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Dixie Majors win state "O" Zone title


SWEETWATER — The Lebanon Rotary All-Stars rode a solid pitching performance from Jordan Roundtree Wednesday, July 9 in a 7-1 win over Savannah in the Dixie Youth "O" Zone State Tournament finals.

The state title is the first for the Lebanon Dixie Youth organization after a couple of runner-up finishes in 2001 and sends the local 12 year-old squad to Pascagoula, MS for the Dixie Youth "O" Zone World Series.

As Tennessee champion, Lebanon will take on host Pascagoula Saturday, July 26 at 8 p.m. Lebanon is bracketed with the Florida and South Carolina state champs in the 12-team double-elimination tournament.

Dixie Majors whip Savanah 12-1

By Corbitt Hollingsworth, Monroe County Advocate & Democrat

SWEETWATER -- The Lebanon Rotary all-star team continued its roll through the Dixie Youth 11-12 year old "O" Zone state tournament by thumping Savannah 12-1 in four innings Monday.

Timely hitting and solid pitching were key for Lebanon as they movde one win away from securing its place in Wednesday’s scheduled title game with the winner advancing to the Dixie Youth World Series in Mississippi.

Lebanon was will play Dyersburg Tuesday night for the chance to clinch that spot.

Lebanon pounded out 12 hits in the game while limiting Savannah to only one. Jordan Roundtree and Caleb Snider combined for a strong outing as the two pitchers struck out nine, with Roundtree collecting six of those. He struck out the side in the two innings he pitched.

Lebanon, playing as the visitors, struck early with back-to-back singles on the game’s first two pitches by Snider and Roundtree. Austin Godwin continued the streak of hits with a ringing double to bring in the game’s first two runs.

Lebanon showed its power with its next two hits as Braxton McFarlin and Dusty Meador sent balls over the right field and center field fence.

Lebanon took a commanding 5-0 lead after one inning.

Lebanon struck again in the third, scoring four runs and extending the lead to 9-0. Jacob Urmanski collected two hits in the inning, including an RBI single on a perfectly placed bunt.

Savannah collected its first hit and only run in the bottom of the third.

With the bases loaded and only one out, Roundtree mishandled a ground ball at short that allowed Savannah to score its lone marker.

However, Lebanon got out of the inning with a strikeout and ground out to third to end the Savannah threat.

Lebanon added three more runs in the top of the fourth. Snider walked to lead off the inning before Godwin and Jacob Williams hit back-to-back ground-rule doubles.

McFarlin drove in another run with a sacrifice to give Lebanon a 12-1 lead, bringing the 10-run mercy rule into effect.

Godwin finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored while Snider and Williams had two hits apiece. Snider scored three runs.

Wayne Robinson, 79

LEBANON -- A Celebration of Life was held Monday morning, July 7 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Wayne Jackson Robinson, 79, of Lebanon.

Former Chief of Police for the City of Lebanon, Mr. Robinson died July 4, 2008.

Born February 27, 1929 in Liberty to the late William Earnest & Lucille Moser Robinson, Robinson was an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon and worked 31 years in local law enforcement.

His tenure included service to both the Lebanon Police Department and later to the Wilson County Sheriffs’ Department where he rose to the rank of Chief Deputy under the direction of Sheriff Terry Ashe.

After retirement he served as a Court Officer under the direction of Judge Robert Bradshaw and Judge J.O. Bond until his death.

Robert Earl Hearn, 61

LEBANON – Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon, July 6 at the Sellars Funeral Home for Mr. Hearn, 61, of Lebanon.

Known as "Bobby" to his family and friends, Mr. Hearn passed away Friday, July 4, 2008 following an extended illness.

Services were conducted by Brother Don McElroy and Brother Charles Joyner. Interment followed in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: son Steven (Melissa) Hearn; mother Jewell Tomlinson; and brothers Tony (Tina) Hearn and Ronnie (Renee) Hearn — all of Lebanon.

WCSD detectives bring in 800-plus pounds of pot in holiday drug bust


Wilson County Sheriff’s Department detectives confiscated 815 pounds of marijuana with a street value of approximately $1 million and three vehicles in a major drug bust this past holiday weekend.

