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Showing 22 articles from December 30, 2009.


Cory E. Mahan, 85

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, December 28 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Mahan, 85, of Lebanon. A US Army veteran of World War II and retired after 38 years with Texas Eastern, Mr. Mahan died Dec. 24, 2009 at the Lebanon Health & Rehab Center.

A member of Westland United Methodist Church, he was the son of the late Walter & Helen Watkins Mahan. Services were conducted by Dr. Roger Perry and Dr. Tom Binford.  Interment followed at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife of 59 years Waneta Krieg Mahan and daughters Christine (Richard) Bedwell of Colorado Springs, CO; Teresa (Bob) Harrison of Lebanon, Melody (Steven) Seida of Wylie, TX and Holly (Michael) LaBroski of Smithville. Also surviving are siblings Walter ”Butch” (Helen) Mahan, Carroll (Louise) Mahan, Virginia Barres and Blanche (Dick) Knipe; grandchildren Richard Bedwell, Crystal (Mike) Leiberman, Logan (Dianna) Harrison, Michael LaBroski, Rachael Seida, Michelle Seida, Joel Seida, Anna Seida, Nathan Seida; great grandchildren Julia and Gabrielle Leiberman and Haden Harrison.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Mahan was preceded in death by sons Walter Dale Mahan & Gregory John Mahan. Family members served as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Mahan’s memory to the Westland United Methodist Church Building Fund, 110 Dawson Lane, Lebanon, 37087.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Gela Everett Ramsey, 90

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Monday morning, December 28 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Ramsey, 90, a native of Mt. Juliet. A retired educator with the Metropolitan Nashville - Dividson County Schools, she died Dec. 26, 2009.

She formerly active with the Mt. Juliet Library and was a member of Hermitage Hills Baptist Church. Services were conducted by Rev. Allen Black. Interment followed at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: son Thomas F. (Anne W.) Ramsey and granddaughter Emily F. Ramsey. Mrs. Ramsey was preceded in death by parents Burkett F. and Mai Curd Everett, her husband Carlos P. Ramsey and half-sister Mary Hurt.

Pallbearers included: Luther Lenning, Frank Henderson, George Goodall and Clarence Curd Hurt. Honorary: Charles Danner and N.C. Hibbett, Jr. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Juliet Library or Cumberland University.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Porter Taylor, 80

LEBANON — Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, January 2 at the J.C. Hellum Funeral Home, 107 Stokes Street, for Mr. Taylor, 80, of Lebanon. Born June 16, 1929 in Wilson County to the late Gracie Tippitt Taylor, he died December 28, 2009 at the University Medical Center in Lebanon.

He was a member of the Richmond United Methodist Church. Family visitation is 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Survivors include: his wife of 60 years Mamie Louise Woods Taylor; children Phillip (Cheryl) Taylor, Jr. of Watertown, Linda (Shedrach) Seay of Lebanon and Cynthia (Phillip) Coleman Rochester, MI.
Also surviving are grandchildren Carlos Taylor of Chattanooga, Chad (Rena) Seay of Lebanon, Keith (Shawna) Seay of Mufreesboro, Denesia’ Gamble of Decatur, GA., Phylicia Taylor of Edmond, OK. and Dennis Gamblel II of Grand Rapids, MI; five great grand-children and many other cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Arrangements by J.C. Hellum Funeral Home.

William Marion Privette Jr., 65

LEBANON – “Bill” Privette Jr. passed away on December 21, 2009 at the age of 65.
He was a security officer holding the rank of Colonel.  No services scheduled at this time.

Survivors include wife Elsie Privette; son William Marion Privette III of Staunton, IL and daughter Connie Ruth Estep of South Haven, MS. Also surviving are three grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.


Telling Tales

Can an exterminator kill a stomach bug?
Why is it that when someone has to throw up it always seems to happen in the middle of the night? Getting sick is never fun but it’s especially annoying when it happens on a holiday. That’s exactly how Christmas Day started at our house this year.

Ask Ken Beck

Typewriter collector Tom Hanks has four kids
Dear Ken: Please tell us where Tom Hanks grew up and if he has any children? 

Wilson Living

Speaking About The Weather

Lisa Patton reminisces about one of her first weather forecasts. Right after being hired by a Knoxville TV station, she predicted “wet” rain.


General Lifestyle

Black-eyed peas: a Southern New Years tradition

The Wilson Post

Every self-respecting Southerner knows that on New Year's Day, you have to serve a certain meal.

