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Andy Louis Smith, 58

Funeral services will be conducted 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Smith, 58, of Mt. Juliet. He died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.

Charles Thomas Hayes, 71

Funeral services were held Tuesday evening, Jan. 9 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Hayes, 71, of Mt. Juliet. Know as "Tommy" to his family and friends, he died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Dearies Kjuan Butler, 29

Mr. Butler, 29, of Mt. Juliet died Jan. 2, 2013.
Services were held Sunday afternoon, Jan. 6 at the Garden of Prayer Tabernacle.
Neuble Monument Funeral Home, LLC. was in charge of arrangements.

Edna Mae Winfree, 78

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Jan. 7 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Winfree, 78 of Watertown. She died Friday morning, Jan. 4, 2013 at her residence.

Flora Bradford, 97

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Bradford, 97, of Hermitage. The widow of the late Herman C. Bradford, she died Jan. 6, 2013.

Gary Clemons, 63

Mr. Clemons died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at age 63.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home / Stone Manson, Lebanon.

Helen G. Hays Hawker, 68

Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 6 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Hawker, 68, of Lebanon. She died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at University Medical Center.

Mary Christine Gammons Siegrist Brummett, 85

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Brummett, 85, of Lebanon. She died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at the Summit Medical Center.

Owen K. Cartwright, 67

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at Nashville's Mt. Olivet Funeral Home for Mr. Cartwright, 67, of Mt. Juliet.

Ray Ricketts, 84

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 at Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Ricketts, 84, of Lebanon. Employed many years in construction and retired from the City of Lebanon, Mr. Ricketts died Tuesday evening, Jan. 8, 2013 at Quality Care Health Center.

Ray was a member of Fall Creek Baptist Church, an avid horseman and small game hunter.
Visitation 12 Noon - 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. until service time on Friday.

Susan Carol Inberg Bozarth, 63

A celebration of life will be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Ms. Bozarth, 63, of Mt. Juliet. She died Jan. 7, 2013.


John Sloan - Outdoors

They will come

It doesnt seem much like it now. Cold and windy a lot of the time, dreary. However, they will come, one after the other, spread out like a good Navajo blanket with the designs in order. It is simply a matter of turning some calendar pictures.


At the Movies

'Lincoln', 'Master' best films of 2012

Special to The Wilson Post

There were definitely some huge hits at the theaters in 2012, and it was certainly a much better year at the movies than 2011, and looking back, Lincoln and The Master stand as the years most outstanding films.

With the Academy Awards coming up next month, nominees for categories will soon be announced and you can bet these two films will be in the running for Best Picture, but they are not without their flaws.

The Master was written and directed byPaul Thomas Anderson, who is becoming a force to be reckoned with and whose films truly speak volumes. In Master, Anderson created a tragic waltz between wayward drifter Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) and charismatic cult leader Lancaster Dodd (Phillip Seymour Hoffman).

From its opening sequences, The Master was the only film I saw this year where the entire theater sat in complete silence until the credits rolled. It was mesmerizing, beautifully acted and filmed and something I simply couldnt take my eyes from for a second.


General News

6 fires in Wilson over past 5 days

The Wilson Post

Wilson Emergency Management Agency, along with Lebanon and Mt. Juliet firefighters, were busy putting out the flames at six fires which occurred during the past five days.

WEMA Director John Jewell said the influx of house fires is related to the recent cold spell in Wilson County. It never fails. We always heat up those heaters, lay out extension cords, and load the wood stoves a bit heavier. It all together adds up, he said.

WEMA assisted with four of the fires, which occurred on Cardiff Lane and Whitnell Drive, both in Mt. Juliet, Cainsville Road and McKee Road, both in Watertown.

Lt. David Cross who works at WEMAs Station 3 in Mt. Juliet said the cause of Tuesdays fire on Cardiff Lane in the Chandler Pointe subdivision is still unknown.

The owner of the home is preparing to take his EMT test and was studying with us. His wife called and said the front of the house was on fire. When we got on the scene the front of the house was completely involved in flames, Cross said, adding that the homeowners wife was asleep in the house when the fire started around 9 a.m. They said they smelled smoked and heard popping where the electrical wires were.

The fire Monday night in Mt. Juliet was at a home on Whitnell Drive off Nonaville Road. Lt. Chad Fresen, also of WEMA Station 3 in Mt. Juliet, said that smoke was heavy when they arrived on the scene. It appeared that the blaze at the single-story home could have originated in the basement, but the cause has not yet been determined.

Fire also claimed the top story of a Lebanon home on Ewing Drive Monday evening.
Neighbor John Sloan said he witnessed the smoke shortly before 6 p.m. at the home of Dr. Nancy Barrett. Last I heard, they did not know the cause. I am assuming it was an electrical problem, Sloan said.

