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Showing 10 articles from December 21, 2012.


Audrey Vivian Robertson Bryan, 83

A private interment at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery in Boise was held recently for Mrs. Bryan, 83, formerly of Wilson County. Born November 21, 1929 in Nashville to the late Thomas Miles Robertson and Elsie Hodge Robertson, she passed away on Dec. 19, 2012.

James Jim Matthew Sparks, 79

Mr. Sparks, 79 of Hartsville, died Dec. 20, 2012, at Nashville's Baptist Hospital. Born Oct. 14, 1933 in Aldenville, PA, he was retired from Western Publishing as a printer. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a Methodist.

Mr. Sparkswas preceded in death by his parents: Howard and Eva Giles Sparks; brother, Howard Lee Sparks; sister, Marilyn Sparks.


General News

Afternoon shooting leaves one dead, Starks charged with criminal homicide

The Wilson Post

Desmine Watts, 21, the victim of a Thursday afternoon shooting, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at University Medical Center in Lebanon.

Lebanon Police responded to the call on South Maple Street just after 4 p.m. on Thursday. The male victim was found with multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to UMC by the Wilson County Emergency Agency. Officers believe the shooting occured on the front porch of 326 South Maple Street.

Officers, who had been searching for the gunman, had a person of interest being questioned by 7 p.m. that night. They have charged Michael Desmond Starks, 27, who resides at the South Maple address, with Criminal Homicide. He is currently being held in the Wilson County Jail.

Lebanon Country Club members distribute gifts to five families

The Wilson Post

Members of the Lebanon Country Club adopted five families from Wilson County Christmas for All to bless this holiday season.

On Thursday night, they hosted a wrapping party to get donated gifts ready for distribution on Christmas Eve. Coordinator Jeannie Mitzenberg said that she contacts the families through Christmas for All who are willing to talk to us and let us come visit them on Christmas Eve.

Beginning in November, both present and monetary donations were collected at the club. We provide gifts for the whole family not just the children. We get something for every member of that househould, she explained. The club members also provide each family with a cooked turkey and the canned goods necessary to enjoy a hearty Christmas dinner and then some.

Member Col. (retired) Steve Wilson said that the club prides itself on this type of openness and community involvement. After we go out and deliver presents you go home and in that quiet time you realize that is what Christmas is all about, he said.

LHS Assistant Principal prepares for transition to central office

The Wilson Post

Lebanon High School Assistant Principal Jennifer Cothron will be transferring from her current position to the Wilson County Schools Central Office starting January 7, 2013.

Cothron, who has worked at LHS for 12 years, is in her third year as Assistant Principal. She said her close relationships with the faculty and staff at LHS made the decision to transition a difficult one, but that working at the central office is something I wanted to do in my career.

The opportunity happened and it was a good time to make that transition, she added. I am going to more of a supervisors position and working more with teachers. I have made a lot of friendships at Lebanon. We are a tight-knit family and Mrs. [Principal Myra] Sloan has been wonderful to me.

Pody, Lynn "pro second amendment supporters"

The Wilson Post

The massacre that took place last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut has not swayed Tennessee State Representatives Susan Lynn and Mark Pody when it comes to gun control laws. Both described their views as being that of a pro second amendment supporter.

It has definitely heightened awareness that our schools need to be protected, Pody said. We have good school board members and Im sure all of our schools are protected.

Lynn told The Wilson Post that apparently over the weekend there was a spike in gun permits filled out nationwide. I truly believe that guns in society make society safer. It is extremely unfortunate what happened, but imagine if somebody had encountered him and had a gun. They could have been able to stop him, Lynn said. I think society sees what happened and becomes fearful that their gun or opportunity to own a gun will be taken away because of one disturbed individual.

Lynn continued by explaining that a state legislator had proposed an armed school safety officer be placed in every school or in those schools that cannot afford those officers, a teacher be designated and trained to be armed. Certainly the community would have to be comfortable with that if they feel they would like to designate someone in school to protect the children. It is something that will be considered this year, she said.

