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Obituaries

Sharon Bernadette McCarver Martin, 61

Funeral services are set for 12 Noon Saturday, Jan. 12 at Lebanon's Maple Hill Church of Christ for Mrs. Martin, 61, of Lebanon. She died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.

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At the Movies

It is no surprise Lincoln leads with 12 Oscar nominations

By PATRICK HALL
Special to The Wilson Post

I checked out the announcement of the nominees in the 85th Academy Awards over breakfast Thursday morning and, deservedly so, Lincoln leads all films with a grand total of 12 nominations, but it faces stiff competition in several categories.

The nominations for DirectorSteven SpielbergsLincoln include: Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Tommy Lee Jones), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Sally Field), Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (Tony Kushner), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score (John Williams) and Best Sound Mixing.

My kneejerk reaction has Lincoln taking home one written-in-stone lock and that is Best Actor in a Leading Role, because as great asDenzel Washingtonwas in Flight andJoaquin Phoenixwas in The Master, this award is Day-Lewis hands down, without question.

From there it really is a tight race this year.

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General News

Congressman Black visits Lebanon

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Congressman Diane Black believes the countrys spending problem to be Medicare related, she said at a reception hosted by the Lebanon-Wilson Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

People say all the time, it is because of foreign aid. But foreign aid is about .02 percent. Our greatest driver of our debt is Medicare, she said, adding that the system does not need to be cut, simply reformed.

Black said that when the system was established in 1965, for every one beneficiary, there were nine workers putting into the pot, so-to-speak. The average age then was 67 for males and 69 for females. People were only on for two to five years, she said.

However, nowadays there are only three workers per one beneficiary and Black pointed out people are living much longer. We see 100-year-old birthdays all over the place and ten thousand baby boomers are retiring each day and coming into the system, she said. You gotta have something for the younger people who are putting in now. Right now we are leaving these kids with so much debt.

Cumberland University President Dr. Harvill Eaton was in attendance at the meeting and praised Black for her detailed explanation. You are a superstar at articulating issues, he said, before joking that she should take a job at Cumberland after this gig is over.

While visiting the district, Black also stopped for a luncheon at Bluegrass Country Club in Hendersonville. The event was hosted by the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce.

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CU announces no tuition increases for 2013

For the first time in school history, Cumberland University is not increasing tuition rates. Students enrolling at the Lebanon, Tenn., university this fall will pay the same tuition rate as last year. Officials made the announcement this week following a meeting of the Board of Trust where members considered tuition rates for the 2013-2014 academic year.

In response to growing concerns about affordability and costs across the nation, the university has taken a wide range of actions aimed at maximizing resources, managing or reducing operating costs, and tackling debt students incur while adding value to a Cumberland education. The Board credits the ability to hold the tuition rate to many of the initiatives implemented by the university over the course of the last year. Students will continue to receive the same outstanding learning experience that Cumberland is known for delivering.

This spring, the university will unveil the new Learning and Career Commons (LCC), a facility designed to extend learning outside of the classroom and support student success. The LCC will provide students with career training services, resume writing assistance, and behavioral instruction. Additionally, students will be able to interview professionals in their field at the building, gaining working knowledge about their particular major before leaving the university. Additionally, students will soon see improvements to current program offerings and new offerings will be introduced later this year. All of these efforts are designed to make students more competitive in their fields of choice.

I believe these actions reflect the type of institution Cumberland really is, said Dr. Harvill Eaton, President of Cumberland University. This sends a clear message that we are committed to our students and their families by providing a quality education that is affordable and the best possible value.

The tuition freeze comes just as the university is wrapping up the largest number of campus improvement and enhancement projects in school history. In 2012, the school opened a 152-bed residence hall and the Center for Online and Professional Studies in Mt. Juliet. The Mt. Juliet Center is a 7,500-square-foot facility that serves as the universitys headquarters for the growing online and adult nursing programs.

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Ordinance could lift firework ban in city

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Recently elected Ward 1 City Council Member Lanny Jewell said he has gone back and forth on the legalization of firework sales in the city of Lebanon which will be voted up or down at next Tuesdays City Council meeting.

It specifies all the regulations where if you are a vendor and want to set up you must first go to the city and get lined up. It also spells out the times when you can shoot which are limited to the holidays, and that if you are under 18 you have to be accompanied by an adult, Jewell said of his understanding of the ordinance.

There are really good sides on both. For me it boils down to the people that are doing bad things with fireworks. They are going to do that anyways. We cant have a big enough police force to stop it all, he said, adding that by banning fireworks they are penalizing the ones that want to do right and that arent shooting at somebodys house.

