By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.
How beautiful the Cedar trees were, capped in the white fluffy snow around my house. The yard turned into a winter wonderland, and I got out my heavy clothes and boots for a walk in the woods. The air was still and everything was the cleanest white you could hope for with the best wash job imaginable.
I got enough clean white snow for the first snow cream and languished over the next few days as a white covering disappeared only to be followed by another blanket a week later.
The roads weren’t all that bad, but the schools were out much to the delight of the children. Then in January, it happened again. Another few inches fell which slowed things down and brought the sleds from their dusty perches in the sheds and garages. One of the snows was the packing type (coming at near freezing temperature) which made it just right for rolling up good snow people (the politically correct term for snowmen, I guess).
Government Meetings / Notices -- Wilson County Election Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, in Conference Room 1, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.
Lebanon City Council will meet in regular session at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights. Prior to the meeting, council will hold a public hearing at 5:55 p.m.
Wilson County Board of Education will meet in a work session to discuss the Watertown High School property at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 14, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon. The board will also meet in regular session at 3:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 17, also at the Central Office.
Wilson County Convenience Centers and Landfill will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Wilson County Animal Control will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Community Calendar -- Wilson County Adult Learning Center offers classes for anyone interested in achieving his or GED diploma. Classes are held in Lebanon and in Mt. Juliet. For information, call the Adult Learning Center at 443-8731.
Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Spain House on the Lebanon First United Methodist Church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.
Lebanon Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the area. Meal routes range from about 10-15 people. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m. and are done by 10:30. If you are interested, contact Jessica at 449-3488 between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.
Telephone Pioneer Cookbooks Volume I and III are now on sale. All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Museum. To purchase one or for information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.
Do you like to write, but aren’t sure how to go about it, where to start, or what to do with what you already have? A new arm of the West Wilson Arts Alliance is gearing up, and you can join other local writers for support, networking and critique groups. Send your contact information along with a writing sample and some basic information about you and what you like to write to TnWriterEditor@gmail.com, with WW Writers Guild in the subject line for consideration and more information.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.
Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.
AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.
First Wednesdays of each month a Healing Service is held by Sister A.A.A. Stafford at the Sports Village Complex, 1735 West Main Street, Lebanon, beginning at 10:15 a.m.
HomeSafe Women’s Support Group meets Thursday evenings. For information and to sign up, call 444-6130. If you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.
West Hills Baptist Church will be a host site for Angel Food Ministries in January. Order dates for January are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17 and Tuesday, Jan. 18. The disbursement date is Saturday, Jan. 22 from 8 to 10 a.m. Orders may be placed on their website www.westhillsbaptistchurch.com and click on the Angel Food link by using a credit/debit card. In order to pay with an EBT card or in cash, you must place your order in the church office.
Wilson County AARP Chapter #5023 will meet at Westland United Methodist Church at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18. The new year will start out with the new officers and everyone is invited to come and meet them and also bring a guest to learn more about the chapter.
Wilson County Right to Life will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, at First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet. For information, call Trecia Dillingham at 443-5458.
Wilson County Beekeepers Association will offer a three-night course on beginning beekeeping Tuesday, Jan. 18, through Thursday, Jan. 20, also in the West Building at the Ward Ag Center. The course begins at 7 each night and will end about 9 p.m. Cost is $25 per person or $45 per couple and includes membership in the WCBA, a one-year membership in the Tennessee Beekeepers Association and a copy of Beekeeping in Tennessee. To reserve your place, or for information, call Petra Mitchell at 286-2529 by Jan. 15.
Lebanon High School’s True Blue Parent Group will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, in the library at LHS. The topic will be Bullying and Cyberbullying. This meeting was to be held Jan. 13 but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.
PHOEBE Ministries, a ministry of widows connecting with other widows, will meet Saturday, Jan. 22, at 9:30 a.m., at West Hills Baptist Church, Lebanon. Psychologist Bill Ross will speak on “Understanding the Grief Cycle.” Admission is free to all widows. Bring a pair of fuzzy socks with gripper bottoms for the Homebound Widows Ministry Team.
Lebanon-Wilson County Public Library invites everyone to a book-signing with author Michael Freeland who will sign copies of his book, Time and River, from 4 until 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24.
Communitywide Red Cross Training (formerly Mass Care) will be from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. This is the class required to get a Red Cross badge and a background check will be needed (provided by Red Cross online). This can also be a refresher class for those who previously took the classes because procedures change. Also, a training class on Shelter Operations and Shelter Simulation will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, also in the Fellowship Hall at First UMC. There will be a lunch break or bring your lunch. Prepare to help Wilson County shelters function in the next disaster. Sign up for one or both classes by emailing Patty Caldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Valerie at the local Red Cross office at 878-9080.
