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Showing 12 articles from January 31, 2013.


Joe Elliott Hall, 53

Mr. Hall died Jan. 29, 2013 at age 53. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home / Stone Mansion, Friday, Feb. 1 from 12:302:30 p.m.
Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home / Stone Mansion, Lebanon.

Margaret Chadwell Landers Oliphant, 95

Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Oliphant, 95, of Mt. Juliet. A member of Vine Street Christian Church, she died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.

Pauline W. Curd, 96

Services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Curd, 96, of Mt. Juliet. The widow of the late John Curd, she died Jan. 28, 2013.

R.V. Jenkins, 85

Funeral services will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Jenkins, 85, of Hermitage. He died Jan. 31, 2013.

Sarah Adcox, 84

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, Jan. 31 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Adcox, 84, of Mt. Juliet. The widow of the late James Oliver Adcox, she died Jan. 28, 2013. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery, Murfreesboro.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Suzanne Mum Miller, 68

Funeral services will be held is 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Sellars Funeral Home / Stone Mansion, Lebanon for Mrs. Miller, 68. Born in Great Brittan, she died Jan. 28, 2013.

The family will be receiving friends from 11 a.m. until the service on Saturday.
Please make memorial donations to: The American Cancer Society, 2000 Charlotte Ave, Nashville 37203.
Sellars Funeral Home / Stone Mansion, is in charge of arrangements.


General News

County still assessing storm damage cost


The Wilson Post

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said putting a price tag on damages in the county following the EF-2 tornado that damaged two churches, 25 businesses and 100 homes early Wednesday morning would be tough at present time.

When all of the clean-up is over and you look at the time added in and people who may be called in that is when we will have a number, he said.

While Wilson Emergency Management crews have stayed busy during the last 48 hours, EMA Planning Officer Steve Spencer said there have been no additional crews called in. So far we havent needed to do that. We have used the normal crews handled most calls that came in the crews that were working. We havent had to pay any of our crews overtime, he said. We brought down a third dispatcher to help with calls during the storm, but other than that we havent called in any additional part-time or overtime for WEMA.

Hutto commended WEMA crews, road commission and Mt. Juliet City Manager Kenny Martin for being on top of damage control following the unfortunate turn of Mother Nature. Kenny Martin really had to get up and go. I was in communication with them, he said. There were many house put in by the road commission too - they did an outstanding job in the morning, as well as our emergency services folks.

Spencer said that following the storms, WEMA crews were dispatched to the damaged areas to take care of their first priority life safety.

We go around knocking on doors and making sure that everybody who lives there is okay and have medical assistance, if needed. One positive thing is that most of the damage was done with the Mt. Juliet business district at 3 oclock in the morning when most of those businesses were empty. Had it been 3 oclock in the afternoon when the storm hit we would have had several people injured, Spencer said.

WEMA will continue to focus on cleanup for the remainder of this week. We are focusing on homeowners east of that area who have trees in their yards or on their houses. We have called in the Baptist Disaster Relief Team and the Methodist Disaster Relief Team. They are in the process of offering chainsaw teams to get the debris off their houses, Spencer added.

Donation pledged, logo unveiled at Historic Lebanon Tomorrow luncheon

The Wilson Post

CedarStone Bank pledged $1,500 to Historic Lebanon Tomorrow for the next three years at a luncheon presented by HLT and Cumberland University on Wednesday.

Following a presentation by Tennessee Main Street Program Director Kimberly Nyberg about the importance of main streets and town squares as symbols of civic pride, bank vice-president John Bryan said that he and CedarStone President Bob McDonald were committed to seeing the HLT program succeed.

"Our office is on (West) Main Street we want to see this do well,Bryan commented.

Cumberland University President Dr. Harvill Eaton also encouraged patrons to support their past to promote a promising future.

People in Lebanon are committed to this community. You got to know where you came from to know where you are going, he said, before unveiling the new HLT logo, designed by John Essary, with Executive Director Kim Parks. I am so proud that Cumberland University is a key partner in what we are talking about today.

Nyberg grew up on a main street in Nashville the popular Church Street area as the daughter of a barber shop owner. She explained that the Main Street Program, of which HLT is applying to become involved with, is an economic development program that pulls on our heart strings.

