Less than a year ago, Middle Tennesseans had little choice but to complain about their traffic woes. And they had time to do it, too: ThinkTennessee recently reported that Nashville drivers spend nearly a full work week (33.6 hours) sitting in traffic a year, losing an average of $1,308 each year to traffic-related costs.
Local veterans' organizations, the City of Lebanon and Wilson County will pay tribute to those lost in the line of duty on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, during a special ceremony at the Veterans Plaza in Lebanon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Upon his arrival to Nashville last week, one of President Donald J. Trump's first stops was at President Andrew Jackson's home, The Hermitage. Some 400 invitees and friends and supporters of The Hermitage were on hand as the president paid respect at Jackson's gravesite and toured the mansion.
On Saturday, April 29, the Music City Star train will transport runners to the St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. It's a tradition begun two years ago and, thanks to sponsor Famous Footwear, one that will continue in 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Longtime Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings will be honored at the 2017 Wilson County Library Roast.
The 11th annual class of inductees into the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame is Dr. Sam McFarland, Hale Moss, David Tomlinson and A.C. Wharton, representatives with the organization announced this week.
Longtime Joint Economic and Community Development Board member Nelson Steed retired after nearly three decades of service.
The illustrious Indian fighter and Texas Ranger John "Jack" Coffee Hays was born 200 years ago this Friday near Little Cedar Lick, a few miles northeast of Mt. Juliet.
Pinnacle Financial Partners recently furthered its support of education in Wilson County with $1,000 of support for Wilson Books from Birth, which administers Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, according to the American Red Cross.
The biggest education-related news in Wilson County in 2016 was the massive county building program approved to handle explosive growth throughout the county.
LoJac announced on Thursday an agreement whereby Vulcan Materials Company will acquire the assets of LoJac's asphalt and construction divisions and its Monterey Sand business.
Connie Hulse Ford is a born-and-raised Woman of Wilson. She grew up and still resides on Lebanon's north side in the community of Hunters Point. Ford has worked with Judge Clara Byrd for 26 years, and currently serves as a judicial administrative assistant. She also prepares taxes from January to April every year with Jackson Hewitt.
Only 10 more shopping days 'til Christmas.
You're likely just about done. OK, maybe not.
Less than 24 hours after being sworn into office, Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash vetoed plans for a $5 million park planned for the city's west side.
Non-profit organization Christmas for All is getting ready to provide holiday gifts to more than 2,000 kids in Lebanon and Watertown.
Eight years came and went in the blink of an eye according to Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead.
A group of veterans and citizens formed to raise funds to assist military service members and their families place a name on the Wilson County Veterans Plaza monument walls will host its fourth annual breakfast fund-raiser on Saturday, Dec. 10.
The Keith Edmonds Foundation is on a mission to Share Holiday Joy.
Wilson County has stepped in to help a beloved vacation destination in East Tennessee during their time of need.
Wilson Emergency Management Agency broke ground on Station No. 11 on Monday afternoon.
Wilson County Veterans Service Officer Bernie Ash will vacate the office on Thursday, Dec. 8.
The 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.
An upcoming expansion at Nissan in Lebanon has promised 81 new jobs for the area.
A groundbreaking was held on Monday morning at the location to celebrate its latest purpose - housing the Wilson County School System.
Nashville Ballet has selected 11 dancers from Wilson County to perform Dec. 3 through 23 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's (TPAC) Jackson Hall as a part of the youth cast for "Nashville's Nutcracker."
Congressman Diane Black has formally invited Tennesseans to attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.
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.
The mayor and two commissioners were sworn in at Mt. Juliet's city commission meeting Monday and the vice-mayor was reappointed.
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
I have always been fascinated by a good writer's process. Do they wrangle words from thin air, piecing them together in an ideal symmetry? Or do they take a formless lump of confusion and simply clarify? Either way, a writer possesses the most formidable weapon on earth. Dynamic. Potent. Irrevocable. And not everyone should hold a pen.
There's a new mayor in town.
Lebanon voters elected Bernie Ash to be their next mayor.
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.
I would like to encourage those who have not voted, for whatever reason, to go out and vote. We need to exercise our right and responsibility as citizens, and we must not let the recent negative publicity influence our decision in this election.
CedarStone Bank and Wilson County Chevrolet-Buick-GMC and Hyundai recently announced that the nomination process for the 2016-17 Wilson County Teacher of the Year Award has commenced.
There's nothing that puts you in the holiday spirit quite like crafts! Wilson County fce is hosting a craft bazaar at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in the East/West Education and Turner Evans buildings on Saturday, Nov. 5.
As the county mayor, I deal with issues that arise on a county level. At times, I also deal with issues that arise on a city level within the county. Once a month, and sometimes more, I represent Wilson County on four different boards on a regional level.
Students at Carroll Oakland School expressed their opinions about the upcoming election recently when they took park in a mock presidential election.
Voting hours in Wilson County will be extended on the final day of Early Voting, Thursday, Nov. 3, at all five Early Voting sites - from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Wilson County Property Transfers- Sept. 19-23, 2016
Lebanon Mayoral challenger Bernie Ash is questioning whether an open letter penned by incumbent Mayor Philip Craighead reprimanding him is in violation of state law.
My name is David W. Kent and would like to announce my candidacy for United States House of Representatives, Tennessee District 6. My father was from Hartsville, and he and my mother had seven children. We were raised in Rockford, Ill. My wife Pamela Summers Kent is from Overton County, and we currently reside in Cottontown. I am a confirmed Lutheran, and I have two wonderful children and four grandchildren.
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto's office formally announced the hiring of Zendel Murphy as the general manager of the Wilson County Expo Center last week.
Whoever coined the term #BossBabe likely did so after meeting Amber Hurdle.
In less than two weeks Lebanon voters will cast their ballots in the U.S. Presidential and City of Lebanon races.
If you've tuned into any news outlet, it is evident the war between presidential nominees Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) has turned both personal - and ugly.
This week the Lebanon Mayoral race is getting heated, too.
Longtime city and county official Jim Bradshaw has announced his candidacy for the office of mayor of Mt. Juliet.
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto announced this week that a general manager has been hired for the Expo Center.
As I have repeatedly told you, some stories must be told in their entirety, not just snippets of the story.
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.
Liz Reese recently announced her candidacy for Lebanon Ward 2 City Council Member.
With the deadline to register to vote just a few days away, the Wilson County Election Commission has announced extended hours to help ensure eligible voters are registered.
With the deadline to register to vote just a few days away, the Wilson County Election Commission has announced extended hours to help ensure eligible voters are registered.
It has taken well over two years. Tremendous hurdles had to be overcome. Three separate government agencies had to cooperate.
But finally, not in a small part, through the efforts of Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, we have a new, state of the art, boat ramp at Misty Cove.
Formerly known as Bentley's Boat Dock, Misty Cove has been in deplorable condition for a long time.
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.
Fred Anthony Burton Sr. has announced his candidacy for re-election to the Lebanon City Council for Ward 2.
Earlier this week, the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce announced plans to bring its signature event, the Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival, back to Wilson County for its 14th year.
The Mt. Juliet Republican Women invite the community to visit them on Saturday, Oct. 1 to take a selfie with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. The event will be held from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at 2228 North Mt. Juliet Road. There will be music, food, ice cream and plenty of Trump campaign items. State Rep. Susan Lynn, at right, will be onsite with free yard signs and T-shirts available. Lynn is pictured in a selfie with Gina Pond. SUBMITTED
The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee will sponsor a candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Winfree Bryant Middle School.
Marilyn Bryant has announced her candidacy for the Ward 2 alderman seat on the Lebanon city Council in the Nov. 8 Municipal Election.
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."
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.
Earlier this week, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead formally announced his intention to seek re-election to the city's top position. In a statement released by Craighead, the text of which follows, the incumbent mayor compares the state of the city when he was first elected in 2008 to present-day and casts an eye on future projects.
There will be five Early Voting sites for Wilson County voters to take advantage of before the Nov. 8 election. The newest site is at Lighthouse Church in Mt. Juliet, located at 6141 Saundersville Road.
It had been a while. I had not shot doves in several years.
To say my aim was rusty is an understatement.
