BY CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post
Lebanon will be hosting three nationally recognized Checker tournaments this spring and summer.
The first one, the Tennessee State Open checkers tournament will be held this weekend, Friday through Sunday, March 6-8, at the America’s Best Value Inn & Suites located on Highway 231 (822 South Cumberland Street) near I-40.
When Hendersonville businessman Tom Hicks first began to notice how his partner enjoyed looking out the windows of hotels on their many business trips together, he was curious about this obsession.
One day, his partner Peter “Otto” Abeles would tell him his story. And that he did. The result was “Otto, the Boy at the Window,” a book they co-authored and published in 2001. Since then, this story has taken on a life of its own.
In 2005, while performing in the stage play Scrooge, Hicks met Mt. Juliet playwright Bill Dorian, who was the narrator in the production. For some time Hicks and Abeles had been discussing the possibility of having Pete’s story developed into a stage play. This chance meeting of Hicks and Dorian resulted in the stage version of Abeles’ story. It debuted in Nashville in 2007 with excellent reviews and was named “Best Original Holocaust Drama” by Martin Brady of the Nashville Scene. This May and June, Otto Productions will once again bring this story to life with shows in Mt. Juliet and Hendersonville.
By ANNE DONNELL
Every time I leave Tennessee for some point not in a southern state, it’s a matter of time before I say,“fixing to…” Every time I say that, someone, not a southerner, laughs and asks, “Why did you say ‘fixing’? Are you going to repair something?” I’d quit saying “fixing,” but I’m so used to it I don’t notice it! Where did it come from, anyway? Thanks.
-A Traveling Guy
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 4 at the Immanuel Baptist Church for Mrs. Ledford, 77, of Lebanon. Born in Fentress County to the late Tilford and Rena Smith Cooper, she passed away Sunday, March 1, 2009, at her home.
Mrs. Ledford cared for children in her home for over 50 years. She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher in the pre-school department for over 30 years.
Visitation after 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Baptist Church.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Barry Ellis. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: daughter Margie (Charles) Bennett and granddaughter Angela Bennett Jarvis -- all of Lebanon. Also surviving are sisters Betty (James) Claiborne, Nannie (Jack) Cobb and Fannie (Luther) Beaty -- all of Jamestown, Neatie (Carl) Gore of Livingston; brothers Arlie (Ena) Cooper and Shelly (Sandra) Cooper -- all of Jamestown, Brite Cooper of Livingston and Lannie (Sandra) Cooper of Lebanon; brother and sister in law Bruce & Janice Ledford of Lebanon; and sister in law Edith Sells of Livingston; special friend Shirley Zachary of Lebanon; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth C. Ledford on January 4, 1998.
Honorary pallbearers: Pre-school Department teachers of Immanuel Baptist Church. Active pallbearers: Jeff & Derrick Ledford, Jamie & Joey Conatser, Ronnie, Ricky and Brian Cooper, Dennis Jewell and Scott Gore.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mr. Crutcher, 68, have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home. A native of Wilson County, Mr. Crutcher passed away Monday, March 2, 2009, at the University Medical Center.
Visitation Wednesday 2-8 p.m. and after 9 a.m. Thursday at Ligon & Bobo.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Glenn Denton and Brother Kenny Layne officiating. Interment will follow in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
He is survived by siblings Josephine Springer. Ray, Thomas, Edward and Howard Dayton Crutcher -- all of Lebanon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his late parents Joe and Ruby Mae Newton Crutcher. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Mary A. Harris, Doris Bush, Nell Greer, Louise Corley and Myrtle Bell Parkerson; and brother Charles Crutcher.
A special thanks to his devoted caregivers, Richard Harris and Ray Crutcher. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 6 at Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. McDonald, 62, of Lebanon. A member of First Presbyterian Church, Ms. McDonald died Monday, March 2, 2009 at University Medical Center.
Visitation Thursday from 2 – 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 am until service time at Partlow Funeral Chapel. Dr. John Cheetham will officiate. Interment will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: mother Ardyth Huntsberger and daughter Kirsten (Scott) Harris -- all of Lebanon; sister Cheri Huntsberger (Drew) Stewart of Nashville along with nieces Catie and Beth Stewart.
She is preceded in death by father Charles N. "Chuck" Huntsberger.
Pallbearers: Bobby Bucy, Ronnie Marks, Scott Harris and Drew Stewart. Honorary: cousins from Ohio and the Pediatric Nursing Staff from University Medical Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to Sherry’s Run (www.sherrysrun.org.)
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.
LEBANON -- Memorial services have been scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, March 7 at the Cainsville United Methodist Church for Mrs. Lovett, 71, of Lebanon.
