Students at Mt Juliet Montessori Academy Elementary and Preschool, 9695 Lebanon Road in Mt Juliet, are working with the residents of Wilson County to collect and compile “Health Kits” for Haiti residents displaced by the recent earthquake.
MJM is one of four Middle Tennessee Montessori schools that have banded together to assist Haiti while empowering their young students to act on their natural compassion and desire to take care of their local and global community.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
It doesn’t happen very often, thankfully, but two buildings were struck by vehicles in two separate accidents in Lebanon on Monday with one collision sending a driver to the hospital with a broken back.
The first accident, which resulted in the most serious injury, occurred about 12:45 p.m. on West Main Street at C & D Realty.
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Two former Cumberland baseball standouts who went on to become successful prep coaches will be honored during the annual “Dine With The ‘Dawgs” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Benton Jennings Center on the CU campus.
Wilson Central coach Anthony Ford and Mt. Juliet skipper Mark Purvis will be recognized for their achievements at the high school level. Both played at Cumberland for veteran coach Woody Hunt -- Ford pitched and Purvis was a second baseman. The event is sponsored by Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial and includes dinner sponsored by Outback Steakhouse. As always, a silent auction of baseball memorabilia as well as other donated items will be available.
All proceeds from the event go directly to the Cumberland baseball program. The Bulldogs have appeared in 10 NAIA World Series in program history, winning the national championship in 2004. Cost is $35 per person. To reserve your spot please contact the baseball office at 547-1366 or head coach Woody Hunt at 708-0727 or send an e-mail to: email@example.com.
A portion of the proceeds will go toward ongoing renovations at Ernest L. Stockton Field. Construction is presently underway on new fencing designed to enclose the facility and the relocation of both the leftfield and rightfield bullpens.
Wilson Central’s boys and girls bowling teams are returning to the TSSAA state tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Smyrna Bowling Center.
The Central boys won their sectional match Monday over Hendersonville by a 19-8 score at Hermitage Lanes. The WC girls won their sectional match Saturday at Hermitage with an 18-9 victory, also over Hendersonville.
This makes the Lady Wildcats fourth consecutive state tournament appearance, and five of the last six. Central finished as state runner-up twice -- in 2007 and 2009. The Wildcats also finished as state runners-up last year.
Wilson Central also has seven bowlers who have advanced to the Individual Division of the State Tournament. Boys include: senior JR Clemons 217 average; junior Chris Branner 205; senior Geremy Roseti 202; junior Seth Carey 199. Girls: senior Brennan Page 200 average; junior Danielle Chaffin 192 and junior Kirstin Page 190.
LEBANON -- One day after receiving TranSouth Conference Player of the Week accolades, Cumberland University’s Brandon Springer was honored by the NAIA as the National Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday.
Springer, who was chosen from a pool of 12 conference players of the week, recorded three double-doubles last week, leading Cumberland (7-13, 4-3) to a 2-1 record that included a win over then-No. 18 Union University.
For the week, he went 28-of-56 (50 percent) from the field and 15-of-17 (88 percent) at the free throw line, averaging 24.3 points per game. The senior also tallied 10.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals per contest.
The Hunters Lane High School product, who leads the Bulldogs in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals, is averaging 24 points per contest, which is tied for the highest in the nation. Springer scored 31 points in last Saturday’s loss to Martin Methodist, marking the fifth time he topped 30 points and the 15th time he scored at least 20.
Springer is also pulling down 10.4 rebounds per outing, ranking eighth nationally in that category.
MJ baseball BBQ sale -- Mt. Juliet High’s baseball team will be cooking and delivering barbeque for Super Bowl Sunday with proceeds going to fund a tournament trip to Florida in March. With a minimum order of $18 your order of St. Louis style ribs or pulled pork will be delivered to your home.
Individual slabs of ribs are available for $18 with discounts for multiple orders. Pulled pork is available for $8 per pound. Deliverly area is West Wilson County, west of Highway 109 to East Davidson County line, East of Old Hickory Blvd. For an order form, send an e-mail to David Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chili supper set Feb. 13 -- The Devilettes Fastpitch Club will be hosting its annual chili Supper Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Westland United Methodist Church. Proceeds will go to the Lebanon High softball team. A silent auction and cornhole tournament will also be held that evening. Admission is $5. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the team or at the door the night of the event. Call Richard Smallwood at 444-2597 or 330-3738.
