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Showing 13 articles from January 30, 2009.


Edith Jane Simons, 87

MT. JULIET — A graveside service will be conducted at a later date for Mrs. Simons, 87, of Mt. Juliet. The daughter of the late, Frank and Myra De Rouville Stephens, she died died Monday, January 26, 2009.

Survivors include: children William J. McCabe, Barbara J. Jancek, Janice S. Di Legge and Theodore M. Simons; sister Myra Stillman; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren .

The family requests that memorials be made to the Activities Fund at Mt. Juliet Health Care Center, 2650 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, 37122.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

James H. Cox, 87

Mt. JULIET — Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, January 31 at the Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Cox, 87, of Mt. Juliet.

The son of the late Ezra and Maude Cox and a resident of Mt. Juliet since 1961, Mr. Cox died January 27, 2009. He was a member and a deacon at Silver Springs Baptist Church.

Visitation with the family will be Friday, from 4-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Services will be conducted by Brother Russ Stephens. Interment will follow the service at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Survivors include: his wife of 65 years Lucille Cox; son James H. Cox, Jr., wife; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; son Nathan Cox; and sister Lucy Mae McGlothlin.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

John Eddie Jenkins, Jr., 57

MT. JULIET – Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, January 31 at the Corona First Baptist Church for Mr. Jenkins, 57, of Mt. Juliet. Retired from Ford Motor Company, "Johnny" died January 26, 2009.

The son of Mr. John Eddie Jenkins, Sr. and the late Willodean Jackson Jenkins, he was an honor graduate of Wilson County High School and attended Tennessee State University.

The family will receive friends 12 Noon Saturday at the church with services to follow. Eulogy by Dr. Bobby Sanders.

Survivors include: his father John Eddie (Correne) Jenkins, Sr.; siblings Alease (James) Batey of Hermitage, Preston (Tammy) Jenkins, Larry (Jamye) Jenkins and Harry Jenkins – all of Mt. Juliet; step-sister Lisa (Homer) Hogg.

Also surviving are aunts Lillian Dobson, Audrey (Johnny) Saddler, Alice Watkins and Elizabeth Cantrell, uncles Norman Jackson, Sr., Major L. Jackson and Lloyd Jenkins; and loved as an aunt Ester M. Hockett; 12 nieces, eight nephews and a host of other relations.

Arrangements by Saddler Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Lynne Joyce Gettler (Keil) Cruce, 61

FLINT, MI — A memorial service will be held Monday, Feb. 2 in Flint, MI for Mrs. Cruce, 61, of Lebanon. The mother of Lebanon High basketball coach Doug Keil, she died Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 at Centennial Medical Center.

She is preceded in death by parents Lester C. and Patricia L. Gettler.

Survivors include: children Scott (Janie) Cruce of NC, Leslie Qualls, David (Kendra) Keil and Douglas (Tana) Keil — all of Lebanon.

Also surviving is brother Norman A. (Mary) Gettler of Gaines, MI; grandchildren Andrew, Madison, Jordan, Adam, Logan, Jensen and Carter; nieces Michelle and Lorri Lynne Gettler; nephews Michael and Matthew Gettler; as well as several cousins and relatives.

Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Marilyn Elizabeth Thompson, 84

LEBANON — Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 1 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Thompson, 84, of Lebanon.

The daughter of the late Benjamin & Alta Leslie Shoop, she died Jan. 26, 2009 in the Quality Health Care Center. Mrs. Thompson was a member of First United Methodist Church in Lebanon, and a Secretary with the Lebanon City Schools Special Education.

Visitation Sunday from 1 p.m. until the service which will be conducted by Brother David Hesson.

Survivors include: daughters Lorna (Ron) Cripps of Antioch and Teresa (Charles) Leffel of Indiana; siblings Dan Shoop and Martha Haygood — both of Indiana; grandchildren Amanda Cripps, Brice Leffel and Kyle Leffel.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Andrew Thompson and brother Bud Shoop. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mrs. Thompson"s memory to the First United Methodist Church, 415 West Main Street, Lebanon, 37087.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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General News

Budget idea gets both support and questions

The Wilson Post

A proposed change in the way Lebanon budgets its funds has drawn both support and questions.

Ward 3 Councilor William Farmer has proposed a resolution that would require all future city budgets to be line item budgets instead of omnibus budgets as they are now prepared.

An omnibus budget allows department heads to transfer funds from one budget item to another and then notify Lebanon City Council which in effect is asked to approve spending after the fact instead of before.

City, county join networking effort to help homeless

The Wilson Post

Lebanon and Wilson County are joining a networking group called the Upper Cumberland Continuum of Care, an effort to address the needs of the homeless and those who are at risk of becoming homeless.

A meeting has been set for 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 9 in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church, 415 West Main Street, Lebanon, where individuals and agency representatives who work with the homeless can learn more about grants that are available to help them in their efforts. More than 100 individuals and agency representatives have been invited to attend.

Representatives from the Upper Cumberland Continuum of Care, Greater Nashville Regional Council and other agencies are scheduled to attend.

Committees reach some accord

The Wilson Post

A joint meeting of the Wilson County School Board and the Education and Budget Committees of the Commission Thursday night discussed issues surrounding the proposed new Lebanon High School with the three groups reaching a degree of accord by the time it adjourned.

Initially Budget Committee Chair Bernie Ash stated that the meeting would only hear from those who were on one of the committees, and then asked what they thought the main issues were.

The list, headed by money, also included the bidding process for the school, and how financing could be arranged for other schools in the future.

The bidding process came in for the most heated discussion, with School Board Member Don Weathers defending the board’s decision to ask Hewlett- Spencer (H-S) for a Guaranteed Maximum Price bid, while other contractors were asked for hard bids based on an architectural design. 

Hardaway offers GMP

The Wilson Post

Another offer to build the proposed Lebanon High School was received this week, however, it may not matter since there is no guarantee at present that the county will be able to fund the much-needed school this year.

Hardaway Construction submitted its revised Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) proposal to the Wilson County Schools on Tuesday

A letter from the company obtained by The Wilson Post says the GMP includes geothermal heat and air and offers to split any savings yet to be found 67 percent for the school system and 33 percent for the company.

Hardaway’s price for the proposed new Lebanon High School is $46.65 million. The price incorporates design changes like those proposed by Hewlett-Spencer, a design-build firm originally chosen by the Wilson County Board of Education to head up the school’s construction, when they offered a GMP of $49,124,992 in December. Hewlett-Spencer’s original price of $48,095,742 did not include the geothermal package.

Will it snow?

The Wilson Post

OK, maybe the snow on Wednesday wasn’t that much to get excited about although it was pretty to look at as it fell, but fear not, we may be seeing a more significant snowfall by Monday night if a developing storm system holds together as it moves our way.

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