff; daughters Denise (Joey) Davis of Carthage and Tanya (Danny) Givens of Watertown; grandchildren Tiffany Ledbetter, Jacob Davis, Nathen Davis, Jayda Givens and Jenia Givens; siblings Debbie Pratt, Michael Hawkes, Boby Hawkes and Don Smith -- all of Lebanon.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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David Brian Teel, 50

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Berea Church of Christ for Mr. Teel, 50, of Lebanon. Mr. Teel died Sept. 13, 2011.
The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m. Friday at Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon and Saturday for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Services will be conducted by Brother Todd Elliott.
Survivors include: son Brandon Teel, mother Nancy (Hollis) Tackett, brother Tim (Carol) Teel, sister Deborah (Patrick) Armstrong; nieces and nephews Cassie Teel, Dalton Teel, Eli Teel, Hallie Anne Teel, Carson Teel, Asher Armstrong, Meade Armstrong, Merry Armstrong and Amy Armstrong as well as numerous other relations.
He is preceded in death by his father Wendell Teel.
Pallbearers: Patrick Armstrong, Terry Mackie, Donnie Bain, Stan Watson, Dalton Teel, Chris James, Derrick Knowles and Lee Mangrum. Honorary: Wayne Leeper, Bill McGowen, Nelson Litton, Kenneth Mackie, Asher Armstrong, Lee Hickerson and Warren Williams.
Sellars Funeral Home, Baddour Parkway, is in charge of arrangements.

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Lucy Lee Pennington McGuire, 75

MT. JULIET -- Mrs. McGuire, 75, of Mt. Juliet and Bishop, VA, died Sept, 12, 2011.
A member of the ladies auxiliary of the VFW in Bishop, VA, she was the daughter of the late, Clarence E. and Rosella Ferguson Pennington.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell, VA and graveside services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, VA with Rev. Ray Davis officiating.
Survivors include: children Charles Edward (Rex Horn) McGuire, Jerry G. (Terri) McGuire and Barbara (Chip) Davis; siblings Samuel E. (Jean) Pennington, Emory F. Pennington, John R. (Ann) Pennington, Pauline (Herman) Perry and Ada (Fred) Hankins; grandchildren Leyna Holt, Jordan Davis, Daniel McGuire, Alison McGuire, Amanda DiMartino and Annamarie DiMartino and great-grandchildren Denney and Lennon Holt.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Ellis B. McGuire and her brother, Charlie Eugene Pennington.
Pallbearers: Jordan Davis, Daniel McGuire, Rex Horn, Patrick Holt, Chip Davis and Ray Asbury. Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Mt. Juliet's Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of local arrangements.

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Robbie Ada May Eakes, 97

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Eakes, 97, of Mt. Juliet.
A lifelong resident of the Suggs Creek Community, she died Sept. 13, 2011.
Mrs. Eakes was a member of Suggs Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church for over 80 years and served as a room mother for 12 years.
She was employed for over 30 years by the State of Tennessee in the Title Division. Mrs. Eakes and her late husband were among the organizers of the Suggs Creek Saddle Club and she was an officer of the club and served in many support capacities.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Murray Wilson Eakes, who fought valiantly in the Italian Campaign of World War II, taking part in the landings at Anzio Beach.
Mrs. Eakes was also preceded by her parents, Joe Davis and Maud May; her brothers, J. D. and Roy May; and sisters, Belle Smith and Jessie Harkreader.
Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 16 from 9 - 11 a.m.
Services will be conducted by Brother Chuck Groover. Interment will follow at the Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens
Survivors include: son Donnie and his wife, Linda McCorkle Eakes; grandchildren Donald Mark (Robin) Eakes, Charles Gregory Eakes and Melinda Eakes (Kenneth) Mace; great-grandchildren Denise (Nathan) Ferrell, John Robert (Jessica) Eakes, Lesley-Anne Eakes, Jessica Mace (Mitch) Cunningham and Katlin Deanne Eakes; and great-great-grandchildren Justin Ferrell, Maci Ferrell, and Mason Cunningham.
Pallbearers include: Mark, Greg and John Robert Eakes, Kenneth Mace, Mitch Cunningham, Nathan and Justin Ferrell, Jeff May and Larry Nixon.
The family especially wants to thank the caregivers at Mt. Juliet Nursing and Rehab who have provided not only compassionate care but also friendship to Mrs. Eakes and her family during the last four years of her life. There are truly angels among us.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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John Sloan - Outdoors

Fish & fixins; its whats for supper!

