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Showing 10 articles from February 14, 2013.


Clara Taylor Miller, 97

Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Leeville Cemetery for Mrs. Miller, 97, of Nashville. A longtime resident of Lebanon, she died Feb. 13, 2013, at Cedars Health Care.

Edna G. Forbes, 77

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Edna Gannon Forbes, 77, of the Shop Springs Community. A 1953 graduate of Watertown High School and the first director of Wilson County's E-911 service, she died Feb. 13, 2013 at her residence.

James Jim Marvin Stark, 77

Funeral services were held Thursday evening, Feb. 14 at the Sellars Funeral Home / Stone Mansion for Mr. Stark, 77, of Lebanon. Formerly from Hagerstown MD, the acclaimed portrait artist died Feb. 11, 2013.

Jerry R. Freeman, 83

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the Church of God Worship and Ministry Center, 1007 Hartsville Pike, Lebanon for longtime local business owner Jerry R. Freeman.

Owner of M&M Winding Company for 37 years and a native of Wilson County, Mr. Freeman died Wednesday, Feb. 13 at his home at the age of 83.


General News

3-car wreck sends 2 to hospitals

A three-car accident at 7117 Hwy. 70 (Sparta Pike) close to Linwood Road Wednesday, feb. 13resulted in three people being injured with two of them transported to area hospitals for treatment. The accident happened at about 3:15 p.m.

Trooper Shane Roberts of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said in his report that a 1992 Toyota Celica, driven by Richard West, 25, of Cherry Valley, was traveling southbound on Hwy. 70.

He stopped in his lane of travel to turn into a private driveway when a second vehicle, a 2002 Dodge Stratus driven by Mary Graham, 70, of Watertown, rear-ended the Toyota.

Lebanon Council sets public hearing

Lebanon City Council will hold a public hearing prior to its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

The public hearing will be at 5:55 p.m. in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.

The purpose is rezoning part of the property at 508 North Cumberland Street from R-2 (Medium Density Residential) to B-4 (Highway Business).

The regular meeting will follow at 6.

LPD offers Citizens, Youth Police Academies

In an effort to educate and inform the community, the City of Lebanon, in partnership with the Lebanon Police Department, provides its residents and business owners a voluntary police academy.

The city and LPD also offer a similar Youth Police Academy.

The six-week Citizens Police Academy program entails lectures, presentations, as well as hands-on activities to teach and inform its participants the many facets of law enforcement and introduce the police department that serves them.

Police Chief Scott Bowen said this stimulating and informative program will give each enrollee a better sense of the LPD and the issues concerning everyday operations. Citizens will also have a better understanding of their role in the Community Oriented Policing philosophy.

The purpose of the Citizens Police Academy is to foster better communications between citizens and police through education. A well-informed citizen is more likely to share their experiences with the community as the opportunity arises. Everyone benefits from enhancing citizen's understanding of the role and function of their police department, he added.

Modeled after the Citizens Police Academy, the Youth Police Academy is a week-long program that also includes lectures, presentations and hands-on activities. It is designed to give young people a clearer understanding of police work and dispel the unrealistic world of crime-fighting portrayed in movies and on television.

Our hope is that students attending the program develop a strong rapport with our department and learn how to become an engaged and active member of our community, Bowen said.

Although future police officers and aspiring criminal justice professionals are certainly encouraged to apply, students who have a general interest in civics, government and the community may also benefit from the varied experiences in the academy. Participants must have an interest in the curriculum and be willing participants.

The program is not designed for children with disciplinary problems or at risk children, he emphasized. Although we have a training camp atmosphere, we are neither designed for nor are we clinically trained to deal with troubled youth.

Anyone interested in applying is encouraged to do so by March 18. There is no cost for the academy. The Youth Police Academy will be held Monday through Friday, March 18-22. This is during week two of Lebanon Special School Districts and Wilson County Schools Spring Breaks.

