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Brenda Faye Morse Dixon, 62
LEBANON -- A memorial service will be held 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Dixon, 62, of Lebanon.
A member and past Director of Food Services at Hendersonville First Baptist Church, she died Feb. 12, 2011.
Visitation is from 4 p.m. until the service.
Survivors include: her husband of 44 years Michael Dixon; son Kyle (Nichola) Dixon; brother Donald Morse; grandchild Skylar Dixon; sisters-in-laws Meredith (Jerry) Leblanc and Martha Brice; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 
She is preceded in death by father Mack Morse and mother Nina Baines.
Memorial contributions: New Leash on Life ( 615.444.1144) and / or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Brian Keith Dodd, 51
LEBANON -- Brian Dodd passed away Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at the age of 51.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 5 p.m. until the service on Wednesday.
The memorial service is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16.
Survivors include sons: Bryan Dodd and Cullen Dodd -- both of Lebanon; mother Bessie Dodd-Haskins; sisters Ginger Hutcheson and Laura Dodd-Gipson; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by father Charles Wayne Dodd and brother Charley Wayne Dodd.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Christine Pritchett Cox, 88
LEBANON -- Graveside funeral services were held Monday afternoon Feb. 15, at Cedar Grove Cemetery for Mrs. Cox, 88, of Watertown.
A graduate of Watertown High School and a former nurse at McFarland Hospital, she died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at The Pavilion in Lebanon.
Services were conducted by Rev. Kenneth Tramel.
Survivors include: grandchildren Courtney (Tim) Halbert of Lebanon and Patrick (Meredith) Cox of Minnetonka, Minn.; great-grandchildren Kai Nathan Halbert of Lebanon and Carson Patrick Cox of Minnetonka, Minn.; daughter-in-law Sara Sloan Cox of Lebanon; a niece and three nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry C. Cox, Sr.; son Henry Cox, Jr.; parents Charlie and Etta Lee Pritchett; brother Emmett Lee Pritchett.
Memorials may be made to New Lease on Life or the Cumberland University School of Nursing.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Edwin B. Culbert Sr., 73
LEBANON -- A memorial service is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Culbert, 73, of Lebanon.
A US Navy veteran and a 25-year employee of Fortune Plastics, he died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 at Nashville's Baptist Hospital.
Visitation Wednesday, Feb. 16 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Pastor Michael May.
Survivors include: his wife of 51 years Lila Everitt Culbert; children Edwin (Tammy) Culbert Jr., John (Lisa) Culbert, David (Misti) Culbert, Mark (Michelle) Culbert, Judy Culbert, Susan Culbert and Laura Culbert.
Also surviving siblings Robert (Karen) Culbert of Kansas and Dorothy Lowe of Texas; sister-in-law Lee Shaw; 21 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ida Levines Culbert.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
Gary Edsel Burton, 65
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning, Feb. 12 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Burton, 65, of Lebanon.
A veteran of the US Navy and employed by TDS in Mt. Juliet for 37 years, Mr. Burton, an avid gardener, died Feb. 10, 2011.
Services were conducted by Brother Chuck Groover.
Survivors include: wife Betty Burton; children Gary (Joanie) Burton, Jr.; Adam (Terrel) Burton and Angela (Nathan) Bynum; step-daughters Dottie (John) Brown and Kim Hasley; sisters Shirley (Bill) Goins and Jean Owen.
Also surviving are grandchildren: Madison, Courtney and Rachel Burton; Matthew Troy Bynum, Joseph Heaton, Blake, Lee, Deven and Brittney Stewart; great-grandchildren Jayce Stewart and Isaiah Calvin as well as several other family and friends
Mr. Burton was preceded in death by his parents Luke and Dorothy Lee Estes Burton and his brother Bobby Burton.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Betty Adams, 14270 Lebanon Rd., Old Hickory, 37138
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
Gwen Travis, 70
MT. JULIET -- Graveside services are planned Wednesday afternoon at the Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens for Mr. travis, 70, of Mt. Juliet.
He died Feb. 13, 2011.
Visitation Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Burial will follow the visitation with service conducted by by Pastor Jim Mudd.
