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Obituaries

Allen Maurice Mercer, 55

Mr. Mercer, 55, of Mt. Juliet, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012.
A memorial service will be conducted 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at Karns Church of Christ in Knoxville.
Funeral services were held Thursday evening, Feb. 23 at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

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Gloria Mary Grace Gomes Dillard, 83

Mrs. Dillard, 83, died Feb. 22, 2012 at Quality Care Nursing Home.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 2-8 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 Noon until the 2 p.m. service.
Interment will follow in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Lebanons Sellars Funeral Home.

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Mr. Fran Moscardelli, 70

A Funeral Mass was held Monday, Feb. 27 at Lebanon's St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church for Mr. Fran Moscardelli, 70, of Lebanon.

Owner and the managing partner of PFP, LLC, in Gordonsville and a director at Cedarstone Bank, Mr. Moscardelli died Thursday, Feb. 23 at Nashville's St. Thomas Hospital following an extended illness.

He was employed by the Rock-Tenn Company from 1969-1999, serving as a General Manager of the Lebanon, Tennessee Folding Carton Plant from 1972-1994, and the Product Manager of the Flexo Division from 1994-1999.

In 1999, Mr. Moscardelli left Rock-Tenn to start PFP, LLC, with his sons.

He was a former member of the Community Board of Directors of SunTrust Bank in Wilson County, a former member and past president of the Lebanon Noon Rotary Club; former board member and chairman of the board (during the construction phase and opening of the hospital) of the University Medical Center; the first campaign chairman and former chairman of the United Way of Wilson County; and member of the Board of Trust of Cumberland University.

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Patricia Ann Pat Fathera, 74

Mrs. Fathera, 74, of Mt. Juliet died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

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Reba Neil Grissim Cooksey, 76

Mrs. Cooksey died Feb. 21, 2012 at age 76.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 11 a.m. until the service on Friday.
The chapel service is set for 1 p.m. Friday, February 24. Interment follows in Cedar Grove Cemetery
Arrangements by Lebanons Sellars Funeral Home.

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Ruth Jarvis, 96

Ruth Jarvis, 96, of Old Hickory, died Feb. 21, 2012.

Funeral services are set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at Sellars Funeral Home, Mt. Juliet.
Graveside service at 3 p.m. at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Mt. Juliet.

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Tamela Michelle Heilman Worley, 52

Mrs. Worley, 52, died Feb. 21, 2012.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service Saturday, Feb. 25.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Virginia Ellen Igleheart Stewart, 89

Mrs. Stewart, 89, formerly of Mt. Juliet, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 in Summerville, SC.
Visitation will be 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb,. 28 followed by an Eastern Star Service just prior to the funeral service.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
Interment will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

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Vivian Arrington Norton, 92

Mrs. Norton, 92, of Lebanon died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 at University Medical Center.
Preceded in death by her parents William Oscar & Vera Sanders Arrington, she was married for 59 and a-half years to Daniel Norton, who also precedes her in death.
Mrs. Norton was a 1944 graduate of Cumberland University, a former school teacher, and a faithful member of College Street and College Hills Church of Christ.
Survivors include: sons Danny (Judy) Norton and Larry (Sherrie) Norton; grandchildren Angela (Randy) Hankins, Lori (Ben) Knox, Mark Norton and Victoria Norton; great grandchildren Colton Willits, Kyler Hankins, Connor Norton and Heather (Craig) Brown; great, great grandsons Cayden and Peyton Brown; as well as many loved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25 from 12 Noon until the 1 p.m. funeral services at Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Dr. Larry Locke and Mr. Coleman Walker will officiate the services. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Active pallbearers: Coleman Walker, John Walker, Robert McCain, T.A. Bryan, Don Vanhook, Eddie Mathis, and Mark Marsh. Honorary: Dr. Christie Witherspoon, Judy Ashe, Dr. Roy Terry, Frank Dudley, David Jackson, Tuesday Mornings Ladies Bible Class and Elders of College Hills Church of Christ.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the College Hills Church of Christ Building Fund, 1401 Leeville Pike, Lebanon, 37087.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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William T. Hill, 76

Bro. Billy Hill, associate Pastor of Lebanons Cumberland Presbyterian Church, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at University Medical Center at the age of 76.
The family will receive friends 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24 until funeral services at 1 p.m. at Lebanons Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 522 Castle Heights Ave.
Interment follows at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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General News

Early votes may rival 2008 totals

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

With only a few days remaining in early voting, 1,740 people have cast their votes during the early period, and Wilson County Administrator of Elections said they have experienced no issues with the new Voter Photo ID law.

