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Nancy Jane Phillips, 82

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Thursday morning Sept. 8, at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Phillips, 82, of Watertown.
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the homemaker died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.
Services were conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Tramel.
Survivors include: husband John Thomas Phillips of Watertown; son Bill (Sherry) Phillips of Potomac, M.D.; daughter-in-law Vickie Phillips of Hermitage; grandchildren Stephanie Phillips of Hermitage and Brett Phillips of Potomac, M.D.
She was preceded in death by her son Mike Phillips.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

LFA donates to CP tournament

Lebanon Fire Association members John Hubbard (left) and Don Winfreeannounced a donation of $1,000 for the upcoming Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The money will help Josephs Storehouse Food Ministry in their building program for a new 9,700 square foot warehouse to be located behind the existing facilities. The new storage area will allow them to bring in additional meat, dairy and fresh produce to feed more hungry families in Wilson County.

The food ministrys Board of Directors has estimated it will require $300,000 to complete the new building, and they are encouraging everyone to consider helping them feed hungry families in Wilson County.

The founder of the ministry, Brother Bob Evans, said, If we could get 300 donations of $1,000 each, or 600 donations of $500 each, or even multiple donations of $30 for each square foot of the building, we will be able to start the construction right away!

To register for the golf tournament or for information about helping with sponsorships, visit or email

School board votes to partially fund SRO at Gladeville Elementary

Just a week after Student Resource Officers discovered a Mt. Juliet High School student had weapons on school campus, the Wilson County Board of Education voted Sept. 6 to pay half the salary of an additional SRO to be placed at Gladeville Elementary.

The board voted 4-1 in favor of adding the SRO with Zone 4 member Ron Britt voting against the measure. Mike Davis, director of schools, said the county Law Enforcement Committee voted against the idea 5-2 in their last meeting.

Were putting the safety of our kids on the back-burner, said Greg Lasater, Zone 5 board member.

Lasater pointed out that no K-5 elementary in the county has an SRO and said all of the schools should have those officers to keep students safe. Lasater pointed out that recently Gladeville has had several incidents where it was placed on lockdown, one of which involved a police chase in the area of two robbery suspects.

Zone 1 board member Vikki Adkins pointed out that Gladeville is unique compared to other county K-5 elementary schools because it is not located within a close proximity to law enforcement offices. Response times to the school in case of an emergency would be much longer than at the other schools.

Mt. Juliet Elementary has the Mt. Juliet Police Department, so does W.A. Wright, Lakeview is close by, Adkins said.

Britt pointed out that he polled many school systems near Wilson County and said only one, Rutherford County, has SROs at its K-5 elementary schools. Lasater replied that Rutherford County has 41 schools and 40 SROs.

He said his objection to voting for this measure was because the Law Enforcement Committee had already indicated the county would not pay for the other half of the officers salary.

I have a problem voting for something thats dead-ended, Britt said.

The salary would be $60,000 for one year, to be funded through the Education Jobs Program Grant for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Davis said the money would no longer be available after June 30, 2012.

He also pointed out the school board has no authority to dictate where the SRO would be placed, as the officer would be employed by the Wilson County Sheriffs Department. Davis did say that Sheriff Terry Ashe agreed the officer would be placed at Gladeville Elementary.

Also during the meeting, the board approved selling property where its Bus Maintenance Facility is located to Custom Packaging Inc. and purchasing new property for a new maintenance facility.

The existing facility is behind Custom Packaging on 204 McCowan Drive and would be sold for $675,000.

The board voted 4-1 with Britt opposing to authorize the sale of the property. Custom Packaging offered to buy the property in order to expand its facilities. The board also approved the purchase of a new facility on Maddox-Simpson Parkway in a 4-1 vote with Britt opposing.

Before this came along we were not looking for a new facility, Britt said, pointing out the $350,000 difference in the sale price of the old facility and purchase price of a new facility.

