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Showing 16 articles from March 19, 2010.


Charles Bennett, 84

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, March 18 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Bennett, 84, of Lebanon. Known as "Jack" to hs family and friends, the US Navy veteran of World War II died March 16, 2010 at the University Medical Center.

Born May 11, 1925, in Wilson County, he was the son of the late Claude M. and Beatrice Spears Bennett. Early in his life, Mr. Bennett worked for the Lebanon Police Department and the Lebanon Fire Department. Later, he was the owner of Bennett’s Grocery and co-owner of SKAT Pest Control.  He was a member of the Cedar Creek Baptist Church.

Services were conducted by Rev. John Petree. Interment with military honors followed at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. 

Survivors include: children Charles W. (Margie) Bennett, Donald R. (Cindy) Bennett and Judy (David) Phillips -- all of Lebanon; grandchildren Louis (Jenny) Bennett, Michael (Erica) Phillips and Angela Bennett -- all of Lebanon; Matthew (Dana) Phillips of Livingston; great grandchildren William Bennett, Cole Phillips, Carly Phillips, Mary Elizabeth Phillips and Bennett Jarvis; along with special caregivers Dorothy Seay, Ophila Seay, Sharon Jared and Traci Dedmon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Frances Tomlinson Bennett on December 4, 2001; sister Bennie Rhea Winter and an infant brother.

Pallbearers:  Michael and Matthew Phillips, Louis Bennett, Jerry Apple, Chip Beal and Jason Ligon.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

James Ernest Belcher, 66

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, March 16 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Belcher, 66, of the Commerce Community. A truck driver and a native of Wilson County, he died March 14, 2010 at University Medical Center. He was a member of the Commerce church of Christ.

Services were conducted by Brother Gynnath Ford. Burial was at the Commerce Cemetery. Survivors include: his wife of 24 years Janiece Rowland Belcher of Commerce and cousins Tessa (Bill) Dean, Cayce (Jim) Clay, Emilie Simpson and Courtney (Brandon) Gregg -- all of Nashville.

Also surviving are special friends Domingo and Ruby Samaniego, Don and Barbara Bates, Jim and Sherry Beck and Doris Ann Fields. The family wishes to thanks Dr. Willard M. West, Joe Trombley and the staff and nurses of University Medical Center for their. Memorials may be directed to the Commerce Church of Christ.

Hunter Funeral Home Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.

Scriptoria Paris Wester, 93

LEBANON --  Mrs. Wester, 93, died Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Quality Health Care.  Born December 31, 1917 to the late Thomas & Eula Paris, she attended the Wilson County public schools.

Mrs. Wester united with the Pickett Chapel Methodist Church at an early age. She lived with her parents until she married Rev. Johnny Wester. They later united with Seay's Chapel Methodist Church on Rocky Road, where she served faithfully until her health failed.

Johnny and Scriptoria were married for more than 50 years. She was devoted to her husband, sisters, brothers, nephews, and various other relatives from the Wester family.

She leaves to cherish her memory nephews Hershell B. (Maxine) Carter, Theodore H. (Atha) Carter and Rollin H. (Carmen) Carter, along with a very special devoted caregiver Shirley Bates.  Funeral will be 12 Noon, Friday, March 19 at the Disyal Funeral Home.

Family and friend visitation from 11:30 until services. Interment will follow at The Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.    Disyal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Virda Mae Barrix, 82

MT. JULIET -- Mrs. Barrix, 82, of Mt. Juliet died Tuesday, March 16, 2010. A member of the Jehovah’s Witness, she was the daughter of the late William Sampson and Cressie Ada Page Durham.

She was also preceded in death by her husband Robert B. Barrix along with several brothers and sisters. Survivors include: sister Ruthene Puckett of Alabama along with several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, March 19 at Lawrenceville City Cemetery, Lawrenceville, IL. Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, is in charge of arrangements.


Guest Column

Sunshine Week notes value of open government


It’s national “Sunshine Week,” a time for Americans to take stock in the value of open government, and this year it may be more relevant than any of the previous four.

Newspapers and other media are encouraged to put a spotlight this week on laws designed to “enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.”

Upcoming elections important; officials face tough decisions

Wilson County Commissioner 17th District

Already there is much talk about the approaching elections. There will be a General Election for local government offices on Aug. 5, which will also be the election date for Primary Elections and a General Election for statewide, legislative and congressional offices on Nov. 2.

I currently serve as a member of the Wilson County Commission representing the 17th District.


Letters to the Editor

Regarding Health Care Bill, tell Congress no

To the Editor:

Nanci Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Obama, the "Unholy Triumvirate," are trying to ram the Health Care Bill by hook or crook. If they don't have their votes soon, they plan to use an illegal procedure called "deeming." That way, they can pretend it passed and show, "We the People," that the constitution doesn't matter. This is simply a sleazy unconstitutional strategy to get what they want and not take responsibility for it.

According to the U.S. Constitution, a bill has to pass both the House and the Senate to become law. If Congress can now decide that the House can vote for one bill and the Senate can vote for another, and the final result can be some arbitrary hybrid, then we have abandoned Madison's core checks and balances.


General News

Commissioners move may cost county thousands

From Post staff reports

A move by a Wilson County Commissioner Monday night to skirt a payment to the City of Mt. Juliet of $650,000 for the county’s portion of a West Wilson road project may result in the county paying almost $1 million instead, according to County Road Superintendent Steve Armistead.

