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General News

Council to consider 3 options to balance city budget

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Lebanon Commissioner of Finance and Revenue Russell Lee said he plans to submit a budget for first reading at next Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting, as the council and Mayor Philip Craighead continue to search for a middle ground.

Council, Craighead and Lee met Wednesday evening in a budget work session where Lee said he presented three options to make up a deficit that falls just under $1.8 million.

Last year, the city had to borrow $1.8 million from its Rainy Day Fund, and Lee said they have used all but about $600,000 and doesn’t think they will use the remaining funds before closing the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

"We didn’t get a consensus from the council," Lee said Thursday afternoon about the meeting on Wednesday night.

Cracker Barrel eliminates 60 jobs in cost-cutting move

LEBANON -— Restaurant operator Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. said Friday that it eliminated about 60 jobs as part of a cost-cutting program.

The job cuts included both staff and management positions and most of the people affected worked at the company’s headquarters in Lebanon Cracker Barrel said.

Cracker Barrel said its customers continue to face tough economic conditions and the company expects its commodity costs to continue to rise next year.

Foundation will give Wilson Co. kids a reason to smile

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET — Dr. Bart Benson, a local orthodontist, has launched a Music City Chapter for the Smile for a Lifetime foundation, giving underprivileged children the opportunity to have corrective braces free of charge.

Benson held a press conference at his office in Mt. Juliet Thursday afternoon to announce the launch, pointing out the foundation gives “Wilson County a new reason to smile.”

“It is the mission of Smile for a Lifetime to create self-confidence, inspire hope and change the lives of children in our community…the gift of a smile can do all this for a deserving individual,” Benson said.

Texas woman charged with 2010 vehicular homicide

A Texas woman has been indicted by the Wilson County grand jury on eight counts among them vehicular homicide in an accident that occurred on Oct. 30, 2010. Sarah Elizabeth Hieb, 21, of Granbury, Texas, was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail on Friday, July 8. She was released a short time later after posting a bond of $50,000.

Hieb is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide by recklessness, two counts of vehicular homicide by intoxication, one count of driving under the influence and three counts of reckless endangerment.

The one-car accident occurred on Gladeville Road. Killed were Alyssa N. Wille, 25, of Old Hickory, and William L. Misch-Lewis, 18, of Madison, both passengers in the vehicle.

Dalya Qualls, public information officer with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, said the accident occurred about 12:01 p.m., at 1201 Gladeville Road.

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