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Tourists cowboy up at Twin Oaks Ranch
Tourists cowboy up at Twin Oaks Ranch

Vacationers from around the globe are going giddy-up over a cowboy hideout deep in the heart of Wilson County at Dave and Deb Ward's Twin Oaks Ranch.

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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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Jennings to receive highest award in Girl Scouting
Jennings to receive highest award in Girl Scouting

Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee recently congratulated Wilson County's Allison Jennings for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award - the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

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Cure for Our Friends tournament date set
Cure for Our Friends tournament date set

Cure for Our Friends, an organization which assists local families affected by cystic fibrosis and also works with the CF foundation to raise awareness, has set the date for their fourth annual golf tournament fundraiser.

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What's all the buzz about?
What's all the buzz about?

Who knew an insect could be so interesting?

Hairstylist-by-day, wife, mother and beekeeping enthusiast, Jessica Dodds, explained to The Wilson Post how honeybees inspired her to create a non-profit organization.

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Music City Star to run for wine festival
Music City Star to run for wine festival

When A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival makes its debut at the Wilson County Expo Center on April 29, Wilson County, RTA and the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce will offer a train ride to the event on the Music City Star.

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Summer Camp 4-H on the horizon
Summer Camp 4-H on the horizon

Summer 4-H Camp is fast approaching, and the weeklong camp will make for a fun-filled and enjoyable week for students in the fourth through sixth grades.

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Kalodimos to speak at Houses of Hope Luncheon
Kalodimos to speak at Houses of Hope Luncheon

Wilson Habitat for Humanity will host its annual Houses of Hope Luncheon on Wednesday, April 5, at the Capitol Theatre in Lebanon, and WSMV News Anchor Demetria Kalodimos is scheduled to serve as this year's guest speaker.

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Local Dems to elect new officers at convention
Local Dems to elect new officers at convention

The Wilson County Democratic Party will hold its biennial Reorganization Convention to elect new party leaders on Saturday, March 25, at 151 Maddox-Simpson Parkway in Lebanon. Doors open at 9 a.m. and close promptly at 10 a.m.

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Hurricane Creek cabin revival
Hurricane Creek cabin revival

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

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'Casino Royale' Ready - LHS Prom set for March 31
'Casino Royale' Ready - LHS Prom set for March 31

Lebanon High School will have prom for junior and senior students on Friday, March 31.

For the first in many years, prom will be held at a Wilson County venue - the Wilson County Exposition Center.

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A Toast to Tennessee wine festival comes "home"

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

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

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

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Property taxes stay for fire protection only

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.

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

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

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Mt. Juliet commissioners agree on tentative lawsuit

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.

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Wilson County Ag Hall of Fame inductees announced
Wilson County Ag Hall of Fame inductees announced

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.

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Steed retires from JECDB Board

Longtime Joint Economic and Community Development Board member Nelson Steed retired after nearly three decades of service.

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'Capt. Jack' set the bar for Texas Rangers, Pt. 3
'Capt. Jack' set the bar for Texas Rangers, Pt. 3

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.

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Pinnacle supports Wilson Books from Birth
Pinnacle supports Wilson Books from Birth

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.

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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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Post names 2016 all-county team
Post names 2016 all-county team

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.

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Post names 2016 all-county offensive team
Post names 2016 all-county offensive team

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.

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Lowery named 'Legend of Lebanon' by council
Lowery named 'Legend of Lebanon' by council

Prominent attorney and businessman B.F. "Jack" Lowery was named a Legend of Lebanon on Tuesday night.

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Year in Review: Education in 2016
Year in Review: Education in 2016

The biggest education-related news in Wilson County in 2016 was the massive county building program approved to handle explosive growth throughout the county.

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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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Woman of Wilson: Connie Hulse Ford
Woman of Wilson: Connie Hulse Ford

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.

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Last-minute gift ideas made in Wilson County
Last-minute gift ideas made in Wilson County

Only 10 more shopping days 'til Christmas.

You're likely just about done. OK, maybe not.

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Christmas for All making kids smile for years
Christmas for All making kids smile for years

Non-profit organization Christmas for All is getting ready to provide holiday gifts to more than 2,000 kids in Lebanon and Watertown.

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Wilson County Property Transfers: Oct. 10-14, 2016
Wilson County Property Transfers: Oct. 10-14, 2016

Wilson County Property Transfers Oct. 10-14, 2016

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Editorials should speak out against Medicare privatization
Editorials should speak out against Medicare privatization

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.

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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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Wilson Warrior Foundation to host annual breakfast
Wilson Warrior Foundation to host annual breakfast

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.

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Local foundation collecting donations for foster kids
Local foundation collecting donations for foster kids

The Keith Edmonds Foundation is on a mission to Share Holiday Joy.

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WEMA breaks ground on station in Norene, dedicates another
WEMA breaks ground on station in Norene, dedicates another

Wilson Emergency Management Agency broke ground on Station No. 11 on Monday afternoon.

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Mayor looking to fill Veterans Service post
Mayor looking to fill Veterans Service post

Wilson County Veterans Service Officer Bernie Ash will vacate the office on Thursday, Dec. 8.

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WCSO to conduct holiday patrol saturations
WCSO to conduct holiday patrol saturations

The Wilson County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) Patrol Division will increase patrols over the Thanksgiving weekend to be on the lookout for impaired drivers.

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Tracy Lawrence donates turkeys to Brooks House, community
Tracy Lawrence donates turkeys to Brooks House, community

Brooks House, a shelter which helps women improve their lives, received a Thanksgiving surprise on Wednesday.

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What's different about Thanksgiving?
What's different about Thanksgiving?

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.

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The blessing of being healthy
The blessing of being healthy

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.

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

Community Calendar for Nov. 25, 2016

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Remember to give thanks
Remember to give thanks

On Thursday, an overwhelming number of families all across Wilson County will celebrate Thanksgiving.

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Hutto: Wilson County has much to be thankful for
Hutto: Wilson County has much to be thankful for

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.

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TDOT halts construction for holiday weekend
TDOT halts construction for holiday weekend

Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during the busy Thanksgiving holiday, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).

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Remembering others in the community
Remembering others in the community

The Southwest Community Club is providing Thanksgiving feasts for 20 local families this year.

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Still giving thanks
Still giving thanks

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.

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County, district breaks ground on Central Office project
County, district breaks ground on Central Office project

The former Lebanon High School building at 415 Harding Drive is about the be revitalized.

A groundbreaking was held on Monday morning at the location to celebrate its latest purpose - housing the Wilson County School System.

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Local dancers to perform in Nashville Ballet's 'Nashville's Nutcracker'
Local dancers to perform in Nashville Ballet's 'Nashville's Nutcracker'

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."

