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Daron Lyles, 64

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held at Sellars Funeral Home on Thursday, July 28 at 11 a.m. for Mr. Lyles, 64, of Lebanon. Mr. Lyles passed away on July 25, 2011. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 2 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until the service on Thursday. The service will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment will follow in Fountain Run, Kentucky with family and friends serving as Pallbearers. Memorial contributions in care of Sellars Funeral Home.

Survivors include: two children, Sandra (Jimmy) Gibbs and LaChelle Lyles; three sisters, Sandra J. Boyd, Jennifer S. Wilkerson and Lynn (Joel) Debow; two grandchildren, Jake and Emily Byrd; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by parents Aaron and Bertie Lee Hagan Lyles, sister Cathy Lyles Harris and brother Billy Lyles. Sellars Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Services held for Lebanon's Dr. R. Gene Smith, 76

From Post staff reports COLLIERVILLE Funeral services were held Monday morning, July 25 at Covenant Baptist Church, Collierville for Lebanon High graduate Dr. R. Eugene Gene Smith, 76.

Dr. Smith, a longtime administrator at the University of Memphis, and former Interim President of Middle Tennessee State University, died Thursday evening, July 21 at Baptist Hospital in Memphis.

Associated with the University of Memphis from 1963 until his retirement in 2000, he served in the administrations of five presidents.

U of Ms current president, Shirley Raines, called him legendary.

Gene Smith, as most people knew him, was born in Rutherford Countys Walter Hill community, but his family moved to Lebanon when he was 5 years old. His father operated a popcorn stand on Lebanons Public Square.

He was a 1953 graduate of Lebanon High where he was a manager on the football teams coached by the late Joe G. Atkinson.

Dr. Smith earned his bachelors degree in business at Middle Tennessee State University in 1957. After graduation from college, he worked as a state auditor. In 1963, he joined the administration at Memphis State University.

Within five years, he had been named MSUs Business Manager. In 1971, he was promoted to Vice President of Business & Finance and served faithfully in that role until his retirement in 2000.

In 1997 Dr. Smith was honored by MTSU, which awarded him the Professional Achievement Award.  That same year, his colleagues at the University of Memphis nominated him to be Tennessees Educator of the Year.

In support of his nomination, they cited his being an out of the box thinker, somebody never happy with the status quo, but constantly challenging his employees and himself to try new ideas and new ways to solve problems, all the while, assuring his co-workers that they had his permission to fail, just as long as they at least tried.

Dr. Smith had active committee roles with the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

After an almost 40-year career at the University of Memphis, when many people would have long since retired from active work, Gene Smith did retire from the University of Memphis, but only to take on the task of Interim President at Middle Tennessee State University, a job he held for one year, to help his alma mater make the transition from one full-time leader to another. He retired from that post in August 2001.

An outstanding alumnus of MTSU, Dr. Smith was a strong supporter of our university and provided great leadership during his tenure, said Middle Tennessee States current President Sidney McPhee.

Survivors include: Dr. Smiths wife of 50 years Anne; his children Daniel Eugene, David Lynn and Genie Anne Williams; grandchildren October Williams, Sedona Williams, and Grace Smith; and step-granddaughter Cassidy Teague.

Memorial gifts may be made to the R. Eugene Smith Assistantship in Higher and Adult Education.  Checks in honor of Dr. Smith may be payable to the University of Memphis Foundation and mailed to Department 238, U of M Foundation, P.O. Box 1000, Memphis, TN 38148-0001.

Include instructions to designate your gift to the R. Eugene Smith Assistantship in Higher and Adult Education.

Collierville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

William Kyle Maasen, 23

LEBANON -- Memorial services will be held Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at the Journey Church in Lebanon for Mr. Maasen, 23, of Lebanon. He passed away on July 23, 2011. Visitation at the church will be from 5 p.m. until the service. Mr. Maasen was the oldest son of Bill and Lori Maasen. He grew up in Lebanon and was involved in local sports, including baseball and basketball. He was a member of Westland United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by brothers Trent (Amber) Maasen of Gallatin and Lee Maasen of Lebanon; nephew Wyatt Maasen; aunts and uncles: Mary Lee (Gregg) Nash, Anita (Johnny) Townsend, and Barry (Stephanie) Maasen; grandparents: Donna Lee and Ray and Beverly Maasen; and cousins: David Maasen, Katie Keaton, Leslie Maasen, Derek Townsend, Zachary Townsend, Danielle Hillis, Natalie Whorton, Garrett Kilgore and Miranda Kilgore. He is preceded in death by grandfather John Thomas Lee Jr. and uncle John Thomas Lee III. Sellars Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


John Sloan - Outdoors

The Healing Post

By JOHN L. SLOAN Sometimes there is healing power in just a drop or two of water. Add fish, good company, warm sunshine and expand that drop to a three-acre pond and you may have a healing pond.


Telling Tales

The List

By ANGEL KANE, Wilson Living Magazine There is only one thing more painful than taking a hammer and repeatedly slamming it against the tips of your fingers, over and over again. And we all know what it isshopping for school supplies.