More accurately, I could not hit a bull in the butt with bass fiddle.
A $50,000-winning Powerball ticket for the Saturday, Sept. 3 drawing was purchased in Lebanon, officials with the lottery announced recently.
The Tennessee Saddle Club Association is riding into Lebanon this Labor Day weekend.
Service to God, service to country and service to family - these are the things that sum up the life and legacy of Lebanon's Dr. Donald Cole. Whether he was serving his country as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army or serving as a medical missionary in the jungles of Ecuador, Cole's life was marked by service to others.
The community gathered to welcome Maplehurst Bakery to Wilson County on Wednesday.
Software engineer Parker Agee is excited to unveil his vision for a co-working community at The Mill at Lebanon this fall.
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.
Aug. 18 at noon was the deadline for candidates to file their petitions for the Nov. 8 General Election.
Declaring his intention to run for the office of mayor of Lebanon, Bernie Ash knows the wisdom of taking stock of where we are today, envisioning a better tomorrow and remembering where we came from.
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.
In the wake of Thursday's county election, the Wilson County School Board will feature three new faces when the board expands from five members to seven in September.
But the board will also retain two reelected incumbents and two whose seats weren't up for election this year - giving it a mix of three new and four returning members.
Geraldine Erskin, 75
Glenola Marie Riker, 89
Sara Thompson, 91
Wilson County's newest Property Assessor is Stephen Goodall.
In one of Election Night's closer races, Goodall garnered 5,076 votes to candidate R.D. Denny's 4,154 votes.
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.
By a large percentage, Rep. Diane Black walked away from competitors, holding onto her nomination as the Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives District 6 seat.
Mark Tomlinson handily won re-election to the Lebanon Special School District Board after receiving more than 70 percent of the vote.
Esther Hazel Graves, 94
Mary Ann Bennett, 75
Katherine A. Kelly, 88
June Smith, 86
Jamie Eugene Ray, 40
Frederick Lloyd Lange, 84
Reba Jane Rice, 84
Janice Renee LaFevor Hinebaugh, 62
Doris Ilene Waynick, 81
Susan F. Hayes, 65
Robert Baxter Sullivan, 86
Andrew Weatherston "Bear" Miller, 72
Finley Wren "Herb" Harbison, 84
Tony Joe Stacey, 53
Philip Charles Roth, 65
James William "Sarge" Roberts, 87
Lane Charles Dickeson, 19
Herbert Lawson Corley, 86
Claude Douglas "Buster" Jennings Sr., 88
Benjamin John-Whitcomb Andrews, 29
Lorene Bloodworth Womack, 90
Mary Helen "Pug" Williams, 85
Elson Welin Nielson, 99
Chop House on the Green at Lebanon Golf & Country Club was filled with excitement early Wednesday - as more than 150 guests attended a breakfast to see where they placed in the 2016 Main Street Besties Awards.
Dr. James William "Bill" Patton, 83
Bertha Dale Thompson, 85
Sophia Irene Hammonds, 65
Charles Edwin "Bub" McClanahan, 66
Margaret Smith, 85
Carolyn Marie Hammers, 70
Stella Mai Bane, 74
County commissions don't always agree, but several members of the Budget Committee appear to be on the same page that it's not if the county will need to raise property taxes, but by how much in the upcoming budget.
Wilson County and the surrounding area will be the "it" place to be on Aug. 21, 2017, when a once-in-a-lifetime event - a total solar eclipse - takes place, and the celestial event is already gaining the attention around the globe.
A political forum organized to introduce citizens to candidates running for Wilson County Schools Board of Education has been set.
Brad McDaniel, 57
Peggy Thompson, 81
Bill Boykin, 83
Alton Bane, 79
Pandolfi "Mike" Romalo Robinson, 69
Robert Michael "Bob" Fisher, 62
Dequarius Anton "Juicy" Apple, 21
Mai Jean Stone, 76
Etta Frances Vanatta Bayne, 93
Ricky Odell Bly, 59
Charles Edward Capps, 70
Judith F. Hodges, 69
Robert Lewis Painter, 65
Mary Robinson Dillard, 100
Johnnie Lee Adams Newcome, 95
Ronald Ernest Berg, 75
Harlan Wayne Jennings, 66
J. Eldon "Corkey" Harvey, 82
A five-vehicle, Mother's Day crash on Hwy. 109 in Wilson County killed one passenger and stopped traffic in both directions for several hours on the busy state route.
Robert George Schott, 92
James Lewis Humphrey, 51
Mark Allen Mullinix, 51
Jackie Murphy Hill, 57
James D. "Donnie" McCullough, 52
Johnie Payton announces her intention to run for the Wilson County Schools Zone 6 school board seat in the 2016 election.
Voters who would like to meet Trisha Farmer, Democratic candidate for the Tennessee 57th District House seat, may do so at a series of Tuesday meetings from May until the November election.
Law enforcement, city and county leaders gathered at the Wilson County Sheriff's Department on Thursday to observe the National Day of Prayer.
Gladys Ruth Hester, 72
Walter D. Martin, 92
Peggy Sue Beavers, 71
Lois Marie Oliver, 69
Hilda Nell Pallas, 89
Donna Lynn Hawkes, 52
Ronald Christopher "Chris" Arrowood, 29
Veola Robertson, 97
Sue Romines, 69
Johnnie Clayton Brewer Jr., 54
Alice Burke Bundy, 86
Dorris E. Sandlin, 74
Ella Mae Crowell, 85
Phillip Donald Bates, 74
Candice Burnside Ferguson, 37
Mildred Stone, 91
Wilson County Circuit Court Clerk Debbie Moss was elected to the position in September 2014.
"Country" comes to town.
We're talking about the Country Living Fair that returns for a second helping of Wilson County hospitality this Friday through Sunday at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
The Wilson County Commission gave the road commission permission Monday night to purchase a 22,600-square-foot building on 5.09 acres on Tennessee Boulevard and Surprise Lane for $1.125 million.
A $28 million cost overrun for school construction that has already been discussed by the county commission's budget committee will be discussed by the Wilson County School Board at a special-called work session next week.
Warren Murray, 66
Charles Edward Mitchell, 73
Larry M. Blankenship, 68
Kenneth G. Stoffer, 94
G L Waynick, 81
Marie Pennington Reding, 92
Ruth Winfree Minchey, 88
Avenell Kiser, 89
In a bold move and effective immediately, Wilson County 911 Center Director J.R. Kelley resigned his position after what he said were three denied requests by the 911 Center Board to discuss the possibility of switching the county's current 911 call procedure to a "direct system" he said could shave valuable time off response times in this county.
15th consecutive win for Lebanon
Lebanon High's lock on the Wilson County Track & Field Championships continued for a 15th consecutive year following Tuesday's (April 12) competition at Clifton Tribble Field / Danny Watkins Stadium.
LHS captured first place with 366 points, with Wilson Central placing second at 256.
Mt. Juliet earned third place at 242 points while Watertown's fledgling program totaled 82 points for fourth. Friendship Christian finished fifth with 44 points and Mt. Juliet Christian placed sixth with 25 points.
Elbert Marshon Agnew, 85
Joe Donald Paris, 68
Martha Joann Walker, 27
Dr. Mary Douglas Martin, 86
Joseph Edward "Lucky" O'Guin, 67
John Paul Dickens, 81
Young people between the ages of 14 and 20 are invited to apply for the upcoming Wilson County Sheriff's Office Post #328 Explorers Academy.
Wilson County Zone 4 School Board Member Linda Armistead was elected to the seat in August 2014. Having spent 26 years in the classroom as an educator, Armistead brings knowledge and a new perspective to the table.
Viverine "Vi" Deason, 94
Ella Jean Hight, 86
Tommie Mai Watkins, 97
Hazelene Knight Mills, 77
Dr. Donald Alexander Cole, 61
Bobbie "Momma Joyce" Weiser, 79
Meghan Brittny Henderson, 31
Winifred M. Bates Ireland
David Randle McCrary, 62
Organizers of the annual Wilson County Teacher of the Year program have announced the nominees for the 2015-16 Wilson County Teacher of the Year. The winner will be honored at the 18th Annual Teacher of the Year banquet and ceremony on Friday, April 8, in Baird Chapel on the campus of Cumberland University.
