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General News

Josephs Storehouse Food Ministry sets giveaway Saturday

LEBANON -- The Joseph Storehouse Food Ministry will be giving away large wheelbarrows of food including meats and fresh vegetables Saturday, Oct. 29.

The hours to receive food are from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. noon. You receive a number as you drive on the parking and if you have been approved you will get your food when you number is called.

If you come for the first time, bring proof of household income, proof of address and two forms of identification, at least one must be a photo ID. The average income for those receiving food is around $600 a month.

Bob Evans, president of Josephs Storehouse, wishes to thank all financial partners that have brought in several truckloads of food to give away this month. Evans encouraged all volunteers to try and be there to help.

Josephs Storehouse is an agent for the federal US-AID food program and is able to give away frozen meats and desserts from their two, large walk-in freezers and 24 regular freezers. Each wheelbarrow is estimated to hold between $160 and $170 worth of food. They are able to give away about 500 wheelbarrows of food a month.

Evans said the ministry has purchased a refrigerator truck and are able to bring in a lot of fresh vegetables to give away. They also have an addition of 9,700 square feet to be added to the back of the warehouse coming up.

We are presently in a drive to raise the $350,000 to build the addition, but we must keep the money coming to bring in the food above all, Evans said.

He said trailer-loads of food are donated from out of state and it costs about $1,700 to get the food in cartons, pallets and shipped. This accounts for 30,000 to 34,000 pounds of food and Evans said they have rented more warehouse space to bring in extra for the winter.

Also, Evans said they are trying to give away a turkey to each family for Thanksgiving at a total cost of around $2,500. They are looking for donations to help support the effort.

We do not want to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner while knowing that many cannot, Evans said.

LHS grad wins NewSong contest

Singer-songwriter Arthur Alligood, a 1997 Lebanon High grad, took away the grand prize Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Mountain Stage NewSong contest in New York City.

In view of all the amazing songwriters and artists there, it was pretty shocking, Alligood said of his victory. I thought I did well, but there were just so many talented people from across the world there. I wasnt really planning on winning.

Among his rewards for taking top honors, Alligood will record an EP (extended play disc) with hit songwriter and producer Mikal Blue, who has worked with the likes of Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, Five for Fighting, One Republic, Augustana, Jason Reeves and current indie fave Lady Danville. The disc will be released on Brooklyns NewSong Recordings label. He also will perform on the West Virginia radio show Mountain Stage that airs internationally on National Public Radio.

A part of Alligoods inspiration may have been his moms home cooking.

I told him, If you win, Ill bake you a chicken pot pie, and I will bake the judges one too, said his mother, Bertie Alligood, assistant principal at Mt. Juliets Lakeview Elementary.

Apparently the word got around. After he won, one of the judges told Arthur he wanted his pie.

Her reaction when he called home to tell he had won?

The same reaction when he told me he was having twins: I didnt believe itno way. Its been a long time coming. Hes worked hard. He and his wife, Tracy, theyve sacrificed a lot for this. Were very proud of him. Hes a good boy.

Alligood, 32, moved with his family to Wilson County when he was 4 and grew up in Watertown and Lebanon. Now living in White House, he and Tracy, a special education teacher in Sumner County, have three daughters.

At Thursdays semifinals and final round, he performed three of his original songs, accompanying himself on his guitar.

Actually, it was my wifes Ibanez guitar. She lets me borrow it, he said with a laugh. Everyone involved in the contest writes their own material. It is really catered to the songwriter.

Arthur is exactly the kind of artist I was hoping to meet through the NewSong contest. said producer Blue, who will record the project in his Los Angeles studio. While remaining very true to his art, his lyrical and melodic sensibilities make his songs very accessible, and his rich vocal tone captivates the listener. I cant wait to see what we come up with in my studio!

NewSong Co-Founder and Director Gar Ragland said, Arthur was selected from among over 2,000 entries to become this years grand prize winner of the 10th annual Mountain Stage NewSong Contest. His songs are characterized by poetic lyrics and strong, memorable melodies, and he delivers them with a authenticity and connection that deeply engages the listener. This combination of strong performance and songwriting ultimately separated him from the rest of the finalists.

Alligood began playing guitar and songwriting at 16 or 17.

I remember getting a guitar and wanting to make up little songs, kind of an instinctive thing, he said. I went through a phase of wanting to learn other peoples songs, cover songs, but for the most part I wanted to write my own stuff.

He describe his style as a little mix of folk, and Im really going through a phase of old country music and being influenced by people like Hank Williams. I really respect a lot of that music, roots music really, the kind of foundation of what we know as rock and blues. Most of it just comes from early gospel, and I love that stuff too.

The week before the contest in the Big Apple, Alligood performed in California and Nebraska, and he will play Nashville on Nov. 12 and Cookeville on Nov. 15.

