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CU men picked 2nd in TSC

LEBANON -- Cumberland’s men’s basketball team received one first-place vote and 66 total points, placing second in the TranSouth Conference Preseason Coaches Poll released Tuesday by the conference office.

Cumberland enters the 2008-09 season looking to build upon last year’s 21-13 campaign and national tournament appearance under seventh-year head coach Lonnie Thompson.

Senior Thomas Douglas, a First Team All-Conference performer last season and the team’s leading returning scorer at 15.9 points per game, heads into the season with 909 total points scored in the previous two years of competition.

"The conference is very bunched in three groups of teams with Union at the top," Thompson said. "Our team is a little unknown because we have seven new players and we have a very good schedule, but I think that will benefit us as we move through the season."

This year’s team expects to have more scoring power with the additions of redshirts Brandon Springer (Columbia State CC) and Jamar Finley (Panola JC), as well as the signings of three NCAA Division I transfers (Kenneth Simms – UMKC, Quentin Turner – Loyola Marymount, and Mario Stowers – Tennessee Tech).

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CU 46, Belhaven 43

JACKSON, MS -- James McClain scored four touchdowns, two rushing and two receiving, and accounted for more than 300 all-purpose yards in Cumberland's 46-43 victory over Belhaven Saturday afternoon at Newell Field.

McClain, a freshman from Goodlettsville, caught 70 and 58 yard TD passes from Matt Eads and added touchdown runs of 18 and seven yards, helping the Bulldogs (4-4, 4-3 MSC) stay perfect (3-0) in the Western Division.

Travis Carter added 90 yards on the ground and Eads was 14-of-27 for 312 yards and the three scores, giving the senior 15 TD passes on the season. It was also his third 300-yard passing game of the season.

CU posted 509 yards of total offense and the defense picked off Belhaven three times, including a 51-yard return by Darius Johnson and a 31-yard return from Melvin Armstrong.

Armstrong's return for a touchdown tied the game at seven in the first quarter and Eads hit McClain from 70 yards out with three seconds to play in the opening period for a 14-7 CU lead. McClain's 18-yard TD run in the second quarter led to a 21-21 tie at halftime.

McClain and Eads hooked up from 58 yards late in the third period and McClain added his seven-yard score later in the quarter for a 33-28 advantage.

Eads hit Michael Moore with a 66-yard strike in the fourth quarter and Ervin Young added the final score for the Bulldogs, a five-yard rush with 7:23 to play that put CU ahead, 46-35.

"It was a very tough game. They were very athletic and there were a bunch of big plays by both teams," CU head coach Dewayne Alexander said. "We really had a tough day with our return teams, giving up big yardage and we had penalties on a lot of our returns.

"But we had a big day offensively with more than 300 yards passing and nearly 200 on the ground. Darius Johnson's interception in the last five minutes was big and Freddie Hall recovered a fumble after we punted at the very end of the game."

Quarterback Jerred Wallace completed 28 of 50 passes for 297 yards and three TDs with three interceptions for the Blazers (2-6, 1-2).

Cumberland begins a three-game homestand to end the year Saturday, Nov. 1 versus Shorter College at 1:30 p.m. at Lindsey Donnell Stadium.

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'Jackets handle FCS 28-6

LEBANON -- No. 2-ranked Trousdale County High locked up the Region 4, 1A crown Saturday night as the Yellow Jackets disposed of Friendship Christian 28-6 at Pirtle Field.

Friendship (8-1) kept it close in the first half and had a 75 yard drive stall out at the Yellow Jacket three on a fourth and goal.

Friendship's lone score came in the second quarter when quarterback Lee Maasen hit sophomore Kyle Neal on a 23 yard slant route for a touchdown. The extra point try was partially blocked.

Trousdale County (9-0) pounded out 21 first downs and 334 yards rushing, eating up the FCS defense and valuable clock. FCS was limited to 179 yards of total offense and just six first downs.

The Region 4, 1A showdown of unbeatens was delayed 24 hours due to weather conditions Friday night. The win puts the Yellow Jackets in the driver's seat in the region while FCS will secure second place.

Trousdale County will remain at home throughout the Class A playoffs. Friendship is guaranteed a first round playoff game at home.

FCS travels to Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Thursday, Oct. 30 for the regular season finale.