Lebanon Fire Department also responded to a call regarding a house fire at 415 Fairview Ave. on Friday afternoon, as well.

As reported at on Friday, neighbor Whitney Carter said she first saw smoke coming from the residence at about 2 p.m. as she was returning home from work.
Annette Johnson, who rents and resides in the home owned by Ken Hawkins, said she was not at home at the time the fire started. No one was injured in the fire. Although further information was not available by press time, Hawkins said it was likely the fire began in the kitchen area or was related to the heating system.

No one was injured during any of the fires.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at

Board of Ed tables middle school idea

The Wilson Post

Wilson County Board of Education tabled the subject of using the former Lebanon High School facility on Harding Drive for a middle school at Monday nights meeting.

Under the recommendation of Director of Schools Mike Davis, Chairman Don Weathers proposed to defer any action until the board can determine the best use of the facility. He added that parents, teachers and the public would be given 30 days notice before action is taken in the future.

The motion passed with a 3-2 vote, with board members Wayne McNeese and Bill Robinson voting against it.

The subject was initially brought up during a school board meeting in late 2012 and received criticism from many parents and teachers at the three schools that would be affected Southside Elementary, Carroll Oakland Elementary and Tuckers Crossroads Elementary. The original plan investigated using the Harding Drive facility for grades 6 through 8 to alleviate crowding at the three elementary schools.

During two public meetings held in December, parents and teachers voiced their concerns about the condition of the building. The Board of Education stressed that, if the plan was approved, they would only be using the newer portions of the facility built in the 1970s and 1990s and would not subject Wilson County students to the older or unfit portions of the building.

For the time being, the board voted to pull $78,000 from the systems fund balance to lease three portable classroom building for Carroll Oakland. Each portable would hold two classrooms, adding six classroom options in total.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at

I-40 West back open

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said at 4 p.m. this afternoon that the section of I-40 West that was closed most of the day is now back open.

The interstate was shut down and traffic was diverted to 840 after a tractor trailer overturned near the 233 milemarker at 4:13 a.m. Wednesday. The driver of the truck was identifed in reports as Wendell Cooper. Cooper, who used his shoulder and lap belt while driving, was transported to University Medical Center to treat "non-incapacitating injuries."

Lebanon's "Elvis" excited to see his story go to silver screen

The Wilson Post

Wade Cummins, famed far and wide as premier Elvis Presley impersonator Elvis Wade, just experienced the thrill of seeing his story The Identical turned into a feature film.

Starring Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta, Seth Green, Joe Pantoliano and Blake Ryane, the movie, produced by City of Peace Films, is set for an October release, with several scenes shot in Watertown and at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds.

The plot follows the path of a musical family from the be-bop 1950s through the glam rock 1970s and features new songs that have a retro vibe.

This is going be a major movie. I couldnt be happier. They did a knockdown, blowout job, Cummins said last week. The executive producers told me, Did you know only 1 percent of all scripts ever written get made? You know what your chances are? Yeah, about like winning the lottery.

Cummins cant share details about the film as the producers asked him to keep the contents of the movie sort of secret, but it does contain some elements of his life.

The screenplay was written by Howie Klausner, whose credits include 2000s Space Cowboys (starring Clint Eastwood, James Garner and Tommy Lee Jones), The Grace Card and The Last Ride.

It's a fictional story but one that is based on many key historical moments. I think anyone who lived through that time period will appreciate the evolution and history of rock n roll portrayed in this film, Klausner stated in an official announcement when production began this past October.

In the movie, executive produced by Yochanan Marcellino and directed by Dustin Marcellino, The Hollywood Reporter reports that Green plays a drummer challenged by excesses of wine, women and song, while Liotta is the familys patriarch and a preacher. Judd is his wife and Pantoliano a music-loving garage mechanic.

Cummins has a cameo in the film, performing a song. A native of Mount Pleasant, he grew up in Detroit, began in the entertainment business as a teenager and moved to Lebanon in 1976.

He has made a career for the past 45 years as Elvis impersonator Elvis Wade and even received a standing ovation from Presley himself when the late rock n roll legend saw his show at George Jones Possum Holler nightclub in Printers Alley in 1972.

It was phenomenal for me, Cummins said. He was fascinated that this guy was making a living doing him.

For a man who doesnt read books or go to the movies, Cummins said writing the story came easy.

I had had the story on my mind for several years and just decided to sit down and put it on paper, and when I did, it just flowed out of me, he said. It took about three months to write. I couldnt read it without crying my eyes out.

