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By LARRY HUBBARD JR.
Please keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times, please pull down the safety bar, welcome aboard the Lebanon High Express.
Clankity clank, the cars ascend upward, around and down, twisting and turning, just about the time you think the ride’s over, one more drop, then it’s into a screeching halt that throws you gently against the safety bar. Then you look to your left and realize you’re right back where you started from.
As a youth I would run down the ramp, around the chained-off area, back in line to wait and wait to do it again and again, until I wore myself out. I guess old habits die hard.
As Forrest Gump turned to his group of runners, he stopped and said “I m tired now, I think I will go home.” I think that‘s a pretty good idea for myself. My wife relates to me that half the town thinks I am the town clown, the other half is tired of my opinions. I know this is true with the county commissioners as I have received your messages.
Maybe I have become part of the problem and not part of the solution, I can deal with that. I wish to answer two questions though that have been asked often and by many whom I have avoided giving my real opinion of, but wish to now. The questions have been, how were the schools built so easily in West Wilson and did we have the money in the budget to build them?
The real saga of LHS is somewhat fitting due to our proximity to Music Row, and the truth is, the LHS story is a country love song in its finest hour. You see, there was this out-of-towner who was in the school building business who hooked up with a local general contractor whose supervisor just happened to be the head guy over the finances of Wilson County, thus the ease of getting the West Wilson building projects in and out of the county commission.
As far as having cash on hand to build, nope, the commission passed a new taxing avenue called an impact fee that funded the first group of building projects in West Wilson. This new tax never went to a countywide vote, never let people speak for or against, just a slam-dunk through the commission.
The second group of building projects was also funded by this impact fee, and the commission voted to raise it without hardly a hair being raised. The love thang was going good, schools being built in the west, out-of-town guy making money, local general contractor making money and had the best influence to the inside of the commission one could hope for, heck, the guy got to supervise the jobs he was overseeing for the county, can’t get much better than that.
But as all country love songs go, they fell out of love, the dish-breakin’, door-slammin’, kick-the-dog stuff started happening, and they actually got into fist-a-cuffs which made front page headlines and was covered on the local television stations. A songwriter could not have written a better verse than they provided. Then the bitter, get’r-gun-out, cut-the-tires, drive-the-truck-through-the-hotel-stuff started, lawsuits, counter lawsuits, investigations.
But then came the reconciliation period, lawsuits dropped, investigations pulled, all got quiet. So what’s the problem now? Well the song ain’t done yet, you see we are now in the you-ain’t-never, I’ll-make-sure, not-as-long-as-I-am-alive-stage of the love thang.
As is evident in the influence of the commissioners, like school girls being dragged into the love thang, that helped produce resolution 07-10-9. The sponsoring commissioners have admitted that the intention wasn’t exactly what they meant or got. I’ve even heard this from some outside influences that said, I know you said they (the Board of Education) could do that (bid by the Guaranteed Maximum Price method), but that was not what was intended when the resolution was written by the commissioners.
Well, the commissioners should have had their ears pinned back a little better and been paying closer attention to those outside influences and put in the resolution, the out-of-towner ain’t building here no more, period. Which we all know couldn’t happen because it would not have been a good legal option.
There is more that could be said on this subject, but I will leave that to whoever might want to dig into it, but no need to bring a backhoe, a good garden spade will do.
Well, that’s about where we are at, must be the kudzu our county attorney was referring to. The school board has done its duty, no crazy resolutions or motions, as I was there the night the B.O.E. entered into the letter of engagement and the board asked the attorney’s opinion and what they getting themselves into, it was allowed. The county attorney has been put in that proverbial rock and a hard spot place in trying to serve two masters at the same time, the commission and the board of education.
As to the resolution written by the commission, the research I have completed seems to put resolution 07-10-9 in the category of one governmental body cannot or will not cause to happen any legislation, laws, ordinances, “resolutions” that would impede, interfere or create hardship in the responsibilities and duties of another governing body.
I am no lawyer but I can read. The Lebanon High School project will never come out of the ground until the last stanza of the love song is written. Guess again what the county attorney was referring to when he stated someone’s got to move. As in the past, I offer my opinion to the solution, find leadership that will call the county commission into a special session, write another one of those resolutions revoking resolution 07-10-9, vote to pass the resolution, then write a private act resolution to enact the wheel tax, (just like the impact fee that funded West Wilson schools) vote and pass this resolution and fund Lebanon High School contingent upon approval of the resolution by the State of Tennessee.
