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Allene Head Granstaff, 85
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 28 at 1 p.m. from the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Granstaff, 85, of Lebanon.
Born February 2, 1926, in Salisaw, OK, to the late Roy E. Head Sr. and Gladyes Bowling Head, she died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at her residence.
Mrs. Granstaff was a homemaker and a member of Rocky Valley Baptist Church. 
Visitation Wednesday 2-8 p.m. and Thursday after 11 a.m.
Services will be conducted by Eld. Garry Drennon. Interment will be in the Brush Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include: children Sue (Smitty) Smith, LeRoy (Deloris) Granstaff, Jerry (Clara) Granstaff, Janice Granstaff, Charles Granstaff, Rose (Danny) Walls, Bo (Lisa) Granstaff and Trena (Michael) Drennon; sisters Georgie (Roy) Lynch and Dorothy (Howard) Smith; brothers Roy (Ruby) Head Jr. and Tilford Head; 20 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband William Howard Granstaff; sisters: Ferol Hobbs and Hazel Ford; grandsons Ricky Granstaff and Michael Wayne Drennon Jr.
Grandsons will serve as active pallbearers and granddaughters will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Allie Mai McMahon Kitts, 70
LEBANON -- A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Ms. Kitts, 70, of Lebanon.
Retired from Wynns-Precision Rubber and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, Ms. Kitts died Sunday, April 3, 2011.
Visitation one hour prior to the service at Partlow Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Brother Fred Vantrease. Interment follows at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: son David Allen (Susan Browning) Arwin of Hendersonville; daughter Barbara Arwin-Carvosos of Texas; brother James (Marie) McMahon of Lebanon; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
She is preceded in death by parents, Jessie and Sarah McMahon.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
Daniel E. Wulfers, 50
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2011 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Wulfers, 50, of Antioch.
A member of Grace United Methodist Church and a 1978 graduate of Nashville's Overton High School, he died April 25, 2011.
He was a graduate of MTSU where he was a member of the Band of Blue and president of Phi Mu Alpha fraternity. Mr. Wulfers was a member of the Moonlighters.
He was an employee of Opryland for 17 years, an employee of O’Charley’s and a realtor with Crye-Leike Realtors.
Visitation will be Wednesday 2-8 p.m. and Thursday 11 a.m. until service time at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Dr. Ron Brown. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Kellie Greer Wulfers; mother Normajean Wulfers; in-laws Charlie and Sue Greer; sisters-in-law Kyle (Richard) Martinez and Kristy (Darryl) Stevens; niece and nephew Courtney and James Martinez; nd his dog Freckles.
Mr. Wulfers was preceded in death by his grandparents, Casimro and Virginia Suarez.  
Active pallbearers will be members of the Moonlighters and Raleigh Holtham.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Phi Mu Alpha fraternity.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the Tennessee Kidney Foundation, 2120 Crestmoor Rd., Nashville, 37215-2613 or Grace United Methodist Church, 2905 N. Mt. Juliet Rd., Mt. Juliet, 37122.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
Frank David FaFa Williams, 71
GORDONSVILLE -- Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 26 t the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes for Mr. Williams, 71 of Gordonsville.
A construction superintendent, Mr. Williams died Saturday afternoon, April 23, 2011 with his loving family by his side.
Born May 6, 1939 to the late Toney and Ollie Stewart Williams of the Bowlings Branch Community, he was a 1959 graduate of Gordonsville High School.
He worked for T. W. Frierson Construction Company for many years until a life altering auto accident on August 20, 2000 left him disabled. He attended the Gordonsville Church of the Nazarene.
Services were conducted by Bro. Jerry Payne and Bro. Shane Smith. Interment was in the Gordonsville Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife of 49 years Wilma England Williams; children Danny (Tammy) Williams of Gordonsville, Roberta (Chris) Chambers of Lebanon and Frankie (Terry) Dickerson of Hickman; grandchildren Chasen Williams, Tenille Williams, Ethan Chambers, Nolan Chambers and Mallory Dickerson.
