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D-Stew looks at the playoffs

By DONOVAN STEWART

Two playoff weeks are in the books and several big storylines played out in the second round.

Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold- There were 11 district rematches in the second round and four teams that were defeated in the regular season got big wins to knock out their district rivals such as:

MBA Beats Ensworth On Last Second FG- The Big Red (7-4) got a 43 yard field goal from Mr. Football Kicker finalist Andrew Fletcher with 41 seconds left to stun the nationally ranked Tigers 27-24 in the Division II-AA quarterfinals. Ensworth, ranked No. 64 by Rivals, blasted MBA ten weeks ago 50-21 as running back Orleans Darkwa rushed for 342 yards and five touchdowns in the blowout win. Ensworth (10-1) got another great performance from Darkwa who rushed for 240 yards but blew a 17-0 lead as MBA fought back -- running back Fitz Lassing ran for 92 yards and scored the game-tying TD at 24. MBA now advances to play another big rival in Brentwood Academy who defeated the Big Red three weeks ago 26-7.

Anderson Co. Rallies to Beat Clinton Late- Two weeks ago Clinton celebrated a district title by beating Anderson Co. 35-21. But Friday, behind the strong arm of junior quarterback, Tanner Williams, the Mavericks rallied from a 28-24 deficit to win 31-28 as Williams hit Chad Blakley on fourth and 5 with 42.9 seconds left to give Anderson Co. the win and kill Clinton’s (10-1) undefeated season. Williams passed for 387 yards and 4 TDs for the Mavericks -- who travel to Columbia (10-1) for a quarterfinal game.

Daniel Boone Slows Down Tennessee High Offense- Tennessee High quarterback Taylor Harmon had his way in week 9 as he passed for a school record 339 yards and five touchdowns in a 51-26 win. But Daniel Boone avenged the loss three weeks ago as the Trailblazer defense stuffed the Viking running game as they allowed only six yards rushing and 156 yards of total offense in a 23-14 win over the previously unbeaten Vikings (11-1).

Riverdale Manhandles Blackman- Two weeks ago in the rain, Riverdale’s offense was contained and Blackman won their first game ever against Riverdale for the Blaze’s first district title. What a difference two weeks and a dry field makes. The Warriors (10-2) avenged their 14-13 overtime loss in week 10 in dominating fashion as they physicially manhandled Blackman (10-2) to win 31-7 to advance to the third round of the playoffs. Riverdale feasted on four Blackman turnovers something that didn’t happen in the earlier meeting. The Warriors jumped to a 17-7 lead at the half and never looked back scoring twice in the second half to put away the Blaze.

Loudon Beats Polk Co. At Their Own Game- All season long Polk Co. overwhelmed opponents with their hard charging ground game. The Wildcats went through the regular season pounding teams with a fierce running game that averaging nearly 300 yards on the ground. But Loudon turned the tables on Polk Co. by shutting down the potent Wildcat running game as they held Polk Co. to only 16 yards rushing as Loudon won 24-13. Loudon rushed for 255 yards as running back Matthew Wallace had 103 yards and scored two touchdowns and was a sparkplug on defense as well as he intercepted two passes.

Revenge Is Ours A Year Later -- Boyd Buchanan 28, Marion County 6- Last season an underdog Marion County team went to Boyd Buchanan and took advantage of five Buccaneer turnovers to beat Boyd 7-6. A year later it was Marion Co. that turned it over five times as Boyd got 145 yards rushing and one touchdown from running back Ben Beasley who helped the Marion cause last season with a crucial fumble. Boyd quarterback Andrew Crowe had a touchdown run and threw two touchdowns as the Bucs gained a measure of revenge on the Warriors.

Giles Co. 32, David Lipscomb 6- For Giles County beating David Lipscomb erased years of frustration at the hands of the Mustangs. Behind Class 4A Mr. Football Back Finalist Bo Wallace’s 225 yards rushing and two touchdowns, Giles closed the Mustangs out this season something they couldn’t do last season winning 32-6. In 2008, David Lipscomb defeated Giles twice once in the regular season 31-28 and 17-16 in the third round of the playoffs. Lipscomb had beaten Giles six straight times and had a winning margin of 30-12 over the Bobcats, but Wallace and running back Tobias Houston wouldn’t allow another Lipscomb comeback.

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The middle one
So as I was drinking my coffee Friday morning, I had this surreal moment. Almost an out of body experience.  In the background, I could still hear Joe Scarborough of MSNBC discussing the morning politics.
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Merle Haggards boyhood home was a remodeled boxcar

Dear Ken: I think I heard that country legend Merle Haggard grew up living in a boxcar as his house? Any truth to that?

Yep. Born in Bakersfield, Calif., to Okie parents in 1937, Haggard’s first home was a railroad boxcar that his father converted into a house. You might enjoy his 1999 autobiography “Merle Haggard’s My House of Memories: For the Record.”

