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Dean Kent, 63
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 23 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Kent, 63, of Smithville.
Born in Watertown to the late "Buddie" F. and Willie Floyd Kent, he died June 21, 2010 at the University Medical Center. A factory worker, he was a member of the Bellwood House of Prayer.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the funeral.
Services will be conducted by Brother Bill Fowler and Brother Tim Blackburn. Burial will follow at the Commerce Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Melba Talley Kent; daughters Mary Jean Bane, Paula (Greg) White and Billie Sue (Scott) Butler. Also surviving are step-daughters Janice (Johnny) Reynolds and Kendra (Chris) Stanford; 11 grandchildren and a great great grandchild; siblings Ruby Floyd and Johnnie Clayborn -- both of Lebanon.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Kent was preceded in death y grandmother "Mama" Lassie Kent, two sisters and two brothers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name made be made to the family.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Doris Plunkett, 85
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, June 21 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Plunkett, 85, of Lebanon.
A member of the United Pentecostal Church and a loving mother / grandmother, she died June 18, 2010.
Services were conducted by Brother Kevin Allen. Interment followed in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include children: Wallace Glenn “Buddy” (Etta) Plunkett of Castallian Springs, David Allen (Debbie) Plunkett of Carthage, Peggy Sue (Juan) Perez of San Antonio, TX, Patricia (Ed) Eller of Granville and Joyce (Bobby) Allen of Lebanon.
Also surviving are 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Grandsons Juan Perez, Daniel Perez, David Allen Plunkett Jr., Troy Plunkett, Tommy Plunkett, Edward Eller, Kevin Allen, Brandon Allen, Michael Plunkett and Wesley Plunkett served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Plunkett was preceded in death by husband Robert Glenn Plunkett; siblings Nancy Daniels, Sue Slaughter, Billy Joe Brinkley, Bobby Jack Brinkley and Wallace Brinkley along with granddaughter Tracy Lynn Plunkett.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Infant Gwendolyn Ivy Wilson
LEBANON -- Graveside services were held Sunday afternoon, June 20 at Wilson County Memorial Gardens for infant Wilson, 1 day-old of Murfreesboro. 
She passed peacefully while in the loving arms of her parents on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. During her short time here she touched many lives and was loved by many family and friends.
Gwen was the infant daughter of Liam and Heather McGhee Wilson.
She is also survived by her paternal grandparents, Ken Wilson and Glenda Pascoe of Melbourne, Australia and her maternal grandparents, Jo Johnstone and John Smith of Murfreesboro and Tim McGhee of Knoxville.
She is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins near and far.
Memorials may be made to the March of Dimes.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.
Jim Howard, 68
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, June 19 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Howard, 68, of Lebanon.
Born April 23, 1942, in Hamilton County to the late Jess and Mary Harris Howard, he died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at his home. He was a gas hauler for many years.
Services were conducted by Rev. George Wallace. Interment followed at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: children Tommy Howard of Battle Creek, Michigan and Ty Howard of Nashville; siblings Liz (Ron) Elder, Frank (Linda) Howard and Bobby (Carol) Howard -- all of Battle Creek, Michigan; granddaughter Holly Howard; best friend & caregiver Sue Morgan of Lebanon and her children Bobby Greer Jr., Stephen Morgan and Tonya Daniels.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son James Howard; two sisters and seven brothers.
