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Bradley Jones Wright, 51
MARTIN -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3 at the First United Methodist Church in Martin for Mr. Wright, 51, of Lebanon.
Born May 19, 1959, "Brad" died suddenly Aug. 31, 2010 in Atlanta, GA.
A very loving husband and father. he was a Civil War buff and aviation enthusiast. Mr. Wright was a graduate of Martin's Westview High School and a member of the Frist United Methodist Church in Martin.
Visitation will be Friday at the church beginning at 11 a.m. until funeral time.
Survivors include: his wife, Lisa Workman Wright of Lebanon; daughters Taylor (Nick) Moore of Chattanooga and Breanne Wright of Martin, son Brett Wright of Lebanon.
Also surviving are his parents Dessell T. Wright and Relma Jones Wright both of Martin and his sister Pam (Barry) Buckley of Murfreesboro.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Steve Wright.
Family request memorials be sent to the American Diabetes Association.
Arrangements by Murphy Funeral Home & Florist, Martin.
Brenda Denese Stinson, 32
OLD HICKORY -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3 at Hermitage Funeral Home for Ms. Stinson, 32, of Mt. Juliet. She died Aug. 30, 2010.
Visitation Friday, 12 Noon - 2 p.m. Services will be conducted by Rev. Bennie Jackson. Interment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: parents Jerry & Dorothy Stinson; children Evan, Jake, Jerry Michael and Dottie; siblings Dwayne Stinson, Michelle Winningham and Rondda Link; nephews Craig Stinson, Hunter Winningham; nieces Amber Digesti, Sommer Haiven Stinson; great niece Bryleigh Randolph; several other nieces & nephews
Arrangements by Hermitage Funeral Home.
Brian Daniel Hall, 54
MT. JULIET -- A memorial service will be 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 3 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Hall, 54, of Mt. Juliet. A talented drummer, he died Aug. 31, 2010.
Mr. Hall spent many years playing music in a band with his brothers and making music with his relatives and friends. Visitation will be from 12 Noon until time of service -- which will be conducted by Rev. Buddy Royston.
Survivors: parents Don and Anita Brauneker; siblings Doug (Ana) Hall, Kevin (Terry) Hall, R. J. (Debbie) Brauneker, Bradley Brauneker, Lori Hall and Rayetta Seward; son Brian Martin (Jennifer) Hall; grandparents Fred and Pauline Mendoza; granddaughter Emily Rose Hall; several nieces and nephews; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by father Daniel Gene Hall; and brother Marty Hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Summit Medical Center, 3901 Central Pike, Suite 153, Hermitage, 37076.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Gregory R. Ogden, 41
OLD HICKORY -- Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3 at the Hermitage Funeral Home for Mr. Odgen, 41, of Mt. Juliet. Born January 6, 1969 in Madison, Indiana, he died Aug. 28, 2010.
A 1987 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, he was employed with Iron Mountain of Nashville.
Services will be conducted by Brother David Shannon officiating. Interment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Survivors: parents Richard & Marla Ogden of Old Hickory; children Brandon Ogden of Quantico, VA, Kelsey Ogden of Old Hickory and Hannah Ogden of Acworth, GA.
Also surviving is sister Melissa (Tab) Baker and nephews, Logan Wallace and Cody Baker -- all of Smyrna; other family members include aunts, uncles and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Raymond & Mildred Lindsay of Madison, IN and Paul & Ethel Ogden of Bedford, KY.
Pallbearers: Logan Wallace, Tab Baker, Michael Rogers, Zachary Rogers, Justin Rogers, Seth Rogers and James Kuenkel.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mt. Juliet Church of Christ, 1st John 3:16 Fund, P.O. Box 248, Mt. Juliet, 37121.
Arrangement by Hermitage Funeral Home.
James Robert Brown, 73
LEBANON -- Graveside services are set for 1:30 p.m. Friday, September 3, at the Conatser Cemetery for Mr. Brown, 73, of Lebanon.
Known to his friends and family as "Boots", he died Tuesday Aug. 31, 2010 at the University  Medical Center. The son of the late W. B. "Punch" and Mary Belle Brown, he was a member of LaGuardo Baptist Church and worked at TRW and was a local farmer.
Visitation Friday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Services will be conducted by Brother Frankie Downs.
Survivors include: son Stan and siblings John Lee (Cathrine) Brown and Jerry (Yvonne) Brown -- all of Lebanon, Will D. (Eleanor) Brown of Kentucky and Myrtle (Lee) Rake of Franklin.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Brown is preceded in death by sister Ruth Brown.
Pallbearers: Charles, Gary and James Harold Brown, Mark Manning, Bill Manning, Jimmy Reed and Hillary Kellow.
Arrangments by Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Myrtle Dale Barrett Vantrease, 97
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 3 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Vantrease, 97, formerly of Lebanon.
Born August 1, 1913, in New Middleton, she died Sept. 1, 2010, at Summit View in Chattanooga.
The daughter of the late Robert W. and Hattie Cheek Barrett, she lived in Lebanon most of her life, then moved to Chattanooga to be close to her son.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Lebanon and Red Bank Baptist Church of Hamilton County. Visitation after 11 a.m. Friday at Ligon & Bobo.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Don McElroy. Interment will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: sons Jerry (Sharon) Vantrease of Chattanooga and Bob Vantrease of Middleburg, VA.
Also surviving are grandchildren Jana (Trey) Barclay of Cape Coral, FL; Jessica Vantrease of Knoxville; Chelsee (Pat) Smith of Little Rock, AR; Tyson Vantrease of Stillwater, OK; Marilyn (Bryan) Wilder of  Tampa, FL; Richard (Norma) Vantrease of Lake Hamilton, FL; John (Debbie) Vantrease of Lakeland, FL; Tommy Vantrease of  St. Petersburg, FL; great grand children Mallory Barclay, Gus Smith, Boone Smith, Ryan Vantrease, Julie Vantrease, Jeannie Vantrease, Jackie Vantrease, Michael Wilder and Amanda Wilder. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley H. Vantrease brothers William and Sanford Barrett and stepson Glen Vantrease.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Lebanon or Red Bank Baptist Church of Chattanooga.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Norma Woodall Fosson, 74
LEBANON -- Memorial services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, September 4 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Fosson, 74, formerly of Lebanon.
Born November 9, 1937, in Wilson County, she passed away July 21, 2010 in Salem, Oregon.
She was a nurse for many years having worked at Lebanon's Mitchell Manor.
Services will be conducted by Pastor Gordon Lee.
Survivors include: daughter Donna McCario of Salem, Oregon; grandson Dylan Morris of Portland, Oregon; sister Sabra Todd of Lebanon; brother John (Faye) Woodall of Lebanon; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother Clara Woodall and brother Tony Woodall.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Telling Tales

