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Clorene Rich Likens, 75

Mrs. Likens, 75 of Lebanon passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013, at the home of her twin sister. A native of Kentucky, she retired from Texas Boot Company.

She was preceded in death by a son Doyle Likens; sister Juanita Johnson; brothers Matthew Edward Rich and Wallace Joe Rich.

Grover "Tommy" Rose, 74

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday March 30 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Rose, 74, of Lebanon. Born Dec. 18, 1938 in Lexington, KY, he died March 26, 2013 at Quality Health Care Center in Lebanon.

Jerry Lowe Johnson, 69

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, March 29 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Johnson, 69, of Lebanon. A 1961 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School and retired from Nashville Wire Co., he died March 26, 2013 at University Medical Center.

Jewel Maynard Belcher, 82

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, March 28 at Sellars Funeral Home / Stone Mansion, Lebanon for Mrs. Belcher, 82. Former co-owner of Perry's Restaurant in Lebanon, Mrs. Belcher died at the home of her daughter in Destin FL.

Active at Immanuel Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir, Mrs. Belcher was a member of the American Cancer Society and served as President of Tennessee Board.

Interment was at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements were in the care of Lebanon's Sellars Funeral Home.

Shirley Ann Anderson, 63

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date for Ms. Anderson, 63, of Lebanon.
She died March 26, 2013.
Arrangements were in the care of Lebanon's Sellars Funeral Home.

William Alfred Nixon, 80

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Nixon, 80, of Watertown. Born in DeKalb County May 8, 1932, the US Army veteran died March 28, 2013 March 28, 2013 at University Medical Center in Lebanon.


General News

Daniels recovers from pacemaker implant procedure

Grand Ole Opry star and Wilson County resident Charlie Daniels is recovering after having a pacemaker implanted on Thursday, March 28, at a Nashville area hospital.

During a visit to the doctor on Monday, March 25, Daniels was diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia and admitted to the hospital for a series of routine tests.The tests revealed that a pacemaker was needed to regulate his heart rate.

He plans to be released from the hospital on Friday, March 29.The family asks for your thoughts and prayers for him as he recovers. He will spend the next two weeks at his home.

Daniels recently celebrated five years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, where he is a regular performer.

I just had not been feeling well and wanted to get checked out, Daniels said.I am thankful the doctors found the problem and were able to implant a pacemaker to get my heart rate regulated.I am feeling so much better and looking forward to spending Easter with my family.

Danielss performance at MTSUs Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, as part of the World Outreach Church Easter service, has been cancelled.

Two CDB concert dates, Englewood, N.J., on April 5; and Newark, Ohio, on April 6, have been cancelled and will be re-scheduled. Daniels will resume his touring schedule with an appearance in Lynchburg, Va., on April 11and continue his tour schedule with the following dates, all in April: Verona, N.Y.; Chester, W.Va.; Opry, April 18; Vidalia, Ga.; Wilkesboro, N.C.; Florence, S.C.; Priceville, Ala.; and Indio, Calif.

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Kiwanis Easter event

From Post staff reports

Kiwanis Club of Lebanon is again sponsoring The Risen Lord at the Heart of the City, an Easter Weekend Celebration on the Lebanon Public Square.

The event begins at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 30, with a concert featuring singer/songwriter Delnora Reed.

The Easter Sunrise Service will be from 6:30 until 7:45 a.m., March 31.

The Easter Sunrise Service was the first service project sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon some 68 years ago.

All events will be held outside on the Square, and the public is invited to attend.

Rep. Black visits Remar Inc.

The Wilson Post

Sixth District U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, made two stops while in her district on Wednesday to meet with constituents and learn more about local establishments.

Prior to speaking to the Del Webb Womens Club in Mt. Juliet about the importance of tax reform, Black visited Remar, Inc. in Lebanon.

She was greeted by staff, including Vice President of Sales and Marketing Tracy Batts, Chief Financial Officer Dave White and Vice President of Operations Anthony Tart, who along with Fulfillment Operations Manager Oscar Calles, gave her a tour of the impressive facility on East Division Street in Lebanon.

Batts explained the companys humble beginnings under the name MEDIAmail Packaging and Fulfillment Services Inc. in 1995. MEDIAmail consisted of providing creative packaging, product fulfillment and direct-mail services.

When it began there were three full-time employees in a 9,800-square-foot building, he said.

