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Arthur Wagner, 35

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 19 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Wagner, 35, of Old Hickory. He died April 16, 2013.

Bobby Ray "Bob" Mowery, 67

Funeral services will be held 7 p.m. Friday, April 19 at Sellars Funeral Home / Stone Mansion, Lebanon for Mr. Mowery, 67. He died April 18, 2013. Visitation is from 1 p.m. until the service on Friday.
Arrangements are in the care of Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Chester D. "Buster" Warren, 82

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, April 20 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Warren, 82. Born March 11, 1931, he died April 17, 2013.

Cynthia Gail Hodge, 52

Memorial services are planned for 11 a.m. Friday, April 19 at the Bridge Fellowship Church (5066 Lebanon Rd., for Ms. Hodge, 52, of Lebanon. She died April 15, 2013.
Arrangements are in the care of Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Donald H. Sharp, 81

Mr. Sharp, 81, of Lebanon, died April 13, 2013. Survivors include his wife, his children, and grandchildren. Services will be private.

Earl Lee Roberson, 58

A memorial service was held Thursday afternoon, April 18 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Roberson, 58. He died April 15, 2013 after an extended illness.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

George Ramsey Moser, 86

Funeral services were held Thursday morning, April 18 at the West Hills Baptist Church for Mr. Moser, 86, of Lebanon. Born in the Norene Community, he died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at his home.

Glenda Gale Snyder, 51

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, April 17, at Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Snyder, 51, of Lebanon. She died Monday afternoon, April 15, 2013 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.

Interment was at Jones Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.

Horace Bo Claiborne, 68

Mr. Claiborne, 68, of Nashville, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Friday, April 19 at St. John M. B. Church in Hartsville.

Karen Beth Dallas, 49

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20 at Mt. Juliet's Bond Memorial Chapel for Ms. Dallas, 49, of Old Hickory. She died Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

Mae Mildred Stephens Maggart, 99

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21 at Lebanon's First United Methodist Church for Mrs. Maggart, 99. Born April 19, 1913 in Hazel, KY, she died Tuesday April 16, 2013. Mrs. Maggart maintained her home unassisted her entire life.


General News

4-year-old seriously injured after being run over by lawnmower

A 4-year-old was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after being run over by a lawnmower Wednesday afternoon.

The incident occured around 5 p.m. in Lebanon.

No other information is available at this time.

Bad weather possible later tonight, early morning

Wilson County is under a Wind Advisory through daylight Friday morning and could experience wind gusts this afternoon of up to 40 mph.

That was the word from Capt. Stephen Spencer, EMA planning officer with Wilson County Emergency Management Agency.

Spencer said in an email sent to local newspapers that the leading line of storms ahead of the cold front is currently in central Arkansas moving east. It is expected the line of storms will increase in speed throughout the afternoon placing Wilson County in the time frame of 11 p.m. till 3 a.m. for a time of impact. As the storm approaches, wind damage remains the main threat with a possibility of brief tornado spin-up. Since the storms should be moving faster when they arrive this should reduce the amount of rain we receive but could still produce isolated flooding in some areas.

Child injured in lawnmower mishap still critical

The Wilson Post

A 4-year-old boy remained in critical condition Thursday at a Nashville hospital, a day after he was struck by a riding lawnmower operated by his 10-year-old sister at a Lebanon residence.

The childs name has not been released.

Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan told The Wilson Post Thursday he had checked with officials at the Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt and was told the boy was in critical condition following emergency surgery Wednesday night.

Bryan said investigators are continuing to review the incident to figure out exactly how the tragedy occurred.

Wilson County Sheriffs Department, along with Wilson County Emergency Management Agency personnel, responded to a call at 3441 Franklin Road in Lebanon at 4:58 p.m., Wednesday, regarding a lawnmower accident. WEMA dispatch reports said the call involved reports of a 4-year-old whose ankle, arm and leg were almost severed and whose hand was partially severed by the lawnmower blade.

Investigators reported that the child and his 10-year-old sister were playing at the home, whose resident was not the childs parent or primary caregiver.

What we understand was that the homeowner had just finished mowing the yard and the kids were out there playing. The way we understand it is that the 10-year-old sister was driving the lawnmower and lost control, Bryan said. We believe that the 4-year-old was playing in the yard and not riding on the lawnmower. We are trying to understand how the blades got engaged.

