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Billy J. Robinson, 76

LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Robinson, 76, of Lebanon.
A retired Baptist minister, he died Aug. 15, 2011 following an extended illness.
A graduate of Watertown High School, Brother Robinson attended Tennessee Technological University and began preaching at age 19.
During his 55 years of ministry, he pastored the following churches: Mt. Herman Baptist Church, Upper Helton Baptist Church, Pleasant View Baptist Church, Forrest Park Baptist Church, Welchland Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church.
He was also retired from Sherwin-Williams and the City of Lebanon Water Department. He was actively involved in the City of Lebanon retiree group.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until the service on Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Chris Dickens and Brother Gordon Lee. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife of over 55 years Robbie Cope Robinson; daughter Jan Robinson Barwin; granddaughter Reca Danielle Barwin; sisters-in-law Opal (Dean) Pirtle, Nina (Jimmy) Gentry and Linda (Edward) Calvert; brothers-in-law Aaron (Joyce) Cope and Darrell Dean; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He is preceded in death by parents Arthur and Martha Murphy Robinson.
Pallbearers: nephews Mike Richardson, Joey Reeder and Thomas Cope, brother-in-law Darrell Dean, and close family friends John Daniel Alsup, Tyler Davis, and David Rigsby. Honorary: Sonny Thompson.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Gregg Baines, 42

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at First Baptist Church for Mr. Gregg Baines, 42, of Lebanon. A civil engineer with Environ International Corp. in Brentwood, the Wilson County native passed away Aug. 16, 2011 at his residence following an extended illness.

A deacon at Lebanons First Baptist Church, he was a 1987 graduate of Lebanon High School and was involved in youth sports as a coach and referee with the Upward Basketball program.

Visitation: 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Partlow Funeral Chapel; Friday from 12 Noon - 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Services will be conducted by Pastor David Freeman. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife Amy Gibbs Baines; sons Matthew Baines and Mason Baines; mother Mary Gordon (Eddie) Pawlawski; father Wayne Baines; brother Gordon W. Baines; mother-in-law Inez Gibbs; brother-in-law Benny Gibbs; sisters-n-law Pam (Mike) Smith and Sandra Gibbs; nieces Taylor Gann, Brooke Gann and Brailey Gann.

Mr. Baines is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents John and Mary Ruth Smith; paternal grandparents Albert and Nina Baines; father-in-law Bevo Gibbs.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Greggs memory to the American Cancer Society, 2000 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, 37203.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.

Jeffrey "Scott" Kidwell, 43

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Kidwell, 43, of Watertown.
An employee of O'Reilly Auto Parts, he died Aug. 15, 2011 at the home of his parents in Watertown.
A 1986 graduate of Watertown High, he attended Volunteer State Community College and was a member of the Watertown First Presbyterian Church.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 12 Noon until the funeral.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Tim Diffenderfer. Burial will follow at the Jones Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include: children Kailob Hunter Brinley and Kolbee James Kidwell; parents James F. and Martha Kidwell of Watertown; brother Jim (Nan) Kidwell of Lebanon; Debbie (Rick) Martin and Beth (Wayne) Reeder -- all of Watertown.
Also surviving are nieces and nephews: Lauren (Dusty) Haskins, Gina and Brant Martin; Sarah, Hannah and Madi Reeder; and great niece Harper Haskins.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.

Lula Mae Hersey, 76

LEBANON -- A memorial service has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Hersey, 76, of Lebanon.
Mrs. Hersey passed away on Aug. 15, 2011.
Visitation with the family will be from 5 p.m. until the service.
Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars.
Survivors include: daughter Vallarie J. Hersey; son Harry Hersey; nieces Marie Jones, Hazel Neal, and Martha Saunder; nephews Joseph Jones and Steve Jones; son-in-law Harold L. Swartz; and five grandchildren.
She is preceded in death husband Jesse Hersey, mother Vallie Jones, father Elisha Jones, sisters Mabel, Alberta, Gussie, and Olivia and brothers Leroy and Louis.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Rowena Yoe, 82

MT. JULIET -- A memorial service for family and friends of Rowena Yoe will be held 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20 at the home of Christie Brewington, 3011 Cairns Drive West, Mt. Juliet.
Ms. Yoe, 82, of Mt. Juliet, passed away Aug. 14, 2011.
Survivors include: children James "Jimmy" (Robbie) Hamm, Jr., Virginia (Paul Vaughn) Pryor, Tina Hamm and Christie (Brent Trotter) Brewington; brothers Larry Powell and William Powell; grandchildren Kelsie Brewington, Bobby Pryor, Melissa, Kimberly and J. W.; seven great-grandchildren; as well as home nurse and special friend Gayle Schiffer.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.