The singer-songwriter holds a degree in interdisciplinary studies from Tennessee State University. He has served as a music minister at several Middle Tennessee churches and worked last year as a substitute teacher in Metro Nashville schools.

Alligood said of his goals, I dont have any grand view of fame or any of that. I just would love to make records and see that my family is provided for.
By KEN BECK, The Wilson Post /

NOTE-- Lebanons Arthur Alligood performs at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Dewey House Show in Nashville and at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Backdoor Playhouse at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tenn. He has recorded five discs: Live at Para Coffee, I Have Not Seen the Wind, Full Circle, Under the Gray and Formerly. For more info, go online to
For more info about NewSong Music and Mountain Stage, go to and

Remaining suspect in drug, firearms case arrested

The Wilson Post
Authorities have arrested the remaining suspect in a federal case involving drug and firearms charges against 17 people, the majority of them believed to be members of the Vice Lords gang.

Sterling Reneva Rivers, aka Little Real, 24, of Lebanon, was arrested Tuesday night by agents with the FBI and local authorities in Paris, Texas, said Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen.

Were really pleased to have him in custody, the chief said.

Rivers was one of the 17 indicted by a federal grand jury for their alleged participation in a drug distribution conspiracy and associated violence while reportedly illegally possessing firearms.

The indictments were handed down in September, said U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Jerry E. Martin.

Martin said 11 of the suspects were members of the Vice Lords gang. The arrests also included their alleged drug suppliers, he added.

The investigation was a joint operation conducted by the FBI, Lebanon Police Department, Wilson County Sheriffs Department, Sparta, Cookeville and Metropolitan Nashville Police Departments; White County and Putnam County Sheriffs Departments, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Of the 17 indicted, 11 of them also were from Lebanon.

Rivers was also indicted on related federal firearms charges.

If convicted, they each face a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Bowen noted the arrest and the case are the culmination of a three-year investigation. He said Rivers was originally from West Tennessee but was known to frequently visit Lebanon.

Were very pleased with the investigation, he said, adding local officers working in conjunction with their counterparts in other agencies spent countless hours on the case.
According to the indictment, the conspiracy included the acquisition of large quantities of controlled substances, including, but not limited to, cocaine and marijuana, for distribution in Middle Tennessee.

The manner in which the alleged conspiracy was conducted included actual and attempted acts of violence including murder, attempted murder and assault to protect the gang's criminal operations. The indictment also alleged that members of the conspiracy and their associates robbed rival drug dealers of controlled substances and proceeds derived from the sale of controlled substances, promoted a climate of fear through violence and threats of violence and used and threatened to use physical violence against various individuals.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at
Editors Note: Information from a news release from the U.S. Attorneys Office, Middle District of Tennessee was used in this article. The arrests were first reported at on Sept. 19 and in the print edition of the newspaper on Sept. 21.

Shop locally effort launched

Local officials are bringing Shop Wilson County First to the minds of every county citizen with the unveiling of new road signs and tossing around ideas Monday morning on how to further encourage people to shop locally.

District 19 County Commissioner William Glover, who is leading the effort, showed off brand new signs to a group of local business owners and elected officials Monday morning at Ponderosa Steakhouse, while the group brainstormed about ways to take the campaign to new heights.

We really need to keep the tax dollars here, Glover said, adding, It helps our tax base and it helps our local economy.

The first sign was placed at the intersection of Leeville Pike and Highway 109 in Lebanon with County Mayor Randall Hutto, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead and Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings and Kenny Martin, Mt. Juliet economic development director, tying a ribbon to signify the campaigns goals of having local citizens keep their dollars in Wilson County.

Glover said he hopes to put up the second Shop Wilson County sign on South Hartmann Drive in Lebanon and said hes working with Jennings on a location to add a sign in Watertown. Also, Glover, Martin and Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty are working to find a prime location for the sign in Mt. Juliet.

The first 10 signs and 200 car window stickers for the campaign were purchased by the Wilson County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Director Ricky Rodriguez said the effort fits perfectly in the bureaus Wilson County is the Place to Be initiative.

Were very happy about this campaign, and there are future developments to come, he said.

Sue Vanatta, president and CEO of the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, stressed the importance of uniting the county under this effort and making it less about the three municipalities and more about Wilson as a whole.

She suggested placing a sign at the entrance to every public school in the county, pointing out Wilson County Schools is the largest employer in the county and saying the high level of traffic means the signs will be seen by many locals.

Glover said he came up with the idea while talking with Martin and seeing signs in Martins office that promote shopping in Mt. Juliet. Glover felt the entire county needed to make a push for citizens to buy locally whenever possible.

Businesses can purchase signs to place outside their doors or in their windows to promote the initiative. Glover said the campaign cant begin strong and then taper out. He pointed out the community has to work together to keep local citizens spending in Wilson.

