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Miss Basketball finalists announced

CENTRAL'S HASSELL CAN REPEAT

HERMITAGE -- The Miss Basketball Awards will be presented to the top girls and boys in various classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association prior to the championship game awards presentation for each class, respectively.

A statewide committee of sportswriters selected winners based on performance during the 2008-2009 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head basketball coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.

The presentation of the Miss Basketball Awards for Division I, Classes A, AA, and AAA will be given during each championship awards ceremony for each class on Saturday, March 14 at the Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

Wilson Central High’s Jasmine Hassell, who won the award in 2008, is again one of the three finalists in the Class AAA division.

She is joined by Taylor Hall of Morristown-West and Jasmine James of Bartlett. Both Hassell and Bartlett have signed with the University of Georgia.

Class A Miss Basketball finalists include: Kayla Christopher of Oliver Springs; Andrea Hobson of McEwen and Laken Leonard of Jackson County.

Class AA Miss Basketball finalists include: Lashay Davis of Upperman; Chassidy Fussell of Obion County and Lauren March of Marshall County.

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Evelyn Prichard Orr, 95

VIERA, Fla. -- Evelyn Prichard Orr, 95, one of the first licensed and certified school psychologists in Tennessee, passed away peacefully at the Autumn House in Viera, FL, Saturday, February 14, 2009 after courageously battling Parkinson’s Disease for almost 40 years.

Mrs. Orr was born December 15, 1913, to Joe Blythe and Katherine Webster Prichard in Lebanon. She attended Wilson County public schools before graduating from Ocoee High School in Orange County, FL in 1931.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cumberland University in 1936, where she played basketball for four years and was selected as "Miss Cumberland" her senior year.

She was awarded her Masters of Arts degree in educational psychology from the University of Chattanooga, and pursued post-graduate education at the University of Tennessee on the Chattanooga and Knoxville campuses.

She was preceded in death by her husband James Calvin Orr who died in 1985, her parents, son Jon B. Orr, brother J.W. (Bill) Prichard, and sister Bettye Kate Hall.

She is survived by her daughter Nancy Orr (Bill) Schwarze of Cape Canaveral, FL; granddaughter Kathy Winkler (Ralph) Hoskins of Cadillac, MI; grandson John B. (Kelly) Winkler of Nashville, TN; four great grandchildren; sister Estelle (Jimmy) Jewell of Lebanon, TN; and sister-in-law Vanesse (James) Rowe, of Bolton, CT.

Mrs. Orr began her teaching career at Watertown High School and taught in Roane County before she and her husband moved to Chattanooga in 1946. She was a teacher and administrator in the Hamilton County school system before working at the University of Chattanooga Junior Reading Clinic for two years. Mrs. Orr served as the Supervisor of Guidance and Psychological Services for Hamilton County, a position which she held until retiring in 1976. She taught speed reading and conducted reading workshops throughout the United States.

In 1993, she received Cumberland University’s Phoenix Award for outstanding service to others. Mrs. Orr was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma among other professional and honorary associations and listed in Who’s Who of American Women and Outstanding Educators in America.

As a member of the White Oak Methodist Church, she taught Sunday School for many years as well as directing many church programs. She moved her membership to the First United Methodist Church of Cocoa Beach, FL when she moved to Florida in 1985 after the death of her husband to be close to her daughter and grandchildren.

Mrs. Orr traveled extensively throughout the United States as well as Switzerland, England, China, the Bahamas, Australia, England, and Mexico. Her hobbies included knitting, other crafts, and reading.

She was known for her warm, loving smile and will be missed by all of those who knew her.

A memorial service for Florida friends and family at the Beckman Williamson Funeral Home in Cocoa Beach, FL will be announced later this week.

Funeral services will be held in Tennessee at a later date with a graveside service at Chattanooga Memorial Gardens in Hixon. Her nephew, Joe B. Jewell, will preside over the Tennessee services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Association, Autumn House, 7999 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera, FL, or the Hospice of Health First in Melbourne, FL.

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Heart Fund close to heart of hairstylist

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Trisha McCarter has personal reasons to support the American Heart Association.

She’s lost her father and two of her brothers to heart disease.

“If what I give saves one sister, one mama, one daughter from having to go through what we have, then it’s worth it,” McCarter said in an interview at Hair Unlimited where she works as a cosmetologist.

