For the late Hollis McClanahan, Downtown Antiques was more than a cavernous curiosity shop where he dealt in vintage American items. The enterprise reflected his lifestyle.
The Community Foundation of Wilson County and its parent organization, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, have issued a call for locals to circle Wednesday, May 3, on their calendars.
Vacationers from around the globe are going giddy-up over a cowboy hideout deep in the heart of Wilson County at Dave and Deb Ward's Twin Oaks Ranch.
To mark RED Day on Thursday, May 11, a day dedicated to serving the community, the Mt. Juliet Keller Williams Realty office and more than 150 of their associates will partner with the Wilson County Veterans Services Office, American Legion of Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, Lebanon's Vietnam Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars of America and Courtney's Restaurant to salute local veterans with a free pancake breakfast and day of service.
Wilson County General Sessions Judge Haywood Barry, 80, has been cited for leaving the scene of an accident and other infractions following an accident this week at the Wilson County Judicial Center, according to Lebanon police.
Lebanon's Fiddlers Grove Historical Village is set to host Spring Fest in the Grove on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Lebanon's West Side Park Task Force met last week to review public input regarding the concept plan for the new park and modify it accordingly.
Wilson County Election Commissioners were recently sworn in by Judge John Gwin at the commission's April meeting. All five commissioners - Sherrie Orange, Jan Spray, Ronnie Kelley, Don Simpson and Ann Calabria - are veterans of the commission.
Somebody's got to speak up for cowboy poets and Western music songwriters this side of the Mississippi.
The response to The Pavilion Senior Living's charter membership has been remarkable, according to Heather Nicholson Sadler, marketing director.
Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee recently congratulated Wilson County's Allison Jennings for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award - the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.
Lebanon native Ashley Shores, a senior at the University of Tennessee at Martin and staff member at the university's student-run WUTM 90.3 FM "The Hawk," recently won the top award for "Best Newscast" at the recent Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference held in New York City.
Local residents reviewed initial plans for the new West Side Park during a March 30 open house.
Cure for Our Friends, an organization which assists local families affected by cystic fibrosis and also works with the CF foundation to raise awareness, has set the date for their fourth annual golf tournament fundraiser.
Just off the beaten path known as Interstate 40 awaits one of Lebanon's busiest restaurants and coffee dens.
It's almost time for the 8th Annual Whip Crackin' Rodeo at the James E. Ward Ag Center in Lebanon.
Who knew an insect could be so interesting?
Hairstylist-by-day, wife, mother and beekeeping enthusiast, Jessica Dodds, explained to The Wilson Post how honeybees inspired her to create a non-profit organization.
When A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival makes its debut at the Wilson County Expo Center on April 29, Wilson County, RTA and the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce will offer a train ride to the event on the Music City Star.
Lending a helping hand to fellow farmers was a moving experience for Jennifer Burns and Shea Hutsenpiller.
Last Friday the friends packed up and headed west to aid those who lost everything in the wildfires that destroyed 2 million acres in the Texas panhandle earlier this month.
Summer 4-H Camp is fast approaching, and the weeklong camp will make for a fun-filled and enjoyable week for students in the fourth through sixth grades.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and Tennova Healthcare - Lebanon is making a special effort to educate the community on the vital role of screenings in the fight against the disease.
Wilson Habitat for Humanity will host its annual Houses of Hope Luncheon on Wednesday, April 5, at the Capitol Theatre in Lebanon, and WSMV News Anchor Demetria Kalodimos is scheduled to serve as this year's guest speaker.
A new Jimmy John's sandwich shop located at 109 Signature Place in Lebanon opened its doors earlier this week.
The Wilson County Democratic Party will hold its biennial Reorganization Convention to elect new party leaders on Saturday, March 25, at 151 Maddox-Simpson Parkway in Lebanon. Doors open at 9 a.m. and close promptly at 10 a.m.
The initial design for the new West Side Park at Hamilton Springs will be available for public comment and feedback during an open house on Thursday, March 30, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Lebanon City Hall.
Lebanon High School will have prom for junior and senior students on Friday, March 31.
For the first in many years, prom will be held at a Wilson County venue - the Wilson County Exposition Center.
After serving Nashville and the surrounding communities for more than six decades, Hamilton Machine Company recently announced its new store location at 309 Babb Drive in Lebanon.
The City of Lebanon and Ragan-Smith Associates Inc. have begun a planning study to "strengthen and enhance" South Hartmann Drive, according to a news release issued by the city Tuesday.
Historic Lebanon is set to bring an exhibit entitled, "The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966: Commemorating 50 Years of Preserving Tennessee's Historic Structures, Sites and Landscapes" to the city.
Dr. Jim Newman is a fourth-generation local business owner, beginning with Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Barbara's Dress Shop, Randy's Barber Shop, On-Call Medical and Pharmacy and Newman Appraisal.
Several Mangos Mexican Restaurant employees observed last week's "Day Without Immigrants."
The catch? Their employer claims they failed to notify her before taking the day off.
Melissa Craighead is often complimented on her ability to make raising three small children look easy. She knows that mothering is a "tough, tough job" - but equally the most important and rewarding one she could ask for.
The 2017-18 edition of the Wilson County Voter Handbook is now available on the Wilson County Election Commission's website at www.WilsonVotes.com.
Henderson's Flower Shop in Lebanon has seen many Valentine's Days - and can help you get the holiday right on Tuesday, February 14th.
The 11th annual class of inductees into the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame is Dr. Sam McFarland, Hale Moss, David Tomlinson and A.C. Wharton, representatives with the organization announced this week.
Prospect, Inc. recently announced that its Board of Directors appointed Audria Frattini as Executive Director.
Longtime Joint Economic and Community Development Board member Nelson Steed retired after nearly three decades of service.
The illustrious Indian fighter and Texas Ranger John "Jack" Coffee Hays was born 200 years ago this Friday near Little Cedar Lick, a few miles northeast of Mt. Juliet.
Pinnacle Financial Partners recently furthered its support of education in Wilson County with $1,000 of support for Wilson Books from Birth, which administers Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, according to the American Red Cross.
It is difficult to say from where Elaine Fitch Nawiesniak originally hails; however, she's a Woman of Wilson these days.
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.
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.
The biggest education-related news in Wilson County in 2016 was the massive county building program approved to handle explosive growth throughout the county.
LoJac announced on Thursday an agreement whereby Vulcan Materials Company will acquire the assets of LoJac's asphalt and construction divisions and its Monterey Sand business.
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.
Connie Hulse Ford is a born-and-raised Woman of Wilson. She grew up and still resides on Lebanon's north side in the community of Hunters Point. Ford has worked with Judge Clara Byrd for 26 years, and currently serves as a judicial administrative assistant. She also prepares taxes from January to April every year with Jackson Hewitt.
Only 10 more shopping days 'til Christmas.
You're likely just about done. OK, maybe not.
Less than 24 hours after being sworn into office, Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash vetoed plans for a $5 million park planned for the city's west side.
Non-profit organization Christmas for All is getting ready to provide holiday gifts to more than 2,000 kids in Lebanon and Watertown.
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.
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
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.
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.
Eight years came and went in the blink of an eye according to Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead.
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.
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.
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.
The 9th Annual Historic Places Tour is set for Saturday, Dec. 3.
The Keith Edmonds Foundation is on a mission to Share Holiday Joy.
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.
"Experience Nashville Tours" founder Kaysie Young spends her days welcoming folks to her adopted home state of Tennessee.
Wilson Emergency Management Agency broke ground on Station No. 11 on Monday afternoon.
Wilson County Veterans Service Officer Bernie Ash will vacate the office on Thursday, Dec. 8.
Country-rock group Little Texas is set to perform at Cahoots Dancehall & Honkytonk in Lebanon on Friday, Dec. 2.
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.
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.
Like numerous Mexican restaurants across the Mid-South, Mi Ranchito proves to be a true family affair.
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.
A groundbreaking was held on Monday morning at the location to celebrate its latest purpose - housing the Wilson County School System.
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
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."
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store shareholders journeyed to Lebanon headquarters on Thursday for their annual meeting.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Kathy Tack has been Lead Pastor of Generations of Grace in Lebanon since 2013 - and was instrumental in planting the church.
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.
She's sedate sexy. Not overt.
Red hair, white skin, a pomp in the hair. Her latest tattoo says, "Pretty is, as pretty does."
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
From Lebanon to Mt. Juliet and across Wilson County, residents and community leaders will come together this week to honor local veterans.
There's a new mayor in town.
Lebanon voters elected Bernie Ash to be their next mayor.
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.
Wilson County leaders are set to participate in the POWER OF TEN Summit Wednesday at Nashville's Music City Center, taking part in discussions and special sessions on shared issues of regional importance and how to collaborate to address them and improve the region.
CedarStone Bank and Wilson County Chevrolet-Buick-GMC and Hyundai recently announced that the nomination process for the 2016-17 Wilson County Teacher of the Year Award has commenced.
