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Showing 12 articles from March 20, 2012.


Betty J. Bennett, 83

Mrs. Bennett, 83 of Mt. Juliet, died March 16, 2012.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 18 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Interment followed the service at the Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Betty Jane Hight, 84

Mrs. Hight, 84 of Watertown, died Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Quality Care Health Center.
Funeral services were Tuesday afternoon, March 20 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Interment followed at Williams Cemetery in Norene.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Beverly Faye Garrett, 71

Mrs. Garrett, 71 of Lebanon died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at her home.
She is survived by her husband, Rev. James E. Garrett USMC Retired.
There are no services planned.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Brenda Faye Stewart Hix, 62

Mrs. Hix, 62, died March 17, 2012.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 23 at the Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
She is preceded in death by husband Jack Hix Sr.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Edward Lee Shearl, 58

Mr. Shearl, 58, died March 17, 2012.
Services were held Tuesday, March 20 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.
Entombment followed in the mausoleum at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

James Bruce Pryor, 48

Mr. Pryor died March 20, 2012 at age 48.
Funeral service is set for 12 Noon Friday, March 23, 2012 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Ruby May Gilmore, 101

Mrs. Filmore, 101, died March 15, 2012.
A graveside service was held Sunday, March 18 at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Memorials can be made to AGAPE.
Services in care of Williamson Memorial Funeral Home.


John Sloan - Outdoors

Old men and hidden lakes

Jack Taylor knows where it was. Russ Jackson knew it well. Joyce Jackson hated it because it was spooky. I spent a lot of time there, caught many fish, and killed many deer, made many memories. It is gone now, crowded with houses. Probably the UFOs are gone.

This is the story of two of us, camped back in the hardwoods of Humphries County in a clearing we created with constant use over a few years. We camped this time for four days, Uncle Lester and me and we had great meals and the best campfires ever. Oh, we caught a lot of fish, too.

Next week we have to start chasing gobblers. For now, let us think about old men camped on hidden lakes. Let us think about just enjoying nature and not worrying about full stringers and such.


General News

Council defers sales tax increase, wants referendum in November

The Wilson Post

UPDATE--Lebanon City Attorney Andy Wright said on Wednesday proposed sales tax ordinance would return to the council's agenda on Aug. 21, after conferring with the Wilson County Election Commission, in order to place the referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren told Wright the ordinance must be passed 60 days before that date, which falls on Friday, Sept. 7.

"Aquestion received on that date or soon after can be included on the November ballot," Warren told Wright in an email.

REPORTED EARLIER--Lebanon City Councilors were in unanimous agreement Tuesday night about deferring an ordinance on second reading to increase the local sales tax by 0.5 percent in order to hold the required referendum on Nov. 6 when most voters will visit the polls.

Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston, who presided over the meeting as Mayor Pro Tem with Mayor Philip Craighead out of town, said the original target date was Aug. 2, the date for a County/State General Primary election. The tax increase would raise the sales taxes from 2.25 percent, locally to 2.75 percent, making it 9.75 percent, the highest allowable amount in Tennessee.

Wright explained if the council passed the ordinance Tuesday night, the "clock would be running" on the Wilson County Election Commission to hold the referendum.

"We would have to look at doing a special called public referendum, which we don't want to do," Wright said.

Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino and Ward 1 councilor Alex Buhler said it was more logical for the city to place the referendum on the Nov. 6 general election, when citizens will be voting for city positions as well as the Presidential election. They felt it was the right thing to do to hold the referendum at a time when more voters would be at the polls.

"I think it's the right thing to do to put it in November when the Presidential election is going on and more people will be voting," Cesternino said.

Wright explained that he was directed to shoot for the Aug. 2 date to potentially capture back-to-school shopping sales taxes. He said if the referendum vote was in favor of the increase, the city could receive additional revenue during the busy shopping month of August and be in good shape to capture holiday shopping taxes as well.

Once the measure is approved by the council, Wilson County Commission would have a 40-day window to pass its own measure to raise the sales taxes countywide. If that occurred, the city and county would split the additional revenues and if the county chose not to pass its own resolution, the city will receive all new revenue from the sales tax increase.

Wright indicated the council would have to wait at least until one of the April meetings to pass the ordinance to place the referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Also during the meeting, the council expressed concerns about starting the next budget process for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Cesternino pointed out they haven't seen any budget proposals as of this time. Commissioner of Finance and Revenue Russell Lee indicated he wanted to hold a work session before the council's April 3 meeting to discuss two enterprise funds.

"I don't want to piecemeal the budget like we've been doing," Buhler said.

Cesternino requested the council receive a department-by-department log of their 2011-2012 budget, the actual closing figure and what that department is asking for in the 2012-2013 budget, in order to gauge where each department stands. Lee said he would send budget proposals to the councilors at least by Monday, April 2.

"The mayor is out of town and I'd like to have him look at it before I send it to you," Lee said.

The council requested at least a week to review the rather large budget documents before meeting to discuss the matter in detail.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Mt. Juliet home burns in early morning blaze

The Wilson Post

Early Tuesday morning, a home located at 2525 S. Mt. Juliet Road was severely damaged in a fire with an unknown cause according to Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Director John Jewell.

Jewell said WEMA received the call about 2:25 a.m. this morning and noted that a neighbor "heard an explosion or a loud noise" before seeing the home next door already heavily engulfed in the flames. WEMA personnel from Stations 3, 4 and 5 responded to the scene and Jewell said a tanker truck from Station 1 in Lebanon also responded.

"The house was a total loss, it was about 70 percent involved," Jewell said.

No one was home at the time of the fire and Jewell said no one was injured in the blaze. He said they managed to save some out-buildings and removed a vehicle from the carport.

The fire's cause is unknown at this time and Jewell said that is under investigation by the Wilson County Sheriff's Department and the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at


General Sports

Mt. Juliet softball places 2nd in Commando Classic

HENDERSONVILLE -- Mt. Juliet High's softball team finished second in the always-tough Commando Classic held over the weekend at Drakes Creek Park.

The Lady Bears reeled off five consecutive wins before falling 8-2 to Riverdale in the tournament finals Sunday night.

Freshman Savannah Sanders suffered the loss in the title game, as the Lady Bears allowed up four unearned runs in the second to give Riverale an early lead.

Nolan Allison whiffs 19 as Watertown High blanks RBS 8-0

RED BOILING SPRINGS-- Nolan Allison threw a complete game two-hitter and struck out 19 as Watertown High defeated Red Boiling Springs 8-0 Monday afternoon.

The freshman righthander (pictured, right) didn't walk a batter as he recorded his first victory of the season.

Allison helped his own cause with a pair of hits, Dennie Holcomb added two and catcher Logan Grantham blasted a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth inning -- his first of the season.

The Tigers (2-1 / 1-0 in Dsitrict 8A) finished with eight hits, scoringonce in the bottom of the first, five in the fifth and tacked on single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Watertown High is scheduled to host undefeated (4-0) Friendship Christian Tuesday in a 4 p.m. district game at Three Forks Park.

Later in the week, Watertown will travel to Kentucky to play in the Murray Classic.

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