Whether it is serving the community through counseling services or being a living organ donor, one thing is for certain, Kim Stroud-Hendrick is passionate about helping others.
Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Crawford are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Shelby Danielle Crawford, to Brant Foster Richmond. He is the son of Chris Richmond and Dawn Bradford.
He told his mom before he deployed to Vietnam in 1966 to serve in the Army, "If anyone shows up at the front door, it probably isn't good news."
Past and upcoming graduates of Leadership Wilson gathered for a luncheon at Cumberland University's Baird Chapel on Wednesday.
According to Historic Lebanon representatives, "Everything old is new again!" - and what better example of this slogan than the newly renovated, retailer occupied Lebanon Public Square.
Aubrey Ray Haworth, 72
Jim E. "Big O" Owen, 73
Glenn Franklin McClanahan, 68
Angela Harris Bryant, 50
Henry Franklin Sipe, 82
Howard Stephen "Steve" Shaffer, 69
Carolyn McDaniel Tribble, 76
Tristen Harrison and his family participated in the 7-8 yr. old group hunt. After his hunt, where he managed to gather lots of suckers, candy and plastic eggs with toys, he was approached by another young egg hunter, Cooper Hardy. Cooper had found the "Golden" Egg" in a hunt and told his father PJ Hardy he wanted the boy in the wheelchair to have it.
Photos courtesy Kathy Fakes
Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan has been re-elected chair and Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto re-elected vice chair of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board of Directors for 2016-17. Rutherford County Governor's Appointee Paula Mansfield will continue to serve as secretary of the 38-member board.
The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce's Business & Education Coalition is currently accepting scholarship applications. Qualifying students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), an essay, two letters of reference and all requested information on or before 4 p.m., April 22.
With spring's arrival, people across the state are taking advantage of the mild weather to work around the home or farm. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry recently issued a reminder for citizens that, if they plan to burn outdoors, a burn permit is required.
Fiddlers Grove will open on Friday, April 1 at 10 a.m. to kick off the 2016 season with a ribbon-cutting at 10:30 a.m.
Twenty-five years ago an overpowering whim redirected Emily Steinberg-Cash to her Middle Tennessee roots. In the process of settling in a circa 1835 two-story Southern plantation house, she found her future in the past.
Joyce Marie Guye Harrell, 62
Jane M. Sandusky, 69
Thomas "Tommy" Charles Binion, 65
Beginning on Saturday morning, the City of Lebanon Gas Department will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
Cure for Our Friends is gearing up for their third annual golf tournament to benefit local families affected by Cystic Fibrosis and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Another big boost for Meals on Wheels, thanks to Sports Village Fitness Athletic Director Will Taylor. On March 19, Taylor hosted a two-hour fitness challenge fundraiser to benefit the Mid-Cumberland branch. The event raised nearly $5,000.
A Mt. Juliet man has been indicted on multiple charges of child sexual exploitaton after allegedly uploading child pornography to Instagram.
Carolyn Corlew is living proof that some things (and some people) only get better with time. At 64, with titles including singer, model, business owner, wife, mother and Ms. Senior America under her belt, the blonde beauty is soaking in the good life.
Lois DeLarra, 70
Darline Herd, 64
Tamara "Tammy" Jean Davis, 55
John Bert Bearden, 92
Jesse Simmons, 97
Wilson Bank Holding Company recently announced a four-for-three stock split effective at the end of March, the institution's first stock split since 2007.
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto invites the community to join him at a St. Judes Heroes Reception on Thursday, March 24. The event will take place at Jonathan's Grille in Mt. Juliet from 5 to 7 p.m. and will provide information about the upcoming St. Jude Rock N Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon in Nashville.
The Wilson County Democratic Women recently announced they are accepting applications for a $500 scholarship open to graduating seniors in Wilson County. The Dorothy McAdoo Memorial Scholarship is awarded based upon the evaluation of an essay on the subject, "The Importance of Women in the Political Process."
Longtime University Medical Center/Tennova switchboard operator Mary Baines is retiring after 37 years.
Mt. Juliet city officials said this past January was the highest sales tax month on record.
Katherine Harris Pass, 87
Barbara Jane Christian, 66
Bobby Lester Harmon, 76
Billy Joe Hamlet, 78
Sally Marie Duncan Fannin, 76
Debbie Lynn Thompson, 55
For the 13th consecutive year, Demos' Restaurant is serving it up for Wilson Habitat for Humanity. Each $5 donation to Wilson Habitat for Humanity buys one Brooks Buck and entitles the bearer to apply $7.50 toward one meal - lunch or dinner - at Demos' Restaurant in Lebanon.
Stephanie Bentley described her career as an agent with Blackwell Realty and Auction as a "new adventure daily."
Everybody knows Leah Hulan, or at least it seems that way if you have lunch with her in a downtown restaurant.
The first time he walked into WCOR Radio station at the age of 9, Coleman Walker knew what he wanted to do with his life, but he had no clue he would spend more than half a century behind the microphone, and in the process become "The Voice" of Lebanon radio.
Wilson County Sheriff's Office detectives are seeking the public's help with any possible information regarding a homicide in the southeast portion of the county.
The 2016 Granville Genealogy Festival will be held on Saturday, April 9 at the Granville Museum, and this year's festival will honor the Carter family, according to event organizers.
The new high school site in Mt. Juliet could provide alternative acreage for Mt. Juliet's third fire station.
If the St. Patrick's holiday has you longing for more Irish culture and entertainment - you're in luck! The Nashville Irish Step Dancers will perform Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20, at the Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville.
Eleanor Rest Flair, 89
Ann Jones McMahon
William "Frank" Hirlston, 89
Joshua Steven Cannon, 27
Scott Allen Liggett, 53
James Edward Stiles, 79
Pamela Gail Callis, 59
Evelyn Apple Cunningham Smith, 87
Allen Reed Slatten, 60
When folks start to talking about the whopper that got away, well, when it comes to the whole hog, nothing's going to beat the tale of Big Bill.
Cynthia Gower Crabtree, 68
Theodore "Ted" Jeffrey, 78
Nathaniel Ray Kirby, 37
The City of Lebanon Gas Department will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Fiddlers Grove area of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center on Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. until noon.
Another feather in Mt. Juliet's cap is the recent ranking of first in Tennessee in the category of "healthy housing markets."
A convicted rapist is about to be a free man for the first time in three decades.
Ronnie Johnson, 62, was granted parole in January 2016 and is pending release from incarceration.
Julie Miller-Wilson opened Body Kneads, Etc. with her daughter, Heather Hull, and another friend in April 2010. In just six short years the business has grown into a full-service day spa.
Streamside salamanders, aka Ambystoma barbouri, prove to be slippery, slimy, somewhat secretive amphibians.
But if you're hoping to spy one in its natural habitat, then wading a shallow, limestone creek on a winter day is likely your best bet.
Wilson County Sheriff's Narcotics detectives uncovered a large amount of money, drugs and a weapon while executing search warrants at two homes believed to be drug distribution sites operated by a Lebanon couple.
Matthew Vernon White Spain, 27
Jerald David Bryson, 72
Bob Harmon, 76
Reddia Ann Chandler, 56
Linda Smith Christina, 73
James D. "J.D." Carr, 95
Ronald Dawayne Simms, 64
After stating there would be changes to Wilson County Schools' SEEK program in the fall, the district's director announced Monday night they have decided keep the program "intact as it is now" for the next school year.
The Mt. Juliet Noon Rotary will host the third annual Wilson County All-Sing on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at Watertown High School.
You could say Melissa Hayes hit the ground running when elected by her peers as president of one of this region's leading real estate associations in December.
Glenda Fay Wade, 46
Jerry "Mack" Metcalf, 73
Sunshine Mary Lay, 74
The biggest news at the Wilson County Commission meeting concerned an upcoming attempt by the Wilson County School Board to finally settle on the site of a new high school on the county's western side.
The Wilson County chapter of the Tennessee Governmental Prayer Alliance met at the Wilson County Courthouse on Monday morning to lift local and state leaders up in prayer.
