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Another name surfaces in race for Senate seat

The Wilson Post


While one potential candidate for the 17th District State Senate seat has removed his name from consideration, a second person has indicated that he is considering a decision to enter the race for the Republican nomination.

John Rose, a former state agriculture commissioner and businessman who makes his home in neighboring DeKalb County, said Tuesday he has received a number of inquiries as to whether he might be interested in running for the post that is to be vacated this year by Sen. Mae Beavers.

Johnson earns trainer award

Nathan Johnson, a Certified Athletic Trainer with University Medical Center, has been named 2009 Sandy Sandlin High School Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Association. The award was presented during the organization’s annual meeting Jan. 16-17 at the Opryland Raddison Hotel.

Johnson, who has worked with Friendship Christian School during his entire nine years with UMC, has been instrumental in organizing UMC’s annual Sports Screenings Day which provides comprehensive health screenings to Middle Tennessee student athletes.

He also spearheads the hospital’s annual Coaches Clinic, which features health education programs focused on athletic injuries to area coaches. Johnson has also been active in enhancing the UMC Sports Medicine offerings for the Nashville Superspeedway and Sherry’s Run.

“We congratulate Nathan on this well deserved award are happy that he has been recognized for his efforts in our community,” said Vince Cherry, UMC Chief Executive Officer. “Nathan has enhanced and grown the sports medicine program to meet the needs of the student athletes, coaches and administration of Friendship as well as enhance the sports medicine program at the hospital and in our community. His dedication to student athletes is commendable.”

Johnson holds a bachelors degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Medicine from Cumberland University. He continues to be involved at Cumberland and serves as an Approved Curriculum Instructor for their Athletic Training Education Program – a position he has held for over two years. 

 “The TATS award is awfully nice, but for me the best reward is when one of my athletes can get back into the game -- and then come over and say ‘thank you,’” Johnson said.

Nathan and his wife, Danna, have two children (Michael age seven and Alex age four) and reside in DeKalb County.

Game day events at CU

LEBANON -- The Cumberland University Athletic Department will be sponsoring community service oriented events at six remaining home basketball games, including a canned food drive and programs for Habitat for Humanity, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Sherry’s Run.

Immanuel Baptist Church will sponsor a canned food drive Thursday, January 21, when the Bulldogs take on Union University. All fans will receive $2 off the price of admission if they bring at least one canned food items, which will be donated to Joseph’s Storehouse in Lebanon.

Former Tennessee Titan Mike Jones will speak at FCA Day, Saturday, January 23 when CU hosts Martin Methodist. Fans will receive free admission if they wear an FCA shirt and bring a canned food item to the game, which will also be donated to Joseph’s Storehouse.

Commanders sweep weekend games

Friendship Christian’s Commanders improved to 12-4 on the season with a weekend sweep against Middle Tennessee Christian and district rival Trousdale County High.

Saturday, Jan. 16, Coach Matt Bradshaw’s team placed three played in double figures for a 70-44 win over MTCS at the Bay Family Sportsplex. Cameron Hill led the way with 18 points, including four 3-pointers, while Hardie Sorrels and Lee Maasen each chipped in with 13. Dalton Patterson finished with eight and Parker Teeter four for FCS.

One night earlier, Maasen exploded for 22 points in a 59-38 win over District 8A rival Trousdale County High. Clinging to a 9-7 lead after one period, the Commanders expanded their margin to 25-15 at intermission and never looked back. Sorrels added 17 points from the paint as FCS upped its district record to 2-2.

The Lady Commanders dropped a 51-34 decision to Middle Tennessee Christian on Saturday, falling to 6-11 on the season. Andi Morrisett had 12 and Laurel Burroughs 11 for Friendship.

