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Jonathan Alexander Ward, 19

Funeral services have been scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Bond Memorial Chapel in Mt. Juliet for Alex Ward, 19, of Mt. Juliet.

A 2011 graduate of Wilson Central High School where he played basketball team for four years, he died Wednesday, May 23, 2012. He was a member of the Fellowship at Two Rivers.

The family will be receiving friends between the hours of 4-8 p.m. Saturday, May 26 and 2 p.m. until the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Survivors include: mother Sherri (Bob) Montgomery; father Danny (Shannon) Ward; brothers Daniel Ward and Max (Tara Klein) Ward; grandparents Judy Rosa, Maggie and Sidney Petty, Fred and Myra Montgomery and Randy and Gail Petty; great-grandparents Helen Kloog and Sara Newell; niece Isabella Ward; special friend Brianna Smith; along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.



Honoring those who answered the call

This special holiday weekend is dedicated to those who have given their lives in military service to protect the values of our great nation.

They have died on battlefields across the world.

These men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice for us here in the U.S. and for others worldwide.

They were called to duty and answered that call admirably.

They deserve to be memorialized for their selfless acts, their willingness to serve and their courageous commitment.

Taylor-Huff 'truly a one-of-a-kind'


Learning of the passing of Dixie Taylor-Huff early Wednesday morning left me and thousands of others with a particular void in their lives that will surely not be replenished in the near future.

She was truly a one-of-a-kind.

While an extraordinary business woman, she will be best remembered for her abundantly kind and compassionate heart.

On several occasions I had the opportunity to see Dixie from the inside out.

A few years ago a local nursing home was forced to close for its failure to comply with certain regulations. The nursing home was a competitor of Dixie's. Her company owns Quality Care Nursing Home in Lebanon and a number of other healthcare facilities in the region.

In the conversation I had with her about her competitor closing, she was deeply upset. She said they were being closed essentially for administrative errors and not for failing to take care of their residents.


Guest Column

Exploring the Cumberland Plateau


After hiking into the Cumberland Plateau and seeing Virgin falls, I wanted to know more about the area. The cover of trees, stone cliffs and natural setting beckoned me to return.

Realistically though, the hike back in was too strenuous to repeat so I thought of a different route. I studied the topographical map of the Virgin Falls area and decided to see if I could find it by air.

The flight from Lebanon to the region lasted less than 30 minutes and passed over the Cumberland Mountain airport which was in line with the Scots Gulf valley. Beneath me I saw a sea of trees with almost no roads visible which was to be expected since it was a remote area and there were few roads there and the ones that were there were immersed in trees.

I saw wide valleys with low areas line with light green grass fields, but I couldn't pick out either the Caney Fork River or its tributaries. One of them would have produced water flow coming from a spring and then plunging back underground. It would've been difficult to see even if I had been at low altitude and immediately above it.


General News

Businesses invite public to 'rediscover' North Mt. Juliet

The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Businesses owners along North Mt. Juliet Road shared ideas and planned a celebration event next month to mark the completion of construction along the route that stymied traffic and businesses for three years.

The business owners discussed their plans during a meeting held Thursday morning.

Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce President Mark Hinesley said with the widening of North Mt. Juliet Road, businesses should take advantage of the projects completion by holding a unified event to bring customers back to the businesses located along the thoroughfare.

If you can get some of your old customers that may have drifted away and some new customers, youd have to say this was worth it, Hinesley said.

Business owners discussed holding a weekend event in June, but later agreed to extend it over two weekends, starting with the official kick-off after the Tennessee Department of Transportation holds a ribbon cutting on Monday, June 4.

MCA prepares for move to new location

The Wilson Post

McClain Christian Academy was busy packing up and moving Thursday as the school prepares to move into a new facility this summer, in time to open for the 2012-2013 school year.

Dr. Charles Poston, the schools headmaster, noted the school has several locations lined up and expects to call one of those sites home in the next several weeks.

We have three possible sites to move to and will be making a decision in the next month, Poston said.

One killed in ATV, pickup truck wreck

From Post staff reports

Charges are pending in an incident in which a pickup truck ran over an ATV, or all-terrain vehicle, killing one person and injuring the other at approximately 6:13 p.m., Wednesday, in the Alexandria-Watertown area.

Trooper William Bennett of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said in his report that a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Nicholas e. Ricchiazzi, 33, of Round Top Road, Alexandria, was headed southbound on Round Top Road behind the ATV, a 2011 Honda T5F, driven by Edward R. Goode Jr., 45, of Cainsville Pike, Watertown.

