The skies were gray but the smiles were sunny Tuesday morning as country music star and Wilson County resident Tracy Lawrence along with a hundred volunteers deep fried about 400 turkeys in downtown Nashville.
The occasion was Lawrence’s fourth Mission Possible Turkey Fry, a benefit for Nashville Rescue Mission. The Mission will serve the turkeys with all the trimmings to 5,000 homeless men, women and children wednesday and Thursday as it marks the Mission’s 55th annual Great Thanksgiving Banquet.
SELLARS, PURYEAR & GUETHLEIN
Three more former Blue Devil standouts will be enshrined in the Lebanon High School Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies planned for Friday, Dec. 11. Inductees into the third class of the Hall of Fame include: Billy Sellars, LHS Class of 1966; Rubye Wood Guethlein, LHS Class of 1949 and Carl "Kip" Puryear, LHS Class of 1973.
Plans call for a reception to honor the inductees and their families to be held at 5 p.m. prior to the LHS basketball doubleheader with Hendersonville High, Friday, Dec. 11. The trio will be introduced between games of the doubleheader.
Perhaps no single name is more familiar to longtime Blue Devil football fans than Sellars. As a senior, quarterback Billy Sellars was named the Midstate Most Valuable Player by both the Nashville Banner and The Tennessean.
He was named first team all-state by the Associated Press and was a three-time All North Central Conference selection.
Sellars helped lead the Blue Devils of Coach Clifton Tribble to a No. 1-ranking in the state in 1965. LHS wound up the 1965 season 9-2 overall with a loss in the Clinic Bowl.
As a junior tailback in 1964, he led the state of Tennessee in scoring. He was voted Most Athletic at LHS as a junior and a senior, was a team captain — one of four Sellars brothers who would become captains at Lebanon High.
Sellars was also considered one of the top amateur boxers in the Southeastern United States. He was a five-time Southeastern Golden Gloves champion and a six-time Midstate Golden Gloves champ. Retired from Bridgestone, he and his wife are the parents of three sons; they have seven grandchildren.
Carl "Kip" Puryear was a true two-sport star at Lebanon High — playing basketball for Coach Hester Gibbs and baseball for Coach Brent Foster.
He was voted first team all-state and All-Midstate in both sports as a junior and senior; was voted All District in both sports for three seasons.
A skilled jump shooter, Puryear was nominated for McDonald’s All-America and helped the Blue Devils reach the TSSAA state tournament in 1972 — where he was voted to the All-State Tournament team as a junior -- scoring 35 and 28 points in two games. The 1972 LHS team finished the season 31-3.
In baseball, he racked up a career pitching record of 28-1 and was the Blue Devil batting champion his senior season in 1973 — splitting time at first base and on the pitching mound. He played college basketball at Middle Tennessee State University under Coach Jimmy Earle and was a member of two NCAA tournament teams.
Retired after 31 years as an educator, he served stints as principal at Lebanon High and as Superintendent of Wilson County Schools. He and his wife of 34 years Patty are the parents of two children.
Rubye Wood Guethlein, LHS Class of 1949, was a standout basketball player for former Coach Billy Beard. Mrs. Guethlein played varsity basketball for LHS 1945-1949 and was voted Team Captain as a senior and served as co-captain as a junior.
She was also voted Most Athletic Girl as a senior; was a two-time All-District selection; a two-time All-Region pick and a two-time All-Conference selection. She went on to play basketball at Lebanon’s Cumberland University where she was voted team captain.
A retired homemaker who still enjoys the game, Mrs. Guethlein is one of the all-time great contributors to Blue Devil athletics, having seen all five of her children earn athletic letters at LHS — four in girls basketball and one in baseball
Bridgestone Tires donated six brand new tires to the Joseph’s Storehouse truck and paid for them to be installed. From left to right are Robert Billings and Bob Evans from Joseph’s Storehouse, Bridgestone employees Jeff Gannon, Chris Jefferson and Derrick Hurt, Bridgestone Lebanon Distribution Center Manager Steve Clayton, and Rose Tire owner Chip Smith.
