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Wilson County, voice your opinion on effective transit
Wilson County, voice your opinion on effective transit

Less than a year ago, Middle Tennesseans had little choice but to complain about their traffic woes. And they had time to do it, too: ThinkTennessee recently reported that Nashville drivers spend nearly a full work week (33.6 hours) sitting in traffic a year, losing an average of $1,308 each year to traffic-related costs.

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Local CrossFit gym to be official host of 'The Murph'
Local CrossFit gym to be official host of 'The Murph'

Lebanon's IMA/CrossFit recently announced they will serve as the official host for "The Murph Challenge 2017" on Memorial Day.

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Fiddlers Grove gears up for Kidz Kamp
Fiddlers Grove gears up for Kidz Kamp

Offering the opportunity to learn about a variety of crafts and crafting techniques, Fiddlers Grove's Kidz Kamp program is set to return to Lebanon on Friday, June 9, and Friday, July 7.

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Parks promotes Shehane
Parks promotes Shehane

Parks in Lebanon recently congratulated Allen Shehane on his promotion to managing broker.

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WCAPA plans annual tractor show
WCAPA plans annual tractor show

The Wilson County Antique Power Association (WCAPA) will host the 26th annual Antique Tractor, Antique Truck and Gas Engine Show on Saturday, May 20, at Lebanon's James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

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Mother's Day weekend with YRGC at Valley Growers
Mother's Day weekend with YRGC at Valley Growers

Year Round Garden Club (YRGC) members Judy Sullivan and Kathy Adams, president, are planning the club's annual Mother's Day event at Valley Growers Garden Center, located at 1108 West Main Street in Lebanon.

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Flower show to mark Cumberland's 175th anniversary
Flower show to mark Cumberland's 175th anniversary

The Lebanon Year Round Garden Club's Standard Flower Show is set for Thursday, May 18, from 1 until 3 p.m. at the Winstead Paine Bone House, located at 516 West Spring Street. The theme for this year's show is "Cumberland University's 175th Anniversary: A Time to Celebrate."

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What's up at Downtown Antiques?
What's up at Downtown Antiques?

For the late Hollis McClanahan, Downtown Antiques was more than a cavernous curiosity shop where he dealt in vintage American items. The enterprise reflected his lifestyle.

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Party on Lebanon Square to mark The Big Payback
Party on Lebanon Square to mark The Big Payback

The Community Foundation of Wilson County and its parent organization, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, have issued a call for locals to circle Wednesday, May 3, on their calendars.

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Free pancake breakfast to honor local vets
Free pancake breakfast to honor local vets

To mark RED Day on Thursday, May 11, a day dedicated to serving the community, the Mt. Juliet Keller Williams Realty office and more than 150 of their associates will partner with the Wilson County Veterans Services Office, American Legion of Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, Lebanon's Vietnam Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars of America and Courtney's Restaurant to salute local veterans with a free pancake breakfast and day of service.

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County judge cited in accident
County judge cited in accident

Wilson County General Sessions Judge Haywood Barry, 80, has been cited for leaving the scene of an accident and other infractions following an accident this week at the Wilson County Judicial Center, according to Lebanon police.

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Fiddlers Grove plans Spring Fest celebration
Fiddlers Grove plans Spring Fest celebration

Lebanon's Fiddlers Grove Historical Village is set to host Spring Fest in the Grove on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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Task force approves West Side Park plan
Task force approves West Side Park plan

Lebanon's West Side Park Task Force met last week to review public input regarding the concept plan for the new park and modify it accordingly.

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Preserving Western heritage in words and music
Preserving Western heritage in words and music

Somebody's got to speak up for cowboy poets and Western music songwriters this side of the Mississippi.

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Charter memberships available at The Pavilion
Charter memberships available at The Pavilion

The response to The Pavilion Senior Living's charter membership has been remarkable, according to Heather Nicholson Sadler, marketing director.

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Lebanon native Shores wins college radio award
Lebanon native Shores wins college radio award

Lebanon native Ashley Shores, a senior at the University of Tennessee at Martin and staff member at the university's student-run WUTM 90.3 FM "The Hawk," recently won the top award for "Best Newscast" at the recent Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference held in New York City.

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Citizens review plans for new park
Citizens review plans for new park

Local residents reviewed initial plans for the new West Side Park during a March 30 open house.

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THE TRUCKS STOP HERE
THE TRUCKS STOP HERE

Just off the beaten path known as Interstate 40 awaits one of Lebanon's busiest restaurants and coffee dens.

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Return of the Whip Crackin' Rodeo
Return of the Whip Crackin' Rodeo

It's almost time for the 8th Annual Whip Crackin' Rodeo at the James E. Ward Ag Center in Lebanon.

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Storeowner reflects on mission to aid Oklahoma fire victims
Storeowner reflects on mission to aid Oklahoma fire victims

Lending a helping hand to fellow farmers was a moving experience for Jennifer Burns and Shea Hutsenpiller.

Last Friday the friends packed up and headed west to aid those who lost everything in the wildfires that destroyed 2 million acres in the Texas panhandle earlier this month.

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Tennova recognizes Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Tennova recognizes Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and Tennova Healthcare - Lebanon is making a special effort to educate the community on the vital role of screenings in the fight against the disease.

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Lebanon Jimmy John's now open
Lebanon Jimmy John's now open

A new Jimmy John's sandwich shop located at 109 Signature Place in Lebanon opened its doors earlier this week.

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Answering the cowboy call
Answering the cowboy call

There's an unwritten oath in the cowboy world.

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Public invited to weigh in on West Side Park design
Public invited to weigh in on West Side Park design

The initial design for the new West Side Park at Hamilton Springs will be available for public comment and feedback during an open house on Thursday, March 30, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Lebanon City Hall.

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Woman of Wilson: Paula Davis Hitch
Woman of Wilson: Paula Davis Hitch

Paula Davis Hitch beat breast cancer. Twice.

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Hamilton Machine Co. opens Lebanon store
Hamilton Machine Co. opens Lebanon store

After serving Nashville and the surrounding communities for more than six decades, Hamilton Machine Company recently announced its new store location at 309 Babb Drive in Lebanon.

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Lebanon launches South Hartmann planning study
Lebanon launches South Hartmann planning study

The City of Lebanon and Ragan-Smith Associates Inc. have begun a planning study to "strengthen and enhance" South Hartmann Drive, according to a news release issued by the city Tuesday.

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Dentist bonds roots with family business
Dentist bonds roots with family business

Dr. Jim Newman is a fourth-generation local business owner, beginning with Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Barbara's Dress Shop, Randy's Barber Shop, On-Call Medical and Pharmacy and Newman Appraisal.

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Mangos clarifies rumors
Mangos clarifies rumors

Several Mangos Mexican Restaurant employees observed last week's "Day Without Immigrants."

The catch? Their employer claims they failed to notify her before taking the day off.

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Woman of Wilson: Melissa Craighead
Woman of Wilson: Melissa Craighead

Melissa Craighead is often complimented on her ability to make raising three small children look easy. She knows that mothering is a "tough, tough job" - but equally the most important and rewarding one she could ask for.

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Love is in bloom
Love is in bloom

Henderson's Flower Shop in Lebanon has seen many Valentine's Days - and can help you get the holiday right on Tuesday, February 14th.

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Frattini named Executive Director of Prospect Inc.

Prospect, Inc. recently announced that its Board of Directors appointed Audria Frattini as Executive Director.

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Make a donation, make a difference
Make a donation, make a difference

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, according to the American Red Cross.

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Woman of Wilson: Elaine Fitch Nawiesniak
Woman of Wilson: Elaine Fitch Nawiesniak

It is difficult to say from where Elaine Fitch Nawiesniak originally hails; however, she's a Woman of Wilson these days.

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County school officials to reevaluate snow day procedures

There was a lot of Saturday morning quarterbacking going on this weekend with Wilson County school officials, who basically said in hindsight they should have made the call to keep school closed Friday. They said they would recalibrate specific decision-making snow-related policies for the future.

Erring on the side of caution Friday would have prevented a lot of anxiety and social media venting from irritated and worried parents. However, school officials said while the wrong call was made, they are meeting this week to reevaluate snow day procedures and work toward future best and safest decisions as possible.

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Year in Review: Public Safety in 2016
Year in Review: Public Safety in 2016

The past year saw a change at the top of Lebanon's police force, the resolution of a cold case and a group of citizens standing together in the wake of a national tragedy.

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LoJac acquired by Vulcan
LoJac acquired by Vulcan

LoJac announced on Thursday an agreement whereby Vulcan Materials Company will acquire the assets of LoJac's asphalt and construction divisions and its Monterey Sand business.

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Main Street Media, Wilson Post announce Owensby, Garrett promotions
Main Street Media, Wilson Post announce Owensby, Garrett promotions

Main Street Media of Tennessee, the parent company of The Wilson Post, has announced the promotions of two employees at its Lebanon-based newspaper.

Managing Editor Zack Owensby has been promoted to director of operations for Main Street Media of Tennessee.

Wilson Post Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett, who has worked with Main Street Media since 2012, will take over as editor of the newspaper.

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Ash marks first day with veto
Ash marks first day with veto

Less than 24 hours after being sworn into office, Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash vetoed plans for a $5 million park planned for the city's west side.

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Red Cross blood drives set for Monday
Red Cross blood drives set for Monday

The American Red Cross' annual Holiday Hero blood drives are set to be held throughout the region in the coming weeks, including a pair of mobile blood drives to take place in Lebanon on Monday.

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Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian drive-thru nativity
Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian drive-thru nativity

Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church's annual drive-thru nativity, "Journey to Bethlehem," will be open from 7 until 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17. The 10 scenes depict the meaning of Christmas, showing the journey of Mary and Joseph as they traveled to Bethlehem and awaited the birth of Jesus. The church is located at 522 Castle Heights Avenue. SUBMITTED

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Lebanon Christmas on the Square set
Lebanon Christmas on the Square set

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Citizen Craighead
Citizen Craighead

Eight years came and went in the blink of an eye according to Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead.

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Kiwanis donates to Christmas For All
Kiwanis donates to Christmas For All

Longtime Kiwanis Club of Lebanon member Jim Harding, left, recently spoke to his fellow club members about Toys for Tots and Wilson County Christmas for All, two longstanding programs in Wilson County that help provide Christmas toys for children who might not otherwise receive gifts during the holidays.

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Home sweet, historic home
Home sweet, historic home

The 9th Annual Historic Places Tour is set for Saturday, Dec. 3.

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Lebanon Christmas Parade set for Sunday
Lebanon Christmas Parade set for Sunday

Dec. 4, at 2 p.m.
In traditional fashion, the parade will travel from the former Lebanon High School location, down Park Avenue to East Main Street and around the Lebanon Public Square.
From there the parade will travel down West Main Street before coming to a halt in the D.T. McCall & Sons parking lot.

