Monday night Mt. Juliet city squires reversed a first reading ordinance vote and decided city property taxes will remain dedicated to fire protection exclusively.
At their last meeting their majority vote was to roll the emergency services fund comprised only of city property tax revenue into the general fund with the thought the growing fire department should not be strapped exclusively to city property tax revenue.
The meeting, held at the Wilson County Courthouse in Lebanon, drew a large crowd eager to hear the governor's thoughts on education and public safety, with a large portion of time reserved for his proposed gas tax increase.
With a looming March 8 court date, Monday night Mt. Juliet city commissioners tentatively agreed on a settlement with the Wilson County School Board to pay them back unpaid liquor-by-the-drink taxes.
The 11th annual class of inductees into the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame is Dr. Sam McFarland, Hale Moss, David Tomlinson and A.C. Wharton, representatives with the organization announced this week.
Longtime Joint Economic and Community Development Board member Nelson Steed retired after nearly three decades of service.
The illustrious Indian fighter and Texas Ranger John "Jack" Coffee Hays was born 200 years ago this Friday near Little Cedar Lick, a few miles northeast of Mt. Juliet.
Pinnacle Financial Partners recently furthered its support of education in Wilson County with $1,000 of support for Wilson Books from Birth, which administers Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, according to the American Red Cross.
Event held Jan. 14 at CU's Baird Chapel
The Wilson Post takes great pride in announcing its second annual All Wilson County Football Team.
Joining with the Tyler McChurch Foundation, Cumberland University and Lebanon's Chick-fil-A, the 2016 honorees were recognized at a Saturday, Jan. 14 luncheon held at Cumberland's historic Baird Chapel.
All-county players received a t-shirt, wristbands, a personalized certificate while specialty award winners were presented with a commemorative souvenir football.
Special awards presented to eight
The Academic Athlete Award was presented to Mt. Juliet High defensive end Aaron Weist. A converted linebacker, Weist carries a GPA of GPA and scored a 32 on the ACT.
Mt. Juliet High quarterback Mason Earls is the Offensive Player of the Year.
Watertown linebacker Josh Deel is the Defensive Player of the Year.
Prominent attorney and businessman B.F. "Jack" Lowery was named a Legend of Lebanon on Tuesday night.
The biggest education-related news in Wilson County in 2016 was the massive county building program approved to handle explosive growth throughout the county.
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.
Connie Hulse Ford is a born-and-raised Woman of Wilson. She grew up and still resides on Lebanon's north side in the community of Hunters Point. Ford has worked with Judge Clara Byrd for 26 years, and currently serves as a judicial administrative assistant. She also prepares taxes from January to April every year with Jackson Hewitt.
Only 10 more shopping days 'til Christmas.
You're likely just about done. OK, maybe not.
Non-profit organization Christmas for All is getting ready to provide holiday gifts to more than 2,000 kids in Lebanon and Watertown.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Representative Kevin Brady, Chairman, Ways and Means Committee, and Representative Tom Price, Chairman, Budget Committee, who is President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, are among Republican leaders in the U.S. House who support legislation to privatize Medicare by converting it to a "premium support" system.
Eight years came and went in the blink of an eye according to Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead.
A group of veterans and citizens formed to raise funds to assist military service members and their families place a name on the Wilson County Veterans Plaza monument walls will host its fourth annual breakfast fund-raiser on Saturday, Dec. 10.
The Keith Edmonds Foundation is on a mission to Share Holiday Joy.
Wilson Emergency Management Agency broke ground on Station No. 11 on Monday afternoon.
Wilson County Veterans Service Officer Bernie Ash will vacate the office on Thursday, Dec. 8.
The Wilson County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) Patrol Division will increase patrols over the Thanksgiving weekend to be on the lookout for impaired drivers.
Brooks House, a shelter which helps women improve their lives, received a Thanksgiving surprise on Wednesday.
When does the Thanksgiving season start? For holidays like Christmas and Halloween we have decorations and festivities to herald the day. Rhymes, jingles and lights give notice to the timeframe of celebration. Gaudy dresses and bright clothes mark some of the occasions. But it's different with Thanksgiving, and I think I know the reason.
As human beings we sometimes take for granted being healthy or realizing how truly blessed we are to have our health. Normally, only after we've lost something we had before, like good health, do most of us realize the many blessings that come with good health.
On Thursday, an overwhelming number of families all across Wilson County will celebrate Thanksgiving.
The holiday season is officially in full swing here in Wilson County. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it's easy to get caught up in busy schedules and long lines at the supermarket. We rush around trying to accomplish so many things that sometimes it's hard to wrap our minds around what this season is truly about: giving thanks.
Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during the busy Thanksgiving holiday, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).
The Southwest Community Club is providing Thanksgiving feasts for 20 local families this year.
Nobody gives thanks for being homeless.
Just days before Thanksgiving Shay Kimberly Mattern is on her knees doing just that only because she knows deep in her heart it could have been an inexplicable horror story, much worse than losing a house.
A groundbreaking was held on Monday morning at the location to celebrate its latest purpose - housing the Wilson County School System.
Nashville Ballet has selected 11 dancers from Wilson County to perform Dec. 3 through 23 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's (TPAC) Jackson Hall as a part of the youth cast for "Nashville's Nutcracker."
Two Rivers Ford presents the 7th Annual Turkey Trot 5K and Family Fun Run on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24.
Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development recently presented ThreeStar awards at the 2016 Governor's Conference on Economic and Community Development in Nashville, where Wilson County garnered an award.
Cumberland University nursing student Sara Page hangs a ribbon on the line as part of Gratitude on the Green. Passing students stop and write what they are thankful for on colorful ribbons that are hung on the front lawn of Memorial Hall. The display of appreciation originated from the art department and instructor Peg Fredi, according to art student David Huffman. With a thousand ribbons already up, students plan on keeping it going until Thanksgiving. Huffman added the project was to "spread the love."
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Hosting Thanksgiving can be a logistical challenge that starts with planning what to cook and ends with figuring out what to do with all of those leftovers. Janie Burney, a food safety specialist with University of Tennessee Extension, recommends that you streamline your Thanksgiving planning to ensure you have a fun and food-safe holiday.
Brenda Ashford works on sweeping the exhibit hall floor as staff at the Wilson County Expo Center make ready for their open house of the new facility Monday. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. with the open house from 5-7 p.m. DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post
Wilson County leaders are set to participate in the POWER OF TEN Summit Wednesday at Nashville's Music City Center, taking part in discussions and special sessions on shared issues of regional importance and how to collaborate to address them and improve the region.
CedarStone Bank and Wilson County Chevrolet-Buick-GMC and Hyundai recently announced that the nomination process for the 2016-17 Wilson County Teacher of the Year Award has commenced.
There's nothing that puts you in the holiday spirit quite like crafts! Wilson County fce is hosting a craft bazaar at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in the East/West Education and Turner Evans buildings on Saturday, Nov. 5.
As the county mayor, I deal with issues that arise on a county level. At times, I also deal with issues that arise on a city level within the county. Once a month, and sometimes more, I represent Wilson County on four different boards on a regional level.