For the past 10 years, Brooks House, Lebanon's first shelter for women and children, has turned struggles into success stories.
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.
There's nothing that puts you in the holiday spirit quite like crafts! Wilson County fce is hosting a craft bazaar at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in the East/West Education and Turner Evans buildings on Saturday, Nov. 5.
As the county mayor, I deal with issues that arise on a county level. At times, I also deal with issues that arise on a city level within the county. Once a month, and sometimes more, I represent Wilson County on four different boards on a regional level.
Students at Carroll Oakland School expressed their opinions about the upcoming election recently when they took park in a mock presidential election.
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.
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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.
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.
LIBERTY, TENN. -- Few people have lowered more dead bodies down into the good Tennessee earth than gentle giant Frank Thomas.
Wilson County Property Transfers- Sept. 19-23, 2016
A stroke in April 2015 stilled the amazingly gifted hands of local artist-woodcarver Les Vanhook.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Whoever coined the term #BossBabe likely did so after meeting Amber Hurdle.
In less than two weeks Lebanon voters will cast their ballots in the U.S. Presidential and City of Lebanon races.
If you've tuned into any news outlet, it is evident the war between presidential nominees Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) has turned both personal - and ugly.
This week the Lebanon Mayoral race is getting heated, too.
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.
If you're a southern girl who loves her pearls - then head over to Lucky Pearl Designs at The Mill in Lebanon.
The underpass at Don Fox Park just got a makeover thanks to two Lebanon High School students.
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.
Historic Granville in Jackson County will host the third annual Granville Ghost Walk and Haunted Village on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29.
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.
As I have repeatedly told you, some stories must be told in their entirety, not just snippets of the story.
Lebanon's Juanita and Will Grandstaff have competed in more slow-pitch softball games than you can shake a bat at.
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.
In one short year, Bloem Kind, a Ladies and Girls Apparel Shop, has blossomed.
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.
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,"
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.
Liz Reese recently announced her candidacy for Lebanon Ward 2 City Council Member.
National Night Out was held at Lebanon's Don Fox Park Wednesday, Oct. 5.
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.
With the deadline to register to vote just a few days away, the Wilson County Election Commission has announced extended hours to help ensure eligible voters are registered.
With the deadline to register to vote just a few days away, the Wilson County Election Commission has announced extended hours to help ensure eligible voters are registered.
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.
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.
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.
The Tennessee Army National Guard's Special Troops Battalion, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, headquartered in Lebanon, has been re-designated as an engineer battalion.
Fred Anthony Burton Sr. has announced his candidacy for re-election to the Lebanon City Council for Ward 2.
Patrons of the Lebanon Senior Citizens Center get some dance time in as Bill Feathers visits with his guitar Wednesday.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
LoJac, Inc. celebrated the acquisition of Kodi Klip at Five Oaks Gold & Country Club on Monday evening.
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.
Marilyn Bryant has announced her candidacy for the Ward 2 alderman seat on the Lebanon city Council in the Nov. 8 Municipal Election.
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.
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto indicated there might be some type of plans in store for the defunct Nashville Superspeedway track, possible by "some folks in Mt. Juliet."
My name is Carl Price and I was born in a house on Greenwood Road near Shop Spring(s). I have just finished reading your two articles in the 8/31 Post with tears in my eyes. I always read your feature articles, but "Sentimental Journey to Shop Springs" was one of the very best I have ever read.
The City of Lebanon recently launched the online phase of a community wide survey aimed at helping local officials identify and define a cohesive plan for the city and its future growth.
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.
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.
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.
Workers installed new fitness equipment at Don Fox Park in Lebanon this week.
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.
McClain Christian Academy opened their doors to students this week.
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.
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.
A $50,000-winning Powerball ticket for the Saturday, Sept. 3 drawing was purchased in Lebanon, officials with the lottery announced recently.
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?
The Tennessee Saddle Club Association is riding into Lebanon this Labor Day weekend.
Service to God, service to country and service to family - these are the things that sum up the life and legacy of Lebanon's Dr. Donald Cole. Whether he was serving his country as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army or serving as a medical missionary in the jungles of Ecuador, Cole's life was marked by service to others.
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.
The community gathered to welcome Maplehurst Bakery to Wilson County on Wednesday.
Software engineer Parker Agee is excited to unveil his vision for a co-working community at The Mill at Lebanon this fall.
Wilson County Commissioners approved a 35.17-cent property tax increase, which will in turn provide raises for close to 500 county employees, including higher pay for emergency personnel, members of the sheriff's department and county teachers.
Aug. 18 at noon was the deadline for candidates to file their petitions for the Nov. 8 General Election.
Declaring his intention to run for the office of mayor of Lebanon, Bernie Ash knows the wisdom of taking stock of where we are today, envisioning a better tomorrow and remembering where we came from.
Eighth felony drug charge
LEBANON -- A drug dealer convicted of eight prior drug-related felonies was sentenced to 60 years in prison Monday, Aug. 15 in Wilson County Circuit Court.
James Kevin Woods, 35, of Lebanon, was sentenced on three charges of selling Schedule II narcotics (cocaine), two of those charges resulted in consecutive 20-year sentences with one concurrent 20-year sentence, he will serve up to 40 years in the penitentiary.
Geraldine Erskin, 75
Glenola Marie Riker, 89
Sara Thompson, 91
Esther Hazel Graves, 94
Mary Ann Bennett, 75
Katherine A. Kelly, 88
June Smith, 86
Jamie Eugene Ray, 40
Frederick Lloyd Lange, 84
Reba Jane Rice, 84
Janice Renee LaFevor Hinebaugh, 62
Doris Ilene Waynick, 81
Susan F. Hayes, 65
Robert Baxter Sullivan, 86
Andrew Weatherston "Bear" Miller, 72
Finley Wren "Herb" Harbison, 84
Tony Joe Stacey, 53
Philip Charles Roth, 65
James William "Sarge" Roberts, 87
Lane Charles Dickeson, 19
Herbert Lawson Corley, 86
Claude Douglas "Buster" Jennings Sr., 88
Wilson Emergency Management Agency officials reported a fire completely destroyed a Lebanon home on Wednesday.
Benjamin John-Whitcomb Andrews, 29
Lorene Bloodworth Womack, 90
Mary Helen "Pug" Williams, 85
Elson Welin Nielson, 99
Chop House on the Green at Lebanon Golf & Country Club was filled with excitement early Wednesday - as more than 150 guests attended a breakfast to see where they placed in the 2016 Main Street Besties Awards.
Dr. James William "Bill" Patton, 83
Bertha Dale Thompson, 85
Sophia Irene Hammonds, 65
Charles Edwin "Bub" McClanahan, 66
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.
Margaret Smith, 85
Carolyn Marie Hammers, 70
Stella Mai Bane, 74
A distributor of exterior building products serving the lumber and building materials industry has opened its newest distribution center in Lebanon.
County commissions don't always agree, but several members of the Budget Committee appear to be on the same page that it's not if the county will need to raise property taxes, but by how much in the upcoming budget.
Wilson County 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.
Wilson County and the surrounding area will be the "it" place to be on Aug. 21, 2017, when a once-in-a-lifetime event - a total solar eclipse - takes place, and the celestial event is already gaining the attention around the globe.
A local fast food restaurant will be opening sooner rather than later.
Brad McDaniel, 57
Peggy Thompson, 81
Bill Boykin, 83
Alton Bane, 79
Pandolfi "Mike" Romalo Robinson, 69
Lebanon Police are asking the public to be vigilant in identifying a robbery suspect.
Robert Michael "Bob" Fisher, 62
Dequarius Anton "Juicy" Apple, 21
Mai Jean Stone, 76
Etta Frances Vanatta Bayne, 93
Ricky Odell Bly, 59
Charles Edward Capps, 70
Judith F. Hodges, 69
Robert Lewis Painter, 65
Mary Robinson Dillard, 100
Johnnie Lee Adams Newcome, 95
Ronald Ernest Berg, 75
Harlan Wayne Jennings, 66
J. Eldon "Corkey" Harvey, 82
HARTSVILLE--"Put one foot in front of the other. Be prepared," says Pat Lancaster Landreth, if you want to succeed in the boxing ring.
A five-vehicle, Mother's Day crash on Hwy. 109 in Wilson County killed one passenger and stopped traffic in both directions for several hours on the busy state route.
Robert George Schott, 92
James Lewis Humphrey, 51
Mark Allen Mullinix, 51
Jackie Murphy Hill, 57
James D. "Donnie" McCullough, 52
Law enforcement, city and county leaders gathered at the Wilson County Sheriff's Department on Thursday to observe the National Day of Prayer.
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.
A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday for the newest portion of the Cedar City Trail.
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.
Gladys Ruth Hester, 72
Walter D. Martin, 92
Peggy Sue Beavers, 71
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.
A 10-year-old boy was transported by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center this afternoon due to a gunshot wound.
