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Eleanor Griffin West, 92

LEBANON -- Graveside services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, February 13 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery for Ms. West, 92, formerly of Lebanon. A native of Wilson County and the daughter of the late Ollie and Nora Hudson Griffin, she died Feb. 9, 2010, at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

Ms. West worked at the Lebanon Garment Company and the Draper & Darwin Store. She was a member of the World Wide Church of God. The family will receive friends Saturday 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Survivors include: grandchildren Steve Galyon of Winston Salem, NC; Jeff Galyon of Washington, DC; Ginny Galyon (Mark) Kelley of Bloomington, IL; Randall (Kate) Galyon of Winston-Salem, NC; great-grandchildren Brennen, Erin, and Peyton Kelley, Charles, Grace and Jack Galyon; nephew Jerry Hardin of Watertown.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by children: Patricia Ann West Galyon and Charles Randy West; and sister Laverne Hardin.   Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Franklin Delano Primm Sr., 73

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, February 12 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Primm, 73, of Nashville. Retired from Ambrose Printing Company and an avid hunter, fisherman and supporter of Vanderbilt athletics, he died Feb. 9, 2010.

The family will be receiving friends from 10 a.m. until service on Friday.   Services will be conducted by Brother Don Loftis. Interment in Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010.

Survivors include: children Donna Jean (Jeff) Neely, Franklin Delano (Lisa) Primm Jr. and Brandy Michelle (Lonnie) Phillips; grandchildren Telisha (Brad) Gaines, Taylor Wilson-Primm, Tanner Primm, Franklin D. (Del) Primm III, Nikki Lagarce, Dalton Phillips, Matt Phillips and Hali Phillips.

Also surviving are great grandchildren Taylor Gaines, Riley Gaines, Bradford Gaines Jr. and Neely Grace Gaines; siblings David (Vicki), John (Wanda), William Hugh (Wanda) Primm and Mary Evelyn Lasko; along with many loving neices and nephews.

Frank is proceeded in death by parents Dorothy Sisk and Louis C. Primm, sisters Sharon Chester, Betty Durham, brother and sister-in-law Charles and Donna Primm.

Active pallbearers: Franklin Delano Primm III, Tanner Primm, Daniel Primm, William Primm, Ronald Kennedy and Danny Gann. Frank’s children wish to thank all the wonderful staff at Mckendree Village 2North Rehab, Madison DCI (Dialysis), Meals on Wheels of Jackson Park Church of Christ, Hugh and Wanda Primm, April Primm, Fleschia and Jazmine Johnson, Tina and Tesha Bromley, caretaker/friend Brenda Jones for all the love and support through his illness.

Frank was baptized on December 24, 2009 by Don Loftis of Old Hickory Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, make donations to Jackson Park Church of Christ - Meals on Wheels, 4103 Gallatin Road, Nashville. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Lloyd Chester Melin, Jr., 70

MT. JULIET -- Mr. Melvin, 70, of Mt. Juliet, died Tuesday, February 9, 2010. At Mr. Melin’s request, he will be cremated. Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road. Mr. Melin attended Celebration Lutheran Church.

Survivors include: wife Judy Melin; children Troy (Cynthia) Melin, Russell Melin and Lori (Jack) Fillbrandt.
Also surviving: siblings John Melin and and Mary Blossom; grandchildren Jason and Melinda Melin and Ashley and Amber Fillbrandt along with three great-grandchildren.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Betty Adams, 14270 Lebanon Road, Old Hickory, 37138.   Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Mrs. Jimmie Dean Browning, 68

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, February 12 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Browning, 68, of Lebanon. The daughter of the late James and Odessa Everage Godsey, she died Monday, Feb. 8, 2010.

An avid sports fan and a lover of music, Mrs. Browning was preceded in death by her husbands, Gilbert Lee Ullmer and Lawrence F. Browning. Services will be conducted by Rev. Dave Davis. Interment will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: her loving companion of 13 years Jimmy Lindsey and daughters Susan (Ray) Martin of Mt. Juliet and Linda Ann (Jody Jones) Pogue of Bulan, KY. Also surviving are siblings: Bernie H. Godsey of Dayton, OH; Gary L. Godsey and Silas Godsey -- both of Dwarf, KY; Elvira Roberts of Fairborn, OH; Virginia Dean Ball of Dayton, OH and Linda Ritchie of Emmalena, KY; grandchildren Lindsey Ann Martin, Jeffrey Gelvin, Jennifer Torres, Garrett L. Farwick and Ben C. Farwick; great-grandchildren Alaina Torres, Randy Gelvin, Sybil Gelvin,Ethan Wale and Carter Wale.

