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General News

4 jailed for attempted ATM heist

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Four individuals allegedly responsible for attempting to steal an ATM machine Tuesday night are being held at the Wilson County Jail on charges of theft, aggravated assault and vandalism, with a court date for all four set on Nov. 22.

Kelvin Lamar Scott, 37, of 380 Tyron Drive, Mt. Juliet, is being held at the jail on $35,000 bond. Scotty Wayne Campbell, 18, of 226 Whitnell Drive in Mt. Juliet is being held on $35,000 bond and the third individual, Bobby Lee Heady, 18, of 3663 Trousdale Ferry Pike in Lebanon is being held on $35,000 bond as well.

The fourth, Landon Travis Marek, 19, of 3663 Trousdale Ferry Pike in Lebanon, is being held on $75,000 bond.

Tuesday night, the group allegedly attempted to steal the ATM machine from the BP gas station on Linwood Drive, just off Interstate 40. They reportedly broke the service station window and tried pulling the ATM out of the window with a truck.

A witness, who was sleeping in his car at the time, reportedly heard the commotion and called the authorities. The witness said the group started shooting at him with paintball guns after they discovered him in the parking lot. The witness reportedly sustained no injuries.

Earlier this month, the Wilson County Sheriffs Department and Mt. Juliet Police Department cooperated in an investigation involving stolen four wheelers, which led to the arrest of Campbell and Marek.

The pair allegedly stole several four wheelers, which were reported stolen on Oct. 7 and found on Burton Road. Marek and Campbell were said to be returning to the location of the stolen four wheelers when authorities arrested them. They both were released on bond in that incident, Marek on Oct. 11 and Campbell on Oct. 14.

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

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City challenges recall law

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
In light of a recent petition to recall Ward 6 Lebanon City Councilor Kathy Warmath, the council is challenging a state law pertaining to recall elections, asking for an official opinion on the law from the state Attorney General.

City Attorney Andy Wright is drafting the resolution and will send it to members of the Tennessee General Assembly, requesting a ruling from Attorney General Robert E. Cooper Jr.

If you have so many votes that put you into office, those should be the votes that take you out of office, Warmath said during Tuesday nights council meeting.
Warmath made the initial request during the council meeting, and the rest of the council agreed to have Wright draft a resolution.

A petition to recall Warmath was certified by the Wilson County Election Commission on Oct. 17 and Beulah Garrett, the petitions author, is currently seeking the 2,186 signatures necessary to force a recall election next year.

Warmath felt the state law TCA 2-5-151 was an unfair method of recalling an elected official, even saying the law is unconstitutional. She said she has had a lawyer look at the wording of the law and felt there were issues that made it a bad way of handling the recall process.

Wright said he had reviewed the state law and said he also noticed the same issues that Warmath felt were unfair.

I share your concerns for what Ill say is an inequity in the language, Wright said.

According to TCA 2-5-151, a registered voter in the city must file for petition and have it certified by the local election commission for proper form. Upon certification, the law states the petition must be signed by 15 percent of the registered voters in the city, or 2,186 signatures, within 75 days.

A recall election would then be held at the same time as the next general election and only voters who live within the respective ward would be able to vote to recall or not recall the elected official.

It potentially relates to every one of us, including the mayor, Warmath said of the law.

She added that voters in Wards 1-5 could influence a recall in Ward 6 or any other scenario where voters from one ward could force a recall in a different ward. Warmath felt this was unfair to the voters who elected her to represent them in Ward 6 and said she wouldnt want the same situation to happen to any other member of the council.

Wright pointed out the Lebanon City Charter handles recall elections in a much different manner and said the state law was written in such a way that makes it supersede the charter.

According to the Charter, Section 14A, a petition to recall an elected official must be signed by at least 50 percent of the total votes cast for the office held by the incumbent at the last regular election.

Wright said there are good and bad provisions in the state law, saying it is good the state law requires more signatures on a petition. He said the charter requires the number of signatures be greater than or equal to the number of voters in Ward 6 who cast their vote in the previous election.

