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CU benefactor Dr. Jeanette C. Rudy passes away at 83

From Post staff reports
Remembered as a philanthropist, hunter, collector, nurse and benefactor of the Cumberland University School of Nursing, Dr. Jeanette C. Rudy was laid to rest Tuesday, Aug. 16 following funeral services in Nashville. She was 83.

Her funeral service included performances by members of the Grand Ole Opry and a stirring tribute of inspirational song by entertainer Gary Morris including his banner song, Wind Beneath My Wings.

Mrs. Rudys connection with Cumberland and therefore Lebanon began in the mid-1980s when former U.S. Rep. Bob Clement was president of the school.

She often would tour the campus and talk with students and found the small college to have a certain charm much different than that found at other colleges and universities with greater student populations, Clement related.

Mrs. Rudy joined the Cumberland Board of Trust in 1987 and was instrumental in guiding and establishing the nursing program in 1992. In 2004 the nursing program was commissioned and named the Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing.


Tommy Bryan - Sports

Prep football cranks up - Aug. 17

Prep football season is right here. Never to be one to throw a wet blanket on a roaring fire, I do have an issue or two I'd like to discuss.

First off, the high school season starts way too soon for my taste.

The reason is of course money, as in playoff dollars. The expanded postseason formula sends dang near every team with a .500 record on to the playoffs.

As it stands, no one really knows who is in and who is out until the final week of the season rolls around. Call me old fashioned, but I really liked having the top two teams from each region (or district) advance to the playoffs. While we're at it, let's cut the six public school divisions down to five again.


John Sloan - Outdoors

It is that time again

Man, it is hot! Sweat is rolling down my cheeks and the heat from my face is blurring the scope. I sight the TenPoint carefully and get the green dot in the center of the crosshairs to rest on the white spot 30-yards away. I push the second safety and slowly begin to squeeze the trigger. Whop! The arrow quivers dead center in the circle.

I am ready.

Each year, no matter how well your crossbow shot last year, you need to sight it in and make sure it is on. Then, shoot a few practice shots. My TenPoint, Phantom is ready. The string has been inspected and well waxed. All the cables are perfect and there is a new battery in the scope.


Telling Tales

The Family Vacation

By BECKY ANDREWS, Wilson Living Magazine
Id like to meet the person who coined the term, family vacation just once.  First, Id ask, Have you ever taken a vacation with your family? How old were the children that went on this trip? Were they potty trained? Were they teenagers? Could they talk? And before that person could answer any of those questions, Id go for the jugular, Did you take your mother-in-law?  I didnt think so.

Besides Spanx and the Wonderbra, there are few things more overrated than the family vacation. When did it become a good idea to leave the space and comfort of our home, go to a strange city with higher crime rates and pay $300 a night to stay in a space smaller than your bedroom with your entire family? Ill tell you when.

When we all started working more, eating-in less and signing up our children for everything from basketball camp to chess lessons.  Since we cant seem to unwind in our homes, we take a vacation (insert sarcasm).

I try every year to plan the perfect trip. I envy those families who talk about how their vacations were everything they dreamed of and more. And when I get the Christmas card that features their whole family wearing mouse ears, grinning from ear to ear, it gives me one more reason to believe that Walt Disney created a ridiculous little rodent mascot to mock me. It makes me hate the happiest place on earth.


Ask Ken Beck

Mitchum spent time on a chain gang

Dear Ken: What can you tell me about Robert Mitchum? Where was he born and how many movies did he make? How tall was he and how many children did he have?

Screen legend Mitchum, who was magnificent in film noir, was born in Bridgeport, Conn. His father died before he was 2, and the youngster was in and out of schools due to discipline problems. As a teen he rode the rails around the country, working odd jobs and even spent time on a chain gang in Georgia. In 1936, he went to California to see his sister and found a job with Lockheed Aircraft. Then in 1942 a director hired him to play the villain in a couple of Hopalong Cassidy westerns, and the 6-foot-1 Mitchum began to make a name for himself. He made more than 120 movies including The Story of G.I. Joe, Out of the Past, Night of the Hunter, Thunder Road, Cape Fear, El Dorado and Ryans Daughter. The actor, who died in 1997 at 79 from emphysema and lung cancer, had two sons and a daughter. His ashes were scattered at sea from a yacht the family borrowed from his long-time friend, Fess Parker.

Dear Ken: Is country singer Tompall Glaser of Tompall Glaser & the Glaser Brothers still living? What was the trios biggest hit?
Nashville outlaw singer Tompall will be 78 on Sept. 3. He and his brothers, Jim and Chuck, hailed from Spalding, Neb., and had their biggest hit with Lovin Her Was Easier (Than Anything Ill Ever Do Again), which went to No. 2 on the country charts in 1981. They were the Country Music Associations vocal group of the year in 1970.