Early Voting in the Presidential Preference Primary Election concluded on Tuesday - but the Wilson County Election Commission's work isn't over yet. Election Day is coming up March 1.
Each month CedarStone Bank "simply salutes" an influential leader in Wilson County. This month the bank is proud to recognize the Wilson County Community Help Center.
While the cat was already out of the bag, Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty officially announced Wednesday his intent to run for reelection on the November ballot.
Nominations and applications for the Leadership Wilson Class of 2017 are currently being accepted. Nominations can come from anyone in the community, and anyone in the community can be nominated as long as they live and/or work in Wilson County.
Carolyn Elaine Kiser, 72
Edwin Brown Close, 91
Robert Lee Hall Sr., 80
Will Houston Harris
Rebecca Jane Gann Waldrum, 62
Franklin Daniel Wilkerson, 74
The Tennessee Democratic Party's Regional Leadership and Strategy Workshop will be held in Lebanon Sunday, Feb. 21, from 1 until 6 p.m. at Executive Suites adjacent to Cracker Barrel on S. Cumberland in Lebanon.
Deborah Gail King, 58
Brenda Faye Wright Reynolds, 72
Annabel Joy Pounds, 3
Vera Potts Scantland, 69
Ernest Edward Morgan, 66
Frances "Nan" Vance, 77
Hallie Sanders Tuggle, 90
Correne Johnson Sempsrott, 85
Doris Jane Bruce, 77
Angela Gail Bryant, 62
Ben Fuston, 75
The Wilson County Civic League will present "A Raisin in the Sun" this weekend.
Nancy Hesson Fowler, 70
Roger Lynn Jessee, 50
Patrician Ann Prock, 55
Margaret Ann Donnell, 86
Peggy Darlene Sheeley, 72
Claude "Sandy" Clayton West, 51
Robert Haden Harrison, 61
Tickets are on sale now for a Pancake Breakfast benefiting Wilson County CASA.
Ten years ago, a group of concerned Wilson Countians came together to form the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame. Agriculture has been a cornerstone of Wilson County from the day it was formed in 1799 and, to recognize the contributions of those involved in agriculture in the community, the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame was organized.
Sending a beautiful bouquet remains a popular way to say "I love you" - and what better time to say it than Valentine's Day? Valentine's Day is Sunday, Feb. 14.
The Wilson County Democratic Party will host its Democratic Party County Delegate Convention on Saturday, March 5 at the East-West Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.
I was upset to read the recent column by State Rep. Susan Lynn about school voucher payments being the answer to failing public schools. According to Rep. Lynn, "these schools have been failing for as long as anyone can recall."
Two new stores will join the fray at Providence MarketPlace soon.
Providence General Manager David Heydasch announced Good Feet and Lizard Thicket have leased space at the marketplace and will open next month for one and later this summer for the other.
Sometimes it takes a leap of faith.
John "Jack" Evans Jr., 87
Marcia Jean Jones, 74
Jacqueline H. Anderson
Nancy McPeak Mooneyham, 73
Charles L. Baird, 88
Alene Neal McCampbell, 93
Danville Milton Sweeton, 82
Dennis Stewart Scholl, 49
Lorie Kay Jones, 44
James A. Prater, 82
Thomas "Tom" Lester Anderson, 86
Wilson County Sheriff's Deputies arrested two people for possession of stolen vehicles and other stolen property. They assisted U.S. Marshals who were trying to find one of the suspects who was wanted in Georgia for other charges.
Brian Harville's article last Friday, "Another one about Hwy. 109" stayed on my mind all weekend. Brian and I view the topic from different perspectives, his from a newsroom, mine from my home less than a mile from Highway 109, but we both realize the seriousness of the problem and the need to address the question he poses, "Why is so very little being done about it?"
Arnold Eugene "Gene" Stafford, 83
Tommy Lenaire McElvaney, 71
Each month CedarStone Bank "simply salutes" an influential leader in Wilson County. This month the bank is proud to recognize Dr. Paul Stumb, president of Cumberland University.
When it comes to the matter of facts about Wilson County, Linda Granstaff proves to be a walking, talking encyclopedia.
The radio home of the Grand Ole Opry and the Wilson County Convention and Visitors Bureau are teaming up for the debut of "WSM Live from The Capitol Theatre," a live performance show highlighting aspiring singers and songwriters.
Monday, Feb. 1 is the final day Wilson County residents can register to vote in the March 1 Presidential Preference Primary.
Community leaders, business owners and elected officials gathered at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club on Thursday for the Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce's Lunch and Learn.
Let the good times roll - Mardi Gras is coming to The Capitol Theatre on Friday, Feb. 5th.
Birmingham, Alabama-born Breeanna Straessle moved to Tennessee last August to manage external communications for one of Wilson County's biggest treasures - Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.
Barbara Norwood Barton, 86
John William Pruitte, 76
Mary Evelyn Thorner, 91
Wanda J. Dix, 71
Gov. Bill Haslam has declared Jan. 24-30, 2016 as School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee. This week helps build awareness and understanding of the vital functions our locally elected boards of education play in our community.
Gov. Bill Haslam declared Tennessee in a "state of emergency" last week following the systems of ice and snow that moved thru the state on Wednesday and Friday.
Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty announced his bid for a second term as leader of Mt. Juliet.
Twenty-eight ancient stone sculptures, found primarily between the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers, are spending a bit of quality time together, courtesy of the Tennessee State Museum.
Novie Edwards Maggart, 93
Leeya YanQi Grace White, 3
David T. Humes
Donette Dedmon Doak, 76
Following one of the warmest Decembers in history, Wilson County is finally seeing some wintry weather this month.
Loy Joe Hayes, 76
W.E. Corbett Anderson, 90
Beatrice M. VandenHeuvel, 95
Jack Lackey Jr., 69
A little snow isn't stopping the folks at Sherry's Run from hosting the Inaugural Bone Marrow Drive on Thursday. They have partnered with "Be The Match," a national organization that manages the largest marrow registry in the world. Volunteers are on hand until 7 PM to administer the 10-minute test that could save a life.
Some folks woke up to snow in Wilson County on Wednesday morning, while others just received the dreaded ice.
David G. Eakes, 70
Tiffanie Davis, 21
James Wilkerson "Pop" Cragwall Jr., 93
Martha Puckett, 72
Georgia Lucille McCaleb Hall, 88
Pauline Pirtle Horton, 88
Jackie W. Gregory, 74
Thomas Wilson Binion, 90
Florence Katherine McClanahan, 90
The recent 90DaystoDonate.com fund-raiser was the most successful single fund-raising event Empower Me Center has ever held.
Wilson County Expo Center Marketing Director Charity Toombs is currently in negotiations with interested parties hoping to host events at the center in late 2016.
With the onset of freezing temperatures and the demise of unseasonably warm temperatures, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation (MTEMC) officials are reminding members there are precautions to keep their homes warm while minimizing the impact on their electric bills.
Drew Tyrer assumed the role of chief operating officer for TriStar Summit Medical Center in Hermitage earlier this week.
At a time of year when most folks just want to stay in and stay warm - around 50 brave individuals are preparing to take an icy dip for a good cause.
"All the really good ideas I've ever had came to me while I was milking a cow." --American artist Grant Wood.
Mark Leon Harrell, 56
William E. "Billy" Watson, 83
Phillip Davis, 73
Martha Lou Ellis "Nana" Brumley, 88
Lucy Delilah Fuller, 93
Darrell Eugene Turner, 91
Jimmy Luper, 67
Lori Michelle Hollandsworth, 35
Kolt Christopher Gammon, 32
Thayer Wilson Baker, 102
Beverly Ann Gibson Newman, 73
Regina Gale Murphy, 41
Jack "Mickey" Malone, 81
Annie Beal Roberts, 74
Hugh Edward Foster, 66
Larry William Shyblosky Sr., 72
James "Jim" Carroll, 88
Walter A. Sherouse, 69
Jerry Don Teague, 68
John Edward "Eddie" Vaughn Jr., 47
Donna Jean Willoughby, 59
James Howell Wamack, 86
Auditions for an upcoming Wilson County Civic League production will be held on Monday, Dec. 28, and Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Market Street Community Center in Lebanon.
