By SAM HATCHER
Our community is very upset and rightfully so. Some members of the Lebanon City Council are proposing to eliminate the citys fulltime mayor position.
This proposal represents a significant change in the structure of city government.
It may be a change that is needed, but what bothers many is whether or not the change is being proposed for all the right reasons. Are those suggesting the change doing so with a pure heart?
Are they doing it because they genuinely want a better Lebanon or are they just trying to even a political score?
Is this an issue about what will make Lebanon better? Or is it an issue about petty politics?
This town doesnt need a city manager. The truth be known, it may have too many city managers now.
What this town needs is harmony.
It needs, as one person suggested earlier this week, a few good statesmen who want to serve Lebanon in Lebanons best interest and not for their own personal agendas.
Contact Sam Hatcher at firstname.lastname@example.org
To The Editor:
I live in another community but work in Lebanon. For the two years or so I have been employed in Lebanon I have gained a genuine appreciation for this city.
I have followed with interest the recent developments involving the Lebanon city council and a proposal to remove the fulltime position of mayor in favor of a city manager form of government.
I live in a community now about 40 miles from Lebanon that has a city manager form of government.
My advice would be to keep your fulltime mayor and have someone at city hall who is elected and who can be responsible to those who have elected him to office. A city manager is not elected and therefore is not always responsive to the concerns of good taxpaying citizens.
I would urge you, as I sit from the outside looking in but from one who has had the experience of living in a community with a city manager form of government, to keep what you have.
Lebanon Police arrested a Mt. Juliet woman and charged her with Driving Under the Influence after she allegedly led officers on a chase even though her vehicle had flat tires.
The incident occurred about 10:33 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, when Officer Bill Kennedy responded to a call on Highway 109 regarding a possible drunk driver operating a vehicle that had a flat tire.
A news release from the Lebanon Police Department said Kennedy arrived and saw a vehicle matching the description and that the driver was driving on a flat tire. Kennedy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver, the release said, continued to flee.
Officers pursued the vehicle for approximately 9.2 miles traveling Hwy. 109 northbound then Highway 70 eastbound with pursuit speeds reaching 45 mph. Officers deployed the stinger spike system three times causing additional tires to be flattened, but the driver reportedly continued to flee. Officers were finally able to take the suspect into custody on Noah Street.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Shelli Ann Wolfe, 41, of 618 Creek Front, Mt. Juliet. In addition to DUI, she was charged with Reckless Endangerment, Evading Arrest and Drug Paraphernalia.
Chief Scott Bowen noted that these situations are very dangerous and that the department was lucky that no one, including the involved officers, were injured.
It is so unfortunate when intoxicated people make the poor choice to get behind the wheel of a car and put innocent peoples lives in danger, he said.
Wolfe was released from the Wilson County Jail after posting bond of $7,000.
From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- First Baptist Church is celebrating 190 years of active ministry in downtown Lebanon, and as part of the churchs Servebration, there will be a family reunion worship service at 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18.
A Pre-Service Celebration will be held at 5 p.m. where you can learn about the spiritual legacy of Baptists in Lebanon. A Joint Worship Service will follow at 6 p.m. with the combined choirs of First Baptist and Immanuel Baptist Church.
During the service, hear the testimony of Pastor Jamie Work from Candies Creek Baptist Church in Charleston, Tenn., which recently experienced a spontaneous multi-week revival.
There will also be a United Intercession to pray for Gods Kingdom to come to churches and the city, a church member said.
First Baptist Church is located on East Main Street (recently reopened to traffic), one block east of the Square.
To find out more about how First Baptist Church, Lebanon can serve you and your family, visit www.fbclebanon.org, find it on Facebook or call the church office at 444-3330.
LEBANON -- The National Honor Society at Friendship Christian School is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 1until 5 p.m., in the lobby of the schools Bay Famil Sportsplex.
