KEGLEY IS WJB INTERIM PRINCIPAL
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Scott Benson has been named as Interim Assistant Director of the Lebanon Special School District, said Dr. Sharon Roberts, director of the school system, earlier this week.
Benson currently serves as principal of Walter J. Baird Middle School. He was also named as Principal of the new Winfree Bryant Middle School which is now under construction off Leeville Pike in Lebanon.
Assistant Director Randall Hutto is resigning his position with his last day to be Aug. 31 after winning the Aug. 5 General Election for County Mayor. He will take office on Sept. 1 and at that point in time, Benson will fill the assistant director’s position.
Tickets for Game-Day Express, the Regional Transportation Authority’s (RTA) Music City Star train service to Riverfront Station for all Tennessee Titans’ home games, are now on sale at area ticket outlets for the upcoming 2010 NFL season.
Tickets are available at the Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce, Lebanon City Hall, Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, Mt. Juliet City Hall, Music City Central, and Riverfront Station. Tickets also may be purchased online.
The service is available for REGULAR SEASON home games, beginning with the Sept. 12 game against the Oakland Raiders.
The RTA will run one Music City Star train on game days. Cost is $15 for an advance single-game ticket, $20 for a game-day purchase on the train or $110 for a season ticket. Season tickets are available through Wednesday, Sept. 1. By purchasing a season ticket, fans save 45 percent off of the price of a ticket purchased on the train on game days. Parking is free at all of the outlying stations. Please note that regular weekday Music City Star tickets are not valid on the Game-Day Express train.
For noon games, the Music City Star operates the schedule listed below:
• Depart from Lebanon Station 10 a.m.
• Depart from Martha Station 10:15 a.m.
• Depart from Mt. Juliet Station 10:25 a.m.
• Depart from Hermitage Station 10:35 a.m.
• Depart from Donelson Station 10:50 a.m.
• Arrive at Riverfront Station 11 a.m.
The return train to Lebanon leaves Riverfront Station 45 minutes after the game.
For the Thursday, Dec. 9 game, the train departs Lebanon Station at 3:55 p.m.
Passengers are welcome to tailgate at the outlying train stations prior to the game and also may tailgate on the train. In addition, they may bring small coolers onboard and leave them on the train upon arrival at Riverfront Station.
Game-Day Express tickets also are available at the following locations:
• Online at www.musiccitystar.org (credit card only)
• By phone at (615) 862-5950 (MasterCard and Visa accepted)
• By mail to the RTA office, 130 Nestor St., Nashville 37210 (Send check or money order only; Please include two phone numbers with area codes and a complete address where the tickets should be sent.)
• Game day on the train (cash only)
A handling fee of $2.50 ($5 for certified mail) will be applied to all mail, phone and online orders.
More information about Game-Day Express service as well as an electronic version of the new Game-Day Express brochure is available online at musiccitystar.org. For additional information, contact Customer Care at (615) 862-5950 weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
LHS season tickets -- Season tickets for the 2010 Lebanon High football home schedule go on sale at Monday, Aug. 2 the LHS main office. Tickets will be available between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reserved season tickets are $40 each; two rows of chairback seats are available at $50 per seat with general admission season passes available for $30. The Blue Devil home schedule includes: the home opener vs. Rossview Friday, Aug. 27, the homecoming game vs. Portland Sept. 17, Mt. Juliet on Oct. 1, Gallatin Oct. 22 and Station Camp (Senior Night) on Oct. 29.
Register online for WWBA -- Registration forms and information for the West Wilson Basketball Association are at www.wwbabasketball.com. Boys and girls (age 6 - 18 by Sept. 30) zoned for Mt. Juliet schools, Southside, are eligible. Fee is $90 per child before Sept. 11 at 1:01 p.m. Fee for late signups is $110 and players will be placed on a waiting list. No registrations will be accepted after Sept. 14.
