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Donna Corley, 65

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Nov. 25 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Corley, 65, of Lebanon.

J.V. Walpole, 86

Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov.28 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. J.V. Walpole, 86, of Lebanon. A U.S. Navy veteran who served during World War II's Normandy Invasion, Mr. Walpole died Saturday Nov. 24, 2012 at the V.A. Hospital.

Mollie Myrtle Agee, 100

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, Nov. 24 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Sister Agee, 100, of Watertown. Born in DeKalb County, she died Nov. 21, 2012 at Lebanon's Quality Care Health Center.

Oly Ross Hill, 69

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Hill, 69, of Watertown. A longtime reserve officer with the Wilson County Sheriff's Office, he died Nov. 25, 2012 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.

Reba Simms, 84

Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at Sellars Funeral Home / Stone Manson, Lebanon for Mrs. Simms, 84. She died Nov. 26, 2012.

Sarah Wright , 98

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Hartsville for Mrs. Wright, 98, of Hartsville. She died Nov. 26, 2012 at Lebanon's Quality Health Care. Visitation Wednesday frm 12 Noon until the service.

William E. Smoot, Jr., 67

Funeral services will be conducted 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet, for Mr. Smoot, 67, of Nashville. A U.S. Army veteran, he died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012.


General News

3 injured in Hwy. 109 wreck, charges pending

From Post staff reports

Charges are pending in an early Wednesday morning wreck involving a tractor-trailer and two vehicles on Highway 109 at Academy Road and which sent three people to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.

The accident occurred about 7 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28. The roadway through this area was closed until about 11 a.m.

Trooper Michael Baker of the Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated and said in his report that a Volvo tractor-trailer, hauling empty cargo, driven by John Elmore, 29, of Morgantown, Ky., was traveling north on Hwy. 109 when a 1993 Buick, driven by Maximillio Macheca, 19, of Lebanon, was leaving a stop sign on Academy Road, attempting to make a right turn onto Hwy. 109.

Baker said Macheca allegedly failed to yield right-of-way by stopping at the stop sign and was struck in the drivers side by the tractor-trailer. The impact of the crash push the Buick into a 2003 Buick, driven by Diane Cothran, 66, of Lebanon, who was headed south on Hwy. 109.

Elmore, the driver of the tractor-trailer, was not injured in the accident. Macheca was injured and was transported by LifeFlight helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A passenger in Machecas vehicle, Grant Jones, 20, of Lebanon, was also injured. He was transported to University Medical Center by Wilson County Emergency Management Agency.

Cothran was injured in the accident, as well, and was transported by WEMA to UMC.

All drivers and the passenger were wearing their seat belts, Baker noted.

Charges are pending against Macheca, said a spokesperson at the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security.

LFD donates gifts for 400

The Wilson Post

Members of the Lebanon Fire Department were hard at work yesterday, although they were not extinguishing fires. Instead, the brave men and women who keep our community safe were busy being heroes to children this Christmas.

On Tuesday, they assisted by donating presents they had purchased to Wilson County Christmas For All. Lt. Brian Fountain said that money to fund the donation was collected through road blocks and the golf tournament they held in June. They also set up a donation booth outside of Wal-Mart on Black Friday for anyone wishing to donate gifts for boys and girls.

We bought this stuff for 400 children, Fountain said, although Christmas For All serves many more. Wilson County Christmas For All officer Andy Brummett added that in total they will distribute gifts to 2,200 children this Christmas.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at

PTO speaks out on middle school

The Wilson Post

TUCKERS CROSSROADS -- Roaches? College students and other adults on campus? Deplorable conditions? No SRO officer? These are just a few of the concerns that Tuckers Crossroads Elementary parents brought up at a Tuesday afternoon meeting in regards to the Wilson County Board of Education proposal to turn the former Lebanon High School into a middle school. The school building is not currently being used, except for the sports facilities and fields which were renovated and are being used by Cumberland University Athletics.

