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Showing 16 articles from February 28, 2012.


Barbara "Betsy" Gray, 71

Mrs. Gray, 71 of Mt. Juliet died Feb. 25, 2012. Preceded in death by parents, Robert & Gladys Steele; and brother, Bobby Steele.

Survived by husband, Tommy Gray; sons Mike (Katie) Gray and Mark (Susan) Gray; sister Beverly (Charles) Anderson; grandchildren Mika Gray, Rachel (Matthew) Bush, Ethan Kearney and Rebecca Kearney; and great-grandchildren Addilyn Bush and Ensley Bush.

Funeral services for Mrs. Gray will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 with Pastor Russ Stephens officiating. Interment will follow the service at the Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 4-8 pm and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

The family requests that memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by SELLARS FUNERAL HOME AT MT JULIET, 2250 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet. 37122, 615-758-5459, obituary line 615-758-8818,

Cherry Reynolds Russell, 66

Mrs. Russell, 66, died Sunday Feb. 26, 2012 in the Sumner Regional Medical Center.

Preceded in death by her parents: Raymond & Katherine Harmon Reynolds. Survived by husband, Dennis Russell; brothers Terry (Joyce) Reynolds, David (Louise) Reynolds, & Gene (Sharon Reynolds; sister, Kathy (Gary) Irvin;eight nieces and nephews;nine great nieces and nephews

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 29 between the hours of 2-8 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Graveside services to be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 1 atthe Searcy Cemetery in Portland.

Rev. Jeff Reynolds will officiate the service. Mrs. Russells family will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in her memory to Cystic Fibrosis, Vanderbilt Gift Processing Office, PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, 37240.

Arrangements by PARTLOW FUNERAL CHAPEL, Lebanon.(615) 444-7007 OBITUARY LINE (615) 444-7700.

Jeffrey Houston Tank Sanders, 55

"Tank" Sanders, 55, died Feb. 26, 2012.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Houston & Frances Evelyn Spickard Sanders; brother, Jim Sanders; maternal grandmother, Mae Jenkins Spickard. Survived by son, Brandon (Marsha) Sanders; granddaughter-to-be, Evelyn Grace Sanders nephew, Josh Sanders; sister-in-law, Anita Sanders; sister-in-law, Terri (Jerry) McCloud; aunt, Johnnie Mae Wright.

Visitation Wednesday, Feb. 29 between the hours of 4-8 p.m. and Thursday, March 1 from 1 p.m. until funeral services at 3 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Rev. Robert Spickard & David Denney will officiate the services. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers: Herbert Ray Sanders, Rickey Sanders, Joe Denney, Robert Barrett, Barry Barrett, Gene Jones, Kevin Bond andHunter Reynolds. Honorary: Jerry Ray Jordan, Wayne Wright, Kenneth Harris andGary "Spud" Parker.

Arrangements by PARTLOW FUNERAL CHAPEL, Lebanon. (615) 444-7007; OBITUARY LINE (615) 444-7700.

John Warren Coe, 60

Mr. Coe, 60, died Sunday Feb. 26, 2012 in the StoneCrest Medical Center in Rutherford County. He is preceded in death by his parents, John Warren Jr. & Lovie Mae Sircy Coe; sister, Wanda Coe.

Survived by wife Connie Coe of Smyrna; sons John Coe & James Coe both of Smyrna; sisters Judy (Robert) Hutson & Jo Beth Raines; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and loving family members.

Mr. Coe was a retired Tennessee State Trooper with 17 years of service, and a current employee with Dell.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday Feb. 28;4-8 p.m.and Wednesday Feb. 29 from 9 a.m. until graveside services at 11 a.m. in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Active pallbearers: Eric Satterfield, Eugene Satterfield, David Harmon, Michael Hutson, Robert D. Hutson, Donald McCauley, George McCauley & Jimmy Coe.

Arrangements by PARTLOW FUNERAL CHAPEL (615) 444-7007 OBITUARY LINE (615) 444-7700.

M.D. Edwards Jr., age 78

Mr. Edwards, 78, of Hermitage died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Mr. Edwards was a member of Hermitage Hills Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was the son of the late, Manuel Delk Edwards, Sr. and Clara Gertrude Neshit Edwards.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road

Survivors inlcude:
Wife Peggy Putt Edwards
Daughters Kimberly Edwards Burton and Tammy Edwards (William) Harlin;
Step-children Charles and Sonya Perry, Steve and Cindy Mooney and Kerry and Mechelle Putt;
Sister Elaine Stroud;
Grandchildren Holly Wadel, Lindsey Matlock, Sarah Burton and Parker Burton;
Great-grandchildren Taylor Matlock, Baleigh Wadel and Gage Matlock
eight step-grandchildren and 10 step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 at Bond Memorial Chapel with Rev. Keith Schmizer officiating.

