By W.H. WATERS
The Republican Party in the U.S. House of Representatives is striving to repeal the health care bill. Why are they pursuing such a path?
Question number two is why did President Obama make this one of the highest aims of his administration? Let’s deal wit the second question first. There were between 45 and 50 million people who could not purchase health insurance. Many have pre-existing conditions and cannot get it at any price, or if they can, they cannot afford it.
Lebanon City Council Public Works/Transportation Committee will meet at 7:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 24, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.
Lebanon City Council Finance Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.
Wilson County Board of Education will hold a work session at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon, to discuss the Watertown High School property. Following the work session, the board’s regular meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. All items to be considered for the agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Wednesday, Jan. 26.
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.
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.
SBA Day, sponsored by the City of Mt. Juliet, Economic and Community Development and the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, will be from 9 a.m. until noon, Friday, Jan. 21, at Mt. Juliet City Hall. No appointment is required. Stop by and talk with representatives from the Small Business Administration and SCORE and get your questions regarding small business answered.
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.
Fourth Saturdays at Healing Broken Vessels is set for Jan. 22. Guest speaker Glenda Thompson will address “Te Five Stages of Change” and their application on the Christian life. Each fourth Saturday, from 9 until 11 a.m., speakers in the community will discuss topics relevant to women. Healing Broken Vessels is an organization that provides free educational services for women. For information, visit online at www.healingbrokenvessels.org. HBV is at 223 North Cumberland Street, Lebanon.
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.
American Red Cross Blood Drive will be at Maple Hill church of Christ, from 4 until 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24. To schedule your appointment online, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code MapleHillsCC. For information, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.bloodisneeded.org.
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.
Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m. at the UMC/McFarland Specialty Campus, 500 Park Ave., Lebanon, in the first floor conference room. The next meeting will be Jan. 25. The support group is open to anyone experiencing the stress of caregiving. For information, contact either Kathryn Roberts at 443-6800 or Beth Goodner at 449-0500, ext. 6832.
Wilson Central High School freshmen registration orientation will be from 6 until 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, in the main gym. Parents and students will receive information regarding class selection, programs/events and will meet the administration, teachers and counselors. Opening remarks will begin at 6 p.m. Snow date is Feb. 3.
American Red Cross Blood Drive at Immanuel Baptist Church will be from noon until 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, at the church at 214 Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon. To schedule an appointment online, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code Immanuel19. For information, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.bloodisneeded.org.
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.
Nashville African Violet Club will meet at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Green Hill Women’s Center, 10905 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. The Tennessee Gesneriad Society will meet at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13, at Cheekwood in Botanic Hall, Nashville. There will be a panel forum on growing techniques. For information about either meeting, contact Julie at Julie.email@example.com or at 364-8459.
First “Girl Talk” class of the year will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Veterans Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Girl Talk is a four-part class for girls in grades 5-8 and their moms. Cost is $40 per family. Space is limited. The meeting on Feb. 15 is for moms only. Additional classes for girls and moms will be Feb. 17, 22 and 24. To pre-register or for information, contact Shelly Barnes at 444-9584 by Friday, Feb. 11.
The Alzheimer’s Association, along with Belmont Village and Rolling Hills Hospital, will present part one of a four-part caregiver’s series on “How to Deal with the Changes of Alzheimer’s Disease – A Caregiver’s View: What’s Really Happening?” from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, at Belmont Village Assisted Living of Green Hills, 4206 Stammer Place, Nashville. Caregivers, families and friends from Wilson County who are managing the disease of Alzheimer’s are welcome to attend. The event is free, and a meal for attendees will be provided. Advance registration is required. To register, call Tiffany Mann at the Alzheimer’s Association at 292-4938. A local Alzheimer’s support group meets the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at Elmcroft of Lebanon, 801 West Main Street. For information, call 453-5494.
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.
To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, Tenn. 37087, or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.
Cumberland University officials have announced that all incoming fulltime freshmen students and students accepted into the upper division nursing program for fall 2011 will receive an Apple iPad.
This is a move that affirms the university’s commitment of embracing technology and incorporating it into the learning experience at Cumberland, a spokesperson said. Students and faculty will have access to the mobile devices for classroom and personal use.