Dear Ken: What has happened to Connie Stevens of Hawaiian Eye? What other TV shows and movies was she in?
Born Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia in Brooklyn, N.Y., the singer-actress, who just turned 73, has taken a new turn in recent years. In 2007, she co-wrote and directed her first move, Saving Grace B. Jones. She is now in pre-production on her second film, Prairie Bones, a western. Stevens was in the movies Rock-a-Bye Baby, Susan Slade, Palm Springs Weekend and Grease 2 and next works in The Summer of Shoulders and Noses. She starred in her own TV series, Wendy and Me, in the mid-1960s and has been a guest on lots of TV westerns and such shows as Baywatch, Eight Simple Rules and Murder, She Wrote. She has two actress daughters, Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher, from her short marriage to singer Eddie Fisher.

Dear Ken: Where is Elizabeth Banks, who plays Avery Jessup on 30 Rock, from?
Banks, 37, was born in Pittsfield, Mass., and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. Her film credits include Spider-Man, Catch Me If You Can, Seabiscuit, The Baxter, Slither, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Meet Bill and W. She has three or four films coming out next year and recently signed to star in the romantic comedy What To Expect When Youre Expecting.

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck at


Wilson Living

Wilson Living Today Aug. 17

Wilson Living Magazine
The Wilson County Fair is in full swing and the weather could not have been more perfect. From the fantastic performances to the tasty treats to the amazing exhibits, this years fair is surely one you dont want to miss.

And while there, make sure to come by the Wilson Living/Wilson Post booth to meet many our writers and contributors. Weve already had so many of you stop in to say hello and weve loved every minute of it.

We also have special giveaways for all our fans and we might even give you a sneak peak at next months issue while you are visiting with us.

This next issue we are also revamping our Founders Favorites Section. Every issue we are swamped with entries and so we decided it was time to take it up a notch and surprise our readers with an amazing giveaway! We promise, you are going to love it!

And this is the last week to enter to win the July/August Founders Favorites. Entry is free! Just go to to participate.

With the holidays fast approaching, the winner of Founders Favorites is going to be set. First off, we are giving away one Custom Wreath Design. These wreaths are perfect to not only celebrate an upcoming holiday but also to show off your team spirit. Wreaths can be designed for every holiday or every team. Check them out on-line on our website and if you like what you see, make sure to enter to win.

And as summer is winding down, now is the time to get your lawn ready for fall and winter. Dillards Lawncare and Landscaping is giving one lucky winner a $150 dollar gift certificate to use towards their landscaping needs.

And lets not forget our $50 giveaway from our friends at the Party Zone. Party Zone is the place to be for all your party needs. They have everything you will need for your next get together and their friendly staff is always ready to help you out.

And of course, the calls are coming in for our Wilson Living Holiday Expo. Its going to be bigger and better this year! Santa will be on hand not only for photos this year but also for a special Breakfast with Santa. For details and to reserve your vendor booth call 969-6751. Space is limited and we expect to sell out soon.

Until next time, keep reading.


General Lifestyle

Eclectic 40 Miles East debuts at WC Fair

By KEN BECK, The Wilson Post
40 Miles East, a young band with Cumberland University roots, sounds off with original songs at the Wilson County Fair Saturday Night.

Four of the members of the five-man country-rock-pop group are either Cumberland students or graduates of the Lebanon university. The fair gig will be their premiere performance outside the Cumberland campus.

Winning Fair recipes

Winners were crowned at Saturdays Pillsbury Pie Baking Championship and Fleishmanns Yeast Bake for the Cure Contest at the Wilson County Fair with June Thomas of Lebanon and Tara McGuire of Lebanon taking home first place, respectively.

Thomas baked a Lemon Delight Pie to take home the blue ribbon and a $200 cash prize. She has been competing for 15 years in the Fair baking contest. In her baking career she has earned four grand championships from various competitions.



Calendar - Aug. 17

Government meetings
Wilson County Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2011-2012 county budget at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 22, in the commission courtroom, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon. Following the public hearing, commission will meet at 7 p.m. in the same location to adopt the budget, the appropriation resolution and the tax rate resolution.

City of Lebanon Public Works/Transportation Committee will meet Monday, Aug. 22 at 7:30 a.m. in the Town Meeting Hall at the City of Lebanon Administration Building located at 200 North Castle Heights Avenue.

Wilson County Beer Board will meet Monday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room 1 of the Wilson County Courthouse located at 228 East Main Street in Lebanon. The applicant is Heenabins Soni, D/B/A Key Stop, located at 8451 Carthage Highway in Lebanon.

Wilson County Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon. All items to be considered for the agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Monday, Aug. 22.

Calendar of events
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.

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.

Wilson County Right to Life will not meet in August because they will be at the Wilson County Fair, but you are welcome to come see them there. For information, call Trecia Dillingham at 443-5458.

