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Annie Mary VanHook Thompson, 85
LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Mary VanHook Thompson are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 30 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Pastor John Hunn officiating.
Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Visitation after 9 a.m. Wednesday at Ligon & Bobo.
Mrs. Thompson, 85, of Lebanon died Monday, March 28, 2011, at the University Medical Center.
Born May 23, 1925, in Wilson County, she was the daughter of the late Will and Goldie Reed VanHook.
She was a charter member of Immanuel Baptist Church and had worked at Texas Boot.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harris “Pete” Thompson; son, Robert "Bobby" Thompson; siblings Maudie Lee VanHook Tyree, J. W. VanHook and Marion VanHook.
She is survived by daughter Donna Thompson Crowell of Lebanon; granddaughters Bridgett Crowell (Tim) Murray of Lebanon and Laura Thompson (Matt) Chiusano of Pleasant View; great granddaughters Morgan Nicole Murray and Taylor Michelle Murray; and great grandson Brayden Chiusano.
Honorary pallbearers: Ruth Sunday School Class of Immanuel Baptist Church, Charlie Tatum, Dr. Bill Robertson and Dr. Roger McKinney. Active: Paul Howard VanHook, Jack Bell, Tim Murray, Matt Chiusano, Fred VanHook and Tommy House.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.
CU baseball sweeps G-Town, KY

LEBANON -- Richie Seaton hit a bases-clearing double and Daniel Kern worked into the seventh inning in the opener and Mike Mandarino belted a three-run homer and Cory Farris scored from first on a double by David Fanshawe in the second game, as No. 1 Cumberland swept a doubleheader from Georgetown College by identical 5-4 scores Tuesday at Ernest L. Stockton Field.

Cumberland (25-11) has won six straight contests overall and hung on to win both games, taking a 5-2 lead in the first game. Keith Kirby got three ground balls with the tying run on base to pick up the save in the contest.

In the second game the Bulldogs scored four times in the first inning, but Georgetown (20-16) tied the contest with four runs in the fifth. Farris singled in the sixth and was off on the pitch as Fanshawe doubled into rightcenter. Tyler Fisher bobbled the ball and Farris never stopped, coming around with the go-ahead run.

Tommy Winegardner tossed a shutout inning for his fourth save of the season, walking a batter in the inning, but Fanshawe threw out the would-be basestealer.

Fanshawe and Winegardner both collected four hits in the twinbill, while Farris had three hits and scored three times.

Seaton delivered the big blow for Cumberland in the first game, a bases-clearing double in the fourth inning. He later scored on a single from Greg Appleton that gave the Bulldogs a 5-2 advantage and the home team hung on from there.

Kern (4-0) worked into the seventh inning, allowing four runs on seven hits, to post the victory. The righthander retired seven straight batters in the middle innings and gave way to Kirby after running into trouble in the seventh.

Kirby allowed a single but then got three straight ground balls to end the game, picking up his third save of the season. It was Kirby’s first appearance since March 12, as the junior has been nursing an injury.

GC starter Travis McBride (1-3) took the loss but pitched well, giving up just two hard-hit balls and the one big hit to Seaton. The righthander allowed five runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out six in six innings.

In the second game Matt Vance (3-1), the third of four CU hurlers, posted the win with one shutout inning. Clay Hall (0-1), the second Georgetown pitcher, took the loss, giving up one run on five hits in two-plus innings.

The Tigers scored a run in the first inning of the opening game, with Randy Guite singling with one out before a double down the leftfield line from Fisher. Tyler Back’s groundout plated Guite for an early lead for the visitors.

Farris singled with one out and stole second for the Bulldogs in the second inning. Fanshawe’s bloop single into rightcenter scored the run to tie the contest at one.

Georgetown retook the lead in the third after a leadoff walk to Chris Wood. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Guite and third on a groundout by Fisher before scoring on Back’s single to left.

Cumberland plated four runs in the fourth on five hits to take the lead for good, but the inning started with a leadoff walk to Mandarino. Farris singled up the middle, knocking the glove off McBride, and Fanshawe beat out an infield single with two outs, loading the bases.

Seaton then laced a double off the base of the wall in left, clearing the bases, and Appleton followed with an RBI single into left, giving the Bulldogs a 5-2 advantage.