Ask Ken Beck

Isis ruled as TVs first live-action female superhero

Dear Ken: I remember a 1970s Saturday morning TV show called Secrets of Isis that starred Joanna Cameron. What happened to her?

Cameron, 59, a native of Aspen, Colo., was discovered by Bob Hope. In the 1965-1977 TV series, she played a high school teacher who possessed an enchanted amulet which allowed her to morph into an Egyptian-themed superhero. She used her speed, strength, gift of flying and telekinesis to take down villains. After leaving show biz in 1980, she worked in home health care for about 10 years and then did marketing for hotels.


Wilson Living

Wilson Living Today - July 27

Wilson Living Magazine Well, here it is. The end of summer break for the kiddos. Most Wilson County schools will be back in session next week. If youre like most parents you are looking forward to getting back into routine while also trying to squeeze out the last little bit of fun before they head back.


One item youll want to check off this weeks to-do list is school supplies. Schools like Carroll Oakland have their supply list for each grade on their website. To check on your school, visit for county schools. For Lebanon city schools, go to 

At Wilson Living we are already prepping the next issue. We are thrilled that Forrest and Melissa Shoaf have allowed us to feature their amazing home in the Home and Garden section. Not a detail was missed when the Shoafs completed renovations last year. From the outdoor conversation areas by the pool to the gourmet kitchen (Melissa is a chef!), this home will knock your socks off. Not to mention give you some great ideas for home dcor.

Something else we are looking forward to sharing with you is the story behind Sherrys Run. Wilson Living contributor Sue Seins brings the story of how this incredible event got its start and how one family turned tragedy into hope for others. Speaking of Sherrys Run, nows the time to register. To register online, visit

The Wilson County Fair is less than one month away. Youll want to start burning those extra calories now in preparation for the fried foods available at the fair. Wilson Living will have a booth this year.

Stop by to get a special gift and tell us what you love about Wilson County. Be sure to become a fan of Wilson Living on Facebook. Beginning next week, well be giving away two tickets to the fair every day until it opens. You cant win if youre not a fan.

We want you to have an amazing week. Enjoy this time with your family.

Until next time, keep reading!



Calendar July 27

Government meetings - Lebanon City Council will have a budget work session at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 20. Council will also have a special called meeting at that time as well. Council and will have another work session at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 21. Both are in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.

Lebanon City Councils Public Works/Transportation Committee will meet at 7:30 a.m., Monday, July 25, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.

Board of Directors of the Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County will meet at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 26, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.

Wilson County Board of Education will meet in a work session at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, July 28, to discuss the 2012-2013 school calendar and a presentation from Dr. Bob Eaker on PLCs in the boardroom at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon. The board will also meet in regular session at 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 1, at the Central Office. All items to be considered for the agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 20.

Wilson County Calendar - 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 Womens 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.

Hunters Point Celebration Center will sponsor a Summer Fun Kids Camp on Wednesday nights at 7 during June and July for ages 3-11. There will be games, prizes, music, crafts and more with guest appearances by Forgiveness Man and Dr. Cut It Out. Adults are welcomed to attend the mid-week service. HPCC Is at 2232 Hunters Point Pike, Lebanon. For information, visit or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Healing Broken Vessels will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 23, at 223 North Cumberland Street, Lebanon. Guest speaker Glenda Thompson will speak on basic care of the human body and share basic information on diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure. For information, call 444-3258 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Gladeville Community Center will have Bluegrass Night on Saturday, July 23. Hands of Time will be singing. The doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available. For information, call Mabel Beazley at 243-2664.

Music in the Cedars, presented by the Friends of Cedars of Lebanon, will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 23, and will feature the McCarty Family Singers and Stacy Lawson pickin and singin his Americana music. The event will be at the Camper Registration Stage by the campground. Bring your chairs. Popcorn and soft drinks are available in a smoke-free area.

Winfree Bryant Middle School New Parent Orientation will be 6 p.m., Monday, July 25, in the cafeteria at the new school located on Leeville Pike, Lebanon.

Lebanon Special School District registration for students will be from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., Monday, July 25, at the students zoned school (Byars Dowdy, Castle Heights, Coles Ferry, Sam Houston, Walter J. Baird and Winfree Bryant Middle). All parents must provide proof of residency at time of registration, which may include a utility and/or phone bill identifying the name and address of the parent/guardian; notarized letter from a manager/landlord if utilities are included in a rent payment; or property tax bill supported by other acceptable documents that contain proof of residence (i.e. drivers license, etc.). Students/parents must attend registration on this date even if they pre-registered their child or children during the 2010-2011 school year.

Junior Ranger Camp at Long Hunter State Park will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, July 25-27. Participants will learn a variety of outdoor survival skills such as plant identification, knot tying, compass usage, canoe basics and safety, animal tracks and more. Campers should bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, bug spray and a daily packed lunch with water. For ages 8 and up. Space is limited to 20 campers. Reservations began July 12. Call 885-2422 to RSVP. The camp is free, but with a suggested donation to the Friends of Long Hunter State Park which is sponsoring the event and helping to purchase materials. LHSP is at 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage.

