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Showing 15 articles from May 1, 2013.


Alvis Gene Green, 79

Funeral services were held Monday morning, April 29 at Sellars Funeral Home / Stone Mansion, Lebanon for Mr. Green, 79, of Lebanon. He died April 26, 2013.

Nancy Lee Coleman, 78

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, May 1 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Coleman, 78, of Mt. Juliet. She died April 28, 2013.

Phillip Porter Taylor Jr., 58

Mr. Taylor, 58, of Watertown died Saturday, April 27, 2013. Funeral services are set 2 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at the Peyton Road Church of Christ.

Raymond Perry Bates, 58

Funeral services will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at Sellars Funeral Home / Stone Mansion, Lebanon for Mr. Bates, 58, of Lebanon. He died April 28, 2013.

Rita Gale Mille, 55

A memorial service will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Mille, 55, of Nashville. Born July 21, 1957, she died April 29, 2013 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.

Thomas Evans Morris, 89

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, April 29 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Morris, 89, of Mt. Juliet. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he died Wednesday, April 24, 2013.



School board to choose new Director at May 6 meeting

The Wilson Post

A new Director of Schools will be named at the Monday, May 6, meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education.

Chairman Don Weathers said that the final round of interviews, held this past Saturday with the two finalists Dr. Tim Sutterlund and Dr. Donna Wright, went extremely well.

We had two qualified people, he said of the process, which consisted of 15-minute, one-on-one interviews with each board member and one 45-minute public interview.

The board members are finalizing their own personal thoughts and we will be making our final decision on Monday. We cannot vote until we have an official public meeting, Weathers said.

Sutterlund, the current assistant director of Schools for Memphis City and Shelby County, and Wright, the current assistant superintendent of Williamson County Schools, were selected as job candidates during a search by Teams, Inc.

Teams, Inc. owner Wayne Qualls, who served as Commissioner of Education under former Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist, collected 39 original resumes during a nationwide search that began in March. Four candidates were selected for interviews on April 20, including, Wright, Sutterlund, Dennis Albright, Braxton County director of Schools; and David Huff, Obion County director of Schools.

School board members rated each candidate on a scale of 100 points with Wright and Sutterlund garnering the highest total points 397 and 455, respectively, at the April 20 interview.

The Wilson County Director of Schools position will be vacated on June 30, when current Director Mike Davis, who announced plans to resign in December 2012, will move to a new position as Robertson County Director of Schools.


General News

Car burglary suspects sought by MJPD

Mt. Juliet Police are asking for your help in identifying a man and woman seen in recently obtained surveillance photos where they reportedly use stolen credit cards at a convenience store.

The couple is suspected of stealing the credit cards on April 5 and also a GPS unit from a locked vehicle in the 1700 block of Sydney Terrace in Mt. Juliet.

Shortly after burglarizing the car, the couple allegedly used the credit cards at a Mapco gas station at 585 Stewarts Ferry Pike in Nashville. They were seen leaving Mapco in a white or silver four-door car with damage to the passenger side headlight area.

Information about these suspects could put cash in your pocket by calling Mt. Juliet Police, said Sgt. Tyler Chandler, spokesperson.

Anyone with any information on current investigations or ongoing crime trends is encouraged to call the MJPD at 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling 754-TIPS (8477) or via the MJPD website at

Community mourns Airman

The Wilson Post

Proud and somber was how one person described the mood of all who gathered at Nashville International Airport as the body of 1st Lt. Joshua Hovies of Lebanon was returned Monday night from South Korea.

The plane carrying Hovies body landed shortly after 7 p.m., said Walter Long, family counselor at Wilson County Funeral Home and Memorial Park which is in charge of funeral arrangements for the lieutenant.

He noted that Hovies family arrived almost an hour earlier to meet the plane on the tarmac. A large number of friends also joined the family but waited in the cargo area.

There were probably 40 or 50 cars in the procession, Long said. The Wilson County Sheriffs Department met us at the airport and escorted us back to Lebanon, along with the Patriot Riders. The Patriot Guard Riders are a group of motorcyclists who often attend and assist in funerals to honor U.S. Military personnel.

Then the Lebanon Police joined us once we were back in Lebanon. The family was very composed it was a proud moment because of him being a veteran, Long added.

Hovies, 26, died Friday, April 19, in Gunsan, South Korea in an off-base swimming accident. He was assigned to Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, where he was training to apply to the Air Forces elite Special Forces corps.

Hovies funeral, to be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at First Baptist Church, Lebanon, will be conducted with full military honors, and he will receive a 21-gun salute.

Putman remembers George Jones

From Post staff reports

Lebanon songwriter Curly Putman said Monday he was putting together for himself a personal CD of songs he had written for and were sung or recorded by country music legendGeorge Jones, who died last week.

Off-hand, Putman first said he wasn't sure what that number was and he'd have to do some research but by yesterdayhe haddetermined that he had written and passed along atleast some 15 songs to Jones.

First, of course, on that list, would have to be the all-time favorite, "He Stopped Loving Her Today," a song listed by many as the greatest country song ever written. Putman co-wrote the song with Bobby Braddock.

The song about a man who loved his wife until he drew his last breath was recorded by Jones in 1980. It was, as proclaimed by Jones and others, a needed positive in his long country music career. It literally revived his career he and others said. "He Stopped Loving Her Today" was Jones first number one hit at the time in more than six years.

As a result of recording the ballad, Jones earned the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Performer in 1980 and the Academy of Country Music awarded the song Single of the Year and Song of the Year.The songalso became the Country Music Association's Song of the Year in both 1980 and 1981.

