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

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

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

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

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County school officials to reevaluate snow day procedures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Election proves WC Election Commission best in state
Election proves WC Election Commission best in state

As chairman of the Wilson County Election Commission, I have observed in the last few years the election process from each election to its certified end. I conclude that we have the best poll workers in the state of Tennessee.

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Home Sweet Homemakers
Home Sweet Homemakers

For the past 94 years, friends and neighbors have assembled regularly in a simple but charming building on the hill beside Berea Church Road. Topped with a red tin roof, the structure sits next door to Berea Church of Christ and across Coles Ferry Pike from Friendship Christian School.

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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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Gone - but not forgotten
Gone - but not forgotten

A 4-foot-high granite monument recently went up in Ellabell, Georgia. It stands at attention near the site of the former Black Creek Elementary School.

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

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

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Home sweet, historic home
Home sweet, historic home

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

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

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

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Woman of Wilson: Kaysie Young
Woman of Wilson: Kaysie Young

"Experience Nashville Tours" founder Kaysie Young spends her days welcoming folks to her adopted home state of Tennessee.

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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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Little Texas to headline Cahoots
Little Texas to headline Cahoots

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

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Watertown's oldest cheerleader
Watertown's oldest cheerleader

He holds no public relations or marketing degrees, but from his roost inside what a half century ago was Joe Scott's Drugstore and Pharmacy, Jim Amero touts the miraculous benefits of living in the greatest little small town in America.

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

Community Calendar for Nov. 25, 2016

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Engagement- Krhovsky/Turner
Engagement- Krhovsky/Turner

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

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Mi Ranchito celebrates 10 years in Watertown

Like numerous Mexican restaurants across the Mid-South, Mi Ranchito proves to be a true family affair.

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

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

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

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

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Historic Places Tour to celebrate Cumberland University
Historic Places Tour to celebrate Cumberland University

Historic Lebanon recently announced the ninth annual Historic Places Tour, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, from 5 until 8:30 p.m., will celebrate Cumberland University's 175th year and its importance to Lebanon and the development of the city's neighborhoods.

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

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

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

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A hit in music, a hit at home
A hit in music, a hit at home

When she was known as Arleen Harden, this Arkansas songbird tasted a fair measure of country chart success, first as part of a sibling act and then as a solo artist. Fifty years ago, she was touring with some of the genre's biggest acts, men who went by the last names of Jennings, Jones and Cash.

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

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

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

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

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'Modest is hottest'
'Modest is hottest'

She's sedate sexy. Not overt.

Red hair, white skin, a pomp in the hair. Her latest tattoo says, "Pretty is, as pretty does."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Four Tennessee volunteers
Four Tennessee volunteers

The Smith boys of Statesville, like many men raised during the Depression, grew up straight and true and heard their country's call to duty.

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County readies to honor veterans
County readies to honor veterans

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

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Almost too much for a mother to endure
Almost too much for a mother to endure

A parent should never outlive their child.

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Mayor Bernie Ash
Mayor Bernie Ash

There's a new mayor in town.

Lebanon voters elected Bernie Ash to be their next mayor.

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Mt. Juliet connection for nationally-renowned comedian
Mt. Juliet connection for nationally-renowned comedian

As Nashville and Middle Tennessee continues to grow in notoriety nationally as the "It" city, one comedian who has "made it" can trace his roots right through Mt. Juliet.

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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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Celebrating 10 years of hope
Celebrating 10 years of hope

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

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

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

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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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Carroll Oakland holds mock presidential election
Carroll Oakland holds mock presidential election

Students at Carroll Oakland School expressed their opinions about the upcoming election recently when they took park in a mock presidential election.

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

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

DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

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Early Voting hours extended for Thursday
Early Voting hours extended for Thursday

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.

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On the (snake) hunt
On the (snake) hunt

Something is killing off the timber rattlesnakes.

It also is decimating populations of northern water snakes, eastern racers, rat snakes, mud snakes, pigmy rattlesnakes, massasauga rattlesnakes, copperheads, milk snakes, cottonmouths, ribbon snakes, corn snakes, indigo snakes, kingsnakes and ringneck snakes.

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Tales of the Gravedigger
Tales of the Gravedigger

LIBERTY, TENN. -- Few people have lowered more dead bodies down into the good Tennessee earth than gentle giant Frank Thomas.

