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Andre Du'Shaun Logue, 30

Mr. Logue, 30,died suddenly Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. He was a 2001 graduate of Lebanon High School where he played football and ran track for the Blue Devils. Mr. Logue was a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and a manager with the Coca-Cola Company.

The family will receive friends, Friday, Aug. 16 between the hours of 6-8 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, 323 West Adams Ave., Lebanon.

Andrew B. Young, 96

Mr. Young, 96, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Summit Medical Center. The family will receive friends 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at JC Hellum Funeral Home with services to follow at 12 Noon.

Ashley Fredy, 21

A memorial service was held Monday afternoon, Aug. 12 at the Unity Church for Positive Living for Ms. Fredy, 21 of Mt. Juliet.
The daughter of Perry Richardson and GiGi Fredy, she died August 8, 2013.
Arrangements were in the care of Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Donald James Colombo, 74

A celebration of life will be held 12 Noon, Saturday, Aug. 17 at 1304 Double Log Cabin Road, Lebanon, for Mr. Colombo, 74, of Lebanon.

Edward Henry Stein, 65

Services will be private for Mr. Stein, 65, of Mt. Juliet. He died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in his memory.
Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet, is in charge of arrangements.

Harvey Ray Asbill, 71

Mr. Asbill, 71, of Lebanon died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 at the University Medical Center.

Jesse Thurman Bogle, Jr. , 84

Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at Hillview Cemetery in Alexandria for Mr. Bogle, 84. He died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in San Diego, CA.
Watertowns Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Ella Bishop Hamilton, 91

Graveside services were held Saturday morning, Aug. 10 at Woodlawn Memorial Park for Mrs. Hamilton, 91, of Mt. Juliet. She died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013.
Arrangements were in the care of Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Martha Faye Clark, 72

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Aug. 11 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Clark, 72, of Mt. Juliet. The widow of the late Robert Kelley Clark, she died Aug. 8, 2013.

Mary Irene Hardy, 46

A memorial service is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon for Mrs. Hardy, 46, of Lebanon. Wife of Barry Hardy, she died Aug. 12, 2013.

Visitation is Thursday from 5 p.m. until the service.
Memorial donations are welcomed and should be directed to SunTrust Bank.
Arrangements are in the care of Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Patricia Ann McClendon, 58

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Aug. 12 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. McClendon, 58, of Mt. Juliet. The wife of Doug McClendon, she died Aug. 9, 2013.



Lets talk politics, down home style


Welcome to Down Home Politics premier column in The Wilson Post. You can find it here every other Wednesday, and I hope youll agree that the title is pretty much what it says it is politics from a down home, common sense perspective.

Im an average citizen, just like you in many ways, I would guess. I love my God, and Im not ashamed to say it. Im grateful everyday for the blessings He has sent my way and how He meets our needs, because lets face it, I fret about paying the bills far more than I would like, just like you do probably.

I have a husband whom I love and adore and who is my best friend. Together, we worry about his sons happiness and wellbeing, just as we fuss over our four, four-legged children, that we both love as much as we would if they were the two-legged kind. Ive lost my Daddy, so as an only child, its now my job to look after Mom.And last, but certainly not least, my life is filled with a loving, though far-flung family, and a closer-to-home circle of friends who are the sort of folks you can count on no matter what.

So, as you see, Im just an average woman with a bit of a twist. I just happen to have a passionfor politics, or perhaps more accurately, for the governance ofmy city, county, state and country. I realize not everyone shares my passion, and thats perfectly OK. I just dont want folks to wake up one day and realize they have slowly let our governmental bodies have a stake in virtually everything we do or say.

I started Down Home Politics which is a blog by the same name on the Internet (, and a blog and column for Wilson Living Magazine because I believe apathy has no place in politics.

Having said that let me make something very clear. Personally, I despise party politics when it comes time to govern. Mind you I didnt say I despise politics, just the political party aspect of it, and heres why.

All too often, many elected officials allow their political parties ideology to divide, not unify, our leaders. As a result, these politicians put the money of lobbyists ahead of doing whats right for the people. They forget who put them into office and who provides the tax dollars that pay their salaries. And they claim their partys way is the only correct way, treating the concept of compromise as if it were a four-letter word uttered from the mouth of the devil himself.

George Washington, our countrys first president, warned of the dangers of partisan politics in his farewell speech. Washington wrote and spoke the following words:

Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally. the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection.

Sound all too familiar to todays political landscape?

These words are my north star for this column, which will not be a space where you will read a ranting for or against a particular party, but rather an explanation as to why you need to take heed of a political bodys actions.

Throughout my newspaper career, numerous people have said to me, I just dont care about politics, and that is their right. However, I take umbrage when these same people do nothing to change the political landscape they say they despise and then complain that politicians seem to have forgotten that they are accountable to the people who elected them.

Saying, I just dont care about politics, is the equivalent of saying, I dont care about the welfare of my children, my spouse, my parents, my siblings, my business, my job, my health, my friends, my house, etc. While that may sound harsh, it is true. By not caring about politics, we are basically relinquishing to the government our choice of how we can and cannot live their lives.