Academy times are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details and schedules will be included in the AWP (Application and Waiver Packet). Class size is limited to 40 students. To qualify, you must:

Be between the ages of 12 and 18 (still in school) Be in good academic standing with your school Have written consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian Not have been convicted of any crimes

To receive your AWP, come by the police department at 406 Tennessee Blvd., Lebanon. It can also be downloaded from Deadline for the AWP is Friday, March 8.

All applications will be reviewed and approved by the Chief of Police. For further information, contact Officer PJ Hardy, CPA coordinator, at 453-4398 or by email at

You are also encouraged to apply for the next Citizens Police Academy, which begins Thursday, March 21. The academy meets every Thursday from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., in the courtroom of the LPD. There is no cost to participants. Deadline to register for the academy is Friday, March 15.

To qualify, you must be:

At least 18 years old A resident, business owner, employed, or volunteer within the city of Lebanon Without any felony convictions

To apply in person, come to the police department at 406 Tennessee Blvd., or apply online at For further information, you may also contact Hardy at the same number and email listed above.

Ribbon cutting for the new Historic Lebanon office on West Spring

The Wilson Post

Historic Lebanon has a new place to call home and officially opened their office Tuesday, Feb. 12with a ribbon-cutting event.

It is all about telling our story, Historic Lebanon A Partnership with Cumberland University Executive Director Kim Parks said of the organizations goal to preserve historic buildings and promote tourism.

Parks, along with Cumberland University President Dr. Harvill Eaton, invited the community to celebrate their new location on West Spring Street during the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Parks, who has loved historic homes and sites since childhood, served on Historic Lebanons all-volunteer board since 2009. I was Chairman in 2011, until I was hired as Executive Director, she explained, adding that the new role came with the non-profits collaboration with Cumberland.

The house that we are using now was offered to us by Dr. Eaton. It was a sudden thing and we are grateful to them for providing that, she said.

The partnership and new office will hopefully help Historic Lebanon in their goal to become a Main Street community. Now we qualify and hopefully our application will be accepted. Being a Main Street community adds validity to your cause. They will show you ways to have economic restructuring and historic preservation, she explained.

Our role is to educate people on Lebanons history and its importance. We are cheerleaders for tourism to our town trying to bring in tax dollars and make it economically viable to preserve these buildings and make people want to come see it.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at


General Sports

'Dogs, FHU battle to 8-8 tie

LEBANON -- Cumberland scored seven runs in three innings, including a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the ninth from Daniel Harrison, but ran out of daylight, tying Freed-Hardeman 8-8 in 10 innings Wednesday at Ernest L. Stockton Field.

Harrison collected two hits and three RBIs and Robert Gonzalez and Brodie Ross each drove in a pair of runs, as Cumberland (2-1-1) erased an 8-1 deficit to tie the contest and send it to extra innings before darkness halted the game.

CU collected 10 of its 13 hits in the final four innings, making up for a sloppy beginning that included four errors, all in the first five innings.

Cold changes CU baseball plans

Cumberlands plans for twi-night baseball doubleheaders Friday and Saturday against Union University and Indiana University-Southeast have been scuttled due to concerns over near-freezing temperatures in Wilson County.

The revised schedule now has Union playing IU-SE Friday at 11 a.m. followed by CU vs. IU-SE at 2 p.m. Saturdays schedule calls for Cumberland to host Union in an 11 a.m. twinbill.

Its just going to be too cold to play tonight or Saturday at Veterans Field, said CU Coach Woody Hunt. Indiana-Southeast will play Union and us on Friday, then theyll be able to get back home. Union will get in three games if the weather holds and well also get in three games.

Cumberland (2-1-1) travel to Montgomery, Alabama for three games beginning Sunday as the Bulldogs take on Auburn Montgomery in a 5 p.m. contest, followed by a 3 p.m. single on Monday. On Tuesday, CU will play at Faulkner in a 12 Noon start.

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