FBC basketball camp -- Lebanon’s First Baptist Church wil be the site of a President’s Day basketball camp for boys and girls in grades K-7. Davis Harrison will run Monday, Feb. 15 with athletes in grades K-4 working out from 8 a.m. - 12 Noon with an emphasis on dribbling skills. Campers in grades 5-7 will work out 1-5 p.m. and will focus on 1-on-1 offensive skills. Cost is $30 per camper. In person registration will be held at the church office Monday- Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call 615-417-4510 Your spot is reserved when payment is received.
Rotary / Dixie baseball -- Signups have begun for the spring baseball league. To sign up, just go online at www.lebanonrotarybaseball.com or call Debbie at 453-6821. To be eligible to play, players must be between 9 to 12 years of age as of April 30, 2010. There is no charge to play. Returning players will stay with their current team, unless moving up to the next level. Tryouts will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Lebanon Rotary baseball fields located in the Baird Park Complex. Returning players moving up and new registrants will need to tryout. Space is limited and will be on the first signup basis.
NSS tickets now on sale -- Season and individual race tickets for the 2010 season at the Nashville Superspeedway are now on sale. Fans can reserve great seats by calling 866-RACE-TIX or by going online at www.NashvilleSuperspeedway.com tickets start at $35 for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races and $45 for NASCAR Nationwide Series races. Season tickets including all three race weekends are still available starting at $179 for adults and just $84 for kids 12 and under.
Dance benefits WC soccer -- A Father Daughter Valentines Dance for grades K-8 will be held Friday, February 5, from 6-9 p.m. at West Wilson Middle School. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. Cost $20 per couple with an advance reservation $30 at the door. For information or to make a reservation, e-maill email@example.com or call 453-3992. All proceeds will benefit the Wilson Central High School Soccer Boosters.
LSGA 2010 sign-ups -- Sign-ups for the 2010 season of the Lebanon Girls Softball Association season will be held between the hours of 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 at the LGSA clubhouse in the Baird Park Complex. The league is for girls ages 5-13. For more information call Kenny Black at 330-8983.
LEBANON -- Despite the continued strong play of Brandon Springer, Cumberland University dropped an 84-71 loss at the hands of TranSouth Conference foe Martin Methodist at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center Saturday afternoon.
Springer, who entered the game with six consecutive double-doubles, made it seven in a row with 31 points and 11 rebounds. The game marked the fifth time this year and second in four games that the nation’s leading scorer has topped 30 points.
Cumberland (7-13, 4-3) had won five of its last eight games, including the last two, before dropping the contest to the league’s highest scoring offense.
Martin Methodist (12-7, 2-4) controlled most of the first half, taking the lead at 8-6 and holding it until intermission thanks in large part to Will Shackleford. The nation’s leading rebounder proved to be as much of a scoring threat as a presence on the glass with 18 points before halftime, including going 7-of-8 to start the game and scoring all of MMC’s first 14 points.
Shackleford finished the game with 28 points for the RedHawks, who beat CU for the first time in the last four tries.
The Bulldogs are off until next Saturday when the Bulldogs travel to Mid-Continent at 4 p.m. CU owns a perfect 6-0 record against the Cougars since MCU joined the TranSouth.
IN SATURDAY'S OPENER -- Cumberland scored just 15 points in the second half a 53-43 loss to Martin Methodist Red Hawks in women’s basketball action.
Cumberland (7-9, 1-6 TranSouth) led 28-22 at halftime but did not reach double digits in the second half until a Keshia Brown bucket with 2:53 remaining in the game.
Martin Methodist (12-7, 4-2) used a 22-6 run over a 12-minute span to take control of the game, with the Bulldogs going 2-for-13 from the floor with seven turnovers.
The turning point of the game came with the Bulldogs ahead 32-28 early in the second half. Brown was called for a charge, the fifth offensive foul call of the game against the Lady Bulldogs, and CU head coach Jeremy Lewis expressed his displeasure, drawing a technical foul.
Micah Anderson hit the two free throws for MMC and the visitors run to the lead. It also started the Lady Bulldogs stretch of just two field goals over the next 12:22 of the game as well as three missed free throws.
Allysia Bailey led the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points but was limited because of four fouls, three offensive, while no other CU player was in double figures.
Whitney Robison went 10-for-11 from the field and talked 22 points along with seven rebounds, while Anderson scored 11 points with eight boards for the Red Hawks.
