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Locals win homecoming tilts


Homecoming fans went home happy at three local high schools Friday night as Lebanon, Friendship Christian and Mt. Juliet all celebrated with shutout wins.

Lebanon (4-2) blanked Glencliff 10-0 at Nokes-Lasater Field as senior tailback Jordan Stafford rushed for 149 yards on 32 carries. Patrick Maynard connected with Phillip Vance on a 20-yard scoring pass for the game's only touchdown.

Friendship's John Markham rushed four time for 105 yards and three touchdowns Friday as the Commanders sprinted past Pickett County 52-0 at Pirtle Field. FCS improved to 6-0 with the win.

Mt. Juliet stands a perfect 5-0 on the season following a 42-0 victory over Kenwood Friday night. The Bears got a pair of TD passes from Reed Gurchiek to wideout Vaughan Cornelia and piled up 361 yards in total offense.

Cast a Wide Net/Art of Many Women on exhibit at new Square Space Gallery in Gallatin

Emerging from the recently completed street-scape renovation of historic Gallatin is Square Space Gallery, at 101 Public Square, just across from the new library and opposite the county courthouse. 

This former bank building, circa 1905, was purchased by proprietor Dawn Bunetta in the summer 2007.

"The minute I walked into this building, I was visualizing the space transforming into a place for art and networking," Bunetta said.

And the dream shall never die


In recent years, months and days, we have heard a man end many powerful speeches with the above statement. What did he refer to? What was in his heart?

I ask you today what dreams do you have? What do you want to ever remain as value to you, yours and mankind?

The road to recovery

By Commissioner GERALD NICELY
Tennessee Department of Transportation

Nearly a half million Tennesseans were expected to hit the road Labor Day to enjoy the last days of summer by vacationing or visiting family. These travelers would pass some of the people for whom this holiday was created, American workers. In this tough economic climate, the Labor Day holiday has a special significance. While some Tennesseans were traveling, others are happy to simply be called workers.

Mona P. Black, 83

LEBANON — A memorial service will be held at a later date for Mrs. Black, 83, of Lebanon. She passed away on September 22, 2009.

Survivors include children: Allen Huckaby, Holly (Scott) Markels, Sheila (William) Parm, Heather Huckaby, Donald Huckaby, Johnny (Diane) Huckaby, Jimmy Huckaby, Richard Huckaby and Greg (Debbie) Huckaby. Also surviving is brother Don McSparron.

She is preceded in death by parents John Joseph and Adelaide Florence Mabelene Howells McSparron, along with husband John Black.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Rupert Alvis, 87

CARTHAGE – Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, September 24 at the Sanderson Funeral Home for Mr. Alvis, 87, of Bluff Creek.

A retired farmer and a 51-year member of the New Middleton Masonic Lodge No. 249, F&AM, he died Sept. 21, 2009 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He attended the Cadar Point United Methodist Church.

Services were conducted by Elder Junior Dickerson and Elder Charles Allen Gentry. Interment was in Smith County Memorial Gardens. A Masonic service was held Wednesday evening, Sept. 23.

Survivors include: daughter Peggy (Sonny) Carter of Flatrock, daughter-in-law Linda Jenkins Alvis of Flatrock; grandchildren Misty Carter (Gary) Western of South Carthage, Sonja (Tim) Filson of Lebanon and Trey (Rachel) Alvis of the Grant Community. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, the former Melissa Alice Douglas, who died Oct. 19, 2007. Memorials may be made to the Smith County Rescue Squad.

The Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Bessie Elliott Stone, 76

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, September 25 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Stone, 76, of Mt. Juliet. Formerly an assistant for Dr. Wilkerson Dentistry, Mrs. Stone died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 at the Summit Medical Center.

Visitation is Friday from 11 a.m. until services at Partlow Funeral Chapel. Services will be conducted by Dr. Larry Locke. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: son Kurt Stone of Mt. Juliet and sister Annie Elliott of Mt. Juliet.

She is preceded in death by father Lee Williams; mother Hattie Hackney; her husband of 36 years Clyde Stone; siblings Alice Burgess and Clarence Elliott.

Active pallbearers: Brad Oldham, Barry Capps, Alan McMurtry, Olin Harris, John Holley, Tim Edwards and Lewis Moss. Honorary: caregivers and staff of Christian Companions.

In lieu of flowers the family request contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Middle Tennessee Regional Office, 4004 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 219B, Nashville 37215.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Gary Lee Harmon, 57

LEBANON — A memorial service will be held at a later date for Mr. Harmon, 57, of Lebanon. Known as "Flash" to his friends and family, he passed away September 22, 2009 at his home in Lebanon.

