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Benton Callis, Jr., 82

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, January 23 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Callis, 82, of the Norene Community.

Born July 1, 1927 in Sumner County to the late Benton M. and Effie Nicholas Callis, the former factory worker died Jan. 17, 2010 at his residence.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 12 Noon until the funeral. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Jimmy Atnip.

Survivors include: son Steve Callis of Norene and grandchildren Kristy (Donald) Olsen of Lebanon, Tara (Brian) Grisham of Carthage, Brandilyn Callis of Murfreesboro, J.B. Coles and Travis Coles -- both of Gladeville. Also surviving: great grandchildren Bailey Grisham, Justin Robinson and Daylon Benton Olsen; sisters Ether Mack of Missouri and Annie Roberts of Cottontown.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Callis is preceded in death by his wife George Ann Callis, daughter Katherine Coles and siblings Margaret Cole and Donald Callis. Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home.

Hilda Marvelyne Dawson Place, 85

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Hilda Marvelyne Dawson Place are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, January 23 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Rev. David Hesson officiating.  Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation Friday 3-8 p.m. and after 12 Noon Saturday at Ligon & Bobo.

Mrs. Place, age 85 of Lebanon, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at her home. Born June 5, 1924, in Smith County, she was the daughter of the late Phocian and John Lillie Parker Dawson. Mrs. Place was a member of the First United Methodist Church.  In 2005, she retired from Walmart after working 36 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert B. Place Sr. on January 11, 1982; infant son Lynn Dawson Place; brother Floyd Dawson; and sisters Jewell Bennett, Alma Conatser, Thelma Dawson, Joyce Gann, Flora Dean Dawson and Lera Bates.

She is survived by children Herbert Bryson Place Jr. of Lebanon; and Sandra Place (Frank) Hartley of Nashville; granddaughters Jenniferanne Hartley of Nashville and Julie Hartley (Rob) McConnell of Spring Hill; great granddaughter Savannah Paige McConnell; sisters Lorene Conatser and Dorothy (Kennard) Reed -- all of Lebanon; sister-in-law Geraldine Dawson Murray of Gordonsville and brother-in-law Gus Bates of Lebanon; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to express heartfelt gratitude to Odyssey Health Care Hospice Services.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Hugh Vergie Dodson, 70

LEBANON -- Hugh Dodson passed away on January 19, 2010 at age 70. The family will be accepting friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20, 2010. 

The church service will be conducted by Brother Gordon Lee and Brother David Spence, is 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 at the Church of God Worship and Ministry Center (1007 Hartsville Pike, Lebanon. Visitation at the church is from 10 a.m. until service. Interment in Plain View Cemetery, Cassville Community, Sparta.

Pallbearers: Kade Dodson, Shannon Dodson, Kendall Dodson, Conner Dodson, Mike Prince, Alex Araujo, Scott Anderson, Darren Cook, and Billy Craddock. Honorary: Billy Patton, James Hinsley, Rip Van Winkle, Sammy Roller, Comer Russell, Billy Thomas, Marco Phillips, Wayne Barnes, Jimmy Martin and Charles Robinson.

Survivors include wife of 52 years, Barbara Dodson; children Mark (Candace) Dodson and Greg (Mary) Dodson; siblings Sylvia Cook, Judy (Morgan) Anderson, Kathy (Lawrence) Glenn and Mickey Dodson; grandchildren Kade Dodson, Morgan Dodson, Kendall Dodson, Conner Dodson and Brady Dodson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by parents Arlis and Mary Van Winkle Dodson, brother Phillip Dodson, and brother-in-law: Carman Cook. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.


Telling Tales

The Bee
In fifth grade, I was crowned the winner of the class spelling bee. This meant I was to represent my class in the school wide spelling bee. To say that my win was a complete flook or is it fluke or maybe even phluke - -- was an understatement. (Have you figured out how this ends?)

Ask Ken Beck

New Yorker Bogie was a master chessman
Dear Ken: How many films did Humphrey Bogart make? Where did he grow up and does he have any children?

General Lifestyle

For loves of all ages, MJ Senior Citizens Center plans Annual Sweetheart Gala

Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center requests the pleasure of your company at the Annual Sweetheart Gala on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church located on 14544 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet.