Wilson County Property Transfers- Sept. 19-23, 2016
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto's office formally announced the hiring of Zendel Murphy as the general manager of the Wilson County Expo Center last week.
Whoever coined the term #BossBabe likely did so after meeting Amber Hurdle.
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.
Earlier this month, during the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) annual conference in Lakeland, FL., John L. Sloan's column, "Wish I Had Known", published March 30 in The Wilson Post was judged the best weekly newspaper column of the year, (June 1, 2016-May 30-2017).
SEOPA is the most prestigious and largest outdoor press association in the United States with over 500 members from across the country.
Since 1988, Sloan has won 13 first place awards and six second place finishes in newspaper writing and photography in SEOPA judging.
As I have repeatedly told you, some stories must be told in their entirety, not just snippets of the story.
Between now and Nov. 20, almost 200 volunteers are needed throughout Wilson County to help work with students receiving free college tuition through the TN Promise scholarship program, according to Wilson County Schools Public Information Officer Jennifer Johnson.
Wilson County is currently in the process of hiring a new director for the convention and visitors bureau. In an effort to effectively and openly communicate with the citizens of Wilson County, I would like to give you an update on where we are with the tourism department and the search for a new tourism director.
With trust between communities and their police forces of paramount importance these days, two Mt. Juliet police officials attended an invitation-only briefing at the White House Sept. 28.
Liz Reese recently announced her candidacy for Lebanon Ward 2 City Council Member.
With the deadline to register to vote just a few days away, the Wilson County Election Commission has announced extended hours to help ensure eligible voters are registered.
With the deadline to register to vote just a few days away, the Wilson County Election Commission has announced extended hours to help ensure eligible voters are registered.
Tennessee Voters for Animal Protection (TVAP), a non-partisan political action committee (PAC), recently endorsed Amelia Morrison Hipps, the Democratic candidate for District 46 in the State House of Representatives race.
While Metro Nashville City Councilors were scheduled to take a final vote on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana Tuesday night, some may wonder if Wilson County leaders would consider the same.
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."
My name is Carl Price and I was born in a house on Greenwood Road near Shop Spring(s). I have just finished reading your two articles in the 8/31 Post with tears in my eyes. I always read your feature articles, but "Sentimental Journey to Shop Springs" was one of the very best I have ever read.
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.
A $50,000-winning Powerball ticket for the Saturday, Sept. 3 drawing was purchased in Lebanon, officials with the lottery announced recently.
The Wilson County state house candidate who said she will sue the City of Mt. Juliet over their temporary sign ordinance that regulates placement and duration of political signs is sticking to her guns.
And the City of Mt. Juliet is not backing down, either.
The Tennessee Saddle Club Association is riding into Lebanon this Labor Day weekend.
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.
The community gathered to welcome Maplehurst Bakery to Wilson County on Wednesday.
Software engineer Parker Agee is excited to unveil his vision for a co-working community at The Mill at Lebanon this fall.
Two supporters of Wilson County District 57 state house candidate Trisha Farmer filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Mt. Juliet and Mayor Ed Hagerty in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee Thursday afternoon.
Wilson County Commissioners approved a 35.17-cent property tax increase, which will in turn provide raises for close to 500 county employees, including higher pay for emergency personnel, members of the sheriff's department and county teachers.
A Mt. Juliet challenger for State House Dist. 57 announced late Friday night she intended to sue the City of Mt. Juliet for removing her campaign signs.
Eighth felony drug charge
LEBANON -- A drug dealer convicted of eight prior drug-related felonies was sentenced to 60 years in prison Monday, Aug. 15 in Wilson County Circuit Court.
James Kevin Woods, 35, of Lebanon, was sentenced on three charges of selling Schedule II narcotics (cocaine), two of those charges resulted in consecutive 20-year sentences with one concurrent 20-year sentence, he will serve up to 40 years in the penitentiary.
Clockwise, from upper right: Friendship Christian's Spencer Burge, Wilson Central's Noah Stafford, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy's Austin Collier, Lebanon High's Jaden Moore, Mt. Juliet High's Trey Pruitt and Watertown High's Seth Price.
Geraldine Erskin, 75
Glenola Marie Riker, 89
Sara Thompson, 91
Both Republican and Democratic candidates ran unopposed in their respective primaries, but the totals of the conservative party were nearly four times that of their counterparts.
Esther Hazel Graves, 94
Mary Ann Bennett, 75
Katherine A. Kelly, 88
June Smith, 86
Jamie Eugene Ray, 40
Frederick Lloyd Lange, 84
Reba Jane Rice, 84
Janice Renee LaFevor Hinebaugh, 62
Doris Ilene Waynick, 81
Susan F. Hayes, 65
Robert Baxter Sullivan, 86
Andrew Weatherston "Bear" Miller, 72
Finley Wren "Herb" Harbison, 84
Republican congressional candidate Joe Carr of Rutherford County is questioning a July fund-raiser planned for his primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Diane Black, by Gov. Bill Haslam at the governor's mansion in Nashville.
Tony Joe Stacey, 53
Philip Charles Roth, 65
James William "Sarge" Roberts, 87
Lane Charles Dickeson, 19
Herbert Lawson Corley, 86
Claude Douglas "Buster" Jennings Sr., 88
Benjamin John-Whitcomb Andrews, 29
Lorene Bloodworth Womack, 90
Mary Helen "Pug" Williams, 85
Elson Welin Nielson, 99
Chop House on the Green at Lebanon Golf & Country Club was filled with excitement early Wednesday - as more than 150 guests attended a breakfast to see where they placed in the 2016 Main Street Besties Awards.
Dr. James William "Bill" Patton, 83
Bertha Dale Thompson, 85
Sophia Irene Hammonds, 65
Charles Edwin "Bub" McClanahan, 66
Margaret Smith, 85
Carolyn Marie Hammers, 70
Stella Mai Bane, 74
County commissions don't always agree, but several members of the Budget Committee appear to be on the same page that it's not if the county will need to raise property taxes, but by how much in the upcoming budget.
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.
Brad McDaniel, 57
Peggy Thompson, 81
Bill Boykin, 83
Alton Bane, 79
Pandolfi "Mike" Romalo Robinson, 69
Robert Michael "Bob" Fisher, 62
Dequarius Anton "Juicy" Apple, 21
Mai Jean Stone, 76
Etta Frances Vanatta Bayne, 93
Ricky Odell Bly, 59
Charles Edward Capps, 70
Judith F. Hodges, 69
Robert Lewis Painter, 65
Mary Robinson Dillard, 100
Johnnie Lee Adams Newcome, 95
Ronald Ernest Berg, 75
Harlan Wayne Jennings, 66
J. Eldon "Corkey" Harvey, 82
A five-vehicle, Mother's Day crash on Hwy. 109 in Wilson County killed one passenger and stopped traffic in both directions for several hours on the busy state route.
Robert George Schott, 92
James Lewis Humphrey, 51
Mark Allen Mullinix, 51
Jackie Murphy Hill, 57
James D. "Donnie" McCullough, 52
Law enforcement, city and county leaders gathered at the Wilson County Sheriff's Department on Thursday to observe the National Day of Prayer.