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Little Texas to headline Cahoots
Little Texas to headline Cahoots

Country-rock group Little Texas is set to perform at Cahoots Dancehall & Honkytonk in Lebanon on Friday, Dec. 2.

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Community Calendar- Nov. 25, 2016
Community Calendar- Nov. 25, 2016

Community Calendar for Nov. 25, 2016

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Engagement- Krhovsky/Turner
Engagement- Krhovsky/Turner

Martin and Mary Krhovsky of Corunna, Mich. are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth Katherine Krhovsky, to Jeffrey Andrew Turner of Lebanon.

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Local youth participates in Louisville livestock expo
Local youth participates in Louisville livestock expo

Six-year-old Addison Major, originally from Lebanon, helps behind the scenes for the All American Jersey Show during the 2016 North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Major has attended NAILE since she was an infant. SUBMITTED

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Cracker Barrel welcomes stockholders to annual meeting
Cracker Barrel welcomes stockholders to annual meeting

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store shareholders journeyed to Lebanon headquarters on Thursday for their annual meeting.

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Lebanon readies for 'A Toyland Christmas' parade
Lebanon readies for 'A Toyland Christmas' parade

Sponsored by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lebanon, the city's annual Christmas parade is set for Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.

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Reflections of a window artist
Reflections of a window artist
Cheryl Jenkins works on adding some seasonal decor to the windows of Bountiful Acres on West Main Street. The artisan started painting as a teenager doing T-shirts. To see more of Jenkins work, look for her on Facebook at Artistic Touch by Cheryl. 
DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

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Woman of Wilson: Pastor Kathy Tack
Woman of Wilson: Pastor Kathy Tack

Kathy Tack has been Lead Pastor of Generations of Grace in Lebanon since 2013 - and was instrumental in planting the church.

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Journeys group to expand Lebanon operations
Journeys group to expand Lebanon operations

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and Journeys Group, a division of Nashville-based Genesco Inc., announced Tuesday the company will expand distribution operations in Lebanon, investing $35 million and creating 72 new jobs in Wilson County.

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CU SOCCER -- Ladies host opening round game
CU SOCCER -- Ladies host opening round game

Saturday v. John Brown University
Cumberland University will host John Brown University in the NAIA Championship Opening Round Saturday, Nov. 19 at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field, as announced Monday by the national office.

The Phoenix are the 16th seed in the 31-team field and would advance to the 33rd annual NAIA Championships final site in Orange Beach, Ala., with a victory over the Golden Eagles.

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Lebanon mother-daughter team named 2016 Rising Star
Lebanon mother-daughter team named 2016 Rising Star

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at Volunteer State Community College recently awarded Julie Miller-Wilson and Heather Hull of Lebanon's Body Kneads Inc. with the 2016 Rising Star Award.

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Historic Lebanon to use $100K grant for city square
Historic Lebanon to use $100K grant for city square

Historic Lebanon has received a $100,000 grant from the state and plans to use the funds to spur improvements to historic structures on the city's public square.

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County readies to honor veterans
County readies to honor veterans

From Lebanon to Mt. Juliet and across Wilson County, residents and community leaders will come together this week to honor local veterans.

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Mayor Bernie Ash
Mayor Bernie Ash

There's a new mayor in town.

Lebanon voters elected Bernie Ash to be their next mayor.

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Celebrating 10 years of hope
Celebrating 10 years of hope

For the past 10 years, Brooks House, Lebanon's first shelter for women and children, has turned struggles into success stories.

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Nashville songwriting legend Curly Putman dies at 85
Nashville songwriting legend Curly Putman dies at 85

Country songwriting giant Curly Putman, the tunesmith behind such memorable hits as "Green Green Grass of Home" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today," died Sunday in Lebanon. He was 85.

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Immanuel Fall Fest draws a big crowd
Immanuel Fall Fest draws a big crowd

Knox Swindell, age 2, examines a bag of M&M's the little Yoda collected during the Fall Family Fest at Immanuel Baptist Church Sunday afternoon. Tracy Underwood is seen at left.

DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

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Ash answers residency questions, letter from mayor
Ash answers residency questions, letter from mayor

Lebanon Mayoral challenger Bernie Ash is questioning whether an open letter penned by incumbent Mayor Philip Craighead reprimanding him is in violation of state law.

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LFD ready for Halloween on the Square
LFD ready for Halloween on the Square

The Lebanon Fire Department will distribute 560 pounds of candy at Halloween on the Square on Monday, Oct. 31st. Fire Chief Chris Dowell said they enjoy interacting with kids in the community and will also bring a firetruck to the annual event. Pictured from left, Cody Winfree, Adam Sumrell, Trent Vickers, Chief Chris Dowell, David Means and Bryce Bryant.

DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

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Wilson County Property Transfers- Sept 12-16, 2016
Wilson County Property Transfers- Sept 12-16, 2016

Wilson County Property Transfers Sept. 12-16, 2016

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Community Calendar- Oct. 26, 2016
Community Calendar- Oct. 26, 2016

Calendar for Oct. 26

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Principles to Live By
Principles to Live By

This column was written in response to Planning Commission Member Larry Hubbard's comments in the article, 'Emotions should be removed from decision-making,' which ran in The Wilson Post on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.

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Hamilton Springs to add new commercial center
Hamilton Springs to add new commercial center

Developers behind Hamilton Springs, the West Lebanon transit-oriented development off Highway 70, will break ground today on the first commercial element of the development.

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Lebanon mayor race gets heated
Lebanon mayor race gets heated

In less than two weeks Lebanon voters will cast their ballots in the U.S. Presidential and City of Lebanon races.

If you've tuned into any news outlet, it is evident the war between presidential nominees Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) has turned both personal - and ugly.

This week the Lebanon Mayoral race is getting heated, too.

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Emotion played no part in decisions: Black
Emotion played no part in decisions: Black

I felt I needed to respond to your article in Wednesdays paper.

First of all I have served on the Lebanon Planning Commission for 12 years, this is a few years more than Mr. Larry Hubbard. I can tell you he is way out of line in saying what he did about emotions playing a part in my resigning. Why does my resigning even warrant a comment from him??? Do not speak for me.

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Pearls of wisdom
Pearls of wisdom

If you're a southern girl who loves her pearls - then head over to Lucky Pearl Designs at The Mill in Lebanon.

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From eyesore to art gallery
From eyesore to art gallery

The underpass at Don Fox Park just got a makeover thanks to two Lebanon High School students.

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Wilson Bank & Trust to break ground on operations center
Wilson Bank & Trust to break ground on operations center

In less than a week, Wilson Bank & Trust will break ground on a three-story, 67,000-square-foot operations building behind the bank's main office on West Main Street in Lebanon.

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'Emotions should be removed from decision-making'
'Emotions should be removed from decision-making'

Editor's Note: This article was edited on Oct. 27 to clarify language attributed to Larry Hubbard, member of the Lebanon Planning Commission.

One current member of the Lebanon Planning Commission said that emotions need to be removed from decision-making on the city's planning board.

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Calendar- Oct. 12, 2016
Calendar- Oct. 12, 2016

The Community Calendar for Oct. 12, 2016.

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Bloem Kind boutique blossoming
Bloem Kind boutique blossoming

In one short year, Bloem Kind, a Ladies and Girls Apparel Shop, has blossomed.

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Lebanon's La-Z-Boy retires at 93
Lebanon's La-Z-Boy retires at 93

When Charles Wise retires once and for all this week, the 93-year-old furniture salesman from Lebanon won't soon be forgotten by his co-workers at Hendersonville's La-Z-Boy Galleries.

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Volunteers want playground maintained
Volunteers want playground maintained

Attorney Mark Lee has adult sons who no longer utilize the Lebanon Community Playground at Don Fox Park in Lebanon; however, Lee is on a mission to preserve the landmark for future generations.

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Reese announces candidacy for Ward 2
Reese announces candidacy for Ward 2

Liz Reese recently announced her candidacy for Lebanon Ward 2 City Council Member.

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National Night Out at Don Fox Park
National Night Out at Don Fox Park

National Night Out was held at Lebanon's Don Fox Park Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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TCAT Lebanon/Hartsville awarded LEAP Grant
TCAT Lebanon/Hartsville awarded LEAP Grant

Gov. Bill Haslam recently announced the recipients of the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) competition, including a $944,009 grant for Tennessee College of Applied Technology locations in Lebanon and Hartsville.

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Three Lebanon grads earn Cracker Barrel scholarships
Three Lebanon grads earn Cracker Barrel scholarships

The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Foundation recently announced that three Lebanon graduates were each awarded a $2,500 academic college scholarship for the 2016-17 school year as part of its annual Employee Scholarship Program.

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Lebanon National Guard unit re-designated
Lebanon National Guard unit re-designated

The Tennessee Army National Guard's Special Troops Battalion, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, headquartered in Lebanon, has been re-designated as an engineer battalion.

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Burton announces Ward 2 candidacy
Burton announces Ward 2 candidacy

Fred Anthony Burton Sr. has announced his candidacy for re-election to the Lebanon City Council for Ward 2.

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Dancers cut a rug at Lebanon Senior Center
Dancers cut a rug at Lebanon Senior Center

Patrons of the Lebanon Senior Citizens Center get some dance time in as Bill Feathers visits with his guitar Wednesday.


DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

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WB&T adds family fun options for Oktoberfest 2016
WB&T adds family fun options for Oktoberfest 2016

New games, food selections and photo opportunities will be added to a fun-filled weekend for families when Oktoberfest arrives at Wilson Bank & Trust on Oct. 15 and 16.

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Third annual Fellowship House catfish dinner set
Third annual Fellowship House catfish dinner set

You have seen it - been by it 100 times. Maybe you wondered who those folks on the front porch were and what they were doing. I'm going to tell you and ask for your help.

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Wine festival to return to Wilson County
Wine festival to return to Wilson County

Earlier this week, the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce announced plans to bring its signature event, the Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival, back to Wilson County for its 14th year.

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Community Calendar- Sept. 28
Community Calendar- Sept. 28

Calendar for Sept. 28

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Wilson County Property Transfers- Aug. 8-12
Wilson County Property Transfers- Aug. 8-12

Wilson County Property Transfers Aug. 8-12, 2016

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LoJac, Kodi Klip celebrate purchase
LoJac, Kodi Klip celebrate purchase

LoJac, Inc. celebrated the acquisition of Kodi Klip at Five Oaks Gold & Country Club on Monday evening.

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Bryant announces candidacy for Lebanon City Council
Bryant announces candidacy for Lebanon City Council

Marilyn Bryant has announced her candidacy for the Ward 2 alderman seat on the Lebanon city Council in the Nov. 8 Municipal Election.

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Lebanon woman charged with statutory rape in Gallatin
Lebanon woman charged with statutory rape in Gallatin

Gallatin police arrested a Lebanon woman last week after they were notified of sexual activity she allegedly instigated with a 17-year-old co-worker at the Goodwill store on Nashville Pike.