Hunter ed. classes offered -- TWRA hunter education courses are scheduled for Sept. 17-18 and Oct. 15-16 at the Wilson County EMS training center on Oak Street in Lebanon. Class times will be 6-9:30 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Class size is limited to the first 50 students who pre-register, which is required. Students must be at least 9-years old and have their social security number on the first day of class. Anyone born after Jan. 1969 must have completed a hunter education course to legally hunt in Tennessee. Call 781-6622 to register.
CU season tickets -- Cumberland football will offer three season ticket packages for the 2010 home schedule, which begins Saturday, Sept. 11 against Campbellsville University at Lindsey Donnell Stadium. Reserve season tickets cost $75 if purchased before Friday, September 3 and $90 thereafter. Reserve seats for each game are $15 per person. A general admission season ticket may also be purchased for $40 by Sept. 3 and $48 before the first contest. Fans may also purchase a Season Pass for $125, which offers general admission to all home football and basketball games for the 2010-11 academic year. Purchase tickets by calling Jo Jo Freeman at 615/547-1350, by sending an email to email@example.com or at Freeman’s office in the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Four-man scramble -- The Hunters Point 4-Man Scramble, a bring your own team event, is set for Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19. Entry fee is $280 if paid by Sept. 17. A fee of $20 will be added for any registration after the 17th. Tee times will be scheduled on Saturday with a shotgun start on Sunday. Call the pro shop at 444-7521 to secure a spot for your team.
By LINDA GRANSTAFF
Director of the Wilson County Archives
The art of “Blacksmith” of years gone by would likely be lost if it were not for the blacksmith artists who have managed to keep the art of working with iron alive. These talented artists work at having shops available to the public at fairs, festivals, and other community activities.
Years ago, in Wilson County, there was a great need in most communities to have at least one good blacksmith shop. These shops took care of the horseshoes for the horses and mules, along with making frames for wagons and buggies. The blacksmith would be called on for any other ironwork needed by the communities such as knives, pots, hay forks, cooking hooks (for the fire place to hang pots on), and the repair work on any equipment made of iron.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Lebanon woman after she was indicted by the Wilson County grand jury on multiple counts of theft from a nursing home where she served as bookkeeper for approximately 10 years.
Regina Jacobs, 46, 107 Gilbert Valley Drive, Lebanon, was indicted on three counts of theft over $60,000, two counts of theft over $10,000 and one count of theft over $1,000.
Over a several-year period, she allegedly stole approximately $425,000 from Quality Care Health Center. In December 2008, the center discovered Jacobs had reportedly been cashing checks intended to cover patient costs and keeping the money for herself.
DIXON SPRINGS — Following a sequence of tragic and life-altering experiences over the past few years, John Riddle knows what it is to suffer. Physically, emotionally, financially, his worries have run the gamut. And not one to draw attention to himself, he’s all too familiar with suffering in silence.
Four years ago, John lost a 4-year-old son, John Wesley Riddle, in a car accident. Around the same time, the development of some seemingly minor physical ailments went largely ignored by the single father as he shouldered the heavy burden of loss along with his older son, Zachary. Even when John’s persistent indigestion was followed by kidney stones, and then colon pain and constipation, dealing with those maladies still seemed secondary to making a living and dealing with the other things in his life.
Finally, in mid-January of this year, he came home from work in pain and with a temperature of more than 100 degrees. The next day when he could no longer stand the pain, he visited an ER and was eventually referred to Tennessee Oncology. A biopsy on Jan. 21 revealed the worst: cancer of the colon, with additional spots on his liver and lungs.
From Post staff reports
The Music City Center, a $585 million convention center complex under construction in downtown Nashville, is now and will in the future have an impact on Wilson County, according to a spokesman for the project.
Charles Starks, who is currently the executive director of the Nashville Convention Center, said the new facility is expected to attract as many as 270 events annually and more than 546,000 visitors. This represents more than twice the number of visitors being attracted currently to the existing convention center.
Starks, who resides in Mt. Juliet, said that Nashville is now welcoming more than 11 million visitors each year. About one-third of this number, he said, comes to the capitol city for leisure activities while the remainder comes for business meetings and other interests.