Donors who would like to schedule a specific time to give may do so by contacting Jackie Pitt at 449-1573.
Almost everyone during their life will know someone who needs a blood transfusion. It may be due to a car accident, trauma, cancer, or blood disorder. There is no substitute and still only one source of blood for transfusion volunteer blood donors.
To learn more about the blood donation process, visit www.redcrossblood.org; or visit www.FriendshipChristian.org.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Lebanon Police have arrested four people in the past two weeks suspected of committing burglaries in the area, a fact that has the police chief quite happy with his officers.
In the most recent cases, Chief Scott Bowen said officers responded to an alarm on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Discount Tobacco Shop at 3761 Hwy. 109 where they discovered the suspect had knocked a hole in the wall to get in.
Officers Jeff Scott and Jay Spicer discovered that cigarettes had been taken and followed a trail of the cigarettes on the floor to a residence at 360 W. Old LaGuardo Road where they saw a fire that had been left unattended.
Scott and Spicer knocked on the door and talked with the resident about the fire and discovered that some clothes had been set ablaze. Shortly thereafter, the officers viewed the surveillance video from the store and saw that there was match between the clothes worn by the suspect in the break-in and those that were thrown in the fire.
The suspect, identified as Jeremy Eugene Frye, 33, of 360 W. Old LaGuardo Road, was arrested and charged with Burglary and Theft of Property Greater than $500.
Frye remains in Wilson County Jail under $35,000 bond.
In another case, Officer Jeremy Johnson came upon a vehicle that had been parked and left unattended near Lebanon Scrap Metal on Cainsville Road on Wednesday. He checked the vehicle and found that it was still warm.
He found the suspect near the Scrap Metal location and talked to him. The officer then checked the business where he determined that a tire tool had been used to break the glass so the suspect could get inside and look for cash.
No cash was reported taken, however a gas can was missing. Bowen said Johnson found a gas can that matched the description of the one taken from the business in the possession of the suspect and placed him under arrest.
The suspect was identified as Thomas Michael Ambrose Jr., 19, of 1390 Gladeville Road, Mt. Juliet. He was charged with Burglary and Possession of Burglary Tools.
Ambrose was released from jail under supervision of a family member.
"In both of these cases, I cant say enough about our officers, Bowen said, noting police have arrested four people in the past two weeks as officers have responded within minutes and found suspects either on the premises or nearby where the crimes reportedly occurred.
Its outstanding police work. All the officers did an outstanding job, the chief added.
Police on Saturday arrested a Gallatin man suspected of breaking into Quality Motors at 416 South Cumberland Street.
Jeremy Ross Taylor, 22, of 1220 Woodvale Drive, Gallatin, has been charged with Burglary and Public Intoxication in the incident.
And officers arrested a man suspected of stealing a cash register and other items from Daniels Market, 1037 Sparta Pike, on Saturday, Sept. 3.
Joshua R. Case, 25, of 307 N. Cumberland Street, Apt. 12, was charged with Burglary, Vandalism Greater than $1,000, Theft of Property Over $500 and Evading Arrest.
Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at email@example.com.
COOKEVILLE -- Anchored by Sam Gatlin's 72, the Friendship Christian golf team finished second in the District 8 tournament 307 Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Cookeville Golf Club .
Gatlin was the 3rd place individual medalist. Also scoring well for Friendship was: Bo Gwynne 75, Austin Godwin 79, John Slaven 81 and Noah Stewart 86.
The team now advances to the Regional Tournament to be held Friday Sept. 16 also at Cookeville Golf Club. Friendship was one of 14 teams entered in the district tournament.
The team is captained by two juniors, Austin Godwin and Noah Stewart, and won nine of its 12 regular season matches this year.
FCS Golf team, from left: John Slaven, Coach Rod Clemmons, Bo Gwynne (holding plaque), Noah Stewart, Sam Gatlin (holding medal) and Austin "Big A" Godwin.