The Tigers cut into the deficit with a run in the sixth after leadoff singles from Fisher and Back. Taylor Hatfield’s groundout moved the runners up and another ground ball, this one from Dylan Grandon, scored the run. Taylor Payne flied out to end the inning without any further damage.

Georgetown put the tying run on base in the seventh inning with back-to-back singles from Ellis Bowen and pinch-hitter Pete Thackston. Wood’s groundout plated Bowen and pinch-runner Tanner Baldwin reached third on another ground ball by Guite, but Fisher grounded to second base to end the contest.

The Bulldogs started quickly in the second game, scoring four times in the first inning.

Appleton led off with a solo homer to leftcenter, his sixth of the season. T.J. Murphy and Winegardner both followed with singles before Mandarino belted the first pitch over the wall in centerfield just to the left of the batter’s eye, giving CU a 4-0 edge after an inning.

Georgetown had six runners on base in the first four innings and finally took advantage of some opportunities in the fifth, scoring four times to tie the contest.

Bowen walked to leadoff the inning and Wood walked with one out. Two wild pitches pushed Bowen across before Fisher blasted a two-run homer to leftfield, his sixth of the year, cutting the Bulldog lead to 4-3.

Back was then hit, ending the day for Ferrell, who allowed four runs on three hits with four walks and two strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

Reliever Logan Neal allowed singles to pinch-hitter Cameron Allen and Thackston, the latter plating the tying run. Payne finally struck out to end the inning.

The Bulldogs looked to regain the lead in the bottom of the inning, with Murphy and Winegardner both singling to leadoff, putting runners on the corners. But Winegardner was pickoff off, Mandarino popped out and Crews struck out looking to end the threat.

Cumberland finally scored in the bottom of the sixth on Fanshawe’s double and the error by Fisher, and Winegardner made it stand up for the victory.

Cumberland hosts TranSouth Conference-leading Union University in a three-game series this weekend at Ernest L. Stockton Field. Friday’s single game starts at 2 p.m. and Saturday’s doubleheader starts at Noon.

CU softball sweeps FHU

LEBANON -- Megan Lavery went 2-for-2 in both games of Cumberland University’s doubleheader sweep of TranSouth Conference foe Freed-Hardeman University, as the Bulldogs extended their winning streak to five games with 5-0 and 5-4 wins over the Lions Tuesday.

Cumberland (19-13, 8-4 TranSouth) improved to 12-2 at home with the two victories and moved into sole possession of third place in the league.

The Bulldogs missed several scoring chances but produced single runs in five of the six innings in the first game, beginning with Allison Blackwood’s seventh home run of the year. The solo shot with two outs in the first inning was enough offense for sophomore, who also pitched a complete-game shutout.

Blackwood (8-7) worked around a walk and two singles, all coming with one out, in the second inning with a pair of strikeouts to end the threat with the bases full. The Leoma, Tenn., also got out of trouble in the fifth and seventh innings as the Lions (8-11, 3-3) had leadoff hits in both innings.

The Cumberland defense also came up big on several occasions, including helping Blackwood to a three-pitch sixth inning. Victoria Bennett made a running back-handed snag in the left-center field gap to rob Samantha Stricklan of a would-be extra-base hit and Meghan White put out Betsy Pickler running toward the fence and stretching out to snare the ball that nearly went over the left fielder’s head. Blackwood induced a groundout on the next pitch to end the frame.

Stephanie Gutierrez, who registered a hit in both contests to extend her hitting streak to 15 games, singled to start the second inning and advanced on a sacrifice bunt and one of Lavery’s singles before scoring on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Caity Gray.

Gray drove in another run in the fourth inning with a single that plated Nicole Swann, who reached on a fielder’s choice. Cumberland also got hits from White and CaSarah Gilliam in the inning but were unable to score any additional runs, leaving all three runners on base.

A leadoff walk to Blackwood turned into a run thanks to the speed of pinch runner Christina Manis. The Station Camp High School product was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Heather James and moved to third on Gutierrez’s groundout to short. The speedster came home on a pitch that got away from catcher Bailey Morgan, putting the Bulldogs on top 4-0.

Cumberland’s final run of the first game came after a double by Lavery, who was named the Music City Star of the Game, started the sixth inning. The Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native moved to third on a wild pitch and scored when Gilliam reached on a two-out error by Augusta McClary.

