LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 5 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Hancock, 83, of Lebanon.
A native of Wilson County and the daughter of the late Omar and Ella Moore Hunter, she died Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at the NHC Healthcare in Murfreesboro. She had lived in an Alzheimer’s facility for the past ten years.
She was employed with Lebanon Bank for 27 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of First Baptist Church.
Visitation Friday 4-8 p.m. and after 11 a.m. Saturday at Ligon & Bobo.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Don McElroy. Interment will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include children Charles Wayne (Gayle) Hancock of Smyrna; Martha (Chuck) Maxwell of Mesquite, TX; and Robert Wesley (Ann) Hancock of Marietta, GA.
Also surviving is twin sister Marvine Dickson of Lebanon; grandchildren Teresa Hancock Cothron, Sandy Maxwell (Scott) Killian, Wayne (Traci) Hancock, Christopher (Breanna) Maxwell and Erin Christine Hancock; and six great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Charles H. Hancock on October 15, 2006.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4205 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 216, Nashville, 37215.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, June 6 at the Corona Baptist Church, 2703 Harkreader Rd., for Mr. Jackson, 60, of Mt. Juliet.
Known as "Sonny" to his family and friends, Mr. Jackson died Monday, May 31, 2010 at Summit Medical Center.
He was a former Wilson County educator and an employee of IBM.
The family will receive friends Saturday between the hours of 4-8 p.m. and 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Saddler Funeral Home, 130 Trousdale Ferry Pike, Lebanon.
Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service Sunday at the church. Burial will be at the Bryant Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: father Norman Jackson Jr.; sons Ron (Shauna) Jackson of Mt. Juliet and Bryan Jackson of Atlanta, GA; brother Dennis (Gloria) Jackson of Murfreesboro; sister Quenessa (Larry) Corder of Lebanon; grandchildren Ryan and Cara Jackson; aunts and uncles John Eddie (Corriene) Jenkins, Lillan Dodson, Audrey (Johnny) Saddler, Major Jackson, Greely (Atha) Westbrook and Johnnie Bryant; special friends Al Thompson and Valarie Moore; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Saddler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Funeral services are planned for 3 p.m. Monday, June 7 at the Wilson County Funeral Home for Mr. Harris, 74, formerly of Lebanon.
The son of the late James I and Jennie High Harris and a graduate of Lebanon High School, he died May 29, 2010 at Med Central Hospital in his longtime home of Mansfield, OH.
He retired after a career as a self-employed cement mason.
Visitation 2-8 p.m. Sunday, June 6 and 12 Noon until the service on Monday at the funeral home.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Nolen Brunson. Burial at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: children Debi (Edward) Jeffries, Floyd Jr., Mark and James. five grandchildren; sisters Dorothy (Joseph) Bergeron, Ernestine Brown, Mary Bess Torrence and Diane White; several nieces, nephews and other relations.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Harris is preceded in death by his children's mother Carol Fiedler Harris, daughter Denise Harris Underwood, grandson Bradley Harris, sister Ruby Harris Brinkley and special sister-in-law Pauline COllier, brothers Hubert, Hugh Lee (Myrtle) Willard and Albert Harris and several nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will include: nephews Jim, Larry, Terry and Eddie Harris of Lebanon.
Wilson County Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens is in charge of arrangements.
From Post staff reports
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The NAIA has named Cumberland senior third baseman Matt Greener the 2010 Rawlings-NAIA National Player of the Year.
Greener becomes the first Bulldog to win Player of the Year honors since the awards’ inception in 1983.
He is hitting .380 (5-for-13) with one home run and four RBIs during the World Series and has helped the Bulldogs reach the tournament finals.
During a season that has seen Cumberland go 57-9 and make its 11th World Series, Greener has been an instrumental part of the success. On the year, he led the NAIA in hits (112) and RBIs (95) and tied for first in home runs (26).
In 241 at-bats, the product of Jupiter, Fla., hit .465 with 26 doubles. Greener has played in 64 of the team’s 65 games this season. He has 37 multi-hit games, including 13 of three or more base knocks.
He began the season on an 11-game hitting streak and amazingly, he has recorded a hit in 59 of the 64 games that he has appeared in.
Greener is one of four Bulldogs on the All-America first team, including pitcher Shawn Schaefer and outfielders Troy Frazier and Kris Miller giving CU the most First Teamers of any school this year. Junior RHP Aaron Wilkerson was a second team All-America pick.
LEWISTON, ID – Senior Matt Greener, who earlier in the day was named the NAIA’s Player of the Year, hit a grand-slam home run and drove in six runs as No. 2 Cumberland earned a berth in the championship game of the NAIA World Series with a 13-7 win over Point Loma Nazarene Thursday afternoon.
