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Cornelius "Andy" Andrews, 81

Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Andrews, 81, of Sparta. Mr. Andrews died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 at Alive Hospice at the Skyline Madison Campus.
Interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dean Winston Franke, 89

Mr. Franke, 89, of Lebanon died Dec. 17, 2011.
Graveside services for the US Navy veteran are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at Pine Bluff Memorial Park in White Hall, Arkansas.
Local arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Jeffrey "Scott" Poole, 42

Graveside services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 at Nashville National Cemtery for Mr. Poole, 42, of Mt. Juliet.
A veteran if the US Navy, he died Friday, December 16, 2011. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Paul Howell Davis, 65

A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4 at Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Davis, 65, of Lebanon.
He died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 at the Summitt Medical Center in Hermitage.
Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Jimison Turner, 85

Mrs. Turner, 85, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 at her residence with family and friends at her side.
Services were held Saturday afternoon, Dec. 31, 2011 at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon.
Interment was in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Lebanon's Sellars Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Telling Tales

The Stomach Bug

Ive always wondered what a stomach bug looks like. It sounds like it would be a cute little character that would appear in a Pixar movie. Ive now decided that little twit is anything but cute. Someone should change the description of this menacing little contagion that hits households every year just in time for Christmas. The bug hit us this year with a vengeance. Especially me!


Ask Ken Beck

Singer Phil Collins could have been a Bugaloo

Dear Ken: Who were the Boogaloos? My mom calls me and my sisters that sometimes, and we dont know what she is talking about.

Im guessing your mom is a child of the 70s and must be referring to The Bugaloos, a 1970-1972 Saturday morning TV show for kiddos. The series featured a musical quartet of four teens with British accents. The young actors had antennas and wings and could fly. Their characters were Harmony, a bumblebee; Joy, a butterfly; Courage, a ladybug; and I.Q., a grasshopper. They lived in Tranquility Forest and had an enemy in the jealous Benita Bizarre (Martha Raye). The show was produced by brothers Sid and Marty Krofft and ran for 17 episodes. Among those who tried out for the show was a young singer named Phil Collins, who now must be thankful he didnt win a role.


General Lifestyle

A Fashion Thought: The Real Cost of Beauty2012

The Women in Washington, D.C. have been in the news a lot lately. They were asked and are revealing to us the actual costs for their personal image.

While we were thinking about this, we wondered how you felt about, The Cost of Beauty in your world?

Celebs and women in the news can and do spend millions on clothing, hair and accessories each year. So, how is the money spent day to day? Let us consider their cost of video tapings, wardrobes, makeup, hair stylist, nails, etc., etc.

Hair and makeup can cost $1,500, $1,450, $1,650 + on a clothing stylist, and clothing for the day can be $2,500 to $6,000. Keep in mind that celebs have become addicted to designer clothing, but also know that the designers will the pay celebs to have their photos taken. And when the question of the day is, Who are you wearing? It is the designers who get the publics attention.

Make your New Years resolutions ones you can keep

A New Year is here, and as tradition mandates we are challenged to set some New Year's Resolutions.

What kind of bad habit do you want to kick or goal do you want to achieve in 2012?

I don't know about you, but for me keeping the resolutions I make can be very tough. A few pointers I have found for making Resolutions that are easier to keep are as follows:

Be specific as possible. For example instead of stating only to spend more time with family, say have a game night once a month with my family or volunteer with my child's school team. Be realistic and achievable. Is it really possible to accomplish the goal? Be sure to make well-rounded" resolutions. Take large goals and break them into manageable smaller ones. For example, many people want to lose weight. However, instead of setting the goal to lose 50 pounds start with the goal to lose 8 pounds over the next four weeks or even better 2 pounds this week. Concentrate on things that are truly important to you and that you really want to change otherwise you are setting yourself up for failure. Look for the positive. Set goals that balance, strengthen and nurture your mind, spirit and body.

Once you have decided on your resolutions remember you want to be successful and be able to follow-through on your goals. A few tips for doing so are:

Stay focused on the goal and exactly what you are trying to do. Involve others to help you. A team approach helps keep you on track. Plan time to reach your goals. If your goal is to exercise 30 minutes a day, you must be willing to set the time aside to do so. Prepare for setbacks. Don't let them discourage you; know that some setbacks are normal. Track your progress and reward yourself for small accomplishments.

So get started this year with a fresh new start. Resolve to make your News Years resolutions stick. Keep a positive attitude and you CAN do it one resolution, one day at a time!

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Remembering Henry, Dr. George Robertson pens tribute to medical missionary
For 10 years, Dr. George Robertson and Dr. Henry Farrar practiced medicine together at Lebanons Family Medical Associates.

For 20 years, they worshiped together at College Hills Church of Christ.

Twice, Robertson accompanied Farrar on medical mission trips to Nigerian Christian Hospital near Aba, Nigeria.

Thus, when Farrar died in February 2010 at the age of 83 from complications of a fall that caused a neck fracture, Robertson knew he had to find a way to honor his close friend, a pioneering medical missionary to Africa.

