From Post staff reports
Erin Brown, who will begin writing a regular style column in Friday editions of The Wilson Post in February, is launching her appearance in the local community newspaper with a special Valentine’s Day contest.
One fortunate participant, to be selected by Brown, will be named the winner of the Valentine’s Day contest and will receive a complete makeover. Included in the prize package will be a $100 gift certificate towards clothing, courtesy of Blush Belle Meade and Brentwood; make up applied by Beauty Boutique of Lebanon along with an assortment of products to take home; hair styling by Megan Adams at Bella Donna Salon in Lebanon, and styling of the winner’s undated look by Brown herself, a recognized wardrobe stylist and fashion writer.
The winning participant will also be treated to a Valentine’s Day dinner for two at Five Oaks Golf and Country Club. The value of the winning contest prize exceeds $500.
By RAY POPE
Thanks to Dotty Kim, my hungry little flock of birds got a reprieve from starvation this past Friday. It is hard to pick up a 50-pound bag of mixed seed when all I have to transport it is my Honda motorscooter. It has a load limit and after having it in the shop for repairs, I don’t want to take any chances with it. Sure beats walking!
This past snowstorm threw me for a loop, because I did not see a single Dark-eyed Junco or Snowbird. Both names are the same. Used to be the only time that Juncos came around was when there was snow on the ground, at least under my feeders.
I heard from Gail and Charles Morris last week. They live out Mann Road on the shores of Old Hickory Lake where there are many different species of birds that call the area home. Just a couple years ago, Karen Franklin, along with her two children, Anna and Nick, picked me up for a visit to see what was lurking about there.
I’m going down to Lebanon, Tennessee
From where I stand, it’s as good a place as any
I don’t know anybody there and
Nobody knows me
There’ll be a job in Lebanon, Tennessee
I’ll work on a farm, I’ll work in some factory
And I’ll buy myself a home down there
You can get one pretty cheap
Get off the bus on the border of town
Head in from the East
Walk into a bar, take a seat in the corner
Be a man of mystery
Folks don’t treat you mean in Lebanon, Tennessee
But like a human being, they’ll take you in off the street
They’ll bring you in their home down there
and give you something to eat
I’m going down to Lebanon, Tennessee
—Written by Ron Sexsmith
QUILT SHOP ROBBED, VANDALIZED
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- Neither Joyce Fanning nor Penny Morris, owners of Grandma’s Quilt and Monogramming, expected to ring in the New Year with a call from a friend telling them their store was on fire, but when they arrived there around 3 a.m., authorities informed them vandals had broken in and set the quilt store ablaze.
Fanning said a friend has a police scanner and heard the Lebanon Police and Fire Departments responding to a call at the quilt store and quickly called them to inform them. Fanning and Morris immediately went to the store to find out what had happened.
“They had thrown a brick through the front door, busted up the register and thrown things in the street,” Morris said, referring to the criminals who had broken into their store.
PRIDE, SPIRIT & TRADITION
Calling all Blue Devils: It’s time to make your mark on history. The Lebanon High School Alumni Committee announces that memorial bricks are available to all LHS graduates to be placed in the new school’s Alumni Hall.
This unique opportunity to have a lasting place in a milestone building will directly benefit the LHS Alumni Scholarship Fund, a permanently endowed fund benefiting future generations of deserving LHS students through collegiate scholarships.
Each personalized, 4x8 brick will include the graduate or alumni’s name and graduating class, while the entirety of the $100 tax-deductible donation will benefit the scholarship.
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
An investigation is continuing in a single-car accident that resulted in the death of one person and the injuries of two others, one of them the driver of the vehicle, which occurred shortly before 4 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 15.
Alcohol was believed to have been a contributing factor in the accident that claimed the life of Darryl Roper, 19, of Mt. Juliet.
According to the report filed by Sgt. Phil Bragg of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a 2003 Honda Element, driven by Arcavius L. McMurray, 20, of Lebanon, was heading north on Highway 109, south of Cherokee Boat Dock Road when it ran off the east side of the road, went down an embankment and rolled over several times, ejecting Roper, a passenger, and JaJuan L. Brooks, 19, of Lebanon, another passenger.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Flooding still weighed heavily on the decisions of some members of Lebanon City Council Tuesday night as the council deferred an ordinance to rezone property along Barton’s Creek due to concerns with possible development in the floodplain.