Also surviving: brother Robert Louis (Erlene) Williams of Defeated, sister Linda Williams Buster of Lebanon and adopted foster daughter, Zaharia Kahar (Mark) Rutt of Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Honorary pallbearers were the 1959 Class of GHS and employees of T. W. Frierson Construction Co.  Active pallbearers: Carl Williams, Jimmy Williams, Bevy Reed Brendel, Scottie Fitzpatrick, Tim Manning and Sterling Buster.
The family request that memorials be made to the Gordonsville Church of the Nazarene Building Fund.
Arrangements by Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes.
George Raymond Gilbert, 60
LEBANON -- Memorial services have been scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon for Mr. Gilbert, 60, of Lebanon.
Mr. Gilbert passed away April 23, 2011.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Services will be conducted by Brother Walter Vanatta and Brother Danny Sellars.
Survivors include: spouse Matilda “Tiny” Gilbert; daughter Tracy (Raymond) White; mother Geraline Gilbert; sister-in-laws Hazel (Ray) Lane, Mary (Danny) Rodgers and Teresa (Ronnie) Lackey; and brother-in-laws Robert (Kay) Vanatta and Grady Vanatta.
Mr. Gilbert is preceded in death by daughter Christina Gilbert, father Ernest Gilbert, step-father Jerry Price, grandparents Dan and Daisy Bly, George and Annie Gilbert and sister-in-laws Donna Hardcastle and Brenda Gray.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.
Harold A. Freundlich, 65
NETCONG, NJ -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28 at the Morgan Funeral Home in Netcong for Mr. Freundlich, 65, of Lebanon.
A member of First United Methodist Church, he died Saturday, April 24, 2011 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
Former Mayor and Committeeman of Byram Township, he was a member of the Board of Governors Cranberry Lake Community Club, President of Cranberry Lake Community Club, President of New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association, member of New Jersey Restaurant Association, member of Secaucus-Hudson Masonic Lodge 72 and owner of Unkie’s Place in Byram Township.
Interment will be in the Stanhope Union Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Nancy Neerhout Freundlich; son Harold Stephen Freundlich and daughter-in-law to be Katharine Komasinski of Indiana; daughter Tammy (Matt) Blefeld of Florida; sisters Pat (Joe) Pierson of NC and Lisa Bacon of AL; nieces and nephews Joseph Pierson, David Pierson, Nancy Romano, Michael Bacon, Julie Neerhout and Tyler Neerhout. 
He is preceded in death by parents, Harold David and Alexine Anna Freundlich.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of local arrangements.
Infant Jacob Andrew Jordan
LEBANON -- A private graveside service for Jacob Andrew Jordan was held Thursday, April 21, 2011, at Wilson County Memorial Gardens with Darrin Reynolds officiating.
Jacob was the infant son of Bobby and Kendra Woodall Jordan; also surviving are sister McKenzie Rae Jordan; grandmother Deborah Woodall; great-grandmother Minnette Nettles; uncles Terry (Michelle) Jordan, Jerry (Katy) Jordan and Shane (Jessica) Woodall; aunt Judy (Daryl) Hankins.  Preceded in death by grandparents Andy Woodall, Carl Jordan and Carolyn Lohman; aunt Sherry Bond.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Joshua Luke Hodge, 28
LEBANON -- Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Hodge, 28, of Lebanon.
Mr. Hodge passed away April 22, 2011.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 10 a.m. until the service on Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Paul Doan and Brother Todd Elliott. Interment follows in Wilson County Memorial immediately following the service.
Survivors include: wife Amber DeVore Hodge; children McKenzie Hodge and Joshua Luke Hodge Jr.; mother Pam Hodge; father Jimmy (Sheila) Hodge; siblings Jacob and Jimmy Wayne Hodge; half-siblings Brittany Bucy and Dalton Hodge; step-siblings Travis Tramel and Wendy (Todd) Lackey; mother-in-law Carolyn (Bobby) Butler; father-in-law Mitchell DeVore; grandparents Robert and Virginia Hodge; and grandmother Alma Dean Whited.
He is preceded in death by aunt Meceia Hodge, grandfather Willie Whited Jr., and grandmothers-in-law Elizabeth Harris and Rosemary DeVore.
