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Showing 15 articles from May 27, 2009.


Calvin Wilson Kahl, 95

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, May 26 at the Partlow Chapel for Mr. Kahl, 95, of Lebanon. A former mechanic with McDowell Motors and an avid gardner, he died Friday, May 22, 2009 at the University Medical Center.

Mr. Kahl was a member of the Baptist faith and the son of the late Calvin Newton and Ida Eleanor Hanewalt Kahl. Services were conducted by Bro. Buford Bane and Dr. Robert Jantz. Interment was in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survived by wife Bonnie L. Kahl; son Bernie (Kay) Kahl; granddaughters Bonnie (Paul) Hawk and Connie (Kris) Franklin; great granddaughter Alexis Franklin; grandchildren in Kansas Tina, Joseph and Sandy Becerra as well as numerous great great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by sister Alice Rolf, daughter Judy Becerra and two brothers.

Active pallbearers: Danny, Eddy and Sammy Ferrell, Gary Enzfelder, Sammy Patton and Bill McDowell. Honorary: employees of Sunrise Diner & Sunset Restaurant.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Ester Hight James, 84
LEBANON -- Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon, May 26 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. James, 84, of Lebanon.

Born in the Norene Community and a former longtime employee of Precision Rubber Company, Mrs. James passed away May 24, 2009 at Lebanon Health and Rehab Center.

Born November 12, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Horace Hendrix Hight and Ella McPeak Hight. Mrs. James was a member of the Statesville United Methodist Church, Statesville Home Demonstration Club, Golden Agers and Triple L. She also volunteered at University Medical Center.

Services were conducted by Brother Glenn Denton and Gary Thorne. Interment was in the Jennings Cemetery in Statesville.

Survivors include: children Dimple Ann (Ronnie) Sloan, Bobby James and Ed (Susie) James -- all of Lebanon; step-children Howard Eugene (Virginia) James of Tampa, FL and Ray Dean James of Richmond, IN; seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren; special friends Ruby Armstrong, Phyllis Hill, and Nancy Stroud.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. James was preceded in death by her husband Malcolm James, who died September 17, 1993; brothers Houston, Jesse, and Lewis Hight; sister Inez Taylor; half brothers Howard, Robert and Jim Hight; half sisters Lola Jones and Annalou Fisher.

Grandsons served as active pallbearers; the UMC Volunteers served as honorary pallbearers.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.







Jimmy Clayton Layne, 56

LEBANON -- Jimmy Layne died Monday, May 25, 2009 at the age of 56. No services are scheduled.

Survivors include sisters: Betty (R.C.) White, Jane (Terry) White and Pam Edwards. He is preceded in death by parents Gene and Elizabeth Layne.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home.

Shelia Carter, 40

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been set for 12 Noon Wednesday, May 27 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Carter, 40, of Lebanon. She died May 23, 2009.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 9 a.m. until service. Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Floyd Massey, Brother Bobby Watts, and Brother Ronnie Watts.

Interment follows in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include husband Don Carter; daughters Alicia and Jaleesa Carter and Valerie Gordy; parents Dallas and Helen Ferrell; grandchild Ta Carter.

Also surviving are siblings Nicole (John) Murphy, Traci Ferrell, Alan (Lori) Woods and Matthew Ferrell; grandmother Frances McDonald; special friends Shanta Jones, Deanna Parks, and Ashley Farmer; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Pallbearers: Jr. Murphy, Ronnie Watts, Dylan Castro, Shawn Bargo, Randy McDaniels and T. Edwards. She is preceded in death by grandparents Charlie Watts, Jimmy and Dean Woods, and brother Patrick Shane Ferrell.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

William Robert Chapman, 84

LEBANON -- Graveside funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, May 28 at Wilson County Memorial Gardens for Mr. Chapman, 84, of Lebanon. Retired from the US Navy at the rank of Chief Petty Officer and a World War II veteran, Mr. Chapman died May 25, 2009.

"Daddy Bill" was to his children and grandchildren and to all who knew him first and foremost a "giver". He will be missed by all who knew him.

Visitation at Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, Wednesday from 5-8 p.m.

Survivors include son Wayne Chapman; step-sons Gary Clemmons and Rusty Waller; step-daughters Edith McKensie and Becky LeMay; brother Fred Chapman; sisters Martha Ayers and Anne Hart; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Members of the Fleet Reserve Association of Middle Tennessee will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial donations should be directed to the American Heart Association (1818 Patterson Street, Nashville 37203). He is preceded in death by wife Estelle Chapman; parents Archie Pruitt Chapman and Vivian Chapman; daughter Lori Sloan, and step-son James Clemmons.

Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.


Telling Tales

Most people have quirks
Let’s be honest, most of us have quirks. If left untreated, these little quirks can quickly morph into something more serious, like obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD. My OCD takes the shape of hypochondria where the slightest pain, discoloration of skin or cough has me worried that my life expectancy has been cut in half.

Ask Ken Beck

Hattie McDaniel could sing, act with the best of em
Dear Ken: Tell me a little bit about Hattie McDaniel, the African-American actress who won an Oscar for her work in “Gone With the Wind.

General Lifestyle

Kick off your shoes, literally at Craves concert to benefit Soles4Soles

Crave Bookstore and Café is kicking the summer off with an outdoor concert and benefit for Soles4Souls. 

Contemporary inspirational artists Ken Weatherford, Josh Vegors, Casey Webber and Adam Wheatley will perform for the first time at Crave, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 30  The concert is doubling as a benefit for Soles4Souls, so attendees are asked to bring at least one pair of used or new shoes to donate.

Log cabin home is where craftsman hones his skills

 Richard Davis

Richard Davis creates art from materials provided by Mother Nature

Special to The Wilson Post

Four miles off the beaten path called Highway 70, somewhere beyond Patton Hollow but this side of Statesville, Richard Davis cools his heels on the front porch of the place he calls the Red Wine Whippoorwill Trading Post.

It’s a two-story log cabin with a red, tin roof set in a clearing between green forest where the only sounds are croaking frogs and warbling birds.



Gender Bender 1066


Dear Ask Anne, Sometimes people refer to objects as feminine or masculine, such as pirates describing their ship with the phrase, “She’s a beauty!”;  or, when a volcano is about to erupt, people will yell, “She’s going to blow!”  Is there any rule about that, or should we just refer to an object as “it”?  He, she, or it?

-E. H., age 11, Smyna, TN

The future of the State Election Commission

By State Rep. SUSAN LYNN

When a political party wins a majority in a legislative body, a number of things happen. In the Tennessee General Assembly, the change to Republican leadership after 140 years of Democrat control has brought several required Constitutional and legal changes. 



General News

MJ man in custody of Federal 'ICE'

 Chris Holness

Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- The wife of a Mt. Juliet man who was taken from his home and who could be deported any day said Tuesday that their family had hoped he could minister and share his story as a precautionary tale, but this was not the path they’d hoped to take.

On the morning of Sunday, May 17, as the family prepared to attend Grace United Methodist Church, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials entered the home of Chris and Jean Holness of Mt. Juliet, Jean said. The ICE officials took Chris into custody, where he remains awaiting deportation to his native Jamaica. Jean said Tuesday that her husband was scheduled to be moved to a Federal detention center in Oakdale, La., that day. It’s his last stop, Jean said, before he leaves the country.

School board rescinds agreements, bids for new LHS

The Wilson Post

Another chapter was written Tuesday night in the ongoing saga of the possible new Lebanon High School, when Board Chair Teddy Cook, moved to rescind all previous agreements regarding the construction of the new school and to reject any and all bids previously received or accepted.

The board voted 3-2 to pass the motion at its regular meeting, with Zone 1 member Don Weathers and Zone 2 member Greg Lasater opposed.

School Board to look at alternate plan

School Board may look at alternate plan if Lebanon High is closed

The Wilson Post

Wilson County Schools has no plan as of now for what to do should Lebanon High School have to shut down all or part of its classrooms.

Concern for the health and safety of students attending LHS has led Director of Schools Mike Davis to start talking to the county high school principals about a contingency plan for just such a situation.

Davis said recent visits from the State Fire Marshal and news stories pointing out problems at the high school brought him to the decision.


General Sports

Free volleyball clinic at LHS


NOTICE -- Lebanon High School volleyball program is hosting a free clinic Sunday, June 7 for all elementary and middle school girls. The clinic will run from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium. The current players and coaches are running the clinic. Registration begins at 1:45 p.m. Athletes should be dressed to participate. Call head coach Paula Jackson at 615-417-5650 for more information.

Lebanon High will hold freshman volleyball tryouts Monday, June 8 and Tuesday June 9 between the hours of 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. each evening.  

Looking for a summer camp for your out-of-school athlete? Look no further as we’ve compiled a listing of local sports camps offered by area coaches. Two more camps were added Thursday afternoon.

