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Obituaries

Kenneth D. Ward, 71

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Medlin officiating for Mr. Ward, 71, of Lebanon.

Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation Friday 3 8 p.m. and after 11 a.m. Saturday at Ligon & Bobo. A truck driver, Mr. Ward died Thursday, July 12, 2012 at Quality Care in Lebanon.

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Kenneth Wayne Burlison, 45

Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Burlison, 45, of Mt. Juliet.
A graduate of DuPont High, he died Tuesday, July 10, 2012.
Interment will be at Pulley-Hagar Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

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Ronnie Terrell Butler, 37

Funeral services for will be held Saturday, July 14 at 1 p.m. at Victory Baptist Church, Tate Lane, Mt. Juliet, for Mr. Butler, 37. A Wilson County native, he died suddenly Saturday, July 7, 2012 in Mt. Juliet.

The family will receive friends Friday, July 13 from 4:30 - 7:00pm at Neuble Monument Funeral Home. There will be a visitation at 12 Noon prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Gladeville Cemetery.

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Tommy Wayne Burns, 40

Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Burns, 40, of Mt. Juliet.
A 1989 graduate of Mt. Juliet High, he died Tuesday, July 10, 2012.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday.
Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

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Column

Feelings of Smallness

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

What is it that trips the circuit in your brain when you realize that the world around you is a really big place? I've had this experience many times and it's usually associated with observing or trying to think about vastness.

Probably the first time for me occurred in my teen years when I looked at the stars with some comprehension as to their distances from us. Being able to do this at a young age I feel is unusual since for the most part of our young lives we have been fixed on personal needs and the force of self-survival which surrounds us.

The first detachment from our parents is traumatic for most and for some even in later years causes an inward feeling of loss. It's not until we actually realize that we can make it on our own that we get comfortable with the strange world without relational support.

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Guest Column

A case for Common Core standards

By STEPHANIE BERRY

Curriculum standards in the United States in the past few decades have been all over the board.

Some states choose one set of standards to follow while other states have different standards that they implement for their students. Different states cover different topics at different grade levels. This has caused mass confusion in the education field. Which standards of curriculum do we follow? Do we need educational standards?

This has been a much debated topic in the last few years. The push for states to be held responsible for student achievement began years ago with the Accountability Movement. As part of education reform governors and corporate leaders founded the organization Achieve in 1996. This organizations goal was to raise academic standards, graduation requirements, and improve assessments in all 50 states.

This visionary plan has helped make college and career readiness a priority in the U.S. (Achieve, 2011). Education reform continues to be ever changing and standards of achievement have continued to be even more perplexing, but in 2009 education reform made a huge leap forward in aligning curriculum in all states in establishing Common Core Standards.

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General News

Fourth Tomato Festival slated July 21

Historic Lebanon Tomorrows 4th Annual Tomato Festival is coming up this month at the Lebanon Farmers Market, celebrating the peak of tomato season.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, July 21, at the Farmers Market on South Maple Street. There will be live music, food and of course a number of tomato contests.

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Lebanon Clowns Negro League to be honored July 28

The Roy Bailey AA Museum and History Center will celebrate the legacy of the Lebanon Clowns Negro League baseball team with a weekend of activities Saturday, July 28.

The group will sponsor a Children and Youth Exhibition Game and story-telling about the Lebanon Clowns at 10 a.m. at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. Teams will consist of boys and girls from the community. Anyone interested may contact Keshia Pickett at 290-9041. All participants will receive a gift.

The tribute continues on Sunday, July 29, beginning at 4 p.m. at Pickett-Rucker United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dr. Charley Edward McAdoo, a former member of Pickett -Rucker and a former member of the Lebanon Clowns, will be the featured speaker.

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LSSD sets student registration

Registration for students in the Lebanon Special School District will be from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., Monday, July 23, at the students zoned school (Byars-Dowdy, Castle Heights, Coles Ferry, Sam Houston, Walter J. Baird Middle, Winfree-Bryant Middle).

Enrollment information will need to be updated by parents of all currently enrolled students. Parents will also need to designate who is authorized to pick up their child(ren) and provide answers for medical/first aid information. Parents of students who are enrolling for the first time in the LSSD will be required to fill out a registration packet in its entirety during registration.