Mr. Harmon was preceded in death by parents Cleo and Irene Harmon, brother Billy Warren Harmon, grandparents Andrew and Jennie Sue Harmon, and Walter Franklin and Edna Lea Lane — all of Lebanon.

Survivors include children: Gary Lee Harmon Jr., Matt Harmon and Laronda Sue Harmon — all of Alabama; siblings: Walter David Harmon, Michael Wayne Harmon, Mattie Sue Gregory and half-brother Len Lane; along with several beloved nieces and nephews and long time good friends Bill and Charles Bundy.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Henry Lee Bogle Jr., 90

LEBANON – A celebration of life memorial will be held between the hours of 2-5 p.m. Saturday, September 26 at the Martin residence, 90 Laine Road, for Mr. Bogle, 68, of Lebanon. Mr. Bogle passed away on Sept. 23, 2009.

He is preceded in death by parents Henry Lee and Katherine Harris Bogle Sr. and sisters Claudine Bogle Hodge and Mary Katherine Simms.

Survivors include nieces: Brenda (J.W.) Martin, Debbie (Fred) Jones and Mary Powell; and nephews: Raymond (Lisa) Simms and Morris Wayne (Janice) Hodge.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

Harold H. Cunningham, 86

WATERTOWN – Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, September 26 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Cunningham, 86, of the Norene Community. A native of Wilson County and a longtime farmer, he died Sept. 23, 2009 at his residence.

Mr. Cunningham was a deacon at the Geenvale Baptist Church and a veteran – having served in the US Army during World War II.

The family will receive friends Friday between the hours of 2-8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the funeral.

Services will be conducted by his nephew Rev. Elwin S. Cunningham of Little Rock, AK. Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Norene.

Survivors include: daughters Ruth (Lanny) Correll and Helen (Terry) McPeak and grandsons Justin, Luke and Travis McPeak – all of Norene. Also surviving is sister-in-law Lucy R. Stoner and brother-in-law George Givens as well as several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by parents Massey and Hairsie Ashworth Cunningham; wife Carmine Wilson Cunningham; siblings Hezron and Harvel Cunningham, Hazel Porterfield, Hassell Porterfield and Hallie Edwards.

The family thanks the caregivers of Alive Hospice for their kindness and love.

Pallbearers: Justin McPeak, Luke McPeak, Travis McPeak, Dorris Cunningham, Jimmy Porterfield, Leland Cunningham, Joey Barrett, Louis Barrett and Bob Wilson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Fiddler’s Grove Foundation, P.O. Box 1203, Lebanon 37088-1203. Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

LoJacs Hwy. 109 work to be finished by summer 2011
From Post staff reports
An $18.5 million state highway improvement project that includes widening Highway 109 to five lanes and building a new bridge for the highway to pass over the train track operated by the Nashville and Eastern Railroad and the Music City Star is to be completed by June 30, 2011, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
MJPD stops speeding car, finds cocaine

From Post staff reports

A speeding SUV on Interstate 40 on Wednesday led Mt. Juliet Police to the discovery of 17 pounds, or 8 kilograms, of cocaine wrapped and hidden inside a spare tire.

The cocaine has an estimated street value of $250,000, authorities said.

National Alpaca Farm Day at Fairgrounds on Saturday

The Wilson Post

They are soft, cute, unusual, and slowly taking over Tennessee.

They are alpacas and on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Tennessee Alpaca Association will hold its National Alpaca Farm Day.

Farm Day has been going on for several years, but it was never at one place. Instead, people were given directions to individual farms to go and ask questions and see the animals.

CU sets HOF weekend


Cumberland University will hold the 23rd annual Athletic Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, Sept. 25, inducting six former CU athletes and coaches.  The six-member class will be also recognized at halftime of Saturday's football game vs. No.6-ranked University of the Cumberlands.

The six-member class includes former coach and administrator Mickey Englett; baseball players Steve Green, Kevin Hite and Scott Corman; the late basketball player Rosa Stokes; and three-sport athlete Lacritia Sanson Wilson.

Green is perhaps the most decorated athlete in school history and is the only three-time All-American in baseball history. The Danville, Ky., native earned First Team All-America honors as a senior in 1997 and garnered Second Team accolades after his sophomore and junior seasons.

Green batted .451 with 22 home runs and 89 RBIs as a senior, ranking second on the single-season charts for batting average and runs batted in. He was a member of three NAIA World Series teams that placed second in 1995, third in 1996 and fifth in 1997, and the Bulldogs compiled a three-year record of 143-53 during his tenure.