Last year she donated half of all she made on one Saturday to the Heart Fund, by sponsoring her daughter’s efforts to raise money for the Byars Dowdy Jump Rope for Heart event.

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Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan seeks public opinion

Public meeting set for Wilson County on Feb. 26

A comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for the greater Nashville region is currently in development by the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

The MPO is working with local governments, businesses, non-profit organizations and the general public to prepare the plan, which will help establish bicycle and pedestrian transportation priorities for Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Wilson and Williamson counties, plus the cities of Spring Hill and Springfield. 

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CU goes 3-2 in Alabama

CUMBERLAND BASEBALL

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Sam Kikla went 4-for-8 with five runs scored and five RBIs and Eric Mull drove in four runs, helping 11th-ranked Cumberland split a doubleheader at 18th-ranked Auburn-Montgomery Sunday.

The Bulldogs (3-2) dropped the opener, 12-6, but Lebanon’s Christian Jennings tossed the final two innings to post the save in a 7-6 game two triumph for CU.

Kikla was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs in the opener, including a pair of home runs. The Malabar, Fla., native scored twice and drove in another run in the second contest.

Auburn-Montgomery (7-4) scored eight runs in the second inning in the first game to take control in a 12-6 victory. The Senators had the tying run on third in the third and sixth innings and had the leadoff man reach in the seventh in the second game but failed to capitalize.

Luke Whittaker (1-0) pitched in-and-out of trouble for the five-plus innings he tossed for the Bulldogs in the second game, picking up the victory by allowing five runs, one earned, on six hits. CU committed four errors in the contest, all of which led to AUM runs.

Jennings also had runners on base in both of his innings of work, including a two-out triple in the sixth where he stranded the runner at third and then the leadoff man in the seventh. But the freshman lefty induced a 6-4-3 doubleplay and then another groundout to post the save.

Saturday in Montgomery, Robert Post and Adam Sprague both tossed three-hit shutouts and leadoff hitter Sam Kikla scored five runs in the doubleheader, as Cumberland defeated Faulkner University, 6-0 and 15-0.

Eric Mull drove in seven runs in the twinbill, the first two wins of the season for the Bulldogs (2-1). CU won the second game in just five innings because of the 10-run rule.

Kikla, Mull, Matt Holliman, Max Kautz and Will Curry all collected two hits in the second game, while Kikla scored three times in the opener and Holliman drove in three runs with a bases-clearing double in a four-run second inning.

Post (1-0) tossed a three-hit shutout for CU, walking three and striking out five. Faulkner had at least one baserunner in the first six innings, but the Mt. Juliet Christian Academy product induced a pair of groundball doubleplays and the Eagles also lined into another twin-killing.

In the second contest, Holliman doubled down the leftfield line with one out in the first and scored on Mull’s single to left. The Bulldogs added six runs in the second and eight more in the third, taking advantage of three Faulkner errors along the way.

In the second Max Kautz and Curry both singled and Blake Simmons walked to load the bases. Kikla drove home two runs with a single and Holliman followed with an RBI single of his own. Mull then belted the Bulldogs second home run of the season, a three-run shot, for a 7-0 CU advantage.

Kautz led off the third with a solo homer. Curry was hit, Kikla singled again and Holliman reached on a fielder’s choice, loading the bases. Mull walked to force in a run and two more runs scored after a throwing error by Faulkner shortstop Austin Adams. A Kautz two-out walk forced in another run and Curry cleared the bases with a double to rightcenter for the final runs of the contest.

Sprague (1-0) walked two and struck out four in five innings of work, inducing eight ground ball outs. Again Faulkner had at least one baserunner in every inning but had only one reach second base.

In Friday’s season-opener, Zack Diekmann hit a solo homer but 11th-ranked Cumberland managed just five hits in a 4-1 loss at 18th-ranked Auburn-Montgomery Friday in a game called after six innings because of rain.

AUM’s Stephen Yates (3-0) picked up the win with six innings of work, walking two and striking out one while allowing the five hits and one run. Richard Timbrook (0-1), the CU starter, took the loss, giving up four runs, two earned, on eight hits in 4.1 innings. He walked four and did not strikeout a batter.