Jones, known to some as the Possum, was appreciative of the song and sent a letter to Putman which hangs in his den.

The letter reads: There is no doubt that my favorite Curly Putman song has to be He Stopped Loving Her Today. I will always be grateful to you and Bobby Braddock for adding the rendition for me after a year or more of my trying to record that song and thinking it needed that little something extra to make it complete. He Stopped Loving Her Today was the song I always wished I would have written. It became a monster hit, won lots of awards and is my signature song. Thank you for that.

Putman, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, oncesaid, "I've always thought if you can cover love, hopeless situations, happiness and death you can touch people's souls! That makes for a great country song!"He certainly managed to cover all those topics in "He Stopped Loving Her Today."

While "He Stopped Loving Her Today" would have to be viewed as one of his most successful songs, Putman has had many more in his storied career. One of his most recorded songs and viewed as a country music standard still today is "Green, Green Grass of Home." Performers who have recorded "Green Grass" as Putman and others in the business like to call the song have includedPorter Wagoner, Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Darrell, Gram Parsons, Joan Baez, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Roberto Leal, Merle Haggard, Bobby Bare, Joe Tex, Nana Mouskouri, and Tom Jones.

Country singer/songwriter and longtime Wilson County resident Charlie Daniels said on The Marquee Blog at, "Rest in peace George Jones. There will never be another one like you and we'll miss you a bunch buddy."

"I am so saddened by the news of George Jones's passing, said country singer/songwriter and Mt. Juliet resident Tracy Lawrence. He was a wonderful friend and I will always treasure the times we hadtogether.My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and the entire family. George left a tremendous mark on Country music and inspired us all. I will miss him.God Bless you George."

Mr. Jones funeral will take place on Thursday, May 2,at The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, starting at 10 a.m. and will be open to the public.

"George would have wanted his fans and friends everywhere to be able to come and pay their respects along with his family," said Kirt Webster, Mr. Jones publicist.

"Thanks to Georges friends, fans, and loved ones for the outpouring of love at this terrible time," said Nancy Jones, his wife. "I love you all."

A private visitation for family, friends, and fellow performers will take place on Wednesday evening.

The Voice of Country Music fell silent with the passing of the iconic legend in Nashville at the age of 81.Long recognized as country musics most indescribable voice by not only the fans, but critics in all genres, the music world continues to mourn the loss of its finest stylist, who was considered the greatest living country singer.

A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1956, Mr. Jones achieved perhaps his greatest personal honor when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.

More than 35 years ago, as noted in his discography, Mr. Jones recorded Whos Gonna Fill Their Shoes? a song that posed the question of whether music newcomers would come along that could possibly walk in the steps of the progenitors and giants of country music.In light of the loss of this legendary voice, the question has never seemed more poignant.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Grand Ole Opry trust fund at Opry Trust Fund, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214, or to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at

State eyes old WCVC for tech center

Wilson County Board of Education is expected to consider whether to accept or allow the Tennessee Board of Regents to establish a technology center in the former Wilson County Vocational Cetner adjacent to the campus of the old Lebanon High School during the regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, May 6.

The issue has been discussed at several meetings in the past year or so with at least three board members indicating their support for it if certain matters were addressed.


General Sports

CU softball falls in MSC finals

KINGSPORT -- Lindsey Wilson scored six unearned runs in the first game and Jane Egiazarova hit a pair of two-run homers in the second contest, backing up a three-hit shutout from Jordan Hood, as the 14th-ranked Blue Raiders won 10-6 and 6-0 against Cumberland Tuesday to win the Mid-South Conference Championships at Domtar Park.

The Blue Raiders (48-8) won the conference tournament for the fourth straight season and avenged a 2-1 loss to the Bulldogs (36-20) Monday afternoon.

LWC also won the regular season championship and with a runner-up finish, Cumberland secured the conferences other automatic berth into the NAIA Championship Opening Round set for May 13-15. CU will find out where it will play on May 7.

Hulse has 9 RBI for LHS

HERMITAGE -- Senior Dillon Hulse went 4-for-4 and drove in nine runs Monday afternoon to lift Lebanon High to a 13-2 win over the Middle Tennessee Heat at Legends Field in the Rotary Park Complex.

The LHS centerfielder singled in the first inning, slugged a grandslam homer in the second, doubled in the third inning, and clubbed a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Eddie McDaniels added two hits and an RBI while scoring twice.

Legge shares MSC top honor

Cumberland sophomore Katie Legge was named Mid-South Conference Co-Player of the Year while Legge and junior Katie Smith earned First Team All-Conference honors and senior A.C. Agee was named Honorable Mention at the completion of the conference tournament last week in Bardstown, Ky.

All-Conference and Player of the Year honors are based on all three Mid-South events one in the fall and two in the spring, including the conference tournament. The top four scores from the six rounds are counted, with the top overall score garnering Player of the Year accolades, the top seven players earning First Team All-League honors and the next six picking up Honorable Mention.

Local softball from Tuesday

WCHS run-rules Station Camp --
GALLATIN -- Wilson Central closed out the 2013 regular season Tuesday afternoon with a one-sided, 13-1 victory at District 9AAA rival Station Camp. With the win, the Lady Wildcats improved to 19-15 overall and 5-5 in District 9AAA.

Central got on the board in the first inning when Ashley Eldridge singled to left, Eldridge then stole second before Morgan Powell singled her home.

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