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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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Imaginative Les Vanhook shares his art in new book
Imaginative Les Vanhook shares his art in new book

A stroke in April 2015 stilled the amazingly gifted hands of local artist-woodcarver Les Vanhook.

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

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

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

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

DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

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

Wilson County Property Transfers Sept. 12-16, 2016

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

Calendar for Oct. 26

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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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Principles to Live By
Principles to Live By

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

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

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

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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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Lebanon mayor race gets heated
Lebanon mayor race gets heated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pearls of wisdom
Pearls of wisdom

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

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From eyesore to art gallery
From eyesore to art gallery

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

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

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

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Granville gets creepy for annual ghost walk
Granville gets creepy for annual ghost walk

Historic Granville in Jackson County will host the third annual Granville Ghost Walk and Haunted Village on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29.

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

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

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

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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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Wilson County's Mr. & Mrs. Softball

Lebanon's Juanita and Will Grandstaff have competed in more slow-pitch softball games than you can shake a bat at.

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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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Bloem Kind boutique blossoming
Bloem Kind boutique blossoming

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

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

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

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One step from stardom
One step from stardom

Lebanon's Jake Presley, 13, has won more than 30 world and national Taekwondo titles during his short career, but he may get his biggest kick Friday night.

That's when he pops up on the silver screen in the new Ben Affleck thriller, "The Accountant,"

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Volunteers want playground maintained
Volunteers want playground maintained

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

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

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

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

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

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MJ seniors need space, says active member and volunteer
MJ seniors need space, says active member and volunteer

Edna Elam invited a friend to the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, but the friend never showed up. She couldn't find it. As many times as she drove back and forth on Mt. Juliet Road, passing the center each time, her friend said she never saw it.

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

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

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

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

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Throwback artist preserves Western era
Throwback artist preserves Western era

When you see Robert Nipp atop one of his favorite horses, Chance, with a backdrop of roiling black clouds over his sprawling horse ranch you might think they are in another century. If you squint really hard and put a mental sepia screen over the vista - it's 1820.

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

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

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Burton announces Ward 2 candidacy
Burton announces Ward 2 candidacy

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

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

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


DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Half a century behind one pulpit
Half a century behind one pulpit

One Sunday morning in October of 1966, Kenneth and Linda Head hopped in their car and made the 37-mile drive from Green Hills in Nashville to the rural Wilson County community of Tuckers Crossroads.

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

Calendar for Sept. 28

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

Wilson County Property Transfers Aug. 8-12, 2016

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

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

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Carving for a cause
Carving for a cause

Call them cut-ups for a good cause.

We're talking about veteran chainsaw sculptor Roark Phillips and rookie carver Mark Anderson, a chip off the old block.

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

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

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

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

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Gift of a lifetime
Gift of a lifetime

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

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

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

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

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

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WJB names homecoming attendants
WJB names homecoming attendants

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

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The monarch of caves
The monarch of caves

MAMMOTH CAVE, KY.--This is holey ground.

Stretching 405 miles and counting, this monarch of caves boasts the longest known cave system in the world and features a maze of magnificent subterranean vaults.

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

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

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Drowning in memories
Drowning in memories

A trio of DeKalb County women have spent the past four years resurrecting memories buried beneath the waters of Center Hill Lake seven decades ago.

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

McClain Christian Academy opened their doors to students this week.

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Super Picker
Super Picker

Sequestered in the midst of Lebanon, Tennessee, lies hidden perhaps the most fabulous antique store in America, and not one lick of it is for sale.

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

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

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

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

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

Calendar for Sept. 2

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

Remember When...

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

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

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

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

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

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Ash announces Lebanon mayoral bid
Ash announces Lebanon mayoral bid

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

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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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Woman of Wilson Luncheon planned
Woman of Wilson Luncheon planned
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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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Daily Obituaries: August 2, 2016

Elivia Rose Sullivan, 16

James David Orrand, 70

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FOOTBALL -- Scrimmages set Friday night
FOOTBALL -- Scrimmages set Friday night
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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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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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Lightning strike eyed as cause of house fire
Lightning strike eyed as cause of house fire

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

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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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NJHFR stampedes into the Ward Ag Center

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Escaping inmate captured
Escaping inmate captured

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

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

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

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

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

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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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LPD investigating infant death
LPD investigating infant death

Lebanon Police are investigating the death of an infant.