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MJ Turkey Trot 5K registration open
MJ Turkey Trot 5K registration open

Two Rivers Ford presents the 7th Annual Turkey Trot 5K and Family Fun Run on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24.

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Wilson receives Governor's ThreeStar Award
Wilson receives Governor's ThreeStar Award

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.

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Thanksgiving of many colors
Thanksgiving of many colors

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."

DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

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Wilson County Property Transfers- Oct. 3-7, 2016
Wilson County Property Transfers- Oct. 3-7, 2016

Wilson County Property Transfers Oct. 3-7, 2016

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News You Can Use- A schedule to keep Thanksgiving safe
News You Can Use- A schedule to keep Thanksgiving safe

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.

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Now it's built... will they come?
Now it's built... will they come?
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

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What Thanksgiving food are you?
What Thanksgiving food are you?
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Local leaders take part in Power of TEN Summit
Local leaders take part in Power of TEN Summit

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.

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Wilson County Teacher of the Year nominations underway
Wilson County Teacher of the Year nominations underway

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.

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We have the power to change government
We have the power to change government

"We the People" really does have the power.

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Wilson County fce gears up for the holidays

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.

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Council discussing transportation issues
Council discussing transportation issues

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.

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Wilson County Property Transfers- Sept. 19-23, 2016
Wilson County Property Transfers- Sept. 19-23, 2016

Wilson County Property Transfers- Sept. 19-23, 2016

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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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County introduces Expo Center GM
County introduces Expo Center GM

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.

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Woman of Wilson: Amber Hurdle
Woman of Wilson: Amber Hurdle

Whoever coined the term #BossBabe likely did so after meeting Amber Hurdle.

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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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SEOPA honors John L. Sloan
SEOPA honors John L. Sloan

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.

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Parting the Canebrakes

As I have repeatedly told you, some stories must be told in their entirety, not just snippets of the story.

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TN Promise needs 200 mentors
TN Promise needs 200 mentors

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

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Wilson searching for new Tourism Director
Wilson searching for new Tourism Director

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.

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

The Community Calendar for Oct. 12, 2016.

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Calendar- Oct. 14, 2016
Calendar- Oct. 14, 2016

The community calendar for Oct. 14, 2016

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MJPD attends elite White House police briefing
MJPD attends elite White House police briefing

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.

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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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Wilson Election Commission announces extended hours

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.

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Wilson Election Commission announces extended hours

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.

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

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

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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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Wilson County Property Transfers July 4-8, 2016
Wilson County Property Transfers July 4-8, 2016

Wilson County Property Transfers July 4-8, 2016

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Would Wilson County consider decriminalizing pot?
Would Wilson County consider decriminalizing pot?

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.

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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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Letter- I'll always read your articles
Letter- I'll always read your articles

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.

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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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$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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Farmer, city sticking to their guns on sign ordinance
Farmer, city sticking to their guns on sign ordinance

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.

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Community Calendar for Sept. 2
Community Calendar for Sept. 2

Calendar for Sept. 2

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TN Saddle Club trots into Ag Center
TN Saddle Club trots into Ag Center

The Tennessee Saddle Club Association is riding into Lebanon this Labor Day weekend.

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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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Lebanon's Maplehurst Bakery turning out 1,200 donuts a minute
Lebanon's Maplehurst Bakery turning out 1,200 donuts a minute

The community gathered to welcome Maplehurst Bakery to Wilson County on Wednesday.

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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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MJ residents file suit against city, mayor
MJ residents file suit against city, mayor

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.

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Commission OK's 35-cent tax hike for raises, school
Commission OK's 35-cent tax hike for raises, school

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.

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State House challenger to sue Mt. Juliet for sign removal
State House challenger to sue Mt. Juliet for sign removal

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.

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CRIME -- Woods gets 60 years
CRIME -- Woods gets 60 years

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.

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2016 Football Preview publishes Aug. 17
2016 Football Preview publishes Aug. 17

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.

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Intrasquad scrimmage set Aug. 13
Intrasquad scrimmage set Aug. 13
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Daily Obituaries: August 5, 2016

Mildred Jenkins, 69

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Daily Obituaries: August 4, 2016

Geraldine Erskin, 75

Glenola Marie Riker, 89

Sara Thompson, 91

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Republicans run up the tally in TN House primaries
Republicans run up the tally in TN House primaries

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.

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Daily Obituaries: August 2, 2016

Elivia Rose Sullivan, 16

James David Orrand, 70

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Daily Obituaries: July 26, 2016

Donald Richard Lycans, 80

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Daily Obituaries: July 25, 2016

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

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Daily Obituaries: July 22, 2016

Oliver H. Tribble, 86

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Daily Obituaries: July 21, 2016

William Gordon Binkley Jr., 44

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Daily Obituaries: July 20, 2016

William Douglas Garrett, 65

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Daily Obituaries: July 19, 2016

William "Wayne" Howard, 69

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Daily Obituaries: July 18, 2016

Doris Ilene Waynick, 81

Susan F. Hayes, 65

Robert Baxter Sullivan, 86

Andrew Weatherston "Bear" Miller, 72

Finley Wren "Herb" Harbison, 84

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Daily Obituaries: July 15, 2016

Willie "Billy" Murphy Jr., 55

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Daily Obituaries: July 14, 2016

Palmer A. Smith Jr., 79

William C. Smotherman, 68

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Daily Obituaries: July 13, 2016

Melvin Allen George, 59

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Carr questioning Diane Black fund-raiser
Carr questioning Diane Black fund-raiser

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.

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Daily Obituaries: July 11, 2016

Tony Joe Stacey, 53

Philip Charles Roth, 65

James William "Sarge" Roberts, 87

Lane Charles Dickeson, 19

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Daily Obituaries: July 8, 2016

Herbert Lawson Corley, 86

Claude Douglas "Buster" Jennings Sr., 88

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Daily Obituaries: July 7, 2016

Charles Thomas Morgan, 76

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Daily Obituaries: July 5, 2016

Benjamin John-Whitcomb Andrews, 29

Lorene Bloodworth Womack, 90

Mary Helen "Pug" Williams, 85

Elson Welin Nielson, 99

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2016 Wilson County Besties
2016 Wilson County Besties

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.