WEMA Director John Jewell said that upon arrival, emergency personnel found that residents had already pulled the boy out from underneath the lawnmower.

We carried him to the Lebanon Airport and he was LifeFlighted from there to Vanderbilt, Jewell said, adding that no additional information has been released about the condition of the boy. A lot of times, we dont hear about the outcome for a while.

Community Events Calendar

Meals On Wheels volunteers are needed to deliver meals in Mt. Juliet to homebound older adults on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Meals are ready to be picked up by 9:30 a.m., at the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, 2034 North Mt. Juliet Road, and the delivery usually takes about an hour. Routes are typically less than 20 miles of travel. You can volunteer weekly, monthly or as your schedule permits. For information, call Dawn Cathey, site manager, at 758-2777.

Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center offers a number of activities. Join the Over the Hill Choir at 10 a.m. every Monday. In addition to weekly choir practice, the group performs for senior programs in the community. Karaoke is held at 12:30 p.m., every third Tuesday of the month. And a Good Old Time Country Music Show is from 1 until 3 p.m., every Thursday. Bring your acoustic instrument and join the performers or just come and listen. Call 758-9114 in advance if you wish join seniors for lunch. The center is at 2034 N. Mt. Juliet Road. The center will host a free Active Seniors Health and Wellness Fair on Thursday, April 18, from 8:30-11 a.m. The event is open to the public. Booths are $25. For more information, call 758-9114.

Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet, has opened a food pantry available to those who have a need. The pantry is open the third Wednesday of every month, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m., and is for all Wilson County residents. For information, call 444-2390.

Attention Veterans: If you need information or help filing for Veterans Benefits, contact the Veterans Service Office, Suite 106, Wilson County Courthouse, or call 444-2460.

Celebrate Recovery: If you suffer from addiction/dysfunctional behaviors (hurts/hang-ups/habits) and would like a safe place to meet with others like you sharing your struggles, strengths and hope with one another to grow closer to God and others, then you are invited to Fairview Church, 1660 Leeville Pike, Lebanon, from 6:30 until 8 p.m., Thursdays. For information, call Sonny at 707-0305 or email

Telephone Pioneers of America has Volume Number 1 and Volume Number 3 cookbooks for sale. All sales benefit the Pioneer Museum in Fiddlers Grove at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. For information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.

Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce at 149 Public Square in Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.

Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Matt Shoemaker, M.S., will be available for counseling at the church building on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. He sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.

Lebanon Friendship AL-ANON and ALATEEN Family Groups, for family and friends of alcoholics which meets at Our House at 115 North Greenwood Street, is changing the time of meetings to 7 p.m., Sundays and Thursdays. Contacts are Harriet at 444-2852 and Lynda at 444-8434.

HomeSafe Womens Support Group meets Wednesday evenings. For information, or if you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.

Piecemakers Quilt Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at First United Methodist Church. The Knitting and Prayer Shawl Ministry meets every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Craft Room of the Family Life Center, and Sit n Stitchers meet every Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Craft Room. For more information, call 443-2354 or 444-1182.

Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Women are supporting Magdalene/Thistle Farms Ministry during the month of April by selling all-natural bath and body products made by the women at Thistle Farms. The effort by the Lebanon CP Women is part of the Set Them Free campaign. All proceeds from the sale of the bath and body products benefit Magdalene/Thistle Farms Ministry. For information, or to purchase any of the products, call Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 444-7453.

Lebanon High School Drama Club will present Disneys The Little Mermaid April 25-27, at 7 p.m., in the LHS Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and children. All advance tickets are $5 until April 24. For more information or to order tickets, call 444-9610 ext. 3203.

Ice Cream Social Fun Raiser to benefit ARE, or the Alliance for Recreational Empowerment, will be from 5 until 10 p.m., Friday, April 26, at Baskin Robbins, 1023 West Main Street, Lebanon, with 31 percent of sales will be donated to the organization. ARE is a 501c3 organization formed with a mission of providing recreational and educational activities for people with physical and/or mental disabilities with the goal of empowering them to be active, engaged members of their communities.

Wilson County Board of Education will interview the final two candidates for the Director of Schools position at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Central Office at 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon.

Pennsylvania Avenues Annual Street-long Yard Sale (Lebanon) will be Saturday, April 27. There will be something available for everybody. If it rains, the yard sale will be held the next nice Saturday.

