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Ada Mai Belcher Turnage, 91

GOODLETSVILLE -- Mrs. Turnage died March 29, 2010. She is preceded in death by sons, Nelson and Willie; husband, W. E. Turnage. Ada Turnage was born January 4, 1919 and was preceded in death by her parents Wesley McFerrin Belcher and Thomas Alma Swindell Belcher and by sisters Carrie Etta Stone, Jimmie McFerrin Tomlinson Dies, and Mattie Ruby Brown.

Survived by son, Jimmie (Geraldine) Turnage; sister Minnie (Avery) Deakins; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, March 31, at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home with Bro. Norman Slate officiating. Interment followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial donations may be made to Alive Hospice of Coffee County. COLE & GARRETT FUNERAL HOME in charge of arrangements.



Warm weather means watching for wildflowers


Boy, what a beautiful day we had this past Thursday! After what seemed like two months of near-freezing temperatures and overcast skies the sun broke out with a vengeance. It was so warm that I thought about taking off my insulated underwear and started looking at the old bicycle covered with dust sitting alone in the shed.

The wildflowers are now making their grand entry with Spring Beauties covering the hillsides and front yards. The Trillium foliage is beginning to spread out of its three little leaves after several months of dormancy in the cold ground, its resurgent energy coming from the sun power stored in its bulb since last spring.


Guest Column

Thanks to all for support for new Lebanon High

Editor’s Note: The writer of this column, Larry Hubbard, was invited by The Wilson Post to share his feelings upon approval of funding for a new Lebanon High School by Wilson County Commission. Mr. Hubbard, a Lebanon resident, has long advocated a new replacement facility for the more than 50-year-old high school.


An Olympic-size event took place in the community when the Wilson County Commission voted to fund the new Lebanon High School project. It is truly a wonderful time to live in Lebanon and know our youth will have adequate space for the high school population, new well equipped classrooms, useable bathrooms and a cafeteria that is capable of meeting their needs in a timely manner, in total, a place that is conducive to learning.


Letters to the Editor

Healthcare reform approval all about control, writer says

To the Editor:

Now that U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper has given a thumbs-up for so-called healthcare “reform,” it seems appropriate to hear from one of thousands of his constituents who urged him to vote against this monstrosity.

We have the best healthcare system in the world and it is not broken. Why else would people from other countries come to U.S. hospitals to have surgery when they are refused certain procedures or have long waiting periods for treatment in their own country?


General News

Candidacy deadline sets local races

The Wilson Post

A total of 106 candidates submitted have submitted their petitions to appear on the Aug. 5 ballot for Primaries and the General Election.

Candidates had until noon, yesterday, to submit their petitions. They now have until noon, Thursday, April 8, to withdraw and must do so in writing.

Fugitive Howe arrested

A man sought by authorities after allegedly shooting at a witness who reportedly saw him and another suspect burgle a home and fled on foot when stopped by an officer was arrested Tuesday night in Murfreesboro and remains in jail.

Phillip Brandon Howe, 21, was charged with two counts of Aggravated Burglary, one count aggravated assault, two counts of Theft of Property, one count of Evading Arrest and one count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. His bond has been set at $157,500.

The other man arrested after the incident occurred on Friday, March 26 was Leslie Blake Kurgan, 20, of Hendersonville. He is charged with one count of Aggravated Burglary, two counts of Theft of Property and one count of Theft of Property less than $500.

Lebanon Gas Department hosts annual Easter Egg Hunt

The City of Lebanon Gas Department will be again be hosting the annual Lebanon Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3, 10 a.m. until noon at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.  

“Thousands of children look forward to our annual egg hunt,” said Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead. “It’s great fun to watch them find the tons of candy and prizes that our community generously donates,” he added.

NSS schedule full for 2010

From Post staff reports

Easter weekend at Nashville Superspeedway is the traditional opening of the “stand-alone” season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, where the series is the only — or main — draw on the schedule.

This is the first of nine such events in 2010.

Racette concert rescheduled

LEBANON  -- The April 6 concert of Cumberland University’s inaugural season of the “Great Performers Series” featuring opera star Patricia Racette has been rescheduled.  The new date is Sunday, May 2, at 2 p.m.