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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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Lady boxing champ of the world
Lady boxing champ of the world

HARTSVILLE--"Put one foot in front of the other. Be prepared," says Pat Lancaster Landreth, if you want to succeed in the boxing ring.

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

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

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

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

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Lebanon comedian taking comedy seriously
Lebanon comedian taking comedy seriously

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Prep softball this week
Prep softball this week

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

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

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Prep baseball this week
Prep baseball this week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Burton pleased with utility ordinance
Burton pleased with utility ordinance

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

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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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CedarStone's McDonald attends National Archives event
CedarStone's McDonald attends National Archives event

The Andrew Jackson Foundation hosted an evening with Jon Meacham at the National Archives on Wednesday, March 2. CedarStone Bank President and Andrew Jackson Foundation board member Bob McDonald attended the event, which included a special presentation of selected papers from the National Archives' Jackson collection.

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

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

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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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City loses insurance ruling
City loses insurance ruling

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

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

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

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Daily Obituaries: March 23, 2016

Tommy Donald "Pee Wee" Hunt, 76

Billy W. Wair, 78

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

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

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

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

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'Gems yet to be discovered'
'Gems yet to be discovered'

Life slugged him a blow, full force.

But, he caught it and threw it back.

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Jesus in the movies
Jesus in the movies

Hollywood doesn't make biblical epics these days like it did during the Golden Age of the 1950s when films such as "The Ten Commandments," "Ben-Hur," "David and Bathsheba," "The Robe" and "Samson and Delilah" proved to be box-office gold.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Daily Obituaries: March 14, 2016

Mary Huddleston Lane, 88

Shirley Joanne Fletcher, 68

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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The Gift of Thrift
The Gift of Thrift

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

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

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

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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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Wilson County voter turnout sets record
Wilson County voter turnout sets record

Wilson County voters turned out in record setting numbers for this year's Republican and Democratic Presidential Preference Primary. Records were set not just on Election Day but also in Early Voting participation.

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

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

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Lebanon giving away free trees
Lebanon giving away free trees

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

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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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Fortune smiles on Jimmy Fortune
Fortune smiles on Jimmy Fortune

When the Statler Brothers told Jimmy Fortune they wanted him to be the new tenor in their legendary country quartet he could only get three words out of his mouth: "Are y'all serious?"

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Nominations open for Leadership Wilson
Nominations open for Leadership Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Florists thankful for the business
Florists thankful for the business

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

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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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Chamber Awards handed out
Chamber Awards handed out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Daily Obituaries: Feb. 4,2016

Arnold Eugene "Gene" Stafford, 83

Tommy Lenaire McElvaney, 71

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

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

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Warmath resigns council seat
Warmath resigns council seat

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

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

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

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Daily Obituaries: Feb. 2, 2016

Margaret J. Ferrell, 93

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City employees could see raises
City employees could see raises

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Will it snow?
Will it snow?

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

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

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

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

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

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NWS predicting significant snow Friday
NWS predicting significant snow Friday

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

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

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

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A work in the park
A work in the park

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

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

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

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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 20, 2016

Charles "Chuck" Edward Dalton Jr., 65

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Haston to lead Lebanon economic development

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

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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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Presidential Preference Primary ballot online
Presidential Preference Primary ballot online

Wilson County voters will have several opportunities to express their opinions at the polls in 2016. There are three scheduled elections for the year, beginning with the March 1 Presidential Preference Primary. This election will be the Tennessee Republican or Democratic Primary Election to choose candidates and/or party delegates to their respective conventions.

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

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

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Unity March set for Saturday
Unity March set for Saturday

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

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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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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 8, 2016

Jimmy Luper, 67

Lori Michelle Hollandsworth, 35

Kolt Christopher Gammon, 32

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Mark Leon Harrell, 56
Mark Leon Harrell, 56

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 7, 2016

Thayer Wilson Baker, 102

Beverly Ann Gibson Newman, 73

Regina Gale Murphy, 41

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

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

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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 6, 2016

Sharma Teresa Mitchell, 55

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Meet Rick SKYWALKER
Meet Rick SKYWALKER

Rick Wittrig has fallen to the ground more times than he can count.

Unlike most landlubbers who occasionally take a stumble and skin a knee or worse, Wittrig drops to terra firma intentionally from 10,000 or more feet above this third rock from the sun, gets up, dusts himself off and walks away without a scratch.