So far, an average of 193 voters have participated in early voting in Wilson County, and Warren was optimistic the total could come close to equaling the number of votes cast early during the 2008 Presidential Preferential Primary. The daily average includes senior citizen votes the Election Commission tallied before early voting began.

It may be close, its picked up quite a bit the past few days, Warren said.

In 2008, approximately 4,000 votes were cast early, but in that primary, there was a wealth of candidates to choose from in both parties. That year there were eight Democrats and nine Republicans on the ballot.

This year, there are once again nine Republicans, but only one Democrat, President Barack Obama on the ballot. With the President seeking a second term, many Democrats may not see the point in turning out to vote in the Primary Election. Through Wednesday, only 280 individuals identifying themselves as Democrats had voted early, compared to 1,460 Republicans.

On Thursday, Warren reported that 248 voters visited the polls and said the nice weather helped the turnout, but noted vote totals at the end of last week and early this week have been strong. Thursday marked the highest voter turnout for early voting so far this year.

This past Thursday, 205 votes were cast and 217 on Friday. The first Saturday of early voting proved to be a low point with only 109 votes tallied. However, the numbers picked up on Monday with 134 votes and Tuesday saw 205 individuals cast their vote. On Wednesday, 165 citizens voted early as well.

Warren said there have been no issues at any polling locations regarding the new Photo ID law, which requires registered voters to bring a valid government-issued photo ID with them to the polls for the first time.

In all three locations, we havent had a single problem, its really been a non issue, Warren said.

He attributed the lack of questions or problems to the Wilson County Election Commissions efforts after the law was enacted in 2011 to educate the local community. Several open forums were held last year by the commission, offering citizens the chance to come in and ask questions.

We really did a good job of educating everybody, Warren said.

Early voting continues through Tuesday, Feb. 28, until the polls close at 6 p.m. that day. Warren also pointed out that day is also the last chance for anyone to request an Absentee Ballot for the Primary.

He noted anyone needing an Absentee Ballot can fill out a form at the Election Commission office and said it will be mailed to the voter. The voter must then cast a vote on the Absentee Ballot and mail it back to the commission office.

We have to receive those by 7 p.m., the time the polls close, on March 6, Warren said.

If you are unable to vote early, March 6 is the day to vote in the Primary at your normal polling location listed on your voter registration card. Warren said they will begin setting up all 36 polling locations on March 5.

Local voters can visit three locations for early voting including, the Wilson County Election Commission office at 228 E. Main Street in Lebanon, the Watertown Community Center on Sparta Pike and the Mt. Juliet Community Center at 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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Property taxes due Wednesday, Feb. 29

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Thanks to the Leap Year, Wilson County residents have an extra day to pay city and county property taxes, as they are due on Wednesday, Feb. 29, and this year also includes Mt. Juliet residents who are paying a city property tax for the first time since 1999.

The Leap Year gives taxpayers an extra day to pay their taxes, which are always due on the last day of February, said Wilson County Trustee Jim Major.

At this point in time, Major noted that about 90 percent of property taxes have been collected. He encouraged everyone to come in by Wednesday to pay in order to avoid a penalty.

Wilson County has a property tax rate of $2.50 per $100 of assessed property value. Lebanons property tax rate is 34 cents and Watertown has a property tax rate of 95 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Mt. Juliet Finance Director John Rossmaier noted that Mt. Juliets property tax of 20 cents per $100 of assessed value is also due on Wednesday. The property tax rate was set in July 2011, changing the citys rate from zero, and all of the money will be dedicated toward Emergency Services.

Rossmaier said his office has not received many questions about paying the tax, but noted there has been confusion.

Theyre always surprised that they have to pay county and city taxes, Rossmaier said of some Mt. Juliet residents.

Property owners in Mt. Juliet may pay their property taxes at the same building where city sewer bills are paid, located at 2365 N. Mt. Juliet Road, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. He also noted they can leave their payments in the night drop box, or mail them to the same address.

In Lebanon, residents can make their property tax payments at the City of Lebanon Administration Building at 200 N. Castle Heights Ave., from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday.