Pallbearers: David Cummings, Chris DeVore, Jason Harris, Edward Harris, Jessie Randolph, Timothy Hill, Cameron Hill, Trevor Hodge and Jimmy Flatt.
Memorial donations should be directed to: the Josh Hodge Trust Fund at any SunTrust Bank.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.
Kathy Lynn Cox, 51
LEBANON -- Kathy Cox passed away on April 16, 2011 at age 51.
No services were scheduled.
Survivors include children: Amber Hall, William Hall, Jr., and Linda Blevins; grandchildren Michael Anthony Hall, Jacob Blevins, and Camron Blevins; and special friend Sheila Belcher.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Martin Crawford, 69
LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Crawford, 69, of Lebanon.
The son of the late Sam & Gertrude Adams Crawford, he died Monday, April 25, 2011 at his residence.
Mr. Crawford was employed as a construction worker with Saturn and a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 12 Noon until funeral services.
Pastor Andre Dugger will officiate the services. Interment follows at Barton’s Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include: daughter Cindy (Mike) Crawford; grandchildren Stephanie (Chad) Linville, Christopher (Lyndsey) Wilson and Matthew (Christy) Wilson; great grandchildren Jackson, Liam, Conner, Gracie and Victoria; sister Linda Thompson; numerous nieces, nephews, family members, friends, and neighbors.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Crawford is preceded in death by his wife Edna Kelley Crawford; brothers Bob Crawford, Sam Crawford Jr. and Milton Crawford.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers the family request contributions to be made to Prospect Inc., 960 Maddox Simpson Parkway Lebanon, 37087.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
Mary Frances Marlin, 96
NASHVILLE -- Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday April 28 at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Davidson County for Mrs. Marlin, 96.
She passed away Sunday, April 24, 2011 at the Middle Tennessee Medical Center.
Mrs. Marlin was from United Methodist Publishing House, a member of Glencliff Presbyterian Church and attended Holly Grove Baptist Church.
Visitation will be held Wednesday April 27 between the hours of 4-8 p.m. at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Brother Frank Lipetri.
Survivors include: daughter Marianne (Don) Wright; sisters Marjorie (Paul) Sams and Martha Underwood; grandchildren Brian Wright and Kristen (Tommy) Scott; great grandchildren Jason and Emma Scott. 
She is preceded in death by her parents, Jesse F. & Georgia K. Lallemand; husband Milton Marlin as well as six brothers.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers the family request contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
Peggy Williams Hughes, 82
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Hughes, 82, of Lebanon,
Born in Roane County to the late James Otha Williams and Hazel Fisher Williams, she passed away Sunday, April 24, 2011, at the University Medical Center.
A homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church, Mrs. Hughes was a member of the Donnell Sunday School Class and LLL.
Visitation Wednesday after 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Don McElroy and Rev. David Freeman. Interment follows at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: her husband of 63 years, Kenneth Walker Hughes; son Randall Walker Hughes of Atlanta, GA; daughter Harriet (David) Thorne of Lebanon; grandchildren Shane (Lisa) Thorne of Mt. Juliet, Nick (Haley) Thorne of Nashville; great-grandson Travis Thorne of Mt. Juliet; brother Rev. Robert C. Williams of Lebanon; aunt Pauline Crowder of Oak Ridge as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by son, Steven Walker Hughes and brother Curtis Williams. 
Active pallbearers: Shane and Nick Thorne, Bobby Johnson, Bob Clower, Bob Sansing and Mark Lee.  Honorary: Donnell Sunday School Class, Volunteer Sunday School Class, First Baptist Choir, LLL Club, Tom and Jeri Galyon, Earl and Mollie Barr, Jerry and Barbara Triplett, Alan and Barbara Henson, T.A. and Jean Bryan.
The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to: First Baptist Church, Gideons International or the charity of your choice.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Badru and the caring staff of the second floor, UMC tower and all the medical staff who have cared for our loved one over the years.
