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Showing 10 articles from January 28, 2011.


James Myrle Coghill, 79

LEBANON -- Graveside services with full military honors will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31 at Cedar Grove Cemetery for Mr. Coghill, 79, of Lebanon. Retired Staff Sergeant Coghill, United States Air Force (1951-1972), died Jan. 26, 2011.

Survivors include: children Suzanne Coghill Culver and Michael Givens (Kimberly) Coghill; siblings Don Coghill, Jack Coghill and Selma Brown. Also surviving are grandchildren Nicholas Culver, Nathaniel Culver, Andrew (Kelly) Coghill, Coty Coghill, David (Ryley) Culver Jr., and Marsha (Keith) Sartain; great-grandchildren Ava Marie Coghill, Blake Billings, Abbagale Carson, Brody Sartain and David Samuel Culver III; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by wife of 43 years Minnie Sue Coghill, son James Myrle Coghill Jr., grandson Alecks Coghill, great-grandson Jacob Carson, and parents John Earl and Mary Louise Rodenbaugh Coghill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested for: Rhizokids, 102 Corey Lane Lebanon 37090 or at anylocation of First Tennessee Bank.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Malcolm Earl Wilson, 80

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Wilson, 80, of Mt. Juliet.

Known as "Mack" to his family and friends, he died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011.  Retired from the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., he was an avid golfer and bowled often at Hermitage Lanes.

Services will be conducted by Chaplain Justin Rice and Chaplain Martin Bass. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Survivors include: wife Eve Mary Wilson; and sister Mary Helen (William) Wilson of Hayneville, Ala.

He was preceded in death by parents Malcolm Earl and Lily Mae Robinson Wilson of Marks, Ms; his first wife Billie Booher Wilson; and sister Gladys Smart of New Orleans, La.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Betty Adams, 14270 Lebanon Road, Old Hickory, 37138.

Mt. Juliet's Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Walter Gerald Mullins, 72

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Partlow Funeral Home for Mr. Mullins, 72, of Lebanon.

A Baptist and a bookkeeper for William Hayes Truck Lines, he died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 20011 in the Cedars Health Care Center.

Visitation will be held Friday from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until funeral. Services will be conducted by Brother Floyd Farris. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: twin sister Geraldine(Lewis) Jones; nieces Kim (Tony) Kirby and Cindy (Keith) Gross; nephews Michael (Melissa) Jones and Mark (Shelly) Jones; and brother-in-law Wayne Harrell.

He is preceded in death by parents Walter Herman and Easter Davis Mullins and sister Sue Harrell.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.


General Lifestyle

Connect with your Wilson County Neighbors on Facebook

Wilson Living Magazine
There are multiple ways to connect with people these days, but one of our favorites is through our Wilson Living Magazine Fan Page on Facebook.  Not on Facebook? It is so easy to sign up at, and once you join you will find many of your friends, family and neighbors have been waiting for you.

Wilson Living has almost 1,900 fans from the area following our page and more are joining each day.  Fans not only get weekly updates about upcoming Wilson Living stories and events, but more importantly our fans become part of the Wilson County conversation.

From school closings to weather updates to election results, the Wilson Living Facebook Page keeps us all connected each and every day. Don’t miss out, become a fan today!

This week on Facebook, Becky shared some candid photos snapped during our cover shoot. As many of you know, our next issue is our much anticipated Wedding Issue, and last week Cumberland University opened the doors of Baird’s Chapel to Wilson Living as we brought in our beautiful model and cover shoot entourage. The March/April Cover looks amazing, and we can’t wait to share it with you. This year, like last year, our Facebook fans will get to choose our Wedding Cover, so stay tuned as we begin to post potential covers and join in on the conversation.

Oliver brokers cool cash for hot commodities

Special to The Wilson Post
The ebb and flow of daily business inside the Lebanon Pawn shop is nowhere as dramatic as the hit History Channel TV series “Pawn Stars,” but the pace never seems to slow.

Every 5 minutes or so, the phone is ringing or a customer comes walking through the front door.

Today’s pawn shops are no comparison to those of yesteryear. No dim lights and dusty shelves here, nor is the pawn broker an old geezer smoking a Chesterfield cigarette in a shadowy haze behind the counter.

The contemporary pawn shop is clean and brightly lit, and best sellers include PlayStation 3s, flat-panel TV sets, video games and DVDs.

Our Feathered Friends - Jan. 28

How many of you are tired of snow? Me too! I got up early last Thursday to shovel a spot on the ground so my ground scratchers would have a place to eat. I still haven’t seen any more Dark-eyed Juncos even with all the snow here. It makes me wonder if maybe most of the Juncos have traveled a little farther south. Birds will do this with very bad weather in their wintering grounds. Last year there was a Snowy Owl here in middle Tennessee. They usually don’t come this far south unless there are worse conditions up north.