On Friday night, FCS posted a 56-47 win over Trousdale County, improving to 3-1 in league play. Morrisett led the way with 21, Burroughs had 11 and Kaitlyn Teeter had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Mt. Juliet Christian Academy’s Saints dropped to 12-4 overall after losing a pair of road games over the weekend. On Saturday, MJCA fell 68-50 at Webb School of Knoxville. Trailing just 27-24 at intermission, the Saints were outscored 41-26 in the second half. T.J. Roberts led MJCA with 18 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Daniel Harden had 13 while Grant Keen buried two 3-pointers and finished with six points.

On Friday, MJCA fell 60-54 in double overtime to The King’s Academy in Seymour. Roberts had 18 and Keen 12 for the Saints.

Wilson Central’s girls rode a 28-point performance from Sydney Vanlandingham to post a 53-44 win at Gallatin High Saturday night. The win boosted Central’s record to 8-8 overall and 4-2 in District 9AAA. Taylor Peterson finished with eight points, Rachel Bean had eight and Ieshia Hassell six in her return to the team.

Boy’s action Saturday found Gallatin holding off a late Wilson Central run to come away with a narrow 55-53 in over the Wildcats. Dee Oldham had 19 and Malcolm St. Louis had 14 for the Wildcats, who fell to 6-7 overall and 2-4 in district play.

WCHS will host Hendersonville Friday, Jan. 22.

Eddie Evins, 77

Edgar Wilson “Eddie” Evins, 77, passed away quietly Thursday, January 14, 2010 at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. He spent his last days on earth exactly as he wished; surrounded by the people he loved - devoted wife, adoring family and a few close friends sharing memories and stories.

The family will greet visitors from 4 - 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 and again at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the College Hills Church of Christ at 1401 Leeville Pike in Lebanon. A memorial service will be held on January 20 at the church at 11 am.

A self-described “country banker" for the better part of his life, Eddie packed a whale of a lot into his 77 years, living fully, loving deeply and laughing often.

Mt. Juliet sweeps LHS

LEBANON -- You just knew Teraes Clemmons was going to take the last shot in Mt. Juliet’s thrilling 46-45 win over Lebanon Friday, Jan. 15 at jam-packed Campbell Brandon Gym.

Held to two points in the first half, Clemmons scored a dozen after intermission, including the game-winner with :07 left in regulation -- a smooth 15-footer from the right wing with an LHS defender draped on him.

Blue Devil Phillip Vance managed to get off a shot from the deep corner just before the buzzer, but missed as the Bears escaped with the victory.

“Man, can you believe the atmosphere,” said MJ coach Troy Allen, “this is what it’s all about -- two teams playing with great heart and energy.”

Mt. Juliet improved to 14-3 overall and 5-1 in District 9AAA with the win. Lebanon slipped to 9-9 / 1-4 with the loss.

“I can’t fault my kids,” LHS coach Doug Keil said after the game, “they played so hard. We had a stretch there of about four minutes when we didn’t play very smart, but our effort was outstanding all night.”

Soph Caleb Chowbay paced Mt. Juliet with 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Clemmons finished with 14 and Vaughn Cornelia had nine from the paint.

Lebanon was led by 17 from senior Ryan Beadle, who knocked down two 3-pointers and calmly went 6-for-6 at the line in the late stages of regulation. Justin Bridges had seven, including a pair of deep 3-pointers while Vance had two 3-pointers for six. Justin Manning had six, Cameron High five and Case Sloan four for the tough-luck Blue Devils.

(girls) Mt. Juliet 59, Lebanon 30
Mt. Juliet’s No. 3-ranked Lady Bears ran out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back in a 59-30 win over Lebanon in Friday’s opener. Mt. Juliet opened up a 38-8 lead at intermission and improved to 17-1 overall, 6-0 in District 9AAA. Lebanon fell to 12-5 / 3-2 in league play.

“We had a very good night shooting the ball,” MJ coach Chris Fryer said, “this bunch has good chemistry and tonight we really played well.”

Caya William had 14 and Britt Bell 12 for the winners. LHS was led by Britnie McDannald with seven and Victoria Dye with six.

