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Showing 13 articles from April 21, 2011.


Charles Beard Turney, 68
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, April 20, at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Turney, 68, of Alexandria.
A veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from the U.S. Postal Service, he died Monday, April 18, 2011, at The Pavilion in Lebanon.
Services were conducted by Brother Clifford Spence. Interment was in Prosperity Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Thelma Jean Capps Turney of Alexandria; children Scott (Kelly) Carman of Elgin, S.C., Tabitha (Cory) Huddleston and Amanda (Jason) Deakins -- both of Lebanon; grandchildren Jessica, Jacob, Miranda and Grace Carman, Aundrea Huddleston and Kayleigh and Jordan Deakins; step-sons Jerry and Randy Haslam -- both of Murfreesboro; eight step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and friend Jerry Dutton.
He was preceded in death by parents, John and Mary Turney; and brother John Kenneth Turney.
Pallbearers: Jason Deakins, Cory Huddleston, Christopher and Jerry Haslam, Larry Harris, John Whitehead, Paul McGinnis and Jason Adams.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Helen Virginia Fletcher, 80
MANCHESTER -- Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 22, at Manchester Funeral Home  for Mrs. Fletcher, 80, of Manchester.
Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Fletcher died Monday, April 18, 2011, at her residence. Born in Flintville to the late Ralph and Vessie Winn, she married Basil Fletcher on Jan. 7, 1950.
During the early years of their marriage, she was a homemaker, a factory worker, and assisted Basil in his ministry needs.
She later became involved in Party Catering and special care needs to the elderly. She was a member of the Forest Mills Church of Christ.
Survivors include: daughter Deborah (John) Baugh of Lebanon; sons Rex (Portia) Fletcher of Orlando, Fla. and David (Rhonda) Fletcher of Manchester; brother Donald (Shirley) Winn of Zebulon, Ga.; sisters Katherine (Henry) Fults of Abbeville, Ga. and Lynde McBride of Jefferson, Ind.; sisters-in-law Martha Swanger of Manchester and Nelda (Dick) Twitchell of Hixon; grandchildren Seth, Adam, Jared and Amber Fletcher and Autumn Potter; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by spouse Basil Fletcher; great-grandparents Robert and Emma McGuire Winn; grandsons Christopher and Nathan Fletcher; sisters, Henrietta Adams and Gertie Shearer; brother Jerry Winn; and brother-in-law John T. (Betty) Fletcher.
Arrangements by Manchester Funeral Home.
Holli Dale Nunnery, 30
LEBANON -- Holli Nunnery passed away on April 18, 2011 at age 30.
The chapel service, conducted by Brother Stan Edwards, is 1 p.m. Friday, April 22 at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon.
Visitation is from noon until the service at the funeral home on Friday.
Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers include: Chad Nunnery, Wayne Murphy, Ike Ladd, Clay Ryan, and Danny Hodges.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Joseph’s Storehouse, 1960 SE Tater Peeler Rd, Lebanon 37090.
Ms. Nunnery is survived by her parents Dale and Barbara Chandler Nunnery, fiancé Josh Bozart, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She is preceded in death by grandparents Leon and Celia Chandler and Enoch and Bonnie Nunnery.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Mary Durham, 89
MT. JULIET -- Mrs. Durham, 89, of Mt. Juliet died April 18, 2011 at her home with her family at her side.
Born in Rattan, OK on January 12, 1922, she was the third of 12 children of Parker & Eva Mae Rosenthal and was of German and Choctaw descent. Before her marriage to James H. Durham in September, 1943, she worked as a high school teacher and as a farm worker.
During WWII, she worked in a plant building fighter planes. After the war, while her husband completed his education, she raised their children and became her sons' Cub Scout/Boy Scout Den Mother.
She was also active in the church as a Sunday School teacher. After family moved to California in 1955, she worked for 20 years in retail sales at The Broadway as a salesperson, assistant manager and department manager of various departments.
After retirement, she enjoyed working in her yard, gardening, visiting family and friends, and spending time with her five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She and her husband also enjoyed a memorable trip to Europe. In 1995, she and her husband moved to Mt. Juliet, TN where she lived until her death.
She is survived by her children James H. Durham, John P. (Susie) Durham, Diane Durham (Bill) Newland, and Sherry L. Perry; her siblings, Frank (Monalla) Rosenthal, Ernestine Krohn, Isabel (Harley) Murray and Tommie Scott; grandchildren Adrianne Durham, Amy McCartney, Ashley Grguric, Nathan Durham and James Perry; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her beloved husband, Jimmie, passed away in 2007 after almost 64 years of marriage.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Telling Tales