Racette contacted the CU School of Music and Arts to ask for the change in her performance date due to a last minute request by the Metropolitan Opera of New York. The soprano who was to star in the Met’s current production of Puccini’s “Tosca” had to cancel due to health issues. Faced with this potentially devastating dilemma, the Met’s first reaction was to contact Racette, who is widely considered one of the best interpreters of the heroines of Puccini.

Schools to benefit from grant awarded Tennessee

From Post staff reports

Both school systems in Wilson County are in line to prosper from the announcement this week that the State of Tennessee was awarded approximately $500 million to implement a comprehensive school reform plan over the next four years.

According to Gov. Phil Bredesen, every school district and all of Tennessee’s public school students will benefit from the grant.

Stained glass windows restored, displayed at Lebanon church

Special to The Wilson Post

The 100-year-old stained glass windows at First United Methodist Church in Lebanon have been restored and are on display in the foyer of the church.

The windows were made around 1914 at Jacoby Art Glass Co. in St. Louis, Mo. from German mouth-blown cathedral glass.


General Sports

Big weekend at NSS

Easter weekend at Nashville Superspeedway is the traditional opening of the “stand-alone” season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, where the series is the only — or main — draw on the schedule.

This is the first of nine such events in 2010. This year, there’s a new twist. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series also will be on the weekend docket, bringing the first doubleheader to the track to help celebrate its 10-year anniversary.

The trucks will race tonight followed by the NASCAR Nationwide race on Saturday afternoon, which also is the first of four “Dash 4 Cash” races sponsored by series sponsor Nationwide Insurance.

Full-time, part-time and limited-schedule series-only drivers along with double-duty drivers who have competed in every series race have the opportunity to pocket an extra
$25,000 with a win. Otherwise, the pot rolls over to the next “Dash 4 Cash” event, June 12 at Kentucky Speedway. Iowa Speedway (July 31) and Texas Motor Speedway (Nov. 6) also are “Dash 4 Cash” tracks.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series’ 10-year career at NSS has been a storied one. The inaugural series race in 2001 was won by Greg Biffle, which also was his first career series win. Jason Leffler (No. 38 Great Clips Toyota), Reed Sorenson (No. 32 Dollar General Toyota), Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski (No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge) all recorded their first NASCAR national series wins as series-only regulars at the Gladeville facility in NASCAR Nationwide competition.

Here’s the weekend schedule:
Friday, April 2:
Gates open 9:30am
Truck Series practice 10-11 am
Truck Series final practice 11:30am-12:30 pm
Truck Series autograph session 1 pm
Nationwide Series practice 2:30pm-3:55pm
Truck Series qualifying 4 pm
Nationwide Series final practice 5:30-6:30 pm
Driver introductions 6:40 pm
Truck Series race 7 pm

Saturday, April 3
Gates open 10 am
Nationwide Series qualifying 11:05 am 
Driver introductions 2:40pm
Nationwide Series race 3 pm

ALL ACCESS, the popular ticket add-on that gives fans unprecedented access at the track, is available Saturday. ALL ACCESS ticket holders will be able to access the driver/crew chief meeting, pre-race access to Victory Lane, pit road and the Fan Walk behind the garage area. The ALL ACCESS pass can be added to any Saturday race ticket for just $30 by calling the Nashville Superspeedway ticket office at 1-866-RACE-TIX or by going online at


No. 4 CU hosts Bethel

LEBANON -- Trying to sat a step ahead of changing weather patterns, Cumberland Coach Woody Hunt has altered the schedule for this weekend’s TranSouth Conference series with No. 13 Bethel University.

Plans now call for the No. 4-ranked Bulldogs to play a 12 Noon doubleheader today, followed by a 12 Noon single game on Saturday.

All action from Stockton Field will be broadcast live -- Friday on WCOR-AM 1490 and Saturday on 98.9 WANT-FM.

Cumberland (26-6 overall) is coming off a wild  12-10 win over Lambuth University Wednesday at Stockton Field.

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