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Showing 15 articles from February 18, 2009.

Telling Tales

Airing Dirty Laundry
There are few things in this world that I love more than doing laundry. It ranks up there with flaying my skin off with a potato peeler. As much as I loathe spending my days off separating colors, presoaking grass stained jeans and trying to find matches to socks that clearly do not want to be found, it is a necessary evil that I must tackle.

Ask Ken Beck

Errol Flynn died old at age 50
Dear Ken: I was a huge fan of movie star Errol Flynn during my teen years. Can you tell me when and how he died? Where was he born?

General Lifestyle

Annual Lawn & Garden Show celebrates Yards of Flavour

Come experience the many flavourful delights of gardening at the 20th Annual Nashville Lawn and Garden Show, Thursday through Sunday, March 5-8, at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. 

The largest annual gardening event in Tennessee, the 2009 show, staged to the theme “Yards of Flavour,” will include an acre of live gardens, a series of 22 free lectures and cooking demonstrations, a floral design gallery featuring the work of the region’s best designers, and 250 exhibit booths offering the products, plants, services, and gardening supplies and equipment of vendors from 12 states. 

“For our 20th anniversary, we have  put together a show spotlighting gardens designed in a variety of  ‘flavours’ --  traditional Southern garden retreats, whimsical gardens, Asian-inspired gardens, and of course, tasty vegetable and herb gardens,” said Randall Lantz, co-manager of the show produced by the Horticultural Association of Tennessee. The 2009 show is sponsored by Regions Bank.

Locals to participate in show

A number of Wilson Countians are set to participate in the annual Nashville Lawn & Garden Show March 5-8.

They include Roy Garr, president, Garr’s Rental & Feed, Mt. Juliet, Sunday, March 8, at noon. He will speak on “Let Your Imagination Go & Flow: Create a Water Feature Using Forgotten or Unusual Items.”



Intensifiers with a Blonde Twist


Have you ever heard of an “intensifier”? I’m getting an education from my granddaughter’s education! They’re learning so much nowadays that I never heard of back in the days of the three R’s. Is it really better?
-Grandmother in Neighboring Town


Guest Column

Support of Boy Scouts helps many to attain highest rank of Eagle


On Feb. 8, I had the honor of attending the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Eric Sorrels and Reed Sorrels. Lebanon should be extremely proud of their accomplishments.  Reaching the rank of Eagle signifies that Eric and Reed have learned practical life skills that will enable them to “be prepared” for whatever life may have in store for them.


General News

14 nabbed in criminal warrants sweep

From Post staff reports

Approximately 25 law enforcement personnel from Lebanon Police, Mt. Juliet Police and Wilson County Sheriff’s Departments conducted another criminal warrants sweep of some of Lebanon’s high crime areas on Tuesday night.

Officers had warrants for 32 persons who have been charged on a range of offenses from parole violations to harassment. A news release from the Sheriff’s Department said 14 of those individuals had been arrested, and 18 arrest warrants had been served. Citations in lieu of arrest were issued in several other cases.

Ceremony set to honor black officers, attorneys

The Wilson Post

Members of Market Street Church of Christ will honor local African Americans who were the first to become police officers or attorneys in Lebanon during a ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 22.

The officers and attorneys are being honored as part of Black History Month.

The program, called Outstanding Firsts in Law and Government, will feature the first black police officer in Lebanon, George Edward Seay, and the first black woman police officer, Malvinia Dye.

Citizen files Bible Park complaint

By CONNIE ESH , The Wilson Post

Two citizen appeared before Lebanon City Council Tuesday to complain about the city’s support of the proposed Bible Park, with one of them, Derek Dodson, filing ethics complaints against former Mayor Don Fox, City Liaison Sue Akins Siens and current Mayor Philip Craighead because they supported the group proposing the park.

The park, originally proposed for Rutherford County which turned it down over zoning issues, was first offered to Wilson County and Lebanon in September 2008.
The $175 million park is proposed to be constructed on a 113-acre tract fronting on I-40 between Cainsville Road and Tater Peeler Road. 

