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Doris G. Fowler Haynes, 83

Mrs. Haynes, 83, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 in Lebanon.
Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.
Interment will follow in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Emmie Worley Jarrett, 98

Mrs. Jarrett, 98, of Gallatin and formerly of Lebanon, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin.
Services were held Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 24 at the Phillips-Robinson Funeral Home, Nashville.
Interment followed at the Spring Hill Cemetery.
Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Linda Ann London Jackson, 61

Mrs. Jackson, 61, of Mt. Juliet, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.
Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Thursday, January 26th at Christ Church Cathedral, 900 Broadway, Nashville, with committal to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Arrangements by Mt. Olivet Funeral Home, Nashville.

Martha Angeline Huffines, 81

Mrs. Huffines, 81, of Lebanon died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012.
Services were held Monday, Jan. 23 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.
Burial followed at the Ridgewood Cemetery in Carthage.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Matthew Richard Seckinger, Sr., 77

Mr. Seckinger, 77, of Old Hickory died Jan. 20, 2012.
Graveside services are planned 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Nashville.
Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.

Paul Anderson Cartwright, 67

Mr. Cartwright, 67, of Mt. Juliet died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at Hermitage Hills Baptist Church, 3475 Lebanon Pike.
Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet.

William Donald Nicholson, 75

Mr. Nicholson, 75, of Mt. Juliet, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.
Funeral services will be private for the family.
Arrangements by Hermitage Funeral Home, Old Hickory.


Telling Tales

One of THOSE Moms
Not being an athlete, Ive spent most of my lifein the stands.

When I was younger, I remember attending my brothers soccer games. And it went something like this

Wed walk in. Dad would pay for Mom and I. Mom would find her spot on the bleachers. Dad and I would sit three rows behind her.

The game would startwhich meant within minutesso would my mother!


Ask Ken Beck

Jerry Lewis hopes to go Nutty on Broadway

Jerry Lewis hopes to go Nutty on Broadway

Dear Ken: We heard that The Nutty Professor is going to Broadway. If so, when will it premiere?

Jerry Lewis, who wrote, directed and starred in the original Nutty Professor in 1963, has been working on a Broadway musical version for a couple of years (with a score by Marvin Hamlisch). He would love to have it on the Great White Way before the end of this year. Born Joseph Levitch in Newark, N.J., Lewis, 85, has five sons, a daughter and a son that is deceased. As for remakes, John Travolta is interested in updating Lewiss 1965 film The Family Jewels.


General Lifestyle

God cares about littlest things of our hearts, a.k.a. Cadbury Eggs
For years my truest friend would get me Cadbury Eggs for my birthday and Easter. When I became addicted life changed and I no longer wanted life. This True friend then became the friend who sticks closer than family she reached out, grabbed hold of me, rescuing me not for her, not for me, but for God!

You should see her when she buys these eggs she holds them out like they stink and says "yuck" repeatedly. I torture her by slowly eating them in front of her. We end up laughing and laughing.

Hannah Agee holds the reins
Norenes Hannah Agee, 19, has been a horsewoman since before she was 2. So to those who know her best, its no surprise she earned a partial scholarship as a member of the Western riding team at West Texas A&M University.

To some degree, the 2010 Lebanon High School grad was simply following in the trail of her father, Neal Agee, an avid horseman, and sister Whitney, who also rode for the Lady Buffs in Canyon, Texas, near the panhandle city of Amarillo.

Ill second this!

Why on earth do we say second guess? Its familiar to everyone, but how did it get started? Does anyone know? Thank you!

-- Ignorance Can Be Bliss, But Not Always

To answer one of the questions right off the bat, yes, someone thinks he knows the origin of the expression second-guess. In The Phrase a Week Newsletter I receive from (I do a lot for you reader lot) I found the following about second-guess, which is hyphenated in an American dictionary, too.

Meaning 1. To criticize and offer advice, with the benefit of hindsight. 2. To foresee the actions of others, before they have come to a decision themselves.

Take charge of diabetes

Diabetes is a disabling, deadly disease and on the rise in Tennessee.

Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in Tennessee.

More than 8 percent of Tennesseans have reported having been diagnosed with diabetes.

Diabetes is the primary cause of blindness, non-traumatic amputations of lower extremities, and kidney failure among adults.

