Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Croy, 90, of Lebanon. A member of the First Presbyterian Church, she died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 in Nashville.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 11 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Fenton, 84 of Hendersonville. She died Dec. 8, 2012.
Funeral services were held Saturday morning, Dec. 6 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. McCoy, 84, of Prospect, Ky. Formerly of the Shop Springs Community, she died Dec. 4, 2012 at her Kentucky residence.
Burial was in the Carlen Point Cemetery at Silver Point.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at St. Stephen Catholic Community, Old Hickory, for Mrs. Kruger, 87, of Mt. Juliet. She died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Dec. 9 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Baine, 58, of the Bellwood Community.
Elnora Agee, 92, of Lebanon, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 at the University Medical Center.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 11 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Cooksey, 39, of Leesburg, FL. Formerly of Watertown, Mr. Cooksey died Dec. 4, 2012 in Florida.
Graveside services were held Monday, Dec. 10 at the Bartons Creek Cemetery for Mrs. Ferrell, 71, of Lebanon.
A longtime volunteer at Carroll Oakland School, she died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at her residence.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Graveside funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Bascom Cemetery in McMinnville for Mr. Turner, 51, of Mt. Juliet. He died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.
A celebration of life was held Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 11 at the J.C. Hellum Funeral Home for Mr. Bell, 74, of Lebanon. He died Dec. 6, 2012 at Quality Health Care, Lebanon.
Funeral services were held Monday morning, Dec. 10 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Hayes, 79, of Lebanon.
Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Sellars Funeral Home / Stone Mansion, Lebanon for Mrs. Chandler, 79, of Lebanon. She died Dec. 10, 2012.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Nunley, 57, of Lebanon. A member of the Baptist faith and employed in purchasing for Tennessee Sheet Metal, he died Monday Dec. 10, 2012 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
Mrs. Andrews, 91, of the Shop Springs Community, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at The Pavilion Health Care Center in Lebanon.
Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet requests the communitys help.
Each year at Christmas Big Brothers, with the help of Mt. Juliet High School students, ROTC and numerous volunteers, pack hundreds of food boxes and distribute toys to needy families in West Wilson County.
Sherry Bilbrey, president of Big Brothers, said that with the West Wilson County population continuing to increase they expect more families needing assistance for Christmas 2012.
Without Big Brothers help, many families may not be able to provide a Christmas for their family. Big Brothers is a 501(c)3 non-profit and operates entirely on donations. We are and all-volunteer group of caring people whose only goal is to help those less fortunate, Bilbrey said. No one receives any type compensation. We are asking that parents, students, local businesses and the community be aware that without their help in this most important mission, we would be unable to carry out our Christmas activities and our year-round mission of helping needy families with such things as utility bills, food and medication, etc. These needs have seen a steady increase this past year. One never knows when you yourself might be that person or family in need of assistance.
Big Brothers has partnered again this year with Second Harvest Food Bank and the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. All food and toys collected will be distributed to needy families in West Wilson County. Any surplus food will be donated to the Mt. Juliet Help Center. Collection boxes have been placed in the Wilson County Schools and in several businesses in West Wilson County. Families with a permanent address in Mt. Juliet, Old Hickory, Gladeville and Hermitage in West Wilson County are served.
The Mothers Toy Store will be from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Mt. Juliet Middle School Cafeteria located at 3565 N. Mt. Juliet Road. There is no charge for the families to shop. Volunteers are needed on the evening of Dec. 14, at 5:30 p.m. and the morning of Dec. 15, at 7 a.m., in the school cafeteria to prepare the Mothers Toy Store for parents to shop.
Food boxes will be packed at the Mt. Juliet Middle School at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14.The most help is needed at 7 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, to help deliver food boxes. You will need room for a minimum of two boxes of food in your vehicle weighing approximately 40 pounds each.
This is a good experience for parents and their children to know the joy of giving, Bilbrey said.
We are low on funds and we need the community to open their hearts, she added. You can help through the food and toy drive and by volunteering your time. Contributions are desperately needed. We invite anyone in the community that would like to volunteer their help to please come and join us. Volunteering is a wonderful experience for all ages.
Monetary donations should be made out to Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet and mailed to Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet, P.O. Box 1513, Mt. Juliet, TN 37121. Visit the website at www.bigbrothersofmtjuliet.org for more information about Big Brothers. Visit the Events page for information on all of the organizations Christmas activities.