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Two time Sun Belt Player of the Year Alysha Clark has signed with Rishon in the Israeli professional basketball league for the upcoming season.
Clark, who was named TSSAA Miss Basketball following her senior season at Mt. Juliet High, will depart for Israel Oct. 1. Rishon is an expansion squad in the 10-team Israeli Division 1 league.
Clark was selected as the 2010 Sun Belt Female Student-Athlete of the Year earlier this summer. She finished 2009-10 as the nation’s leading scorer for the second-straight season with a Sun Belt and school-record 28.3 ppg average after leading Middle Tennessee to a 25-6 record and NCAA Tournament berth.
A finalist for the State Farm Wade Trophy and John R. Wooden Award - given to the nation’s top player - Clark was chosen 17th overall by the San Antonio Silver Stars in the WNBA Draft this spring, but was released before the 2010 season.
LEBANON -- A celebration of life for Mrs. Waller, 82, of Lebanon, will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, August 14 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Born in Gordonsville March 3, 1928, to the late Garland County Hesson and Geneva Odell Thompson Hesson, she died Aug. 10, 2010, at the Pavilion. Mrs. Waller worked at DuPont in the early 1950’s with two of her sisters until she married Hershel Waller in 1954.
She was a babysitter/grandmother to many children in the 1980’s. She was a long time member of Covenant Fellowship Church of the Nazarene in Mt. Juliet and First Church of the Nazarene in Lebanon and was one of the charter members of Lebanon's Westview Church of the Nazarene.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Services will be conducted by Brother David Hesson. Interment will be in the Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: husband Hershel Lee Waller; children Lynne (Jim) Sutton and Lance (Patty) Waller, and precious grandsons (as she called them): Austin (11), Braxton (9) and Corbin (5) as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by siblings: Olaf Hesson, Aram Hesson, Louise Hesson Fuller Whited, Paul Hesson, Mavoline Hesson Glover, Olive Hesson Henley and Andrew Hesson.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Dear Ken: Who invented Icees? I love them and drink more than my own kids.
A fellow by the name of Omar Knedlik, who owned a Dairy Queen in Coffeyville, Kansas, concocted the cool, sweet drink in the late 1950s. It took him five years to devise a machine that could deliver a frozen, carbonated beverage, but he finally made one from an old soft ice cream machine. Later he found the Johnny Mitchell Company in Dallas that manufactured cotton gin machinery, Mark IV air conditioners for cars, LP gas vaporizers, Central Vacuum Cleaners and car washes, and they perfected the machine, so that billions of Icees have been served to fanatics like you and me. Sweet!
Dear Ken: The name of a movie is driving me crazy. Well, OK, crazier. These four cowboys from Texas leave the state and join up in the Civil War with great energy and high hopes. After a few years, only one comes back, scarred by the horrors of war.
That is 1968’s “Journey to Shiloh,” not a great flick but not bad either. It’s most definitely watchable for its young cast of seven Rebels that includes James Caan (wearing a really bad wig if I recollect correctly), Michael Sarrazin, Don Stroud, Paul Petersen, Michael Burns, Jan-Michael Vincent and Harrison Ford.
Dear Ken: Cameron Diaz, who stars with Tom Cruise in “Night and Day,” where was she born? What are her next movies coming up?
Diaz, who turns 38 on Aug. 30, was born in San Diego, Calif., to an Anglo-German mom and Cuban-American dad. She was a model when she auditioned for and got the lead opposite Jim Carrey in “The Mask” in 1994. Her career has rocketed along ever since in such films as “There’s Something About Mary,” “Any Given Sunday,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Gangs of New York,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “The Holiday.” Up next in 2011, she stars in “Bad Teacher” and “The Green Hornet.” Diaz, who loves to knit, has reportedly broken her nose four times.
Dear Ken: My mom was a big fan of movie star Victor Mature. What were some of his biggest films?