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Daily Obituaries: Jan. 5, 2016

Henry Wade Chaple, 85

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

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

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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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Rock Stars
Rock Stars

For mason Charles Savage laying rock, brick and block comes as natural as breathing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Too pretty to eat
Too pretty to eat

Baker-artist Belinda King's springerle Christmas cookies look way too pretty to eat, but if you're one of those fortunate to receive a batch of them that's exactly what she wants you to do--eat them.

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

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

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

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

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Daily Obituaries: Dec. 11, 2015

Bryan Eugene Burr, 38

Larry Joe LaFevor, 63

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

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

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Daily Obituaries: Dec. 10, 2015

James Ollie McMillin, 66

Linda Faye Lawson, 62

Dewey C. Bane, 91

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Mayberry Deputy nails Barney Fife
Mayberry Deputy nails Barney Fife

Nip it in the bud!

Those were the words David Browning, famed for his portrayal as the Mayberry Deputy, feared he would hear the first time he met his inspiration, Don Knotts, the comic legend who created intrepid lawman Barney Fife.

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

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

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

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

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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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High school wrestling update

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

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

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Lebanon clarifies Christmas Parade route
Lebanon clarifies Christmas Parade route

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

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

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

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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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The new Cedar City Trail

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

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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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Business acumen aids new CU president
Business acumen aids new CU president

The new president of Cumberland University, Dr. Paul Stumb, says the one thing he misses is teaching classes. But give him a little time, and he intends to be back in the classroom for a course every semester or two.

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O Christmas tree!
O Christmas tree!

There are close to 3,000 green-as-a-Grinch Christmas trees towering toward heaven on Rhonda and Chris's TreeLand near Watertown.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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It's NEVER too late
It's NEVER too late

Jerry Young made a bad call in the fall of 1962. At age 17 and beginning her senior year, she bailed out of high school.

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Bicycle Baron
Bicycle Baron
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Soldier's Story: Capt. Brandon Rule
Soldier's Story: Capt. Brandon Rule
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Lebanon parade to highlight 'Songs of Christmas'
Lebanon parade to highlight 'Songs of Christmas'

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

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

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

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

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

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Locals bring a taste of India to Mt. Juliet
Locals bring a taste of India to Mt. Juliet

Pratima Vallepalli was knee-high to a grasshopper when she fell in love with cooking.

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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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Historic Lebanon announces 8th Annual Historic Places Tour

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

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LHS to host sixth annual character breakfast

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

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

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

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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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Band man on the run
Band man on the run

In the summer of 1974, Paul McCartney and Wings hunkered down for six weeks on a friendly farm a few miles outside of Lebanon.

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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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Authentic homecoming draws hundreds
Authentic homecoming draws hundreds

Coal black kettles of fire-cooked pinto beans, biscuits warmed in old-fashioned black iron stoves, bluegrass music, crafters, mule-turned molasses and memories of old Mt. Juliet culminated on a Mt. Juliet farm Saturday.

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

Feeling like feeling groovy?

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

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

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

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LPD, Postal inspector help seize pot
LPD, Postal inspector help seize pot

Lebanon Police Department and the U.S. Postal Inspector conducted a joint investigation that resulted in the seizure of approximately 15 pounds of high grade marijuana, with an estimated street value of $60,000, according to a release from LPD.

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

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

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

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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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Covered bridge debuts in MJ
Covered bridge debuts in MJ

A spanking new cedar-covered bridge, likely the sole structure of its type in Wilson County, will serve as a span to the past.

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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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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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'A good man'
'A good man'

From Prosperity to Lebanon, Dewey Fite hasn't come too far, maybe 27 or 28 highway miles, during his 97 years.

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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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Shooting at Don Fox Park
Shooting at Don Fox Park

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

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

Think of it as an investment in Lebanon.

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

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

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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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Election Commission tests new voting system
Election Commission tests new voting system

The Wilson County Election Commission recently evaluated a new voting system to assess its ability to improve the local voting experience.

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Creative Placemaking
Creative Placemaking

Modern lives are virtual - our news, shopping and interactions are digested alone, usually on a smartphone. While technology certainly has its advantages and makes many tasks more convenient, people yearn for a connection, not only to a physical spot but a connection to the pulse, to the heart of a community. Recapturing or recreating a sense of community is what creative placemaking is all about.

