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Showing 11 articles from February 28, 2013.


Jade Kamamo Watkins, 33

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Watkins, 33, of Hermitage. Born March 20, 1979 in Monterey Park, CA, she died Feb, 25, 2013 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.

James "Jim" Ray Mullins, 70

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, March 1 at the Hermitage Funeral Home in Old Hickory for Mr. Mullins, 70, of Mt. Juliet. He died Feb. 25, 2013.


General News

BUSINESS ALERT -- Possible advertising scam

The Wilson Post

Officials with the Lebanon / Wilson County Chamber of Commerce have issued an advisory to its membership in regard to a possible scam involving an out-of-state sales effort.

According to administrators at Lebanon High School a firm calling itself "Scholarship Calendars" of Bluefield / Tazewell, VA is soliciting advertising via telephone for a 2013 LHS spring sports pocket schedule.

Part of the sales pitch includes promises that monies generated would go back to the Blue Devil athletic department.

"No one at Lebanon High has had any conversations with this bunch," LHS athletic director Darian Brown said Wednesday afternoon. "No contract exists between us and this company. In fact, we're finding out they did the same thing this past fall."

The firm, reportedly headed by Philip and Jane Lester of Bluefield, VA, is said to be charging $300 for a small ad and $500 for a larger ad.

"We have a world of wonderful supporters out there in the community," Brown said, "I'd hate to see anyone get taken by this sort of thing."

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Care Line, Inc. to move in Hartmann building by April

The Wilson Post

The company that purchased the former Hartmann Luggage facility expects to move in sometime in April, relocating its injection molding shop from another Wilson County site.

Care Line, Inc., headquartered in Greenbrier, purchased the site, along with Love Properties, from Samsonite International, owner of Hartmann Luggage, and closed on the sale on Friday. The sale was first reported by The Wilson Post in its Friday, Feb. 22 edition.

Charlie Daniels Scholarship for Heroes event March 5

Legendary musician Charlie Daniels is hosting a special free concert to support Lipscomb Universitys Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program as part of the iostudio Charlie Daniels Scholarship for Heroes event.

Performances by Daniels, a Wilson County resident, along with Chris Young, The Grascals, Keni Thomas, Bleach and other special guests will be part of the program set for Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m., in Lipscombs Allen Arena. Mary Byers, president of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., will also be a featured guest.

EAA essay winner tabs spot in summer camp

The Wilson Post

Lebanons Morgan Taheny is about to watch his dreams take flight literally.

The Winfree-Bryant Middle School seventh grader wrote an essay about his love for aviation that earned him a spot at the Experimental Aircraft Associations summer camp program. Through the essay contest, Morgan was admitted into the five-day program, with EAA agreeing to pay for a scholarship to the EAA Air Academy and half of his travel cost to EAA headquarters in Oshkosh, Wis., this June.

Winfree-Bryant Principal Becky Kegley was thrilled that Morgan won the contest.

Morgan is a wonderful young man and does a wonderful job as a student here, she said.

EAA Chapter 863 President Doug Eshelman presented Morgan with a certificate to honor his achievement on Wednesday morning and said he would love to see more young people take an interest in flying; however, the high cost and competitive nature of training has caused a decrease in those wanting to learn.

My dad was a pilot. I retired from Delta Airlines after 33 years and now two of my sons are flying in the military, he said, showing Morgan photos of an F-16. Becoming a pilot in the military is very competitive. You have to have a four-year degree from college and then go into pilot training.

Eshelman hopes that programs, like the one provided by the EAA, can reignite an interest in aviation for the next generation. At camp, boys and girls participate in a slew of activities, including air simulation where they learn to work as a team, visits to the EAA museum and a ride in a real airplane. For more information, visit

Heroes Behind the Badge event scheduled for March 22

The Wilson Post

In the words of Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen, there is nothing normal about law enforcement.

Each and every day, law enforcement officers throughout the country deal with circumstances and see happenings that average citizens do not -- they work wrecks where a person or persons died, investigate crime scenes and aid victims of abuse. They are faced with responsibilities like stopping drug deals, controlling violence or calling on families to tell them that their loved one will not be coming home.

It takes a special person to be a public servant, said Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan.

It is a calling, really, Bowen added. We want to make our community better. It is a difficult job, but we are blessed to have the community that we have.

The two men sat down with Mt. Juliet Chief of Police James Hambrick, LPD Patrolman Jay Spicer and MJPD Cpl. Det. David Stolinsky on Thursday to announce a joint venture that will raise funds for three organizations and educate the community about the lives of law enforcement officers.

