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Bobbie W. Pedigo Woods, 71

A celebration of life will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at Family Baptist Church, 81 Franklin Rd Lebanon, for Mrs. Woods, 71, of Lebanon and Smith County.

Bobby June Malone, 67

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at Hillcrest Baptist Church for Mrs. Malone, 67, of Lebanon. A US Navy veteran and homemaker, Mrs. Malone died Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at her home.

Visitation is set for 2-8 p.m. Friday at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home and Saturday after 11 at at the church. Services will be conducted by Brother Glenn Denton. Interment with military honors will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Burch Lee Smith, 87

Family services will be held at a later date for Mr. Smith, 87, of Watertown.
Born July 20, 1925 in Montgomery County, he died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon.

Clara Lucille Blevins Rector, 76

Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning, March 21 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Rector, 76, of Mt. Juliet. A former Pentagon employee of the Department of the Navy and Air Force as well as an employee of the US Marine Corps at Camp Lejune, Mrs. Rector died Sunday, March 17, 2013.

Clyde Miller, 85

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Miller, 85, of Lebanon. Retired from the US Air Force after 20 years of service, he died Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Quality Health Care Center.

Denise Jones Gann Harris, 51

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Ms. Harris, 51, of Lebanon. The Wilson County native died March 20, 2013 at The Gardens at Providence.

Richard Lewis Atwood, 69

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, March 22 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Atwood, 69, of Mt. Juliet. A veteran of the US Navy and a member of Grace Baptist Church, he died Sunday, March 17, 2013.

William Whitthorne Wells, 84

Mr. Wells, 84, of Watertown, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage. Born in Spring Hill Feb. 11, 1929, he was retired from the Columbia, Tennessee Police Department.

Woodrow Malone, Jr., 72

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Malone, 72, of Watertown. Born Jan. 31, 1941, the DeKalb County native died March 21, 2013 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.


General News

2013 Ag Hall of Fame Inductees

The annual Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet will be Tuesday, April 2, at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon and will honor four people who contributed much to agriculture in the community. The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., and the banquet will follow at 6:30.

The following individuals will be part of the seventh class of inductees into the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame:

Robert S. Burton

Robert S. Bob Burton was born on Oct. 9, 1911 in the LaGuardo community of Wilson County.He received his elementary education in LaGuardo; graduated from Mt. Juliet High School in 1931; and was awarded his L.L.B. Degree from Cumberland School of Law at Cumberland University in 1933.

He volunteered to serve in the United States Marine Corps in 1943. He earned a Bronze Star, Silver Star, two Purple Hearts and a Gold Star in lieu of a 2nd Bronze Star for his military service in World War II, on the front lines of combat on Roi Namur, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima.

He bred Walker fox hounds, five-gaited trotters and horses from the great stallion, Nasr, at Travelers Rest Arabian Stud Farm in Nashville.In the late 1930s, the Burtons were one of the first to grow strawberries locally.He helped his dad and uncles raise one of the first burley tobacco crops for sale in Wilson County, a crop he continued to raise until 1977.In the late 1960s, his tobacco acreage was the largest single owner base in Wilson County.In 1936, he was first elected as a County Magistrate serving the 4th Civil District, Wilson County Court, then to the Tennessee 75th General Assembly as State Representative in 1946; then returned to elected office in Wilson County. He served on the first Wilson County Planning Commission and on the Road Commission and was one of the first directors of the Wilson County Library Board.

In 1975, Burton was chosen the official Uncle Sam for the 1976 Bicentennial Celebrations here in Wilson County.In March 1974 he made the motion to purchase 104 acres. While some said thats too much, he had a vision for the future, and his leadership carried the day it is that acquisition of property that led to the James E. Ward Agricultural and Community Center.

Burton passed away on Oct. 21, 1979.

Bobby Haley

Bobby Haley was born on Dec. 6, 1941, and raised on a farm in the Watertown/Alexandria area in Wilson County. In 1959, Haley graduated from Watertown High School after attending all 12 years.He continued his education at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.He delayed graduation by beginning active duty in the United States Navy and served in the reserves for two years.He served aboard aircraft carrier USS Independence in the Mediterranian, and in active duty until 1967.

Haley returned to college at Middle Tennessee State University where he was a charter member of the Block and Bridle Club, and graduated in 1968 with a degree in Agribusiness. He worked as a sales representative and poultry technician for Central Soya in Decatur, Ind.Then in 1969, he returned to the farm in Watertown and began raising tobacco and beef cattle. Also that same year he opened the Watertown Farm Supply and managed it until 1976, but continued to own it until 1993.