By JOHN L. SLOAN
Cool with no breeze. A light jacket is perfect and so is my cast. The devil horse, my old friend, the green and yellow one, nestles in tight against the grass. I let it sit until the ripples die down, then start it back toward the boat. Twitch-twitch-jerk stop. KaBloom! Fish on.

I guess the Higher Power decided to give me a break. For once, the fish measured-exactly 14-inches. In the box and back to work. Big Bird and I had the combination. For 90 minutes, we piddled and paddled around the weed beds on Old Hickory and were present for the Miracle of Misty Cove. Even the resident beaver approved. She came out of the big house on the ridge just long enough to slap the water and scare the bejeepers out of us. Someday I am going to blow that house up.

Ten of the 11 bass we caught on topwater lures were between 14 and 15 inches; all legal keepers and they were kept. Usually on Old Chickory, the bass are 13-inches and not legal. That is why it was a miracle. Talk about good eating size fish. It can only get slightly better.

And it did.

When the bass action stopped, we had some options. One option was to dig out the spoons and head for the top-secret hidey-hole that usually will produce a walleye or a sauger. That is what is slightly better eating than a bass of 14-inches.

Big Bird got the boat just right and I started fumbling around looking for a spoon. I knew I did not have a spoon but I figured if I fumbled enough, the Bird would offer me one.

Instead, he started catching fish. The first one in was a perfect walleye, just great eating size.

Then he put a sauger of the same size in the boat. That is when I spoke to him rather sharply about the silver spoon or lack thereof. Understanding as he is, he finally gave me one.

At 10 minutes past time for me to leave, we had exactly 10 bass, three walleye and three sauger in the box. The Bird allowed as how he did not want any of them. I did not try to change his mind. He had already given me a quart of his fantastic squash relish and I had visions of supper dancing in my head.

There is a trick to filleting walleye and sauger and it is hard to explain. Their rib cages contain a tremendous amount of meat and if you are careful, you can fillet out the rib cage and have meat in the amount of another fillet.

In mid-afternoon, after the fish had been on ice long enough to make the easy to fillet, I proceeded to put the knife to all the fish. What a small mountain of fillets. I set six aside for my supps.

You batter that delicate white meat differently. At least I do. I like a thin batter so I cut my cornmeal with flour about 60-40 in the cornmeals favor.

I dip the fillet in ice water and two beaten eggs and then shake it in the batter. Cooking oil in the fryer is at 375 and just a minute or two is all you want. Just get the batter golden brown and the fish starting to float.

Your tomatoes are sliced as is your onion and your French fries were salted while still hot and have drained on the paper towels.

Now all that is required is a big glass of tea and good helping of the squash relish. Talk about good eating!

Hard to beat fish and fixins if you know how to do the fixin.

And the fishin.

Contact John L. Sloan at bowriter1944john@aol.com

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Telling Tales

Age is . relative

By ANGEL KANE, Wilson Living Magazine
We recently traveled to visit the newest member of our family. Her name is Ana, my brothers third child. As I held her all weekend, my husband knew what was coming.

with her baby powder smell, adorable, pink onesies and warm, little snuggles

there was no doubt about it.

So, I said it loud and clear for everyone to hear, She is so precious. I think I should have another baby!

To which my sister-in-law responded

But first - a word about my sister-in-law.

I only have one sibling, my younger brother. Six years my junior, he was really too young to play with, so instead, he became my indentured servant. We did everything together. And he did everything I told him to do that was until he married HER.