BEN DUDLEY / The Wilson Post
By TOMMY BRYAN
HARTSVILLE -- Small mistakes get magnified in big games.
The occasional blown blocking assignment, a pair of false starts, coupled with a handful of missed tackles helped Trousdale County run past Friendship Christian 28-14 Friday, Nov. 20 in a Class 2A quarterfinal game at John Kerr Field.
Trousdale County improved to 11-1 on the season and advances to a TSSAA semifinal contest Nov. 27 at home against McKenzie -- a 46-20 winner over Adamsville.
Friendship Christian finished the season 10-2 with both losses coming at the hands of Trousdale County -- in Hartsville.
"I thought we had some opportunites," said FCS head coach John McNeal. "Even more than out first game over there. We played better in all phases of the game, but you just can’t make mistakes against a team like Trousdale County. You need some breaks along the way. They fumbled three times and all three bounced right back to them."
The Yellow Jackets got on the board first when quarterback Craig Brown faked the fullback left, then darted off right guard for 51 yards down to the FCS three.
Burly fullback Tacola Seay banged in for the first of his three scores for a 6-0 TCHS lead with 3:07 to go in the first period after the PAT attempt sailed wide left.
Friendship answered early in the second quarter as quarterback Lee Maasen scrambled and found a sliding John Markham in the endzone for a 35-yard TD pass and a brief 7-6 lead after Michael Self’s booming PAT.
Trousdale County scored on back-to-back possessions to close out the first half as Tyler Edwards rambled 50 yards around end to the FCS 10 yard line.
Joey Cox scored scored on a short run, followed by Seay for the two-pointer to give the ‘Jackets a 14-7 lead at the 8:57 mark of the second period.
A third down completion for 35 yards from QB Dillon Young to tightend Alex Gregory got Trousdale County out of a hole and set up a 46 yard touchdown run by Seay with 1:29 to go before intermission and a 21-7 lead at halftime.
TCHS took a 28-8 lead with a 46 yard run by Seay early in the fourth quarter.
FCS came back with a 38 yard pass from Maasen to Markham at the 11:29 mark of the fourth period.
Maasen completed 9-of-16 passes for 148 yards with two touchdown passes to Markham. Markham ran 13 times for 62 yards.
"This was a very athletic group of seniors," McNeal said. "I want to say they went 20-4 over their last two seasons here. They’ll have a lot of great memories as they leave."
From Post staff reportsLEBANON -- Fifteen Cumberland University football student-athletes have been recognized as Academic All Mid-South Conference West Division.
The distinction is reserved for student-athletes with a sophomore or higher class standing and a 3.25 and above grade point average on a 4.0 scale.Those honored for their work in the classroom include: Nashville’s Carson Clemons, Knoxville’s Daniel Dayton, Bluff City’s Chris Eads, Maryville’s Sam Greene, Sparta’s Todd Holman, Huntsville, Alabama’s Jeremy Hurford, Knoxville’s Mitch Reynolds, Lebanon’s Kenny Sallis, Chattanooga’s Josh Smith, Chattanooga’s Kevin Smithson, Hendersonville’s Daren Thomas, Cleveland’s Mark Gibson, China’s Yue Wang, Adam Wiss from White House and Rob Johnson from Clarksville.
Lebanon artist R. Scott Harris will debut his new line of “whimsical” Christmas paintings, hand painted ornaments and a new line of Christmas greeting cards that feature some of his work on Saturday, Nov. 21.
Harris’ art show is named “A Holiday Happening” and will be held at SS Graham’s Floral at 1318A West Main Street in Lebanon.
By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.
The other day I was looking forward to a busy morning with four surgical procedures scheduled before the 10 o’clock office practice. I knew if I finished everything on time the afternoon would be free so I grabbed the cell phone on the table on my way out the door and got to the hospital a little early hoping to get surgery going quickly.