Cumberland scored the final nine points in the first half to take a 28-22 advantage at the break. Crystal Poindexter banked in a 3-pointer for the Red Hawks with 5:31 to play in the half, giving MMC a 22-19 lead.
Cumberland shot 48 percent from the field in the half but committed eight turnovers and was whistled for eight fouls, including three charges. Six players scored at least four points for CU in the period, while Robison led the Red Hawks with nine points.
Cumberland hosts King College in a nonconference game Monday at 7 p.m.
From Post staff reports
It’s not exactly a list for Crime Stoppers to publish and it’s certainly not a line-up of names and photos you might see as leading contenders on the FBI’s most wanted agenda.
However, Lebanon High School’s class of 1960 is looking for a few missing classmates.
By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.
What’s a good activity to do when it’s too cold to get out for the fun things done in warmer weather?
Beside the traditional admonition to get a good book and curl up the fireplace, I have a couple of other suggestions. The thing I like to do is to plan for the fun times. I got a chance to go through the biking and hiking supply place and found a good book for bike routes. The next day I walked through the hunting and fishing store to get supplies and spruce up my tackle box.
By JOHN CRABTREE
A microenterprise is defined as a business with five or fewer employees. Microenterprises constitute 87 percent of all American small businesses. Moreover, during the last recession, these small businesses led the nation out of recession by creating jobs while bigger firms were still cutting.
Microenterprises are not one-size-fits-all kinds of businesses, and neither are the organizations that exist to serve them. Most of these organizations are nonprofits, either housed within larger organizations -- like the Center for Rural Affairs' REAP program -- or as stand-alone nonprofits. They provide core services like business training, technical assistance and access to capital.
To the editor:
The water fluoridation issue varies depending on who you talk to. Studies show fluoride causes nervous and cardiovascular system disorders as well as bone fluorosis and various cancers. Others show fluoride is safe. Studies also vary as to how effective water fluoridation is in preventing tooth decay. The interesting thing is that the studies supporting water fluoridation were mostly conducted by people with a vested financial interest in fluoride being ruled safe.
To the Editor:
Although the fluoridation issue is highly controversial, there are a few facts that are undisputed. The American Dental Association (ADA) states that the primary benefit of fluoride is topical, not systemic. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that 32% of American children have dental fluorosis (white, yellow, or brown mottling of the teeth) and that babies should not receive formula mixed with fluoridated water. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the ADA have advised that infants under 6 months should not receive fluoride at all. On June 8, 2008, the National Kidney Foundation removed itself as a supporter of fluoridation for kidney patients from the ADA website. The only way to remove fluoride from the water is through reverse osmosis or distillation.
LEBANON — Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, January 23 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Reed, 77, of Lebanon. A native of Wilson County and a veteran of the US Air Force, he died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro.
Mr. Reed was the son of the late Odell and Virginia Floyd reed and a member of the Barton’s Creek Baptist Church. He was a former member of the Lebanon Jaycees and the American Legion. He was a brick mason for many years and later sold cars for Burchett Ford and Lebanon Lincoln Mercury for over 30 years.
The family will receive friends Friday between the hours of 2-8 p.m. and Saturday after 9 a.m. at the funeral home. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Terry Cathey. Interment with military honors will follow at the Barton’s Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife of over 55 years Martha Jean Sandy Reed; siblings Bobby Joe (Faye) Reed and Janette (Wendell) Hall — all of Lebanon; nieces Leasa Gammon, Angela Reed, Cindy Bjork and nephew Andy Hall.
Pallbearers: Eddie Reed, Jimmy Reed, Robert Bull, Andy Hall, Jim Bjork and Richard Gammon. Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
MT. JULIET — A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, January 25 at Grace United Methodist Church for Mr. Lindsay, 72, of Mt. Juliet. He passed away Jan. 21, 2010.
Survivors include: wife Mary Lindsay; sons Chad Lindsay and Patrick Lindsay; brothers David Lindsay and Fred Lindsay; along with several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Lindsay was preceded in death by mother Henrietta Mee; and brothers Ted Lindsay and William Lindsay. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Wilson County Black History Committee will host a Black History Month observance next month that combines a look at the past with a celebration of the present.
The event will be held Feb. 27, beginning at noon, at Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church.
An announcement this past week by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood could put Wilson County and other Middle Tennessee counties in a much better position to pay for transportation projects that support a higher quality-of-life, according to a statement issued by a regional planning group.
According to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, LaHood’s announcement represents a dramatic change in existing federal policy.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Jobs, jobs and jobs are the main concern of Tennesseans throughout the state, Mike McWherter said when he is elected Governor later this year that will be his top focus, also.
