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Showing 11 articles from July 17, 2012.


Clarence Rhea Williams, 81

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, July 17 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Williams, 81, of Lebanon. A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he died Saturday July 14, 2012 at Quality Health Care Center. Interment was at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Howard Sanders Sandy Holman, 74

Graveside service were held Sunday afternoon, July 15 at the Conatser Cemetery for Mr. Holman, 74, of Watertown. A US Army veteran and a native Wilson Countian, he died Friday, July 13, 2012, at the Northside Nursing Home in Murfreesboro.

James A. Lynn, 69

Graveside services were held Monday morning, July 16 at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens for Mr. Lynn, 69, of Lebanon. He died Monday July 9, 2012 at the Quality Health Care Center.

Velvie Lee Denson, 87

Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Denson, 87, of Lebanon. A homemaker and a member of the Highland Heights Church of Christ, she died Sunday, July 15, 2012 at University Medical Center.

Visitation: Tuesday 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday 12 Noon until funeral services at 2:00 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Services will be conducted by Bro. Barry Keene and Pastor Jamie Watson. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Troy B. and Maggie Ann Haney Hensley; husband John Woody Denson; brother,James Hensley; infant sister U.L. Hensley; sisters Annie B. Loftis and Dorothy Mayberry.

Survivors include: son Roy Denson; brother Wilburn (Dee) Hensley; sisters A.V. Thomas, Lona Zee Ledesma, Edith (Charles) Mitchell, Betty Sue Mabery, Elma Jean (Roger D.) Loftis and Pauline Petty; grandchildren Jeff (Lisa) Denson, Faith Denson and Angie (Jamie) Watson; 11 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Active pallbearers: Jeff Denson, Storm Denson, Collin Watson, Sean Denson, Earl Loftis and Charles Mitchell. Honorary: Charlie Churchwell and A.C. Denson.

Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.


General Lifestyle

Joe Biddle's -- My Bid

WELCOME TO THE SEC -- Texas A&M and Missouri officially became new members of the Southeastern Conference on July 1.

Their real induction comes next week when they join 12 other teams, each represented by their head football coaches and three players at the annual SEC Football Media Days in Birmingham.

I was there the day then-SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer welcomed Arkansas and South Carolina to the conference in 1992.

I had known and covered Kramer during his days as Vanderbilts athletics director. But the day he wore a large plastic Razorback snout on his head, was indeed groundbreaking.

It was totally out of character for Kramer, who was always dignified in his role at Vanderbilt and as the SECs commissioner.


"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Dooley will survive another year at UT

If you are like most college football fans, you take your favorite teams upcoming schedule and go down the list.

You give out wins, losses and tossups and total them up for a best case-worse case scenario for your team. Its a great way to pass the time before that first kickoff and the season starts to roll downhill. is one of several on-line sites that provide projections and let you decide.

There has been a lot of chatter among Tennessee fans as to how many wins Coach Derek Dooley needs to save his job.

Certainly current Athletics Director Dave Hart has given no indication as to what that number is, or if he even has a number.

One thing for sure: Dave Hart is looking for improvement in all aspects of the program and winning games is the best defense Dooley has.


General News

Lebanon attorney enters guilty plea

From Post staff reports

Lebanon attorney Gary Vandever pleaded guilty Monday in a Cookeville courtroom for misappropriating funds taken from assets and property he was managing for clients Paul Porter Sr., and Mr. Porters son, Joe Porter.

Both Porters are deceased.

Vandever was sentenced to a jail term of nine months and placed on probation for nine years.

LSSD, Johnson Controls work toward energy efficiency

Lebanon Special School District has kicked off a comprehensive energy efficiency program with Johnson Controls, a leader in delivering solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings.

Designed to reduce energy costs and promote a healthy learning environment, the program is expected to save the district approximately $3.1 million over the next 13 years.

Project improvements include lighting system enhancements; HVAC upgrades; water conservation measures; and the installation of a Johnson Controls Metasys building management system to provide advanced energy monitoring. Facility upgrades are well underway and are expected to be substantially complete prior to the students returning in August.

Over 1,300 early votes cast so far

The Wilson Post

Four days of early voting have passed for the Aug. 2 County General and State Primary Election, and Wilson County Coordinator of Elections Phillip Warren said the county is on target to match or surpass early voting totals for the same election in 2008.

Warren said to date, more than 1,300 people have voted early after the first four days, with two additional early voting polling places scheduled to open on Monday, July 23.

Its gone pretty well so far, voting is pretty steady, Warren said.

On Friday, July 13, the first day, 358 people voted early in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet. Added to that were 225 absentee or mail-in votes for 583 total at that point. Turnout dipped on Saturday, July 14, with only 85 voting early, but picked back up on Monday with 315 voting.

On Tuesday, 326 people had voted early. The four-day total reached 1,309 after Tuesday's early votes were counted.

Post wins TPA awards, Best Website

From Post staff reports

The Wilson Post was cited for journalism excellence in several categories at last Fridays annual Tennessee Press Associations awards luncheon.

The local newspaper claimed nine awards including a first place plaque for Best Website and a second place award for Best Investigative Reporting.

The awards program is co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee in conjunction with the Tennessee Press Association. Participants in the annual contest must be members of the Tennessee Press Association. A panel comprised of members from the Texas Press Association judged entries submitted for this years contest.

Squires deny urban growth plan

The Wilson Post

Wilson County Commission voted to deny the new Urban Growth Boundary Plan Monday night, which has already been approved at least once by all three municipalities, due to a residents request for his neighborhood to be excluded from Lebanons growth boundary.

L.E. McCluskey spoke at a public hearing held prior to the regular commission meeting, asking commissioners to consider removing the homes off Oriole Drive and Mockingbird Lane, north of Lebanon, from the citys growth boundary.

According to McCluskey, the 28 property owners in the area were told in 2000 that they would not be within Lebanons growth boundary plan.

I was told by then Mayor Don Fox and City Councilor Judge (Haywood) Barry that we were not in the boundary, but it was a shock to me to find out we are, McCluskey said.

The last Urban Growth Boundary Plan was approved by all local governments and by the state in 2001. Mt. Juliet officials in 2011 requested that the growth coordinating committee be reconvened so as to change that citys growth boundary plans.

The committee has been working on new boundaries in negotiations with all three cities and Wilson County since October 2011. The current plan has been approved on resolution by both Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, which require only one reading. Watertown has passed the new plan by an ordinance on first reading but must pass it once more on second reading.

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