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Obituaries

Kenneth C. Papa Morgan, 78

Mr. Morgan, 78, of Lebanon passed away April 20, 2013, at his home. Born in Wilson County, he was the son of the late Kenneth Claud Morgan Sr. and Allie Gilbert Morgan. He retired from the Wilson Farmers CO-OP and Immanuel Baptist Church. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Elaine Meadows Morgan; 12 children: Teresa (Ryan) Vanatta, Jimmy Morgan, Darlene Green, Grace Morgan, Mildred (Raymond) Fox, Michael (Michelle) Morgan, Charles (Becky) Odum, Gary (Anna) Odum, Barry Odum, Terry (Ruth) Odum, Dennis (Vicki) Odum, Larry (Donna) Odum; 36 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.

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Michael Nicholas Tamburrino, 54

Mr. Tamburrino, 54, of Lebanon, died of cancer on April 16, 2013 at the University Medical Center. His last days were spent surrounded by his family and friends.

Michael was born in Bridgeport, CT to the late Anthony Tamburrino Sr. and Mary Frashuer Tamburrino on February 3, 1959. He was the youngest of five children. His family and friends describe him as someone who loved life and laughter.

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Willie Grey "W.G." Neal, 90

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, April 23 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Willie Grey "W.G." Neal, 90, of Lebanon. Retired after over 26 years of service with the City of Lebanon as an engineer and assistant director of the Public Works Department, Mr. Neal died Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Nashville's St. Thomas Hospital.

A World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was a member of the Bethlehem Church of Christ and was well-respected in City Hall.

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General News

Celebrities take swings at Christmas 4 Kids Golf Tournament

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Celebrities took swings for a worthy cause at Pine Creek Golf Course on Tuesday for the second annual Christmas 4 Kids Golf Tournament.

The tournament, presented by Prevost, was hosted again this year by Bluegrass duo The Roys, made up of brother-sister band Lee and Elaine Roy. Celebrity golfers included American Idol favorite Bo Bice, country star Tracy Lawrence, Fox 17s Kelly Sutton and Nick Paranjape, NASCAR Driver TJ Bell, Brad Hopkins and Joe Dubin of 102.5 The Game, winners of Kenny Chesneys Next Big Star, Brother Trouble; former The Bachelorette contestant and country artist Ty Brown and more.

Bice said that he was amazed at the talent of amateurs on the course. When a fellow golfer told him that he was talented, too, Bice responded with a laugh Just not at golf.

Christmas 4 Kids is a 501(c) -3 non-profit organization created in 1982 under the name Christmas Caravan. For more than 20 years the organization has reached out to underprivileged or in-need children across Middle Tennessee to give them a Christmas shopping experience they may not otherwise receive.

The season kicks off every November with a Christmas 4 Kids concerts hosted by Charlie Daniels and Friends. For more information, go to christmas4kids.org.

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Drop off old prescriptions today

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

If you have old prescriptions and non-prescription medications taking up space in a cabinet at home, you can dispose of them safely from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at Crye-Leike Realtors, at 1432 West Main Street, Lebanon.

The local event, part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, is sponsored by the Wilson County Community Partnership and Wilson County Sheriffs Department at the real estate office. Deputies from the Sheriffs Department will be on hand and will also help dispose of the unwanted medications. Volunteers will also be present to assist.

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School director finalists to be interviewed in final round today

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Dr. Tim Sutterlund or Dr. Donna Wright will be named the new Wilson County Director of Schools following a final round of interviews set for Saturday, April 27.

Board of Education Chairman Don Weathers said the final interview will consist of two parts a private session where the candidate is allotted the opportunity to speak with each board member and a public interview with another series of questions beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the main office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon.

The two candidates bested Dennis Albright, current Braxton County director of Schools in Sutton, W.Va., and David Huff, current Obion County director of Schools, during a second round of interviews by the Wilson County Board of Education and Teams, Inc. owner Wayne Qualls this past Saturday.

Wright was the first of the job finalists to take the hot seat at 9 a.m. on Saturday. She explained that being a career educator was a profession that chose me.

Career highlights include her current role as the Assistant Superintendent of Knox County Schools, where she has served for eight years; six years as the Director of High Schools in Knox County; and eight years as Principal of West High School.

Wright said her decision to apply for Wilson County Schools Director was partially due to the influence of her two grown children. They made very wise choice years ago to relocate to this area and opened a business. Wilson County is an area that I have paid attention to, she said. One thing that is attractive is the sense of community.