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Clay CO. 40, MJ Christian 14

By ZACK OWENSBY

MT. JULIET -- The Saints of Mt. Juliet Christian Academy (2-7) were run down, run around, and run over in a 40-14 loss to Clay County (6-3) Friday night.

With the early discovery of a weakness in MJCA’s defense, the Bulldogs ran to the tune of 400-plus yards on the ground.

And once they discovered that no Saints’ defender could stop them, they committed to the run and dared MJCA to stop them.

But the Saints have had trouble all year stopping the run, head coach Paul Townsend said after the game. "Once they found something they liked, they kept doing it, and we couldn’t stop them."

The Saints scrapped hard the whole game, but turnovers at inopportune times cost them big.

MJCA’s Devin Bradshaw threw an interception on the Saints first offensive play on a lateral from senior QB Chris Frazier.

Frazier had troubles of his own, throwing three picks himself. His accuracy was off all night due to confusion in routes, coverage schemes, or poor footwork when rolling out of the pocket on bootlegs often.

But when Frazier did hit his target, his receivers didn’t help him out much, dropping 8 to 10 passes, two in the end zone, which hit them in their hands or chest. He finished 12 for 40 for 115 yards and three interceptions.

Senior running back Stephen Hughes gained a tough 96 yards and two three-yard touchdowns and a catch.

Clay County took the opening kickoff 80 yards in five plays for an early 6-0 lead. Clay Co.’s T.J. Key ran it in from 8 yards out. He finished with 12 carries for 220 yards and 3 TDs.

MJCA answered with 3:54 remaining in the first quarter on a touchdown run by Hughes to lead 7-6.

Clay County junior Matt Brown added a pair of rushing touchdowns in the second quarter to send the lead to 20-7.

The Bulldogs’ Key rushed in two more, from 34 and 80 yards out to put the game out of reach at 34-7.

The Saints fought back but came up empty twice after long drives, first after a 10-play, 50-yard drive that stalled just outside the Bulldogs’ 10 yard line, and again on a 10-play, 45-yard drive.

"We had opportunities to get back in it late," Townsend said, "but we just couldn’t capitalize. We had two nice drives there at the end that stalled and we didn’t get anything from them. But I’m proud of our boys; they played hard the entire game. I was concerned, being that we’ve played so poorly the two weeks prior to this game. So I am pleased with their effort."

MJCA will host Friendship Christian next Thursday, October 30. The game has been moved up a day to accommodate Halloween night.

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Central 14, LaVergne 7

By Kenneth Schott

LAVERGNE--Wilson Central¹s first two offensive plays against La Vergne were handoffs to Cody Clawson, and both of them resulted in touchdowns.

In the Region 4-5A matchup, the visiting Wildcats went on and defeated the Wolverines 14-7 Friday night, in LaVergne¹s final home game of the season.

After recovering a LaVergne fumble to stop the Wolverines’ opening drive, the Wildcats took over at the 44. Quarterback Kelton Stewart pitched the ball to Clawson, and he made it look easy. He went 56 yards untouched for the score.

The Wildcats hemmed the Wolverines in at their 10 on the following kickoff, and on third down, La Vergne quarterback Landon Grooms was sacked inside his own one. La Vergne punter Callib Zielinski had to punt from the back of his end zone. The punt was partially blocked, and the Wildcats took over at the eight.

Central’s Stewart pitched it to Clawson, and he scored again sprinting to the corner of the end zone to give Wilson Central a 14-0 advantage.

The Wolverines scored later in the first quarter, going 65 yards in nine plays. Grooms hit Ryan McBee for 40 yards on a bomb, setting La Vergne up inside the 10. On fourth and goal from the three, the Wolverines went for it, and Grooms took it into the option on the quarterback keeper. The score remained 14-7 throughout the rest of the game.

Due to the poor weather conditions, players on both teams had trouble with their footing and neither could maintain any consistency on offense.

Clawson and Jordan Poole had a powerful one-two punch for Wilson Central. They each had over 100 yards - Poole had 113, Clawson 109. The Wildcats had a total of 261 rushing yards in the game. But twice, the Wolverines stopped Wilson Central’s running backs on fourth-down conversions.

The Wolverines also forced three Central punts and had an interception.

"You’ve got to hand it to La Vergne, they really played hard and battled," said Wilson Central coach Traye Aric.

