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TSCPA Society to award $250K in scholarships
TSCPA Society to award $250K in scholarships

The Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) Educational & Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2017-18 academic year.

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Hurricane Creek cabin revival
Hurricane Creek cabin revival

Most folks would hate seeing their family's old home place coming to the ground.

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A Toast to Tennessee wine festival comes "home"

It's "welcome home" to one of middle Tennessee's premier events with the announcement the 14th annual A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival will return to its birthplace in Wilson County next month.

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Parks project to turn tires into trail
Parks project to turn tires into trail

Cedars of Lebanon State Park was chosen for a demonstration project which will create eco-friendly trails accessible to hikers and walkers of all ability levels.

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Haslam talks gas tax at town hall
Haslam talks gas tax at town hall

The meeting, held at the Wilson County Courthouse in Lebanon, drew a large crowd eager to hear the governor's thoughts on education and public safety, with a large portion of time reserved for his proposed gas tax increase.

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TN Promise needs 200 mentors
TN Promise needs 200 mentors

Between now and Nov. 20, almost 200 volunteers are needed throughout Wilson County to help work with students receiving free college tuition through the TN Promise scholarship program, according to Wilson County Schools Public Information Officer Jennifer Johnson.

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Tennessee Voters for Animal Protection endorses Hipps
Tennessee Voters for Animal Protection endorses Hipps

Tennessee Voters for Animal Protection (TVAP), a non-partisan political action committee (PAC), recently endorsed Amelia Morrison Hipps, the Democratic candidate for District 46 in the State House of Representatives race.

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Local praying for leaders
Local praying for leaders

The Wilson County chapter of the Tennessee Governmental Prayer Alliance met at the Wilson County Courthouse on Monday morning to lift local and state leaders up in prayer.

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City Council to fill Warmath's seat
City Council to fill Warmath's seat

Bell appears to be the choice
A Special Called City Council Meeting to select and swear-in a new Ward 6 City Councilor has been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m. The meeting will take place at Lebanon City Hall.

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said the selection process will be similar to that of the Board of Zoning Appeals.

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Tinsley takes over as Bar Association president
Tinsley takes over as Bar Association president

Newly-appointed 15th Judicial District Bar Association President Jonathan Tinsley hopes to increase the group's membership and participation in 2016.

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Daily Obituaries: Sept. 16, 2015

Richard Perry "Rick" Auten, 67

Claudine B. Fite, 97

Ralph England, 79

Martha Jean Sundy, 76

Troy Brown Hall Jr., 64

Gertrud Lina Fichtl, 91

Roy L. Strack, 84

Danny Keith "Dan" Lee, 73

Inez Harvey Lawrence, 95

Robert Leroy "Bob" Stilts, 86

Benjamin Chad Hampson, 28

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Woman of Wilson: Monica Duvall
Woman of Wilson: Monica Duvall

Wilson County, Tennessee, is a special place for former "Yankee" Monica Duvall.

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DISNEY HOOPS -- Watertown teams win openers
DISNEY HOOPS -- Watertown teams win openers

KSA Christmas Classic --
ORLANDO, FL -- Scrambling in the final seconds, Watertown High's Purple Tigers rallied for a thrilling 63-61 victory over Virginia's Central High Thursday morning in the opening round of the KSA Christmas Tournament at Walt Disney World.

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Wilson County man on Tennessee Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list caught in North Carolina
Wilson County man on Tennessee Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list caught in North Carolina

BREAKING NEWS!!!

Stephen Eugene Beck, a Wilson County man who fled the state in 2011 following multiple child rape charges, was arrested Tuesday in Wilmington, North Carolina, according to a press release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Beck, 43, was charged in August 2010 in Wilson County on six counts of rape of a child and 14 counts of rape. That same month he was indicted in Rutherford County on three counts of rape of a child.

 

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24-page ethics complaint filed with DA

The heart of a 24-page ethics complaint sent to the District Attorney General by the Wilson County Commission Ethics Committee on April 3 is the question of residency of individual commissioners when they move.

The issue has been a topic of contention for some commissioners since December, when former County Commissioner Adam Bannach of District 18, resigned his seat due to moving out of his district.

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Residency issue has long history

While some may think this is a new issue, it is not and its roots go back six years when Commissioner Wendell Marlowe served for nearly seven months after moving out of his district.

According to local media reports in January 2008, Marlowe, who was then commissioner of District 1, did not submit his resignation until November 2007, almost five months after he had moved out of his district.

