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Showing 12 articles from February 21, 2013.


Christopher Wayne Jones, 41

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Jones, 41, of Mt. Juliet. A veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division, he died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.

Mabel Adell Harden, 91

Funeral services are planned for 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at Hunter Funeral Home for Ms. Harden, 91, of Nashville. Born in the Statesville Community, the longtime bookkeeper died Tuesday evening, Feb. 19, 2013 at Bethany Health Care.


At the Movies

Lincoln to lead Academy Award winners Sunday

Special to The Wilson Post

The 85th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, and while I spent quite some time mulling over the most deserving films, I am settling on the fact that Lincoln will be the winner in the big categories, despite the fact that I dont see it as the best of the nominees.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, and based on a book by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Lincoln received rave reviews, most notably for the otherworldly performance by Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln.

The film was truly outstanding and a wonderful look into one of our greatest Presidents, as well as the political fight over the death of slavery. It is nominated for a whopping 12 awards: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Costume Design, Best Directing, Film Editing, Original Score, Production Design, Sound Mixing and Best Adapted Screenplay.

All things considered, Im guessing Lincoln wins four awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Day-Lewis and Best Director for Spielberg and Best Supporting Actress for Sally Field, as Mary Todd Lincoln.

To me, Lincoln was mind-blowingly good upon first seeing it. Day-Lewiss performance as the embattled and depressed, but resolute President was transcendent. With subtly of movements and facial expressions alongside moments of power and charisma, in "Lincoln",Day-Lewis continued to make his case as one of the best actors to ever step in front of a camera.


General News

A new chapter looms for Clayborns Bakery

The Wilson Post

Locals were disheartened when Clayborns Bakery closed in 2012; however, sugar and caffeine fiends will once again be able to get their fix when doors reopen in early March.

Josh Hubbard, a recent graduate of Tennessee Technological University, is taking the reins of the 64-year-old business.

Once owned by his great uncle, Johnnie Clayborn, followed by his son Todd who is currently running the wholesale department of the business, We are keeping it in the family, Josh explained.

Beaty named new COO at Wilson County Motors

From Post Staff Reports

Kevin Beaty has been named the new Chief Operating Officer at Wilson County Motors.

A native of Lebanon, Beaty began his career in the automotive industry in 1996. In January 2004, he took on the position of National Product Specialist for Buick and GMC, rising to the top of his field. He played a lead role in all major launch events for Buick-GMC, Chevrolet and Cadillac, most recently the 2013 Buick Encore National Media Event.

He noted he is excited to once again be working in the community, as COO for Wilson County Automotive (Motors), which allows him to go home every night to his wife Melanie and three children, Bryce, 16; Brandon, 11; and Grayce, 9. They are members of the Lebanon First Baptist Church.

Commission to honor African American employees at tonight's meeting

Wilson County Commission will recognize 14 African American employees, each with more than two decades of service, in appreciation of Black History Month at the meeting tonight (Monday) at the Courthouse.

These employees include: Esther Hockett, 49 years of service; Linda Crutcher, 40 years of service; David Wright, 40 years of service; Patricia Walker, 37 years of service; Bonita Thompson, 34 years of service; Shirley Davis, 34 years of service; Dan Manning, 33 years of service; Robin Morthel, 29 years of service; Linda Tinch, 26 years of service; Jewell Stokes, 26 years of service; Ailene Oldham, 24 years of service; Sherry Dowell, 23 years of service; Johnny Freeman, 22 years of service; and Wanda Sweatt, 20 years of service.

The resolution is sponsored by Commissioner Annette Stafford to recognize their contributions, dedication and service.

We forget the people who run our county too often. I dont want anybody to feel as if their hard work has gone unnoticed. Their respect and love for their county hasnt gone unnoticed - we appreciate all that they do, Stafford said.

Glitz & Glamour to offer prom makeovers for 5 Wilson County students

The Wilson Post

Prom season is fast approaching, and the stylists at Glitz & Glamour Salon in Lebanon are ready to give one lucky Wilson County student a night she will always remember.

This is our second annual prom makeover giveaway. We are doing the same thing as last year one girl will be chosen from each Wilson County high school for free hair, makeup application and nails for prom, explained stylist Shannon Steele. However this year, with a community partnership, they have created one grand prize package that will be given to one of the five young ladies nominated.

The grand prize package will include a prom ticket paid for by The Corn Crib Health Store, prom dress from Demarris Gene, jewelry from a Sea of Silver and Sass, spray tan from Beauty Boutique, shoes from Sole UNique, a dental care kit from Nave Dental Studio, a corsage from Moss Florist, lipstick from MaryKay Consultant Stephanie Hollis, dinner at MoCaras Southern Fine Dining and limousine transportation from Stevie Saddler, owner of Saddler Funeral Home.

We really have the community rallied around us for this, Steele said.

Fellow stylist Jessica Dodds added, We wouldnt have a grand prize winner if it wasnt for those people.