Now, dont get me wrong, there are a lot of things I like about HER. She is ultra-OCD. Everything and everybody has its place. In many ways, I broke my brother in, just for herso she kind of owes me!

And as I was sitting, cooing over her newest baby, and telling everyone within earshot that I was definitely going to have a fourth child,

SHE hollered from the kitchenYou cant have another baby! You are too old!

I immediately looked at my little brother. His mouth was open, aghast, at what SHE had said to ME. My husband, on the other hand, sat back laughingready for the show!

What did you say to me???!!!! I am not old! I am only 40, six years older than you! And for your information, there are lots of people my age, who are only now having their first child.

SHE then made her way from the kitchen to where we were all sitting,

You traded in your mini-van, turned your playroom into a media room, joined a gym and every time we talk are threatening to botox those wrinkles between your eyesYOU are now too old to have a baby!

Later that day, as we drove home, my husband said, I thought you were going to take her out when she made that old comment, but instead you let it go.

Well, I figure she is on her third kid, which means she owns a dirty van, her playroom is littered with half naked Barbies and various Uno cards, her only form of exercise is yelling at her kids and those furrows between her eyes will only get deeper with each and every day that Ana doesnt sleep through the night.

I, on the other hand, am going to spend the money I would have spent on HER Christmas gift, on Botox!

To read more of Angel and Beckys columns, go to www.wilsonpost.com and hit Blogs.

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Ask Ken Beck

Pinto starred in Slumdog before going to ape planet

Dear Ken: What can you tell us about Frieda Pinto, who stars in Rise of the Planet of the Apes?
Pinto, 26, was born in Bombay, India, and her father is a banker and her mother a high school principal. Her last name means chick or little bird in Portuguese. Pinto earned a degree in English lit from St. Xaviers College in Mumbai and anchored a travel show which aired in Asian-Pacific markets. She made TV commercials and also was a model for two years before she auditioned and won the female lead of Latika in 2008s Slumdog Millionaire. She also starred in You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and next appears in the 3D-action film Immortals. In prepping to play the primatologist in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, she said, Like most people I only knew what Id been taught in school about chimps, and thats not enough. So I watched a ton of videos about Jane Goodall, who Id love to meet. All her research was fascinating and so useful, especially in how she studied human behavior in comparison to chimp behavior.

Dear Ken: What has happened to Rick Moranis? He was in comedies all over the place back in the 1990s?
Moranis, 58, a native of Toronto, Canada, was fabulously funny in such flick as Ghostbusters, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs, Little Giants, Big Bully and other projects. He is also especially memorable as Bob of the fictionalGreat White Northhosts Bob and Doug McKenzie that appeared on SCTV in the early 1980s. The funny guy basically retired from acting in 1997, six years after his wife died of liver cancer. Of his change from movie star to a widowed stay-at-home dad, he told a British newspaper in 2006: For the first couple of years I was able to make it work, doing 1 pictures a year for three months with no problem, But I started to really miss them. It got to the point where I was doing a lot of pictures with kids, really nice kids, but not my kids. So, I was like, You know what? Im tired of talking to my kids from a hotel room. Im going home. So I turned down the next pictures that came along and the break just got longer and longer. . . . I didnt miss the work, I didnt miss the travel, I didnt miss the people. I didnt miss any of it. At this point it appears that he will not appear in Ghostbusters III, which will reunite Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Sigourney Weaver and others from the original spooky comedy.

Dear Ken: Where are bluegrass music stars Dailey & Vincent from? How long have they been performing together?
Jamie Dailey hails from tiny Gainesboro, Tenn., while Darrin Vincent is from Kirksville, Mo. The two met at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards show in Louisville, Ky., in 2002, joined forces in 2007 and released their debut album,Dailey & Vincent, on Rounder Records in early 2008.

Dear Ken: Who was the voice of Jonny Quest from the original cartoon series of the 1960s?
Tim Matheson, who went on to become a leading man in TV and film, was the voice of boy adventurer Quest. The actor, 63, most recently appeared in Burn Notice and played Sen. John Hoynes on The West Wing. Among his movie credits are Animal House, Fletch and Magnum Force.

