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General News

6th District battle brings fight between lawyers

From Post staff reports

Campaign battles between U.S. Rep. Diane Black and challenger Lou Ann Zelenik in the 6th District Republican Primary have two attorneys swapping barbs as well.

Lee Davies, an attorney representing Zelenik, and Keith Williams, a Lebanon attorney engaged in a lawsuit in which Zelenik is a key witness, are at odds over Zeleniks availability for a deposition concerning the case.

As a result Davies has placed Williams on notice for a possible Rule 11 filing saying that Williams actions seeking a criminal contemptcharge against Zelenik for not appearing at a previously scheduled July 12 deposition were improper andamount to harassment of his client.

Rule 11, a procedural disciplinary action, allows for certainsanctions to be placed on attorneys who act in a frivolous manner or make claims that are knowingly untrue in the course of a lawsuit. The procedure is rarely threatened and very seldom upheld according to members of the bar.

County pulls together to make fair success

The 2012 Wilson County Fair theme entitled Pulling Together at the Wilson County Fair will be held Aug. 17-25.

In addition, the fair will also be celebrating the Year of the Corn by telling the story of corn first recognized in Middle Tennessee in 1778.

As we celebrate this years fair we are all reminded of the importance of corn as our nation experiences extremely dry weather with a shortage of the corn crop due to the 2012 drought. The fair will remind each of us of the significance of corn because much of our food is dependent upon this agricultural product, said Randall Clemons, treasurer of Wilson County Promotions, Inc., sponsor of the fair.

The fair will be doing a media series on What Makes a County Fair and this years theme Pulling Together.

Grant to create wetlands, arboretum at fairgrounds

The Wilson Post

Wilson County is looking to become a leader in stormwater management and green infrastructure with a grant received to pay for the second Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative project in the state to begin at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center following the county fair.

A $134,000 grant was recently rewarded to the county to create a unique project at the fairgrounds that will include a constructed wetland, rain gardens, pervious pavement parking, arboretum, stormwater best management practices and more.

This is a joint effort between the cities and county and the grant money will kick start the first phase, but we hope to add more in the future, said James Vaden, stormwater coordinator for the City of Lebanon. The project also includes the City of Mt. Juliet.

The Watershed Initiative is a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the West Tennessee River Basin Authority.

The goal is to promote communication and collaboration as well as thoughtful water resources planning among agencies and stakeholders.

TCAP, EOC show gains, room for improvement

The Wilson Post

Wilson County Schools showed considerable gains in Math scores for 2012 and saw gains in almost every subject on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP, test and End of Course test, but comparisons to other districts show room for improvement.

Data released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Education detailed TCAP and EOC scores for all 136 public school districts in the state. According to statewide numbers, nearly every district showed proficiency levels increase and two-thirds improved in every subject of TCAP tests.

All subjects except Social Studies on the TCAP test place students in a Below Basic, Basic, Proficient or Advanced category. Social Studies is scored as Basic or Proficient or Advanced.

Wilson County Schools had the higher gains in TCAP scores compared to the Lebanon Special School District. The TCAP test is administered to students in grades 3 through 8.

We are so excited, teachers, students and administrators have worked so hard, said Nancy Ash, county schools supervisor of testing and accountability.

Wilson jobless rate up

From Post staff reports

Wilson Countys unemployment rate for June rose 0.6 percent to 7.0, up from the May jobless number of 6.4 percent.

June unemployment rates for all 95 counties were released Thursday afternoon by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

Wilson County had a labor force of 62,470 in June with 58,100 employed. That left 4,370 unemployed, according to figures from the department.

Even with the increase, Wilsons jobless rate for June was lower than that of a year ago when the figure stood at 8.1 percent in June 2011, a change of 1.1 percent.

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