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James Brownie Oliver, 69

LEBANON -- Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Oliver, 69, of Lebanon.
Mr. Oliver was a member of Hurricane Baptist Church and a 32 year retired employee with TRW / Ross Gear died at his residence Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011.
Visitation will be held Thursday between the hours of 3-8 p.m. and 11 a.m. Friday from 11 a.m. until funeral services.
Rev. Kenneth Trammel will officiate the services. Interment will follow Hurricane Cemetery.
Survivors include: Jeffrey B. (Regina) Oliver of Smith County, Kevin (Bonnie) Oliver of Lebanon and Todd (Jenifer) Oliver -- all of Lebanon; sisters Juanita (Charles) Jackson of Hartsville and Linda Jean(Roy) Barrett of Lebanon; grandchildren Justin, Jessica, Parker, Darian, Josh, Chasity, Courtney, Luke, Allison and Cameron; great granddaughter Lily.
He is preceded in death by his parents Johnny and Sylvia Oliver; wife Nellie Sue Oliver.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in memory of Mr. Oliver to the Hurricane Cemetery Fund.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Jonathan Michael Grace, 60

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 4 at Wilson County Funeral Home for Mr. Grace, 60, of Lebanon.
Known as "Simply Amazin'" by his friends, the US Navy veteran died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at his residence.
Services were conducted by Brother Mark Rager. Interment was in Wilson County Memorial Park.
Survivors include: wife Betty Earlene Garrett Grace; mother Anna Catherine Kidd Grace; daughter Melissa (Joseph) Smithson; stepson Jeff (Angie) Blythe; stepdaughter Tammy Heath; grandchildren Noah and Nathan Smithson, Justin Hawkins, Hannah and Jacob Malone and Cody Blythe; four great-grandchildren; brothers Roger Grace, Robert Johnson and James Allen; sisters Jenny Johnson, Lou Shipley, Sue Donaldson and Laura Grace; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by father Michael Frances Grace and sister Courtnay Grace Watts.
Wilson County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Michael Henry Sr.

CARTHAGE -- Mr. Henry, 60, of the Pleasant Shade Community, died Saturday morning, Oct. 1, 2011 in Wilson County.
He is survived by: children Tina Henry and Mike Henry Jr. -- both of Lebanon; siblings Bessie (Bobby) Harper of Nashville, Ruth McDonald of South Carthage, Kenneth (Barbara) Henry of Nashville, Larry (Mitchie) Henry of Okinawa, Japan, Barbara (James) Denning of Madison, Troy Henry of South Carthage, Carolyn (Anthony) Bishop of Morrison, Roger Henry of Madison, Deborah (Tracy) Cook of Murfreesboro; and three grandchildren.
Graveside service and interment will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Davis Cemetery at Russell Hill.
The family will receive friends at the Davis Cemetery on Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. until service time.
Arrangements by the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home.

Ray England, 72

OLD HICKORY -- Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 at Hermitage Funeral Home Chapel for Mr. England, 72, of Mt. Juliet.
A member of First Baptist Church of Old Hickory and a U.S. Army veteran, Mr. England passed away Monday, Oct. 3, 2011.
Visitation with the family will be held between the hours of 2-3 p.m. Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Chuck Groover. Interment will follow in Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his wife Annie England; son James (Jennifer) England; step-daughter Manette (Scott) Taylor; six grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
Condolences may be offered at
Arrangements by Hermitage Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens.

Richard E. Hearn

LEBANON -- Funeral servicec are incomplete at this time for Mr. Hearn, of Lebanon.
He died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2011.
October 3, 2011, of Lebanon.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of JC Hellum Funeral Home.

Syreeta Devlon Keeley, 30

LEBANON -- Mrs. Keeley, age 30, died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Her remains will lie in state Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 from 1-2 p.m. with funeral to follow at Heavens View Baptist Church, 310 Coles Ferry Pike.
Bishop Belita McMurray Fite will be the eulogist.
Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: husband Andrew Keeley; daughter Arianna Seay; parents John T. and Jennifer Seay; two brothers, a sister as well as many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services are in the care of JC Hellum Funeral Home.


General News

Council nods budget on 2nd reading, Project Tango grants

The Wilson Post
Two readings down and one to go for the citys 2011-2012 fiscal year budget as Lebanon City Council approved on second reading a budget proposal with amendments at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

The budget passed 4-2 with Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino and Ward 5 Councilor Haywood Barry voting against the budget that has been described as status quo from last year.

Added onto the budget was a proposal by Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler to give all full-time city employees who have been employed for one year or more a $300 bonus. Only Cesternino voted against that amendment.