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

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

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Daily Obituaries: Oct. 1, 2015

Shawn Matthew Dobson, 30

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Pug for Prez
Pug for Prez

She's going to "work like a dog for American jobs" and is "determined to lick rising healthcare costs."

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Count yourself in
Count yourself in

Have you been counted?

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

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

An apartment development planned for Lebanon has the city abuzz.

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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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Historic Roots
Historic Roots

Inside a 30-foot-by-60-foot structure near Gladeville, a miniature forest of 5,000 saplings reaches skyward, each plant biding its time, awaiting the opportunity to help pass along the story of a great American.

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

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

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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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Dr. Stan Brady, 53

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

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Daily Obituaries: Sept. 21, 2015

Jo Beth Raines, 75

Jerry Lyle McFadden, 77

Rachel Macon Agee, 96

Woodrow "JR" Romines Jr., 66

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Mr. Push Ups
Mr. Push Ups

In a life filled with ups and downs, Tony Ward set a bar for himself that appeared to be way over his head.

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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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Blogger Mom
Blogger Mom

When Michele McDonald, the mother of two young children, decided it was the right time to bail out of her career as a research scientist, she had no inkling if her fledgling career as a web writer might take flight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Veterans group honored by council
Veterans group honored by council

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

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Search for Expo chief narrows
Search for Expo chief narrows

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

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

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

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Parting the Canebrakes

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

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The last real filling station
The last real filling station

In 1928 Babe Ruth smashed 54 home runs for the New York Yankees, while Mickey Mouse made his first appearance in the cartoon "Steamboat Willie."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Madame Butterfly
Madame Butterfly

Mel Kelley's friends call her the monarch whisperer. Her enthusiasm for this magnificent orange and black-winged insect, crowned the king of the butterflies, knows no bounds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Ronnie McDowell colors Disney's world
Ronnie McDowell colors Disney's world

He's a songwriter and a hit singer, who, when he wants to, croons just like Elvis, but these days Sumner County native son Ronnie McDowell gets higher than Peter Pan when he considers his new partnership with Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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City honors for Mayor Jewell
City honors for Mayor Jewell

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

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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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Higher Ground
Higher Ground

At an elevation of 2,074 feet, Short Mountain proves nearer to heaven than any place in Middle Tennessee.

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

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

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Who let the dogs out? Anyone can, police say

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

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

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

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

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

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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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The Ice Cream Man Cometh
The Ice Cream Man Cometh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tennessee Cheesecake relocating to Lebanon
Tennessee Cheesecake relocating to Lebanon

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

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

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

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

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A magical proposal
A magical proposal

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

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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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Hubner wins Auctioneer Championship
Hubner wins Auctioneer Championship

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

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

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

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

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

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City budget passes next-to-last hurdle

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

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City budget passes third reading, 4-1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Northtown historic building transforms into unique restaurant
Northtown historic building transforms into unique restaurant

A historic building in the heart of Mt. Juliet's Northtown District is primed to be Crossroads Bistro and Ale.

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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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Parting The Canebrakes -- May 13, 2015

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

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

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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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Take the 38-mile trip to the Renaissance
Take the 38-mile trip to the Renaissance

To western Wilson County's Larry Chaney and his family, the Tennessee Renaissance Festival is a chance to play "dress up" and get back to the days of Merry Olde England. To Lebanon Starbucks warehouseman Josh Arrington and his wife Christine, it's a great place to take your kid for a camel ride and to chow down on a roasted turkey leg.

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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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Tap-on fees get tapped for revamping

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPDATE -- Lebanon man arrested in grocery store shooting

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

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Volunteers fill the gap
Volunteers fill the gap

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

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

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

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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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LPD looking for runaway teen
LPD looking for runaway teen

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

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

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

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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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Virginia Laine Hill, 89

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

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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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Donald Ray Rogers, 73

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

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City 'going green' with $3.5M gasification project

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

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

The shows must go on.

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

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Bowen firing upheld after hearing
Bowen firing upheld after hearing

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

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

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

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

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Penny LyneBell Ford, 53

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

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Letter to the editor

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

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

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

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

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

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A Chocolate Affair to remember
A Chocolate Affair to remember

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

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She believes in miracles
She believes in miracles

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

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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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City Council to hold special called meeting

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

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

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

They are as follows:

All District Boys Basketball
MJ Christian: Landon Boyd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lebanon leader excited about projected sales tax surplus

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

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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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Recycling yard expansion nixed

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

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

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

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

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

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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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New insurance rules for future retirees?