HomeSafe Womens 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.

Wilson County High School Students/Teachers Cruise The Class of 1964 invites you to attend the first of two cruise general information meetings regarding passports, cabin payment deadline, baggage limits, roommates and gratuities. The meeting will be at Market Street Elementary School, from 5 until 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 12. Everyone is welcome to attend. Committees will be formed for special tasks. The cruise to the Bahamas, Nassau, will leave from Florida on April 30, 2012, and will return on May 4, 2012. For information, contact Bob Lowe at Travel World at 444-0533 or Emma Tapley Stafford at 547-4462 or 453-1402.

Get Pumpedwith Joy! Get a free $10 gas card by simply stopping in at Joy Church International, 1019 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20. One per family, while supplies last.

Volunteers are needed for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program to visit and advocate for the elderly residents of long-term care facilities in the surrounding counties. Requirements include patience, persistence, the ability to be objective and a genuine concern for the vulnerable elderly population in your area. The next 16-hour, two-day volunteer certification training will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 23-24. For information or to register for training, call the Ombudsman Program at 452-1687 or 452-5259.

Wilson County Conservative Republicans will now meet on the last Saturday of each month, due to scheduling conflicts. The next meeting will be Aug. 27, at Logans Roadhouse at Providence MarketPlace, Mt. Juliet.

Wilson County Democratic Party will be holding its first ever Blue Plate Monday on Aug. 29 at the City Limits Caf located at 1717 Cainsville Road. The event will run from 4 to 7 p.m. with a menu of Hamburger Steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, pinto beans, slaw, cornbread, banana pudding and coffee or tea to drink. Ticket prices are $15 per person. For more information call 615-444-3838 or visit their website at

Hot Writers for Cool Charities, presented by NoteWorthy Charities and The Listening Room, will be from 6 until 10 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, at The Listening Room Caf, 209 10th Ave. S., #200, Nashville. Admission is $10. Proceeds will be divided among Agape Animal Rescue, Lost and Found Ministry and Southern STARRS. There will be door prizes and a silent auction.

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency USDA Commodity Distribution will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, and from 9 a.m. until noon, Thursday, Sept. 8, at Garden of Prayer Church on Bluebird Road, Lebanon. Commodities are available to households which meet Income Eligibility Guidelines. Available commodities include white beans, beef stew, peaches, pears, cheese soup, corn, mixed fruit, peanut butter and salmon. Bring proof of 2011 income and Social Security cards of everyone in the household. Funded in part by the DHS.

Looking Back and Planning Forward will be the theme of the La Coterie luncheon set for 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, at Demos restaurant on Legends Drive, Lebanon. For information, call 444-1241.

Annual Community Fish Fry, hosted by Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 7463 Hickory Ridge Road, Mt. Juliet, will be on Saturday, Sept. 10, beginning at 5 p.m. Its an all-you-can-eat dinner.

Norene School Reunion will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. and all former students are encouraged to attend. Bring a covered dish and enjoy an evening of remembering and fellowship. For more information call 308-7515 or 714-3575.

Shoulders Reunion and Genealogical Exchange will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Donoho Hotel in Red Boiling Springs. Hotel reservations, if needed, can be made through email at or by calling 800-799-1705. Lunch will be served about noon. Cost is $12 per person. Other family names being researched and recorded are Clark, Crabtree, Gregory, Snead/Sneed, Strode, West, Wilson, Russell, Ray, Petty, Oldham, Newberry, Jenkins and Hudson. For information, contact Judy Brown at or call (513) 860-4181.

Lebanon High School Class of 1966 football team was the first to play at the current stadium. On Oct. 7 of this year, the last high school football game will be held at the LHS the Class of 66 attended. Join your classmates for the game and other reunion activities on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8. Call 453-4752 for information. Deadline to register is Sept. 7.

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

Fair baking winners announced

From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- Winners were crowned at Saturdays Pillsbury Pie Baking Championship and Fleishmanns Yeast Bake for the Cure Contest at the Wilson County Fair with June Thomas of Lebanon and Tara McGuire of Lebanon taking home first place, respectively.

Thomas baked a Lemon Delight Pie to take home the blue ribbon and a $200 cash prize. She has been competing for 15 years in the Fair baking contest. In her baking career she has earned four grand championships from various competitions.

Recipes were judged for taste, appearance, creativity, ease of preparation and general appeal. Pamela Hemontolor of Lebanon won second place with a Buttermilk Pie and Jane Shaffer of Lebanon won third for her Pantry Fruit Pie.

Also, in the Bake for the Cure Contest, McGuire took home the blue ribbon and $150 cash prize for her Maple Iced Cinnamon Rolls. She entered the contest with her son and daughter.

McGuires recipe will be submitted for national judging and has a chance to be one of three grand prize winners, up for a possible $1,000 prize.