CU will plays again Thursday for its second national title in a 9 p.m. CT game vs. Lee University, a 10-7 winner of Embry-Riddle in the finals of the losers' bracket. Cumberland needs only one win either tonight or Friday to clinch the championship.
“We are a good offensive team, but we will face some good pitching tonight,” said Cumberland coach Woody Hunt. “We just have to keep doing it. It feels pretty good (to advance to Championship game). We have been here before. We have enough runner-up trophies so want to win this one.”
This school year has flown by! But just because schools out, that doesn’t mean the learning stops. The Wilson Living staff has taken on the task of looking for fun and affordable activities the whole family will enjoy.
When it comes to summer camps, be it sports, arts or educational, Wilson County has all you need. Friendship Christian School will be offering a variety of academic and sports themed camps beginning June 2, 2010. The best part of these camps is the cost. At just $20.00 per day, your child can participate in an Invention Science Camp, soccer camp, football camp and many, many more. All camps run through July 29. For more information you can visit Friendship’s website at www.friendshipschristian.org , call 615-449-1573 or visit the campus located at 5400 Coles Ferry Pike in Lebanon.
So, last week as my children and I were sitting in the pediatrician’s tiny tiny examining room (going on our second hour), I had about all I could take of my 7 year old’s perpetual questions.
“Why are some dogs big and others are small?”
“Because that is how God makes them.”
“Who decided to call the color green - green?”
You are shopping, there it is, the NEWEST TREND. Ever wondered, “Will this look good on me?”
How will I know? We get brainwashed by the media and magazines. They, whoever they are, seem to know what is in style. We fight at first. “This looks so strange to me.” Then the film stars are seen wearing that style. Little by little the media wears us down. That strange new look is starting to look good to us.
So….we go to the clothing rack and pull out the newest of the trends and head to the dressing room. Okay, now the moment of truth…
Dear Ken: Who had the hit song in the 1960s about “The Mighty Quinn”?
“Come all without, come all within,
“You’ll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn.”
The song, “Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn),” was written by Bob Dylan in 1967, and became a hit for the British band known as Manfred Mann in 1968. It is possible the title was a reference to an Eskimo that actor Anthony Quinn portrayed in the 1959 film, “The Savage Innocents.”
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
“Comfort and support.”
These are the three words that describe in a nutshell what Alive Hospice is all about, says Jared Porter, media relations coordinator and publications editor of the Middle Tennessee nonprofit organization.
“We provide comfort when a person has limited time left. We relieve pain and other unpleasant symptoms and provide emotional and spiritual support,” he said about the third or fourth oldest chapter in the nation, which was founded in 1975 and serves 12 counties with a staff of 300 as well as 270 volunteers.
But there is far more to hospice care than most realize
Okay, I threw Ray Pope a bottle and he threw it right back! So here goes. I am FAR from being any kind of an expert on birds but I can tell you what I have observed first hand. I wrote earlier about a bird pool that I personally dug in my front yard. This happened around the same time. I had just moved out to my woods and was trying to learn about the things around me, like birds and trees and other growing stuff.
I was in Williamsburg, Va. touring the lovely Colonial town that has been excavated and reconstructed. This reconstruction is historically accurate in all areas – even to the birdhouses. I had noticed these brownish glazed earthenware things up under the eaves of the houses. They looked like vases with their bottoms attached to the wall – sort of lying on their sides. Hanging out of them were the tattered ends of what appeared to be bird nests with the tell-tale droppings decorating it and a little stick as a perch.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
A month before his death, Bill Sutherland took his last ride in a sailboat, a rite of passage that proved physical, emotional and spiritual.
The two-hour sail that occurred March 24 on Old Hickory Lake came through the service of Alive Hospice and kindness of several members of the Harbor Island Yacht Club, which is located in the northwest corner of Wilson County.
“What really brought us together was his sailing,” said Alive Hospice Chaplain Gene Lovelace about Sutherland, who died in April at age 80 of colon cancer. “He was a very independent man. He felt himself becoming a real burden to the joy of his life, his wife, Kathy, and his family. He was very frustrated at how this illness limited him. One day he started talking: ‘This is not worth it. I see no reason for me to live. I wish that this would just end. I’m not ready to go, but this is not living.’
By ANNE DONNELL
I noticed an article about the dictionary. It said there’s an error recently spotted – something about science. Do you know anything about this?
-Love It When an Expert’s Wrong!