As for me, I going to take my opinions and my clown suit, put them in the burn pile and light the match. I am going to get off the county’s sacred playing court, but I will have a reserved seat in the front row bleachers, jeering the bad calls and cheering the good ones. As to those parents who wish to push the issue, give these guys and gals a little time, to take the opportunity to do the right thing. I really believe they will, but you decide your timeline, don’t listen to me anymore because remember my failure of nearly 19 or so years and still no new Lebanon High. If you resort to what you have said you wish to do, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission out of Atlanta is the least painful and harmful solution that I have been able to find for the youth now attending Lebanon High School. Remember, always be true to the Blue & White and “Once a Blue Devil, Always a Blue Devil.”
Editor's Note: Larry Hubbard Jr. is a Lebanon resident.
By JOHN B. BRYAN
The Wilson Post
A lawsuit between James Lawrence Anders Jr. and the City of Mt. Juliet has been settled out of court for $56,000, according to Gary Vandever, Anders’ attorney.
Anders brought the lawsuit against the City of Mt. Juliet, Officer William Cosby Jr. and Jason Crosslin after he was allegedly “choked” by Cosby during a routine traffic stop. Cosby, who has since been relieved of his duties with the Mt. Juliet Police Department, was videoed, by an on-board video taping device, “choking” Anders in an attempt to keep him from swallowing illegal drugs.
Anders took a drug test after his arrest, Vandever said, and no drugs were found in his system.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Local citizens, organizations and others came through for children in the community once again through their donations, monetary and toy, to Wilson County Christmas for All.
Volunteers continue to pack boxes of goodies for boys and girls at the Christmas for All site at the Turner Evans Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.
“People in Wilson County are not going to let you down,” said Jim Harding, president of Wilson County Christmas for All.
By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post
In a resolution added to the agenda after Tuesday night’s regular meeting was called to order, Lebanon City Council vote to require all part time and special consultant hires to be brought before it for approval.
The resolution was added to the agenda at the request of Ward 3 Councilor William Farmer, by a vote of 5-1 with Ward 5 Councilor Haywood Barry opposed.
“I understood this was supposed to be on the Jan. 6 agenda after we discussed it at the work session,” Barry said.
New Mayor Philip Craighead, presiding over his first meeting, asked council to delay this action until he had been in office long enough to make needed changes in policy without the resolution, saying he had only been in office for less than a week.
But Farmer said the action was connected to events that happened before Craighead became mayor.
Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath did propose an amendment to “sunset” the resolution in 60 days, which Farmer accepted. The amendment means the resolution will run out in two months.
At that point Craighead said, “So in 60 days I’ll actually be the mayor.”
Hiring and firing of part time and contractual employees has been done by department heads, with the approval of the mayor. The council controls the amount a department may spend for part time help, but the department decides when and who to hire.
In other business, council unanimously elected Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston as Mayor Pro Tem. He will preside over meetings if the mayor is absent.
Council also voted to defer a decision until the next meeting concerning supporting efforts to pursue public funding for public transit in the greater Nashville area, which includes Wilson and six other counties.
Councilors also deferred a decision to adopt a revised accounting policy manual on the basis of needing a bit more time to study the inch-thick document, which Warmath held up to show observers why the time was needed.
Council also approved on first reading an ordinance to amend the distance requirements in beer permit regulations. The old version said a place that sells beer by the drink must be at least 450 feet from a church. It said nothing about package sales, and since the city doesn’t regulate wine and liquor by the drink they weren’t covered, either.
The new version would set the distance at 100 feet and cover both types of beer sales.
In other action council:
• approved bidding for the development of the Cedar City Trail
• approved bids to replace the roof on a storage hanger at the Lebanon airport
• approved a package liquor store in West View Plaza on West Main
• approved amending the LoJac hanger lease at the Lebanon Airport.
Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CU professor honored for work with ‘Living Waters for the World’
Members of the Lebanon Noon Rotary Club presented CU Adjunct Assistant Professor of Spanish Dr. Hugo Sandoval with a Paul Harris Fellow Award on Tuesday, Dec. 16.