He batted .388 with 16 home runs and 66 RBIs as a junior and posted a .373 batting average as a sophomore. Green ranks first in school history in RBIs (205) and doubles (51) and second in hits (228) and home runs (51). He also ranks in the Top 10 in six other single-season and career categories.

Hite is the most decorated pitcher in Cumberland history, earning First Team All-America honors as a senior in 1996. Hite still holds two NAIA World Series records – most shutouts in a series (2 in 1995) and fewest earned runs allowed (0 in 21.1 innings in 1995).

His 13 victories in 1996 is tied for the most in single-season history and his 30 victories is tied for the most in a career at Cumberland. He also ranks in the Top 10 in 10 other single-season or career pitching records at CU.

The Hermitage native was a member of two NAIA World Series teams, squads which placed second in 1995 and third in 1996, and the Bulldogs compiled a three-year mark of 140-56 during his three seasons.

Hite signed with the San Diego Padres and played five years in their organization, the last two in Double-A Mobile (AL). He then began a coaching career that has included the last five seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, where he graduated with a bachelor’s in Business Administration and a minor in Computer Information Systems in 1996.

Corman was an Honorable Mention All-American and a member of the NAIA World Series All-Tournament Team as a senior in 1993 and is regarded as one of the finest catchers to ever come through the Cumberland program. He was a member of the 1993 NAIA World Series team that finished third and was also an assistant coach on the 1995 squad that placed second, which included Hite and Green.

Corman has gone onto even greater heights as a professional scout for the Colorado Rockies, where he was named the 2008 Organization Scout of the Year. Four times in the last five seasons the Rockies have selected a player in the first round from within Corman’s scouting area, which includes Tennessee, Kentucky and southern Illinois.

Stokes was an all-time great women’s basketball player for the Bulldogs in the late 1980’s, scoring more than 1,000 points and grabbing more than 1,000 rebounds during her career. The Alexandria native played for coaches Benny Jennings and Rick Reeves and graduated in May 1988 with a bachelor’s in Education.

Stokes went into the coaching profession, serving stints as a graduate assistant at the Univ. of Louisville and Murray State before becoming an assistant at Tennessee Tech in 1991. The Golden Eagles won a pair of OVC championships and she also earned a master’s in Educational Psychology and Counseling in 1993 at TTU.

She moved from there to Chattanooga and then to Long Beach State, where she was the associate head coach. Stokes then became the head coach at Georgia Southwestern State in Americus, Ga., in the summer of 2001, compiling a 26-35 record, before passing away on Aug. 7, 2003.

Cumberland plays an annual women’s basketball tournament in December in her honor, and this season will be the sixth annual event Dec. 11-12 at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Englett served as the athletic director, men’s basketball coach and baseball coach for seven years. His men’s basketball team won the TJCCAA state championship in his first season and Englett started the pipeline from Cincinnati into the Bulldog baseball program, eventually earning the program’s first-ever No. 1 national ranking.

As an administrator Englett revived the women’s basketball program at CU as well, and he has continued in his administrative work since 1990 at Northwest Florida State College, formerly Okaloosa-Walton Community College.

Sanson was a two-time all-conference performer in volleyball, basketball and softball and is widely considered as one of the greatest female athletes in Cumberland history. The Nashville native and Overton High School product was named the Mid-State Female Athlete of the Year by the Tennessean in 1985 before spending one year at both Austin Peay and Volunteer State Community College.

She settled in at Cumberland and excelled immediately, garnering All-TCAC accolades in both volleyball and softball in her first year. She earned All-Conference honors in basketball and softball the next year and then was an All-Conference performer in volleyball and basketball during her senior season.

The group will join 86 other individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame since the first class in 1977, which included Lindsey Donnell, Michael F. Gialanella, Allison B. Humphreys, Sr., William Wallace Suddarth and Curry Ned Vaughn.

Tickets for the dinner are available for $25 per person and can be reserved by calling CU Sports Information Director JoJo Freeman at 615-547-1350.

D-Stew's midseason report


Class 1A Surprising Team Of The Half-Year

Red Boiling Springs (2-2 )- The Bulldogs, under the tutelage of 26-year old rookie coach Kyle Shoulders, broke a 61 game losing streak in Week Zero by beating Oakdale 28-12. They followed that up by beating Pickett County in Week Two on the last play of the game 23-22. Regardless if they win another game this season or not, Shoulders has changed the way the Bulldogs play and their losing ways appear to be a thing of the past.

