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John R. Hill, Jr. 52

LEBANON--Funeral services were held Saturday morning, Nov. 5 at the First Presbyterian Church, West Main Street, for local real estate executive John R. Hill, Jr. 52. The owner of Buyer Solutions in Mt. Juliet, he died early Wednesday morning, Nov. 2, 2011 at Nashville's Baptist Hospital.

Born in Knoxville on Feb. 10, 1959, he graduated from Lebanon High School in 1977, attended Maryville College, and graduated from Rhodes College in 1982 with a degree in Business.

Mr. Hill started Cumberland Realty with his grandfather, Charlie Lee Teasley, Sr. As Cumberland Realty grew, he took on the Re/Max franchise. Later the company nowknown as Cumberland Real Estate was formed and grew to be one of the largest real estate operations in Wilson County.

He was an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. He and his brothers were Eagle Scouts in Troop 434 of Lebanon. He served as the first Troop Committee Chairman for Troop 643 of Lebanon and remained a Troop Committee Member until the present.

Hill also served on numerous Eagle Scout Boards of Review. He was also Empower Me Day Camps biggest fan -- supporting his wifes efforts to help special needs children.

He was past President of the Wilson County Board of Realtors, named 1999 Realtor of the Decade, and a former member of the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

He was also active in several civic and religious organizations including Rotary and First Presbyterian Church in Lebanon.

Survivors include: his wife Michelle Judy Hill, and children John Reed Hill, III and Rylee Day Hill of Lebanon; his parents John and Bettie Hill of Lebanon and Monteagle; brothers Dr. Keith (Angel) Hill their children Lilly, Mallory, Luke, Jake and Tommy Hill of Elmwood; Hugh Happy Hill, and his children Charlie, Eliza and Mattie Hill -- of Louisville, KY; as well as dozens of loving cousins, aunts and uncles.

Mr. Hill was the grandson of the late Dr. and Mrs. O. Reed Hill and Charlie and Christine Teasley -- all of Lebanon.

Memorial gifts may be made to Empower Me Day Camp (PO Box 672 Lebanon 37088) or the Boy Scouts of America, Middle Tennessee Council Walton Trail District (3414 Hillsboro Pike, PO Box 150409, Nashville 37215).

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.


John Sloan - Outdoors

Of course you know . . .

With the muzzle loading season just about to open, this Saturday in fact and it runs through November 18, I started thinking about some things most deer hunters should know. With an archery season full of opportunities mostly under our belts and now all sorts of options with firearms approaching, here are about a dozen little facts about deer all deer hunters should know. These are facts, scientifically based facts, not myths. See how you do.

You know of course, 20-25 percent of twin fawns have different fathers. Maybe that accounts for more than one buck following a doe even if she is with another buck. Sometimes the bucks are together and sometimes they are separated by several seconds or even minutes. Might make you want to hold off on shooting that first buck. Might also make you want to sit very still if you pop that doe. Best deer decoy in the world is a freshly killed doe. But you knew that.

During their entire life, most bucks sire less than five fawns that survive to six months of age. They fall to disease, predators, cars, and of course, hunters. Think about that. Fewer than five fawns per buck make it to a year old. Hard to fathom is it not?

How many spots do you think the average fawn has? Now I dont know how many fawns some poor grad student somewhere had to count but the average they came up with was 300. Yep, 300 white spots on the average fawn. Why is this important? You may be on Jeopardy some day.

When is a fawn old enough to have a chance against a hungry coyote? Contrary to the belief of many, fawns do have a scent when born. They can be smelled. However, they spend most of their time separated from mom, I suppose to avoid compounding the scent problem. So what happens when a yote or a loose dog comes along? A few days after birth, a fawn can outrun a man. However, it takes a good six weeks to escape a predator.

Know what bio-stimulating means? It means to stimulate life. We hunters refer to it as the rut.

