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"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Predators need to show their mettle tonight

Now we will see what the Nashville Predators are made of.

They find themselves on the short end of a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-seven series with Phoenix.

Losing the first two games of the series wasnt easy for the Preds. They just made it look that way.

They managed to lose the first game in overtime after outplaying the Coyotes all over the stat sheet. In a must-win Game 2, the Preds left their defense at the team hotel as they allowed Phoenix to score five goals in a series in which hockey analysts predicted would be a low-scoring affair due to outstanding credentials of both teams goalies.

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Column

FEED HOPE Campaign benefits Brooks House

By LARRY LOCKE,
Vice President, Brooks House Board

Restaurants throughout Wilson County are uniting to support Brooks House FEED HOPE fund-raiser. Usually these restaurants consider themselves to be in competition with each other. However, Brooks House, which gives hope to the hopeful, has inspired them to come together to give a hand up to homeless women and children to help them become productive members of our community.

The following restaurants in Wilson County have committed to participate. They include Zaxbys, McDonalds, CiCis Pizza, Whitts BBQ, HoneyBaked Ham, Painturos and Blue Moon BBQ. On Monday, April 23, these restaurants began collecting small basic household and cleaning supply items (not canned food) the women need when they move out of Brooks House into their own place. For making a donation the restaurant will give a FREE drink to each customer who participates. This campaign will culminate on Tuesday, May 22, when each restaurant will donate 10 percent of its sales that day to Brooks House.

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Local charity needs assistance

By PATRICK HALL

Once again, Wilson County is striving to help those in need with local resident Tracy Lawrence holding a benefit concert on Sunday, and a number of local restaurants donating items and money to the Brooks House.

However, at the same time, one local charity has been hit hard by the economy and is struggling to help our community.

Lawrence is holding a concert on Sunday, April 29, to benefit local non-profit, Lace Up 4 Pink, an organization that strives to help local people dealing with cancer.

He held his first Celebrity Golf Tournament at Five Oaks Golf and Country Club last year to help battle cancer, but this year decided to offer more opportunities to raise money.

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General News

Day of Prayer set this Thursday

Everyone is invited to attend Wilson County's 2012 observance of the National Day of Prayer which will be held on the front steps of the Wilson County Courthouse at 228 E. Main Street in Lebanon, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., Thursday, May 3.

A special patriotic concert featuring guest artists and local musicians will be held from 11:30 a.m. until noon.

The main event will begin at noon, hosted by Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto. Other speakers who have been invited are: Grand Ole Opry Member Charlie Daniels; 6th District U.S. Rep. Diane Black; District 17 State Sen. Mae Beavers; District 40 State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, District 46 State Rep. Mark Pody; Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead; Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty; Watertown Mayor Michael Jennings and Monica Schmelter, host of the "Bridges" TV show.

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Former CU president Dr. Phillips passes

Dr. Ray C. Phillips, president of Cumberland University from 1991-1994, died Sunday in Florida. Dr. Phillips, a native of Wilson County, was a former classroom teacher, principal and public school administrator.

He came to Cumberland as vice president of academic affairs during the presidency of former U.S. Rep. Bob Clement before being selected by the Board of Trust to head the school in 1991. Two other Cumberland presidents, Dr. Walker Buckalew and the late Dr. Thomas Mills, served the school between the presidencies of Clement and Dr. Phillips.

Spanning a lengthy professional career in education including both public and private, Dr. Phillips was elected superintendent of Wilson County Schools in 1957 and served several years as Lebanon High School principal. He later held key administrative posts with the State of Tennessee's Department of Education and at Auburn University.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=29|imageid=150|displayname=0|float=left}Dr. Phillips, because of his renown reputation in the field of education, his local family ties to the community and his credentials as a proven college administrator, was recruited to Cumberland in 1983 to aid in the transition process as the school made the decision to return to full four year status following a 25-year period as a junior college.

He was charged with duties overseeing curriculum and faculty and was significantly involved in seeing Cumberlands accreditation maintained.

He was a Cumberland alumnus, a Marine Corps veteran, and the author of more than 30 books and published journal articles.

Dr. Phillips is survived by his wife Dr. Phyllis Phillips who also was a faculty member at Cumberland and is largely credited with organizing the schools Fine Arts Council. He is also survived by two daughters and a son.

Cumberlands cafeteria in honor of the couple is named the Drs. Ray and Phyllis Phillips Dining Hall.

Funeral arrangements for Dr. Phillips were not known at Tuesdays deadline although it was reported that a memorial service in his honor will be held locally in the near future.

Rose Lawn Funeral Home, localed in Gulf Breeze, FL is in charge of arrangements.