Cumberland 5, Freed-Hardeman 4 (Game 2) -- The Lady Bulldogs needed all five runs in the second game as FHU scored twice in the seventh and had the tying run at third base when Gray induced a game-ending groundout.

Gray earned her third save of the year to preserve Courtney Maynard’s victory. The win was the third in as many decisions for the freshman, who gave up one unearned run in four innings.

Cumberland scored all five of its runs in the second inning, sending 11 batters to the plate, the first five of whom produced hits and all but one of which reached base.

Gutierrez led off with a double and James plated the first run with a two-bagger of her own before a single by Lavery. Gray delivered a two-run double to make it 3-0 in favor of the home team.

Amber Mayne followed with a single before Manis reached on an error by McClary to load the bases. Gilliam hit it back to the pitcher, who threw Gray out at home. Bennett singled in a run and Blackwood drove in the final tally of the inning with a fielder’s choice.

Cumberland travels to Pulaski, Wednesday for the second doubleheader of the year between the Bulldogs and Martin Methodist College. CU snapped a 28-game losing skid to the RedHawks with a win in the second game of the twinbill at home on March 15.

How good is CU's Wilkerson?

* CU's Aaron Wilkerson ran his consecutive scoreless innings pitched streak to 41 & two-thirds Saturday as the senior blanked visiting Ottawa (KS) 5-0 at Stockton Field.

He's now 6-0 on the season after the four-hit shutout. He's a returning NAIA 1st team All-America pick and is well on his way to locking down another AA selection. Since losing his first game a year ago, the Waco, TX righty has reeled off 20 consecutive wins.

For my money, he's the best I've seen at Cumberland.

LHS tennis splits at Cookeville

COOKEVILLE -- Lebanon High's tennis teams split a pair of matches with Cookeville High tennis Monday, march 21 at the Cavalier Courts.

The Lady Cavs took two of the three doubles matches and cruised to an 8-1 victory. Annika Kriskovich and Abigail Ehlert gave Cookeville the lead with an 8-5 win over Brittany Fennell and April Dash. Carley Roland and Sara Ramirez claimed the second match, 8-4, over Caroline Rhodes and Melissa Meador. In the third spot, Brooke Fagg and Hannah Lloyd dropped a tough 9-7 decision to Andrea Arnouk and Sara Dailey.

In singles, Kriskovich took out Fennell, 8-4, in the top spot, and Emily Qualls outran Dash, 8-2, in the second spot. Chloé Stringer's blanking of Rhodes at No. 3 clinched the match for the Lady Cavs. Ehlert (over Meador at No. 4) and Lindsay Lloyd (over Arnouk at No. 5) also posted shutouts. Shikha Amin rounded out the scoring with an 8-2 win over Dailey.

The Blue Devils shut out the Cavs 9-0. Karim Odeh and Austin Hill jumped out quickly in doubles but couldn't hold on, losing 9-7 to Ryan Domingues and Hunter Christian. At No. 2, Adam Cunningham and Sebastian Braswell fell to Daniel Tribble and Toby Hickson, 8-2. In the third match, Nick Gernt and Franklin Gong lost to Jake Forzcek and Darshan Patel, 8-6.

In the match of the day, Gong dropped a heart-breaking 9-8 (4) decision to Patel at No. 6 singles. Gernt fought back after falling behind Christian 5-1 couldn't complete the comeback, losing 8-6. Top dog Odeh lost to Domingues, 8-1, and Hill was defeated by Tribble at No. 2. Braswell fell to Hickson, 8-3, and Cunningham lost to Forzcek by the same score.

Cookeville opens District 6-AAA action today at Coffee County before returning home Thursday to host Stone Memorial.

