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Showing 7 articles from February 24, 2012.

Guest Column

IRS has $16.1 million for Tennesseans who have not filed '08 income tax return

Refunds totaling $16,130,000 may be waiting for about 18,400 Tennesseans who did not file a federal income tax return for 2008, the Internal Revenue Service announces.

Nationwide, the IRS has over $1 billion for about 1 million people who haven't filed for 2008 yet.

To collect the money, a return for 2008 must be filed with the IRS no later than Tuesday, April 17. There is no penalty for filing a late return qualifying for a refund.

Mayor Craighead details thoughts behind sales tax increase

City of Lebanon

With growth comes responsibility.

Over the last decade our city has grown in size and in total population. Associated with this growth is a price tag which reflects the maintenance of our present level of services as well as increased services that are needed due to our continued growth.

For the last three years, I and members of the City Council have been consumed with discussions on how to balance a budget during a challenging economy that reflected large increases in cost for utilities, fuel and health insurance, while revenue receipts remained far below previous highs and unemployment rates soared over 10 percent.

Technology triumphs


It finally happened. Our computer went on the blink. The monitor wouldnt come on and we had to bite the bullet and get it fixed. Actually, we didnt really have to have a computer. There are still many homes without one, but after being wrapped up in the many facets of the technology it was as if we couldnt live without one. After all, what would the grandchildren do with nothing to play their games on.

We took the malfunctioning, now ancient, instrument (one 5 years old) to a local repair shop and was told that repairing it was not an option, since the technology had advanced so far beyond what we had that there would no longer be parts for it. My thoughts returned to the repairing my old 1953 Ford auto. If the fuel pump or something else went out I could always find a parts store for the replacement and even put it in myself.


General News

FCS Ultimate Tailgate Event to honor state champs, one of their own

The Wilson Post

When members of Friendship Christian School's football team gather next week with family and friends to celebrate a championship season, the celebration will embrace a theme about all that can be accomplished through teamwork.

Putting team above self got Friendship from a gritty hot training camp in August to its state championship victory in November.

Game after game Commanders' Coach John McNeal reminded his players that football is a team sport.

Today Friendship's state champions are clinging once again to the strength of teamwork and are pulling together for one of their own.

Just a few weeks ago following the season-ending championship game, a jubilant bunch of NFL wanabees, still enjoying their teen years, some still even without a driver's license, were brought from an all-time high to the realization that life can have its challenges.

Local fifth graders can tap MTEMCs Tree Wise program

Local school fifth grades can have a comprehensive tree care program delivered to their students beginning in late February.

Its a free service from Middle Tennessee Electric, and all it takes is a call to the cooperatives Community Relations Coordinator Cathy Mitchell.

Last year, we were able to visit 27 schools over a three-week period, Mithcell said.The curriculum includes classroom activities and discussions on how to transport, plant and care for trees. Students go home with a tree sapling to plant with their families as part of an after school project to let the children practice what they learned.

Through the program, MTEMC also stresses the importance of not planting trees under power lines.

Fifth-grade teachers in MTEMCs service area may contact Mitchell at 494-1065 to schedule their free program.

State Legislature establishes Tennessee Day of Prayer

An official Tennessee Day of Prayer would be established under legislation scheduled for consideration by the full House of Representatives on Thursday.

The bill, House Bill 2321, is sponsored by Rep. Mark Pody, R-Lebanon, and will align Tennessee on the calendar with the national Day of Prayer which, as designated by Congress, is the first Thursday in May. Tennessee would become the seventh state to establish an official day of prayer.

The National Day of Prayer was established by Congress in 1952, and in 1988 was set as the first Thursday in May.

Every year, Americans come together to pray for the well being of this great country, Pody said. Along those same lines, I believe it is appropriate for Tennesseans to come together, humble themselves, and intercede on behalf of our State.

Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, added, Tennesseans are a prayerful people and this legislation is consistent with the spirit of the principles on which our great State was founded.

The bill has already passed the Senate and now is on its way to the Governor to be signed into law.


General Sports

Wilson County sports in brief

Kiwanis Little League --

will hold alast chance registration and tryout for all ages Tuesday, February 28 at the College Hills Church of Christ Witt Family Life Center located at 1401 Leeville Pike in Lebanon. Tryouts on Tuesday night will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. For any questions concerning the Lebanon Kiwanis Little League program, call 615-878-0208.

Lebanon t-ball, coach pitch -- Signups for City of Lebanon t-ball and coach pitch will be held 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 3 at the Greer Building in Baird Park. Players must be 4 before April 30 of 2012 and cannot be 9 on that date. A copy of the childs birth certificate and a $40 registration fee must be brought at signup. Early registration is being accepted M-F at the Greer Building between the hours of 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Call Nancy Lee at 449-0303.

MJ baseball dinner / auction -- Mt. Juliet Highs baseball boosters will hold its 5th annual dinner / auction Monday, Feb. 27 at Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Lane. Former major league catcher and 8-time all-star Lance Parrish will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $35 per person and include a meal catered by Houstons. Both silent and live auctions will be held. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Call Bob Amity at 473-5091.

Lady Bears hitting clinic -- Mt. Juliet Lady Bears will hold a hitting clinic 9 a.m. - 12 Noon Saturday, March 3. Call 615-477-1034 for information.

Good Friday golf outing -- The Blue Devil Football Foundation will hold its annual Good Friday Golf Outing April 6 at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club. More details as they become available.

LHS baseball golf tourney -- The Lebanon High baseball program will hold a fundraising golf tournament Saturday, April 14 at the Windtree Golf Club. Entry fee is $85 per player, if paid before April 1; $95 after. Call Coach Brian Black at 708-899-0405 for information.

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