Dr. Farrar was such a great doctor. He did so much good. I just wanted his story to get out, says Robertson, who recently published Remembering Henry, a 120-page hardback book in which Robertson reflects on his friends Christian life and dedication to the sick in Nigeria.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - January 4, 2011

Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season and is ready for some fun in 2012! I am very grateful to the doctors and nurses who took care of our friend and Bird Guru, Ray, this past fall and ensured his future with us in 2012. I hope to see him soon and document his ordeal so you can know what has transpired and how lucky we are to have him.

Ray always told me he had times when he really struggled to come up with a topic for his weekly article. Well, I can totally relate. If you have any particular bird you would like to know more about or an idea for an article, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you. You can reach me at Ive heard from a few of you wanting to know how to get in touch with Ray (since his info hasnt been in the articles). You can reach him via email at or by phone at 547-7371. Im sure he would be thrilled to hear from you.


"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Vandy, Vols feeling optimistic

Although the college football season generates a lot of interest from fan bases and television networks willing to play Monopoly money for ratings, it is the recruiting season that is the lifeblood of college football.

Vanderbilt put the wraps on its football season, with a 31-24 loss New Years Eve in the Liberty Bowl. The Commodores got bowl eligible on the final regular season game.

It was a must-win game, played on the road at Wake Forest and the Commodores wasted little time in securing what I consider its most impressive win of the season.


General News

2011 Year in Review Weather

The year 2011 has been called by some the year of the tornado, and while Wilson County had its share of damage from such storms, the affects were no where near that experienced in other places such as Joplin, Mo., and Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Much of Joplin and Tuscaloosa were leveled during violent weather this past year in tornadoes that were classified as either EF4 or EF5, but Wilson saw damage, too, as a result of an EF2 tornado that moved south of I-40 on Feb. 24, 2011, striking the Bridgestone Distribution Plant off Highway 109, causing a portion of the large buildings roof to collapse, and continuing on toward Highway 231 causing damage in locations on the way.
Council to consider contract for energy cost savings
Lebanon City Council was slated to approve on second reading Tuesday night a performance contract with Johnson Controls Inc., in an effort to allow the company to enact several energy cost saving measures.

The contract, which includes water and gas meter upgrades and replacements, heating and air equipment replacing and other measures, is projected to produce cumulative savings of $11,122,332 over 15 years.

Democratic Women present book to Watertown Library

From left are Mary Patterson, Peggy Simpson, Don Simpson, Hattie Bryant and Cecelia Mayhew, assistant librarian of the Watertown Library; and Annette Stafford, president of the Wilson County Democratic Women.

Wilson County Democratic Women recently presented a book to the Watertown Library.

This is a community project of the organization that donates a book each year to each of the three Wilson County Libraries.

The book presented is entitled Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero by Chris Mathews. The book chronicles the life of President John F. Kennedy and how it shaped him as a President.

The book was presented to the Library in honor of Don and Peggy Simpson, lifelong residents of Wilson County.Don Simpson served Wilson County as County Court Clerk for nine years and as County Judge/Executive (now known as County Mayor) for 20 years.Peggy Simpson retired from American General Life and Accident Insurance Company.She serves as the Coordinator of Wilson Books from Birth, the Imagination Library.The Simpsons live on a farm outside Watertown.

The Democratic Women use this project to honor current and past Democrats and add to the Wilson County Libraries selection of books.

The Wilson County Democratic Women meet the second Tuesday of the month at Ponderosa Steak House in Lebanon. For more information, contact Annette Stafford at 593-4969 or find them on Facebook.


Kenny Martin takes over as Interim City Manager
Mt. Juliet Economic Development Director Kenny Martin has taken over as Interim City Manager with the departure of Randy Robertson.

Robertson left recently to take the City Manager position in Vestavia Hills, Ala.

Im absolutely honored and humbled, said Martin.

Man shot early New Years Day

An apparent family dispute early New Years Day resulted in the shooting of a Lebanon man and the arrest of his brother-in-law.

Although there were few details as to what led up to the shooting, Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said it was some kind of domestic-related incident involving family members.

Officers with the Lebanon Police Department responded to a call at 2:14 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 1, 2012, regarding a shooting at 111B Marks Circle.
Republican Women elect officers for 2012-2013

Republican Women of Wilson County are starting the New Year with a new slate of officers and a new meeting day and time.Starting in January, RWWC will alternate its meetings. In January, the group will meet on the second Monday of the month, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m., at the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce on the Square in Lebanon. In February, the group will meet the first Monday, Feb. 6, at 11:30 a.m., at the Chop House.The new schedule will servethose members unable to attend a daytime meeting. Susan Witcher, outgoing president of the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women installed the RWWC officers at the December meeting. From left, are Witcher, Julie Brockman, first vice-president; June Matthews, treasurer; Mary Stimek, president; Pam Denny, secretary; and Yvonne Hunter, chaplain.


Top Stories of 2011


Wilson County has experienced many significant business additions and development improvements in 2011, highlighted by the arrival of online retailer Amazon, which hired thousands of employees in the fall.

Amazon made the announcement in July that it was to locate a 500,000 square foot facility in Lebanon as part of a larger expansion into Tennessee. The company rented the warehouse space and hired hundreds of local workers.

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