The actor nicknamed “The Hunk” was born in Louisville, Ky., and made about 50 flicks. He first made a splash as Tumak, a caveman, in 1940’s “One Million B.C.” After serving in the Coast Guard during WWII, he became one of the most popular stars of the 1950, particularly in biblical epics where he could show off his beefcake build. Other credits include “My Darling Clementine,” “Kiss of Death,” “Samson and Delilah,” “The Robe” and “Demetrius and the Gladiator.” Mature could have easily have passed as the father of Sylvester Stallone as the two bore strong facial similarities, and there was talk at one point of the pair co-starring in a western. The golfing fanatic died at age 86 in 1999.
By ANGEL KANE
This Friday, August 13, the Wilson County Fair returns! From food to contests to rides to beauty queens, every day from the 13th through the 21st, the fair offers fun-filled entertainment for the whole family.
This year, brings the return of the third annual Betty B. Freeman Memorial Walking Horse show. Betty Freeman was a long-time Wilson County resident who had a passion for horses. Originally from Lewisburg, Betty moved to town when she married John Freeman and in the 1970’s, Betty turned her passion for horses into a breeding business known as Freeman Foals.
By MARGARET PARTEE
Is your HomeSafe? You’d like to think that your home is one place you can always be safe. But what if it isn’t? There are women who are not safe in their own homes. These women are from all backgrounds and from all neighborhoods. They are women who suffer from domestic violence.
No one in my home has ever hit me, you may say. They don’t have to. Domestic violence is anything that happens as a way to control another person. It may be physical abuse; it may be threats and name calling; it may be a basic need such as food being withheld; or perhaps movement outside the home is restricted. It could be many other things. It does not have to be a physical blow.
I recently attended a meeting to learn more about the mission of HomeSafe in Wilson County. Their Mission Statement is to provide a safe place for survivors and their children; to help them explore
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
A Lebanon native’s providential encounter at a craft show will bring a cherished piece of Tuckers Crossroads history home for a visit when an heirloom quilt goes on display at the Wilson County Fair.
The quilt, bearing the stitched names of more than 30 women who lived in the Crossroads community during the 1930s, was a gift to Mattie Fisher Turner Neal, the late grandmother of Nancy Dozier, who today possesses the quilt.
Melanie McDonald, whose mother’s family, the Gills, was raised in Tuckers Crossroads, spotted the quilt in March while shopping at The Gathering, a crafts show held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville.
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
A junior at Wilson Central High School died as the result of a single-vehicle accident that occurred shortly after 3 p.m., Sunday on North Greenhill Road in Mt. Juliet. The accident also left one other person, the driver, injured.
The victim was identified as Lexus J. Hedels, 16, of Mt. Juliet. She was a passenger in a 2003 Mercury Mountaineer pickup truck driven by another female, age 17, of Old Hickory. The driver’s name is being withheld because she is a juvenile.
Trooper Bill Fitzgerald of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said in his report that the vehicle was headed south on North Greenhill Road when the driver crossed the center line and overcorrected which sent the truck into a yaw. The vehicle left the roadway off the left side and went into the yard at 1120 N. Greenhill Road where it rolled over.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Expect the 2010 Wilson County Fair to prove once again that this is indeed “The Place to Be” as several new attractions join the largest county fair in the state when it begins its nine-day run Friday, Aug. 13 through Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds.
As you might expect, anyone and everyone associated with the fair is quite busy this week. Andy Brummett, coordinator of the Wilson County Fair, said his schedule is “like a florist on Valentine’s Day” this time of year. With many new events and attractions, the fair hopes to advance its reputation as one of the best in the nation.
Headlining the Fair this year will be a free concert by country music star, and Wilson County resident, Charlie Daniels. The concert will take place on Monday, Aug. 16 in the Exposition Center. Sponsored by Burchett Ford Lincoln Mercury, the concert benefits local charity, The Joseph’s Storehouse Food Ministry.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
In 1910, the seeds of the Tennessee 4-H program were planted in 12 counties by the formation of Boys Corn Clubs and 100 years later, the Wilson County Fair celebrates this extraordinary Tennessee tradition.
