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Annie Bell Knight, 92

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time for Mrs. Knight, 92, of Lebanon.
Mrs. Knight died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of J.C. Hellum Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Charlotte Marie White, 74

A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Calvary Baptist Church on the Watertown Highway for Mrs. White, 74, of Lebanon.

She died Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Lebanon's University Medical Center. Visitation Saturday from 9 a.m. until the service.

Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 615-237-9318

Virginia Bailey Voke, 95

A Celebration of the Life of Mrs. Virginia Ginny & Mommy Bailey Voke are scheduled for 5p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at the Gladeville Community Center with Rev. Robert Spickard officiating. A reception will follow the service.

Mrs. Voke, age 95 of Gladeville passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at her home.

Born March 2, 1916, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she is the daughter of the late Allan and Virginia Foskey Bailey. She was a homemaker and a Methodist. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Edward L. Voke; grandson, Keith Groton; and a sister, Beatrice Wenwrich.

She is survived by two daughters: Ginger (Bobby) Ambrose of Gladeville and Jan Bauer of Chippewa, Ohio; five grandchildren, Derek (Linda) Groton, Troy Groton, Shawn Groton, Tyler Newman, and Jessica (Mike) Hosey; 18 great grandchildren; 10 great great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.


"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Remembering Paterno

It started with a tweet on Twitter.

Joe Paterno is dead.

The tweet went viral, a growing problem that happens all too frequently in this digital journalism world when a supposed news source puts out stories that are not edited, nor checked for facts.


General News

WCHS students take state's first bee-keeping class

Pam Walker, left, teacher at Wilson Central High School, poses with senior Ginger Shrout, who is dressed in a bee suit and holding a completed hive box during class on Thursday.

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post

Students at Wilson Central High School are participating in the very first beekeeping class offered in Tennessee high schools this semester thanks to efforts from local beekeepers.

Pam Walker, who teaches the class, said the idea came from two local beekeepers, Jerry McFarland and Jim Murff, who presented the idea to Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis, also a former beekeeper.

Before the class began at the first of the month, Walker said she and Davis met with Mike Jennings, the school system attorney and discussed liability issues. She said when looking for other beekeeping classes in the state, the Tennessee Department of Education found none.

Every Agriculture class in the state has standards you have to meet, but there are no standards for beekeeping, Walker said.

When students signed up and came into class, Walker made something very clear, you will get stung, she said. They also made sure no students who signed up for the class were allergic to bee stings.

In the three weeks since class started, students have learned the basics about honeybees, beekeeping and all the equipment that is involved. Walker said they have 30 bee suits that cover students head, torso and gloves for their hands.

Since this class is the first of its kind, Walker said they chose a small animal care class of sophomores, juniors and seniors to be the first beekeepers. Theyve all had a basic agriculture class, Walker said of the students.

Thursday, the students worked in the shop with McFarland and Murff to build the boxes that will soon become the bee hives. On top of the lecture and classroom basics, Walker said the students enjoy having a hands-on activity to take part in.

They are learning a lot of science and biology, but they also get to do things, she said.

Walker was surprised to find when she started preparing for the class that there is a large beekeeping community right here in Wilson County. She said the list of volunteers include local beekeepers who come in to talk to the students and doctors who will talk to students about the medicinal benefits of honey.

We hope this class becomes a prototype for other programs in the state, Walker said.

On April 7, 15,000 bees will arrive at the school and be placed in six hives on campus near the schools greenhouses. Walker said they would put proper fencing and signage up around the hives to keep people and animals away.

Once the bees arrive, McFarland said the students would work in groups of four to take possession of a hive and monitor the growth in the number of bees, any honey production and reproduction of the bees.

By the end of the summer, the school could have up to 100,000 bees in the six hives on campus. Walker said she hopes to collect and sell Wildcat Honey as a fundraiser for the schools Future Farmers of America program with the honey the bees produce.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at


General Sports

Byars-Dowdy, C-0 win BLUE League tournament titles

ABOVE -- The Byars-Dowdy boys won the inaugural BLUE League tournament title Sunday, Jan. 22 at Lebanon High, defeating Castle Heights 26-25. Front, from left: Kobe Gwyn, Edmund Stewart, Jordan Collins, Damian Collins, Gabe Hampton and Adam Alageda. Back row: assistant coach Billy York, Allen Martinez, Jeremiah Hastings, Jordan Parker, Xavier Mills, Jackson Carson, Jackson Stafford, Derrick Willey, head coach Arthur Mullis and stats Lisa Mullis.

ABOVE -- Carroll-Oakland won the girls tournament, defeating Castle Heights 13-11, Sunday at LHS. Front, from left: Morgan Jones, Gracie Farris, Rebecca Brown, Aaryn Grace Lester and Lindsay Chessor. Back row: assistant coach Eddie Brown, Maghan Williams, Jorja Smith, Allissa Mulaski, Mackenzie Willis, Bailey Powell and head coach Jannie Mulaski.

Six locals advance to individual semis in state bowling tourney

SMYRNA -- Six Wilson County bowlers have advanced to Saturday's semifinal round of the TSSAA Individual Bowling Tournament underway at the Smyrna Bowling Center.

After the boys quarterfinals, Wilson Central sophomore Kyle Hubbuch (pictured, right) finds himself in third place with a score of 891. He trails second place Chase Smith of Hardin County by eight pins. Hubbach bowled games of: 233, 192, 247 and 219 for an average of 222.75.

Central senior Eric Lane sits in 11th place with a score of 856, an average of 214 after Thursday's quarterfinal round. Teammate John Petty, a senior, is in 22nd position with a first day score of 833, an average of 208.25.

In the girl's individual tournament, Wilson Central senior Laurel Everett is in fifth place with a score of 821, an average of 205.25. She is just four points out of fourth place.

Mt. Juliet ninth grader Hanna Hayes bowled a 760 for a four-game average of 190 and sits in 13th place. Wilson Central's Brittany Sisco is in 19th place with a score of 731 -- an average of 182.75.

The bowling teams from Wilson Central opened play Thursday in the TSSAA State Bowling Tournament at the Symrna Bowling Center.

The Lady Wildcats (20-3) took on Soddy-Daisy (12-2) in a 12 Noon quarterfinal match. Today's winner will advance to a 9 a.m. Saturday semifinal againt the winner of today's Collierville (18-0) - Seymour (11-3) match.

Wilson Central's boys (23-2) will took on undefeated Hardin County (18-0) today at 2:30 p.m. The winner will advance to the Saturday semifinals against either Dobyns-Bennett (18-3) or Soddy-Daisy (19-0).

The following girls qualifed for the individual tournament.

Jenn Fitzgibbons (Mt. Juliet, Sr.) 204.60;
Hanna Hayes (Mt. Juliet, Fr.) 179.60;
Laurel Everett (Wilson Central, Sr.) 186.00;
Brittany Sisco (Wilson Central, Sr.) 180.70.

The following boys have qualifed for the individual tournament.
Evan Schneider (White Station, Jr.) 198.72;
Kyle Hubbuch (Wilson Central, So.) 212.40;
Ric Lane (Wilson Central, Sr.) 212.60;
John Petty (Wilson Central, Sr.) 204.70.

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