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Showing 13 articles from August 31, 2012.


Herman J. Toombs, 66

Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Toombs, 66, of Mt. Juliet. He died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.

Interment was at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Building Fund at First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Marcella Snader, 78

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Snader, 78, of Mt. Juliet. She died Aug. 28, 2012.

Visitation with the family will be 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday. Entombment will follow the service at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Ruth Jean Gann, 73

Funeral services were held Thursday Aug. 30, at Wilson County Funeral Home for Mrs. Gann, 73. She died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 at her home.
Interment was in Wilson County Memorial Park.
Wilson County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Tommy Joe Wallace, 61

Funeral services were held Thursday evening, Aug. 30 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown for Mr. Wallace, 61, of Old Hickory.

Born in Bogalusa, La., Mr. Wallace died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 at Heritage Medical Center in Shelbyville.

Arrangements by Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home.



Weekend marks end of summer season


Labor Day weekend is a checkered flag signaling the end of summer.

And what an unusual summer it has been.

Drought and record heat in the early weeks followed by plentiful rain and cooler temperatures in the second half.

At one time, as I recall, we went through a stretch of eight days with daily high mercury readings topping the 100 degree mark.


Guest Column

National Mortgage Settlement report shows promise for TN homeowners

Tennessee homeowners are already reaping substantial benefits under the National Mortgage Settlement, according to a preliminary report released this week by settlement monitor Joe Smith.

Compiling data received from all five mortgage servicers who are party to the settlement, the report shows that Tennessee homeowners have received over $36 million in relief during the first quarter of the settlement from March 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012. The relief comes in the form of loan modifications, refinances and facilitated short sales.

The monitors report also shows that at the close of the quarterly period servicers were in the process of offering an additional $17-29 million in savings to Tennessee homeowners.

Although this preliminary report represents a good start by these five servicers, there is still a lot more work to do, said Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper. Our office is committed to making sure that homeowners receive the benefits they are entitled to under the settlement.

Rafting the Nolichucky River


The little town of Erwin, Tennessee seems to have little to offer. It lies in the heart of the Smoky Mountains just southeast of Johnson City. Its oblong layout is dictated by the surrounding peaks as it hugs the valley near the North Carolina state line. But the best thing about this remote small town is the scenic river flowing through it.

On Wednesday, Linda and I put on our personal flotation devices and helmets in preparation for the white water run on the Nolichucky River, a 9-mile stretch of whitewater just up river from Erwin. A 45-minute bus ride took us over the pass where the Appalachian Trail crosses the road and then into North Carolina where we would put our seven-person raft into the muddy water above a long stretch of whitewater in the eastern USA.

We practiced our strokes and Ben, our raft guide, shouted instructions loud enough to be heard over the churning roar of the river.


General News

Burglaries committed by organized group

Local checks have ties to Belle Meade, Knoxville crimes

The Wilson Post

Recent thefts in Lebanon have targeted victims at fitness centers with checkbooks, drivers licenses and other personal items stolen from cars and later used for other reported crimes and possibly identity theft.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said four burglaries on Saturday, Aug. 18, targeted victims at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club and Jimmy Floyd Family Fun Center. In all four instances, Bowen said victims were inside exercising or taking part in some other physical activity.

This is a well-orchestrated felony gang, Bowen said. Weve been told they are targeting fitness centers.

Bowen pointed out criminals are opportunists and said if they walk by a vehicle and see an item of value they will steal it. He said this group showed signs of being more sophisticated because of the items they targeted.

First Freedom, WC Motors show growth in economy

The Wilson Post

National headlines are focusing on the economy and whats happening across the U.S. that might be related to job growth, the housing market and business in general.

Locally the news, as it relates to the economy, has shown positive trends in recent months.

Construction for Wilson County Motors new car dealership on South Hartmann Drive was initiated this week and Thursday First Freedom Bank cut the ribbons to officially open its new home office headquarters on West Main Street.

Both multimillion dollar facilities follow the opening of the new Lebanon High School; plans for a new Watertown High School; a pronouncement by Amazon that it will increase the size of its local operations to become one of the largest in its group; and a number of other commercial, industrial and business enterprise announcements.

LPD to add 12 new patrol cars

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police Department will soon roll out 12 new patrol cars purchased through a local dealership that Chief Scott Bowen said would hopefully save the department some gas money and replace the current standard patrol car that is no longer being manufactured.

Bowen said the department purchased 12 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicles from local dealership Wilson County Motors and plans to have the cars on the road in the next two to three weeks. The vehicles will update the LPD patrol fleet considering the departments current patrol vehicle is no longer being manufactured.

They just arent making the Ford Crown Victoria anymore, Bowen said, referring to the departments primary patrol vehicle.

When searching for a new model, Bowen noted Ford is still making and selling cars to law enforcement agencies, indicating the companys Interceptor model is being used by many agencies. However, Bowen said the LPD has to purchase those vehicles from non-local businesses or companies and said he wanted to go a different route.

I dont know when we last bought cars locally, he said. But Wilson County Motors sold us the vehicles and Im a strong believer in supporting local businesses. It just helps everybody.

WHS in top 5 percent for improvement

The Wilson Post

Watertown High School was rewarded by Gov. Bill Haslam and State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman earlier this week for its yearly value-added growth progress, placing it in the top 5 percent of schools in the state, based on improvement.

An announcement was made Monday, Aug. 27, and recognized 169 Reward Schools in 70 districts for being in the top 5 percent for annual growth and the top 5 percent for academic achievement.

WHS was the only school in Wilson County among the Reward Schools list.

We are proud of the honor, said WHS Principal Jeff Luttrell. I give all the credit to the teachers and our students.

A schools success was calculated by measuring performance on Algebra 1, English 1 and 2 and Biology 1 End of Course, or EOC Test scores as well as graduation rates.


General Sports

CU football opens Saturday

Normally, transporting a football team nearly 200 miles by bus isnt high up there on anyones list of favorite activites.Thats not the case as Cumberland heads to Dyersburg for the start of the 2012 college football season and Saturdays Big River Bowl date vs. Kansas Wesleyan.

Kickoff is set for 12 Noon at JC Sawyers Stadium. Live radio coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. on WANT FM-98.9 and on the Internet at

I dont think theres a coach on the staff who isnt looking forward to getting on that bus, said CU head coach Dewayne Alexander.

Prep football from Thursday

Watertown 56, Huntland 14 --
Taking a 27-0 first quarter lead, Watertown (2-0) rolled to a 56-14 victory over Huntland Thursday at Robinson Stadium.

QB Ty Jobe scored touchdowns on runs of 32 and one yards and lofted a 16-yard TD pass to Dakota Self. Tailback Brannon Hill raced for 106 yards rushing and three times.

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