The Senators (6-1) scored once in the bottom of the first when leadoff batter Cody Shields singled in the middle of the infield and moved to third on Shane Moye’s single through the leftside. Tanner Williams grounded into a 6-3 doubleplay, but Shields scored on the play for an early lead.

Cumberland opens the home schedule next weekend against Iowa Wesleyan, with doubleheaders on Saturday (12 Noon) and Sunday (12:30 p.m.).

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Leading the nation

By Commissioner GERLAD NICELY
Tennessee Department of Transportation

It is a fact that a competitive and growing economy requires a quality transportation system. For a decade the nation's truckers have recognized the volunteer state as one of the top five roadway systems in the country and for the past two years I-40 in Tennessee has been recognized as the best segment of roadway in the nation. That is a major vote of confidence in our transportation network, considering the fact that freight systems in the U.S. transported approximately $15 billion in goods in 2005, nearly 80 percent of which moved by trucks on the roads.

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Post letter writer was right about electric bills and 'sticker shock'

To the Editor: 

This letter is also for any Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation people who have the nerve to read this:

Bob Chaffin's Feb. 4 letter in The Wilson Post makes sense but no likely will be disregarded by anyone who has the ability to do anything about it.

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School board member wants 4th block changed back for athletes

To the Editor:

To all the coaches, athletes and parents of athletes, I want to apologize to you for the recent action that was taken concerning 4th block. Just for everyone’s information, the Wilson County Board of Education did not vote for this change, but this school board member is ready to get it changed back like it was.

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Jimmy Floyd Family Center benefits citizens, don't turn over to Y

To the Editor:

I read with dismay of the problems that the City of Lebanon is facing funding the Jimmy Floyd Family Center.

During the 18 years that our family has lived in Lebanon, three great things have happened. While I was not the best fan of former Mayor Don Fox, these things happened on his watch. I refer to the Don Fox Park, the Jimmy Floyd Center and the Music City Star commuter train.

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Budget panel defers architects bill to Education Committee

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Commission’s Budget Committee voted to defer a decision on payment of the architect’s bill for designing the new Lebanon High School to the Education Committee at Thursday night’s meeting.

The education panel was to meet prior to the budget committee Thursday, but postponed its meeting until Feb. 23, according to education committee Chair Paul Abercrombie.

 

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EMTAR president: Wilson home sales expected to increase in 09

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Foreclosures may have been up in Wilson County in 2008, but an official with the local real estate association said 2009 is already improving for buyers and agents.

Lyndon LaFevers, president of the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors, said Thursday he was feeling much more optimistic about home sales for 2009 as opposed to last year.

“We had a really slow, nothing, in November and December,” he said, but noted phone calls have picked up since January from prospective buyers.

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Preparing for disaster, readying for the next emergency

Local churches host Red Cross training
 
From Post staff reports
When the next crisis sends hundreds of evacuees to Wilson County, will we be ready?

That’s the question that two local churches will address with the help of the Red Cross.

College Hills Church of Christ and First United Methodist will host Red Cross training in February for disaster relief shelters. The sessions will meet on Saturday, Feb. 14 at College Hills and Saturday, Feb. 28 at First Methodist from 9 a.m. to noon.

The churches scheduled the training as a result of College Hills hosting more than 130 evacuees from Hurricane Gustav in September 2008.

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Union swamps Cumberland
LEBANON -- Fifth-ranked Union used a 31-12 run to start the second half to break open a tight game and cruised to a 92-67 victory over 15th-ranked Cumberland Thursday night in men’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Cumberland (20-4, 10-3 TSAC) played one of its worst all-around games of the season, as Union came up with more loose balls and beat the Bulldogs on the boards, winning the battle of the glass, 44-27, including 15 offensive rebounds.

Matt Neaville scored the first seven points of the second period for Union (20-5, 10-1) and Greg Truvillion netted eight points during the opening run of the half, as Union built its lead to as many as 29 points.

Truvillion finished with a game-high 27 points and added nine rebounds, while Neaville posted 17 points and Keith Tolliver added 13 for Union.

Rontreal Braxton scored a game-high 15 points for Cumberland, while Kenneth Simms added 14 points, including 12 in the first half. Brandon Powell posted 13 points for CU as well.

