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Obituaries

Mabel Francis Miller, 93

Graveside services are set for 10 a.m. Friday, May 25, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens for Mrs. Miller, 93, of Smyrna.
She died Monday, May 22, 2012 at Waterford Assisted Living.
Arrangements by Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Smyrna.

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Mary Hoffman, 90

Memorial services will be conducted in Plymouth, Mich. at a later date for Mrs. Hoffman, 90, of Mt. Juliet.
She died Tuesday, May 22, 2012.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel in Mt. Juliet.

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Maxine 'Max' H. Price, 90

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, May 23 at the Wilson County Funeral Home for Mrs. Price, 90.
She died Monday, May 21, 2012 at Southern Manor Assisted Living.
Arrangements by Wilson County Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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General Lifestyle

Uncle Jimmy Thompson bids Opry goodbye

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=44|imageid=268|displayname=0|float=left}Editors Note: This is the final part of a two-part article on Uncle Jimmy Thompson. To read part one of this article, click here.

By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post

After 1926, Thompsons Opry career was about kaput. Only four appearances are documented for 1927, and his only turn in 1928 was on the anniversary show. His age and his taste for liquor most likely hastened his exit from the show that made him an instant celebrity.

Uncle Jimmy was getting pretty old. He was 77 when he played on WSM and had a stroke and was blind in one eye. So it was pretty tough to get along, and it was a 40-mile trip from Laguardo. It was not just hopping over on the interstate, Rumble said.

Alcohol proved the elderly musician's undoing.

He really liked to drink. It was natural for those coming out of his tradition, Rumble said. Entertaining around the house and traveling along the road for tips, you get yourself a couple of snorts of whisky, everybody danced and had a good time. But that did not really work on radio where you had a structured show and have to get performers on and off. Sometimes they couldnt get Uncle Jimmy to stop, and Hay had to escort him off stage. During his last performance, he had more than one too many, and he conked out and fell off the chair.

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General News

Help MAPCO support veterans this weekend

Local residents can take part in giving back to veterans in honor of Memorial Day this weekend by using their MAPCO My Rewards card in any Middle Tennessee Mapco gas station.

From Saturday, May 26 to Monday, May 28, every time someone uses their MAPCO My Rewards card, MAPCO will make a donation to Not Alone, a non-profit organization providing confidential counseling and support services to military veterans and their families.

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Limited seating available for Phoenix Ball

If you have not yet reserved your spot for the 2012 Phoenix Ball you have some time as a limited number of tickets to this Black-Tie affair are still available.

The 29th Annual Phoenix Ball will be Saturday, June 2, in the historic Baird Chapel of Memorial Hall on the campus of Cumberland University. The Ball is considered one of the premier fund-raising and social occasions in Wilson County.

The event continues to grow and never fails to surprise attendees. The Ball features a reception, elegant dining, live and silent auctions, and dancing. The nearly 200 attendees include leaders from the Wilson County and Nashville business communities, dignitaries and alumni and friends of the University.

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LPD, THP to check sobriety, seat belt use

LPD to check driver sobriety

Lebanon Police Department will be conducting high visibility impaired driver counter-measures this Memorial Day weekend.

Officers are planning checkpoint(s) on Highway 70 and / or Highway 109 on Friday, May 25. In addition, police will be conducting saturation patrols. During the checkpoint(s) and saturations they will be monitoring for DUIs while also enforcing traffic violations and other offenses.

The primary reason for these checkpoint(s) and saturation patrols is that they are proven to save lives, said Chief Scott Bowen. Officers ask that law abiding citizens who may be briefly held up by the checkpoint(s) to please be patient and understanding.

On the other hand, those who may consider drinking and driving should think twice. A DUI conviction can result in jail time, loss of driving privileges and a criminal record. Most importantly, driving under the influence can result in the loss of innocent lives, he said.

Bowen noted that his agency has investigated two crashes, in two years, involving three fatalities, in which alcohol was a factor. We ask that all drivers buckle up and please don't drink and drive. We want all of our citizens and visitors of our City to have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

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General Sports

Cumberland football plans Oct. 20 night home game

First night home game since 2000
Cumberland football announced game times for its 2012 schedule this week, which includes one night game at the new home of the program, Nokes-Lasater Field, and one other evening contest on the road.

The Bulldogs open the season against Kansas Wesleyan in the Big River Bowl at Noon in Dyersburg on September 1 before the home schedule begins the next week with a 1:30 p.m. kickoff against the University of the Cumberlands.

CU takes on Belhaven University at home on Sept. 15 at 1:30 and follows that with road outings at UVA-Wise (5 p.m. Central Time) and the University of Pikeville (12:30 p.m. CT).

Homecoming and Hall of Fame weekend takes place October 5-6, with kickoff against Union College set for 1:30 p.m.

The October 20 home game versus Campbellsville University will take place at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs last played a home night game in 2000, also at Nokes-Lasater, a victory vs. Austin Peay.

CUs final home game of the year on November 3 kicks off at 1:30 p.m. against first-year program Bluefield College. Road contests versus Faulkner University (Oct. 13), Bethel University (Oct. 27) and Lindsey Wilson (Nov. 10) will all kickoff at 1:30 p.m.

The complete 2012 Cumberland football schedule may be found at www.gocumberlandathletics.com/football/schedule/175/.

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