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Showing 13 articles from September 25, 2009.


Bessie Elliott Stone, 76

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, September 25 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Stone, 76, of Mt. Juliet. Formerly an assistant for Dr. Wilkerson Dentistry, Mrs. Stone died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 at the Summit Medical Center.

Visitation is Friday from 11 a.m. until services at Partlow Funeral Chapel. Services will be conducted by Dr. Larry Locke. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: son Kurt Stone of Mt. Juliet and sister Annie Elliott of Mt. Juliet.

She is preceded in death by father Lee Williams; mother Hattie Hackney; her husband of 36 years Clyde Stone; siblings Alice Burgess and Clarence Elliott.

Active pallbearers: Brad Oldham, Barry Capps, Alan McMurtry, Olin Harris, John Holley, Tim Edwards and Lewis Moss. Honorary: caregivers and staff of Christian Companions.

In lieu of flowers the family request contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Middle Tennessee Regional Office, 4004 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 219B, Nashville 37215.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Gary Lee Harmon, 57

LEBANON — A memorial service will be held at a later date for Mr. Harmon, 57, of Lebanon. Known as "Flash" to his friends and family, he passed away September 22, 2009 at his home in Lebanon.

Mr. Harmon was preceded in death by parents Cleo and Irene Harmon, brother Billy Warren Harmon, grandparents Andrew and Jennie Sue Harmon, and Walter Franklin and Edna Lea Lane — all of Lebanon.

Survivors include children: Gary Lee Harmon Jr., Matt Harmon and Laronda Sue Harmon — all of Alabama; siblings: Walter David Harmon, Michael Wayne Harmon, Mattie Sue Gregory and half-brother Len Lane; along with several beloved nieces and nephews and long time good friends Bill and Charles Bundy.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Harold H. Cunningham, 86

WATERTOWN – Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, September 26 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Cunningham, 86, of the Norene Community. A native of Wilson County and a longtime farmer, he died Sept. 23, 2009 at his residence.

Mr. Cunningham was a deacon at the Geenvale Baptist Church and a veteran – having served in the US Army during World War II.

The family will receive friends Friday between the hours of 2-8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the funeral.

Services will be conducted by his nephew Rev. Elwin S. Cunningham of Little Rock, AK. Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Norene.

Survivors include: daughters Ruth (Lanny) Correll and Helen (Terry) McPeak and grandsons Justin, Luke and Travis McPeak – all of Norene. Also surviving is sister-in-law Lucy R. Stoner and brother-in-law George Givens as well as several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by parents Massey and Hairsie Ashworth Cunningham; wife Carmine Wilson Cunningham; siblings Hezron and Harvel Cunningham, Hazel Porterfield, Hassell Porterfield and Hallie Edwards.

The family thanks the caregivers of Alive Hospice for their kindness and love.

Pallbearers: Justin McPeak, Luke McPeak, Travis McPeak, Dorris Cunningham, Jimmy Porterfield, Leland Cunningham, Joey Barrett, Louis Barrett and Bob Wilson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Fiddler’s Grove Foundation, P.O. Box 1203, Lebanon 37088-1203. Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Henry Lee Bogle Jr., 90

LEBANON – A celebration of life memorial will be held between the hours of 2-5 p.m. Saturday, September 26 at the Martin residence, 90 Laine Road, for Mr. Bogle, 68, of Lebanon. Mr. Bogle passed away on Sept. 23, 2009.

He is preceded in death by parents Henry Lee and Katherine Harris Bogle Sr. and sisters Claudine Bogle Hodge and Mary Katherine Simms.

Survivors include nieces: Brenda (J.W.) Martin, Debbie (Fred) Jones and Mary Powell; and nephews: Raymond (Lisa) Simms and Morris Wayne (Janice) Hodge.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

Mona P. Black, 83

LEBANON — A memorial service will be held at a later date for Mrs. Black, 83, of Lebanon. She passed away on September 22, 2009.

Survivors include children: Allen Huckaby, Holly (Scott) Markels, Sheila (William) Parm, Heather Huckaby, Donald Huckaby, Johnny (Diane) Huckaby, Jimmy Huckaby, Richard Huckaby and Greg (Debbie) Huckaby. Also surviving is brother Don McSparron.