By BECKY ANDREWS, Wilson Living Magazine
Have we met? Perhaps you’ve heard of me. I’m the meanest mom in the world. At least that’s what my 11-year-old has been calling me lately. Amazing how this new nickname came so soon after Christmas.

I guess the first time I heard that little term of endearment from him was a year ago when I refused to even discuss getting him a cell phone.


Wilson Living

FCS 8th graders visit Washington, D.C

By ANGEL KANE, Wilson Living Magazine 
The 8th grade class of Friendship Christian School in Lebanon recently returned from their annual trip to Washington, D.C.. The five day trip was a whirlwind tour of all the best D.C. has to offer.

The students spent their first day at the home of Thomas Jefferson in Monticello and spent the afternoon touring the famous estate and garden.


General Lifestyle

Family Day of Fun set April 30 at Pickett Chapel

LEBANON -- Families are invited to enjoy a day of music, food, fellowship and yard-sale shopping Saturday, April 30, at the Family Day of Fun, sponsored by the Wilson County Black History Committee.

The event will be held in the parking lot of Historic Pickett Chapel, 209 East Market Street in Lebanon. The yard sale begins at 6:30 a.m. Other activities take place throughout the day, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Anyone who wants to participate in the yard sale can reserve a spot for $20; spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Yard sale participants must bring their own table, and no food items may be sold. To reserve a yard sale space, call 449-2911.

Donations will be accepted and will help fund the restoration of Historic Pickett Chapel, which  is the oldest brick building in Lebanon.

Pickett Chapel Methodist Church was established in 1866 as the first church for Blacks in the city, and became a major factor in the formation of the Lebanon community.

The church remained active until 1973, when members moved to a new building, which was named Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church. For several years, until 2001, the historic building was home to a local theater company.

Our Feathered Friends - April 20

Like I mentioned in last week’s article, watch for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. After Wednesday night, there were several sightings of this little favorite. My first reported sighting came from Larry and Julia Haun of the Norene/Statesville area. Larry was very excited to hear that his was the first of many called in over the last three days.

Charlene Reeves has found a way to keep her Hummer juice fresh a little longer and also it keeps the dark splotches from forming on the inside of her Hummingbird feeders. We were talking the other night when she told me she uses my 4 to 1 mixture, but she also boiled the mix for three minutes, let it cool and then seal it up and store in the fridge. I might think that the temperature must kill off all bacteria. Charlene’s grandson, Neel Reeves has really taken a fancy to our feathered friends and enjoys his time spent in the Norene Community.

A good friend of mine, Mike Willey, saw her first Hummer last Wednesday in the late afternoon and another early Thursday morning. She works at the Lebanon Library and also a huge fan of the Hummingbirds.

I attended the Cumberland Bulldog baseball game this past Saturday and Sunday. Baseball doesn’t get much better than this.


Guest Column

Howell reflects on TASC office

It’s been 30 years since I’ve been Tennessee Association of Student Councils Vice President of 1980-1981, where I embraced the vision with fellow TASC members of how important it is to give back to our communities.

I did not know how it would unveil, however I did know that the mission existed without compromise. The mission was to develop, improve and participate as a leader for the betterment of our schools and community. 


General News

Hermitage man dies in single car accident on I-40 East

The Wilson Post
A Hermitage man was killed Wednesday afternoon when he swerved off the road and struck a tree on Interstate 40, just before Exit 238 in Lebanon.
Lebanon Police Officer Steve Green said the victim was identified as Joshua D. Brown, 30, of Hermitage. Brown was traveling in the left hand lane of I-40 eastbound when his Dodge Neon swerved to the right, off the road and struck a tree at approximately 3:30 p.m.