General News

'Fair' weather helps smash attendance records

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- This summers heat wave tapered off just in time to allow folks to attend the Wilson County Fair in record numbers on three of the first four days of the 2011 run and with good weather in the forecast, fair officials expect attendance to continue to be higher than last year.

The first day of the Fair, Friday Aug. 12, brought in 51,302 people, a record for its opening day and an increase of 18,869 over 2010. The opening day record prior to this year was 41,102 back in 2004.

I believe three out of the four were records this year, said Hale Moss, president of Wilson County Promotions.

The 2011 Fair has also set attendance records on Sunday and Monday, with the most current attendance numbers going through Monday night. On Sunday, when temperatures were just right, attendance reached 73,576, more than doubling the attendance on the same Sunday in 2010.

I think toward later in the evening we had people who may have been looking for a jacket on Sunday, Moss said, referring to the cooler temperatures.

Moss pointed to the intense heat in 2010 that kept attendance down, which lead to a complete rain-out of the Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 18 last year. The fair closed that day for the first time in its history.

We had that front last year that brought in the rain, but to have this many days of this weather is incredible, Moss said.

He called the weather so far this year ideal fair weather and said theyve kept and eye on the forecast for the remainder of the week and said they look to be in good shape.

Monday night, country music star John Anderson performed at the Fair, which saw an increase in attendance over last year as well. That night, 31,401 people were in attendance, a record for the first Monday.

Moss said they filled the arena for John Anderson and the crowd was pretty comparable in size to last years Charlie Daniels concert.

Also on Tuesday, Wilson County Promotions announced that Robert L. Hodge and the late Charlie T. Bissinger were to be the co-recipients of the 2011 Mike Baker Friend and Supporter of the Fair Award.

Hodge was presented the award last night just prior to the Great Give-A-Way in the Outdoor Arena. This annual award recognizes business people in Wilson County who have gone above and beyond in their support of the Fair. It is given in memory of Mike Baker, longtime chairman of the Fairs Great Give-A-Way Committee.

Hodge, a U.S. Army Veteran, and his wife of 51 years, Virginia, have owned and operated Sunset Restaurant in Lebanon since 1967. Hodge is a member of the Lebanon Masonic Lodge #98 and over the years has sponsored many local youth programs in the county. Hodge and his wife have four children, 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Bissinger owned and operated Charlies Tire Store in Lebanon from 1968 until 1999. He was a Meals on Wheels volunteer at the Lebanon Senior Citizens Center and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

He was a volunteer and supporter of the American Red Cross and gave over 13 gallons of blood in his lifetime. He was married to Claudine Wilkerson Bissinger, had three children and five grandchildren. Charlie was born in Davidson County in 1943 and passed away on June 27, 2011.

Both Hodge and Bissinger supported the Wilson County Fair over the years as their businesses were devoted sponsors of the Great Give-A-Way. Both of these businesses were located on South Cumberland Street in Lebanon.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Fairest of the Fair crowned

Megan Hutto (2nd from left) was crowned Fairest of the Fair Monday night at the Wilson County Fair. Daughter of Randall and Paula Hutto, she's a junior at Lebanon High.

Megan is flanked by first runner-up Jena Lackey (left) and second runner-up Brandi Jo Allen. Far right is Miss Congeniality Lindsay Simmons. Photo provided by Peggy Clemons


General Sports

CU's Locante turns pro

Cumberland University's Will Locante agreed to terms with the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, ending his collegiate baseball career.

Locante, a lefthanded pitcher from Memphis, was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in June, the Bulldogs' highest draft choice since 2006.

Locante flew to Phoenix Tuesday morning for a physical examination and will be most likely assigned to a short-season rookie league team.

"The Diamondbacks are a great organization, full of awesome coaches and instructors," Locante said. "Without the support of my parents, my girlfriend, and many others this would've been a much more stressful couple of months".

Locante was named Honorable MentionAll-America by the NAIA after registering an 8-2 record with a 2.11 ERA in 81.0 innings of work. The lefty posted 118 strikeouts and a .179 opponent batting average in 13 starts with eightcomplete gamesand a pair of shutouts.

Locante ranked second in the country in strikeouts per nine innings (13.11) and third in total strikeouts as well as seventh in opponent batting average and eighth in hits allowed per nine innings (5.67). He was selected 334th overall and is the highest drafted player for the Cumberland program since Aaron Solomon was taken 321st in the 11th round by the Seattle Mariners in 2006.

Chris Smith in 2001 (1st round,Baltimore Orioles, seventh overall selection) is the highest drafted player in program history, while Bud Willis (4th round,Kansas City Royals, 72nd overall, 1986), Greg Strickland (11th round, Atlanta Braves, 352nd overall, 1997) and Solomon are the only other players taken in the Top 11 rounds.

Luis Martinez (12th round,San Diego Padres, 387th overall, 2007) and Lance McClain (12th round,Boston Red Sox, 382nd overall, 2008) were the last Bulldog players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

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