Family and friends served as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
John W. Stewart, 90
LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 23 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Stewart, 90, of Lebanon.
Born April 2, 1920, in Wilson County to the late Grover Cleveland and Cora Bell Bond Stewart, he passed away Sunday, June 20, 2010, at his home.
A US Army veteran of World War II and a lifelong farmer, he was a member of the Beckwith Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.
Visitation after 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ligon & Bobo.
Services will be conducted by Elder Ronnie Stewart. Interment will follow at the Stewart Family Cemetery at LaGuardo.
Survivors include: his wife of 64 years Maggie May Lain Stewart; children, Phylus (Terry) Redmon and Ronnie (Kristi) Stewart -- all of Lebanon; grandchildren Glenn Bates, Steve Bates, Stephanie Stewart and Angela Stewart; great grandchildren Bradley, Courtney and Jakob Bates; and sisters, Marie Parrish and Helen Ragland -- both of Lebanon.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Cora Ellen Sanford.
Honorary pallbearers: Home Primary Care, Alvin C. York VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro.
Family and friends will serve as active pallbearers.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
Johnie Evelyn Murchison Pettit, 84
ASHLAND CITY -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 23 in the chapel of Cheatham County Funeral Home for Mrs. Pettit, 84, formerly of Wilson County.
The daughter of the late John F. Murchison and Angelalena Denney Murchison, she died Monday, June 21, 2010 in Ashland City.
She was a member of the Bearwallow Church of Christ.
Visitation Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the funeral.
Burial will be in the Cheatham Memorial Gardens in Pleasant View.
Survivors include: husband James Leroy Pettit; daughters Angela (David) Mayo and Yeolanda Dowlen; two grandchildren; three great grandchildren; multiple step great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations can be made to the Humane Society of your choice.
Arrangements by Cheatham County Funeral Home.
Linda H. Major, 62
LEBANON -- Linda Major passed away Thursday, June 17, 2010 at age 62.
A memorial service was held at First United Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon June 22. 
Survivors include sons: Dr. Scott (Angie) Major and Brad (Jill) Major; and grandchildren: Natalie, Noah and Jackson Major.
The family has requested memorial donations to Sherry’s Run (PO Box 8, Lebanon 37088).
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Paula Thompson, 48
MT. JULIET -- Ms. Thompson, 48, of Mt. Juliet, died Monday, June 14, 2010.
She was the daughter of the late, Ray Thompson and Virginia Nixon Starnes.
Survivors include: siblings Paul Starnes, Joe Starnes, Terry Starnes, Jimmy Thompson and Pamela Rackley. Also surviving is special friend, Vance “Andy” Anderson.
No services are planned at this time.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.
Stephen Bernard Carlton, 25
LEBANON -- A memorial service was held Saturday afternoon, June 19 at the Garden of Prayer Tabernacle for Mr. Carlton, 25, of Nashville.
Born in Memphis, he died June 15, 2010. He was educated in the Rutherford County School system.
Services were conducted by Rev. Jerry. D. Marable with burial at Mt. Lebanon Memorial gardens.
Survivors include: mother Patricia Carlton of Memphis and parents Quinton (Shelia) Roberts of Nashville; grandmother Pastor Jean Manning of Smyrna and siblings: Starkeisha CCarlton, Janey Hathaway, Anton L. Carlton, Haylon Webb and Demitrius Roberts -- all of Nashville and Demartus Carlton of Memphis.
Also surviving are several uncle, aunts, cousins, dear friends and other relations.
Disyal Funeral Home, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.