Gladys Ruth Hester, 72
Walter D. Martin, 92
Peggy Sue Beavers, 71
Lois Marie Oliver, 69
Hilda Nell Pallas, 89
Donna Lynn Hawkes, 52
Ronald Christopher "Chris" Arrowood, 29
Veola Robertson, 97
Sue Romines, 69
Johnnie Clayton Brewer Jr., 54
Alice Burke Bundy, 86
Dorris E. Sandlin, 74
Ella Mae Crowell, 85
Phillip Donald Bates, 74
Candice Burnside Ferguson, 37
Mildred Stone, 91
Wilson County Circuit Court Clerk Debbie Moss was elected to the position in September 2014.
"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.
The Wilson County Commission gave the road commission permission Monday night to purchase a 22,600-square-foot building on 5.09 acres on Tennessee Boulevard and Surprise Lane for $1.125 million.
A $28 million cost overrun for school construction that has already been discussed by the county commission's budget committee will be discussed by the Wilson County School Board at a special-called work session next week.
Warren Murray, 66
Charles Edward Mitchell, 73
Larry M. Blankenship, 68
Kenneth G. Stoffer, 94
G L Waynick, 81
Marie Pennington Reding, 92
Ruth Winfree Minchey, 88
Avenell Kiser, 89
In a bold move and effective immediately, Wilson County 911 Center Director J.R. Kelley resigned his position after what he said were three denied requests by the 911 Center Board to discuss the possibility of switching the county's current 911 call procedure to a "direct system" he said could shave valuable time off response times in this county.
15th consecutive win for Lebanon
Lebanon High's lock on the Wilson County Track & Field Championships continued for a 15th consecutive year following Tuesday's (April 12) competition at Clifton Tribble Field / Danny Watkins Stadium.
LHS captured first place with 366 points, with Wilson Central placing second at 256.
Mt. Juliet earned third place at 242 points while Watertown's fledgling program totaled 82 points for fourth. Friendship Christian finished fifth with 44 points and Mt. Juliet Christian placed sixth with 25 points.
Elbert Marshon Agnew, 85
Joe Donald Paris, 68
Martha Joann Walker, 27
Dr. Mary Douglas Martin, 86
Joseph Edward "Lucky" O'Guin, 67
John Paul Dickens, 81
Young people between the ages of 14 and 20 are invited to apply for the upcoming Wilson County Sheriff's Office Post #328 Explorers Academy.
Wilson County Zone 4 School Board Member Linda Armistead was elected to the seat in August 2014. Having spent 26 years in the classroom as an educator, Armistead brings knowledge and a new perspective to the table.
Viverine "Vi" Deason, 94
Ella Jean Hight, 86
Tommie Mai Watkins, 97
Hazelene Knight Mills, 77
Dr. Donald Alexander Cole, 61
Bobbie "Momma Joyce" Weiser, 79
Meghan Brittny Henderson, 31
Winifred M. Bates Ireland
David Randle McCrary, 62
Organizers of the annual Wilson County Teacher of the Year program have announced the nominees for the 2015-16 Wilson County Teacher of the Year. The winner will be honored at the 18th Annual Teacher of the Year banquet and ceremony on Friday, April 8, in Baird Chapel on the campus of Cumberland University.
Whether it is serving the community through counseling services or being a living organ donor, one thing is for certain, Kim Stroud-Hendrick is passionate about helping others.
Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Crawford are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Shelby Danielle Crawford, to Brant Foster Richmond. He is the son of Chris Richmond and Dawn Bradford.
He told his mom before he deployed to Vietnam in 1966 to serve in the Army, "If anyone shows up at the front door, it probably isn't good news."
Past and upcoming graduates of Leadership Wilson gathered for a luncheon at Cumberland University's Baird Chapel on Wednesday.
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.
Aubrey Ray Haworth, 72
Jim E. "Big O" Owen, 73
Glenn Franklin McClanahan, 68
Angela Harris Bryant, 50
Henry Franklin Sipe, 82
Howard Stephen "Steve" Shaffer, 69
Carolyn McDaniel Tribble, 76
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
Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan has been re-elected chair and Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto re-elected vice chair of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board of Directors for 2016-17. Rutherford County Governor's Appointee Paula Mansfield will continue to serve as secretary of the 38-member board.
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.
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.
Fiddlers Grove will open on Friday, April 1 at 10 a.m. to kick off the 2016 season with a ribbon-cutting at 10:30 a.m.
Twenty-five years ago an overpowering whim redirected Emily Steinberg-Cash to her Middle Tennessee roots. In the process of settling in a circa 1835 two-story Southern plantation house, she found her future in the past.
Joyce Marie Guye Harrell, 62
Jane M. Sandusky, 69
Thomas "Tommy" Charles Binion, 65
Beginning on Saturday morning, the City of Lebanon Gas Department will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
Cure for Our Friends is gearing up for their third annual golf tournament to benefit local families affected by Cystic Fibrosis and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
A Mt. Juliet man has been indicted on multiple charges of child sexual exploitaton after allegedly uploading child pornography to Instagram.
Carolyn Corlew is living proof that some things (and some people) only get better with time. At 64, with titles including singer, model, business owner, wife, mother and Ms. Senior America under her belt, the blonde beauty is soaking in the good life.
Lois DeLarra, 70
Darline Herd, 64
Tamara "Tammy" Jean Davis, 55
John Bert Bearden, 92
Jesse Simmons, 97
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.
The Wilson County Democratic Women recently announced they are accepting applications for a $500 scholarship open to graduating seniors in Wilson County. The Dorothy McAdoo Memorial Scholarship is awarded based upon the evaluation of an essay on the subject, "The Importance of Women in the Political Process."
Longtime University Medical Center/Tennova switchboard operator Mary Baines is retiring after 37 years.
Mt. Juliet city officials said this past January was the highest sales tax month on record.
Katherine Harris Pass, 87
Barbara Jane Christian, 66
Bobby Lester Harmon, 76
Billy Joe Hamlet, 78
Sally Marie Duncan Fannin, 76
Debbie Lynn Thompson, 55
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.
Stephanie Bentley described her career as an agent with Blackwell Realty and Auction as a "new adventure daily."
There are no safe assumptions about any bill - even a bill named the "Pay Equality Act."
There's a great scene about public records in the movie "Spotlight," which is based on the true story of The Boston Globe's investigative reporting of child sex abuse by Catholic priests.
It was a cat controversy and protest Monday night in Mt. Juliet with the city's recent policy decision to no longer accept healthy cats into the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter.
Everybody knows Leah Hulan, or at least it seems that way if you have lunch with her in a downtown restaurant.
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.
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.
The 2016 Granville Genealogy Festival will be held on Saturday, April 9 at the Granville Museum, and this year's festival will honor the Carter family, according to event organizers.
The new high school site in Mt. Juliet could provide alternative acreage for Mt. Juliet's third fire station.
If the St. Patrick's holiday has you longing for more Irish culture and entertainment - you're in luck! The Nashville Irish Step Dancers will perform Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20, at the Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville.