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Gift of a lifetime
Gift of a lifetime

Veterans Sgt. Brian Buckingham of Clarksville received the gift of a lifetime on Saturday, thanks to the Fallen Soldiers March, a nonprofit organization which helps our heroes.

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Could racing return to Nashville Superspeedway?
Could racing return to Nashville Superspeedway?

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto indicated there might be some type of plans in store for the defunct Nashville Superspeedway track, possible by "some folks in Mt. Juliet."

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City of Lebanon survey seeks community input
City of Lebanon survey seeks community input

The City of Lebanon recently launched the online phase of a community wide survey aimed at helping local officials identify and define a cohesive plan for the city and its future growth.

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Craighead announces mayoral re-election bid
Craighead announces mayoral re-election bid

Earlier this week, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead formally announced his intention to seek re-election to the city's top position. In a statement released by Craighead, the text of which follows, the incumbent mayor compares the state of the city when he was first elected in 2008 to present-day and casts an eye on future projects.

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WJB names homecoming attendants
WJB names homecoming attendants

Walter J. Baird Middle School celebrated its Football Homecoming on Sept. 13 with a win over Southside Middle School. Members of the court were, front row from left, Lili Smith, Queen Melia Fuqua and Hannah-Leigha Totaro; back row, from left, Allie Cook, Kiley Brasher, Carrie Moscardelli and Julia Manus.

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New equipment installed at Lebanon park
New equipment installed at Lebanon park

Workers installed new fitness equipment at Don Fox Park in Lebanon this week.

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MCA opens new 'old' school building
MCA opens new 'old' school building

McClain Christian Academy opened their doors to students this week.

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WCSO Lt. Harrison to be remembered at Sherry's Run
WCSO Lt. Harrison to be remembered at Sherry's Run

Wilson County Sheriff's Office Lt. Bob Harrison was a man who dedicated half of his life to serving his neighbors through law enforcement. Though he was a highly decorated officer, he was best known for his kind spirit and incomparable sense of humor.

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$50K Powerball tickets bought in Lebanon
$50K Powerball tickets bought in Lebanon

A $50,000-winning Powerball ticket for the Saturday, Sept. 3 drawing was purchased in Lebanon, officials with the lottery announced recently.

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History- LHS Football team 1923
History- LHS Football team 1923

Remember When...

It's football time in Wilson County. This was the Lebanon High School football team in 1923. Do you know the names of these players and coaches?

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Sherry's Run remembers a life of service
Sherry's Run remembers a life of service

Service to God, service to country and service to family - these are the things that sum up the life and legacy of Lebanon's Dr. Donald Cole. Whether he was serving his country as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army or serving as a medical missionary in the jungles of Ecuador, Cole's life was marked by service to others.

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Threat made against Lebanon Walgreens cleared
Threat made against Lebanon Walgreens cleared

Lebanon Police responded to the Walgreens on West Main Street Wednesday evening following the discovery of a note that made a threat against the business.

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Coworking Together
Coworking Together

Software engineer Parker Agee is excited to unveil his vision for a co-working community at The Mill at Lebanon this fall.

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Candidates finalized for Nov. 8 elections
Candidates finalized for Nov. 8 elections

Aug. 18 at noon was the deadline for candidates to file their petitions for the Nov. 8 General Election.

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Ash announces Lebanon mayoral bid
Ash announces Lebanon mayoral bid

Declaring his intention to run for the office of mayor of Lebanon, Bernie Ash knows the wisdom of taking stock of where we are today, envisioning a better tomorrow and remembering where we came from.

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Woman of Wilson Luncheon planned
Woman of Wilson Luncheon planned
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FOOTBALL -- Scrimmages set Friday night
FOOTBALL -- Scrimmages set Friday night
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Lightning strike eyed as cause of house fire
Lightning strike eyed as cause of house fire

Wilson Emergency Management Agency officials reported a fire completely destroyed a Lebanon home on Wednesday.

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NJHFR stampedes into the Ward Ag Center

I'll answer this question I hear asked a lot, lately.

Those oddly painted and decorated bulls you see outside area businesses are to promote and show support for the National Junior High Rodeo Finals, coming to the James E. Ward Ag. Center June 19-25.

It's a big deal. This is for national titles.

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Guardian Building Products opens Lebanon distribution center
Guardian Building Products opens Lebanon distribution center

A distributor of exterior building products serving the lumber and building materials industry has opened its newest distribution center in Lebanon.

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Escaping inmate captured
Escaping inmate captured

Wilson County Sheriff's Deputies along with the assistance of the Lebanon Police Department apprehended an inmate who forcibly exited the Wilson County Jail's Visitation area around 11 a.m. on June 9.

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Dark day ahead for Wilson
Dark day ahead for Wilson

Wilson County and the surrounding area will be the "it" place to be on Aug. 21, 2017, when a once-in-a-lifetime event - a total solar eclipse - takes place, and the celestial event is already gaining the attention around the globe.

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Lebanon DQ to open June 22
Lebanon DQ to open June 22

A local fast food restaurant will be opening sooner rather than later.

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Old Hickory Credit Union robbed Friday
Old Hickory Credit Union robbed Friday

Lebanon Police are asking the public to be vigilant in identifying a robbery suspect.

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LPD investigating infant death
LPD investigating infant death

Lebanon Police are investigating the death of an infant.

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Dozens gather to support Historic Lebanon
Dozens gather to support Historic Lebanon

Guests at the Friends of Historic Lebanon annual dinner learned about more than our city's history on Tuesday night. They learned about our country's 8th President Martin Van Buren and the two-party political system, in particular.

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Cedar City Trail opens new branch
Cedar City Trail opens new branch

A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday for the newest portion of the Cedar City Trail.

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Lebanon comedian taking comedy seriously
Lebanon comedian taking comedy seriously

Wilson County native Brian Bates will headline a show at Zanies Comedy Club this Sunday, May 8. Bates, who began doing stand-up comedy nine years ago, has performed at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center; however, Sunday will mark his first time headlining at Zanies.

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SOCCER -- WCHS scores early
SOCCER -- WCHS scores early

Wilson Central 1, Lebanon 0
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central celebrated Senior Night with a thrilling 1-0 home win over Lebanon Thursday, improving to 10-3 overall, 5-1 in District 9-AAA.
Brannon Ketelson scored for WCHS in the opening minute.

The Wildcats play at Shelbyville Central Saturday in a 7 pm match.

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10-year-old shoots himself in stomach
10-year-old shoots himself in stomach

A 10-year-old boy was transported by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center this afternoon due to a gunshot wound.

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'Country Living' makes itself at home
'Country Living' makes itself at home

"Country" comes to town.

We're talking about the Country Living Fair that returns for a second helping of Wilson County hospitality this Friday through Sunday at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

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Prep softball this week
Prep softball this week

Monday, April 18
Cascade at Watertown 5 pm
Station Camp at Mt. Juliet 5 pm

Tuesday, April 19
White House Heritage at Friendship 5 pm
Hendersonville at Wilson Central 5 pm
Donelson Christian at MJ Christian 5 pm
Lebanon at Mt. Juliet 5 pm

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Prep baseball this week
Prep baseball this week

Monday, April 18
Friendship Christian at MJ Christian 3:30 pm
Goodpasture at Watertown 6 pm

Tuesday, April 19
MJ Christian at Friendship 6:30 pm
Watertown at Goodpasture 4:30 pm
Lebanon at Wilson Central 7 pm
Station Camp at Mt. Juliet 7 pm

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LSSD to host special ed workshop
LSSD to host special ed workshop

The Lebanon Special School District will host STEP (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents), Inc. for training to help parents learn about their child's educational needs and their rights under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) during a workshop on Monday, April 11.

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Tennova Healthcare - Lebanon to host sports screening day
Tennova Healthcare - Lebanon to host sports screening day

Tennova Healthcare - Lebanon, formerly University Medical Center, will host its annual free sports screening day for Wilson County student-athletes on Saturday, April 16 from 7:30 until 11:30 a.m. at the physical therapy department on the ground floor of the patient tower.

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Mandy Barnett returns to musical playground
Mandy Barnett returns to musical playground

Classic country and pop crooner Mandy Barnett kicked off her public performing career at the age of 5 at her church in Crossville.

And while she was making a name for herself in East Tennessee over the next five years, it was not until she and her mom came to Cedars of Lebanon Flea Market in search of song tracks that her music education really clicked into high gear.

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Pick a peck of potted plants
Pick a peck of potted plants

Anticipation is growing for the Future Farmers of America student plant sale at Lebanon High School.

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Burton pleased with utility ordinance
Burton pleased with utility ordinance

Ward 2 City Council Member Fred Burton said he was quite pleased with council's vote on an ordinance to reduce utility costs in the city of Lebanon.

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Leading by example
Leading by example

Past and upcoming graduates of Leadership Wilson gathered for a luncheon at Cumberland University's Baird Chapel on Wednesday.

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Tenants meet to make Square great again
Tenants meet to make Square great again

According to Historic Lebanon representatives, "Everything old is new again!" - and what better example of this slogan than the newly renovated, retailer occupied Lebanon Public Square.

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Easter Egg hunt brings out the best
Easter Egg hunt brings out the best

Tristen Harrison and his family participated in the 7-8 yr. old group hunt. After his hunt, where he managed to gather lots of suckers, candy and plastic eggs with toys, he was approached by another young egg hunter, Cooper Hardy. Cooper had found the "Golden" Egg" in a hunt and told his father PJ Hardy he wanted the boy in the wheelchair to have it.

Photos courtesy Kathy Fakes

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Students encouraged to apply for Chamber scholarships
Students encouraged to apply for Chamber scholarships

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce's Business & Education Coalition is currently accepting scholarship applications. Qualifying students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), an essay, two letters of reference and all requested information on or before 4 p.m., April 22.

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Burn permits required through May 15
Burn permits required through May 15

With spring's arrival, people across the state are taking advantage of the mild weather to work around the home or farm. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry recently issued a reminder for citizens that, if they plan to burn outdoors, a burn permit is required.

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Bowen speaks out on mayor, firing
Bowen speaks out on mayor, firing

Former Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen spoke out Monday for the first time following his December 2014 termination by Mayor Philip Craighead.

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Weekend full of Easter activities
Weekend full of Easter activities

The weekend is full of Easter festivities.

Beginning on Saturday morning, the City of Lebanon Gas Department will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

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City loses insurance ruling
City loses insurance ruling

The City of Lebanon is "considering their options" following a ruling it which it was decided that their previous agent of record, George Greenwood, is due several months of commission.

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Body found on I-40 ID'ed
Body found on I-40 ID'ed

Authorities have identified the body found alongside I-40 on Monday to be that of 34-year-old Randy Hammer, of Lebanon.

