Wilson County Health Department will offer H1N1 FluMist® vaccine clinic on Friday, Oct. 16 at the Lebanon Clinic at 927 East Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
No appointment is necessary to receive the vaccine. The H1N1 flu vaccine will be provided at no charge.
From Post staff reports
MURFREESBORO – A Rutherford County child who died late last week had roots deep in Wilson County.
Halle Jean Cartwright, 12, of Murfreesboro tested positive for the flu last week and died Friday, Oct. 9 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center – reportedly from complications of the flu and a bacterial infection.
By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post
Last Monday night at the meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education, Director of Schools Mike Davis said that there were more than 170 students countywide who have been identified as homeless.
And several of them have been living with their families at Timberline Campground in off Highway 231 South in Lebanon in tents and campers due to the failing economy and the housing crisis.
By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post
A week-long investigation into the murder and robbery of Darrell “Crow” Sloan on Oct. 4 in the Statesville area has resulted in the indictment of three people by the grand jury on murder charges.
LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 14 at the Immanuel Baptist Church for Mr. Denny, 57, of Lebanon.
A Certified Public Accountant and owner of Denny & Denny CPAs in Lebanon, died Oct. 9, 2009 after a brief illness. Born Oct. 22, 1951, to the late Charles W. and Carmene Cassetty Denny, he was a lifelong resident of Lebanon.
Mr. Denny was a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Society of Certified Public Accountants. He was a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where he was a charter member of the Eta Nu Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He also served as lifetime Treasurer of the Alpha Tau Omega Eta Nu Alumni Association.
An avid water-skier, Mr. Denny was the State Water Ski Association tournament champion, and had been inducted into the State Water Ski Association Hall of Fame. He was also a past competitor in the National Water Ski Tournament, and a frequent Chief Judge in many water-ski tournaments.
Mr. Denny was a member of West Haven Baptist Church, where he served as Treasurer, and the Lebanon Lions Club for which he served as Assistant Treasurer and Vice President.
He had also served as Treasurer of the Lebanon Lions Club Babe Ruth League for 20 years.
The family will be receiving friends Tuesday, between the hours of 4-8 p.m. at the Sellars Funeral Home, 313 West Baddour Parkway and Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the service at Immanuel Baptist Church. Burial will be at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years Pamela Jones Denny, daughter Stephanie Denny Broadrick, son-in-law Daniel Broadrick, sister Gloria Denny — all of Lebanon, and mother-in-law Mrs. Vestel Jones of Oak Ridge.
Active pallbearers: Tony Taylor, Jeff Brown, Jack Bell, Thomas L. Cassetty, Terry Spain and Tom Boyd. Honorary pallbearers: the Brothers and Alumni of Alpha Tau Omega.
Memorial donations are requested to the West Haven Baptist Church Building Fund (5860 Lebanon Rd, Lebanon).
Sellars Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Breast Cancer Friends support group meets the third Monday night of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Maple Hill church of Christ located on the corner of West Main Street and Maple Hill Road in Lebanon.
Those who have had breast cancer in the past or are dealing with it now are welcome to attend.
CU BREAKS 3-GAME LOSING STREAK
LEBANON -- Cumberland’s defense continued its outstanding play, holding Faulkner to just 106 total yards in a 23-6 victory over the Eagles Saturday afternoon at Lindsey Donnell Stadium.
"I’m so proud of our defense unit," said CU coach Dewayne Alexander. "Those guys are playing with a swagger. They run around and try to make plays and that’s contagiuos. I think we would have been able to play out here for another two or three hours and we would have been able to home ‘em out."
The win ended a three-game losing streak for Cumberland (2-4, 1-1 MSC), as the Bulldog defense posted a shutout. Faulkner’s only points came on an interception return for a touchdown early in the third quarter.
Cumberland dominated possession of the football, posting 40:45 in time of possession and running 82 total offensive plays for 323 yards.
Fullback and Wilson Central graduate Mitch McChurch rushed 15 times for 61 yards, while Da’Jaun Manning carried 14 times for 54 yards.
"We had over 200 yards rushing after finding a couple of things we could hang our hats on," Alexander said. "Overall -- we needed a win. We had been playing close, but we needed a win and went out and got one."
Ken Dixon also rushed four times for 54 yards, including a 45-yard scamper in the second quarter, and one score, while Kevin Smithson, the backup quarterback and a backup tight end until two weeks ago, carried five times for 29 yards out of a "Wildcat" set.
Faulkner (1-5, 0-3) registered just five first downs and 106 total yards.