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Tennessee Code Annotated Laws cited in Ethics Complaint

Here are the three laws from the Tennessee Code Annotated, Harold Huber alleges in his 24-page Ethics Complaint that members of the Wilson County Government may have violated.

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24-page ethics complaint filed with DA

The heart of a 24-page ethics complaint sent to the District Attorney General by the Wilson County Commission Ethics Committee on April 3 is the question of residency of individual commissioners when they move.

The issue has been a topic of contention for some commissioners since December, when former County Commissioner Adam Bannach of District 18, resigned his seat due to moving out of his district.

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Applications for Director of Schools

Here are the resumes of the 17 candidates for the Wilson County Director of Schools position.

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NLOL assists ARC, Hamblen Co. officials in rescue of 75 animals in alleged cruelty situation
NLOL assists ARC, Hamblen Co. officials in rescue of 75 animals in alleged cruelty situation

Morristown, Tenn. — Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) responded today to an urgent call from Hamblen County officials for assistance with more than 60 dogs of various breeds, two cats, and several tropical fish found living in deplorable conditions in a home in Morristown, Tenn., approximately four hours east of Nashville.

Locally-based New Leash on Life, a shelter partner with ARC, provided transportation for the animals to a temporary shelter provided by the Floyd family of Lebanon.

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In my humble opinion, Setterlund did it to himself

Ever since breaking the story for The Wilson Post about former Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund’s answers to questions about having a drink and then driving his Board of Education-issued vehicle on Jan. 16, I’ve been asked in a myriad of ways, “What do you think about the situation?”

Well, Saturday, it was done. Dr. Setterlund signed a release and settlement agreement, received a nice severance package and waived his right to ever sue the BOE or the County Commission over his employment or resignation.

Now, I can voice my opinion.

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VIDEO: BOE accepts agreement


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Board returns from executive session at 11:30 mark of video.

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POST OPINION: Director gone, time to move forward

The seven-month reign of Dr. Timothy Setterlund as Wilson County Schools director has ended.

The past nine days have been very trying for those in our school system, and we commend Dr. Setterlund for making the right decision.

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BOE delays appointing interim director; agrees to let Setterlund out of his contract

It took less than 40 minutes Saturday morning for the Wilson County Board of Education to unanimously vote to let former Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund out of his contract.

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In Their Own Words: Elected officials react to today’s BOE’s meeting

Following this morning’s meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education, who unanimously voted to terminate the contract as Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, who had been on the job for only seven months, The Wilson Post attempted to contact all five of the board members to ask them the following question: “What take away lesson, if any, did you learn from the entire situation concerning Dr. Setterlund as you prepare to move forward in your search for a new director?”

 

Additionally, The Post talked to the chairs of the Wilson County Commission Budget and Education Committees for their reactions to today’s meeting, and with whose comments we begin our reporting of “In Their Own Words.”

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BOE to consider Setterlund's retirement Saturday morning

BREAKING NEWS: Setterlund retires

The purpose of tomorrow’s Wilson County Board of Education meeting has changed. According to a notice sent out via email at 5:06 p.m., the special called session will be to accept Dr. Tim Setterlund’s official notice of retirement.

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BOE to meet Saturday morning re: Setterlund’s future

Wilson County Board of Education will meet Saturday to determine the future of Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, who took over the reins of the school system less than seven months ago.

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A timeline of events during Dr. Tim Setterlund’s tenure as Director of Schools

This article first appeared in the Wednesday, Jan. 22, print edition of The Wilson Post. Because The Wilson Post realized the issues that seem to concern several county commissioners, as well as some principals, teachers, parents and students with Setterlund, go much further back in time than last Thursday, we are publishing online with links to the original stories and/or sources of information as possible.

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Admiration turns to ‘shock and awe’ by terminations

I am the Junior Class President at Lebanon High School. I am writing this letter to voice my concerns on the future of our school system under the leadership of our current director, Dr. Tim Setterlund.

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BOE contract with Setterlund available for review

The Wilson Post has had several inquiries from the general public about Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund's employment contract with the Wilson County Board of Education.

Therefore, we have published it as .pdf file, as it a public record and available for review by the public.

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A student's perspective on the Dr. Setterlund situation

Jasmine Carlisle, a 15-year-old Mt. Juliet High School sophomore, has followed closely the recent situation involving Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Tim Setterlund. She has written a letter to the Board of Education about the situation and with her mother's written permission, The Wilson Post is printing it online Monday night and will print it in Wednesday's print edition.