The detectives received information that a large shipment of marijuana was being transported into Wilson County and delivered to a local business, Sheriff Terry Ashe told reporters Monday during a press conference.

Detectives then actually “observed large bales of marijuana being unloaded at Cruz Tire located at 3700 Highway 231 North,” Ashe said.

RTA announces ticket refund for MC Star Fireworks Express

From Post staff reports

The Regional Transportation Authority announces refund procedures for individuals seeking ticket refunds for unused train tickets purchased for the Music City Star July 4 Fireworks Express.

RTA officials said they did not realize that so many people would choose to ride the train to the Nashville fireworks event and believed that about 250 people had purchased tickets to ride the Star. However, more than 1,100 people boarded the train. There was a seating capacity of 750 on the five train cars.

Even though many people had purchased tickets and were waiting at other stations, the Star rolled past them without stopping, angering many of the would-be riders.

Venezuelans study local baseball

From POST staff reports

Five youth baseball leaders from Venezuela will arrive in Lebanon Monday as part of the Youth Sports Management Exchange program to explore programs and strategies for providing sustainable sports opportunities for economically disadvantaged youth and for stressing educational achievement together with sports achievement.

Youth baseball officials and community volunteers from throughout Wilson County will help guide these leaders by hosting them at their youth serving organizations, providing home-stays and treating them to some of our region’s best youth baseball and softball, including visits to the Babe Ruth District Tournament games at Lebanon’s Baird Park Complex.

The Venezuelan baseball leaders will be staying at the homes of local residents between July 7 and 15.

The group spent last week in Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland area where they attended a two-day workshop at the Cal Ripken Academy, meeting with US government officials, leaders of national and international youth sports programs, and learning more about US history and culture.

The Youth Sports Management Exchange is supported by the US Department of State and managed by the Partners of the Americas. In Tennessee their activities are being led and coordinated by the Tennessee-Venezuela chapter of Partners of the Americas.

Founded in 1964, Partners of the Americas links U.S. states with Latin American and Caribbean countries in partnerships that use the energy and skills of citizen volunteers, their institutions and communities to address shared concerns of social, economic and cultural development. Its work covers areas as diverse as emergency preparedness, agriculture, cultural exchange, domestic violence and local government strengthening. Partners is a private, nonprofit, non-partisan organization with international offices in Washington, D.C.

The Tennessee local chapter has members from different sections of the state and is currently involved in a series of people to people diplomacy exchanges with Venezuela. Tennessee is also partner of the state of Amazonas in Brasil.

Last month ten Venezuelan students spent ten days in Johnson City in the Youth Exchange program. Soon, another ten participants of the Young Leaders exchange programs will visit Tennessee to work on special projects, learning about AIDS programs in our state.

In addition to seeing Babe Ruth games at Baird Park, the visitors will also visit Cumberland University’s Stockton Field where they will attend an advanced fundamental camp under the direction of Coach Woody Hunt, visit Baird Park and sit down with Parks and Recreation Director William Porter and hear remarks from David McKinney on the history of Babe Ruth baseball in Lebanon.

Anyone interested in joining Partners and learning more about the organization, visit and /or call Dr. Hugo Sandoval at 615-594-2076.


Dixie 12s rolling in Sweetwater


SWEETWATER -- Lebanon’s Rotary Dixie Major (11-12) baseball all-stars stand a perfect 3-0 in their "O-Zone" state tournament and will face Savannah tonight at 8 p.m. (Eastern) in the finals of the winners bracket.

The Dixie Stars pounded out five home runs and 25 hits Sunday afternoon in a 23-1 victory over Chester County.

Lebanon scored nine times in the bottom of the first inning and added six more in the second.

Jordan Roundtree ripped a pair of HRs while Dusty Meador, Braxton McFarlin and Austin Godwin had one homer each.

Godwin and Eddie McDaniel each went 4-for-4.