The park, being promoted by BPUSA and Rob Wyatt, has been approved by both the county and the city to be a Tax Increment Financing project, with the developers responsible for issuing and repaying bonds based on that money.

Initially, Lebanon citizen Dave Kirkey told city council that the Hard Rock Park, which had been pointed to as an example of how the Bible Park would prosper, was sold yesterday. Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, S.C. was developed by SafeHarbor, the company that initially proposed the Bible Park in Rutherford County and in Lebanon. Hard Rock Park filed for bankruptcy last year, a few months after it opened.

The Myrtle Beach park brought $25million, but was in debt for about $400 million, he said.

He also asked whether the group proposing the Bible Park had provided any financial information to the city or the county yet, and was told they had not.

Kirkey also told the council that while he has heard it said that using TIF for the park would not cost taxpayers money, it would cost for fire, police, roads and other services provided by the city and the county.

“Those costs would normally be paid by the taxes collected on property in the area now covered by the TIF,” he said.

Then Dodson accused Fox, Siens and Craighead of complicity for supporting the park and said he was “suing” the officials.

Dodson also accused five members of the council, except Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler, of complicity in supporting the park, the financing of which he claimed is based on fraudulent information. Buhler has consistently voted against the project.

Then just as his time was up, Dodson handed City Attorney Andy Wright ethics complaints against Fox, Siens and Craighead.

These were only the latest in a snow storm of such complaints Dodson has made against local elected officials.

He also delivered 18 similar complaints to County Attorney Mike Jennings last week during a Budget Committee meeting.

However, Jennings said he hasn’t had time to go through all the paperwork Dodson gave him.

“What he handed me was an inch-and-a-half thick,” Jennings said. “I haven’t had time to go through it.”

Jennings did add that the complaints were against all county commissioners who had voted in favor of the park.
Jennings said he would first need to read through all the material and then convene the County Ethics Committee, which is chaired by District 8 Commissioner Frank Bush, who is also one of the commissioners named in the complaints.

Wright said he will also need to read the material and then turn it over to one of three local attorneys, David Viele, Robin Vance Kent or Brent Gibson, approved to investigate ethics complaints by the city council.

But he pointed out two of the complaints are possibly invalid anyway. The first against Fox “may be moot since he no longer works for the city.”

In the case of Craighead, Wright said the complaint appeared to be based on campaign materials, and if so the city ethics policy doesn’t apply, because he was not yet a city employee.

Both attorneys agreed that Dodson would have to provide evidence to prove his claims.

In other business, during the work session before the meeting, City Planner Magi Tilton asked the council to consider adding an ordinance to their next agenda which would lower the payment in lieu of sidewalks from $10 to $5.

She said the change could help solve some of the issues with the current sidewalk regulations.

She also pointed out that the each payment in lieu option still would have to be approved by the planning commission and the council.

Other possibilities that have been discussed include eliminating the sidewalk requirement for industrial areas, commercial areas, or any areas farther than one-half mile from schools.

Tilton said when the planning commission looked at the other possibilities they also seemed to mean Lebanon would not become a walkable city.
During the meeting, council:
• Approved extending Cracker Barrel’s lease for a hanger at the Lebanon Airport for 10 years.
• Approved a service agreement with the Gladeville Utility District to provide sewer service to some of their customers.
• Approved a “Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan” with the county. The plan would allow the city and county to respond more effectively in the event of a major emergency, if for example Wilson County was hit by tornadoes like those that struck Sumner and Macon Counties in February 2008.
• Approved the first reading of an ordinance that would allow businesses near the interstate to have signage on the backs of their buildings if the back is toward the interstate.
• Agreed to transfer two workers from Engineering to Water and Waste Water, and to promote a worker to fill a truck driving position in the Sanitation Department.
• Deferred a request to hire two temporary workers for Sanitation and a request to advertise for a Water Treatment Plant Operator, until it can be determined if those jobs can be covered by transfers.
• Extended the hiring freeze for part-time employees, consultants and contract employees until April 7.

Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at


Early plans submitted by college students

The Wilson Post

A group of students from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Vanderbilt University in Nashville presented preliminary plans on Friday for developing an area within walking distance of the Music City Star’s stop just off Baddour Parkway.

The possible plans included developing a mixed use complex based around the Lebanon train station, designs for combined shopping areas and parking garages, and a new design for the Farmers Market and the area near it.

Snow White Drive-In to reopen in March

Special to The Wilson Post

Burgers and fries, foot-long chili dogs, milk shakes and soft-serve ice cream cones via curbside service will return with a smile when the Snow White Drive-In reopens March 9.

When the doors of the historic restaurant closed last October, it did not escape the notice of entrepreneur Anthony Leath who lives less than a mile away. He had enjoyed many a weekend afternoon trip there for ice cream when his two daughters were young.

“I noticed it was empty and thought it was unfortunate. After it sat for two months I decided it would not be a bad idea to look into it,” said Leath, who bought the Satsuma Tea Room in downtown Nashville three years back and remodeled it into 417 Union.


General Sports

1st round District 8A girls


LEBANON -- The No. 2-seeded Friendship Christian Lady Commanders advanced to the District 8A semifinals with a lopsided 64-31 win over Merrol Hyde Magnet School Monday at the Bay Family Sportsplex. FCS, now 18-9, took control with a 21-9 first period and was never threatened.

Laurea Burroughs led the way with 16 points. Andi Morrisett, Katy Vaughan and Carly Warmath each had 11 points for the winners.

FCS will take on Westmoreland Friday at 7:30 p.m. as Watertown High hosts the tournament semifinal, finals and consolation round games.

Westmoreland 36, MJ Christian 17

WESTMORELAND -- No. 3-seeded Westmoreland had little trouble with No. 6-seeded Mt. Juliet Christian Monday, eliminating the Lady Saints 36-17. The victory sends the 17-8 Eaglettes in Saturday’s semifinal round vs. Friendship Christian at Watertown.

MJCA fell behind 20-2 in the first quarter and ended the season with a record of 10-17 overall. Sarah Worden had nine points for MJ Christian while Jordan Price and Emily Threadgill each finished with four points.

Trousdale County 42, Watertown 38

WATERTOWN -- A first-round upset knocked No. 4-seeded Watertown out of the District 8A tournament Monday night. No. 5-seed Trousdale County upended Watertown 42-38, ending the Tigerette season at 13-14 overall.

Watertown trailed 19-13 at intermission as Trousdale County gained a measure of revenge for two regular season losses to the Tigerettes.

Alyssa Richards finished with 12 points for TCHS while Ciera Holder had 10.

Watertown senior post Miaushia Thompson closed out her prep career with 12 points. Sarah Page and Ashley Bogle each had six points in the loss while Hannah Forbes had five points.


23 locals wrestle in state


SHACKLE ISLAND -- An impressive showing at the Region 8 tournament Saturday sends 12 Mt. Juliet High 12 athletes to the TSSAA state wrestling meet Wednesday at UT-Chatanooga’s McKenzie Arena. All told, some 23 Wilson County grapplers qualified for the state by placing in the top three at the regionals.

Region 8 finals -- 103 Tanner Bates of Mt. Juliet won in a fall over Daniel Smith of Springfield, 3:18. This match was voted "Best Match" in the tournament.

119 Hunter Adcock of Wilson Central wins a 7-4 decision over Joe Johnson of Hendersonville.

125 Matt Seaman of Mt. Juliet wins an 11-6 decision over Joseph Jones of Hendersonville.

130 Drake Townsend of Hendersonville wins a 14-9 decision over Scott Seaman of Mt. Juliet. Townsend was voted "Best Wrestler" in the tournament.

