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Showing 12 articles from November 22, 2011.


Bernice Mable Bonnie Cronk, 88

Mrs. Cronk died Monday, Nov. 21, 2011.
Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 at Mt. Juliet Church of Christ, 1940 N. Mt. Juliet Rd.
Interment will be at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet, is in charge of arrangements.

Bobby Coleman Stone. 76

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Nov. 20, 2011, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Stone, 76, of Lebanon. Interment will follow at the Dixon Springs Cemetery.
He died Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at his home.
Lebanons Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Donald Morse, 69

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 at the Commerce Cumberland Presbyterian Church for Mr. Morse, 69, of Watertown.
He died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 at his residence.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Elsie Jennie Thomason, 86

Services for Mrs. Thomason, 86, were held Monday afternoon, Nov. 21 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. She died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at NHC Healthcare, Murfreesboro.
Interment followed in Jones Hill Cemetery.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lavern W. Haynes, 86

Mr. Haynes, 86, of Lebanon died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 at the Veterans Adminstration Hospital in Murfreesboro. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the US Marines.
Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. Sat., Nov. 26 in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

LHS legend Don Franklin passes away at age 75

Funeral services were held Saturday morning, Nov. 26 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Don Franklin, 75, of Watertown.

Considered to have been one of the greatest football players in the history of Lebanon High School, Mr. Franklin died Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 at University Medical following an extended illness.

A retired teacher and coach, Mr. Franklin served in several elected positions in Lebanon and Wilson County including: eight years on the Lebanon City Council, eight years on the Wilson County Board of Education and was elected to the Wilson County Commission -- representing District 7.

A member of the College Hills Church of Christ, Mr. Franklin was on the board of Directors at Liberty State Bank, was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner.

A stellar two-way lineman at Lebanon under the late Joe G. Atkinson, Franklin was beloved by his teammates and known as "Fat Rabbit". He was a 1954 graduate of LHS where he was named 1st Team All Mid-State in football.

He was a 1959 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where he also received his Masters degree and was named 1st Team All-OVC defensive tackle in 1958.

Franklin taught at Castle Heights Military Academy for 15 years and at Watertown High School for 15 years, coaching football most of his teaching career. He also worked for TRW / Ross Gear for nine years in management.

In 2007 he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame and in 2008 was recognized as a Golden Raider at MTSU.

Services were conducted by Dr. Larry Locke, Bro. Kevin Owen, and Bro. Jim Andrews. Interment followed at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife of 52 years Georgia Franklin; children Benjamin Don (Ruth) Franklin Jr. of Lebanon, Jeffrey Wendell (Sherry) Franklin of Cookville, Jennifer Kay (Richard) Winfree of Lancaster and Comer Anderson Andy (Monica) Franklin of Lebanon.

Also surviving is brother Jerry (Thersa) Franklin of Lebanon; grandchildren Rachel Emily Franklin, Benjamin Jacob Franklin, Ashley Lynn Franklin, Melissa Anderson Franklin and Brooke Azilee Bowen; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Franklin is preceded in death by parents Comer and Milbra Franklin; brother Holland Franklin; sisters Jo Emily Turner and Delores Crunk.

Active pallbearers: Benjamin Don Franklin Jr., Jeffery Wendell Franklin, Comer Anderson Andy Franklin, Benjamin Jacob Franklin, James Vaden and Richard Winfree.

Honorary: Jim Andrews Life Group at College Hills Church of Christ, Mr. Franklins former Watertown High School and Castle Heights Military Academy football players and his Lebanon High School and MTSU football teammates.

Please make memorial donations to the Lebanon High Blue Devil Booster Club, P.O. Box 253, Lebanon, 37088-0253.

Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Sarah Elizabeth Jane Smith, 80

A celebration of life was held Monday afternoon, Nov. 21 at the Partlow Chapel for Ms. Smith, 80, of Lebanon. A private graveside service followed.
She died Friday Nov. 18, 2011 at the University Medical Center.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.


Telling Tales

Happy Anniversary!
My husband and I have been married 17 years! Truly amazinggiven we are complete opposites.