High school girls can be nominated for a prom makeover by teachers, school staff, family members and peers. When you nominate somebody you should say why they need this. We want to understand why they deserve it. It can be somebody who is needy or just someone who is involved in the community. The girl we picked last year started her own charity, stylist Ginny McDonald said.

Nominations can be emailed to The deadline to nominate someone is April 6.

I see so many girls who dont know how pretty they are. There is so much beauty inside of girls and at that age they are sometimes afraid to let it out. This giveaway is about making them feel pretty, Steele said.

Everybody leaves here looking good that is what our job is. But this is about outreach to the community and letting girls know that it is okay to be pretty, smart, fun and raise awareness. These girls are excited about prom and you can come here and we will get excited about it with you. We want five special girls to win.

Lebanon Rotary donates to Empower Me Day Camp

From Post Staff Reports

Michelle Hill, executive director of Empower Me Day Camp, accepted a check for $750 from Clark Boyd, president of the Rotary Club of Lebanon.

The donation helped underwrite the cost of the organizations annual Christmas Day Camp which serves more than 60 children from the community. The Rotary Club of Lebanon gives grants through its own Rotary Club of Lebanon Foundation. The Rotary Club of Lebanon meets weekly on Tuesdays at 12:30p.m. at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club.

For more information on applying for a Rotary Club of Lebanon grant, visit

Longtime Walmart manager honored

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead proclaimed Feb. 21 as "Doug Shepherd Day" in honor of longtime Walmart Super Center Manager Doug Shepherd. Shepherd has been with Walmart for 25 years, beginning with a position as a cart associate while working on his college degree.

He is officially resigning from his current position Friday to take on another role as a regional manager with the company.

Starbucks distribution a strong bet for Park 840

The Wilson Post

Wilson County Joint Economic & Community Development Executive Director G.C. Hixson declined to confirm if Duke Realtys plans for a 688,000-square-foot warehouse development at Park 840 in Lebanon will indeed be a Starbucks distribution center but one thing is for certain whatever company that plans to occupy the space has promised local folks new jobs.

While Hixson would not confirm that Starbucks would be the new occupant at Park 840, two other local officials have both said Starbucks is locating a distribution center here.

They are getting close to doing a lease deal, but to my knowledge they have not yet signed. I cannot confirm who it is, Hixson said, adding that steps have been taken in the city and county to make the spot more attractive to the company in a competitive market.

On Tuesday night, the Lebanon City Council approved a six-year tax abatement for the unnamed company, provided they create 150 new jobs over a three-year period.

Hixson explained that they are using conservative numbers and only consider full-time jobs when it comes to qualifying for a tax abatement program. However, the actual number of new hires could be more if the company chooses to hire temporary or seasonal employees.

There will be 150 new jobs over a three-year period, 120 temp-to-hire and almost 300 full-time employees brought in from an existing Middle Tennessee location, Hixson said.

According to a company website, Starbucks runs five regional distribution centers in the U.S.; two are company-owned and the other three are operated by third-party logistics companies.

The company also has two distribution centers in Europe and two in Asia, all of which are managed by third parties.

Coffee, however, is only one of many products held at these warehouses. They also handle other items required by Starbucks' retail outletseverything from furniture to cappuccino mix.

The Wilson Post first reported the Project Zinc plan in the Jan. 25 edition of the newspaper.

Tractor-trailer fire reported

From Post staff reports

Lebanon Fire Department is on the scene of a tractor-trailer fire near the Wendys restaurant at Highway 109 and Interstate 40.

There was a report of multiple explosions in connection with the fire. There was no other information available.


General Sports

Local sports announcements

MJHS baseball banquet --
The Mt. Juliet High School Baseball Booster Club will hold its annual Dinner Banquet & Auction Tuesday, Feb. 26 at at Victory Baptist Church. This event will offer a family atmosphere with entertainment by internationally acclaimed comedian and motivational speaker, Stephen Bargatze.Guests will enjoy a banquet style dinner served by team members as well as a live and silent auction. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 5:45 p.m. for seating. Tickets are $35 per person or a business may sponsor a table of eight for $280 donation. All funds generated will benefit the MJHS Baseball Booster Club. For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Karen Rudzinski at 615-504-1905.

LHS opening day event --
The Lebanon High Blue Devil baseball team is holding an opening day ceremony / field dedication for the 2013 season, an event to honor Lebanon Sports Hall of Fame coach Brent Foster. The event is set for Saturday, March 9 as the Blue Devils take on Central Magnet from Murfreesboro in a 12 Noon game at Brent Foster Field. Anyone who played or coached baseball at Lebanon High is invited to participate.

A $100 donation to the baseball progam includes a pregame meal, a throwback Lebanon Blue Devil baseball cap, a 2013 season pass, the opportunity to take the field in your old position for Coach Fosters ceremonial first pitch, tours of the locker room and hitting facility as well as post-game activities. To take part in the activities, please email Tommy Bryan at

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