Shopping in the Glade will be at the Gladeville Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Booths are available for families or dealers at $20 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space. For information, call Mabel Beazley at 243-2664, Debbie Ray at 443-3817 or Margaret Rediker at 449-6955.
Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year reunion to be held June 11. Call one of the following people with your contact information: Teresa Halbert at 444-5995, Phil Bragg at 444-4941, Jo Smith at 444-8811 or Brownie Hall at 444-5173.
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By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
A former Lebanon firefighter was indicted Thursday by a Rutherford County grand jury and charged in connection with the death of his wife.
Timothy Michael Hicks, 44, was indicted on a charge of first degree murder for the assisted suicide of his wife, Carla Forbes-Hicks, 38, in August 2009. He was booked into the Rutherford County Jail and was still there at press time yesterday with bond set at $100,000.
Hicks was a firefighter with the Lebanon Fire Department at the time but is no longer employed there. He was arrested Thursday by agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as he reported to his probation officer.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- Becky Kegley has been chosen to lead the Aviators of Winfree Bryant Middle School as its principal, leading a number of administrative announcements by the Lebanon Special School District on Thursday.
Kegley, who has been serving as interim principal of Walter J. Baird Middle School, will assume her new role as principal of Winfree Bryant at the beginning of its inaugural 2011-2012 school year.
She has accumulated a wealth of experience in the county school system, LSSD and private schools. Kegley taught at Walter J. Baird before becoming interim principal, and served as assistant principal at Coles Ferry Elementary.
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Lebanon High principal Myra Sloan has organized a committee to aid her in the search for a new Blue Devil head football coach. Joining Sloan on the committee are LHS assistant principal Jonathan Hall, former NFL player and local TYFA organizer Mike Jones, longtime Lebanon supporter Larry Tomlinson and Devilette basketball coach Larry Joe Inman.
Sloan, midway through her first year as LHS principal, is tasked with finding a replacement for Bobby Brown, who resigned in mid-December after nine seasons and a record of 44-51.
“I have high expectations and only quality applicants will be interviewed,” Mrs. Sloan said. “My number one priority is to hire a person of character and integrity -- someone that will be a role model and inspiration for our students.”
The school system’s human resources department will serve as the initial point of contact for applicants, not Principal Sloan.
“For this and all other positions, we only consider applications submitted through our Wilson County Schools website,” said Mary Ann Sparks, Human Resources Supervisor for Wilson County Schools. “As those applications are received, they are reviewed for teaching credentials and work history.
“Those applicants who are not eligible to teach under guidelines from the State Department of Education are not be included on the list which is sent to the principal.”
Here is an excerpt from the job posting: Qualified applicant must hold, or be eligible for, a valid Tennessee teaching license with 7-12 endorsement. Endorsements in English, Math, Special Education, Science or Physical Education preferred. A highly qualified status in the appropriate endorsement/content area is also required.
It is believed the job will continue to be posted online at wcschools.com and tssaa.org until it is filled. Mrs. Sparks indicated interviews of initial applicants could begin shortly.
Coach Brown’s nine-year tenure at Lebanon was the longest since Clifton Tribble retired in the mid 1960s. He was hired by former LHS principal Kip Puryear following the 2001 season to replace Ron “Moose” Marshall.
Prior to his tenure at Lebanon, Brown was an assistant coach for nine seasons at Trousdale County High where he worked under Clint Satterfield
Marshall, now the head coach at Gordonsville High, went 16-25 in four seasons (1998-2001) at Lebanon.
Prior to Marshall, Bob Dillard had four seasons as head coach of the Blue Devils (1994-1997) with a record of 18-26.
Dillard’s predecessor was Mark Medley, who in seven seasons (1987-1993) went 64-18 overall and qualified every single year for the TSSAA playoffs.
Over the last 25 years, Lebanon High has employed five head football coaches who have gone a combined 143-129, a winning percentage of .525. Removing the Medley years from the equation, Lebanon went a combined 78-102 under Dillard, Marshall and Brown over the last 17 seasons, 24 games under .500 -- a .433 winning percentage. None of the three coaches during that time frame had any head coaching experience prior to taking on the Lebanon job.
Despite the fact Lebanon is coming off four consecutive six-loss seasons, and the base salary here is well below those in neighboring Rutherford and Sumner Counties, the opening has reportedly drawn initial interest from well over 20 persons with various levels of coaching experience.
Current Lebanon High assistant coaches Eric Lawrence, Tim Lounsbury, Amariah Robb and Brody Ferrell are supervising the after school off-season weight lifting / conditioning program.