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Betty Lafever Wiser, 79

Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Wiser, 79, of Lebanon.
She passed away Sunday, January 15, 2012, at Quality Care Nursing Home.
Interment will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Blanton Cemetery in Coffee County.
Lebanons Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Brenda Illobre, 66

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20 at the Wilson County Funeral Home for mrs. Illobre, 66, of Lebanon.
She died Jan. 11, 2012.
Interment will follow the service at Wilson County Memorial Park.
Wilson County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ellen Vivrett Bradshaw Arb, 87

Mrs. Arb, 87, of Mt. Juliet died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012.
Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon, Jan. 16 at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn Halloween Jo Howard, 86

Mrs. Howard, 86, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Interment will follow in the Hurricane Cemetery.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Jeraldine Bostelman, 86

Mrs. Bostelman, 86, of Gallatin died Jan. 13, 2012.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 16 at 11 am at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet. Interment followed the service at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Larry Shaffer, 58

Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Neal Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg for Larry D. Shaffer, 58, of Mt. Juliet.

A professional bass angler and a native of Lawrence County, he died Monday, Jan. 16, 2011 at his Wilson County home following an extended illness.

Services will be conducted by Brother Colin Leighton. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Lawrence County.

Survivors include: wife Emily Shaffer of Mt. Juliet and cousin Ray Shaffer of Lawrenceburg.

Neal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Loyd Brandon Brashears, 80

Funeral services for Mr. Brashears, 80, of Watertown were held Saturday afternoon, Jan. 14 at the Hunter Funeral Home.
Mr. Brashears died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 at his home.
Interment was at Jones Hill Cemetery in Watertown.
Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie Jean Chandley George Brown, 89

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 at Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Lane, Mt. Juliet, for Mrs. Brown, 89, of Mt. Juliet.
She died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.
Interment will be at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Reavis T. Pendergrass, 62

Mr. Pendergrass, 62, of Mt. Juliet died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Rose Davis Dillon, 73

Funeral services for Mrs. Rose Davis Dillon are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Bro. Donald Owens officiating.

Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held Wednesday 2-8 p.m. and Thursday after 11 a.m. at Ligon & Bobo.

Mrs. Dillon, age 73 of Lebanon, passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.

Born May 25, 1938, in Ohley, West Virginia, she is the daughter of the late Silas Buster and Luvell Bell Carte Davis. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of over 44 years, James Lowery Jimmy Dillon on June 20, 2004; daughter, Kim Dillon Frankenfield; two sisters, Beverly Davis and Jennie Bryant; and a brother, John Davis.

She is survived by two sons, Danny (Tammy) Dillon and Richard Dillon all of Lebanon; eight grandchildren, Nicholas, Jason, Adam, Miles, Lucas, Austin, Lyric and Harmony Dillon; five great grandchildren, Layla, Bella, Morgan, Keaton and John Dillon; seven sisters, Janet McPhale of East Bank, WV; Kay Jeffries of Charleston, WV; Charlotte Robinson of Lebanon; Gloria Lawrence of Bluefield, WV; Pat Davis of Winchester, VA; Ada Kenney of Ohley, WV; and Phyllis Caldwell of Winchester, VA.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Carroll Oakland Elementary School.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Howe Morrison, 89

Mrs. Morrison, 89, of Mt. Juliet died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.
Funeral services will be held at the Hutchins Funeral Home in Portland, ME.
Local arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.


Ask Ken Beck

Hell on Wheels star Anson Mount a Tennessee boy

Dear Ken: What can you tell me about Anson Mount, who stars in the new AMC western series Hell on Wheels?

That is Anson Mount IV, 38, who was born in White Bluff, Tenn., and graduated from Dickson County High School, playing Cullen Bohannan on the series about building a new railroad across the West. The actors father was an original contributing editor to Playboy and his mom was a pro golfer. Mount IV graduated from the University of the South: Sewanee before earning a masters degree in acting at Columbia University. His TV credits include Third Watch, Line of Fire, The Mountain and Conviction. He worked in the movies Crossroads, City by the Sea and Straw Dogs and stars in April in the thriller Safe. Before Hell on Wheels, he played a lot of clean-cut characters, something he grew tired of. I was bored. And I just decided to start going for roles that I wanted to play, not the ones they wanted to see me in. I moved back to New York and let my hair grow out a little bit. I was pursuing my interest in acting instead of what other people wanted me to do, said Mount, whose great-great-great grandfather was a Confederate cavalry colonel in the Civil War.


General Lifestyle

Ask Anne: apostrophe abusing yard signs

I know you just wrote about using apostrophes, [Ask Anne, The Wilson Post, January 4, 2012] but please tell us which of these neighborhood signs is correct. Thank you. The Jones (family name is Jones); The Browns; The Hasners

- Oh, Where Is the Neighborhood Headed?

Oh, Im glad to share with you, QP of T, (Question Person of Today) after I disguised the names to protect the innocent like you, that what Im guessing could be your neighborhood is having trouble heading anywhere. Its rather too bogged in error. Youve only one on your list that passes muster (The Hasners).