Eleanor Rest Flair, 89
Ann Jones McMahon
William "Frank" Hirlston, 89
Joshua Steven Cannon, 27
Scott Allen Liggett, 53
James Edward Stiles, 79
Pamela Gail Callis, 59
Evelyn Apple Cunningham Smith, 87
Allen Reed Slatten, 60
When folks start to talking about the whopper that got away, well, when it comes to the whole hog, nothing's going to beat the tale of Big Bill.
Cynthia Gower Crabtree, 68
Theodore "Ted" Jeffrey, 78
Nathaniel Ray Kirby, 37
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.
Another feather in Mt. Juliet's cap is the recent ranking of first in Tennessee in the category of "healthy housing markets."
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.
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.
Streamside salamanders, aka Ambystoma barbouri, prove to be slippery, slimy, somewhat secretive amphibians.
But if you're hoping to spy one in its natural habitat, then wading a shallow, limestone creek on a winter day is likely your best bet.
I am the greatest sinner among you. No, I'm serious. Oh, so rich in depravity am I. Weak and troubled, I fall upon God's mercies every morning. Understanding this about myself, I have closely inspected my righteous indignation swirling around this upcoming Presidential election.
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.
Matthew Vernon White Spain, 27
Jerald David Bryson, 72
Bob Harmon, 76
Reddia Ann Chandler, 56
Linda Smith Christina, 73
James D. "J.D." Carr, 95
Ronald Dawayne Simms, 64
After stating there would be changes to Wilson County Schools' SEEK program in the fall, the district's director announced Monday night they have decided keep the program "intact as it is now" for the next school year.
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.
You could say Melissa Hayes hit the ground running when elected by her peers as president of one of this region's leading real estate associations in December.
State Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) is co-sponsoring legislation aimed at illegal immigration in Tennessee.
Glenda Fay Wade, 46
Jerry "Mack" Metcalf, 73
Sunshine Mary Lay, 74
The biggest news at the Wilson County Commission meeting concerned an upcoming attempt by the Wilson County School Board to finally settle on the site of a new high school on the county's western side.
The Wilson County chapter of the Tennessee Governmental Prayer Alliance met at the Wilson County Courthouse on Monday morning to lift local and state leaders up in prayer.
Early Voting in the Presidential Preference Primary Election concluded on Tuesday - but the Wilson County Election Commission's work isn't over yet. Election Day is coming up March 1.
Each month CedarStone Bank "simply salutes" an influential leader in Wilson County. This month the bank is proud to recognize the Wilson County Community Help Center.
I like to think of myself as apolitical; someone that looks objectively at both sides of an issue, appreciate each perspective and be careful not to allow my personal beliefs to muddy the waters of political idealism. I also think chasing a cheeseburger with a shot of cayenne-laced wheat grass is more effective than eating right and exercising. The truth? I am a moron when it comes to politics.
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.
Carolyn Elaine Kiser, 72
Edwin Brown Close, 91
Robert Lee Hall Sr., 80
Will Houston Harris
Rebecca Jane Gann Waldrum, 62
Franklin Daniel Wilkerson, 74
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.
Deborah Gail King, 58
Brenda Faye Wright Reynolds, 72
Annabel Joy Pounds, 3
Vera Potts Scantland, 69
Ernest Edward Morgan, 66
Frances "Nan" Vance, 77
Hallie Sanders Tuggle, 90
Correne Johnson Sempsrott, 85
Doris Jane Bruce, 77
Angela Gail Bryant, 62
Ben Fuston, 75
The Wilson County Civic League will present "A Raisin in the Sun" this weekend.
Nancy Hesson Fowler, 70
Roger Lynn Jessee, 50
Patrician Ann Prock, 55
Margaret Ann Donnell, 86
Peggy Darlene Sheeley, 72
Claude "Sandy" Clayton West, 51
Robert Haden Harrison, 61
Tickets are on sale now for a Pancake Breakfast benefiting Wilson County CASA.
Ten years ago, a group of concerned Wilson Countians came together to form the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame. Agriculture has been a cornerstone of Wilson County from the day it was formed in 1799 and, to recognize the contributions of those involved in agriculture in the community, the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame was organized.
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.
The Wilson County Democratic Party will host its Democratic Party County Delegate Convention on Saturday, March 5 at the East-West Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.
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."
Two new stores will join the fray at Providence MarketPlace soon.
Providence General Manager David Heydasch announced Good Feet and Lizard Thicket have leased space at the marketplace and will open next month for one and later this summer for the other.
Sometimes it takes a leap of faith.
John "Jack" Evans Jr., 87
Marcia Jean Jones, 74
Jacqueline H. Anderson
Nancy McPeak Mooneyham, 73
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.
Charles L. Baird, 88
Alene Neal McCampbell, 93
Danville Milton Sweeton, 82
Dennis Stewart Scholl, 49
Lorie Kay Jones, 44
James A. Prater, 82
Thomas "Tom" Lester Anderson, 86
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.
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?"
Arnold Eugene "Gene" Stafford, 83
Tommy Lenaire McElvaney, 71
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.
When it comes to the matter of facts about Wilson County, Linda Granstaff proves to be a walking, talking encyclopedia.
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.
Monday, Feb. 1 is the final day Wilson County residents can register to vote in the March 1 Presidential Preference Primary.
Community leaders, business owners and elected officials gathered at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club on Thursday for the Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce's Lunch and Learn.
Let the good times roll - Mardi Gras is coming to The Capitol Theatre on Friday, Feb. 5th.
"There was a bad wreck on 109 yesterday."
It's one of those sentences that, even though it shouldn't, kind of loses its impact after you've heard it over and over and over again, like "and there was another terrorist attack in the Middle East on Tuesday" or "last night, Donald Trump said something no viable presidential candidate in the history of our nation would've gotten away with."
Birmingham, Alabama-born Breeanna Straessle moved to Tennessee last August to manage external communications for one of Wilson County's biggest treasures - Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.
Barbara Norwood Barton, 86
John William Pruitte, 76
Mary Evelyn Thorner, 91
Wanda J. Dix, 71
Gov. Bill Haslam has declared Jan. 24-30, 2016 as School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee. This week helps build awareness and understanding of the vital functions our locally elected boards of education play in our community.
Gov. Bill Haslam declared Tennessee in a "state of emergency" last week following the systems of ice and snow that moved thru the state on Wednesday and Friday.
Twenty-eight ancient stone sculptures, found primarily between the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers, are spending a bit of quality time together, courtesy of the Tennessee State Museum.
Novie Edwards Maggart, 93
Leeya YanQi Grace White, 3
David T. Humes
Donette Dedmon Doak, 76
Following one of the warmest Decembers in history, Wilson County is finally seeing some wintry weather this month.
Loy Joe Hayes, 76
W.E. Corbett Anderson, 90
Beatrice M. VandenHeuvel, 95
Jack Lackey Jr., 69
A little snow isn't stopping the folks at Sherry's Run from hosting the Inaugural Bone Marrow Drive on Thursday. They have partnered with "Be The Match," a national organization that manages the largest marrow registry in the world. Volunteers are on hand until 7 PM to administer the 10-minute test that could save a life.
Some folks woke up to snow in Wilson County on Wednesday morning, while others just received the dreaded ice.