Survivors include: daughter Tami Hamblen; son Robin Travis; sister Wanda (Sidney) Williams; brother Carl (Margaret) Brown; grandchildren Jessica (Elvis) Huff and Jennifer Hamblen; niece Tonya (Robert) Shipes; great-nephew Blake Shipes; numerous cousins; and special friends Jeff Olsen, Todd Rossback, Norma Draper and Jerry and Betty Griffin.
He is preceded in death by parents, Carl and Nina Barnett Brown.
Pallbearers: Sidney Williams, Elvis Huff, Randy Hanlon, Travis Williams, Brad Dukes and Jeff Olsen.
Memorial contributions may be made at any First Freedom Bank in the name of Ms Gwen Travis. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Harold A. Harry Simms, 79
GLADEVILLE -- Memorial services for Mr. Harold A. “Harry” Simms are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at the Gladeville United Methodist Church with Pastor Mark Youngman officiating.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Mr. Simms, 79, of Lebanon passed away Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Lebanon Health & Rehab.
Born October 4, 1931, in Montreal, Quebec Canada, he was the son of the late Harold Allen andBessie Tulk Simms.
Serving in the Canadian Navy during the Korean War, he retired from T.D.S. Telecom where he worked as an engineer.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Lloyd Simms.
He is survived by his wife Joyce Unick Simms who he married on Nov. 25, 1955; children Allen (Judy) Simms of Murfreesboro and Jane (Neil) Higgins of Naples, Italy; sister Patricia Simms of Oregon; and grandchildren Hailie Simms, Meghan Higgins and Taylor Higgins -- all of Murfreesboro; and Jonathan Higgins of Naples, Italy.
Memorials may be made to the Gladeville United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements by the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon.
Helen Bland Martin, 91
LEBANON -- Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon, Feb. 14 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Martin, 91, of Lebanon.
A homemaker and a member of Maple Hill church of Christ, she died Feb. 10, 2011 at University Medical Center.
Services were conducted by Bro. Wayne Miller and Bro. Joe Widick. Interment was at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors: children Neal (Susan) Martin of Chattanooga and Gayle (Hugh) Hentz of Chesapeake City, MD; brother James (Lucille) Powell of Mt. Juliet; grandchildren Jennifer (Fran) Palma of East Hampton, CT; Ross (Abby) Martin of Chattanooga; Amy Hentz of Tough Kenamon, PA; Scott (Dana) Hentz of West Grove, PA; and Clay Martin of Chattanooga; five great-grandchildren; and special friend and care giver Ann Robinson.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Robert L. Martin. 
Pallbearers: Nathan Powell, Troy Powell, Cliff Carey, Dwight Farris, Mike Flanagan and Mike Presley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Hill church of Christ food pantry, 102 Maple Hill Road, Lebanon 37087.
Arrangements by the Parlow Funeral Chapel.
Jack Lyons Meadows, 82
GAINESBORO -- Services for Mr. Jack Lyons Meadows will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at Anderson – Upper Cumberland Funeral Home, with interment to follow at Granville Cemetery.
Mr. Meadows, 82, was the son of the late Captain Bob Meadows and Edna “Big Moma” Shoulders Meadows. He is survived by his wife, Anne Maddux Meadows, of Gainesboro; children John (Stacey) Meadows of Mt. Juliet and Laura (Robert) Qualls of Nashville.
Also surviving: granddaughter Katherine Elizabeth Qualls of Knoxville; and brother Thomas Henry (Maxine) Meadows of Louisville, KY.
Mr. Meadows passed away on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. He was a retired insurance agent and the owner of R. L. Meadows Insurance Agency in Gainesboro.
A member of the Gainesboro Church of Christ and the former President of the Jackson County Little League, he was a former Jackson County commissioner and Gainesboro City Alderman.
He served in the US Air Force and was involved in secret radar development.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Robert Lee Meadows, Katherine Cassetty, Ruth Childress, Brown Felker and Claudine Cassetty.
Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 18, from 5 – 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of services.
Memorial donations may be made to the Jackson County Little League.
Arrangements by Anderson – Upper Cumberland Funeral Home.
Kenneth D. Beadle, 82