By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Crisp December nights, the twinkling of Christmas lights, the feeling of love and goodwill between family and friends who wouldnt want to get engaged during this magical season?
According to a survey conducted by wedding website, TheKnot.com, 39 percent of marriage proposals occur between Thanksgiving and Valentines Day with 16 percent happening at Christmastime.
Local jewelry stores, The Jewelers of Lebanon, American Jewelry Co. in Mt. Juliet and Winfreys Rone Jewelry, have witnessed this boom firsthand.
Christmas is always a time when people feel lovey and Christmas, in any retail business, is the busiest time of the year, said Shaun Smith, owner of The Jewelers.
Terry Fanchier with Winfreys Rone Jewelry Co. agreed that business definitely picks up. She said that in most cases the couple has already talked about engagement and the groom-to-be uses the holiday backdrop to pop the question. A lot of people give engagement rings for Christmas. It is a good time.
American Jewelry General Manager Ryan Wolfenbager said that oftentimes, a boyfriend will choose a date surrounding Christmas Day, such as Christmas Eve or New Years Eve for the actual proposal.
Tennessee is an interesting state when it comes to laws and engagement. In Tennessee, an engagement is a contract for marriage meaning that if the engagement is broken off, the giver can ask for the ring back, he explained. If the ring is given on Christmas Day or a birthday, the person receiving that could construe it as a gift.
According to Wolfenbarger, New Years Eve has become an increasingly popular day to get engaged for many couples. It is a new year and a new start. Many couples have plans to go out somewhere anyways, so maybe their significant other is not as suspicious of their plans to propose because they already have planned a big night out, he said. We sell a lot of engagement rings for both Christmas and New Years.
Both Wolfenbarger and Smith agreed that proposal trends have changed in the past decade. Smith, who has been a jeweler for 16 years, said that in many ways the surprise element has been taken out of engagements.
It used to be that the girlfriend wasnt involved at all. It was rare to see a girlfriend come in, Smith said. The trend now is that the girlfriend will come in with her friends to pick out a ring. Then one of the friends will help the boyfriend when it comes time to buy it. There is not as much surprise anymore.
Wolfenbarger has seen many couples come into his store to select a ring together. We are seeing a major shift. Most customers are both involved and are planning their life out together, he said. Ladies come in and help the guy out. They narrow it down to four or five styles that they like. Most men try to keep the date of when the proposal is going to happen a secret not so much the fact that it is going to happen.
Engagement ring shopping has also changed because of technology and social media.
Almost every lady that comes in has a ring that she likes on her Pinterest account. About 50 percent of my engagement ring customers will shop with a close friend or the mother of their bride-to-be, Wolfenbarger said. I had a guy in here the other day who had three sisters he was taking pictures of rings on his iPhone and sending it to all of his sisters for input.
Smith estimated the average amount spent on an engagement ring in his store nowadays is in the $1,000 to $3,000 range; however, some couples choose to spend more or opt for a custom design. We do custom designs all the time. We do one-of-kind pieces that you cant walk into a chain store and get.
Wolfenbarger said that ladies in 2012 are more interested in the design of the ring whereas men are interested in the grade and quality of the diamond to be placed in it. He recommended that if men are not sure of their girlfriends preference this holiday season, they purchase the diamond of their choice in a presentation mounting. It is a solitaire in a Tiffany-style setting, basic mounting. That way they can have their surprise engagement moment and then come back in and be sure she is getting the setting she really wants.
Presentation mountings are sold for $300. When the presentation mounting is returned, that $300 credit is issued toward another setting purchase.
From Post staff reports
Local sales tax collections for Wilson County for the month of November brought in a whopping $2,724,680, according to a statement by the Tennessee Department of Revenue.
The funds realized from the portion of the state sales tax dedicated as the local share are distributed and used by local governments including county government and the countys three municipalities.
Again, the City of Lebanon outpaced the county and the other two cities listed in the report with local sales tax collections topping $1.4 million in November.
The City of Mt. Juliet trailed Lebanon in the report by some $400,000 collecting just more than $1 million in local sales tax revenue.
Watertowns share of the November sales tax revenue was $17,521 and the amount collected outside of the three municipalities and classified as collections in Wilson County was $282,209.