"The scoreboard clock malfunctioned, and the time was kept on the field by the referees throughout the game. It was hard because we had to keep asking the referees how much time was on the clock," said LaVergne head coach Will Hester.

"But that wasn’t that much of a factor, it wasn¹t the reason we lost."

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Watertown 25, GHS 6

By JOHN B. BRYAN

GORDONSVILLE -- Watertown overcame a sluggish first quarter but scored 25 unanswered points to beat Region 4, 1A rival Gordonsville 25-7 Friday at Turney Ford Field.

The win secures the Purple Tigers a spot in the TSSAA playoffs running their Region 4 record to 3-3 and locking up third place in the league.

Gordonsville took advantage of good field position early and scored on a 12 play, 37 yard drive as Tiger quarterback Chase Malone hit Derek Bennett in the back of the end zone from 15 yards out.

From there it was all Watertown and the Purple Tiger ground game.

Blaze Eaton ran the ball 26 times for 185 yards and two scores eating up the G-Men defense and the clock.

The Watertown offense mixed in a few inside screen passes to keep the G-Men honest but pounded out 252 yards rushing for their work.

The second quarter of play proved to be the difference as the Purple Tigers scored three times on drives of 50, 45 and 65 yards to take a 19-7 advantage in at the half.

Purple Tiger quarterback Dalton Phillips finished with five of eight passing with one interception and added 18 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

Most every time Gordonsville would get a drive started, Watertown’s stingy defense would have an answer by either sacking Malone for a loss or stopping sophomore running back Cody Woodmore before he could break the line of scrimmage.

Woodmore finished the night with just 51 yards rushing on 17 carries as Watertown only allowed the G-Men 62 yards of total offense and five first downs.

Watertown finished with 308 yards of total offense while picking up 16 first downs.

With the win Watertown improves to 5-4 on the year and will stay in Region 4,1A play as they host Monterey Thursday, Oct. 30 at Robinson Stadium.

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Did we get the wool pulled over our eyes?

By SAM HATCHER

Once again Wilson County may have had the wool pulled over its eyes.

At Monday night’s County Commission meeting, it was reported that Hewlett-Spencer, the company responsible for the construction of the new Mt. Juliet High School, was splitting a savings of some $2 million from the construction of that facility with Wilson County government as required by its contract.

On the surface that sounds like a great deal for Wilson County, but it’s also a pretty darn good deal for Hewlett-Spencer because they too are the recipients of $1 million.
          
So, the actual total savings on the project was $2 million, although we taxpayers only got half.
It leads one to wonder how those savings were accrued.

 

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Learning hard lessons in capitalism

By RON HART

Normally, I get paid for financial advice, or I am told to leave the Waffle House by the manager. Either way, I have to speak up about the topic of subprime mortgages.

Apparently, many Americans are now trapped in a loan made on a house that they could not afford by a lender who probably knew it. During the housing cycle that we just completed, rates were low, values were rising and many of us decided to use our home as a piggy bank, borrowing on it like Congress during an all-night pork barrel fest. Unfortunately, many individuals who saw real estate values go up started chasing the market at the wrong time — the end. I knew we had reached a classic market top when I started hearing from pretty smart folks that they were flipping condos in Florida. Well, it was a game of musical chairs, and the music stopped, as it always does.

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Immanuel Baptist Church

Pastor John Hunn of Immanuel Baptist Church at 214 Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon, will be preaching a message to the next President on Sunday, Oct. 26 based on Scriptures out of II Peter and Romans 13. 

You are invited to join members at either the 8:30 or 11 a.m. service to hear this message and pray for the country. At 4:30 p.m., the annual Fall Family Festival will begin in the gym. At 6 p.m., members will make their way to the Sanctuary for a time of singing and hearing a unique presentation of the gospel from Safari Greg. This festival is free and open to everyone. 

Call the church office at 444-5563 or visit the website at www.immanuelbaptist.com if you need further information.

 

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Why can't government listen to citzens?

To the Editor:

Pity the poor Bladderpod! This rare, delicate plant is causing major problems for property owners who resist city and county efforts to disrupt its fragile habitat by running sewer lines through their private farm land.

Jim and Sandy Donnell own a family farm located outside Lebanon's city limits where their son Philip, a biologist, resides. Without the Donnell's knowledge or consent, Lebanon officials proceeded with plans to run sewers on the Donnell property, possibly causing the destruction of the Spring Creek Bladderpod, a plant which is on the state and federal endangered species list. Amazingly, this plant grows only in Wilson County no where else in the world and gives the county a rare distinction which ought to be preserved.