Runner-up: Whitwell (3-1)- Another program that has turned around its fortunes under a first-year coach as head man Dan Tierney has changed the Tigers’ mindset. Whitwell is 3-1 so far this season after going 1-9 last year and are shooting for their first winning season since 2003. Freshman running back Trevor Holland has been the offensive sparkplug so far for the Tigers as he has compiled 400 yards rushing

Disappointing Team Of The Half-Year

Midway (1-4)- The Green Wave are coming off a second round playoff appearance and had big aspirations this season — but Midway hasn’t been able to close games after going 8-4 last year.

Class 2A Surprising Team Of The Half-Year

Signal Mountain (4-1)- The Eagles have banked a 10-0 junior varsity schedule last season into a fast start this year. They won their first four games of the season rose up the polls to No. 2 in Class 2A before losing to Class 1A power South Pittsburg last week. Still the loss doesn’t dampen the Eagles spirit as the offense is being led by quarterback Hogan Whitmore (599 passing yards and five TDs) and running back Mitchell Hall who has rushed for 405 yards and three scores.

Disappointing Team Of The Half-Year

Cascade (1-3)- The Champions were expected to make a Class 2A run even as they went up from 1A to 2A after going 12-1 and making an quarterfinal round appearance in 2008. But the move up and a more ambitious schedule which included Davidson Academy and South Pittsburg, plus they kept Jo Byrns on the schedule have made the early going tough.

Class 3A Surprising Team Of The Half Year

Elizabethton- (5-0) The Cyclones are off to a great start under alumunus Shawn Witten. The Cyclones are thinking big as they are currently 2-0 in district 1-AA, and ranked No. 4 in Class 3A. The team is 5-0 for the first time since 1999. Cody Forbes has been the offensive sparkplug for the Cyclones as they eye bigger and better things.

Disappointing Team Of the Half-Year

CPA (1-4)- The Lions is another victim of having to move up in classification and have struggle early on this season. CPA finds themselves in the same district as powers David Lipscomb and Maplewood and have suffered so far being in this district.

Class 4A Surprising Team Of The Half Year

Chattanooga Central (4-0) The Purple Pounders under coach David Barger have played well and are ranked No. 10 in this week’s AP poll. It’s the first time since 2002, Central has been 5-0 at this point and Barger reports the dedication to the off season program has been a huge reason for the turnaround for a team that went 1-9 last season. QB DeHart Hubbard has been the guy to watch on offense.

Disappointing Team Of the Half-Year

David Lipscomb (2-2)- It’s hard to be disappointed about a 2-2 football team, but the Mustangs being 2-2 you can understand the disappointment. The Mustangs lost back-to-back games against Maplewood and Nashville Overton — something they haven’t done since the 2000 season.

Class 5A Surprising Team Of The Half Year

Columbia (5-0)- The Lions haven’t started this well since 2001 and the folks are awful excited about the prospects of a break out season for Columbia who are ranked No. 6 in 5A. Especially since Columbia went 3-7 last season and haven’t made the playoffs since 2004. The offensive resurgence has come from running back Tra’Darius Goff who has rushed for 11 touchdowns so far.

Disappointing Team Of the Half-Year-

Hillsboro (1-4)- What a difference a year makes. Last season the Burros broke Maryville’s hold on Class 4A and won the Class 4A title. But head coach Scott Blade left over greener pastures at Oak Ridge and several talented seniors graduated. New coach Dennis Moreno has ran into injuries to key players and Hillsboro hasn’t been able to get things going this year.

Class 6A Surprising Team Of The Half Year

Blackman (5-0)- What a difference some confidence and new coaching staff will do for a program. Enter Phillip Shadowens, who previously won back-to-back state 5A titles at Smyrna in 2006 and 2007 and a new coaching staff. The Blaze are enjoying their best year in school history thanks to good offense and an even better defense that had a 17 quarter touchdown streak finally broke by Lavergne last week. The Blaze lead the state as they have only given up 14 points on the season in arguably the hardest district in Class 6A and are ranked No. 5 in 6A.

Runner-up: Nashville Overton (5-0)- The Bobcats are enjoying their best season under coach Terry Anderson since the 2002 when they undefeated at the halfway point of the season. Overton has used a physical running game behind running back Tez Humphreys who has 641 yards and 14 touchdowns already. Overton had a big win over David Lipscomb to propel them to their undefeated record so far this year after going 3-7 last season.

Disappointing Team Of the Half-Year

Lincoln County (0-5)- Its been so long since Lincoln County has went winless at the midway point that it couldn’t be researched. The Falcons have always been a powerhouse under TSSAA Hall of Fame coach Louis Thompson that being winless is totally mind boggling to everyone across the state. If the Falcons miss the playoffs this year it will be the first time since 1991.

