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Obituaries

C.L. Long, 87
LEBANON -- Mr. Long, 87, of Lebanon, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010.
He was preceded in death by parents, Luther and Ida Mae Long; siblings Clarence Long and Ruby Petty.
Survivors include: wife of 64 years Mary Long; children Etta Mae (Joseph) Wilson, Rhoda Cabrera, Gary (Sue) and Ronald (Barbara) Long; as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Wilson County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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Charles Henry Worley, 79
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Nov. 28, at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Worley, 79, of Lebanon.
A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, Mr. Worley died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, at Alvin C. York Veterans Hospital in Murfreesboro.
A contractor and painter, he was a member of the New Life Baptist Church.
Services were conducted by Brother Wayne Jamison. Interment with military honors was in Jones Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Betty Garrison Worley; daughters Phyllis (Wayne) Jamison of Lebanon and Jenene (Andrew) McCluskey of Franklin.
Aslo surviving are grandchildren Daphine (Joel) Wotruba of Murfreesboro, Brian (Denise) Jamison of Henderson and LeAndra (Shane) Roberts of Lebanon; great-grandchildren Lauren and Isaiah Wotruba, Hannah Jamison, Meagan Roberts, Caroline Roberts, Taylor Roberts and Alex and Nicholas Butler; siblings Wilburn (Loraine) Worley Jr., Tommy Worley, Dora Corter, Ruby (Lino) Romeri and Estelle Hudson of Lebanon; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilburn and Eda Lee Greer Worley; sister Ota Mae Scott and brothers John W. and Albert Worley.
Pallbearers: Chad Carnahan, Brian Jamison, Shane Roberts, Joel Wotruba, Jimmy Ramsey and Jeff Baines.
Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.
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Rick Strong, 40
OLD HICKORY -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Nov. 29 at Hermitage Funeral Home for Mr. Strong, 40, of Mt. Juliet.
A Regional Manager at TD Ameritrade and a member of First Baptist Church Mt. Juliet, he died Nov. 25, 2010.
Services were conducted by Brother Terry Carver. Burial followed at the Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: wife Stephanie Strong and daughters Rachel and Anna Claire.
Also surviving is mother Eilene Strong, father Gary Strong, siblings Andrew (Memory) Strong, Susie Scott as well as several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sarah Cannon Research Institute, 3322 West End Avenue, Suite 900, Nashville, 37203.
Arrangements by Hermitage Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens.
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Thomas Albert Beaty, 82
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Saturday morning, Nov. 27 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Beaty, 82, of Watertown.
A machine operator at General Motors and a member of the Watertown Cumberland Presbyterian Church, he died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
Services were conducted by Rev. Rodger McCann. Interment was in Hearn Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife of 63 years Hazel Morris Beaty of Watertown; daughter Marina (Larry) Lewis of San Antonio, TX and granddaughters Jennifer and Kristen Lewis.
Also surviving are siblings Johnny Beaty of Shady Grove, Perry (Shirley) Beaty of Monterey, Mae Whitaker of Dayton, OH, Dimple (John) Looper of Monterey and Wanda (Deloy) Williams of Lebanon as well as several nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Terry Allen Beaty; parents Carson and Dessie Beaty and brothers Millard and Jimmy Beaty.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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Column

Guest Column / The Right Way

By ROBERT T. ROCHELLE
A current topic of discussion in Nashville involves former state Commissioner of Revenue Reagan Farr and his actions in resolving tax disputes between the state and businesses. Various news reports have indicated that Farr was acting at the urging of Gov. Phil Bredesen to be more business friendly.

The Governor has publicly supported Farr and has announced an intention to go into business with Farr in January. The whole thing is being investigated by the TBI and FBI.

The crux of the dispute lies in the state’s statutory scheme allowing civil settlements of tax disputes. The statutes place great emphasis on confidentiality and protecting the records of the business. That supposedly encourages businesses that innocently made mistakes in computing their taxes to privately pay the disputed amount.  The businesses can then avoid the cost and consequences of public disclosure and criminal proceedings.

However, should a business which intentionally violates the law and gets caught be allowed to hide behind a civil settlement? I think not.

Historically, Tennessee governors have appointed knowledgeable “non-political” types as Commissioners of Revenue. They must argue for fiscal sanity. It is often said that the Revenue Commissioner has to be smarter than the lawyers and lobbyists seeking to cut their clients’ taxes, and independent enough to tell the boss “No!”

Because civil settlements are confidential, the process allows a Commissioner of Revenue to give big breaks to businesses who will certainly be indebted to him after he returns to the private sector. Worse consequences are easily imagined.

The present revenue dispute settlement procedure offers too great an opportunity for favoritism and self-serving actions.

The right way to fix it is to require a good dose of transparency. It would go a long way in restoring confidence in the system.

Civil settlements of tax disputes should be open for the public to see and decide for themselves whether everything is on the up and up.

Editor’s Note: Robert T. Rochelle is a Lebanon attorney in the firm of Rochelle, McCulloch and Aulds and a former state senator.

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General News

1st Presbyterian Christmas effort will end Dec. 5

LEBANON -- First Presbyterian Church’s “Christmas for All” will continue through Sunday, Dec. 5. 
You may pick and choose what you wish to provide.

Individual items are listed on the silhouettes and collection boxes are located at the “feet” of every silhouette.

The church will deliver “Christmas for All” on Wednesday, Dec. 8.  For more information, contact Lee Lyle or the church office at 444-1360.

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Daniels nabbed on meth charge

THIRD TIME HE'S BEEN CHARGED

LEBANON -- A man was arrested for the third time in recent months on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine as authorities broke up several meth labs located at 10200 Bluebird Road on Nov. 24.

Detectives with the Wilson County Violent Crimes and Narcotics Task Force located the meth labs. Lt. Steve Gatlin of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department received a report of shots being fired at the residence and had information that suspect Terry Daniels, 35, was staying at the residence and had active warrants against him, according to a news release from the WCSD.

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