Im the type who never puts the cap back on the toothpaste, wipes the fog off my window shield with my hand, the only place I ever show up on time is court and thats because jail scares me, and believe letting my kids eat cake for breakfast makes me the best Mom in the world!

My husband, on the other hand well, lets say is a little more rule-oriented.

I recently found out he has folders at his office with all our childrens names on them, and in them places their extracurricular schedules, their grades and all the print outs their teachers send us. (I call them the when I divorce Angel I am so going to win custody files.) He shows up for everything exactly on time, remembers everybodys name, and his side of the closet looks like a picture out of a Brooks Brothers catalogue with everything perfectly lined up and color-coordinated.


Wilson Living

Wilson Living Today, November 23, 2011
WOW! We just finished counting and it looks like more than 6,000 shoppers came out to visit the 3rd Annual Wilson Living MagazineHoliday Expo! This was a fabulous event and we plan to make it better every year. We had some exciting additions to this years expo and they were a HUGE success.

The 1st ever Pre-Opening Gala brought out more than 900 shoppers to beat the crowds on Friday and Saturday, sample delicious food provided by Publix and The Bull and Whistle. Wed like to thank all of you for making the gala a success. Wed also like to inform you that the Gala is here to stay! We cant wait to do it again next year.

We also made special arrangements with Santa Claus to have breakfast with some very lucky little boys and girls. This was another home run addition to the expo. Money raised from the breakfast will benefit the Airborne Travel Volleyball Team in Wilson County. These young ladies worked hard for the money that will benefit their (hopefully winning) season. The whole team arrived at 6:30 a.m. to begin preparations for the gourmet breakfast. We were very impressed with the team and their parents for giving 100 percent. Congrats to the team, and please keep us updated on how the season goes!

Wilson Living would like to recognize Swag Bag sponsors: Nave Dental Studio, The Crystal Couture and Farm Bureau Insurance graciously sponsored these reusable shopping bags. Inside the bags shoppers found valuable gift certificates for everything from dental services to a free appetizer from Demos. If you were one of the lucky shoppers who snagged one, make sure you use those special offers.

Wed also like to thank our event sponsors because we couldnt have done it without them: University Medical Center, The Wilson Post, 98 WSIX, The Mill at Lebanon, Party Providers, Wilson Bank and Trust, 98.9 WANT-FM, Printastik and Trees of the Hall by Cumberland University.

We do have some exciting news for next year. We have more than 30 vendors who will be returning to the 2012 expo! If you missed it this year, make your reservation now. If youd like to see photos from this years expo visit or our facebook fan page.

Until next time, eat lots of turkey! And keep reading!



Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - November 23, 2011

Im sure many of you have special bird seed treats you like to put out or make. And I know you have all battled squirrels at one time or another! I hope you are gleaming a little bit of useful information from recent articles. My neighbor, Bill, makes a special suet cake he puts out in the winter. It always draws a crowd. However, he does not enjoy the squirrels that make short work of his cakesso he shoots blanks from his back porch to scare them off. My kids holler when they hear the shots, Mr. Bills got squirrels again!

One type of bird is particularly fond of his suet cakes: the woodpeckers. Both of our yards are frequented by Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and Downy Woodpeckers. The Red-bellied and Downy are daily visitors especially in the winter when we put out suet and peanut butter! Bill has also seen Pileated on several occasions in our neighborhood. One time last year he spied one on an old stump in our yard and tried to call to let me know I needed to look out the window. Unfortunately, I missed his call but we had been wondering what was turning the stump into mulch and he solved the mystery.

