MT. JULIET -- James M. Donnell, born Dec. 31, 1941 a life long resident of Wilson County died peacefully at Nashville's St.Thomas Hospital on March 29, 2011. Jim fought a long and courageous battle with lung disease.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip & Annette McAdoo Donnell and grandparents Tom & Mary McAdoo, who were the original owners of McAdoo’s department store and helped start up the Lebanon Bank, (later becoming First TN bank). He attended Lebanon City Schools and upon graduation the University of Miami. While in his second year at the University of Miami his dad passed away and Jim returned to Lebanon to help his mother run their dairy farm and attended Cumberland University where he met his soon to be wife, Sandy DiBella. He then transferred to M.T.S.U.
A life long athlete, Jim enjoyed, baseball, tennis, scuba diving, hunting and fishing. Throughout his life he traveled the U.S. and abroad introducing his wife and children to many foreign countries and cultures. Jim had a career of 33 years as a Civil Engineer writing Environmental Impact Statements for T.D.O.T
He attended U.T. Nashville where he did additional accreditations in engineering. He retired in 1997 and he & his wife divided their time traveling and visiting their Destin Florida home. He had a strong commitment to helping others, but often did it quietly and without fanfare. He was a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, St. Judes Children’s Hospital, Mt. Juliet Tennis Association and a supporter to help save endangered species.
Jim is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sandy DiBella Donnell, beloved children Danielle Donnell Rodriguez, Philip Anthony Donnell, grandchildren and the love of his life, Keaton James Rodriguez & Francesca Isabella Rodriguez, and sister Mary Tom Haun (Dr. Roland Haun).
A Memorial Service will be conducted by Father Patrick Kibby at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011 at St. Stephens Catholic Community, Lebanon Rd. Mt. Juliet. .Honorary pallbearers are: Rev. Will Campbell, Jimmy McDowell, George Lowery, Edsel Pleming, Jim Johnson, Kenneth Nelson, Paul Pickney, John McBride, Dr. Angelo Canonico, Dr. Charles Carr, Harold Bradley, Mickey Davis, the N.J. DiBella family & WCWIG.
Donations may be made to: Cumberland University Office of Advancement, St. Stephens Catholic Community, Wilson Books fromBirth.
The family sends a special thanks to Dr. Angelo Canonico and the nursing staff of St. Thomas Hospital.
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Poor judgment on the part of one individual who decided to walk down the street with what at first appeared to be a rifle but was really a BB gun led to the lockdown of several schools in Lebanon on Thursday.
That was the word yesterday from Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen who said no charges were filed against the individual, a homeless man who has apparently been living in the woods nearby, because he did not break any laws.
The man, who was not identified since no charges were filed against him, told authorities he found the BB gun in a dumpster Thursday morning behind a local business on West Main Street. He was seen shortly thereafter walking along the railroad tracks on the Highway 70 Bypass. Police were then contacted as the gun the man was carrying was thought to be a rifle.
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Nicky Neal "Nick" Nance, Jr., a well-liked assistant principal at Stoner Creek Elementary School in Mt. Juliet, died late Thursday afternoon of what was believed to be a self-inflicted injury at his home.
Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said the incident happened at about 4:30 p.m. Nance died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Ashe said his department was assisting Mt. Juliet Police Department in the investigation, although Mt. Juliet Police Chief Andy Garrett said the Sheriff’s Department had taken the lead in the matter.
LEBANON -- Cumberland senior Aaron Wilkerson improved to 7-0 on the season with a sparkling 10-0 shutout over TranSouth Conference leading Union University Friday at Stockton Field.
The seven-inning contest found the Bulldogs striking for three runs in the bottom of the first on a pair of monsterous home runs by Tommy Winegardner and Cory Farris.
"The early runs gave us some confidence and momentum," said CU head coach Woody Hunt. "We played well, and of course Wilkerson was on. He's just a machine, people don't get very many good swings against him."
Wilkerson extended his consecutive shutout innings streak to 48 and one-third. He struck out seven Union hitters in seven innings and allowed just three hits.
Cumberland pounded out 13 hits against Union pitching -- two each from David Fanshawe, Winegardner, Farris and T.J. Murphy.
CU improved to 7-3 in the TranSouth Conference while Union slipped to 8-2. The two teams will hook up Saturday for a 12 Noon twinbill at Stockton Feld. Live radio coverage begins at 11:40 a.m. on WANT FM-98.9.