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Billie Sue Jones

Mrs. Jones of Lebanon died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 in the University Medical Center.
Services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Frances Odom Woods, 78

Ms. Woods, 78, of Mt. Juliet, died Dec. 20, 2011.
Funeral services are set for 12 Noon Friday, Dec. 23 at First Baptist Church, 290 E. Winchester St., Gallatin.
Interment will follow at the Woods Family Cemetery.
Arrangements by New Generation Funeral Home, Antioch.

Sandy Michelle Ward, 45

Lebanon's Sandy Ward died Dec. 17, 2011 at age 45. Services have been set for 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway. Interment will follow in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.


John Sloan - Outdoors

My Christmas thoughts

It happens every year,


If it were not for the grandkids, I would just about prefer to skip Christmas. I am not anti-Christmas, Rather enjoy the feeling, just tired of all the commerciality. Besides, through the years, I have had some miserable ones. But I wont go into that.

Jeanne and I pretty much buy whatever we want or need during the year so there is not a lot of anticipation over the box of socks or underwear or the new jogging suit. All are pretty much standard fare. I enjoy watching the GKs destroy the pretty paper. However, I did think of something I would like.

Some weeks ago, via email, Jimmy Holt, Larry Woody and I kicked something around. We mused around about a fishing trip to Center Hill, the three of us. The fact we all either currently or formerly worked or are working in the same field together does not pose a problem. Jimmy and I were on television together for four years and fished the Hill a lot. Larry and I have shared a boat on a few occasions and he worked at the Nashville paper with Jimmy. I think it would be fun for all three of us to go fish the Hill for a couple days. The fact that we are all also getting a little long in the tooth also figures in.

I know my newspapers, The Wilson Post, Gallatin News and the Hendersonville Standard would not object to Larry and me writing about it. Larry, you see, tries to write for the other paper in Lebanon. I hope that would not be a problem for him. I think it would make a good column, one our readers would enjoy. It would give Jimmy something to lie about.

If we can get some water this spring as we did last spring, the lake would be primo. I am thinking-take Jimmys big ole deep breathing boat and spend a night in one of the cabins at Edgar Evins State park. We would fish an afternoon and a morning, not beating ourselves to death, just easing down some of our old favorite banks, lying about the fish we caught there in years past.

We would start on the long, rocky bank leading into the deep cove straight across from Holmes Creek. Dave Ramsey has a shack built on the bluff overlooking that fine cove. I doubt it cost much over a million. Then, we would just whip around the corner to the second cove, the one I have always called, strangely enough, Second Cove. That is a great place to catch spotted bass in the spring and sometimes a crappie will hit a minnow jigged deep.

From there, we might try the left-hand bank coming out of Indian Creek. What a super bank to fish with a medium crankbait in the spring. Lots of rock and mud mix to make it warm a little quicker that some other banks. Porter Waggoner loved to fish that bank, wrote the song, Indian Creek there. My uncle Lester caught his first Center Hill bass there, a largemouth.

Of course, we would have to fish the bank straight across from that. It is called the Jimmy Holt bank. I have no idea why but I do recall a good brown fish I stuck there one late spring afternoon. Mickey Pope and I both estimated her at well over seven pounds. I released her in great shape. I had one explode on a floating worm there, fishing with the Holt one spring morning. Missed the hook set.

That night, I would grill to perfection some superbly marinated deer backstrap. Some garlic mashed potatoes and green beans would fit nicely along side. Id have to have some of Big Birds fantastic squash relish and perhaps a tossed salad. Maybe some butter pecan ice cream for desert. I no longer drink but the boys might enjoy a cocktail before dinner.

I am sure the night will be interesting. I cant speak for Woody but Im sure Jimmy and I sleep poorly. We would have to get our bathroom trips coordinated to fit our prostate schedules.

In the morning, we would start on the right bank of the second cove on the right as you come out of Cove Hollow. That use to be one of Dave Hughes favorite banks and Harold Dotson liked it, too. Those were two of the best smallmouth anglers to ever come out of Hendersonville. I have started my day well there on several occasions. The smallmouth seem to really like both my dark green GitZit and a brown/black hair fly with pork trailer. Early morning with a floating Rapala can be exciting as well. The water jumps up from 90 feet to 18 and is filled with big rocks.

It is a quick jump to the round at the front of the cove straight across from the number two ramp at the park. Boy, that place can be exciting. However, it can be a cold sumbuck before the sun gets to it. I watched Foster Butt shiver the rivets out of my old jon boat many years ago. I thought he was going to freeze to death before we got a fire started. I still laugh about that. We had a ton of fish that morning. I believe it was in early April.

Plenty of good banks to fish and plenty of memories among the three of us. I think it would make a great column. Can you just imagine the stories that would be told? I think Ill get started working on it.

But first, I have a trip back to Alabama with Big Bird for one last try at a bragging size buck. Right now, G-kids will be here soon. I need to get my Ho-Ho on.

Merry Christmas everyone and remember, not all the good presents come wrapped in shiny paper.


General News

First Presbyterian Church sets Christmas Eve service

First Presbyterian Churchs annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24. The Rev. Sherard Edington will preside for the first time this year at the service. Everyone is invited.