We do love it when the expert is wrong or when the parent is wrong or when the policeman is wrong or when the teacher is wrong or when the neighbor is wrong or when the friend is wrong or when the spouse is wrong. However, something tooth grindingly uncomfortable happens when WE are wrong. Not so fine an experience.
By SAM HATCHER
School's out, Memorial Day has passed and for many the days of summer have begun.
But before we move too quickly into summer there's still some unfinished business for Woody Hunt and his Cumberland University baseball team.
Coach Hunt, a living legend in college baseball, is currently in Lewiston, Idaho with his nationally ranked Bulldogs competing in the NAIA World Series.
By KALYN SHELLY
The Wilson Post
Slammin' & Jammin' made its 17th annual trip to Lebanon this past weekend, and although the crowd was down, the car show’s founder said the event went well.
"We were down on participation and spectators but we feel this is normal for shows this year," said Charlie Cobble, president of Auto Shows Motor Sports Events. "Everyone seemed to have a good time and we were happy that we drew a good crowd."
Lebanon Police Chief Billy Weeks said there were fewer arrests and tickets written this time than in years past.
From Post staff reports
Fans attending the NASCAR Nationwide Series Federated Auto Parts 300 race at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, June 5 will enjoy one of the most exciting races on the series schedule while also participating in the “Race Fest for Flood Relief,” which directly assists those in need as a result of the recent Nashville-area floods.
A NASCAR Nationwide Series driver autograph session and silent auction featuring NASCAR memorabilia is scheduled for June 5 at the Nationwide Insurance display in the Expo area located outside of Gate 3 at the track.
The autograph session will be from 1-2 p.m. while the auction runs from 1-4 p.m. In exchange for admission, fans will be asked to make a canned food or monetary donation at the track that will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.
By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET -- Home buyers continue to flock to Wilson County to live, work and raise a family, and Mt. Juliet proved the leading place to build in April, officials said.
According to a report from the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors (EMTAR), 147 single family homes sold in April in Wilson County, the most in six months, increased from 127 in March 2010 and up from 108 in April of 2009.
Of the 147, Mt Juliet contributed 74 of those sold homes with a median sales price of $218,650 and median days on the market of 79. Lebanon had 63 of those with a median sales price of $157,000 and median days on the market of 69.
Watertown’s Independence Day Parade will be held on Saturday, July 3.
Entries for the evening parade will start lining up at 5 p.m., with the parade getting underway going east on Main Street at 6 p.m.
Continuing the “Stars, Stripes and Squirt Guns” theme of the past two years, there will be a “No Squirt” section in the parade for 2010 due to the political rally that will be held afterward. With many candidates and elected officials participating in the parade, sponsors said they realized that not all would want to take the podium at the political rally soaking wet – as is often the case for those who march or ride floats or in open vehicles during the squirt gun festivities.
From Post staff reports
Ernest Lasater, who entered the race for Wilson County Trustee some six weeks ago, said today he is withdrawing from the August General Election citing health concerns.
Lasater, who previously served as Trustee for 20 years, a period longer than any other person who has held the office, said in recent days he had sensed that he may be experiencing some health issues and fatigue that he thought could be related to the heart attack he suffered late last year that forced him to be hospitalized for the repair of three blocked arteries.
“Perhaps I entered this race too quickly following my heart attack last fall,” Lasater said.
By TOMMY BRYAN
The Wilson Post
Career educator Myra Sloan brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to her new position as principal at Lebanon High.
An assistant principal at LHS for the past six years, Sloan was introduced to the faculty Saturday as the replacement for interim principal Nancy Ash, who took a Central Office post as Testing and Accountability Supervisor after two years at the helm.
"I couldn't be more excited, but I know I've got some big shoes to fill," Sloan said, "We have a great team in place here at Lebanon High, I'd put our faculty up against any other school in the state."
LEWISTON, ID - No. 2 Cumberland smacked four home runs in winning an 11-9 slugfest over No. 4 Lee at the 54th annual Avista NAIA World Series at LCSC's Harris Field late Tuesday night.
The semifinals are set as Lee plays No. 7 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Wednesday at 5 p.m. CT while Cumberland faces No. 9 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) at 9 p.m. Cumberland remains as the lone undefeated team (3-0) among the remaining four-team field.
"These are two teams that have confidence in their offense," said Cumberland coach Woody Hunt. "Sometimes you get early runs and then they kind of fade away. We both hit and then we had a pitchers duel. I think the key was our five runs after Lee tied us in the first inning (score was 5-5). It was just a good game."
The four Cumberland home runs pushed the team total in the World Series to 10 in three games. That total comes as no surprise. The Bulldogs rank second in the NAIA in homers hit per game (2.1).
