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Showing 5 articles from April 13, 2009.


Gwendolyn Ligon Davis, 86

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 at Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Davis, 86, of Lebanon.

The widow of the late Ramon T. Davis and a member of First Baptist Church, Lebanon, and the Silver Springs Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet, she died Saturday April 11, 2009 in Hendersonville.

Mrs. Davis served as Secretary to the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, past President of the Wilson County WMU, past member of the YMCA board, past President of the Cumberland University Fine Arts Council, member of Cedar Creek Yacht Club,and was appointed State Personnel Commissioner for the State of Tennessee by Governor Buford Ellington on January 16, 1967.

Visitation will be held on Monday April 13, between the hours of 3 - 6 p.m. & Tuesday from 1 p.m. until funeral.  Services will be conducted by Rev.Pierce Dodson. Interment Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: daughter Diana (Bill) Waters of Hendersonville; grandchildren Melissa Gwen Mason (Murray) Frazier and Chet (Amy) Mason; great grandchildren Maria & Max Frazier.

Preceded in death by her parents, A.N. and Bonnie Shepherd Ligon; husband Ramon Tarver Davis -- who served Tennessee as State Director of Personnel and State Treasurer.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Middle Tennessee Chapter, 4004 Hillsboro Pike #219B, Nashville, 37215.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.


General News

Home-buying numbers improve locally

LEBANON -- March continued to reflect the progress of the real estate market making a comeback in Wilson County, said a local Realtor.

“With interest rates extremely low and buyers realizing that the opportunity to buy a home at these prices will not be around much longer, more homes are pending and homes are selling quicker. The days of wait and see how far a seller will drop the price is dwindling,” said Amy Hamilton, real estate agent and member of the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors.

In March there were 108 residential homes closed in Wilson County, up slightly from February. The median sales prices rose by $11,000 making it $189,000.

The average days on the market dropped from 100 in February to 73 in March and there were 124 homes that were put under contract in March versus 117 the previous month.

Quinn: CoreTech moving ahead on plans

The Wilson Post

CoreTech is still coming to Lebanon, and the company has not changed its plans, company President Greg Quinn reassured those present at the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Wednesday.

Questions have arisen in recent weeks regarding whether the company paid corporate taxes and an investigation by the U.S. Senate which involved the company’s CEO.

In response to questions, he said the tax lien on the company was being taken care of and that CEO Scott Brett was meeting with the tax people as he spoke.

UT, Vandy students partner for city

By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post

Architecture students from the University of Tennessee have some exciting plans for Lebanon. The plans are part of a special dual class focused on Lebanon. A Vanderbilt University business class taught by Thomas McDaniel is partnered with an architecture class from UT taught by Thomas Davis.

The classes worked from a study of community interests, strengths and needs done a little more than a year ago by the American Institute of Architects, as a starting point.

That original visioning conference, in August 2007, started the whole process. It was attended by more than 140 Lebanon residents, city officials, business owners and Cumberland University representatives.

One thing suggested by several participants was to transform the Square into a more inviting entertaining area. The students liked that suggestion.

One created a plan to turn the parking lot surrounding the Gen. Hatton statue into a sunken garden-style park. He also wanted to redesign the Farmers Market to be an urban orchard with lots of green parking and shade for buyers and sellers alike.

The nearby areas could become a pocket park or possibly hold high-end condos overlooking the park. A newly created entrance to Cumberland University from Highway 231/ South Cumberland Avenue was also on the list created by the earlier study.

Another student suggested renovating the old Capitol Theater and rebuilding the small hotel which used to be next door to the theater.

Changes to help the Square including recruiting interesting restaurants and adding a parking garage nearby were also suggested by that study.

And two of students described ways to do just that, add apartments, parking garages and ground-floor restaurants, bistros and shops to the blocks on either side of the Square.

While the students said they are aware that not all of the things they suggest can happen, they say if one or two get funded others could be added later after the first changes improve the business and residential areas surrounding the Square, in a kind of domino effect.

Another plan the students presented Saturday included the possibility of developing the area close to the Music City Star train stop into an art park with shops and residences adjoining the train station.

All of the plans emphasized green construction and transit-oriented development, both of which stand a much better chance of funding, according to the Vanderbilt business students who are working on that part of the plan.

And all are built to avoid problems with the 100-year flood plain as well. The plans are aimed at attracting young adults and young families as well as retirees.

The compact plans emphasize walking, biking and public transit as ways to get around, as opposed to needing lots of space for cars.

The two classes have met once a month in Lebanon all semester to share information and ideas.

Now they are planning a final meeting in Nashville at the civic design center on Friday, April 24 to find builders and agencies who may want to put some of the ideas into use.

The Vanderbilt students will be discussing the financial workability of the plans at that time.

Tennessee Department of Transportation, Nashville Metro Transit as well as several developers, landscape architects and engineers have agreed to attend.

Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at


General Sports

Logano holds off Busch for win

 Joey Logano


GLADEVILLE -- Joe Gibbs Racing’s Joey Logano slipped past teammate Kyle Busch with nine laps to go and hung on to win the NASCAR Nationwide 300 race at Nashville Superspeedway Saturday.

The victory was Logano’s first of the season and second of his young career. The 18-year-old also won last year at Kentucky Speedway.

"It’s been awhile," a smiling Logano said after the race. "We had a really good run here the last time we were here and got caught up in a wreck. It was awesome to be able to get that win this time. Ever since I’ve been coming to Nashville I’ve been wanting to win that guitar and this is just awesome."

The track awards a unique trophy to the race winner, a Sam Bass-painted Gibson Les Paul guitar, which Logano proudly carried home in a case after the race.

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