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Showing 10 articles from September 20, 2011.


Debi Haralson, 55

LEBANON -- Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Haralson, 55, of Lebanon are incomplete at this time. Mrs. Haralson passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at her home.

Born October 14, 1955, in Guthrie, OK, she was the daughter of Claude and Mary Edgar Farley of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Dallas Haralson; and sister-in-law, Janet Haralson -- both of Lebanon.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.

Frank Patton, 68

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 12 Noon Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Patton, 68, of Old Hickory. He died Sept. 18, 2011.

Interment will follow at Robertson County Memorial Gardens in Springfield.

Survivors include: sons Eddie (Angel) Patton of LaVergne and Tracy (Rhonda) Patton of Hendersonville and daughter Tynya Patton of Nashville. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and a great grandchild.

Mr. Patton was preceded in death by his wife, Jaynie Seay Patton, and his parents, Bennie and Cartie Kantrell Patton.

Arrangements are in the care of Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Janice H.Harris, 59

OLD HICKORY -- Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon, Sept. 19 at the Hermitage Funeral Home for Mrs. Harris, 59 of Mt. Juliet.
A member of Donelson Church of Christ, she died Friday, Sept. 16, 2011.
Interment was in Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: her husband of 33 year, Robin H. Harris; son Rob Harris; sisters Brenda Preuett and Alicia Hunter; brother Mitch Mello.
Family and friends served as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Hermitage Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens.

John Robert Adkins, 71

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon, Sept. 17 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Adkins, 71, of Mt. Juliet.

A member of Green Hill Church and an avid Atlanta Braves fan, he died Sept. 15, 2011. Mr. Adkins did outdoor cooking each year in Fiddlers Grove at the Wilson County Fair and for the Mt. Juliet Homecoming.

Services were conducted by Brother August Ruff. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife of 49 years Jessie Hasty Adkins of Mt. Juliet; daughters Kim (Mike) Swett of Brentwood and Tammy Adkins Davis of Smithville; brother Richard Adkins of Lebanon along with grandchildren Dusten Gardner, Daniel Adkins and Julia Swett.

Mr. Adkins was the son of the late Virgil and Corinne Pittman Adkins. He was also preceded in death by his brothers Homer Adkins and Paul Adkins.

Pallbearers included: Robert Evans, Roger Hunley, Billy Prince, Don Vickers, Richard Kendall, Houston Stanton, Jimmy Allmon and Kirk Nelson. Honorary: Dr. Eric Raefsky, Dr. Jon Levine and Dr. Steven W. Cooper.

Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road, was in charge of arrangements.

Judy Ann Richards Smith, 65

NASHVILLE -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Spring Hill Funeral Home for Mrs. Smith, 65. Born Sept. 15, 1946 she died Sept. 19, 2011.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: husband George Hoke Smith; son Carl Tinch; daughter Tracy (Todd) Patterson; grandchildren Michael Adams, Dakota Tinch, Dallas Tinch and Deano Richards; three brothers, three sisters; many nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

Thanks to all of the employees of Originals Hair Salon and Debbie Campbell for her loyal dedication while Judy was recovering for so long.

Pallbearers: Michael Adams, Dakota Tinch, Dallas Tinch, Deano Richards, Derrick Hammond, Jake Carter, Lando Carter, Jerry Lee Clinard, Scotty Tobbitt, Lee Richards, Bart Rader, Austin Dillard, Bobby Smith and James David Smith.

Arrangements by Spring Hill Funeral Home.

Stella L. Lanier, 81

OLD HICKORY -- Graveside services were held Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 20 at the Hermitage Memorial Gardens for Ms. Lanier, 81. She passed away on Sept. 18, 2011 with a long and hard bout with cancer.

Services were conducted by Brother Buck Dozier.

Survivors include: nephews John T. Morgan (Chris), Wayne Morgan (Joy) (Niki); niece Brenda Lanier; great niece and longtime care giver Susan Dee Dee Morgan; great-nephew Mike Morgan (Ashley) Maddox.

She loved all people and all pets especially her cat X-man. She was a homemaker and caregiver herself for all her deceased family; parents Alvin and Bessie Lanier; brothers Wallace and Howard Lanier; sisters Louise Morgan and Ruth Lanier.

The family would like to thank all the nurses and Sumner County Hospice, Dr. Michael Lee and family friend, Missy Dassel for helping at anytime.

Arrangements by Hermitage Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens.


Telling Tales

The audacity of being real

By BECKY ANDREWS, Wilson Living Magazine
Raise your hand if youre perfect. If youve never made a mistake, raised your voice at your children, husband, friend or parent, cursed at an idiot driver, cursed at an idiot driver in front of your children, lied about your age, weight (or in Angel Kanes case), your height, drank or ate too much. If you did raise your hand, pat yourself on the back.

Liar! Seriously, most of us have made one or more errors in judgment. That is life. And for someone to admit that they are not perfect, well this is the first step to being real. That takes a lot of audacity, being real.

I admit I, Becky Horan Andrews have made a fool of myself on more occasions than Id like to admit. And trust me if there were no witnesses to some of my little embarrassments, I would gladly lie and say, No, I would never drink a little too much red wine and call my best friend a Polly Pocket. OR In college we spent those years, reading the bible, praying and eating milk and cookies. But alas, Im a little too transparent. If there is something youre embarrassed about, trust me, Ive probably got a story that will make you feel better.