A member and treasurer of the Cainsville United Methodist Church and an active member of the Friends of Cedars of Lebanon, "Peg" died March 2, 2009.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years Dwight Herbert Lovett; son Daniel A. (Angela) Lovett; several nieces and nephews; and her "Sweetie" grandson Sam Lovett.
She is preceded in death by parents Charles W. and Lula I. West Ford, sister Mary Ann Georges and brothers Donald E. Ford and David Ford.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, March 5 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Gannon, 77, of Lebanon.
A homemaker and a member of the Vine Baptist Church, she died Tuesday, March 3, 2009 The Health Center at AdamsPlace after a battle with cancer.
Visitation 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Brother Glen McDonald and Brother Randy Ward.
Survivors include: her husband of 58 years James Roy Gannon; children Frank (Marlene) Gannon, Jeff (Lisa) Gannon and Marilyn (Jerry) Todd.
Also surviving are grandchildren Troy (Angie) Gannon, Tori Gannon, Brandy Todd and Christopher Gannon; four great grandchildren, two step-great grandchildren and a great, great grandchild; sister Voline Perry; brother, Frank (Ruth Ann) McCrary; sister-in-law Ruby McCrary; special caregiver Tammy Maupin; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by parents John W. and Dollie Barrett McCrary; brothers John McCrary Jr. and Jerry McCrary; sisters Thelma Jernigan, Mary Wright, Alice Newman and Elizabeth McCrary.
Pallbearers will be nephews and great nephews. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Caris Hospice, Cancer Association or charity of choice.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.
GORDONSVILLE -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home for Mr. Maynard, 49, of the Lancaster Community in Smith County.
A 24-year employee of the Dana Corporation, he passed away March 2, 2009, following a battle with cancer. A 1978 graduate of Gordonsville High School, he was a deacon of The Macedonia The Baptist Church of Christ in Club Springs.
The Maynard family will receive friends Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service time.
Services will be conducted by Brother Junior Hibdon and Brother Garry McBride. Interment at Gordonsville Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife of 27 years Sandra Glover Maynard of Lancaster and daughters Amanda (Tanner) Freese of Hermitage and Courtney Maynard of Lancaster; mother Marie Maynard and her husband Howard Maynard of Lancaster.
Also surviving are sisters Brenda Sharp of Crossville; Cathy (Jimmy) Holmes of Baxter; Debbie Lamping of Brentwood; Vicky (William) James of Lebanon; Vinnie (Flynn) Neal of Lebanon; Mother and father-in-law Bobby and Louise Glover of Gordonsville; brothers-in-law Gary (Laurie) Glover of Gordonsville and Gregg (Lori) Glover of Buffalo Valley.
Mr. Maynard is preceded in death by his father, the late Wirt Lee Maynard and brother, Terry Maynard (1965).
Memorials may be made to the Gordonsville High School Girls Softball Team or to The Macedonia The Baptist Church.
Arrangements by Bass Funeral Homes.
By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post
“No financial statements, no Bible Park!” was the message from the Lebanon City Council in a surprise move Tuesday night.
The council voted unanimously to rescind all previous ordinances involving the proposed Bible Park, unless the park promoters provide the council with financial statements and a plan to prevent the kind of failure that happened to Hard Rock Park in South Carolina.
However Robert Wyatt, Bible Park USA developer, said he didn’t understand what the problem was in a statement after the meeting.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- Some changes are in the works this year for the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, changes that will enhance the organization and its efforts in the business community.
That was the word Tuesday from John Lancaster, new chairman of the Chamber for 2009, during an interview.
"We have a couple of things we’re going to work on," he said, listing the hiring of a Membership Director and overhauling the Chamber’s website.
The Chamber has never had a Membership Director, he said, and added that the person hired would serve as a liaison with the existing members while working to enhance the group’s visibility and increase membership. The Chamber presently has 821 members.
By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post
and TOMI L. WILEY
The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet
A Wilson County commissioner, who has taken a position in favor of advancing consideration for a Bible theme park in Lebanon, says he has been asked to change his vote and to oppose the park and in exchange an ethics complaint filed against him would be dropped.
District 2 County Commissioner Chris Sorey said yesterday he has “evidence” of a phone call he made to Derek Dodson in which Dodson offered to drop an ethics complaint he had filed against Sorey months ago if Sorey would agree to vote against the Bible Park proposal currently awaiting action by the county commission.
CU COACH ROAST SET MARCH 31
From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- The accolades keep coming for Cumberland University baseball coach Woody Hunt. The Wilson County Library Board announced this week that Hunt has agreed to be the "honoree" for the organization’s 20th annual dinner and roast Tuesday, March 31 at Castle Heights Upper Elementary School.