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Daily Obituaries: July 1, 2016

David Larry Cook, 69

Helen Powell Shaw Vykouk, 84

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Daily Obituaries: June 30, 2016

Linda Ann Cripps, 74

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Daily Obituaries: June 27, 2016

Jeremy Wayne Sams, 36

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Daily Obituaries: June 24, 2016

Mary Lou Holsinger, 80

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Daily Obituaries: June 23, 2016

Bernice Gunter, 82

Earline Woodall, 89

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Daily Obituaries: June 22, 2016

Timothy Lee Clenney, 54

Paul B. Porter, 65

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Daily Obituaries: June 20, 2016

Dr. James William "Bill" Patton, 83

Bertha Dale Thompson, 85

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Daily Obituaries: June 17, 2016

Janice Lynn Sherrill, 61

Deborah Ann Disspayne Jones, 65

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Daily Obituaries: June 16, 2016

Sophia Irene Hammonds, 65

Charles Edwin "Bub" McClanahan, 66

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Daily Obituaries: June 15, 2016

Charlotte "Big Mama" Hendrixson, 70

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Daily Obituaries: June 14, 2016

Teresa Denise Hays, 44

Caroline Haslam-Jones, 67

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Daily Obituaries: June 13, 2016

Margaret Smith, 85

Carolyn Marie Hammers, 70

Stella Mai Bane, 74

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Commissioners preparing for property tax hike
Commissioners preparing for property tax hike

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.

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Daily Obituaries: June 9, 2016

H.L. Winfree, 83

Charles Owen Williams, 76

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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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Daily Obituaries: June 8, 2016

Brad McDaniel, 57

Peggy Thompson, 81

Bill Boykin, 83

Alton Bane, 79

Pandolfi "Mike" Romalo Robinson, 69

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Daily Obituaries: June 7, 2016

Marie Maier, 91

Toy Parkerson, 48

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Daily Obituaries: June 6, 2016

Thomas Halbert Jr., 88

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Daily Obituaries: June 3, 2016

Rebecca Frances Kilzer, 83

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Daily Obituaries: June 2, 2016

Wilburn "Bill" Adams Jr., 95

Gregg Parker, 58

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Daily Obituaries: June 1, 2016

Willadean Bloodworth, 73

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Daily Obituaries: May 26, 2016

Robert Michael "Bob" Fisher, 62

Dequarius Anton "Juicy" Apple, 21

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Daily Obituaries: May 25, 2016

Mai Jean Stone, 76

Etta Frances Vanatta Bayne, 93

Ricky Odell Bly, 59

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Daily Obituaries: May 24, 2016

Gabriella "Gabby" Kay-Marie Blakeman

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Daily Obituaries: May 23, 2016

Charles Edward Capps, 70

Judith F. Hodges, 69

Robert Lewis Painter, 65

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Daily Obituaries: May 20, 2016

John A. Pruitte, 85

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Daily Obituaries: May 19, 2016

Jessie Ruth Williams Hall, 92

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Daily Obituaries: May 18, 2016

Mary Ann White, 82

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Daily Obituaries: May 17, 2016

Anna Ruth Spivey VanHooser, 83

Judy Frances McKinney, 70

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Daily Obituaries: May 16, 2016

Mary Robinson Dillard, 100

Johnnie Lee Adams Newcome, 95

Ronald Ernest Berg, 75

Harlan Wayne Jennings, 66

J. Eldon "Corkey" Harvey, 82

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Daily Obituaries: May 12, 2016

Minnie Lee Grisham, 96

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Daily Obituaries: May 11, 2016

Dolores Johnson, 80

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Daily Obituaries: May 10, 2016

Shelia Diane Marsh, 62

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Sunday crash on Hwy. 109 kills one
Sunday crash on Hwy. 109 kills one

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.

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Daily Obituaries: May 9, 2016

Robert George Schott, 92

James Lewis Humphrey, 51

Mark Allen Mullinix, 51

Jackie Murphy Hill, 57

James D. "Donnie" McCullough, 52

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Sheriff hosts Day of Prayer
Sheriff hosts Day of Prayer

Law enforcement, city and county leaders gathered at the Wilson County Sheriff's Department on Thursday to observe the National Day of Prayer.

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Daily Obituaries: May 6, 2016

Melba Jean Harris, 56

Tracy Elizabeth O'Neal, 41

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Daily Obituaries: May 5, 2016

Brenda Faye Driver, 71

Mary Jo Morris, 79

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Daily Obituaries: May 4, 2016

Daisy Sullins, 91

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Daily Obituaries: May 2, 2016

Gladys Ruth Hester, 72

Walter D. Martin, 92

Peggy Sue Beavers, 71

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Daily Obituaries: April 26, 2016

Mary Elizabeth "Maribeth" Gray, 64

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Daily Obituaries: April 25, 2016

Lois Marie Oliver, 69

Hilda Nell Pallas, 89

Donna Lynn Hawkes, 52

Ronald Christopher "Chris" Arrowood, 29

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Daily Obituaries: April 22, 2016

Veola Robertson, 97

Sue Romines, 69

Johnnie Clayton Brewer Jr., 54

Alice Burke Bundy, 86

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Daily Obituaries: April 21, 2016

Carolyn Baird, 74

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Daily Obituaries: April 20, 2016

Dorris E. Sandlin, 74

Ella Mae Crowell, 85

Phillip Donald Bates, 74

Candice Burnside Ferguson, 37

Mildred Stone, 91

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Woman of Wilson: Debbie Moss
Woman of Wilson: Debbie Moss

Wilson County Circuit Court Clerk Debbie Moss was elected to the position in September 2014.

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Daily Obituaries: April 19, 2016

Roy "Bud" Wright Jr., 78

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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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Site purchase for road dept. approved
Site purchase for road dept. approved

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.

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Schools face $28 mil construction cost overrun
Schools face $28 mil construction cost overrun

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.

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Daily Obituaries: April 18, 2016

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

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Woman of Wilson: Laura Beth Ray
Woman of Wilson: Laura Beth Ray

Laura Beth Ray is a busy lady these days.

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Daily Obituaries: April 15, 2016

Leann Mercy Benedict, 70

Myrna Bruce Reese, 76

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Wilson County 911 director resigns
Wilson County 911 director resigns

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.

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Daily Obituaries: April 14, 2016

Barbara Ann "Bobbie" Wilkerson, 74

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TRACK & FIELD -- County championships
TRACK & FIELD -- County championships

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.

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Daily Obituaries: April 13, 2016

Ralph Neal Old Sr., 90

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Daily Obituaries: April 11, 2016

Elbert Marshon Agnew, 85

Joe Donald Paris, 68

Martha Joann Walker, 27

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Daily Obituaries: April 8, 2016

Alma Louise Midgett, 94

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Daily Obituaries: April 7, 2016

Dr. Mary Douglas Martin, 86

Joseph Edward "Lucky" O'Guin, 67

John Paul Dickens, 81

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WCSO accepting applications for Explorers Academy
WCSO accepting applications for Explorers Academy

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.

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Daily Obituaries: April 5, 2016

Joan D. Reeve, 72

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Woman of Wilson: Linda Armistead
Woman of Wilson: Linda Armistead

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.

