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Martha Louise Lehew Cutrell, 83

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Cutrell are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2008, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Rev. Lisa Oliver officiating.

Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be on Monday from 4-8 p.m. at Ligon & Bobo.

Mrs. Cutrell, age 83, of Lebanon passed away Friday, August 8, 2008, at the Tidewell Hospice in Arcadia, Florida.

Born November 25, 1924, in Wilson County, she was the daughter of the late Earl Russell and Lily May Estes Lehew.

She was a homemaker and a member of the New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Ford Cutrell on April 23, 1986, and two brothers, Ester Lehew and William Russell Lehew.

She is survived by three daughters, Betty Louise (Bob) Buhler of Rotunda West, Florida; Ellen O’Neal of Nashville and Sue (Benny) Reynolds of Summershade, Kentucky; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



General News

Glitch delays vote totals


Think Murphy’s Law in that "if things can go wrong, they will."

Such was the case Thursday night, Aug. 7 at the Wilson County Election Commission as a technical glitch meant rather than feeding vote totals into a computer through a special cartridge, Election Commission workers had to resort to reading numbers off paper ballots and inputting them by hand into the computer to get vote totals. The election finally wrapped up shortly after midnight.

"Our Election Night Reporting System failed us," said Martha Ann Sutherland, assistant administrator of elections. She said later the cartridge system they use somehow became corrupt causing the delay. It had worked fine earlier in the day when she ran a test on it, she noted.

It took a while, but Election Commission workers persevered and winners were determined. Of course, all vote totals are unofficial until certified in the next few days.

There were three Wilson County Board of Education seats up this time. In Zone 1, newcomer Vikki Adkins won with 453 votes. Challengers Jeff D. Brown received 269 votes, Stanley Spicer received 222 and Dorinda D. Wolentarski received 138.

Pratt ousts Locke, Gwin in as judge

Political newcomer Jack Pratt unseated incumbent Jimmy Locke for Wilson County Assessor of Property in Thursday’s general election.

In the other county-wide race John Gwin slid past two other candidates to be elected Division III General Sessions Judge.

Gwin, who served as Municipal Judge for the city of Mt. Juliet for over 15 years, polled 3,620 votes while Haywood Barry totalled 3,181.

E. Marie Farley finished third with 1,875 votes.

Pratt, who was employed for just over three years in the property Assessor’s office in a previous administration, polled just under 50% of the votes cast.

Locke was voted out of office after serving just one four-year term after having defeated then-incumbent Jimmy Carter Martin in 2004.

A computer glitch at the Wilson County Election Commission headquarters delayed the final tabulations until well after midnight.All told, Pratt was credited with 4,379 votes while Locke collected 3,751 votes.

Steve Nixon finished third with 762 votes.

"It’s been a long hot summer," Pratt said, "we’ve had some supporters who carried me through.

"I’m deeply humbled by the vote tonight. It’s going to be my high honor to serve the people of Wilson County."

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