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Showing 6 articles from November 16, 2012.


Beth Haskell, 63

Memorial services will be held 12 Noon Saturday, Nov. 17 at Sellars Funeral Home / Stone Mansion, 416 Rome Pike, for Ms. Haskell, 63, of Watertown. She died Nov. 14, 2012.


General News

Accused sex offender takes life

From Post Staff Reports

A man identified as Jason Todd Davis committed suicide Tuesday as Rutherford and Wilson County deputies tried to apprehend the defendant at his Rutherford County home.

Davis was charged with sexual battery of a minor under the age of 13 and failed to show up for Wilson County Circuit Court.

A defendant wanted on a child sex abuse charge took his own life when federal marshals and Rutherford and Wilson County deputies tried to apprehend him Tuesday at his Rutherford County home, Sheriff Robert Arnold said. Rutherford County Detective Chuck Thomas, who is assigned to the U.S. Marshals Task Force, said he, three Wilson County deputies and two U.S. Marshals responded Tuesday to the Anderson Avenue home where they attempted to serve a warrant on the defendant.

He was charged and actually fixing to go to trial that day, Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said. As they were going into the door they heard a gunshot coming from the bedroom in the rear position of the house.

Davis was found with a gunshot wound, lying on his back and holding a rifle. Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services paramedics and supervisors with the U.S. Marshals were contacted. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating as a routine matter.

Local election certified today

The Wilson Post

Results from the Nov. 6 election will be certified and provisional ballots counted and the results released during the Wilson County Election Commission meeting to be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at the Election Commission office.

The provisional ballots are especially important in the Lebanon Special School District race with only nine votes separating longtime Board of Education member Steve Jones and retired educator Johnie Payton. Unofficial results showed Jones with 4,585 votes to Paytons 4,576 votes.

Provisional ballots counted do not sway LSSD School Board election results

From Post Staff Reports

It was determined Friday at the meeting of the Wilson County Election Commission Provisional Counting Board that Steve Jones will stay as the elected board member of the Lebanon Special School District. Jones had trumped fellow candidate Johnie Payton in the Nov. 6 election by just nine votes when unofficial results were released. The closeness of the race left many to wonder if the provisional ballots would sway these results.

Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren said today that each candidate had the same number of votes in the provisional ballots counted. They each had seven, he said.

Of the ballots completed during Early Voting and on Election Day 65 ballots were found to be eligible to vote and were counted.

Provisional voting allows voters who are not readily found on the official roles of registered voters in Wilson County an opportunity to complete a paper ballot on or before Election Day. Their vote is held in a locked and sealed Provisional Ballot box while the circumstances of each voter are fully researched and their eligibility determined, Warren said.

There are many reasons a person may or may not be eligible to vote. As part of the research process the provisional voters information is given to the Tennessee Dept. of Safety and DHS to determine if that person attempted to register to vote through either state agency in a timely manner. If any of the state agencies have a record of the persons attempted registration it is forwarded to Wilson County and the vote will be counted.

During the research period each provisional voter is also checked against the registration records of all 95 Tennessee Counties. Voter registration in Tennessee is by county. Voters must be registered to vote in the county where they reside.

The Provisional Voters whose votes did not count will receive a letter from the Election Commission informing them of the outcome. As part of the Provisional process each voter filled out a voter registration application and these forms will be processed making them eligible to vote in the next election.

Provisional voting is one more way the Wilson County Election Commission lives up to its mission to ensure the integrity of every vote Warren said.

Updated election results for the November 6, 2012 election may be seen at

Redistricting could affect Wilson County

The Wilson Post

Proposed statewide judicial redistricting plans could have a heavy impact on Wilson County.

Judge John Wooten, who currently serves five counties, including Wilson, said that he does not know where the proposed plan is at the state legislature, but that the idea has been floated around for the past five years. I found out at a judicial conference in October, he said, adding that he saw the maps that would increase his area to eight counties. The map that I saw came out of the Lieutenant Governors office.

Wooten said the proposal would reduce the number of Tennessees judicial districts from 31 to 29 leaving Rutherford, Montgomery, Washington, Williamson and Wilson Counties as their own districts. You would now have 12 counties that would be stand-alone districts, Wooten said. The 15th district, which I now serve, would stretch from Macon all the way down to Coffee County that is Macon, Jackson, Smith, Trousdale, DeKalb, Cannon and Warren.

If the proposed plan comes to fruition, Judge C.K. Smith would bear the soul responsibility of serving Wilson County, taking him out of Trousdale, Smith, Macon and Jackson. I am a Wilson Countian and I feel good about Wilson County. It will leave me in Wilson County by myself, he explained. I love my rural counties and it suits me to keep them all, but whatever they do I will live with it.

Wooten hopes the redraw will leave his counties the same. I enjoy traveling to all five counties that I serve. I think that there are a lot of other people who think along those lines, he said.

One of them is Judge Clara Byrd who said she believes the current proposal would do a disservice to our district.

We currently have five counties and under that proposal we would lose one of our judges. It would probably be Judge Wooten, she said, adding that service and cost could be an issue. Everybody works well together. Im afraid that the small counties like Trousdale and Jackson would not get the service they need.

Everybody works well together. I enjoy serving all five of my counties and I would hate to lose four of them. I just think it is going to be a tremendous economic burden when our state doesnt have the money for it. They would have to hire new public defenders, new district attorneys there would be a new judgeship. Nobody has really given us all of the information about it.


General Sports

TSSAA quarterfinals are tonight

Defending Class 2A state champion Friendship Christian was expected to make a deep playoff run this season. Tonights opponent Marion County wasnt. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Pirtle Field. All tickets are $8 and are general admission.

Perhaps one of the most dramatic one-year turnarounds in recent memory has been accomplished in Jasper under the direction of well-traveled coach Mac McCurry (229-67 career). Just a year ago Marion County went 1-9, quite a blow for a program that had won four state championships in the 1990s.

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