The new maintenance facility is owned by Rollins Leasing LLC, and the property could be purchased for $875,000. Davis said moving everything from the old facility to the new one would cost about $150,000 more.

This would meet the needs of the school system for the next 25 to 30 years, Davis said.

The $350,000 difference between the two prices would come from the school boards fund balance and County Attorney Mike Jennings said the purchase of the new facility would be contingent on selling the old.

Don Weathers, Zone 3 board member, asked to have the $150,000 in transition costs be pulled from the measure and have it bid to see if the move can be completed more cheaply.

We have plenty of time and I want to know what its going to take, Weathers said.

During the meeting, Roger Perry, head football coach at Mt. Juliet High School, and Mel Brown, principal of MJHS, asked the boards approval to begin raising funds through the schools booster club to construct a new weight room.

Perry said the existing weight room was too small to accommodate the 125 football players and that they also do not have enough locker space for the players. Perry proposed turning the old weight room into a Junior Varsity locker room once the new weight room is built.

We have growing pains and in our football program we dont have enough lockers, Perry said.

The project would not require any money from the school board, but would be built on donations alone. Perry indicated an individual had already donated $100,000 to get the project underway. The board unanimously approved the request to raise they money.

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

MJ, W-town play homecoming games

No. 6-ranked Mt. Juliet will look to improve to 4-0 on the season as the Bears step out of District 9AAA play Friday against LaVergne. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Coach Roger Perry is hoping his squad will bring great effort for 48 minutes. We were clicking early in last weeks (48-20) win over Portland, Perry said, but I feel like we let down a little once we got a lead.
LaVergne comes in 2-1 overall after a 28-0 loss at Oakland High last week.
That game with Oakland was a battle, Perry said, LaVergne comes to Mt. Juliet Friday and theyll mean business. Theyve got tremendous talent and you can see it on film. Those guys are playing good football. We better be ready to play.
Mt. Juliet has scored 104 points through three games -- an average of 34.6 points per contest.

RBS at Watertown -- Its homecoming Froday night at Watertown as Region 4A rival Red Boiling Springs provides the opposition. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Robinson Stadium with homecoming festivities scheduled for halftime.
The Purple Tigers stand 2-0 on the season after blitzing Huntland High 54-7 last week on the road. Friday night marks the first of eight consecutive Region 4A games to close out the regular season.
The Bulldogs come in 2-0 and were idle last week. RBS scored a 47-13 win over Pickett County in the season opener and a 53-15 victory over Mt. Juliet Christian a week later.
Through two games, the Bulldogs have racked up 100 points and allowed only 28.

FCS at Clay County -- Still smarting from a 26-20 home loss to Gordonville, Friendship Christian School will be on the road Friday at Clay County High for another Region 4A contest.
The Bulldogs stand 1-2 overall (1-1 in the region) following a 17-14 loss last week to Monterey.
Clay County quarterback Alex McLerran completed on three of his nine passing attempts, but two went for touchdowns as he racked up 133 yards through the air.
The Commanders stand 1-2 overall and 0-1 in league play following last weeks emotional 26-20 home loss to Gordonsville.

Wilson Central at Shelbyville -- Wilson Central limps into Bedford County Friday with a record of 0-3 following a 47-13 loss last week at Hendersonville. The Wildcats have suffered through a string of injuries, but should get some of their players back in action tonight.
Shelbyville sports a record of 3-0 with wins over Coffee County (40-13), Warren County (44-0) and Franklin County (31-27).

Glencliff at Lebanon -- Lebanon (1-2) will be without the services of quarterback / playmaker Patrick Maynard who injured an ankle last week in the 41-0 loss to Gallatin.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field. Live radio coverage begins at 76:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9 with a live video feed available on the Internet at
The reigns of the offense will be handled over to sophomore Bryce Suber who will be operating behind a re-vamped offensive line. Glencliff comes in 1-2 after a 13-9 loss last week to Nashville Overton.

