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Register by July 3 to vote in August

For those planning to vote in the Aug. 2 Federal and State Republican and Democratic Primary and Wilson County General Elections the deadline to register is Tuesday, July 3.

State law allows new voter registration applications to be processed up until the 30th day before each election. Applications received between July 4 and Aug. 2 will be processed after Election Day.

Voter registration applications are available at the Wilson County Election Commission office at 203 East Main Street in Lebanon, online at www.WilsonElections.com, and at most Wilson County and Tennessee State government offices.

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MJ moves forward in hiring City Manager

By KENNY HOWELL
Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners passed the yearly budget at Mondays meeting, and took the next step in hiring a City Manager.

Only four new amendments were added to the budget, two of which added back positions that were originally eliminated.

At the first hearing of the budget, Mayor Ed Hagerty asked that five positions be removed from the budget due to a scandal which saw four employees resign and one terminated as a result of sending inappropriate messages and photos via city-owned cell phones and such. One was from the Police Department, two from Finance and two from Public Works.

The Police Department position was immediately put back in, but the other four have been held out through the discussions. Monday, Commissioner Jim Bradshaw requested that the Assistant Public Works Director position and one of the finance positions be added back to the budget. They were approved.

Almost $45,000 was added to the budget to pay for putting back up the retail signs on North Mt. Juliet Road. They were taken down for the road widening project which is now completed. Also, $13,342 was added to the Parks Department for equipment that was damaged recently.

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UMCs first bariatric surgery today

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Three local residents are to receive the first bariatric surgery procedures to be offered at University Medical Center today, which Dr. Mark Kent said allows the local hospital to continue to be a leader in medical care for more than just Wilson County.

Kent, a surgeon out of Knoxville, recently relocated to Lebanon and UMC in September 2011, and began to walk patients through the pre-surgery process for the procedures taking place today and tomorrow.

In bringing me here, part of the reason was to introduce a new product at UMC but also because bariatric surgery has changed in the last 10 years, he said.

Bariatric surgery, commonly known as weight-loss surgery, offers a variety of procedures for obese patients who Kent said have tried every method short of surgery to lose weight but just arent able to do so.

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NWS: Wilson in a drought

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

It is official: Wilson County is in a drought.

And by Thursday when the U.S. Drought Monitor is updated, Wilson and much of Middle Tennessee may well be in a severe, if not moderate drought.

That was the word Tuesday afternoon from Bobby Boyd, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory.

We are, he said, answering whether this area was officially in a drought. When it updates, I think its going to put us in a severe drought, certainly moderate, if not severe.

That drought conditions exist should surprise no one, especially if youve noticed the color of your lawn is no longer green but tending toward the brownish or if your garden is gone.

Rainfall from Jan. 1 through June 25 (although this will likely be the case through the end of the month) stands at 18.18 inches which is 6.63 inches below normal, Boyd said, adding that for the same time period in 2011 we were above normal with 27.26 inches of precipitation. Normal amount for Jan. 1 through June 30 is 24.81 inches of precipitation.

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Local governments ban outdoor burning

FromPost staff reports

Local governments are issuing a countywide ban on all outside burning due to current drought conditions that are exasperated by high temperatures, low humidity and the lack of rainfall according to a press release from the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency.

At this point in time, the ban does not include fireworks, but public officials stress the use of extreme caution if planning to use fireworks in these conditions.

Lebanon, Watertown, Mt. Juliet and Wilson County all issued a ban on outside burning to include: camp fires, burning of trash, and outdoor debris.

The ban is in effect until further notice or until moisture levels significantly improve in Wilson County.

County Mayor Randall Hutto said in light of brush fires over the past month and especially the two on Tuesday, steps must be taken to prevent any further instances until the county receives some significant rainfall.

WEMA Director John Jewell said the agency has fought almost 40 brush fires in Wilson County since June 1, including a 70-acre fire in Watertown on June 8 and a 20-acre fire in Mt. Juliet on June 26. In those fires, two agricultural buildings have been lost, one industrial building damaged and several residential homes placed at risk by swiftly moving fires.

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Lebanon man arrested by TBI on child rape charges

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested two male subjects on child rape charges in separate cases this past Thursday after they were indicted by the Trousdale County grand jury earlier in the week after an investigation conducted by the TBI at the request of the 15th Judicial District Attorney General.

Matthew Lynn, 24, of Lebanon, was indicted on three counts of rape of a child.

A traffic stop conducted by the Sumner County Sheriffs Office in March resulted in Lynns arrest after he was allegedly found to be in possession of nude photos on his cell phone of an underage girl. He then reportedly confessed to multiple instances of sexual contact with the 12-year-old victim in Trousdale County in 2011.

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Brush fires burn over 20 acres Tuesday

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

WATERTOWN-MT. JULIET -- Two brush fires that burned more than 20 acres in Mt. Juliet Tuesday morning and then a small plot of land off Linwood Road in Watertown late yesterday afternoon had Wilson County Emergency Management Agency personnel busy all day with WEMA Director John Jewell saying he is wary of the July 4 holiday next week due to hot and dry conditions.

