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Showing 21 articles from April 4, 2012.


Bruce A. Gibson, 60

Mr. Gibson, 60, of Old Hickory, died March 28, 2012.
Services were held Monday morning, April 2 at Sellars Funeral Home inLebanon.
Interment was in Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Douglas "Doug" Cunha, 54

Mr. Cunha, 54, of Mt. Juliet and a former officer of the Mt. Juliet Lions Club, died Sunday, March 25, 2012.
Private services were held with family.
Memorial donations may be made to the Big Brothers of West Wilson County, P.O. Box 1513, Mt. Juliet 37122, or Mt. Juliet Lions Club, 410 Sunset Drive, Mt. Juliet 37122.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt Juliet.

Dwayne Francis Pier, 76

Mr. Pier, 76, died Monday, April 2, 2012 at the Summit Medical Center.
Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Military graveside services are set 10 a.m. Thursday, April 5 at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Pegram.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

John Henry Wilson, 87

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 4 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown for Mr. Wilson, 87, of Watertown.
A truck driver, he died Saturday, March 31, 2012 at University Medical Center in Lebanon.
Visitation will be prior to services on Wednesday.
Burial will follow at the Poplar Hill Cemetery.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mamie L. Alsup Baird, 96

Mrs. Alsup, 96, passed away Monday, April 2, 2012 at the Quality Health Care Center. She was a member of Bairds Mill Church of Christ, a dietician with McFarland Hospital and Mt. Juliet Elementary School and a member of the
Mt. Juliet Historical Society.

Mrs. Baird was preceded in death by her parents, Grover Cleveland and Mallie L. Clemmons Alsup; husband Richard Baird; sons Richard C. Baird and David A. Baird; brothers Peyton, Clyde, John, Grover, Wilson and
Carl Alsup.

Survivors include: daughters Joyce Midgett and Linda (John) Riggs; brother Allie Alsup; daughter-in-law Gaye Baird; grandchildren WilliamDavid Baird, Daniel Clemmons (April) Baird, Patricia (Don) Nicholson, Barbara (Donald) Barnes, Larry (Tonya) Jones, Wayne (Karen) Riggs, Rick(Jessica) Baird, Christy (Adam) Davis; great grandchildren, Drew, Kyle and Daniel Baird, Brock and Austin Yeates, Matt and Emily Nicholson, Wyatt and Ava Jones, Savanah Anntell, Michael Riggs, Ethan Baird, Malachi Davis and Makenzy Davis.

A special thank you to the staff of Quality Health Care Center, the volunteers who provided Sunday School services and Odyssey Hospice.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral services at the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers: Will Baird, Daniel Baird, Larry Jones, Donald Barnes, Wayne Riggs, Rick Baird, J.T. Alsup and Spook Spickard.

Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Robert Allen Morrison, 68

Bob Morrison, 68, of Lebanon, died March 31, 2012.
No services scheduled at this time.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.


John Sloan - Outdoors

Fishin half nekked

Im tell yall sumpin, said Battle Scarred Bill. When it comes onto hot, me, Im gonna fish half nekked and if it comes onto hot enough, like as not, Ill get whole nekked.

There is some merit to Bills thinking. Ive carried that philosophy with me for many years. It is still a month before the pool at the Floyd, my summer office, opens but it is just right for fishing half nekked

I fish a lot with my shirt off. For one thing, I like the feel of the sun on my back and shoulders. It helps some with the pain in my shoulders and I just flat like sunning. During the summer months, I am a regular at Suntan Village, tanning place. Seems that I am in a better mood in the spring and summer when I can let the sun hit my beautiful skin. The tanning bed is just a substitute. I do like to sit at the pool and read, though. See, the thing is, a man who reads in the sun is well red. Use to was, come one of those nice spring days up at Central Hill, me and Harold Dotson would fish plumb naked. I dont do that anymore.


Ask Ken Beck

Angela Lansbury would relish return to Cabot Cove

Dear Ken: What has happened to Angela Lansbury of Murder, She Wrote fame? Were enjoying the show again in reruns.

Like the Energizer Bunny, the star of stage, screen and TV keeps on ticking and just opened in a revival of Gore Vidals The Best Man on Broadway with Candice Bergen, John Larroquette, James Earl Jones and Michael McKean. Last she year she starred with Jim Carrey in the movie Mr. Poppers Penguins. The London native, 86, who became a naturalized American citizen in 1951, has earned five Tony Awards, three Oscar nominations and 18 Emmy Award nominations. The mother and grandmother has said she would love to return to Cabot Cove and the role of sleuth Jessica Fletcher. The people involved, Universal and CBS, they have to get together. They dont realize what an exciting thing it would be if we did that! she told the press last year. Lansbury next co-stars as Katherine Heigls daughter in the film Adaline, about a woman who remains ageless in her 20s.


Wilson Living

Take me out to the ball game

Wilson Living Magazine

So as the school year comes to a close, I find myself yet again sitting in the bleachers on a Saturday afternoon.

Its funny how children often take more from one parent than another. And when it comes to athletics, mine are 100% Kane.

Sports have never been my thing.


General Lifestyle

Planting a lifestyle at Birdsong Hollow Farm

The Wilson Post

CANNON COUNTY -- Plant nurturer Angie Ott not only has two green thumbs, but these days she often has 10 very dirty fingernails. For those who enjoy eating from their own garden, thats a good sign.

With the time just about ripe for planting season, this pastors pulpit is a greenhouse filled with thousands of little, green growing things. From her 144-acre Birdsong Hollow Farm in the northeast corner of Cannon County, she shares the gospel of tomato love as well as adoration for dozens of other vegetables, flowers and herbs.

Thats my sea of tomatoes, Ott said, pointing to hundreds of potted tomato plants, each green stalk rising from 4 to 6 inches high. We specialize in open-pollinated plants that are unusual and produce interesting and delicious food.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - April 4


Where have all these years retreated to? It seems like only yesterday that I came up with Our Feathered Friends as an article for bird lovers in The Wilson Post. This particular article marks my 200th entry, my contribution of knowledge to each of you that takes the time to read them. As for my bout with starlings, I am lucky to be here for this one.

It does my heart good when I can make a trip somewhere and have a story to bring back to share with you all. Since February of 2008, when this column began, my style of writing has improved as I don't get as nervous about what I have to say. In other words, I try to relate to you in simple words that I know that you will comprehend, without all that scientific mumbo-jumbo.



Putting guns on college campuses, a bad idea


As state legislators continue considering legislation that would allow guns on college campuses, many of us are wondering what on Gods green earth are they thinking.

What possible good can come from allowing a college student, 18 to 20 years old typically, to have the legal right to bring a firearm on campus?

All this to do to get handguns in the possession of as many individuals as possible at the insistence of the National Rifle Association (NRA) is not necessarily a good thing.


Guest Column

Wallow in this kerfuffle


Recently I saw a cartoon (by cartoonist Doug Hall) on in which the word wallow was used. There was a seated group with a man standing in the back and a man in front pointing to a board which read, The last shall be first, and the first, last. The caption for the cartoon was the comment of the guy standing in the back, I dont want to be first or last. I want to wallow somewhere in the middle. That word wallow is one I almost never hear, yet I think we all still know what it means. Hey, you could do a column on outdated words and phrases?-A Good Friend

Great cartoon, noting a long-established human failing. We really do want to stay safe, hidden in the crowd, whether its opinion, fashion, or politics. The verse cited is Matthew 20: 16. So the last will be first, and the first will be last. (New International Version).

Antiquated words like wallow or, one I read the other day, hoyden (an unruly young girl), are interesting because they reflect both our propensity for change and for avoiding change.


Letters to the Editor

Bert Coble Singers to continue with new director

To the Editor:

During the 24 years of producing The Bert Coble Singers Christmas Dinner Shows, The Wilson Post has been so very gracious in their eagerness to promote stories about our Singers and their performances.

As a result of our large attendance for the 2011 performances, we were able to present a check to Cumberland University for $2,565 for the Bert Coble Music Scholarship; to the American Cancer Society for $1,083; and to the American Heart Association for $790.

Over the years it is estimated that more than $150,000 has been given to these organizations.

Since we announced to the world that 2011 would be our last Bert Coble Singers Christmas Dinner Shows, things have changed. You will be pleased to know the Shows will go on this fall under the direction of Jennifer Perry. She has been our associate director for most of these years and is an excellent musician and director. She is presently with CedarStone Bank and is music director at Carthage United Methodist Church.

We appreciate you who have been our guests over the years and now we are glad that our program will continue.

Dr. Bert and Sue Coble


At the Movies

Upcoming Avengers film caps a comic-book movie decade

The Wilson Post

One month from today, this summers potentially biggest blockbuster is opening in local theaters, and The Avengers will signal the comic book movie industrys greatest achievement, after over a decade of billions earned.

While the film certainly doesnt need more hype, The Avengers is the story of a group of clashing personalities and grandiose heroes coming together to fight a common enemy. Its a huge gamble for Marvel Worldwide Inc. (Marvel Comics) and Disney (who now owns the comics giant).

The film is the culmination of about four years worth of planning by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who has produced all of that studios films thus far, and many others.


General News

Dolly Parton spins her classics for Cracker Barrel

The Wilson Post

Effervescent country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton is so excited about whats swirling around her that you might think shes off her rocker.

No way. If anything shes enjoying the limelight in the Cracker Barrel rocking chair as she promotes her two-disc DVD and CD An Evening With . . . Dolly that just went on sale in the restaurant that began in Lebanon in 1969 just five years after an 18-year-old Parton made her way to Nashville from Sevierville, to begin her amazing musical journey to stardom.

Cracker Barrel is a country store, Im a country girl, Parton said. Weve worked with them before on Backwoods Barbie, and they do great with selling music, gospel, bluegrass, and country stuff especially.

Haslam proposes to restore funding to Family Resource Centers

The Wilson Post

An amendment from Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam proposes to reintroduce $3 million in funding for Family Resource Centers across the state, allowing local center directors to heave a sigh of relief.

Haslams office issued a press release Monday detailing $10 million worth of funding added into his budget proposal that included many cuts previously included when the budget was introduced in January.

Beth Petty, Family Resource Center coordinator for the Lebanon Special School District, called the amendment a huge step in the right direction.

Motorcycle, SUV collision claims the life of local man

The Wilson Post

An investigation is continuing into a head-on collision that claimed the life of a Lebanon man.

No charges have been filed in the accident that occurred at approximately 12:05 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, involving a motorcycle and SUV on Meadowlane Drive.

Marqesheo F. Gilliam, 24, of Lebanon, was headed eastbound on Meadowlane Drive on a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle when he struck a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder driven by Sue C. Carmack, 55, also of Lebanon, said Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen.

Rain in forecast, March hottest on record

The Wilson Post

Rain is in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday with a better chance of severe weather today.

Wednesday is probably our greater threat of severe weather, said Sam Herron, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory. He added that the main threats would be hail and strong winds.

Thunderstorms are expected to continue through Thursday, and then a cold front is to move through the area later Thursday night bringing dry and cooler conditions for Good Friday through Easter.


General Sports

CU BASEBALL -- 'Dogs fall to No. 1-ranked Lee

From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- Corey Davis hit a three-run homer in the first and a two-run shot in the third and six Lee University hurlers limited Cumberland to just five hits, as the No. 1-ranked Flames won 6-3 on Tuesday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.

Cumberland (20-19) lost for the seventh time in the last nine games over the last two weeks, another low-scoring affair in which the Bulldogs were unable to generate enough offense. Mike Mandarino accounted for three of CUs five hits in the game, including a solo homer in the first, but the rest of the lineup was just 2-for-29 with three walks and 12 strikeouts.

Devin Stovall (1-4) gave up both of the home runs to Davis but otherwise pitched well, working into the seventh and scattering 11 hits. He walked two and struck out seven before giving way to Cody Ferrell, who tossed 2.1 scoreless innings to finish the game.

Prep baseball -- HHS visits Lebanon

Blue Devils 5, Portland 4
Fresh from a 5-4 win Tuesday night at Portland, Lebanon High's baseball team will host Hendersonville High tonight in a 7 p.m. game at Veterans Field in the Baird Park Complex.

Coach Brian Black's Blue Devils improved to 1-2 in District 9AAA, 1-8 overall with the victory over the Panthers -- Black's first as head coach of the LHS team.

Four Lebanon High pitchers worked, including starter Dent Burger, reliever and winner Chris Shelton, Michael Hastings and Alex Dozier -- who picked up the save.

Dillon Hulse (right) had a two-run double in the top of the third, followed by an RBI single by catcher Jay Pittman. Hastins, Alex Stradner, Pittman and Eddie McDainels each had two hits for the winners.

Hendersonville is coming off a 12-8 home loss to Mt. Juliet High Tuesday night at Drakes Creek Park. The Commandos had an 8-2 lead after five innings, but Mt. Juliet came roaring back with seven in the top of the sixth.

Senior Kyle Smith returned to action in a big way with a three-run double. Smith later scored on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Henson.

Mt. Juliet improved to 13-2 overall / 4-0 in 9AAA action.

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