Lois Marie Oliver, 69
Hilda Nell Pallas, 89
Donna Lynn Hawkes, 52
Ronald Christopher "Chris" Arrowood, 29
Veola Robertson, 97
Sue Romines, 69
Johnnie Clayton Brewer Jr., 54
Alice Burke Bundy, 86
Dorris E. Sandlin, 74
Ella Mae Crowell, 85
Phillip Donald Bates, 74
Candice Burnside Ferguson, 37
Mildred Stone, 91
Wilson County Circuit Court Clerk Debbie Moss was elected to the position in September 2014.
"Country" comes to town.
We're talking about the Country Living Fair that returns for a second helping of Wilson County hospitality this Friday through Sunday at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
The Wilson County Commission gave the road commission permission Monday night to purchase a 22,600-square-foot building on 5.09 acres on Tennessee Boulevard and Surprise Lane for $1.125 million.
A $28 million cost overrun for school construction that has already been discussed by the county commission's budget committee will be discussed by the Wilson County School Board at a special-called work session next week.
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
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
Warren Murray, 66
Charles Edward Mitchell, 73
Larry M. Blankenship, 68
Kenneth G. Stoffer, 94
G L Waynick, 81
Marie Pennington Reding, 92
Ruth Winfree Minchey, 88
Avenell Kiser, 89
In a bold move and effective immediately, Wilson County 911 Center Director J.R. Kelley resigned his position after what he said were three denied requests by the 911 Center Board to discuss the possibility of switching the county's current 911 call procedure to a "direct system" he said could shave valuable time off response times in this county.
15th consecutive win for Lebanon
Lebanon High's lock on the Wilson County Track & Field Championships continued for a 15th consecutive year following Tuesday's (April 12) competition at Clifton Tribble Field / Danny Watkins Stadium.
LHS captured first place with 366 points, with Wilson Central placing second at 256.
Mt. Juliet earned third place at 242 points while Watertown's fledgling program totaled 82 points for fourth. Friendship Christian finished fifth with 44 points and Mt. Juliet Christian placed sixth with 25 points.
Elbert Marshon Agnew, 85
Joe Donald Paris, 68
Martha Joann Walker, 27
Dr. Mary Douglas Martin, 86
Joseph Edward "Lucky" O'Guin, 67
John Paul Dickens, 81
Young people between the ages of 14 and 20 are invited to apply for the upcoming Wilson County Sheriff's Office Post #328 Explorers Academy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anticipation is growing for the Future Farmers of America student plant sale at Lebanon High School.
Viverine "Vi" Deason, 94
Ella Jean Hight, 86
Tommie Mai Watkins, 97
Hazelene Knight Mills, 77
Dr. Donald Alexander Cole, 61
Bobbie "Momma Joyce" Weiser, 79
Meghan Brittny Henderson, 31
Winifred M. Bates Ireland
David Randle McCrary, 62
Organizers of the annual Wilson County Teacher of the Year program have announced the nominees for the 2015-16 Wilson County Teacher of the Year. The winner will be honored at the 18th Annual Teacher of the Year banquet and ceremony on Friday, April 8, in Baird Chapel on the campus of Cumberland University.
Whether it is serving the community through counseling services or being a living organ donor, one thing is for certain, Kim Stroud-Hendrick is passionate about helping others.
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.
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.
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.
He told his mom before he deployed to Vietnam in 1966 to serve in the Army, "If anyone shows up at the front door, it probably isn't good news."
Past and upcoming graduates of Leadership Wilson gathered for a luncheon at Cumberland University's Baird Chapel on Wednesday.
According to Historic Lebanon representatives, "Everything old is new again!" - and what better example of this slogan than the newly renovated, retailer occupied Lebanon Public Square.
Aubrey Ray Haworth, 72
Jim E. "Big O" Owen, 73
Glenn Franklin McClanahan, 68
Angela Harris Bryant, 50
Henry Franklin Sipe, 82
Howard Stephen "Steve" Shaffer, 69
Carolyn McDaniel Tribble, 76
Tristen Harrison and his family participated in the 7-8 yr. old group hunt. After his hunt, where he managed to gather lots of suckers, candy and plastic eggs with toys, he was approached by another young egg hunter, Cooper Hardy. Cooper had found the "Golden" Egg" in a hunt and told his father PJ Hardy he wanted the boy in the wheelchair to have it.
Photos courtesy Kathy Fakes
Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan has been re-elected chair and Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto re-elected vice chair of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board of Directors for 2016-17. Rutherford County Governor's Appointee Paula Mansfield will continue to serve as secretary of the 38-member board.
The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce's Business & Education Coalition is currently accepting scholarship applications. Qualifying students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), an essay, two letters of reference and all requested information on or before 4 p.m., April 22.
With spring's arrival, people across the state are taking advantage of the mild weather to work around the home or farm. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry recently issued a reminder for citizens that, if they plan to burn outdoors, a burn permit is required.
Fiddlers Grove will open on Friday, April 1 at 10 a.m. to kick off the 2016 season with a ribbon-cutting at 10:30 a.m.
Former Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen spoke out Monday for the first time following his December 2014 termination by Mayor Philip Craighead.
Twenty-five years ago an overpowering whim redirected Emily Steinberg-Cash to her Middle Tennessee roots. In the process of settling in a circa 1835 two-story Southern plantation house, she found her future in the past.
Joyce Marie Guye Harrell, 62
Jane M. Sandusky, 69
Thomas "Tommy" Charles Binion, 65
Beginning on Saturday morning, the City of Lebanon Gas Department will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
Cure for Our Friends is gearing up for their third annual golf tournament to benefit local families affected by Cystic Fibrosis and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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.
A Mt. Juliet man has been indicted on multiple charges of child sexual exploitaton after allegedly uploading child pornography to Instagram.
Authorities have identified the body found alongside I-40 on Monday to be that of 34-year-old Randy Hammer, of Lebanon.
It was announced Wednesday morning that charges of alleged public intoxication against former Ward 6 City Councilor Kathy Warmath have been dropped.
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.
Tickets are still available to see the Kentucky Headhunters in Lebanon this Friday night.
Life slugged him a blow, full force.
But, he caught it and threw it back.
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.
Lois DeLarra, 70
Darline Herd, 64
Tamara "Tammy" Jean Davis, 55
John Bert Bearden, 92
Jesse Simmons, 97
Newly-named Ward 6 City Councilor Rick Bell wants constituents to know he is dedicated to serving them.
Wilson Bank Holding Company recently announced a four-for-three stock split effective at the end of March, the institution's first stock split since 2007.
The Wilson County Democratic Women recently announced they are accepting applications for a $500 scholarship open to graduating seniors in Wilson County. The Dorothy McAdoo Memorial Scholarship is awarded based upon the evaluation of an essay on the subject, "The Importance of Women in the Political Process."
Longtime University Medical Center/Tennova switchboard operator Mary Baines is retiring after 37 years.
Mt. Juliet city officials said this past January was the highest sales tax month on record.
Katherine Harris Pass, 87
Barbara Jane Christian, 66
Bobby Lester Harmon, 76
Billy Joe Hamlet, 78
Sally Marie Duncan Fannin, 76
Debbie Lynn Thompson, 55
For the 13th consecutive year, Demos' Restaurant is serving it up for Wilson Habitat for Humanity. Each $5 donation to Wilson Habitat for Humanity buys one Brooks Buck and entitles the bearer to apply $7.50 toward one meal - lunch or dinner - at Demos' Restaurant in Lebanon.
The City of Lebanon Public Works Department will offer its annual curbside spring clean-up from April 4 through April 15.
Stephanie Bentley described her career as an agent with Blackwell Realty and Auction as a "new adventure daily."
Overlooking the historic Lebanon Square is a trendy, new hair salon.
The Lebanon-Wilson Chamber of Commerce is preparing for their annual St. Patrick's Day celebration - and it is sure to be a feast.
Everybody knows Leah Hulan, or at least it seems that way if you have lunch with her in a downtown restaurant.
The first time he walked into WCOR Radio station at the age of 9, Coleman Walker knew what he wanted to do with his life, but he had no clue he would spend more than half a century behind the microphone, and in the process become "The Voice" of Lebanon radio.
Stepping up to promote good health paid off in a big way for county and city schools.
Wilson County Sheriff's Office detectives are seeking the public's help with any possible information regarding a homicide in the southeast portion of the county.
The 2016 Granville Genealogy Festival will be held on Saturday, April 9 at the Granville Museum, and this year's festival will honor the Carter family, according to event organizers.
Custom Packaging will be the presenting sponsor of Cumberland University's annual black-tie fundraiser, the Phoenix Ball.
The new high school site in Mt. Juliet could provide alternative acreage for Mt. Juliet's third fire station.
If the St. Patrick's holiday has you longing for more Irish culture and entertainment - you're in luck! The Nashville Irish Step Dancers will perform Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20, at the Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville.
Eleanor Rest Flair, 89
Ann Jones McMahon
William "Frank" Hirlston, 89
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.