Semi truck fire snarls I-40 traffic

A fire on the trailer of a semi-truck blocked the entrance ramp to State Route 840 at Interstate 40 westbound Thursday afternoon, but no one was injured.

Approximately, 5:15 p.m. a semi truck carrying a load of hay caught on fire while driving on the entrance ramp to SR 840 going west. Emergency crews from the Lebanon Fire Department, Wilson County Emergency Mangement Agency and Lebanon Police Department responded quickly and were able to disconnect the cab of the truck from the flaming trailer.

Smithville man charged with DUI

A Smithville man was arrested Thursday afternoon for Driving Under the Influence after Lebanon Police Officers responded to a tractor-trailer driving recklessly in Interstate 40.

Timothy Leon Summers, 46, of 884 Ralph Arnold Road, Smithville, was arrested and charged with DUI, Reckless Endangerment, Evading Arrest and Drugs Simple Possession.

Approximately 1:50 p.m., on Thursday, LPD received a call of a reckless tractor-trailer, driven by Summers traveling eastbound on I-40 around mile marker 236. According to a report from the LPD, officers pursued the tractor-trailer that refused to stop and repeatedly swerved from one side of the road to another at speeds of 60 to 70 mph.

Veterans park & museum to be unveiled at Memorial Day ceremony

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The Wilson Post

Wilson County will unveil designs and plans for the County Veterans Park and Museum on Memorial Day following the American Legions ceremony to honor the memory of those who gave their lives in service to our country.

On Monday, May 28, the Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at the Wilson County Courthouse, in front of the monument to honor the more than one million men and women and over 200 Wilson County residents who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States.

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Jim Henderson, of Lebanon will coordinate the event, which will include special guest speaker Brother W. L. Baker, who was 10 years old at the end of World War I in 1918.

Wreaths to the countys war dead will be placed at the monument by commanders of local veterans organizations and the ceremony will conclude with the trumpeters playing of Taps.

WHS displays to open Sunday due to high demand

Due to the overwhelming demand for tickets, a decision has been made to open the displays for the 100-year anniversary celebration of Watertown High School on Sunday, May 27.

This part of the celebration will be held at WHS from 2 until 4 p.m. There will not be a charge for this event.

The Watertown 100 Year Anniversary Celebration planned for Saturday, May 26, is completely sold out with more than 550 tickets sold. That means that a great time will be had by all, a spokesperson said, renewing old friendships and reminiscing about times past.

The display area will be open at 4 p.m., and the dinner will begin at 6. Due to the large number of tickets sold we will not be able to sell tickets at the door or allow anyone to enter the exhibit area without a ticket. The facilities will not accommodate any more people. We feel that our main concern should be for those that have purchased tickets for the event, the spokesperson said.


General Sports

Local sports in brief

LHS Future Stars Camp
The Lebanon High School girls basketball Future Stars Basketball Camp is set June 18-19 from 8-11 a.m. for girls in grades 4-8. The cost of the camp is $35 if you register by June 1, and $45 after June 1. A discount will also be given to families with multiple campers. Applications are available in the Lebanon High office and also at local elementary schools. For information call Coach Courtney McFarlin at 615-289-6818 or send an email to:

Airborne Volleyball camp
Airborne Volleyball is holding a 3-day camp for Middle School players June 11-13. Players will focus on the fundamentals of passing, setting, serving and hitting. There will also be time each day for 6-on-6 competitions. Registration is $65. Register at

Lady Commander softball
The FCS Lady Commander softball camp will be held June 11-15. Registration is $70 per camper (graders K-8) and is payable on June 11. For information, call Coach Jody Atwood at 969-0145.

SPRING FLING -- Two locals compete today in track & field

MURFREESBORO -- Only track & field athletes Shaq Cragwall from Lebanon and Daniel Stegall from Mt. Juliet remain in contention for honors in the BlueCross Spring Fling today at MTSU's Dean Hayes Stadium.

Cragwall, who signed with Tennessee State University on Wednesday, will take part in the high jump competition today at 12:15 p.m. His triple jump competition is at 1:30 p.m. Friday

Stegall ran his 300 meter hurdles preliminary Thursday in a time of 39.37 ang qualified for the state finals after 5 p.m. today.

His sectional winning time of 38.76 ws one of the top times in the state.

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