COOKEVILLE 8, LHS 1 (girls)


No. 1 -- Annika Kriskovich (CHS) def. Brittany Fennell (Lhs), 8-4

No. 2 -- Emily Qualls (CHS) def. April Dash (Lhs), 8-2

No. 3 -- Chloé Stringer (CHS) def. Caroline Rhodes (Lhs), 8-0

No. 4 -- Abigail Ehlert (CHS) def. Melissa Meador (Lhs), 8-0

No. 5 -- Lindsay Lloyd (CHS) vs. Andrea Arnouk (Lhs), 8-0

No. 6 -- Shikha Amin (CHS) vs. Sara Dailey (Lhs), 8-2


No. 1 -- Kriskovich-Ehlert (CHS) vs. Fennell-Dash (Lhs), 8-5

No. 2 -- Sara Ramirez-Carley Roland (CHS) vs. Rhodes-Meador (Lhs) 8-4

No. 3 -- Arnouk-Daily (Lhs) vs. Brooke Fagg-Hannah Lloyd (CHS), 9-7

Lebanon 9, Cookeville 0 (boys)


No. 1 -- Ryan Domingues (Lhs) def. Karim Odeh (CHS), 8-1

No. 2 -- Daniel Tribble (Lhs) def. Austin Hill (CHS), 8-0

No. 3 -- Toby Hickson (Lhs) def. Sebastian Braswell (CHS), 8-3

No. 4 -- Jake Forzcek (Lhs) def. Adam Cunningham (CHS), 8-3

No. 5 -- Hunter Christian (Lhs) vs. Nick Gernt (CHS), 8-6

No. 6 -- Darshan Patel (Lhs) vs. Franklin Gong (CHS), 9-8 (4)


No. 1 -- Domingues-Christian (Lhs) vs. Odeh-Hill (CHS), 9-7

No. 2 -- Tribble-Hickson (Lhs) vs. Cunningham-Braswell (CHS) 8-2

No. 3 -- Foracek-Patel (Lhs) vs. Gernt-Gong (CHS), 8-6

Getting back to basics

Have you been bitten yet? When warm spring weather comes have you had the urge to get to a pond, creek, river, lake or whatever body of water is close by to wet a line, drown a worm, or otherwise chase a fish?

Every spring, the compulsion strikes me and as soon as the water clears up from the last big rain I simply must get to the riverside for that primeval experience.

LSSD names administrators


By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Donna Shaffer and Bobby Brown have been named the newest administrators for the Lebanon Special School District as the district works to restructure and reorganize its schools to prepare for the opening of the new Winfree-Bryant Middle School.

Shaffer, currently the director at McClain Christian Academy, was named the new assistant principal at Castle Heights Elementary School, and Brown, former head football coach and assistant principal at Lebanon High School, was named the assistant principal at Walter J. Baird Middle School.

"We had wonderful applicants for both positions and we had numerous applicants for both positions, so we were really excited about that," said Dr. Sharon Roberts, director of LSSD.

EF-1 tornado damages property near Watertown

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
WATERTOWN — A tornado classified as an EF-1 touched down near Watertown Wednesday evening, causing damage to several properties in the area, said Tom Johnstone, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory.

The tornado had an estimated maximum wind speed of 100 mph. An EF-1 tornado, based on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, has wind speeds of 86 to 110 mph.  Several homes along Haley Road and West Old Alexandria Road, located east of Watertown, experienced significant property damage as a result of the tornado that touched down around 6:19 p.m.

Thankfully, Johnstone said there were no reported injuries or fatalities and credited the warning system and sirens in Watertown for letting residents of the area know to take shelter.

LPD issues citations for underage beer sales

The good news during a recent undercover beer buy conducted by the Lebanon Police Department is that 75 percent of the stores checked complied with the law regarding checking ID’s to be sure the beverage is not being sold to a minor, but the bad news is that five clerks checked the underage buyer’s identity but sold it to him anyway.

That was the word Thursday from Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen who said the undercover beer buys were conducted earlier this month with detectives from the department’s Narcotics Division working with officers on LPD’s Flex Unit.

A confidential informant under the age of 21 was sent into 20 stores inside the city limits of Lebanon to try and purchase beer. Out of the 20 stores, six clerks were cited for selling beer to a minor, and five of the six asked to see the informant’s ID to check his birthday but sold the beer to him anyway. Bowen noted that two of the alleged undercover beer sales occurred at the same market with two different clerks.

Beef event was a success

To the Editor:
The 23rd annual Tennessee Beef Agribition was held for the first time in Wilson County at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center on March 11-13. This year’s event attracted participants from 18 different states, 485 cattle were shown with a variety of breeds being offered for sale, nine chartered breeds were represented and 60 vendors were available for a large tradeshow. The total gross sales for this event totaled $410,350.