Joshua Steven Cannon, 27
Scott Allen Liggett, 53
James Edward Stiles, 79
Pamela Gail Callis, 59
Evelyn Apple Cunningham Smith, 87
Allen Reed Slatten, 60
When folks start to talking about the whopper that got away, well, when it comes to the whole hog, nothing's going to beat the tale of Big Bill.
Cynthia Gower Crabtree, 68
Theodore "Ted" Jeffrey, 78
Nathaniel Ray Kirby, 37
The City of Lebanon Gas Department will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Fiddlers Grove area of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center on Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. until noon.
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."
Another feather in Mt. Juliet's cap is the recent ranking of first in Tennessee in the category of "healthy housing markets."
A convicted rapist is about to be a free man for the first time in three decades.
Ronnie Johnson, 62, was granted parole in January 2016 and is pending release from incarceration.
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.
Julie Miller-Wilson opened Body Kneads, Etc. with her daughter, Heather Hull, and another friend in April 2010. In just six short years the business has grown into a full-service day spa.
Streamside salamanders, aka Ambystoma barbouri, prove to be slippery, slimy, somewhat secretive amphibians.
But if you're hoping to spy one in its natural habitat, then wading a shallow, limestone creek on a winter day is likely your best bet.
Wilson County Sheriff's Narcotics detectives uncovered a large amount of money, drugs and a weapon while executing search warrants at two homes believed to be drug distribution sites operated by a Lebanon couple.
Matthew Vernon White Spain, 27
Jerald David Bryson, 72
Bob Harmon, 76
Reddia Ann Chandler, 56
Linda Smith Christina, 73
James D. "J.D." Carr, 95
Ronald Dawayne Simms, 64
After stating there would be changes to Wilson County Schools' SEEK program in the fall, the district's director announced Monday night they have decided keep the program "intact as it is now" for the next school year.
The Mt. Juliet Noon Rotary will host the third annual Wilson County All-Sing on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at Watertown High School.
You could say Melissa Hayes hit the ground running when elected by her peers as president of one of this region's leading real estate associations in December.
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.
As part of the Tennessee Environmental Council's 50K Tree Day, the City of Lebanon will host a tree giveaway on Friday, Feb. 26.
Glenda Fay Wade, 46
Jerry "Mack" Metcalf, 73
Sunshine Mary Lay, 74
The biggest news at the Wilson County Commission meeting concerned an upcoming attempt by the Wilson County School Board to finally settle on the site of a new high school on the county's western side.
The Wilson County chapter of the Tennessee Governmental Prayer Alliance met at the Wilson County Courthouse on Monday morning to lift local and state leaders up in prayer.
Early Voting in the Presidential Preference Primary Election concluded on Tuesday - but the Wilson County Election Commission's work isn't over yet. Election Day is coming up March 1.
Each month CedarStone Bank "simply salutes" an influential leader in Wilson County. This month the bank is proud to recognize the Wilson County Community Help Center.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
Carolyn Elaine Kiser, 72
Edwin Brown Close, 91
Robert Lee Hall Sr., 80
Will Houston Harris
Rebecca Jane Gann Waldrum, 62
Franklin Daniel Wilkerson, 74
The Tennessee Democratic Party's Regional Leadership and Strategy Workshop will be held in Lebanon Sunday, Feb. 21, from 1 until 6 p.m. at Executive Suites adjacent to Cracker Barrel on S. Cumberland in Lebanon.
Deborah Gail King, 58
Brenda Faye Wright Reynolds, 72
Annabel Joy Pounds, 3
Vera Potts Scantland, 69
Ernest Edward Morgan, 66
Frances "Nan" Vance, 77
Hallie Sanders Tuggle, 90
Correne Johnson Sempsrott, 85
Doris Jane Bruce, 77
Angela Gail Bryant, 62
Ben Fuston, 75
The Wilson County Civic League will present "A Raisin in the Sun" this weekend.
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.
Nancy Hesson Fowler, 70
Roger Lynn Jessee, 50
Patrician Ann Prock, 55
Margaret Ann Donnell, 86
Peggy Darlene Sheeley, 72
Claude "Sandy" Clayton West, 51
Robert Haden Harrison, 61
Tickets are on sale now for a Pancake Breakfast benefiting Wilson County CASA.
Ten years ago, a group of concerned Wilson Countians came together to form the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame. Agriculture has been a cornerstone of Wilson County from the day it was formed in 1799 and, to recognize the contributions of those involved in agriculture in the community, the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame was organized.
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.
Sending a beautiful bouquet remains a popular way to say "I love you" - and what better time to say it than Valentine's Day? Valentine's Day is Sunday, Feb. 14.
The Wilson County Democratic Party will host its Democratic Party County Delegate Convention on Saturday, March 5 at the East-West Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.
I was upset to read the recent column by State Rep. Susan Lynn about school voucher payments being the answer to failing public schools. According to Rep. Lynn, "these schools have been failing for as long as anyone can recall."
Two new stores will join the fray at Providence MarketPlace soon.
Providence General Manager David Heydasch announced Good Feet and Lizard Thicket have leased space at the marketplace and will open next month for one and later this summer for the other.
Prior to its annual banquet Tuesday night, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce presented several awards to local businesses, organizations and community leaders.
Sometimes it takes a leap of faith.
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.
John "Jack" Evans Jr., 87
Marcia Jean Jones, 74
Jacqueline H. Anderson
Nancy McPeak Mooneyham, 73
Bell appears to be the choice
A Special Called City Council Meeting to select and swear-in a new Ward 6 City Councilor has been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m. The meeting will take place at Lebanon City Hall.
Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said the selection process will be similar to that of the Board of Zoning Appeals.
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.
Charles L. Baird, 88
Alene Neal McCampbell, 93
Danville Milton Sweeton, 82
Dennis Stewart Scholl, 49
Lorie Kay Jones, 44
James A. Prater, 82
Thomas "Tom" Lester Anderson, 86
Wilson County Sheriff's Deputies arrested two people for possession of stolen vehicles and other stolen property. They assisted U.S. Marshals who were trying to find one of the suspects who was wanted in Georgia for other charges.
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.
Brian Harville's article last Friday, "Another one about Hwy. 109" stayed on my mind all weekend. Brian and I view the topic from different perspectives, his from a newsroom, mine from my home less than a mile from Highway 109, but we both realize the seriousness of the problem and the need to address the question he poses, "Why is so very little being done about it?"
Arnold Eugene "Gene" Stafford, 83
Tommy Lenaire McElvaney, 71
Lebanon Police discovered a "portable meth lab" at Crosswinds Condominiums on Wednesday morning.
Attorney Jack Lowery, on behalf of councilor Kathy Warmath, announced today she would be resigning from Lebanon City Council after 23 years.
Lebanon Police reported a dog biting incident in the Oak Hill subdivision last week.
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.
Each month CedarStone Bank "simply salutes" an influential leader in Wilson County. This month the bank is proud to recognize Dr. Paul Stumb, president of Cumberland University.
When it comes to the matter of facts about Wilson County, Linda Granstaff proves to be a walking, talking encyclopedia.
The radio home of the Grand Ole Opry and the Wilson County Convention and Visitors Bureau are teaming up for the debut of "WSM Live from The Capitol Theatre," a live performance show highlighting aspiring singers and songwriters.
Monday, Feb. 1 is the final day Wilson County residents can register to vote in the March 1 Presidential Preference Primary.
Community leaders, business owners and elected officials gathered at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club on Thursday for the Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce's Lunch and Learn.
Let the good times roll - Mardi Gras is coming to The Capitol Theatre on Friday, Feb. 5th.
Birmingham, Alabama-born Breeanna Straessle moved to Tennessee last August to manage external communications for one of Wilson County's biggest treasures - Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.
Barbara Norwood Barton, 86
John William Pruitte, 76
Mary Evelyn Thorner, 91
Wanda J. Dix, 71
Gov. Bill Haslam has declared Jan. 24-30, 2016 as School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee. This week helps build awareness and understanding of the vital functions our locally elected boards of education play in our community.
Gov. Bill Haslam declared Tennessee in a "state of emergency" last week following the systems of ice and snow that moved thru the state on Wednesday and Friday.
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.
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.
Novie Edwards Maggart, 93
Leeya YanQi Grace White, 3
David T. Humes
Donette Dedmon Doak, 76
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.
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.
Following one of the warmest Decembers in history, Wilson County is finally seeing some wintry weather this month.
Loy Joe Hayes, 76
W.E. Corbett Anderson, 90
Beatrice M. VandenHeuvel, 95
Jack Lackey Jr., 69
A little snow isn't stopping the folks at Sherry's Run from hosting the Inaugural Bone Marrow Drive on Thursday. They have partnered with "Be The Match," a national organization that manages the largest marrow registry in the world. Volunteers are on hand until 7 PM to administer the 10-minute test that could save a life.
Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead presented a Tourism Development Pilot to several Wilson County commissioners Thursday.
The search has ended - Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead announced Tuesday morning that Sarah Haston has been named the city's new Economic Development Director.
