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"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Seau's death may shed light on impact of concussions on former NFL players

By JOE BIDDLE

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees joined the thousands who showed up to mourn and honor the life of Junior Seau with a paddle out on surfboards in the ocean in front of Seaus Oceanside home.

They chanted Seaus number, the 55 that was on his jersey throughout his 20 years with the Chargers, Dolphins and Patroits.

Seau died in his house after a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest. Two days earlier he had played in a charity golf tournament where he was the jovial, accommodating Junior Seau fans instantly connected with and loved.

The family is growing close to making a decision that would allow researchers at Boston Universitys School of Medicine to study the impact that multiple concussions have on NFL players brains.

Seau is the third former NFL player to commit suicide in recent years. Researchers suspect a link between concussions and depression and dementia/Alzheimers disease.

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Column

Remembering those who served here in WWII

By SAM HATCHER

There will be an important event on the campus of Cumberland University Tuesday that indeed should raise the patriotic emotions of all of us.

It will be a program honoring those who served in World War II and trained here and in other Middle Tennessee counties in preparation for deployment to Europe.

As many as 850,000 soldiers participated in the World War II maneuvers in Middle Tennessee and it was Cumberland University that served as the headquarters for those military operations.

Veterans of this war who were here training during this period have been invited back to Cumberland on Tuesday to receive Honorary Masters Degrees in Military Science.

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Guest Column

Technology is a two-edged sword

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

I go kicking and screaming into the 21st century trying to resist or ignore the technology surge I find myself in. My mind says that we don't need all the phones, video games and many other advances that are all around us. I become angered when my wife picks up her iPhone knowing that she will be involved with e-mails and messages from outside my field of interest and that she will be taken up in the process for many minutes time that could be given to me.

Then the other day I was in a hurry to get out the door for work. I got a good distance down the road before I noticed my cell phone wasnt in my pocket. I can just do without it today I thought and refused to turn around and go back and get it. Things went fine till I wanted to tell what time it was for my first surgery case. I didn't have the phone to tell me the time and had long since quit wearing a watch because of the convenient window and my cell phone with the time continually displayed and accurate to a nanosecond.

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Whats wrong with our Square?

By KIM PARKS

Just whats wrong with our Square? This is a question I have been asked as chairman of Historic Lebanon Tomorrow (HLT).

My answer is an emphatic, Nothing is wrong with our Square, but we must preserve its historic nature and provide a vision for the future.

Since its founding in 1802, Lebanons Public Square has been a center of commerce and community for Wilson County and the city of Lebanon.

Lebanons Square has hosted speeches and political events staged by luminaries such as Sam Houston, William Jennings Bryant and Frank G. Clement. Its been the site of military exercises with General Patton and his Second Armored Division during the World War II maneuvers.

First Monday Mule Day sales were a monthly event on the Square until 1932 when the State Department of Transportation shut them down for obstructing traffic.

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General Sports

Cragwall shines for LHS track team

Lebanon High's track team will be participating in the TSSAA Sub-Sectionals Friday and Saturday at Brentwood High School.

The Blue Devils are coming off a fourth place finish in the Saturday, May 5 Mid-State Championships at Tullahoma High School -- utilizing just six athletes.

LHS was led by Shaq Cragwalls three first place finishes in the high jump (63), long jump (212) and a new school record 452 in the triple jump.

Xavier Neal finished first in the 200 with a time of 23.02. Kadarian Garnett had two fourth places, in the high jump (56) and triple jump (376 1/2").

Mark Britt (2:18), Alston Johnson (2:22) and Adam Powell (2:23) finished sixth, seventh and eighth in the 800 meters.

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Monday update - district softball

The District 8A tournament opens today at Crump Paris Park in South Carthage and finds Watertown High playing top-seeded Friendship Christian in a 7 p.m. game.

Watertown advanced to the double-elimination phase of the tournament with a 5-0 victory Friday over Red Boiling Springs.

District 9AAA
Two loser-out games are on tap today in the District 9AAA tournament at Mt. Juliet High. The 5 p.m. game will feature Wilson Central playing Gallatin, followed by Station Camp vs. Hendersonville at 7 p.m.

WCHS (31-14) slipped into the losers' bracket with error-marred 8-6 home loss to Portland Friday. The Lady Wildcats led 4-1 after five innings, only to see Portland score a major upset.

Lebanon High, a 9-7 winner at Station Camp on Monday, will take on host Mt. Juliet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals of the winner's bracket.

LHS improved to 17-18-1 with the upset win over No. 2-seeded Station Camp -- scoring seven runs in the top of the second inning. Kristen Dedman had a three-run double for Lebanon.

Mt. Juliet (29-11-1) defeated Hendersonville 11-8 Friday in the tournament's opening round.

Lauren Woodard went five and two-thirds innings for the win, while ninth grader Savannah Sanders picked up the save with three strikeouts.

Ashton Stowe had three hits for the winners, three RBI and three runs scored. Brittney Graves added three hits and drove in two.

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Tuesday baseball - FCS trips Watertown

8A TOURNAMENT AT FCS -- Watertown and Friendship battled down to the wire in Monday's District 8A tournament opener, as the Commanders prevailed 3-1 behind a four-hit pitching performance from Kyle Wood.

Wood (7-0) struck out five and walked just one batter as FCS held off a determined Watertown crew, led by senior righty Ben Bain.

Bain used an assortment of off-speed pitches to keep the Commanders off-stride, limiting FCS to just seven hit. He walked five batters and helped his own cause with a ground-out RBI in the top of the sixth.

Austin Godwin belted an RBI double in the first and Drew Erie added a sacrifice fly in the fourth for the Commanders.

FCS (32-2) is scheduled to play Trousdale County Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the finals of the winner's bracket finals.

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