Armistead said Tuesday that Chris Sorey, who represents District 2 on the County Commission, was mistaken when he told the Commission Monday night in a regularly scheduled meeting that the county’s portion of a recent road project on Curd Road, a local interstate connector, was some 600 feet in length.

Deputy bitten by dog searching for suspect, fugitive from justice

From Post staff reports

A Wilson County Sheriff’s Department deputy is recovering from dog bites he received from a pit bull while searching for a fugitive from justice and a suspect in another case.

The incident occurred on Tuesday as deputies arrived at a home at 9069 Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon, to serve a Domestic Violence Warrant on John David Buckman, 35. Upon arrival at the residence, deputies were informed by Troy Eugene Blount Jr., 38, who was at the home that Buckman was not there. However, Buckman then drove up. Deputies advised him of the charges against him and placed him under arrest.

Lebanon spring cleanup, chipper service dates set

The City of Lebanon’s annual residential spring cleanup will begin Monday, April 5 and continue through Friday, April 30.

Citizens are reminded to place items near the curb or next to but not in the roadside ditch.

The Street Department attempts to run daily routes therefore serving all citizens with four pickups during the month. This schedule is subject to change due to weather and/or heavy volumes.

Only hard bids for new school

From Post staff reports

There will be a new high school built in Lebanon and it is clear to Wilson County Schools Director Mike Davis that the facility will not have all the bells and whistles as the school first proposed at a cost of $54 million.

Davis said Tuesday the County Commission’s approval of a new Lebanon High School came with a price tag of no more than $50 million, a price, he noted, that included all furnishings as well as construction costs.

Sherlocks donates to animal rescues

LEBANON -- Sherlock’s Bookstore Assistant Manager Joey Bumbalough presents a check to Country K-9 Rescue Vice President Annelise Henning and Wink the office cat. The bookstore recently began donating 50 percent from its used book sales to animal rescues such as Lebanon’s New Leash on Life and Country K-9 Rescue. The bookstore’s resident cats, Chester and Miss Kitty, are Country K-9 alums. 

Space sought for mens homeless shelter

The Wilson Post

You might think there are very few, if any, homeless people in Wilson County, but that would be wrong.

The homeless in Lebanon are a hidden population,” said Tyler McCain, a volunteer with the Wilson County Salvation Army.

“And we know they are here. You see them walking down the side of the road or spending all their time near their vehicle,” McCain said.

Traffic counts rise across Wilson

The Wilson Post

Growth has brought more traffic and the increase in traffic is causing alarming concern about long commutes, the safety of local roads and highways and the impact these issues are having on the lives of those living in Wilson County.

In the year 2000 the population for Wilson County was reported at 88,809.

Woodcarvers coming to Lebanon

Wilson County Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the return of the Renegade Woodcarvers Roundup set for Monday through Friday, March 22-26, at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.

The roundup is an intensive caricature-carving workshop where five nationally known instructors will teach students the skills of wood carving.


General Sports

Miller sports a big hat, hot bat

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor

LEBANON -- On a Cumberland baseball team stacked with offensive firepower, no one is swinging a hotter bat than senior outfielder Kris Miller. The native Texan and a transfer from Lewis& Clark State was a perfect 4-for-4 as the Bulldogs hammered visiting Georgetown (Ky.) 17-7 Wednesday afternoon at Stockton Field.

Batting in the clean-up spot, Miller doubled in each of his first two at bats, then punched in a couple of singles along with a walk before taking a seat.

A transfer from Lewis & Clark State in Idaho, Miller is thrilled with the opportunity to play for the Bulldogs.

"I know you should never look back, but I wish I had decided to come play for Coach Hunt right out of junior college," Miller said. "Cumberland is a great place to be."

“Kris is in one of those grooves right now,” said CU coach Woody Hunt. “The other players feed off that and the result is what folks saw out there Wednesday.”

The Bulldogs (19-5) got at least one hit from each spot in the batting order, totaling 19 and topping the previous high of 15, which they did twice – versus Viterbo University on Feb. 28 and again on March 12 against Shawnee State.

Senior third baseman Matt Greener went 3-for-4 with a homer, his seventh of the season. Four other Bulldogs had multi-hit games with David Fanshawe, Sam Kikla, Max Kautz and Dave Weyer each picking up a pair of hits.

Designated hitter Kautz blasted a two-run homer in the fifth, a missle just to the right of the hitters’ eye in center field -- his third home run of the season.

CU trailed 3-0 and 6-3 as the Tigers (7-13) chased Bulldog starter Peter Taraskevick with one out in the second after throwing only 29 pitches.

Matt Vance, a redshirt junior from Castalian Springs came on in relief of Taraskevich, and closed out the game for the win. Vance (2-1) allowing the final three runs, all of which were unearned, on four hits in 5 and one-third innings of relief.

“We’re a tired baseball team right now, coach Hunt said after the game. “I gave the guys Thursday off just to rest, re-group and to concentrate on their studies. “We’ve played a lot of baseball over the past 10 days. That can take a pretty serious toll, both on the mind and body.”

The Bulldogs host a three-game series against Davenport University this weekend. A 12 Noon doubleheader is planned Saturday followed by a single game Sunday, March 21 at 12:30 p.m.

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