Clarksville Academy at MJ Christian -- The 0-3 Saints get no relief in the schedule tonight as 2-1 Clarksville Academy comes to Suey Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
CA knocked off Nashville Christian last week 28-16 after splitting a pair of games vs. Montgomery Central (33-14 W) and Stewart County (26-20 L).
We kind of ran out of gas in the fourth quarter last week, and thats on me, said MJ Christian coach Mark Harrison. Our guys are playing with good effort, but weve got to play physical football for 48 minutes.


CU football's utility infielder

At a school known for its baseball program, everyone knows the value of a "utility infielder". On the football field, that guy is DaJuan Manning.

A fifth year senior, the former Gallatin High standout has emerged as one of Cumberlands most valuable players.

Since he arrived on campus Manning has played defensive back, returned kickoffs, seen time at wingback, blocked punts, caught passes and has moved back over to defense as a senior.

"DaJuan has really handled all this pretty well," said CU football coach Dewayne Alexander. "Whenever weve been a little undermanned at a position, DaJuan has been able to step in and take up the slack.

"Hes one of the fastest guys on the team and now that weve got a little depth at wingback, we decided that he could get on the field more in the secondary as kind of our nickel back against these spread offense teams and even a little linebacker if the matchup isright."

Manning has taken all the moves in stride.

"Hes always got a smile on his face, our coaches love him," Alexander said. "Hes one of those kids who is always hanging around the locker room, hes just a pleasure to be around."

CU visits Campbellsville -- Fresh off a 23-1 win at Lindsey Wilson last week, the Bulldogs head back up the road into Kentucky to play at Campbellsville on Saturday.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Finley Stadium with live radio coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9 as well as around the world on the Internet at

"Campbellsville is a very good football team, well-coached," Alexander said. "Theres a lot of excitement up there and deservedly so."

The Tigers will employ a 3-3 stack defensive front and according to Alexander, "theyll stunt like crazy".

Campbellsville (1-0) is coming off a season-opening 30-14 victory over Union, Ky. last week.


Charges pending in fatal wreck

LEBANON -- Charges are pending in a Tuesday, Sept. 6 accident on Hartsville Pike that resulted in the death of a Hermitage man. The accident happened about 10 a.m. near Athens Road and Centerville.

According to a report from the Tennessee Department of Safety, Robert L. Elkins, 32, of Forest Ridge Drive, Hermitage, died as a result of his injuries.

The report, filed by Trooper Tracy White of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, said Antonio L. Calhoun, 35, of Cainsville Road, was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle and was headed eastbound on Hartsville Pike near Athens Road when the vehicle crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 1999 Honda UAX driven by Elkins.

The Honda made a final stop in a ditch on the westbound side of Hartsville Pike while the Ford Explorer came to a final stop in the roadway facing southwest.

Calhoun and the passenger in his vehicle, Barbara C. Watson, 28, of Long Fork Creek Road in Lafayette, were both injured. All three persons were wearing their seat belts, the report noted.

Although there was no evidence of drug or alcohol use, Blood Alcohol and drug tests were requested as is standard in accidents when a fatality occurs.

Calhoun was issued a citation for Failure to exercise due care and driving on the wrong side of the road.

The report said that criminal charges are pending.

From Post staff reports

Sportswriter Biddle will contribute to The Wilson Post

Veteran sports journalist Joe Biddle will soon be offering his insights on the college football scene to readers of The Wilson Post.

Until recently a regular columnist with daily newspapers in Nashville since 1979, Biddle is the only Harris Interactive College Football Poll voter in the state of Tennessee. He is also the state chairman for the Heisman Trophy voting.

Main Street Media has given me a chance to return to my roots of writing for a locally owned newspaper that concentrates on local sports that larger papers are not equipped to provide on a regular basis, Biddle said.

While I search for a full time job, I have volunteered to write a column for The Wilson Post. It gives me a chance to keep my hand in writing.