Cumberland (56-9) began the scoring frenzy with five runs in the top of the first inning. After two singles and a RBI-double, Kris Miller nailed a three-run home run and the Bulldogs led 4-0. The hit was Miller's third homer in three games in the Series and his 26th of the season.
Troy Frazier followed Miller with a roundtripper of his own, a solo shot, and before an out was retired in the game, Cumberland was up 5-0. Lee starter Jay Bolen was pulled after allowing five runs on five hits.
Lee (51-12) sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first inning. Junior Rodriguez put the Flames on the board with a two-run shot, his 16th of the year. Seth Walker had an RBI-single and Edgar Molina drove in a run with a double. The fifth run came home on an RBI-groundout by Taylor Comford.
Cumberland made quick work on the 5-5 tie in the top of the second frame. With one out, Greg Appleton lifted the ball over the fence to give the Bulldogs a 6-5 lead. Frazier walloped his second homer of the game and third in the World Series, this time a three-run hit, to hand Cumberland a 9-5 edge. Max Kautz plated pinch runner Jason Frost on a single to shallow left-center and Cumberland led 10-5.
Lee's Tanner Moore set a single-season record with his 22nd home run, a solo shot in the second inning. That run put the score at 10-6 in favor of Cumberland. Comford notched his second RBI of the game, hitting a sacrifice fly in the third inning. That fly scored Walker, who reached on a double. From there, it looked like Lee was climbing back, down 10-7 heading into the middle innings.
However, Cumberland reliever Robert Post (7-3) had something to say about that. He went 8 1/3 innings in relief of Adam Sprague. Post allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits. He fanned seven batters and walked two. After settling down in the first three innings, Post gave up a single run in the fifth inning on an RBI-single by Comford and a run-producing base hit by Rodriguez in the eighth.
A pair of Lee relievers, Nolan Rudman and Aaron Everett, kept the Cumberland bats at bay after the initial scoring. The Bulldogs plated one run in the fifth courtesy of a RBI-single by Miller. But that was all the scoring for Cumberland after the third inning.
Four Bulldogs had two hits apiece led by the 2-for-4, four-RBI effort by Miller. Frazer also accounted for four RBIs.
GAME NOTES: Cumberland improve to 23-18 in World Series action and won the 2004 title - of the four remaining teams, the Bulldogs hold the most active wins in the World Series... Lee drops to 10-9 in the World Series... There were a combined six home runs (four by Cumberland and two by Lee)... The 20 combined runs scored is a 2010 World Series high...
SCHAEFER HURLS A 5-HIT GEM
LEWISTON, ID -- Shawn Schaefer established Cumberland's all-time single season record for wins in a season with an 8-1 masterpiece over Oklahoma City Monday.
Schaefer threw a complete game five-hitter, striking out 11 with no walks. He improves to 14-0 on the season and sends the Bulldogs into the Final Four of the 54th annual Avista-NAIA World Series at Harris Field.
The senior lefty was backed by four homeruns, including two bombs off the bat of rightfielder Kris Miller -- his 24th and 25th of the season.
CU (55-9) advances to the finals of the winners' bracket Tuesday night against the winner of the Lewis Clark - Lee University game.
By SAM HATCHER
Memorial Day is the day that has been designated to recognize, commemorate and praise the literally thousands of men and women who have died for our country while serving and wearing the uniform of the American military.
Originally known as Decoration Day, this special day of recognition was established shortly after the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
As we celebrate this day of honor on Monday, we must surely not fail to also recognize those who are serving our country today.
By JENNIFER HORTON
It’s election time, again, and races will begin to heat up as the summer progresses.
Evidence of that has already been seen here at our newspaper office with the arrival of some letters to the editor regarding different issues of concern this election and why voters should favor one candidate as opposed to another one.
The policy of this newspaper is to not publish letters that are essentially endorsements of one candidate over another, nor is it the policy of this newspaper to publish letters that pick a topic or two to highlight one candidate’s stance on the issues versus another candidate’s.
By JUAN A. MORALES, RN, MSN
Health System Director
Memorial Day, every year, gives the chance to reflect and honor those who served and died for the freedoms of the United States. Through parades and pageantry, it represents the best of our country in how we are aware of the real price of our democracy and our way of life. But it also allows us a time to ask ourselves are we “keeping the promise” made by President Lincoln generations ago during his second inaugural speech.
The high price of freedom is not always paid by loss of life. This price is not always paid immediately; the debt we owe for service often comes later in life for those brave souls who wore the uniform of our military. And for us at the Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (VA TVHS), we do our duty to honor those who have fallen by paying the debt to their comrades by providing high quality healthcare.