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Charles Leslie Callis, 88

Mr. Callis, a lifelong resident of Lebanon, died Wed., November 23, 2011, one day before his 89th birthday.

A member of Immanuel Baptist Church and a World War II veteran, Mr. callis was a farmer who was known as The Egg Man to those who purchased his farm fresh eggs for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Leeman and Elizabeth York Callis, his first wife, Jean Wright Callis, his second wife, Ruth Hawkins Callis, an infant son, Charles Houston Callis, and daughter-in-law, Theresa Lening Callis.

He is survived by three sons, Eddie (Brenda) Callis, Robert (Marilyn Sutherland) Callis, and Tommy Callis, step-son Woode (Susan) Hawkins: grandchildren Gloria(Marvin) Maphet, Tracey (Sean) Swearns, Marianne (Chris) Mandrell and Matthew Callis, great-grandchildren, William, Benjamin and Sarah Griffith, Kris Cayce and Dylan Swearns; and great great-granddaughter Lily Griffith.

He is also survived by his sister, Irene Callis Eskew and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers: Donald Eskew, David Eskew, Douglas Eskew, Jim Wright, Mark Wright and Eric Wright.

Visitation with the family will be Friday, Nov. 25 from 2 until 6 p.m. and for one hour prior to the funeral service at Partlow Funeral Chapel in Lebanon at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011.

Pastor John Hunn and Bro. Carl Jones will officiate the services. Interment, Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Mr. Callis memory to the Boy Scouts of America, Brooks House, or a charity of choice.

Arrangements by PARTLOW FUNERAL CHAPEL (615) 444-7007 OBITUARY LINE (615) 444-7700.


General News

BDES spelling champs

Students in grades 2-5 at Byars Dowdy Elementary recently competed in the school-wide spelling bee. From left are the top six winners: First place-Ronan Briscoe (5th grade), Second place-Tony Tilley (4th grade), Third place-Ashlynn Baker (4th grade), Fourth place-Breanna Buhler (3rd grade), Fifth place-Matthew Shreeve (4th grade), and Sixth place-Jhonathan Roman (3rd grade). All six students will go on to compete in the county-wide spelling bee that will be held at Winfree Bryant Middle School on Feb. 3 at 9:30 a.m.

NWS calls for snow Sunday, Monday

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Snow is the forecast to wrap up this holiday weekend according to the National Weather Service, with showers expected on Sunday and Monday to accompany lower temperatures.

Saturday looks to be cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain and the probability moving up to 70 percent that night with 10 to 15 mile-per-hour winds and gusts up to 25 miles-per-hour. Saturdays high is expected to reach 66 degrees and the overnight low around 45 degrees.

Showers are again likely on Sunday with cloudy skies and a temperature drop to a high of 49 degrees. The chances of precipitation are 60 percent and an overnight low of 36 degrees brings a chance of snow into the mix Sunday night.

Temperatures are expected to stay low to begin the week with a high on Monday near 44 degrees and an overnight low of 33 degrees. Rain and snow showers are again possible Monday and Monday night with chances of precipitation at 50 percent during the day and 30 percent overnight.

Although the forecast calls for snow, meteorologists with the National Weather Service indicated no snow accumulation was expected going into the weekend, but with a cold front coming in Saturday night, the chances of accumulation may increase.

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WCSD recovers stolen goods

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
In an investigation spanning three law enforcement agencies and four counties, the Wilson County Sheriffs Department recovered thousands of dollars worth of stolen items and has one suspect in custody in a string of home burglaries over a period of several months.

This was a joint investigation between the Wilson County Sheriffs Department, Sumner County Sheriffs Department and Rutherford County Sheriffs Department, said Detective Ricky Knight of the WCSD.

Items recovered included 14 guns, ranging from pistols to hunting rifles, shotguns and even an AK-47, which Detective Jeff Johnson is legal to own only if it is not fully-automatic.

Also recovered were six flat screen televisions, multiple power tools, bags and pillowcases full of jewelry, video games, DVDs and more. The detectives estimated the items were worth several thousands of dollars.

In addition to the recovered stolen items, the WCSD arrested Keith Douglas Wooten of 5961 Beckwith Rd, Mt. Juliet, on Nov. 18 on one charge of aggravated burglary and one charge of theft of property.