David G. Eakes, 70
Tiffanie Davis, 21
James Wilkerson "Pop" Cragwall Jr., 93
Martha Puckett, 72
Georgia Lucille McCaleb Hall, 88
Pauline Pirtle Horton, 88
Jackie W. Gregory, 74
Thomas Wilson Binion, 90
Florence Katherine McClanahan, 90
The recent 90DaystoDonate.com fund-raiser was the most successful single fund-raising event Empower Me Center has ever held.
Wilson County Expo Center Marketing Director Charity Toombs is currently in negotiations with interested parties hoping to host events at the center in late 2016.
With the onset of freezing temperatures and the demise of unseasonably warm temperatures, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation (MTEMC) officials are reminding members there are precautions to keep their homes warm while minimizing the impact on their electric bills.
Drew Tyrer assumed the role of chief operating officer for TriStar Summit Medical Center in Hermitage earlier this week.
Newly-appointed 15th Judicial District Bar Association President Jonathan Tinsley hopes to increase the group's membership and participation in 2016.
At a time of year when most folks just want to stay in and stay warm - around 50 brave individuals are preparing to take an icy dip for a good cause.
"All the really good ideas I've ever had came to me while I was milking a cow." --American artist Grant Wood.
Mark Leon Harrell, 56
William E. "Billy" Watson, 83
Phillip Davis, 73
Martha Lou Ellis "Nana" Brumley, 88
Lucy Delilah Fuller, 93
Darrell Eugene Turner, 91
Jimmy Luper, 67
Lori Michelle Hollandsworth, 35
Kolt Christopher Gammon, 32
Thayer Wilson Baker, 102
Beverly Ann Gibson Newman, 73
Regina Gale Murphy, 41
Jack "Mickey" Malone, 81
Annie Beal Roberts, 74
Hugh Edward Foster, 66
Larry William Shyblosky Sr., 72
James "Jim" Carroll, 88
Walter A. Sherouse, 69
Jerry Don Teague, 68
John Edward "Eddie" Vaughn Jr., 47
Donna Jean Willoughby, 59
James Howell Wamack, 86
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.
In the times of my youth in the early 1960s, the Christmas parade was always held at night after the fall of darkness. The Christmas decorations on the light poles were never turned on until the Christmas parade was taking place. The Christmas parade always went from east to west on East Main Street and around the Public Square and then onto West Main Street.
Road construction won't delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year's holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.
William Sherrill "Butch" Depp, 66
Claude Lee Crook Jr., 86
James Ronald "Ron" Patton, 57
Cheryl A. Johnson, 54
Doris Jean Broadway, 72
Ronnie Wilson Pulley, 69
Chris Syler, 52
Robert "Bo" Bowen, 68
Damon L. Austin, 47
Eura Sloan Van Atta, 99
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.
Carroll-Oakland students and faculty were in for a treat on Wednesday morning as the band and choir classes performed a holiday concert for them.
Lillian Louise Sharp Ricketts, 96
Kaleb Douglas Woodcock, 21
Diana Lynn Winfree, 50
Mt. Juliet city commissioners gave the green light Monday night to widen the bridge over Interstate 40 near Providence to fix the congestion problem.
Barbara Cowan Simpson, 71
Jeffery D. Gammons, 61
Michael Sinclair Hedwall, 31
James Brown Baines, 83
James Ollie McMillin, 66
Linda Faye Lawson, 62
Dewey C. Bane, 91
Everyone is thankful for something. Even on the day of Thanksgiving, when 40 members of your family are talking loud, complaining about the food temp, and wondering "out loud" if the serving dish used for stuffing belongs to them.
Joseph Dewey Fox, 54
Maria F. Burlison, 72
Opal Alene Ware, 90
The Wilson County Sheriff's Office will hold a benefit auction at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday at 6 p.m. to help former WCSO Deputy Earl Dyer.
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.
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.
Wilson Warriors will host their third annual breakfast 8 to 11a.m., Dec. 12, at Dillon's Barn on Old Hunters Point Pike.
We talk a lot about our booming economy in Wilson County; all the new industries that are bringing in new jobs and sales tax dollars. While this is wonderful news for our county, perhaps we don't celebrate, as often, the hard-working men and women who leave their homes each morning to go the barn rather than the office, put on a pair of overalls instead of a suit or uniform, climb up on a tractor, not board the Music City Star. In light of this, let's take a look at the role agriculture plays in Wilson County.
Charles Vaughn "Taco" Vantrease, 61
Leroy Adam Edmiston III, 68
Linda Diane Farris, 64
Carolyn Joyce Williams, 85
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Mainly because it's all about food and less about buying the perfect gift. The one day of the year when calorie intake doesn't count and it's perfectly acceptable to wear stretchy pants for four days straight. This year is no different.
'Tis the season to give back - and that is exactly what the Southwest Community Club did this week.
Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during the busy travel holiday. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes.
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.
It's a fine fall morning, the early fog has surrendered to a brilliant October sun, and inside an ancient, dusty barn, Elizabeth Mitchell has her right arm plunged elbow deep up a cow's rear end as she checks inside to feel if the creature bears a calf.
What started off as a hobby has transformed into a new way to give back to the community for Andre and Tara Davis, Earl Berry Jr. and Terrance Quattlebaum.
The holidays are here.
The Wilkerson family will most likely be on their knees at some point - when they are smacked in the face the billionth time and miss the crazy antics of young Austin, who died last year, Sept. 23, on his 17th birthday, from some insanely stupid thing called brain arteriovenous malformation.
Hello once again, all you amazing people. If you're just now joining us, we've been covering different tips and tactics to make it through the holiday season without adding an additional area code to your frame.
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.
Country singer Tracy Lawrence gave back to the Nashville and Lebanon communities in a big way this Thanksgiving.
Wilson County basketball
SATURDAY BOYS --
Wilson Central 69, Northeast 58
Lebanon 60, Tullahoma 29
Julie Lynn Evans, 55
Billy Wayne Pruette, 60
Jimmy Ray Hudgins, 71
The Wilson County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) Narcotics Division have arrested five people in an investigation that netted more than $300,000 in cash, 100 pounds of marijuana, large amounts of cocaine, pharmaceuticals, weapons and vehicles.
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.
A groundbreaking for the upcoming Wilson County Expo Center will be held Friday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.
A local congregation will hold a service of thanksgiving Sunday at 6 p.m., praying for a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for more than 31 years.
What's better than one-stop Christmas shopping? One-stop Christmas shopping in your hometown.
What's not to like about Thanksgiving? The women do all the work, and the men just sit around and eat. This has been the tradition in my family since my grandparents, who lived right across the street from us, invited us over for the big holiday meal.
Lucille Reed, 91
Ruby E. Clinton Miller, 85
Richard Anthony "Tony" Reed Sr., 54
Donald H. Loso, 94
Wilson County will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Expo Center on 2 p.m. Friday at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
Wilson County native Grant Owens scored a position with an elite technology firm last year.
Last week we covered how the simple act of becoming more mindful about your thoughts can create a huge change in your actions. I think this is an extremely powerful habit to create, but it can be a difficult one to create. We are sometimes so busy, that it is quite easy to simply switch on the autopilot and just try to make it through the day.
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.
