LEBANON -- A Smith County man was killed and a Rutherford County bus driver injured in a head-on crash involving an Oakland High School band bus Saturday morning near Cedars of Lebanon State Park.
Pleasant Shade's Michael L. Henry, 60, was dead at the scene of the mishap which occurred around 10:45 a.m. on US Highway 231 in Wilson County, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Bus driver Holly Lane, 31, of Murfreesboro, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with two broken ankles.
Nine students aboard the bus were also taken to Lebanon's University Medical Center with non-critical injuries. Eight were released later in the afternoon and one remained hospitalized.
A preliminary investigation shows that Henry, who was driving a 1998 Dodge Durango, crossed into the path of the school bus, striking it head-on. Henry was reportedly driving Southbound on US 231 en route to the Parkland Flea Market. Relatives said he was an avid collector and made the flea market rounds on weekends.
The investigation is ongoing at this time, spokeswoman Dalya Qualls stated in an email. An official fatality report will likely not be released until Monday.
The bus was part of a two-bus convoy transporting the OHS band to the annual band competition at Lebanon High's Nokes-Lasater Field.
Tailback Brannon Hill ran for over 200 yards on 30 carries Friday night as Watertown ripped Clay County 28-14 at Robinson Stadium. The Purple Tigers improved to 6-0 on the season, 4-0 in Region 4A headed into next Friday's game at Friendship Christian.
Running behind a powerful offensive line, Hill scored the game's first touchdown from six-yards out late in the first quarter. Quarterback Ty Jobe added a 10 yard TD run with about two minutes left before half to stake the home team to a 14-0 lead. Jobe added a score TD early in the fourth period while Antonio Huddleston (below) ran in from five yards out with 4:08 left to play. Photo by STEVE WAMPLER / The Wilson Post
STATION CAMP 45, LEBANON 7
GALLATIN -- Lebanon got caught up in a stampede of Bison Friday night as host Station Camp destroyed the Blue Devils 45-7. Station Camp racked up 443 yards in total offence, and never punted. The Bison improved to 3-4 overall while Lebanon lost its fifth straight game -- falling to 1-6.
The Bison put points on the board on six straight straight possessions to open the game, mounting a 38-0 lead.
"Bad as I hate to say it, we thought this might by type of day we had on Thursday," said LHS head coach Troy Crane, "We really had no answer for 'em. We have some guys, for whatever reason, they decide when they want to play and when they don't. It's got to the point where we'll just move on. We got some sophomores and some freshmen in there tonight -- if that's how they want to end their high school careers, then that's on them. We're not going to settle for lack of effort."
Lebanon's punchless offense managed just 147 yards overall, and a mere 70 yard rushing on 29 attempts -- 2.4 yards per try.
Station Camp shredded the LHS defense for 353 yards on the ground on 43 carries, including nine pays of 20 yards or longer. Tailback DeMarquis Johnson ran for 201 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead Station Camp.
Senior Juicy Apple was one of the few bright spots for Lebanon, rushing eight times for 25 yards, intercepting a pass and returning it 51 yards and contributing several solid tackles from his outside linebacker spot.
LHS will try to regroup in time for the final varsity game ever at Nokes-Lasater Field, an Oct. 7 meeting with Portland.
ZION CHRISTIAN 33, MJ CHRISTIAN 0
MT. JULIET -- Zion Christian hammered Mt. Juliet Christian 33-0 Friday at Suey Field. The loss dropped the Saints to a 2-4 overall and snapped a modest two-game game winning streak.