For the past 13 years Biddle was a sports columnist for The Tennessean, producing a minimum for four columns a week and in football season writing six columns a week.

Biddle was selected Tennessee Sports Writer of the Year four times by the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters.

The Harris Poll is a weekly ranking of the top 25 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college football teams.

The poll was created in the summer of 2005 to replace the AP Poll, when decided it no longer wanted to be a part of the formula used by the BCS rankings to determine who plays in the BCS National Championship Game.

Unlike the other two seasonal polls, the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll, the Harris Poll does not release a preseason poll; in fact, it does not come out until the last half of September, several weeks into the season.

The Harris Interactive Poll is composed of former players, coaches, administrators, and current and former media who submit votes for the top 25 teams each week. The panel has been designed to be a statistically valid representation of all 11 FBS Conferences and independent institutions.

Plans call for Biddle to be interviewed each week by staffers from this newspaper in regard to the reasoning behind his Harris Poll votes.

Biddle is a native of Johnson City and a veteran of the US Air Force. He is a 1971 graduate of East Tennessee State University and is a member of the schools Communications departments Hall of Fame. Joe and his wife Sharon have been married for 36 years.

Biddle personally witnessed Nashville emerge as a major metropolitan area that went from having no major professional sports to having two, the NFLs Tennessee Titans and the NHLs Nashville Predators.

By TOMMY BRYAN, The Wilson Post /

Let me introduce you to my children

By BECKY ANDREWS, Wilson Living Magazine
Many of us know someone who has perfect children. The children who never talk back (even though they started talking in complete sentences at 6 weeks old), their children began reading and could recite all the amendments of the Bill of Rights by age 2, could kick a field goal from the 50 yard line at 8 years old and now colleges from the top 10 have already reserved a full scholarship for Junior.

Of course all of the above is according to the parents, who tend to embellish at times. These are also the parents that you can tell take secret joy in discovering that your youngest didnt learn how to tie his shoes until 2nd grade.

This type of parent never seemed to faze my mother. Id like to think she was so incredibly open about the failings of her children because she simply liked to make others feel better. But part of me knows better. When I would ask her why she insisted on telling the parents of my classmates I sucked my thumb until age 11 shed reply,

But look at you now. You dont suck your thumb anymore.

She did this quite often. We (my brothers and sisters) like to reminisce about how mom introduced us to complete strangers. It always went a little like this,

This is my oldest son, Mike. Hes very creative and so sensitive. Dont offer him a drink though. Hes a recovering alcoholic.

This is Laura. Shes our oldest daughter. Isnt she pretty? You should have seen her before she gained all that weight from the kids. Talk about a knockout.

Heres Kathy. She is the most reliable of our children. I dont know where she got her chest from though.

I cringed when it was my turn. Out of all of my brothers and sisters, I provided the most entertainment and disappointment so there was no telling where this introduction would go.

Becky is our fourth. Look how pretty her teeth are. Thank God she quit sucking her thumb. Shes on another diet so keep an eye on your dessert. She has a sweet tooth, dont you, Beck?

This is Christy. Shes our baby girl. Shes also agnostic. You know, she doesnt believe in God. Ive told her about hell. But, shes my stubborn child. I guess some of us just have to learn the hard way.

And our baby, Tony. Hes just precious. Youd never know his big sisters dressed him in drag when he was little. Although, who knows what hes wearing under those jeans.

I cant wait to create similar memories for my children. Some traditions should never be lost.

Email your embarrassing stories to Becky!

New Footloose takes place in fake Tennessee town

Dear Ken: Ive heard they are remaking the movie Footloose. Who is in the new cast? Will Kevin Bacon appear?
The new Footloose opens Oct. 14 and stars Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell. Filmed around Atlanta, it will be set in the fictional town of Beaumont, Tenn. Some of the original songs will be kept in the update, including Lets Hear It for the Boy. Bacon is not in the new version.