Second place was awarded to Melanie Gnewikow of Mt. Juliet for a Rosemary Olive Oil Loaf and third was awarded to Lois Walters of Old Hickory for Aunt Lois Cinnamon Rolls.

Katie Jenkins of Mt. Juliet won first place in the Fleishmanns Yeast Whole Grain Bread competition with Tomato Basil Pizza and Robert Braun of Mt. Juliet won second place with Honey Wheat.

Make a bowl, make a difference Sunday at FUMC

Wilson County Community Help Center is sponsoring the second community-wide Empty Bowls Luncheon this year, and the first bowl-making event is being held this Sunday, Aug. 21 at First United Methodist Church in Lebanon.

Open to individuals, families, businesses and organizations, the bowl-making event is the first of two before the final luncheon on Nov. 5 at the church. Sunday, everyone will learn how to make their own ceramic bowl to help feed the hungry.

The event will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. and even if you do not paint or make a bowl, you can still purchase a $20 ticket to participate in the luncheon. All of the proceeds will go to help feed those in need.

The Empty Bowls project began in 1989 by an art teacher in Michigan who wanted his students to use their creative talents to help the community. They created ceramic bowls and filled them with soup and gave the proceeds to feed the hungry in their community.

The organization then developed the idea into the Empty Bowls Project and established the Imagine/RENDER Group. Wilson County Community Help Centers Empty Bowls event in 2010 raised $13,000 to feed the hungry. The community made over 600 bowls last year.

If you are unable to attend the first bowl-making event this Sunday, there is another opportunity to participate. The second bowl-painting event will be held on Sept. 18 at FUMC in Lebanon from 1 to 4 p.m. No reservations are required for all three events, including the luncheon.

The luncheon will take place on Nov. 5 at First United Methodist from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and even if you didnt make or paint a bowl, you can still participate by choosing a bowl and eating lunch for $20.

Each person attending the luncheon will receive a unique, hand-crafted bowl and a simple meal of soup and bread. The bowl you may take home to remind you of those in the community who have an empty bowl at their table every day.

For more information, you may contact Brenda Gill at 444-7321 or 306-0441.

Patient's death prompts state probe of health care facility

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
The inspection of a local health care facility by the Tennessee Department of Health found a number of deficiencies and in one case investigated a death occurred.

While blame was not assigned by the state for the death of a patient at Lebanon Health and Rehabilitation Center earlier this year, the Department of Health did find and detail a series of inconsistencies in its report about the case.

The name of the patient is not disclosed in the report received by The Wilson Post on Monday.
Along with this case the state cites other incidents in which deficiencies were found at the health care facility on the Castle Heights campus describing them as immediate jeopardy violations.

According to the report detailing events leading up to the March 8 death of one patient at the nursing home-like center, respondents on behalf of the facility, including a registered nurse, gave inconsistent accounts of when certain information was passed to an attending physician and when an ambulance was called to transport the patient to an emergency room.

The apparent center point of the states investigation in the case involving the death was the patients potassium level which reached critical levels over a several day period.

The resident in question was admitted to Lebanon Health and Rehab on Feb. 7, 2011 and experienced fluctuating potassium levels, which according to the states review of lab reports, frequently required medication to either raise or lowers the potassium levels to stay within the normal range of 3.4 to 5.1 mmol.

State reviews of the residents lab result on March 3 found the residents potassium level to be at 6.0, which is considered high. The state report reads, Medical record review revealed no documentation the physician had been notified of the abnormal lab result on March 3.

Further review of the facilitys records by the state showed the lab result had been faxed to the physicians office on March 7, four days following the abnormal result. In an interview with a registered nurse at Lebanon Health and Rehab, the RN told state investigators the lab repoort was found on a desk at the facility on March 7 and the RN faxed the results to the physician.

In a subsequent interview between the state and the residents attending physician on July 27, the physician denied receiving the lab results and the physician indicated the patients lab results would have been reviewed to ensure potassium was not being given, and that a potassium-lowering medication, Kayexalate, would have been administered.

The physicians office had no records of a faxed lab result detailing the residents abnormal potassium level on March 3.

Saddler wins another truck

LEBANON -- Auburntown's Dwight Saddler (with hat) won the Great Give-Away Tuesday at the Wilson County Fair.

He chose a 2011 Dodge Ram from Rockie Williams' Premier Dodge. From left: Fairest of the Fair Megan Hutto, Randy Lamberson from Randy's Heating & Air, Saddler and Billy Ferrell of Rockie Williams.

Saddler's ticket, picked up from Randy's Heating & Air, was the first ticket drawn. Ironically, Saddler won a Ford pickup truck with the lucky ticket back in 2008 -- making him the first two-time vehicle winner.

A record 32,811 patrons came through the gates of the fair Tuesday night, bringing attendance so far to 263,909.

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