Also, to the staff and our friends of First Baptist Church, who have prayed, made phone calls, and other acts of kindness and concern. We love you all. Also thanks to Oddesy Hospice and our friends at Lebanon Senior Center.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Pheron Shorty Sandlin, 80
LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Smith, 80, of Lebanon.
Born April 16, 1931, in Cullman, Alabama to the late Buster and Pearl White Sandlin, he died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Alive Hospice at St. Thomas in Nashville.
Mr. Sandlin worked in tool and die at Robertshaw for over 30 years.
Visitation Wednesday 4–8 p.m. and after 10 a.m. Thursday at Ligon & Bobo.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Mark Allmond. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
He is survived by children, Brenda (Ron) Harper of Mt. Juliet and Paul (Shelly) Sandlin of Chestnut Mound; grandchildren Paul Michael (Tina) Sandlin of Gainesboro and Cole Harper of Mt. Juliet; step-grandchildren Tiffany Rayl, Lexi Rayl, Nikki Fuchs, and Paul Fuchs Jr. -- all of Chestnut Mound; great grandson Logan Sandlin; and brother Eddis Sandlin of Cullman, AL. 
Family will serve as pallbearers.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Reba Kay Holman Sandlin; and a sister Gene Akins.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Randy Coolidge Kilburn, 51
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Kilburn, 51, of Lebanon.
He passed away April 26, 2011.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 12 Noon until the service on Thursday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Judd Sellars. Interment follows in Cedar Grove Cemetery will immediately follow the service.
Survivors include: his wife of 29 years Linda Wolfe Kilburn; sons Mickey Kilburn, Rickey Kilburn and Danny Kilburn; brothers Tommy (Carla) Kilburn and Ray Kilburn; grandchild Clare Kilburn; and in-laws Robert and Janice Wolfe.
He is preceded in death by daughter Amanda Denise Kilburn and parents Chester and Edith Chaney Kilburn.
Family and friends will serve as Pallbearers.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Ruth Susan McKenzie Greenwood, 103
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon, April 26 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Greenwood, 103, of Mt. Juliet.
Born in Hiram, MO, July 16, 1907, to the late George and Charlotta “Lottie” Sumpter McKenzie, she died April 22, 2011.
She was united in marriage to Charley Greenwood in 1934, who preceded her in death in 1973. She lived most of her life in the Parma, MO area where she raised her family. She moved to Tennessee in 1967.
Services were conducted by Pastor Kenneth Cox. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: children George (Linda) Greenwood and JoEmma Greenwood Morgan -- all of Old Hickory, Charles (Carolyn) Greenwood of Buda, TX and John Greenwood of Mt. Juliet.
Also surviving is brother Wayne McKenzie of Parma, MO; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter Susan Morgan; brother Roy McKenzie and sisters Evia McKenzie Calhoun, Lena McKenzie Harrison, Thelma McKenzie Allen and Jean McKenzie.
Active pallbearers: Chris Greenwood, Chuck Morgan, Mark Greenwood, Chuckie Greenwood, Dale Hardiman, Kevin Hardiman and Terry Hardiman. Honorary: Beverly Adkins, Mary Jo Sircy, Freda Grigsby, doctors, nurses and staff at Alive Hospice, Karman Hartman, Jessi Perkins, caregivers and staff at Medi Home Private Care and Shelia Pruitt, Melissa Walker, Renee Allen and staff at Home Caregivers.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
Thomas Scott Bradley, 43
WATERTOWN -- Memorial services for Mr. Bradley were held Monday evening, April 25 at Hunter Funeral Home with Brother Kenny Layne officiating.
Mr. Bradley, 43, of Lebanon, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at University Medical Center.
He was preceded in death by brother, Riley Cummings.
Survivors include: children Dustin Kingsland of Gainesboro, Taylor Bradley-Clark of Lebanon and Dylan Sherburne of Blaine, Minn.; mother Alma Reeves of Lebanon; father Charles Bradley of Murfreesboro; siblings Ramona Duckworth, Glenda Bradley, Charles Bradley and Alfred Reeves -- all of Lebanon and Kelly Ramsey Storch of Watertown.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Telling Tales