For the last four years we havent been able to get them anything, Buhler said of the city employees.

Cesternino and Barry have been opposed to a budget that does not raise city revenues through tax increases or fees to help fund city services.

The council must have a public hearing before the budget can be approved on a third and final reading.

Also during the meeting, the council approved two fast-track grants from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation related to Project Tango.

Officials have said Project Tango is a single, domestic company that could have two locations in Lebanon that could also bring up to 1,700 jobs. The company is looking at sites in other counties in Middle Tennessee as well.

The first grant with TDEC is through the Infrastructure Development Program to provide matching grants for infrastructure improvements in anticipation for Project Tangos locating here.

The second with TDOT is through the State Industrial Access Program for roadway improvements that could be needed to accommodate the company. No other information about a possible location or the identity of the company was released.

Were trying to get as much of the up-front work done as we can, said Chuck Boyett, city engineer. We know were on the short list. We want to be ready when they say go.

The council also unanimously passed during the meeting an ordinance to install street lights on South Hartmann Drive from Interstate 40 to West Main Street. Jeff Baines, commissioner of Public Works, said the work was budget neutral and all would be reimbursed by TDOT funds.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

New ice hockey team planned for proposed events center

The Wilson Post
A representative of the Central Hockey League indicated they are committed to placing a new minor league hockey team in Lebanon during Mayor Philip Craigheads presentation of a proposed entertainment district and events center on Wednesday.

Rick Kozuback, president and CEO of Global Entertainment Corporation, owners of the CHL, said the company is planning to create a new hockey team to fill the 4,500 seat events center within the Cumberland Center entertainment district.

We believe wholeheartedly that the community will support it, Kozuback said of the hockey team.

Craighead had previously shown plans to establish a 700-plus acre entertainment district in Lebanon on Tuesday at a meeting of the Noon Rotary Club. There, the mayor informed the club that ice hockey would be a central magnet of the district.

On Wednesday, many attendees filled a screen room at the Roxy Theater to hear the mayors official announcement, as well as hear from the developers, Vastland Realty and Kozuback.

The image of Wilson County and Lebanon will be changed forever, Craighead said on Wednesday.

Kozuback said the CHL has been around for 20 years and has 14 teams currently playing hockey in nine states, with two teams being inactive. After the presentation, he told The Wilson Post that bringing a team to Lebanon would involve the creation of the leagues 15th active team.

The CHL is considered double-A hockey, with players ranging in the 20 to 25 years old bracket and trying to make it into the National Hockey League.

In creating a new team in Lebanon, Kozuback said the first thing the league has to secure is an ownership group for the team. He told The Post they were in close negotiations with a group that was interested in owning the team.

Were very close to having that deal done, Kozuback said of ownership negotiations. When asked if the party interested in owning the new team was a local group, Kozuback said, You could call them local.

He would not elaborate if the group was a company, a collection of individuals or a professional sports team.

Sources close to the planning of the entertainment district had previously indicated there were negotiations with the Nashville Predators about owning the minor league team.

Jeff Cogen, CEO of the Predators, was present at the announcement and said the organization was fully supportive of hockey in Lebanon. Cogen said he has personally known Kozuback for more than 20 years and said the CHL brings a quality of life to communities where their hockey teams are located.

Our ownership group, we are firmly behind this initiative, Cogen said during the presentation.
Afterward, Cogen told The Post that the Predators ownership group is enthusiastic about the possibility of minor league hockey being located so close to their own team.

He would not elaborate on the extent of the Predators involvement in the process to start a new CHL team here, but did say they will support anything that brings hockey to Lebanon.
Were looking for any opportunity to make this a success, Cogen said. If theres going to be hockey 30 miles from our front door, were going to be supportive.

In 2005, former Lebanon Mayor Don Fox proposed bringing a minor league hockey team to Lebanon, and Kozuback said he was involved in those efforts at that time as well.

During that effort, Kozuback said the group interested in owning the hockey team was out-of-state and confirmed the group negotiating currently to own the team is local.

Phase I of plans for the Cumberland Center include a 200,000 square foot retail space with the first tenant being RCC Western Wear based out of Rapid City, S.D. The retail company purchased 13,500 square feet and plans to begin construction in spring 2012.

The Cumberland Center concept still requires the approval of the Lebanon City Council and two-thirds of the Wilson County Commission.

Beyond that, the Tennessee General Assembly has to approve the creation of the entertainment district and Entertainment District Authority, a board that will collect and utilize property and sales taxes within the district to further develop the area.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

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