The community is invited to a screening of a documentary film at 7 p.m., Friday, March 22, at the Journey Church in Lebanon that takes citizens behind the scenes with officers who were caught in the line of fire and survived.

Heroes Behind the Badge was released to select areas of the United States in late 2012, and Spicer said Wilson County is fortunate to have a showing locally. We are the only location in the state of Tennessee, that I know of, to have a showing. This is something for the law enforcement community, but also for the community as a whole, he noted.

Tickets are on sale for $10 in advance through MJPD, LPD and WCSD. Stolinsky explained that proceeds will benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the Middle and East Tennessee Concerns of Police Survivors and Fraternal Order of Police Lodges 71 and 83, in Wilson County.

Every day, when officers wake up, they put on their uniform not knowing if they will come home that night, Bryan said, alluding to MJPD Sgt. Jerry Mundy and WCSD Dep. John Musice who died in the line of duty in 2003 the most recent of that type of occurrence in Wilson County history.

The officers were responding to a call about a pursuit that began in Knoxville and arrived in Wilson County on June 9, 2003. They were deploying a spike strip on Interstate 40 when they were struck by the fleeing vehicle. The tragic incident resulted in the deaths of both Mundy and Musice.

These two officers woke up that day to go to work. They had to strap on a gun and drive a patrol carbut their familiestheir children, their daddy didnt come home that night, Bryan continued. Our officers know the risk. We want the public to know the risk -- we want the public to know what these officers go through.

Doors at the event will open at 5:30. Guests will have the opportunity to speak with local officers and check out SWAT vehicles and other equipment. Silent auction items will include tickets to Nashville Predators games, Tennessee Titans memorabilia and more.

Not only does this benefit these organizations, but it brings the Lebanon Police Department, Mt. Juliet Police Department and the Sheriffs Department closer together, Hambrick said.

Zaxbys promotion benefits Habitat families

The Wilson Division of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville with the help of Zaxbys is sponsoring a special fundraising promotion to provide life-changing homeownership opportunities for two local families.

Both Zaxbys restaurants in Wilson County will donate 10 percent of all sales to Habitat from 4 until 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 5. The Mt. Juliet location is at 719 S. Mt. Juliet Rd., and the Lebanon location is at 638 S. Cumberland Street.


General Sports

CU women hold off LWC 61-56

Ladies advance to MSC quarterfinals
FRANKFORT, Ky. TaCouya Allen netted a team-best 16 points and Casie Cowan hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final 31.3 seconds helping No. 6-ranked Cumberland overcome a sluggish first half to down Lindsey Wilson College, 61-56, Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Championships.

With the win, the CU women (28-2) advance to the semifinals of the tournament Saturday at 1 p.m. to face the winner of St. Catharine College-Shawnee State.

Allen hit three 3-pointers among her 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Simone Ryan supplied the squad with crucial plays off the bench, recording 12 points and eight boards in 25 minutes of action.

CU's weekend series pushed back

UPDATE -- Cumberland's three-game Mid-South Conference baseball series vs. the University of the Cumberlands has been pushed back to Saturday and Sunday due to concerns over the weather. Saturday's single game will start at 2 pm, followed by a 12 Noon doubleheader on Sunday. Live radio coverage can be heard on WCOR AM-1490.

DAYTON -- Tyler Lathams grand slam in the eighth inning tied the game and Andrew Smiths RBI single in the 10th gave homestanding Bryan College an 11-10 victory over Cumberland Wednesday afternoon at Senter Field.

The Bulldogs (8-5-1) scored six runs in the seventh inning to take a 10-6 lead, but Lathams grand slam tied the game at 10. Latham singled to start the 10th inning and scored the game-winning run on Smiths one-out single down the rightfield line.

MJ girls lose to Beech in 5AAA finals

SHACKLE ISLAND -- Playing disciplined basketball and shutting down Mt. Juliet's short-handed inside game, Beech defeated the Lady Bears 42-34 in Wednesday's Region 5AAA finals.

The Lady Bucs (26-8) will now host Region 6 runner-up Antioch Saturday at 7 p.m., which lost to Brentwood 45-39. Mt. Juliet (24-9) will visit Brentwood Saturday with a trip to the TSSAA state tournament on the line.

Beech avenges the loss to Mt. Juliet in the District 9AAA final and is 2-2 in the four meetings between the two teams this season. The Lady Bucs had lost 22 straight to Mt. Juliet coming into this season.

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