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Elizabeth R. Abston, 70

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 12 Noon, Saturday, January 24 at Mays Chapel Baptist Church for Mrs. Abston, 70, of Mt. Juliet.

She passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2009. Family visitation is set for 11 a.m. Saturday. Services will be conducted by Pastor Belita Fite. Burial will follow at the Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include husband Alfred Abston, son Marcus (Ebony) Stokes, granddaughter J’mia Covington, sister Margaret (John) Johnson, brothers Robert (Bessie) and Thomas (Eula) Stokes; as well as man other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by J.C. Hellum Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Jimmy Creswell, 72

LEBANON -- A Tribute to the Life of Mr. Creswell will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, January 24 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Mr. Creswell, 72, of Lebanon, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009.

The son of the late Doddie and Dorris Creswell, he was a sales representative and a member of the College Hills Church of Christ.

Visitation Friday from 2-8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. until the service at the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Services will be conducted by Dr. Larry Locke. Interment will follow in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include: wife Jamie Griffin Creswell. children Lisa (Christopher) Groce, Mark (Denise) Creswell, Chet Creswell Jim (Jayme) Creswell and Josh (Mary Beth) Creswell.

Also surviving is brother Jerre Creswell, sister Ann (Ernest) Sanders, sister-in-law Janie Creswell, grandchildren Judson, Kathleen Groce, Hannah, Graham Creswell, Preston, Garner Creswell, Griffin and Drew Creswell.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother Joe Creswell.

Active pallbearers: Mark Creswell, Chet Creswell, Jim Creswell, Josh Creswell, Spook Spickard and Mitchell Griffin. Honorary: Joe and Martha Griffin, Anna Jackson, Roy and Barbara Griffin, and The Community Bible Class.

Flowers accepted or donations to the Fellowship House c/o College Hills Church of Christ 1401 Leeville Pike, Lebanon 37087.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Lydia Ann Clemmons, 89

DICKSON -- Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Saturday at the Dickson Funeral Home for Mrs. Clemmons, 89, of Dickson. Born March 15, 1919 to the late Samuel and Nellie Denny, she passed away January 20, 2009 at her residence.

She was the widow of the late James "Porter" Clemmons. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the funeral.

Services will be conducted by Brother Jimmy Carrington, Burial will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: daughter Mari-Louise (Robert) Spencer of Dickson and grandchildren Jamie Rose, Dani Howard and Shawn Spencer.

Also surviving are great, grandchildren David Musselwhite, Justin Howard, Brenna Howard, Angela Howard, Candace Howard, Camille Howard, Brandon Howard, Alexis Spencer and Aaron Spencer; great great grandchild Gavin Musselwhite as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Clemmons is preceded in death by her brother Charles Denny.

Arrangements by the Dickson Funeral Home.

Opal Irene Thurman, 90

MT. JULIET -- Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 24 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Thurman, 90, of Lebanon. The daughter of the late Don and Sara Moss, she passed away January 20, 2009.

Visitation with the family will be Friday, January 23 between the hours of 2 - 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday. Services will be conducted by Brother Lloyd Gale. Interment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: son Carlton (Irene) Thurman; daughters Vivian (John) Denny and Carrah Russell; niece Gladys Driver; nephew Marshall Agee; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by grandson, Troy Russell; and numerous brothers and sisters.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Virginia E. Roskam, 83

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, January 23 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Roskam, 83, of Lebanon.

Known to her family as "Nan", and retired from the Baptist Sunday School Board (LifeWay), she passed away peacefully at her home with her family present January 20, 2009.

Born June 22, 1925 in Gotebo, OK, the oldest of six children, her family moved to San Diego, CA at the age of 14 after the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. She moved to Tennessee with her husband Frank.  Services were conducted by Brother Donald Owens. Interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include: siblings Jess (Sharon) Van Deventer of National City, CA; Linda Bennett of Chula Vista, CA and Paula (Gary) Yakel of Spring Valley, CA; children Mary Kay Smith, Nancy Graham and Gail Orrand and Frank "Eddie" (Cindy) Roskam -- all of Lebanon.

Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Frank F. Roskam, Jr., father Earl Van Deventer, mother Mary Francis Van Deventer, sister Peggy Isbell, sister Vivian "Jane" Young, daughter Linda "Joyce" Baskin, daughter Sue E. Gattis, grandson Jon Gattis, granddaughter Michelle Malley and grandson Randy Malley.

The family wishes to thank Avalon Hospice Staff, particularly nurses Myla and Julie, for the great comfort and care they provided to our mother and family the last six weeks.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.



Regionalism, a topic we must begin to grasp
The thought of regionalism is one that most likely many of us have not or do not consider as we go about our daily lives.