Hunt, who last month was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, is in his 28th season as head coach of the Bulldogs.
His team broke a five-game losing streak Tuesday with a 3-2 victory over St. Xavier University in Daytona Beach, FL. The win marked the 1,200th of his collegiate coaching career which was highlighted by the 2004 NAIA national championship.
By TOMMY BRYAN
The Wilson Post
There is much more to being a successful football player than just times in the forty yard dash and how much iron you can lift.
The Middle Tennessee Champter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc., will recognize some 63 high school and college football players for their academic achievement, community service and leadership with their 43rd annual banquet Tuesday, March 19 at the Nashville Airport Marriott.
PREP BASKETBALL COMES TO A CLOSE
The Wilson County prep basketball season came to a screeching halt earlier this week as the boys teams from Wilson Central and Friendship Christian were ousted in their respective regional tournaments.
HENDERSONVILLE -- Sophomore guard Jeremy Purvis drilled four 3-pointers in the second quarter and turned a close game into a rout as Northeast thumped Wilson Central 56-31 Tuesday in the Region 5-AAA semifinals at Hendersonville High School.
Purvis finished with a game-high 16 points, leading Northeast past the team that ended its season last year in the region semis.
The Eagles (25-5) will face Beech -- who crushed Springfield, 52-39, in Tuesday’s other semifinal game -- at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Wilson Central (17-11) never found an offensive groove, scoring no more than nine points in any quarter in the team’s worst offensive output of the season.
Kelten Stewart led Central with 10 points and Jarvis Jenkins added eight.
WATERTOWN -- Hot-shooting Clarkrange overcame an early 17-8 Friendship Christian lead and came away with a 59-51 victory over the Commanders in the Region 4A semifinals Tuesday at Watertown High.
The Buffaloes (19-13) advacne to Thursday’s 7 p.m. regional finals against Clay County -- a 61-44 winner over Jackson County earlier Tuesday.
Brandon Upchurch led Clarkrange with 22 points while Jake Alderman added 13.
Friendship Christian was led by Lee Maasen with 26 points, Parker Teeter added 13 and Hardie Sorrels 10.
The Commanders closed the book on the season with a 26-4 overall record.
LaVERGNE UPSETS WILSON CENTRAL
HENDERSONVILLE -- Numbers don’t lie and LaVergne’s Lady Wolverines used some simple math to upset Wilson Central 51-49 Monday in the semifinals of the Region 5AAA tournament at Hendersonville High.
The loss ended Wilson Central’s season at 26-6 overall and dashed any hopes of a return to the TSSAA Class AAA tournament to defend the title they won in 2008.
Back to the math lesson, Wilson Central had defeated LaVergne three previous times this season and anyone who’s ever worn a whistle knows just how tough it can be to sweep a team four times in a single season.
Secondly, Wilson Central going just 8-of-18 at the free throw line (44 percent) helped spell doom for the Lady Wildcats. Free throw shooting had been a point of emphasis in practice prior to Monday night’s loss.
Jasmine Dale’s only bucket, a layup with 14 seconds remaining, was the difference. With the win, LaVergne (22-7) advances to Wednesday’s region championship game against rival Smyrna at 7 p.m.
Coach Keith Dean’s team will also participate in the school’s first sectional on Saturday. Dean, who played basketball at Cumberland Junior College in the mid-1970s, called the game the biggest win in the history of the Lady Wolverine program.
Wilson Central threatened to run away with the game after intermission, using a 10-3 run to take a 40-32 lead with just under four minutes left in the third quarter.
However, LaQuinta Jefferson jump-started the 13-0 run -- featuring a 3-pointer from freshman Missy Brimm and a driving layup from junior Jasmine Brimm -- to lead 45-40 entering the fourth quarter.
Wilson Central twice tied the game in the final period -- once on a 3-pointer from senior Lauren Wasson and again on a basket by Jasmine Hassell -- but the Lady Wildcats had no answer once Jasmine Brimm found Dale wide open cutting to the basket.
The teams had traded leads throughout the first half, with the Lady ‘Rines holding a 10-8 advantage at the end of the first quarter and Wilson Central -- behind a pair of Taylor Peterson 3-pointers -- led 30-29 advantage at the half.
The loss ended the prep careers of Wilson Central seniors Hassell, Wasson, Jessyca Christopher and Kelsey McGee. The four helped lead the program to state championships in 2008 and 2006.
LOSING STREAK NOW AT 5
DAYTONA BEACH, FL -- Offensive woes continue to plaque the Cumberland baseball team as the Bulldogs squandered a couple of prime opportunities Monday in a pair of losses in the Sunshine State.
