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Showing 10 articles from March 23, 2012.


Donny Ray Bentley, 71

Donny Bentley passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at age 71. He was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon between the hours of 2-8 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. until the service on Saturday.

The chapel service, conducted by Pastor Brandon Bentley, is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Interment will follow in the Bentley Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife of 45 years, Marie Franklin Bentley; daughter Donya Bentley; siblings Elizabeth (Jimmy) Reynolds, Terry (Debbie) Bentley Sr., Tommy Bentley and Una (Raymond) Lane; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers: Terry Bentley Jr., Jonathan Bentley, Jason Reynolds, Gary Wayne Driver, Scott Bentley and Mark Driver. Honorary pallbearers: Michael Lane, Jason Franklin and Anthony Driver.

Mr. Bentley is preceded in death by parents Thomas and Laura Walker Bentley and sister Dorothy Dot Driver.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.


Guest Column

No trouble in Mexico


With the news coverage of gang wars and killings in the border towns of Mexico, it was with some reservations that we booked a tour in Mexico to the city of Oaxaca. Even if there were no warnings from the United States Department of Homeland Security, I was still uneasy. My wife wanted to do some birding because of good reports from the region, and we would be finishing a sailing trip to Costa Rica and coming back through this part of the country that was new to us.

We were pleasantly surprised by the clean and beautiful city of 800,000 people at 5,000 feet altitude. It was located in the valley of the southern reaches of the Rocky Mountain range with nearby peaks going up to 10,000 feet and a wonderful climate for hiking and outdoor activities.


General News

City of Lebanon Spring Cleanup and Chipper Service 2012

The City of Lebanon announces the schedules for the annual residential spring cleanup and residential chipper service.

The residential spring cleanup will begin Monday, April 2, and will continue through Friday, April 20.

You should get three runs by your house if you have stuff out, said Commissioner of Public Works Jeff Baines.

Citizens are reminded to place items near the curb or next to but not in the roadside ditch.

The Street Department will run routes so as to serve all occupied residences with three pick-ups during the first three weeks of April. This schedule is subject to change due to weather and/or heavy volumes. The volume should not exceed what could be loaded in an average size pickup truck.

Baines said in the past few years they have picked up less material waste from local residents and noted the city cut back the service by a week. However, if the volume increases this year, the city will alter the schedule as needed to possibly continue through the end of April.


LEBANON -- Grayson Wrye, grandson of outdoor writer John L. Sloan, is the son of Matt and Rachael Wrye. Rachael is a school psychologist in Wilson County. Gandpa John spent 25-years in professional rodeo. Grayson found one of his old hats.

PHOTO by JOHN L. SLOAN / The Wilson Post

I-40 to be reduced to one lane in Wilson this weekend for bridge repair

Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close lanes on Interstate 40 in Wilson County from East of State Route 840 to East of U.S. Highway 70 this weekend to perform bridge repair work.

I-40 from just west of mile marker 238 will be reduced to one lane in each direction beginning at 8 p.m., Friday, March 23. The lanes will reopen no later than 6 a.m., Monday, March 26.

In the event of inclement weather, the lane closures will be rescheduled.

Improvements sought at MC Star Martha Station; ridership increases

The Wilson Post

Transportation officials are working on a way to make railroad traffic more efficient and have requested federal funds to construct a passing siding at the Music City Star commuter trains Martha Station to accommodate more trips to and from Lebanon possible.

The request for $1.2 million in federal funds was made recently by the Regional Transportation Authority and was submitted to the Metropolitan Planning Organization for approval.

If approved, the RTA would then match the federal funds with $300,000, making the total $1.5 million. The project would allow a train to pull over and let another one pass when necessary at the Martha Station.

LSSD looks to expand partnership with mental health provider

The Wilson Post

A partnership between Lebanon Special School District and a not-for-profit mental health counseling provider has yielded positive results in two local elementary schools with plans to expand the services into two additional schools in the fall.

Prior to the 2010-2011 school year, Coordinator Tammy Grow of the LSSD Coordinated School Health said the district failed to receive a $1.2 million grant that would have brought master-level therapists into every school in the district.

Despite not receiving the grant, Grow said Centerstone, the nations largest not-for-profit provider of community-based mental health and addiction services, agreed to a memorandum of understanding that would place a counselor in Sam Houston and Coles Ferry Elementary schools.

Youth seek to understand homelessness

Members of the SWAT Youth Ministries (Serve, Worship and Teach) at Cooks United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet will have an opportunity to learn more about homelessness this weekend in project with the Center for Student Missions.

The young people are to sleep on the front lawn of Cooks UMC Friday-Saturday, March 23-24. They are voluntarily giving up the comforts of their own homes for one night and will sleep in cardboard boxes. On Saturday morning, the teenagers will go to Nashville to serve those who experience poverty and homelessness daily.


General Sports

Beech no-hits LHS softball Thursday

LEBANON -- Defending Class AAA state champion Beech improved to 9-1 on the season and 2-0 in District 9AAA following Thursday's 11-0 run-rule win over Lebanon High at Baird Park.

The Lady Buccaneers no-hit LHS, scoring at least one run in every inning and four apiece in the third and fifth innings. Beech collected the 11 runs on 14 hits and played error-free ball.

Senior Alex Banks, who tossed her first no-hitter of the season, improved her record to 9-1 and now has eight shutouts and one earned run allowed in those 10 outings. Had it not been for a walk in the early innings, Banks would have collected a perfect game.

Eight of the nine Beech batters in the lineup collected at least one hit and seven of the nine collected at least one RBI.

Lebanon committed five errors behind losing pitcher Beth Swartwout.

Beech leadoff hitter Heather Montgomery was 3-for-4 with three hits, two RBIs and three runs scored. Freshman Peyton Kurgan had one hit, one RBI and scored two runs.

Lebanon (1-2 / 1-1 in District 9AAA) will be in action this weekend, playing in the Chick-fil-A Classic, sponsored by Brentwood High. LHS is scheduled to play Franklin High Friday at 7 p.m. followed by an 8:30 p.m. game vs. Hume-Fogg.

By CORBY YARBROUGH, Main Steet Media

Good Friday golf outing set April 6

The Blue Devil Football Foundation will hold its annual Good Friday Golf Outing April 6 at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club.

Entry fee is $110 per player with an 11 a.m. lunch, 12 Noon shotgun start. A putting contest will be held at the turn with a prize for the winner.

To reserve a spot for a foursome, please email

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