Healing Broken Vessels third annual Feed the Spirit Womens Conference, Forgive-Forget-Free, will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at College Hills Church of Christ. Free lunch will be provided. For information, call 547-4936.

Wilson County Conservative Republicans will meet at 9:15 a.m., Saturday, April 27, at Logans at Providence in Mt. Juliet. Come enjoy a bagel, coffee and conversation.

Music in the Glade will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Gladeville Community Center. Rode West will perform. Concessions will be available. For information, call Mabel Beazley at 243-2664.

Celebrate Recovery 2nd Annual Community Cook-Out will be from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at Don Fox Community Park Pavilion #1. There will be free food, sodas, music, games and Jingles the Clown. There will also be drawings and speakers. For information, contact Sonny Warmath at 707-0305.

PHOEBE Ministries, a ministry connecting widows with hope for their journey, will meet at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 27, at Round Lick Baptist Church in Watertown. The topic for the program is Women of the Bible. All widows are welcome. Bring aluminum cans for Miracle Power Ministry.

Wilson County Town Hall with 6th District U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, will be at 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 29, at Mt. Juliet City Hall at 2425 N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Wilson County Retired Teachers Association scholarship applications are available in the Student Financial Services Office at Cumberland University. Any junior or senior education major may apply. The deadline for turning in applications is Monday, April 29.

Wilson County Commissions EMA Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 30, in Conference Room 1, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

NSDAR Margaret Gaston Chapter will meet at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, at the Spain House, First United Methodist Church, Lebanon. Program will be NJROTC Recognition led by Bettye Stone. Hostesses are Sharon Kloba, Susan Scott, Colleen Taylor and Jeanda Ward.

Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, May 2, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.

Lebanon High School presents the Last Annual Faculty Talent Show to be held at 7 p.m., Friday, May 3, in the schools auditorium. Tickets are $7 for Limited Reserved Seating and $5 for General Admission. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the LHS Blue Devil Bank or at the door on event night. For information, contact

Community Share Day, presented by Immanuel Baptist Church, will be from 8 a.m. until noon, Saturday, May 4, and the Lebanon/Wilson County community is invited. The event is like coming to a yard sale where everything is free. The event is in the churchs Life Center (activities building) at 214 Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon.

School director search continues

The Wilson Post

Wilson County Board of Education will get its first look at who might be the next Director of Schools when members meet Saturday to interview four candidates for the position.

The interviews are to begin at 9 a.m. at the Central Office at 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon.

The four candidates were selected from a total of 32 applicants. The position will become vacant when current Director Mike Daviss contract expires on June 30. Davis was recently named the new Robertson County Director of Schools.

The four candidates to be interviewed Saturday are Denis Albright, current Braxton County director of Schools in Sutton, W.Va.; David Huff, current Obion County director of Schools; Tim Sutterlund, assistant director of Schools for Memphis City and Shelby County; and Donna Wright, current assistant director of Williamson County Schools.

Teams (Tennessee Education Management and Services) Inc., a company based in Centerville, was retained by the school board to head up the search for candidates for the Director of Schools position.

Wayne Qualls, Teams Inc. owner, conducted a global search in which the 39 original applicants one of which was from Canada tossed their hats in the ring for a chance to land the job.

School board Chairman Don Weathers said that resumes were received from March 5-22 and narrowed down by Qualls to the four finalists who will be interviewed Saturday.

From those interviews by the board, members will decide on the top two candidates and interview them in a final round on Saturday, April 27.

Compensation for the new Wilson County Director of Schools is yet to be determined. Weathers said that once a director is selected they will negotiate the salary.

Weathers said the Board of Education paid a flat rate of $6,000 to Teams Inc. to conduct the search and that they have worked with Qualls company in the past.

Qualls told The Wilson Post he was retained about seven years ago by the county school board for a directors search that occurred when former Director Jim Duncan left and before Davis was hired.

Qualls noted that the board at that time was divided and Mickey Hall, assistant director, was tabbed to serve on an interim basis until Davis was named.

Teams Inc. has worked with school boards elsewhere in their search for directors.

I am completing my third since Jan. 1, Qualls said, adding his company worked with Robertson County where Davis is headed and Cumberland County.

Qualls noted school systems pay half of the $6,000 amount up front, when the company is retained, and then pays the remaining half at the end, once a director is chosen, if theyre satisfied.