On retainer

I fully understand the premise, that due to the fact my parents footed my law school tuition, that I am their attorney… for life. And, of course, …for free.

I totally get it.  But I am starting to think, after 19 years…we have to be close to being even.  

I pity the fool who crosses my father, be it a neighbor who doesn’t mow his lawn as routinely as my father expects him to or the business owner who continues to park their car in “his” spot. 

It just takes one phone call…to his attorney…and the unsuspecting foe receives a firmly worded letter expressing OUR dissatisfaction.


Ask Ken Beck

Inception actor used to be on 3rd Rock

By Ken Beck

Dear Ken: Where have I seen the face of the actor who plays Arthur in the new flick “Inception”?

That would be Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 29, who starred as Tommy Solomon in the sitcom “3rd Rock From the Sun” from 1996 to 2001. He has worked in plenty of movies since and has more lined up.

Dear Ken: For once and for all, was the Baby Ruth candy bar named after baseball player Babe Ruth or some American president’s daughter?

Probably neither. The Curtiss Candy Company originally had a chocolate candy bar they called the Kandy Kake. They reshaped it and renamed it Baby Ruth in 1921. Traditionally, the company has claimed that it was named after “baby” Ruth Cleveland, who was America’s favorite infant when her father, Grover Cleveland, became president in the early 1890s, but she died in 1904 at the age of 12. One reference source states the baseball player’s name was borrowed without his permission, but at the time, Ruth was still more famous as a pitcher than the homerun slugger he turned into. I guess some things we were never meant to know. In 1978, the same company that produced Baby Ruths, introduced a Reggie candy bar, named after Yankee slugger Reggie Jackson.


Wilson Living

Wilson Living hits newsstands Sept. 3

Wilson Living Today

It’s almost here! The September/October issue of Wilson Living Magazine will hit newsstands on Friday. We are so excited about this issue. We are honored to have Tennessee Titan and Wilson County resident, Justin Gage on the cover. Justin is a down to earth family man who shares with readers why he loves this area.

The Wilson Living website has been on fire this week as readers can’t wait to hear more about the 2nd annual Wilson Living Holiday Expo. For more information on available booth space log onto, or call 615-969-6751.

On the site you can find information on everything from participating vendors (updated weekly) to a detailed map to The Mill of Lebanon. We had more than 3,000 shoppers visit the expo last year and this year we’re hoping to double that number. We’ve already sold nearly 60 booth spaces so reserve your space now. If you are looking for a place to begin Christmas shopping, relax with friends or watch the kids visit with Santa; you will NOT want to miss this event.


General Lifestyle

POSTSCRIPTS The Oracle at Delphi


Last year when I heard of Delphi, Greece, I envisioned a small circular temple surrounded by tall white columns with graceful maidens dressed in drifts of white gauzy material lounging about. I recalled the Oracle at Delphi and that was about it. As they say today – NOT.

The remnants of that small temple remain, the maidens are long gone, but the Oracle? That is about a half mile away up the side of the hill in a hole! Public relations propaganda I suppose. The lovely little marble temple is the Marmaria and is the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia. 

Delphi is the site of the omphalos or the navel of the earth. The legend is that Zeus, King of the Gods, released golden eagles from the two ends of the earth to meet at its center. They converged in Delphi and a stone that looks like the business end of a torpedo marks the spot. Actually it is a copy of the real one resting safely in a museum.


General News

CU hosts conference of historians

LEBANON -- The 2010 Tennessee Conference of Historians will be held Sept. 10-11 at Cumberland University. This annual conference will include scholars from across Tennessee and the United States presenting topics primarily, although not exclusively, on Tennessee history. Conference presentations will begin on Friday afternoon, with an evening reception and roundtable on the civil rights movement in Tennessee to follow.

Conference sessions will resume Saturday morning, concluding in the afternoon. The Saturday luncheon will be highlighted by the keynote address, “Clasping Hands over the Bloody Chasm: Civil War Veterans’ Reunions and the path to Reconciliation,” presented by Dr. Caroline E. Janney, associate professor of History at Purdue University.

An Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, Janney is the author of Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies’ Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause, as well as numerous articles on the Civil War, the Lost Cause, memory and gender.

Mayor Hutto sworn in

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
New Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto took his oath of office Monday, Aug. 30, before family and friends and other well-wishers at the courthouse in Lebanon. Hutto is the former assistant director of the Lebanon Special School District and a longtime educator / coach in the Wilson County School System.

Before former Mayor Robert Dedman administered the oath of office, he laughed and asked, “Are you sure you’re ready?” Hutto laughed along with those in attendance, who then broke out into applause.

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