She was also preceded in death by siblings Larry Ray Godsey, Molly Godsey and Glena Faye Godsey and daughter Mary Ann Johns.

Active pallbearers will be Ray Martin, Gary Godsey, Jeffrey Gelvin, Silas Godsey, Harvey Lindsey and Jody Jones. Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Betty Adams, 14270 Lebanon Road, Old Hickory, 37138. Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Susan Cartwright, 61

HERMITAGE -- Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, February 12 at the Central Pike Church of Christ, 4240 Central Pike, for Mrs. Cartwright, 61. She died Feb. 9, 2010.

Survivors include sons James Cartwright and Joseph (Jeannette) Cartwright; siblings Mike (Sandra) Brown, Charles Brown, Sandy (Jerry) Trent, Diane Motley and Cathy (Jeff) Goodwin; along with six grandchildren.

Mrs. Cartwright is preceded in death by husband Hamilton Cartwright; parents James and Lucille Brown; and brother Jimmy Brown.   Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet is in charge of arrangements.


Telling Tales

Telling Tales: Modern Day Tupperware Party

Many years ago women would gather in living rooms across America in the name of sanity, fellowship and most of all, Tupperware. This party has now evolved into something with a little more pizzazz, a little more excitement, a little more… alcohol. In the early years of home based parties several topics were off limits. You didn’t dare talk about private family matters and the only alcohol being consumed by some of these housewives was behind the closed door of “mom’s sewing room.” At least that’s what I’ve heard.

We are not our mother’s daughters. Most of us 30 and 40 something wives and mothers openly discuss taboo topics that make our moms cringe. We talk to our children about safe sex, politics and drugs. Not that our way is better than our mothers, it just fits the times better.


Ask Ken Beck

Ghostly couple in TVs Topper were not imaginary
Dear Ken: I remember a TV series from the 1950s about a couple of ghosts that lived with a banker. I think there was also a ghost dog. My family tells me I am imagining things. Can you help?
Well, sure. The show was titled “Topper” and ran from 1953 to 1956. Leo J. Carroll played banker Cosmo Topper, and only he could see the ghostly trio living in his house. Anne Jeffreys and Robert Sterling, who were wife and husband in real life, played the friendly human ghosts, Marion and George Kerby, and the phantom dog, a brandy-drinking St. Bernard named Neil, was played by two dogs, Cappy and Neal. The TV series was based on three “Topper” films that originated in 1937 with Cary Grant and Constance Bennett as the original pair of debonair ghosts.

General Lifestyle

Countys historic dual fire towers still stand proud

Lookouts, firefighters protected forests, wildlife, people

Special to The Wilson Post

Like Smokey Bear says, “Only you can prevent forest fires.” But back in the day before there were cell phones, 9-1-1 calls and economic aerial detection, the only thing keeping a small brush fire from turning into a raging inferno were the lookouts stationed at the top of fire towers and the firefighters on call below.

Across the 20th century Tennessee maintained about 250 fire lookout tower sites, but many, if not most, of those towers no longer rise skyward. Wilson County’s twin towers remain erect but are no longer utilized for spotting fires.

Meet the mother of the mayor of Memphis

Special to The Wilson Post

She may be the mother of the new mayor of Memphis, but Mary Alice Wharton had four other children, and the one thing that she and her late husband, A C Wharton Sr., made sure of was that each child was going to college.

The couple’s high priority on education reached back to their own childhoods when their opportunities for schooling were minimal.



And now for breaking news


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MTE to the rescue


After my column on the large electric bill for last month, I was visited by a nice man from the electric company. Dave Smith Jr. was concerned that the public might think that a doctor was having to borrow money to pay his electric bill and wanted to check my meter to be sure the charges were accurate. He had copies of my charges for the past year and was quick to show me a savings of $382 for the same period (two months) from a year ago when it wasn’t as cold as this year.


Letters to the Editor

Writer asks Kid-Safe Chemicals Act passage

To the Editor:

On Thursday, Feb. 4, Ken Cook testified in a U.S. Senate hearing. He told the Senators, “Babies are coming into this world pre-polluted with toxic chemicals.”