However, with a new name named by CEO Nelson Remus, combining his last name with his mothers maiden name, Martin and by relocating to the current 250,000-square-foot facility, Remar has expanded. The company, which provides an assortment of services, including healthcare industry support services, reverse logistics and returns processing, electronics testing, hospital-grade televisions, exterior and interior signage, print management and direct mail, now has 120 full-time employees, as well as seasonal employees.

Black was impressed with the spacious facility and interested to learn about the work that they are doing. Marketing Manager Brenda Bolles added that Remar, Inc. was recently named the U.S. distribution partner for Swisse Wellness, one of Australias most successful natural health brands for more than 40 years.

With its entry into the U.S., the company is truly going global. Remar shipped 15 of the most popular Swisse Wellness products to Walgreens stores across the country in February. Swisse products are expected to be available in other prominent retail and drug stores beginning in April, a company statement explained. Remar was chosen as the U.S. distribution partner for Swisse Wellness because of its expertise in product fulfillment, its central location within the U.S., its ability to provide innovative and problem-solving solutions, and its staff of knowledgeable professionals.

Black looked over the multiple types of vitamins but jokingly said that she did not need any extra energy boosters. My kids would tell you, Mom doesnt need that. I have too much energy, she said.

TDOT halts interstate construction for Easter travel holiday

Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel.

TDOT crews and contractors were to stop all road construction work that requires lane closures beginning Thursday, March 28 and continuing through Monday, April 1, at 6 a.m.This will provide maximum roadway capacity to motorists expected to travel across the state this holiday weekend.

Suspending interstate construction in Tennessee during the Easter holiday will permit a free flow of traffic and reduce potential delays, said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.I also encourage motorists to download the SmartWay Mobile App to get up-to-the minute traffic information before they hit the road this weekend.

Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects that will remain in place.While lane closure activity will be stopped, some workers may be on-site in construction zones and reduced speed limits will still be in effect.Motorists are urged to adhere to all posted speed limits, especially in work zones, for their own safety.Slower speeds are necessary in work zones due to the temporary layout of the roadway and will be enforced.

For travel and TDOT construction information, visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at or download the new TDOT SmartWay mobile app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store for Android. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information or can follow us on Twitter at for statewide travel information.

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destination.Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

Warren hopeful legislation will create vote centers

The Wilson Post

Wilson County Administrator of Elections Philip Warren is hopeful that proposed legislation to create vote centers in five Tennessee counties possibly including Wilson will fare well when it appears on the floor of the Tennessee House of Representatives next Monday.

Warren said that if the legislation is passed by both the House and the Senate, it would reduce both cost and confusion in future elections. He explained that the vote center concept was created in 2003 in Denver, Col., and spread to counties in Indiana and Texas soon after.

According to an Executive Summary provided by the Wilson County Election Commission, these vote centers are strategically located polling places where any registered voter could go to cast their ballot within their county. When a voter signs in at one location, the other vote centers computers would be notified automatically. In 2012, research studies showed that the only initiative that increased voter turnout were the new vote centers.

There are currently 33 polling places that Wilson County voters are assigned to on Election Day and not all precincts have an equal number of voters. One precinct with 165 may have a slow influx on Election Day, while a precinct with 3,800 may have an extremely long line.

Vote centers would decrease the number of polling places to15, ensuring that each location would be somewhat consistent in the number of voters participating.

Basically it would be like it is during early voting, when people can vote at any of the four locations in the county. The way it is now, on Election Day lets say you live in Norene but work in Providence in Mt. Juliet. You would have to drive back to your assigned polling place in Norene and if you dont make it by 7 p.m. you are out of luck, Warren said. Having voting centers would allow voters to vote at any of the 15 locations within the county.

Warren noted that in recent elections, the early voting format has proved to be quite a success. During the November 2012 Presidential Election, 62 percent of the 51,000 Wilson County voters who cast ballots, voted early at the countys four current early voting locations in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Watertown and Gladeville.

Other than increased voter turnout and more convenience, the vote centers would also save the county an average of $30,000 per election. The executive report said that on Election Day the county utilizes 305 poll workers and that having vote centers would reduce that number to 120.

With a difference of 185 poll workers at $125 each, it is a savings of $23,125 just on poll workers alone. Additional savings would come from fewer supplies and less labor to prepare Election Day materials, the report showed.