Most of us figure it is the doe that gets things started and she might. However, buck pheromones left at rubs and scrapes and licking branches may be bio stimulating and have a trigger effect on the rut.

See few rubs in your hunting area but know you have a few young bucks? Reason is an area with more mature bucks will have up to 10 times as many rubs as an area with few or no mature bucks. How old is a mature buck? For general purposes, most of us agree anything over 3.5 years is considered mature. Not a lot of them around most places. Therefore, if you see a lot of rubs, you may wish to rethink your hunting strategy. May want to hold out for the old one. Of course, you do know they are much harder to kill. That is how they got mature.

A mature buck will make 85% more scrapes than a yearling and 50% more rubs. However, dont let lots of scrapes fool you. They are not very valuable in terms of killing a mature buck. Scrapes are badly misunderstood in terms of usage and hunting tactics. They are good for gathering information but dont amount to much in terms of killing a mature buck.

Bucks of all ages use scrapes and many individual bucks may use the same scrape. However, they are not used as many think. They have little to do with breeding. The doe does not come along, urinate in the scrape and then walk off to later be followed by the buck and bred. She may well urinate in the scrape though I have never seen one do so. But it is not to attract a buck. Scrapes are communal information centers. I like to compare them to message boards at a local store.

You may find an active scrape, one worked by several individuals, male and female, any time of the year. When I was fooling around with mock scrapes, I often started them during spring turkey season and I used nothing but my own urine. It worked well on several scrapes as long as I had the right location and a good licking branch hanging down.

Human urine works every bit as well as the most expensive bottled product. It is a lot cheaper, easier to carry and easier to refill. No, Im not kidding. It is about all I have used for over 25 years.

The problem with keying on a scrape to try to kill a buck is that 85% of all scraping activity occurs at night. If we are to be legal, we do not hunt at night.

I might as well drop a little more factual info on you in regards to scrapes. There is no such thing as a scrape line. At least, not as we think of one. You may find scrapes in a line but most of the time; they are made by several different bucks and tended by several different bucks.

The old thinking that one buck came along and made a line of scrapes is myth. Of course, you know does make scrapes, too.

Im sure you also know that antlers can grow up to one inch a day during formation. In addition, if you get a piece of a pedicel imbedded in another part of the body, an antler may form there, too. The pedicel is the base upon which the antler grows.

All of this is fact, hard, proven fact. It may or may not help you but it sure will not hurt you to know it. There are a lot of myths in deer hunting. Many of them started by someone with something to sell.

Remember, our muzzle-loading season opens Saturday, Nov. 5 and runs through Nov. 18. No break this year. The limit is three does per day and one buck per day, no more than three for the

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Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - November 2, 2011

I hope you all survived Halloween and all the Trick-or-Treaters who came to visit. This year my daughter was a witch and my son decided to be Spiderman. Halloween ranks second on their list of favorite holidays. (Christmas is hard to knock out of first place!) They love to dress up and of course the candy, candy, candy! I could personally do without all the extra candy in the house because it calls my name when no one else is around

Speaking of calls, Ive decided to write this week about bird talk or in other words, what a birds call sounds like in English. Im always impressed when I am birding with Ray because he can hear a call and tell me what type of bird we are looking for. Ray calls this birding by ear. Please keep in mind that all of these can be translated in several ways. The books and our Bird Guru, Ray, make it seem very easy to pick up on, but I can assure you it takes an open mind and a bit of imagination to pull the English out of a call, so I wish you all luck and hope that you will find this useful.


General News

Fair Grounds, Baird Park removed from proposed entertainment district

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Plans for the Cumberland Center entertainment district have undergone some changes as the James E. Ward Agricultural Center has been removed from the proposed site while city and county officials work to hammer out the details of the development.

During his initial presentations, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead proposed establishing an entertainment district that included the Ag Center where the Wilson County Fair is held, totaling almost 700 acres.