At the last meeting of the Wilson County Commission, Director of Schools Mike Davis informed commissioners and citizens of their proposed plan that would turn the facility into a middle school to meet the needs of a growing student population in schools like Carroll Oakland Elementary, which many parents have said is bursting at the seams for expansion or an additional school in the county. However, many parents at Tuckers Crossroads brought issues into light that question if the proposed plan is the best option for their children.

Davis said yesterday in an interview with The Wilson Post that the former LHS building was built in three phases and that the older, decrepit parts of the school would not be used. We have no intent of using the old sections, he said of the areas built in 1954 and 1972. At the meeting parents questioned the state of the building in total, with some saying they had heard of roaches and rats living in the school walls.

On Saturday, the Board of Education will host a work session to tour the facility at 9 a.m., TXR Principal Susie Breedwell said. One parent, Tammy Hunt, brought up the fact that parts of the building had been freshly painted comparing it to pretty icing on a rotten cake that would distract viewers from underlying problems. In an interview, Davis said that the purpose of the paint was to simply erase markings associated with Lebanon High School and the Blue Devils on the walls. All we did was paint some areas, he said. That has been planned.

County Commissioner Mike Justice was just one of the parents with concerns over the plan. I can give you 500 reasons why its a bad idea and only one it is a good idea, Justice said before answering questions about the condition of the building from the crowd gathered in the TXR library. What I am pushing for is the Fire Marshal not to do one of these Okay you can move in but you have three years to fix it type of deals. What you have to worry about is this new fire marshals report. As a parent I can fight it all day long, but as a commissioner I cant tell the Board of Education what to do.

Justice noted that as a commissioner, he will never vote a nickel to put a kid in that school. He said that since the proposed plan was unveiled, he has received over 700 emails and phone calls from parents at each of the schools mentioned in the plan to merge hundreds of students into a new middle school. These schools include TXR, Carroll Oakland Elementary and Southside Elementary in Lebanon.

It is overwhelmingly no. It was portrayed that Carroll Oakland PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) was for it. I was bombarded with calls from parents who said the PTO does not speak for them, Justice said.

One parent at TXR brought up the question of if Mike Davis was up for reappointment at the Monday, Dec. 3 meeting of the Board of Education at 6 p.m. On the topic of the director he has got a tough job, Justice said. He is at the will of the Board and not the will of the people. My personal belief is that the school superintendent should be elected like it used to be, Justice said.

A TXR teacher added that a larger middle school would take away from the educational and emotional values that students receive in smaller schools like Tuckers. We have this sense of community. We are able to give them the support that they need. I just feel like if we pull them out of this school they are going to lose that nurturing aspect, she said.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett can be contacted at

Rescued dogs being housed at Lebanon Warehouse

The Wilson Post

Sixty dogs removed from a suspected dog fighting operation in Ashland City are currently being housed at a warehouse in Lebanon.

According to reports, the animals were discovered by local fire departments when they responded to a brush fire at the residence on Thanksgiving Day. The Animal Rescue Corps then began Operation Broken Chain, removing the sixty dogs that were alive and the five that were found dead from the scene.

Most of the dogs were Pit Bulls, although some were beagles, with evidence of abuse including broken bones, having their teeth removed and markings from where they were bitten by other dogs. The dogs were kept with thick chains around their necks and Cheatham County Animal Control reported finding a treadmill and fighting pen on the property, which are commonly associated with dog fighting operations.

ARC president Scotlund Haisley said conditions were the worst he's ever seen at a dog fighting operation in his 22-year career in animal protection and rescue. Scotlund has led 15-20 dog fighting rescues as well as two raids and is one of probably five or six people in the world who have personally witnessed this many operations.

New Leash on Life Director Amy Haverstick was a part of the operation and said that despite the stereotype labeled on the breed, these animals just want to be loved.

We are partners with the ARC on a lot of these cases. They called and asked if our vehicles were available and we helped out. It is always pretty dire if they are involved, she said. We helped them do evidence intake and assess the dogs and help extract them. We managed to help them find the emergency shelter here in Lebanon.

