Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Ohio-based Pennant Moldings Inc. officials announced Monday that the metal stamping manufacturer will invest $8.6 million to establish new operations in Lebanon.
Lebanon Police are looking for a man they claim allegedly attacked and raped an 18-year-old woman Tuesday afternoon near Park Ave. in Lebanon.
The City of Lebanon has extended an invitation to the public to an upcoming pair of meetings focused on the development of the South Hartmann Drive corridor.
Less than a year ago, Middle Tennesseans had little choice but to complain about their traffic woes. And they had time to do it, too: ThinkTennessee recently reported that Nashville drivers spend nearly a full work week (33.6 hours) sitting in traffic a year, losing an average of $1,308 each year to traffic-related costs.
Lebanon's IMA/CrossFit recently announced they will serve as the official host for "The Murph Challenge 2017" on Memorial Day.
Offering the opportunity to learn about a variety of crafts and crafting techniques, Fiddlers Grove's Kidz Kamp program is set to return to Lebanon on Friday, June 9, and Friday, July 7.
Parks in Lebanon recently congratulated Allen Shehane on his promotion to managing broker.
The Wilson County Antique Power Association (WCAPA) will host the 26th annual Antique Tractor, Antique Truck and Gas Engine Show on Saturday, May 20, at Lebanon's James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
Year Round Garden Club (YRGC) members Judy Sullivan and Kathy Adams, president, are planning the club's annual Mother's Day event at Valley Growers Garden Center, located at 1108 West Main Street in Lebanon.
The Lebanon Year Round Garden Club's Standard Flower Show is set for Thursday, May 18, from 1 until 3 p.m. at the Winstead Paine Bone House, located at 516 West Spring Street. The theme for this year's show is "Cumberland University's 175th Anniversary: A Time to Celebrate."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new Jimmy John's sandwich shop located at 109 Signature Place in Lebanon opened its doors earlier this week.
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.
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.
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.
Henderson's Flower Shop in Lebanon has seen many Valentine's Days - and can help you get the holiday right on Tuesday, February 14th.
Prospect, Inc. recently announced that its Board of Directors appointed Audria Frattini as Executive Director.
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.
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.
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.
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
Eight years came and went in the blink of an eye according to Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead.
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.
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.
Country-rock group Little Texas is set to perform at Cahoots Dancehall & Honkytonk in Lebanon on Friday, Dec. 2.
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.
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
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store shareholders journeyed to Lebanon headquarters on Thursday for their annual meeting.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LoJac, Inc. celebrated the acquisition of Kodi Klip at Five Oaks Gold & Country Club on Monday evening.
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."
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.
Workers installed new fitness equipment at Don Fox Park in Lebanon this week.
McClain Christian Academy opened their doors to students this week.
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?
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.
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.
With a property tax rate hike potentially on the horizon, with a large portion of the proceeds that could be earmarked for schools, The Wilson Post was curious to know the breakdown of how the Wilson County School System is funded.
Wilson Emergency Management Agency officials reported a fire completely destroyed a Lebanon home on Wednesday.
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.
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.
Lebanon Police are asking the public to be vigilant in identifying a robbery suspect.
I experienced firsthand the collective ire of my neighbors when I presented them a petition addressed to the Wilson County Assessor of Property (WCAP) to review and make proper reductions to the 2016 appraised values on our properties. They all received the same notification in the mail early in the week and were understandably upset about the inconceivable increases ranging from 42% to 50%; my case being 44% with the land-only portion 60%. They all signed the petition; many thanking me for taking a stand.
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.
The Wilson County Budget Committee Thursday night deferred a motion by the Education Committee that asked them to consider a property tax increase to cover a major shortfall in their original $54.8 million schools building and expansion plan.
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.
"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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Former Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen spoke out Monday for the first time following his December 2014 termination by Mayor Philip Craighead.
Beginning on Saturday morning, the City of Lebanon Gas Department will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
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.
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.
Tickets are still available to see the Kentucky Headhunters in Lebanon this Friday night.
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.
Longtime University Medical Center/Tennova switchboard operator Mary Baines is retiring after 37 years.
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.
Custom Packaging will be the presenting sponsor of Cumberland University's annual black-tie fundraiser, the Phoenix Ball.
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.
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."
A convicted rapist is about to be a free man for the first time in three decades.
Ronnie Johnson, 62, was granted parole in January 2016 and is pending release from incarceration.
Julie Miller-Wilson opened Body Kneads, Etc. with her daughter, Heather Hull, and another friend in April 2010. In just six short years the business has grown into a full-service day spa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Prior to its annual banquet Tuesday night, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce presented several awards to local businesses, organizations and community leaders.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The recent 90DaystoDonate.com fund-raiser was the most successful single fund-raising event Empower Me Center has ever held.
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.
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.
According to eyewitnesses on the scene, a small aircraft has crashed near the Lebanon Municipal Airport.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Tickets are available now for an old fashioned Spaghetti Supper benefiting Brooks House.
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?"
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.
Have you been counted?
An apartment development planned for Lebanon has the city abuzz.
Several Lebanon-area schools are set to take part in a special running event Saturday morning at Winfree Bryant Middle School.
Beloved local dentist Dr. Stan Keith Brady passed away on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 at age 53.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More than 200 kids received free Back to School haircuts at The Mill at Lebanon on Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead's proclamation of "Shop Local Week" has many shoppers interested in checking out merchants on the Lebanon Public Square.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.'"
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Barton's Creek Cemetery for Ms. Hill, 89, of Lebanon.
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.
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?
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.
Lebanon City Council will hold a special called meeting Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 a.m. in the Lebanon Town Hall Meeting Room.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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?
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.
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 voters shot down a proposal to raise the city's sales tax by half a cent 810 to 638.
Lebanon officials announce plans to spray for mosquitoes.
Just over one week remains to early vote in Lebanon’s Sales Tax Referendum.
Tennessee Department of Transportation has begun preparation for resurfacing West Main Street in Lebanon.
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.
The Lebanon community united at First Baptist Church on East Main Street Thursday morning to observe America’s National Day of Prayer.
Here are the resumes of the 17 candidates for the Wilson County Director of Schools position.
Lebanon’s sales tax rate could climb by a half-percent while its property tax rate drops by as much as 30 percent if voters approve a plan unanimously adopted by city lawmakers on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
One of the outstanding architectural gems of downtown Lebanon, the old Federal Post Office marks the centennial of its groundbreaking on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
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.”
Fire chief says ordinance would keep taxes, insurance low
MT. JULIET -- Growth and development have financial consequences for Mt. Juliet and its fire services, Fire Chief Erron Kinney told the Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners Monday night as they listened and unanimously approved a proposed ordinance to adopt impact fees to offset fire protection expenses.
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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