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Longtime partners granted county's first same-sex marriage license

Local history was made on Friday, June 26 at 3 p.m. when Teddie Perkins and Denise Black became the first same-sex couple to be granted a marriage license in Wilson County.

Till Death Do We Eat

We had another good rain for our gardens, but it has caused the grass to grow almost faster than my lawnmower can cut it. I don't know where all of the birds have come from, but they can empty four feeders in a matter of two ...

Wilson grants first same-sex marriage license

In a whirlwind of activity since this morning's U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning a statewide ban, a Mt. Juliet couple was granted the first marriage license to a same-sex couple in Wilson County.

WC Clerk ready to OK same-sex marriage licenses

UPDATED -- Wilson County Clerk's Office Supervisor Scott Goodall said their office is now ready to process same-sex marriage licenses.

 

Trio arrested on drug charges in MJ
Trio arrested on drug charges in MJ

over 100 pounds of marijuana --
A multi-agency undercover drug sting led to the arrest Tuesday, June 30 of three alleged drug offenders who attempted to purchase a large amount of marijuana at a Mt. Juliet storage facility to distribute in the Nashville area.

The three offenders - Christopher L. Crockett, 37; Wayford Demonbreum, 40, both of Nashville; and James Jordan, 34, of Madison - were arrested while they each attempted to separately purchase 100 pounds of marijuana at the Just Box It storage facility, located at 129 Sunset Circle.

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Fugitive rapist Stephen Beck sentenced
Fugitive rapist Stephen Beck sentenced
Beck

will serve 36 years in prison --
Stephen E. Beck has been sentenced to 36 years in prison to be served day-for-day following a plea agreement July 1 entered in Circuit Court Wednesday for two counts of child rape.

Beck, 44, who was scheduled to go to court on August 5, faced multiple counts involving allegations of child rape, sexual exploitation of a minor and numerous other sex charges in both Wilson and Rutherford counties.

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Granville Museum celebrates grand opening of 'Made In Tennessee' exhibit
Granville Museum celebrates grand opening of 'Made In Tennessee' exhibit

The Granville Museum recently held the grand opening for the traveling exhibit, "Made In Tennessee," from the East Tennessee History Museum.

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Local clergy responds to gay marriage ruling

State Reps. Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro) and Andy Holt (R-Dresden) announced last week they intend to draft a "Tennessee Pastor Protection Act" in light of the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.

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FOOTBALL -- CU hires Koester as OC
FOOTBALL -- CU hires Koester as OC
Koester

former WR coach at EKU --
Cumberland's head football coach Donnie Suber has hired Klay Koester away from Eastern Kentucky University as his new offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach.

Koester replaces Ryan Locke at the position. Locke resigned earlier this summer to take a high school teaching / coaching position in Alabama.

"Klay has worked with Hal Mumme, and he's worked in a Tony Franklin style scheme as well," Suber said Monday afternoon. "He wants to run kind of a simplified, fast-paced offense and having played the position at Eastern, he will be able to work on mechanics with our young guys."

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HOOPS - Chowbay leaves Belmont
HOOPS - Chowbay leaves Belmont
Chowbay

will enroll at Martin Methodist --
Former Mt. Juliet High three-sport standout Caleb Chowbay will transfer from Belmont to Martin Methodist, an NAIA program in Pulaski.

Chowbay, a two-time Academic All-Conference performer and a 6-2 guard during his time at Belmont, will have two years of eligibility for the RedHawks.

He played in 28 games for Belmont this past season, averaging 2.5 ppg, as the Bruins finished 22-11 overall -- losing to Virginia in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

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Wilson Co. sports in brief

Watertown Warrior Run
The third annual Watertown Warrior Run will be held Saturday, July 25. A certified 5K and one-mile fun run for kids (15U) with proceeds from the event slated to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
Advance registration is $25 for the 5K; $40 day of the race. Advance registration for the fun run is $12; $18 day of the race. Visit http://www.watertownwarriorrun.com.

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CU BASEBALL -- 'Dogs land Jay Feliciano
CU BASEBALL -- 'Dogs land Jay Feliciano
Feliciano

JuCo first team All-America OF --
It's safe to say the rebuilding effort has started in earnest at Cumberland University.

Coming off a 20-31 season in 2015, CU's Hall of Fame Coach Woody Hunt is hitting the recruiting trail with a vengeance.

His first big signee for the 2016 season is Jay Feliciano, a power hitting outfielder from Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa.

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