Letters to the Editor

10th Annual Polar Bear Plunge a Success

To the Editor:

The Jimmy Floyd Family Center staff would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that helped put together and participate in our 10th annual Polar Bear Plunge held this past Saturday, Jan. 17.

Comment example of 'bureaucrats' efforts to get more tax dollars

To the Editor:

Lebanon Commissioner of Public Safety Billy Weeks is an alarmist and exaggerates everything in order to scare people. Example: "In the 30 years he has been in law enforcement, Weeks noted "this is the most dangerous time I've ever seen for young men and women (in law enforcement) to work the street." He said that is because of the automatic weapons many in gangs carry and use"

Why isnt TVA using existing lines for new switching station?

To the Editor:

“Does anyone really care?”

TVA has announced their intention to build a major transmission line with a 100-foot clear cutting swath from the Gallatin Fossil Plant to a new switching station in northern Sumner County. Though numerous transmission lines currently exist, virtually none are utilized for this proposed new line.



New Hope Presbyterian Church announces events

The study of "Opening the Doors of the Church", continues Wednesday, Jan 28th, at 7p.m.  Mark your calendar to Donate Blood to Blood Assurance on Saturday, Feb. 7th, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the church.  There will also be a screening for Bone Marrow donors available that day.  A Valentine's Family Dance is scheduled for Friday, Feb., 13 at 7 p.m.  Come young and old!  The church is located at 7845 Coles Ferry Pike. Church Phone 615-449-7020. Visit us at You may reach Pastor Burrow at 615-406-6385.


General News

83 on list for arrest

The Wilson Post

About 100 local, state and federal law officers fanned out last night in a joint operation to arrest 83 individuals suspected of participating in illegal gang activities to include murder.

The operation, headed up by the City of Lebanon Police Department with the assistance of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, Mt. Juliet Police Department, Watertown Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, State Probation and Parole Office, U.S. Marshal’s Office and FBI, got underway a briefing held at the Major Gen. Carl D. Wallace National Guard Armory on Leeville Pike late yesterday afternoon.

Lebanon Commissioner of Public Safety Billy Weeks said gang activity has become an increasing problem not just for Lebanon but the entire county. Even so, much of it does occur in the city as gang members come to Lebanon and commit crimes in the federal public housing complexes here.

New speaker names Lynn panel chair

The Wilson Post

A state representative from Wilson County was named as chair of a committee Thursday by the man she said sexually harassed her about two years ago.

State Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Lebanon, was named chair of the House of Representatives Government Operations Committee by new Speaker of the House Kent Williams. She is the only Republican to be named chair of a committee that has more Democrats as members – seven – than Republicans with six.

Williams also named State Rep. Stratton Bone, D-Lebanon, to serve as chair of the House Agriculture Committee, a panel he has served on either as a member or an officer since he was first elected.  

One dead after stand-off
The Wilson Post

A man involved in a stand-off with authorities on Friday apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


The incident, which lasted some four hours and included the lock-down of Lebanon High School, occurred as authorities from several law enforcement agencies conducted a roundup of suspects wanted on various charges to include illegal activities as members of gangs. The roundup began Thursday night and continued on Friday.


The man resided in Inman Court, one of the federal housing projects that were targeted by authorities during the roundup.

Propane fire sends man to hospital

The Wilson Post

A flash fire involving a propane heater Thursday morning left a man hospitalized with burns to his face, legs and one hand.

Michael “Happie” Seals, who is about age 50, was attempting to light the stove which was located in a lot behind Uncle Pete’s Truck Stop on Sparta Pike when the flames blew back in his face causing the burns.

Lebanon Fire Department received the call about 8 a.m., said Chief Chris Dowell.


General Sports

Bulldogs trip Martin Methodist

LEBANON -- Brandon Powell scored 15 points, leading four double-figure scorers, and 7th-ranked Cumberland staved off a big comeback by Martin Methodist, 69-56, Thursday nigt in men’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (16-2, 6-1 TSAC) led almost from the opening tip and stretched their lead to as many as 19 points early in the second half. But Martin Methodist made a furious comeback and got as close as six after an Everett Bills 3-pointer with 4:30 remaining in the contest.

With Cumberland leading 53-38 with 10:20 remaining in the contest, Martin Methodist produced a 13-4 run to cut the CU lead to just six. Five players scored during the stretch, with Will Shackleford netting four and Bills’ 3-pointer ending the spurt.

CU answered with seven consecutive points, a jumper from Powell, a one-plus-one from Quentin Turner, another foul shot by Powell and then a dunk from Powell on a lob from Turner to extend the lead back to 13.

Powell hit a trio of 3-pointers and the Bulldogs knocked down eight trifectas in the contest. Brandon Springer posted 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Jamar Finley added 13 points, including 10 in the first half. Turner registered 10 points.

