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Showing 6 articles from July 24, 2008.


Boyd Lee Taylor, 66

WATERTOWN - Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, July 25 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Taylor, 66, of Lebanon.

Born in the Statesville Community and a car salesman, Mr. Taylor died July 23, 2008 at his residence. The family will receive friends Friday from 11 a.m. until the funeral.

Services will be conducted by the Rev. Jimmy Atnip and the Rev. James H. Jackson. Burial will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Martha Inez Baines, 93

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, July 25 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Baines, 93, of Gallatin.

The daughter of the late Jim and Elsie Rucker Tarpley, she died July 23, 2008 at the Gallatin Health Care facility.

A native of Wilson County, she worked for some 50 years in school cafeterias at Statesville, Watertown and Mt. Juliet. Mrs. Baines was a member of the Smith Fork Baptist Church.

Patty England, 67

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday July 26 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. England, 67, of Lebanon.

Retired from Toshiba America and a Methodist, Mrs. England died Thursday July 24, 2008 at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Joe E. and Willie Mae Fisher Long.

Visitation will be held Friday between the hours of 4-8 p.m. at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Terry Gene Oliver, 52

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, July 25 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Oliver, 52, of Mt. Juliet. Known as "TO" to his family and friends, he died July 22, 2008. Mr. Oliver attended Temple Baptist Church in Lakewood.

Services will be conducted by Pastor Gary Bourgeois. Interment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Survivors include: son Shannon Oliver and parents Vernon and Betty Oliver -- all of Hermitage.


General News

Higher pay draws teachers, EMS workers


While most Wilson County citizens who work are among the highest paid in the state, county teachers are not, and emergency personnel are also paid less than those in nearby counties as well.

While Wilson County is generally regarded as the second wealthiest in the state, teachers’ starting salaries rank 61st out of 136 districts, and only average 51st on average salaries.

Wilson County currently pays teachers an average salary of $41,228 per year, while Lebanon Special School District’s average teacher’s salary is $41,898.

In nearby counties, except Trousdale, teachers’ salaries are higher. Sumner County pays its teachers an average of $41,394. Rutherford to the south pays $42,890 and the city schools in Murfreesboro pays $44,790. Williamson County pays 44,815 with the Franklin City Schools also in Williamson County paying the highest rate in this area  at $49,107. Metro Nashville/Davidson County School teachers average $47,331. (Note: All teachers’ salaries are according to the Tennessee Education Association’s website.)

Panel sets Bible Park presentation


Local officials will have an opportunity to tell why they think this area would be the best site for a proposed Bible Park U.S.A. during a meeting today of the Wilson County/Lebanon Development Board.

The meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. in the Town Meeting Hall at the City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, and Armon Bar-Tur, a co-founder and managing director of SafeHarbor Holding Company, the firm proposing to develop the Bible Park, is expected to attend.

The Bible Park had originally been proposed for Rutherford County, but officials there turned thumbs down on the development after residents of the Blackman community, which had been identified as the preferred site, voiced strong opposition to the plans.

Since then, company officials have been considering other sites in Tennessee and in Kentucky for the park.

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