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Board considering 3 options regarding Setterlund

The Wilson County Board of Education has basically three options under consideration regarding the recent events surrounding Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, according to the board chairman.

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Weathers explains government sticker removal
Weathers explains government sticker removal

While interviewing Wilson County Board of Education Chair Don Weathers, The Wilson Post asked him about the removal of the county sticker from the director of school’s board-issued Ford Expedition.

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BOE: No action will be taken except in an open meeting
BOE: No action will be taken except in an open meeting

To watch a video excerpt from the press conference, click here!

Following a two-plus hour, closed meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education and its attorney Sunday afternoon regarding recent information about Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, the next step is for the five school board members to digest the information they received and possibly hold a special meeting later this week.

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BOE meeting moved to Sunday, Jan. 19

BREAKING NEWS!!! BOE MEETING MOVED TO SUNDAY

The Wilson County Board of Education will be meeting in private with the School Board Attorney on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

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POST OPINION -- Director must resign

The Wilson Post calls for Setterlund's resignation
 
Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Tim Setterlund must resign.

His Thursday night admission to drinking a beer and getting behind the wheel of his county-issued SUV has created a firestorm within the educational community.

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What Tennessee law says about open meetings

INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW!!!

Editor’s note: In light of Sunday’s scheduled, private meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education’s regarding recent events involving Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, The Wilson Post thought it would be beneficial to remind everyone – members of the public and board members – what the law says about what can and cannot be done at this meeting and about giving notice of such meetings. The story is long but we urge everyone to it.

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‘Appetite of the board’ will determine Setterlund’s future

EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS!!!!

The next step regarding the future of Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund lies with the Wilson County Board of Education.

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BOE director admits to driving county vehicle after drinking

FIRST REPORTED HERE!

Wilson County Schools Director admitted in an open meeting Thursday to having consumed alcohol at a local establishment and then driving his county-assigned vehicle.

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A belated list of Thanksgiving
A belated list of Thanksgiving

I had hoped to write this column for last Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but circumstances beyond my control took over my life. So please forgive me as I give thanks for many things – a week after this truly American holiday.

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Bill Moss sues Setterlund, BOE over termination
Bill Moss sues Setterlund, BOE over termination

Bill Moss, a 31-year veteran of the Wilson County School System whose position was eliminated by the director of schools in September, has filed a lawsuit in Wilson County Chancery Court against Dr. Tim Setterlund and the Wilson County Board of Education alleging wrongful termination.

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Someone, please explain this to me
Someone, please explain this to me

I need someone to please explain to me how certain self-proclaimed Tea Party Republicans can face the American people and say they were correct in shutting down the government and taking our country to the brink of financial disaster.

 I realize I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer. I knew that in the seventh grade when my IQ score fell just shy of being high enough to place me in the special kids classroom whose scores deemed them the “smart ones.”

 But what I lacked in academic learning, I feel I’ve made up through a strong dose of common sense – at least more than many politicians I know.

 So I’m confused – and I’m serious about this. It’s not a laughing matter. The party of Abraham Lincoln, who I feel would be embarrassed by the antics of the Tea Party faction, caused a painful shutdown, put almost one million people out of work, and took our country to the very brink of financial collapse.

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Will someone please find that thin line of respect?
Will someone please find that thin line of respect?

Thanks to a recent rather snide Facebook post by a friend of mine who is as red a Republican as they come (which he has since removed so don’t bother looking), I was able to finally pinpoint what has made me so ill about the last five years of partisan fighting.

The actions of today’s politicians and many of their supporters on both sides of the aisle go against a principle my Daddy instilled in me and that has become a creed of mine as a journalist throughout the years.

 Daddy told me, “You don’t have to respect or like the people who hold public office. Respect is not something you give to another simply because they were elected. They have to earn it. But at the same time, you must always respect the office that they hold. That does command your respect. It’s finding that thin line to walk in those situations that is difficult.”

 

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Setterlund - firings not on a whim

Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund said the recent dismissals of two long-term educators were not decisions I made just on a whim.

While he declined to discuss the specifics behind the dismissal last Thursday of Jill Micco, supervisor of special education, and on Friday of Bill Moss, supervisor of Career Technical Education (CTE), Setterlund said, Part of it is, I have to have a central office staff that shares the same vision that I have for the district and to support that.

Setterlund, who has been on the job since July 1, said it should not come as a surprise to anyone that he may make some changes in the Central Office staff.

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