We are extremely worried about the Fourth of July, Jewell said, referencing the amount of fireworks that will be purchased and used by local residents for the holiday.

With conditions as dry as they are, Jewell urged all citizens to take every precaution if shooting off fireworks this weekend and next week.

He said since June 1, county emergency personnel have fought 35 brush fires here, including a 70-acre fire in the Watertown area on June 8.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=56|imageid=355|displayname=0|float=left}As of Tuesday, the agency added two more to the list.

Around 4:20 p.m., yesterday, a brush fire was reported off Tennessee Boulevard in the Watertown Industrial Complex, just off Linwood Road. Authorities at the scene were not sure how the fire started but were working to put out the flames into the early evening.

The fire reportedly started between two warehouses off Tennessee Boulevard and burned over a hill through a clearing made for power lines. The burnt area reached to the side of the hill facing Sparta Pike.

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July 4 Music City Star tickets sold out

Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has sold its allotment of 900 tickets available to the general public for the RTAs special July 4 Music City Star train to the Nashville fireworks at Riverfront Park.

Customers who purchased the special train tickets will need to show their ticket to the conductor when boarding on both trips. Children age 4 and under will not need a ticket to board; however, they are required to sit in their parents lap.

In order to ensure thatpassengers traveling togetherwill be seated in the same passenger car,tickets will have a car number assigned on them. Passengers should enter that specific car at their requested station. After the fireworks, passengers should be seated in that same train car for easier exiting at their designated station.

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MJPD to conduct DUI checkpoint

Mt. Juliet Police Department will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on the evening of Friday, June 29, and into the early morning hours of Saturday, June 30, in an ongoing effort to keep streets safe.

Checkpoints will occur on Belinda Parkway, North Mt. Juliet Road (S.R. 171), West Division Street, and Lebanon Road (U.S. Highway 70) in Mt. Juliet.

The checkpoints are in an effort to continue the Mt. Juliet Police Departments commitment to traffic safety. Such checkpoints are aimed at deterring impaired driving and reducing alcohol related crashes. Sobriety checkpoints allow officers to intervene by arresting DUI drivers prior to them becoming involved in a crash. Impaired driving places everyone on the road in the path of danger, and we are doing everything we can to ensure that motorists have a safe place to live and drive, a spokesperson said.

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Lebanon Dixie Majors advance

CROSS PLAINS -- Lebanons Rotary Dixie Major All-Stars earned a berth in this weekends District 4 tournament in Adams with a runner-up finish in the sub-district June 22, 23 and 24.

Lebanon opened play with a 21-3 victory over Greenbrier Friday evening as Howard Sobieszczyk drilled two homers and had five RBI. Tristan Warden picked up the decision with two innings of work and six strikeouts.

The Dixie Majors pounded out 18 hits and took advantage of 10 Greenbrier walks.

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AquaJet wins Lions BR title

LEBANON -- AquaJet was crowned champion of the Lebanon Lions Club Babe Ruth baseball league during closing ceremonies held Tuesday evening, June 26 at Eskew Field in the Baird Park Complex. AquaJet went through the 2012 season with a 14-1 overall record.

Front, from left: Michael McDowell, Peyton McCullough, Justin Huggins and Justing Brown. Standing: Coach Bob Brown, manager Bobby Brown, Nolan Chambers, Caleb Young, Tucker Vaught, Hunter Allison and coach Steve Vaught. Not pictured: Brant Martin, Aylan baines and John Hendrix.

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Kiwanis 9-10's host area

Lebanons Kiwanis 9-10 Little League all-stars will open area tournament play vs. DeKalb County in a 7:30 p.m. game tonight, Friday, June 29 at the Harding-Gallaher Fields in the Baird Park Complex.

On Saturday, Lebanon will play Smith County at 7:30 p.m. The Smith Co. and DeKalb Co. teams will play Monday with the top two teams advancing to the district tournament next week.

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Darian Brown returns to LHS

A familiar face will be returning to Lebanon High School as Darian Brown has been named as athletic director / assistant principal -- just in time for the move to the new campus off Hartmann Drive.

"I am excited to be back and I am ready to hit the ground running," Brown said. "Everybody has been so great welcoming me back the last few days."

In 2007-2008 Brown coached the Lebanon High girls basketball team to a record of 20-11 and a berth in the TSSAA sectional before resigning to move into an administrative position at Wilson Central.

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Brush fire burns 20 acres

WEMA concerned about July 4

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- As Wilson County Emergency Management Agency personnel watered down what was left of a barn destroyed by a 15- to 20-acre brush fire Tuesday morning, WEMA Director John Jewell said he is wary of the July 4 holiday next week due to hot and dry conditions.