McWherter, of Jackson, stopped the office of The Wilson Post on Thursday to discuss what he believes are the main issues facing the state and what citizens are saying.
By ZACK OWENSBY
The Wilson Post
During the past two weeks, concerns have peaked over the City of Lebanon’s decision to stop adding fluoride to its city water supply.
Fluoride has confirmed benefits, mostly related to dental health, when consumed in small amounts, first touted in the 1940s and proven again by numerous studies since, according to the American Dental Association.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
An 18-year-old man who served as youth minister at the True Vine Church in Lebanon has been indicted by the grand jury on nine counts of rape of a child.
Tavaria Merritt was arraigned on the charges on Thursday and is next scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 29. He has been released from jail after posting his bond which was set at $40,000.
LEBANON -- Three Bulldogs scored in double figures, including Brandon Springer, who notched his sixth straight double-double, as Cumberland University handed No. 18 Union University its first TranSouth Conference loss with a 71-54 decision Thursday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
After Cumberland (7-12, 4-2) controlled the opening tip, Walter Simon gave the home team a 2-0 lead, which it would never relinquish. Union (14-6, 5-1) forced two ties early, but Springer scored seven straight points and Adam Barnett made a jumper in the lane to put the Cumberland lead at nine.
Union got back to within one on two occasions before the break, but an 11-2 spurt by CU, which ended when Springer picked Greg Truvillion’s pocket and took the ball the length of the floor for a layup, gave Cumberland its first double-digit lead.
Union came out of the locker room and scored four straight to cut the CU lead to six, but UU wouldn’t get any closer as Cumberland steadily built upon its lead. Barnett nailed a 3-pointer with 4:43 remaining, snapping an 0-for-17 drought from downtown, to put CU on top 57-45.
The double-double was the 14th of the year for Springer as the nation’s leading scorer totaled 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs in both categories.
Lamar Brinkley contributed 16 points, going 6-for-7 from the field, while Lindal Yarbrough, playing in just his fourth game for CU after transferring from Middle Tennessee State University, scored 11, reaching double digits for the third time.
Truvillion, who scored 19 of Union’s 27 first-half points, fouled out with 3:12 left in the game, finishing with 27 points, which led all scorers.
In Thursday's opener -- the Cumberland women battled back from 16 down in the first half, only to fall just short in a 69-63 defeat against top-ranked Union.
Cumberland (7-8, 1-5 TranSouth) fell behind 30-14 in the first half but closed the gap with an 11-2 run late in the period and trailed just 37-31 at the break. The Lady Bulldogs reeled off 10 straight points in the first four minutes of the second half to take their first lead at 43-41, capped by a 3-pointer from Brittany Cash.
Cumberland had contributions for several players, Keshia Brown leading four double figure scorers with 15 points. Cash added 13 points, nine in the second half, while Tamara Gonzalez scored 12 points and Bailey netted 11. Freshman Joy Ford also registered six points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes of action, her best game of the year.
Cumberland returns to action Saturday when the Bulldogs entertain Martin Methodist. Women's game will tip at 2 p.m.
FCA DAY -- Cumberland University’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes Day will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 23 as the Bulldog basketball teams host Martin Methodist in a 2 p.m. TSAC doubleheader. Anyone wearing an FCA t-shirt will be admitted free of charge. Former Tennessee Titans tackle Mike Jones will speak at an FCA-sponsored fifth quarter.
From Post staff reports
Wilson County Fair continues its award-winning ways with the announcement on Saturday that it had won the Champion Fair award in the AAA Division at the 88th Annual Convention of the Tennessee Association of Fairs in Nashville.
The fair also won numerous awards in the convention showcases.
Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center requests the pleasure of your company at the Annual Sweetheart Gala on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church located on 14544 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet.
The banquet will feature a full prime rib or chicken entrée compliments of the Mt. Juliet Morning Rotary Club, with musical entertainment provided by the Silver Notes, a full 16-person band. There will also be a Silent Auction at the Gala, so come prepared to eat, shop, laugh and enjoy a wonderful evening with everyone.
The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding parents that children under the age of 10 require two doses of H1N1 flu vaccine in order to be fully immunized against the virus.
H1N1 flu vaccine is plentiful in Tennessee and widely available through county health departments and other providers across the state. Tennessee’s county health departments are providing this vaccine at no charge to patients.
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