To the Editor:
Many of President Barack Obama’s supporters have been comparing him to the late great Ronald Reagan. They claim he has the same diplomatic foreign charisma, the ability to win over large crowds with his silver-tongued eloquence, and similar attributes needed to bring prosperity to our country. He has even been bestowed with the Nobel Peace Prize for his anticipated ability to become the greatest peacemaker the world has ever seen. Only time will tell if his supporters are correct in their assessment of his leadership and anticipated eminence.
The book “Founding of the Cumberland Settlements: The First Atlas 1779-1804” and two supplements were recently donated to the Wilson County Archives in memory of the late G. Frank Burns, a well-known Lebanon historian, journalist, author and educator. Present at the donation were contributors, front, from left, George Harding, J.B. Leftwich; back, from left, Jack Howard, Betty Zier, Betty Clay, Wilson County Archives Director Linda Granstaff, Robert Carver Bone and Wilson County Archives Co-Director Thomas Partlow.
KEN BECK / The Wilson Post
From Post staff reports
The woman who was convicted for the murder of two local law officers on July 9, 2003 will be back in court in Wilson County today to file a post conviction relief petition in hopes of a new trial.
According to testimony in the 2004 trial, Fallon Tallent, then 21, was speeding down Interstate 40 at 120 mph when she struck two officers after they had placed a “spike strip” across the highway in order to puncture her tires and end the chase that began two hours before in Knoxville.
Possumtown Outreach will again be carrying needed items to Sneedville in Hancock County this Christmas, the poorest county in Tennessee and the seventh poorest in the United States.
Items needed are non-perishable food, winter coats, sanitary items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.).
By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post
This holiday season, most of us will sit around a big table with our families and enjoy a large, delicious meal and then go sit in front of our TV’s to watch football while our kids open tons of presents that they will be tired of in a few months.
But this holiday season, a growing number of Wilson County residents will not experience this scenario because of the failing economy and rising unemployment.
One organization plans to keep this second scenario from happening this year. Joseph’s Storehouse is a food bank run by Love One Another Embassy, a 501(c) non-profit organization, that serves less fortunate families in Wilson County. Bob Evans is the president of Joseph’s Storehouse and runs the operation.
From Post staff reports
John B. Bryan, who has been a newspaper writer, photographer, layout design artist, owner and publisher for more than 28 years in Wilson County, is leaving the industry and the field of journalism to pursure a career in the finanancial sector.
Bryan, announced to staff members at The Wilson Post last week, that he is leaving the local community newspaper and MainStreet Media to accept an employment opportunity at Lebanon-based CedarStone Bank. Bryan has served as vice president of MainStreet Media and publisher of The Wilson Post.
From Post staff reports
Two of the three men charged with the murder of Darrell “Crow” Sloan have had their bond set as well as their next court appearance.
LHS season tickets -- Season passes for Lebanon High’s 2009-2010 varsity basketball season are now on sale at the LHS main office. Passes are $40 per person and are good for admission to all regular season home games. Fans should come by the office between the hours of 8 a.m. - 2 p.m Monday - Friday. The first home doubleheader is Tuesday, Nov. 24 vs. White County High School.