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Upcoming book signings slated at Sherlock's

Sherlock’s Books, 200 Maddox-Simpson Pkwy., Lebanon, will have a number authors on hand beginning the end of November and continuing through December who will sign copies of their books.

They are as follows:

• Charles Baril will sign his book The Wedding Present on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 1 until 4 p.m.
• Aurora Zebert will do a cooking demo and sign her cookbook It’s All About Taste on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
• Sherrilyn Kenyon will sign the 3rd of her League Series, Born of Ice, on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1 until 4 p.m.

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Reservations now accepted for In Bethlehem Inn at Silver Springs Baptist

Once again, Silver Springs Baptist Church, Lebanon Road at Benders Ferry, Mt. Juliet will portray what it may have been like to be a guest in Bethlehem when Jesus was born through the dramatic presentation, “In Bethlehem Inn.” 

This year’s edition is the 15th year of production with each year adding something new to the presentation.

Performances will be on Dec. 2-5. Performance times are 6:30 p.m. each evening with a Saturday matinee at 4:30 p.m.

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Mt. Juliet woodmans labors go up in smoke

Foster’s Firewood keeps the home fires burning

By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- On Highway 70 about 200 yards shy of the Davidson County line, motorists who glance south will view a long and crooked “V” shaped from belt high stacks of firewood.

Here in Scott’s Hollow, near the convergence of two creeks, hardy-working folks have been peddling firewood for more than 30 years.

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Bird Pie, You Say?

 

By ANNE DONNELL
           
Since I don’t listen very carefully when television or radio coverage of football is on, I was glad to read your column on the Hail Mary pass last week. I agree that we’ve let our “culture” try to make meaningless many things we thought sacred back when we were truly a God-fearing nation. However, what I want to ask you about is completely different. Two expressions I use (and understand their meaning) I’d like to know the origins of: “eat crow” and “humble pie.”  Thanks,

-Talking More than Listening!

 

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GHSO reminds rural drivers Click It or Ticket

Submitted by the Tennessee Department of Safety

The Governor’s Highway Safety Office is working to save lives by reminding rural drivers that wearing a safety belt is the single most effective way to prevent deaths and injuries during a traffic crash and it’s also the law in Tennessee.

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Veteran once wrote blank check to USA

To the Editor:

"A veteran -- whether active duty, retired, National Guard or Reserve -- is
someone who at one point in his/her life wrote a blank check made payable to
the United States of America for an amount of 'up to and including my life.

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Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Walk set to honor local teacher

From Post staff reports

Administrators and teachers at Lebanon’s Coles Ferry Elementary are planning a walk in honor of Peggie Dill, a teacher at the school who was diagnosed in late October with pancreatic cancer.

November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month and according to Becky Kegley, assistant principal at Coles Ferry, teachers, students and many parents are planning to attend the event planned for Monday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m.

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Council raises fee for failure to inspect, test backflow device

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council was in a rare state of agreement at their meeting Tuesday night and finished with little argument or discussion on most issues.

One issue that was discussed was Ordinance 09-3610 to adjust the Fees for Backflow Device Testing and Inspection by the City of Lebanon.

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MJMS going green with B.E.A.R.S.

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET  -- To try and be more environmentally conscious, or green, as it is commonly referred to, Mt. Juliet Middle School is working to have B.E.A.R.S., which stands for Brilliant, Eco-friendly And Recycling Students.

The B.E.A.R.S. project is the main effort of the Junior Beta Club and is handled completely by the students. MJMS began their Junior Beta Club in 2008 with only 20 members.

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Court date set in infant murder case

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

A man charged in the death of an almost 2-month-old baby will make his initial appearance in court on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Michael Johnson, 18, of Mount Morse, Mich., has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of Tyler Howard, almost 2 months old, who died Friday.

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Astronaut Wilmore to phone home from space

From Post staff reports

Talk about calling long distance.

Mt. Juliet High junior Shelley Choudhury will be among several Tennessee students questioning NASA shuttle pilot Barry “Butch” Wilmore during a phone up-link scheduled Sunday, Nov. 22.

Capt. Wilmore, himself a 1981 graduate of Mt. Juliet High, and the rest of crew of Atlantis, blasted into space Monday afternoon from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center -- marking the beginning of the end of the space shuttle program.

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FCS throttles E. Robertson

By TOMMY BRYAN
The Wilson Post

LEBANON -- With jack-of-all-trades Lee Maasen at the controls, Friendship Christian steamrolled East Robertson 56-12 Nov. 13 in a TSSAA Class 2A playoff game at Pirtle Field.

Maasen, somehow snubbed in the Mr. Football nomination process, threw for three touchdowns, ran for two more, piled up 318 yards in total offense and even picked off a pass for good measure.