The Bulldogs forced two turnovers, a fumble recovery by Stephon Ransom and an interception by freshman Cody McCallister.
CU quarterback Christian Burnett went 10-for-22 for 101 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Cumberland scored on a 32-yard pass from Burnett to Ronez Harris late in the first quarter, with Harris catching the pass and breaking a tackle at the 10-yard line before heading into the end zone.
Nick Sasser’s extra point was wide left, and CU led 6-0.
The Eagles’ Matt Fleck blocked a punt in the second quarter and Faulkner took over at the CU 14-yard line, but freshman Cody McCallister intercepted a pass at the one yard line on the first play of the drive and returned it to the Eagles 43.
The Bulldogs scored six plays later on a six-yard run by Dixon. Burnett hit Lebanon’s Kenny Sallis with the two-point conversion for a 14-0 advantage.
CU scored again just before the half, covering 57 yards on 10 plays, including a 45-yard run by Dixon.
Manning swept around right end, getting into the end zone right at the pylon for a five-yard TD run just 31 seconds before the break. Sasser’s PAT was wide left again, and the Bulldogs took a 20-0 halftime edge.
Faulkner’s Q. Braswell got the Eagles on the scoreboard early in the third quarter, intercepting a Burnett pass, breaking several tackles before finding open turf for a 60-yard touchdown.
Faulkner tried an onside kick after the TD, but the ball did not travel 10 yards, setting up the Bulldogs in Eagles territory.
CU covered only 23 yards but took 10 plays, and Sasser booted through a 28-yard field goal for a 23-6 lead for the final scoring of the contest.
CU visits UVA-Wise Saturday, Oct. 17 for a 12:30 p.m. CT contest.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
It’s that time of year again, the time that book lovers in Wilson and surrounding counties look forward to as the annual Southern Festival of Books begins its three-day run today at Legislative Plaza in Nashville.
Some 200 or so authors will read, sign and sell their books during the event. Authors’ readings will be held in various locations including Legislative Plaza/War Memorial Building and the State Capitol Building.
By Commissioner GERLAD NICELY
Tennessee Department of Transportation
As heavy rains fall on Tennessee, TDOT's bridge inspectors await notifications from an automated program called "Bridge Watch." Flooding can undermine the structural integrity of certain bridges in the state, so TDOT utilizes this program to alert the department of any potential problems with bridges due to heavy rains.
To the Editor:
The desire for a new Lebanon High School and the issue of a wheel tax or no wheel tax has become so emotional I am afraid that reason and the need to look at the facts have been completely overlooked.
The Wilson County Commission has taken the blame for most of this. I don’t mind sharing the responsibility for problems in our county but, I wish the Lebanon daily newspaper and some of their letter writers would look at the facts before resorting to name-calling and jumping off the emotional deep-end.
To the Editor:
Vote for LHS or Not?
Whether you agreed with the outcome of last Thursday’s vote, I strongly disagree with Lebanon High School advocate Larry Hubbard that, “we had the wrong people voting for this” and his comment “God is great, life is good and people are crazy.” Would Mr. Hubbard have the same attitude if the vote had been the other way? I think not. Is this the kind of attitude we have supporting our school system, calling the voters of Wilson County “crazy” for not agreeing with his side? Mr. Hubbard poorly represents the people wanting a new LHS.
Applications open online until Dec. 31
The Scarlett Family Foundation today announced it will accept applications Sept. 15-Dec. 31 for financial aid to students from 39 Middle Tennessee counties.
The scholarships are open to high school seniors planning to study business, and current college freshmen, sophomores and juniors already studying business at any accredited, not-for-profit, four-year college or university in the United States.
MJ’s Bryant awarded $1,000 to kick-off her college savings
As “Rocky Top” plays at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 10, two long-time college football rivals, Tennessee and Georgia, will compete on the field for the usual year-long bragging rights.
But on Wednesday, the two states came together in Mt. Juliet to award $1,000 to student Lea Bryant to help her kick-kick off her college savings.
By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post
A local children’s charity is holding a fund raiser at the Wilson County Fairgrounds on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Rhizokids Family Fun Day will donate all money raised will go to research for a cure/treatment for Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata, or RCDP. This is a fatal form of dwarfism that typically takes the lives of children before they turn 3.
By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post
A man who was shot and killed during a party in Statesville this past weekend was buried Thursday.
The investigation is continuing in the case. Authorities are still interviewing persons regarding the shooting.
By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post
The reward for information on whoever is responsible for the shooting of a young girl’s horse two weeks ago has now grown to potentially $3,000.