NORENE -- Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 at the Fall Creek Baptist Church for Mr. Beadle, 82, of the Norene Community.
Mr. Beadle died Feb. 13, 2011.
Son of the late Louis D. and Nova Woodroof Beadle, he was preceded in death by a son, Dayton Lee Beadle.
Mr. Beadle previously worked for Jersey Farms Milk Co. and retired from Odom's Tennessee Pride Sausage.
Visitation 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Carl Price, Rev. Billy Trice and Rev. Mike Shelby. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife of 57 years Kathryn L. Beadle; daughter Deanna B. (Dennis) Wood; grandsons Matt and Jacob Wood; sister Betty B. (James) Porterfield; nephew Scott Porterfield; cousins J.T. Robinson, Betty R. Criner, Ann Major Beaty; and Corinne and Clark Beadle and family.
Pallbearers: J.T. Robinson, Bobby Beadle, Terry Wood, Scoot Edwards, Tommy Tramel, Thomas Williams.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fairview Cemetery, Fall Creek Baptist Stained Glass Fund or to the Wilson Central Baseball Program.
Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.
LaQuita Alexander, 82
LEBANON -- Memorial services have been set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Alexander, 82.
The daughter of the late Hoyt Adrian and Ali Mae Isaac Shepard, she died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 in the Trousdale Medical Center.
Mrs. Alexander was a member of the Baptist faith and was a homemaker.
Visitation will be held Thursday 5-7 p.m. Family members will officiate the service.
Survivors include: children Roy David (Martha) Alexander III; Joy Scott and Judy (Rick) Whitson; siblings Hoyt “Sonny” Shepard, Jerry Don(Marty) Shepard, Naomi Herron, Frances (Paul) Bullock, Imogene (Benny) Birchfield and Caroline Sue Shepard; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and loving family members.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Roy David Alexander; siblings Billy Joe Shepard, Robert Shepard and Coy Lou Franks.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
Leon Papa Reece, 65
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Reece, 65, of Lebanon.
A licensed contractor and an avid APHA breeder and trainer, he died Feb. 12, 2011.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home from 2 p.m. until the service on Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Roger Grisham, Rev. Danny Tomlinson and Jason Toporowski.
Survivors include: wife Brenda White; children Brandy (Duane) Turner, Bryan (Tonya) Jennings, Kelly (Garry) Greer and Roman White.
Also surviving: siblings Dot (Buddy) Barbee, William (Peggy) Reece; grandchildren Josie Jennings, Gabe Greer, Hannah Jennings, Rylee Greer, Breanna Turner, Gavin Turner and Sophie Greer; nieces and nephews Angie Cole, Scott Barbee, Jeanalee Topper, Ricky Reece, and Stevie Reece; numerous extended family members and special friends Lidia and Ramon Contreras and Jenny and Flipe Contreras.
Mr. Reece is preceded in death by parents Carl and Annie Meador Reece, and nephews Scottie Reece and Kenny Barbee.
A celebration with dinner and bluegrass music will take place at Leon Reece’s residence (642 Ben Green Rd, Lebanon) immediately following the service on Wednesday.
Honorary pallbearers: Billy Price, Raymond Harris, Lee Gessner, Ricky Reece, Stevie Reece, Ronny Reece, Gary Reece, Charles Taylor, Pete Norman and Danny Richardson.
Memorial contributions: St. Jude Children’s Hospital (501 St. Jude Place, Memphis 38105).
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Mitchel Wooden, 83
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, Feb. 15 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Wooden, 83, of Watertown.
A retired welder who attended Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Mr. Wooden died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at Lebanon Health and Rehab.
Services were conducted by Bro. Javin Lawson and Bro. Thomas Hale. Interment was at Jones Hill Cemetery.
Survivors: children Charles (Helen) Wooden of Alexandria, Tony (Amanda) Vantrease of Kokomo, Ind., Stacy (Debbie) Wooden, Renee (Ronnie) Hearn, Timmy Martin, Michael (Cindy) Martin -- all of Lebanon and Barbara (Jeff) Reynolds of Alexandria.
Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; special nephew Ray Thomas (Betty) Layne of Calif.; former wife Edith Wooden; special neighbor Tina Shehane.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Valtie Robinson Wooden; sister Inez Ward and brother Clyde Wooden.
Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.
Paul Allen Adkins, 61
LEBANON – Funeral services have been set for 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Adkins, 61, of Lebanon.
He died Feb. 15, 2011.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon 4-8 p.m. Thursday and from 11 a.m. until the service on Friday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Gary Wilson. Interment follows in Hillview Cemetery, Alexandria.
Family and friends will serve as Pallbearers.
Survivors include: wife Kathy Ferrell Adkins; children: Michael (Beverly) Adkins and Nia Adkins; brothers Robert Adkins and Richard Adkins; and grandchildren Lucas Adkins, Kylie Adkins, and Arwen Adkins.
He is preceded in death by parents Virgil and Catherine Pittman Adkins and brother Homer Adkins.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Robert O. Bobby Ash, 76
LEBANON --Funeral services for Mr. Robert O. “Bobby” Ash, 76, were held Monday, Feb. 14 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Bro. Michael Grooms and Bro. P. J. Hicks officiating.
Interment followed at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
A native of Wilson County, Mr. Ash died Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at the Cedars Health Care in Lebanon.
The son of the late James Oliver and Margie Valentine McLaughlin Ash, he owned and operated Ash Roofing Company and sold vegetables for many years.
He was a member of the Highland Heights Church of Christ.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Norma Jean Burton Ash on February 1, 2000; son in law, Wayne Gill; and a sister Dixie Hunt.
He is survived by daughters Bobbie Jean (Jim) Anderson of Burns; Nancy (William) Fish; Tammie Gill; and Billie Dean Ash -- all of Lebanon; grandchildren Jimmy Anderson, Rory Davis, Ashley (Cris) Roberts, Emily Gill, Derek Fish, Becky Gill, and Emma Fish; great grandchildren Michael and Katie Anderson, Sophia and Will Roberts, Madeline Davis and Sydney Gill; as well as brothers Billy Ash of Santa Clara, CA; and R. D. “Butch” Ash of Georgia.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon.
Sylvanus Dorris Watts, 82
JOELTON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Anderson-Garrett for Staff Sgt. (ret.) Watts, 82, of Mt. Juliet.
Retired from the US Army after 20 years, and later retired from both the Rodeway Inn and the Davidson County Sheriff's Department, he died Feb. 12, 2011.
A member of Beckwith Missionary Baptist Church, he spent his later years gardening, fishing and hand-carving and giving away walking canes and staffs made with local saplings.
Services were conducted by Rev. Danny Tomlinson. Burial followed at Martin's Chapel.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois Linville Watts and is survived by children Sylvia (Gregory) Blann, Taryon (Timothy) Carney, Burton (Barbara) Watts, Lisa (Michael) Russell and Cheryl (Robert) Smith.
Also surviving: siblings Hugo (Sue) Watts and Cecil (Daisy) Watts, Betty Hooper and Mildred Overby; grandchildren Magan, Claire, Tyler, Clayton, Chelsea, Cayman, Garan and Lacy; three great-grandchildren; wife Barbara Rediker Powell Watts and her children Brenda Powell Butler, Judy Powell, Randy (Sheila) Powell and Sandra (Michael) Claiborne; grandchildren Dennis, Matthew, Stephen and Sarah; and four great-grandchildren.
He was the youngest son of George and Maggie Watts' 15 children.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
William 'Bo' Dowdy, 39
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Feb. 14, at the East/West Building of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center for Mr. Dowdy, 39, of Lebanon.
An avid volunteer for the Wilson County Fair and part-owner and operator of HAWK Specialty Services of Lebanon, he died suddenly Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.
Services were conducted by Bro. Larry Pedigo and Bro. George Jackson. Interment followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon.
Survivors include: wife Sondra Winfree Dowdy; children Victoria Dowdy, Bri England and Kiely Middleton; mother Renee Dowdy; grandmother Jean Adkisson; sister Denise (Troy) Holley; aunts Debbie (Mike) Crain, Peggy Wilson and Gayle Italiano; uncle Bob (Faye) Dowdy; as well as many friends and loved ones.
The family requests memorial donations be made to the Funeral Expense Fund.
These can be made in the office of the Alexander Funeral Home in Lafayette or given to any immediate family member.
Arrangements by the Alexander Funeral Home, Lafayette.