From grand gala gourmet dinners to small casual gatherings with friends and family, according to Southern folklore, the menu always includes black-eyed peas.

Our Feathered Friends: 100th Article

By  Ray Pope
The Wilson Post

My oldest granddaughter Rachel Pope went with me to the Tennessee Titans’ game against the Miami Dolphins this past Sunday week. The Titans were big winners in overtime thanks to a field goal. We noticed a Mourning Dove that would circle the field after every Titans score. In reality, I figured that he would be at rest until the explosions were set off to launch the red flares that signaled a home team score, then he would take off or maybe he was a real Titans fan. Sometime, I would almost jump out of my seat too. We rode the Music City Star to Nashville and back. We saw three Red-tailed Hawks on the trip and one poor dog that would not yield to the many tons of steel on wheels. The conductor told me that dogs are frequently caught between the rails.

They dance with their boots on in Liberty

Small-town Saturday night stars traditional country music

Special to The Wilson Post

LIBERTY -- Around 7 every Saturday night, come rain or shine, in an old DeKalb County grammar school cafeteria, several dozen dancers shod in cowboy boots hop out on a hardwood dance floor and begin to two-step to the sounds of traditional country music.

We are tremendously blessed son says of citizenship

The Wilson Post

An Albanian family who relied on friendships and relationships here celebrated a very special occasion Sunday.

They officially are now U.S. citizens.

The family Tahiraj visited with friends and well wishers at a reception Sunday at the home of W.P. and Leanna Bone. As they mingled among guests they recounted many of their personal struggles, their successes and expressed frequently their appreciation of having the opportunity to come to the U.S. and to now be U.S. citizens.



Closing decade with hope of better, brighter future


As we close the year 2009 and a decade that has in many ways not been kind, we can only hope for a better and brighter future.

Our nation has been devastated by tragedy, disaster, war and turmoil for the greatest portion of the past 10 years.

We have witnessed a terrorist attack in one of our most prominent cities that claimed thousands of lives, watched as warriors returned from battles in distant desert lands, some returning in coffins and many others with lost limbs and other impairments; and we continue to struggle with an ailing economy that began to erode some three years ago.

Goes Without Saying So Dont



What are some examples of the newest, poorest language? You seem to have an opinion on everything, so I thought you’d probably have such a list handy! Thanks, and Happy New Year
-Local Lovely

Where we live should be high on our blessing list


What we have we so many times take for granted.

At this time of year we are all so grateful for so many things.

We’re thankful for family, for friendships, for blessings of food, warmth, shelter and for so many other wonderful things.


Letters to the Editor

Thanks for showing support of Lebanon unit of 278th ACR

To the Editor:

On behalf of the men and women of the Lebanon 278th ACR, Tennessee Army National Guard, I would like to thank the citizens of Lebanon and Wilson County who made this Christmas special. Thank you to the individuals who made donations to help charter four buses to bring these soldiers home from Camp Shelby, Miss. on Dec. 22 and return on Dec. 28. Every donation was very much appreciated. It meant a lot to the soldiers and their families.


General News

Bitter cold to hit area

The Wilson Post

Chance of snow New Year’s Eve, 50 percent.

Chance of really cold temperatures New Year’s Day through next Tuesday, 100 percent.

To have any possibility of snow, there must be moisture, and there will be plenty of that beginning later today with a 30 percent chance of rain and a 90 percent chance tonight. The high today should be about 47, and the low tonight is expected to be near 40. Both temperatures are too warm for snow.

Chinese firms sue Hartmann luggage

From Post staff reports

Hartmann luggage has been sued by two Chinese firms which were to manufacture bags for the local company.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Nashville by Johnson Associated Corporation, based in Taiwan, and T. Chantal International Limited, based in Hong Kong. The two companies are asking for $706,000 in damages and interest.

Hartmann and Johnson entered into an agreement in July 2007 where Johnson would manufacture various products that would carry the Hartmann name. Hartmann closed a manufacturing operation in 2007. Johnson, under the agreement, placed manufacturing orders with T. Chantal, an affiliate.

Lebanon songwriter gets hit in Library of Congress

The Wilson Post

It's been called the greatest country single of all time, sung by the genre's greatest vocalist.

But while it was an enormous hit, becoming George Jones' biggest record and signature song, was written by a man who calls Lebanon his home.