CU women fall at Bethel
McKENZIE -- Keshia Brown scored a career-high 20 points and Cumberland took the lead after erasing a nine-point second-half deficit, but the Lady Bulldogs were unable to hang on, falling 70-65 at 19th-ranked Bethel University Monday night in women's basketball action.
Cumberland (7-7, 1-4 TranSouth) lost for the third time in four games, all against ranked opponents, after dominating play in the lane where the Lady Bulldogs netted 48 of their points. Brown scored 18 of her 20 points in the second half, leading four double-figure scorers for CU.
Cumberland scored nine of the last 11 points of the first half and trailed just 31-30 at the break. The Bulldogs continued the run after intermission, taking a four-point lead early in the second period, but Bethel answered with a 19-6 run for a 52-43 advantage midway through the half.
CU fought back, mostly behind Brown, as the Lady Bulldogs applied pressure and converted turnovers into easy buckets. An old fashioned three-point play from the junior gave Cumberland a 60-58 lead with 2:28 to play.
But Teena Carter answered right back for the Wildcats (11-6, 2-2) with a basket for the fifth tie of the half. Bethel scored 12 of the final 17 points of the game, including six points from Kashundria Berry.
Nina Djokovic scored a game-high 26 points and added 13 rebounds to lead the Wildcats, while Carter added 13 and Tristian Johnson netted 10. Berry ended the game with just eight points, but four big free throws in the final minute.
Simone Ryan scored 11 points for the Lady Bulldogs, while Allysia Bailey collected 10 points and Stephanie Martin posted 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Njokovic scored 16 of Bethel's points and had eight rebounds in the first half, as the Wildcats led by as many as eight points. But Ryan scored eight straight for the Lady Bulldogs to tie the contest at 15 and Bailey added nine in the period, with CU headed to the locker room trailing just 31-30.
The Bulldogs scored 24 of their points in the paint in the half, all 12 field goals, and were 0-for-4 from 3-point range. Ryan and Brittany Cash also combined for 14 points off the bench for CU.
Cumberland continues a three-game stretch against ranked foes Thursday, hosting top-ranked Union University at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Wilson honored for advocacy of adult education

Gretchen Wilson’s catalogue of work in the field of country music, for which she has received numerous awards, is amazing, but the singer/songwriter is a multi-dimensional person who has worked very conscientiously as an advocate for other causes, most prominently adult education and literacy. 

That was the word Thursday from Bernadine Nelson, director of the Wilson County Adult Education program.

Because of Wilson’s diligent contributions and advocacy on behalf of adult education across the nation and in this state, the Tennessee Association for Adult and Community Education (TAACE) recently recognized her with a plaque at the organization’s statewide convention. 

Winter doldrums


With the cold weather bearing down on me that past few days, I’ve been confined to the barriers of my house and car. Usually very active with golf or some outdoor pursuit, it’s simply been too cold for me to stick my head out of the door for things that weren’t complete necessities. Even a walk to the mailbox which could be great exercise has taken a back seat to an automobile excursion and then only from the comfort of an insulated garage.

Citizens should have been told of fluoride removal from water

To the Editor:

We want to thank The Wilson Post for helping us bring this concern regarding fluoride in Lebanon’s water supply to the public's attention.

Lack of fluoride in Lebanon's water supply shocks reader

To the Editor:

I just saw the article on putting fluoride back in the Lebanon water supply in The Wilson Post on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Thank you for putting it on the front page.

Music City Star, RTA buses will not operate on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) will not operate the Music City Star or bus routes 91X Franklin/Brentwood Express, 92X Gallatin/Hendersonville Express, 95X Spring Hill Express and 96X Nashville/Murfreesboro Relax & Ride in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 18. 

The RTA administrative office will be closed. 

For more information, contact Customer Care at 862-5950 weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


LHS homecoming courts announced

Two of these seniors will be crowned Queen and King of Lebanon High’s basketball homecoming ceremonies – planned between games of tonight’s District 9AAA doubleheader between Lebanon and Mt. Juliet at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium. Seated from left: Joanna Odour, Brandi Brown and Merritt Powell. Standing: Daniel Ford, Brock Cooley and Wilson Powell.