Chief Larry Bowman with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department said that a man, who wishes to remain anonymous, called in and offered $1,000 in addition to the amount given by Wilson County Crime Stoppers. The maximum reward given by Crime Stoppers is $1,000, but the group’s board decides exactly how much to award for information.
DEVILS FLAT ON SENIOR NIGHT
LEBANON -- Beech dominated Lebanon from the first quarter on and rolled to a 40-7 victory over the Blue Devils -- spoiling Senior Night Thursday at Nokes-Lasater Field.
Beech scored twice in the first quarter and twice in the second to mount a 27-0 lead at intermission and never looked back as the Bucs improved to 6-1 (4-0 in 9AAA) on the season. Beech never punted in the game.
Beech fullback Travis Haymer ran for 105 yards on 10 carries and a pair of touchdowns. Quarterback Jarod Neal completed 7-of-13 passing attempts for 93 yards and three touchdowns.
"Tonight was not a good night," said LHS head coach Bobby Brown, "That comes back to me. I didn't do a good job getting these guys ready. We're going to get back to work next week. We've got to play better than this."
Lebanon (4-4 / 2-3) will be idle next week.
BEARS REMAIN UNDEFEATED
MT. JULIET -- The Golden Bears improved to 7-0 on the season and 4-0 in District 9AAA Thursday with a 35-3 victory over Wilson Central.
Mt. Juliet led 14-3 at intermission, then stretched the margin out with three second half scores.
Quarterback Reed Gurchiek completed 8-of-16 passes for 95 yards, three for TDs to Vaughn Cornelia and two more to Chris Brazile.
Wilson Central (0-8 / 0-5) got its only points on a 51-yard field goal by Jackson Redditt.
The victory snapped Mt. Juliet's five-year losing streak to the Wildcats.
Tonight's scheduled high school football game between Mt. Juliet Christian Academy and Knox Webb at MJCA has been canceled due to weather concerns.
The game will not be made up.
MAASEN RUSHES FOR 211 YDS.
LEBANON -- Leading 14-0 at halftime, Friendship Christian exploded for 21 third quarter points en route to a 48-16 Region 4A victory over Watertown Thursday night at Pirtle Field.
The win vaults the Commanders to 7-1 (5-1) on the season while Watertown fell to 5-2 (4-1), halting a five-game Purple Tiger wining streak.
The Commanders started slowly as the Tigers stingy defense only allowed the FCS in the endzone twice in the first half of play.
The difference was in the defensive effort of the Commanders.
"We tackled better tonight and got some pressure on (Watertown QB Dalton) Phillips," FCS Head Coach John McNeal said.
FCS allowed Watertown only five first downs, four coming after intermission.
Commander quarterback Lee Maasen ran 16 times for 211 yards, running for two scores and passing for two more.
Tailback John Markham added two touchdowns, one on a 28 yard pass from Maasen and the other a 67-yard third quarter run. The senior rushed seven times for 82 yards.
Sophomore tailback Dekolas Reeves added two scores with runs of 12 and one yards and finished with 41 yards rushing.
Most of the offensive effort for FCS came in the second half of play as the Commanders looked a little flat early in the contest.
"We were not clicking in the first half. We made some good plays but we finally got our heads right in the third quarter," McNeal added.
Watertown QB Dalton Phillips completed 11-of-25 passes for 244 yards. Ben Smith caught two passes for 147 yards, both TDs — one going for 54 yards and the other 93.
Wilson County native San Roberts Norton, 74, passed away October 7, 2009 in Rabun Gap, GA after a battle with cancer. She was born Grace Ann Roberts in Lebanon on March 2, 1935 to William C. and Claudine Seagraves.
In 1977 she moved her family to the campus of Rabun Gap Nacoochee School where she worked and raised her children. San served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church, served with distinction as Clerk of Session of Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church more than a decade and three pastors, and served in many capacities within the denomination, and as a member of Northeast Georgia Presbytery Committee on Ministry.
A memorial service is planned Saturday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. at Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church with Rev. Don Barber officiating.
She is survived by her children David (Kitty) Norton of Cumming, GA; Steve (Susan) Norton of Conyers, GA; Leith (Mark) McDonough, Richard and Laura Vollmer — all of Rabun Gap; seven grandchildren; nephew Jon Roberts of Knoxville and sister Claudine Roberts of Franklin, NC.
Memorial donations may be made to the Macon Citizens for the Handicapped, C/O Jean Pinkston, P.O. Box 698, Franklin, NC or to the Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 333, Rabun Gap, GA. 30568
Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Georgia, is in charge of the arrangements.