Some folks woke up to snow in Wilson County on Wednesday morning, while others just received the dreaded ice.
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.
During the dead of winter old things are taking on new life at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.
Tennessee Cheesecake will hold it's 5th Annual Dock Sale on Friday and Saturday, with special sales open to the public.
Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead announced Tuesday morning that Sarah Haston has been named the City's new Economic Development Director.
David G. Eakes, 70
Tiffanie Davis, 21
James Wilkerson "Pop" Cragwall Jr., 93
Martha Puckett, 72
Georgia Lucille McCaleb Hall, 88
Pauline Pirtle Horton, 88
Jackie W. Gregory, 74
Thomas Wilson Binion, 90
Florence Katherine McClanahan, 90
The recent 90DaystoDonate.com fund-raiser was the most successful single fund-raising event Empower Me Center has ever held.
Wilson County Expo Center Marketing Director Charity Toombs is currently in negotiations with interested parties hoping to host events at the center in late 2016.
With the onset of freezing temperatures and the demise of unseasonably warm temperatures, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation (MTEMC) officials are reminding members there are precautions to keep their homes warm while minimizing the impact on their electric bills.
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.
Drew Tyrer assumed the role of chief operating officer for TriStar Summit Medical Center in Hermitage earlier this week.
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.
The fourth annual Commemorative Unity March will take place Saturday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m.
At a time of year when most folks just want to stay in and stay warm - around 50 brave individuals are preparing to take an icy dip for a good cause.
"All the really good ideas I've ever had came to me while I was milking a cow." --American artist Grant Wood.
Mark Leon Harrell, 56
William E. "Billy" Watson, 83
Phillip Davis, 73
Martha Lou Ellis "Nana" Brumley, 88
Lucy Delilah Fuller, 93
Darrell Eugene Turner, 91
Jimmy Luper, 67
Lori Michelle Hollandsworth, 35
Kolt Christopher Gammon, 32
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.
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."
Lebanon Police reported a child found a gun at the Lebanon Department of Children's Services office Thursday.
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.
Thayer Wilson Baker, 102
Beverly Ann Gibson Newman, 73
Regina Gale Murphy, 41
According to eyewitnesses on the scene, a small aircraft has crashed near the Lebanon Municipal Airport.
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.
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.
Jack "Mickey" Malone, 81
Annie Beal Roberts, 74
Hugh Edward Foster, 66
Larry William Shyblosky Sr., 72
For mason Charles Savage laying rock, brick and block comes as natural as breathing.
James "Jim" Carroll, 88
Walter A. Sherouse, 69
Jerry Don Teague, 68
John Edward "Eddie" Vaughn Jr., 47
Donna Jean Willoughby, 59
James Howell Wamack, 86
Auditions for an upcoming Wilson County Civic League production will be held on Monday, Dec. 28, and Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Market Street Community Center in Lebanon.
By now most folks traveling around the Lebanon Public Square have noticed new signage to the right of the Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce.
In the times of my youth in the early 1960s, the Christmas parade was always held at night after the fall of darkness. The Christmas decorations on the light poles were never turned on until the Christmas parade was taking place. The Christmas parade always went from east to west on East Main Street and around the Public Square and then onto West Main Street.
Road construction won't delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year's holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.
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.
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.
William Sherrill "Butch" Depp, 66
Claude Lee Crook Jr., 86
James Ronald "Ron" Patton, 57
Cheryl A. Johnson, 54
Doris Jean Broadway, 72
Ronnie Wilson Pulley, 69
Chris Syler, 52
Robert "Bo" Bowen, 68
Damon L. Austin, 47
Eura Sloan Van Atta, 99
It's the giving season, and the familiar Salvation Army bell-ringers are a common sight at local businesses, out in full force during their busiest time of year.
But one donation was less common recently at one of Wilson County's six bucket locations: a wedding band set and another with a larger diamond setting.
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.
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.
Carroll-Oakland students and faculty were in for a treat on Wednesday morning as the band and choir classes performed a holiday concert for them.
Lillian Louise Sharp Ricketts, 96
Kaleb Douglas Woodcock, 21
Diana Lynn Winfree, 50
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.
Mt. Juliet city commissioners gave the green light Monday night to widen the bridge over Interstate 40 near Providence to fix the congestion problem.
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.
Barbara Cowan Simpson, 71
Jeffery D. Gammons, 61
Michael Sinclair Hedwall, 31
James Brown Baines, 83
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.
Lebanon Police need the public's help finding two suspects who allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint.
Country music songstress Lorrie Morgan is bringing her "Enchanted Christmas" to the Capitol Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 13.
James Ollie McMillin, 66
Linda Faye Lawson, 62
Dewey C. Bane, 91
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.
Joseph Dewey Fox, 54
Maria F. Burlison, 72
Opal Alene Ware, 90
The Wilson County Sheriff's Office will hold a benefit auction at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday at 6 p.m. to help former WCSO Deputy Earl Dyer.
If you are a Lebanon resident - make sure to get counted in the Lebanon Special Census, happening now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The community was invited to the Wilson County Election Commission on Tuesday for the 100th Anniversary Historic Marker Placement Ceremony for the establishment, located at 203 East Main Street in Lebanon, which formerly served as the Old Federal Post Office.
Wilson Warriors will host their third annual breakfast 8 to 11a.m., Dec. 12, at Dillon's Barn on Old Hunters Point Pike.
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.
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.
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.
There are close to 3,000 green-as-a-Grinch Christmas trees towering toward heaven on Rhonda and Chris's TreeLand near Watertown.
Charles Vaughn "Taco" Vantrease, 61
Leroy Adam Edmiston III, 68
Linda Diane Farris, 64
Carolyn Joyce Williams, 85
Wilson County Habitat for Humanity Director Tory Tredway gladly accepted a donation of $60,000 at the Publix Super Market in Mt. Juliet on Monday.
It's a fine fall morning, the early fog has surrendered to a brilliant October sun, and inside an ancient, dusty barn, Elizabeth Mitchell has her right arm plunged elbow deep up a cow's rear end as she checks inside to feel if the creature bears a calf.
The James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Wilson County Promotions and Fiddlers Grove Historical Village are ready for Christmas with the Festival of Lights, which will feature a new design and route for 2015.
Julie Lynn Evans, 55
Billy Wayne Pruette, 60
Jimmy Ray Hudgins, 71
The Wilson County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) Narcotics Division have arrested five people in an investigation that netted more than $300,000 in cash, 100 pounds of marijuana, large amounts of cocaine, pharmaceuticals, weapons and vehicles.
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.
County commissioners, Lebanon City officials and other supporters gathered Friday on the ground where - a year from now - the Wilson County Expo Center will stand.
A groundbreaking for the upcoming Wilson County Expo Center will be held Friday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.
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.
What's better than one-stop Christmas shopping? One-stop Christmas shopping in your hometown.
Lucille Reed, 91
Ruby E. Clinton Miller, 85
Richard Anthony "Tony" Reed Sr., 54
Donald H. Loso, 94
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.
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.
Wilson County will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Expo Center on 2 p.m. Friday at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
Wilson County native Grant Owens scored a position with an elite technology firm last year.
Hundreds gathered at the Wilson County Veterans Plaza on Wednesday site on Wednesday morning to pay homage to the brave men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store shareholders gathered at the Central Office in Lebanon on Thursday for their annual meeting.
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.
Pratima Vallepalli was knee-high to a grasshopper when she fell in love with cooking.
Emilie L. Jordan, 78
Sallyann "Sally" Smith Netherton, 68
Sara Jane Herron, 81
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.
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.
On the old home place that's been in his family for more than 200 years, Dr. Roger McKinney's mines gold -- liquid gold.
Current and retired Wilson County Employees benefited from an annual Health Fair on Wednesday.
Hate it when you spill a little gasoline while refueling your lawn mower or weed trimmer?
Tile, ceramics company to invest $150 million, create 220 new jobs
BREAKING -- A porcelain tile manufacturer made its plans to build its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Lebanon public Tuesday, and work on the company's 500,000-square-foot facility is currently underway in the Cherry Farm Industrial Site near Highway 109.
Oftentimes, we find ourselves saying, "Nothing good ever happens around here." Well, for the east side of Lebanon and Wilson County that simply isn't true. There have been so many good things happening here that maybe some of them have gone unnoticed or unmentioned. I feel this is a fitting time to remind everyone of the hard work that is taking place.
Dorothy Joyce Coats, 81
Margaret Belcher Piercey,93
Jodene Atnip, 79
Ruth Gill Womack, 98
In the summer of 1974, Paul McCartney and Wings hunkered down for six weeks on a friendly farm a few miles outside of Lebanon.
Sarah Alison Frizzell, 40
Kenneth Trevor McMahan, 32
Geraldine Ercel Wills Griffin, 93
Bessie Marie Estes, 74
Johnnie Mai Spickard Wright, 93
James C. Pryer, 80
T.K. Watkins, 83
Jonas Roscoe Bishop, 80
Adeline Omolade Abeni Orepo, 86
Doris E. Harrison, 90
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.