Also read:Dr. Phillips served CU during a difficult time

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Former deputy sentenced to 220 months in federal prison

From Post staff reports

Former Wilson County Sheriffs Deputy was sentenced to 220 months in federal prison, just shy of 20 years, on Friday, April 27, for corruptly obstructing justice after pleading guilty in February.

John Patrick Edwards, 39, of Mt. Juliet, pled guilty in February to charges of trying to sell information about an investigation of a drug trafficking organization being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Agency, in exchange for $100,000.

He was indicted in 2011 on a large list of federal and state charges.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=3|imageid=148|displayname=0|float=left}Following a three-hour sentencing hearing, U.S. District Court Judge William Haynes imposed a sentence of 18 years, four months in prison. Haynes described the case as highly unusual.

One of the worst crimes that a law enforcement officer can commit is the betrayal of the trust placed in him by the people to uphold the law, said Aaron T. Ford, special agent in charge of the Memphis Division of the FBI.

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Square monument re-dedication May 12

The 100-year-old Confederate Monument on the history Lebanon Public Square will be re-dedicated in a ceremony to be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 12, on the Square.

Come join the celebration and Be a part of history, said Martin Frost, chaplain of the General Robert H. Hatton Camp #723, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The SCV, the General Robert H. Hatton Chapter #329, United Daughters of the Confederacy, along with the Town Square Merchants and the City of Lebanon, will re-dedicate the Confederate Monument, which has stood in the center of the Public Square since 1912.

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General Sports

CU BASEBALL - Mandarino is TranSouth Player of the Year

JACKSON -- Cumberland University standout Mike Mandarino has been voted as the TranSouth Baseball Player of the Year and Jonathan Estes of Freed-Hardeman University has been voted as the TranSouth Coach of the Year.

The first and second team all-conference awards were also announced, along with the TranSouth Conference Rawlings Gold Glove team. These awards will be presented during a ceremony prior to game three in the conference tournament, which starts Monday, April 30 at Union University's Fesmire Field.

Mandarino, 6-foot-1 pitcher/first baseman from Massapequa, N.Y., was named TranSouth All-Conference at two positions this season. He did his best work from the mound where he was named first team all-conference pitcher. Mandarino was 9-2 this season with 11 starts and 13 appearances with eight complete games.

In 80.0 innings, he allowed just 22 earned runs, posting a 2.48 ERA with 63 strikeouts and just 28 walks. Mandarino was named to the second team as a first baseman. In 51 games, he hit .333 with a TranSouth best 15 home runs while finishing second in the TranSouth with 45 RBI. In his 171 at bats, he recorded 31 runs, 57 hits and nine doulbes.

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PREP BASEBALL - FCS tops Macon County 6-0

LEBANON -- Senior Kyle Wood tossed a complete game two-hitter and Cale Mitchell drilled a two-run homer over the leftfield wall in the bottom of the fourth as Friendship Christian blanked Macon County High 6-0 Monday afternoon.

Brennan Swindoll added an RBI single in the fifth, scoring Wood from second base. The win was the 21st in a row for the Commanders. FCS has added a Thursday afternoon home game vs. Hendersonville High to the schedule. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.

Other Monday results include:

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PREP SOFTBALL - Holden HR leads Watertown past MCM

MURFREESBORO -- Mary Holden smashed a two-run homer in the top of the seventh as Watertown High topped Murfreesboro Central Magnet 4-3 Monday afternoon at Old Fort Park.

Senior Jamie Reed went the distance for WHS and got the decision.

The Tigerettes will will host Red Boiling Springs Friday in a District 8A tournament play-in game. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m. at Three Forks Park. Pregame ceremonies will honor Reed -- the team's only 12th-grader. Winner advances to 8A double-elimination tournament. The 2012 season is over for the loser.

Otheraction Monday included:

Lebanon12, Hendersonville2 in five innings at Drakes Creek Park. Bethany Anderson started and pitched three innings before giving way to Beth Swartwout. LHS pounded out 16 hits against Hendersonville pitching and only made one error.

Wilson Central 3, DCA 1 --
GALDEVILLE -- Wilson Central improved to 31-13 overall Monday following a 3-1 victory over visiting Donelson Christian Academy.

Morgan Powell (16-7) worked four innings, scattering four hits, to get the win. Ninth grader Hannah Bodenhorn finished up for the save with three innings of no-hit ball.

Trailing 1-0, Wilson Central scored a run in the bottom of the first inning when Ashley Eldridge led things off with a triple followed by Allie Bennetts infield single.

Central tacked on two more in the bottom of the second when Morgan Powell led off with a double and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on Kelci Swaffords ringing double.

Swaffords courtesy runner scored on a nicely executed squeeze bunt by Carmen Ruby.

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