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Anna Mae Powers Warren, 88
LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Warren, 88, of Lebanon are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, May 7 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home. Born November 21, 1921, in Athens, Alabama, she died Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at the home of her son.
Mrs. Warren formerly worked at Texas Boot and was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Visitation after 9 a.m. Friday at Ligon & Bobo.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Donald Owens. Interment will follow at the Warren Family Cemetery. Friends will serve as pallbearers.
She is survived by her son Don (Lee Ann) Warren; grandchildren Michelle, Leigh Andra, Tiffany, Deanna and Emily; several great grandchildren; sister Rena Northwood of Athens, AL and loyal caregivers Fay Murray and Lisa Sellars.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters, her husband of 56 years, Tollie S. Warren on October 9, 2001; sons Terry and Gary Warren; and a grandson Clint Warren.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon.
Barbara Evelyn Wright, 77
OLD HICKORY -- Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 5 at Hermitage Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Wright, 77, of Mt. Juliet.
The widow of the late Wayne H. Wright, she died Sunday, May 2, 2010.
Mrs. Wright was a member of Gateway Missionary Baptist Church and was retired from the Wilson County Board of Education with over 20 years of service.
Visitation is set 12 Noon until time of the service on Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by with Brother Del Compton. Interment will follow in Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: sons Byron (Susan) Wright and Aaron Wright; grandchildren Macy, Mackenzie, Sara and Jackson; siblings Elynor (Jerry) Smith and Roy (Elaine) Swaffer.
In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by parents Carlous and Carrine Swaffer.
Family members will serve as active pallbearers. Honorary: Deacons of Gateway Missionary Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society , 2000 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville 37203.
Hermitage Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens in charge of arrangements.
Beulah Colvin, 89
MT. JULIET – Funeral services have been set for 1 p.m. Thursday, May 6 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Colvin, 89, of Mt. Juliet. The widow of the late Charles A. Colvin, she died May 3, 2010.
Visitation with the family will be Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of service.
Funeral services will be conducted by Brother John Burge. Entombment will follow at the Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: son Greg Colvin of Dayton, OH; daughter Carolyn Colvin of San Antonio, TX; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by daughter Barbara Colvin; and parents Loren & Hattie Page.
Pallbearers will include: Tim Staggs, Aaron Staggs, Bob Holmes, Bill Whitcomb, Bill Slocum and Josh Colvin.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Emma Dee Hall, 76
LEBANON -- Memorial services will be held at a later date for Mrs. Hall, 76, of Lebanon.
A retired nurse and a Baptist, Mrs. Hall passed away Monday, May 3, 2010 at Quality Care Nursing Home.
Survivors include: sons James (Sandra) LaBee of California and Michael LaBee of Lebanon; brother Morton McKnight of Murfreesboro; sister Mattie White (John) Givens of Alabama; grandchildren Christy LaBee Barrett and Jennifer and Anthony LaBee. 
Mrs. Hall is preceded in death by parents Claude & Clara McKnight; brother Kenneth McKnight and sister Gwen Cooper.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
Gregory Thompson, Jr., 22
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, May 3 at the JC Hellum Funeral Home for Mr. Thompson, 22.
A former football standout at Watertown High, he was born Oct. 19, 1987, and died Apr. 28, 2010.
Services were conducted by Bishop A. J. Valentine. Burial followed at the Jennings Cemetery in the Statesville Community.
Survivors include: son Dereon Thompson; mother Sarah Holcomb; devoted father and mother Gregory, Sr., and Melinda K. Thompson; siblings: Sarah Thompson, Taria and Joshua Vantrease, LaGreggory Sweatt; grandparents Curlie Davis, Ben, Jr., and Lucille Thompson; devoted friend Alyx Qualls; along with other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were in the care of JC Hellum Funeral Home.
James G. Borden, 73
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. Thursday, May 6 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Borden, 73, of Lebanon.
Known as "Hoot" to his family and friends, the cowboy, drummer and  story teller died Sunday, May 2, 2010.
A Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a former member of Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and was a Sumner County sheriff’s deputy.
He has been a driver for the entertainment industry for almost 50 years and has been the subject of many music industry publications. “DFWI”
Visitation will be 1-8 p.m. Wednesday and 1-3 p.m. Thursday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive.
Services will be conducted by Dave Thornhill. Interment will follow at Lebanon's Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: companion Angie Cacciacarro; children George Ann (Chris) Bordelon, Billy Gus Hartwig, Shelly Max (Brenda) Borden, Jerry Don Borden, Kym (Andy) Kuhns and Sammie (Shane) Baker.
Also surviving are: grandchildren Alex Borden, Brittany Jefferson, Annie Hartwig, Scott Garland Borden, Tyler Max Borden, Tristan Borden, Keeley Borden, Scott Tice, Nicole Tice, Sam Gatlin, Caleb Baker and Chasidy Baker; great grandchildren Payton Jefferson, Jayla Borden-Gooden and Maiya Borden-Gooden.
Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Micheal Wayne Agee, 54
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 5 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Agee, 54, of Lebanon. A handyman, he passed away on May 2, 2010.
The family will be receiving friends Wednesday from 2 p.m. until the service.
Services will be conducted by Brother Mike Eady.
Survivors include father Billy Agee; children: Shane Agee, Kenneth Agee and Jennifer L. (Ray) Agee; grandchildren Brittney Agee, K.W. Agee, and Kyler Johnson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by mother Dorothy Agee.
Honorary pallbearers: Tony Hudson, Billy Ray Hudson, Otis and Timmy Agee, Randall Hudson and Ricky Agee.
Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.
Teresa Genice Farmer, 54
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, May 7 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Farmer, 54, of Lebanon.
Founder and owner of Miss Teresa’s Daycare for the past 25 years, she died May 3, 2010.  
She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home Thursday between the hours of 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to service on Friday.
Services will be conducted by Pastor John Hunn, Brother Carl Jones and Sister Frances Dillard.
Survivors include husband Ronald Farmer of Lebanon; daughter Dishan LaVene Farmer; parents Herman H. and Mary Nelle Hobbs Baines; and brothers Stanton Howell (Donna) Baines, Roger Dale Baines and Terry Jason Baines -- all of Lebanon.
Also surviving is nephew Bobby (Angie) Comer; great-nephews Trevor and Austin; great-niece Gracie Comer; aunts Frances Dillard, Eloise Green and Pauline (Bill) Boykin; uncle Douglas (Lucille) Hobbs; and many cousins.
Memorial donations may be directed to: Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, 2200 Children’s Way, Nashville 37232.
Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.


