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Showing 13 articles from May 7, 2008.


Cecil R. Whitfield, 85

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mr. Whitfield, 85, of Hartsville were held Wednesday afternoon, May 7, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Born October 26, 1922, in Wilson County, Mr. Whitfield died May 5, 2008 at the University Medical Center.

He was the son of the late Willis and Era Wilkerson Whitfield and was a Prisioner of War, having served with the US Army during World War II.

Joseph C. Johnston, 88

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, May 4 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Johnston, 88, of Lebanon. Known as "Joe" to his family and friends, he passed away Friday, May 2, 2008, at the St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. 

Mr. Johnston was a US Army veteran of World War II, and a professional horse trainer -- trainingAmerican Saddle Breed.

He was a former member of the Lebanon Rotary Club, the American Legion and the United Professional Horseman’s Association.

Katherine Hilda Burge, 83

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Burge, 83, of Lebanon.

Retired from Texas Boot Company and a member of Highland Heights Church of Christ, Mrs. Burge died May 4, 2008 at the University Medical Center.

The daughter of the late Richard and Novie Jones Smith, she is also preceded in death by husband Clarence "Potsy" Burge.

Melvin Frank Gasser, 68

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, May 8 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Gasser, 68, of Lebanon.

Known as "Mel" to his friends and family, Mr. Gasser was the son of the late Frank and Pauline Gasser and a graduate of Bellevue High School in Nashville.

He died Monday, May 5, 2008 at his residence.

Sherry Charlene Taylor, 55

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, May 5 at the Sellars Funeral Home, Baddour Parkway, for Mrs, Taylor, 55, of Lebanon.  She passed away Thursday, May 1, 2008.

Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars, with interment following in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sherry Taylor Trust Fund at any Suntrust Bank.

William Davis Evans, 81

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, May 4 at the Cedar Creek Baptist Church for Mr. Evans, 81, of Lebanon.

Known as "Bill to his family and friends, Mr. Evans was a member of the Cedar Creek Baptist Church and was a union carpenter for some 44 years. He died Friday, May 2 at University Medical Center.

Services were conducted by Brother John Petree with interment following at the Jackson Cemetery.


General News

Council defers waiving fees for new LHS


Lebanon City Council deferred indefinitely a request to waive site fees for the proposed new Lebanon High School, saying they needed details concerning how much the fees were before they could decided whether to waive them.

The councilors also wanted to know if the County Commission had approved the funds to build the school yet.

Director of Schools Mike Davis appeared to explain the request. He said this was a standard thing and that the City of Mt Juliet and the County both waive their fees for new school construction.

He also explained that the county had said it could not fund the school until its cost had been determined.

He added that to provide that information the fees had to be covered to allow the school board to send the plans to the state for their approval.

Prior to the regular meeting, the city also honored the police officers and firefighters who responded to the emergency when Davis suffered a heart attack in March.

Davis gave Officers Marlene Guthrie and Wayne Howard with what he called a "Citizens Award," for their efforts to save his life.

"We seldom take the time to say thanks," he said, adding he was presenting the plaques as a private citizen not as an official, to show his appreciation.

Commissioner of Public Safety Billy Weeks also presented Guthrie and Howard as well as Officer Allison Steely and Firefighter Danny Dickens with the city’s Life Saving Award. All four were on the scene and worked to be sure Davis survived.

Davis then thanked the other two saying he hadn’t even known they were there. He also thanked City Council for having the foresight to provide the life-saving "paddles," or Automatic External Defibrillators, for all city police cars.

Later, the council agreed to set aside $1,000 to buy an AED to be placed in city hall.

Council also passed a resolution honoring the late James Victor Miller, a Lebanon historian and educator. The resolution expressed the city’s gratitude and appreciation not only for Miller’s 30 years as a history teacher at Lebanon High School, but also for his dedication to preserving the history of Lebanon and Wilson County.

Council approved on first reading an ordinance that would change the name of Duke Court to Leviton Drive. The change was requested by Leviton Manufacturing to honor the memory of Harold Leviton who was past president and CEO of the corporation.

The road is in the Park 840 Industrial Park between Gladeville and Highway 840.

Council approved on first reading an ordinance to adopt and update the city’s major thoroughfare plan.

The plan includes all of the area that could eventually become part of Lebanon. However, the second reading will not be until some time in July, since the council asked Planning Director Magi Tilton to wait until the budget is completed to hold the public hearing on the plan.

Council deferred on first reading ordinances to delete the rules governing Planned Urban Development (PUDs) and replace those regulations with "Specific Plan" (SP) districts pending a work session to study the new SP ordinance further.

In other action, council:

· Approved on first reading spending $30,000 for fireworks for the city’s Fourth of July celebration.

· Extended Spring Clean-up by one week.

· Announced a rescheduled clean-up on Sinking Creek for this Saturday at 9 a.m.

· Agreed to unfreeze seven summer positions and one meter reader position to allow hiring for those jobs.

· Approved bids for the expansion and upgrades on the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant required by the state.

· Approved first reading to rezoning of 30 acres on Coles Ferry from R-A1 to RS15.

· Approved first reading to rezone 7.56 acres on the corner of High Street and Rome Pike from R-1 to RM-6 and about .76 acres at the same location toB-4

· Approved the purchase of a pump for the outside pond at the Jimmy Floyd Center.