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Daily Obituaries: April 4, 2016

Viverine "Vi" Deason, 94

Ella Jean Hight, 86

Tommie Mai Watkins, 97

Hazelene Knight Mills, 77

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Daily Obituaries: April 1, 2016

Dr. Donald Alexander Cole, 61

Bobbie "Momma Joyce" Weiser, 79

Meghan Brittny Henderson, 31

Winifred M. Bates Ireland

David Randle McCrary, 62

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Teacher of the Year event set for April 8
Teacher of the Year event set for April 8

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.

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Woman of Wilson: Kim Stroud-Hendrick
Woman of Wilson: Kim Stroud-Hendrick

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.

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Crawford-Richmond engagement
Crawford-Richmond engagement

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.

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MJ to celebrate 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day'
MJ to celebrate 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day'

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."

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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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Daily Obituaries: March 31, 2016

Aubrey Ray Haworth, 72

Jim E. "Big O" Owen, 73

Glenn Franklin McClanahan, 68

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Daily Obituaries: March 30, 2016

Michael Sloan Garrett, 53

Richard Louis Baker, 63

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Daily Obituaries: March 29, 2016

Angela Harris Bryant, 50

Henry Franklin Sipe, 82

Howard Stephen "Steve" Shaffer, 69

Carolyn McDaniel Tribble, 76

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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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RTA board elects new officers, Hutto re-elected vice chair
RTA board elects new officers, Hutto re-elected vice chair

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.

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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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Fiddlers Grove to open April 1
Fiddlers Grove to open April 1

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.

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Watermelon Moon ripe for picking
Watermelon Moon ripe for picking

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.

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Daily Obituaries: March 28, 2016

Joyce Marie Guye Harrell, 62

Jane M. Sandusky, 69

Thomas "Tommy" Charles Binion, 65

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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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MJ's Windtree to host Cure for Our Friends
MJ's Windtree to host Cure for Our Friends

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.

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Daily Obituaries: March 24, 2016

Howard Franklin York, 84

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MJ man accused of uploading child pornography to Instagram
MJ man accused of uploading child pornography to Instagram

A Mt. Juliet man has been indicted on multiple charges of child sexual exploitaton after allegedly uploading child pornography to Instagram.

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Daily Obituaries: March 23, 2016

Tommy Donald "Pee Wee" Hunt, 76

Billy W. Wair, 78

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Woman of Wilson: Carolyn Corlew
Woman of Wilson: Carolyn Corlew

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.

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Daily Obituaries: March 21, 2016
Daily Obituaries: March 21, 2016

Lois DeLarra, 70

Darline Herd, 64

Tamara "Tammy" Jean Davis, 55

John Bert Bearden, 92

Jesse Simmons, 97

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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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Scholarship available to Wilson County seniors
Scholarship available to Wilson County seniors

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."

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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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Mt. Juliet sees highest sales tax month on record
Mt. Juliet sees highest sales tax month on record

Mt. Juliet city officials said this past January was the highest sales tax month on record.

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Daily Obituaries: March 16, 2016

Katherine Harris Pass, 87

Barbara Jane Christian, 66

Bobby Lester Harmon, 76

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Daily Obituaries: March 15, 2016

Billy Joe Hamlet, 78

Sally Marie Duncan Fannin, 76

Debbie Lynn Thompson, 55

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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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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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Pay Equality Bill Uproar
Pay Equality Bill Uproar

There are no safe assumptions about any bill - even a bill named the "Pay Equality Act."

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'Spotlight' shows truth cannot emerge without open access to public records
'Spotlight' shows truth cannot emerge without open access to public records

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.

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Cat controversy ruffles animal lovers
Cat controversy ruffles animal lovers

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.

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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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Daily Obituaries: March 14, 2016

Mary Huddleston Lane, 88

Shirley Joanne Fletcher, 68

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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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Daily Obituaries: March 11, 2016

Harold Kemp, 78

Rosie Pearl Coffee, 81

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Granville sets date for 2016 Genealogy Festival
Granville sets date for 2016 Genealogy Festival

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.

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New HS land could offer spot for MJ's 3rd fire hall
New HS land could offer spot for MJ's 3rd fire hall

The new high school site in Mt. Juliet could provide alternative acreage for Mt. Juliet's third fire station.

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Wilson dancers to perform with Irish Step Dancers
Wilson dancers to perform with Irish Step Dancers

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.

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Daily Obituaries: March 10, 2016

Rose Caroline Borinski

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Daily Obituaries: March 9, 2016

Eleanor Rest Flair, 89

Ann Jones McMahon

William "Frank" Hirlston, 89

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Daily Obituaries: March 8, 2016

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

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Tennessee's HOGZILLA
Tennessee's HOGZILLA

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.

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Daily Obituaries: March 7, 2016

Cynthia Gower Crabtree, 68

Theodore "Ted" Jeffrey, 78

Nathaniel Ray Kirby, 37

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Daily Obituaries: March 4, 2016

Kenneth Walker Hughes, 88

Louise Smithwick, 82

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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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Mt. Juliet snags top Tennessee 'healthy housing market'
Mt. Juliet snags top Tennessee 'healthy housing market'

Another feather in Mt. Juliet's cap is the recent ranking of first in Tennessee in the category of "healthy housing markets."

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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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Slipping through the cracks
Slipping through the cracks

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.

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Insecurity Digest- The Apprentice
Insecurity Digest- The Apprentice

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.

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Daily Obituaries: March 2, 2016

Jerald Davis Bryson, 72

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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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Daily Obituaries: Feb. 29, 2016

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

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No SEEK changes to be made for 2016-2017
No SEEK changes to be made for 2016-2017

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.

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Daily Obituaries: Feb. 25, 2016

Bobbie Jean Gibson, 78

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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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EMTAR pres hits ground running
EMTAR pres hits ground running

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.

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Beavers to co-sponsor illegal immigration proposals
Beavers to co-sponsor illegal immigration proposals

State Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) is co-sponsoring legislation aimed at illegal immigration in Tennessee.

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Daily Obituaries: Feb. 24, 2016

Glenda Fay Wade, 46

Jerry "Mack" Metcalf, 73

Sunshine Mary Lay, 74

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Special meeting set to choose school site
Special meeting set to choose school site

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.

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Daily Obituaries: Feb. 23, 2016

Richard Henry "Dick" Miller, 81

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Local praying for leaders
Local praying for leaders

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

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Exercising their right
Exercising their right

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.

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Simply Saluting: Wilson County Community Help Center
Simply Saluting: Wilson County Community Help Center

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.

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The donkey and the elephant...
The donkey and the elephant...

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.

