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Showing 10 articles from October 12, 2012.

At the Movies

'Taken 2' a disappointing rehash of the first

Special to the Wilson Post

With lines and situations pulled almost verbatim from its predecessor, the sequel to the surprising hit Taken (2008), aptly titled Taken 2 is disappointing, too familiar and an indicator of the current recipe in Hollywood: if it makes money the first time, just make a sequel.

Taken 2 picks up not long after retired CIA Agent Brian Mills (Liam Neeson) rescued his kidnapped daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) from Albanian human traffickers in the films predecessor. The first leap of faith is to believe Mills is still free to obsessively wash his car after the events in Taken that had him kill dozens of bad guys and cause mayhem all over Paris.

But, when Mills takes a job protecting a diplomat in Istanbul, Turkey, his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Jannsen) and Kim pay him a surprise visit for a vacation. Of course, the relatives of the guys Mills dispatched in the first installment come back for revenge, particularly, the father of one bad guy, who is actually never named in the film.


General News

Flooding issues addressed

$750K appropriated by council used for improvements

The Wilson Post

The City of Lebanon, in partnership with Nashville Eastern Railroad, took a step forward in addressing flooding issues Thursday on Caruthers Avenue.

They are adding an additional pipe so that will relieve pressure of the backup water caused by the railroad tracks, said Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, who stopped by to view the progress of the project. Hopefully that addition will be able to eliminate the flooding issues for a majority of the rain events.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=92|imageid=638|displayname=0|float=left}Craighead said the project was funded with money from the $150,000 originally budgeted by Lebanon City Council for improvements. The $150,000 will be used in conjunction with the $600,000 council members voted to extract from the reserve fund at their last meeting.

Following the meeting, in which councilors unanimously voted to withdraw $100,000 per ward for drainage improvements, Craighead explained that in actuality each ward will receive about $125,000 in services.

Hazardous waste mobile collection service in Wilson County Oct. 13

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservations mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Wilson County on Saturday.

Our household hazardous waste mobile collection service provides the people of Tennessee with a safe, environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals and other potentially hazardous wastes at no cost, said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau. This service travels across the state holding collection events in local communities and we encourage all Tennesseans to take advantage of the opportunity to utilize it.

On Saturday, any resident may bring his or her household hazardous waste to the James E. Ward Ag Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Cindy Lynch at 444-8360.

Lebanon leads county in September sales tax receipts

Mt. Juliet trails in second place

From Post staff reports

According to sales tax numbers released Thursday by Lebanon Mayor Philip Craigheads office, the City of Lebanon out-collected rival City of Mt. Juliet by almost $400,000 in local sales tax dollars for the month of September.

In a report issued by the Tennessee Department of Revenue earlier this week, the City of Lebanon is shown to have net collections of just more than $1.4 million in local sales taxes, while Mt. Juliet posted net collections of $1 million, Wilson County government $318,000, and the City of Watertown $21,500.

Sales tax receipts are a direct reflection on the amount of retail sales within the community. For each dollar of goods sold a sales tax of 9.25 cents is collected. Of that amount, 2.25 cents is recognized as a local option tax and contributed back to local government.

LPD sets community workshop on gangs

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police Department invites the community to a workshop designed to inform parents, educators and others who deal with young people about gangs and how to keep children out of such groups.

The workshop is free and will be held from 6 until 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Journey Church located at the corner of Leeville Pike and South Maple Street in Lebanon.

Were continuing to have a problem with gangs, said Police Chief Scott Bowen.

The workshop will include topics such as what defines a gang, the different types of gangs, information regarding local gangs, their structure, why young people join them, early indicators of gang involvement by youngsters for parents to be aware of and more. Keynote speaker will be Lt. Koy Lafferty of the LPD, and he will be joined by personnel from the FBI.

Bowen said after the presentation, the audience will be able to voice their concerns during a question-and-answer session and will also be able to talk to authorities one-on-one, if they prefer.

Bowen noted his department takes this matter so seriously that one of his officers is assigned to the FBIs Violent Crimes Task Force which works on gang-related issues.