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Warmath's charges of public drunkenness dropped
Warmath's charges of public drunkenness dropped

It was announced Wednesday morning that charges of alleged public intoxication against former Ward 6 City Councilor Kathy Warmath have been dropped.

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Kentucky Headhunters to play Capitol Friday
Kentucky Headhunters to play Capitol Friday

Tickets are still available to see the Kentucky Headhunters in Lebanon this Friday night.

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Bell hosts 'meet & greet'
Bell hosts 'meet & greet'

Newly-named Ward 6 City Councilor Rick Bell wants constituents to know he is dedicated to serving them.

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Wilson Bank announces 4-for-3 stock split
Wilson Bank announces 4-for-3 stock split

Wilson Bank Holding Company recently announced a four-for-three stock split effective at the end of March, the institution's first stock split since 2007.

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Mary Baines retires after 37 years with UMC / Tennova
Mary Baines retires after 37 years with UMC / Tennova

Longtime University Medical Center/Tennova switchboard operator Mary Baines is retiring after 37 years.

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Brooks Bucks return to benefit Habitat

For the 13th consecutive year, Demos' Restaurant is serving it up for Wilson Habitat for Humanity. Each $5 donation to Wilson Habitat for Humanity buys one Brooks Buck and entitles the bearer to apply $7.50 toward one meal - lunch or dinner - at Demos' Restaurant in Lebanon.

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Lebanon sets dates for spring curbside clean-up
Lebanon sets dates for spring curbside clean-up

The City of Lebanon Public Works Department will offer its annual curbside spring clean-up from April 4 through April 15.

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Woman of Wilson: Stephanie Bentley
Woman of Wilson: Stephanie Bentley

Stephanie Bentley described her career as an agent with Blackwell Realty and Auction as a "new adventure daily."

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Loft Hair Studio opens above Lebanon Square
Loft Hair Studio opens above Lebanon Square

Overlooking the historic Lebanon Square is a trendy, new hair salon.

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Chamber readies for St. Paddy's Day
Chamber readies for St. Paddy's Day

The Lebanon-Wilson Chamber of Commerce is preparing for their annual St. Patrick's Day celebration - and it is sure to be a feast.

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Everyone knows 'Grumpy' - or Leah Hulan
Everyone knows 'Grumpy' - or Leah Hulan

Everybody knows Leah Hulan, or at least it seems that way if you have lunch with her in a downtown restaurant.

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'The Voice' of Lebanon radio
'The Voice' of Lebanon radio

The first time he walked into WCOR Radio station at the age of 9, Coleman Walker knew what he wanted to do with his life, but he had no clue he would spend more than half a century behind the microphone, and in the process become "The Voice" of Lebanon radio.

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Walk Across Wilson raises thousands for schools
Walk Across Wilson raises thousands for schools

Stepping up to promote good health paid off in a big way for county and city schools.

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Info sought on Rocky Valley Rd. homicide
Info sought on Rocky Valley Rd. homicide

Wilson County Sheriff's Office detectives are seeking the public's help with any possible information regarding a homicide in the southeast portion of the county.

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Custom Packaging to be presenting sponsor of Phoenix Ball
Custom Packaging to be presenting sponsor of Phoenix Ball

Custom Packaging will be the presenting sponsor of Cumberland University's annual black-tie fundraiser, the Phoenix Ball.

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The Gift of Thrift
The Gift of Thrift

Finding the perfect prom gown or wedding dress for $50 or less is practically unheard of; however, thanks to a generous donation, The Wilson County Help Center is offering just that.

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Lebanon Easter Egg Hunt set for March 26
Lebanon Easter Egg Hunt set for March 26

The City of Lebanon Gas Department will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Fiddlers Grove area of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center on Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. until noon.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning play comes to Encore Theatre for 10th anniversary
Pulitzer Prize-winning play comes to Encore Theatre for 10th anniversary

It's about coming full circle for local actor, writer and director Joel Meriwether. Ten years ago Meriwether directed Wilson County's Encore Theatre Company's inaugural production, "The Murder Room."

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'Southside Rapist' to be released
'Southside Rapist' to be released

A convicted rapist is about to be a free man for the first time in three decades.

Ronnie Johnson, 62, was granted parole in January 2016 and is pending release from incarceration.

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Woman of Wilson: Julie Miller-Wilson
Woman of Wilson: Julie Miller-Wilson

Julie Miller-Wilson opened Body Kneads, Etc. with her daughter, Heather Hull, and another friend in April 2010. In just six short years the business has grown into a full-service day spa.

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WCSO detectives seize large amount of money, drugs and weapon
WCSO detectives seize large amount of money, drugs and weapon

Wilson County Sheriff's Narcotics detectives uncovered a large amount of money, drugs and a weapon while executing search warrants at two homes believed to be drug distribution sites operated by a Lebanon couple.

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Community Calendar -- March 2, 2016

Calendar for March 2

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MJ Noon Rotary to host Wilson County All-Sing
MJ Noon Rotary to host Wilson County All-Sing

The Mt. Juliet Noon Rotary will host the third annual Wilson County All-Sing on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at Watertown High School.

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The doctor is (back) in
The doctor is (back) in

Dr. Robert Steves is getting back-to-the-basics of treating patients. His direct primary care practice, The Town Doctor, in Lebanon, will open next Tuesday.

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Lebanon giving away free trees
Lebanon giving away free trees

As part of the Tennessee Environmental Council's 50K Tree Day, the City of Lebanon will host a tree giveaway on Friday, Feb. 26.

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Nominations open for Leadership Wilson
Nominations open for Leadership Wilson

Nominations and applications for the Leadership Wilson Class of 2017 are currently being accepted. Nominations can come from anyone in the community, and anyone in the community can be nominated as long as they live and/or work in Wilson County.

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New talent sought for live 650 WSM music showcase
New talent sought for live 650 WSM music showcase

New talent is currently being sought for WSM Live From The Capitol Theatre, a live performance show highlighting aspiring singers and songwriters set to debut on Saturday, Feb. 27.

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University Medical Center becomes Tennova Healthcare
University Medical Center becomes Tennova Healthcare

One of the state's largest health networks, Tennova Healthcare - among the state's largest health networks - has announced its expansion to Lebanon with the addition of University Medical Center. The expansion will see the local hospital's name change to Tennova Healthcare - Lebanon.

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Democrats plan Sunday workshop in Lebanon
Democrats plan Sunday workshop in Lebanon

The Tennessee Democratic Party's Regional Leadership and Strategy Workshop will be held in Lebanon Sunday, Feb. 21, from 1 until 6 p.m. at Executive Suites adjacent to Cracker Barrel on S. Cumberland in Lebanon.

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WC Civic League to present 'Raisin in the Sun'
WC Civic League to present 'Raisin in the Sun'

The Wilson County Civic League will present "A Raisin in the Sun" this weekend.

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A Square Meal- City Cafe remembered
A Square Meal- City Cafe remembered

It's been a long time coming, but with this spring's opening of Dean's Hot Chicken & Waffles and The Coffee Shoppe, eating, drinking and making merry returns to the Lebanon Square.

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Lebanon home destroyed by fire Wednesday
Lebanon home destroyed by fire Wednesday

The Lebanon Fire Department responded to a report of smoke and flames coming out of the rear exit of the home located at 213 East Adams Street around 1:30 p.m.

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Florists thankful for the business
Florists thankful for the business

Sending a beautiful bouquet remains a popular way to say "I love you" - and what better time to say it than Valentine's Day? Valentine's Day is Sunday, Feb. 14.

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Vouchers are NOT the answer
Vouchers are NOT the answer

I was upset to read the recent column by State Rep. Susan Lynn about school voucher payments being the answer to failing public schools. According to Rep. Lynn, "these schools have been failing for as long as anyone can recall."

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Chamber Awards handed out
Chamber Awards handed out

Prior to its annual banquet Tuesday night, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce presented several awards to local businesses, organizations and community leaders.

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PREP HOOPS -- Tuesday summaries
PREP HOOPS -- Tuesday summaries

Spray breaks own record
PORTLAND -- Wilson Central's Kendall Spray bettered her own single season record for 3-pointers in Tuesday's 67-28 victory at Portland High.

The UT-Martin signee connected on six of her 10 tries from beyond the arc and finished with 28 points.

The six 3-pointers gave her 141 for the season -- breaking the mark she set last year of 139.

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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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Daryle Singletary to perform in Lebanon on Friday
Daryle Singletary to perform in Lebanon on Friday

Country singer Daryle Singletary, known for unforgettable hits like "I Let Her Lie," "Too Much Fun," and "Amen Kind of Love," is gearing up for a performance in Lebanon this Friday night.

The show, presented by Vision Music Inc., will be held at Cahoots Dance Hall & Honkytonk in Lebanon on Feb. 12th. Singletary will be joined by special guests George Ducas and Clint Daniels.

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Fugitive arrested with stolen vehicles, swallows drugs
Fugitive arrested with stolen vehicles, swallows drugs

Wilson County Sheriff's Deputies arrested two people for possession of stolen vehicles and other stolen property. They assisted U.S. Marshals who were trying to find one of the suspects who was wanted in Georgia for other charges.

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City passes 'pay corrections' on first reading
City passes 'pay corrections' on first reading

The Lebanon City Council approved an employee compensation correction, which included lowering health insurance costs and correcting the city's pay table, at their regular called meeting on Tuesday night.

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Hwy. 109 dangers not just news, but real life to many
Hwy. 109 dangers not just news, but real life to many

Brian Harville's article last Friday, "Another one about Hwy. 109" stayed on my mind all weekend. Brian and I view the topic from different perspectives, his from a newsroom, mine from my home less than a mile from Highway 109, but we both realize the seriousness of the problem and the need to address the question he poses, "Why is so very little being done about it?"

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Portable meth lab busted at Crosswinds Condominiums
Portable meth lab busted at Crosswinds Condominiums

Lebanon Police discovered a "portable meth lab" at Crosswinds Condominiums on Wednesday morning.

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Warmath resigns council seat
Warmath resigns council seat

Attorney Jack Lowery, on behalf of councilor Kathy Warmath, announced today she would be resigning from Lebanon City Council after 23 years.

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Dog bites woman in Oak Hill
Dog bites woman in Oak Hill

Lebanon Police reported a dog biting incident in the Oak Hill subdivision last week.

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City employees could see raises
City employees could see raises

Lebanon City Council will consider a proposal to "adjust and correct" employee pay following results from a employee pay study which determined Lebanon paid its employees close to 20 percent less than comparable communities.

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Simply Saluting: Dr. Paul Stumb
Simply Saluting: Dr. Paul Stumb

Each month CedarStone Bank "simply salutes" an influential leader in Wilson County. This month the bank is proud to recognize Dr. Paul Stumb, president of Cumberland University.