Sutterlund is the Assistant Director of Schools for Memphis City and Shelby County. He served as principal of 2,000-student Collierville High School for 19 years. He has also been a Vice Principal at Germantown High School from 1985 to 1988, while also serving as a classroom teacher at the school.

Sutterlund also has been employed as the Chief Transition Officer for Shelby County and Memphis City Schools since September 2012.

Qualls led the search to replace the position, which will be vacated when current Director Mike Davis leaves June 30 and moves to a position as Robertson County Director of Schools. Qualls conducted a global search in which 39 original applicants one of which was from Canada tossed their hats in the ring for a chance to land the job.

Weathers said that resumes were received from March 5-22 and narrowed down to four finalists who interviewed this past weekend. During the interviews, Qualls asked each candidate a series of 20 questions. Candidates had 5 minutes to answer the question in front of the board.

Each board member had a scoring sheet in front of them. The maximum number of points a candidate could get was 100. Dr. Sutterlund received the most votes and Dr. Wright received the second most votes, he said.

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Tentative date for services set for Airman

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Services are tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at First Baptist Church, Lebanon for a local man serving in the military overseas who died in a swimming accident in an off-base pool in Gunsan, South Korea.

1st Lt. Joshua Hovies died Friday, April 19, according to a news release from the United States Air Forces 8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office.

The news release noted that Hovies cause of death was still under investigation and that additional information would be released as it became available.

Hovies graduated in December 2010 from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., where he attended as the recipient of a scholarship from the ROTC. Upon his graduation, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and was assigned to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

He was later assigned to Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, where he was training to apply to the Air Forces elite Special Forces corps. He was doing long distance underwater exercises, his mother, Alicia Hovies said, when he passed out. CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) was applied as Joshua was rushed to the hospital. He was pronounced dead on arrival.

His remains are expected to be returned to the airport in Nashville in the next few days and will then be brought to Lebanon via military escort. Hovies funeral will be conducted with full military honors and he is to receive a 21-gun salute. Wilson County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

We are extremely saddened by the loss of one of our finest young officers, said Col. Douglas Nikolai, 8th Fighter Wing vice commander. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lt. Hovies family and close friends.

Family friend Pierce Dodson said the Hovies family attends First Baptist Church, Lebanon. He remembered Hovies, who was 26, attended a Bible study he conducted and said he was the kind of person who makes a pretty deep impression. He was a fine young man.

Hovies and his brother, Benjamin, were featured in an article that was published in The Wilson Post on March 9, 2011. Benjamin at the time was attending the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., and was to graduate in June 2011 with a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps.

1st Lt. Joshua Hovies was born in Bellingham, Wash., on Oct. 19, 1987. The first 13 years of his life were spent in Thailand where his parents served as missionaries.

Lt. Hovies was home schooled, active in political and current events. He earned his Eagle Scout award serving in troop 302. He also volunteered in the campaigns of numerous political races.

Lt. Hovies is survived by his parents, Tom and Alicia Hovies of Lebanon; his sister Mary Beth (Mrs. Colin) Kappel of Murfreesboro; his brother 2nd Lt. Benjamin Hovies USMC (and wife Savanna); his grandparents, Al and Nancy Kent; and relatives Tom and Teresa Oduor, Joy, Job, Josiah and Joanna and the Dennis and Janet Beam family of Adams, Tenn. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Floyd and Dorothy Jones.

This story was first reported Monday, April 22, at www.wilsonpost.com.

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General Sports

CU plans summer baseball camps

Cumberland baseball has announced dates for its 2013 summer camps, which run throughout the month of June at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium and the Benton Jennings Indoor Facility on campus.

Hitting Camp runs June 3-6, with Session I from 9 a.m.-Noon for ages 6-9 and Session II from 1-4 p.m. for ages 10-12. Cost of the Hitting Camp is $95 per player and emphasizes techniques of hitting with devices used to help teach proper mechanics.

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LHS baseball falls 5-0 at LaVergne

LaVERGNE -- Lebanon dropped to 5-17 on the season following Monday's 5-0 loss at LaVergne in a non-district game.

Wolverine pitchers Dillon Gann and David Mayberry combined to throw a four-hitter, striking out four Blue Devils, walking two and hitting two batters. Gann started and got the win, working six innings before giving way to Mayberry.

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