Overnight baseball camp at MJ High -- Mt. Juliet High’s Baseball Training Camp will be held Friday, Dec. 4, at Mt. Juliet High School and the indoor baseball hitting facility. Run by Coach Mark Purvis, assistant coaches, varsity players and college players (former MJ players), the camp will cover fundamentals: pitching, hitting, defense, base running and game situations. Dinner will be provided. Concession stand will be open. Please bring: shorts, t-shirt, sweats, ball cap, 1 glove, 1 bat, turf or tennis shoes (no cleats), sleeping bag (for overnighters), money for snacks. Make sure your name is on all items. Players will report at 6 p.m. and work out until 11 p.m. Those spending the night will watch baseball movies and must be picked up at 7 a.m. Saturday. The camp is for players grades 2 through 8. All pickup will be at the South side of the Main Building at 11 p.m. or 7 a.m. Parents will be given a ticket, you must have that ticket to pick up your child. Cost is $30 per player, $45 if they spend the night. For more information contact Michelle Osborn at 615-477-2608 send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CU pancake breakfast -- The Cumberland baseball team will hold a Pancake Breakfast and Garage Sale on the CU campus from 6 a.m. until 12 Noon on Saturday, December 5. The public is invited to the pancake breakfast at the campus cafeteria starting at 6 a.m. Cost is $5 per person and includes pancakes, bacon and sausage, and juice or coffee. The garage sale begins at 6 a.m. as well in the Benton Jennings Hitting Facility. Uniforms and equipment as well as items from other teams will be on sale. All proceeds from the event benefit the Bulldog baseball program.
LGSA board meeting -- Lebanon Girls Softball Association 2010 board member selection meeting will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 at the LGSA field house. Anyone interested in volunteering time to create a fun and learning experience for girls who play at LGSA please try to attend the meeting. Contact David Pierce at 714-1839 or Kenny Black at 330-8983 for information.
Gladeville turkey shoot -- A turkey shoot, sponsored by the Gladeville Community Center and the Gladeville Men’s Club will be held Sunday, Nov. 22 and Dec. 6 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Community Center. Call Earl Ray at 604-5535 or Tommy Knowles at 443-4522 for information.
CU hosts vb clinic -- Cumberland University will host a one-day volleyball clinic Saturday, November 21 for girls ages 8-18. The clinic will be held at CU’s Dallas Floyd Recreation Center between the hours of 9 a.m. - 12 Noon. Cost will be $40 per athlete. Contact CU Coach Dwayne Deering at: 615-547-1318 or 615-449-4975 or email: email@example.com.
CU softball clinic -- Cumberland softball is hosting a fall clinic Saturday, November 21 for girls ages 5-13. The All Skills Clinic for younger players runs from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon and costs $30 per player. Pre-register by calling coach Heather Stanfill at 615-547-1324.
WATERTOWN — A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, November 22 at the Hunter Funeral Home for infant Tyler William Howard, age two months, of Lebanon.
Son of Cassie Renee Howard of Lebanon, he died Nov. 13, 2009 at Summit Medical Center. The family will receive friends prior to the service.
Survivors include: mother Cassie Howard, grandparents Lisa and Jared Fisher of Lebanon, aunts Chloe Howard of Lebanon and Chelsi Howard of Colorado Springs, CO, and uncles Chayton Fisher of Lebanon and Austin Stamps of Birmingham, MI.
Also surviving is great grandfather George Howard of Flint, MI; special friends Troy and Sherry Johns of Ashland City as well as several cousins and other family members.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
NASHVILLE — Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, November 21 at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home, 9090 Highway 100, for Mrs. Ladd, 62, of Lebanon.
Born October, 14, 1947 in Nashville, she died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at Hearthside of Lebanon.
Visitation is 11 a.m. 2 p.m. Saturday. Burial will follow the service at the Lynn Cemetery.
Survivors include: sons David Dearmon of Lebanon and Jason Minchey; grandsons David J. Dearmon, Russell Dearmon and Gregory Dearmon. Also surviving are siblings William (Vickie) Blaylock and Linda (Danny) Tobitt.
Harpeth Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
MT. JULIET — Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, November 21 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Steelman, 67, of Mt. Juliet.
A master craftsman and an avid outdoorsman, he died Nov. 18, 2009. A hospital estimator for 35 years, he was a beloved husband, father and grandfather.
Visitation with the family will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday from 12 Noon until time of service. Services will be conducted by Brother Russ Stephens. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens
Mr. Steelman was preceded in death by son, Frank Steelman and brother, Richard Carlin Steelman.