Who would have thought that gangs would come to Lebanon and then on to Sparta, Cookeville? he asked, noting that gangs have in recent years moved more and more into smaller, rural areas of the country. No longer are they located in larger cities such as Chicago, Memphis, Los Angeles and others.

Bowen noted a trial is under way this week in federal court in Nashville involving a member of the Vice Lords gang, the result of an investigation in which 17 Mid-state individuals, including 11 members of the gang, were indicted in September 2011.

LPD, along with Wilson County Sheriffs Department, police departments in Metro Nashville, Sparta and Cookeville, sheriffs departments in White and Putnam Counties, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Highway Patrol, FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, conducted a joint investigation into the activities of the Vice Lords gang, 11 members of which, gave Lebanon addresses.

The 17, which included those who were reported to be illegal drug suppliers, were indicted in September 11 for their alleged participation in a drug distribution conspiracy and associated violence while also illegally possessing firearms.

Of the total, 16 of the suspects were charged with conspiracy to possess, with the intent to distribute crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana; five of the 17 also faced federal firearms charges; and one was charged of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

It says something about the case we did, Bowen said, noting that 13 of the 17 defendants have either pleaded guilty in federal court or proffered, or offered, a sentence.

On trial this week is Monique Money Smith, 41, of Cookeville, who reportedly pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine in addition to multiple charges of carrying a firearm as a convicted felon. A number of those already convicted in the case were expected to testify against him during the trial.

They drive our violent crime, Bowen said of gangs, noting their activities include illegal drug sales, robberies, assaults, shootings and more.

Part of our job is to educate the public. We hope educators, parents, those who deal with youth are asked to come out (to the workshop), he said. We know there are things we can do to keep kids out of gangs. If we can keep one kid out of gangs, theres no way you can put a price on that.

The object is to help young people make good choices and sound decisions and to let them know of the consequences for making bad decisions.

The police chief noted that local authorities have sought in cases involving suspected and confirmed gang members to take them to the federal level for prosecution where sentences are more severe. Persons convicted of a charge in federal court must, by law, serve at least 85 percent of whatever sentence is handed down by the judge.

Smith, he added, is looking at 10 years to life in federal prison if he is convicted.

The National Gang Center estimated that during the past decade the number of gangs nationwide have averaged around 25,000 with smaller cities, like Lebanon, accounting for more than 30 percent of that number.

Also during the past decade, the NGC estimated the number of gang members nationwide at about 750,000. Authorities in smaller cities and rural areas, where gang activity is more recent, are more likely to report juvenile gang members, NGC researchers said.

The workshop set for Oct. 23 is the second one conducted by LPD. Bowen said based on the response from the one held previously and also the response he received during a recent talk he made to the Lebanon Noon Rotary Club meeting, he and others decided it was time to hold another workshop to keep local citizens informed about the gang issue.

The workshops, he added, may become an annual event.

As a department, we must continue our efforts to educate our youth and their loved ones about the dangers of gangs. Workshops such as this play a vital role in providing information that our citizens need to be well informed about the dangers of gangs. It is much easier to keep a child out of a gang than to try and get them out once they become involved, the chief said.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at

LPD's Youth Academy graduates today

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police Departments Youth Academy will celebrate their graduation today at 1 p.m.

The graduation ceremony will take place at City Hall in the Town Meeting Room, Chief Scott Bowen said, inviting the public to attend. He noted that this will be the LPDs second Youth Academy class to graduate from the five-day program.

We have had our Citizens Academy for 15 years, but we didnt allow anybody under the age of 18 to attend. My staff came up with this idea and geared it toward our youth, he said.

Thirty-one students, ages 12-18, have completed this years program, which focused on team building and leadership.

We have physical fitness, crime science but it is not just about law enforcement. It is about positive decision making, Bowen said. Our staff gets involved and enjoys it as much, if not more, than the kids do. Im blessed to have those people that really like to deal with youth.

Bowen said that yesterday, with the assistance of Lebanon Special School Districts Director of Schools Scott Benson, students were transported to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for a field trip.