The wireless device can be used for taking notes, lectures, research, reading e-books, checking email and accessing the Internet. With the launch of this program the university has partnered with eBooks to make available digital versions of textbooks used in courses. Often digital textbooks cost 50 percent less than hard copies.
FORMER CU ALL-AMERICA PICK
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
One of Lebanon’s finest was recognized Wednesday as Officer Steve Green was named Officer of the Year for 2010 by his fellow officers and co-workers, honoring his dedication and hard work.
Green has been with the Lebanon Police Department for 13 years, since 1997, and has always tried to go above and beyond the call of duty. Green said on Wednesday, he was surprised when Chief Scott Bowen pointed to Green and said he was Officer of the Year.
JACKSON -- Cumberland University dropped a 72-59 decision to 16th-ranked Union Thursday night in TranSouth Conference men’s basketball action at Fred DeLay Gymnasium.
Cumberland (8-8, 4-2 TranSouth) began ice cold, starting the game 0-for-8 from the field with a pair of turnovers before Graciano Negron made the Bulldogs’ basket of the game 4:21 into the contest. By that point, Union had a 10-0 lead and looked to be in control of the contest.
The visiting Bulldogs started chipping away and eventually cut it to a two-point game with 6:20 left in the opening half as Lamar Brinkley made a bucket in the lane. From there CU kept it close the remainder of the first half.
CU was back in it in the final minute of the period as Terry Williams put back a Kyle Upton miss to knot the game at 31 apiece. A pair of free throws on Union’s next possession gave the home team a two-point lead at the break.
Cumberland kept it between a two- and six-point deficit through the first several minutes of the second half and had a chance to cut Union’s lead to a single point, but Negron missed a layup and the home team knocked down a 3-pointer on the other end. UU (16-4, 5-1) was 7-for-20 from behind the arc.
Union, which went to the foul line 39 times, put the dagger in CU with a four-point play with 4:52 left on the clock. CJ Davis, who scored 20 points off the bench, was fouled by Lindal Yarbrough after releasing a 3-pointer. His free throw put Cumberland in a 12-point hole and the Bulldogs never got any closer than seven after that.
Negron led the Bulldogs with 18 points and was two boards shy of a double-double. Kyle Upton was the only other CU player in double figures with 13 points.
Cumberland faces another tough road contest on Saturday when the Bulldogs travel to No. 6 Martin Methodist at 4 p.m.
JACKSON -- Kayla Hudson and Zeinab Chan each scored 19 points and top-ranked Union University shot 53 percent from the field, posting a 78-45 victory over Cumberland University Thursday night at Fred DeLay Gymnasium.
Cumberland (8-10, 1-5 TranSouth) put together an 11-0 run late in the first half but gave up a 3-pointer just before the break and trailed 40-26 at intermission. A five-minute spell without a bucket midway through the second half allowed Union (19-0, 6-0) to put the game away with a 13-0 spurt.
The Bulldogs committed 16 turnovers in the contest, which turned into 15 points for the home team. Union also outscored CU, 42-12, in the paint, using a great size advantage and 15 offensive rebounds to control the game around the bucket.
Yalonda Davis scored 16 points for lead the Bulldogs, while Casie Cowan added 11 points.
Lavanda Ross netted 15 points for Union and Hope Adams added 13, including nine of the first 14 points for the game for UU.
The Bulldogs hung tough early and trailed 12-9 after a pair of Jessica Pace free throws six minutes into the game. But Union put together a 16-0 run over the next five-plus minutes, with Hudson capping the spurt with a 3-pointer from the wing.
Cumberland trailed by as many as 22 points in the period but strung together an 11-0 run of its own just before the half with five points from Davis and four by Cowan.
Ross hit a 3-pointer for Union just before the halftime buzzer, giving the home team a 40-26 lead at intermission. Ross scored 10 points in the half and Adams and Chan both netted nine. Cowan led the Bulldogs with nine points in the period, while Davis added seven.
Cumberland plays the second of three straight road games Saturday at Martin Methodist at 2 p.m. and then next Thursday at Fisk University before returning home Saturday, January 29 to face Mid-Continent at 2 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.