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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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Daily Obituaries: Feb. 22, 2016

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

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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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Daily Obituaries: Feb. 18, 2016

Deborah Gail King, 58

Brenda Faye Wright Reynolds, 72

Annabel Joy Pounds, 3

Vera Potts Scantland, 69

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Daily Obituaries: Feb. 17, 2016

Ernest Edward Morgan, 66

Frances "Nan" Vance, 77

Hallie Sanders Tuggle, 90

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Daily Obituaries: Feb. 16, 2016

Correne Johnson Sempsrott, 85

Doris Jane Bruce, 77

Angela Gail Bryant, 62

Ben Fuston, 75

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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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Daily Obituaries: Feb. 15, 2016

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

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CASA plans pancake breakfast at LHS
CASA plans pancake breakfast at LHS

Tickets are on sale now for a Pancake Breakfast benefiting Wilson County CASA.

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Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees named

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.

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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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Wilson County Democratic Party to host delegate convention
Wilson County Democratic Party to host delegate convention

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.

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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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New businesses, remodels set for Providence
New businesses, remodels set for Providence

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.

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'Dear Blue Eyes: My name is John'
'Dear Blue Eyes: My name is John'

Classified ad led to Valentine's Day proposal

Sometimes it takes a leap of faith.

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Daily Obituaries: Feb. 10, 2016

John "Jack" Evans Jr., 87

Marcia Jean Jones, 74

Jacqueline H. Anderson

Nancy McPeak Mooneyham, 73

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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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Daily Obituaries: Feb. 9, 2016

Angela Dawn Gilbert, 42

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Daily Obituaries: Feb. 8, 2016

Charles L. Baird, 88

Alene Neal McCampbell, 93

Danville Milton Sweeton, 82

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Daily Obituaries: Feb. 5, 2016

Dennis Stewart Scholl, 49

Lorie Kay Jones, 44

James A. Prater, 82

Thomas "Tom" Lester Anderson, 86

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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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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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Daily Obituaries: Feb. 4,2016

Arnold Eugene "Gene" Stafford, 83

Tommy Lenaire McElvaney, 71

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Daily Obituaries: Feb. 2, 2016

Margaret J. Ferrell, 93

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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 County in pictures
Wilson County in pictures

When it comes to the matter of facts about Wilson County, Linda Granstaff proves to be a walking, talking encyclopedia.

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Daily Obituaries: Feb. 1, 2016

Lela Robinson Forester, 101

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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 29, 2016

Charles "Chili" Lowe Allison, 63

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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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Monday deadline to register to vote in presidential primary
Monday deadline to register to vote in presidential primary

Monday, Feb. 1 is the final day Wilson County residents can register to vote in the March 1 Presidential Preference Primary.

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State Economic Development head speaks to Chamber
State Economic Development head speaks to Chamber

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.

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Capitol to host Mardi Gras event for Sherry's Run
Capitol to host Mardi Gras event for Sherry's Run

Let the good times roll - Mardi Gras is coming to The Capitol Theatre on Friday, Feb. 5th.

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Another one about Hwy, 109
Another one about Hwy, 109

"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."

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Woman of Wilson: Breeanna Straessle
Woman of Wilson: Breeanna Straessle

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.

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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 26, 2016

Barbara Norwood Barton, 86

John William Pruitte, 76

Mary Evelyn Thorner, 91

Wanda J. Dix, 71

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School Board Appreciation Week set for Jan. 24-30
School Board Appreciation Week set for Jan. 24-30

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.

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County tries to get back on schedule
County tries to get back on schedule

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.

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Sellars Mound mates reunited
Sellars Mound mates reunited

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.

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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 25, 2016

Novie Edwards Maggart, 93

Leeya YanQi Grace White, 3

David T. Humes

Donette Dedmon Doak, 76

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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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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 21, 2016

Loy Joe Hayes, 76

W.E. Corbett Anderson, 90

Beatrice M. VandenHeuvel, 95

Jack Lackey Jr., 69

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Still time to
Still time to "Be The Match" for Sherry's Run

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.

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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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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 20, 2016

Charles "Chuck" Edward Dalton Jr., 65

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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 19, 2016

Thomas H. Jordan Jr., 73

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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 18, 2016

David G. Eakes, 70

Tiffanie Davis, 21

James Wilkerson "Pop" Cragwall Jr., 93

Martha Puckett, 72

Georgia Lucille McCaleb Hall, 88

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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 15, 2016

Pauline Pirtle Horton, 88

Jackie W. Gregory, 74

Thomas Wilson Binion, 90

Florence Katherine McClanahan, 90

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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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Turning ground on Expo Center
Turning ground on Expo Center

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.

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MTEMC offers cold weather tips
MTEMC offers cold weather tips

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.

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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 13, 2016

Mamie Marie McMahon, 85

Leon Nixon Denney, 85

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New COO joins TriStar Summit Medical Center
New COO joins TriStar Summit Medical Center

Drew Tyrer assumed the role of chief operating officer for TriStar Summit Medical Center in Hermitage earlier this week.

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

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

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Chilled to the bone
Chilled to the bone

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.

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Going the milky way
Going the milky way

New dairy parlor up and running in Shop Springs

"All the really good ideas I've ever had came to me while I was milking a cow." --American artist Grant Wood.

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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 12, 2016

James Cordell Perry Jr., 76

Sue B. Brewington, 79

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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 11, 2016

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

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2015 All-County Football Team
2015 All-County Football Team
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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 8, 2016

Jimmy Luper, 67

Lori Michelle Hollandsworth, 35

Kolt Christopher Gammon, 32

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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 7, 2016

Thayer Wilson Baker, 102

Beverly Ann Gibson Newman, 73

Regina Gale Murphy, 41

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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 6, 2016

Sharma Teresa Mitchell, 55

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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 5, 2016

Henry Wade Chaple, 85

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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 4, 2016

Jack "Mickey" Malone, 81

Annie Beal Roberts, 74

Hugh Edward Foster, 66

Larry William Shyblosky Sr., 72

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Daily Obituaries: Dec. 29, 2015

Jean Wright Jackson, 87

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Daily Obituaries: Dec. 28, 2015

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

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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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Daily Obituaries: Dec. 23, 2015

Albert Sidney Jarratt Sr., 87

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Parting the Canebrakes: Merry Christmas

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.

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TDOT halts high construction for holiday travel
TDOT halts high construction for holiday travel

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.

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Daily Obituaries: Dec. 22, 2015

William Sherrill "Butch" Depp, 66

Claude Lee Crook Jr., 86

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Daily Obituaries: Dec. 21, 2015

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

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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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Sounds of the Season
Sounds of the Season

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.

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Daily Obituaries: Dec. 17, 2015

Lillian Louise Sharp Ricketts, 96

Kaleb Douglas Woodcock, 21

Diana Lynn Winfree, 50

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Daily Obituaries: Dec. 16, 2015

Marlette Elaine Brown Carey, 58

Nina C. Rankin, 83

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MJ to widen I-40 bridge near Providence
MJ to widen I-40 bridge near Providence

Mt. Juliet city commissioners gave the green light Monday night to widen the bridge over Interstate 40 near Providence to fix the congestion problem.