Coppola twins headline race concert

LEBANON -- Recording artists, songwriters AND identical twins, Kate and Kacey Coppola will preform the pre-race concert Saturday, July 12 as the Nashville Superspeedway welcomes the eighth annual running of the Firestone Indy 200.

The pre race concert presented by Dillon Transportation will take place at 5 p.m. at the south end of the grandstands. Good seats for the Firestone Indy 200 are available at

The Coppola twins are one of country music’s fast emerging talents. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, they moved to Colorado when they were three years old and have been singing together from the very start.

Artwork on display at The Mill at Lebanon

From Post staff reports 

The Vibes Coffee crew would like to personally invite you to come out and join them at The Mill at Lebanon this Thursday July 3 from 6-10 p.m. for some great food, entertainment and fabulous artwork.

Vibes will be featuring the works and photography of:  Karen Crenshaw, Sandy Burr, Crystal Bowron, and Beth Inglish at Lava Studios. 

Also, do not miss the folk art of Elkin Brown at Vibes Coffee Shop.


Charles E. Green, Sr. 73

GALLATIN -- Funeral services will be Thursday, July 3 at 2 p.m. at Family Heritage Funeral Home in Sumner County for Mr. Green, 73, of Gallatin.

A native of Wilson County and a graduate of Lebanon High School, Mr. Green died Monday June 30, 2008. Mr. Green was a member of Lambuth United Methodist Church.

Visitation is will be Wednesday 4 - 8 p.m. and Thursday 12 Noon until time of funeral.

Dustan Noble Gammon, 18

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, July 1 at First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet for Mr. Gammon, 18, of Mt. Juliet.

A 2008 graduate of Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, he passed away Saturday, June 28, 2008 following a battle with leukemia.

A member of the baseball team at MJCA and a popular student, he was a member of the Family Worship Center.

Adelle Meadows Poston, 77

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Poston were held Monday morning, June 30 at the Highland Heights Church of Christ. Mrs. Poston, 77, of Lebanon passed away June 28, 2008, at University Medical Center.

Born January 16, 1931, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Marsh J. and Nannie Susan Brown Meadows.

She and her husband owned Poston & Poston Insurance Agency representing Union Bankers and United American. She was an antique dealer and was a member of the Highland Heights Church of Christ.

Sylvia Marie Oliver, 90

LEBANON -- Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, July 1 at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens for Mrs. Oliver, 90. A former sales clerk with Fred’s Department Store, she died Saturday, June 28, 2008 at the Hartsville Medical Center.

The daughter of the late Went and Altie Rogers Dile, Mrs. Oliver was a member of the Hurricane Baptist Church.

Services were conducted by Pastor James Gordon Williams.

Survivors include: children James "Brownie" Oliver of Lebanon, Juanita (Charles) Jackson of Hartsville and Linda (Roy) Barrett of Lebanon.

Lillian Mai Reynolds, 83

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, July 1 at the Ligon and Bobo Funeral Home for Miss Reynolds, 83, of Lebanon.

A native of Wilson County and the daughter of the late Green and Annie Mai Trammell Reynolds, she died June 28, 2008 at University Medical Center following a long illness.

Miss Reynolds was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and a member of the Telephone Pioneers. A 1944 graduate of Lebanon High School, she worked at Sewart Air Force Base in Smyrna during World War II and afterwards at Bell Telephone for 35 years.

Dorothy Johnson McKenney, 70

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, July 3 at the Sellars Funeral Home for Mrs. McKenney, 70, of Smith County.

Known as "Dot" to her family and friends, she passed away Sunday, June 29, 2008.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home Wednesday from 3-8 p.m. and Thursday from 12 Noon until the funeral.

The chapel service will be conducted by Brother Doris Manning and Brother Ronnie Armistead. Interment will follow in the Bethlehem Cemetery.

Jay Grooms, 44

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 7 p.m. Thursday, July 3 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Grooms, 44, of Hermitage. A graduate of DuPont High School and a resident at Palmyra Health Care, Mr. Grooms died June 29, 2008.

He had attended University of Tennessee - Knoxville and was the son of the late Jerry Mitchell Grooms and Charlene Elizabeth "Betsy" Lee Grooms.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services Thursday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet. Services will be conducted by Chaplain Tommy Baker.