Haley served Wilson County in many capacities: District Commissioner (1982-2002), Chairman of the Finance Committee, Chairman of the Education Committee, Chairman of the Ag Center Committee, Board Member of Wilson Farmers Co-op, Wilson County Farm Bureau, Wilson County Livestock Association, and Wilson County Election Committee (2003-present) as Chairman and Secretary.

He has been a Wilson County Fair Board member since 1982 and Chairman of the Century Farm Luncheon beginning in 1993. Haley was the 1995 Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year.He is a Master Beef Producer and Gardener and Beef Quality Assurance Certified.

Fred G. Laine

Fred Laine was born May 18, 1928.He attended elementary and high school in Wilson County.He graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Master of Science degree.

After college, he joined the United States Army and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1953. Fred retired after more than 20 years of military service as a Lieutenant Colonel.

In 1975, Laine was asked to substitute at Lebanon High School teaching Agriculture.It turned into a full-time job lasting 15 years.During his teaching career, he touched the lives of many of his students and helped them prepare for life after high school.His students won many awards (local, state and national) because of his mentoring and teaching skills.Awards for the Lebanon FFA Chapter included Superior Chapter.He also had three students selected as State FFA President and two State FFA Vice-Presidents.Laine was the first FFA Advisor in Wilson County to be eligible to take a team to compete in the National Soil Judging Contest in Oklahoma.

In 1999 a number of Laines FFA students established the Fred G. Laine Memorial Scholarship administered by the Tennessee FFA Foundation.Laine served as a dedicated Wilson County Soil Conservation District Supervisor from 1976 until his death in 1997.The Wilson County Soil Conservation District has given the Fred G. Laine Memorial Land Judging Award to the High Individual since 1997 to honor his contributions to education and conservation in Wilson County.

Harold Patton

Harold Patton was born on Oct. 3, 1935 in Crossville.During his early years the family moved several times whenever his Dads job led them.Patton began school in Franklin.The family moved to the family farm in Watertown when he was in the third grade and then he became a young farmer.He continued helping his Dad in the dairy and growing crops through his high school years.

Milking cows, football practice and games were time consuming, but Patton lettered four years and was team captain his senior year. He was active in FFA and music and was selected Best All-Around Student. After graduating from Watertown in 1953, he began working in Nashville with Ragland-Potter Company, a wholesale food distributer. In 1958, Patton joined Tennessee Farmers Cooperative, first working in inventory control, then moving to a buyer in the hardware department.After 11 years at Tennessee Farmers Cooperative, he came to Wilson Farmers Cooperative to work as assistant manager with Ira Partlow.When Mr. Partlow retired in 1969, Patton became manager.In 2002, Patton retired with 43 years of combined service to the farmers of Wilson County and Tennessee.

He has served on the board of directors for Wilson Bank & Trust for 25 years and is also a member of the Wilson County Fair Board as well as the Wilson County Livestock Association.He raises registered Angus and Chiangus cattle and owned the 1994 National Chiangus Champion Female and the 1995 National Chiangus Cow-Calf Champion. In addition, Patton received the Mike Baker Friend of the Fair Award from the Wilson County Fair.

A group of concerned Wilson Countians came together in 2007 to form the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame.Agriculture has been a cornerstone of Wilson County from the day it was formed back in 1799.To recognize the contributions of the many folks involved in agriculture to the community, the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame was organized.Each year, at least four Wilson Countians are recognized during a banquet designed to bring attention to Agricultures prominent place in our county.

The purpose of the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame is to recognize citizens of Wilson County who have made a significant impact on agriculture in Wilson County, Tennessee, nationally or worldwide, said Hale Moss, chairman of the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame.We feel the time is right to pay tribute to these very deserving individuals. As you can tell, each has made significant contributions to Wilson County Agriculture, as well as Wilson County in general.

Other members of the Board of Directors of the Wilson County Agriculture Hall of Fame are Ben Powell, vice chairman; Keith Harrison, secretary; Diane Major, treasurer; Ruth Correll and Stratton Bone.The organizers have established a non-profit status for the organization to enable them to raise money to be used for a building on the Ward Agricultural Center to be dedicated to the individuals inducted into the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Any funds raised over and above the costs of putting on the annual banquet will be set aside for the building, Major said.

