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Farmer questions sum of city bonuses

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

It’s that time of year again when employees often receive a Christmas bonus of some kind from their employer.

The City of Lebanon is no different and has, for a number of years, provided city workers with Chamber Bucks which is like a certificate that comes in different denominations that are provided by the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce to be spent only in Wilson County.

In recent weeks, however, Ward 3 City Councilor William Farmer has raised some questions regarding the total amount spent the past few years for the bonuses for Lebanon employees.

The city purchased $55,900 in Chamber bucks in 2007 and $54,800 in 2008, said Sue Vanatta, president and CEO of the Lebanon Chamber.

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Fed drug, gambling charges nab 11

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police joined with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in an investigation that has resulted in the indictment of 11 people on narcotics and gambling charges.

The indictments were announced Thursday by U.S. Attorney Edward Yarbrough and Harry Sommers, assistant special agent in charge of the DEA.

The 11 people indicted on Dec. 3 by a federal grand jury in Nashville reside in the Crossville area. The Lebanon Police Department is part of the task force that investigated the case.

“Our agency worked about eight months on this,” said Lebanon Commissioner of Public Safety Billy Weeks.

“We have in the process over the last week of seizing hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars’ worth of assets and property,” he said, including “half a million in cash.”

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