Dont You Be Uninterested In This

What is the difference (is there one?) between disinterested and uninterested? Also, please review (I know you’ve covered this before) the proper use of lie and lay. With the warm temperatures already here, I know people will start saying (incorrectly) something like, “I like to lay out in the sun.” Go get ‘em, Anne. Thanks,

- A Regular Reader
Ills from flood speak volumes about us

Emergency workers pulling 15- and 16-hour shifts, volunteers stopping to lend a hand to a shopkeeper whose store had been stained and glazed with mud, and churches that opened their doors to those who were left homeless all speak volumes about who we are and why folks in Wilson County are special.
The flooding that devastated Wilson and other Middle Tennessee counties this past weekend has left us all with memories, not so pleasant as they may be, that we will not forget for a long while.

But we should all be mindful that there is much good on which we may focus as well.
Web site back up, running

Many of you were unable to access The Wilson Post’s website this weekend to check on the unfolding weather situation and flooding in our area, and for that we would like to apologize.

You were not alone, however, as no one on the newspaper’s staff could access it, either.

Letters to the Editor

Wilson Posts coverage of Technicians competition appreciated

To the Editor:

I would like to express my thanks to The Wilson Post for he coverage of the Technicians competition at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center on May 16.

Your paper did an excellent job in getting the message out to the motoring public, that the Tennessee Trucking Association is trying to promote safety on our roadways.

We had our Truck driving Championship at the Fed-X complex in LaVergne this past Saturday, in the rain and the wind. We brought the best of the best in to compete.

General News

Assessment teams note road problems
The Wilson Post

Assessment teams were out Tuesday morning to check on damage to everything from residential and commercial structures to roads and bridges in Wilson County damaged as a result of the flooding on Saturday and Sunday.

Most roads and bridges in Wilson County fared well, according to initial reports, but certainly a number of them were more affected than others.

Among the trouble spots, said Wilson County Road Superintendent Steve Armistead, is Curd Road next to Mt. Juliet High School where it enters the Woodridge subdivision and where the school buses go to get to Mt. Juliet Middle School “is not travelable.”
Initial Federal Disaster Declaration issued
From Post staff reports

President Barack Obama declared Tennessee a major disaster area late Tuesday afternoon for the designated counties of Davidson, Williamson, Hickman and Cheatham.

Although Wilson County was not included in the initial declaration, a news release from Gov. Phil Bredesen’s office said additional counties are expected to be declared disaster areas in the coming days.

That was the word late yesterday from Bredesen’s office and from 5th District U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper’s office which sent out a news release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Local government hopes feds will cover some costs
From Post staff reports

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, going door-to-door in several Lebanon neighborhoods yesterday, said a full assessment of the damage caused by this past weekend’s flooding will likely not be known until later in the week.