Emilie L. Jordan, 78
Sallyann "Sally" Smith Netherton, 68
Sara Jane Herron, 81
On the old home place that's been in his family for more than 200 years, Dr. Roger McKinney's mines gold -- liquid gold.
Current and retired Wilson County Employees benefited from an annual Health Fair on Wednesday.
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.
Oftentimes, we find ourselves saying, "Nothing good ever happens around here." Well, for the east side of Lebanon and Wilson County that simply isn't true. There have been so many good things happening here that maybe some of them have gone unnoticed or unmentioned. I feel this is a fitting time to remind everyone of the hard work that is taking place.
Dorothy Joyce Coats, 81
Margaret Belcher Piercey,93
Jodene Atnip, 79
Ruth Gill Womack, 98
Sarah Alison Frizzell, 40
Kenneth Trevor McMahan, 32
Geraldine Ercel Wills Griffin, 93
Bessie Marie Estes, 74
Johnnie Mai Spickard Wright, 93
James C. Pryer, 80
T.K. Watkins, 83
Jonas Roscoe Bishop, 80
Adeline Omolade Abeni Orepo, 86
Doris E. Harrison, 90
Freddie Alice Neal, 91
Ernest Albert Tippett Jr., 90
Richard Thigpin, 74
Annette Louise Lehman, 73
Jeanette Kobylak, 85
Hilda Ruth Hight, 86
Ruth Elizabeth Rice Dayton, 62
Harold "Yard Dog" Jenkins, 63
Gary Lee Bogle, 73
Sarah Elizabeth Smith Hughes, 100
Melissa "Missy" Dawn Armistead, 44
Bids for work on the Wilson County Expo Center open Thursday, and the county mayor hopes local trades fill most of the work.
Wilson County Urban Type Facilities Board named James Vaden as Stormwater director.
Terri Merryman, Director of the Wilson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is on a mission to "develop our destination" as a steppingstone to Music City, U.S.A.
Tickets are available now for an old fashioned Spaghetti Supper benefiting Brooks House.
Wilson County employees can expect some changes to their current health insurance plans effective Jan. 1, 2016. The Wilson County Commission voted Monday night to authorize the changes, with only District 6 Commissioner Kenny Reich voting no.
Eleanor Jenkins Bale, 88
Richard "Ricky" Lawson, 59
Timothy Allen Brown, 56
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Wilson County on Saturday, Oct. 17.
Fontelle Moore Sutherland, 94
Whitten Allen Robertson, 17
Thaxton T. Armbruster, 29
Juanita Chumney Kee, 98
Rita Parks Goins, 68
Vicky McAlpin Tubb, 57
Miles Smith, 91
Anne Key Smith, 89
Richard Edward Hartman, 82
Bettie Lee Clark Tanner, 85
Katherine Saddler, 68
Ali Habibi, 57
James F. Hoover, 78
Charles Everett Edwards, 76
Jesse Ray Tuggle, 29
Elsie Ray Bennett, 95
James Richard Ford, 70
Dorothy Elaine Deal Prowell, 93
Earl Lawrence, 78
Rachel Lynn (Brown) Bambas, 25
Vicki Lorraine Knight, 68
Linda Faye "Nannie" Moser, 67
James Allen Kirk, 65
Raymond A. "Andy" Hester, 58
Lola Elam, 76
Anna Marie Paluga Hagar, 89
Edgar Allen Johnson, 71
County Attorney Mike Jennings said it's his opinion that all of the county's actions with regard to the Wilson Emergency Management Agency (WEMA) are legal after District 8 Commissioner Frank Bush challenged the county's actions at the Wilson County Commission meeting Monday night.
One year has passed since the Wilson County Commission re-established the Convention and Visitor's Bureau (CVB).
Under the guidance of Director Terri Merryman, strides have been made to recruit new visitors and events to the county; however, she insists - the best is yet to come.
Jo Beth Raines, 75
Jerry Lyle McFadden, 77
Rachel Macon Agee, 96
Woodrow "JR" Romines Jr., 66
Byron Allen Young, 28
Louise Jean Worley, 87
Ronald A. Kruger, 71
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
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said interviews for the Expo Center marketing director position will be held Friday.
An expo center is coming to Lebanon. I have been an advocate of just that for several years. The benefit to the community and county can be tremendous, but it depends on one thing.
All four local mayors met Tuesday to sign into effect National Suicide Awareness Month in their communities beginning Sept. 1.
Before David Riemens disappeared three years ago this month, there likely were no two people that knew him much better than his bosom friends Donny and Laura Nuessle.
Applications close Sept. 8th
LEBANON -- The Wilson County Sheriff's Office is currently taking applications for its fifth Sheriff's Citizens' Academy.
The WCSO will be taking applications through Sept. 8, for anyone interested in taking a free hands-on class.
It is no secret that the search is on for a new president of Cumberland University.
The tragic shooting death of 13-year-old C'Asia Patton in January inspired mentor and friend Lori Seay to launch the Golden Girls Club earlier this year. While the Club is still in the early phases of planning, due to Seay's familial obligations, she still plans for it to flourish in the future. Working with young people is something Seay has done behind-the-scenes for a long time.
Lebanon's Alice and Johnny Trice have been named the 2015 recipients of the Wilson County Fair's annual Old Timers Award.
Excitement is building as folks prepare for the 2015 Wilson County Fair. The fair, themed "Cedars, Oaks and Country Folks," will open on Aug. 14th at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said the search for an Expo Center Marketing Director is ongoing.
Stacie Goodall Wahl described her mother, Marcia Goodall, as a person who "always put everyone else above herself."
Monday's Co. Commission meeting --
It was a busy night Monday for the Wilson County Commission.
A proposal to reinstate the $2 per animal "pet tax" was referred back to committee by a 13-9 vote; a plan to videotape commission committee meetings failed due to a tied vote; and selling $14-million-plus in bonds to remodel the old Lebanon High School was approved by a 17-5 vote, although financing the rest of the Wilson County Schools' building plans for 2015-16 has been deferred until August.
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.
The military veterans and concerned citizens who stood guard at the Armed Forces Center in Mt. Juliet today want their message to be heard, loud and clear: We are here to protect those who protect us.
Wilson County commissioners gave themselves a raise Monday night. In a 16-6 vote with three commissioners absent, they approved doubling their own salaries to $800 per month.
Newspaper wins 19 awards, 5 first place honors --
KNOXVILLE -- The Wilson Post received 19 awards, including the top honor in its category, in the 2015 Tennessee Press Association journalism awards held Thursday.
The newspaper was awarded the General Excellence Award in its division at TPA's annual meeting at the Knoxville Crowne Plaza. The General Excellence Award is presented to the newspaper with the highest overall quality with a circulation of 5,000 to 15,000.
After multiple meetings of the Wilson County Animal Control Committee with input from those who dealt with the pet tax circumstances (pro and con), and after receiving an opinion from the state, the Wilson County Commission voted to end the pet tax.
Over the Holiday weekend, numerous Lebanon residents reported car burglaries, according to Lebanon Police Interim Chief Michael VanHook.
City of Lebanon lawmakers recently voted unanimously to support the contribution of $80,000 to the Wilson County Veteran's Plaza Museum.