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck at kbtag2@gmail.com

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Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - Sept. 14

By RAY POPE
How many of you still have Hummers at your feeders? There are at least 60 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds here in my small feeding station. After refilling today, I thought that I would just sit still and hold a feeder in my hand to see what would happen. It didnt take but a few seconds before I had one feeding. It would have been great to have had someone to take a picture of that. Eunice Steinson stopped by for a few minutes as I was standing on the front porch between the feeders with Hummers all around my head. She brought me a book to read on birds and a couple of 2012 calendars for the walls. Thanks, Eunice!

Every day I keep a sharp eye out, hoping sometime that I might get a different bird here at my home. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the only Hummer that lives east of the 100th meridian, but there is always a slim chance that another species might one day show up. If you do a lot of weather watching, you will see that a lot of our storms form out in the Gulf of Mexico as tropical storm Lee did and make their way north. There is always a chance of some western bird getting caught up in one of those storms, so keep your eyes open for some winged stranger to show up uninvited.

During spring migration some of the birds that make their way north might just get caught up in one of these type storms. Many years ago over in the Murfreesboro area sharp sighted birdwatchers found a pair of Scissor-tail Flycatchers out in the countryside. These birds live just west of the 100th meridian in a small area of central Texas up to Oklahoma. My son, Jason Pope, and myself took a two-week vacation going through Texarkana and on toward Abilene where we spent our first night. It was 112 degrees there on the last week of June where we saw a small flock of Scissor-tails sitting under a shade tree. I didnt have a decent camera with me, but I did get some video from my brothers camera that he had loaned me for our trip. These special birds would not, on their own, start out on a trip of several hundred miles just to see what is over the next horizon.

Just a couple of hours ago, the backyard seemed to be the place to kick back and enjoy a little quiet time. There were quite a few Hummers hanging out in the old garden area until a Coopers Hawk came winging its way through. In just a quick moment birds scattered in all directions. Im not sure that the Hawk could have caught one even as fast as they are. After watching the Hummers fight, it would take something being able to make quick turns to get one.

I received a very nice letter from Ms. Robin Young who is from the Old Hickory area. She gets The Wilson Post and says she really enjoys reading Our Feathered Friends and other local news. Robin asked me if I had any more trouble with my garden as she has the same trouble with her peach trees. Something that may help is one of those game cameras that is placed out to catch photos of animals or maybe thieves with a motion-sensor trigger. My new sticky fingered friends had better be on their toes and smile, you may be on a candid camera, because when I catch you, I will prosecute you.

I would love to hear from you as to whats lurking about in your neighborhood and at your feeders. You can write me at 606 Fairview Ave., Lebanon, TN, 37087, or call me at 547-7371, or e-mail me at ourfeatheredfriends@yahoo.com

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Calendar

Calendar - Sept. 14

Government meetings
Lebanon Beer Board will meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, to consider the application of Akash Inc. d/b/a Zips 2 located at 1110 South Maple Street, Lebanon, for off the premises consumption, and Tisha Lynn Redway d/b/a The Music Box located at 941 Carthage Hwy., Lebanon, for on the premises consumption.

Wilson County Commissions Insurance Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, in Conference Room 1, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

Wilson County Board of Education will meet in a work session at 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon, to discuss the building program.

Wilson County Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon. All items to be considered for the agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Monday, Sept. 19.

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General News

CU has record enrollment . . . AGAIN!

The investment Cumberland University is making in both programming and new construction on campus is paying off, officials said, noting that for the third consecutive semester the university has posted record enrollment numbers.

University officials report that fulltime undergraduate student enrollment stands at 1,087, the largest in school history, and an increase of 12.6 percent over the 2010 fall semester. While an intentional focus has been placed on growing undergraduate enrollment, Cumberlands total headcount has risen as well. Total headcount for the fall semester is 1,491, an increase of 8.4 percent over last year.