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Daily Obituaries: Dec. 14, 2015

Barbara Cowan Simpson, 71

Jeffery D. Gammons, 61

Michael Sinclair Hedwall, 31

James Brown Baines, 83

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Daily Obituaries: Dec. 11, 2015

Bryan Eugene Burr, 38

Larry Joe LaFevor, 63

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Daily Obituaries: Dec. 10, 2015

James Ollie McMillin, 66

Linda Faye Lawson, 62

Dewey C. Bane, 91

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Defining 'thankful'
Defining 'thankful'

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.

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Daily Obituaries: Dec. 8, 2015

Joseph Dewey Fox, 54

Maria F. Burlison, 72

Opal Alene Ware, 90

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Daily Obituaries: Dec. 4, 2015

Doris Marie Jenkins, 90

Jesse Daniel Ferrer, 23

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WCSO to hold Dyer benefit auction Saturday
WCSO to hold Dyer benefit auction Saturday

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.

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Daily Obituaries: Dec. 3, 2015

Tony Lee Page, 60

James Samuel Denning, 87

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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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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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Wilson Warriors to hold annual breakfast
Wilson Warriors to hold annual breakfast

Wilson Warriors will host their third annual breakfast 8 to 11a.m., Dec. 12, at Dillon's Barn on Old Hunters Point Pike.

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Agriculture in Wilson County

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.

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Daily Obituaries: Nov. 30, 2015

Charles Vaughn "Taco" Vantrease, 61

Leroy Adam Edmiston III, 68

Linda Diane Farris, 64

Carolyn Joyce Williams, 85

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Daily Obituaries: Nov. 27, 2015

Hershall Eugene Pruitte, 83

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Telling Tales- Seasons Pleading
Telling Tales- Seasons Pleading

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.

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'Tis the season - for giving back
'Tis the season - for giving back

'Tis the season to give back - and that is exactly what the Southwest Community Club did this week.

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TDOT to halt roadwork for Thanksgiving
TDOT to halt roadwork for Thanksgiving

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.

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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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Creature Comforter
Creature Comforter

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.

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Gifting Back
Gifting Back

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.

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Pushing through the holidays - with purpose
Pushing through the holidays - with purpose

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.

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Gratitude, Dude
Gratitude, Dude

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.

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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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Turkey and all the trimmings
Turkey and all the trimmings

Country singer Tracy Lawrence gave back to the Nashville and Lebanon communities in a big way this Thanksgiving.

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Weekend hoops scores
Weekend hoops scores

Wilson County basketball
SATURDAY BOYS --
Wilson Central 69, Northeast 58
Lebanon 60, Tullahoma 29

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Daily Obituaries: Nov. 23, 2015

Julie Lynn Evans, 55

Billy Wayne Pruette, 60

Jimmy Ray Hudgins, 71

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Five arrested in large drug bust
Five arrested in large drug bust

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.

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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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Daily Obituaries: Nov 20, 2015

Ronald Dewey Schofield, 79

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Expo Center groundbreaking set for Friday
Expo Center groundbreaking set for Friday

A groundbreaking for the upcoming Wilson County Expo Center will be held Friday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.

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Prayer service set for wrongfully-incarcerated man
Prayer service set for wrongfully-incarcerated man

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.

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Holiday Expo dealing in holiday spirit
Holiday Expo dealing in holiday spirit

What's better than one-stop Christmas shopping? One-stop Christmas shopping in your hometown.

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Attitude of Gratitude

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.

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Daily Obituaries: Nov. 18, 2015

Lucille Reed, 91

Ruby E. Clinton Miller, 85

Richard Anthony "Tony" Reed Sr., 54

Donald H. Loso, 94

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Daily Obituaries: Nov. 17, 2015

Hazel Davenport

Art Nichols, 93

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Soldier's Story: Capt. Brandon Rule
Soldier's Story: Capt. Brandon Rule
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County to break ground Friday for Expo Center
County to break ground Friday for Expo Center

Wilson County will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Expo Center on 2 p.m. Friday at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

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Initiative helps local land dream job
Initiative helps local land dream job

Wilson County native Grant Owens scored a position with an elite technology firm last year.

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Turkey Day Tricks
Turkey Day Tricks

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.

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Daily Obituaries: Nov. 16, 2015

Winnie Pearl Miller, 81

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Daily Obituaries: Nov. 12, 2015

Eula Jean Dyer, 86

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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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Daily Obituaries: Nov. 11, 2015

Emilie L. Jordan, 78

Sallyann "Sally" Smith Netherton, 68

Sara Jane Herron, 81

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Daily Obituaries: Nov. 10, 2015

Warren Keller, 84

Terry Wayne "Bearcat" Mitchell, 63

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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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Hundreds of employees come out for County Health Fair
Hundreds of employees come out for County Health Fair

Current and retired Wilson County Employees benefited from an annual Health Fair on Wednesday.

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Daily Obituaries: Nov. 5, 2015

Danny Wilson Hawker, 75

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Daily Obituaries: Nov. 4, 2015

Amanda Langley Buchanan, 30

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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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East Wilson County growth something to be proud of

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.

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Daily Obituaries: Nov. 3, 2015

Dorothy Joyce Coats, 81

Margaret Belcher Piercey,93

Jodene Atnip, 79

Ruth Gill Womack, 98

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Daily Obituaries: Nov. 2, 2015

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

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 30, 2015

T.K. Watkins, 83

Jonas Roscoe Bishop, 80

Adeline Omolade Abeni Orepo, 86

Doris E. Harrison, 90

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 29, 2015

George R. Shawver, 89

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 29, 2015

George R. Shawver, 89

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 28, 2015

Larry Lane, 60

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 27, 2015

Freddie Alice Neal, 91

Ernest Albert Tippett Jr., 90

Richard Thigpin, 74

Annette Louise Lehman, 73

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 26, 2015

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

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Bids for Expo work open Thursday
Bids for Expo work open Thursday

Bids for work on the Wilson County Expo Center open Thursday, and the county mayor hopes local trades fill most of the work.

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Vaden named County Stormwater director
Vaden named County Stormwater director

Wilson County Urban Type Facilities Board named James Vaden as Stormwater director.

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Merryman outlines plan to attract songwriters
Merryman outlines plan to attract songwriters

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.

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 23, 2015

Trudy Reich Piper, 67

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 22, 2015

Roy E. Craig, 74

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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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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 21, 2015

Christopher Emmett Walker, 65

J.E. "Pop" Bowen Jr., 77

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Happy New (insurance) Year!

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.