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Wilson CVB, WSM to partner on 'Live from The Capitol Theatre'
Wilson CVB, WSM to partner on 'Live from The Capitol Theatre'

The radio home of the Grand Ole Opry and the Wilson County Convention and Visitors Bureau are teaming up for the debut of "WSM Live from The Capitol Theatre," a live performance show highlighting aspiring singers and songwriters.

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Rockie Williams MJ dealership to break ground Wednesday
Rockie Williams MJ dealership to break ground Wednesday

Tabbed the top-selling dealership in Tennessee for Dec. 2015, Rockie Williams' Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram breaks ground Wednesday in Mt. Juliet for a new state-of-the-art facility unlike any in the area.

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Low Country Boil moves 'uptown'
Low Country Boil moves 'uptown'

Since 2002, the Shamrock Society of Lebanon has organized a fund-raising event known as The Low Country Boil. A desire to help neighbors battling cancer and have fun while doing so has fueled the group through the years, and that same spirit carries on this year with a new twist.

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Friends, mayor remember longtime Councilman Hayes
Friends, mayor remember longtime Councilman Hayes

Longtime Lebanon City Council Member Joe Hayes passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. He will be fondly remembered by the community he loved and served.

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Will it snow?
Will it snow?

Following one of the warmest Decembers in history, Wilson County is finally seeing some wintry weather this month.

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Craighead outlines Tourism Pilot Program to commissioners
Craighead outlines Tourism Pilot Program to commissioners

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead presented a Tourism Development Pilot to several Wilson County commissioners Thursday.

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Haston named Lebanon economic development head
Haston named Lebanon economic development head

The search has ended - Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead announced Tuesday morning that Sarah Haston has been named the city's new Economic Development Director.

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NWS predicting significant snow Friday
NWS predicting significant snow Friday

Some folks woke up to snow in Wilson County on Wednesday morning, while others just received the dreaded ice.

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Empower Me Center unveils fund-raising board at site
Empower Me Center unveils fund-raising board at site

A cold day did not keep hundreds of people from celebrating the Empower Me Center's launch part on Jan. 16 at the site of what they hope will be their official home in the very near future.

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A work in the park
A work in the park

During the dead of winter old things are taking on new life at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

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TN Cheesecake to hold Dock Sale Friday, Saturday
TN Cheesecake to hold Dock Sale Friday, Saturday

Tennessee Cheesecake will hold it's 5th Annual Dock Sale on Friday and Saturday, with special sales open to the public.

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Haston to lead Lebanon economic development

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead announced Tuesday morning that Sarah Haston has been named the City's new Economic Development Director.

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Empower Me holds most successful fund raiser in its history
Empower Me holds most successful fund raiser in its history

The recent 90DaystoDonate.com fund-raiser was the most successful single fund-raising event Empower Me Center has ever held.

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Wilson County students earn dean's list honors at CU
Wilson County students earn dean's list honors at CU

Cumberland University recently released the dean's list for fall semester 2015. Information for the list was provided by the CU Office of Institutional Research. The honor is reserved for students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or above on all classes attempted.

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Unity March set for Saturday
Unity March set for Saturday

The fourth annual Commemorative Unity March will take place Saturday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m.

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Mark Leon Harrell, 56
Mark Leon Harrell, 56

Mark Leon Harrell, age 56, of Lebanon, died January 7, 2016. Harrell was a member of Gladeville Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and was a member of the GBC Praise Band. He was a self-employed general contractor.

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Entertainers to headline Capitol for Senior Center
Entertainers to headline Capitol for Senior Center

Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming Legends & Humor Show at the Capitol Theatre in Lebanon.

The show, which benefits the Lebanon Senior Citizens Center, will be held Thursday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. - with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Coordinator Tom Grant said there is no reserved seating, but "there's not a bad seat in the house."

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Child finds DCS worker's loaded gun in Lebanon office
Child finds DCS worker's loaded gun in Lebanon office

Lebanon Police reported a child found a gun at the Lebanon Department of Children's Services office Thursday.

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Warmath's proposal for stipend for special-called meetings deferred
Warmath's proposal for stipend for special-called meetings deferred

Ward 6 City Council Member Kathy Warmath broached the subject of compensating Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, City Council and Board of Zoning Appeals members for work sessions and special-called meetings during Tuesday night's Lebanon City Council meeting.

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Small aircraft crash on Kent Drive in Lebanon
Small aircraft crash on Kent Drive in Lebanon

According to eyewitnesses on the scene, a small aircraft has crashed near the Lebanon Municipal Airport.

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Year in Review: Growth spurs changes in Wilson
Year in Review: Growth spurs changes in Wilson

As has been the case for more than a decade, government in Wilson County and its municipalities spent much of 2015 monitoring, preparing for or dealing with the ramifications of growth.

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Auditions set for historic Civic League performance

Auditions for an upcoming Wilson County Civic League production will be held on Monday, Dec. 28, and Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Market Street Community Center in Lebanon.

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Coffee shop to open on Square in Spring
Coffee shop to open on Square in Spring

By now most folks traveling around the Lebanon Public Square have noticed new signage to the right of the Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce.

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Thanks for wonderful Historic Tour of Homes
Thanks for wonderful Historic Tour of Homes

On behalf of Historic Lebanon, I would like to thank the community for a great 2015. Our recent 8th Annual Historic Places Tour had more than 300 participants enjoying a wonderful night in Lebanon.

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Witt's 155-hour nonstop drive
Witt's 155-hour nonstop drive

In 1932 flagpole sitting had flagged out, dance marathons were still the rage and swallowing goldfish had not yet caught the fancy of college kids.

In Lebanon, Tennessee, for who knows what reason, 22-year-old Russell Witt had himself handcuffed to the steering wheel of a Chevy sedan, lightly put his foot on the gas pedal and set off on a nonstop155-hour spin that set a world endurance record.

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Anonymous donor gives wedding rings to Salvation Army
Anonymous donor gives wedding rings to Salvation Army

It's the giving season, and the familiar Salvation Army bell-ringers are a common sight at local businesses, out in full force during their busiest time of year.

But one donation was less common recently at one of Wilson County's six bucket locations: a wedding band set and another with a larger diamond setting.

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Goodwill expects post-Santa surge in donations
Goodwill expects post-Santa surge in donations

Because Santa will be generous (if you've been nice and not naughty), Christmas morning you will have a ton more lovely items in your already cluttered house.

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Empower Me Day Camp Feature: Morgan Lanning
Empower Me Day Camp Feature: Morgan Lanning

Before the end of the year, organizers for a local non-profit organization are encouraging contributions to help build their dream facility, recently approved to be built next to University Medical Center in Lebanon.

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LPD awards 3, gets first approval for PIO, new carbines
LPD awards 3, gets first approval for PIO, new carbines

Interim Lebanon Police Chief Mike Justice announced to the Lebanon City Council on Tuesday night that three employees were honored recently for their outstanding service.

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'Star Wars' tickets still available locally -- for now
'Star Wars' tickets still available locally -- for now

With the national buzz of the soon-to-be released "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" rising to a fever pitch, there are still options available locally for moviegoers to be the first to see the much-anticipated film.

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LPD looking for two armed robbery suspects
LPD looking for two armed robbery suspects

Lebanon Police need the public's help finding two suspects who allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint.

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Lorrie Morgan to headline Capitol Theatre Sunday
Lorrie Morgan to headline Capitol Theatre Sunday

Country music songstress Lorrie Morgan is bringing her "Enchanted Christmas" to the Capitol Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 13.

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Lebanon Special Census nearing 30,000
Lebanon Special Census nearing 30,000

If you are a Lebanon resident - make sure to get counted in the Lebanon Special Census, happening now.

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Chief hot about new fire hall delays
Chief hot about new fire hall delays

Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Dowell couldn't hide his disappointment over what he called Lebanon City Council "dragging their feet" on proposed Lebanon Fire Station 4, as he addressed the December installment of City Chat on Wednesday morning.

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Lebanon woman killed in I-40 accident
Lebanon woman killed in I-40 accident

A Lebanon woman was killed and two children were injured after all three were ejected from their vehicle in an accident early Wednesday morning on I-40.

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High school wrestling update

LHS hosts County Duals Dec. 3rd
Lebanon High School is scheduled to host the annual Wilson County Duals 6 p.m. Thursday in Campbell Brandon Gymnasium. Weigh-ins begin at 5 p.m. with Wilson Central and Mt. Juliet scheduled to take part along with the host Blue Devils.

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for faculty members and students. Two mats will be utilized, Mat 1 for varsity competition and Mat 2 for middle schools as Walter J. Baird, West Wilson and Mt. Juliet Middle will compete as well.

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Lebanon clarifies Christmas Parade route
Lebanon clarifies Christmas Parade route

Families are looking forward to the 2015 Lebanon Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 6. This year's theme focuses on the "Songs of Christmas" - so it's not surprising that country singer Darryl Worley was asked to serve as the Parade Grand Marshal.

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Post Office celebrates 100th anniversary
Post Office celebrates 100th anniversary

The community was invited to the Wilson County Election Commission on Tuesday for the 100th Anniversary Historic Marker Placement Ceremony for the establishment, located at 203 East Main Street in Lebanon, which formerly served as the Old Federal Post Office.

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The new Cedar City Trail

While driving in front of the new Lebanon High School, I happened to notice a parking area just across the road and correctly guessed that it was connected to the proposed trail between the two schools in the area. I don't know when the work was completed, but it looked ready for business as we unloaded the bikes on the freshly lined parking lot.

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Publix donates $60K to Habitat
Publix donates $60K to Habitat

Wilson County Habitat for Humanity Director Tory Tredway gladly accepted a donation of $60,000 at the Publix Super Market in Mt. Juliet on Monday.

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Festival of Lights opens Nov. 27
Festival of Lights opens Nov. 27

The James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Wilson County Promotions and Fiddlers Grove Historical Village are ready for Christmas with the Festival of Lights, which will feature a new design and route for 2015.

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Lebanon Christmas Tree lighting set for tonight
Lebanon Christmas Tree lighting set for tonight

Lebanon Chamber of Commerce and City of Lebanon staff decorated the city's Christmas tree Thursday afternoon in preparation of it's official lighting. The event will take place on the Lebanon Square at 5:00 p.m. on Friday. The tree will feature ornaments made by local school students.

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'Partnerships make a lot of things happen': Craighead on Expo Center
'Partnerships make a lot of things happen': Craighead on Expo Center

County commissioners, Lebanon City officials and other supporters gathered Friday on the ground where - a year from now - the Wilson County Expo Center will stand.

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Empower Me Center to go before planners
Empower Me Center to go before planners

Leaders and supporters of Wilson County's special needs community plan to pack Lebanon City Hall next week in support of a proposed facility that would nearly quadruple the capacity of the special needs organization, Empower Me Day Camp.