Growing up I was never around mature trees, so woodpeckers were a bird I was not familiar with until my husband and I moved to Tennessee from Indiana. We bought a house with more than 30 mature trees, and I was immediately rewarded with woodpeckers. They not only enjoyed my regular feeders, but the Downys enjoyed my humming bird feeders and taught their cute youngsters to drink from them in the summer months.Woodpeckers are amazing creatures! They have elongated sticky tongues they use as a tool to remove insects from the holes they drill or to lick up sap. Unlike other birds that have three toes pointing forward and one back, most woodpeckers have two pointing forward and two pointing back to help them balance. They also have stiffer tail feathers which help support them on vertical services. However, what amazes me most is that they can hammer an estimated 8,000 to 12,000 times a day! Can you imagine the massive headache most of us would have if we slammed our heads into something hard that many times in a single day? Yet they are designed to handle this action with no side effects!


"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

My Bid for November 23, 2011

11-23-11 Wilson Post My Bid

Vanderbilt travels to North Carolina where it will play Wake Forest.

Tennessee will travel to Kentucky where it will meet the Big Blues football team.

If Vanderbilt and Tennessee win their games, both teams will be bowl eligible with the minimum requirement of six victories.

That only goes to further prove there are far too many bowl games in college football.

The Tennessee-Vanderbilt game was filled with bad play, and even worse officiating. Both coaches were doing their best Saint Vitus dance impersonations on the sidelines.

Did anyone expect anything different? You had Tennessee entering the game 5-6, looking for its first win in SEC play. You had a 5-5 Vanderbilt team that beat SEC bottom feeders Ole Miss and Kentucky.

You now have two SEC teams who have to win their final game of the season to become bowl eligible. That would mean they won half their games, lost the other half.

The teams Vanderbilt beat have a combined record of 18-36, with FCS school Elon having the best record of 5-6. Vanderbilt plays Wake Forest having lost six of its last eight games.

Tennessee has been outscored 212-85 in conference games. The Vols won their first SEC game Saturday, beating Vanderbilt in overtime.

After escaping in overtime, Vols Coach Derek Dooley turned a non-word into a verb when he said: We just gritted out a win.

Vanderbilt left Neyland Stadium feeling they gave the game away. In many ways, they are correct.

Place-kicker Ryan Fowler misfired on two short range field goals. Quarterback Jordan Rodgers had his worst game since moving into the starting role, throwing three interceptions and fumbling away the ball that led to Tennessees first touchdown.

They managed to turn a 72-yard pass that put the ball on Tennessees one-yard line into an 85-yard penalty, thanks to the knucklehead play of Josh Jelesky. The offensive lineman committed a blatant clipping penalty half a field away from the play. Jelesky is a junior who should know better by now. It makes me doubt that all Vanderbilt football players are rocket scientists.

Tennessee had its share of gaffes. Their field goal kicker hit his only attempt so low it flew under the radar at McGhee-Tyson airport, nearly decapitating a lineman or two.

Quarterback Tyler Bray was not as sharp as he was before breaking a thumb. This was his first time back and the rust was apparent.

Even the coaches set the stage for next season as James Franklin took exception to what leaked out of Tennessees locker room in the form of Dooley telling his team that they were Tennessee and Tennessee always beats the (expletive) out of Vanderbilt.

Franklin took his turn during Mondays press conference to respond.

Thats a wound that Ill leave open, Franklin declared. I wont forget it.

Thems fighting words, way I figure it.

Emotions were high. Sure, Tennessee players celebrated as Franklin pointed out, like they won the Super Bowl. Why not? They had been kicked around much of the season, losing three of their SEC games to teams ranked 1-2-3 in the BCS standings.

Emotions were high for Franklin after his team beat Ole Miss earlier in the season. He wiped away tears in the post-game press conference. Nothing wrong with what either coach did.

Its college football. Its why unranked Iowa State upset then No. 2 ranked Oklahoma State last Friday night.

In the SEC, every team better drain its passion bucket every Saturday or they will be the team that walks off a loser.

Contact Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at


General News


WEATHER ALERT -- From the Wilson Emergency Management Agency -- There is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms for all of Middle Tennessee...mainly between 12 Noon and 7 p.m. Numerous showers and thunderstorms will cross the area through the day. The greatest severe weather potential will occur with a line of thunderstorms that will develop ahead of a strong cold front. Damaging windswill be the main concern. Isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out. Hail and heavy downpours may also occur.

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