In the times of my youth in the early 1960s, the Christmas parade was always held at night after the fall of darkness. The Christmas decorations on the light poles were never turned on until the Christmas parade was taking place. The Christmas parade always went from east to west on East Main Street and around the Public Square and then onto West Main Street.
Road construction won't delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year's holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.
William Sherrill "Butch" Depp, 66
Claude Lee Crook Jr., 86
James Ronald "Ron" Patton, 57
Cheryl A. Johnson, 54
Doris Jean Broadway, 72
Ronnie Wilson Pulley, 69
Chris Syler, 52
Robert "Bo" Bowen, 68
Damon L. Austin, 47
Eura Sloan Van Atta, 99
It's the giving season, and the familiar Salvation Army bell-ringers are a common sight at local businesses, out in full force during their busiest time of year.
But one donation was less common recently at one of Wilson County's six bucket locations: a wedding band set and another with a larger diamond setting.
Carroll-Oakland students and faculty were in for a treat on Wednesday morning as the band and choir classes performed a holiday concert for them.
Lillian Louise Sharp Ricketts, 96
Kaleb Douglas Woodcock, 21
Diana Lynn Winfree, 50
Mt. Juliet city commissioners gave the green light Monday night to widen the bridge over Interstate 40 near Providence to fix the congestion problem.
Barbara Cowan Simpson, 71
Jeffery D. Gammons, 61
Michael Sinclair Hedwall, 31
James Brown Baines, 83
James Ollie McMillin, 66
Linda Faye Lawson, 62
Dewey C. Bane, 91
It seems like we spend a lot of time talking about how great it is to have a healthy sales tax revenue to help to keep our property taxes low. While this is true, it's not the only contributor. The 24 businesses lining the route we know as the 840 corridor bring in over $4 million a year in both real and personal property taxes, but this hasn't always been the case.
Joseph Dewey Fox, 54
Maria F. Burlison, 72
Opal Alene Ware, 90
The Wilson County Sheriff's Office will hold a benefit auction at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday at 6 p.m. to help former WCSO Deputy Earl Dyer.
A Lebanon woman was killed and two children were injured after all three were ejected from their vehicle in an accident early Wednesday morning on I-40.
The community was invited to the Wilson County Election Commission on Tuesday for the 100th Anniversary Historic Marker Placement Ceremony for the establishment, located at 203 East Main Street in Lebanon, which formerly served as the Old Federal Post Office.
Wilson Warriors will host their third annual breakfast 8 to 11a.m., Dec. 12, at Dillon's Barn on Old Hunters Point Pike.
We talk a lot about our booming economy in Wilson County; all the new industries that are bringing in new jobs and sales tax dollars. While this is wonderful news for our county, perhaps we don't celebrate, as often, the hard-working men and women who leave their homes each morning to go the barn rather than the office, put on a pair of overalls instead of a suit or uniform, climb up on a tractor, not board the Music City Star. In light of this, let's take a look at the role agriculture plays in Wilson County.
Charles Vaughn "Taco" Vantrease, 61
Leroy Adam Edmiston III, 68
Linda Diane Farris, 64
Carolyn Joyce Williams, 85
Wilson County Habitat for Humanity Director Tory Tredway gladly accepted a donation of $60,000 at the Publix Super Market in Mt. Juliet on Monday.
It's a fine fall morning, the early fog has surrendered to a brilliant October sun, and inside an ancient, dusty barn, Elizabeth Mitchell has her right arm plunged elbow deep up a cow's rear end as she checks inside to feel if the creature bears a calf.
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.
Julie Lynn Evans, 55
Billy Wayne Pruette, 60
Jimmy Ray Hudgins, 71
The Wilson County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) Narcotics Division have arrested five people in an investigation that netted more than $300,000 in cash, 100 pounds of marijuana, large amounts of cocaine, pharmaceuticals, weapons and vehicles.
County commissioners, Lebanon City officials and other supporters gathered Friday on the ground where - a year from now - the Wilson County Expo Center will stand.
A groundbreaking for the upcoming Wilson County Expo Center will be held Friday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.
What's better than one-stop Christmas shopping? One-stop Christmas shopping in your hometown.
Lucille Reed, 91
Ruby E. Clinton Miller, 85
Richard Anthony "Tony" Reed Sr., 54
Donald H. Loso, 94
Wilson County will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Expo Center on 2 p.m. Friday at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
Wilson County native Grant Owens scored a position with an elite technology firm last year.
Hundreds gathered at the Wilson County Veterans Plaza on Wednesday site on Wednesday morning to pay homage to the brave men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces.
Emilie L. Jordan, 78
Sallyann "Sally" Smith Netherton, 68
Sara Jane Herron, 81
On the old home place that's been in his family for more than 200 years, Dr. Roger McKinney's mines gold -- liquid gold.
Current and retired Wilson County Employees benefited from an annual Health Fair on Wednesday.
Tile, ceramics company to invest $150 million, create 220 new jobs
BREAKING -- A porcelain tile manufacturer made its plans to build its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Lebanon public Tuesday, and work on the company's 500,000-square-foot facility is currently underway in the Cherry Farm Industrial Site near Highway 109.
Oftentimes, we find ourselves saying, "Nothing good ever happens around here." Well, for the east side of Lebanon and Wilson County that simply isn't true. There have been so many good things happening here that maybe some of them have gone unnoticed or unmentioned. I feel this is a fitting time to remind everyone of the hard work that is taking place.
A roundtable discussion with all four county mayors is good evidence that Wilson County could become something it never was - a bonafide tourist destination. And the plan could net serious money for the county government and each municipality.
Dorothy Joyce Coats, 81
Margaret Belcher Piercey,93
Jodene Atnip, 79
Ruth Gill Womack, 98
Sarah Alison Frizzell, 40
Kenneth Trevor McMahan, 32
Geraldine Ercel Wills Griffin, 93
Bessie Marie Estes, 74
Johnnie Mai Spickard Wright, 93
James C. Pryer, 80
T.K. Watkins, 83
Jonas Roscoe Bishop, 80
Adeline Omolade Abeni Orepo, 86
Doris E. Harrison, 90
Freddie Alice Neal, 91
Ernest Albert Tippett Jr., 90
Richard Thigpin, 74
Annette Louise Lehman, 73
Jeanette Kobylak, 85
Hilda Ruth Hight, 86
Ruth Elizabeth Rice Dayton, 62
Harold "Yard Dog" Jenkins, 63
Gary Lee Bogle, 73
Sarah Elizabeth Smith Hughes, 100
Melissa "Missy" Dawn Armistead, 44
Bids for work on the Wilson County Expo Center open Thursday, and the county mayor hopes local trades fill most of the work.
Wilson County Urban Type Facilities Board named James Vaden as Stormwater director.
Terri Merryman, Director of the Wilson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is on a mission to "develop our destination" as a steppingstone to Music City, U.S.A.
Tickets are available now for an old fashioned Spaghetti Supper benefiting Brooks House.
Wilson County employees can expect some changes to their current health insurance plans effective Jan. 1, 2016. The Wilson County Commission voted Monday night to authorize the changes, with only District 6 Commissioner Kenny Reich voting no.
Eleanor Jenkins Bale, 88
Richard "Ricky" Lawson, 59
Timothy Allen Brown, 56
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Wilson County on Saturday, Oct. 17.
Fontelle Moore Sutherland, 94
Whitten Allen Robertson, 17
Thaxton T. Armbruster, 29
Juanita Chumney Kee, 98
Rita Parks Goins, 68
Vicky McAlpin Tubb, 57
Miles Smith, 91
Anne Key Smith, 89
Richard Edward Hartman, 82
Bettie Lee Clark Tanner, 85
Katherine Saddler, 68
Ali Habibi, 57
James F. Hoover, 78
Charles Everett Edwards, 76
Jesse Ray Tuggle, 29
Elsie Ray Bennett, 95
James Richard Ford, 70
Dorothy Elaine Deal Prowell, 93
Earl Lawrence, 78
The Wilson County Election Commission recently evaluated a new voting system to assess its ability to improve the local voting experience.