We are extremely worried about the Fourth of July, Jewell said, referencing the amount of fireworks that will be purchased and used by local residents for the holiday.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=56|imageid=352|displayname=0|float=left}With conditions as dry as they are, Jewell urged all citizens to take every precaution if shooting off fireworks this weekend and next week.

He said since June 1, county emergency personnel have fought 35 brush fires here, including a 70-acre fire in the Watertown area on June 8.

As of Tuesday, the agency added another to the list.

According to Jewell, WEMA received a call of a brush fire off Stockbridge Way and Central Pike in Mt. Juliet, around midnight Tuesday. After that fire was extinguished, another call came in around 4:30 a.m., which drew personnel from WEMA Stations 5, 3, 6 and some from Station 1 in Lebanon.

It was about 15 to 20 acres and burnt two barns, no equipment, the barns were fairly empty, Jewell said of the fire.

Jewell indicated the fire that was reported at 4:30 a.m. was most likely an extension of the first that was reported earlier. He said it was likely embers were left burning or possibly traveled by winds to ignite the dry grass a second time.

They were even more cautious with the second fire as crews continued to douse the area with water, bulldoze and rake through the destroyed barns and be sure nothing was left smoldering.

Its just extremely dry and any spark can ignite one of these fires, Jewell said.

With the lack of rainfall and temperatures that expect to reach record highs later this week, Jewell said even things you wouldnt think could start a fire pose a potential risk. He said anything from hot mowing equipment to farm vehicles could start a brush fire.

The Tuesday morning fire burned through fields behind Center Chapel Church of Christ at 9500 Central Pike and alongside the Wright Farms subdivision, but Jewell noted the homes were never in immediate danger.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=56|imageid=350|displayname=0|float=right}

The fire burnt within about 75 yards of the homes, but they werent in any real danger, Jewell said. The Wilson County Sheriffs Department got everyone up and out of bed, which was appropriate.

He added that no one was evacuated from their homes, but he did advise residents to water their lawns to prevent wind from carrying any embers into the subdivision.

By 11 a.m., crews on the scene had demolished both barns and were watering down debris and fence lines to prevent any future sparks from igniting again.

Were trying to water down areas we may have missed, Jewell said.

The cause of the initial brush fire was unknown with the investigation continuing.

Jewell issued warnings to local residents to be extremely cautious when celebrating the upcoming holiday.

He said to water the grass and surrounding areas when grilling outdoors and to do the same if you plan to shoot fireworks. Keep a supply of water on hand also to extinguish any sparks that may result from using fireworks.

At a time like this, Jewell said you cant be too cautious.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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Ruth Buchanan Taylor, 91

Ruth Taylor, 91, of Lebanon, passed away on June 24, 2012. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon until 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Wednesday.

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US Navy veteran Louis Draper, 85

Funeral services were held Monday morning, June 25, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Louis Draper, 85, of Lebanon. A US Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Draper died Friday, June 22, 2012, at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.

Born October 11, 1926, in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Boss and Clester Minchey Draper. Mr. Draper was a lifelong farmer and a member of the Laguardo Baptist Church.

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Frank J. Foster, 81

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, June 25 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Foster, 81, of Lebanon.
Born in Scott County, he died Friday, June 22, 2012, at his home.
Interment was at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Ed Lockett, 83

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, June 26 in the Chapel of Andrew Price Memorial United Methodist Church in Davidson County for Mr. Lockett, 83, of Nashville.
The Wilson County native and Castle Heights Military Academy graduate died Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.
Interment was at the Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
He was a U. S. Army veteran and a member of Andrew Price Memorial United Methodist Church. Mr. Lockett was a professional engineer retiring from the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers with 42 years of service.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Justin Scott Williams, 30

A funeral mass was held Tuesday morning, June 26 at St. Stephen Catholic Community, Old Hickory, for Mr. Williams, 30, of Mt. Juliet.
Born in New York and a 2000 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, he died Friday, June 22, 2012.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

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Camille "Millie" Thomas, 79

Mrs. Thomas, 79, died Saturday June 23, 2012.
Graveside services were held Tuesday afternoon, June 26 at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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Kenneth Fowler, 66

Kenneth Fowler, 66, died June 22, 2012.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, June 26 at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon.
Interment was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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William Still, 83

Mr. Still, 83 of Mt. Juliet died June 23, 2012.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Interment will follow the service at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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Rufus Edward Whittle, 68

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Whittle, 68, of Hermitage.
Retired from Textron, he died Monday, June 25, 2012.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, with interment at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

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Margaret Phillips Whitefield, 83

Funeral services for Mrs. Whitefield, 83, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
Mrs. Whitefield, of Liberty, died Monday, June 25, 2012, at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.
Interment will be at the Salem Cemetery in Liberty.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Near record heat later this week

A rapid warm-up is forecast for the latter half of this week, bringing temperatures into the triple digits according to the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, which is stressing local residents to stay safe.

An alert issued by WEMA on the Nixle Alert System early Tuesday morning indicated a large dome of high pressure is forecast to build eastward, essentially putting Middle Tennessee into the pressure cooker.

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