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Lebanon parade to highlight 'Songs of Christmas'
Lebanon parade to highlight 'Songs of Christmas'

The 2015 Grand Marshal for Lebanon's Dec. 6 Christmas Parade will be Lebanon resident and famed country music artist Darryl Worley, the City of Lebanon and Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce recently announced.

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Lebanon hosts Veterans Day parade, ceremony
Lebanon hosts Veterans Day parade, ceremony

Hundreds gathered at the Wilson County Veterans Plaza on Wednesday site on Wednesday morning to pay homage to the brave men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces.

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Cracker Barrel talks business with shareholders
Cracker Barrel talks business with shareholders

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store shareholders gathered at the Central Office in Lebanon on Thursday for their annual meeting.

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Asbestos in 9 schools no concern: Hall
Asbestos in 9 schools no concern: Hall

Several Wilson County schools have asbestos in their buildings. However, Deputy Director of Schools Mickey Hall says it isn't dangerous to the health of students or staff.

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Historic Lebanon announces 8th Annual Historic Places Tour

Historic Lebanon announced this week plans for the 8th Annual Historic Places Tour, slated for Saturday, Dec. 5 from 5 until 8:30 p.m.

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LHS to host sixth annual character breakfast

A popular event organized by the Lebanon High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the annual character breakfast will return for its sixth year on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 9 until 11 a.m.

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Making Molasses
Making Molasses

On the old home place that's been in his family for more than 200 years, Dr. Roger McKinney's mines gold -- liquid gold.

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Made in the USA: no-spill gas can revs up Lebanon
Made in the USA: no-spill gas can revs up Lebanon

Hate it when you spill a little gasoline while refueling your lawn mower or weed trimmer?

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Wonderful Group to build facility here

Tile, ceramics company to invest $150 million, create 220 new jobs
BREAKING -- A porcelain tile manufacturer made its plans to build its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Lebanon public Tuesday, and work on the company's 500,000-square-foot facility is currently underway in the Cherry Farm Industrial Site near Highway 109.

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Sugar Lime Blue goes back to the future
Sugar Lime Blue goes back to the future

Feeling like feeling groovy?

Sugar Lime Blue, a Lebanon-based quintet with the husband-wife team of Dave and Ashley Beth as its nucleus, might just trip you back to the 1970s with their ultra-cool retro vibes, a musical melting pot that oozes a unique blend of country, rock, blues and jazz.

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Two failed apartments could wind up in court
Two failed apartments could wind up in court

Planners may have thought they did the right thing, but it may end up costing the city tens of thousands of dollars or more in legal fees by not approving two developments Tuesday night.

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Does Lebanon want to grow?
Does Lebanon want to grow?

It's a simple question that I ask myself and coworkers on an almost daily basis.

Does Lebanon want to grow, or is it happy to stay as it has been for the past 10, 20, 30 years or more?

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Handmade spaghetti dinner to benefit Brooks House
Handmade spaghetti dinner to benefit Brooks House

Tickets are available now for an old fashioned Spaghetti Supper benefiting Brooks House.

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Shooting at Don Fox Park
Shooting at Don Fox Park

An elderly woman was found dead at Lebanon's Don Fox Park and an elderly man was transported to a local hospital around 10 a.m. after an apparent murder-suicide attempt.

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Fellowship House fund-raiser set for Oct. 15
Fellowship House fund-raiser set for Oct. 15

Think of it as an investment in Lebanon.

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50 years ago at Castle Heights
50 years ago at Castle Heights

In the fall of 1965, I enrolled in college freshman chemistry, and after a few first-quarter tests, my professor, Dr. John T. Skinner approached me after class one day and asked, "Son, where in the world did you take high school chemistry?"

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Bowling alley owner to plead 'not guilty' in cold case
Bowling alley owner to plead 'not guilty' in cold case

A Hamilton County judge has set a hearing date for William Frank Hawk, 61, of Greeneville, who is expected to plead 'not guilty' to first degree murder charges for the 1981 death of Johnny Mack Salyer.

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Count yourself in
Count yourself in

Have you been counted?

There are several ways to participate in the Lebanon Special Census according to Project Manager Scott McRae.

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Baddour Pkwy. project stirs controversy
Baddour Pkwy. project stirs controversy

An apartment development planned for Lebanon has the city abuzz.

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Locals gear up to 'Run Around the World' Saturday
Locals gear up to 'Run Around the World' Saturday

Several Lebanon-area schools are set to take part in a special running event Saturday morning at Winfree Bryant Middle School.

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Dr. Stan Brady, 53

Beloved local dentist Dr. Stan Keith Brady passed away on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 at age 53.

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Daily Obituaries: Sept. 18, 2015

Mark Anthony Murphy, 49

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Daily Obituaries: Sept. 17, 2015

Byron Allen Young, 28
Louise Jean Worley, 87
Ronald A. Kruger, 71

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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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TN Saddle Club rides into Lebanon for 50th year
TN Saddle Club rides into Lebanon for 50th year

The Tennessee Saddle Club will celebrate 50 years this Labor Day Weekend.

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Woman of Wilson- Debbie Jessen
Woman of Wilson- Debbie Jessen

Debbie Jessen has worked in the Lebanon Mayor's Office for over 21 years.

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Silent auction grows with Sherry's Run
Silent auction grows with Sherry's Run

As the event site at 623 West Main Street begins to come together, so too does the silent auction tent for the 12th annual Sherry's Run.

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Sherry's Run announces road closures for Sept. 12 event
Sherry's Run announces road closures for Sept. 12 event

Organizers of the 12th annual Sherry's Run 5K, slated for Saturday, Sept. 12 in Lebanon, recently announced plans for road closures associated with the event.

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Lebanon Airport celebrates opening of new T-hangars
Lebanon Airport celebrates opening of new T-hangars

City leaders and aviation enthusiasts gathered at the Lebanon Municipal Airport on Thursday afternoon to celebrate their newest T-Hangars.

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Veterans group honored by council
Veterans group honored by council

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead proclaimed Sept. 1, 2015 Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1004 Day during Tuesday night's meeting of the Lebanon City Council.

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Search for Expo chief narrows
Search for Expo chief narrows

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said interviews for the Expo Center marketing director position will be held Friday.

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Lebanon kicks off census, website
Lebanon kicks off census, website

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead called launching a Special Census "the biggest thing going on right now" during the September City Chat on Wednesday morning at the Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce.

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Parting the Canebrakes

The express purpose of the writing of this column is very simple. Many, many people and families have moved to Lebanon and to Wilson County from other places who have absolutely no knowledge of our history, how we came to be and of who and what we are.

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David Deaton Karate Studios celebrates new Lebanon location
David Deaton Karate Studios celebrates new Lebanon location

Discipline, confidence, a positive attitude and Wado karate skills are now taught at Wilson County's second David Deaton Karate Studios facility in Lebanon.

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Census hopes to bring in $500K annually to Lebanon: Mayor
Census hopes to bring in $500K annually to Lebanon: Mayor

In what he describes as several great opportunities in the works for the city, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead hopes all the planning and hard work will pay off.

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Mayors proclaim Sept. Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Mayors proclaim Sept. Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

All four local mayors met Tuesday to sign into effect National Suicide Awareness Month in their communities beginning Sept. 1.

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VOLLEYBALL -- LHS sweeps Central
VOLLEYBALL -- LHS sweeps Central

Thursday, Aug. 27 at Lebanon
Lebanon High's volleyball team rolled to a 3-0 home victory over District 9-AAA rival Wilson Central Thursday, Aug. 27. Game scores: 25-22, 25-10 and 25-11.

Senior hitter Nicole Painter paced Lebanon with 12 kills and four blocks Zia Hamilton serves eight aces while Erin Arnold recorded three digs.

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Body found at Silverado's East
Body found at Silverado's East

A body was found Sunday morning in the parking lot of a local nightclub, according to Lebanon Police.

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Cash stepping down as Lebanon EDD
Cash stepping down as Lebanon EDD

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead announced on the Coleman & Company radio show Tuesday that the search is on for a new economic development director.

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CU presidential search narrows it down to three
CU presidential search narrows it down to three

It is no secret that the search is on for a new president of Cumberland University.

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Lebanon woman accused of stealing $340K from friend
Lebanon woman accused of stealing $340K from friend

Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained an indictment for a Lebanon woman accused of misusing her position as a friend's Power of Attorney for financial benefit.

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Bryant given Bass Award by Lebanon Rotary
Bryant given Bass Award by Lebanon Rotary

Esteemed retired educator Hattie Bryant was presented with the Bass Community Service Award by Lebanon Breakfast Rotarians on Thursday at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club.

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Back to school haircuts put a smile on students' faces
Back to school haircuts put a smile on students' faces

More than 200 kids received free Back to School haircuts at The Mill at Lebanon on Saturday.

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Local filmmaker to premiere new horror movie in Lebanon
Local filmmaker to premiere new horror movie in Lebanon

Mt. Juliet resident Jim O'Rear has worked in the Hollywood entertainment industry for over 30 years as an actor, stuntman, screenwriter, director, make-up artist and producer. Now, he plans to bring his latest offering, a horror movie titled "The Hospital 2," home to Wilson County for its U.S. theatrical premiere.

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City Chat informs about city, fire department
City Chat informs about city, fire department

The third City Chat was held at the Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday morning, where Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead and Fire Chief Chris Dowell shared updates on city happenings with interested citizens.

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City honors for Mayor Jewell
City honors for Mayor Jewell

Lebanon Ward 6 City Councilor Kathy Warmath presented a proclamation to the family of the late Bobby Jewell on Tuesday night on behalf of Speaker Ron Ramsey, Sen. Mae Beavers and State Rep. Mark Pody and Susan Lynn.

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It's time to take down Gen. Hatton
It's time to take down Gen. Hatton

The Civil War was about slavery. Yes, it was about States' rights - a state's right to allow slavery. We can be proud of so much of our heritage here in the South. But not slavery. Slavery was shameful.

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Who let the dogs out? Anyone can, police say

A new law allows folks in Tennessee to smash a window or forcibly enter a parked car to rescue an at-risk animal without liability. Prior to this law, animal lovers were often frustrated over the proper way to handle saving a dog, or other animal, trapped inside of a car on a hot day.

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It's hip to be Square
It's hip to be Square

Square renovation celebrated
Traffic was flowing steadily around the newly-renovated Lebanon Public Square Tuesday, July 21 as a crowd of government officials, business owners and Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce members filled the southeast parking quadrant for a celebration that some say was a longtime overdue.

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Balloon Festival rescheduled
Balloon Festival rescheduled

The Wilson County Balloon and Music Festival, originally scheduled for Labor Day weekend at the Lebanon Municipal Airport, is being moved forward to the spring of 2016. The exact date will be announced in the next few weeks.

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'Shop Local Week' welcomed by retailers
'Shop Local Week' welcomed by retailers

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead's proclamation of "Shop Local Week" has many shoppers interested in checking out merchants on the Lebanon Public Square.