This has got to be something that we keep going, he said.

The campaign is not only to keep local citizens buying in Wilson County, but also to try and influence people living in other counties or other states to stop and shop locally as well. He said they hope to partner with businesses to place a billboard on Interstate 40 to encourage travelers to stop here.

He also showed new car window stickers that he hopes people will see while local citizens may be out of the county working or traveling and maybe influence others to think of Wilson County.

It makes people look at us. They may see that and think, whats going on in Wilson County? It may put Lebanon and Wilson County in their minds, Glover said.

Glover and other county leaders hoped the campaign will be an ongoing process that will expand and possibly include other initiatives besides road signs. Glover and those present at the meeting even discussed a smart card that would encourage shoppers to choose local businesses.

Helene Cash, owner of the Crystal Couture store on the Lebanon Public Square, stressed the need for a marketing campaign to help keep the initiative in the minds of local officials and local citizens. Rodriquez said he would devote time at each monthly Place to Be initiative meeting for the Shop Wilson County First initiative.

Im very proud of our county, and I wanted to have a sign that reflected that pride, Glover said.

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post /


General Sports

BLUE League debuts Oct. 22

LEBANON -- On Saturday, Oct. 22 the inaugural B.L.U.E. (Basketball Leauge Upper Elementary) League games were held at Winfree- Bryant Middle School. The league is made up of 4th and 5th grade girls and boys teams from Byars Dowdy, Carroll Oakland, Castle Heights, Coles Ferry, Tuckers Crossroads, and Sam Houston.

Game 1 - GIRLS: Jasmine Fuqua from Sam Houston Elementary scored the first 2 points in BLUE League history.
Sam Houston 18: Ali Davis 10; Jasmine Fuqua 6; Alyssia Francis 2 points.
Byars Dowdy 4: Kyleigh Burton 2; Jazmin Ninez 2.
5th Quarter - Sam Houston 6, Byars Dowdy 0. Christaney Moore had 4 points and Tristen Neal 2.

Game 2 - BOYS
Byars Dowdy 27: Xavier Mills 16; Jeremiah Hastings 8; Kobe Gwyn 2.
Sam Houston 14:
Polo Phillips 4; Andrew Harper 4; Austin Brown 3 (1st BLUE league 3-point FG); Peyton Flatt 2; Keyvont Baines 1.
5th Quarter- Byars Dowdy 6, Sam Houston 0. Damien Collins 4, Allen Martinez 2.

Game 3 - GIRLS
Castle Heights 10: Addie Grace Porter 5; Emily Sword 3; Jakeisha James 2.
Carroll Oakland 8: Aaryn Grace Lester 4; Allissa Mulaski 3; Rebecca Brown 1.
5th Quarter - Castle Heights 6, Carroll Oakland 0. Riley Painter 2; Akriana Steverson 2, Roshayah Hall 2.

Game 4- BOYS
Carroll Oakland 19: Dustin Hulse 6; Logan Hawk 4; Gavon Reasonover 3 points; Luke Jones 2; Tyler Wiggins 2; Corey Jones 2.
Castle Heights 16: Kameron Davis 9; Thomas Bryan 4; Dawson Allen 2; Braden Reece 2.
5th Quarter - Castle Heights 4, Carroll Oakland 0. Luke Bradshaw 2, Justin Collins 2.

Game 5- GIRLS
Coles Ferry 37: Jenna Manus 10; Antori Anderson 10; Mattie Averitt 6; Emily Jones 4; Sara Strickland 4; Gigi White 2; Anne Marie Heidebreicht 1.
Tuckers Crossroads 3: Haleigh Sutton 2; Landry Dixon 1.
5th Quarter - Coles Ferry 6, Tuckers Crossroads 0. Antori Anderson 2; Sydney Samilton 2; Brooklyn Bilbrey 2.

Game 6 - BOYS
Tuckers Crossroads 26: Ethan Njezic 10; Tyler Hayes 4; Cole Armstead 2; Ethan White 2; Elijah Williams 2; Ethan Chambers 2; Zachary Scott 2; Evan Britt 2.
Coles Ferry Boys 12: Gerik Fitts 8; Levi Sampson 2; Djuan Cragwall 2.
5th Quarter - Coles Ferry 4, TXR 0: Djuan Cragwall 2; Mark McDearman 2.

Tuesday Senior Scramble winners

The team of (from left) John Lovetere, Fred Ray, Larry Wilcox and Mike Wyatt shot a 61 to win the Oct. 25 installment of the Hunters Point Senior Scramble, sponsored by First Freedom Bank. Closet to the hole honors were to: Ronnie Sloan (No. 2), Nick Barnes (No. 9) and Rhoni O'Shea (No. 16).

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