This would be a record high average over the 23-year history of Agribition.  The James E. Ward Ag Center has very diverse events, but the agricultural events are the reason we are here.

Events like this help strengthen our local economy and we are proud to be a part of that.

This was a collective effort by many people to make this a big success. Special thanks to the Wilson County workhouse crew, the Wilson County Road Commission, Eddie and Joslyn Conrad with Conrad Construction, 5 Bravo Construction, Ricky Rodriguez with Wilson County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Wilson County Commission, Agricultural Center Management Committee, Allan Foutch with ADC, Stratton Bone, Mike Justice with Lebanon Public Safety, The Wilson Post and The Lebanon Democrat for their excellent coverage of this event. 

Thanks to Quintin Smith and the board members of the TN Beef Agribition for giving us the opportunity to host this event. 

We observed some things that could be improved on to make next year’s event being even better. We are looking forward to the 24th annual TN Beef Agribition in March 2012.

Our goal is to improve on our facility every year and make this a premier destination for events in the South.

Larry Tomlinson and Staff
James E. Ward Agricultural Center

Yvonne Michelle Steverson, 45
LEBANON -- A memorial service was held Wednesday evening, March 23 at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon for Mrs. Steverson, 45, of Lebanon.
Mrs. Steverson passed away Saturday, March 19, 2011.
Survivors include husband of 16 years Kent Steverson; children Angel “Face” Davis, Anthony “Bankx” Davis, William “Dougie" Prince, and Jessica “Jess” Walker.
Also surviving: father Billy (Arlice) Sanford; mother Brenda (William) Prince; siblings Steve (Cheryl) Martin, Jason Winfrey, Lindy (Susan) Cowan, Douglas (Marie) Sanford, William (Tina) Steverson, Latonya Roberts, Billy (Kay) Prince, Bobby (Sherry) Prince and Vickie (Mike) Vaughn; grandchildren Triveon “lil TC”, Ron’Draius “Mekhi”, Kememreail “Jelly”, Carmello “Mello”, Kylan “lil Bankx”, Ari’Vonna “Vonna”, Rayvan “Starr”, Kaylie “Nicole”, Trenton “Trent”, Irazeriou “Izia” and La’nieyah “lil ma”; and godchildren Sierra and Jayla Roberts.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Wayne Burns, 54
McMINNVILLE -- Funeral services for Mr. Burns will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 25 at High Funeral Home in McMinnville.
Mr. Burns, 54, of McMinnville and formerly of Wilson County, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011.
He was a US Navy veteran, having served in Vietnam.
Mr. Burns was a tow motor operator for Bridgestone / Firestone in LaVergne and was a 1974 graduate of Lebanon High School.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. until the service Friday at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Judy Ann Burns of McMinnville; son Adam Cunningham of Florida; daughters Samantha Katlyn Burns of Mt. Juliet and Emily Burns of McMinnville; step-son Tony Chapman of McMinnville; step-daughters Stacy (Allen) West and Stephanie Chapman -- both of McMinnville; sisters Barbara Jo (Steven) Bass of Lafayette, Ala. and Debbie Jean (David) Dickerson of Rockville; sisters-in-law Frankie (Cecil) Ferrell of Morrison and Eddie (Corazon) Pinegar of McMinnville; nine grandchildren; mother-in-law Annie Belle Stubblefield of McMinnville; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Burns was preceded in death by parents, Robert and Barbara June West Burns; fathers-in-law Frank Pinegar and J.P. Stubblefield; and uncle Edy West.
High Funeral Home, McMinnville, was in charge of arrangements.
Hilda Massey Robinson, 81
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at Mt. Juliet Worship & Ministry Center for Mrs. Robinson, 81 of Old Hickory.
Born January 25, 1930 to the late Lillard Ernest Massey and Effie Mai Massey, she died March 22, 2011.
Visitation will be at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet Friday, March 25 from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, March 26 one hour prior to the service at the church.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Danny Sellars. Interment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: daughters Barbara (Jerry) Tate and Becky Mofield; grandchildren Michelle Baskin, Rob Tate and Brittany Mofield; great-granddaughter Lea Tate; sisters Reba (Horace) Tomlinson, Anna Appling, Ardelia Barnett and Willie Mai "Bill" Vanderpool; brother, Robert (Juanita) Massey; as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to he parents, she is preceded in death by husband, Claude Franklin Robinson; and brother Harold Dean Massey.
Pallbearers: Elbert Tomlinson, Jerry Tate, Rob Tate, Bobby Appling, Barry Appling, Mike Lawson and Dr. Wesley Appling.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to her caregiver, Tonia Michelle Williams and Alive Hospice.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Melvin H. Howard, 75
LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mr. Howard are scheduled 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
Mr. Howard, 75, of Lebanon passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at the Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.
Born October 18, 1935, in Wilson County, he was the son of the late Ewing and Ethel Parker Howard.
Mr. Howard served in the US Air Force for 20 years and worked for the Tennessee Department of Employment Security as a Veterans Representative for 20 years. He was a member of the Cedar Creek Baptist Church and the V.F.W.
Visitation Friday 2-8 p.m. and Saturday after 12 Noon at Ligon & Bobo.
Services will be conducted by Brother John Petree. Interment with military honors will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. 