IT'S OFFICIAL -- Amazon will create 400 new jobs here

The Wilson Post
Amazon officially announced on Thursday a new fulfillment center to be located in Lebanon, creating 400 new jobs and adding to the hundreds already hired at the companys current facility off State Route 840 and Highway 109.

After months of speculation, the announcement puts an end to Project Tango, which had been the secret title of Amazon during their efforts to find suitable locations for two new fulfillment centers. The company is to build a 1 million square-foot facility in the Park 840 complex off SR 840 and Hwy. 109.

The Lebanon facility, along with a similar facility in Murfreesboro, will create 1,300 new jobs and be an additional $135 million investment in the state by Amazon. With existing facilities in Hamilton and Bradley Counties, Amazon will now be creating more than 3,300 jobs and more than a $270 million in investment in Tennessee.

On behalf of Lebanon, I want to thank Amazon and their partners for their confidence and commitment to our city, said Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead. We look forward to growing this new partnership for the benefit of our citizens, our city and for Amazon.

G.C. Hixson, executive director of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County, said Amazon closed on the property, which was owned by ProVenture Commercial Real Estate, on Tuesday. Hixson said the property is approximately 80 acres.

I would anticipate them being on the ground very soon, they have a very aggressive construction schedule, Hixson said.

In November, bids for the project were opened by the JECDB and City of Lebanon and a contract was awarded to Plateau Excavations, an Atlanta, Ga., company that submitted a bid of $8,495,000. The same company was the low bidder and awarded the contract for the Murfreesboro site as well.

Hixson said the city and county offered Amazon the standard abatement package, which included payments in lieu of taxes on a building with an appraised value of up to $40 million and personal equipment up to $10 million.

The building is expected to be completed and fully operational by Oct. 1, 2012, according to Hixson and at that point in time, he said they will review the abatement package based on how the building is appraised by the County.

Its been a long process and part of that had to do with the property lying in the city and the county, Hixson said.

The cooperation between city and county governments was instrumental in encouraging Amazon to add the new facility to Wilson County.

A project of this nature only occurs when governments, the community and the company work together for the betterment of all, said Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto.

Hixson estimated Amazon would hire an additional 400 employees to go along with the hundreds already hired at the companys current facility. In July, Amazon announced a 500,000 square foot fulfillment center would be located in Lebanon and they signed a two-year lease on a building in Park 840 owned by Duke Realty.

Ty Rogers of Amazons Corporate Communications, said they have hired hundreds at the current Lebanon facility and those workers will be moved into the new building upon its completion to join hundreds more.

Im pleased to see the city of Lebanon and Wilson County work together on such an important project and I look forward to welcoming Amazon and their operation to Wilson County, Hutto said.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at


General Sports

Central tops Perry Co. (Ky.) in Gatlinburg

GATLINBURG -- Wilson Central staged a dramatic fourth quarter rally and defeated Perry County (Ky.) 65-59 in the opening round of the Smokey Mountain Classic Tuesday, Dec. 20at Pittman High School.

The Wildcats trailed 46-38 after three periods, but out scored Perry County 27-13 over the final eight minutes. Coach Troy Bonds team improved to 9-1 on the season with the win.

Dee Oldham paced the Wildcats with 25 points while Conner Brandon knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with 16. Jacob Williams also cracked double figures with 13 points, including one 3-pointer.

(boys) Friendship 48, Montgomery Central 44
NASHVILLE -- Friendship Christian got 13 points from Mark Sandovol and 12 from Dalton Patterson in Tuesdays 48-44 win over Montgomery Central in the East Literature Christmas Classic.

The Commanders, who improved to 6-1 on the season, got seven points from Drew Hutchison and six from Allen Heaston.

Friendship is idle until they play Pope John Paul II Tuesday, Dec. 27 at Middle Tennessee Christian in Murfreesboro.

(girls) Friendship 68, Montgomery Central 67
NASHVILLE -- Down 11 points going into the fourth quarter, Friendship Christians Lady Commanders staged a valiant comeback and knocked off Montgomery Central 68-67 in the East Literature Christmas Classic.

Trailing 52-41, FCS outscored Montgomery Central 27-15 in the fourth period, improving to 3-4 on the season.

Post player Deja Jones had 30 points for the winners while Andi Morrisett drilled a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 23.

(girls) Pickett Co. 54, Watertown 46
Watertowns Tigerettes slipped to 8-4 on the season following a tough 54-46 loss to Pickett County Tuesday, Dec. 20. WHS led 38-32 after three quarters, but watched the Lady Bobcats close out the game on a 19-5 run.

Watertowns Morgan Gartner had 19 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter while Jordan Brewington and Hayley Clark each had seven points.

The Tigerettes will host Monterey tuesday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. in the first round of the Watertown Christmas Tournament.

(boys) Watertown 56, Pickett County 51
KeAnDre Batess double-double (16 points / 10 rebounds) helped Watertown to a 56-51 victory over Pickett County Tuesday night.

Ty Jobe added 10 points while Josiah Smith added nine for the winners. Watertown sank 12-of-16 at the free throw line (75 percent).

The Tigers moved to 10-1 with the win and will host Monterey Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 8:30 p.m. in the Watertown Christmas tournament.

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