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Suspects nabbed in MJ home invasion

From Post staff reports

Authorities arrested two men on Monday suspected in a home invasion of an elderly couple in Mt. Juliet that occurred on Oct. 10.

The suspects, identified as Alejandro Demetrius Price, 32, and William L. Hammers Jr., 41, were arrested by Mt. Juliet Police Department and Metro Nashville Police Department in connection with the incident.
 
According to a news release from the MJPD, the department received a 911 call from an elderly couple who said that two subjects forced their way into their home brandishing a handgun, assaulting them, threatening and then robbing them.

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Missing girls back

UPDATE:  Reports have came in from the Wilson County Sheriff's Department that the two girls reported missing are back home and have been returned to the custody of their parents.  Check back for more information as the story develops. 

(reported in Wedensday Oct. 24  issue of  The Wilson Post):

From Post staff reports

Wilson County Sheriff’s Department is searching for two girls who were last seen on Oct. 21.

Reported as missing are Tiffany Vanderpool and Emily Heriges. Vanderpool is described as 5 feet 8 inches with light brown hair and hazel eyes. Heriges is described as 5 feet 3 inches with brown hair and hazel eyes, also.

One of the girls is 17 and the other is 16, said Sgt. Scott Moore of the Sheriff’s Department’s Juvenile Division. They are both students at Wilson Central High School.

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Cops seek robbery witness

From Post staff reports

Detectives with the Lebanon Police Department are looking for a possible witness or witnesses to a robbery at a local gas station that occurred last week.

According to police reports, a black male robbed the Swifty Gas Station around 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 18. The assailant reportedly slugged the gas attendant with a blunt object and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect left the scene on foot.

At the time of the robbery a woman with a small child in a white SUV-type vehicle had just asked for three dollars of gas when the robbery took place.

In all the excitement, the witness drove away before Lebanon police could get her statement.

The driver of the white SUV is urged to come in to the Lebanon Police Department and give a statement concerning the robbery.

Investigators urge if anyone knows this woman or has information about this case to call the Lebanon Police Department at 444-2323.

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Bible Park questions, comments

By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post

Local officials and citizens have been asking a number of questions about the proposed Bible Park to be built, if approved, in Lebanon.

What follows are some of those questions with answers by Bible Park USA promoters sent to The Wilson Post by Terri Sterling, spokesperson, as well as some comments from local officials. (The comments by the developers are in italics.)

How much will be invested in Bible Park USA (BPU) in Lebanon and Wilson County? 

The Park’s total investment is $175 million. Two-thirds of that investment will be funded by private investment, including equity and debt. One-third of that investment will be funded by a combination of tax-increment financing and a privilege tax on park visitors. This project is an excellent illustration of a public-private partnership formed to enable a very large economic development and tourism destination that will bring jobs and tax revenues from tourists to the region.

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Richard E. Vaughn, 87

LEBANON — Funeral services for Mr. Vaughn, 87, of Lebanon are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, October 25 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Born August 14, 1921, in Wilson County, he passed away Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 at the Alive Hospice — Skyline Madison Campus.

He was the son of the late Leonard and Thelma Everett Vaughn and a US Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Beckwith Church of Christ and retired from Dupont with 43 years service as a mechanic.

The family will receive friends Friday between the hours of 4-8 p.m. at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home. Services will be conducted by Brother Steve Gibson. Interment will follow at the Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Survivors include sons Mike Vaughn of Lebanon and Mark (Cerise) Vaughn of Aurora, Colorado.

Also surviving is sister Birdie Trammel of Mt. Juliet; grandchildren Vicki Leeman, Rebecca Vaughn, Michial Vaughn, Gillian Mak, Kendall Vaughn, Pam Price and Mike Vaughn as well as six great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Betty Jo Denney Vaughn on November 8, 2007; son James Edward Vaughn; and a brother William T. Vaughn.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.

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Mary D. Brannum, 58

LEBANON – Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time for Ms. Brannum, 58, of Lebanon.

Affectionately known as "Little Mary" or "Miss Mary", she died Saturday, October 18, 2008 at her home. She previously worked at Shoneys, Ponderosa, Toshiba America, Ryans Steakhouse and Bad Bob’s BBQ.