Like it or not, politics permeates virtually every aspect of our lives, and for that reason alone, we should all care.

So with each column, my goal will be to try and ignite a spark in those who are currently ambivalent; fan the embers of those who care, but think it doesnt matter anymore; and feed the fires of those actively trying to make a difference, so that maybe, just maybe, I can, in the words of Washington again:

Promote then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.

Amelia Morrison Hipps is a freelance political writer, columnist and consultant. Contact her at


General News

Motorcycle wreck sends Gordonsville man to Vanderbilt

The Wilson Post

A man injured in an accident involving a motorcycle and an 18-wheeler on Wednesday afternoon was transported to a Nashville hospital by ambulance. The accident occurred about 5 p.m.

Lebanon Police Officer Robert Bates said motorcyclist Justin Smith of Gordonsville was turning off Arctic Drive onto Maddox-Simpson Parkway when he entered the path of an 18-wheeler traveling westbound
Smith was transported by Vanderbilt University Medical Center by a Wilson County Emergency Management Agency ambulance.

Post announces new additions

From Post staff reports

The Wilson Post announces two new additions to the staff of the local newspaper.

They are Connie Esh, a former staff writer for The Post, and Amelia Morrison Hipps, former managing editor of The Lebanon Democrat.

They join Dallus Whitfield, a photographer who formerly worked for the Lebanon daily newspaper.

Over the past couple of weeks we have brought on three very experienced and award-winning local journalists, Dallus Whitfield, Amelia Hipps and Connie Esh, said Dave Gould, owner of The Wilson Post. We are committed to strengthening our position as the local newspaper for Wilson County.

I am beyond thrilled to welcome Connie and Amelia to The Post, said Editor Jennifer Horton. Great things are happening here. We continue to grow right along with Wilson County and that demands an experienced staff to cover all that is happening here. This is going to be fun.

Esh is The Posts new Mt. Juliet correspondent and rejoins the paper after previously serving as a staff writer and photographer from 2007-2009. Readers may remember her feature on the late Bro. W.L. Baker and the sermon he preached on his 100th birthday.

That story won a first-place award in feature writing from the Tennessee Press Association in 2009. Esh also performed award-winning writing and reporting about the need for a new Lebanon High School and other local topics during her earlier stint at The Post, and she has spent the past four years as an educational assistant at Tuckers Crossroads Elementary.

Im just tickled to be back and Im really looking forward to covering Mt. Juliet for The Post, Esh said, adding that one of her favorite stories from West Wilsons fast-growing city was a profile of Charlie Daniels, based on a phone interview she conducted with the famous country singer and rocknroller in her dining room.

My husband, John Butwell, is a graduate student at MTSU, and he was trying to write a term paper while I was interviewing Mr. Daniels right beside him, Esh recalled. Hes always been a big fan, and he says it was pretty distracting. But he kept writing and he says he made an A on the paper.

In addition to writing, which is her favorite hobby, Esh is a quilter, weaver and gardener. She urged Mt. Juliet readers to get in touch with her and let her know about local issues and stories theyd like to read about their community. She can be contacted at

Hipps is a freelance political writer, columnist and consultant. Currently, she writes a column called Down Home Politics for Wilson Living Magazine, as well as a blog by the same name for the magazines website and her own website,

For the past two legislative sessions, Hipps covered the Tennessee General Assembly for, as well as for her own company Capitol Newswatch, LLC. In addition, she worked on two city elections in 2012 as a campaign manager and media/political consultant.

In May 2006, Hipps moved to Lebanon to become the managing editor of The Democrat and was responsible for the news and editorial direction of it as well as the Mt. Juliet News and Hartsville Vidette.

She left in January 2012 to start her own company, Capitol Newswatch, LLC, a news service for small, rural community-based newspapers covering their state legislators.

Prior to joining the newspaper in May 2006, she operated Elite Word Design, a freelance writing and public relations firm in Statesboro, Ga.

Her newspaper experience includes stints as executive editor at the Statesboro (Ga.) Herald, managing editor/COO of the Enterprise (Ala.) Ledger, managing editor of The Dothan (Ala.) Progress, and editor of the Walker County (Ga.) Messenger.

A graduate of Shorter College in Rome, Ga., Hipps studied for her masters degree in journalism at The University of Georgia. She was one of 16 international students selected for the 1996 Media Leadership for Journalism Graduate Students program.

She and her husband, Jim, have four dogs and live on Trousdale Ferry Pike.

You can follow her coverage of Wilson County government meetings on Twitter at @DwnHomePolitics.

I'm so excited about being able to do what I love the most cover the issues that impact me and every other citizen of my home county, as well as cover and write about politics, Hipps said.

Her first article for The Post appeared in the Aug. 9 edition. In addition to covering Wilson County government, Hipps will also do special investigative and in-depth stories as warranted along with writing her political column every other Wednesday for the newspaper.

Hipps may be reached at

Strip Church ministry borne of fast

Special to The Wilson Post

As a pastors wife, there are many things that are expected.