We want our people to be mentors to these young people and we also use it as a recruiting tool. We are always looking to recruit dispatchers and police officers, he said.

Besides offering a fun course for children to enjoy during the second week of their fall break, Bowen hopes that completing the program will help them view law enforcement in a different light. We want them to know that we are there to help them. Unfortunately, they see a lot of the negative side when we are out and have to write somebody a citation.

Each student will receive a graduation certificate and T-shirt keepsake.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett can be contacted at

Military community briefing to take place at CU

The 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division will conduct an unclassified community briefing about the upcoming deployment to Afghanistan on the campus of Cumberland University.

The briefing will take place at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the June and Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center located at the Spring Street entrance to the campus.

It is anticipated that the unit will deploy in November and involve some 3,000 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team and nearly 2,600 soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, both from Ft. Campbell's 101st Airborne Division.

The public is invited to attend.

MJ physical therapist offers 'Direct Access'

The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Every day countless people deal with the pain and discomfort of a sports-related or other kind of injury when they shouldnt have to.

Direct Access, a program that allows injured persons to see a physical therapist who has attained a doctorate without a recommendation from their primary care provider, has been in place in Tennessee since 2007. In addition to prompt medical attention, Direct Access reduces healthcare cost and gives the patient the ability to choose their physical therapy provider.

Daniel Bradley, a physical therapist and president of NovaCare Rehabilitation -- a Select Medical company, said that when it comes to treating injuries there is no reason to wait. If you are injured, you have options. You can go to the emergency room, but Ive heard complaints of the long wait or you can call us.

Bradley visited Mt. Juliet on Tuesday to celebrate the grand opening of their second Select Physical Therapy clinic, which follows Direct Access protocol, in Wilson County.

Bradley, who has worked with the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and University of Cincinnati football teams, said that physical therapy is a completely different arena nowadays. In the past, the world of physical therapy was thought of to be reserved for professional and collegiate athletes; however, more and more businesses are appreciating the benefits of physical therapy for workers.

The economy is tight. If an employee is injured, there is more than just the cost of that person being out, he explained. Immediate care helps reduce the length of time someone is out. It returns them that much faster. If someone gets hurt, it really impacts their business.

Select Physical Therapy has 960 clinics nationwide, including locations in Lebanon and the new location in Mt. Juliet. We even have five clinics in Alaska, Senior Business Development Manager Tammy Jowers added. The same care you can get here you can get at any of our locations.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at

Veterans Day events in Lebanon scheduled

Plans for the Veterans Day ceremony and parade are being finalized by event sponsors, American Legion Post 15 and co-sponsored by the City of Lebanon.

The event will begin with a parade on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and conclude with the ceremony, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Wilson County Courthouse.

The parade forms on South Hatton Avenue to West Main Street, counter-clockwise around the Square, to East Main Street and conclude at the courthouse.

This year co-grand marshals will lead the event to the courthouse where the ceremony will promptly begin at 11 a.m. The annual observance will honor all veterans and Gold Star Mothers from all wars and conflicts, as well as those who have served and are serving now. There will be a variation in providing extra time during the ceremony for a brief religious observance on this coinciding Lords Day.

The Veterans Day activities include patriotic music, recognition of service branches and veterans, keynote speaker, 21-gun salute and participation by university and high school bands, students groups marching, JROTC units, National Guard, Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine representatives and vehicles, veterans groups and organizations as well as a flyover by military aircraft, civic and other clubs and emergency units.

Additionally, the first annual 5K runners will participate as the next to last unit in the parade following their run to raise funds for the proposed new Veterans Plaza, adjacent to the courthouse.

You are encouraged to line the parade route and attend the ceremony to honor those who have given and are giving their lives and service daily for their country and those who love freedom, said retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jim D. Henderson, an organizer of the event.

For more information about the parade and ceremony and to enter units for the parade, contact Henderson at 428-1671.


General Sports

Friday night prep preview

Watertown at Gordonsville
Watertown's Purple Tigers limp into Smith County tonight to take on region 4A leader Gordonsville. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Turney Ford Field.

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