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Obituaries

1st Lt. Joshua Hovies, 26

Funeral services with full military honors are planned 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at First Baptist Church, Lebanon, for United States Air Force 1st Lt. Joshua Hovies, 26, of Lebanon. Lt. Hovies drowned in a swimming accident Friday, April 19, in Gunsan, South Korea.

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Armstead Squire Robinson, 81

No services are planned for Mr. Robinson, 81, of Mt. Juliet.
Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet was in charge of arrangements.

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Charles H. "Chuck" Worthington, Jr., 46

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Worthington, 46, of Mt. Juliet. An avidfan of the Atlanta Braves, the Georgia Bulldogs and the Dallas Cowboys, hedied Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

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James Burlison, 71

James Jim B. Burlison died May 1, 2013 at age 71. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home / Stone Mansion, Lebanon Friday from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 12 Noon until the 2 p.m. service.

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Luis Guevara, 45

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4 at the Mt. Juliet Ward Bldg. (1004 Woodridge Place, Mt. Juliet) for Mr. Guevara, 45, of Old Hickory.

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Mary Jane Huxoll, 50

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, May 3 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Huxoll, 50, of Springfield. She died Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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General News

Bark in the Park this Saturday

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

New Leash on Life is gearing up for the 13th annual Bark in the Park on Saturday, which will feature fun activities for the entire family four-legged members included.

The event will be held at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. New Leash Director Amy Haverstick said admission will be $5 for adults and free for children and dogs.

Angela Chapman, one of our board members and volunteers, has taken over much of the organizing this year and it is going to be fantastic. We are extremely excited and plan for it to be better than ever, Haverstick said. There is a cupcake eating contest for people and their dogs, scavenger hunt, and vendors.

There will also be a Look What the Cat Drug In yard sale with free admission.

This is one of our biggest fundraisers and the money raised from booth sales and sponsorships goes to our general operations fund, Haverstick said. Many shelter dogs will also be at the event to meet-and-greet with animal lovers. It just gives people a chance to see what we do.

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City Building Inspector Hubner named Building Official of the Year

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

City of Lebanon Building Inspector Ray Hubner said he was honored to be named Building Official of the Year at the Tennessee Building Officials Association annual conference this past weekend.

The organization, which held the conference in Gatlinburg, chooses one person each year to receive this high honor, he explained.

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Grammar School Gang celebrates 10 years

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Two things most of us take away from elementary school are life lessons and lifelong friends.

At least that has been the case for the Grammar School Gang, who celebrated their 10-year anniversary at the Chop House in Lebanon on Wednesday.

The group is made up of almost 30 alumni from McClain School and Highland Heights in Lebanon both of which are no longer in existence who continue to reside in the Middle Tennessee area. Judge Haywood Barry, who attended Highland Heights, said the monthly luncheons are a good excuse to fellowship and catch up with his former schoolmates.

Barry remembered Highland Heights, which was located on High Street near where the Wilson County Jail is now. It was a first through eighth grade school next to the old Lebanon High School. There was a gymnasium in between, he said.

We all started the first grade together back in the 1940s. They are all great folks and all have stories to tell. We have a lot in common because we are the same age, he said.

Mary Ruth Osborne Trumphour, of Springfield, said the group began at the funeral of a mutual friend. We hadnt seen each other in so long and were all talking. We decided that we needed to get together and meet and eat, she said. It just took off from there.

I didnt join the group for the first six months, but it has been good, Barry added. We have fun luncheons and usually a Christmas dinner.

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LPD investigates airport vandalism

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police continue to investigate an incident of vandalism that occurred recently at the Lebanon Municipal Airport.

While the crime of vandalism is frequently chalked up to kids being mischievous, Airport Manager Myron Lasater said this case is no laughing matter.

On the north end of the runway there are various lights used for visual approaches for pilots to be able to see the runway at night. There is a set of high intensity strobe lights called runway end identifier or RIEL lights. They identify the actual touchdown zone of the runway, he explained. We discovered that someone had broken into the power supply box and cut the wires and cut the fixture itself.

Police Chief Scott Bowen said that any damages over $500 are a federal offense.

We have a couple-month timeframe that we are looking at when this could have occurred. Our biggest concern is the safety aspect of it, Bowen said. It is hard to fathom that someone would do this knowing that the lights are used to guide the planes into the airport.

It is very serious. Weve had some issues of rocks and stuff thrown on the taxiways, weve had a problem with people damaging our rotating beacon before, but it is not taken lightly, Lasater said, adding that Vanderbilt University Medical Centers LifeFlight helicopter, corporate and personal aircraft use the facility and need for it to be managed and safe.

LifeFlight operates here and you know they are here doing their job for our community and saving lives.

Bowen said that individuals with any information on the vandalism should call 444-2323.

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LPD sets Cinco de Mayo checkpoints

Lebanon Police Department will be conducting high visibility impaired driver counter-measures this Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Officers are planning checkpoint(s) on Highway 70 and / or Highway 231 on Friday, May 3. In addition, they will be conducting saturation patrols.

We'll be monitoring for DUIs while enforcing traffic violations and other offenses. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol or drug related crashes, said Lt. Brent Willett.

Officers will be observing drivers who pass through the checkpoint(s) looking for signs of impairment.

Citizens who may be briefly held up by the checkpoint(s) are asked to please be patient and understanding, Willett said.

Those that may consider drinking or using drugs that impair their ability to drive should think twice! A DUI conviction carries jail time, heavy fines, loss of driving privileges and a criminal record. Most importantly, driving under the influence can and often does result in the loss of innocent lives, he added.

Funding for this checkpoint / saturation has been made possible through a grant from the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office.

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General Sports

CU baseball adds game at TNU

With almost two weeks between the conference tournament and the NAIA Championship Opening Round, Cumberland has added a game on Friday at long-time rival Trevecca Nazarene at 6:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs also dropped two spots in this weeks Coaches Top 25 to No. 13 in the nation.

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MJ wins 9AAA crown

SHACKLE ISLAND -- Mt. Juliet baseball went on the road Thursday night and secured at least one more home game.

The Golden Bears captured their eighth straight District 9AAA Tournament title with a 6-2 win over host Beech, and earned a Monday home game in the Region 5AAA Tournament against Clarksville.

Coach Jim Carter's team will host Clarksville High Monday at 7 p.m. Mt. Juliet (24-11) has won the last four region titles.

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MJ, WCHS vie for 9AAA championship today

PORTLAND -- Mt. Juliet stormed into today's District 9AAA softball finals with a pair of tight loser's bracket wins on Thursday -- eliminating host Portland and Mid-State power Beech along the way.

Coach Brad Rowlett's squad toppled Portland 4-3 on the strength of two-run homers off the bats of Kristin Hammer and Lauren Woodard, then sent Beech packing with a thrilling 2-0 victory thanks to yet another two-run bomb -- this one from Savannah Oliver.

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