Telling Tales

A picture is worth a thousand words
I was on a cleaning gag last week and during said gag I found an old roll of film. Yes, film. For those readers who may not remember, film is what us old folks put in cameras to take pictures. So this set me on a mission to find out what this little piece of history had stored on its cellulose.

When I picked up the developed photos I couldn’t wait to see the faces and places that would show up. Was this the long lost photos from the summer I lived in California? Or the film from my oldest son’s first birthday party?  Or, even better, completely embarrassing snapshots of my college roommates? Either way, I couldn’t wait to see. As soon as the clerk handed over my purchase, I immediately started perusing.

Wilson Living

Restaurant Review To Become Regular Addition to the Magazine
By Angel Kane  

The last few days the ladies of Wilson Living Magazine have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on the July/August Issue. It’s our “Red, White & Blue” celebration issue. In it we celebrate our country, our troops, our politicians and our neighbors. It’s an issue that will make you proud to be an American! And isn’t that what July 4th is all about?

Also this issue we are premiering a new writer and new section. And we are no longer going to be known as the ladies of WLM! That’s because our new team member is Dr. John Gallaher.

General Lifestyle

At the Movies with Doc - "The Karate Kid"
After being mildly disappointed last weekend with "The A-Team," I decided to give the underdog movie that toppled "The A-Team" at the box office last weekend a look. "The Karate Kid" is the re-make of the very popular original that first hit the big screen all the way back in 1984 (WOW! Has it REALLY been 26 years since the original came out?!) It seems like it was just a few years ago that I was watching Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita playing the role of student (Daniel Larusso) and teacher (Mr. Miyagi). And Ken Beck would be quick to point out that Pat Morita's other famous (and early) role was as diner owner and cook Arnold on the wildly popular television series "Happy Days."
In this modern remake of the original, Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan have assumed the roles of student and teacher. And each gives a fantastic performance in their respective roles. Jaden Smith, son of one of Hollywood's top actors Will Smith, obviously has taken after dad. He has an incredible screen presence already at age 11.
Sea Scouts sail Old Hickory Lake
Special to The Wilson Post

These teenagers hear the siren call of the Seven Seas, but they’ll settle for the nearby waters of Old Hickory Lake.

Lebanon High School students David Crawley, James Crawley, Sam Rule, Cory Walker and James Warde can raise the main sail, set a jib, plot a course, fly a spinnaker and man the helm as members of Sea Scout Ship 360.

They meet weekly with the members of Sea Scout Ship 851 at the Harbor Island Yacht Club in Mt. Juliet to bolster their sailing skills and learn more about navigating waterways as well as the challenges of life. 


Don't overlook the heat, it can claim life
Dog days are here early.
It's usually not until August that we begin to talk about the dog days of summer, but as we've found with our weather patterns this year, the out of ordinary has become the usual.
Think about it. A winter that produced more snow and colder temperatures than normal followed by a spring rain that broke all previous records and caused millions upon millions of dollars in flood damage.
Sometime Quotidian Practice: Quoting Quotations
How about the difference between quote and quotation? Is that still observed?  
-Florida PhD (in English)

The dictionary stands firm on this while the shoals of American lips and computers wash to and fro. Dictionaries can be spineless – no pun intended so no reference to electronics – willing to jump through gibberish and mix with the “cool” ones, dumping centuries of precedent right in the nearest river: Cumberland, Mississippi, Charles, Thames.  
Oh, no, you’re thinking. Geography again. A couple of weeks ago it was Mauritania and Connecticut. Soon there will be mumbling about gross national products and mountain ranges. There will be little smudgy maps and migraine incentive thought questions about markets and transportations systems.  
Well, no.

Letters to the Editor

Local theater manager thanked for effort
To the Editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to commend Ms. Anita Farmer at the Roxy Theater in Lebanon. I recently held a birthday party there that did not run so smoothly.  After letting Ms. Farmer know, she went ABOVE AND BEYOND to make it right! She is a gem in our community! 

General News

Additional shots required for students this year
Tennessee Department of Health officials announced recently that seventh grade students across the state will be required to have two additional immunization shots before returning to school this fall, as well as a new immunization certificate.

Seventh-graders will be required to have the tetanus-diptheria-pertussis booster (Tdap) as well as a second dose of the varicella, or chicken pox, vaccine.
Ashe, Commission awards Medal of Valor to two deputies, resident
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe presented the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department Medal of Valor to two deputies and a citizen for their efforts during the flooding earlier this year during the special recognition portion of Monday’s County Commission meeting.

Deputies Steve Gatlin, Jon Jenkins and Wilson County resident Thurman Mullins were awarded the medal and were commended for the rescue of a stranded motorist in rising flood waters of May 1-2 depicted in the Special Flood Coverage issue of The Wilson Post, among numerous other rescues.

Jenkins and Gatlin reportedly moved from one rescue to another when they were noticed a stranded vehicle in deep water at Oak Grove Road and Central Pike that deep into floodwaters.
Ashe said the two deputies got into the bed of Mullins’ one-ton pickup truck as he backed it through the waters to the stranded vehicle.
Former MJH athlete killed in car accident in Maine
From Post staff reports

A two-car collision that occurred Wednesday, June 16 near Portland, Maine, resulted in the death of a former Mt. Juliet High School cross-country athlete who was there on a mission trip.

Palmer Maphet, 19, was a passenger with three other people from Tennessee in a 2005 Hyundai Elantra that was headed east on Route 25 in Standish, Maine and driven by Marilyn McClendon, 57, a supervisor of the mission program called Tennessee Baptist Collegiate Ministry. The group was on their way back from Laconia, N.H. where they attended Motorcycle Week and gave out water and talked about their faith with others visiting the annual event.

