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General News

CU creates campus watch program

Cumberland University created and recently implemented a new campus watch program to help further protect its growing campus community.

The initiative allows students, faculty and staff to anonymously report suspicious activity at any time by leaving a voice message on a campus hotline.

The campus watch program helps give our students an even safer learning environment, said CU Director of Security Michael Thornhill, who oversees the program. Weve started the program to get the campus community involved to let us know if theres anything we need to know about on campus.

Thornhill and CU Vice President for Administration Joe Gray will immediately be paged once a new voice message is received on the hotline. Cumberlands security force will then follow-up and investigate the tips. According to Thornhill, the program is particularly important because it provides a way for students to anonymously report activity without having to contact security in person.

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MJ City Commission to finalize fire dept. on Monday

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Mt. Juliet City Commission will vote on second reading Monday, Sept. 24, to reinstate the citys fire department and will consider a budget amendment to hire a Fire Chief by Jan. 1 of next year as the back-and-forth between city and County officials reaches its conclusion.

Vice Mayor James Maness said the commission will consider the ordinance on second reading to reinstate the citys fire department, which will end the debate on how to provide better fire coverage to citizens in Mt. Juliet.

Its going to be a great enhancement for our citizens, Maness said of the move to reinstate the fire department. Maness said the decision not only provides citizens with proper services but also remains fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars.

City leaders passed a 20-cent property tax last year to fund the construction of a new fire hall in the Providence area, which Maness said should be online by July 2013. That property tax will continue to fund the citys fire department and Maness said the plan is for no new taxes to fund the department.

Thats the plan right now, no new taxes and to not dip into the General Fund, Maness said.

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Science on display at MJ Middle

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Almost 500 eighth grade students at Mt. Juliet Middle School showed off their knowledge of Science and skills in that field at the schools Science Fair Thursday morning, with entries being judged by a Middle Tennessee State University Chemistry Professor and Mt. Juliet High School Science teacher.

Robert Brindos, a Science teacher at MJ Middle said the schools students were required to create a science project on their own or in pairs to demonstrate and apply what they have learned so far this year in eighth grade Science classes.

They had to present their projects to the students and to judges, Brindos said. This is the first time weve done this. There used to be a sixth grade Science Fair but that was cut five or six years ago.

Projects ranged from Physics to Biology and Chemistry and while all eighth grade students created a project, the top 32 were judged by a distinguished panel. MTSU Biology Professor Dr. Cindi Smith-Walters and MJHS Chemistry teacher Gayle Hayes along with MJMS Assistant Principal Dr. Cathy Toombs judged the top 32 entries.

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Sheepdog trials attract competitors nationwide

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Local sheep farmer Carol Leeman is hosting a unique competition next weekend as Border Collie handlers from across the country will show off their dogs skills in the fifth Stock dog Trial to be held at Spring Creek Farms.

From Friday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Sept. 30, Leeman said Border Collie owners and handlers from as far away as Michigan and Florida will compete on her farm for a chance to earn points for the National Sheepdog Finals to be held next year in Virginia.

Those that win or place will receive points for the National Finals, she said. They will compete all year to earn points and the top 150 dogs will get to compete at Nationals.

Leeman said if anyone is interested in attending, the best days to watch the action would be Sept. 29 and 30.

The competition next weekend is the fifth time Leeman has hosted an event at her farm on Vance Lane in Lebanon. The event is open to the public and Leeman said it is sanctioned by the U.S. Border Collie Handlers Association, the top sanctioning body for sheep and cattle dog trials.

Over three days, 175 dogs will compete with their handlers in various classes of difficulty that not only increase the challenge on the dogs but also the handlers working with them.

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General Sports

CU plays at UVa-Wise Saturday

Cumberland faces a long road trip into the hills of Virginia for Saturday's Mid-South Conference game with the University of Virginia's College at Wise.

Live radio coverage beginst at 4:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9.

The Cavaliers lead the series between the two programs 8-7. In the last meeting, Cumberland won 27-20 in Wise, back on Oct. 17, 2009.

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LHS trips Central 3-2

Lebanon High's volleyball team improved to 7-6 on the season following Thursday night's 3-2 victory over visiting Wilson Central. Game scores: 23-25, 28-26, 16-25, 25-22 and 15-10.

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Tonight's prep football schedule

Wilson Countys three Class 1A football teams will be at home tonight as the prep football schedule hits the halfway point. Two of the larger schools, Wilson Central and Lebanon, will be on the road this evening while Mt. Juliet High sits this one out with an idle week.

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