Rachel Lynn (Brown) Bambas, 25
Vicki Lorraine Knight, 68
Linda Faye "Nannie" Moser, 67
James Allen Kirk, 65
Raymond A. "Andy" Hester, 58
Lola Elam, 76
Anna Marie Paluga Hagar, 89
Edgar Allen Johnson, 71
Announcement made Thursday --
Mt. Juliet native Charity Toombs has been named the marketing director for Wilson County's forthcoming 78,000-square-foot EXPO Center, Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto announced Thursday, Sept. 24.
A graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, Toombs graduated summa cum laude from Tennessee Technological University in 2008 with a bachelor of science degree in professional communications with a minor in business communications.
County Attorney Mike Jennings said it's his opinion that all of the county's actions with regard to the Wilson Emergency Management Agency (WEMA) are legal after District 8 Commissioner Frank Bush challenged the county's actions at the Wilson County Commission meeting Monday night.
One year has passed since the Wilson County Commission re-established the Convention and Visitor's Bureau (CVB).
Under the guidance of Director Terri Merryman, strides have been made to recruit new visitors and events to the county; however, she insists - the best is yet to come.
Jo Beth Raines, 75
Jerry Lyle McFadden, 77
Rachel Macon Agee, 96
Woodrow "JR" Romines Jr., 66
Byron Allen Young, 28
Louise Jean Worley, 87
Ronald A. Kruger, 71
Richard Perry "Rick" Auten, 67
Claudine B. Fite, 97
Ralph England, 79
Martha Jean Sundy, 76
Troy Brown Hall Jr., 64
Gertrud Lina Fichtl, 91
Roy L. Strack, 84
Danny Keith "Dan" Lee, 73
Inez Harvey Lawrence, 95
Robert Leroy "Bob" Stilts, 86
Benjamin Chad Hampson, 28
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said interviews for the Expo Center marketing director position will be held Friday.
An expo center is coming to Lebanon. I have been an advocate of just that for several years. The benefit to the community and county can be tremendous, but it depends on one thing.
All four local mayors met Tuesday to sign into effect National Suicide Awareness Month in their communities beginning Sept. 1.
Before David Riemens disappeared three years ago this month, there likely were no two people that knew him much better than his bosom friends Donny and Laura Nuessle.
Applications close Sept. 8th
LEBANON -- The Wilson County Sheriff's Office is currently taking applications for its fifth Sheriff's Citizens' Academy.
The WCSO will be taking applications through Sept. 8, for anyone interested in taking a free hands-on class.
It is no secret that the search is on for a new president of Cumberland University.
The tragic shooting death of 13-year-old C'Asia Patton in January inspired mentor and friend Lori Seay to launch the Golden Girls Club earlier this year. While the Club is still in the early phases of planning, due to Seay's familial obligations, she still plans for it to flourish in the future. Working with young people is something Seay has done behind-the-scenes for a long time.
Lebanon's Alice and Johnny Trice have been named the 2015 recipients of the Wilson County Fair's annual Old Timers Award.
Excitement is building as folks prepare for the 2015 Wilson County Fair. The fair, themed "Cedars, Oaks and Country Folks," will open on Aug. 14th at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said the search for an Expo Center Marketing Director is ongoing.
Stacie Goodall Wahl described her mother, Marcia Goodall, as a person who "always put everyone else above herself."
Monday's Co. Commission meeting --
It was a busy night Monday for the Wilson County Commission.
A proposal to reinstate the $2 per animal "pet tax" was referred back to committee by a 13-9 vote; a plan to videotape commission committee meetings failed due to a tied vote; and selling $14-million-plus in bonds to remodel the old Lebanon High School was approved by a 17-5 vote, although financing the rest of the Wilson County Schools' building plans for 2015-16 has been deferred until August.
The Wilson County Balloon and Music Festival, originally scheduled for Labor Day weekend at the Lebanon Municipal Airport, is being moved forward to the spring of 2016. The exact date will be announced in the next few weeks.
The military veterans and concerned citizens who stood guard at the Armed Forces Center in Mt. Juliet today want their message to be heard, loud and clear: We are here to protect those who protect us.
Wilson County commissioners gave themselves a raise Monday night. In a 16-6 vote with three commissioners absent, they approved doubling their own salaries to $800 per month.
After multiple meetings of the Wilson County Animal Control Committee with input from those who dealt with the pet tax circumstances (pro and con), and after receiving an opinion from the state, the Wilson County Commission voted to end the pet tax.
Over the Holiday weekend, numerous Lebanon residents reported car burglaries, according to Lebanon Police Interim Chief Michael VanHook.
City of Lebanon lawmakers recently voted unanimously to support the contribution of $80,000 to the Wilson County Veteran's Plaza Museum.
The 100 Club of Wilson County recently thanked Joe and Pat Rice and the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club for their generous $500 donations to the club.
Six schools in the Wilson County Schools System will have new starting and ending times for the 2015-16 school year, which begins Monday, Aug. 3.
UPDATED -- Wilson County Clerk's Office Supervisor Scott Goodall said their office is now ready to process same-sex marriage licenses.
In a whirlwind of activity since this morning's U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning a statewide ban, a Mt. Juliet couple was granted the first marriage license to a same-sex couple in Wilson County.
Although the U.S. Supreme Court just lifted a ban on same-sex marriage in Tennessee, as well as three other states, conservative lawmakers in state government are already looking at ways to stop its support.
A Lebanon man was arrested in Hendersonville on Thursday for engaging in sexual acts with a juvenile.
Wilson County, Tennessee, is a special place for former "Yankee" Monica Duvall.
Local leaders, business owners and celebrities gathered on May 11, 2010, to endorse a new campaign that would let the world know Wilson County is the Place to Be.
Sarai Gal-Chis received the surprise of a lifetime when she visited her longtime boyfriend in West Palm Beach, Florida, this summer.
There is a lot of summer fun to be had in the upcoming weeks in Wilson County: live music, movies and shopping.
A potential shortfall of up to $1.2 million was avoided when the Wilson County Commission transferred that amount to the county's health insurance fund, temporarily guaranteeing the fund's solvency - for this year, at least.
A former director of human resources for Wilson County government has been indicted along with more than 20 others, primarily from Rutherford County, following a "cooperative, large-scale" investigation into the sale and distribution of heroin and cocaine throughout the midstate.
Monty Wilson returns to Wilson County Schools as Deputy Director Monty Wilson will return to the Wilson County Schools system as Deputy Director of Academics effective July 1, announced Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright Monday.
The deadline to present signatures to place funding for the planned Wilson County Expo Center on the ballot turns out to be 24 hours later than petition sponsors originally thought, so as of Tuesday morning, they had not yet turned in their petition.
The deadline to present signatures to place funding for the planned Wilson County Expo Center on the ballot turned out to be 24 hours later than petition sponsors originally thought, but even with the extra day, the group failed to gather the required number of signatures.
In what might be one of the loudest whispers on Wilson County's economic front, there's buzz Japanese-based automaker Nissan might expand its existing facility near State Route 840 and Central Pike. The buzz is it will expand its operation here in a trend to set up more facilities in Middle Tennessee.
Former Lebanon Mayor, Alderman
Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, June 4 at the Immanuel Baptist Church for former Lebanon Mayor Bobby Lee Jewell, 76.
A 1957 graduate of Lebanon High School and longtime owner of Jewell Signs, Mr. Jewell died Saturday, May 30, 2015 at his W. Forrest Ave. home following an extended illness.
On Monday, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead ordered the flags at all city properties lowered to half-staff in honor of Mr. Jewell.
All the cities in Wilson County - as well as the county itself - send officials to Las Vegas each year in May, but not to gamble.
Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Donna Wright announced to the faculties and staff Tuesday afternoon four new principals at the following schools: Lebanon High, Wilson Central High, Tuckers Crossroads Elementary and West Elementary.
Students from several schools in Wilson County recently celebrated their season participating in the Tennessee State Parks Run Club with a special visit from a USA National 24-hour Running Team member.
The Wilson County Sheriff's Office made several arrests this week in multiple investigations regarding sexual abuse.
Construction of a Wilson County Expo Center was approved by the Wilson County Commission in April, but the Wilson County Republican Party's executive committee is now trying to kill the project by circulating a petition to bring it up for a countywide referendum.