We would have to think out policy and the training very, very well. If the school districts and the people in the community are not comfortable with that in their school district, they should not be forced to do it. It would need to be very studied and thought out.

A good friend of mine who works at the Wall Street Journal pointed out that we have seen these type of tragedies in gun-free zones where guns are not allowed, Lynn noted before citing another shooting last week in Oregon where 22-year-old Jacob Tyler Roberts opened fire at the Clackamas Town Center Mall. That guy only stopped shooting because somebody else (shopper Nick Meli) had a gun and pulled it out.

Meli never fired the handgun, but just showing the weapon was enough to deter Roberts rampage. Roberts later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Shootings were 'senseless acts of violence'

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen called the two shootings that took place at the hands of 27-year-old Michael Starks on Thursday evening senseless acts of violence. According to Bowen, officers are still investigating Starks motive behind the first shooting that took the life of Desmine Watts.

We do know that the shooter was also involved in a 2005 shooting in Upton Heights. Later he pled guilty to aggravated assault so this was not his first rodeo. As far as a motive for this shooting - we are still looking into it. Right now we are trying to figure out why any of it happened, Bowen said. It was unfortunate that this gentleman (Watts) lost his life.

Officers responded to the call at 326 South Maple Street in Lebanon on Thursday at 4 p.m. They found the victim, Watts, had suffered from multiple gunshot wounds. The 21-year-old man was transported to University Medical Center by Wilson Emergency Management Agency; however, he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Officers believe the shooting took place on the front porch 326 South Maple, where Starks resided.

Just thirty minutes after LPD responded to the call, the Mt. Juliet Police responded to a 911 call. A traveler on Interstate 40 westbound said their vehicle had been shot, near the 225 mile marker. The vehicle contained three adults and two children none of which were harmed during the incident.

Investigators confirmed that Starks was responsible for both shootings. He was charged with five counts of aggravated assault and five counts of reckless endangerment, according to Sgt. Tyler Chandler with MJPD. He is in jail, and his total bond on our charges is $1,000,000.

Starks was also charged with criminal homicide for the Lebanon shooting.

Starks charged for Lebanon, Mt. Juliet shootings

The Wilson Post

Michael Starks, 27, has been charged with five counts of aggravated assault and five counts of reckless endangerment after he opened fire on a Lebanon man and also shot at a vehicle on I-40 on Thursday night.

Thirty minutes after Lebanon Police Officers responded to the call about a shooting on South Maple Street in Lebanon at 4 p.m., Mt. Juliet Officers responded to another call about a vehicle being shot on I-40 westbound at the 225 mile marker. The victims vehicle was occupied with three adults and two children. No one was injured during the incident.

Investigators confirmed that the Lebanon shooter, Starks, was also responsible for the shooting on I-40 that followed.

Starks is in jail and his total bond on the Mt. Juliet charges is $1,000,000.

The victim of the South Maple shooting, 21-year-old Desmine Watts, was pronounced dead after arrival at University Medical Center in Lebanon on Thursday night.

WC Tea Party disbands

From Post Staff Reports

In an email The Wilson County Tea Party issued a statement that they will be disbanding, effective immediately. Member Sherrie Orange wrote that with a small core group of volunteers, they have run the Tea Party for three and a half years.

We have always hoped that others would come forward to help us, but this has not been the case. Although weve gotten much verbal support and our supporters have grown dramatically since 2009, few have believed in our cause enough to come forward and devote the time and physical presence necessary to show the strength in numbers needed to force positive change in our federal and state government, she continued.

Everyone in this core group is tired and, as a result, we have made the very difficult decision that we can no longer continue running the Wilson County Tea Party We wish all of you well and want to thank those who have helped us along the way.


General Sports

Three MJ Bears named all-state

Three members of Mt. Juliets 12-2 state semifinal football team have been named to the Class 6A all-state team by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.

They include: Senior fullback Contrez McCathern, a three-year starter for the Golden Bears who rushed for 1,684 yards on 199 attempts (8.9 per) and 21 touchdowns as a senior.

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