Survivors include a brother and a sister. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Wilson County Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 618 West Maple Street, Lebanon.

Wilson County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Henry Aaron Woods, 49

LEBANON – Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, October 24 at the J.C. Hellum Funeral Home for Mr. Woods, 49, of Lebanon.

Born June 29, 1959, he died Oct. 20, 2008 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center. The family will receive friends Friday from 12 Noon until the funeral.

Services will be conducted by Rev. John D. Alexander. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: wife Saundra Woods; parents Clyde T and Ellen Woods; and siblings Willie Woods, Gloria, Virginia, Jeanetta and Susie Woods; uncle Robert (Juanita) Bell, aunts Elodie Ford and Nellene Horton; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

J.C. Hellum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Jaidyn Rion Vantrease, 5 months

LEBANON – Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Friday, October 24 at the Lebanon Church of God for five-month old Jaidyn Rion Vantrease, of the Gladeville Community.

The son of Kelley McClenon and Joshua Vantrease, he died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008.

The family will receive friends Friday at 11 a.m. at the church. Services will be conducted by Elder Robert L. Spickard, Sr. Interment will follow at the Gladeville Cemetery.

In addition to his parents, survivors include grandparents Martha McClenon, Scotty McClenon, Melinda Kay (Gregory) Thompson and LaRandall Beard; great grandparents Joe (Delia) Spickard, Sr., Joann McClenon, Doris Beard and Ben and Lucille Thompson; great, great grandmother Minnie Pearl Adams and a great, great grandfather.

Also surviving are aunts Ashley McClenon, Taria Vantrease, Sarah Thompson, Brandy Clark, Cortney McClenon and Tara McClenon; uncles Lagreggory Sweatt, Gregory Thompson, Jr., Desmond McClenon, Larandall Guy and Carlos Beard; Godmother Ronneshia Teague; special aunts Linda McClenon and Beulah Shorte as well as a host of great aunts, great uncles, cousins, family and friends.

Disyal Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.

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Allie T. Denton, 94

LEBANON – Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, October 24, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Denton, 94, of Lebanon.

A native of Wilson County, she passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008 at Quality Care Nursing Home.

One of ten children to the late William Glenn Hudson and Tilley Oakley Hudson, she was a homemaker and a member of Highland Heights Church of Christ.

The family will receive friends Friday from 10 a.m. until service time. Services will be conducted by Brother Floyd Farris. Interment will be in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: two sisters Georgia (Frank) Neal and Louise Eastes — both of Lebanon; as well as several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husbands:  John S. Taylor, Hubert Green and Raymond Denton; brothers Carlos and Ollie Hudson; sisters Irene Hallums, Mildred Litchford, Lucille Ogle, Eunice Tribble and Lois Hudson.

Active pallbearers:  Johnny Hackett, Clayton Hallums, Bobby Hudson, Frank Neal III, Terry Neal, Jimmy Neal, David Major and Clark Sampson.  

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.

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Barbara Ann Greenamyer, 80

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, October 24 at the Sellars Funeral Home for Ms. Greenamyer, 80, of Lebanon. A retired tax assessor, she died Oct. 21, 2008.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and was active with the knitting group and the sewing group of the church.

The family will be receiving friends Friday for one hour before service. Services will be conducted by Dr. John Cheetham.

A chapel service will also be held at Gillespie Funeral Home in Coldwater, Michigan Saturday, October 25 with interment in California Corners Cemetery immediately following the service.

Pallbearers will include: Donald, Bradly and Mark Phillips, Chris Lowry, Justin and Caleb Shupp.

Survivors include sons Ron (Maxine) Shupp and John (Brenda) Phillips. Also surviving is sister Mary Lou Ashton; grandchildren Donald Phillips, Bradly Phillips, Mark Phillips, Danielle (Chris) Lowry, Justin (Blondy) Shupp and Caleb Shupp; and four great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by brothers James and William McNickel and husbands Jack Phillips and Leon Greenamyer.

Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of local arrangements.

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Roberta Agee McCaleb, 92

LEBANON — Funeral services for Mrs. McCaleb, 92, of Lebanon, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, October 24 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Born in Smith County, Mrs. McCaleb passed away Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at the Quality Care Nursing Home in Lebanon.