Survivors include: his wife of 54 years Chris Houck Howard; children Debbie (Bill) Hamilton of Valparaiso, Indiana; Mindy (Rickey) Knight and Tammy Jo Watkins -- all of Lebanon; Jeff Howard of South Carthage.
Also surviving: grandchildren Brian & Chris Hamilton, Josh & Chad Hoffman, Megan Gravens, Chrissa Howard, Hunter & Spencer Dixon; four great grandchildren; brothers Carl Howard andLarry Howard -- both of Lebanon; several nieces and nephews; along with dearest friend, Wayne (Cindi) Metcalf.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings Robert K. Howard, Earline Bucy and Gladys Winfree.
Honorary pallbearers: Ken Wilmore, Ray Grisham, Larry Brown, Bennie Watkins and Mike Daniel.  Grandsons will serve as active pallbearers.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
Margaret Robinson Gwynn, 89
LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Gwynn are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Bethlehem United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Gwynn, 89, of Lebanon passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at the University Medical Center.
Born January 1, 1922, in Wilson County, she was the daughter of the late Hugh Lawrence and Edna Lee Draper Robinson.
Mrs. Gwynn was a 1939 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School and was a member of the Bethlehem United Methodist Church. She retired from the Lebanon Woolen Mill as the Human Resources Manager with 35 years of service.
Visitation Friday 2-8 p.m. at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home and Saturday after 11 a.m. at the church.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Ed Pugh. Interment will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. 
Survivors include: son James Robert “Bob” (Jean) Gwynn III; granddaughter Kimberly (Chris) Bolt; great grandchildren Zachary, Abigail and Gwyneth Bolt -- all of Lebanon; brothers James (Elaine) Robinson of Charlotte, NC; Charles (Janice) Robinson of Summerville, SC; sister-in-law Helen Robinson of Knoxville; and brother-in-law, Randall Harley of Nashville.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband James Robert “Bob” Gwynn on August 13, 1974; sister Jayne Harley; and a brother Gerald Robinson.
Pallbearers: Chris Bolt, Zachary Bolt, Jimmy Gibson, Randall Harley, David Collier and Jimmy Edwards.
Memorials may be made to the Bethlehem United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
Lloyd C. Kinkaid Jr., 84
LEBANON -- Lloyd Kinkaid Jr. passed away March 19, 2011 at age 84.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 27. 
Mr. Kinkaid retired as Vice President of National Life and Accident Insurance Company after 34 years.
He was a World War II veteran of the US Navy, a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, and for the past 68 years, a member of Masonic Lodge where he served as Secretary of the Lodge for two years.
Mr. Kinkaid served as a volunteer with the American Red Cross, serving on 13 national disaster teams, he organized and served as President of the Wilson County chapter of the AARP, growing it into the largest chapter in the United States.
Survivors include children: daughter Kelly Kinkaid (Mark) Brewer of Shreveport LA and son Lloyd (Amie) Kinkaid III of Mason OH; grandchildren: Hayes Brewer, Bruce Brewer, Sara Kinkaid, Emma Kinkaid, and Matthew Kinkaid.
He is preceded in death by wife of over 50 years -- Kathryn Feagins Kinkaid.
In lieu of flowers, make memorial donations to the American Red Cross (PO Box 4002018, Des Moines IA 50340-2018).
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Savannah Hope Swandal, 11
HERMITAGE -- A celebration of life will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at Hermitage United Methodist Church (205 Belinda Dr.) for 11 year-old Savannah Hope Swandal, a fifth grader at Mt. Juliet Elementary School.
She died Monday, March 21, 2011 after a courageous 5-year battle against cancer.
Born Feb. 23, 2000 in Hermitage, she was the daughter of mother and stepfather, Robin and Bruce Landes; father and stepmother, John and Taunya Swandal.
She loved spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, singing and dancing, going to the beach, anything having to do with fashion, playing games, enjoying the outdoors, peace signs and the colors purple and lime green.
An honor roll student, she was a member of Hermitage United Methodist Church where she served as an acolyte.
Visitation at the church Friday from 3-8 p.m., and two hours prior to the service on Saturday.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Allen Black and Rev. Chris Seifert.
Also surviving: siblings Luke Landes, Joey Fishbeck and Emma Swandal; grandparents Robert and Lennette Beasley of Germantown, TN, Gary and Peggy Landes of Greeneville, Bill and Paula Gates of Germantown; Ron and Saundra Baxter of Alexandria; great-grandmothers Doris Beasley of Germantown, Lucille Pick of Staunton, VA and Polly Dart of Memphis; aunts and uncles Lindsay Beasley of Plano, TX; Bart and Vicki Landes of London, OH; Shari and Bobby Collier of Olathe, KS; Deanna and Tom Chamberlain, Lake Gates, March and Brett Mims -- all of Memphis; Cameron Gates of Helena, AR; Tressa and Chad Flores of Watertown and many other cousins and family members.
She is preceded in death by grandparents, Preston Dart of Memphis and Dorothy and Ed Hunt of Livingston, MT.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made in remembrance of Savannah to Cure Search at to assist in the much needed research to find a cure for childhood cancer.
Arrangements by Hermitage Memorial Funeral Home, Old Hickory.
Finance director condidates trimmed down to 14