Interment with military honors will follow at 1 p.m. at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Parker Burton, Seth Matlock, Josh Wadel, Bryce Perry, Charles Perry and Kerry Putt.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet. (615)773-2663. Obit Line (615) 641-2663

Ralph W. Baker, 71

Funeral services for Mr. Baker are scheduled for 1 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 29at the Immanuel Baptist Church with Bro. Donald Owens, Bro. Carl Jones, and Pastor John Hunn officiating. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Visitation Tuesday 4-8 PM at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home and Wednesday after 11 AM at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Mr. Baker, 71, Lebanon passed away Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at his home.

Born July 2, 1940 in Brush Creek, he is the son of the late Horace and Mary Frances Thomason Baker.He is a 1958 graduate of Watertown High School where he excelled in football.

He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. He worked45 years in sales, 20 years at Sunbeam Bread Company as a supervisor, and25 years with Little Debbie as a district sales manager.

He also was preceded in death by his son, Michael Ralph Baker and his in laws, Julious & Dessie Vaden Durham.

He is survived by his wife of54 years, Charlene Durham Baker who was his high school sweetheart; children Sherry (Jerry) Swack; Cindy (David) Arnold; and Teresa Wilson; daughter in law,Tammy Baker; grandchildren Jessica (Ian) Moore, Audrey Wilson, Sarah Vantrease, Holly & Heather Arnold, Austin, Brent & Zachary Baker; two step granddaughters, five step great grandchildren; siblings Dorothy (Jim) Putman; James R. (Cathy) Baker; Ray (Delores) Baker; sister in law, Evelyn (Malcolm) Simmons; special friends, Bobby & Patsy Kemp, Jack & Lestel Cantrell, Ray & Kathy Adams, Sue Barnes, Cindy Comer, Jennifer Crook, Joe Hendricks & Stacie Perez.

Honorary pallbearers: Austin, Brent, Zachary, Curt & Scott Baker. Active pallbearers: Jack Cantrell, Jack Hale, Donald Oakley, John Vaden, Marvin Fisher & Lyndon Wilson.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital or to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon.

Wilma Ruth Davenport, 84

Mrs. Ruth Davenport, age 84,died Saturday, February 25, 2012 after an extended illness.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 2-8 p.m. on Monday and for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

The chapel service, conducted by Pastor Jon Akin and assisted by Reverend Joe Johnson, is 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 28. Interment will follow in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers: Steve Hornsby, Tristan Simpson, Austin Kemp, Winston Davenport, Rob Davenport, and Raymond Baines.Honorary: Deacons of Fairview Church.

The family extends a special thank you to the UMC Staff, Calvary Baptist Church, Linda Ligon, and Fairview Church Family. Memorial contributions: Hope Builders at Fairview Church (1660 Leeville Pike, Lebanon TN 37087) in honor of Ruth Davenport.

Survivors include son Bobby (Debbie) Davenport; sisters: Faye (Vern) Timberman and Betty Jo (Lavon) Spann; grandchildren: Terry (Amy) Kemp, Rob (Jamie) Davenport, Summer (Brian) Patterson, and Wesley (Angel) Kemp; step-grandchildren: Michael (Krissa) Granstaff and Chris Granstaff; great-grandchildren: Tristan Simpson, Austin Kemp, Cheyenne Davenport, Leah Lehew, Peyton Lehew, and Chase Davenport; step-grandchildren: Dustin Napier, Landon Patterson, and Kylie Patterson; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by husband Robert Wesley Davenport, daughter Connie Kemp, parents Scott and Johnnie Mitchell Faulkner, and brothers Mitchell and Overton Faulkner.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon. 615.444.9393. Obits 615.758.8818.


John Sloan - Outdoors

They are up!

I did my post season scouting in December and January. I only needed two new stand sites. The first one was easy and I fully expect to kill more than one deer there. I knew where that stand was going in November.

The second location was not locked in to my full satisfaction. I knew the general area but not the exact tree. I figured I would just wait until I was ready to put the stand up and make a decision. The exact tree is as important as general location.

So comes that nice, warm, shirt-sleeve day 26 days ago. Partly cloudy and 65-degrees. Perfect for assembling and putting up two new ladder stands. I bought a couple at Dicks, back when they had the sale. I enlisted Mark Campbell, aka Big Bird to bring his muscles and all the equipment and help me. Although those ladder stands look simple to assemble, I always have parts and screws left over. Away we went.


General News

Dr. Raquel Hatter to speak at Civic League dinner
Dr. Raquel Hatter

Wilson County Civic League, Inc. announces its 27th Annual Fellowship Dinner to be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at Baird Chapel on the campus of Cumberland University.

The theme for the event will be DHS: A Strategic Player in Building a Stronger Tennessee, the guest speaker will be Dr. Raquel Hatter, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

Hatter graduated from the University of Michigan where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Community Psychology, Eastern Michigan University where she received a Masters in Social Work and Nova Southeastern University where she received her Doctorate of Education degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies with a specialization in Management of Programs.

Early voting wraps up with over 3,000 votes cast already

The Wilson Post

Early voting wrapped up yesterday with local polls seeing a spike in turnout on Monday and Tuesday and more than 3,000 Wilson County residents casting their votes, falling short of the 2008 Presidential Preferential Primary.

As of yesterday afternoon, the Wilson County Election Commission reported 3,291citizens had voted early. Polls closed Tuesday at 6 p.m. for early voting.

Tuesday, Feb. 28 proved to be the largest day for voter turnout locally as 694 individuals voted as of 3 p.m., said Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren.

We had a good turnout Monday but we had an even bigger one today, Warren said yesterday.

Former MJ man charged in wifes death in Florida

Special to The Wilson Post

A Palm Coast, Fla., man, formerly of Mt. Juliet, has been arrested and charged with manslaughter with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

William Carson Merrill, 32, was arrested Thursday in the death of his wife Stefanie Merrill. Both attended Mt. Juliet High School in the late 1990s. His bail was set at $200,000.

Gas main struck on Leeville Pike, LSSD worker injured

The Wilson Post

A maintenance worker for the Lebanon Special School District was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by ambulance Tuesday afternoon for severe burns, after he struck a gas main with a trenching machine on Leeville Pike.

Jerry England, maintenance supervisor for the LSSD, was operating the machine along Leeville Pike between a telephone pole and the new Winfree-Bryant Middle School roadway sign when it struck the gas main, causing flames to burst up to 9 feet in the air around England.

Hes got second-degree burns on his face and arms, said Larry Stevens, also of the LSSD maintenance staff, adding, We had no idea it was under there.

Stevens said England alerted him of the accident on their two-way radios, and staff at WBMS called 911. England was quickly rushed to Vanderbilt as the Lebanon Fire Department and Lebanon Gas Department responded to the scene.

Within minutes the gas main was turned off and the LFD extinguished the flames that had engulfed the trenching machine and burned a large area of grass around where England was digging.

Jerry Snodgrass, gas manager for the Lebanon Gas Department, pointed out it is state law for anyone to call 811 to receive a permit for digging. The Underground Damage Prevention Act requires that individuals call the number before digging so local departments can check if there are any water or gas lines nearby.

Stevens said he had called 811 several weeks ago and indicated they had received permission to dig. The LSSD maintenance department was planning to run electricity from the telephone pole over to the WBMS sign.

We had called 811 about the digging, all that was gold, we had permission to go across the church lot, Stevens explained. The incident occurred near College Hills Church of Christ.

As the LFD sprayed water on the smoking trenching machine, Snodgrass was attempting to confirm the LSSD called 811 and had a valid permit. He said anyone digging has to call 811 at least 72 hours prior to digging.

It was confirmed the maintenance crew called 811 on Feb. 6, but Snodgrass said the permits are only valid for 15 days. He also indicated there were no marks in the grass or on the roadway to indicate the gas line was present where England was digging.

If we didnt have it marked correctly, were at fault, Snodgrass said. Theres some dispute about the timing of the permit.

However, Snodgrass said regardless of who is at fault, he was regretful that England was injured in the accident.

Machines are replaceable, pipes are replaceable, but when someone gets hurtsafety is our main concern, Snodgrass said.

The gas main that was struck is not connected to WBMS, and Snodgrass said there was no danger to the school from the accident.

This story was first reported on The Wilson Posts Facebook page. Search The Wilson Post Newspaper on Facebook.

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Leap Year explained

From Post staff reports

If a child was born on Feb. 29 during the Leap Year that occurred in 2008, does that child celebrate his fourth birthday today or does he celebrate his first?

Well, most would agree he would celebrate his fourth birthday with Mom and Dad deciding on Feb. 28 or March 1 or some other date.

It can be a little confusing, however, so The Wilson Post offers the following to try and explain why we have a Leap Year/Day in the first place.

Severe weather possible Tuesday night, Wednesday

From Post staff reports

There is a possibility of severe weather late tonight and on Wednesday with strong winds being the main threat.