Diabetes Control and Complications Trail showed that keeping blood glucose levels close to normal slows onset and progression of eye, kidney and nerve diseases caused by diabetes.

Diabetes is a costly disease in Tennessee. One in seven health care dollars is spent on diabetes care in the United States. Diabetes accounts for 27 percent of this country's entire Medicare budget.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - January 25, 2012

White Crowned Sparrow Ray was waiting on his front porch for my arrival to do some birding this past week. He wanted to get out and do what he loves to do, so we were soon on the road. We spotted quite a few Cardinals, Juncos, Robins and Chickadees, but we were soon very impressed by a huge flock of about 100 or more turkeys out in a cow pasture. I see turkeys quite frequently but it usually consists of about 15-20. This group was just amazing in size and obviously in a good location.


Guest Column

City council hurting growth

Frustration: a deep chronic sense or state of insecurity and dissatisfaction arising from unresolved problems or unfilled needs; to make ineffectual: bring to nothing: impede, obstruct. (Merriam-Webster).

This is the feeling I have with the Lebanon City Council, not only on the latest issue of the Entertainment District but their inability to lead, cooperate, compromise, budget or plan for the future of Lebanon.



Community Calendar, January 25 - February 1, 2012

Celebrate Recovery: If you suffer from addiction/dysfunctional behaviors (hurts/hang-ups/habits) and would like a safe place to meet with others like you sharing your struggles, strengths and hope with one another to grow closer to God and others, then you are invited to Fairview Church, 1660 Leeville Pike, Lebanon, from 6:30 until 8 p.m., Thursdays. For information, call Sonny at 707-0305 or email


General News

Dolly Parton to open Nashville Theme Park

Dolly Parton and Gaylord Entertainment announced yesterday afternoon that they had entered into a 50/50 joint venture to develop the first phase of a new Nashville amusement park on 125 acres of land across Briley Parkway from Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

This is going to be so special. Its a gift for everybody, Parton told the press yesterday on her 66th birthday.
Lebanon officers thwart burglary attempt

An attempted break-in at a local store was thwarted by Lebanon Police officers who then arrested the suspects, one of them on parole for an attempted murder conviction.

Officers Chris Luna and Allison Steely responded to a call at about 9:56 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Freds Discount and Pharmacy located at 230 East Gay Street where they caught two suspects allegedly trying to break into the store.

Lebanon posts solid sales tax gains

Wilson County received $2,706,275.43 in local option sales tax receipts in November 2011, with Lebanon receiving the highest revenue from sales taxes than any other local government, according to data from the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

In December 2011, Lebanon had a net collection of $1,351,422.80 in sales taxes and Mt. Juliet had a net collection of $1,086,332.61. Wilson County collected $252,181.48 and Watertown collected $16,338.54 for the month.

MJ Senior Center to host Grand Gala

Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center will hold the Grand Gala on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 6 9 p.m., at Cooks United Methodist Church 7919 Lebanon Road.

The event will feature the music of The Bonna Brothers, a 70s acoustic band.

The banquet will include a full prime rib or chicken entre compliments of the morning Rotary Club of Mt. Juliet. The morning Rotary Club is an ongoing supporter of the senior center and this annual event.

Photos: Amazon begins construction

Heavy machinery and about 50 construction workers from Plateau Excavation, Inc. of Atlanta, GA, are busy moving earth and getting land off State Route 840 and Central Pike ready for the next phase of building a one million square feet facility for Amazon. The land is expected to be pad-ready in the next 90 days.

Railroad Authority reports economic boost

Based on a report presented at the regular quarterly meeting of the Nashville and Eastern Railroad Authority Thursday, the local economy is realizing a boost.

Stephen Drunsic, senior director with the Nashville and Eastern Railroad, told members of the Authority's board that 2011 "was a good year" for the railroad.

Drunsic's comment came following a report showing a significant increase in the number of carloads of freight managed by the railroad in 2011 compared to 2010.

Sen. Beavers' bill won't stand constitutional test

A bill introduced in the state senate by District 17 State Sen. Mae Beavers is raising questions from members of the legal and academic communities who say that the intent of the legislation is in violation of the state and U.S. Constitutions.