Novice writer Cummins sent his story to a number of people, including a film company that made faith-based films.

I never heard a word from them, he recollected. I thought, Maybe its not as good as I thought it was. I forgot about it, and a year later, I got a phone call.

On the other end of the line, director Dustin Marcellino told Cummins, This script laid on my desk for a year. Ive been so busy, I never looked at it. We have two films ready to put into production. I happened to glance down and started reading and couldnt put it down. By the time I reached page 50, I broke down and cried three times. I called my dad, who owns the company, he had the same reaction.

We will drop the two movies if you will give us this movie. We are so excited. We think this is going to be phenomenal, Marcellino said.

Taken by surprise, Cummins told him, Give me seven days to pray about it.

I called em back up and said, OK, you guys got the script. I never dreamed of this starring guys like Ray Liotta and Seth Green, major stars. Its kind of a pinch-me-dream-come-true, Cummins said, also reporting that Liotta told him he cried after reading the script.

As for how the screenplay turned out, Cummins said, Some of it I like. Some of it I love. Some of it I didnt like so much. Some things got cut. Some things made it. But I understand. Im just thrilled to be sitting where I am sitting.

Overturned tractor trailer shuts down I-40 West

According to the Lebanon Police Department, TDOT shut down I-40 West at the Highway 109 Exit at 9 a.m. to remove an overturned tractor trailer from the median.Traffic will be rerouted from Highway 109 to 840.

The crash occured on I-40 near exit 232 early this morning. The interstate is expected to reopen by 4 p.m. this afternoon.

Polar Bear Plunge this Saturday

The Wilson Post

Local polar bears should expect a warmer-than-usual January temperature this Saturday as they take the plunge for a worthy cause.

Jimmy Floyd Family Center Aquatics Director Cindy Baker said that the 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge, which begins at 9 a.m. at the center, should raise an estimated $3,000 to $4,000 for Wilson County Special Olympics.

We have averaged about $3,000 every plunge, and in 2012 the amount raised was over $4,000, she said. I got an email Monday morning and know that at least 20 people have registered online and we already have $1,000 in donations.

Prior to opening the Jimmy Floyd Family Center 12 years ago, Baker explained that the plunge took place in LaGuardo. These plunges are very popular. We do it in the pool here now, but several in the area do it in lakes, she said.

Three years ago, the center incorporated a Costume Contest into the annual event to add more fun and get some laughs.

Participants are invited to dress in a crazy costume. Those will be judged as they jump into the water, she said.

Money raised through the program goes directly to Wilson County Special Olympics. Following the Polar Bear Plunge, the Regional Swim Meet for the Special Olympics will be held in the Floyd Centers indoor pool area.

The cost to participate is the plunge is $10 per person. Participants who raise $30 or more in donations will receive a T-shirt. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday or plungers can pre-register online at or simply pick up a form at the Floyd Center prior to the event.

About three years ago, we broke ice in the pool to let people go in. According to the forecast it will be cloudy on Saturday, but not cold. The low is 46 and the high is 70, Baker said.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at

Woman charged with assault in shooting

From Post staff reports

A woman has been charged with aggravated assault after she allegedly shot her boyfriend in the leg after accusing him of looking at porn on a computer inside their home.

The incident occurred on Saturday, Jan. 5. Lebanon Police Officer J. Scott responded to a call regarding a shooting at 1417 Idlewild Drive, Apartment A. He said in his report that the woman who called, identified as Melonie Cantrell, reportedly said she shot a man in self-defense and the handgun she used was on a bed in a bedroom.

The officer was met at the front door by Cantrell who was crying and yelling that she had been attacked so she fired the weapon.

Scott took Cantrell out of the home and then went back in where a man, identified as Jimmy Harp, was on the couch with a gunshot wound to his left inner thigh. Harp reportedly told the officer that Cantrell came into the living room with his handgun pointed at him, stood in front of the TV and demanded that he confess to her that he had been looking at porn on the computer or else she was going to shoot him dead.

The officer noted in the report that Harp said he did not answer her and that was when she allegedly shot him.

Cantrell was then taken to the Lebanon Police Department for questioning.

The weapon reportedly used in the incident was a Taurus Millennium PT145. Officers recovered a .45 ACP spent shell casing and a metal projectile from within the couch.

Cantrell was released on Jan. 6 after posting bond which was set at $35,000. She is to appear in court on Feb. 19.


General Sports

Biddle joins TSWA Hall of Fame

Veteran journalist and Lebanon resident Joe Biddle is a member of the 2013 three-member class of the Tennessee Sports Writers Associations Hall of Fame.