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.
Freddie Alice Neal, 91
Ernest Albert Tippett Jr., 90
Richard Thigpin, 74
Annette Louise Lehman, 73
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.
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.
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?
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
A spanking new cedar-covered bridge, likely the sole structure of its type in Wilson County, will serve as a span to the past.
Bids for work on the Wilson County Expo Center open Thursday, and the county mayor hopes local trades fill most of the work.
Wilson County Urban Type Facilities Board named James Vaden as Stormwater director.
Terri Merryman, Director of the Wilson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is on a mission to "develop our destination" as a steppingstone to Music City, U.S.A.
Tickets are available now for an old fashioned Spaghetti Supper benefiting Brooks House.
Wilson County employees can expect some changes to their current health insurance plans effective Jan. 1, 2016. The Wilson County Commission voted Monday night to authorize the changes, with only District 6 Commissioner Kenny Reich voting no.
Eleanor Jenkins Bale, 88
Richard "Ricky" Lawson, 59
Timothy Allen Brown, 56
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Wilson County on Saturday, Oct. 17.
Fontelle Moore Sutherland, 94
Whitten Allen Robertson, 17
Thaxton T. Armbruster, 29
Juanita Chumney Kee, 98
Rita Parks Goins, 68
From Prosperity to Lebanon, Dewey Fite hasn't come too far, maybe 27 or 28 highway miles, during his 97 years.
Vicky McAlpin Tubb, 57
Miles Smith, 91
Anne Key Smith, 89
Richard Edward Hartman, 82
Bettie Lee Clark Tanner, 85
Katherine Saddler, 68
Ali Habibi, 57
James F. Hoover, 78
Charles Everett Edwards, 76
Jesse Ray Tuggle, 29
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.
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?"
Elsie Ray Bennett, 95
James Richard Ford, 70
Dorothy Elaine Deal Prowell, 93
Earl Lawrence, 78
The Wilson County Election Commission recently evaluated a new voting system to assess its ability to improve the local voting experience.
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.
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.
She's going to "work like a dog for American jobs" and is "determined to lick rising healthcare costs."
Have you been counted?
An apartment development planned for Lebanon has the city abuzz.
Rachel Lynn (Brown) Bambas, 25
Vicki Lorraine Knight, 68
Linda Faye "Nannie" Moser, 67
James Allen Kirk, 65
Raymond A. "Andy" Hester, 58
Lola Elam, 76
Anna Marie Paluga Hagar, 89
Edgar Allen Johnson, 71
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.
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.
Several Lebanon-area schools are set to take part in a special running event Saturday morning at Winfree Bryant Middle School.
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.
Beloved local dentist Dr. Stan Keith Brady passed away on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 at age 53.
Jo Beth Raines, 75
Jerry Lyle McFadden, 77
Rachel Macon Agee, 96
Woodrow "JR" Romines Jr., 66
In a life filled with ups and downs, Tony Ward set a bar for himself that appeared to be way over his head.
Byron Allen Young, 28
Louise Jean Worley, 87
Ronald A. Kruger, 71
Richard Perry "Rick" Auten, 67
Claudine B. Fite, 97
Ralph England, 79
Martha Jean Sundy, 76
Troy Brown Hall Jr., 64
Gertrud Lina Fichtl, 91
Roy L. Strack, 84
Danny Keith "Dan" Lee, 73
Inez Harvey Lawrence, 95
Robert Leroy "Bob" Stilts, 86
Benjamin Chad Hampson, 28
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.
The Tennessee Saddle Club will celebrate 50 years this Labor Day Weekend.
Debbie Jessen has worked in the Lebanon Mayor's Office for over 21 years.
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.
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.
City leaders and aviation enthusiasts gathered at the Lebanon Municipal Airport on Thursday afternoon to celebrate their newest T-Hangars.
Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead proclaimed Sept. 1, 2015 Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1004 Day during Tuesday night's meeting of the Lebanon City Council.
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said interviews for the Expo Center marketing director position will be held Friday.
An expo center is coming to Lebanon. I have been an advocate of just that for several years. The benefit to the community and county can be tremendous, but it depends on one thing.
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.
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.
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."
Discipline, confidence, a positive attitude and Wado karate skills are now taught at Wilson County's second David Deaton Karate Studios facility in Lebanon.
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.
All four local mayors met Tuesday to sign into effect National Suicide Awareness Month in their communities beginning Sept. 1.
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.
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.
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.
A body was found Sunday morning in the parking lot of a local nightclub, according to Lebanon Police.
Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead announced on the Coleman & Company radio show Tuesday that the search is on for a new economic development director.
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.
Applications close Sept. 8th
LEBANON -- The Wilson County Sheriff's Office is currently taking applications for its fifth Sheriff's Citizens' Academy.
The WCSO will be taking applications through Sept. 8, for anyone interested in taking a free hands-on class.
It is no secret that the search is on for a new president of Cumberland University.
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.
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.
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.
More than 200 kids received free Back to School haircuts at The Mill at Lebanon on Saturday.
Lebanon's Alice and Johnny Trice have been named the 2015 recipients of the Wilson County Fair's annual Old Timers Award.
Excitement is building as folks prepare for the 2015 Wilson County Fair. The fair, themed "Cedars, Oaks and Country Folks," will open on Aug. 14th at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
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.
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.
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.
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said the search for an Expo Center Marketing Director is ongoing.
At an elevation of 2,074 feet, Short Mountain proves nearer to heaven than any place in Middle Tennessee.
Stacie Goodall Wahl described her mother, Marcia Goodall, as a person who "always put everyone else above herself."
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.
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.
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.
Monday's Co. Commission meeting --
It was a busy night Monday for the Wilson County Commission.
A proposal to reinstate the $2 per animal "pet tax" was referred back to committee by a 13-9 vote; a plan to videotape commission committee meetings failed due to a tied vote; and selling $14-million-plus in bonds to remodel the old Lebanon High School was approved by a 17-5 vote, although financing the rest of the Wilson County Schools' building plans for 2015-16 has been deferred until August.
The Wilson County Balloon and Music Festival, originally scheduled for Labor Day weekend at the Lebanon Municipal Airport, is being moved forward to the spring of 2016. The exact date will be announced in the next few weeks.
The military veterans and concerned citizens who stood guard at the Armed Forces Center in Mt. Juliet today want their message to be heard, loud and clear: We are here to protect those who protect us.
Wilson County commissioners gave themselves a raise Monday night. In a 16-6 vote with three commissioners absent, they approved doubling their own salaries to $800 per month.
Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead's proclamation of "Shop Local Week" has many shoppers interested in checking out merchants on the Lebanon Public Square.
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.
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.
Over the Holiday weekend, numerous Lebanon residents reported car burglaries, according to Lebanon Police Interim Chief Michael VanHook.
City of Lebanon lawmakers recently voted unanimously to support the contribution of $80,000 to the Wilson County Veteran's Plaza Museum.
The 100 Club of Wilson County recently thanked Joe and Pat Rice and the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club for their generous $500 donations to the club.
Six schools in the Wilson County Schools System will have new starting and ending times for the 2015-16 school year, which begins Monday, Aug. 3.
UPDATED -- Wilson County Clerk's Office Supervisor Scott Goodall said their office is now ready to process same-sex marriage licenses.
In a whirlwind of activity since this morning's U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning a statewide ban, a Mt. Juliet couple was granted the first marriage license to a same-sex couple in Wilson County.
Although the U.S. Supreme Court just lifted a ban on same-sex marriage in Tennessee, as well as three other states, conservative lawmakers in state government are already looking at ways to stop its support.
A Lebanon man was arrested in Hendersonville on Thursday for engaging in sexual acts with a juvenile.
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.
Wilson County, Tennessee, is a special place for former "Yankee" Monica Duvall.
Local leaders, business owners and celebrities gathered on May 11, 2010, to endorse a new campaign that would let the world know Wilson County is the Place to Be.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation wants drivers to keep calm - and know that the Lebanon Square Safety Project is near completion.
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.
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.
Sarai Gal-Chis received the surprise of a lifetime when she visited her longtime boyfriend in West Palm Beach, Florida, this summer.
There is a lot of summer fun to be had in the upcoming weeks in Wilson County: live music, movies and shopping.
A potential shortfall of up to $1.2 million was avoided when the Wilson County Commission transferred that amount to the county's health insurance fund, temporarily guaranteeing the fund's solvency - for this year, at least.
A former director of human resources for Wilson County government has been indicted along with more than 20 others, primarily from Rutherford County, following a "cooperative, large-scale" investigation into the sale and distribution of heroin and cocaine throughout the midstate.
Monty Wilson returns to Wilson County Schools as Deputy Director Monty Wilson will return to the Wilson County Schools system as Deputy Director of Academics effective July 1, announced Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright Monday.
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.
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.
The deadline to present signatures to place funding for the planned Wilson County Expo Center on the ballot turns out to be 24 hours later than petition sponsors originally thought, so as of Tuesday morning, they had not yet turned in their petition.
