Lebanon-based Cumberland University has officially applied to the NCAA for Division II athletics membership, according to the Associated Press.
The university's sports teams compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) division. CU official want to begin the three-year transition from NAIA beginning Sept. 1, the AP reports.
University officials announced Thursday that the more than 700-page application was submitted this week before the Feb. 1 deadline for reclassification, according to the wire service.
Cumberland has been accepted as a provisional member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, which includes Nashville-based Trevecca Nazarene University (which is also transitioning its athletics to NCAA Division II from NAIA). The 11-member GMAC also features two schools in Kentucky, three schools in Ohio and four schools in West Virginia.
Bulldog athletics had competed primarily in the NAIA's Mid-South Conference.
Wilson County commissioners on Monday night voted to send to the General Assembly two resolutions that will help fund a planned $9 million Expo Center. The two mechanisms will let the Ag Center add a $1 surcharge and hike the county motel/hotel tax. The latter is not surprisingly proving to be a bit of a sticky point with the county's hotel operators, but there may be a plan to get broad buy-in. Said Commissioner Eugene Murray:
“They are hoping that it will come back and that we will place a 1 percent on the hotel/motel tax, and then also 1 percent from the county and 1 percent from the cities. That's the reason I voted to send it down and that's also the reason when it comes back I may vote against it.”
The Mt. Juliet Planning Commission late last month gave the nod to almost 500 homes of various sizes on the north side of the Wilson County city. The construction will come in two projects, the larger one being developed by Khris Pascarella's Pearl Street Partners and Crescent Communities.
Local residents and business people spoke in favor of the development as well. Neighbor Ben Portland said, “This will have tremendous impact. It will be great for the north side.”
Sid Williams agreed, “We need this to keep north Mt. Juliet from dying.”
Older resident Jim Elliot threw both his arms wide and said, “I have open arms to welcome them to Mt. Juliet.”
Cumberland University has promoted Meredith McDowell to assistant athletic director, putting her in charge of fundraising. McDowell, who earned her MBA from Cumberland in 2011, had been managing the Lebanon school's annual fund since last year. The Wilson Post has more.
An apparent heart attack during a cycling event on Saturday claimed the life of veteran Lebanon attorney Jere McCullough, who also was chairman and a former CEO of Mountain States Contractors. Rochelle McCulloch & Aulds is home to about a dozen attorneys and bills itself as the largest firm in Wilson County. Jared Felkins at the Lebanon Democrat has much more on McCulloch's death.
UPDATE: The firm has posted the following statement on its home page and invited people to share memories at its Facebook home.
Wilson Bank & Trust is scoring some points with its client base after rolling out a suite of online and mobile financial management tools developed by MoneyDesktop. The bank introduced the software after being asked by a number of clients to look into Mint.com or something like it. More than a quarter of Wilson Bank & Trust's customers have since used MoneyDesktop's tools. American Banker has the story, while the companies' news release is here.
The Lebanon City Council is pondering raising the city's property tax rate to 61 cents per $100 of assesssed value from 34.5 cents per $100 of assessed value. Lebanon City Mayor Philip Craighead favors the hike. Janet Kim and NewsChannel5.com have the story here.