Sheriffs Department to offer rides on New Years Eve

The Wilson Post

Everyone knows that there will be parties everywhere on Dec. 31 as people ring in the New Year with copious amounts of alcohol.

It’s all fun and games until the party ends, and those people who were drinking have to get home.


General Sports

MJ thumps Rogers, Ark.

GREENEVILLE -- Mt. Juliet used a strong third-quarter surge to power past Rogers (Ark.) 51-37 Tuesday in the second round of the GreenBank Ladies’ Classic at Hal Henard Gym.

The win upped Mt. Juliet’s record to 11-1 on the season and sends Coach Chris Fryer’s team into the tournament semifinals Wednesday night against Cosby (Va.). Mt. Juliet held the Lady Mounties (9-3) off the scoreboard for close to five minutes to start the third stanza in building a double-digit spread and never looked back.

Mt. Juliet held a narrow 13-10 lead after a quarter and increased the margin to 22-15 at the half. A 9-0 run to start the third gave the Lady Bears a solid cushion with the advantage growing to as much as 20. The fourth period featured essentially basket-swapping.

The Lady Bears improved their shooting significantly in the second half (52.4 percent) and finished 20-of-46 for the game for 43.5 percent. The Lady Mounties were held to an 11-for-28 shooting effort (39.3 percent). The game was a well-played one as Mt. Juliet committed a mere eight turnovers to14 by Rogers.

Post Caya Williams fired in 21 points for the winners, burying 10-of-14 shots. She also added a game-high seven rebounds. Helen Mitchner added nine, all on treys. Britt Bell dished out a game-high six assists and finished with seven points.

South Greene 61, Wilson Central 45
GREENEVILLE -- Twenty first half turnovers helped spell doom for Wilson Central Tuesday night in a 61-45 loss to South Greene in the second round of the GreenBank Ladies’ Classic. South Greene has advanced to the semifinals of the Ladies Classic for the second straight year, beating the team that has won the past two Classic titles.

Wilson Central dropped the Rebels in overtime in last year’s championship game. South Greene held a 26-14 halftime edge. They quickly spread the lead to 20 early in the third. Wilson Central clawed back to get within 13 with 3:30 left in the period, and had a chance to get closer but missed on a one-plus free throw opportunity.

The Rebs (9-3) responded with a 3-point play by Shelby Hicks and two more free throws by Hicks to get the lead back to 41-23, and the Wildcats couldn’t make another serious run.

Taylor Peterson had 15 points and nine rebounds for Wilson Central (6-5). Sydney Vanlandingham added 10 points. With the loss, Central was dispatched to the consolation bracket where they were scheduled to play Maryville Wednesday afternoon.

Prep hoops from Tuesday

LAFAYETTE -- Post man Cameron High lit up the scoreboard for 22 points Tuesday to power Lebanon High to a 72-56 win over Upperman in the semifinals of the Nera White Tournament hosted by Macon County High. LHS improved to 8-6 overall heading into Wednesday night’s finals against Westmoreland -- a 55-46 winner over host Macon County in the other semifinal contest. Ryan Beadle nailed four 3-pointers and finished with 17 points for the Blue Devils while Justin Bridges had 14 -- including a pair of treys.

Mt. Juliet 82, Clarksville 68
NASHVILLE -- Teraes Clemmons went off for 37 points Tuesday, leading Mt. Juliet to an 82-68 triumph over Clarksville in the consolation round of the Father Ryan Christmas Tournament. Caleb Chowbay finished with 13 and Ethan Gross added 12 for the Bears. Vaughn Cornelia scored 12 points, Brandon Shepard five. Mt. Juliet improved to 11-2 with the win and moved into the tournament’s fifth place game Wednesday afternoon vs. Shelbyville Central.

Wilson Central 47, Brentwood 39
SMYRNA -- Wilson Central rallied from eight down at intermission to post a 47-39 win over Brentwood in the Bulldog Christmas Classic Tuesday at Smyrna High. Dee Oldham’s 13 points paced the Wildcats, who improved to 4-4 with the victory. Zane Vandlandingham and Matthew Dompreh each had nine points and Jordan Lee finished with six. Wilson Central was scheduled to wrap up the Classic Wednesday vs. Hunters Lane.

Friendship 59, MT Christian 44
LEBANON -- Hardie Sorrels scored 15 points and pulled in seven rebounds to lead Friendship Christian to a 59-44 win over Middle Tennessee Christian in Tuesday afternoon’s consolation round of the Mid-State Christmas tournament at the Bay Family Sportsplex.