Celebrating Tennessee State Parks 75th Anniversary and Stepping Into 2012
Tennessee State Parks are celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year and will be hosting a number of events at each Park from Roane Mountain in East Tennessee to Meeman Shelby in West Tennessee throughout the year.

To kick off the celebrations and the New Year, each state park hosted a "Steppin' Into 2012" Hike on either Jan. 1 or Jan. 2, 2012. Although there were cold winds blowing and a dramatic drop in temperature on Jan. 2, a total of 28 hikers braved the chill for the first organized hike of the year to be held at Long Hunter State Park.

Welcome to Lebanon, U.S.A.
Lebanon, Tenn., ranks as the largest-populated city of Lebanon in the United States with 26,190 residents. There are more than 30 other towns, communities or places named Lebanon across the country. Would you believe that 165,892 Americans claim Lebanon as their hometown?

That number, give or take a few hundred, is the accumulative population of the 20 largest towns in the United States that wear the name of Lebanon.

And good old Lebanon, Tenn., ranks atop that list with the largest population of 26,190 residents.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - January 18, 2011

Another week has come and gone. I have plans to visit our Bird Guru, Ray, this week and see how he is doing. I also hope to help him type up some articles.

I greatly look forward to his articles and know all of you feel the same. It will be wonderful when he is back to normal and able to do his articles on a regular basis I know my articles lack a lot of the colorful stories and helpful insight that his contain. Plus he is a social bug and loves to talk about all the people he runs into around town, which is fun to read. I, however, live in Mt. Juliet and spend most of my time around an elementary schoolnot near as exciting! My two young children provide me little time to socialize as Ray likes to do.


"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Fisher goes to the Rams

In somewhat of a rare departure in this era of take the money and run, former Titans football coach Jeff Fisher chose the fit over fortune.

In taking the St. Louis Rams offer, Fisher may have left some money on the table in Miami. He may have missed out on scenic sunsets and warm winters, but Fisher made the right choice.

You take a legal pad, draw a line down the middle and put the pluses and minuses down for both teams and St. Louis, downtrodden as it has been since 2007 (15-65), comes out on top.



Community Calendar, January 18 - 25

If you suffer from addiction/dysfunctional behaviors (hurts/hang-ups/habits) and would like a safe place to meet with others like you sharing your struggles, strengths and hope with one another to grow closer to God and others, then you are invited to Fairview Church, 1660 Leeville Pike, Lebanon, from 6:30 until 8 p.m., Thursdays. For information, call Sonny at 707-0305 or email

Telephone Pioneers of America has Volume Number 1 and Volume Number 3 cookbooks for sale. All sales benefit the Pioneer Museum in Fiddlers Grove at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. For information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.

Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce at 149 Public Square in 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.

Lebanon Friendship AL-ANON and ALATEEN Family Groups, for family and friends of alcoholics which meets at Our House at 115 North Greenwood Street, is changing the time of meetings to 7 p.m., Sundays and Thursdays, effective Jan. 1, 2012. Contacts are Harriet at 444-2852 and Lynda at 444-8434.

HomeSafe Womens Support Group meets Wednesday evenings. For information, or if you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.

Piecemakers Quilt Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at First United Methodist Church. The Knitting and Prayer Shawl Ministry meets every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Craft Room of the Family Life Center, and Sit n Stitchers meet every Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Craft Room. For more information, call 443-2354 or 444-1182.

Wilson County Landfill will be closed on Saturdays in January and February.

Wilson County Republican Party will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, at WCRP Headquarters at 500 South Cumberland Street at Kevins Automotive in Lebanon (behind 231 Car Sales). Guest speaker will be Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead who will discuss the proposed Cumberland Center. WCRP will also finalize its calendar for the 2012 campaign season. For information, contact Kevin Foushee, chairman, at 444-5732 or visit

Fiddlers Grove Woodcarvers will meet Saturday, Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. in the Town Hall in Fiddlers Grove. For further information, contact Ron Blakely at 715-9337. Everyone is invited to attend.

will meet at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, at McKendree Towers at 4347 Lebanon Road, Hermitage. Women who can prove lineage to a Revolutionary War patriot are invited to attend. For information, visit or contact

Open Table, a ministry of First United Methodist Church, will serve a meal without charge to any person in the community who can benefit form a hot meal and fellowship at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15. It will be in the Family Life Center located on the church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon, across from the Library. Signs will be posted, toilet facilities will be available and you will be made welcome.

will host its annual Winter Gathering from 1 until 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Tennessee Livestock Center in Murfreesboro. Greyhounds, their adopters and people interested in adopting retired racers are welcome. Admission is $2 per dog plus $5 per person or $15 per family. A Fun Run for dogs will be at 3 p.m., and there will be games and open playtime in the enclosed livestock ring. For people, there will be a silent auction, food and shopping with vendors offering dog-related merchandise. Proceeds will help cover the cost of vetting senior greyhounds that come up for adoption and to provide incentives to the adopters of older dogs. For information, visit or contact Mardy Fones at 297-2033 or at

Wilson County Commissions Back Tax Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Conference Room 1, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

Lebanon City Council will meet in regular session at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights. Prior to the meeting, council will have a work session at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the State Revolving Loan for new concrete clearwell tanks at the Water Treatment Plant.