She is preceded in death by parents John Joseph and Adelaide Florence Mabelene Howells McSparron, along with husband John Black.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Rupert Alvis, 87

CARTHAGE – Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, September 24 at the Sanderson Funeral Home for Mr. Alvis, 87, of Bluff Creek.

A retired farmer and a 51-year member of the New Middleton Masonic Lodge No. 249, F&AM, he died Sept. 21, 2009 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He attended the Cadar Point United Methodist Church.

Services were conducted by Elder Junior Dickerson and Elder Charles Allen Gentry. Interment was in Smith County Memorial Gardens. A Masonic service was held Wednesday evening, Sept. 23.

Survivors include: daughter Peggy (Sonny) Carter of Flatrock, daughter-in-law Linda Jenkins Alvis of Flatrock; grandchildren Misty Carter (Gary) Western of South Carthage, Sonja (Tim) Filson of Lebanon and Trey (Rachel) Alvis of the Grant Community. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, the former Melissa Alice Douglas, who died Oct. 19, 2007. Memorials may be made to the Smith County Rescue Squad.

The Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


General Lifestyle

Cast a Wide Net/Art of Many Women on exhibit at new Square Space Gallery in Gallatin

Emerging from the recently completed street-scape renovation of historic Gallatin is Square Space Gallery, at 101 Public Square, just across from the new library and opposite the county courthouse. 

This former bank building, circa 1905, was purchased by proprietor Dawn Bunetta in the summer 2007.

"The minute I walked into this building, I was visualizing the space transforming into a place for art and networking," Bunetta said.



And the dream shall never die


In recent years, months and days, we have heard a man end many powerful speeches with the above statement. What did he refer to? What was in his heart?

I ask you today what dreams do you have? What do you want to ever remain as value to you, yours and mankind?


Guest Column

The road to recovery

By Commissioner GERALD NICELY
Tennessee Department of Transportation

Nearly a half million Tennesseans were expected to hit the road Labor Day to enjoy the last days of summer by vacationing or visiting family. These travelers would pass some of the people for whom this holiday was created, American workers. In this tough economic climate, the Labor Day holiday has a special significance. While some Tennesseans were traveling, others are happy to simply be called workers.


General News

LoJacs Hwy. 109 work to be finished by summer 2011
From Post staff reports
An $18.5 million state highway improvement project that includes widening Highway 109 to five lanes and building a new bridge for the highway to pass over the train track operated by the Nashville and Eastern Railroad and the Music City Star is to be completed by June 30, 2011, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
MJPD stops speeding car, finds cocaine

From Post staff reports

A speeding SUV on Interstate 40 on Wednesday led Mt. Juliet Police to the discovery of 17 pounds, or 8 kilograms, of cocaine wrapped and hidden inside a spare tire.

The cocaine has an estimated street value of $250,000, authorities said.

National Alpaca Farm Day at Fairgrounds on Saturday

The Wilson Post

They are soft, cute, unusual, and slowly taking over Tennessee.

They are alpacas and on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Tennessee Alpaca Association will hold its National Alpaca Farm Day.

Farm Day has been going on for several years, but it was never at one place. Instead, people were given directions to individual farms to go and ask questions and see the animals.


General Sports

CU sets HOF weekend


Cumberland University will hold the 23rd annual Athletic Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, Sept. 25, inducting six former CU athletes and coaches.  The six-member class will be also recognized at halftime of Saturday's football game vs. No.6-ranked University of the Cumberlands.

The six-member class includes former coach and administrator Mickey Englett; baseball players Steve Green, Kevin Hite and Scott Corman; the late basketball player Rosa Stokes; and three-sport athlete Lacritia Sanson Wilson.

Green is perhaps the most decorated athlete in school history and is the only three-time All-American in baseball history. The Danville, Ky., native earned First Team All-America honors as a senior in 1997 and garnered Second Team accolades after his sophomore and junior seasons.