SMYRNA -- Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 10 at Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Smyrna for Mrs. Schaub, 64, of Murfreesboro.
A Wilson County native and a 1962 graduate of Watertown High School, she died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 at her home. Mrs. Schaub was the daughter of the late Homer and Easter Lemons Baker.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Services will be conducted by Rev. Jim Hargrove. Burial will be in Brush Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include: children Billy (Judy) Schaub and Marlana (Mike) Edwards — all of Murfreesboro and Maria (Thomas) Treadway of Bradyville. Also surviving are brothers Larry (Sandy) Baker of Ashville N.C. and Clifton (Frances) Baker of Lebanon along with seven grandchildren.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by husband William H. Schaub who died in 1995, brother Jimmy Baker and sister Kay Baker.
Woodfin Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangments.
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, October 9 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Willingham, 50, of Mt. Juliet.
A 1977 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School and a graduate of Nashville Tech, "Jai" died Tuesday, October 6, 2009. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet and was a truck driver.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Friday at Bond Memorial Chapel Services will be conducted by Rev. Greg Bell.
Survivors include sons Brennan and Ethan Willingham; father and best friend Jerry Willingham; sisters Jerri Lynn Frazier and Susan Ledbetter; nephews London Frazier and Bradley Ledbetter and niece Brandy Resnick.
He is preceded in death by his mother Ollie Stuart Willingham and brother Jeffrey Stuart Willingham.
Honorary pallbearers: Tom Page, Greg Bell, Phillip Crowder, Johnny Adams, Mike Gray and Mark Gray. A memorial trust fund has been established for Brennan and Ethan c/o Susan Ledbetter at Regions Bank.
Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, October 9 the First United Methodist Church for Mrs. Mason, 98, of Lebanon. A retired teacher (33 years) and a member of the First United Methodist Church, she died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 in the Quality Health Care Center.
Mrs. Mason will lie in state at the church from 9 a.m. until the service at the church. Dr. Martin Thielen and Eddie Callis will conduct the services. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: son Bill (Pam) Mason and daughter Helen Mason; grandchildren Elizabeth (Shane) Bazzell, Lindsey (Rich) Craycroft, Rob (Shanae) Mason, Julie (Jared) Watkins, Laura (Brian) Brown; great grandchildren Allison Bazzell, Zoie Mason, Belinda Mason, Jared Watkins, Hayden and Benjamin Craycroff; nephew Jim (Betty) Mason; great niece Katherine (Rob) Barnes and great great niece Claire Barnes; great nephew Andy (Tara) Mason.
She is preceded in death by parents, Rob & Carrie Simpson Roy; husband, Robert D. Mason; son, Robert Dee "Bobby" Mason Jr.
Active pallbearers: David Tomlinson, Larry Stephens, Ray Perrin, Eddie Callis, Jimmie Harper, David Harrison, Chuck Craig and Tony DeMatteo. Honorary: Virginia Newsom, J.O.Y. Sunday School Class, The Ruth Circle and Mrs. Mason’s "Bridge" friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lebanon’s First United Methodist Church or to the Lebanon Senior Citizens Center.
Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
By DONOVAN STEWART, dstew4vu@yahoo
A lot of things happened in 1997, Bill Clinton was President, the world mourned the loss of Princess Diana and Mother Theresa. The Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl, the Bulls won the NBA title and the Florida Marlins won the World Series Hong Kong was returned to Chinese rule after 156 years of British rule, a stamp cost 32 cents and the cholesterol lowering pill Lipitor was introduced to the world.
It was also the last season that Baylor beat arch-rival Baylor. The Red Raiders finished just 3-8 in 1997 but defeated the Blue Tornado twice that season. Then McCallie rolled off 11 straight wins which in turn cost Baylor head coaches in Fred Hubbs and David Bibee their jobs.
For these two proud programs it’s all about beating your rival. The series record is close at 37-35-3, but in the last decade, the Blue Tornado has dominated as only three games in the streak had been decided by less than 10 points.
In fact McCallie had outscored Baylor 348-129 during the streak, but that all changed for Baylor last Friday night, as the Red Raiders snapped the streak winning 24-10.
Baylor took an 8-3 lead on a Jacob Huesman touchdown run and upped the lead to 14-3 after Sam Williams scored from 17 yards to give the Red Raiders a 14-3 halftime lead.
Williams, coming back off a hamstring injury, had his second 100-yard game of the season as he rushed for 118 yards and QB Huesman was a duel threat as he ran for 84 yards and passed for 75 yards in the win.