Wilson County AARP Chapter #5023 will meet at Hearthside Community at 215 N. Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon, at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17. Guest speaker will be attorney David Foutch who will give information on Wills, Durable Power of Attorney and all the facts regarding Tennessee laws and procedures on setting up papers in case of bad health or death.

Wilson County Beekeepers will be hosting a three-day beginners beekeeping class Jan. 17-19 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. Space is limited. The cost is $25 per person and $45 per couple. Contact Petra Mitchell at 286-2529 for questions or to reserve your seat.

Sergeant Harold Cooley Benefit Shoot, presented by Lebanon Police Department and The Gun Room, will be from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, at The Gun Room, 705 Briskin Lane, Lebanon. Entry fee is $35, and you must fill out an entry form. Fee includes target, but you must bring your own ammo. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded. Proceeds benefit Cooley, a Trousdale County Sheriffs Department officer who was shot in the line of duty in December 2011. Monetary donations will be accepted, also. For information, call LPD Lt Michael VanHook at 453-4317.

Lebanon Beer Board will meet at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, to consider the applications of Quick and Easy (Gameel Mesad) d/b/a Quick and Easy located at 313 South Cumberland Street, for off the premises consumption, and Arora Inc. (Jatinder Kumar) d/b/a AM Express Mart located at 404 South Cumberland Street, for off the premises consumption.

Weve Got You Covered Winter Warm-Up, sponsored by Centennial Pediatrics, will be from 1 until 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, at the office at 115 Winwood Drive, Suite 105, Lebanon. Join everyone for an afternoon of fun, fitness, family education and food for all ages. For information, call 453-4128 or visit

Wilson County Board of Education will have a work session at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon, to discuss the use of the old Lebanon High School property, memorandum of agreement with Cumberland University and funding of capital projects.

Monthly Parent Pantry Give-away will be Saturday, Jan. 21. The give-away this month includes diapers, wipes, towels, washcloths and laundry detergent. Call Ivys Hope Resource Center at 449-7001 to reserve your spot and to provide diaper size.

Wilson County Tea Party will hold its January Meeting and Bean Supper on Monday, Jan. 23, at Powell Grove Church of Christ (corner of Lebanon Road and Powell Grove Road, about 1 mile east of Highway 109). Bean Supper will be from 5:30 until 6:45 p.m. Cost is $5. Meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the church auditorium. Speaker will be David Fowler, president Family Action Council of Tennessee.

Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County Board of Directors will meet at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.

Wilson County Right to Life will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, at First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet. For information, call Trecia Dillingham at 443-5458.

Wilson County Industrial Development Bond Board will meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Joint Economic & Community Development Board office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.

PHOEBE Ministries, an outreach of widows reaching widows, will host a Minor Home Improvement Workshop at The Rock at First Baptist Church, Lebanon, at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28. The program will be conducted by Lowes. All widows are invited to attend. Bring a recipe to share in the PHOEBE cookbook.

Wilson County Democratic Party Social will be from 5 until 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, in the East/West Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds. There will be a Chili Cookoff and a live and a silent auction. Tickets are $10 each. For information, call 444-3838.

will meet in regular session at 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon. All items to be considered for the agenda must be emailed to Rose Ratagick at

, an event to benefit the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, at Cooks United Methodist Church, 7919 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. There will be dining and dancing with entertainment by The Bonna Brothers and a live and silent auction. Ticket prices for corporate or business tables of eight are $300, for individuals are $40 per person and for individual MJSC members are $25 per person. For information, call 758-9114 or email

To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, Tenn. 37087, or e-mail them to Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.


General News

Anonymous donation means new Community Center for CU
Artist's rendering of the proposed community center

Thanks to an anonymous individual, Cumberland University will be well on its way to constructing a new Community Center and Caf on campus after receiving a $500,000 donation earlier this week.

This is an incredibly generous donation that will continue the transformation of our beautiful campus and serve Cumberlands students, faculty and staff for years to come, said Dr. Harvill Eaton, president of the university.

Cold front headed this way

A strong cold front will move across Middle Tennessee this afternoon...with numerous showers and thunderstorms occurring throughout the day.

A few storms could become strong along and southwest of the I-24 corridor...with gusty winds the main threat.

Rain showers may mix with or changeover to snow showers on the Cumberland Plateau this evening before precipitation comes to an end. No snow accumulation is expected.

Redistricting hits Wilson County

Two possible would-be candidates to face State Rep. Mark Pody in his reelection bid for the 46th District House seat have been eliminated with what may be termed the stroke of a pen.

The State House of Representatives approved on Thursday House Bill 1555, which creates the altered districts by a vote of 67 for and 25 against; three representatives were present and did not vote.

Wilson Chamber tops 1,000 members
A membership drive by the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce has brought in 305 new members, bringing the chambers membership to more than 1,100 businesses, making it the third largest in Middle Tennessee.

Our goal was to have over 1,000 members and we exceeded that goal. We also had a goal to raise $60,000 and weve also exceeded that goal, said Chamber President and CEO Sue Vanatta.

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