Isolated tornadoes are also possible.

That was the word Tuesday from meteorologists with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory.

Meteorologists said a strong cold front is approaching the Mid-state tonight and will move through Middle Tennessee on Wednesday. The front is expected to develop thunderstorms and some of them could be severe.

Tuesday nights low will be around 60 degrees and winds between 5 and 10 mph, with Wednesday having a high near 74 degrees and winds between 10 and 15 mph with possible gusts up to 25 mph. Wednesdays overnight low is 48 with a chance of thunderstorms before 9 p.m., changing to light showers from 9 p.m. to midnight.

There will also be the potential for isolated tornadoes as a result of the front with the highest risk being late tonight near and across the Tennessee River Valley and the late morning through early afternoon for the rest of Middle Tennessee.

Wednesday could bring severe thunderstorms with strong winds being a major concern.

This is a good time to be sure that your severe weather safety plans are in place for your family and business. The NWS encourages residents to purchase a weather radio and tune the transmitter for your particular location in Middle Tennessee. Also, check local weather updates on TV, commercial radio and the Internet.


General Sports

BASEBALL -- CU's conference opener moved up

Cumberlands baseball series this weekend vs. Mid-Continent College in Union City has been moved to Thursday and Friday because of forecasted inclement weather, mostly on Friday, and CUs scheduled games next week in Florida during Spring Break.

The Bulldogs will play a doubleheader in Union City Thursday at 4 p.m. and a single game Friday at a time to be determined later. Forecasts call for a 70 percent chance of rain and severe weather in West Tennessee on Friday.

From there the Bulldogs play five games in three days in Daytona Beach, Fla., starting Monday before returning home next weekend to face Lyon College in a three-game series March 10-11 at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.

CU falls to TN Wesleyan Tuesday
ATHENS -- Anthony Boix hit a grand slam in the second inning and a three-run shot in the fourth, driving in seven runs to lead 18th-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan to a 14-9 victory over seventh-ranked Cumberland on a windy day in East Tennessee.

Cumberland (7-6) hit five home runs in the game but allowed four by TWC (12-5), who won for the seventh straight time. Tennessee Wesleyan scored five times in the second, four more runs in the fourth and three times in the sixth to take a 12-3 advantage and never looked back.

Stephen Branca went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs and Jordan Guidad added three hits and two RBIs for TWC, who banged out 16 hits against four Bulldog hurlers. Zach Fleshman (3-0), the second of two TWC pitchers, picked up the victory, giving up three runs on five hits in 4.2 innings.

Mt. Juliet - Clarksville showdown on tap Wednesday at Northeast

CLARKSVILLE -- Mt. Juliet's Lady Bears improved to 31-3 on the season and earned a shot at undefeated Clarksville with a 68-38 victory Monday over Rossview in the Region 5AAA semifinals at Northeast.

The win sets up tonight's clash for the region title and a home berth in the section between the Lady Bears and 34-0 Clarksville High -- a 66-27 winner over Station Camp in Monday's other semifinal contest.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Northeast High in Clarksville.

Sophomore post Sally McCabe led Mt. Juliet with 17 points while MTSU signee Caya Williams had 16 and 10 rebounds.

All told, 10 Lady Bears broke into the scoring column, including freshman MeMe Jasckon who knocked down three 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 10 points while Paige Baugher chipped in with nine.

Mt. Juliet led 35-17 at intermission and put the game on ice with an 18-8 third quarter run. Rossview ended the season 26-7 overall and was led by 12 points from Janie White.

Clarksville got 21 points from UT signee Bashaara Graves Tuesday and two others players reached double figures. Station Camp ended the season 19-11 overall.

Mt. Juliet 68, Rossview 38
Rossview 7 10 8 13 38
Mt. Juliet 20 15 18 15 68
Mt. Juliet: Allyson Hayes 3, Latyia Waller 2, Paige Baugher 9, Sydney Rau 2, Helen Mitchner 3, Barianne Taylor 4, Brandy Alley 1, Sally McCabe 17, Caya Williams 16. Team totals: 22, 4-13, 68.
Rossview: Ashley Powers 3, Brandy Claybrooks 9, Dayisha Skelton 2, Kylie White 8, Janie White 12, Cassidey Taylor 2, Reagan Greene 2. Team totals: 9, 8-9, 38.
3-pointers: Mt. Juliet 6 (Jackson 3, Baugher 1, Mitchner 1, Hayes 1), Rossivew 4 (Powers 1, Claybrooks 2, White 1)
Records: Rossview (26-7), Mt. Juliet (31-3).

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