Green batted .451 with 22 home runs and 89 RBIs as a senior, ranking second on the single-season charts for batting average and runs batted in. He was a member of three NAIA World Series teams that placed second in 1995, third in 1996 and fifth in 1997, and the Bulldogs compiled a three-year record of 143-53 during his tenure.

He batted .388 with 16 home runs and 66 RBIs as a junior and posted a .373 batting average as a sophomore. Green ranks first in school history in RBIs (205) and doubles (51) and second in hits (228) and home runs (51). He also ranks in the Top 10 in six other single-season and career categories.

Hite is the most decorated pitcher in Cumberland history, earning First Team All-America honors as a senior in 1996. Hite still holds two NAIA World Series records – most shutouts in a series (2 in 1995) and fewest earned runs allowed (0 in 21.1 innings in 1995).

His 13 victories in 1996 is tied for the most in single-season history and his 30 victories is tied for the most in a career at Cumberland. He also ranks in the Top 10 in 10 other single-season or career pitching records at CU.

The Hermitage native was a member of two NAIA World Series teams, squads which placed second in 1995 and third in 1996, and the Bulldogs compiled a three-year mark of 140-56 during his three seasons.

Hite signed with the San Diego Padres and played five years in their organization, the last two in Double-A Mobile (AL). He then began a coaching career that has included the last five seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, where he graduated with a bachelor’s in Business Administration and a minor in Computer Information Systems in 1996.

Corman was an Honorable Mention All-American and a member of the NAIA World Series All-Tournament Team as a senior in 1993 and is regarded as one of the finest catchers to ever come through the Cumberland program. He was a member of the 1993 NAIA World Series team that finished third and was also an assistant coach on the 1995 squad that placed second, which included Hite and Green.

Corman has gone onto even greater heights as a professional scout for the Colorado Rockies, where he was named the 2008 Organization Scout of the Year. Four times in the last five seasons the Rockies have selected a player in the first round from within Corman’s scouting area, which includes Tennessee, Kentucky and southern Illinois.

Stokes was an all-time great women’s basketball player for the Bulldogs in the late 1980’s, scoring more than 1,000 points and grabbing more than 1,000 rebounds during her career. The Alexandria native played for coaches Benny Jennings and Rick Reeves and graduated in May 1988 with a bachelor’s in Education.

Stokes went into the coaching profession, serving stints as a graduate assistant at the Univ. of Louisville and Murray State before becoming an assistant at Tennessee Tech in 1991. The Golden Eagles won a pair of OVC championships and she also earned a master’s in Educational Psychology and Counseling in 1993 at TTU.

She moved from there to Chattanooga and then to Long Beach State, where she was the associate head coach. Stokes then became the head coach at Georgia Southwestern State in Americus, Ga., in the summer of 2001, compiling a 26-35 record, before passing away on Aug. 7, 2003.

Cumberland plays an annual women’s basketball tournament in December in her honor, and this season will be the sixth annual event Dec. 11-12 at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Englett served as the athletic director, men’s basketball coach and baseball coach for seven years. His men’s basketball team won the TJCCAA state championship in his first season and Englett started the pipeline from Cincinnati into the Bulldog baseball program, eventually earning the program’s first-ever No. 1 national ranking.

As an administrator Englett revived the women’s basketball program at CU as well, and he has continued in his administrative work since 1990 at Northwest Florida State College, formerly Okaloosa-Walton Community College.

Sanson was a two-time all-conference performer in volleyball, basketball and softball and is widely considered as one of the greatest female athletes in Cumberland history. The Nashville native and Overton High School product was named the Mid-State Female Athlete of the Year by the Tennessean in 1985 before spending one year at both Austin Peay and Volunteer State Community College.

She settled in at Cumberland and excelled immediately, garnering All-TCAC accolades in both volleyball and softball in her first year. She earned All-Conference honors in basketball and softball the next year and then was an All-Conference performer in volleyball and basketball during her senior season.

The group will join 86 other individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame since the first class in 1977, which included Lindsey Donnell, Michael F. Gialanella, Allison B. Humphreys, Sr., William Wallace Suddarth and Curry Ned Vaughn.

Tickets for the dinner are available for $25 per person and can be reserved by calling CU Sports Information Director JoJo Freeman at 615-547-1350.

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