These underclassmen will be part of the basketball homecoming court tonight at Lebanon High. Seated from left: Megan Hutto, Shelby Gardner and Jessie Prundiville. Standing: Daryl Tucker, DeQuarius “Juicy” Apple and Tyler Presley.

TOMMY BRYAN / The Wilson Post

2 sought in robbery

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police are continuing their investigation into a robbery that occurred Tuesday night at One-Stop Market, 725 York Street.

Capt. Terry Bowman said investigators are running down leads and looking for possible witnesses who may have information about the crime.

Local organizations send aid to Haiti

The Wilson Post

Although it’s thousands of miles away, the earthquake Tuesday that shook Haiti also shook the hearts and consciences of local souls.

Even with the complete lack of infrastructure, airports only barely accessible, hospitals destroyed, roads blocked or closed, and the massive injuries and loss of life, aid workers are finding ways to navigate the chaos to get help to those affected by the tragedy.

Man charged in sexual assault of child

The Wilson Post

A Wilson County grand jury has charged a Smith County man who is reportedly HIV positive on charges of sexual assault of a 14-year-old male, also from Smith County.

The indictment was handed down by the grand jury on Thursday.

Continuing fluoridation in city water could cost $100K

The Wilson Post

Many local residents are raising concerns about Lebanon’s decision not to add fluoride to its water system, while others are claiming the cost is prohibitive to put the chemical back in the city’s drinking water.

According to several accounts, the cost to update the City of Lebanon’s Water Plant equipment to be compatible with fluoride would be between $75,000 and $100,000. And that figure does not include approximately $35,000 to purchase the chemical on a yearly basis.

Locals make verbal commitments

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Two Wilson Central football standouts have made their decisions on where they will play in college Wildcat offensive tackle Cameron Clemmons will enroll at Western Kentucky University this fall while linebacker Jordan Poole has cast his lot with Southern Illinois.

Clemmons, who played in the Toyota East-West High School all-star game last month, was listed at 6-7, 265 pounds on the Wilson Central roster. He was a member of The Tennessean’s Dandy Dozen. Poole, 6-1, 220, excels in pass coverage and according to Wildcat coach Brad Dedman, “closes well and is an excellent tackler. Both these guys have their best football ahead of them.”

Earlier this week, Nick Lennox, Watertown High’s two-time all-state defensive end, verbally committed to NCAA Division II power Carson-Newman. He will sign with the Eagles Feb. 3 on National Signing Day. Lennox took in a late season game at C-N’s Jefferson City campus and came away very impressed with what he witnessed.

“It was almost like a different kind of football,” Lennox said Monday afternoon. “The atmosphere and facilities were out of this world. The reputation of the program speaks for itself. I can’t wait to get up there.”

Lennox was in on 74 tackles as a senior, 46 solo, and 11 tackles for loss. He spent part of the season at tightend, but expected to work on the defensive side of the ball for the Eagles -- especially in the early going. He helped lead Watertown’s Purple Tigers to a record of 7-4 as a senior and a berth in the Class 2A playoffs.

“I’ve had a dream of playing college football since I was a little kid. Now I have that opportunity. I want to make the best of it,” Lennox said.

He indicated he wanted to pursue a degree in business administration / marketing with a minor in human resources. Carson-Newman, coached by the legendary Ken Sparks, finished the 2009 season 11-3 overall.

Sparks just wrapped up his 30th season at Carson-Newman -- guiding the Eagles to a record of 287-70-2. He is the all-time winningest coach at the NCAA Division II level. The Eagles fell 41-27 to Grand Valley State  in the Division II national semifinals.

Lennox joins two other former Wilson County prep standouts at C-N. Wilson Central wide receiver Cody Clawson and Mt. Juliet defensive back Collin Earnhardt both sat out the 2009 season as redshirt freshmen.