I was washing dishes this past Sunday, where my kitchen window faces out into the back yard where my feeders are located. All the regular birds were enjoying a nice lunch when suddenly birds went everywhere like they had been shot out of a cannon. I’m sure you can guess what happened next. A Coopers Hawk came within about five feet of the window, probably doing about fifty miles an hour trying to catch one of my friends for his dinner. He was just a blur as he passed by. I looked out every window looking to see if he had caught something.

Hawks are said to weed out the weaker of the birds so only the strong survive. Several years ago, I watched a Hawk trying to catch a male Cardinal. The Cardinal, I thought would escape, but his speed was no match for the faster and more agile hawk, and it seemed like the Cardinal ran out of gas and just let the Coopers grab him.


Guest Column

Win one for Wilson County, TN

Economic and Community Development Direct
& City Liaison, City of Mt. Juliet
I wrote this article a while back and thought it might be a great time to run it. Maybe it’s the current economy, the cold and dreary weather, my getting older and worrying more or just plain old love for my community.

Not quite sure what it is, but I sure have found myself thinking about it a lot. I personally think it’s because I care for and love my county, my country and the people that call it home. But that would sound boastful, egotistical and mushy to say the least. And that’s OK; I love lots of stuff and as my mom always said, say it loud and say it proud if you mean it.


Letters to the Editor

93% of the nation's wealth

To the Editor:
I find it interesting that 93 percent of the financial wealth in this country is controlled by the top 10 percent while the top one percent control 42 percent. And that the Supreme Court voted to let corporations spend unlimited amounts in electing candidates of their choice that no doubt will invoke more disadvantage.

A strategy that allows corporate moguls and government officials to become ever more giving one to the other, effecting in a state of secrecy (deregulation, misplaced power, media accountability, priorities, academia, et al) that undermines the greater number of people.



Community Calendar - Jan. 28

Government meetings
Lebanon City Council will meet in regular session at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights. Prior to the meeting, council will hold a work session at 4:30 p.m. at the same location.

Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.

Lebanon Airport Commission meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lebanon Municipal Airport, 760 Franklin Rd.

Wilson County Board of Education will hold a work session at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon, to discuss the Watertown High School property. Following the work session, the board’s regular meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Community Calendar
Wilson County Adult Learning Center offers classes for anyone interested in achieving his or GED diploma. Classes are held in Lebanon and in Mt. Juliet. For information, call the Adult Learning Center at 443-8731.

Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Spain House on the Lebanon First United Methodist Church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.

Lebanon Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the area. Meal routes range from about 10-15 people. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m. and are done by 10:30. If you are interested, contact Jessica at 449-3488 between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.

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.

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.

Joseph Storehouse Food Ministry monthly food distribution will be Thursday morning, Jan. 27, for the disabled and Saturday morning, Jan. 29, for all others. If you are attending for the first time, bring proof of total household income, a photo ID and one other form of ID. The disabled who attend on Thursday will need a letter from their doctor. USDA guidelines are followed to qualify applicants. Volunteers are needed to help. Joseph Storehouse is at 1960 S.E. Tater Peeler Road, Lebanon. For information, call 453-5777 or email

Bluegrass/Country Music at Timberline Campground will be from 8 until 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, with Pulltight Express. Admission is free.

Wilson County Republican Party reorganization elections will be held Saturday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

Volunteer Welcome and Orientation at New Leash on Life will be at the Fix-For-Life Spay-Neuter Clinic, 511 W. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon, from 3 until 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29. Learn about the programs offered through NLOL, hear an overview of the organization’s 30-year history and future plans, discover volunteer roles needed and meet others who share a love of animals.

Shelter Operations and Shelter Simulation will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. There will be a lunch break or bring your lunch. Prepare to help Wilson County shelters function in the next disaster. Sign up by emailing Patty Caldwell at or call Valerie at the local Red Cross office at 878-9080.