Division II-A Surprising Team Of The Half Year-

DCA (4-0)- The Wildcats have bounced back in a big way since going 3-7 last season. What’s been an even bigger surprise is going from Class 2A to Division II-A but coach Dennis Godwin has his team on the verge of possibly some big.

Disappointing Team Of the Half-Year

Bishop Byrne (1-3)- For five straight seasons, Bishop Byrne was the kingpin of Division II-A as they won three state titles. Although they haven’t won a state title since 2004 but have always been a team, to watch when the playoffs rolled around. But after winning their first game of the year against Memphis Catholic, they have dropped three straight games losing all of them by double digits.

Division II-AA Surprising Team Of The Half Year

Father Ryan (4-1)- What separates Ryan from a 5-0 start is a 21-20 to Overton in Week zero but the Irish did respond with their second straight win over Brentwood Academy. The Irish who are now playing their home games on campus for the first time in school history are giving the faithful a lot to cheer about.

Disappointing Team Of the Half-Year

Brentwood Academy (2-2)- gets my disappointing nod. Maybe, I expect to much from the Eagles, but when a school has won 10 state titles the bar is raised pretty high, but BA has been very lackluster this year. Coach Ralph Potter is looking for his first state title at the school and a losing record against both Father Ryan 1-2, and hated rival MBA 0-3 won’t help the Eagle cause.

Little Black Book
So the other day as I let my son out of the car to attend soccer practice - he looked at me - and said, “Where is my water bottle?”
Conan OBrien truly is a big goofball
Dear Ken: How old is Conan O’Brien? Where was he born? How tall is he? Is he married?
ETC presents Night Watch

Encore Theatre Company presents “Night Watch,” directed by John Davis, on
Oct. 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 11, 18 and 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Ellen Wheeler, a wealthy woman recovering from a nervous breakdown, has trouble sleeping. As she paces in her Manhattan townhouse in the middle of the night, she sees (or believes she sees) a dead man in the window across the way. Police find no trace of a body, and when Ellen sees another body (this time a woman's) a short time later, the police ignore her and her husband wants her to commit herself to a treatment facility. Things move fast from this point on, toward the chilling climax of this suspenseful mystery.

The 10th Annual Granville Quilt Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3

The 10th Annual Granville Quilt Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3 as part of the Granville Fall Celebration at the Granville United Methodist Church. 

This annual event will feature 10 categories of quilt competition which will be judged by professional judges and three place rosettes awarded in each category.  The categories are as follows: Antique Quilts (50-plus years); Quilts less than 50 years old hand quilted; Quilts less than 50 years old machine quilted; baby quilts and wall Hangings; patriotic quilts and wall hangings; holiday and seasonal quilted items; appliquéd quilts; specialty quilts (Cathedral window, Yo-Yo, etc); small crocheted items; and large crocheted items.

Inaugural Del Webb Providence HomeRun 5K Run/Walk to benefit MJ Help Center

Residents in the master planned community of Providence and surrounding areas can help support the Mt. Juliet Help Center by participating in the inaugural Del Webb Providence HomeRun 5K race and 1-Mile fun walk on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 8:30 a.m.

American Indians share tribal customs at Mt. Juliet Pow Wow

Special to The Wilson Post

Several hundred American Indians representing about a dozen tribes will pay respect to their heritage this weekend at the 28th annual Mt. Juliet Pow Wow.

And Coordinator Cindy Yahola of Lebanon is hoping that several thousand other Americans will plan to spend a day or two enjoying the festivities and learning more about early American peoples and their history.

Wow, Free Grammar and Yugo Car Jokes!



How do you punctuate interjections? I’m sure you’ll explain what they are so I won’t bother asking you that!  Thanks,
-Local Reader

Nature demands hardships


As I was watching the Hummingbird on our back porch feeder I saw something that seemed strange. The Hummers would feed in the shelter of the eve of the house and then return to a hard downpour in the trees a few feet away. It would have been easier to just remain in the shelter of the house out of the rain perched on the feeder with nutrition readily at hand than to go back into the wet elements and have to return to the feeder a few minutes later. I asked myself wouldn’t a little bird not want to avoid the rain drops and his wet perch in the tree?

Craighead thanks MJ officials for help

To the Editor:

I’m writing this letter to express our sincere gratitude to Mayor Linda Elam and City Manager Randy Robertson of the City of Mt. Juliet, and the West Wilson Utility District for assistance that was provided to us at the City of Lebanon Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Local churches needed to help homeless

To the Editor:

Just like many of us, my son Glenn Allen cannot believe it is already September.  He is working on a project he has titled, "The Gift of Warmth." His intentions are to be able to help homeless people in Nashville to get through the cold winter days.


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