Cliffs Note Parenting

Wilson Living Magazine

I love when my brother and his family come for a visit. And this past weekend, they were in Lebanon to spend Easter with us. Soon after arriving, we all decided to head to the creek. As we were walking through the woods behind our house, my four year old nephew ran ahead. As he did, my brother yelled out…


Ask Ken Beck

Malcolm star Muniz plays drums, races cars

Dear Ken: What is going on in the life of Frankie Muniz, who starred as Malcolm in the sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle”?

Francisco James Muniz IV, 25, has backed off his acting career a bit to pursue music and race car driving. He is the drummer in the Phoenix-based band You Hang Up. He has been open wheel racing since 2006, competing in the Atlantic Championship. And he has been writing screenplays and produced a few movies. Muniz stars later this year as a super hero in the movie “Pizza Man.” Born in New Jersey, he grew up in Knightdale, N.C. (population 6,200), where his mom was a nurse and his father a restaurant manager. A big basketball and soccer fan, he was taught how to play the drums by his pal Zac Hanson of Hanson brothers fame. 



Calendar - April 27

Government meetings
Wilson County Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m., Monday, May 2, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon.

Lebanon City Council will hold a work session at 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights. There will be a presentation by MTAS on “TDEC MS4 Stormwater Quality Regulations under the City of Lebanon General Permit.”

Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, May 5, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.

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.

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.

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.

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency’s Board of Directors meeting will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 28, at 233 Legends Drive, Lebanon.

Wilson County Shrine Club will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 28, at the Ponderosa Steak House in Lebanon. All Wilson County Shriners and their Ladies are urged to attend.

Leeville FCE Club in Wilson County will have a Yard Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Leeville Clubhouse on Club House Road, located off Highway 109 and Hickory Ridge Road on the west side of Hickory Ridge. There will be signs to help you find the clubhouse. Rain or sunshine, the yard sale will be inside the clubhouse. There will be a variety of items for sale. For information, call Evie Lubic at 443-1367.

Pennsylvania Avenue’s annual Street-Long Yard Sale will be Saturday, April 30. The rain date will be the next nice Saturday.

Benefit Yard sale: Yard selling to Fight Cancer! Family and friends of Donna Urell are hosting a benefit yard sale with all donations and profits to go to Urell and her family. Urell was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. The yard sale will be from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, at 432 Lealand Lane, past Sam Houston Elementary toward Hartsville Pike, Lebanon. The event will be held rain or shine. Items included are men’s and women’s clothing, baby clothes, baby toys and accessories, furniture, books, kittens and many other small items.

Wilson County Beekeepers will meet Monday, May 2, in the West Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. The meeting will start at 7 p.m., but mentors will be available by 6:30 to answer questions. Carey Mitchell will present “Preventing Swarms and Making Splits.” The public is invited. For information, contact Petra Mitchell at 286-2529.

Wilson County Canning College will be Tuesday and Thursday, May 3 and 5, at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon in the East/West Building, beginning at 6 p.m. Cost is $25 per class payable to UT Extension. You may pay at the Wilson Farmer’s Co-op in the Business office. Ask for Renee Tanner. Participants will learn basic food preservation methods related to canning foods. They will receive research-based information about canning fruits and vegetables as well as a jar of food prepared in class. For information, contact Shelly Barnes, FCS Extension agent, at 444-9584 or

NSDAR Margaret Gaston Chapter meets at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, at The Spain House, First United Methodist Church in Lebanon. The program will be NJROTC Recognition. May hostesses are Joyce Harris, Sharon Kloba, Susan Scott, Colleen Taylor and Jeanda Ward.

Family Health Night, hosted by Southside Elementary School, will be from 4 until 6 p.m., Thursday, May 5. The event is being held in connection with Fuel UP to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and National Football League in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Guests may taste samples of foods, tour Southside’s new fitness room, play games and receive instruction on seat belt and bicycle safety.