Craighead said he and other government officials are working with Wilson County Emergency Management, the local government agency responsible for reporting damages to the federal government for assistance.

The mayor noted that a number of city workers, including fire, police and others, have registered several overtime hours since the crisis first erupted over the weekend.
MJ Chamber can help businesses in trying times after flood damage
Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Floods this past weekend damaged many Mt. Juliet homes and businesses, with some small business owners unsure if they’ll be able to reopen at all – and it’s that sort of mindset other services could prey on, taking desperate business owners for more money than necessary.

Mt. Juliet’s Valley Center seems to have been the hardest hit business area, with flood waters reaching several feet, according to city officials making early estimates. Dan Anderson, owner of Anderson’s Amish Furniture, was busy Monday extracting water from the carpet of his 7,000 square foot showroom, and that’s after he raised dozens of pieces of heavy, solid Amish wood furniture off the floor.
Natl Day of Prayer observed locally


The National Day of Prayer will be observed in Wilson County on Thursday, May 6, in front of the Wilson County Courthouse in Lebanon, from noon to 1 p.m.

Wilson County Mayor Robert Dedman, and Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead will begin the observance with words of welcome. Special music and prayers will be offered by local artists and area pastors.

For more information about this event, visit The official website of The National Day Of Prayer is

Some damage to schools reported here
The Wilson Post

While several Middle Tennessee school districts have reported property damage from flooding, that has not been the case in Wilson County.

Mike Davis, director of schools for Wilson County, said Rutland Elementary School in Mt. Juliet suffered the most damage due to the lake at the Del Webb development at Providence overflowing into the building. Some 2-3 inches of water came into the eastern end of the school damaging school supplies and furniture, Davis said.
Tension high at council meeting

By BEN DUDLEY, The Wilson Post

LEBANON -- It was standing room only at Tuesday night’s Lebanon City Council meeting, the first meeting since Greg Thompson Jr., 22, was shot and killed by a Lebanon police officer on Carthage Highway early Wednesday morning, April 28.

The “communication from citizens” section of the meeting took over an hour as several citizens, including Thompson’s mother and other family members, attorney Jack Lowery, and rapper Jason “Haystak” Winfree, spoke on the matter.

“Why did no one from the city or the police department tell me my son was dead,” said Kay Thompson, the victim’s mother. “I had to hear it on the TV news.”

USACE notes 1,000-year flood
The Wilson Post

It is official.

The flood caused this weekend by record-setting rainfall has been deemed a 1,000-year flood by the Nashville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

A 1,000-year rain event has a 0.1 percent chance, or a 1 in 1,000 chance, of happening every year, a news release from the Corps said.
Water rescues by the dozen
The Wilson Post

Emergency crews had their hands full this past weekend rescuing dozens of stranded motorists and residents from quickly rising floodwaters.

Far too many drivers took chances driving through floodwaters that perhaps they shouldn’t. Some were lucky, but many weren’t and wound up in need of assistance from rescue personnel from Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, Lebanon Public Safety, Wilson County Sheriff’s Department and other local departments.

“In total, we carried out about 40 or 50 water rescues on Saturday and Sunday,” said John Jewell, director of WEMA.
Wilson County shelters housed several people
The Wilson Post

As people were evacuated from their homes due to rising water, they were taken to shelters for safety.

The pets of owners who were evacuated were taken to other animal shelters to be cared for there until they could be reunited.

Wilson County had two shelters available: College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon and Grace United Methodist in Mt. Juliet.

General Sports

Watertown plays at CU Thursday

Cumberland University’s softball program has stepped up to the plate and will allow Watertown High to host its regular season finale on campus Thursday afternoon.

“We were in a bad way,” said WHS softball coach Brandy Baird, “but Coach (Heather) Stanfill at Cumberland was great to work with. She and her coaches and players will be getting their field prepped for us. It will mean a lot to our girls. Cumberland really stepped up.”

Senior Day activies are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m., followed immediately by the Watertown - Trousdale County regular season finale.

By playing Thursday at Cumberland, damaged Three Forks Park will get an extra day of work in anticipation of hosting the District 8A tournament next week.

“We’re getting some dirt from Carroll-Oakland, volunteers are coming in to re-install our fences, everything is coming together in a hurry,” Baird said. “I can’t say enough about the efforts of our students, coaches, parents and townspeople of Watertown. They have been great.”

Next week -- No. 1 seed and regular season champ Friendship Christian will play either Red Boiling Springs or Trousdale County in Monday’s tournament opener.
Watertown will take on Gordonsville in the second game


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