Craighead pointed out the removal of the Ag Center was an effort to make the overall plan more simplistic, and said he also removed the baseball and softball fields in Baird Park from the entertainment district.

Knowing you had two other organizations over there, it muddied the waters a little bit, Craighead noted, referring to Wilson County Promotions and the county commissions Agricultural Center Management Committee.

Larry Tomlinson, director of the Ag Center, also noted with the Ag Center having an oversight committee, it was unnecessary to have it in the entertainment district. Craighead hopes to establish an Entertainment District Authority Board consisting of city and county officials to oversee the development of the entertainment district.

They didnt feel like the Ag Center needed to be a part of that because we already have a board, Tomlinson said. It would just make another bureaucratic hoop to jump through.

Craighead pointed out hes been speaking with numerous county and city officials about the entertainment district since his initial announcement and said the districts borders have changed as a result.

He felt the reduction in size will help the Lebanon City Council and Wilson County Commission approve the creation of the district and ultimately move the Cumberland Center plans forward.

Included in the Cumberland Center plans are a 150,000 square foot events arena that may include a professional, minor league ice hockey team from the Central Hockey League and also 1,500 square feet of convention floor space. The proposed events arena would only begin construction after two milestones have been met and more than 400,000 square feet of retail space is occupied.

The establishment of an authority board and the designation of the arena as a qualified public use facility require approval of the Tennessee General Assembly. A bill has been crafted by the Mayors office to send to the legislature when they reconvene in January 2012.

Under the current Convention Center and Tourism Development Financing Act of 1998, the proposed Lebanon events arena does not meet the definition of a qualified public use facility. The proposed bill would change the definition to match the 6,500-seat center.

If the bill is adopted, a tourism development zone could be created, establishing the entertainment district and the authority board could use incremental sales tax increases within the district to finance the districts development.

Also in the proposed bill, local sales tax revenues within the district would be used to finance development of the Cumberland Center, instead of both state and local taxes. The bill would also amend the law to allow for the creation of the authority board that would dictate how revenues from taxes within the district are used to further the development.

While the process is still in its infancy, Craighead pointed out hes working with the county to set up a meeting to get city councilors and county commissioners in the same room to discuss the future of the Cumberland Center.

Were trying to arrange a meeting with the council and the (county) budget committee or something like that, Craighead said.

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LPD seeks market burglary suspect

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police are seeking a man suspected of breaking into the Raceway Market on Sparta Pike early Wednesday morning, Nov. 2, taking an undisclosed amount of cash and merchandise.

The suspect is clearly seen in the surveillance footage as a white male with short brown hair and moustache wearing a blue plaid button-up shirt and jeans, Det. Chad Jones said in a news release.

The suspect, Jones said, appeared in the footage to be in his late 30s to late 40s. The man was driving a late 1980s to early 1990s model white Chevy or GMC small pickup truck.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is urged to call Lebanon Police Department at 444-2323.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at

Stolen property recovered

The Wilson Post

Information obtained by the Wilson County Sheriffs Department regarding some residential burglaries in the Saundersville Road area of the western portion of the county led to the recovery of a number of stolen items and may lead to the indictments of at least two individuals suspected in the thefts.

Det. Sgt. Jeff Johnson with the WCSD said the stolen property was recovered at a home in Hermitage in Davidson County.

We followed up on information we received that led us to this house in Hermitage, he said Wednesday afternoon.

We got two (suspects) Friday night. They are residents of Davidson County, he noted.

Johnson said the case will be presented to the grand jury which will determine whether to hand down indictments.

The burglaries occurred over a period of months. The items recovered were from recent incidents, he said, and included laptop computers, a 42-inch LED flat-screen TV, several firearms, cameras, a bow and arrows, two Samurai swords, tools, games and other items.

Most of the items have been matched with reports taken at the time the burglaries were discovered. Well be contacting victims as soon as we can itemize it all, Johnson added.

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