The daughter of the late Elbert and Martha Lou Manning Agee, she was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

The family will receive friends after 10 a.m. Friday at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Commerce Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Survivors include: children Sandra (Johnny) Hamilton of Johnson City; Edgar Dell (Linda) McCaleb of Crossville; Jackie McCaleb and Valeria (Ron) Ballard -- all of Lebanon;

Also surviving are grandchildren Michael Holland, Randy Holland, Dana Jones, Beverly Atwood, Linda Smith, Cheryl Lynn Hamilton, Tammy Cain, Janice McDaniel, Chad McCaleb, Shawn McCaleb, Joshua McCaleb, Lucas McCaleb, Lori Gravens, Christy Russell and Travis Pritchett; as well as 13 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Odell McCaleb in 1973; daughters Janelle Holland, Nancy Yvonne Ferrell and Susan Pritchett; sister Earline Malone; brothers Howard, Carl, Jack and Marvin Agee; granddaughter Debra Ferrell Leach; and great grandchildren Caleb McDaniel and Riley Pritchett.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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FCS hosts No. 2 'Jackets

By TOMMY BRYAN

This is the one they’ve been waiting for. Friday two of Middle Tennessee’s top Class A football teams will slug it out for the outright lead in Region 4, 1A as Friendship Christian hosts Trousdale County High. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Pirtle Field on Friendship’s Coles Ferry Pike campus.

Both teams come in undefeated with perfect 8-0 records.

Trousdale County is ranked No 2 in Class A while FCS is ranked No. 5. The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 66-12 victory over Mt. Juliet Christian Academy while the Commanders throttled Gordonsville 48-22.

"Trousdale is playing real good football right now," said Friendship coach John McNeal. "I told our coaches we wouldn’t want it any other way. It’s going to set where we’re going to end up in the playoffs. I think it’s going to be a great atmosphere.

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UVa-Wise 27, CU 14

LEBANON -- Four turnovers and 18 penalties spelled doom for Cumberland Saturday in a 27-14 loss to No. 11-ranked Virginia-Wise at Lindsey Donnell Stadium.

Twice in the fourth quarter CU had the ball on the Virginia-Wise side of the field but could not convert, as the Bulldogs fell to 3-4 overall.

The game was full of momentum-changing plays, but the mistakes cost the Bulldogs badly in the contest, especially an inordinate amount of false-start penalties.

Cumberland was called for 18 penalties totaling 149 yards in the contest, 11 were of the false-start variety, putting the offense in big holes despite good field position in the second half.

Despite all of the penalties as well as a pair of interceptions and two fumbles, the Bulldogs trailed by just seven points until late in the final quarter.

"Our defense played really well and held a great offense in check, made them punt seven times and got some stops when we needed them," head coach Dewayne Alexander said.

"But we just had too many mistakes, too many penalties, and the false-starts really put us in a whole in the third quarter.

"Our team played really hard and we gave ourselves a chance to win the ballgame and that’s encouraging.

"We’ve still got a lot to play for because we’re 2-0 in our division and we’ve got some big ballgames coming up these next few weeks."

CU got the ball at its own 45 after a fumbled punt early in the fourth period, but the drive quickly stalled and Michael Hinson pinned the Cavs at the second yard line.

The following drive really took the heart out of theBulldogs, as UVA-Wise gained 38 yards on 10 plays, converting a pair of third-downs and eating 5:49 off the clock.

But the Cavs harassed CU quarterback Matt Eads on the next drive, much as they did for the entire second half, sacking the senior twice, including on fourth down.

UVAW took over on the Cumberland seven yard line and took four downs before putting the final score on the board, a four-yard rush by Hakeem Adbul-Saboor.

Cumberland’s defense allowed only 366 yards, almost 150 yards below UVA-Wise’s average entering the contest.

Eads ended the contest 17-of-32 for 172 yards and two interceptions. The Bulldogs managed just 85 yards rushing on 32 carries.

CU travels to Belhaven Oct. 25 before returning to Lebanon for a three-game homestand to end the regular season.

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Little Havana

My husband and I are amazed by the fact our children continue to persist in the theory that America is a democracy. They wake up in the morning clinging to this belief and go to bed at night dreaming of the red, white and blue.

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Public Records panel to meet

Wilson County Commission’s Public Records Committee is to meet at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Wilson County Archives on South College Street, Lebanon.

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