Cumberland committed 10 turnovers in the first half but stayed in the game by shooting 55 percent from the field and forcing seven miscues from Union. The visitors led from the opening basket but CU kept the deficit at six points or less until the final minutes of the period.

The big play of the half came at the 7:59 mark when Truvillion made a basket and was fouled. After the foul CU’s Mario Stowers was whistled for a technical, which Neaville turned into two points. Truvillion then hit his free throw for a five-point play and a 33-25 Union advantage.

Union pushed its lead to 10 points late in the half after a 3-pointer from Tolliver and took a 41-34 edge into intermission. Simms scored 12 points in the period for the Bulldogs, as did Truvillion.

WOMEN'S GAME -- Cumberland's Lady Bulldogs shot 17 percent in the first half and never recovered, falling to top-ranked Union University, 96-45, Thursday at the Floyd Center.

The Bulldogs (7-19, 3-10 TSAC) made just six field goals in the opening half, including starting the contest only 2-of-18 from the field. CU had a four-minute and seven-minute drought in the first half and trailed 47-9 late in the opening period.

Cumberland embarks on a three-game road swing beginning Monday at Martin Methodist at 6 p.m.

The Bulldogs final home game of the season is Saturday, February 28 vs. rival Trevecca at 2 p.m. Senior Day activities will take place between the women’s and men’s game.

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J. Doyle Griffin, 93

WATERTOWN – Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, February 14 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Griffin, 93, of Watertown. Son of the late Ballard and Mettie Cunningham Griffin, he passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009.

A graduate of Watertown High School, Mr. Griffin was a longtime member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church, a charter member of the Watertown Lions Club and actively involved in other civic endeavors.

He was owner and operator of Griffin’s Grocery for many years, was an avid sports fan and loyal supporter of the Vanderbilt Commodores and New York Yankees.

The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Friday. Services will be conducted by Rev. Tim Diffenderfer. Interment will follow at Jones Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Griffin is survived by sons John (Joyce) Griffin, David (Brenda) Griffin and Richard (Virginia) Griffin — all of Nashville. Also surviving is sister Dara Shaver of Murfreesboro; grandchildren Ben (Kate) Griffin, Eric (Emily) Griffin, Michael Griffin, Ginger and Lynne Griffin; great grandchildren Jackson, Charlie, Lindsey and Mason; sisters-in-law Juanita Griffin and Grace Donnell.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Griffin is preceded in death by his wife Sarah Vaught Griffin; brothers Wayne, Layne and Fred; sisters Ellen and Edith.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, c/o Jim Kidwell, 6677 Sparta Pike, Watertown, TN 37184.

Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.

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Flora Mai Harper, 100

GORDONSVILLE -- Graveside services were held at the Gordonsville Cemetery Thursday, February 5 for Mrs. Harper, 100, of Gordonsville. She died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009 at Sumner Hospice at Gallatin Healthcare Center.

Mrs. Harper was born January 22, 1909 in New Middleton, the daughter of the late Minnie Frances Turner and Willie Baker.

She worked as a cook at Gordonsville School, at the Carthage Shirt Corporation and Precision Rubber Company in Lebanon. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Gordonsville.

Services were conducted by Brother Mike Christian.

Survivors include: sons Glenn McClanahan of South Carthage and Bobby Harper of Lebanon, five grandchildren, seven great granchildren, five great, great granchildren; sisters Myrtle Reed of Nashville and Delia Preston of Carthage, brothers Rev. Howard Baker of Indiana and Thayer Baker of Nashville.

In addition to her parents, seven siblings preceded her in death, as did son Clyde William McClanahan and husband Erle D. Harper (January 26, 1981).

Gordosnville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.

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William Dumas Boles, 95

GORDONSVILLE -- Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, February 13 at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes for Mr. Boles, 95, of New Middleton.

Retired from Ross Gear Division of TRW Industries, Lebanon, he died Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at Smith County Health Care Center, Carthage.

Mr. Boles was born January 31, 1914 in Overton County, the son of the late Myrtle Pigg and William Perry Boles. He was a farmer and was a member of the Flat Rock Church of Christ.

The family will receive friends Friday from 10 a.m. until service time.

Services will conducted by Wayne Hunt and Edward L. Anderson. Interment will follow in Brush Creek Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include children: T. S. (Barbara) Boles of Hawaii, Roger (Phyllis) Boles of Lebanon, Gail (Robert) Hall, Sherry Gentry and Doyle (Freda) Boles -- all of Watertown and Beverly (Dale) White of New Middleton.