Kicking off the celebration will be an opening parade on Friday, Aug. 13 at 7. The parade will begin at the Purple Gate and travel through Fiddler’s Grove, coming to an end around the Jordan House and the Yellow gate.
“Community leaders who were former 4-H members will be marching in the parade, wearing their 4-H shirts,” said Wanda Bates, a former 4-H member and organizer of the celebration.
FORMER FCS ALL-STATER
Mt. Juliet native and former Friendship Christian baseball standout Stephen Pryor has been promoted to the Clinton LumberKings, a Class A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners organization. Pryor, the Mariners fifth-round selection in the 2010 draft out of Tennessee Tech, receives the promotion after 11 appearances with the Everett (Washington) AquaSox.
A 6-foot-6-inch, 225-pound right-handed pitcher, Pryor posted a 0.49 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 18.1 innings of work while leading the team in saves with five. Drafted previously by the Texas Rangers following his freshman season at Cleveland State Community College, Pryor opted to return for another year before transferring to Tennessee Tech for the 2010 season.
The primary closer for Tennessee Tech, he led the Golden Eagle pitching staff in 2010 with 24 appearances and four saves. He maintained a 4-4 record with a 5.71 ERA throughout the course of the season. He struck out 75 batters in 41 total innings, ranking fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference in strikeouts, and held opponents to a .224 batting average.
Pryor holds the single season record at Tennessee Tech for strikeouts per nine innings with 16.46, while his four saves in a single season ranks third in the record books. Of the 35 hits allowed in 2010, only 13 of them were for extra bases.
The son of Chris and Lisa Pryor, he helped lead Friendship Christian to the 2007 Class A state championship and was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers All-State team.
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
LEBANON -- Getting stronger and working smarter are two of Dewayne Alexander’s preseason goals as he opens his fifth fall camp as head coach of the Cumberland football program.
Returning most of his starting 22 from last season’s 5-6 campaign, Alexander is taking a different approach as he welcomed some 130 players to campus over the weekend.
Rigorous two-a-days are out. Walk throughs, conditioning and strength training will be the norm during 9-11 a.m. sessions followed by a more traditional practice in the late afternoon.
“When you sit down and look at it, we know who can play for us,” Alexander said. “The goal is to have our best players healthy and ready to go when we open the season Sept. 2 at Austin Peay. What’s the point of having a knock down, drag out fall camp if we wind up with half the team watching practice instead of participating?”
Alexander indicated a large majority of the team passed Monday’s conditioning test, “by far the most we’ve had in my five years here.”
Looking for, “tempo and high quality work,” Alexander hopes his veteran team will benefit from regular morning sessions in the weight room.
“We certainly need to be a stronger, more physical team this season,” Alexander said. “We’ll have a little more than three full weeks in the weightroom before we play our opener and that’s got to be a positive.”
Scrimages -- The Bulldogs will play a controlled scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 14 and then a game-type scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 20 that will bring fall camp to a close.
“Meet the Team” and an open house will take place Saturday, Aug. 21, with fans able to mix and mingle for autographs starting at 10 a.m. at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
Sherry’s Run and the Cumberland athletic department are partnering for the home opener vs. Campbellsville University Sept. 11, with participants from that day’s 5K run / walk receiving half off admission price at the gate when they wear the 2010 t-shirt.
Tailgate -- The annual Wilson County Sports Council tailgate party will also take place for the Campbellsville game, with a live band and free food from area vendors available starting at 11 a.m.
Season tickets -- Cumberland football will offer three season ticket packages for the 2010 home schedule, which begins Saturday, Sept. 11 against Campbellsville University at Lindsey Donnell Stadium. The Bulldogs play six home games this year.
Reserve season tickets cost $75 if purchased before Friday, September 3 and $90 thereafter. Reserve seats for each game are $15 per person. A general admission season ticket may also be purchased for $40 by Sept. 3 and $48 before the first contest. Fans may also purchase a season pass for $125, which offers general admission to all home football and basketball games for the 2010-11 academic year.
Purchase tickets by calling Jo Jo Freeman at 615/547-1350, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or at Freeman’s office in the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
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