According to reports from the Portland (Maine) Press Herald, a 2010 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driven by Paula Haddow, 63, crossed the center line of the roadway and struck the Hyundai head-on. Maphet, police said, was in the front seat of the Hyundai. They also said all occupants of the vehicles were wearing their seatbelts.
Heat index stays in triple digits
The Wilson Post

There doesn’t appear to be any way around it, but we’re going to remain hotter than normal for the next six to 14 days.

And during these very hot days, it is important to remember that if you be outside, be extra careful so you don’t suffer from heat stress, heat exhaustion or worse, heat stroke.

The high heat has contributed to stagnant air and for the second day in a row, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has issued a Code Orange Health Advisory for the area, including Wilson County, which is in effect until midnight, Wednesday.

What the advisory means is that ground level ozone concentrations within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.
Immanuel Baptist Church to hear from county mayoral candidates
The Wilson Post

Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon is hosting a unique evening service on Sunday, June 27 and has invited Wilson County Mayoral candidates Don Fox, Randall Hutto and Phillip Warren to attend and speak to members during the service which starts at 6 p.m.

The candidates will each have time to speak to the congregation about their views and what they hope to accomplish for Wilson County, followed by prayer for the candidates and their families along with an informal meet-and-greet afterwards.

Pastor John Hunn said that there is a “biblical mandate to pray for your leaders,” adding, “my concern in this day and age is that people are making decisions on what they’re for or against based on a lack of knowledge.”
Local Guardsmen expected to return early from Iraq
From Post staff reports

Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, announced today that the state’s largest Army National Guard unit, the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, will return from Iraq earlier than scheduled.  

Lebanon’s Guard unit is a part of the 278th.

The first units of the regiment returned last week with approximately 250 Soldiers from armories in Maryville, McKenzie and Henderson.

“In order to meet the National Command Authority’s timeline of less than 50,000 combat troops in Iraq after Aug. 31, 2010, soldiers of the 278th have begun leaving their Iraqi bases and heading back to the United States,” Haston said. “We are extremely pleased to welcome these brave soldiers home earlier than planned.”
More than 400 tickets sold for special Music City Star train to Nashville fireworks
There is still time to purchase tickets on the Regional Transportation Authority’s (RTA) special July 4th Music City Star Train to the Nashville fireworks at Riverfront Park.  

Approximately 421 of the 900 tickets have been sold.

Round-trip tickets cost $10 and are available for purchase at Music City Central, which is located at 400 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, on the Music City Star Web site at, or with a credit card over the phone by calling 880-1535. 

General Sports

Local sports in brief

4-on-4 volleyball June 26 -- A four-on-four recreational co-ed volleyball tournament will be held Saturday, June 26 beginning at 9 a.m. at Lebanon High School’s Campbell Brandon Gym and Friendship Christian School’s Bay Family Sportsplex.  A minimum of two females per team is required. Entry fee is $40. Registration will run from 8-8:30 a.m. at LHS. Proceeds will go to the volleyball programs at Lebanon and Friendship.

CU baseball camp -- Cumberland University will hold baseball camps this summer at Stockton Field and Benton Jennings Indoor Hitting Facility on the CU campus. The  Advanced Fundamental Camp will be held July 5-8 from 9 a.m.-Noon for ages 13-18. Camp prices and other information may be found on the camp brochure on the baseball page at

Lebanon Jr. Pro football -- Registration for the fall 2010 season of City of Lebanon Junior Pro Football is now being accepted at the Harold Dean Greer Recreation Building in the Baird Park Complex. The City of Lebanon has sponsored junior pro football since the late 1970s with a junior league for kids ages 7, 8 and 9 and a senior league for players 10, 11 and 12. Registration cost for the Junior Pro League is $30 per player which includes a jersey and a post-season trophy. For info, call the Recreation Department at 449-0303.

Purple Tiger football camp -- Watertown High football coach Gavin Websters invites youngsters in grades 4-8 to participate in a football camp, July 14, 15 and 16 at Robinson Stadium. Cost is just $35 per athlete with camp sessions going from 9 a.m. - 12 Noon daily. Campers should wear shorts, t-shirts and athletic shoes.  For more information, call the WHS football office at 237-9768 or the main office at 237-3434.