Tickets for the April 2 banquet can be purchased from Major by calling 444-1890 ext. 3.The cost is $15 each.Jordans Catering will be preparing the meal that evening, which is another reason to join in on the festivities.

We want folks to come together to recognize these deserving individuals on April 2, Moss said. We owe these folks a great deal of gratitude for everything they have done for agriculture as well as Wilson County.

City Council approves ordinances, resolutions in brief meeting

The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council approved a number of ordinances and resolutions during a brief meeting on Tuesday night.

Votes were unanimous on each piece of legislation during their first reading. Administrative Secretary Jaci Diebner explained that resolutions are now officially passed, and that ordinances will go through a second reading at the councils next meeting.

The council approved:

An ordinance to amend the monthly credit limit on the city purchasing card from $500 to $1,500 for the Family Life Center Director, Jimmy Floyd Family Center Director Tim Hill.

An ordinance to authorize a line item transfer to cover truck repair damage expenses from an accident for the Cemetery Department.

A resolution to hire one part-time record clerk for the Lebanon Police Department.

A resolution to hire a full-time dispatcher for the LPD to replace a dispatcher who was selected to be a police officer.

A resolution to hire a replacement part-time Wellness Recreation Aide and temporary seasonal employees for the JFFC.

A resolution to decommission the non-directional beacon at the Lebanon Municipal Airport.

An ordinance to authorize a line item transfer for funds to be used for part-time personnel because an employee is out on Workmans Comp at the Street Department.

A resolution to hire part-time employees for the General Maintenance Department.

A resolution to hire a light equipment operator for the Street Department.

An ordinance to authorize a line item transfer to cover the purchase of replacement garbage truck engine for the Sanitation Department.

Hits for the House to benefit Brooks House

Songwriters Spotlight ( presents Hits for the House, a special in the round concert featuring Larry Gatlin, Heidi Newfield, Rivers Rutherford and Leslie Satcher on Saturday, May 4.

Hits for the House is a benefit concert with proceeds supporting Brooks House (BrooksHouse.Org). The event will be held at Winfree-Bryant Auditorium, 1213 Leeville Pike in Lebanon. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7. Limited tickets for the event are available by calling 466-5480.

With longtime fans, ACMs top male vocalist winner Larry Gatlin (Gatlin Brothers) is a country music legend. The singer/songwriter hits include Broken Lady, Grammy Winner; All the Gold in CA, Single of the Year; and Houston (Means Im One Day Closer To You), to name a few.

Joining him is Heidi Newfield, former singer for Trick Pony with popular songs Johnny and June and What Am I Waiting For. Rivers Rutherford, ASCAPs Songwriter of the Year, has penned such hits as Real Good Man, recorded by Tim McGraw; "Smoke Rings In The Dark," recorded by Gary Allan; These Are My People, recorded by Rodney Atkins; and Living In Fast Forward, recorded by Kenny Chesney.

Rounding out this group is Leslie Satcher, also a Grammy Award Winner for Best Country Album of the Year with George Straits Troubadour. Satcher has written dozens of hit songs including When God-Fearin Women Get the Blues, and For These Times, recorded by Martina McBride.

"Its another year, were excited to have these entertainers, storytelling songwriters come to Wilson County for the Hits for the House event, said Liz Reese, director of Brooks House. "At Brooks House, we are dedicated to helping homeless women and children. This event has always been about providing an intimate setting to hear how these hit songs were written. This year will be an exciting evening because we will unveil our expansion plans for the Brooks House building project.

The venue features two seating opportunities with ticket prices ranging from $60 and preferred seating $100 per person. Tickets are available through the local Pinnacle Bank by calling 466-5480.

Lebanon Spring Cleanup planned

The Wilson Post

The City of Lebanons annual spring cleanup will take place during the first two weeks of April.

According to a release from Lebanon Mayor Philip Craigheads office, residents are encouraged to discard unwanted items generally not exceeding the volume that could be loaded in the back of an average pickup truck and place them in trash bags. Items such as wood and metal should be separated.

Tires, hazardous waste, chemicals, paint and wet batteries will not be picked up. All compressors must be removed and all doors must be removed from any refrigerator or freezer. Commercial property and contractual or construction waste from residential properties will not be accepted. Mattresses, box springs, carpet and carpet padding also will not be picked up.

It is right after the winter and a lot of things get neglected due to the wet and cold, Craighead said. It is a way to get ready for spring improvements. We are appreciative of the countys support in letting us use the Wilson County Landfill at no charge.

For more information, call the Street Department at 444-0825, ext. 121 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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