Knowing how to fix a delicious meal and entertaining guests is certainly high on the list. Feeding and socializing with strippers and porn stars are usually not in the job description. Let me explain.

Six years ago, my husband, Todd, and I, planted a church called Friendship Community Church at Lakeview Elementary in Mt. Juliet. We meet at 9 and 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. Our main goal has always been to reach those far from Christ. Did you know that 82 percent of the population in Hermitage, Old Hickory and Mt. Juliet are unchurched? That means that on any given Sunday, 82 percent of our neighbors are not in any Christian church. As the Bible says, The fields are ripe unto harvest. At FCC, 75 percent of our first time guests each week were not in any local church when they found us. That is an amazing statistic!

In just six short years, FCC has grown from 30 to 850 regular attenders. Community service is one of the backbones of our ministry. Perhaps you have seen us in the community giving out free gasoline, washing windshields, repairing elderly homes, or sharing hot chocolate and donuts at the Christmas parade. Or maybe you participated in the free Great Easter Bash at Charlie Daniels Park, got your oil changed at one of our many events geared to help single moms, or received a free meal in a local drive-through. Our bright orange shirts with the words, The church has left the building boldly displayed on the back can be seen all across Wilson County.

In October 2012, I started on a 21-day fast. At the end of the fast, I had one clear direction from God, and it was go feed the strippers. I contacted the general manager at Dj vu off Demonbreun, and he invited me to come. I then contacted Tom at Courtneys Restaurant. Together we planned a delicious meal of roast beef, mac and cheese, green beans, cornbread, sweet tea and banana pudding. I arrived at the strip club with dinner and gifts for the ladies, management and bouncers.

I now go every two weeks, and I cant wait to get down there! My ministry, through Friendship Community Church, is called Strip Church. I do not go into the club with a Bible or gospel tract. I simply go to show Gods love in a practical way with no strings attached. When I give the girls lavish gifts and they ask why, I simply say, Because you are valuable to me and you are valuable to God. I hold them. I pray with them. I love them.

One of the girls has quit the club and is attending FCC regularly. She is now a Christ follower and was obedient in baptism a few weeks ago. She is getting plugged into our growth group structure and is serving. She has just started going to Dj vu with me and talking to the other girls about Jesus and our church. She tells them that FCC is a place where they are more than welcome.

At FCC, we dont care about how you dress or what you say or how you act. We know that you dont have to get cleaned up to come to Jesus. We dont care about your past, because we all have one. We love you as you are, where you are. We always encourage our attenders, whether they believe in God or not, to simply take the next step towards Jesus Christ.

Not in a million years would I have dreamed that God would have me start the only ministry to strippers and people in the porn industry in the entire city of Nashville. But, I have no doubt that I am exactly where I need to be, and I know if Jesus were walking on earth today, He would be right beside me.

Our church website is if you would like more information about our church or the Strip Church ministry.

Editors Note: Erin Stevens is the wife of Pastor Todd Stevens of Friendship Community Church in Mt. Juliet.

Two injured in Sparta Pike wreck

From Post staff reports

Two Wilson County residents were transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center via LifeFlight helicopter on Tuesday night after being involved in an automobile accident on Sparta Pike near Eastover Road.

According to reports, the 24-year-old driver of a 1999 Honda Civic, who was identified as Justin Bair of Lebanon, was traveling northbound on Sparta Pike toward Lebanon just before 9:30 p.m. The report said the driver crossed the centerline directly in front of a 2008 Ford Focus traveling southbound, driven by Breanna England, 18, of Watertown.

England moved into the emergency lane to the right in an attempt to avoid being struck; however, the driver of the Civic continued into the emergency lane as well, crashing head-on into Englands vehicle.

Both parties were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.

The report said that charges are pending Bair.


General Sports

CU welcomes 168 to fall camp

LEBANON -- Donnie Suber welcomed 168 prospective football players over the weekend to his first preseason camp since being named head coach at Cumberland University.

The squad went through physical exams and conditioning tests on Sunday before practicing just once on Monday due to weather concerns as the Bulldogs prep for their 2013 opener at Tennessee Tech Thursday, Aug. 29.

Cumberland returns 12 starters and 32 letterwinners from last seasons club that finished 8-3.

Injuries mount up at WCHS

The depth chart continues to be jumbled as injuries keep piling up at Wilson Central High.

Starting defensive end James Hamlett was carted off the field with an ankle injury midway through a Monday night scrimmage with Ravenwood High.

PREP VOLLEYBALL -- MJ setter might miss Monday's opener

Mt. Juliet High's fifth-year volleyball coach Jennifer Wilson is choosing to look at the bright side after learning her senior setter Halle Raines wastaken illearlier in the preseason.

"From what we can gather, she's on the back end of it," Wilson said during a break in Monday afternoon's brisk practice, "maybe the worst of it is over."

Raines will sit out a series of scrimmages this weekend at A-Game Sports in Franklin in hopes she can play in the 2013 season opener Monday, Aug. 19 at home vs. Riverdale High.

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