Haverstick said that most of the Pit Bulls have been taught to be aggressive to other dogs but not to humans. They were climbing in our laps. They have been bred and trained to fight, but that is a taught behavior. That is not anything that dogs know when they arrive on this earth, she continued. Most of the adult dogs will go to Pit Bull rescues across the country, who know how to rehabilitate these issues. A lot of them may have to go to single dog homes.

The sixty animals are currently being held at the warehouse on Carver Lane and many are getting veterinary attention for the first time in their lives. Haverstick said that while most are adult dogs, there are several puppies who are three months of age or younger. Some are five to seven months old. Those should be able to go directly to placements. They havent been through what the other ones have, she said.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI) is currently investigating the operation.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at

Store clerk arrested; police find synthetic drugs for sale at market

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police Department arrested a store clerk on Wednesday at One Stop market where they reportedly found more than $1,000 in synthetic drugs.

LPD executed a search warrant at the market, located at 725 York Street. Officers searched the store, reportedly finding packets of the drugs which are sold for $30 to $40 each, in DVD cases and in the pockets of garments lining racks in the store.

Police Chief Scott Bowen said officers had found synthetic drugs at the market before, but operators continued not to heed our warning about selling this stuff.

LPD received information about the alleged selling of these synthetic drugs in May 2011. Undercover officers purchased drugs from the location five times since then, Bowen said.

Then we take that evidence and come by with a search warrant. They hide it the best that they can, he added.

Bowen noted that synthetic drugs are especially dangerous to users because you dont know what is in them. They lace it with whatever chemical they decide.

He added that he has seen the side effects of the drug. It is nothing but greed. There are kids all over the country dying because of this. They may smoke or ingest it and become unconscious. This is more dangerous than marijuana ever thought about being. Ive seen one kid go to the hospital for three days and almost die from it.

An unidentified store clerk was arrested by authorities with charges expected to be filed later today.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at


General Sports

CU soccer falls 1-0 in nationals

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. Lindsay Kitson made 15 saves, including several spectacular stops, but 16th-ranked Cumberland was not able to find enough offense and dropped a 1-0 decision to No. 5 Concordia [OR] University here in the second round of the NAIA National Championships.

The Bulldogs end their season 19-3-0 overall and made their first-ever appearance in the national tournament under third-year head coach Gavin McKinney. The squad had just one senior Simone Quinn and played the final month without two starters on the backline.

CU women trounce Spelman

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Jessica Pace led four players in double figures with 16 points and Cumberland used a 16-0 run late in the first half to open a big lead and cruised to a 105-47 basketball victory at Spelman College Tuesday night.

With the win the Bulldogs (8-0) remained undefeated in the early season, stepping out-of-conference for a single game before resuming league play Thursday night at home against Bluefield College at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

LHS hosts County Duals Thursday

MJ, Central, Riverdale and LHS compete
Lebanon High's auxiliary gym will serve as the site for Thursday evening's Wilson County Duals wrestling meet. Weigh-ins will start at 5 p.m. with competition on two mats set to crank up shortly thereafter with matches featuring Mt. Juliet, Wilson Central, Riverdale and host Lebanon.

Prep boys basketball from Tuesday

Watertown downs Hendersonville Christian
WATERTOWN -- Ty Jobe led the way with 16 points and six reoubounds Tuesday night as Watertown High defeated Hendersonville Christian 64-57. Dylan Speck added 13 points on a perfect 5-for-5 night from the field and a 2-for-2 effort at the line.

Prep girls hoops from Tuesday

Mt. Juliet is 4-0 after downing Antioch
ANTIOCH -- Savannah Sanders and Ronjanae DeGray each scored 17 points while Sally McCabe chipped in with 16 Tuesday night in a 64-41 Mt. Juliet High win at Antioch.

The Lady Bears, now 4-0 on the season, will play at Nashville Hillsboro on Tuesday.

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