Wife hires lawyer, no charges filed


Although Darlene Brown has hired Carthage attorney Randy Wakefield to represent her, no charges have yet been filed in the early Sunday morning death of her husband James Wesley "Jim" Brown, 46, of Big Springs Road, in Lebanon.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said Tuesday "preliminary autopsy results confirm that James Brown died of massive trauma most likely inflicted by a vehicle."

Early Sunday, about 2:30 a.m., Ashe said the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a body was laying in Big Springs Road about 200 yards from its intersection with Highway 70 East, also recognized as the Carthage Highway.


Martha-Leeville parent is angry over zoning


A disagreement over where children from the Martha-Leeville community should attend school and who should provide transportation, led to heated words between Wilson County Board of Education Chair Teddy Cook and April Basham, a parent of some of the children involved.

Basham initially addressed her concerns to the board during the statement by citizens segment at the beginning of Monday’s meeting.

She asked that the board reconsider the zone change which divided the students in the Martha-Leeville community among three schools.

The community, which straddles Highway 109, was rezoned in April, sending some children to the new Elzie Patton Elementary, some to Rutland Elementary and some to Southside Elementary.

Kiwanis 10's rally for win

From POST staff reports

SPARTA -- Peyton McCullough’s walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning handed the Lebanon Kiwanis 10 year-old Little League all-stars a 7-6 victory over Gallatin Monday in the opening round of the area tournament.

Lebanon struck early for a 4-0 lead, but Gallatin slowly chipped away, tying the game at 4-4 after six.

Gallatin scored twice in the top of the seventh, but the local squad rallied for three in the bottom of the inning -- powered by McCulloch’s double.

McCullough was credited with the pitching decision in relief of starter Adam Cassetty.

Fund raiser in planning stage for RCDP research, awareness


A fund raiser is in the planning stages to raise money for research and awareness about a rare genetic disorder that recently claimed the life of a 2-year-old Lebanon boy.

Although details are still being worked out, singer/songwriter Keith Burns has agreed to perform at the event. Burns, a Lebanon resident, formerly sang with country group Trick Pony.

Jacob Carson, 2, died June 19. He had been diagnosed with Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata or RCDP. His sister, Abbagale, 4, has been diagnosed with RCDP, also.

Local person recovers after eating bad tomato

From Post staff reports
Wilson County recorded its first case of someone becoming sick after eating a tomato linked to the recent salmonella outbreak.
Another case of someone becoming sick by eating a tainted tomato was also reported in Carroll County, bringing the state total to six persons.

Mt. Juliet revisits volunteer effort for fire-fighting


A volunteer fire department is not new to Mt. Juliet.

In fact, Mt Juliet had its own volunteer fire department in the 1960s and 1970s before it became a city. The city incorporated in 1972 and purchased a new fire engine in late 1974, said Mt Juliet City Recorder Sheila Luckett.

Then in August 1975 the city agreed to give the county its fire truck and lease the fire hall to Wilson County Civil Defense for $1 a year, Luckett said.

Wilson County Civil Defense in the mid 1980s became Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, (WEMA) because the federal agency – Federal Emergency Management Agency – changed its name from Federal Civil Defense to FEMA.

Dixie Majors win District 5

WAVERLY -- Lebanon’s Rotary Dixie Major all-stars took no prisoners Wednesday night in a 20-3 thrashing of Humphreys County in the District 5 championship game held at the Allen Sports Complex.

The victory, Lebanon’s fourth straight without a loss, sends the Rotary squad into a 12-team, double-elimination state tournament which begins July 5 in Sweetwater.

Lebanon will be matched up against Greenback, the District 8 runner-up.

The Rotary stars opened Wednesday’s finals with a five-run outburst in the top of the first inning, then added nine in the top of the third powered by a leadoff home run from from Jordan Roundtree and a three-run blast from Jacob Williams.

Lebanon closed out the game with six runs in the top of the fourth.

On Tuesday night, Lebanon reached the finals with a 14-4 victory over Dickson County.