Coach Woody Hunt’s team left the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh innings, falling to Emrby-Riddle, 3-1 Monday evening, just hours after the 15th-ranked Bulldogs lost 6-2 to St. Xavier.
The Bulldogs (6-7) saw their losing streak stretch to five straight after Monday’s defeats.
The squad managed just 12 hits in the two games and struck out a dozen times as well as stranding 17 runners, including 10 in the 3-1 loss to Embry-Riddle.
Cumberland got two solid pitching performances, one from James Parker and another by Robert Post. Unfortunately Parker’s efforts came in relief in the loss to St. Xavier after CU starter Luke Whittaker failed to record an out in the top of the first.
Parker was superb in relief against the Cougars, tossing six hitless innings and walking just one with four strikeouts. He recorded 10 ground ball outs as well.
Post (1-1) allowed just three hits and was the victim of two Bulldog errors that allowed an unearned run in the fourth inning.
The righthander walked three and struck out five in six innings. Eric Spivey got the final three outs for CU against Embry-Riddle.
Sam Kikla and Matt Greener both collected three hits in the twinbill, including two apiece against the Eagles. The Bulldogs put the tying and winning runs on base in the sixth and seventh innings against ERU (13-6), only to bounce out in the sixth and then strikeout and ground out in the seventh, the latter ending the game.
In the opener St. Xavier (1-0) scored six times before an out was recorded, but did little afterwards.
The Bulldogs play the same two teams again Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Central Time.
FORMER HUNTERS LANE STAR
LEBANON -- Cumberland University junior Brandon Springer has been voted First Team All-TranSouth and senior Rontreal Braxton earned second team honors in a poll of league basketball coaches released Tuesday.Coach Lonnie Thompson's Bulldogs tied for second in the TSAC this season with a 13-3 league record and are currently ranked 15th nationally in the NAIA Coaches Top 25.
Springer is Cumberland’s leading scorer at 13.6 points per game on a squad that has six players averaging better than 9.2 points per contest. The Nashville native shoots 59 percent from the field and 74 percent at the foul line.
He has 21 double-figure scoring games this season in 28 contests, including five 20-point outings. His scoring average in TranSouth Conference games is slightly higher at 14.0 per game, with four of his five 20-point contests in league play.
He scored a season-high 28 points against Martin Methodist on February 16, netted 23 against Bethel College on January 19 and posted 20 points against Freed-Hardeman on December 6.Springer also ranks first on the squad in rebounding with 6.8 per game and is first in steals with 2.0 per contest. He ranks 33rd nationally in steals per game and 48th in defensive rebounds with 5.1.
Braxton ranks third on the club in scoring, averaging 10.5 points per game, while grabbing 3.9 rebounds and handing out 1.8 assists per contest.
The Hopkinsville, Ky., native was the team’s most consistent performer in January, netting 15 or more points in six of eight league games, including 19 points at Union and 21 at Trevecca. His scoring average in TranSouth games is 12.2 per outing.
Braxton has 14 double-figure scoring games this season, including a season-high 23 points at Lambuth two weeks ago.
Cumberland will host rival Trevecca in the quarterfinals of the TranSouth Championships Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
LADY BULLDOG HONORED -- Cumberland senior Chaquaila Gaten was voted second team All-TranSouth Monday. Gaten is the Lady Bulldogs leading scorer, averaging 12.9 points per game along with 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest.
The Marietta, Ga., native has scored in double figures 21 times in 29 games this season, including four 20-point outings.
Cumberland plays at Freed-Hardeman Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the TranSouth Championships.
By Norma Bixler
Mature Lifestyles Publisher
The calendar tells us that Spring this year will officially arrive on Friday, March 20. The arrival of Spring changes on a yearly basis coming in between the 19th to the 21st of March and at different times of the day. It changes on a yearly basis because the first official day of spring is the (Spring) Vernal Equinox.
This is when The Sun is directly above the equator. It rises due East and sets due West and does not do so on the exact same day every year since the calendar is not exactly 365 precise days every single year. The Sun this year will be above the equator crossing to the northern hemisphere at around 11:47 p.m., according to Wiki Answers.com.
LONGTIME PHARMACIST, SCOUT LEADER
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, March 3 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Dr. Hardie Vaughan Sorrels, 77, of Lebanon.
Born December 23, 1931 in Little Rock, Arkansas and raised in Brinkley, Arkansas, Dr. Sorrels owned Shannon’s Drug Store and later Medical Arts Pharmacy.
He passed away at his home Sunday, March 1, 2009.
Dr. Sorrels attended the University of Arkansas, then entered the United States Army serving as a First Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers.