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Obituaries

Camille "Millie" Thomas, 79

Mrs. Thomas, 79, died Saturday June 23, 2012.
Graveside services were held Tuesday afternoon, June 26 at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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Ed Lockett, 83

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, June 26 in the Chapel of Andrew Price Memorial United Methodist Church in Davidson County for Mr. Lockett, 83, of Nashville.
The Wilson County native and Castle Heights Military Academy graduate died Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.
Interment was at the Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
He was a U. S. Army veteran and a member of Andrew Price Memorial United Methodist Church. Mr. Lockett was a professional engineer retiring from the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers with 42 years of service.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Frank J. Foster, 81

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, June 25 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Foster, 81, of Lebanon.
Born in Scott County, he died Friday, June 22, 2012, at his home.
Interment was at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Justin Scott Williams, 30

A funeral mass was held Tuesday morning, June 26 at St. Stephen Catholic Community, Old Hickory, for Mr. Williams, 30, of Mt. Juliet.
Born in New York and a 2000 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, he died Friday, June 22, 2012.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

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Kenneth Fowler, 66

Kenneth Fowler, 66, died June 22, 2012.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, June 26 at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon.
Interment was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Margaret Phillips Whitefield, 83

Funeral services for Mrs. Whitefield, 83, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
Mrs. Whitefield, of Liberty, died Monday, June 25, 2012, at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.
Interment will be at the Salem Cemetery in Liberty.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Rufus Edward Whittle, 68

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Whittle, 68, of Hermitage.
Retired from Textron, he died Monday, June 25, 2012.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, with interment at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

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Ruth Buchanan Taylor, 91

Ruth Taylor, 91, of Lebanon, passed away on June 24, 2012. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon until 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Wednesday.

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US Navy veteran Louis Draper, 85

Funeral services were held Monday morning, June 25, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Louis Draper, 85, of Lebanon. A US Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Draper died Friday, June 22, 2012, at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.

Born October 11, 1926, in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Boss and Clester Minchey Draper. Mr. Draper was a lifelong farmer and a member of the Laguardo Baptist Church.

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William Still, 83

Mr. Still, 83 of Mt. Juliet died June 23, 2012.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Interment will follow the service at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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General News

Brush fire burns 20 acres

WEMA concerned about July 4

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- As Wilson County Emergency Management Agency personnel watered down what was left of a barn destroyed by a 15- to 20-acre brush fire Tuesday morning, WEMA Director John Jewell said he is wary of the July 4 holiday next week due to hot and dry conditions.

We are extremely worried about the Fourth of July, Jewell said, referencing the amount of fireworks that will be purchased and used by local residents for the holiday.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=56|imageid=352|displayname=0|float=left}With conditions as dry as they are, Jewell urged all citizens to take every precaution if shooting off fireworks this weekend and next week.

He said since June 1, county emergency personnel have fought 35 brush fires here, including a 70-acre fire in the Watertown area on June 8.

As of Tuesday, the agency added another to the list.

According to Jewell, WEMA received a call of a brush fire off Stockbridge Way and Central Pike in Mt. Juliet, around midnight Tuesday. After that fire was extinguished, another call came in around 4:30 a.m., which drew personnel from WEMA Stations 5, 3, 6 and some from Station 1 in Lebanon.

It was about 15 to 20 acres and burnt two barns, no equipment, the barns were fairly empty, Jewell said of the fire.

Jewell indicated the fire that was reported at 4:30 a.m. was most likely an extension of the first that was reported earlier. He said it was likely embers were left burning or possibly traveled by winds to ignite the dry grass a second time.

They were even more cautious with the second fire as crews continued to douse the area with water, bulldoze and rake through the destroyed barns and be sure nothing was left smoldering.

Its just extremely dry and any spark can ignite one of these fires, Jewell said.

With the lack of rainfall and temperatures that expect to reach record highs later this week, Jewell said even things you wouldnt think could start a fire pose a potential risk. He said anything from hot mowing equipment to farm vehicles could start a brush fire.

The Tuesday morning fire burned through fields behind Center Chapel Church of Christ at 9500 Central Pike and alongside the Wright Farms subdivision, but Jewell noted the homes were never in immediate danger.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=56|imageid=350|displayname=0|float=right}

The fire burnt within about 75 yards of the homes, but they werent in any real danger, Jewell said. The Wilson County Sheriffs Department got everyone up and out of bed, which was appropriate.

He added that no one was evacuated from their homes, but he did advise residents to water their lawns to prevent wind from carrying any embers into the subdivision.

By 11 a.m., crews on the scene had demolished both barns and were watering down debris and fence lines to prevent any future sparks from igniting again.

Were trying to water down areas we may have missed, Jewell said.

The cause of the initial brush fire was unknown with the investigation continuing.

Jewell issued warnings to local residents to be extremely cautious when celebrating the upcoming holiday.

He said to water the grass and surrounding areas when grilling outdoors and to do the same if you plan to shoot fireworks. Keep a supply of water on hand also to extinguish any sparks that may result from using fireworks.

At a time like this, Jewell said you cant be too cautious.

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

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Near record heat later this week

A rapid warm-up is forecast for the latter half of this week, bringing temperatures into the triple digits according to the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, which is stressing local residents to stay safe.

An alert issued by WEMA on the Nixle Alert System early Tuesday morning indicated a large dome of high pressure is forecast to build eastward, essentially putting Middle Tennessee into the pressure cooker.

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