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Wilson County’s Finance Committee will continue interviewing the remaining 14 candidates for the Finance Director position, with hopes of fulfilling that position just in time to set a budget for the next fiscal year.

District 21 County Commissioner Eugene Murray, chairman of the Finance Committee, said the committee had originally received 29 applicants, one of whom dropped out of contention, leaving 28 individuals to choose from.

The committee has three meetings scheduled next week for interviewing the remaining 14 candidates after the list was cut in half last month.

Ravenwood 18, Wilson Central 9

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Down 9-0 early to Williamson County power Ravenwood, Wilson Central’s baseball team battled back to a 9-all tie only to see the visitors break loose for nine more runs in an 18-9 loss Thursday morning in the Wilson County Invitational Tournament.

Ravenwood opened the top of the first with three extra base hits, two doubles and a triple, eventually scoring nine times.

The Wildcats (2-4) never blinked, however, answering with a single run in the bottom of the first, then three more in the second on a home homer by Dakota Byrd. Central pushed across five in the bottom of the third to knot the score at 9-9.

“We’ve got a ways to go defensively,” said WC head coach Anthony Ford. “I liked the way our guys stayed aggressive at the plate, but give Ravenwood credit -- they pounded the baseball.”

All told, Ravenwood racked up 18 hits against four Wilson Central pitchers.

Dylan Pengergast paced Central’s 10-hit attack with a two-for-four effort -- including a double.

WCIT notes -- No games were played Wednesday night at any of the four local venues after a heavy band of storms roared through just before 6 p.m.

“We had the tarp off, and both teams had taken infield,” said Mt. Juliet coach Mark Purvis. “Then the bottom fell out. It looked like we were going to get a tornado.”

Small Town Yogi

Wilson Living Magazine
A few days ago I caught Angel in a weak moment, and before she knew it we -- along with our friend, Beth -- were on the interstate headed to Hot Yoga. What was the catalyst for a spur of the moment, mid-week trip to a facility that boasts a 110-degree room and instructors who encourage students to clear the mind of all distractions? Honestly, I forgot.

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The ABCs of Lebanon

Know the icons, landmarks, cool sites of the Cedar City?