A native of Johnson City and a US Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, Biddle joins John Adams of the Knoxville News Sentinel, and the late Harold Harris of the Knoxville News Sentinel who will be inducted July 11-12 in ceremonies scheduled at Lebanon's Cumberland University.

Biddle currently writes weekly columns for the Main Street Media family of newspapers including: The Wilson Post, The Gallatin News and The Hendersonville Standard as well as WKRN-TV and The Williamson Herald.

"This honor is long overdue," said Tommy Bryan, sports editor of The Wilson Post. "Joe is one of the icons of sports journalism in the Southeast. We consider it a privilege to have Joe's work on our pages."

Biddle attended East Tennessee State and worked for the Johnson City Press-Chronicle and Daytona Beach News Journal before he returned to Tennessee in 1979 -- first working for the Nashville Banner before moving to The Tennessean in 1998 after the Banner folded.

Biddle was a four-time Tennessee Sports Writer of the Year by the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters.

He has been a Harris Poll voter in Tennessee since its inception and is state chairman for Heisman Trophy voting. He also served in Vietnam in the Air Force.

Biddle has covered 25 Super Bowls and Masters, approximately 20 Final Fours, 20-plus Sugar Bowls and a number of national championship games, as well as two Olympic Games (1984 and 1996), two Ryder Cups, almost a dozen Kentucky Derbys, the World Series and the Daytona 500.

BLUE League from Jan. 5

BLUE League basketball results from games played Saturday, Jan. 5 at Winfree Bryant Middle School, Lebanon.

Girls -- Carroll Oakland 22, Castle Heights 1
CO: Allissa Mulasky 11; Rebecca Brown 1; Morgan Jones 2; Aaron Grace Lester 6
CH: Kathryn Sanchez 1

Girls -- Coles Ferry 20, TXR 6
CF: Anne Marie Heidebreicht 14; Honesty Weir 2; Carrie Moscardelli 2; Amari Vaught 2
TXR: Kaylee Baker 2; Makenzie Mohr 4

Girls -- Sam Houston 18, Byars Dowdy 11
SH: Malley McElihiney 2; Ali Davis 4; Samaya Rhodes 8; Courtney Allen 4
BD: Autumn Calvo 1; Breanna Buhler 2; Marquaja Nunley 2; Kaylyn Tarpley 4; Delisha 2

Boys -- Carroll Oakland 23, Castle Heights 10
CO: David Greene 10; Colin H. 2; Gaven Reasonover 2; Michael Sells 4; Carson Boles 3; Peyton B. 2
CH: Dawson Allen 2; Luke Bradshaw 2; Wyatt Simmons 2; Jackson Painter 2; Justin Burch 2

Boys -- Coles Ferry 34, TXR 10
CF: Mark McDearman 2; Dorian Champion 8; Brady Chappell 2; Malcolm Logue 7; Garrett Pope 2; Will Burress 4; Luka Saller 8; Jordan Carter 1
TXR: Preston Creswell 4; Mason Loftis 2; Dalton Height 1; Ian Roberts 1; Elijah Williams 2

Boys -- Byars Dowdy 36 Sam Houston 28
BD: Jeremiah Hastings 13; Edmund Stewart 11; Braden Wilson 3; Will Seats 2; Jackson Carson 7
SH: Chase Birdwell 4; Polo Phillips 14; Jamar Kinard 10

CU women ranked No. 7 in NAIA

Cumberland University remained No. 7 nationally in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday, the first regular season ranking of the new year and the first national rating since December 11.

The Bulldogs have been ranked in the last three national rankings dating to Dec. 4 after getting off to a 9-0 start through November, which included three consecutive road victories to begin Mid-South Conference play.

During that stretch CU defeated then second-ranked Shawnee State and then No. 18 the University of the Cumberlands in consecutive games.

Cumberland stands 14-1 overall this season, 5-1 in MSC action, after splitting a pair of contests last week at home. The Bulldogs dropped a 57-55 decision against St. Catharine College before rebounding with a 66-64 win over then No. 21 Georgetown College.

The Bulldogs will be on the road for a pair of conference games Thursday, Jan. 10 at UVA-Wise and Saturday, Jan. 12 at Pikeville.

CU leads four Mid-South teams in the national rankings this week, with Campbellsville University at No. 10, Shawnee State at No. 13 and Georgetown at No. 23. St. Catharine and the University of the Cumberlands are both in the Receiving Votes category.

The No. 7 national ranking ties for the highest by the program since 1999-00. Before receiving the No. 7 ranking on December 4 of this season, the Bulldogs were last ranked in the Top 10 nationally on Jan. 8, 2007 (8th), and were last No. 7 in consecutive polls on Jan. 11 and Jan. 18, 2006.

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