The ordinance in question would rezone 17.45 acres of land on the corner of Hickory Ridge Road and South Hartmann Drive, part of the Sarah Baird estate, from agriculture to B-4, highway business.
Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler expressed his concerns about rezoning the property and then a developer changing the lay of the land to threaten homes further down Barton’s Creek in the event the creek rises.
TRANSIT-ORIENTED HOUSING, RETAIL
The City of Lebanon Planning office called a development proposal presented Tuesday morning “unique.” But the mixed use development detailed before members of the Lebanon Planning Commission Tuesday may be more than just unique.
To be built adjacent to the Music City Star commuter rail line, the proposed development, according to its owners and architects, is the first in Middle Tennessee that will be planned, designed and constructed to emphasize use of transportation modes other than cars.
The proposed Hamilton Springs Specific Plan is transit-oriented say its developers, noting it will integrate a new Music City Star commuter train station as a central feature of the planned community and also incorporate walking-distance access to offices and retailers from residences.
FIRST LOSS OF YEAR FOR WILSON CENTRAL
By TOMMY BRYAN
Down 16-8 early, Mt. Juliet's Lady Bears rallied for a 57-45 road win over previously undefeated Wilson Central Tuesday night. Coach Chis Fryer's team improved to 17-2 overall / 6-2 in District 9AAA with the victory while Central fell to 14-1 / 5-1.
"Wilson Central came out hot, scoring almost at will," Fryer said after the game, "I told our kids to calm down, they'd cool off a little and we could make a run."
Make a run they did as Mt. Juliet responded with a 10-run to lead, 18-16, then held off a Wilson Central charge for a narrow 30-29 lead headed into intermission.
A 3-pointer by Central's Sydney Vanlandingham tied the score at 34-all at the 3:17 mark of the third period, but it was all Mt. Juliet the rest of the way.
Junior post Caya Williams paced Mt. Juliet with 20 points while point guard Helen Mitchner added 12, including a 6-of-8 effort at the line in the fourth quarter.
Central's Vanlandingham led all scorers with 23, including four 3-pointers. Heather Hall added three 3-pointers and finished with nine points.
Mt. Juliet visits Station Camp Friday, Jan. 21 while Central plays at Hendersonville.
From Post staff reports
PORTLAND -- Lebanon High's basketball teams picked up a District 9AAA sweep at Portland High Tuesday night. The Devilettes improved to 9-6 overall and 2-4 in the district with a 53-37 win over the Lady Panthers.
Senior Marissa Jennings scorched the nets for 24 points while guard Lulia Fox ripped three 3-pointers and finished with 14.
The Blue Devils got a 21-point effort from post man Cameron High en route to a 66-42 win over the Panthers. LHS (6-12 / 1-5) saw Hunter Christian drill three 3-pointers and finish with 20 while Shaq Cragwall and Cody Yarbrough each had nine points.
Lebanon will host Beech High for homecoming Friday, Jan. 21. Girls action tips-off at 6:30 p.m.
SMITH CO. SWEEPS WATERTOWN
CARTHAGE -- Class AA Smith County swept a pair of non-district games from Watertown Tuesday night.
The Purple Tigerettes fell to 11-7 overall with a 40-35 loss in the opener. Morgan Gartner had 11 for Watertown in the loss.
The nightcap found Smith County pulling away in the second half for a 67-53 victory. Watertown (7-7) was led by 14 points each from KeAnDre Bates and Marcieo Gaines.
The Tiger teams visit Trousdale County High Firday, Jan. 21 in a District 8A doublehader.
BEARS THROTTLE WILSON CENTRAL
Mt. Juliet's boys played a smothering defense Tuesday night in a 42-26 win at Wilson Central High.
No Wildcat reached double figures in the loss while Mt. Juliet's Caleb Chowbay led all scorers with 20 points. Mt. Juliet improved to 13-5 overall and 4-2 in District 9AAA while Central slipped to 13-5 / 4-2.
Wilson Central visits Hendersonville Friday night while Mt. Juliet plays at Station Camp.
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