Survivors include: his wife of 48 years Elaine Steelman; children Stacey (Curtis) McLaughlin, Mandy (Randy) Hood and Barry (Victoria) Steelman; daughter-in-law Ronda Steelman Gugenheim; mother Geneva Seagraves Brady.
Also surviving are siblings Doris Verble, Deanna (Johnny) Smith and Marvin (Kathy) Steelman; grandchildren Cody Steelman, Winston Steelman, III, Parkker Barron, Shelby Gray, Alex McLaughlin, Jesse Steelman, Rebecca Steelman, Peyton Gray, Briggs Ashworth, Jake Hood and Claire Hood.
Grandsons and sons-in-law will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers include: Marvin Steelman and James Duschek.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
BULLDOGS RANKED 19th IN NAIACumberland is ranked 19th nationally in the NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll announced this week. The Bulldogs were also picked to win the TranSouth, receiving five of the eight first-place votes, in a poll of league coaches published in conjunction with the national poll.
Cumberland finished the 2009 season 33-25 overall, advancing to the NAIA Regionals in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Bulldogs won the TranSouth regular season last year with a 15-5 mark and return only three position starters but six pitchers, including three of the top four hurlers, and welcome 36 newcomers to this year’s club.Cumberland was the only TranSouth team ranked in the Top 25. Union Univ. received the other three first-place votes in the TranSouth poll. Union just missed a Top 25 ranking, garnering 94 total points to finish 27th.
Trevecca Nazarene and Freed-Hardeman were third and fourth, respectively, in the TranSouth poll, and both clubs received votes in the Top 25. Martin Methodist, Lyon College, Bethel Univ. and Mid-Continent rounded out the TranSouth selections.
2010 TranSouth Baseball Preseason Poll (as voted by the coaches)No. School POINTS (1st Place Votes)
1. Cumberland Univ. 59 (5)
2. Union Univ. 56 (3)
3. Trevecca Nazarene 53
4. Freed-Hardeman 32
5. Martin Methodist 28
5. Lyon College 28
7. Bethel Univ. 19
8. Mid-Continent 13
By DONOVAN STEWART
Two playoff weeks are in the books and several big storylines played out in the second round.
Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold- There were 11 district rematches in the second round and four teams that were defeated in the regular season got big wins to knock out their district rivals such as:
MBA Beats Ensworth On Last Second FG- The Big Red (7-4) got a 43 yard field goal from Mr. Football Kicker finalist Andrew Fletcher with 41 seconds left to stun the nationally ranked Tigers 27-24 in the Division II-AA quarterfinals. Ensworth, ranked No. 64 by Rivals, blasted MBA ten weeks ago 50-21 as running back Orleans Darkwa rushed for 342 yards and five touchdowns in the blowout win. Ensworth (10-1) got another great performance from Darkwa who rushed for 240 yards but blew a 17-0 lead as MBA fought back -- running back Fitz Lassing ran for 92 yards and scored the game-tying TD at 24. MBA now advances to play another big rival in Brentwood Academy who defeated the Big Red three weeks ago 26-7.
Anderson Co. Rallies to Beat Clinton Late- Two weeks ago Clinton celebrated a district title by beating Anderson Co. 35-21. But Friday, behind the strong arm of junior quarterback, Tanner Williams, the Mavericks rallied from a 28-24 deficit to win 31-28 as Williams hit Chad Blakley on fourth and 5 with 42.9 seconds left to give Anderson Co. the win and kill Clinton’s (10-1) undefeated season. Williams passed for 387 yards and 4 TDs for the Mavericks -- who travel to Columbia (10-1) for a quarterfinal game.
Daniel Boone Slows Down Tennessee High Offense- Tennessee High quarterback Taylor Harmon had his way in week 9 as he passed for a school record 339 yards and five touchdowns in a 51-26 win. But Daniel Boone avenged the loss three weeks ago as the Trailblazer defense stuffed the Viking running game as they allowed only six yards rushing and 156 yards of total offense in a 23-14 win over the previously unbeaten Vikings (11-1).