Hewlett promises August opening for MJHS


The new Mt. Juliet High School will open on time in August, barring totally unforeseeable issues, Steve Hewlett of Hewlett-Spencer told the Wilson County Board of Education at Monday night’s meeting.

He said any rumors that may have been going around to the contrary could be put to rest.

Director of Schools Mike Davis agreed. "One of my prescriptions is walking, so about two weeks ago I went to Mt Juliet and walked through the school," he told the board. He said it looked to be on schedule.

Part of the concern about a timely opening came following a question by Sheila Kennedy, a parent who appeared to speak against the rezoning of the Martha-Leeville community. She asked what the school board would do if the new high school didn’t open on time.

Lebanon Clowns return Saturday


The New Lebanon Clowns want to revive the excitement the first Lebanon Clowns created and with help from many community businesses the group now has "retro" uniforms and a schedule of games to start out the summer.

"These uniforms are just like the one my dad wore," said Clowns promoter Tim Owens.

Owens’ step-son, Nathan Allen, has agreed to be the team mascot, much as "Ponch" Rose once did for the first Clowns.

In fact the original team was called the Lebanon Giants, but Ponch as team mascot created such a sensation with his clowning around that the team changed its name in his honor.


General Sports

Central - MJ showdown on tap in 9AAA


HENDERSONVILLE -- Wilson Central and Mt. Juliet High are scheduled to meet today in the elimination round of the District 9AAA softball tournament.

First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m. at Veterans Park.

The Lady Wildcats (28-8) picked two wins on Tuesday, defeating LaVergne 4-2 and Hendersonville 3-1 to reach the finals of the loser’s bracket.

Junior pitcher Leevie Greenwood recorded wins in both games -- throwing a two-hitter against LaVergne and a five-hiiter against Hendersonville.

Kristyn Clark ripped a two-run homer vs. LaVergne while Courtney Billington opened the Hendersonville game with a solo HR.

Mt. Juliet fell into the loser’s bracket with an 8-5 loss to Beech Tuesday.

Beech led 3-0 until the Lady Bears rallied with four runs in the bottom of the fourth -- thanks in part to a three-run homer off the bat of Megan Lavery.

Beech took control with five more runs in the top of the fifth.

Mt. Juliet fell to 27-9 with the loss.

This afternoon’s winner will earn a berth in next week’s Region 5AAA tournament and will advance to the district finals tonight at 7:30 p.m. vs. Beech.

Commander win 8A baseball title

LEBANON -- Friendship Christian’s baseball team will take a record of 22-6 into their Region 4, 1A tournament opener Monday, May 12 after wrapping up yet another District 8A tournament title.

The Commanders of Coach John McNeal reached the 8A finals thanks to a 12-0 victory over Gordonsville High on Tuesday.

Right-hander Mitch Miller threw a five-inning two-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk to get the decision.

Jeremy Hunley ripped a first inning grand slam for the winners while Jesse Coe smacked a three-run homer in the third.

Trousdale County eliminated Gordonsville 3-2 Wednesday, but opted to concede the tournament championship to the Commanders, rather than burn up pitchers. TCHS will go on the road Monday to play the District 7A champion in the region tournament.

District 8A softball at a glance


LEBANON -- Watertown and Gordonsville are scheduled to play Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a loser-out game in the District 8A softball tournament being staged at Friendship Christian School.

The Tigerettes dropped to 16-16 on the season after Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to top-seeded Friendship Christian.

NAIA All-Region XI team announced

LEBANON -- The All-Region XI baseball team has been announced. Outfielder Trevor Urbanik from the University of the Cumberlands has been voted Player of the Year.  The Region XI tournament is being contested at Cumberland University's Stockton Field.

Here's the list of honorees.

Pos Name Institution Class Hometown

1B Cody Heggie Trevecca Nazarene JR Clarksville, Tenn.

2B Andrew Denton Univ. of the Cumberlands JR Hendersonville, Tenn.

3B Bobby Bratton Martin Methodist SR Columbia, Tenn.

SS Craig Massey Bethel College FR Bells, Tenn.

IF Shaun Cozart Union University SR Nashville, Tenn.

OF Josh Dorris Martin Methodist SR Greenbrier, Tenn.

OF Chris Lowe Trevecca Nazarene JR Goodlettsville, Tenn.

OF Trevor Urbanick Univ. of the Cumberlands SR Conneautville, Pa.

OF Marty Parks Trevecca Nazarene JR Richmond, Ky.

C Roberts Mills Univ. of the Cumberlands JR Las Vegas, Nev.

C Michael Wheeler Cumberland University JR Lebanon, Tenn.

P Brent Ebinger Lambuth University SO Hendersonville, Tenn.

P Josh Hester Freed Hardeman SR Huntsville, Ala.

P Lance McClain Cumberland University JR Knoxville, Tenn.

P Jeff Duda Campbellsville University SR Surrey, B.C., Canada

RP Steven Brown Trevecca Nazarene SR Huntington Beach, Calif.

DH Brian Dirheimer Trevecca Nazarene JR Hamilton, Ohio

Player of the Year: Trevor Urbanick - University of the Cumberlands

Coach of the Year: TBA


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