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Showing 12 articles from October 17, 2008.


Ann Elizabeth Ladd, 76

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, October 18 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Ladd, 76, of Lebanon.

A retired educator, she died Oct. 14, 2008 at Lebanon Health and Rehab.

The family will receive friends Friday between the hours of 2-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Dr. Wayne Jamison and Rev. Doug Cather. Burial will be at the Jones Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: daughter Debby (Jeff) James and grandchildren Regan and Morgan James -- all of Murfreesboro. Also surviving is sister Dr. Alta Lane of Adamsville and brother Buddy Newman of Reston, Va.; sister-in-law Patricia Arthur of Johnston, SC; niece Shelia (Shad) Williams of Adamsville and nephew Mike Arthur of Johnston, SC as well as several other relations and many friends.

She is preceded in deaqth by her late husband Albert Jack Ladd.

Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, is in charge of arrangements.

Carl P. Arrington, 88

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Arrington, 88, of Lebanon.

Retired from the National Weather Service and a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, Mr. Arrington passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, at his residence.

Born December 30, 1919, in Wilson County, son of the late John Pemberton Arrington and Callie Young Arrington, he was a 1938 graduate of Lebanon High School and a graduate of Sparta School of Aeronautics.

A member of First United Methodist Church, he was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, and National Association of Federal Employees.

The family will receive friends Friday 4-7 p.m. and Saturday after 9 a.m.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Martin Thielen and David Hesson. Interment will be in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife of 58 years Esther Groom Arrington and son Ronald (Janet) Arrington of Atlanta, Georgia.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sons: Charles and Perry Arrington; twin brother Carlos Young Arrington; and sister Lena Eskew.

Members of the VFW will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eric Wade Berry, 30

LEBANON -- A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, October 19 at the Ridge Christian Fellowship, 216 South Maple Street, for Mr. Berry, 30, of Lebanon.

Born in Galveston, Texas, he died Monday, Oct. 13, 2008 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center.

Survivors include parents James L. and Sandra Berry of Lebanon; fiancee Heather Seymour; children Ski-Onna and Anthony Berry -- all of Texas.

Also surviving are siblings: Heather (Robert) Stafford, Wesley (Malery) Berry, Jacob and Richard White; nieces Emily Lee, Taylor and Shayla Stafford; nephews Mason Stafford, James Taylor -- all of Lebanon, Kevin Atwood of TX; cousin Zeriphia Sheridan of Texas and numerous other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Walter and Hazel Gilbert and Nannie Sherrer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made at First Tennessee Bank.

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

Kenneth Jackson, 85

LEBANON -- Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon, Oct. 17 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Jackson, 85, of Lebanon. Retired from Tennessee Central Railroad, Mr. Jackson, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008, at his residence.

Born in Wilson County to the late Ruben Haskell Jackson and Willie Dee Jarret Jackson, he graduated from Lebanon High School in 1942. He was a Ham Radio operator and was a Baptist in belief.

Services were conducted by Brother Jimmy Atnip. Interment was at the Chapman Cemetery.

Survivors included: his wife of 56 years Mary Allen Jackson; son Andy (Cathy) Jackson of Murfreesboro; grandson Andrew Robert Jackson of Murfreesboro; step-granddaughter Sonya Bildine of Auburntown.

Active pallbearers included: Kenneth Hughes, T.A. Bryan, Drew Jackson, Jack Grant, Doyle Taylor and Leonard Segal. Honorary pallbearers: employees of Former Tennessee Central Railroad, local Ham Radio operators.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Peggy Jennings McKinney, 57

LEBANON -- A Celebration of Life service will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 18 at the Immanuel Baptist Church for Mrs. McKinney, 57, of Lebanon.

Mrs. McKinney died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center following a brave two-year fight with cancer.

Born November 29, 1950, in Davidson County, she was the daughter of the late Norman Dale and Nannie Lou Williams Jennings Sr.  Mrs. McKinney was a 1968 graduate of Lebanon High School and attended Volunteer State Community College.

She became a dental assistant with Dr. Armstrong and later with Dr. Bill Willis. She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church.

Mrs. McKinney had a varied and successful professional career. She worked at Carroll Oakland Elementary as secretary and moved to a position with Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores in 1992.

She was promoted several times and lastly became National Programs Manager. She received the first Employee of the Year awarded at Cracker Barrel in 2003.

In 2006 she was named Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Restaurant Association for her work with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Mrs. McKinney had worked with CASA for over ten years. She has served as Board Chairperson and as an advocate.

Her work affected many children’s lives in a positive way. Her last job was with the Lebanon Special School District as a teacher’s aid at Sam Houston Elementary School.

Peggy’s love for children was boundless and her grandchildren were encompassed by it completely.

Visitation will be at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home Friday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and on Saturday at Immanuel Baptist Church from 12 Noon until service time.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Pierce Dodson and Rev. Joe Coleman. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: husband David Reed McKinney; children Jennifer Lynn Hashimura and her husband Kazunori of Tokyo, Japan; and Matthew David McKinney and his wife April Joy of Lebanon.

Also surviving are grandchildren, Emilyn Marie Hashimura, Ian Reed McKinney, and an unborn grandson on the way; sister Sylvia (Tim) Harper of Lebanon and their children Paula (Shane) Petty and Meredith Muhsman; and brother Buddy (Agnes) Jennings of Lebanon and their children Bubba (Betsy) Jennings and Stacey Buehler; father and mother-in-law, Dave and Katherine Reed McKinney of Lebanon; brother-in-law Dr. Roger McKinney of Lebanon and his children Josh (Trish) McKinney and Gabe (Jennifer) McKinney; brother-in-law Carl (Barbara) McKinney of Lebanon and their daughter Kate; sister-in-law Mary (David) Owens of Lebanon and their children, Joel (Erin) Owens and Evan Owens; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Special friends: CASA board members and advocate volunteers; Judge Barry Tatum, Laura Swanson, Lee Lyle, Susan Sutton, Pricilla Simpson and Nancy Fish, Sharon & Charles Johnson, Georgia & Rich Dressler, and Billy Mofield.

