By SAM HATCHER
Once again Wilson County may have had the wool pulled over its eyes.
At Monday night’s County Commission meeting, it was reported that Hewlett-Spencer, the company responsible for the construction of the new Mt. Juliet High School, was splitting a savings of some $2 million from the construction of that facility with Wilson County government as required by its contract.
On the surface that sounds like a great deal for Wilson County, but it’s also a pretty darn good deal for Hewlett-Spencer because they too are the recipients of $1 million.
So, the actual total savings on the project was $2 million, although we taxpayers only got half.
It leads one to wonder how those savings were accrued.
By RON HART
Normally, I get paid for financial advice, or I am told to leave the Waffle House by the manager. Either way, I have to speak up about the topic of subprime mortgages.
Apparently, many Americans are now trapped in a loan made on a house that they could not afford by a lender who probably knew it. During the housing cycle that we just completed, rates were low, values were rising and many of us decided to use our home as a piggy bank, borrowing on it like Congress during an all-night pork barrel fest. Unfortunately, many individuals who saw real estate values go up started chasing the market at the wrong time — the end. I knew we had reached a classic market top when I started hearing from pretty smart folks that they were flipping condos in Florida. Well, it was a game of musical chairs, and the music stopped, as it always does.
To the Editor:
Pity the poor Bladderpod! This rare, delicate plant is causing major problems for property owners who resist city and county efforts to disrupt its fragile habitat by running sewer lines through their private farm land.
Jim and Sandy Donnell own a family farm located outside Lebanon's city limits where their son Philip, a biologist, resides. Without the Donnell's knowledge or consent, Lebanon officials proceeded with plans to run sewers on the Donnell property, possibly causing the destruction of the Spring Creek Bladderpod, a plant which is on the state and federal endangered species list. Amazingly, this plant grows only in Wilson County no where else in the world and gives the county a rare distinction which ought to be preserved.
Pastor John Hunn of Immanuel Baptist Church at 214 Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon, will be preaching a message to the next President on Sunday, Oct. 26 based on Scriptures out of II Peter and Romans 13.
You are invited to join members at either the 8:30 or 11 a.m. service to hear this message and pray for the country. At 4:30 p.m., the annual Fall Family Festival will begin in the gym. At 6 p.m., members will make their way to the Sanctuary for a time of singing and hearing a unique presentation of the gospel from Safari Greg. This festival is free and open to everyone.
Call the church office at 444-5563 or visit the website at www.immanuelbaptist.com if you need further information.
By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post
Local officials and citizens have been asking a number of questions about the proposed Bible Park to be built, if approved, in Lebanon.
What follows are some of those questions with answers by Bible Park USA promoters sent to The Wilson Post by Terri Sterling, spokesperson, as well as some comments from local officials. (The comments by the developers are in italics.)
How much will be invested in Bible Park USA (BPU) in Lebanon and Wilson County?
The Park’s total investment is $175 million. Two-thirds of that investment will be funded by private investment, including equity and debt. One-third of that investment will be funded by a combination of tax-increment financing and a privilege tax on park visitors. This project is an excellent illustration of a public-private partnership formed to enable a very large economic development and tourism destination that will bring jobs and tax revenues from tourists to the region.
From Post staff reports
Detectives with the Lebanon Police Department are looking for a possible witness or witnesses to a robbery at a local gas station that occurred last week.
According to police reports, a black male robbed the Swifty Gas Station around 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 18. The assailant reportedly slugged the gas attendant with a blunt object and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect left the scene on foot.
At the time of the robbery a woman with a small child in a white SUV-type vehicle had just asked for three dollars of gas when the robbery took place.
In all the excitement, the witness drove away before Lebanon police could get her statement.
The driver of the white SUV is urged to come in to the Lebanon Police Department and give a statement concerning the robbery.
Investigators urge if anyone knows this woman or has information about this case to call the Lebanon Police Department at 444-2323.
UPDATE: Reports have came in from the Wilson County Sheriff's Department that the two girls reported missing are back home and have been returned to the custody of their parents. Check back for more information as the story develops.
(reported in Wedensday Oct. 24 issue of The Wilson Post):
From Post staff reports
Wilson County Sheriff’s Department is searching for two girls who were last seen on Oct. 21.
Reported as missing are Tiffany Vanderpool and Emily Heriges. Vanderpool is described as 5 feet 8 inches with light brown hair and hazel eyes. Heriges is described as 5 feet 3 inches with brown hair and hazel eyes, also.
One of the girls is 17 and the other is 16, said Sgt. Scott Moore of the Sheriff’s Department’s Juvenile Division. They are both students at Wilson Central High School.
From Post staff reports
Authorities arrested two men on Monday suspected in a home invasion of an elderly couple in Mt. Juliet that occurred on Oct. 10.
The suspects, identified as Alejandro Demetrius Price, 32, and William L. Hammers Jr., 41, were arrested by Mt. Juliet Police Department and Metro Nashville Police Department in connection with the incident.
According to a news release from the MJPD, the department received a 911 call from an elderly couple who said that two subjects forced their way into their home brandishing a handgun, assaulting them, threatening and then robbing them.