Julius Virgo led the Redhawks (15-5, 4-4) with 12 points, while Aubre Bodison netted 11 and Bills had 10.

MMC’s Jamar Naylor lost the ball driving down the lane and Brandon Powell beat his man to the ball. Powell and Braxton played a two-man game heading down the court, with Braxton sending home a one-handed jam for a 13-5 CU lead in the early-going.

Powell added a pair of 3-pointers to the two trips for the Bulldogs and Jamar Finley continued the 3-point barrage, knocking down a pair in the half and netting 10 points before the break. CU pushed its advantage to as many as 16 on a Finley jumper with 2:19 remaining before intermission and led 41-25 at the break.

Cumberland begins a four-game road swing Saturday at rival Trevecca at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs return home Saturday, February 7 versus Mid-Continent University.

WOMEN’S ACTION THURSDAY found Martin Methodist putting together an 11-2 run early in the second half for the Redhawks in a 79-66 victory over Cumberland.

Martin Methodist (13-5, 4-4 TSAC) led 35-30 at the half and the teams traded baskets in the opening seconds of the second period. The Redhawks then reeled off an 11-2 spurt, with Lauran Hudgins scoring four points and Pendergrast adding five, including a 3-pointer to end the run for a 48-34 advantage with 16:02 remaining.

Cumberland (6-14, 2-5) cut into the deficit on several occasions but could never get closer than eight points the rest of the way. For the third straight game the Bulldogs struggled from the field in the second half, hitting just 12-of-37 after intermission. In the last three contests CU is just 28-for-104 (27 percent) from the floor in the second half.

Chaquaila Gaten had a tough night for CU, making only 7-of-20 shots but finishing with a team-high 19 points. Simone Ryan added 18 points and six rebounds, while Angie Wells netted 10 points and Brittany Cash posted seven points and a team-best nine rebounds.

LHS honors '71 Devilettes


The 1971 state champion Lebanon High girl’s basketball team will be among the inductees into the 2009 Class of the LHS Sports Hall of Fame. According to Blue Devil athletic director Jonathan Hall, the ‘71 squad will be recognized in ceremonies planned Tuesday, February 3 between games of a home basketball doubleheader vs. White County High.

Coached by TSSAA Hall of Famer Campbell Brandon, the Devilettes went 30-2, defeating Jackson Central-Merry 56-52 in the tournament finals — the only LHS team to date to capture a state title.

Team members included: Brenda Arnold, Pam Donald, Scheree McCathern, Debbie Winfree, Lynne Rousseau, Gail Barnes, Sherrie Lowe, Judy Hopkins, Lisa Campbell, Marsha Arnett, Susan Donnell, Debbie Grimes, Susan Angus, Mary Bradley, Margie Van Peterson, Donna Gallaher, Peggy Frost and Kathy Forkum.

Other inductees include three LHS graduates who starred in their respective sports.

They include: Claude "Buster" Jennings, Class of 1946. Jennings was the star running back for the only undefeated, untied team in LHS history under the direction of the late Coach Hoyal Johnson.

As a senior he played both ways, was voted All Mid-State, All-State and was second in the state in scoring. He was voted Best All Around at Lebanon High and went on to star at Carson-Newman where he started every game during his four-year college career. He is also a former member of the Wilson County Board of Education.

Bruce Skeen, Class of 1963. Skeen is considered by many as the best natural athlete to have ever worn the Blue and White.

Skeen starred on the football and baseball teams at LHS. He owns the TSSAA record for longest punt return (95 yards) and once picked off five passes in a single game. A two-time All Mid-State pick, he scored 19 TD’s in his career and averaged 18.9 yards per catch for Coach Clifton Tribble.

Signing with Alabama out of high school, he came back to Lebanon where he played centerfield for Cumberland Junior College. He was voted Dixie Conference Player of the Year.

Finishing his education at MTSU, he became an All-OVC outfielder for the Blue Raiders and team Most Valuable Player. He taught for 32 years, including stints under nine different head football coaches and 14-years as head baseball coach. Recent fans remember him for his 11-year run as play-by-play voice for LHS football and basketball broadcasts on local radio.

Danny Watkins, Class of 1973. Watkins was an All District and All Mid-State performer at tailback and linebacker for the Blue Devils under Coach David Petty.

He played in the TSSAA All-Star game and went on to have a distinguished football career at UT-Martin, starring at linebacker. Watkins was voted Gulf South Conference Player of the Year, was a three-time all-conference player and in 1976 was named to the Associated Press All-America team.

In 1977 he signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders. Also starring in track and basketball, Watkins was voted Most Talented as an LHS senior.

Members of the 1971 Devilettes are asked to e-mail confirm their participation in the Feb. 3 ceremonies.

Hall of Fame nominations may be made at any time. Just go online at complete guidelines and a nomination form.

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