Wilson County Tea Party Chili Supper Fundraiser will be from 5:30 until 6:45 p.m., Monday, Jan. 31, in the fellowship hall of Powell Grove Church of Christ. Cost is $5 per person. Immediately afterwards in the church auditorium, there will be a presentation by the chapter director of Act for America on the subject of Islam: Rising Threat to America. In case of inclement weather, check the website at

Active Parenting of Teens, a free workshop with childcare and refreshments, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, at Castle Heights Upper Elementary. You must attend both nights and will receive a free parenting manual. Co-Parenting After Divorce, also a free workshop with childcare, refreshments and materials, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, and Monday, Feb. 7, at CHUE Library. You will need to attend both nights. The facilitator will be Nancy Guethlein, school counselor at CHUE. For both workshops, RSVP to Beth Petty at 453-2693, 804-2460 or at

NSDAR Margaret Gaston Chapter will meet at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Spain House next to First United Methodist Church, Lebanon. Larry Singleton of Cracker Barrel will present the program, “I’ve Seen That Before – Antiques Show and Tell.” Hostesses are Jean Ayers, Nancy Boyd, Dorothy Chambers, Helen Hayes and Lanova McCluskey.

“Phish Camp,” a play written and directed by Frank Fox, is being presented now through Saturday, Feb. 5, at Westland United Methodist Church, 110 Dawson Lane, Lebanon. Friday and Sunday are dessert shows at $12, and Saturday shows are dinner shows for $18. Dinners will be served one hour before the play, and desserts will be served at intermission. Thursday and Friday shows and Saturday, Jan. 29, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Feb. 5, shows will begin at 2 p.m. Reservations for dinner shows are required and recommended for remaining shows. For information and reservations, call 444-1447. You may also visit

Shopping in the Glade will be at the Gladeville Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Booths are available for families or dealers at $20 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space. For information, call Mabel Beazley at 243-2664, Debbie Ray at 443-3817 or Margaret Rediker at 449-6955.

Nashville African Violet Club will meet at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Green Hill Women’s Center, 10905 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. The Tennessee Gesneriad Society will meet at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13, at Cheekwood in Botanic Hall, Nashville. There will be a panel forum on growing techniques. For information about either meeting, contact Julie at or at 364-8459.

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency announces a Money Management Workshop called “Furthering Your Education is Like Money in the Bank,” presented by Bernadine Nelson of the Adult Learning Center and Tory Tredway of Habitat for Humanity of Wilson County. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday, Feb. 14, at 233 Legends Drive, Lebanon. For information, call 444-4714 or visit

Wilson County Right to Life will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet, at 7 p.m. Call Trecia Dillingham for information at 443-5458.

First “Girl Talk” class of the year will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Veterans Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Girl Talk is a four-part class for girls in grades 5-8 and their moms. Cost is $40 per family. Space is limited. The meeting on Feb. 15 is for moms only. Additional classes for girls and moms will be Feb. 17, 22 and 24. To pre-register or for information, contact Shelly Barnes at 444-9584 by Friday, Feb. 11.

Darkness to Light “Stewards of Children,” a free workshop on preventing child sexual abuse, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, at Castle Heights Upper Elementary Library. It will be facilitated by Debra M. Daugherty, executive director of the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center. The workshop is hosted by the Lebanon Special School District. There will be refreshments, child care and materials. RSVP to Beth Petty at 453-2693 or at

The Alzheimer’s Association, along with Belmont Village and Rolling Hills Hospital, will present part one of a four-part caregiver’s series on “How to Deal with the Changes of Alzheimer’s Disease – A Caregiver’s View: What’s Really Happening?” from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, at Belmont Village Assisted Living of Green Hills, 4206 Stammer Place, Nashville. Caregivers, families and friends from Wilson County who are managing the disease of Alzheimer’s are welcome to attend. The event is free, and a meal for attendees will be provided. Advance registration is required. To register, call Tiffany Mann at the Alzheimer’s Association at 292-4938. A local Alzheimer’s support group meets the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at Elmcroft of Lebanon, 801 West Main Street. For information, call 453-5494.

Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year reunion to be held June 11. Call one of the following people with your contact information: Teresa Halbert at 444-5995, Phil Bragg at 444-4941, Jo Smith at 444-8811 or Brownie Hall at 444-5173.

Lebanon High School Class of 1991 is planning a 20-year reunion for July 2.  They are looking for classmates.  Please email contact information to Dawn Carr Willis at or, or call 308-0034.  For more information go to or Facebook.

To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, Tenn. 37087, or e-mail them to Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.


General News

Neal, 37, nabbed in 'brutal attack' at Dollar Store


Detectives of the Lebanon Police Department arrested a Lebanon resident for the attempted robbery of Dollar General on North Cumberland Street Tuesday, Jan. 25 after he was positively identified through security camera footage.

The suspect, Jeffery T. Neal, 37, a Lebanon resident living on Hobbs Avenue, entered the Dollar General located at 1000 N. Cumberland St. in Lebanon around 9:45 p.m. on Monday and perused through the store before assaulting the clerk and carrying out an attempted robbery.

"The assault happened first before he ever demanded any money," said Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen, adding "This was a brutal attack."

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