The banquet will feature a full prime rib or chicken entrée compliments of the Mt. Juliet Morning Rotary Club, with musical entertainment provided by the Silver Notes, a full 16-person band. There will also be a Silent Auction at the Gala, so come prepared to eat, shop, laugh and enjoy a wonderful evening with everyone.

Wilson County Fair wins again

From Post staff reports

Wilson County Fair continues its award-winning ways with the announcement on Saturday that it had won the Champion Fair award in the AAA Division at the 88th Annual Convention of the Tennessee Association of Fairs in Nashville.

The fair also won numerous awards in the convention showcases.



Correct use of apostrophes too much to ask?



Please explain the difference between “it’s” and “its.” There’s money on this. Thanks.
 -Ex-Student (Guy)

Dont forget second dose of H1N1 vaccine

The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding parents that children under the age of 10 require two doses of H1N1 flu vaccine in order to be fully immunized against the virus.

H1N1 flu vaccine is plentiful in Tennessee and widely available through county health departments and other providers across the state. Tennessee’s county health departments are providing this vaccine at no charge to patients.


Letters to the Editor

Dentist: Flouride prevents tooth decay

To the Editor:

The City of Lebanon needs to put fluoride back in the water for the following reasons:

Fluoride has been proven highly effective in decay prevention. Antigo, Wis. started fluoridation in 1949 and stopped in 1960. After 5-1/2 years, second grade children had 200 percent more decay. Antigo re-instituted fluoridation in 1965.



Wilson County Calendar

From The Wilson Post's Wednesday, Jan. 20th issue....

Love One Another Embassy is accepting donations to support the disaster relief effort in Haiti following the earthquake on Jan. 12. If you would like to contribute, make your check payable to Love One Another Embassy-Haiti and mail it to LOAE, 1960 S.E. Tater Peeler Road, Lebanon, TN 37090 or to any Wilson Bank & Trust office. For information, call 453-5777. LOAE established a humanitarian relief ministry in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1985 with Pastor Jean Claude Sylvain who continues to work there.

Telephone Pioneer Cookbooks Volume I and III are now on sale. All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Museum. To purchase one or for information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.

Do you like to write, but aren’t sure how to go about it, where to start, or what to do with what you already have? A new arm of the West Wilson Arts Alliance is gearing up, and you can join other local writers for support, networking and critique groups. Send your contact information along with a writing sample and some basic information about you and what you like to write to, with WW Writers Guild in the subject line for consideration and more information.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.

Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.

AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.

First Wednesdays of each month, a Healing Service, is held by Sister A.A.A. Stafford at the Sports Village Complex, 1735 West Main Street, Lebanon, beginning at 10:15 a.m.

HomeSafe Women’s Support Group meets Thursday evenings. For information and to sign up, call 444-6130. If you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.

Body Recall classes begin Monday, Jan. 18 at Cook’s United Methodist Church, 7919 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. Times are 9 a.m., Mondays; 8:30 a.m., Wednesdays; and 9 a.m., Fridays. The exercise program offers ways to gain physical self-management for all people. Designed by Dorothy Christman of Berea, Ky., it serves all ages and stresses ways to recover from falls. Certified Instructor Betty Parker will lead the classes. Class fee is $30 for 10 weeks. For information, call 449-2573 or email


General News

Alsup retires from Lebanon Senior Citizens Center

The Wilson Post

More than 200 senior and non-senior citizens of Lebanon’s Senior Citizen Center came out to wish Director Wallace Alsup farewell and to thank him for 22 years of service to Lebanon’s aged at a retirement ceremony this past Friday.

Alsup and his wife Sue began working with the center in November 1987. When he began, Alsup said the center only had 15 members.

Another name surfaces in race for Senate seat

The Wilson Post


While one potential candidate for the 17th District State Senate seat has removed his name from consideration, a second person has indicated that he is considering a decision to enter the race for the Republican nomination.

John Rose, a former state agriculture commissioner and businessman who makes his home in neighboring DeKalb County, said Tuesday he has received a number of inquiries as to whether he might be interested in running for the post that is to be vacated this year by Sen. Mae Beavers.