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

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

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

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Councilors review new zoning plan

From zoning label changes to granny flats.

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

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

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

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

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Lebanon plans holiday events for Sunday

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

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Little River Band to headline Brooks House fund-raiser

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

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

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

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

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(Beauty) Work in Progress

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

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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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City buying new site for Water Dept.

Fast-tracked purchase gets 2 votes this week.

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

Kim Parks gathers 200 splendid images in new book.

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

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

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

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Goodwill Career Solutions center opening

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

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Tressler & Associates celebrates five years

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

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

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

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

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

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MJ finalizes property sale to Lebanon car dealer

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

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

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Teacher suspended in alleged slapping incident at LHS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lochinvar plans expansion
Lochinvar plans expansion

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

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Lebanon to spray for mosquitoes Wednesday

Lebanon officials announce plans to spray for mosquitoes.

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Barely 2 percent have voted on Sales Tax

Early Voting on the proposed sales tax hike for the City of Lebanon is slow-going with slightly more than 2 percent of eligible voters in the city casting ballots so far.

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West Main Street paving project set

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

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Sales tax referendum set for Sept. 23

Wilson County Election Commission has set Tuesday, Sept. 23, as the date of the election regarding the City of Lebanon Sales and Use Tax Referendum.

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TN sets early voting record; polls open from 7-7

Tennessee voters set a state record for the number of ballots cast in the state Primary Election and County General Elections.

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Two days left for Early Voting

Registered voters have only two days left cast their ballots during Early Voting for the County General/Federal & State Primary Election slated for next Thursday, Aug. 7.

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Early voting results show interesting turnouts

Only four days remain for early voting in the County General/Federal & State Primary Aug. 7 election, and results so far show some interesting turnout numbers for certain races.

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WPIM - The Lett Center

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County ranks in top 5 in early voting turnout

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.

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WPIM - Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan

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Early Voting begins July 18

Early voting for the Aug. 7 Federal and State Republican and Democratic Primaries and the Wilson County General Election begins Friday.

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WPIM - Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto

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Early Voting to begin Friday

Early Voting begins Friday, July 18, for the Aug. 7 Federal and State Republican and Democratic Primaries and the Wilson County General Election.

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Lebanon, WWAWC agree on service areas

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

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'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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Election Commission holds high school elections

Wilson County Election Commission provided support for four high school student body elections this past week.

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

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

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Ballot sees 102 qualify

As of noon, Thursday, 102 individuals had qualified for the Aug. 7 Local General/State Primary Election in Wilson County.

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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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Proposed sales tax measure pulled from agenda

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

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Proposed sales tax measure pulled from agenda

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

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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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Remembering JFK- Part II
Remembering JFK- Part II

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

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Remembering JFK - with video
Remembering JFK - with video

Possessing a career full of close encounters with the rich and famous, Lebanon’s Bill Carter cherishes the days he spent in “Camelot” with President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his family.

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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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Vote could change pet fees

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

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Robberies, home invasion lead to federal indictments

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

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

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

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

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

 

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True native son
True native son

Lebanon’s Franklin Keel walks comfortably between two cultures.

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The Highwaymen
The Highwaymen

Clad in hard hats and translucent vests, from 75 to 100 construction workers, truck drivers and heavy-equipment operators grit their teeth, gird their loins and get to the down and dirty work of transforming eight-and-a-quarter miles of I-40 into a spacious eight-lane roadway.   

 

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Scarecrows stalk Granville
Scarecrows stalk Granville

GRANVILLE -- Reminiscent of a classic episode of “The Twilight Zone” or a spin-off of Stephen King’s “Children of the Corn,” a silent horde of scarecrows have invaded tiny Granville in Jackson County.

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‘Snapshots in time’
‘Snapshots in time’

About 150 colorful, vintage postcards, covering Wilson County sites and sights from the early 1900s into the 1970s, have returned to their roots. 

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Dead Land promises to haunt you
Dead Land promises to haunt you

Welcome to Dead Land Haunted Woods, where Lambert of Lebanon is but one of 82 actors, ranging in age from 10 to 60-something, who will entertain thousands of normally sane people paying good money to be frightened out of their wits throughout October.

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Johnson tabbed LHA director, chairman resigns

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

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Setterlund - firings not on a whim

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

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

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

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