In these cases the parents are there supervising. Some people are going to do it whether it is illegal or not, he said.

Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino put his feelings on the subject this way: The County sells fireworks and gets revenue from it. Mt. Juliet sells fireworks and gets revenue from it. Neither one of those places has burned down I think we will be fine.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said fireworks are currently banned within the city limits due to an incident that occurred in July 2000. In May of 2000, the city council that was seated at that time passed an ordinance that limited sales and private use of fireworks. Over July 4th weekend we had officers respond to a call in public housing where a group of juveniles were firing at houses, Bowen explained.

When officers arrived on the scene the juveniles proceeded to fire rockets at their officers and their patrol cars. It was about 75 people that had gathered, firing at these officers. We had to call the Wilson County Sheriffs Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol. We had two officers get hurt, Bowen said.

His greatest fear is that if fireworks are legalized again in the city that citizens or officers will once again be injured. As the law currently stands, Bowen said they do not get many calls. The main thing we get calls about is noise after 10 oclock at night when people are trying to sleep, he said.

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SROs placed in four elementary schools

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

School resources officers were placed in Castle Heights Elementary, Byars Dowdy Elementary, Coles Ferry Elementary and Sam Houston Elementary schools Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Officers were already present in Walter J. Baird and Winfree Bryant middle schools, but in light of the recent happening at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Lebanon Special School District Director Scott Benson said security needed to step up.

Over the Christmas holidays we had several conversations with local law enforcement and County Mayor Randall Hutto about keeping our schools safe, Benson said. All of our local law enforcement agencies committed to beefing up security in schools.

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Wish granted for Lebanon's Zac Anderson

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

For a child faced with a life-threatening illness, a moment of normalcy is a dream come true. Middle Tennessee Make-A-Wish and Franklin American Mortgage took it a step further by granting one young mans wish and allowing him to be an honorary team captain during the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee CEO Beth Torres said the story of Zac Anderson, of Mt. Juliet, began with a trip to The Wilson Post. Torres said she was visiting with Publisher Sam Hatcher when she learned about the Friendship Christian student suffering from Lymphoma. Sam helped the Zac get referred and Make-A-Wish started working with the family, she said.

Andersons wish was to see a Dallas Mavericks game and have the opportunity to meet the players. Torres said that he and his family will have the opportunity this March. Make-A-Wish funds the trip, including travel, hotel and dining expenses for the child, their parents and any siblings under the age of 18 living at the residence. It is so refreshing to give a child something to talk about other than illnesses and treatments. They get a scary diagnosis that changes their entire life and through Make-A-Wish we give them part of their normal life back.

Make-A-Wish is made possible through local funding. Support comes from individuals and businesses who want to make a difference in the lives of sick kids, she added. Franklin American Mortgage recently teamed up with Make-A-Wish and decided to make the announcement during Bowl Week.

It was a perfect match, Zac is a big sports fan and Franklin American is behind one of the largest sporting events in town, Torres said. Throughout the weekend, Zac attended all official Franklin American Music City Bowl events including the Welcome Dinner, Coaches Brunch, and Battle of the Bands.Zac had the opportunity to meet Vanderbilts Coach Franklin and NC States Coach Bible.Franklin American Mortgage made sure Zac was part of the event, not just a spectator.For the game, he was named honorary captain of both teams and stepped onto the field for the coin toss.

Our company extends beyond just the walls of our offices, President and CEO of Franklin American Mortgage Dan Crockett said. We strongly believe in giving back to the communities we serve and are honored to work with a first class organization like Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. Zac Anderson exemplifies the word courageous and we were thrilled to have him as our honorary captain during Bowl Week.

Make-A-Wish is also in the process of granting a wish for Zacs sister, Gracie, who has Spina Bifida, and wants to take her family on a cruise.

Many kids out there dont know they are eligible for a wish through our program. We know that if a kid gets to say I wish to do something they start thinking long-term. They arent wrapped up in the monotony of these treatments. It is spiritual healing, Torres said.

To find out if a loved one is eligible for a wish, go to middletennessee.wish.org to the Refer A Child tab.

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General Sports

G-Men, FCS dominate 4A awards

HARTSVILLE -- Class 1A state champion Gordonsville and Class 2A state champ Friendship Christian School dominated the post-season awards handed out Wednesday evening, Jan. 9 at the Region 4A football banquet held at the Creekbank Grill.

Gordonsvilles Payton Watson was named Region MVP and Friendships Stefan Remus was the Special Teams Player of the Year.

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