Active pallbearers: Carl McKinney, Dr. Roger McKinney, Buddy Jennings, David Owens, Matthew McKinney, Kazunori Hashimura, and Tim Harper.

Memorials may be made to the CASA of Wilson County, 102 East Main Street, Lebanon, TN 37087.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Guest Column

Questions abound with new LHS bid


Being a lifelong resident of Wilson County, an alumnus of Lebanon High School and a licensed practicing architect, I have followed with interest the recent building programs of Wilson County including the new Lebanon High School (LHS). It has been the recent events involving the bid type and bidding of the new LHS facility that has raised my eyebrows on more than one occasion.

First, I applaud the efforts of the Wilson County Commission requiring the various County agencies to accept hard bids from general contractors interested in building our various facilities in the county. In my professional opinion, this is a good move by the Commission as my professional experience has proven to me that by utilizing a Construction Manager for all phases of building program, the owner and architect has less control over the quality and quantity (size) of the facility.


Letters to the Editor

A hole in the ground

To the Editor:

After attending the Industrial Development Board meeting on Oct. 9 and hearing the questions raised by some of ifs members, several citizens and Lebanon city councilors regarding the proposed "Bible Park," something became apparent that was not mentioned in the media coverage of this event.

It was stunningly obvious that the only attendees strongly in favor of building the park were the developers and Mayor Don Fox. While it is true that the board voted unanimously to continue the approval process, this was a mere courtesy that only meant their paperwork was in order. There was a strong sense in the content and tone of the questions asked that many board members were just not impressed with the potential for financial success of this project. I talked to some board members and city councilors afterward and they all seemed to think it was a "pie in the sky" proposal, both due to the current economy as well as the format of the park. Some also expressed religious reservations.


General News

County election officials pleased with turnout

The Wilson Post

Lines are long but moving as people are casting their ballots this week during early voting which runs now through Thursday, Oct. 30.

A total of 1,480 people voted on Wednesday, the first day of early voting, and through about 3:30 p.m., Thursday, a total of 1,183 had cast ballots, said Martha Ann Sutherland, assistant administrator of elections for the Wilson County Election Commission.

“We’ve been pretty busy here today, despite the rain,” she said. Rain fell off and on throughout yesterday in the Middle Tennessee area.

Sutherland said Election Commission workers were happy with the turnout so far. “We knew we’d have a big turnout,” she said, adding workers were a little surprised by the numbers.

Goetz brings mixed message on TN's finances

From Post staff reports

Tennessee Commissioner of Finance Dave Goetz brought a mixed message about the state’s financial situation to Lebanon Thursday, saying that while the state has a serious shortfall it also has a “rainy day fund” of more than $750 million to shore up its finances while federal officials work to get the U.S. economy back on track.

Goetz made his comments to a group of business leaders during a luncheon held at Five Oaks Golf and Country Club hosted by Pinnacle Bank.          
Revenue is down across the state, according to Goetz, with sales tax revenue dipping in several categories including boat sales tax numbers down 21.2 percent followed closely by RV sales tax revenue being down 19.8 percent. Other large ticket retail items showing a decline in sales tax revenue include new cars sales down 15 percent, jewelry down 15 percent, building supplies down 10.7 and used car sales down 10.6.
Sales tax collections account for some 62 percent of the revenue stream for the state.

Liquor store owner faces tax evasion, theft

From Post staff reports

LEBANON -- The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to the indictment and subsequent arrest of local liquor store owner Hemantkumar B. Padhiyar on sales tax evasion and theft charges. 

On Oct. 16, Padhiyar, owner of Sam’s Liquors and Wines located at 1027-B West Main Street in Lebanon, surrendered himself to special agents of the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

Padhiyar was indicted on Oct. 14 by a Wilson County grand jury on 40 Class E felony counts of Sales Tax Evasion in violation of Tennessee Code Annotated Section 67-1-1440(g) and one Class C felony count of Theft of Property Over $10,000 in violation of TCA Section 39-14-103. According to the indictment, Padhiyar allegedly failed to report $476,854.74 of taxable sales and did not remit $44,032.29 in sales tax he collected from Jan. 1, 2003 to June 30, 2006.

Politicin' at city hall charged

By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post

It must be election time as charges of politicin’ at city hall have once again been raised.

On Monday, Lebanon Personnel Director Bill Durham apparently sent out an e-mail saying the while he had “thoroughly enjoyed (his) involvement with the TNCEP Program, the UTIA office, 4-H and other events,” he might not be able to continue those associations unless his “friend of  some 35 years Philip Craighead,” was elected mayor.

While Durham didn’t actually ask recipients to vote for Craighead, he implied it would help him keep his job if they did. (It takes the recommendation of the mayor and the vote of four of the six council members to fire an employee.)

Later in the message which went to a long list of recipients, Durham said, “some of the current city council make a big negative deal about my whereabouts.”

Suspect sought in MJ eatery robbery

From Post staff reports

Authorities are searching for man suspected of robbing a restaurant in Mt. Juliet on Thursday night.

Little Caesar’s Pizza at 14819 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet, was robbed about 9 p.m. by man who wore a red bandanna, witnesses told authorities. They said he walked into the restaurant and demanded money before leaving.

The man is still being sought by police.

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