The 100 Club of Wilson County recently thanked Joe and Pat Rice and the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club for their generous $500 donations to the club.
Six schools in the Wilson County Schools System will have new starting and ending times for the 2015-16 school year, which begins Monday, Aug. 3.
UPDATED -- Wilson County Clerk's Office Supervisor Scott Goodall said their office is now ready to process same-sex marriage licenses.
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.
Although the U.S. Supreme Court just lifted a ban on same-sex marriage in Tennessee, as well as three other states, conservative lawmakers in state government are already looking at ways to stop its support.
A Lebanon man was arrested in Hendersonville on Thursday for engaging in sexual acts with a juvenile.
Wilson County, Tennessee, is a special place for former "Yankee" Monica Duvall.
Local leaders, business owners and celebrities gathered on May 11, 2010, to endorse a new campaign that would let the world know Wilson County is the Place to Be.
Sarai Gal-Chis received the surprise of a lifetime when she visited her longtime boyfriend in West Palm Beach, Florida, this summer.
There is a lot of summer fun to be had in the upcoming weeks in Wilson County: live music, movies and shopping.
A potential shortfall of up to $1.2 million was avoided when the Wilson County Commission transferred that amount to the county's health insurance fund, temporarily guaranteeing the fund's solvency - for this year, at least.
A former director of human resources for Wilson County government has been indicted along with more than 20 others, primarily from Rutherford County, following a "cooperative, large-scale" investigation into the sale and distribution of heroin and cocaine throughout the midstate.
Monty Wilson returns to Wilson County Schools as Deputy Director Monty Wilson will return to the Wilson County Schools system as Deputy Director of Academics effective July 1, announced Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright Monday.
The deadline to present signatures to place funding for the planned Wilson County Expo Center on the ballot turns out to be 24 hours later than petition sponsors originally thought, so as of Tuesday morning, they had not yet turned in their petition.
The deadline to present signatures to place funding for the planned Wilson County Expo Center on the ballot turned out to be 24 hours later than petition sponsors originally thought, but even with the extra day, the group failed to gather the required number of signatures.
In what might be one of the loudest whispers on Wilson County's economic front, there's buzz Japanese-based automaker Nissan might expand its existing facility near State Route 840 and Central Pike. The buzz is it will expand its operation here in a trend to set up more facilities in Middle Tennessee.
All the cities in Wilson County - as well as the county itself - send officials to Las Vegas each year in May, but not to gamble.
Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Donna Wright announced to the faculties and staff Tuesday afternoon four new principals at the following schools: Lebanon High, Wilson Central High, Tuckers Crossroads Elementary and West Elementary.
Students from several schools in Wilson County recently celebrated their season participating in the Tennessee State Parks Run Club with a special visit from a USA National 24-hour Running Team member.
The Wilson County Sheriff's Office made several arrests this week in multiple investigations regarding sexual abuse.
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.
It was a celebration to pay homage to not only the talents and skills of Wilson County women, but also to salute their courage, intellect, strength, support and collective sisterhood.
The attorney representing a Wilson County deputy suspended from his job for alleged domestic assault and other charges said his client denies any criminal actions.
A Mt. Juliet three-term city commissioner and long-time Wilson County sheriff's deputy was arrested Tuesday on several charges, including alleged domestic assault related to an incident reported at his estranged wife's home in Nashville Monday night.
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
A local man was the victim of an alleged attempted carjacking predawn Tuesday at Langford Farms near Mt. Juliet.
One Mt. Juliet leader had hopes the Expo Center would be built in West Wilson and contends it would have made more money there.
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TDECD) Randy Boyd along with KHS America representatives announced Thursday the musical instrument manufacturer and distributor will expand its current operations in Wilson County.
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!
A few hours after The Wilson Post called Mt. Juliet Police about a tip they received concerning a police official put on unpaid administrative leave, they released a statement about the incident.
Wilson County will be building an 86,000-square-foot Expo Center at the James E. Ward Ag Center soon. Following extensive discussion Monday night, the Wilson County Commission voted 17-7 in favor of the plan to start work on the proposed center, at a cost of up to $10 million that the commission's vote approved borrowing.
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.
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.
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.
They call it First Tennessee Park, this spanking new $75 million baseball stadium that awaits the Nashville Sounds' first home game this Friday under the lights.
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.
It's a mixed blessing for Wilson County to be near the top in Tennessee's population growth, local officials acknowledge. But overall, it reflects well on the county, they say.
Cassie Thornton admits she sings a little off key, but her little girl thinks she has the voice of an angel.
"To be or not to be, that is the question" - where the Wilson County Expo Center is concerned. The Public Works Committee of the Wilson County Commission voted 5-2 this week to freshly recommend a proposal to build the Expo Center and sent it on to the Budget Committee.
Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.
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)
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.
Wilson County offers a wide variety of events and activities this month.
Judd Sellars, owner of Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet, recently completed the purchase of Alexander Funeral Home and Family Heritage Funeral Home in neighboring Sumner County.
Assuming the part-time position of Wilson County Schools Public Information Officer in 2014 came naturally for longtime journalist and editor Amelia Morrison Hipps.
The list of artists whom vocalist-guitarist Bill Kelly has crossed paths or joined on stage across six decades of musical meanderings covers a pretty wide swath through the rock 'n' roll encyclopedia.
The gracious white, antebellum Southern manor by the side of Highway 231, about 11 miles south of Lebanon, is a familiar sight to Wilson Countians with its two-story porch pillars, arched windows and, of course, its cedar trees.
Local Mt. Juliet boutique Sister's Whimzy's business was literally frozen by last week's ice storm when it was forced to close, and it will take quite a while to recoup lost earnings. Local commerce came to a standstill with multiple days of nearly impassable sideroads that kept citizens homebound and unable to keep cash registers ringing.
Wilson County schools' graduation rate has been steadily rising - and Stan Moss, Wilson County attendance supervisor, gives most of the credit to the county's graduation coaches.
A 20-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing a 17-year-old during a fight at the LaGuardo Recreation Center Sunday.
Fear of losing nearly half of Mt. Juliet's annual state-shared monies has city officials under the gun to rack up as many residents they can to participate in their special census.
Quiet and soft spoken, Mt. Juliet's Larry Davis is one of those folks who can easily blend into the crowd.
A 1986 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School and a caustic Crimson Tide fan, you'd never guess Davis has a résumé that reads like a something out of a Tom Clancy novel.
"My family, we been in music forever. We're eat up with it," says Melvin Sloan, speaking the gospel truth. "We was always making music everywhere: always music, music, music."
The Wilson County School Board voted not to push any hot buttons Monday night, opting not to revise the school system's dress code, at least not yet.
Santa brought the owners of Little Seed Farm near Vine - James and Eileen Ray - one heck of a Christmas present this year.
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.
The two most important issues facing Wilson County Schools in 2015 are how to cope with growth and improve the availability of technology for students, according to administration and board members in New Year's interviews with The Wilson Post.
Here are the "what do you want?" answers given by a variety of randomly-selected city and county officials.
With the holidays warming the hearts of locals, there's no better time to give to those less fortunate.