Also surviving is daughter-in-law Jan Boles, son-in-law, James Shrum, 16 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, two great, great grandchildren and brothers Robert Boles of Livingston and James Boles of Brush Creek.

Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.

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Pauline M. Morgan Thorson, 92

NASHVILLE -- Funeral services will be conducted 12 Noon, Friday, February 13 at the Baha’i Faith Community Center, 1556 Bell Road, for Mrs. Thorson, 92, of Mt. Juliet.

The daughter of the late Walker and Opal Boroughs Morgan, she died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, following an extended illness.

Mrs. Thorson graduated Sherwood School of Music and later, Seattle Pacific College. She lived a full and productive life as a wife, mother, classroom teacher and active member of the Baha’i Faith. She devoted her life to education, whether in a public school, tutoring neighborhood children or teaching Baha’i children’s classes.  The burial will be private.

Survivors include: her husband of 62 years Theodore Thorson; daughter Janine (Wayne) Ray; granddaughters Lily Ray and Lea (Tracy Feldman) Ray; sister Dorothea (Wells) Brocklehurst; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by brothers Keith, Max, Roger and Gilbert Morgan, and sister Rhea Shorts.

Memorials may be made to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038. The family wishes to thank the staff of Donelson Place and Alive Hospice.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

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William Doyle Bilbrey, 72

JAMESTOWN -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 14 at the Mundy Funeral Home in Pickett County for Mr. Bilbrey, 72, of Mt. Juliet.

Retired from the U.S. Navy and Wright Industries after 25 years of employment, he died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009 at the home of his daughter in Lenoir City.

The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Mundy Funeral Home.

Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the Pritchard West Cemetery, with military honors conferred by the Pickett County VFW.

Survivors include: daughter Denisa Dayle (David) Matlock Lenoir City and Kimberly Jo Bilbrey Finchum of Mt. Juliet. Also surviving is brother James Bilbrey of Hermitage; grandchildren Maddison Emily Matlock, Jonathan Cole Matlock and Jason Lane Matlock -- all of Lenoir City and Landon West Finchum of Mt. Juliet; as well as several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews; and special mother-in-law, Stella West.

Mr. Bilbrey is preceded in death by his wife of 37 years Joretta West Bilbrey; parents Ina Jane Crisp Bilbrey Wilson and Joe Landon Bilbrey; and stepfather Sam Wilson.

Pallbearers: Johnny Dwight West, Evan West, Cole Matlock, Lane Matlock, Jimmy Bilbrey, Kenny West and Landon West Finchum.

Mundy Funeral Home, Jamestown, is in charge of arrangements.

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Elbert "Jimmy" Moore, 75

LEBANON -- Funeral arrangements are incomplete for Mr. Moore, 75, of Lebanon. He died February 11, 2009.

Survivors include: spouse Annie E. Moore, daughter Crystal M. Moore and granddaughter Christianey Winter Moore, two brothers, four sisters and a host of other relations.

Saddler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 615-444-9494

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Charles Edward Mabry, 79

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, February 14 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Mabry, 79, of Mt. Juliet. A member of Cooks United Methodist Church and the Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center, he died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009.

Mr. Mabry was the son of the late, Harvey Loyd and Hattie Mae Turner Mabry.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at Bond Memorial Chapel.

Services will be conducted by Dr. Craig Goff and Pastor Gloria Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Survivors include: children Connie (Bill) East of Gallatin, Bonnie (Bob) Johnson of Mt. Juliet and Debbie (Lennis) Rader -- all of Mt. Juliet and Douglas (Sarah) Mabry of Marietta, GA. Also surviving is brother Roy Alton Mabry of Cottontown, 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Mabry was preceded in death by his wife Nelda Ruth Mabry (December 10, 2008), two brothers and two sisters.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Nancy Everett Sunday School Class and member of the Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Alive Hospice or the American Heart Association.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

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Catch a Chevy Feb. 19-21

LEBANON -- Cedar City Bass Anglers and Wilson County Chevrolet will join forces to create the "Catch a Chevy" event for Fishing Enthusiasts the weekend of Feb. 19-21.

