By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
A proposal to add two new wards to the Lebanon City Council will be considered at a work session next Tuesday as the councilors are slated to look at alterations to the current six wards made by City Planning Director Will Hager that would more evenly distribute the citys population.
Hager sent a new map to all six councilors on Thursday that showed slight adjustments to the current wards in order to give each ward a more even constituency. Hager requested feedback from the councilors before next Tuesdays work session.
According to the most recent population numbers from the 2010 U.S. Census, Ward 4, represented by Joe Hayes, is the largest ward with 4,887 residents, making it the largest of all six. Councilor Kathy Warmaths Ward 6 is the second largest with 4,761 residents.
Ward 2, represented by Kevin Huddleston, contains 4,530 residents; Ward 5 represented by Haywood Barry, contains 4,355 residents; Ward 1, represented by Alex Buhler, contains 4,165 residents; and Ward 3, represented by Rob Cesternino, contains 3,492 residents.
Hager indicated the equal goal of all six wards is 4,365 residents if the population was distributed evenly among those six. However, a new map that shows six slightly altered wards puts Ward 2 with 4,515 residents, making it the largest. Also, Ward 1 would become the second largest with 4,424 residents.
Wards 4, 5 and 6 would all be decreased in populations while Ward 3 would increase by 826 residents.
In his email to the councilors, Hager listed the major opposition to adding a seventh and eighth ward would be the cost of paying for two new councilors. He listed several pros, including the wards being divided along major streets, the Square being represented by three council members, a greater representation of the public due to fewer citizens per councilor and the accommodation of future growth.
Hager also noted the Wilson County Election Commission has asked that the city provide them with any changes to the current ward structure by April 13. If two more wards are created, there would be two more seats open for election on the council in addition to the seats for Ward 1, 2 and 5.
The council work session will take place on Tuesday, March 20 at 5 p.m. before the councils regular meeting to be held at 6 in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.
Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post
Music Row may pay no mind, but country music fans around the world should be tuning in soon to sights and sounds emanating from Fiddlers Grove at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.
Thats where Australian Kevin Kiepe plans in mid-April to debut HillbilliesVille, an online village from which he will stream traditional country music as well as offer fans a social community and new artists a venue to flex their vocal talents.Were all about tradition, but theres absolutely no reason that traditional country music cant be delivered using the latest and best technology, says Kiepe (pronounced key-p). And live video is where its at.
By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said he sees no reason not to move forward with the construction of an outdoor firing range on property along Dump Road and has set a meeting for the public to see the plans and ask questions at the end of the month.
Were moving forward, we see no reason to stop, Bowen said.The proposed firing range would sit on 33.5 acres of property owned by the City of Lebanon near the Wilson County Landfill on Dump Road. Bowen said the LPD has been trying for more than 10 years to build its own firing range.
From Post staff reports
County Trustee Jim Major reported this week that almost all property taxes owed in calendar year 2010 have been collected.
As of yesterday, Major said his office had collected 97 percent of the property taxes owed by Wilson Countians in 2010 and he said before he turns over those in default that his office will likely have collected 99 percent.
Major said a list of those who have not paid the 2010 tax bills will be turned over to the Clerk and Master's office and assigned for collection by the county's back tax attorney.Through late Wednesday, Major's office had collected $74,486,026.32 in property taxes for the year 2010. A total of $76,743,920 was owed leaving less than $1 million that has not been collected.
MURFREESBORO -- Friendship Christian streaked to an early lead but had to hold on at the end for a 52-46 victory over Grace Baptist of Chattanooga Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the TSSAA BlueCross Boys Basketball Championships at Murphey Center.
The Commanders led 17-3 in the first quarter, then battled turnovers and a poor night at the free throw line to pull out the first state tournament win in the history of the program. Grace dug themselves a huge hole -- going 0-12 from the field to start the game.
Now 26-3 on the season, FCS will advance to Friday's 6:45 p.m. semifinal game vs. McEwen.