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Ada Covell Cole, 69

Graveside services for Mrs. Ada Covell Cole will be 3 p.m. (EST) Saturday, March 16 at Grandview Cemetery in Maryville, for Mrs. Cole, 69, of Old Hickory. She died Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.

Cody Joel Johnson, 30

A celebration of life service will be held 4 p.m. Friday, March 15 at Round Lick Baptist Church for Mr. Johnson, 30, of Watertown.

David Charles Kendall, 63

A memorial service is being planned and will be announced at a later date for Mrs. Kendall, 63, of Watertown. He died Monday, March 11, 2013.
Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet, is in charge of arrangements.

Dimple Hale, 74

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, March 15, at Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Hale, 74, of Watertown. Born in DeKalb County, she died Tuesday morning, March 12, 2013 at University Medical Center in Lebanon.

Gaylord Eugene Hallmark, 60

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16 at Green Hill Church, Mt. Juliet, for Mr. Hallmark, 60, of Lebanon. He died Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

George Clifford Barnett, 88

Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. George Clifton Barnett, 88, of Donelson. Born May 30, 1924 in Watertown and a member of the Merchant Marine during World War II, Mr. Barnett died March 13, 2013.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday and from 12 Noon until service time Saturday.
Interment will be at the Griffin Cemetery.

Nelda Smith Bettes, 74

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, March 14 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown for Mrs. Bettes, 74, of Alexandria. Known as "Aunt Nell", she died Monday, March 11, 2013 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.

Patricia "Pat" Jennings, 67

A memorial service was held Thursday evening, March 14 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Jennings, 67, of Mt. Juliet. She died March 11, 2013.
Arrangements were in the care of Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Randell Houston Farrell, 78

Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning, March 14 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Farrell, 78, of Mt. Juliet. A member of Mt. Juliet Church of Christ, he died Tuesday, March 12, 2013.


General News

Chamber St. Pat's celebration Friday

The Wilson Post

You dont have to be a leprechaun to have a heel-clickin good time this Friday.

The Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce will host its annual St. Patricks Day Open House celebration on Friday, with a day of food and fun open to the community.

Chamber Marketing Director Dakota Weatherford said that they are expecting a crowd of 400 to 500 to show up to taste fares provided by 32 food vendors. Event doors open at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast bites provided by vendors, including: Sonic, HoneyBaked Ham, Burger King, the Cuckoos Nest, Mapco Mart and Shoneys.

Lunch begins at 10:30 with samples from Jersey Mikes, Crystal Elegance, Whitts BBQ, Zaxbys, Toms Blue Moon, Jordans Catering, Chick-fil-A, MoCara, Two Fat Men Catering, Kroger, Chiefs Country Cooking, Ruby Tuesday, Sammy Bs at The Mill, Davids Pizza, Sunset, White Castle/Deckers, Cicis Pizza, Coachs Eastgate Grill, Smiths Catering Kitchen, Chen Asian House, North Cumberland Subway, Snow White Drive-In, Salsaritas Mt. Juliet, McDonalds and University Medical Center.

The dinner portion of the event will be provided by Jordans Catering and will run until 5 p.m. Weatherford said WANT 98.9 FM will be broadcasting live from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Chamber office is at 149 Public Square, Lebanon.

Fluoride up for vote

The Wilson Post

Legislative action on a bill that would give Tennesseans the opportunity to vote on fluoridating community water statewide has been deferred until Tuesday.

District 90 State Rep. John DeBerry, D-Memphis, brought forth the bill that, if passed, would allow the public to vote on the controversial issue. District 57 State Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, is outspokenly against the mandatory fluoridation of water and said that she spoke with DeBerry to share concerns just before the decision was made to defer.

Fluoridation of water is believed to affect minorities much more adversely than it does everybody else. They tend to absorb it into their bones much quicker than everybody else. He is very concerned about his community, she said. I do not like water fluoridation because of the studies I have done.

Lynn said that the federal maximum led for water is zero parts per million and the maximum arsenic for water is zero parts per million something that would not be followed if fluoride is added to the water supply.

Fluoride has by-products in it that violates state law. Arsenic in fluoride is 6 parts per million and led is 1 part per million. Those are contaminants that go above the federal maximum in the Safe Drinking Water Act. Fluoride can go up to 4 parts per million, she said.

Lynn noted that while many dentists are in favor of water fluoridation, she fears that it would hurt the general public more than it would help them.

There is no telling how much fluoride we are exposed to. Too much and you end up with fluorosis. Forty-three percent of kids have fluorosis. Too much fluoride displaces the calcium and makes teeth brittle, she said.