That is a pretty significant saving, Warren said, adding that the money could then go back into the countys general fund.

This legislation would allow up to five counties in the state to do this through a pilot program if chosen by the Coordinator of Elections at the state. Our election commission would like to be one of them, but we do not know. As of now, we are one of the only counties in Tennessee who have created a vote center plan.

Whip Crackin rodeo returns

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead and Lone Star Rodeo present the 4th Annual Charity Whip Crackin Rodeo & Outdoor Show to be held April 26-27 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

This years presentation will be more exciting than ever with the addition of an Outdoor Show, a spokesperson said. The Rodeo begins each night at 7. The Outdoor Show hours are Friday from 2 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. A Special Events Rodeo for Exceptional Children kicks off the rodeo events on Friday, April 26, from 9 to noon.

The action-filled championship rodeo features the thrills and spills of Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Cowgirls Breakaway Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Cowgirls Barrel Racing & Brahma Bull Riding. There will be a Gold Rush for the kids where kids look for prizes in a pile of hay, a Best Dressed Cowboy & Cowgirl Contest for Kids 10 & Under and Chuckwagon Races throughout the evening. Youll experience the wagons speeding around the tight corners wheels have been broken and drivers have been thrown from the wagons, along with some rollovers.Folks, this is not your grandmas saddle club gathering.This is the real Wild West, the spokesperson added.

Youll be entertained by Team Karson of Frontier Town from Ocean City, Md., performing Liberty Stand, the most dangerous stunt in trick riding. And the crowd pleaser, Mike Wentworth the rodeo clown with his hilarious antics, will also be there. For all your outdoor needs, the Outdoor Show features campers, boats, tractors, mowers, ATVs, pools, spas, landscaping and more.

Four Seasons Coach Leasing has donated a night out on the town in one of their Coach Buses. A drawing will be held for some lucky person, and up to 13 of their closest friends, to win and experience the luxury of traveling like stars.

More than $40,000 was raised for Lebanon charities at the rodeo in 2012. Im very grateful for the support of our Platinum & Gold Sponsors along with all involved to help put together an annual event which greatly supports many of our local charities, contributes to our local businesses, and creates a fun-filled weekend for the entire family, Craighead said.

Platinum Sponsors for the Whip Crackin Rodeo are Bates Ford, Wilson Bank & Trust, and Permobil.

Gold Sponsors are John Greers State Farm Insurance, The Capitol Theatre, Boot Barn, THW Insurance Services, Lochinvar Corporation, Manheim Auto Auction, Rose Tire, Visionary Design Group, LoJac Materials, Bays Southern Bread, Four Seasons Coach Leasing, Goodall Homes, Johnson Controls, Tickets Nashville and Craighead Home Sales.

Lebanon, get ready because company is coming to town. The Rodeo attracted more than 250 participants from over six states in 2012.

Be on the lookout for discounted Rodeo tickets for sale at the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, Wilson Bank, Rose Tire, Bates Ford, City Hall and online at Businesses are encouraged to buy a block of tickets for their employees. Presale tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. You may also purchase them at the gate the day of the rodeo at $15 for adults and $10 for children. Children 4 and under get in free.

For more information, visit


General Sports

Lebanon 11, Beech 1

Hulse throws three-hitter
LEBANON -- Blue Devil senior Dillon Hulse throttled Beech on just three hits in Thursday afternoon's 11-1 victory over the Bucs at Brent Foster Field. Hulse allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out three during his six innings of work.

Trailing 1-0, Lebanon took the lead with five runs in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Jackson Arnold, an RBI single by Jack McKeon, a passed ball, and back-to-back Beech errors.

The Blue Devils then pushed across three more runs in the fourth for an 8-1 lead, then Taylor Bryan's walk-off double in the bottom of the sixth drove in Grant Partlow from third and ended the contest on the 10-run rule.

Wednesday's prep softball

MJ 5, Wilson Central 3
MT. JULIET -- Taking the lead with two in the bottom of the fourth and adding an insurance run in the sixth, Mt. Juliet held off Wilson Central 5-3 Wednesday in the District 9AAA softball opener for both teams.

Emily Bombard ripped a two-run double gave the Lady Bears a 4-3 lead in the fourth and Lauren Payne drive in the final run of the game in the sixth as Mt. Juliet improved to 8-4 on the season.

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