Iris Show, sponsored by Twin States Iris Society, will be Saturday, May 7, at Walter J. Baird Middle School, Lebanon. Entries will be accepted from 7 until 10 a.m. Judging will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The show opens to the public from 2 until 4 p.m. Admission is free. A sale of irises is held on the same day from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the TSIS display gardens at the school as well.

Fifth annual Concert to Benefit the Brooks House, Wilson County Women and Children’s Homeless Shelter, will be 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7, at Immanuel Baptist Church, 214 Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon. The concert is presented by the Mid-South Gospel Music Association. Set to perform are The Gospel Echoes, Resurrection Quartet, Fred VanHook & The Harmoneers, Dn’D Testimony in Song and The New Wine Singers. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken for the Brooks House.

Wilson County Board of Health will meet from noon until 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, at the Wilson County Health Department Conference Room, Lebanon.

Wilson County Republican Party will take its May meeting on the road to Mt. Juliet. The WCRP will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 14, at the Hampton Inn & Suites at 5001 Crossings Circle (across from Providence MarketPlace). Guest speaker will be new Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty. For information, contact Kevin Foushee, WCRP chairman, at 444-5732 or visit

PHOEBE Ministries, a ministry of widows reaching widows, will meet at The Art Mill in Lebanon at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 21. Participants will paint a blue iris, the symbol of PHOEBE Ministries. Cost is $35 plus tax, and all materials are included. Members are also collecting drink cans and soup and vegetable cans for Miracle Power, a ministry that is building a home for widows and orphans in Africa. Bring empty cans to the meeting where someone will be on hand to collect them.

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 1981 will hold its 30-year reunion on Saturday, June 25 at Five Oaks. Get your address to Gary Ligon on Facebook or call Amy Gregory at 417-1313 or Beverly Hurd at 444-3904 for details.

Lebanon High School Class of 1991 is planning a 20-year reunion for July 2. Organizers are looking for classmates. Email contact information to Dawn Carr Willis at or, or call 308-0034. For 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 Sports

CU now ranked No. 5

Cumberland moved up two spots to fifth in the fifth edition of the 2011 NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll announced Tuesday by the national office. The Bulldogs have won 13 straight games and 20 of the last 21 contests since March 22.

Cumberland (39-12, 17-4) concludes the regular season this week at home against Mid-Continent University, hosting a doubleheader Thursday at 1 p.m. and a single game Friday at 2 p.m.

The Bulldogs lead the TranSouth Conference standings by one game over Trevecca Nazarene and two games over Union University. The top six teams in the final conference standings will play in next week’s TranSouth Championships starting Monday at Fesmire Field on the Union campus in Jackson, Tenn.

Embry-Riddle is ranked No. 1 in this week’s poll, their first No. 1 ranking since April 20, 2005 poll. The Eagles, coached by former Bulldog player and assistant coach Randy Stegall, are riding a 14-game winning streak.

Lee University, whom is the Bulldogs defeated last week, 7-4, in Cleveland, Tenn., is ranked fourth, while LSU-Shreveport is No. 9 this week. Cumberland has also played Missouri Baptist (11th), Brewton-Parker (16th), Belhaven University (22nd) and Trevecca Nazarene (24th) this season, compiling a 7-6 record against teams ranked in this week’s Top 25.

Local sports in brief

Lebanon Youth Track -- The Lebanon Youth Track Club has an open membership and invites young aspiring runners, jumpers, and throwers to join.  The spring program is free and culminates in the Hershey's summer track meets. The Hershey Company has sponsored the annual games for 34 years, promoting health, fitness, and fun for children ages 9-14. Locally, the Hershey games are held in Murfreesboro in May and June. State winners may win an all-expense paid trip to Hershey, PA for the national games. Athletes will have other opportunities to run in local AAU and all-comers meets through the month of June. AAU meets have additional membership requirements and fees. Starting April 25, the club will meet at the Lebanon High School track for practice from 6:00-7:15pm on Mondays and Thursdays. Matt Smart, a former runner for the Georgia Tech track team and staff with Athletes in Action, is the head coach. For information, call Coach Smart at 500-4709.