Taxpayers in Watertown may pay their property taxes at Watertown City Hall located at 8630 Sparta Pike, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday.

Currently, the largest taxpayer in the county is Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation, followed by the Nashville Superspeedway, which is now vacant. MTEMC pays $1,231,903 in property taxes while the speedway generates $931,302.

Major said he will be turning in all 2010 property taxes that were collected to the Wilson County Clerk and Masters office on March 15. He said the Trustees office has to keep 2011 property taxes until March 2013 before turning them into the Clerk and Master.

By law, we have to keep taxes in our office for one year, Major said.

Anyone who may need tax assistance is encouraged to visit Major before the Feb. 29 deadline. He said individuals 65 years and older, with an income less than $26,800 are eligible for tax relief. Also, the Trustees Office has been providing those individuals with an extra $100 for the past three years.

Our tax relief program for the elderly is a very important thing, he said, adding that $100 means a lot for these people.

While property taxes are due on Wednesday, local officials said waiting until the last minute will most likely mean spending a long time waiting as everyone comes in to pay on the last day.

Everybody has been coming in today, said Staci Williams with the City of Lebanon Finance Department, Theyve learned not to wait until the last day or theyll be in long lines.

Top 10 Taxpayers for 2011

Middle Tennessee Electric $1,231,903 Nashville Superspeedway $931,302 DCT Eastgate, LP $748, 670 University Medical Center $694,844 Cracker Barrel $369,890 Lochinvar, LLC $355,722 Texas Eastern Transmission $316,682 Tennessee Services Corp. $270,214 Deerfield Apartments at Providence $263,727 Nashville Industrial, LLC $248,384

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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Univ. Medical Center dedicates new Chapel

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

University Medical Center officials unveiled a new UMC Chapel Thursday afternoon, creating a place for patients, families and friends and the community, to worship and meet their spiritual needs.

We are excited to introduce to the community UMCs first chapel and Chaplaincy Program to meet the spiritual needs of patients, associates, physicians, volunteers and our community, said UMC Chief Executive Officer Saad Ehtisham.

The chapel is located on the first floor in what used to be a patient room. Dr. Robert Bone said he has treated many patients in the room, which he recalled was once Room 123.

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General Sports

Three local girls teams play tonight in regional openers

The three Wilson County girls basketball teams still alive in the post season are closer to reaching their respective state tournaments than perhaps they even realize.

Three wins, two in a row in the region tournament, followed by a victory in the TSSAA sectional means a berth in the 2012 BlueCross Basketball Champions at MTSUs Murphy Center. Region tournament play opens tonight with three teams in action -- two on the road and one at home.

Watertown High will take the long trip to Gainesboro to play powerful Jackson County High in the Region 4A opener. The Tigerettes enter tonights contest 18-13 overall following Mondays 48-35 loss to Red Boiling Springs in the District 8A consolation game.

The JCHS Lady Blue Devils sport a record of 23-6 after downing Clay County 62-51 in the District 7A title game.

Wilson Centrals Lady Wildcats have perhaps the toughest assignment tonight as they travel to Montgomery County to take on undefeated (32-0) Clarksville High at William Workman Gym.

Clarksville defeated Rossview 64-29 in the District 10AAA championship game -- extending a district winning streak of 74 consecutive games.

Class AAA Miss Basketball finalist Bashaara Graves is headed to the University of Tennessee while two other teammates are also SEC-bound -- Jessy Ward to Mississippi State and Chandler Cooper to Florida.

Wilson Central dropped to 18-9 on the season following a 45-38 loss to Beech Monday in the District 9AAA consolation game.

Wilson Central head coach Bud Brandon will not be on the bench tonight. The 51-year old coach underwent a surgical procedure Tuesday morning at Nashvilles Baptist Hospital to address a situation with his hearts electrical system. He was resting at home Thursday afternoon and is on the road to recovery.

Mt. Juliets Lady Bears will be at home tonight as they take on Kenwood High, the No. 4 team out of the District 10AAA tournament.

Mt. Juliet stands 29-3 overall after whipping Station Camp 57-32 in Mondays District 9AAA finals at Wilson Central High.

The Lady Bears have now won the district tournament three consecutive times. Kenwood (9-15) dropped a 57-41 decision to Dickson County in the 10AAA consolation game.
By TOMMY BRYAN, tbryan@wilsonpost.com

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