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"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

VU's Franklin a better coach than UT's Dooley?

The Predators are dead in the frozen water. The Memphis Grizzlies joined the Preds Sunday by losing Game 7 to the Los Angeles Clippers in their first-round NBA playoff series.

The NFL draft has come and gone. Spring practices have concluded for college football programs. Future college basketball players have decided on which school they will grace with their talent.

In other words, it is a slow time of the season if you are a sports fan.

That often prompts a flurry of various lists compiled by sportswriters around the country.

The Sporting News has released its annual list that ranks all Division I college football coaches. It is highly subjective and one of two TSN writers who compile this list is Matt Hayes. I have known Matty for years. He delights in taking jabs at fan bases known for their thin skins.

For starters, Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley is considered the worst coach in the SEC, including the coaches from Missouri and Texas A&M, who have yet to stick their toes in the SEC pool.

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Letters to the Editor

Mayor thanks all who helped Whip Crackin' Rodeo

To the Editor:

My wife Darlene and I would like to commend all the sponsors and volunteers who played a vital role in the success of the 3rd Annual Charity WHIP CRACKIN' RODEO.

Without sponsorship support, events like the rodeo could not be made available to our community, while providing a sustainable impact of support to our local charities and additional commerce to our city.

This year, we were able to provide over 250 special needs children with a very special day of activities and enjoyment. The experience included lots of games and prizes. They got to see ESPN's Omega Force strongman show and the performance of the Coppertown Clown with man's best friend, the rescue dogs known as the Mutley Crew. The kids had the opportunity to ride horses, pet numerous farm animals, and see a few of the events which are held during the Rodeo. Michelle Hill's Empower Me Day Camp was on hand to make sure the Special Events Day was well organized and a huge success. Michelle adds that special touch to any event.

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General News

Gen. Hatton monument rededicated

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=39|imageid=223|displayname=0|displaydescription=0|float=left}Many gathered at the Lebanon Public Square Saturday, May 12 to mark the Centennial of the Gen. Robert H. Hatton memorial that stands in the center of the square.

The monument was first erected by the Robert H. Hatton Camp #723 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in May 1912. Local elected officials honored the history present in Lebanon and special guest speaker Mary Em Townson Hobbs, the great-granddaughter of Gen. Hatton, spoke about her family's history.

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Lebanon woman killed in Sunday crash

A Lebanon woman was killed Sunday when her vehicle ran off the road in rainy conditions on Big Springs Road according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Ashley Sanders, 28, of Lebanon was pronounced dead at the scene after her 2003 GMC Yukon slid off Big Springs Road at the intersection of Ramsey Lane. State Trooper James Gatlin said Sanders was driving too fast for the current rainy conditions.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=3|imageid=204|displayname=0|float=right}

According to Gatlin, Sanders was driving southbound on Big Springs Road at approximately 1:55 p.m. She reportedly took a curve too fast, going into a yaw and sliding off the roadway. Her vehicle struck a guardrail and then rolled over onto the roof.

Gatlin said Sanders was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

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General Sports

REGION BASEBALL -- Top seeds Mt. Juliet and FCS host games today

Two Wilson County baseball teams will host their respective regional tournament semifinal games later today.

Mt. Juliet High (35-4) will host District 10AAA runner-up Northwest High of Clarksville in a 7 p.m. contest.

The Bears earned the host berth with a 4-1 victory over Station Camp Wednesday as Josh Smith (8-0) twirled six and one-thirds innings of six hit ball with five strikeouts before giving way to closer Conner Sugg in the seventh.

Sugg recorded the final two outs of the game and earned his 15th save of the season -- believed to be a state record.

Region 4A at Friendship
Friendship Christian School will host Clarksrange in the Region 4A semifinal game tonight at 6:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to the regional finals on Wednesday.

FCS (34-2) locked up the District 8A title with a 23-2 win over Trousdale County in Wednesday's tournaent finals.

The Commanders made it 14 conseuctinve district crowns after trailing 2-0 before scoring seven runs in the second inning. FCS tacked on six in the third and kicking in the run-rule with a 10-spot in the bottom of the fourth.

Monday's winners advance to the region finals on Wednesday and are guaranteed a spot in Fridays sectional.

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REGION SOFTBALL -- FCS hosts semifinal games Monday

It's win or go home as the district softball tournaments have given way to regional openers tonight.

Mt. Juliet High's Lady Bears (32-13-1) will be on the road at Distict 10AAA champ Clarkville High tonight for a Region 5AAA tournament opener. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Coach Brad Rowlett's team finished second to defending state champ Beech in Friday's District 9AAA championship contest -- a 2-1 win by the Lady Bucs.

Beech (46-1) won their 40th game in a row and host Clarksville Northeast (16-11) in a 6 p.m. Region 5AAA semifinals game.

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Young slugger hits three bombs

On Saturday, eight-year old Mt. Juliet resident Parker Walden had a day at the ballpark he won't soon forget.

Playing for the Worth 8U team at the Donelson Rotary Park, Walden cracked three over-the-fence homeruns in a doubleheader loss to the Franklin Rebels.

The son of John & Kerri Walden, Parker hit a one HR in Saturday's opener, then ripped two more in the nightcap.

Grandparents are Ron & Ann Walden; Bryon and Max Whithurst.

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