CU sports hall of fame -- The Cumberland University Athletic Department will close nominations for the Class of 2010 Sports Hall of Fame later this month.  Nominations must be made in writing and include full justification for the nomination, including statistics, honors, awards, and any other pertinent information pertaining to the nominee. Nominations will be accepted through the end of June. A prerequisite for induction into the Sports Hall of Fame is the ability of the nominee to attend the induction dinner. Mail nominations to: Jo Jo Freeman,  Sports Information Director; One Cumberland Square, Lebanon,  37087.

Watertown golf tourney -- The Watertown High School athletic department will hold a benefit golf tournament Saturday, July 10 at Mt. Juliet’s Pine Creek Golf Course. Entry fee for the four-man scramble is $300 per  team. Final registration and sign-in is scheduled for 7 a.m. followed by an 8 a.m. shotgun start. A $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one will be up for grabs as well as prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive. For information, call Gavin Webster at 237-3434 or 237-9768.

AARP golf classic -- The 16th annual Wilson County AARP Golf Classic is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 21 at the Hunters Point Golf & Country Course. Entry fee is $60 per player for the 4-person scramble event which includes: cart, lunch, green fees and prizes. Teams will be formed by an A, B, C, D draw. To register, call Bernie Cain at 390-9132 or Faye Dedman at 306-3904. Anyone age 50 or over is eligible to play. Membership in the AARP is not necessary.

Lebanon Rotary fall ball -- Signups have begun for the fall baseball league. Prospective players should visit, or visit Sports World Saturday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Deadline to register is Wednesday, July 28.   Players must be between 9 - 12 years of age as of April 30, 2011 in order to be eligible. Registration fee is $75. Returning players will stay with their current team, unless moving up to the next level. New players will be assigned to a team. Space is limited, call 615-308-9230 with any questions or visit

Response strong to new travel football league

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Organizers have been encouraged by the early interest in the fledgling Lebanon Youth Football League (LYFL), a travel football venture for kids ages 5-12. Not to be confused with the City of Lebanon’s Junior and Senior Pro Football operation for kids ages 7-12, this new gridiron league will be affiliated with the Tennessee Youth Football Alliance -- an organization that oversees over 200 youth teams and cheerleading squads in 22 Middle Tennessee communities.

“We want to give our Lebanon kids a chance to have successful reps against players of like size and experience,” said LYFL president Mike Jones.

Jones a former NFL lineman with the Tennessee Ti-tans, said signups for players and cheerleaders have been steady each Saturday at Don Fox Park on the Baddour Parkway.

“Our Saturday’s have gone well,” Jones said, “we’re averaging between 15 and 20 young people signing up. We expect a bit of a rush right before we start practice.” Jones said there were heavy numbers so far in the 5-6 year old age group. Signups will continue in the park June 26, July 10 and 17, with practice scheduled to start Monday, July 19. The first week of practice is set for helmets and shorts.

“We’re hoping we can have between 80 - 100 players signed up for our first season,” Jones said, “that would stock four teams. We’re looking at each team playing at least 10 games, including jamboree and post-season and we’re looking at the possibility of eventually hosting an all-day ‘bowl game’ here in the city,” Jones said.

Jones went on to say foootball families could look forward to tailgating and all the pagentry associated with game day road trips. Registration fee is $125 per player, but that cost includes a new, custom fitted Schutt helmet.

“We’re going to find the money necessary to allow every child who is interested to participate. Parents shouldn’t let finances stand in the way of registering,” Jones said.

Jones was quick to point out that the LYFL was not out to undermine the already-established Junior / Senior Pro Football Leagues operated by the City of Lebanon’s Recreation Department.

“I believe there is room for both organizations to exist,” Jones said. “Maybe our ‘games on  Saturday’ format fits some families while the Tuesday and Thursday schedule for Junior / Senior Pro is better for others,” he said. “We’ve had tremendous interest in our cheerleading program and I expect that to continue -- bottom line, we want to get our local children involved in a big way.”

Jones made reference to the possibility of obtaining grants from the National Football League and from USA Football. “We’re working hard in those areas in addition to seeking local sponsors,” Jone said.

Anyone with questions about the LYFL should call 260-8344 or visit the league website at

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