It was a celebration to pay homage to not only the talents and skills of Wilson County women, but also to salute their courage, intellect, strength, support and collective sisterhood.
The attorney representing a Wilson County deputy suspended from his job for alleged domestic assault and other charges said his client denies any criminal actions.
A Mt. Juliet three-term city commissioner and long-time Wilson County sheriff's deputy was arrested Tuesday on several charges, including alleged domestic assault related to an incident reported at his estranged wife's home in Nashville Monday night.
former coach at Riverdale
Cory Barrett, who won a girls basketball state title at Riverdale, only to resign after his most recent team "tanked" a tournament game, has been hired as the new coach of the Lebanon High Devilettes.
In 2013 Barrett led RHS to a record of 35-0 and the 2013 Class AAA state champion as well as mythical ESPN and MaxPreps national championship
A local man was the victim of an alleged attempted carjacking predawn Tuesday at Langford Farms near Mt. Juliet.
One Mt. Juliet leader had hopes the Expo Center would be built in West Wilson and contends it would have made more money there.
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TDECD) Randy Boyd along with KHS America representatives announced Thursday the musical instrument manufacturer and distributor will expand its current operations in Wilson County.
Be watching any day for a batch of 12-by-18-inch signs bearing big green dots to begin popping up in Lebanon, Mt, Juliet and other places around Wilson County.
Once they're up, well, if you dig local history, then it's ready, get set, go time!
A few hours after The Wilson Post called Mt. Juliet Police about a tip they received concerning a police official put on unpaid administrative leave, they released a statement about the incident.
Wilson County will be building an 86,000-square-foot Expo Center at the James E. Ward Ag Center soon. Following extensive discussion Monday night, the Wilson County Commission voted 17-7 in favor of the plan to start work on the proposed center, at a cost of up to $10 million that the commission's vote approved borrowing.
No pet tax has been proposed and no vote has been taken on any animal issues, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead informed a large crowd of pet owners at Monday evening's public hearing to discuss those issues.
To keep good employees working for the City of Lebanon, the proposed $25 million city budget for the upcoming fiscal year contains three types of raises - an across-the-board 1.5 percent pay increase; a minimum starting wage of $11 per hour for new full-time employees; and a $200 hike in the year-end annual bonus for all city workers, from $300 to $500.
Wilson County Schools are set to grow. The Wilson County School Board spent about two hours in a work session Thursday evening viewing details of a nearly $270 million five-year construction and equipment plan which would build and furnish five new schools, and expand or renovate five others.
They call it First Tennessee Park, this spanking new $75 million baseball stadium that awaits the Nashville Sounds' first home game this Friday under the lights.
Concerns that the City of Lebanon has been paying for the insurance of the spouses and children of city retirees - concerns which were raised by city officials at a Lebanon City Council work session last week - are simply not founded in fact, former City Attorney William Farmer says.
It's a mixed blessing for Wilson County to be near the top in Tennessee's population growth, local officials acknowledge. But overall, it reflects well on the county, they say.
Cassie Thornton admits she sings a little off key, but her little girl thinks she has the voice of an angel.
"To be or not to be, that is the question" - where the Wilson County Expo Center is concerned. The Public Works Committee of the Wilson County Commission voted 5-2 this week to freshly recommend a proposal to build the Expo Center and sent it on to the Budget Committee.
Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
-Matthew 18:20 (King James Version)
Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon is the final resting place of many heroes. One of those is a young man named 1st Lt. Donald N. Hodges, a 1950 Lebanon High School graduate, whose last act in life saved the lives of more than 100 elementary schoolchildren.
Wilson County offers a wide variety of events and activities this month.
Judd Sellars, owner of Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet, recently completed the purchase of Alexander Funeral Home and Family Heritage Funeral Home in neighboring Sumner County.
The list of artists whom vocalist-guitarist Bill Kelly has crossed paths or joined on stage across six decades of musical meanderings covers a pretty wide swath through the rock 'n' roll encyclopedia.
The gracious white, antebellum Southern manor by the side of Highway 231, about 11 miles south of Lebanon, is a familiar sight to Wilson Countians with its two-story porch pillars, arched windows and, of course, its cedar trees.
Local Mt. Juliet boutique Sister's Whimzy's business was literally frozen by last week's ice storm when it was forced to close, and it will take quite a while to recoup lost earnings. Local commerce came to a standstill with multiple days of nearly impassable sideroads that kept citizens homebound and unable to keep cash registers ringing.
Wilson County resident Toni Corbin told The Wilson Post that she feels disgusted with how Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto and the Wilson County Road Commission have handled this week's snow and ice storm.
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.
Remember when the boat ramp at Misty Cove was a going concern? It's at the end of Ramsey Road . . . or whatever that road is now called.
You know, just past where Chuck Keel's mother had the old trailer house. Not only was the ramp in good shape, Hank Bentley had a dock and even a sorta restaurant there. He bought it from J.R. Ramsey long time ago. Great place for breakfast.
A 20-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing a 17-year-old during a fight at the LaGuardo Recreation Center Sunday.
Quiet and soft spoken, Mt. Juliet's Larry Davis is one of those folks who can easily blend into the crowd.
A 1986 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School and a caustic Crimson Tide fan, you'd never guess Davis has a résumé that reads like a something out of a Tom Clancy novel.
"My family, we been in music forever. We're eat up with it," says Melvin Sloan, speaking the gospel truth. "We was always making music everywhere: always music, music, music."
Donation will go to scholarship fund --
As a graduate and teacher at Watertown High School, Patricia "Trish" Price was a Purple Tiger through and through.
At her passing October 23, 2014 at 78 years old, Price indicated in her will that she wanted to leave a $5,000 gift to the school that gave so much to her.
Like most kids their age, Lebanon High School sophomores Austin Dillon and Ryan Taylor were soaking up the last few hours winter break before term papers, class projects and track practice dominate their schedules once again. Best friends for years, it's rare to see one without the other.
An hour before Ryan was due home, his mom, Sheri Taylor got the call that no parent ever wants to pick up. Ryan had been shot accidentally.
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.
Lebanon is the scene of Kid Rock's newest video, "First Kiss," which posted
Santa brought the owners of Little Seed Farm near Vine - James and Eileen Ray - one heck of a Christmas present this year.
Commercial growth has been strong in the county during the year. Under Armour and FedEx both announced they're building new distribution centers near Mt. Juliet's new I-40 exit at Beckwith Road. Softer Inc. located a plastics plant on North Highway 109, and GoodSports picked Lebanon for its planned sports village.
The two most important issues facing Wilson County Schools in 2015 are how to cope with growth and improve the availability of technology for students, according to administration and board members in New Year's interviews with The Wilson Post.
Here are the "what do you want?" answers given by a variety of randomly-selected city and county officials.
With the holidays warming the hearts of locals, there's no better time to give to those less fortunate.
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.
Move over, Martha Stewart. When it comes to home décor and living in-style, Wilson Countians know Elizabeth Scruggs is the woman to call.
Under the theme of "A Christmas to Remember," historic Granville will hold a full day's celebration on Saturday, Dec. 13 for its annual Country Christmas.
Tommy and Teresa Halbert have long been approached to be a part of the Historic Places Tour, presented by Historic Lebanon. After years of not being able to participate, the Halberts finally said "yes" and added the Halbert-Campbell home to the seventh annual event.
Though from a distance it might have looked like some alien invasion, things were calm and the giant robotic visitor was a friendly sort and caught the imagination of Extended Resource students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Kim Edwards relocated from her Knoxville home to the Nashville for work after graduation from the University of Tennessee. As it turns out, moving was good for her love life too.
As the weather gets colder and the holidays approach, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and its local partners are gearing up for a season filled with fun and festivities.
Tracy Lawrence's 9th annual Mission Possible Turkey Fry brought 550 birds, Wilson County volunteers and a few Tennessee Titans to the Nashville Rescue Mission on Tuesday.
LEBANON -- A local selection committee met Thursday, Nov. 20 to review applicants for the seventh Tennessee Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards.