“The cause of the crash is still pending, it’s under investigation,” Green said.

Man arrested for pipe bomb

From Post staff reports
A man has been arrested and charged in connection with a pipe bomb that was found in a farmer’s field on Holmes Gap Road on March 13.

Brian Heisler, 22, of 930 Neal Road, Watertown, was arrested on Tuesday, April 19, and charged with a prohibited weapon. He was released after posting bond and is to appear in court on May 20.

According to a news release from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, the incident was investigated initially by Sgt. Don Witherspoon and Marvin Norman of the WCSD’s Bomb Unit. After the pipe bomb was disarmed, the matter was turned over to Special Agent Mead McWhorter of the Tennessee Bomb and Arson Division and Agent Cordell Malone with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

During the course of the investigation, the release said, Heisler was developed as a suspect after reviewing video from a retail store where he was reportedly seen purchasing PVC materials.

Martin, Hixson discuss recruiting with City Council

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Jobs and recruiting new businesses were the focus of a Lebanon City Council work session Tuesday afternoon, as councilors discussed recruitment with Kenny Martin, director of economic development for Mt. Juliet, and G.C. Hixson, executive director of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County.

The work session focused on a two-year plan proposed by Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino which called for the City of Lebanon to pay Martin for recruiting businesses into Lebanon as well as Mt. Juliet.

Cesternino scheduled the work session a couple of months ago to sit down and hear ideas from the other council members on how to bring jobs and new businesses into Lebanon, to increase the city’s revenues without increasing taxes.


General Sports

Local prep baseball - April 20

Back-to-back games of errorless baseball helped pave the way for Wilson Central to sweep Lebanon in a District 9AAA two-game series earlier this week.

Wednesday night in Gladeville, Central managed just one earned run off tough-luck LHS starter Cain Sloan,  in a 4-1 victory over the Blue Devils.

The Wildcats (13-11) broke open a 1-1 game with three runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out single by Jacob Williams and a misplayed flyball by a Lebanon outfielder.

That was more than enough for Central starter Jacob McEntire, who went all the way -- scattering seven hits. He struck out seven and walked only one batter as his defense played flawlessly behind him.

Sloan allowed seven hits over five innings with seven strikeouts before being lifted following a 30-minute delay for lightning. Trevin Potter worked the bottom of the sixth, facing four batters. He allowed one hit and struck out one.

Williams led Central with a 3-for-4 night, an RBI and a run scored. Devin Fish was 2-for-3 while Drew Chester, Dakota Byrd and Dylan Prendergast had the other hits for Wilson Central as the Wildcats improved to 4-3 in the district.

Leadoff man Jack McKeon paced Lebanon with a 3-for-3 night. Outfielder Jack Partlow added two singles while Michael Hastings and Brandon Shelton had the other hits for the Blue Devils.

LHS slipped to 9-16 overall with the loss / 2-3 in District 9AAA play. Lebanon is scheduled to play a couple of games Saturday, an early afternoon tilt with Oakland followed by a 7 p.m. game at Hendersonville High.

Central is scheduled to play in the Trojan Classic this weekend at Soddy Daisy High School.

Tuesday night at Veterans Field, Lebanon committed nine errors in a 12-9 loss to the Wildcats. Lebanon got a pair of three-run homers from Cain Sloan and pounded out 10 hits for the game.

But trailing 3-1, Central struck for six runs in the top of the fourth as LHS committed four errors, then added four more runs in the sixth -- thanks in part to four more Lebanon mistakes.

Friendship 23, RBS 0 -- Connor Gaines threw a five-inning one-hitter Tuesday as Friendship Christian blasted Red Boiling Springs 23-0 on the road.

The big junior evened his record at 1-1 after striking out nine and walking just one batter.

Kyle Wood had a third inning grand slam for the winners and finished the afternoon with three hits and seven runs batted in.  Gaines drilled two hits, including a long three-run homer in the top of the third.  Drew Erie also homered for FCS -- a solo shot in the third inning.

With the win, Friendship improved to 10-7 overall and 5-1 in District 8A.

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