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Post relocates to new location
Post relocates to new location
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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 19, 2015

Gail Murphy Davis, 70

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 16, 2015

Eleanor Jenkins Bale, 88

Richard "Ricky" Lawson, 59

Timothy Allen Brown, 56

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Household hazardous waste collection set for Saturday

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Wilson County on Saturday, Oct. 17.

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 15, 2015

Fontelle Moore Sutherland, 94

Whitten Allen Robertson, 17

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 14, 2015

Kathleen Mae Taylor, 79

Mary Ellen Dodd Gary, 88

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 13, 2015

Thaxton T. Armbruster, 29

Juanita Chumney Kee, 98

Rita Parks Goins, 68

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 12, 2015

William Frank Lannom, 66

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 9, 2015

Vicky McAlpin Tubb, 57

Miles Smith, 91

Anne Key Smith, 89

Richard Edward Hartman, 82

Bettie Lee Clark Tanner, 85

Katherine Saddler, 68

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 8, 2015

Jo Ann Smith Snider, 80

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 6, 2015

Troy James Alexander Burr, 12

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 7, 2015

Ali Habibi, 57

James F. Hoover, 78

Charles Everett Edwards, 76

Jesse Ray Tuggle, 29

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 5, 2015

Donald C. Tarpley, 68

Stacy Everette Gray, 51

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 2, 2015

Elsie Ray Bennett, 95

James Richard Ford, 70

Lydia Banks

Dorothy Elaine Deal Prowell, 93

Earl Lawrence, 78

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 1, 2015

Shawn Matthew Dobson, 30

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Daily Obituaries: Sept. 29, 2015

Rachel Lynn (Brown) Bambas, 25

Vicki Lorraine Knight, 68

Linda Faye "Nannie" Moser, 67

James Allen Kirk, 65

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Daily Obituaries: Sept. 28,2015

Raymond A. "Andy" Hester, 58

Lola Elam, 76

Anna Marie Paluga Hagar, 89

Edgar Allen Johnson, 71

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Daily Obituaries: Sept. 25, 2015

Betty Jean Butterbaugh Smith, 86

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Daily Obituaries: Sept. 24, 2015

Steven Eugene Walker Sr., 61

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WEMA's legality challenged by commissioner
WEMA's legality challenged by commissioner

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.

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Merryman reflects on first year as tourism director
Merryman reflects on first year as tourism director

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.

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Daily Obituaries: Sept. 22, 2015

Milton Sills Tuggle, 86

Dr. Stanley Keith Brady, 53

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Daily Obituaries: Sept. 21, 2015

Jo Beth Raines, 75

Jerry Lyle McFadden, 77

Rachel Macon Agee, 96

Woodrow "JR" Romines Jr., 66

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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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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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Expo Center not the place for 'on-the-job' training
Expo Center not the place for 'on-the-job' training

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.

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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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Missing David- Part 5
Missing David- Part 5

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.

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WCSO offers free Citizens' Academy
WCSO offers free Citizens' Academy

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.

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WATCH - 2015 Fairest of the Fair pageant
WATCH - 2015 Fairest of the Fair pageant

Watch the 2015 Fairest of the Fair pageant LIVE

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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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WB&T named one of top banks in the nation
WB&T named one of top banks in the nation
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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.

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Trices claim Wilson County Fair's Old Timers Award
Trices claim Wilson County Fair's Old Timers Award

Lebanon's Alice and Johnny Trice have been named the 2015 recipients of the Wilson County Fair's annual Old Timers Award.

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Fair contest entries begin this week
Fair contest entries begin this week

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.

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Expo Center seeking manager, 20 applied so far
Expo Center seeking manager, 20 applied so far

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said the search for an Expo Center Marketing Director is ongoing.

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Woman of Wilson: Stacie Goodall Wahl
Woman of Wilson: Stacie Goodall Wahl

Stacie Goodall Wahl described her mother, Marcia Goodall, as a person who "always put everyone else above herself."

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Pet tax, school upgrades on hold
Pet tax, school upgrades on hold

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.

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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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'Protecting those who protect us'
'Protecting those who protect us'

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.

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Commission raises own pay
Commission raises own pay

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.

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Calendar -- July 22
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Calendar -- July 22
Calendar -- July 22
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The Post cleans up at TPA event
The Post cleans up at TPA event

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.

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Commission considers reinstating $2 pet tax

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.

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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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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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Lebanon donates to Wilson County Veterans Park, Museum
Lebanon donates to Wilson County Veterans Park, Museum

City of Lebanon lawmakers recently voted unanimously to support the contribution of $80,000 to the Wilson County Veteran's Plaza Museum.

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Locals donate to 100 Club of Wilson County

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.

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Six Wilson County schools to get new start and dismissal times in August
Six Wilson County schools to get new start and dismissal times in August

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.

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WC Clerk ready to OK same-sex marriage licenses
WC Clerk ready to OK same-sex marriage licenses

UPDATED -- Wilson County Clerk's Office Supervisor Scott Goodall said their office is now ready to process same-sex marriage licenses.

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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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Same-sex marriage battle not over, says Pody, Beavers
Same-sex marriage battle not over, says Pody, Beavers

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.

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

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

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Wilson County is the Place to Be
Wilson County is the Place to Be

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.

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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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Enjoy live music and other events in Wilson County in June and July
Enjoy live music and other events in Wilson County in June and July

There is a lot of summer fun to be had in the upcoming weeks in Wilson County: live music, movies and shopping.

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County fixing insurance shortfall
County fixing insurance shortfall

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.

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Former WC HR director sought on heroin, cocaine distribution indictment
Former WC HR director sought on heroin, cocaine distribution indictment

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.

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Monty Wilson returns to Wilson County Schools as Deputy Director
Monty Wilson returns to Wilson County Schools as Deputy Director

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.

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Expo countdown looming
Expo countdown looming

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.

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Anti-Expo petition fails
Anti-Expo petition fails

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.

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Possible Thursday confirmation of Nissan expansion in WC
Possible Thursday confirmation of Nissan expansion in WC

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.

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Vegas trip hits development jackpot
Vegas trip hits development jackpot

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.

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Four new principals announced
Four new principals announced

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.

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TXR Run Club welcomes ultrarunner, FCS teacher Armstrong
TXR Run Club welcomes ultrarunner, FCS teacher Armstrong

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.

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Three arrested on sexual abuse charges

The Wilson County Sheriff's Office made several arrests this week in multiple investigations regarding sexual abuse.

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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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Woman of Wilson event dazzles
Woman of Wilson event dazzles

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.

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Justice's attorney: allegations against him a 'pattern'
Justice's attorney: allegations against him a 'pattern'

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.

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MJ Commissioner, Deputy Justice arrested for alleged domestic assault
MJ Commissioner, Deputy Justice arrested for alleged domestic assault

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.