Wilson Central High School will have its annual pizza picnic for incoming freshmen and their parents from 6 until 8 p.m., Thursday, July 28, in the main cafeteria. Students will receive their schedules and will have an opportunity to locate their classrooms and meet their teachers. Free pizza and drinks will be served. Students unable to attend the picnic will receive their class schedule on the first day of school.

First ever employee reunion for all current and former employees of 104 Hartmann Drive and Babb Drive and Tool Shop will be from noon until 6 p.m., Saturday, July 30, in the fellowship hall at Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church, 633 Glover Street, Lebanon. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Bring a covered dish and a donation of $5 or more. Make checks payable to Betty Cantrell and send to P.O. Box 2843, Lebanon, TN 37087. For information, call Cantrell at 449-0311, Ethel Coggins at 449-0845 or Jo Pride at 444-4909.


General News

Beck skips court date; now on TBI most wanted list

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
A reward is being offered for any information that may lead to the arrest of Stephen Eugene Beck, 40, a Nashville resident who is charged with nine counts of rape of a child, 16 counts of rape and 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in Wilson County.

Norene post office awaits word on possible closing

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Norenes Post Office was not included in a list of 60 United States Postal Service offices in Tennessee that will be studied for the Services new Village Post Office proposal and is now awaiting official word whether the location will close its doors for good or continue to serve the local communities.

A period of citizen-input came to an end last week, on July 22, which allowed residents of Norene to give the USPS their feelings about the possible closure of the Norene office.

Beth Barnett, spokesperson for the USPS Tennessee District, said they were required by law to have a 60-day period for public input, a window that began on May 20 and included a June 2 town hall meeting held in Norene by the USPS.

With the window for public input closing last week, Barnett said the USPS headquarters will review all comments and continue to study the post office. She said the decision could be made next week on whether to close the Norene P.O. or it could come several months later.

It could be as early as next week to see some movement, Barnett said. But experience indicates sometimes it takes quite a bit longer.

The USPS released a list of 3,700 retail offices nationwide, on Tuesday for study to possibly move postal services into local businesses instead of maintaining the existing 32,000 USPS retail offices across the nation.

Norene was not on the list of studied locations in Tennessee and Barnett said it missed out on the list because it was already under study about a possible closing. The new study presents the Village Post Office as a potential replacement for a USPS retail office.

It was already in progress when this new list came out, Barnett said. Thats something thats still under study.

The Village Post Offices will be operated out of local businesses such as pharmacies, grocery stores and other locations. Barnett said the new study is a way for the USPS to reduce its operating costs.

The Postal Service is in dire financial straits right now, she said, which is one of the reasons the Norene Post Office may close its doors.

A letter sent to Norene residents in May indicated the community would be put on Rural Route Service from the Lebanon Post Office, nearly 13 miles away, if they decided to close the local post office. The move to a Rural Route would cost the USPS considerably less than operating the brick-and-mortar building in Norene that has existed since 1878.

If the USPS decides to close the Norene Post Office after taking into account the public input, Barnett said they will notify residents at least 60 days prior to the locations closing. She said the publics input will be a large factor in the final decision to close or keep the Norene office in business.

Patrick Hall may be reached at

Tonight's work session will address city budget

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Lebanon City Council will meet again tonight in a work session to continue discussing next years budget with conversations often becoming argumentative between the council and Mayor Philip Craighead, a situation that draws a stark parallel with the national debate over the debt ceiling, where common ground is seldom seen.


General Sports

Locals named TSWA all-state

From Post staff reports
The Tennessee Sports Writers Association has released all-state teams for Spring of 2011 -- soccer, softball and baseball. Six Wilson County prep athletes where honored, including.

Division II soccer: Sam Mummert of Mt. Juliet Christian Academy. The junior scored over 30 goals for the Saints in 2011.

Class AAA softball: INF Sarah Beth Roberts of Mt. Juliet High. Roberts hit .469 with 31 RBI and 42 runs scored. The District 9AAA MVP struck out only twice all season.

Class A softball: INF Laurel Burroughs of Friendship Christian School. Burrough his .471 for the season with 10 doubles, five triples, 12 HRs and 35 runs batted in.

Class A baseball: INF Kyle Wood and OF Chris Hall of state runner-up Friendship Christian School. Wood hit .465 BA with 46 runs scored, 10 homers, 15 doubles 59 RBI and was 15-for-15 on stolen bases. Hall hit .453 with 58 runs scored; four homers, 10 doubles 35 RBI and was a perfect 20-for-22 on stolen bases.

Class AAA baseball: OF Devin Fish of Wilson Central. Fish, the District 9AAA MVP, hit .504 on the season with 11 doubles, four triples and 30 runs batted in. He had a 28-game hitting streak.

Locals named TSWA all-state

From Post staff reports
The Tennessee Sports Writers Association has released all-state teams for Spring of 2011 -- soccer, softball and baseball. Six Wilson County prep athletes where honored, including.

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