Caleb Snider worked the first two innings for the win while Austin Godwin struck out four in two innings of relief.

Roundtree belted a towering two-run homer to center field, chasing home Caleb Snider who had reached on a single.

Lebanon put the game away with seven runs in the second on a double from Godwin and singles from McFarlin, Colton Gaines and Jacob Urmanski.

Sports camps offered locally
CU FUNDAMENTALS CAMP -- Cumberland University baseball Coach Woody Hunt will host an Advanced Fundamentals Camp July 7 - 10 at Stockton Field.

Hitting, throwing mechanics and the fundamentals of each position will be emphasized at the new camp. Open to campers age 14-18, the camp will be held from 9 a.m. until 12 Noon. The cost is $85 per camper.

All camp participants will receive one-on-one instruction from Coach Hunt and camp instructors, a camp T-shirt, use of the Bulldogs’ playing field and use of the Benton Jennings Hitting Facility. Each player will also receive video analysis during the camps.

For more information, call Coach Hunt at 547-1366.

SUMMR HOOPS AT FBC -- A series of summer basketball camps for boys and girls are being offered at Lebanon’s First Baptist Church. The camp will offer various sessions running through Thursday, August 7.  Camp opportunites will be offered for children kindergarten age through sixth grade.

All camps will teach basic dribbling, passing and shooting skills with three competitive camps offering 1-on-1 competition. Cost varies from $30 - $40 per camp. In addition, a girls-only, nine-week program is being offered for young ladies entering grades 7, 8 and 9. These campers will practice twice a week and play organized pick-up games once a week.

Only 30 girls will be accepted for this camp series at $100 per person. Call Davis Harrison at 417-4510 or visit the church office at 227 East Main St., Monday - Friday / 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

FREE CAMP AT MARKET STREET -- FREE basketball camps will be held at the Market Street Community Center, 321 Market Street, Lebanon. Boys’ camp: June 30-July 3 from 5-7 p.m. Girls’ camp: July 7-10 from 5-7 p.m. For information: call Kevin Huddleston at 604-3542.

FCS FOOTBALL CAMP -- Friendship Christian School will offer a football camp for boys grades eight and under the week of July 14-18. Camp will be held between the hours of 9-11 a.m. for a cost of $70 per child. For information, call the school office at 449-1573.

CU INDIVIDUAL CAMP -- A maximum of 40 players will be accepted for Cumberland University’s Men’s Basketball Individual Camp June 30 - July 3 at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. Cost is $125 per camper (ages 10-15) and includes lunch. Campers will receive extensive fundamental and skill breakdowns from collegiate coaches. Individual competions and team games will also be played throughout the week. For information, call Coach Lonnie Thompson at 547-1345.

BLUE DEVIL BASKETBALL CAMP -- A basketball camp for boys and girls grades K-8 will be held July 8-11 at Lebanon High School. Players in grades K-4 will work from 8-11 a.m. with players in grades 5-8 going from 12 Noon - 3 p.m. Cost is $50 with $10 off for bringing a friend. Call Lebanon High coach Doug Keil at 812-5444 for more information.

MJMS HOOPS CAMP -- Mt. Juliet Middle School will hold a girls basketball camp July 7-10, between the hours of 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Tommy Martin Gym in the old Mt. Juliet High building. MJMS Head Basketball Coach Rick Johnson will conduct the camp. Each day, former and current Lady Bears will be on hand to assist and instruct in all areas of camp.

Basketball fundamentals will be stressed, and all skill levels will be represented. All girls ages 6-13 are encouraged to attend, regardless of experience. Camp fees are $60 and all campers will receive a camp T-shirt. Applications are available at Mt. Juliet Middle School, area elementary schools, and Sports World in Mt. Juliet.

WWMS BASEBALL CAMP -- The West Wilson Middle School Wildcats Baseball Camp will be held July 18, 19 and 20 at the Mt. Juliet League baseball park on Highway 70 for ages 9 - 14 For details, contact coaches Joel Lasko at 423-552-4053, John Guethlein at 615-290-3204, or stop by West Wilson Middle School.


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