Ask Ken Beck

TV's Michael Landon was teen werewolf

Dear Ken: How many children did Michael Landon have? What TV series did he star in beside “Bonanza” and “Little House on the Prairie”? Did he make any movies?
Born Eugene Maurice Orowitz, Landon had nine children. The eight who survive range in age from 51 to 24. The man who was known on TV as Little Joe and Charles Ingalls also starred in the series “Highway to Heaven.” His feature film credits include “I Was a Teenage Werewolf,” “High School Confidential,” “God’s Little Acre” and “The Legend of Tom Dooley.” He appeared in several TV movies, most of which he produced or created, such as “Sam’s Son,” “The Loneliest Runner,” “Love Is Forever” and “Where Pigeons Go To Die.” The actor died in 1991 at age 54 of pancreatic cancer.


Wilson Living

Perfectly imperfect


Have you ever looked at your someone special and thought, “I think this was a mistake. Can we just be friends? Or on second thought, I don’t want to be your friend because frankly, you drive me crazy.

What is it with the hair in the bathroom sink? And when is the last time you paid me a compliment anyway? Do you know how lucky you are?!”


General Lifestyle

Music plucks heartstrings for 50 years

Special to The Wilson Post
Record label executives on Music Row may have never heard of the likes of Jack Remington and Dollie McFarland, but for 50 years the partners in life, lyrics and melody have been making beautiful music together.

Self-dubbed Americana originals, Dollie, 73, and Jack, 75, have called Lebanon their home for the past five years. And they’ve claimed Dingbat’s as their music den. It’s where they can be heard singing their original compositions 7 to 11 p.m. most Wednesdays.

Their love affair began in a rough and tumble Texas honky-tonk in 1960 when Dollie heard Jack singing before she ever saw the man.

“Something in his voice touched something in my heart that had never been touched before,” Dollie said. “I was in the process of getting divorce number three. I said to my friends, ‘If that’s not taken, that’s my next husband.’ He just bowled me over with that voice.”

Our Feathered Friends - Feb. 16

What a beautiful weekend we were finally able to enjoy here in Lebanon. There has been a little less traffic here at my feeders as we get into maybe a warmer pattern, and hopefully spring will be right on its heels. Spring also means something more than just birds, and I have had a great sit down watching our Cumberland Bulldogs baseball team. Go Dawgs!

I had a few e-mails this past week telling me about the activity at their bird feeders. Beverly Stacy has really been enjoying having Dark-eyed Juncos around. Remember lots of folks call them Snowbirds.

She sent me a picture of several eating in the snow under her feeders, sometimes up to 10 birds at a time. I would be happy to have at least one here at my house. I am probably one of the people who keep out seed on the ground more than others, and now I wonder why I have no snowbirds!

Wharton's store taught values to local children

From Post staff reports
The family store taught the Wharton children “values,” according to Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton Jr. Speaking to a gathering of local history enthusiasts last Saturday, Wharton detailed how the family store operated by his late father was truly a family enterprise.

Located at the corner of Trousdale Ferry Pike and Baddour Parkway, the small neighborhood grocery was operated by the entire family, Wharton recalled saying his mother would walk across the street at four in the morning in the winter just to turn on the heat to warm the small store and then come back and cook breakfast for the family.

He said they all worked in the store at one time or the other and that the store taught him and each of his siblings important lessons about life’s values.

He said the original Wharton’s Store, bought in 1960, was a little shed with screen-wire windows.



Calendar - Feb. 16

Government Notices
Lebanon Beer Board will meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administrative Building at Castle Heights, to consider the application of El Molino, Inc. d/b/a El Molino Mexican Restaurant at 809 South Cumberland Street, Lebanon, for on the premises consumption, and Tomcat LLC d/b/a West Main Shell at 1324 West Main Street, Lebanon, for off the premises consumption.

Wilson County Commission’s Education Committee will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

Minutes Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, at the courthouse.

Steering Committee will meet at 6:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, at the courthouse.

Budget Committee will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, at the courthouse.

Wilson County Convenience Centers and Landfill will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21, for President’s Day.

Wilson County Animal Control will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21, for President’s Day.

Wilson County Industrial Development Bond Board will meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Joint Economic & Community Development Board office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.

Wilson County Board of Education will hold a work session at noon, Monday, March 7, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon, to discuss a memorandum of understanding with Dell and AT&T and the 2012-2013 school calendar. The board will meet in regular session at 2:30 p.m., Monday, March 7, at the Central Office. All items to be considered for the meeting agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Community Calendar
Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center in Gallatin is accepting gently used items for its third annual yard sale. Items may be dropped off at the center at 185 W. Franklin Street behind Dairy Queen on Main Street. Call for times to drop off items at 206-1176.