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MJ now most populated city in Wilson
MJ now most populated city in Wilson

Mt. Juliet's the big kid on the block now, at least officially.

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The Ice Cream Man Cometh
The Ice Cream Man Cometh

A couple of years back when Two Fat Men Catering's Ed Riley began to envision a new dish to offer customers, the immediate notion that popped into his head proved cool and sweet: homemade ice cream.

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LPD apprehends one alleged burglar, seeks another
LPD apprehends one alleged burglar, seeks another

Over the Holiday weekend, numerous Lebanon residents reported car burglaries, according to Lebanon Police Interim Chief Michael VanHook.

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Wilson grants first same-sex marriage license
Wilson grants first same-sex marriage license

In a whirlwind of activity since this morning's U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning a statewide ban, a Mt. Juliet couple was granted the first marriage license to a same-sex couple in Wilson County.

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Lebanon man arrested in H'ville for agg. statutory rape
Lebanon man arrested in H'ville for agg. statutory rape

A Lebanon man was arrested in Hendersonville on Thursday for engaging in sexual acts with a juvenile.

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Lebanon awarded $250K grant for waste-to-energy project
Lebanon awarded $250K grant for waste-to-energy project

The City of Lebanon was awarded a $250,000 Clean Tennessee Energy grant - the maximum grant amount - to help implement the planned waste-to-energy biomass gasification project at the city's wastewater treatment plant.

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Lebanon Square Safety Project nears completion
Lebanon Square Safety Project nears completion

The Tennessee Department of Transportation wants drivers to keep calm - and know that the Lebanon Square Safety Project is near completion.

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Tennessee Cheesecake relocating to Lebanon
Tennessee Cheesecake relocating to Lebanon

Citing "steady growth," Tennessee Cheesecake Inc. announced plans June 22 to move from Mt. Juliet to Lebanon's Novamet Tech Center, formerly home to Toshiba.

The new building is four times the size of Tennessee Cheesecake's current facility and will be used for manufacturing, warehousing and distribution operations to serve customers throughout the country.

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Council united on donations, split on contracts
Council united on donations, split on contracts

In nearly back-to-back meetings this week, Lebanon City Council approved abandoning the city's interest in a one-block section of Wildwood Avenue at the request of Immanuel Baptist Church, and donated $80,000 to the Wilson County Veterans Plaza Museum.

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A magical proposal
A magical proposal

Sarai Gal-Chis received the surprise of a lifetime when she visited her longtime boyfriend in West Palm Beach, Florida, this summer.

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Hubner wins Auctioneer Championship
Hubner wins Auctioneer Championship

Compass Auctions & Real Estate recently announced that Lebanon auctioneer and Realtor Ray Hubner was named the 2015 Rookie Bid Calling Champion by the Tennessee Auctioneers Association during the organization's annual summer convention at the Inn at Opryland.

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Lebanon among state's Top 20 for Millennial Job Seekers
Lebanon among state's Top 20 for Millennial Job Seekers

NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, recently conducted a study to find the best cities in Tennessee for millennial job seekers - and Lebanon ranked among the top 20.

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Wilson County 'leading edge' against meth production
Wilson County 'leading edge' against meth production

The Lebanon-Wilson Chamber of Commerce presented "City Chat" on Wednesday at their office on the Lebanon Public Square. The series of planned monthly meetings allows community leaders and chamber members to gather and keep updated on city happenings.

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City budget passes next-to-last hurdle

One more vote to go, and the City of Lebanon will have adopted its $25 million budget for the new fiscal year that will begin next month.

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City budget passes third reading, 4-1

The City of Lebanon has a budget. It passed on third reading Tuesday night by a vote of 4-1, with Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath opposed and Ward 1 Councilor Lanny Jewell absent due to the death of his father, former Lebanon Mayor Bobby Jewell.

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Maplehurst Bakeries to locate in Lebanon
Maplehurst Bakeries to locate in Lebanon

Project "Sprinkles" unveiled --
NASHVILLE -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Maplehurst Bakeries, LLC, a division of Weston Foods, officials announced the company will invest $102.8 million to build and equip a new 173,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Lebanon. The facility will be located at Central Pike and 840 and create up to 147 new jobs in Wilson County.

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Bobby L. Jewell, 76
Bobby L. Jewell, 76

Former Lebanon Mayor, Alderman
Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, June 4 at the Immanuel Baptist Church for former Lebanon Mayor Bobby Lee Jewell, 76.

A 1957 graduate of Lebanon High School and longtime owner of Jewell Signs, Mr. Jewell died Saturday, May 30, 2015 at his W. Forrest Ave. home following an extended illness.

On Monday, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead ordered the flags at all city properties lowered to half-staff in honor of Mr. Jewell.

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'Tour of Possibilities' aims for more businesses, people to Square

All eyes were on Lebanon Public Square renovations Thursday as Realtors, developers, entrepreneurs and city officials joined together for a "Tour of Possibilities" presented by Historic Lebanon.

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GOP trying to 'kill off Expo Center'
GOP trying to 'kill off Expo Center'

Construction of a Wilson County Expo Center was approved by the Wilson County Commission in April, but the Wilson County Republican Party's executive committee is now trying to kill the project by circulating a petition to bring it up for a countywide referendum.

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Parting The Canebrakes -- May 13, 2015

HICKORY RIDGE
"A short distance west of Lebanon rises a ridge of high ground, forested, drained by the headwaters of Spencer Creek, Cedar Creek, and Barton's Creek. It is Hickory Ridge, and in this beautiful setting was established one of the most prosperous and flourishing settlements existing in Wilson County before 1800."

"Today, the communities or neighborhoods of Martha, Leeville, Tucker's Gap, Barton's Creek, Bethlehem, Maple Hill, Egan, Munsey, and Horn Springs occupy the area that to the pioneer was known simply as 'on Hickory Ridge.'"

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Cory Barrett hired for LHS girls
Cory Barrett hired for LHS girls

former coach at Riverdale
Cory Barrett, who won a girls basketball state title at Riverdale, only to resign after his most recent team "tanked" a tournament game, has been hired as the new coach of the Lebanon High Devilettes.

In 2013 Barrett led RHS to a record of 35-0 and the 2013 Class AAA state champion as well as mythical ESPN and MaxPreps national championship

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Tap-on fees get tapped for revamping

In an attempt to make the city more attractive to developers and clarify its water tap-on fee system, the City of Lebanon's Engineering Department is recommending a major revamping of some of the ordinances governing those fees.

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Drive up to history's front door
Drive up to history's front door

Be watching any day for a batch of 12-by-18-inch signs bearing big green dots to begin popping up in Lebanon, Mt, Juliet and other places around Wilson County.

Once they're up, well, if you dig local history, then it's ready, get set, go time!

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Pet owners crowd into hearing
Pet owners crowd into hearing

No pet tax has been proposed and no vote has been taken on any animal issues, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead informed a large crowd of pet owners at Monday evening's public hearing to discuss those issues.

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Raises coming for Lebanon city employees

Lebanon next to last in employee pay, trails MJ by $9K-10K average

To keep good employees working for the City of Lebanon, the proposed $25 million city budget for the upcoming fiscal year contains three types of raises - an across-the-board 1.5 percent pay increase; a minimum starting wage of $11 per hour for new full-time employees; and a $200 hike in the year-end annual bonus for all city workers, from $300 to $500.

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Board wants land to build 5 new schools, cost of $270 million
Board wants land to build 5 new schools, cost of $270 million

Wilson County Schools are set to grow. The Wilson County School Board spent about two hours in a work session Thursday evening viewing details of a nearly $270 million five-year construction and equipment plan which would build and furnish five new schools, and expand or renovate five others.

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Lebanon retirees been paying for spouses insurance
Lebanon retirees been paying for spouses insurance

Concerns that the City of Lebanon has been paying for the insurance of the spouses and children of city retirees - concerns which were raised by city officials at a Lebanon City Council work session last week - are simply not founded in fact, former City Attorney William Farmer says.

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Lebanon's multi-million-dollar mistake uncovered
Lebanon's multi-million-dollar mistake uncovered

A mistake "in the millions of dollars" is pretty serious, but apparently that's what the City of Lebanon has made over the past decades. However, having discovered this error could save the city about half the cost of the $18 million unfunded insurance mandate it faces going forward.

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little church vs. BIG CHURCH
little church vs. BIG CHURCH

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

-Matthew 18:20 (King James Version)

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Cash outlines vision for Lebanon's economic plan
Cash outlines vision for Lebanon's economic plan

Being named Lebanon's Economic Development Director in early March has given Helene Singer Cash a larger platform to do something she has "always adored doing" - promoting our community.

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UPDATE -- Suspect arrested in double shooting at grocery store
UPDATE -- Suspect arrested in double shooting at grocery store

UPDATE -- Lebanon man arrested in grocery store shooting

Lebanon Police have arrested a suspect in the April 3 shooting at a local grocery store that sent two people to the hospital with gunshot wounds to the abdomen.

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Volunteers fill the gap
Volunteers fill the gap

If your car breaks down while traveling or a tree falls into the roadway, a certified volunteer could be called to the scene.

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Local pilot's heroics before crash saved more than 100 students
Local pilot's heroics before crash saved more than 100 students

Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon is the final resting place of many heroes. One of those is a young man named 1st Lt. Donald N. Hodges, a 1950 Lebanon High School graduate, whose last act in life saved the lives of more than 100 elementary schoolchildren.

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LPD looking for runaway teen
LPD looking for runaway teen

Lebanon Police are asking for help locating a 15-year-old Lebanon teen who is believed to have run away from home with her 17-year-old boyfriend.

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Read the March 6, 2015 e-edition
Read the March 6, 2015 e-edition

CLICK HERE !!! http://wilsonpost.com/march-6-2015-cms-85240# CLICK HERE !!!

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Star to run to Country Music Marathon
Star to run to Country Music Marathon

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Wilson County government and Premier Orthopaedics are partnering to operate a special Music City Star train on Saturday, April 25 from Lebanon to downtown Nashville for the 2015 St. Jude Country Music Marathon.

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Virginia Laine Hill, 89

Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Barton's Creek Cemetery for Ms. Hill, 89, of Lebanon.

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Donald Ray Rogers, 73

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 in the chapel of Cedarcroft (202 South College St.) for Mr. Rogers, 73.

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City 'going green' with $3.5M gasification project

Solid waste, old tires and wood waste will all go into project to create energy, save money and make money for Lebanon.

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The shows must go on: Music at The Mill, 'Soul of Broadway' a go
The shows must go on: Music at The Mill, 'Soul of Broadway' a go

The shows must go on.

The wintry weather that closed Wilson County schools and businesses this week has had no effect in slowing down Music at the Mill and Soul of Broadway events, both to be held on Saturday.