CU sweeps Blue Mountain

LEBANON -- Three Bulldogs recorded double-doubles for Cumberland University Thursday night in a 90-72 win over Blue Mountain College at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The double-double was the 11th of the year for Brandon Springer, while Walter Simon and Lamar Brinkley each notched their second for CU, which improved to 5-11 overall and 2-1 in TranSouth Conference action.

Cumberland came back from a five-point deficit with 13:45 to play, forcing a tie at 62 apiece before scoring 28 of the last 38 points of the game to take the runaway victory.

CU limited the Toppers (0-18, 0-2) to 31 percent shooting, including 1-of-11 from 3-point range, in the second half. BMC, which came into the game with the highest scoring offense in the league, was held to less than 75 points for just the fourth time this season.

Springer led all scorers with 29 points and backed it up with 15 boards, which ties his career high. Brinkley posted 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Simon finished with 20 and 13, respectively.

The game marked the second time this season that Simon and Springer, who have each started all 16 games, recorded a double-double on the same night and the first game of the year with three Bulldogs reaching the mark.

Harley Lee Hemontolor, 85

LEBANON – Graveside funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, January 16 at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens for Mr. Hemontolor, 85, of Lebanon. The son of the late Elvis and Molly Victoria Winfree Hemontolor, he died Jan. 14, 2010.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon between the hours of 4-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15. Services will be conducted by Reverend Joe K. Johnson.

Survivors include wife Joyce Hemontolor; children Terry Allen (Marilyn) Hemontolor, Vickie (Bill) Macri and Dr. Lee R. (Marsha) Selby. Also surviving are grandchildren Zachary (Kelli) Hemontolor, Jamie (Cory) Cook, Lee (Sarah) Allison, Jon (Beth) Allison, Stephanie (Anthony) Armstrong, Chris (Claudia) Macri, Brandt Macri, and Jackie Macri; and great-grandchildren Hunter Hemontolor, Autumn Hemontolor, Logan Hemontolor, Jasmine Cook, Jacob Cook, Carolyn Allison, Drew Allison, William Harley Allison, Hayden Allison, Reese Armstrong and Viviane Macri.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Hemontolor is preceded in death brother Toy Hemontolor and sister Wilma Fish.  Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

When school was called off for Thursday and it was only Wednesday afternoon (before the first snowflake made an appearance), I knew it was time to fly into action and buy up all the provisions my family would need to make it through the night and up until at least 10 am the following day.
Quarterback Brady and model wife produce a son
Dear Ken: Has Gisele, the fashion model wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, made any movies?
The Country Vibe with Chuck and Becca welcomes Mt. Juliet duo Brothers Finch

Countemporary rockin’ country duo Brothers Finch joined Steve Azar on the set of “The Country Vibe with Chuck and Becca” which will premiere on News Channel 5 + in Nashville at 11 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16.

“We had a great time with Chuck and the Country Vibe team,” said bassist/vocalist Brandon Finch. “We’d welcome an opportunity to come back on the show at anytime.”

Sherrys Run 2009 campaign raises record amount

Organization helps those battling cancer

Through the efforts of those who strive to make a difference, like the Annual Sherry’s Run supporters, one day, our grandchildren will ask us “What was cancer?” 

In 2009, Sherry’s Run raised $201,000 in one of the most challenging economies in recent history. This is a testament to the more that 3,100 participants who realize that it takes more than courage to beat cancer. Sherry’s Run is a 5K Run/Walk event held each year in Lebanon.

History of Watertown fishing lure maker surfaces

Dewey Hunt created ‘the king of bass lures’ in 1950s

Special to The Wilson Post

WATERTOWN -- A fishing lure collector trolling into murky historical waters has brought to the surface a late Watertown man’s crafty angling genius.

The Hunt Lure Company opened in 1960, and for a few short years produced what Dewey E. Hunt and his partner Elby Jennings Jr. claimed to be “the king of bass lures.”


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