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.

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.

Darkness to Light “Stewards of Children,” a free workshop on preventing child sexual abuse, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, at Castle Heights Upper Elementary Library. It will be facilitated by Debra M. Daugherty, executive director of the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center. The workshop is hosted by the Lebanon Special School District. There will be refreshments, child care and materials. RSVP to Beth Petty at 453-2693 or at

Indoor Yard Sale, benefiting Joseph’s Storehouse, will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, at First Baptist Church, Lebanon. The sale will be inside the building beside the church, behind the Wilson County Election Commission office. (The sale will be cancelled in case of inclement weather.)

Breast Cancer Friends support group meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Maple Hill church of Christ on the corner of West Main Street and Maple Hill Road in Lebanon. Those who have had breast cancer in the past or who are dealing with it now are welcome to attend. The next meeting will be Monday, Feb. 21. Diana Crawford of AGAPE Counseling & Psychological Services, and Barb Hall, Crawford’s sister and breast cancer survivor, will be the guest speakers. For information, call 444-6106 or 504-1147.

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 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.

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.

PHOEBE Ministries, a ministry of widows reaching widows, will meet at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Owens Building of Immanuel Baptist Church. Officer Fred Dye of the Lebanon Police Department will speak on personal safety, and McFarland Rehab Center will present their services. All widows are welcome to attend, and admission is free. The service project this month is providing craft supplies for McFarland Rehab patients. Bring craft supplies such as foam pieces, lacing string for making jewelry, 12mm beads or larger, crossword and wordfind books, craft sticks, glue, markers, etc.

Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 7463 Hickory Ridge Road, Mt. Juliet, invites all teenagers in grades 6-12 to the church grounds at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, for an Airsoft Day. Bring your own equipment or a gun can be rented for $25 with advance notice. For information, or to rent equipment, call Jeff at 612-8515.

A free Childcare Provider Workshop will be offered by the University of Tennessee Extension from 9 until 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 26. Participants will receive 2 hours of training credit. The workshop is the first of a two-part workshop. The topic is “ADHD in Children Part I.” For information, or to register, contact Marietta Sanford at 444-9584 or by email at Participants must pre-register to attend. Class size is limited.

Fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off and Democratic Social will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 5, in the East-West Building, James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite chili (in a Crock Pot) and compete for one of three trophies. Cost is $10 at the door and includes chili, hot dog, drink and dessert. There is no additional fee to enter the contest. For information, call 444-3838.

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.

Lebanon High School Class of 1991 is planning a 20-year reunion for July 2. Organizers are looking for classmates. Email contact information to Dawn Carr Willis at or, or call 308-0034. For information, go to or Facebook.

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 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.


General News

Business -- BEWARE


By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Businesses in Wilson County are asked to be wary of a company reportedly selling advertising on magnets and which claims to be associated with the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber officials said Tuesday the organization is in no way connected with the company, Premier Impressions, an advertising firm headquartered in Arlington, Texas. The company has been calling local businesses asking for credit card numbers and information for the purposes of selling advertisements on magnets.

“We’ve had several businesses contact us and say they are selling ads on these magnets,” said Sue Vanatta, president and CEO of the Lebanon Chamber.

Chip Smith latest to be skewered at Library Roast

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
He may be nervous about it, but Chip Smith, owner of Rose Tire & Service is looking forward to helping out the Wilson County Library Board by being the subject of the 21st annual Library Board Roast.

“I don’t know how they pulled my name out,” Smith laughed, adding he definitely didn’t volunteer.

The Library Board will hold the Roast on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m., at Castle Heights Upper Elementary School in Lebanon to raise money for the Library system, at the expense of Smith. Of course, the jokes and embarrassing stories are all in good fun.

Gretchen Wilson boots up


Wilson County’s Gretchen Wilson has kicked off her cowboy boots and slipped into a pair of combat boots to show her gratitude for America’s armed forces.  It’s part of the Boot Campaign’s “Get Your Boots On” mission. By posing in her combat boots, Wilson is saying “thank you” for the hard work and sacrifices made by the men and women in the U.S. military. Wilson joins a growing chorus of celebrities, professional athletes, politicians, business leaders and Americans who are getting their boots on for the troops.