Council struggles with city charter, line item transfers

The Wilson Post

There were moans and groans heard from Lebanon’s City Council on Tuesday night as they discussed changes to the city’s charter at a work session and dealt with several line item transfers during the regularly scheduled meeting.

Daniels recovering from stroke

DURANGO, Colo. — Renowned fiddler player and Wilson Countian Charlie Daniels is recovering after suffering a mild stroke while snowmobiling in Colorado, his spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Daniels, 73, suffered the stroke Friday, Jan. 15 and was treated at a hospital in Durango, 230 miles southwest of Denver, spokeswoman Paula Szeigis said. He then was airlifted to a Denver hospital and released on Sunday.

"It was a scary moment there but he's doing great," Szeigis said.

LOA Embassy orphanage in Haiti skirts disaster

The Wilson Post

An orphanage in Haiti supported by the Love One Another Embassy was totally destroyed in last week’s earthquake, but the 60 orphans it cares for were luckily outside playing in a courtyard when the ground started to shake.

According to Bob Evans, pastor of Lebanon’s LOAE, only one child from the Port-au-Prince orphanage was injured in the quake that is feared to have killed more than 100,000 Haitians.

Lynn hopes education bill opens door to vouchers

The Wilson Post

Because of some small, discrete wording in a section of the governor’s Race To The Top Bill, some are holding out hope that it will lead to the introduction of a school vouchers program if the bill is passed.

State Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Lebanon, said she was so shocked by the wording and the possibility of education reform, she formally requested her original vote of no to be changed on the basis of closer inspection of the oft-amended bill.

Most neighbor cities fluoridate water

Editor’s Note: This is the third part of a series regarding whether to once again add fluoride in Lebanon’s water supply. The Wilson Post on Friday will look at possible health risks versus health benefits of adding fluoride in the city’s water.

The Wilson Post

Lebanon is one of the only local water municipalities that chooses not to fluoridate their water, an issue which has created controversy over the past few months.

According to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, approximately 296 of 490 community water systems in Tennessee are fluoridated. Thirty-one systems have stopped fluoridation since 2006, Lebanon being one of those.

Project Linus Blanket Day


“Blanketeers” from across Middle Tennessee gathered to give warmth to ill and traumatized children in Lebanon on Monday by quilting and cutting fabric for children at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

“Blanket Day” was held by Project Linus’ Nashville Chapter at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church on Monday.

WCHS principal resigns

From Post staff reports

Wilson Central High School Travis Mayfield has resigned from that position effective Feb. 1 to be closer to his children who reside in Franklin.


General Sports

Johnson earns trainer award

Nathan Johnson, a Certified Athletic Trainer with University Medical Center, has been named 2009 Sandy Sandlin High School Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Association. The award was presented during the organization’s annual meeting Jan. 16-17 at the Opryland Raddison Hotel.

Johnson, who has worked with Friendship Christian School during his entire nine years with UMC, has been instrumental in organizing UMC’s annual Sports Screenings Day which provides comprehensive health screenings to Middle Tennessee student athletes.

He also spearheads the hospital’s annual Coaches Clinic, which features health education programs focused on athletic injuries to area coaches. Johnson has also been active in enhancing the UMC Sports Medicine offerings for the Nashville Superspeedway and Sherry’s Run.

“We congratulate Nathan on this well deserved award are happy that he has been recognized for his efforts in our community,” said Vince Cherry, UMC Chief Executive Officer. “Nathan has enhanced and grown the sports medicine program to meet the needs of the student athletes, coaches and administration of Friendship as well as enhance the sports medicine program at the hospital and in our community. His dedication to student athletes is commendable.”

Johnson holds a bachelors degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Medicine from Cumberland University. He continues to be involved at Cumberland and serves as an Approved Curriculum Instructor for their Athletic Training Education Program – a position he has held for over two years. 

 “The TATS award is awfully nice, but for me the best reward is when one of my athletes can get back into the game -- and then come over and say ‘thank you,’” Johnson said.

Nathan and his wife, Danna, have two children (Michael age seven and Alex age four) and reside in DeKalb County.

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