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Showing 6 articles from July 7, 2008.


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.

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.


General News

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.

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.


General Sports

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.

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.


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