"It’s really something," FCS head coach John McNeal said. "When the stakes are highest, Lee always seems to play at his best."

The Commanders improved to 10-1 with the victory and advances to the TSSAA quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 20 at No. 1-ranked Trousdale County.

One third quarter play typified Maasen’s value when an errant shotgun snap sailed over his head. Instead of merely falling on the ball and taking a loss, Maasen fielded the pigskin on one hop, circled right end where he ran through two tackles and sprinted 31 yards down to the one to set up an FCS score.

"I was just trying to make something happen, to help the team," the modest senior said.

On Friendship’s first possession, the Commanders took advantage of an misalignment by the East Robertson secondary to score an uncontested touchdown on a 56-yard pass from Maasen to tightend Kyle Neal. Following Michael Self’s booming PAT, FCS lead 7-0 with 11:40 left in the first quarter.

Maasen hooked up with John Markham on a 26-yard pass and catch to give the Commanders a 14-0 lead at the 7:05 mark of the first period.

East Robertson answered as Austin Cope sped 31 yards down the visitors’ sideline for a TD with 5:28 remaining in the first.

The early scoring flurry saw the Commanders strike again as Maasen swept right end for a 50 yard scoring run and a 21-6 FCS lead.

Maasen completed 8-of-12 passes for 171 yards and three scores, two to Markham and one to Neal. He also ran 12 times for 147 yards -- an average of 12.3 yards per carry.

Markham added seven rushes for 64 yards, Dekolas Reeves ran six times for 58 and Neal added six carries for 44 yards.

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CU falls to Lambuth

35-7 IN 2009 SEASON FINALE

JACKSON -- Close just doesn’t count for much in football. umberland failed to convert on two golden first-half scoring opportunities as the Bulldogs dropped a 35-7 decision to No. 7-ranked Lambuth Saturday at L.L. Fonville Field. oach Dewayne Alexander’s squad finished the season 5-6 overall after winning four of its last five games.

The Bulldogs missed 28 and 43-yard field goals in the first half and trailed 21-7 at intermission.

"We had two scoring opportunities there in the first quarter set up by our passing game, but came short on a couple of field goal attempts," Coach Alexander said. If we could have converted those two opportunities right there, if would have made a big difference."

Lambuth was able to punch in a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns, the second after a fumbled kickoff return.

"We ran out of gas a little bit," said CU head coach Dewayne Alexander. "We had some injuries, some guys banged up coming into the game and had a few more get hurt as the game went along."

The Bulldogs started redshirt junior Kevin Smithson under center, the Chattanooga native’s first career collegiate start.

The converted tight end completed 19-of-41 for 236 yards, but the Bulldogs were unable to sustain drives and were hurt by penalties.

"I thought Kevin came in today and played well in his first start. He made some mistakes, but that’s a difficult situation to be thrown into. He did a nice job, we’re really proud of him," Alexander said.

Cumberland rushed for only 49 yards on 28 carries after averaging 166.4 yards on the ground this season.

Ten penalties for 95 yards was also part of the squad’s downfall.

Lambuth quarterbacks Adam Wiese and Kelvin Martin combined to go 16-for-24 for 188 yards and three touchdowns.

The CU defense limited the Eagles to 105 yards on the ground, 69 of that in the second half.

The Bulldogs put together a nice drive in the first quarter, highlighted by a 58-yard connection from Smithson to Mike Moore, the longest completion of the season for CU.

But the drive stalled after a sack and Yue Wang’s 28-yard field goal attempt was low and was blocked, keeping the game scoreless.

Cumberland had another good drive stalled by a holding penalty and Wang’s 43-yard attempt sailed just left.

Lambuth struck for the big play after the missed field goal, with Wiese hitting E.J. Adams over the middle.

Cody McCallister missed the tackle at midfield but kept in pursuit, knocking the ball away from behind at the one yard line.

Adams and McCallister battled for the ball in the end zone and the Eagles were awarded the touchdown after simultaneous possession by the two players.

Nathan O’Jibway booted through the extra point for a 7-0 Lambuth advantage.

Cumberland was backed up on its next possession, giving the Eagles the ball at the CU 34-yard line ball just inside the pylon and cutting the Lambuth lead in half.

The Eagles answered with an 11-play, 69-yard drive that ended with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Wiese to Adams, as the receiver just got his left foot down before being knocked out of bounds. The PAT was good and Cumberland trailed 21-7 at the half.

The teams traded interceptions in the third quarter, both on screen passes, one by CU’s Melvin Armstrong and the other by Lambuth’s Ben Aigamaua. The Bulldogs’ Chris Simpson also forced a fumble early in the fourth quarter, recovered by Stephon Ransom.