Warmath won the previous election over William Durham by a margin of 1,069 to 714. With a total of 1,789 votes cast, according to the charter, only 895 signatures would be required to force a recall election. There were six write-in votes for Ward 6 in the last election.
It would take half of how many voted in Ward 6 in the last election, Wright said, referring to the city charter.

Also, under the charter, a special election would be held to recall an official within 30 days if the required number of signatures is obtained. During that election, only Ward 6 voters would cast their vote to recall or not recall Warmath. Wright pointed out the fact that a recall election is held at the same time as the next general election is one of the good provisions in the state law.

Warmath said holding a special election would cost the city money it could spend elsewhere. However, Wright said under the state law, the recall election would take place when a regular election is already being held and wouldnt cost any additional money.

He did say the city should be allowed to stick to its charter when electing or removing officials from office.

If were going to use the provisions in our charter for elections, then we should use the provisions in our charter for removal, Wright said.

Wright said he will send the resolution to District 46 State Rep. Mark Pody, District 57 State Rep. Linda Elam and District 17 State Sen. Mae Beavers, who then have to officially make the request to Cooper. The Attorney General does not give formal opinions to local officials.

I think the local government officials were wearing them out, Wright said. He added the policy of not giving opinions to local officials was enacted several years ago.

Sending the resolution to state legislators will almost guarantee a response from Cooper on the law. According to Wright, when a legislator asks for an opinion on a law, the Attorney General will comply.

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

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Fiddlers Grove Fall Fest is Saturday

Fiddlers Grove 4th annual Fall Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the James E Ward Agricultural Center, home of the Wilson County Fair, at 945 E Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon.

Come and enjoy blacksmiths, woodcarvers, display vendors, food, and activities for the kids. "Ghosts In The Grove" tours will begin at 6:30 p.m. and follow every 20 minutes. Story tellers will chill and thrill you with their ghostly tales as you stroll the candle lit paths. Shown here, are a few of the ghosts you will meet as the sun sets. submitted photo

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First freeze warning overnight

By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Wilson County and much of Middle Tennessee saw the first freeze warning of the fall issued yesterday and there will likely be a second one issued later today for tonight and into Saturday morning when temperatures might drop a couple of degrees more.

That was the word Thursday afternoon from David Matson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory, who noted were about a week early for the areas first freeze, although its not unusual to have one about now, either.

A couple of cold mornings, was how Matson described early this morning and tomorrow morning.

Temperatures were expected to drop to the lower and mid 30s with low lying and outer areas likely to see areas of frost.

Were not expecting a hard freeze, he said, noting that occurs when the temperature drops to around 28 degrees or so.

Temperatures will warm during the next few days with the high today around 60, about 63 on Saturday and near 70 on Sunday. It will be gradual warming but cold at night, Matson said.

The low tonight/early Saturday was expected to be about 35 degrees and perhaps a couple of degrees colder in some locations. Matson said the weather service will likely issue another freeze warning some time today for tonight.

Matson urged everyone to check on elderly family and friends, bring pets inside and also protect flowers and other vegetation by covering them or bringing indoors. He said he puts plants at his home underneath a porch with an overhang or under a tree where leaves on the ground and those remaining on the limbs also help keep them from freezing.

There is no rain in the forecast for the next couple of days. Matson said were 1.5 inches below normal as of Oct. 20, but since Jan. 1 are 3.5 inches above normal. Only .90 (less than one-tenth of an inch) of rain has fallen from Oct. 1-20, and from Jan. 1 through Oct. 20, the weather service has measured 41.17 inches of rain.

October is usually the driest month of the year, he added.

The water table is in good shape, thanks to months where more rain fell. Were not in a drought by any means, Matson noted.

For more information regarding freeze warnings and more, visit online at www.srh.noaa.gov/ohx.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.

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Missing girl found in GA

DALTON, GA -- The man accused of taking his 12-year-old girl from an Overton County home has been caught in Georgia, law enforcement authorities said Friday afternoon.