The deadline to present signatures to place funding for the planned Wilson County Expo Center on the ballot turned out to be 24 hours later than petition sponsors originally thought, but even with the extra day, the group failed to gather the required number of signatures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In what might be one of the loudest whispers on Wilson County's economic front, there's buzz Japanese-based automaker Nissan might expand its existing facility near State Route 840 and Central Pike. The buzz is it will expand its operation here in a trend to set up more facilities in Middle Tennessee.
Former Lebanon Mayor, Alderman
Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, June 4 at the Immanuel Baptist Church for former Lebanon Mayor Bobby Lee Jewell, 76.
A 1957 graduate of Lebanon High School and longtime owner of Jewell Signs, Mr. Jewell died Saturday, May 30, 2015 at his W. Forrest Ave. home following an extended illness.
On Monday, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead ordered the flags at all city properties lowered to half-staff in honor of Mr. Jewell.
All 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.
All the cities in Wilson County - as well as the county itself - send officials to Las Vegas each year in May, but not to gamble.
Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Donna Wright announced to the faculties and staff Tuesday afternoon four new principals at the following schools: Lebanon High, Wilson Central High, Tuckers Crossroads Elementary and West Elementary.
A historic building in the heart of Mt. Juliet's Northtown District is primed to be Crossroads Bistro and Ale.
Students from several schools in Wilson County recently celebrated their season participating in the Tennessee State Parks Run Club with a special visit from a USA National 24-hour Running Team member.
The Wilson County Sheriff's Office made several arrests this week in multiple investigations regarding sexual abuse.
Construction of a Wilson County Expo Center was approved by the Wilson County Commission in April, but the Wilson County Republican Party's executive committee is now trying to kill the project by circulating a petition to bring it up for a countywide referendum.
"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.'"
It was a celebration to pay homage to not only the talents and skills of Wilson County women, but also to salute their courage, intellect, strength, support and collective sisterhood.
The attorney representing a Wilson County deputy suspended from his job for alleged domestic assault and other charges said his client denies any criminal actions.
A Mt. Juliet three-term city commissioner and long-time Wilson County sheriff's deputy was arrested Tuesday on several charges, including alleged domestic assault related to an incident reported at his estranged wife's home in Nashville Monday night.
former coach at Riverdale
Cory Barrett, who won a girls basketball state title at Riverdale, only to resign after his most recent team "tanked" a tournament game, has been hired as the new coach of the Lebanon High Devilettes.
In 2013 Barrett led RHS to a record of 35-0 and the 2013 Class AAA state champion as well as mythical ESPN and MaxPreps national championship
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.
A local man was the victim of an alleged attempted carjacking predawn Tuesday at Langford Farms near Mt. Juliet.
One Mt. Juliet leader had hopes the Expo Center would be built in West Wilson and contends it would have made more money there.
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TDECD) Randy Boyd along with KHS America representatives announced Thursday the musical instrument manufacturer and distributor will expand its current operations in Wilson County.
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.
Be watching any day for a batch of 12-by-18-inch signs bearing big green dots to begin popping up in Lebanon, Mt, Juliet and other places around Wilson County.
Once they're up, well, if you dig local history, then it's ready, get set, go time!
A few hours after The Wilson Post called Mt. Juliet Police about a tip they received concerning a police official put on unpaid administrative leave, they released a statement about the incident.
Wilson County will be building an 86,000-square-foot Expo Center at the James E. Ward Ag Center soon. Following extensive discussion Monday night, the Wilson County Commission voted 17-7 in favor of the plan to start work on the proposed center, at a cost of up to $10 million that the commission's vote approved borrowing.
No pet tax has been proposed and no vote has been taken on any animal issues, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead informed a large crowd of pet owners at Monday evening's public hearing to discuss those issues.
To keep good employees working for the City of Lebanon, the proposed $25 million city budget for the upcoming fiscal year contains three types of raises - an across-the-board 1.5 percent pay increase; a minimum starting wage of $11 per hour for new full-time employees; and a $200 hike in the year-end annual bonus for all city workers, from $300 to $500.
Wilson County Schools are set to grow. The Wilson County School Board spent about two hours in a work session Thursday evening viewing details of a nearly $270 million five-year construction and equipment plan which would build and furnish five new schools, and expand or renovate five others.
They call it First Tennessee Park, this spanking new $75 million baseball stadium that awaits the Nashville Sounds' first home game this Friday under the lights.
Concerns that the City of Lebanon has been paying for the insurance of the spouses and children of city retirees - concerns which were raised by city officials at a Lebanon City Council work session last week - are simply not founded in fact, former City Attorney William Farmer says.
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.
It's a mixed blessing for Wilson County to be near the top in Tennessee's population growth, local officials acknowledge. But overall, it reflects well on the county, they say.
Cassie Thornton admits she sings a little off key, but her little girl thinks she has the voice of an angel.
"To be or not to be, that is the question" - where the Wilson County Expo Center is concerned. The Public Works Committee of the Wilson County Commission voted 5-2 this week to freshly recommend a proposal to build the Expo Center and sent it on to the Budget Committee.
Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
-Matthew 18:20 (King James Version)
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.
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.
If your car breaks down while traveling or a tree falls into the roadway, a certified volunteer could be called to the scene.
Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon is the final resting place of many heroes. One of those is a young man named 1st Lt. Donald N. Hodges, a 1950 Lebanon High School graduate, whose last act in life saved the lives of more than 100 elementary schoolchildren.
Wilson County offers a wide variety of events and activities this month.
Judd Sellars, owner of Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet, recently completed the purchase of Alexander Funeral Home and Family Heritage Funeral Home in neighboring Sumner County.
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.
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.
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.
Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Barton's Creek Cemetery for Ms. Hill, 89, of Lebanon.
The gracious white, antebellum Southern manor by the side of Highway 231, about 11 miles south of Lebanon, is a familiar sight to Wilson Countians with its two-story porch pillars, arched windows and, of course, its cedar trees.
Local Mt. Juliet boutique Sister's Whimzy's business was literally frozen by last week's ice storm when it was forced to close, and it will take quite a while to recoup lost earnings. Local commerce came to a standstill with multiple days of nearly impassable sideroads that kept citizens homebound and unable to keep cash registers ringing.
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.
Solid waste, old tires and wood waste will all go into project to create energy, save money and make money for Lebanon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
A 20-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing a 17-year-old during a fight at the LaGuardo Recreation Center Sunday.
Lebanon Police officers have arrested a man on homicide charges after finding a local man dead inside his vehicle.
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.
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.
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.
Lebanon City Council will hold a special called meeting Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 a.m. in the Lebanon Town Hall Meeting Room.
"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."
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
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.
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.
The Wilson County School Board voted not to push any hot buttons Monday night, opting not to revise the school system's dress code, at least not yet.
Santa brought the owners of Little Seed Farm near Vine - James and Eileen Ray - one heck of a Christmas present this year.
Commercial growth has been strong in the county during the year. Under Armour and FedEx both announced they're building new distribution centers near Mt. Juliet's new I-40 exit at Beckwith Road. Softer Inc. located a plastics plant on North Highway 109, and GoodSports picked Lebanon for its planned sports village.
The two most important issues facing Wilson County Schools in 2015 are how to cope with growth and improve the availability of technology for students, according to administration and board members in New Year's interviews with The Wilson Post.
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.
City of Lebanon Finance Commissioner Robert Springer reported that sales tax collected in November was up $83,000 from November 2013.
Here are the "what do you want?" answers given by a variety of randomly-selected city and county officials.
BZA cites non-compliance issuesThe Lebanon Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) voted unanimously to turn down an expansion request from Trinity Recycling this week.
A Performance Food Group employee admitted to engaging in a scheme to embezzle more than $135,000 from her employer and a client.
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.
With the holidays warming the hearts of locals, there's no better time to give to those less fortunate.
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.
A couple of employees from an ammo company decided to send a bullet into the sky south of Lebanon with a camera attached for the ride.
Move over, Martha Stewart. When it comes to home décor and living in-style, Wilson Countians know Elizabeth Scruggs is the woman to call.
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.
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.
The annual Lebanon Christmas Parade this Sunday will be a bittersweet event for longtime Lebanon/Wilson Chamber CEO Sue Vanatta.
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.
Under the theme of "A Christmas to Remember," historic Granville will hold a full day's celebration on Saturday, Dec. 13 for its annual Country Christmas.
Tommy and Teresa Halbert have long been approached to be a part of the Historic Places Tour, presented by Historic Lebanon. After years of not being able to participate, the Halberts finally said "yes" and added the Halbert-Campbell home to the seventh annual event.
"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."
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?
Though from a distance it might have looked like some alien invasion, things were calm and the giant robotic visitor was a friendly sort and caught the imagination of Extended Resource students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Kim Edwards relocated from her Knoxville home to the Nashville for work after graduation from the University of Tennessee. As it turns out, moving was good for her love life too.