Lambuth scored with 4:57 remaining in the contest on a one-yard run by Victor Robinson, capping a 15-play, 64-yard drive that took almost seven minutes off the clock.

Lemeco Miller fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Lambuth took just one play to score, a 31-yard pass from Kelvin Martin to 6-foot, 6-inch Rodrick Jefferson for a 35-7 Eagles lead.

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Jamie Allison Hobbs, 37

MT. JULIET – Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 18 at St. Stephens Catholic Church for Mrs. Hobbs, 37, of Mt. Juliet.

Mother of Mt. Juliet High football and baseball standout Mikee Brown, she died unexpectedly Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday from 4 - 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hermitage Funeral Home, 535 Shute Lane, Old Hickory.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday morning by the Rev. Pat Kibby. Burial will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: husband Michael Hobbs II; son Mikee Brown, 17, and daughter Bailey Hobbs, age 11.

Also surviving is father Jim Close; step-mother Phyllis Close; aunt and uncle Vickie and Ray Dupree; mother Diane Allison Gomez and step-father George; brother Todd Close; grandmothers Margie Close and Wilma Allison; mother and father-in-law Judy and Mike Hobbs; sister-in-law Kelly Hobbs (Randy) Sullivan; brother-in-law Mark Hobbs; nieces Darby Sullivan, Keelyn Sullivan and Brooklyn Hobbs; step brothers Kip and Casey Perkins; dear friends Andrea Cornwell, Maribeth Isenberger and Gladys Gross; as well as many other family and close friends.

Active pallbearers include: Darien Isenberger, David Cornwell, Felix Morel, Mark Hobbs, Barrett Hobbs, Nick Everrett, Bill Thompson and Bruce Ray.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Education Fund for Children at Region Bank.

Hermitage Funeral Home & Memorial Garden is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Another blowout concert by Charlie Daniels and Friends to benefit Christmas4Kids

Couple of extra surprises set during performance

By BEVERLY HERBERT
Special to The Wilson Post

The Charlie Daniels and Friends Concert, to benefit Christmas4Kids, is set to shake the hallowed walls of the Ryman on Monday, Nov. 23. 

Every year, Charlie Daniels, along with his own amazing talents, brings to the stage a variety of gifted and exciting entertainers; and of course, this year is no exception with the booking of Phil Vassar, Wilson County’s Gretchen Wilson and Chris Young.  But, this year, Charlie had a few surprises up his sleeve – namely The Grascals and Brad Arnold of the group 3 Doors Down.

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For excitement, try zipping at the Harpeth

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

The nice warm sunny afternoon gave us a chance to bike the hills west of Nashville in the community around the Narrows of the Harpeth River. We took the bikes off the carrier at the parking area next to Highway 70 and started down the back road toward the Riverside Park.

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All who went before me

Editor’s Note: The following poem was submitted to The WilsonPost on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

By Master Sgt. KEN SMITH

We raised our hands to do our part
Strong feelings all were from the heart
But on that day we did not know
What road or path we would go.

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Saddle and Tack Auction Saturday

A Saddle and Tack Auction is set for 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.

Get ready for Christmas and shows with the auction. There will be fun for the whole family.

The event is sponsored by the Wilson County Saddle Club, a nonprofit club. For more information, call 426-1392 or 417-9833.

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Walking to remember veterans
 

 A memorial walk on Wednesday from the Lebanon Public Square to the State Capitol Building in Nashville is a new tradition as Army Master Sgt. Jim Williams, far right, makes the track with Vietnam Veteran Mel London and a great supporter of veterans and service men and women, Lebanon resident, Jim Retzke. London said their hope is that next year more Veterans will join them on the 28-mile walk honoring and memorializing veterans.

JOHN B. BRYAN / The Wilson Post

 

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Veterans Day ceremony held at Courthouse
 

U.S. Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Mason Alkire speaks to the crowd about the honor and duty of U.S. Armed Forces personnel and veterans at the Lebanon Veterans Day celebration on Wednesday. Behind him is the monument honoring all residents of Wilson County who have died in every American war. The name of U.S. Army Spc. Jonathon C. O’Neill of Watertown was added to the monument this year. He died as a result of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device was detonated near his vehicle in Afghanistan in June.

BEN DUDLEY / The Wilson Post
 

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Marathon Man conquers NYC

From Post staff reports

Chalk up another marathon finish for local long distance runner Ken "Hawk" Davis. This time he conquered the Big Apple as the retired AT&T employee completed the 2009 ING New York City Marathon with a time of 3:49:32.

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Commission to vote on helping Mt. Juliet pay for road construction

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

While the Mt. Juliet has enjoyed its new high school, the city has had some trouble with the construction of Curd Road, which leads to the school.

The road was very curvy and it is being straightened out to make it easier for school buses to maneuver.

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