I foolishly thought that when I graduated from college, I also earned a degree in adulthood that somehow would guard me from making mistakes or making a fool of myself. Wouldnt that be nice?

Not long after my husband and I purchased our first home, I wanted to sell it. It was too far from everything, we didnt have neighbors AND we couldnt get cable! We were living like animals. But I had no one to blame but yours truly. My dear sweet husband reminded me of this one day after I demanded we sell our home even though wed only bought it 6 weeks prior. He was right. I remember calling him to tell him I found our first home. He loved the house and location but kept asking me, Are you sure, theres not much around? I thought Id made the biggest mistake of my life. But then we settled in, had two little boys, made a ton of memories and eventually got cable.

I quit my job in television news not long before I gave birth to my oldest child. I was living in a different state from my husband and really wanted to be home. I couldnt justify a 3 hour one way commute. When my arrival date approached, I knew my unborn child would have to weigh at least 10 pounds to explain the amount of weight Id gained. When he arrived, the first thing I thought was not, Oh he is so precious. I love him so much. Nope, instead I thought, Hes not 10 pounds. Oh God, that little twit of an obstetrician was right, potato chips should never be considered a vegetable! But it turns out my little boy was just the perfect size, even if his mother wasnt.

Its impossible to glide through life perfectly. Theres not much fun in that anyway. Whats the use of gaining life experience and not sharing it? Its tough when we mess up but, its a tragedy when were not honest about it. Being real is a beautiful thing Who knew!?



Ask Ken Beck

Kevin Costner to feud in The Hatfields & McCoys

Dear Ken: What project is Kevin Costner working on next?
Costner, 56, will star as Devil Anse Hatfield in the History Channel miniseries The Hatfields & McCoys: An American Vendetta. Also appearing will be Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy. The miniseries will cover several generations of the rivalry between two families, one in Kentucky and the other in West Virginia. Everyone knows the legend of the Hatfields-McCoy feud, but few know the true story of what occurred to make the two families become mortal enemies, Costner told journalists earlier this year. It is set to air in 2012, the 150th anniversary of the bitter and deadly feud. Most recently, Costner has been filming Man of Steel, a 2013 release about Superman with Henry Cavill in the title role and Costner as the superheros Earth father, Jonathan Kent.


Wilson Living

Wilson Living Today - Sept. 21

By BECKY ANDREWS, Wilson Living Magazine
Whos hungry? If youre new to the area or not you need to run (dont walk) to the 3rd Annual Taste of Wilson County. Here you will get to sample fare from some of the areas finest restaurants and catering companies.

Wilson Living will be there and just like last year and the year before, we will be giving away tickets to Taste. We will be giving away 2 tickets every weekday on Facebook beginning on October 6th. The only catch is you have to be a fan of Wilson Living. Its free so whats the holdup?

The kids will be on Fall Break soon. Can I get an AMEN? If youre wondering how to keep the kids busy without breaking the bank, weve got the ideas youll need. We will be adding a new link to our website that can help you navigate all the fun inexpensive activities in or around Wilson County.

Visit and click on the Family Fun link. Not only will we have reviews for some great activities we will also be adding some great coupons. If you know of great day excursions, email us at and well add it to our site.

We have two special events coming up in the coming weeks. Gardens on Main will be hosting an open house on Saturday, October 1st. You can eat, drink and win fabulous prizes including an Apple IPad. Dont miss this event. For more information, call 615-547-4900.

We are so excited to about the Womens Health Expo we will be hosting the event with Summit Medical Center on Saturday, October 1st from 8am-Noon at Summit campus. The event is specifically designed to offer women valuable information about the latest in health information in addition to fun activities such as massages, fitness demonstrations, door prizes and more!

And what about the Wilson Living Holiday Expo? We are so excited and humbled at all the calls and reservations we are getting for this years event. We have just about reached capacity so if you havent made your reservations call 615-969-6751 today!

November 18th and 19th are the dates for this years event. But weve added two new events that will excite children and adults. A special pre-opening shopping event will be held Thursday evening before the expo from 5pm-9pm. This invitation only shopping extravaganza offers guests the opportunity to beat the crowds and get the first choice of items from our many vendors.

Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door and all guests, regardless of age, will need a ticket. If youd like to be added to the mailing list and receive an invitation to the Pre-Opening extravaganza call 615-969-6751 or email

In addition to fabulous giveaways, we will also host a very special Breakfast with Santa. This sit down breakfast will be held on Saturday, November 19. Times are available from 8am-11am. For ticket information, call 615-969-6751

Until next time, keep reading!



Calendar - Sept. 21

Government Meetings
Lebanon Beer Board will meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, to consider the application of Akash Inc. d/b/a Zips 2 located at 1110 South Maple Street, Lebanon, for off the premises consumption, and Tisha Lynn Redway d/b/a The Music Box located at 941 Carthage Hwy., Lebanon, for on the premises consumption.

Wilson County Commissions Insurance Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, in Conference Room 1, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

Lebanon City Council Public Works/Transportation Committee will meet at 7:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 26, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.

Wilson County Commission Ag Management Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Gentry Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon.

Wilson County Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon. Prior to the meeting, the board will meet in a work session at 4 p.m. to discuss the building program. (The previous work session set for Sept. 23 was changed to Sept. 29.)

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