Allen Wayne Harness was arrested in Dalton, Ga., and 12-year-old Cassidy Dailey was recovered safely.

Harness allegedly took Dailey, his step-daughter after he attacked Cassidy's mom, Christy Harness, with a knife around 12:30 Friday morning at Christy Harness' June Chapel Road, near Rickman, Tenn.


The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an amber alert for Dailey, who has black hair and green eyes. She is 5' tall and weighs 130 pounds.

Harness violated a restraining order that prohibited any contact with Cassidy and he and Christy Harness were arrested for child neglect in July 2011.

Dailey's mom was treated and released from an area hospital, according to Overton County Sheriff's Sgt. Jeremy Carr.

Below is a photo of the stepfather Allen Harness.

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General Sports

CU hosts Bethel Saturday

By TOMMY BRYAN
One of the best small college football games in the nation will play out Saturday as No. 17 Cumberland hosts No. 14 Bethel at Lindsey Donnell Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. with live radio coverage set for 1 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9 and on the Internet at www.gocumberlandathletics.com.

Come out Saturday if you want to see a great game, Cumberland head coach Dewayne Alexander said. This will be the biggest game weve played in since we played last year for the conference championship.

The Bulldogs enter Saturdays contest 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the MSC West following a 49-28 win over Faulkner.

Bethel was idle a week ago, but sports a record of 5-1 / 3-0 in the MSC West.

Both teams are riding four-game winning streaks. Bethels offense is under the direction of 6-7 junior quarterback Wil Misoud -- a product of University School of Jackson.

Misoud has completed 59-of-103 passing attempts for 906 yards with nine touchdowns and five interceptions.

Bethels top runner is junior Cordarious Mann, who had 106 carries through six game for 524 yards (4.9 per attempt) and a pair of touchdowns.

Sophomore wide receiver Justin Hazelray has caught 21 passes through six games for 309 yards and two touchdowns. He averages 14.7 yards per reception.

We have put ourselves in a situation where we dont have to look at the other teams in our league and see how theyre doing, Alexander said.

Our guys are focused on the task at hand and winning our next game. As long as we win all of our games, well win the conference and well be in the NAIA Playoffs. Were in control of our own destiny.

Now if you end up losing a conference game, then youve got to start looking around and worrying about whos playing who. Bethel finds themselves in the same boat.

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FCS WINS STATE!

MURFREESBORO -- Talk about domination. Friendship Christian never lost a game in sweeping four consecutive matches en route to the Class A state volleyball championship Oct. 29 at MTSUs Murphy Center.

Coach Randy Alleys team went 47-11 on the season and was undefeated against Class A competition.

The Lady Commanders blitzed Summertown 3-0 in Fridays finals -- game scores 25-16, 25-16 and 25-18.

It was the second meeting of the tournament between FCS and Summertown as the Lebanon-based squad prevailed 25-19, 25-11, 25-18 last Wednesday in the tourney opener.

Junior attacker Kaitlyn Teeter was a runaway choice as tournament MVP. In the finals against Summertown she hammered down 24 kills. The two-time all-stater also had six digs, two aces and a block.

Junior Ali Burroughs came up big in the finals as well, knocking down 16 kills and nine digs while Sarah Hall had 20 assists.

Megan Reeves also had 20 assists, Alex Sealy was in on six kills and four blocks. Sam Finley had eight digs and a service ace.

FCS 3, Sale Creek 0 -- FCS reached the finals with a 3-0 victory over Sale Creek in the finals of the winners bracket Thursday, Oct. 27 at Siegel High School. Game scores: 25-17, 27-5 and 25-18.

Teeter dominated with 22 kills and 20 digs. Burroughs had 11 kills, eight digs and four aces. Hall had 25 assists while Reeves added 16 assists and an ace.

TV REPLAY -- The FCS - Summertown championship game will be shown in its entirety Sunday, Nov. 6 at 12 Noon on Nashvilles WNPT - Channel 8.

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