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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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Law enforcement investigates alleged carjacking in MJ

A local man was the victim of an alleged attempted carjacking predawn Tuesday at Langford Farms near Mt. Juliet.

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'Expo Center in West Wilson would have been a sure money maker'

One Mt. Juliet leader had hopes the Expo Center would be built in West Wilson and contends it would have made more money there.

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KHS America to expand Wilson County Operations

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.

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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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MJPD decommissions officer for alleged time card fraud
MJPD decommissions officer for alleged time card fraud

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.

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Country Living Fair snares 'American Picker'
Country Living Fair snares 'American Picker'

He is the Artist of the Pick.

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Expo Center gets 'green light'
Expo Center gets 'green light'

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.

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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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Remember Sulphur Dell?
Remember Sulphur Dell?

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.

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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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County near Tennessee's top in growth

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.

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Live. Breathe. Believe.
Live. Breathe. Believe.

MJ girl and family holding their breath on lung transplant

Cassie Thornton admits she sings a little off key, but her little girl thinks she has the voice of an angel.

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County revives Expo Center idea
County revives Expo Center idea

"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.

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What's up with the weather?
What's up with the weather?

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

WRONG!

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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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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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Calendar

Wilson County is full of interesting events and activities.

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Calendar for March 20

Wilson County offers a wide variety of events and activities this month.

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Sellars expands with purchase of Sumner funeral homes
Sellars expands with purchase of Sumner funeral homes

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.

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Calendar for March 6
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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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Woman of Wilson: Amelia Morrison Hipps
Woman of Wilson: Amelia Morrison Hipps

Assuming the part-time position of Wilson County Schools Public Information Officer in 2014 came naturally for longtime journalist and editor Amelia Morrison Hipps.

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Singer-picker Bill Kelly rocks across the decades
Singer-picker Bill Kelly rocks across the decades

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.

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Rezoning sought for renamed manor

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.

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City proclaims this week 'Shop Local in Mt. Juliet Week'
City proclaims this week 'Shop Local in Mt. Juliet Week'

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.

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Sometimes, you need a little coaching to graduate

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.

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Man arrested after fight leads to stabbing
Man arrested after fight leads to stabbing

A 20-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing a 17-year-old during a fight at the LaGuardo Recreation Center Sunday.

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MJ scrambles to snag reluctant census participants
MJ scrambles to snag reluctant census participants

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.

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Sniper school 101
Sniper school 101

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.

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Music came naturally for Melvin Sloan
Music came naturally for Melvin Sloan

"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."

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School Board defers action on revamping dress code
School Board defers action on revamping dress code

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.

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#vote4goats! Little Seed Farm wins national contest
#vote4goats! Little Seed Farm wins national contest

Santa brought the owners of Little Seed Farm near Vine - James and Eileen Ray - one heck of a Christmas present this year.

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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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School board to grapple with growth in 2015

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.

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All I want for Christmas is...

Here are the "what do you want?" answers given by a variety of randomly-selected city and county officials.

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The less fortunate are leading the way
The less fortunate are leading the way

With the holidays warming the hearts of locals, there's no better time to give to those less fortunate.

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

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

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'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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Miss Rachel says 'Goodbye' to Mayor's Office
Miss Rachel says 'Goodbye' to Mayor's Office

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto's Executive Assistant Rachel Warren has decided to retire after holding the position for the past 16 years.

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Miss Rachel says 'Goodbye' to Mayor's Office
Miss Rachel says 'Goodbye' to Mayor's Office

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto's Executive Assistant Rachel Warren has decided to retire after holding the position for the past 16 years.

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Woman of Wilson: Elizabeth Scruggs
Woman of Wilson: Elizabeth Scruggs

Move over, Martha Stewart. When it comes to home décor and living in-style, Wilson Countians know Elizabeth Scruggs is the woman to call.

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Wilson's Silent Homeless
Wilson's Silent Homeless

Children are not the only ones that need a hand up.

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Granville Country Christmas set for Dec. 13
Granville Country Christmas set for Dec. 13

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.

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Halbert-Campbell home added to Historic Places Tour
Halbert-Campbell home added to Historic Places Tour

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.

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Giving back starts early this year
Giving back starts early this year

The Southwest Community Club got into the holiday spirit early this year.

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Huge robot visits Rutland Elementary
Huge robot visits Rutland Elementary

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.

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Woman of Wilson : Kim Edwards
Woman of Wilson : Kim Edwards

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.

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Popular local Christmas events return
Popular local Christmas events return

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.

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Mission Delicious
Mission Delicious

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.

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Volunteer Stars Awards looking for nominees

LEBANON -- A local selection committee met Thursday, Nov. 20 to review applicants for the seventh Tennessee Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards.

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Recipe: Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding
Recipe: Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding

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.

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Homeless in Wilson County

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.

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LFD, LPD
LFD, LPD "Tackle for Toys"

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."

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Sherry's Run patient gives thanks

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.

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An Evening in December will support senior center

Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Lebanon Senior Citizens Center benefit, An Evening in December at the Capitol Theatre.

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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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Turkey Trot set for Thanksgiving Day at Providence Marketplace

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.

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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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BOWLED OVER

50 years ago: Watertown upset Lebanon in 'Super Bowl'

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Woman of Wilson: Lisa Tomlinson

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."

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WPIM - The Lett Center

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WPIM - Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan

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WPIM - Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto

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'Vals' and 'Sals' honored at annual Legislators' Luncheon
'Vals' and 'Sals' honored at annual Legislators' Luncheon
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Wilson County man on Tennessee Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list caught in North Carolina
Wilson County man on Tennessee Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list caught in North Carolina

BREAKING NEWS!!!

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

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

 

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24-page ethics complaint filed with DA

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

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

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Residency issue has long history

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

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

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Tennessee Code Annotated Laws cited in Ethics Complaint

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

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24-page ethics complaint filed with DA

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

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

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Applications for Director of Schools

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

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Hotel/motel tax increase dies in subcommittee

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.

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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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What does Amp mean to Wilson County?

There have been many questions about the new Amp service that is proposed and how it will affect Wilson County.

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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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May the Serenity Prayer be your guide in 2014

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.

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Merry Christmas from The Post

We take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas.

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A belated list of Thanksgiving
A belated list of Thanksgiving

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

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Cracker Barrel vs. Biglari - Round 3
Cracker Barrel vs. Biglari - Round 3

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.

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Stumb offers an analysis of Biglari’s restructuring

 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.

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Bush speaks out on changes he’d like to see in county government

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.

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Bush wants more discussion, balanced budget

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.

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Constructive criticism can be beneficial
Constructive criticism can be beneficial

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Setterlund - firings not on a whim

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

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

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

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