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Remember this Sunday is special for our moms
By SAM HATCHER
          
Sunday is a special day for all of us.
          
Our mothers taught us to wipe our nose, say excuse me when we get up from the table, pray before each meal, and gave us tips and advice about life on a thousand other subjects.
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Guest Column

Influence that lasts a lifetime

By U.S. Rep. BART GORDON

Since having our daughter Peyton in 2001, the role my wife Leslie plays as a mother helps me fully realize and appreciate the role mothers play in children’s lives. I also better recognize the great influence my own mother has had on me. My daughter is so fortunate to have a supportive and loving mother like I did.  

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Report on medical mission to the Philippines

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

Three weeks ago I hardly knew where the Philippines were located. I tried looking at the archipelago up on a map and it took several turns of the globe just to find it. I Googled it on the Internet and didn’t even spell it right. (It has one “L” and two “P’s.”)

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General News

Drugs, gun seized in raid

By JOHN B. BRYAN
The Wilson Post

Lebanon/Wilson County Violent Crimes Taskforce raided two homes in Lebanon on Wednesday afternoon seizing illegal drugs and a loaded firearm.
         
According to Lebanon Police Lt. Koy Lafferty, the taskforce raided 400 Fairview Ave. just off Baddour Parkway in Lebanon. Officers obtained a search warrant and found Andy McDermott on the premises and seized approximately a one-quarter pound of processed marijuana and a loaded firearm. Lafferty said a small indoor growing operation was also confiscated in the raid.

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Education, Budget panels, school board to seek new LHS funding solution

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

“Buddy Can You Spare Me a Dime?” a song popular during the Great Depression, may become the Wilson County Board of Education’s theme song in its campaign to get the county to fund a new Lebanon High School, or at least Director of Schools Mike Davis is singing it to commissioner.

Davis told the Education Committee at its regular meeting Thursday that a dime is what it would take to finance the bonds for the school if the county restructured its debt service.

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Plant to double size with $12 million expansion

By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post
          
A manufacturing company that has been located in Lebanon for almost a decade publicly announced Thursday that it will build a new $12 million plant here and nearly double its existing payroll within the next five years.
          
Darin Lowery, the local general manager of Permobil, Inc., a Swedish-based company that manufactures high-end electric wheelchairs, told members of Lebanon’s Morning Rotary yesterday that his company plans to build a new manufacturing plant here this year and be in that plant by the summer of 2010.
          
Lowery appeared at the Rotary meeting with Lebanon architect Mike Manous of Manous Design, who is in charge of the design of the project.

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Sidewalk policy needs second look: Warmath
By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post
          
As a controversy continues over a requirement by the City of Lebanon for the installation of sidewalks to accompany the construction of new buildings, one member of the city council is calling for a step-by-step reevaluation of the existing policy.
         
Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath said Thursday she believes the City’s policy on the issue, which has raised complaints from a number of business, commercial and nonprofit constituencies, deserves to be reevaluated.
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Wheel tax increase could fund new LHS

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

If Wilson County can build a new Lebanon High School for $50 million, a $25 wheel tax would pay the bond back, according to county Finance Director Ron Gilbert.

And Budget Committee Chair Bernie Ash said he would vote to send a wheel tax to the public on a referendum.

“I’m not saying I’d vote in commission for a wheel tax,” Ash said in an interview Thursday. “I’m saying I’d vote for a referendum for a wheel tax.”

The tax would have to be designated to go to debt service, since it can only be used directly for schools for one year, but debt service is what pays the bond back when the county borrows to build a school.

Ash said the reason he would only vote for a referendum is because of conflicts over wheel taxes in the past.

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