135 Ryan Treloar of Hendersonville wins a 9-5 decision over Dylan Herschenbach of Wilson Central.

145 Brandon Snyder of Mt. Juliet in a fall over Wade Brooks of White House, 1:55.

152 Brent Vinson of Hendersonville wins a 10-7 decision over Marquis Wilkins of Mt. Juliet.

160 Kyle Sanders of Smyrna in a fall over Daniel Davis of Mt. Juliet, 1:38.

171 Blake Biggs of Mt. Juliet in a fall over Justin Conner of Hendersonville, 3:03.

189 Chad Sawyer of Smyrna in a fall over Jamisson Cherry of Mt. Juliet, 00:31.

215 Brett Jaeckel of Hendersonville won in a major decision 15-7 over Jordan Chaffin of Friendship Christian.

285 Hunter Allen of Mt. Juliet in a fall over Elijah Baird of Wilson Central, 2:44.

Region 8 third place -- (winner advances) -- 112 Duy Pham of Wilson Central wins a 5-2 decision over Jacob Bolton of Beech.

125 Jacob Belcher of Wilson Central won in a major decision 12-4 over Justin Kleinert of Beech.

130 Celeb Alsup of Friendship Christian won in a 5-2 decision over Jonathan Roberts of Beech.

135 Alex Haney of Mt. Juliet won a 12-3 decision over Logan Stepp of Lavergne.

140 Austin Weaver of Mt. Juliet in a fall over Jon Kleinert of Beech, 3:33.

145 Jake Smith of Friendship Christian wins in a fall over Kyle Wix of Wilson Central, 2:45.

152 Kyle Brown of Wilson Central wins in a fall over Ward Strickland of Beech, 00:58.

160 Justin Abernathy of Lebanon won a 7-6 decision over Thaxton Mead of Hendersonville.

189 Trey Lattimore of Lebanon won a 7-4 decision over Brandon Hutchinson of Wilson Central.

215 Cameron Ingram of Mt. Juliet wins in a fall over Camden Dalton of Beech, 3:03.

285 Craig Carmean of Hendersonville wins in a fall over Jon Cason of Lebanon High, 1:25.

Jasmine Hassell named McDonald's All American


EXCLUSIVE -- The honors keep rolling in for Wilson Central basketball standout Jasmine Hassell.

Notified earlier this week she will is a finalist to repeat as Class AAA Miss Basketball in Tennessee, the University of Georgia signee has been selected to the 2009 McDonald’s All American Girls Basketball Team.

She will join the basketball elite as a member of the East team in the McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Game to be played Wednesday, April 1 in Miami at BankUnited Center on the University of Miami campus.

As a McDonald’s All American, Hassell will play among the top 24 female high school basketball players in the nation in what many basketball experts consider the premier high school all star game in the country.

WHS, MJCA boys eliminated in 8A


Top-seeded Friendship Christian School is the only Wilson County boy’s team remaining in the District 8A basketball tournament. Two other local teams, Watertown High and Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, saw their seasons come to a close with first round losses Tuesday night.

Watertown fell behind early and never recovered in a 61-45 loss at Gordonsville. The G-Men improved to 12-14 on the season and will play No. 1 FCS in the semifinals 6 p.m. Friday at Watertown.

Watertown’s Nick Lennox led his team with 11 points while Dalton Phillips and Zack Neal had nine points apiece. Coach T.J. Hewitt’s team wrapped up the season with a record of 10-16.

Westmoreland 61, MJ Christian 53

Mt. Juliet Christian Academy closed out the season with a 61-53 first round tournament loss at Westmoreland High Tuesday.

The Saints (9-18 overall) got six three-pointers from senior Austin Wortman, who finished with 18 points. Post man Drew Hutchison added 11 and Stephen Hughes chipped in with 10.

E.J. Perry led Westmoreland with 22 points. The Eagles will play Trousdale County 9 p.m. Friday at Watertown.

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