The event will kick-off Thursday, Feb. 19 with the Cedar City Bass season informational meeting and sign-ups at 5:30 pm at the dealership in Lebanon.

The event will reach its peak on Saturday, February 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with Space Walk of Nashville inflatables and slides, Moe Better BBQ & Fish on hand serving food, Dick’s Sporting Goods providing a display of the latest and greatest fishing accessories and Phoenix Boats with the newest B-Line and Phoenix Bass Boats.

Cedar City Bass will also host a casting contest at 1 p.m. for kids and adults to win trophies and gift certificates from Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Special pricing will be available on towing accessories as well as tow trucks and SUV’s during the "Catch a Chevy" event.

Visit www.WilsonCountyMotors.com for more details.

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TN National Guard team to train Afghan farmers

By MARK E. JOHNSON,
Assistant Editor Tennessee Cooperator

Late this month, Tennessee will send a National Guard unit composed of 64 citizen-soldiers to Afghanistan for a year-long tour of duty.

Among those in this unit with somewhat of an unusual mission with be a West Wilson County National Guardsman, Dustin Rottero.

Rottero and others in this unit will complete training in the next few weeks and deploy to Afghanistan the same as hundreds of other U.S. military service personnel have done before them.

But unlike others the objective of his unit's mission is not to militarily engage the Taliban or chase Osama Bin Laden through the snowy peaks of Tora Bora.

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CU wrestlers ranked 15th

'DOGS WRESTLE AT C-N SATURDAY
MARSHALL, MO -- Corey Bleaken, James Casadaban and BJ Stewart all posted three victories and redshirt freshman Ryan McKenzie upset Cal-Baptist’s seventh-ranked Andrew Collins, highlighting Cumberland’s wrestling efforts this past weekend at the Missouri Valley Open in Marshall, Mo.

The Bulldogs also moved up to 15th in this week’s NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll.

Bleaken and Casadaban both registered 3-2 marks at 157 and Stewart was 3-2 at 285 for the Bulldogs. McKenzie went 2-2 with his upset win at 133.

Bleaken defeated Missouri Valley’s DW Bradshaw by Fall at 4:30 in the first round and won 7-6 over Lindenwood’s Jeremy Powell. Bleaken lost to Missouri’s Patrick Wright, 4-1, but rebounded with a 13-7 triumph against Central Oklahoma’s Ed Jackson. He also dropped a 4-3 decision to Cal-Poly’s Travis Rasmussen.

Casadaban won his first two matches as well at 157, defeating Cal-Baptist’s Nadim Batshon by Fall at 1:15 and then winning 10-4 against McKendree’s Matt Beasley. Casadaban lost 7-2 to Lindenwood’s third-seeded Brian Oeshner but then defeated LU’s Brian Sanquinet, 11-3, before falling to Powell, 5-3.

In the heavyweight division, Stewart defeated Missouri Valley’s Jake Hanley, 7-2, before dropping a 7-5 decision to UCO’s top-seeded Dustin Finn. Stewart came back with a victory over Pratt Community College’s Kyle Jones by Fall at 2:29 and then Pratt’s James Sparks by Fall at 1:49. He lost to Truman State’s Loyde Briadlow, 2-1.

McKenzie defeated Team Spartan’s DJ Rainey, 2-1, but dropped a 4-0 decision to Newman’s Isaac Wall. He then posted an 11-5 win over No. 7 Collins before falling in the next round, 7-3, to Cal-Poly’s Jake Tanenbaum.

Cumberland heads to the Ed South Tournament hosted by Carson Newman this weekend in Jefferson City, Tenn. The Bulldogs then compete in the NAIA East Qualifier on Saturday, February 21, in St. Charles, Mo.

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The Black Sharpie
A few weeks ago, Becky told me that one of her resolutions for the new year was that she would stop holding grudges. She intended to let bygones be bygones and instead offer good thoughts for people who wronged her. 
 
I believe that’s what some people call “taking the high road.” Where that road leads to, I do not know, because it’s a road that is not programmed into my GPS.
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James Bond did not talk in Despereaux
Dear Ken: My children and I recently went to see the animated film “The Tale of Despereaux.” I thought I recognized the voice of Sean Connery but did not see his name listed in the credits. Was that his voice I thought I heard?
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