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Bowen firing upheld after hearing
Bowen firing upheld after hearing

Hearing Officer Brett Gipson ruled that the termination of Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen by Mayor Philip Craighead in December 2014 was "objectively reasonable" following a hearing held at City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

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A Separate Peace at Rest Hill
A Separate Peace at Rest Hill

Numerous grave markers dot a 7.7-acre tranquil field lying within a whisper of the green and white Lebanon City Limits sign.

Some names and dates chiseled into the gray headstones can no longer be deciphered as a century's worth of ravaging by wind, rain and cold has erased the letters and numerals from the limestone surfaces.

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Penny LyneBell Ford, 53

No services were scheduled for Mrs. Ford, 53, of Watertown.

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Letter to the editor

The Roy Bailey African American Museum and History Center would like to extend a special thanks to the record 300 participants who walked on Jan. 19 in the Third Annual Unity March through Lebanon to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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SEEING DOUBLE -- Post office twins provide stellar service with a smile
SEEING DOUBLE -- Post office twins provide stellar service with a smile

If you've waited in line at the Lebanon Post Office for any time at all over the past few months, you may have asked yourself the question: Are those two smiling ladies on the other side of the counter sisters?

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Lebanon man found dead in his vehicle, homicide suspected
Lebanon man found dead in his vehicle, homicide suspected

Lebanon Police officers have arrested a man on homicide charges after finding a local man dead inside his vehicle.

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A Chocolate Affair to remember
A Chocolate Affair to remember

The sixth annual Chocolate Affair, benefitting the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center, will be held Friday from 7-9 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in Lebanon.

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She believes in miracles
She believes in miracles

Lebanon High senior Melissa Bohrman can't remember how many times she has cried since losing her bright orange Nikon CoolPix camera last summer on a canoe trip.

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City Council to hold special called meeting

Lebanon City Council will hold a special called meeting Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 a.m. in the Lebanon Town Hall Meeting Room.

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D-II all-district honorees named
D-II all-district honorees named

Tournament opens Thursday, Feb. 5 --
The coaches of the TSSAA East-Middle District (1-A) of Division II have released the 2014-2015 all-district teams.

They are as follows:

All District Boys Basketball
MJ Christian: Landon Boyd

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Tech ed is coming to Lebanon
Tech ed is coming to Lebanon

There are fewer limitations on Tennessee Promise than many people may realize. Not only does it guarantee that high school graduates will be able to go to community colleges, it extends the same promise to those graduates who want a technical education.

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Armstrong to race for U.S. Team in Italy
Armstrong to race for U.S. Team in Italy

Greg Armstrong, teacher and cross-country coach at Friendship Christian School, was just named to the 2015 United States National 24-Hour Running Team that will compete in the IAU World Championship in Turin, Italy, on April 11.

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Under Armour breaks ground, MJ business booms, Vanatta steps down at Lebanon Chamber
Under Armour breaks ground, MJ business booms, Vanatta steps down at Lebanon Chamber

Commercial growth has been strong in the county during the year. Under Armour and FedEx both announced they're building new distribution centers near Mt. Juliet's new I-40 exit at Beckwith Road. Softer Inc. located a plastics plant on North Highway 109, and GoodSports picked Lebanon for its planned sports village.

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Reward Offered in Parking Lot Robbery Case
Reward Offered in Parking Lot Robbery Case

A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case of a recent drive-by purse-snatching at the Lebanon Kroger, according to the Lebanon Police Department.

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Lebanon leader excited about projected sales tax surplus

City of Lebanon Finance Commissioner Robert Springer reported that sales tax collected in November was up $83,000 from November 2013.

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Recycling yard expansion nixed

BZA cites non-compliance issuesThe Lebanon Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) voted unanimously to turn down an expansion request from Trinity Recycling this week.

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PFG employee pleads guilty to embezzling $135,000
PFG employee pleads guilty to embezzling $135,000

A Performance Food Group employee admitted to engaging in a scheme to embezzle more than $135,000 from her employer and a client.

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City hires outside attorney vs. Bowen for $200 per hour

The City of Lebanon will hire outside attorney David Veile to represent the city in the upcoming disciplinary appeal hearing requested by fired Police Chief Scott Bowen.

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New insurance rules for future retirees?

Facing $18 million in unfunded liability for insurance costs, the City of Lebanon must re-evaluate its insurance coverage, Mayor Philip Craighead and City Finance Officer Robert Springer have advised the City Council.

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'Super Bullet' sent into space near Lebanon
'Super Bullet' sent into space near Lebanon

A couple of employees from an ammo company decided to send a bullet into the sky south of Lebanon with a camera attached for the ride.

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Councilors review new zoning plan

From zoning label changes to granny flats.

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Bowen out as Lebanon Police chief
Bowen out as Lebanon Police chief

In a brief email sent by Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, it was announced that Lebanon Chief of Police Scott Bowen has been removed from his position.

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UPDATED: Bowen out as LPD chief
UPDATED: Bowen out as LPD chief

In a brief email sent by Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, it was announced that Lebanon Chief of Police Scott Bowen has been removed from his position.

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Lebanon plans holiday events for Sunday

The annual Lebanon Christmas Parade this Sunday will be a bittersweet event for longtime Lebanon/Wilson Chamber CEO Sue Vanatta.

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Little River Band to headline Brooks House fund-raiser

The Little River Band, famous for tunes such as "Lady," "Lonesome Loser," "Reminiscing," and "Cool Change," will be in Lebanon this Sunday night to put on a rockin' show and raise funds for Brooks House.

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Laguardo Water 'hard as rocks'
Laguardo Water 'hard as rocks'

"Hard" water has been causing Cindy and Tommy Jackson's dishwasher to malfunction, and other neighbors in Five Oaks say they are having problems with hot water heaters and showers clogging up, too.

"It appears we needlessly replaced a dishwasher," Cindy said. "The new $900 one isn't doing any better."

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(Beauty) Work in Progress

Millions of women worldwide elect to be injected with Botox Cosmetic for its smoothing powers on the forehead and crow's feet around the eyes. But did you know Botox, when injected properly, can also lift a downturned mouth, give the appearance of a fuller pout and reduce underarm sweat?

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Vehicle Testing to resume on Nov. 29 following Thanksgiving Holiday

Lebanon's vehicle emissions testing center will close on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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Take a peek at old Lebanon
Take a peek at old Lebanon

Kim Parks gathers 200 splendid images in new book.

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New face on council isn't new to public service
New face on council isn't new to public service

One thing won't change when Bernie Ash takes his new seat on the Lebanon City Council.

Ash plans to continue supporting the proposed Fire Station 4 at Eastgate that was strongly promoted by his predecessor Joe Hayes.

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Goodwill Career Solutions center opening

Gaining employment is possible with the right tools. Thanks to Goodwill's Career Solutions center in Lebanon, job seekers can get those tools for free.

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Tressler & Associates celebrates five years

Friday, Nov. 14, Tressler & Associates, PLLC celebrated five years of "securing peace of mind" in Middle Tennessee. However, just over a decade ago, founder Todd Tressler was on a different path.

Tressler, a Lebanon native, said he was on track to medical school after earning his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

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Aeronautics school ready for take-off
Aeronautics school ready for take-off

Baker School of Aeronatics
LEBANON -- Although Baker's School of Aeronautics will officially celebrate its grand opening on Friday, Nov. 14, the school has served Middle Tennessee for decades.

Baker's School of Aeronautics was formerly known as King's School of Aeronautics and was located in the Nashville Municipal Airport area. The school was first opened by Russell King in 1973.

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MJ finalizes property sale to Lebanon car dealer

Monday night (Nov. 10) city commissioners put into motion a measure that brings another new car dealership to Mt. Juliet.

In a 3-0 vote (Mayor Ed Hagerty and outgoing District 4 Commissioner Jim Bradshaw absent), Mt. Juliet city commissioners approved a resolution to finalize the sale of eight city-owned acres on Pleasant Grove Road in the Paddocks area to Premier Dodge Chrysler Jeep LLC of Lebanon.

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Teacher suspended in alleged slapping incident at LHS

Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright acknowledged this week that a

teacher had allegedly slapped a student at Lebanon High School for using profanity.

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Co-worker threatens man with box cutter
Co-worker threatens man with box cutter

Thirty-year-old Omar Abdi, of Nashville, was arrested by Mt. Juliet police and booked into the Wilson County Jail Monday after threatening to cut a co-worker's throat with a box cutter.

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Lebanon gastroenterologist fighting colon cancer himself
Lebanon gastroenterologist fighting colon cancer himself

A local doctor whose specialties include colon cancer is now battling the disease himself.

Representatives with Lebanon Digestive Disease Associates say Dr. Donald Cole has undergone a successful surgery for a previously undetected colon cancer.

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Lochinvar plans expansion
Lochinvar plans expansion

Lebanon-based Lochinvar, LLC, announced this week the upcoming expansion of its world headquarters on Maddox-Simpson Parkway. The project will add 74,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and storage capacity, as well as an extended office area and a "significantly enhanced" engineering facility that is twice the size of the current space.

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Lebanon to spray for mosquitoes Wednesday

Lebanon officials announce plans to spray for mosquitoes.

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West Main Street paving project set

Tennessee Department of Transportation has begun preparation for resurfacing West Main Street in Lebanon.

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Lebanon, WWAWC agree on service areas

Mayor Philip Craighead hosted Water and Wastewater Authority of Wilson County representatives at City Hall on Monday to talk about a “historic agreement” that is a “win-win-win” for all involved.

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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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Day of Prayer focuses on community, leaders
Day of Prayer focuses on community, leaders

The Lebanon community united at First Baptist Church on East Main Street Thursday morning to observe America’s National Day of Prayer.

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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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Proposed sales tax measure pulled from agenda

Lebanon City Council approved a number of items on its agenda at Tuesday’s regular meeting, but the main item was pulled from consideration.

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Proposed sales tax measure pulled from agenda

Lebanon City Council approved a number of items on its agenda at Tuesday’s regular meeting, but the main item was pulled from consideration.

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Remembering JFK- Part II
Remembering JFK- Part II

In early February 1964, U.S. Secret Service Agent Bill Carter was assigned to escort Marina Oswald to the Warren Commission in Washington, D.C. She was the widow of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

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100 years and counting
100 years and counting

One of the outstanding architectural gems of downtown Lebanon, the old Federal Post Office marks the centennial of its groundbreaking on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

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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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Vote could change pet fees

A former Wilson County Commissioner believes the proposed resolution to dissolve the Domestic Animal Tax passed by voters in a 1980 referendum is wrong and vows to fight it.

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Robberies, home invasion lead to federal indictments

A federal indictment has been handed down by the U.S. District Court in Nashville charging three Lebanon residents for their suspected involvement in robberies and a home invasion that occurred in June here.

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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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Johnson tabbed LHA director, chairman resigns

Lebanon Housing Authority has made two significant changes in leadership in recent days.

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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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