I don't know why I equate homemade banana pudding with church gatherings, but I still do. I have pleasant memories of attending many a church social where somebody's grandmother had made banana pudding from scratch.
Homeless children may live in a tent or a camper, sleep on a different couch every night, sleep in a car or even sleep in a ditch. They have no permanent, safe, predictable place to call home, according to Karen Young, Wilson County Schools Student Training Enrichment and Progress (STEP) liaison.
On a recent Saturday at historic Nokes-Lasater Field, more than 30 local firemen and police officers squared off in a flag football game to help collect toys for the Lebanon Fire Department's "Spirit of Christmas Toy Drive."
When making our list of blessings to be thankful for this year, good health is probably close to the top for most of us. For Bill Huber, the list is a bit different. He is thankful for those opportunities that cancer has given him to renew his faith and share it with those around him.
Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Lebanon Senior Citizens Center benefit, An Evening in December at the Capitol Theatre.
One thing won't change when Bernie Ash takes his new seat on the Lebanon City Council.
Ash plans to continue supporting the proposed Fire Station 4 at Eastgate that was strongly promoted by his predecessor Joe Hayes.
Gaining employment is possible with the right tools. Thanks to Goodwill's Career Solutions center in Lebanon, job seekers can get those tools for free.
Newly-elected District 4 Mt. Juliet City Commissioner Brian Abston plans to hit the ground running after he's sworn in Nov. 24.
Abston ran a "grass roots" campaign and unseated veteran commissioner Jim Bradshaw on election day Nov. 4. District 4 encompasses the Providence, Del Webb and Belinda City areas.
Friday, Nov. 14, Tressler & Associates, PLLC celebrated five years of "securing peace of mind" in Middle Tennessee. However, just over a decade ago, founder Todd Tressler was on a different path.
Tressler, a Lebanon native, said he was on track to medical school after earning his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Lisa Tomlinson has a few phrases to live by that come from her Dad. They are: "Don't tailgate," "Buy low and sell high," "Land is the only thing that lasts," "Mind your manners, but don't ever back down," "Don't forget to talk to God" and "Always call your Daddy before bedtime."
While some worry that the turnout for early voting in the County Genera/Federal and State Primary election on Aug. 7 may be low, Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren said Tuesday morning the county is actually in the top four or five in terms of turnout through Monday.
With the summer heat and the Fourth of July upon us, kick back and relax with these refreshments.
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.
Job seekers of all ages were at Cumberland University’s Dallas Floyd Recreation Center on Tuesday morning to find part-time and full-time employment.
The heart of a 24-page ethics complaint sent to the District Attorney General by the Wilson County Commission Ethics Committee on April 3 is the question of residency of individual commissioners when they move.
The issue has been a topic of contention for some commissioners since December, when former County Commissioner Adam Bannach of District 18, resigned his seat due to moving out of his district.
While some may think this is a new issue, it is not and its roots go back six years when Commissioner Wendell Marlowe served for nearly seven months after moving out of his district.
According to local media reports in January 2008, Marlowe, who was then commissioner of District 1, did not submit his resignation until November 2007, almost five months after he had moved out of his district.
Here are the three laws from the Tennessee Code Annotated, Harold Huber alleges in his 24-page Ethics Complaint that members of the Wilson County Government may have violated.
The heart of a 24-page ethics complaint sent to the District Attorney General by the Wilson County Commission Ethics Committee on April 3 is the question of residency of individual commissioners when they move.
The issue has been a topic of contention for some commissioners since December, when former County Commissioner Adam Bannach of District 18, resigned his seat due to moving out of his district.
Here are the resumes of the 17 candidates for the Wilson County Director of Schools position.
Wilson County Government’s attempt to secure funding through an increase in the hotel/motel tax for the proposed Expo Center at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center via a legislative private act needing the General Assembly’s approval died Thursday afternoon.
There have been many questions about the new Amp service that is proposed and how it will affect Wilson County.
Ever since breaking the story for The Wilson Post about former Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund’s answers to questions about having a drink and then driving his Board of Education-issued vehicle on Jan. 16, I’ve been asked in a myriad of ways, “What do you think about the situation?”
Well, Saturday, it was done. Dr. Setterlund signed a release and settlement agreement, received a nice severance package and waived his right to ever sue the BOE or the County Commission over his employment or resignation.
Now, I can voice my opinion.
Board returns from executive session at 11:30 mark of video.
The seven-month reign of Dr. Timothy Setterlund as Wilson County Schools director has ended.
The past nine days have been very trying for those in our school system, and we commend Dr. Setterlund for making the right decision.
It took less than 40 minutes Saturday morning for the Wilson County Board of Education to unanimously vote to let former Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund out of his contract.
Following this morning’s meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education, who unanimously voted to terminate the contract as Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, who had been on the job for only seven months, The Wilson Post attempted to contact all five of the board members to ask them the following question: “What take away lesson, if any, did you learn from the entire situation concerning Dr. Setterlund as you prepare to move forward in your search for a new director?”
Additionally, The Post talked to the chairs of the Wilson County Commission Budget and Education Committees for their reactions to today’s meeting, and with whose comments we begin our reporting of “In Their Own Words.”
The purpose of tomorrow’s Wilson County Board of Education meeting has changed. According to a notice sent out via email at 5:06 p.m., the special called session will be to accept Dr. Tim Setterlund’s official notice of retirement.
Wilson County Board of Education will meet Saturday to determine the future of Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, who took over the reins of the school system less than seven months ago.
This article first appeared in the Wednesday, Jan. 22, print edition of The Wilson Post. Because The Wilson Post realized the issues that seem to concern several county commissioners, as well as some principals, teachers, parents and students with Setterlund, go much further back in time than last Thursday, we are publishing online with links to the original stories and/or sources of information as possible.
I am the Junior Class President at Lebanon High School. I am writing this letter to voice my concerns on the future of our school system under the leadership of our current director, Dr. Tim Setterlund.
The Wilson Post has had several inquiries from the general public about Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund's employment contract with the Wilson County Board of Education.
Therefore, we have published it as .pdf file, as it a public record and available for review by the public.
Jasmine Carlisle, a 15-year-old Mt. Juliet High School sophomore, has followed closely the recent situation involving Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Tim Setterlund. She has written a letter to the Board of Education about the situation and with her mother's written permission, The Wilson Post is printing it online Monday night and will print it in Wednesday's print edition.
The Wilson County Board of Education has basically three options under consideration regarding the recent events surrounding Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, according to the board chairman.
While interviewing Wilson County Board of Education Chair Don Weathers, The Wilson Post asked him about the removal of the county sticker from the director of school’s board-issued Ford Expedition.
Following a two-plus hour, closed meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education and its attorney Sunday afternoon regarding recent information about Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, the next step is for the five school board members to digest the information they received and possibly hold a special meeting later this week.
The Wilson County Board of Education will be meeting in private with the School Board Attorney on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
The Wilson Post calls for Setterlund's resignation
Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Tim Setterlund must resign.
His Thursday night admission to drinking a beer and getting behind the wheel of his county-issued SUV has created a firestorm within the educational community.
Editor’s note: In light of Sunday’s scheduled, private meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education’s regarding recent events involving Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, The Wilson Post thought it would be beneficial to remind everyone – members of the public and board members – what the law says about what can and cannot be done at this meeting and about giving notice of such meetings. The story is long but we urge everyone to it.
EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS!!!!
The next step regarding the future of Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund lies with the Wilson County Board of Education.
FIRST REPORTED HERE!
Wilson County Schools Director admitted in an open meeting Thursday to having consumed alcohol at a local establishment and then driving his county-assigned vehicle.
Bids for the Wilson County Veterans Park and Museum will go out Monday, Jan. 6 and be reviewed on Jan. 17 with hopes of starting construction in February.
Wilson County Veterans Park and Museum is projected to open at the end of May 2014 and is now accepting bids and donations.
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.
One of the outstanding architectural gems of downtown Lebanon, the old Federal Post Office marks the centennial of its groundbreaking on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Bill Moss, a 31-year veteran of the Wilson County School System whose position was eliminated by the director of schools in September, has filed a lawsuit in Wilson County Chancery Court against Dr. Tim Setterlund and the Wilson County Board of Education alleging wrongful termination.
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