When EWG, Environmental Working Group, tested the umbilical cord blood of 10 babies, they found nearly 300 chemicals, including BPA, perchlorate, fire-retardants, lead, mercury and PCBs.


General News

County school board nods changes to dress code

From Post staff reports

Wilson County Board of Education approved changes to a long-controversial dress code during its meeting this past Thursday.

The changes were approved with three members in favor and one opposed. Teddy Cook cast the lone no vote, and Don Weathers could not attend the meeting.

Craighead vetoes term limits resolution

The Wilson Post

Even though he didn’t get a vote Tuesday night, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead got the last word by vetoing the term limit resolution Thursday.

The resolution to apply 2-term limits to the mayor position and 3-year limits for councilors, later amended to 2-terms for councilors also, passed by a 4-2 vote Tuesday night.

EEOC complaint filed against county

From Post staff reports

A complaint with the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been filed by a former Finance Department worker against Wilson County.

The complaint was filed recently by Pamela Franklin who was terminated from her position in the department in January by Finance Director Ron Gilbert.

Gretchen Wilson leads elite songwriters at MCAs Music at the Mill

You don’t have to go far to experience first hand the live performance of the original version of the famous songs everyone knows by heart. 

On Saturday, Feb. 27, some of Nashville's best songwriters along side Wilson County's own Gretchen Wilson present "MCA's Music at the Mill."

History project offers lessons outside class


Technology has advanced through the years, improving the lives of many.

But what have the improvements to the average family’s life cost us?

That is the question the students at MAP Academy, Wilson County’s alternative school program, are answering, answers not without surprises. Most students are enrolled at MAP Academy due to behavioral problems in normal classroom settings.

Hit & run kills Hartsville Scout

HARTSVILLE -- A 7-year-old boy who was at a Trousdale County Scout meeting Tuesday night was struck and killed by a car that did not stop.

The boy, Nathan Allen Denham of Hartsville, was crossing the road after a Cub Scout meeting when he was hit by a late-model four-door car, possibly champagne in color, according to a release from the THP. The car may have heavy damage to the right front quarter panel and headlight.

Allen had been at the Cub Scout meeting at Hartsville Methodist Church with his father, and was crossing State Route 141 to move a garbage can that had blown across to a neighbor's yard when he was hit.

Anyone with possible information is asked to contact the Tennessee Highway Patrol Cookeville Office (931)-528-8496, Extension 122, or the Trousdale County Sheriff at (615)-374-2114.

Home prices up, sales down slightly in January

With the continuation of the tax credits for first time buyers and many current homeowners through April 2010, median homes prices increased for the fifth straight month in January, but fewer homes sold as compared to the first month of 2009.

That was the word this week from Amy Hamilton, public relations chair for the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors, or EMTAR.

Lebanon man charged with kidnapping, robbery

From Post staff reports

A Lebanon man faces charges of kidnapping, robbery, assault and violating conditional release after an incident involving a pizza delivery person occurred at a vacant residence off Bluebird Road.

The man is also a suspect in a number of other crimes that have occurred in the area ranging from theft to armed robbery.

MTE Customers Care donates $10,000 to Wilson Black History Committee

Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation's Customers Care has donated $10,000 of its Operation Round Up funds to the Wilson County Black History Committee.

“This donation is greatly appreciated,” Black History Committee President Mary Harris said, “as it will help us with special historical presentations of our arts and artifacts.”

Sherrys Run 5K Run/Walk set for Sept. 11

Organizers of the seventh annual Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk fund raising event announce it will be held at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 11 beside the main office of Wilson Bank & Trust, 623 West Main Street, Lebanon.

"Working for God on earth doesn't pay much... but, His retirement plan is out of this world. In Wilson County, we are blessed with folks who are storing up treasures in heaven – thanks to the selfless efforts of all of the Sherry’s Run sponsoring partners, participants and volunteers that make a difference in the lives of local cancer victims,” said Gary Whitaker, Sherry’s Run board member. “I have said over and over, if we can help one person in the whole world it will be worth it; because, one person is the whole world to somebody. This is at the core of our mission, helping one person at a time.”