Riverdale Manhandles Blackman- Two weeks ago in the rain, Riverdale’s offense was contained and Blackman won their first game ever against Riverdale for the Blaze’s first district title. What a difference two weeks and a dry field makes. The Warriors (10-2) avenged their 14-13 overtime loss in week 10 in dominating fashion as they physicially manhandled Blackman (10-2) to win 31-7 to advance to the third round of the playoffs. Riverdale feasted on four Blackman turnovers something that didn’t happen in the earlier meeting. The Warriors jumped to a 17-7 lead at the half and never looked back scoring twice in the second half to put away the Blaze.
Loudon Beats Polk Co. At Their Own Game- All season long Polk Co. overwhelmed opponents with their hard charging ground game. The Wildcats went through the regular season pounding teams with a fierce running game that averaging nearly 300 yards on the ground. But Loudon turned the tables on Polk Co. by shutting down the potent Wildcat running game as they held Polk Co. to only 16 yards rushing as Loudon won 24-13. Loudon rushed for 255 yards as running back Matthew Wallace had 103 yards and scored two touchdowns and was a sparkplug on defense as well as he intercepted two passes.
Revenge Is Ours A Year Later -- Boyd Buchanan 28, Marion County 6- Last season an underdog Marion County team went to Boyd Buchanan and took advantage of five Buccaneer turnovers to beat Boyd 7-6. A year later it was Marion Co. that turned it over five times as Boyd got 145 yards rushing and one touchdown from running back Ben Beasley who helped the Marion cause last season with a crucial fumble. Boyd quarterback Andrew Crowe had a touchdown run and threw two touchdowns as the Bucs gained a measure of revenge on the Warriors.
Giles Co. 32, David Lipscomb 6- For Giles County beating David Lipscomb erased years of frustration at the hands of the Mustangs. Behind Class 4A Mr. Football Back Finalist Bo Wallace’s 225 yards rushing and two touchdowns, Giles closed the Mustangs out this season something they couldn’t do last season winning 32-6. In 2008, David Lipscomb defeated Giles twice once in the regular season 31-28 and 17-16 in the third round of the playoffs. Lipscomb had beaten Giles six straight times and had a winning margin of 30-12 over the Bobcats, but Wallace and running back Tobias Houston wouldn’t allow another Lipscomb comeback.
Dear Ken: I think I heard that country legend Merle Haggard grew up living in a boxcar as his house? Any truth to that?
Yep. Born in Bakersfield, Calif., to Okie parents in 1937, Haggard’s first home was a railroad boxcar that his father converted into a house. You might enjoy his 1999 autobiography “Merle Haggard’s My House of Memories: For the Record.”
Sherlock’s Books, 200 Maddox-Simpson Pkwy., Lebanon, will have a number authors on hand beginning the end of November and continuing through December who will sign copies of their books.
They are as follows:
• Charles Baril will sign his book The Wedding Present on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 1 until 4 p.m.
• Aurora Zebert will do a cooking demo and sign her cookbook It’s All About Taste on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
• Sherrilyn Kenyon will sign the 3rd of her League Series, Born of Ice, on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1 until 4 p.m.
Once again, Silver Springs Baptist Church, Lebanon Road at Benders Ferry, Mt. Juliet will portray what it may have been like to be a guest in Bethlehem when Jesus was born through the dramatic presentation, “In Bethlehem Inn.”
This year’s edition is the 15th year of production with each year adding something new to the presentation.
Performances will be on Dec. 2-5. Performance times are 6:30 p.m. each evening with a Saturday matinee at 4:30 p.m.
Foster’s Firewood keeps the home fires burning
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET -- On Highway 70 about 200 yards shy of the Davidson County line, motorists who glance south will view a long and crooked “V” shaped from belt high stacks of firewood.
Here in Scott’s Hollow, near the convergence of two creeks, hardy-working folks have been peddling firewood for more than 30 years.
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