Once students visit our beautiful campus community and get to know our outstanding faculty and staff, the University stands out, said Dr. Harvill Eaton, Cumberland president. But I think the real difference that students are recognizing is the emphasis our faculty and staff are placing on academics and unparalleled personal attention that students demand. That is what matters most to students seeking a quality education.

Cumberland students are benefiting from generous financial aid packages that are keeping tuition costs significantly low, a spokesperson said. Increased academic standards and requirements are drawing more academically prepared students. And a record number of construction projects are improving the learning and living experience on campus.

Eaton added that the investments being made on campus are making a real impact on the Cumberland education and what the university can offer students. All of these efforts combined are having a positive impact on our profile when it comes to prospective students researching colleges that are a right fit for them.

Efforts to support student success through campus programs are a priority in all areas of the university. Programs have been implemented that offer tutoring and mentoring services as well as assistance in securing an internship.These initiatives give Cumberland students the support they need to have a successful learning experience which translates to improved retention and graduation rates, the spokesperson said.

The campus is undergoing the most construction projects it has ever seen in its 169-year history. A new 152-bed residence hall is scheduled to open during the spring semester. Several of the Universitys athletic facilities are receiving facelifts including the football stadium which is nearing completion of phase one of a three-part renovation. The Cumberland Learning and Career Commons, a facility dedicated to student learning outside of the classroom, will come online in 2012.

In addition to all the enhancements taking place, the University recently launched a virtual campus. The Virtual Cumberland University Campus (vCU) offers an online RN-to-BSN program, as well as a revision and expansion of the Masters of Arts in Education Program. Both programs will be completely taught online and will allow students to complete their degrees in a flexible and engaging online learning environment.

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Dirty politics suspected in move to end Lebanon mayors job

An effort to end the structure of Lebanons current city government, removing the provision for a fulltime mayor, will be the principle topic at an open forum next Tuesday night.

A public hearing on the resolution proposed by the city council has been scheduled for Sept. 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The hearing, to be held in the council chambers at Lebanons City Hall, is to provide an opportunity for the general public to offer its opinion on the proposed change in government.

A number of local business people and members of the community have indicated that they are outraged about the proposed change in the operation of city government saying it appears to be a matter of bad politics and is an action being taken that deserves the input of all citizens.

Several have said that a change of such significance should be placed on a referendum ballot and approved by city voters.

I think its dirty, dirty politics, said Michael Islip, an owner of Michaels Cover-up, an upholstery shop on Lebanons Public Square.

He said he was completely opposed to the move being suggested by some on the city council, adding that its a hidden agenda thing.

Islip said he will be at the meeting next Tuesday night and will express his views and will be particularly vocal about the council trying to push this through without letting the people decide.

Kathy Adams, who lives on West Main Street and has been a lifelong resident of Lebanon, said she believes the proposition of ending the fulltime mayor position and hiring a city manager is something that deserves study but something that also deserves a full hearing before the community.

Adams suggested that the council should not act so hastily and said that perhaps a citizen committee should be appointed to study the issue so as to remove the appearance of politics being involved.

A Lebanon bank executive, who spoke to The Wilson Post on the condition of anonymity, said I have talked with a number of people since this (the proposed resolution) was made public and everyone I have spoken with says its just politics.

Im not necessarily a Craighead supporter but I am a supporter of having a fulltime mayor. I think you can look at a number of places with a city manager and see that they have their own problems. Look at Mt. Juliet for instance. They have a city manager and they too have problems, he said.

Mayor Philip Craighead and several members of the city council have openly quarreled since Craighead was elected to office some three years ago.

Craighead defeated William Farmer in the last mayoral election in 2008. Farmer had been a former Lebanon city attorney and at the time was a member of the city council.

There was essentially no honeymoon following the 2008 election between Craighead and members of the city council.

The mayoral election was a bitter contest between the two candidates and left a number of deep wounds between members of the council who supported Farmer and Craighead.

Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath, who is one member of the council pushing the change in government, has opposed Craighead politically for sometime. They first became political foes when Craighead ran a write-in campaign against her in a race for the city council.

She and council members Alex Buhler of Ward 1 and Kevin Huddleston of Ward 2 have been crossed with Craighead since he first took office as mayor.

Warmath and Buhler most recently criticized Craighead for an annual rodeo he oversees with a group of citizen volunteers. Profits realized from the rodeo are distributed to local nonprofit agencies and organizations.

By SAM HATCHER, The Wilson Post / shatcher@wilsonpost.com.

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United Way kicks off new campaign, presents awards

LEBANON -- Supporters of United Way of Wilson County gathered early Wednesday morning at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center to say thank you to recent donors and to kick-off the newest campaign.

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto told the crowd of nearly 100 that he was a long-time supporter of United Way.

Theyre one of the oldest non-profits in Wilson County, Hutto told the crowd, and issued a challenge to everyone to encourage someone else, or many others, to be a part of United Way by donating this year.

Hutto cited education as one of the primary focuses of United Way and noted that in these difficult economic times, it takes others, like United Way, to join in and support education.

This annual event was created to not only raise awareness of United Way, but to celebrate the annual fund raising drives Kick Off as well as to thank donors.The event is made possible, not through pledges, but rather through corporate sponsorships.

This years event was sponsored by Greg Dugdale, CedarStone Bank, Farmers & Merchants Bank, First Freedom Bank, Lee & Lee Attorneys at Law, Pinnacle Bank, Publix, SunTrust, Visionary Design Group and Wilson Bank & Trust.

The most prestigious of awards went to the Wilson County School System. The Lawrence and Peggy West Community Support Award is named after Lawrence and Peggy West, founders of Custom Packaging, Inc. in Lebanon. The Wests believed strongly in giving back to their community and instilled their beliefs in family and employees.

Financial support of United Way stays in Wilson County to help people in need, to support educational programs, provide services to children, senior citizens, people in need of emergency assistance and more. To make a donation, visit www.unitedwaywilsoncounty.com.

Accepting the Gold Award for campaigns with a per-capita gift of $100 or more are, from left, Luke Winchester of First Freedom Bank, Ann Woodard of F&M Bank, Jackie Cowden of Custom Packaging, Inc., Andrea Wilke of Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce; Roger Wells of The Lebanon Democrat; and Linda Spencer of United Way of Wilson County. Not pictured are representatives from Bank of America, Publix and Regions.

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General Sports

MJ plays at Beech Thursday on TV

It wasn't Mt. Juliet's best overall performance, but it was certainly enough to handily defeat LaVergne 35-19 Friday.

Mt. Juliet must prepare for a quick turnaround as they travel to Shackle Island Thursday to play in the MyTV30 Thursday Night Lights game against District 9AAA rival Beech. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Golden Bears' offense struggled, so they had to rely on stellar special teams play to secure the win. Senior DB Josh Shelton blocked a punt on LaVergne's first possession of the game, and Deontre Nealous scooped up the ball and ran 11 yards for Mt. Juliet's first score.

Shelton also blocked an extra point attempt, picked off a pass and was in on seven tackles for the Class 6A No. 5-ranked Golden Bears (4-0).

For his efforts, Shelton was named the Music City Star's Wilson County Player of the Week.

"I think our special teams played extremely well," said Mt. Juliet head coach Roger Perry. "Defensively, I think we played strong for three quarters. We had a breakdown or two late in the game. Offensively, we were so inconsistent tonight. I was very disappointed in our offense."

Mt. Juliet took a commanding 35-6 lead into the fourth quarter, but LaVergne was able to fight back on a 13-yard scoring run by tailback Willie Cowan with 10:25 to go.

Fullback Contrez McCathern led Mt. Juliet with 131 yards on 13 carries, while Drew Fraley ran for 59 yards on 7 carries.

Beech is coming off a wild 40-35 victory over Cookeville High.

From Post staff reports

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