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MTEMC warns members of potential scam

Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation officials are warning members about a scam where telemarketers suggest a special federal program will help pay their power bills if they provide personal information, such as a bank routing number or their Social Security number.

"Often it seems, scammers will describe the supposed program as authorized by President Obama," said Chris Jones, MTEMC vice president of communications and member services.

We urge our members to guard their personal accounting and banking information and never share this information with friends or strangers.

Media reports suggest thousands of people nationwide have been taken in by the scam over the last few weeks. Better Business Bureaus in several states also have issued consumer warnings, as well as attorneys general in Mississippi, North Carolina and Arizona.

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Public to view new LHS Sunday

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Local residents will be able to walk through the doors of the brand new $48 million Lebanon High School on Sunday, marking a new beginning for students and teachers, and a new cornerstone for the Lebanon community.

The ceremony kicks off at 1 p.m. with a special flag ceremony, honoring the late William Eric Emmert, a 1991 graduate of LHS, who was killed in action on Feb. 24, 2009, in Mosul, Iraq.

The family donated the flag and were going to have a ceremony honoring Mr. Emmerts service and all veterans, said Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis.

Davis said another formal ceremony is to be held at 2 p.m., during which the school system will receive the keys to the building. LHS Principal Myra Sloan will receive the keys from the school system.

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Rescued dogs to be ready for adoption soon

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Dogs rescued from Wilson County will hopefully be finding new homes in a week or so as New Leash on Life is expected to bring around 10 back from the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to prepare for adoption.

NLOL Director Amy Haverstick said the dogs have been rehabilitating nicely under the care of the Animal Rescue Corps, which led the rescue of 110 dogs from a Wilson County property on Tuesday, July 3.

We brought one in on Tuesday and hopefully were going to start bringing in the rest soon, Haverstick said.

She noted since the rescue, dogs have been kept in the air-conditioning with proper food and water, as well as receiving treatment from veterinarians and animal behaviorists.

Haverstick said many of the dogs were not accustomed to human interaction and were not well socialized. She said the dogs were placed in individual pens at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds but their pens were later moved into groups so they could be reunited with pen mates from the Wilson County property they were rescued from.

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Take a look inside new LHS

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=61|imageid=383|displayname=0|float=left}Watch the slideshow below to see the new Lebanon High School, which celebrated an Open House on Sunday, July 15.

The photos below were submitted toThe Post by WANT_FM's News Director Billy Goodman on a recent tour of the school.

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Teachers learn new math standards

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Elementary teachers from the Wilson County School System and Lebanon Special School District were back in class Thursday, learning and sharing ideas and strategies to implement new Common Core standards for mathematics beginning this school year.

Organized by the Tennessee Department of Education, third through eighth grade math teachers from Wilson, Sumner, Rutherford and Cannon County joined together at Mt. Juliet Middle School to get acquainted with the new standards that focus more on complex problems, designed to teach students the concepts behind mathematics.

This has never really been done before, weve never trained this many teachers at once, said Janin Brock with the TDOE. After Thursday, more than 2,000 teachers statewide will have been trained on the new math standards.

The new standards in math will be adopted statewide in the 2012-2013 school year for grades three through eight. LSSD is piloting the new Common Core standards for English/Language Arts that are to be adopted in 2013-2014 statewide.

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Wilson drought continues, rain beneficial

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Wilson County is not among the 1,000 counties in 26 states declared a disaster area due to the ongoing drought, but still remains in a severe one despite the rainfall this week.

The U.S. Drought Monitor released its updated map of drought conditions nationwide on Tuesday morning which showed the majority of Wilson County still officially in a severe drought.

Of course, the rainfall this week is helping the situation, and John Cohen, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory, said he believed when the next update is issued, which will be Tuesday morning, July 17, the map may at least show Wilson in the moderate category.

Were getting some relief. It definitely helps, he said of this weeks rainfall.

The map shows about two-thirds of Wilson County as being in a severe drought and the remaining one-third, the northwest section, as being in a moderate drought.

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Wilson Post wins Best Website award

The Wilson Post claimed four top-3 awards Friday at the annual Tennessee Press Association awards luncheon, including winning a first-place award for "Best Website" among newspapers of similar circulation.

Other awards won byThe Post include a second-place award for "Investigative Reporting," and two third-place awards for "Community Lifestyles" and "Best Feature Photograph."

The Postalso placed in the top five in five other categories.

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