Main streets and town squares experienced a peek in popularity in the 1940s when downtown areas were full of people looking for shops and service. However, in the 1950s and 1960s, the introduction of interstates and trending suburbs pulled the masses away from downtown areas.

We walked away from our American society, Nyberg said. In the 1970s, downtowns tried to compete with new malls.

During this trial period, shop owners invested in tourism attractions and festivals to encourage locals to experience downtown. Nyberg mentioned three projects conducted in the Midwestern portion of the United States where experts investigated ways to pull interest back into historic downtown areas. Through their study it was discovered that the key components of revitalizing a citys downtown were organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring.

It comes down to business and jobs, she said. You are not building anything new just making what you have better. We can have retail, service, art, culture it is not a retail hub, but it is a place for retail.

Parks encouraged attendants of the luncheon, which was held in the Arcade on the Lebanon Public Square, to learn more about Historic Lebanon Tomorrows goals of revitalization and preservation.

It has got to be a total community effort, she said.

Those interested in learning more about HLT are invited to email them at or go to their website,

Friday is "Wear Red Day"

Mayor Philip Craighead proclaims Friday, February 1st as Wear Red Day in Lebanon, Tennessee. Encouraging the citizens of Lebanon to wear the color red for heart disease awareness and encourage support for women and the fight against heart disease.

Super Bowl XLVII predictions

The Wilson Post

The Baltimore Ravens take on five-time Super Bowl champs, the San Francisco 49ers, this Sunday at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

The 49ers are a 5 point favorite according to the Las Vegas oddsmakers and several locals would agree. Wilson County football enthusiasts shared their predictions of the Super Bowl outcome with The Wilson Post:

I have to go with the 49ers. Coach Donnie Suber, Head Football Coach at Cumberland University

49ers27-20. Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen

That is a tough question. With two, what seems to be matched teams I am going to pick the 49ers. Roger Perry, Head Football Coach at Mt. Juliet High School

49ers going with better offense over better defense. Dr. Mark Kent, Lebanon

Baltimore 21, San Francisco 17. Jack Pratt, Wilson County Property Assessor

49ers by 10. Rob Cesternino, Lebanon City Councilor Ward 3

My hope is that is just a good football game. My team is not there but if I had to guess I would say San Francisco. Mayor Randall Hutto,Wilson County

This will be the second Super Bowl victory sought by the Ravens, who defeated the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. While the teams linebacker, Ray Lewis, has received much publicity following his announcement to retire from professional football after 17years both teams head coaches are getting their fair share of publicity too.

Sunday marks the first time in history that the Super Bowl will become a Brother Bowl with head coaches and brothers, John Harbaugh (Baltimore) and Jim Harbaugh (San Francisco) facing off.

WCRP to name new officers

The Wilson Post

Wilson County Republican Party will host a convention to elect new officers in the East/West Building of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Chairman Kevin Foushee said that interested Republicans are invited to attend the event, which begins with registration at 8 a.m.

Officers serve a two-year term. Last time we had 250 people show up, he said.

Voting for 2013-2015 Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Vice Treasurer, Secretary and Vice Secretary seats will run from 9-10:30 a.m.

The primary purpose is to promote Republican values. We support our elected Republican officials and we have events and dinners to promote candidates, Foushee said.

The WCRP meets monthly to hear guest speakers discuss a variety of topics. For more information, visit


General Sports

Huge AAU wrestling tourney set Feb. 9

Over 500 youth wrestlers and their families will converge on Lebanon Saturday, Feb. 9 as the Blue Devil Wrestling Club will stage its second annual A TeamTN Tournament.

Sanctioned by the AAU, eight mats will be in use at a vacant warehouse located at 800 Maddox Simpson Parkway. Wrestlers will compete in six divisions according to age from middle school on down.

Cumberland Universitys wrestling program has stepped up and will be manning all our tables and helping us with scoring and check-ins, said tournament organizer Jeff Clemmons. This would not come together without the help of Ron Pavin, Todd Allen and Marcus Cobbs.

For more information, contact tournament director Darin Plumlee at

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