We recovered some of this from a home in Wilson County and more from a home in Davidson County, Knight said.

The items were stolen from homes in Wilson, Sumner, Williamson and Grundy counties and Detective Tim Bailey of the Sumner County Sheriffs Department noted some of the items have been identified to be from a home burglary reported on Sept. 20.

A lot of it has been identified by us, Grundy County Sheriffs Department and Williamson County, Knight said.

Knight said the items were all stolen from multiple homes and said they expect to make additional arrests of multiple suspects in the next several weeks. Wooten remains in custody at the Wilson County Jail and Knight said all of the items will be stored in Wilson County.

He pointed out if anyone had purchased items from Wooten recently to notify the authorities as it could possibly have been a stolen item. Knight also said they will be contacting victims to help return the stolen property to its rightful owners.

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General Sports

Cookeville next stop for tonight's winners

Squeezing out one more victory means a trip to the promised land -- Cookeville and the 2011 BlueCross Bowl -- for the winners in tonights TSSAA football semifinal games.

A pair of 13-0 teams will square off tonight in Mt. Juliet as the Golden Bears will host Memphis Whitehaven in the Class 6A playoffs.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Live radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9 and on the Internet at

Whitehaven is on quite a roll, having won 25 of the past 26 football games going back to last season. The Tigers lost 10-7 to Smyrna in the 2010 semifinal game and was one of four No. 1 seeds to reach the TSSAA semifinals in the Class 6A division.

Last week, Whitehaven extended its season with a 31-14 victory over rival White Station.

"Whitehaven is the best team out of Memphis, and that says a lot," said MJ coach Roger Perry. "From what I've seen on film, they are a very solid football team, especially on the defensive side of the ball. They've got a really good 1-2 punch at tailback and quarterback -- certainly the fastest team we've played this season."

Of course, one of the other top seeds is Mt. Juliet.The Bearsderailed an inspired Brentwood High team last week 34-21 -- rolling up 379 yards in total offense and 17 first downs. Mt. Juliet must avoid another penalty-plagued game as last week the Bears were flagged 11 times for 114 yards.

Friendship Christian, fresh from a nail-biting 21-20 overtime win at Boyd Buchanan last week, the Commanders will try to win a third straight Class 2A playoff game on the road at 9-4 Oliver Springs in Roane County. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST.

Coach John McNeals 10-3 team is back in the semifinals for the first time since the 2006 season while OSH has reached the final four for the first time in the programs history.

Many observers feel the Commanders are now playing with house money after Brennan Swindolls fourth down scramble was ruled a touchdown last week vs. Boyd Buchanan.

Oliver Springs advanced with a 20-10 victory over Oneida. A trip to the semifinals seemed nearly impossible just over a month ago, as the Bobcats stood at 4-4 on the season following a 45-19 loss at the hands of Sunbright.

But since that game, OSH is 5-0 -- outscoring their opponents 178-58.

Prep hoops from Wed., Nov. 23

ANTIOCH -- Mt. Juliet's Lady Bears rolled to an easy 84-21 victory over Maplewood High Wednesday in the 7th annual LeRoy Wright / Civitan Tournament at Cane Ridge High Wednesday evening.

Senior post Caya Williams led the way with 18 points while ninth grader Jamasha Jackson added 12. Barianne Taylor, Sydney Rau and Sally McCabe each had 10 points as MJHS improved to 3-0 on the season.

MJHS was to play Hillsboro Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the tournament semifinals.

The Golden Bears of Coach Troy Allen hammered Antioch 70-50 Wednesday in their Civitan Tournament opener.

Chandler Frazier drilled four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 22 points as Mt. Juliet improved to 1-2 on the season.

C.J. McEwen had 17 points while DaShawn McMurry added 14 and T.J. Bell had 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

The Bears will play Hillsboro Friday at 1 p.m. in the tournament semifinals.

CHAPEL HILL -- Watertown High's girls dropped to 3-1 on the season following Wednesday afternoon's 49-40 loss to Loretto in the opening round of the Forrest Thanksgiving Classic.

Margan Gartner had 22 points for the Tigerettes while Hayley Clark had eight and Jordan Brewington nine.

Watertown was in action Friday morning vs. Summit in a consolation bracket game.

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