“This is such a simple and really effective campaign to bring attention to men and women who serve our country all over the world to protect our freedom, and I am very proud to be a part of it,” said Wilson, the singer-songwriter who exploded onto the country music scene in 2004 with her smash hit “Redneck Woman” and has since scored three No. 1 albums. 

MTAS to Lebanon Council: It would take two
The Wilson Post
 An official with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Municipal Technical Advisory Service gave a rundown of a city manager form of government to Lebanon City Council during a work session Tuesday prior to the regular council meeting. 
 Ward 5 Councilor Haywood Barry has wanted the council to at least educate itself on transitioning to a city manager form of government because of its prominence in Middle Tennessee and in the country as a whole.
 Dana Deem of MTAS said Middle Tennessee is a growing region and many cities within the region are experiencing a lot of growth and becoming more complex. Mt. Juliet in West Wilson County operates under the city management form of government.
 “Professional management lends itself very well to cities that have experienced that kind of growth,” Deem said.
 He said the city manager would be a “single point of contact” for the city council, which becomes a “policy making board” under the manager form of government. Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath pointed out that a city manager has six bosses, referring to the six council members.
 “If you have a city manager that’s not doing his job he’s the only person you’re going to be hiring or firing,” Deem said.
Smithsonian buys sculptures from Watertown artist

Special to The Wilson Post
WATERTOWN — A quartet of original fiber sculptures should be in the hallowed confines of the Smithsonian Institution any day now, all from the hands of Watertown artisan Gloria McRoberts.

On Monday, McRoberts shipped the four pieces, which range in size from 15-inches-by-30-inches to 48-inches-by-25-inches. Their titles are “Entwined,” “Far Reaching,” “Three Birch Trees” and “White Out.”

Her fiber sculptures serve as contemporary wall pieces for homes and offices and are hand woven from undyed wools imported from other countries.


General Sports

18 locals wrestle at state

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Eighteen local wrestlers have earned berths in the TSSAA Championships this weekend beginning Thursday in Franklin.

Mt. Juliet High will carry seven grapplers, including Region 5 champions Tanner Bates (119) and Scott Seaman (130) -- both seniors. Junior Alex Charest (160 lbs), and senior Blake Biggs (189 lbs) placed second. Sophomore Austin Cook (112 lbs), and seniors Randy Grimsley (135 lbs) and Jon Kossa (140 lbs) placed third at their respective weights.

Bates won an award for best wrestling match in the lower weight classes in his match against Legrand Sommers from Blackman.  Biggs won an award for best wrestling match in the heavier weight classes in his match against Scott Boykin from Riverdale. Mt. Juliet Coach Brad Mattingly was voted Coach of the Year.

Lebanon High School will sending four wrestlers to Franklin, including two region champs -- both females. Senior Ali Trull (6-0 at 120 lbs.) and freshman Aletha Grisham (6-2 at 148 lbs.) will each compete in eight person brackets. Trull is a No. 1 seed and has received a first round bye. Grisham also received a bye to the semifinal round.

LHS senior Cain Sloan was the regional runner-up at 215 lbs while Austin Holtgraeve finished fourth at 171 pounds. Sloan enters the state tournament with a record of 27-6 while Holtgraewe comes in at 22-12.

Wilson Central will also be sending seven wrestlers to Franklin, including region champion Jacob Belcher at 135 lbs. Belcher, 48-4 on the season, will be making his fourth conseutive trip to the state. Joining him are second place regional finalists Nick Insalaco (112 lbs), who went 44-5 as a sophomore and ninth grader Austin Richard at 125 lbs, 47-8 on the season. Insalaco qualified for the state last season and finished eighth.

Soph Bryson Hutchison qualified with a fourth place finish at 140 lbs. He has a season record of 21-13. Freshman Christian Cerrito qualified with a fourth place finish at 103 lbs. He brings a record of 34-12 on the season. Sophomore Jacob Meyers earned a berth in the state with a fourth place finish at the 152 lbs division. He has a seasonal record of 35-10. Amber Hayes will bring a season record of 6-4 to the female side of the tournament. The sophomore advanced by placing fourth in the region at 125 lb.

Admission is $10 per day at the Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Arena

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