The City of Lebanon discontinued water fluoridation in 2007. Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said the decision was made to stop adding fluoride to water after equipment broke down.

It was going to be about $100,000 to replace and we had employees adding it by hand. It was not the safe way to do it and we were concerned for the safety of our employees and the city, he said. There are people who are on both sides of the fence about this who see a good and a bad.

The Water & Wastewater Authority of Wilson County currently purchases water from the City of Lebanon.

Water & Wastewater Authority Office Manager Robert Boyd said that on occasion they will get questions about the lack of fluoride in water. A lot of times they will have moved from somewhere that does have fluoridated water and are just curious but I havent heard anything lately, he said, explaining that water fluoridation differs by utility district in Wilson County.

West Wilson Utility District does fluoridate its water, which comes from the Cumberland River, said Plant Manager Mike Patton. The reason we still do that is because our General Manager Fred Weston feels that it is what the majority of our customers still want, he explained, clarifying that 4 parts of fluoride per million is a secondary standard.

Right now .75 parts per million is what the state recommends. On a monthly average we cant feed over 1.30 parts per million. Overfeeding is never a problem.

Watertown Water Superintendent Randy Gwaltney said that they do not fluoridate their water, which is derived from wells. A representative of LaGuardo Utility District said that at present time their water is purchased from the City of Lebanon and West Wilson Utility District.

LPD plans sobriety checkpoint Friday

Lebanon Police Department will be conducting high visibility impaired driver counter-measures this St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Officers are planning a checkpoint on Highway 70 and / or Highway 109 on Friday, March 15. In addition, they will be conducting saturation patrols.

We'll be monitoring for DUIs while enforcing traffic violations and other offenses. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol or drug related crashes, said Lt. Brent Willett.He added that officers will be observing drivers who pass through the checkpoint, or checkpoints, looking for signs of impairment.

We ask those citizens that may be briefly held up by the checkpoint(s) to please be patient and understanding. Those that may consider drinking or using drugs that impair their ability to drive should think twice! A DUI conviction carries jail time, heavy fines, loss of driving privileges and a criminal record. Most importantly, driving under the influence can and often does result in the loss of innocent lives, Willett said.

Funding for this checkpoint / saturation was made possible through a grant from the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office.

Wilson Co Friends of NRA to meet Monday

Wilson County Friends of NRA will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, March 18, atLos Compadres Restaurant in Lebanon.

Dutch Treat Dinner will be at 6 p.m.


General Sports

CU softball hosts MMU Thursday

LEBANON -- Cumberland's softball team will return to the diamond today (Thursday) vs. non-conference rival Martin Methodist in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. CT.

The CU women dropped a doubleheader to Campbellsville University Wednesday afternoon, losing the first game 2-1 and the second by a score of 4-1, in which the Bulldogs were struck out 17 times.

Lewis earns Region 5 award

FRANKFORT, KY -- Cumberland Universitys Jeremy Lewis was voted the Womens Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Russell Athletic/Region 5 Coach of the Year on Tuesday after leading the Bulldogs to a 30-2 record and the Mid-South Conference regular season and tournament titles.

By winning the award, Lewis is a finalist for the Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year award.

Cumberland has been ranked in the Top 10 nationally since the first regular season poll of the year in December, reaching as high as No. 5 in the country, the highest ranking ever for the program. The Bulldogs won their first regular season and conference tournament titles since 1998-99, also in the Mid-South Conference, and set the school record for victories, surpassing the previous mark of 27 held by the 1998-99 and 2006-07 squads.

Rodrigues honored by MSC Tennis

Cumberlands Pedro Rodrigues was voted Mid-South Conference Tennis Player of the Week on Tuesday after posting a 7-1 record in singles and doubles during four matches for the Bulldogs from March 4-10.

The Batalha, Portugal, junior, helped CU to team wins over NCAA Division II North Alabama as well as 17th-ranked Graceland University and 15th-ranked Campbellsville University. CUs only defeat for the week was a 5-4 decision to No. 10 Xavier [LA] University.

Tigers fall in Class A state

MURFREESBORO -- Watertown's first-ever trip to the BlueCross Basketball Championships ended Wednesday with a 53-50 overtime loss to Lake County at MTSU's Murphy Center.

A poor effort from the free throw line (8-of-21) kept the Purple Tigers from putting Lake County away when the opportunity presented itself.

Leading by eight with about a minute to go before intermission, Watertown missed two front ends of bonus opportunities and went into the locker room up 28-21 -- despite going just 4-of-14 at the charity stripe.

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