KSA Christmas Classic --
ORLANDO, FL -- Scrambling in the final seconds, Watertown High's Purple Tigers rallied for a thrilling 63-61 victory over Virginia's Central High Thursday morning in the opening round of the KSA Christmas Tournament at Walt Disney World.
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.
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto's Executive Assistant Rachel Warren has decided to retire after holding the position for the past 16 years.
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto's Executive Assistant Rachel Warren has decided to retire after holding the position for the past 16 years.
Move over, Martha Stewart. When it comes to home décor and living in-style, Wilson Countians know Elizabeth Scruggs is the woman to call.
Under the theme of "A Christmas to Remember," historic Granville will hold a full day's celebration on Saturday, Dec. 13 for its annual Country Christmas.
Tommy and Teresa Halbert have long been approached to be a part of the Historic Places Tour, presented by Historic Lebanon. After years of not being able to participate, the Halberts finally said "yes" and added the Halbert-Campbell home to the seventh annual event.
The Southwest Community Club got into the holiday spirit early this year.
Though from a distance it might have looked like some alien invasion, things were calm and the giant robotic visitor was a friendly sort and caught the imagination of Extended Resource students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Kim Edwards relocated from her Knoxville home to the Nashville for work after graduation from the University of Tennessee. As it turns out, moving was good for her love life too.
As the weather gets colder and the holidays approach, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and its local partners are gearing up for a season filled with fun and festivities.
Tracy Lawrence's 9th annual Mission Possible Turkey Fry brought 550 birds, Wilson County volunteers and a few Tennessee Titans to the Nashville Rescue Mission on Tuesday.
LEBANON -- A local selection committee met Thursday, Nov. 20 to review applicants for the seventh Tennessee Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards.
I don't know why I equate homemade banana pudding with church gatherings, but I still do. I have pleasant memories of attending many a church social where somebody's grandmother had made banana pudding from scratch.
Homeless children may live in a tent or a camper, sleep on a different couch every night, sleep in a car or even sleep in a ditch. They have no permanent, safe, predictable place to call home, according to Karen Young, Wilson County Schools Student Training Enrichment and Progress (STEP) liaison.
On a recent Saturday at historic Nokes-Lasater Field, more than 30 local firemen and police officers squared off in a flag football game to help collect toys for the Lebanon Fire Department's "Spirit of Christmas Toy Drive."
When making our list of blessings to be thankful for this year, good health is probably close to the top for most of us. For Bill Huber, the list is a bit different. He is thankful for those opportunities that cancer has given him to renew his faith and share it with those around him.
Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Lebanon Senior Citizens Center benefit, An Evening in December at the Capitol Theatre.
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.
Two Rivers Ford once again invites families and their furry friends to participate in the fifth annual Turkey Trot to benefit New Leash on Life.
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.
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.
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.
Lisa Tomlinson has a few phrases to live by that come from her Dad. They are: "Don't tailgate," "Buy low and sell high," "Land is the only thing that lasts," "Mind your manners, but don't ever back down," "Don't forget to talk to God" and "Always call your Daddy before bedtime."
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.
The heart of a 24-page ethics complaint sent to the District Attorney General by the Wilson County Commission Ethics Committee on April 3 is the question of residency of individual commissioners when they move.
The issue has been a topic of contention for some commissioners since December, when former County Commissioner Adam Bannach of District 18, resigned his seat due to moving out of his district.
While some may think this is a new issue, it is not and its roots go back six years when Commissioner Wendell Marlowe served for nearly seven months after moving out of his district.
According to local media reports in January 2008, Marlowe, who was then commissioner of District 1, did not submit his resignation until November 2007, almost five months after he had moved out of his district.
Here are the three laws from the Tennessee Code Annotated, Harold Huber alleges in his 24-page Ethics Complaint that members of the Wilson County Government may have violated.
The heart of a 24-page ethics complaint sent to the District Attorney General by the Wilson County Commission Ethics Committee on April 3 is the question of residency of individual commissioners when they move.
The issue has been a topic of contention for some commissioners since December, when former County Commissioner Adam Bannach of District 18, resigned his seat due to moving out of his district.
Here are the resumes of the 17 candidates for the Wilson County Director of Schools position.
Wilson County Government’s attempt to secure funding through an increase in the hotel/motel tax for the proposed Expo Center at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center via a legislative private act needing the General Assembly’s approval died Thursday afternoon.
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.
There have been many questions about the new Amp service that is proposed and how it will affect Wilson County.
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.
Board returns from executive session at 11:30 mark of video.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS!!!!
The next step regarding the future of Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund lies with the Wilson County Board of Education.
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.
By the time you read this, 2014 will either be just around the corner or will have already arrived. It’s a new year for new beginnings and new endings, or to use a single word, another year for changes.
I had hoped to write this column for last Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but circumstances beyond my control took over my life. So please forgive me as I give thanks for many things – a week after this truly American holiday.
Editor’s note: Because Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. was founded in Lebanon and its corporate headquarters are here, The Wilson Post decided to take a look back at the three-year battle between the local restaurant/gift shop corporation and activist investor Sardar Biglari before next week’s annual meeting.
For the third time in as many years, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. (CBRL) shareholders will be asked to place activist investor Sardar Biglari and his second in command at Biglari Holdings Inc. on the local restaurant’s board of directors next Wednesday.
Given the recent movement in activist investor Sardar Biglari’s businesses, The Wilson Post asked Dr. Paul Stumb, dean of the Labry School of Business and Technology at Cumberland University, to comment on the presentation Cracker Barrel Old Country Store & Restaurant executives will present to shareholders next Wednesday.
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series regarding District 8 Commissioner Frank Bush’s views on county finances and changes in how the monthly meetings are conducted.
At the October Wilson County Commission Meeting, District 8 Commissioner Frank Bush rose to comment on how in his opinion the General Fund is “being depleted rapidly” less than 90 days into the current fiscal year.
Following the Oct. 21 meeting, Bush contacted The Wilson Post and said he would like to explain his comments at the meeting.
Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series regarding District 8 Commissioner Frank Bush’s views on county finances and changes in how the monthly meetings are conducted.
In addition to wanting a simpler document that shows the status of each specific Wilson County fund balance at the monthly meetings, District 8 Commissioner Frank Bush would also like to see more discussion about expenditures on the floor of the county commission meetings.
No one likes to hear criticism, which is defined as “the act of expressing disapproval and of noting the problems or faults of a person or thing” by Merriam-Webster dictionary. I get that. I don’t like being criticized.
However, I’ve never been one to shy away from constructive criticism, which dictionary.com defines as “criticism or advice that is useful and intended to help or improve something, often with an offer of possible solutions.”
Unfortunately, though, I’ve observed throughout the years that all too often people view constructive criticism as just criticism and refuse to acknowledge that ideas or suggestions for improvement have any merit.
One of the outstanding architectural gems of downtown Lebanon, the old Federal Post Office marks the centennial of its groundbreaking on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Bill Moss, a 31-year veteran of the Wilson County School System whose position was eliminated by the director of schools in September, has filed a lawsuit in Wilson County Chancery Court against Dr. Tim Setterlund and the Wilson County Board of Education alleging wrongful termination.
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.
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.”
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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