Sandoval, a native of Barranquilla, Colombia, was recognized for his work with Living Waters for the World, an organization which trains and equips mission teams to help bring clean water to communities in need around the world. As part of his work with the organization, Sandoval has traveled to Brazil, Guatemala and Peru. Another trip to Peru is planned for May 2009.
“It fascinated me that they go all over the world to give pure water to people who don’t have it,” Sandoval said of Living Waters for the World, adding he was “very humbled and honored” to receive the Rotary award.
By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post
Wilson County Commission voted to ask the federal government to fund the proposed Lebanon High School as the first order of business at Monday night’s meeting, with Commissioners Frank Bush and Heather Scott, District 8 and 22, respectively, voting against the measure.
The resolution, which was presented to the Education Committee last week, calls for the Board of Education to submit a request to U.S. Reps. Jim Cooper and Bart Gordon to include the funding request in the proposed economic stimulus bill being prepared by Congress.
It points out that the school is a public works project that meets the criteria proposed by President-Elect Barack Obama “to create jobs while fulfilling a great need for the community.”
From Post staff reports
Despite the fact Wilson County’s unemployment rate is a point or so higher for October of this year compared to the same period last year, the workforce here in terms of numbers is almost at the same level.
According to numbers provided by the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County, there were 55,600 employed residents here last October compared to 55,540 this year.
Although the Wilson County unemployment rate for October of this year is 1.5 percent higher than for the same period last year, the number of persons employed has remained almost the same. The unemployment rate for October in Wilson County this year is 5.6 percent, which reflects a reduction of .2 percent over the previous month. The state unemployment rate for October was 7 percent and the nation 6.5 percent.
FCS SWEEPS WATERTOWN
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian swept a District 8A basketball doubleheader from visiting Watertown High Tuesday at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
The Lady Commanders snapped a modest two-game losing streak with a 73-35 win over Watertown in the opener. The FCS girls opened up an early 22-6 lead and improved to 4-2 overall / 2-0 in the league. Carly Warmath had 17 and Katy Vaughan had 12 for the winners.
Watertown (3-6 / 1-3) was led by 13 points from Miaushia Thompson.
BOY’S ACTION Tuesday found FCS (4-2 / 2-0) winning 48-26 behind a dozen points each from Lee Maasen and Hardie Sorrels.
Tiger post man Nick Lennox led all scorers with 19 points as Watertown dropped to 6-4 / 3-2.
Friendship Christian will be on the road Friday night at District 8A rival Westmoreland High.
Watertown will host the annual Watertown Classic this weekend as Mt. Juliet Christian, Sale Creek and Lighthouse Christian participate.
MT. JULIET SWEEPS LEBANON
MT. JULIET -- Caya Williams powered in 17 points and Britt Bell added 16 Tuesday night as Mt. Juliet High defeated Lebanon’s Devilettes 63-31.
The Lady Bears improved to 9-0 on the season while LHS fell to 2-5. Mt. Juliet went on a 13-0 second quarter run and led 27-10 at intermission.
Icelyn Elie led LHS with 17 points. K.D. Williams and Anna Stafford had four each.
BOYS ACTION -- Junior Teraes Clemmons came out red-hot, scoring 13 points and knocking down three 3-pointers in the first quarter to lead Mt. Juliet to an 82-69 win over Lebanon.
The Bears rode a 15-0 streak to take an early 17-2 lead and improved to 5-4 on the season. Clemmons finished with 26 points while Ethan Gross had 17, Darryl Jackson 16 and Reed Gurchiek added 12.
Lebanon (5-3) was led by 15 points from Xavier Smith, 14 from Robert Crudup, 12 from Casey Nunley and 11 from Ryan Beadle.
CENTRAL SPLITS AT SHELBYVILLE
SHELBYVILLE -- Wilson Central’s Lady Wildcats pulled off a 53-50 overtime win at Shelbyville Central Tuesday night. Central improved to 8-2 with the victory as the Eaglettes dropped to 5-3.
Jasmine Hassell led all scorers with 20, including a last second putback that tied the game at 44-all at the end of regulation. Lauren Wasson and Ieshia Hassell each had nine for the winners.
CENTRAL’S BOYS fell to 2-3 on the season with a 51-42 loss to Shelbyville in Tuesday’s nightcap.
Arcavius McMurray led the Wildcats with 17 points. JuJuan Brooks, Kelten Stewart and Jarvis Jenkins each had seven points in the loss.