CU baseball camps -- Cumberland baseball coach Woody Hunt has announced his 2009 summer camp schedule. Hitting - June 8-11; Fundamentals - June 15, 17-19; Pitching - June 22-25; Advanced Fundamentals - July 6-9. Call the CU baseball office at 547-1366 or 708-0727.

MJCA hoops, FB camps -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy will hold basketball and football camps beginning Monday, June 1. Basketball (boy or girl) is set 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. June 1-4; football 9 - 11 a.m. June 8-12. Cost is $55 per camp or $100 for both.  Call 758-2427 or email

Mike Jones FB skills camp -- Former Tennessee Titan Mike Jones will hold a football skills camp Monday - Thursday / June 1 - July 10 between the hours of 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. A $50 registration fee will be charged along with $85 per week.  Instructors include: Jones, a 9-year NFL veteran, as well as college football players Daley Sallis (Rhodes College), D.D. Lattimore (MTSU) and Rob Scales (Cumberland). Call 615-969-0778, 615-513-6043, 615-243-3024 or 615-414-4131.

Speed school at MTSU -- Middle Tennessee State University will hold a Speed School in two sessions June 9, 16, 23 and July 7, 14, 21. Cost is $130 for all six sessions, $75 for three or $30 for a single session. More information: Matt Riley (615) 904-8196 or Russell Patterson (615) 898-2428.

CU softball camp -- Cumberland’s softball team will conduct four camps this summer, starting with an All Skills Camp June 15-17. Head coach Heather Stanfill will offer a Hitting Clinic July 7 and a Pitching/Catching Clinic July 30. Another All Skills Camp will take place July 20-22. Go to the softball page at, call Coach Stanfill at 615-547-1324 or forward an email to her at

MJ boys basketball camp -- Mt. Juliet High boys basketball coach Troy Allen will hold camp June 15-18 between the hours of 8 - 11:30 a.m. The fundamental camp is for students entering grades two through eight. Cost is $65 per camper. Call Troy Allen at 758-5606 or email

CU wrestling camp -- Cumberland’s wrestling program will offer a pair of Technique Camps this summer, June 14-18 and June 21-25. Camp application is on the wrestling page at Call coach Jarad Swint at 615-547-1292 or forward an email to him:

CU basketball camp -- Cumberland University will hold basketball camp for boys and girls ages 6-15 / June 22-25 at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. Camp is set for 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily. Campers must bring their own lunch. Call Jeremy Lewis 547-1319 or e-mail to

Bearette basketball camp -- Mt. Juliet High girls basketball coach Chris Fryer will hold a fundamentals camp June 8-11 for ages of 6-15. Dribbling, passing and shooting will be stressed. Camp sessions: 8 - 11:30 a.m. with a cost of $60 per player. Applications available at the MJHS front office. Call 758-5606 ext. 3671 or 443-4623.

Summer volleyball schools -- Cumberland coach Dewayne Deering will offer a Volleyball Summer Skills School June 10-13 for girls ages 8-18. Each session is 10 a.m. - 12 Noon, cost $35 each session (day); $125 for all four sessions. Assistant coach Rita McCarthy will offer a Beginners Volleyball School June 10-12 between the hours of 12:30 - 2 p.m. Cost is $55. Contact Coach Deering at 615-547-1318, 615-449-4975 or e-mail

Betty Rushing tennis camp -- The ninth annual Betty Rushing Tennis Camp will be held on five consecutive Saturdays May 30 - June 27 at the Buddy Maddox Tennis Courts in the Baird Park Complex. Cost is $40 per player with racquets provided for those who lack equipment. Balls, refreshments, racquets will be provided. Sponsors include City of Lebanon Department of Recreation, THW Insurance Services and Power Tennis of Cool Springs. The camp is held annually in honor of the late Betty Rushing, a pioneer in prep tennis during her time as coach at Lebanon High. To reserve a spot, call David Howell at 202-8817 or Nancy Lee at 449-0303.


MJ Bears football camp -- Mt. Juliet High football coach Roger Perry invites all boys grades K-8 to his FREE camp June 15, 16 and 17 at the new school on Curd Road. Camp will be held 9 a.m. - 12 Noon each day. Applications are available at the school office.


Future Tigers FB camp -- The second annual Future Tigers football camp is set for June 8-12 in Watertown. Boys grades 1-7 are invited 9 a.m. - 12 Noon. Cost is $50 per camper. Call Shavez Jobe at 237-3289 for more information.

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