I work hard at this, he said, adding that searching for a new director involves, first, getting the word out about a vacancy or pending vacancy, receiving resumes and going through them and doing the background work to whittle them down to the number sought by board members who will interview the applicants. Hundreds of hours can be spent on searching for a school system director.

Qualls has spent the past 45 years in education. Ive done a little bit of all of it, he noted.

He has served as a teacher, principal, Hickman County Director of Schools, served with the Tennessee Board of Regents which oversees all public colleges and universities not in the University of Tennessee system, and also served as Commissioner of Education under former Gov. Don Sundquist.

Its been a wonderful experience. I enjoy working with fellow (educators), he said, adding he enjoyed helping them.

One of the candidates, Wright, currently assistant director at Williamson County Schools, has a work history that includes serving as the Director of High Schools for Knox County Schools from 1998 to 2004 and Assistant Superintendent of Knox County Schools from May 2004 to August 2012, according to a resume on

Due to an early press deadline, information on other three candidates could not be obtained.

WCSD mock DUI to educate high schoolers

The Wilson Post

Keeping roads in Wilson County safe is not an easy task.

Just ask Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan.

In order to educate young people in the community, Bryan has arranged for the departments Traffic/DUI Division to create mock crashes at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, Watertown High School and Wilson Central High School this spring. During the scheduled events, deputies will create an actual crash scene involving vehicles from past accidents provided by Hamblens Wrecker Service in Mt. Juliet.

The actors, or victims and the suspect, are being provided by the drama departments of each individual school. They will have all of the broken bones and blood the special effects groups can conjure up, Bryan said in a release.

Once the crash has taken place, Wilson County Emergency Management Agency personnel will arrive on the scene. One student actor will be given a field sobriety test and placed in handcuffs in the back of a WCSD patrol car. The students portraying victims will be placed in an ambulance or LifeFlight helicopter according to their injuries.

Bryan hopes that by staging these events, students will realize the dangers of drinking and driving or texting and driving. He also will ask that students take the Prom Pledge, in which they promise their peers and parents that they will not engage in dangerous behavior on prom night.

Mock scenes will be held at MJCA on April 25; Wilson Central on May 3 and Watertown High School on May 9.

Whip Crackin' rodeo returns to Lebanon April 26

The Wilson Post

Cowboys and cowgirls are already anticipating the fourth annual Whip Crackin Rodeo & Outdoor Show which is scheduled to come barreling into Lebanon next weekend.

The two-day event begins on Friday, April 26, at 8:30 a.m., with a day dedicated to special needs children in the community. Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said the best part of the rodeo is seeing the smiles on childrens faces as they get to interact with rodeo animals and play games at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

At 2 p.m., the all-new outdoor show will begin, featuring more than 20 vendors with merchandise including campers, luxury RVs, boats, tractors, outdoor furniture, pool and spa options, and fashion.

Craighead said that the outdoor show, as well as inflatables for children, will be open and free to the public outside of the covered arena. Guests are welcomed to register for a drawing and door prizes such as movie tickets, gift certificates to local restaurants, rounds of golf and the grand prize of a night out of the town in a 14-passenger luxury tour coach donated by Four Seasons Coach Leasing.

The rodeo will begin on Friday at 7 p.m. with a Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl Contest sponsored by Wilson Bank & Trust for children ages 10 and under and a Kids Gold Rush with prizes in the straw. Doors to the Outdoor Show will open Saturday at 10 a.m. There will also be a rodeo on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Craighead said a mechanical bull has also been added this year for locals who wish to try their hand at bull-riding.

In the past three years, the Whip Crackin Rodeo has raised more than $115,000 for local charities. Event Platinum and Gold Sponsors are: Bates Ford, Permobil, Wilson Bank & Trust, Boot Barn, Bays Southern Bread, Capitol Theatre, Craighead Home Sales, Four Seasons Coach Leashing, Goodall Homes, Johnson Controls, Lochinvar Corporation, Lojac Materials, Manheim Auto Auction, Rose Tire, John Greer State Farm Insurance, THW Insurance Services and Tickets Nashville.

Discounted tickets are available at Bates Ford, Permobil, Wilson Bank & Trust, Boot Barn, Rose Tire, John Greer State Farm Insurance, Manheim Auto Auction, Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, Crystal Couture and Lebanon City Hall -- $10 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets will also be available at the door on both nights of the event -- $15 for adults and $12 for children.

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