CU sports hall of fame -- The Cumberland University Athletic Department is accepting nominations for the Class of 2011 Sports Hall of Fame until June 1, 2011. Nominations must be made in writing and include full justification for the nomination, including statistics, honors, awards and any other pertinent information pertaining to the nominee. The 2011 Hall of Fame dinner is set Friday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. in Baird Chapel. Pictures of the nominees are helpful and current address and phone numbers are required. A prerequisite for induction into the Sports Hall of Fame is the ability of the nominee to attend the induction dinner.
Nominations should be mailed to:
Jo Jo Freeman
Sports Information Director
One Cumberland Square
Lebanon, TN 37087
Nominations may also be faxed to Freeman's attention at 615/443-8422 or emailed to

MJ High boys hoops camp -- Coach Troy Allen and the Mt. Juliet boys basketball program will hold a camp for young men in grades 2-8 the week of June 13-18 at the Mt. Juliet High gym. Cost is $60 per camper with sessions planned 8:30 - 11 a.m. Offensive skills such as passing, shooting, dribbling, screening, and scoring will be stressed. For more information contact Coach Allen at 758-5606 or

CU baseball camps -- Cumberland University’s baseball program has announced the dates for its annual slate of summer camps.
·Hitting Camp - June 13-16
Session I: 9 a.m. - 12 Noon, Ages 6-9/ Session II: 1-4 p.m. ; Ages 10-12
·Fundamental Camp - June 20-23 Ages 8-14; 9 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
·Pitching Camp - June 27-30; Ages 8-14, 9 a.m. - 12 Noon
·Advanced Fundamental Camp - July 5-8; Ages 13-18, 9 a.m. - 12 Noon.
 For more information, check Cumberland’s website at (camps & clinics section) or call Coach Woody Hunt at 547-1365.

MJMS baseball camp -- Mt. Juliet Middle School’s baseball camp for boys ages 6-14 will be held form 9-11:30 a.m. June 20-23 at the Golden Bears’ field. Camp fees are $65. Advance registration is requested. Camp applications are available at MJMS and area middle school. For information, contact Coach Rick Johnson at 754-6688, ext. 5851 or e-mail

CU Maymester volleyball -- Cumberland University volleyball Coach Dwayne Deering is accepting applications for the Maymester Girls Volleyball League at Cumberland.  League play begins Monday, May 2nd. There will be an ‘18U’ division and a ‘14U’ division.  Players and Coaches are urged to enter their team in the league as soon as possible; but you can also join the league as an individual and you will be placed on a team.  Cost is $60 per player.  Contact Coach Deering at 615-547-1318,  or e-mail Deering at:

NRA banquet set April 29

Wilson County Friends of NRA will hold its annual dinner and auction Friday, April 29 at the James Ward Agricultural Center (Wilson County Fairgrounds) in Lebanon.

The doors open at 6 p.m. with games and a silent auction. Dinner and exciting live auction will follow. Tickets are $30 each.

Each ticket purchased includes a free one-hour lane rental at The Gun Room to be used after the banquet. Tickets can be purchased online at or locally at The Armory, The Gun Room, and Lebanon Gun Shop.

Tickets can also be purchased at The Reloaders Bench in Mt. Juliet. All ticket holders will be included in a drawing for the door prize of an American Tactical Imports GSG 1911 Ad Ops Pistol sponsored by The Armory with a MSRP of $399.99. Ticket holders must be present to win.

Friends of NRA is a key grassroots event that supports thousands of community service related to firearm education, hunter safety, wildlife conservation, range improvements, youth marksmanship, and law enforcement among others.

Working with the NRA field representative, members and volunteers organize banquets in their communities, complete with auctions, special drawings, and fellowship. Much of the merchandise at the banquets is donated or provided at reduced cost by hundreds of participating vendors.

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