As the weather gets colder and the holidays approach, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and its local partners are gearing up for a season filled with fun and festivities.
Tracy Lawrence's 9th annual Mission Possible Turkey Fry brought 550 birds, Wilson County volunteers and a few Tennessee Titans to the Nashville Rescue Mission on Tuesday.
LEBANON -- A local selection committee met Thursday, Nov. 20 to review applicants for the seventh Tennessee Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards.
I don't know why I equate homemade banana pudding with church gatherings, but I still do. I have pleasant memories of attending many a church social where somebody's grandmother had made banana pudding from scratch.
Homeless children may live in a tent or a camper, sleep on a different couch every night, sleep in a car or even sleep in a ditch. They have no permanent, safe, predictable place to call home, according to Karen Young, Wilson County Schools Student Training Enrichment and Progress (STEP) liaison.
On a recent Saturday at historic Nokes-Lasater Field, more than 30 local firemen and police officers squared off in a flag football game to help collect toys for the Lebanon Fire Department's "Spirit of Christmas Toy Drive."
When making our list of blessings to be thankful for this year, good health is probably close to the top for most of us. For Bill Huber, the list is a bit different. He is thankful for those opportunities that cancer has given him to renew his faith and share it with those around him.
Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Lebanon Senior Citizens Center benefit, An Evening in December at the Capitol Theatre.
Lebanon's vehicle emissions testing center will close on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
One thing won't change when Bernie Ash takes his new seat on the Lebanon City Council.
Ash plans to continue supporting the proposed Fire Station 4 at Eastgate that was strongly promoted by his predecessor Joe Hayes.
Gaining employment is possible with the right tools. Thanks to Goodwill's Career Solutions center in Lebanon, job seekers can get those tools for free.
Friday, Nov. 14, Tressler & Associates, PLLC celebrated five years of "securing peace of mind" in Middle Tennessee. However, just over a decade ago, founder Todd Tressler was on a different path.
Tressler, a Lebanon native, said he was on track to medical school after earning his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Lisa Tomlinson has a few phrases to live by that come from her Dad. They are: "Don't tailgate," "Buy low and sell high," "Land is the only thing that lasts," "Mind your manners, but don't ever back down," "Don't forget to talk to God" and "Always call your Daddy before bedtime."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lebanon officials announce plans to spray for mosquitoes.
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.
Tennessee Department of Transportation has begun preparation for resurfacing West Main Street in Lebanon.
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.
Tennessee voters set a state record for the number of ballots cast in the state Primary Election and County General Elections.
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.
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.
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.
Early voting for the Aug. 7 Federal and State Republican and Democratic Primaries and the Wilson County General Election begins Friday.
Early Voting begins Friday, July 18, for the Aug. 7 Federal and State Republican and Democratic Primaries and the Wilson County General Election.
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.
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.
Wilson County Election Commission provided support for four high school student body elections this past week.
The Lebanon community united at First Baptist Church on East Main Street Thursday morning to observe America’s National Day of Prayer.
As of noon, Thursday, 102 individuals had qualified for the Aug. 7 Local General/State Primary Election in Wilson County.
Here are the resumes of the 17 candidates for the Wilson County Director of Schools position.
Wilson County Government’s attempt to secure funding through an increase in the hotel/motel tax for the proposed Expo Center at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center via a legislative private act needing the General Assembly’s approval died Thursday afternoon.
Morristown, Tenn. — Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) responded today to an urgent call from Hamblen County officials for assistance with more than 60 dogs of various breeds, two cats, and several tropical fish found living in deplorable conditions in a home in Morristown, Tenn., approximately four hours east of Nashville.
Locally-based New Leash on Life, a shelter partner with ARC, provided transportation for the animals to a temporary shelter provided by the Floyd family of Lebanon.
There have been many questions about the new Amp service that is proposed and how it will affect Wilson County.
Ever since breaking the story for The Wilson Post about former Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund’s answers to questions about having a drink and then driving his Board of Education-issued vehicle on Jan. 16, I’ve been asked in a myriad of ways, “What do you think about the situation?”
Well, Saturday, it was done. Dr. Setterlund signed a release and settlement agreement, received a nice severance package and waived his right to ever sue the BOE or the County Commission over his employment or resignation.
Now, I can voice my opinion.
Board returns from executive session at 11:30 mark of video.
The seven-month reign of Dr. Timothy Setterlund as Wilson County Schools director has ended.
The past nine days have been very trying for those in our school system, and we commend Dr. Setterlund for making the right decision.
It took less than 40 minutes Saturday morning for the Wilson County Board of Education to unanimously vote to let former Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund out of his contract.
Following this morning’s meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education, who unanimously voted to terminate the contract as Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, who had been on the job for only seven months, The Wilson Post attempted to contact all five of the board members to ask them the following question: “What take away lesson, if any, did you learn from the entire situation concerning Dr. Setterlund as you prepare to move forward in your search for a new director?”
Additionally, The Post talked to the chairs of the Wilson County Commission Budget and Education Committees for their reactions to today’s meeting, and with whose comments we begin our reporting of “In Their Own Words.”
The purpose of tomorrow’s Wilson County Board of Education meeting has changed. According to a notice sent out via email at 5:06 p.m., the special called session will be to accept Dr. Tim Setterlund’s official notice of retirement.
Wilson County Board of Education will meet Saturday to determine the future of Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, who took over the reins of the school system less than seven months ago.
This article first appeared in the Wednesday, Jan. 22, print edition of The Wilson Post. Because The Wilson Post realized the issues that seem to concern several county commissioners, as well as some principals, teachers, parents and students with Setterlund, go much further back in time than last Thursday, we are publishing online with links to the original stories and/or sources of information as possible.
I am the Junior Class President at Lebanon High School. I am writing this letter to voice my concerns on the future of our school system under the leadership of our current director, Dr. Tim Setterlund.
The Wilson Post has had several inquiries from the general public about Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund's employment contract with the Wilson County Board of Education.
Therefore, we have published it as .pdf file, as it a public record and available for review by the public.
Jasmine Carlisle, a 15-year-old Mt. Juliet High School sophomore, has followed closely the recent situation involving Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Tim Setterlund. She has written a letter to the Board of Education about the situation and with her mother's written permission, The Wilson Post is printing it online Monday night and will print it in Wednesday's print edition.
The Wilson County Board of Education has basically three options under consideration regarding the recent events surrounding Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, according to the board chairman.
While interviewing Wilson County Board of Education Chair Don Weathers, The Wilson Post asked him about the removal of the county sticker from the director of school’s board-issued Ford Expedition.
Following a two-plus hour, closed meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education and its attorney Sunday afternoon regarding recent information about Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, the next step is for the five school board members to digest the information they received and possibly hold a special meeting later this week.
The Wilson County Board of Education will be meeting in private with the School Board Attorney on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
The Wilson Post calls for Setterlund's resignation
Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Tim Setterlund must resign.
His Thursday night admission to drinking a beer and getting behind the wheel of his county-issued SUV has created a firestorm within the educational community.
Editor’s note: In light of Sunday’s scheduled, private meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education’s regarding recent events involving Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund, The Wilson Post thought it would be beneficial to remind everyone – members of the public and board members – what the law says about what can and cannot be done at this meeting and about giving notice of such meetings. The story is long but we urge everyone to it.
EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS!!!!
The next step regarding the future of Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund lies with the Wilson County Board of Education.
FIRST REPORTED HERE!
Wilson County Schools Director admitted in an open meeting Thursday to having consumed alcohol at a local establishment and then driving his county-assigned vehicle.
Lebanon City Council approved a number of items on its agenda at Tuesday’s regular meeting, but the main item was pulled from consideration.
Lebanon City Council approved a number of items on its agenda at Tuesday’s regular meeting, but the main item was pulled from consideration.
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.
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.
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.
One of the outstanding architectural gems of downtown Lebanon, the old Federal Post Office marks the centennial of its groundbreaking on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Bill Moss, a 31-year veteran of the Wilson County School System whose position was eliminated by the director of schools in September, has filed a lawsuit in Wilson County Chancery Court against Dr. Tim Setterlund and the Wilson County Board of Education alleging wrongful termination.
I need someone to please explain to me how certain self-proclaimed Tea Party Republicans can face the American people and say they were correct in shutting down the government and taking our country to the brink of financial disaster.
I realize I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer. I knew that in the seventh grade when my IQ score fell just shy of being high enough to place me in the special kids classroom whose scores deemed them the “smart ones.”
But what I lacked in academic learning, I feel I’ve made up through a strong dose of common sense – at least more than many politicians I know.
So I’m confused – and I’m serious about this. It’s not a laughing matter. The party of Abraham Lincoln, who I feel would be embarrassed by the antics of the Tea Party faction, caused a painful shutdown, put almost one million people out of work, and took our country to the very brink of financial collapse.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
About 150 colorful, vintage postcards, covering Wilson County sites and sights from the early 1900s into the 1970s, have returned to their roots.
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.
Lebanon Housing Authority has made two significant changes in leadership in recent days.
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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