The senator's bill which would amend state law addressing the powers and jurisdiction of the state supreme court proposes that "The supreme court shall have no jurisdiction to determine the constitutionality of a statute which has been properly enacted by the general assembly and become law" as provided by the state constitution.The proposed legislation also includes similar language for state circuit, criminal and chancery courts.

UMC announces Providence West Medical Center
In what Dr. Harvill Eaton, president of Cumberland University, called a bold, strategic advancement, the school is partnering with University Medical Center to bring healthcare and education to Mt. Juliet and West Wilson County in an announcement Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Providence West Medical Center will be a multi-specialty medical facility located just off Interstate 40 across from Providence MarketPlace. Saad Ehtisham, chief executive officer of UMC, said the facility will later add cardiology, general surgery and orthopedic services.

Wilson Democratic Party to nominate delegates for National Convention

Wilson County Democratic Party will hold elections for candidates to the Democratic National Convention set for Sept. 3-6 in Charlotte N.C.

This election will be held on Saturday, March 10, at the United Auto Workers District Hall, located at 151 Maddox-Simpson Pkwy. in Lebanon at noon. No one will be allowed to enter the convention after this time.

Wilson leaders gather for conference

Wilson County's government leaders mixed with a handful of business and community leaders are gathering at the invitation of a Leadership Wilson group today to learn and discuss how their respective roles may enhance the county's future.

Their day was to begin early this morning when they were to board the Music City Star for a commuter rail ride into Nashville.


General Sports

CU basketball sweeps Oakwood

From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- Cumberland rode the high-scoring efforts of Gallatin's Michael Sweat Monday in a 75-57 victory over Oakwood University Monday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Sweat, a 6-7 senior, lit up the Ambassadors for 24 points going 10-of-12 from the field.

CU, now 13-6 on the season, got a double-double from Nashvillian Lamar Brinkley who scored 19 points and pulled in a game-high 10 rebounds.

For the game, Coach Lonnie Thompson's crew was 28-of-50 from the field (56%) and 16-of-23 from the line (70%).

In the women's game, Courtney Atkinson scored 15 points, Jessica Pace netted 11 and Samantha Harper added 10 points off the bench in Cumberlands 64-24 victory over Oakwood.

The Bulldogs (7-11) won their third game in the last four outings, limiting the Ambassadors (4-12) to just seven total field goals and 16 percent shooting in the contest. Oakwood committed 29 turnovers, which led to 25 Cumberland points.

Atkinson paced the Bulldogs for the third consecutive outing and grabbed seven rebounds. Pace and Harper both recorded eight boards, while Simone Ryan registered nine points and six caroms and Katie Smith added seven points and six rebounds off the bench. Nine of the 10 Cumberland players scored, grabbed a rebound, handed out an assist and made a steal.

CU held a 30-9 advantage at halftime after the Ambassadors netted just four points in the games first 13 minutes. The Bulldogs led 24-4 after an Atkinson bucket with 3:45 remaining in the half.

Cumberland pushed the lead to as many as 43 points late in the game thanks to a pair of free throws by Harper and then another bucket by the junior.

Cumberland heads to Fisk University on Thursday at 6 p.m. and returns to TranSouth Conference action Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mid-Continent University.

Monday night prep basketball results

Monday was a busy evening for two Wilson County high school programs as Watertown hosted Eagleville from Rutherford County and Friendship Christian visited District 8A rival Gordonsville.

Matt Bradshaw's Purple Tigers had little trouble disposing of Eagleville as his team rolled to an early 22-9 lead. KeAnDre Bates paced Watertown with 17 points and Josiah Smith added 15.

The girl's game found Eagleville downing Watertown 56-47. Morgan Gartner had 16 in the loss for the Tigerettes.

Tuesday night action finds Watertown at Red Boiling Springs.

Friendship Christian's girls came out on the short end of a 48-34 decision at district foe Gordonsville High Monday, despite 23 points from junior post Deja Jones.

The Commanders had a much easier time in the nightcap, dusting the Tigers 67-45. FCS raced to a 44-25 lead at intermission and was never threatened in the second half.

Dalton Patterson had 17 for the Commanders; Mark Sandoval 15 and Allen Heaston 14.

FCS will play at Westmoreland on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

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