The victory upped Friendship’s record to 8-3 overall -- heading into a fifth place game Wednesday afternoon against Gordonsville. Isaac Wilson added 13 points for the Commanders while Dalton Patterson scored 12 and Cameron Hill adeed 11 -- including three 3-pointers.

GIRLS Lebanon 74, Summertown 50
LYNNVILLE -- Junior Marissa Jennings fired in 26 points Tuesday as Lebanon defeated Summertown 74-50 in the Richland Classic. The Devilettes led 39-28 at intermission and improved to 10-4 on the season. Anna Stafford recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

GIRLS Friendship 30, Westmoreland 18
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian limited Westmoreland to just nine point in each half to post a 30-18 victory Tuesday in the consolation bracket of the Mid-State Christmas Tournament. The Lady Commanders (4-8) were led by eight points from Traci Allison.

GIRLS Greenbrier 53, Watertown 44
CROSS PLAINS -- Watertown’s Tigerettes fell to 5-8 Tuesday with a 53-44 loss to Greenbrier in the East Robertson Classic. Sarah Page led WHS with 9 points and Hayley Clark added eight.

UC downs Cumberland 67-65

LEBANON -- Thirteenth-ranked University of the Cumberlands missed two crucial 1-and-1 opportunities in the final minute, but Cumberland committed a turnovers, missed two shots close-in and failed to get off a shot in the final 10 seconds, as the Patriots prevailed, 67-65, in women’s basketball action Wednesday afternoon in the Cumberland Classic at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The University of the Cumberlands (11-3) trailed by a point at the half before running off a 15-3 spurt over the first five minutes of the second period. The Patriots maintained the lead for most of the rest of the half, with Cumberland (6-3) unable to pull closer than five points.

UC led by 10 with 5:19 remaining after a pair of free throws by Sonia Thompson, but Cumberland put together an 11-2 run to cut the deficit to one, led by a pair of buckets from Allysia Bailey, a 3-pointer by Tamara Gonzalez and Keshia Brown’s driving layup with 2:10 left in the contest.

Amber Neace, who led all scorers with 25 points and was named the tournament MVP, answered with a 15-footer off the glass, but Bailey knocked down two more foul shots to keep the Bulldogs within a point.

Neace then grabbed an offensive rebound on the next trip down the floor and was fouled, hitting 1-of-2 free throws. Cumberland tried to find Gonzalez after a timeout, but Haley Ratliff made the steal and was fouled, but she missed the front end of a 1-plus-1.

Brown then drove to the lane for the Lady Bulldogs and found Simone Ryan for a layup, but the sophomore missed the shot, grabbed her own rebound and missed a much tougher opportunity. Cumberland fouled Stephanie Quattrociocchi, but she too missed a 1-and-1 chance, giving CU another shot.

But Bailey dribbled around and the Lady Bulldogs never got off a shot to either tie the game or win it.

Brown led Cumberland with 17 points, while Bailey posted 14 points and Gonzalez adding 13. Gonzalez earned All-Tournament accolades after her 28-point performance the night before in a victory over Tennessee Wesleyan.

Quattrociocchi scored 13 points for UC, while Lauren Wombles and Thompson both netted 10. Wombles also earned All-Tournament honors after scoring 17 points in Tuesday’s victory over Martin Methodist.

Cumberland shot 50 percent from the field in the first half and led by as many as six at 26-20 after a pair of free throws from Bailey with 5:22 left in the period. The Bulldogs committed nine turnovers, which led to 13 UC points in the half, and the Patriots scored 20 points off turnovers in the contest.

But the home team did a good job defensively against the Patriots in the first half, limiting UC to just 40 percent shooting (13-for-32). Neace scored 12 points for the visitors, including a 3-pointer with just three seconds left in the half to cut the Cumberland advantage to 33-32 at intermission.

Cumberland next opens TranSouth Conference play at Lyon College January 7 and plays host to Freed-Hardeman Saturday, January 9 at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

2009 Cumberland Classic All-Tournament Team: Whitney Robison, Martin Methodist; Lindsey Jackson, Tennessee Wesleyan; Lauren Wombles, Univ. of the Cumberlands; Tamara Gonzalez, Cumberland Univ.; and Amber Neace, Univ. of the Cumberlands (MVP)

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