Special to The Wilson Post
If you have lived in or around Lebanon for five years or more, here are 26 local institutions or sites you should be familiar with. Some are public places or unique events that reflect the history of the Cedar City, while other attractions are businesses, restaurants or just entertaining places to visit.
Check how many of these you are well versed in.

If you’ve not encountered some of these, lace up your walking shoes and hit the sidewalk or put a gallon of gasoline in the tank and cruise down the road. All but four are within the city limit signs. Most of these places provide entertainment, enjoyable experiences, hearty eating, a boost to the local economy or do good works.

(Note: Obviously, there are more than 26 attractions in Lebanon. Compile your own list to share with visitors or newcomers or email your favorite place around town to this writer.)  

A is for Antiques and the historic Arcade on the Square: Antique shops dot the Lebanon Square, from the fabled Cuz’s (look for The Thing) to the Downtown Antique Mall and those in between. The 101-year-old Arcade tucked in the southeast corner is in the midst of restoration and may well develop into the gem of the square. 

B is for Bay’s Bakery: Scrumptious sour dough bread at $1.25 a loaf. It’s great for banquets, breakfast toast or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Folks drive here from across the Mid-state to spend their bread on this bread.   

Our Feathered Friends - March 23

Oh, what a beautiful weekend we were blessed with just before spring finally starts. My birds are getting a touch of spring fever, and you can tell that breeding season is just around the corner. There is one small birdhouse on the backyard storage shed that has a 1 1/4-inch opening that only Wrens, Chickadees or Titmouse can enter. I watched in wonder at a pair of House Sparrows trying to gain entrance to start their little family. A few minutes later the male squeezed inside, but the female could not do the same.

This past Saturday we had a good time at Garrs Rental and Feed Store in Mt. Juliet with the two seminars there. It has been so long since talking to people, that I almost forgot why I was there. After a few jitters, my nerves finally eased up enough to get into a talk about our Bluebirds. Maybe I should give you all a few pointers about attracting Bluebirds to your property.

Habitat is one of the first things you should consider when placing out Bluebird houses. Bluebirds like an open piece of property that is not enclosed by a woods type of setting. Nesting boxes should never be placed directly on a tree trunk where many predators would have access to the babies. Place your houses on a pole at a height of five to seven feet off the ground. Look straight up and make sure that all you can see is sky.

Celia Lancaster Oldham, 58

FAYETTEVILLE -- Funeral services for Mrs. Celia Lancaster Oldham, age 58, of Fayetteville will be conducted Thursday at 10 a.m. at Higgins Funeral Home with Rev. Van Johnson officiating.

Burial will follow in Higgins Cedar Hills Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Oldham passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at her residence.

She was a native of Wilson County and the daughter of Jim and Vondell Green Lancaster of Lebanon. Mrs. Oldham was a homemaker and a member of the Fayetteville First Baptist Church.

Survivors in addition to her parents include her husband Glenn Oldham of Fayetteville; daughters Katie Hill and husband Mike, Liz Hammons and husband Keith, Maggie Byrne and husband TJ and Emily Oldham -- all of Fayetteville; grandchildren Josh, Rachel and Gus Hill, Emma, Glenn, Jim and Ellie Hammons, Grady and Molly Byrne; siblings Lucy (Ewin) Cowley of Fayetteville, Jim Lancaster (Debi) of Watertown and John (Penny) Lancaster of Lebanon as well as several nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be Wednesday 5-8 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Riverside Christian Academy Athletics, 116 Riverside Drive, Fayetteville, TN 37334 One of Mrs. Oldham’s greatest joys was watching her grandchildren play sports.

Higgins Funeral Home, Fayetteville, is in charge of arrangements.

Flood issues brought to County Commission meeting

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Flooding issues seemed to be flowing into the Wilson County Commission Monday night as the squires voted to allow Darren Lynch to speak about high water in his neighborhood, which has been a large issue in other local governments since the flood in May 2010.

Lynch, who lives in the Royal Oaks Subdivision in Mt. Juliet, told the commission that development of other homes and subdivisions around them have caused considerable flooding damage to their neighborhood.

“There are 13 of us, home and property owners, that experience this,” Lynch said, adding that the flooding didn’t happen prior to development of these other neighborhoods.


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