Whip Crackin Rodeo coming to Ward Ag. Center

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead and Lone Star Rodeo Company announce the first ever Charity Whip Crackin’ Rodeo set for Friday and Saturday nights, April 16-17, at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center under the lights of the new arena.

Events for the Rodeo will include Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Cowgirl’s Breakaway Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Cowgirl’s Barrel Racing and Brahma Bull Riding. 

Wilson County Ag Hall of Fame to induct new members

A new group of inductees has been announced and will be honored at the fourth annual Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet set for Tuesday, April 6 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.

The new inductees are WC and Edie Clay, Walter Goodall, Harry Love, Johnny Trice and Henry Waters.


General Sports

CU baseball opener canceled

BULLETIN -- Cumberland’s opening weekend of baseball season has been canceled because of the extended amount of rain and snow over the last month and expected more precipitation this weekend across the Midstate.

The Bulldogs were scheduled to play Missouri Baptist University and Missouri Valley College two games each over the weekend, but all of the scheduled games have been canceled.

CU will now open the season 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 at North Alabama. The Bulldogs will host Iowa Wesleyan and the University of St. Francis next weekend at Stockton Field.

Coach Woody Hunt enters his 29th season this spring after amassing more than 1,200 career victories and 25 conference championships, regular season and conference tournament. Hunt returns just three position starters and only three hurlers who worked in more than 20 innings last season, but the Bulldogs head into the campaign ranked 17th nationally and picked to repeat as champion of the TranSouth Conference.

CU's strength this season could again be on the mound, where weekend starters and seniors Shawn Schaefer and Robert Post both return after combining for a 17-7 record in almost 170 innings of work with 147 strikeouts in 2009. Schaefer was the workhorse of the staff last season, tossing 88.0 innings with seven complete games in 13 appearances. Post struck out 78 in 78.1 innings with five complete games in 13 starts.

Senior Adam Sprague also returns to the mound after serving in both as both a starter and reliever last year. The lefthander struck out 48 in 60.1 innings, making a team-high 15 appearances and eight starts. His best work of the season may have been an eight-inning performance in the NAIA Regionals against Brescia Univ., giving up an unearned run on six hits with five strikeouts.

Newcomers Aaron Wilkerson, Peter Taraskevich and Daniel Kern should also see plenty of action for the Bulldogs. Wilkerson transferred from Panola Community College in Texas where he struck out 110 last season in a little less than 80 innings of work. Taraskevich is a senior who last pitched at Nova Southeastern University in south Florida and has the unique ability to throw both lefthanded and righthanded. According to coaches, he has a plus curveball from the leftside and more velocity from the rightsider. Kern transferred from Broward Community College and will likely finish games for the Bulldogs, using his big-time slider as an out pitch.

Seniors Max Kautz, Sam Kikla and Matt Greener are the Bulldogs only returning positions starters for 2010. Kautz led the Bulldogs last season with a .417 batting average in 41 games with eight doubles, six home runs, 29 RBIs and 42 runs scored. He also stole eight bases and walked 19 times.

Greener started games at five different positions as well as designated hitter last year, but settled in at third base for the second half of the season.He with .344 with 13 doubles, four homers and 29 RBIs as well as 31 runs scored and 21 walks.

Kikla played both shortstop and second base last season as well as the outfield, and may begin the 2010 campaign at first base. He led the Bulldogs with 11 home runs, 52 RBIs, 44 runs scored and nine stolen bases while batting .349 with 11 doubles and 20 walks.

One newcomer who should play a big role is University of Kentucky transfer Troy Frazier, an outfielder and senior who hails from Louisville, Ky.  Frazier batted .256 with five doubles, three home runs, 23 runs scored and 26 RBIs in just 90 at-bats in 2008, but saw his playing time diminish with a news coach last season when he played in just 25 contests.

David Fanshawe, another Broward CC product, should start the season behind the plate, with Greener at third and either Kikla or Calhoun Community College product Derrick Harwood at shortstop.

Freshman Greg Appleton or transfer T.J. Murphy are fighting for the starting spot at second base, and whomever loses out at shortstop  will likely start the year at first base.

In the outfield newcomer Kris Miller, a transfer from Lewis & Clark State and Panola CC who just enrolled in January, along with Frazier and Kautz should be in the lineup along with Jesse Bowman, a transfer from Volunteer State Community College who redshirted at CU last season.

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