Dear Ken: Tell us something about Olivia Wilde, who plays Ella in the movie Cowboys & Aliens.
Born Olivia Jane Cockburn in New York, Wilde, 27, co-starred in the TV series The O.C. as Alex Kelly and in House M.D. as Dr. Remy Thirteen Hadley. The Irish-American actress starred in the 2010 film Tron: Legacy and will be in five movies before this year is up, including The Change-Up, In Time and Butter. She married Italian-American documentary filmmaker Tao Ruspoli, who is also an Italian prince, on a school bus in 2003 but filed for divorce earlier this year. Her mixed breed male dog, Paco, was a mascot for Old Navy in 2006, and Wilde recently tweeted that Paco is her new boyfriend.

Dear Ken: Whatever happened to J. Fred Muggs, the chimpanzee who saved the Today Show from going under back in the 1950s?
Muggs, 59, to the best of my knowledge is alive and well and happy in his retirement in Tampa Bay, Fla., with his girlfriend Phoebe B. Beebe. Dave Garroway, host of Today back in the day, reportedly hated the simian that brought home the bacon for NBC, helping the network earn millions of dollars. The chimp really was top banana.

Dear Ken: How many other children does Ryan ONeal have besides daughter Tatum?
ONeal, 70, has three other children: Griffin, Patrick and Redmond. The latter, 26, was also the son of Farrah Fawcett. Ryan has been in remission from leukemia since 2006. He plays the recurring character of Max Keenan on the TV series Bones.

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck at

Wilson Living - Sept. 7

New issue hits stands!

By ANGEL KANE, Wilson Living Magazne
We hope by now you are enjoying our latest edition of Wilson Living Magazine. We always have such fun putting these issues together and this last time, we were invited to the beautiful home of Forrest and Melissa Shoaf for a Girls Night In.

Joining the ladies of Wilson Living were Beth Parrott, Valerie Jones and Kimberly Lebo (all pictured in the September/October edition) and together with Erin, Becky, Amy and I, we were all treated to a delicious meal prepared by Chef Melissa.

During our dinner, Melissa shared the news with us that she is starting a new culinary business known as Forte Chefs. Her new service allows her to design meals for busy families and also the opportunity to come into your home for small dinner parties and cooking demonstrations. The new venture will use local organic produce and proteins. Check out her new venture at

In the latest issue, you can see photos of the wonderful meal she prepared for us and also prepare one of the dishes yourself, as Melissa graciously shared her recipe for Melon Salad with Arugula, Frisee and Mint Vinaigrette with all our readers. Be sure to check out the Home & Garden article in the latest issue, the photos of Melissas home are breathtaking!

And one lucky winner of this issues Founders Favorites will win a free cooking lesson for five, in their home, with Chef Melissa. Entry is free, so make sure to go to to enter.

And a big congratulations to Jennie Howell of Lebanon. Jennie won all of the Founders Favs in last issue and you could be next!

And, our other big news, is that we are feverishly preparing for the Wilson Living Holiday Expo. This will be our third year hosting the event and each year it is getting bigger and better. Vendors from all over come to our event and its a great place to take care of all your holiday shopping needs. Once again, Santa will be on hand, not only for photos this year, but also for a special Breakfast with Santa.

For details and to reserve your vendor booth call 969-6751. Space is limited and we expect to sell out soon.

Until next time, keep reading.

His canines protect America

By KEN BECK, The Wilson Post
Lebanons David Frost has trained thousands of soldiers for the Air Force and hundreds of troopers for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The catch is this: Frosts guardians of the American Way are dogs.

Since enlisting in the Air Force in 1965, Frost has trained approximately 5,000 canines. He has been a pioneer in teaching mans best friend to sniff out illegal drugs and explosive materials.

I started out as a one-striper dog handler in 1966 and retired in 1988 as the supervisor of the Department of Defense Dog School, the dog man said.

Today, the canine training coordinator for the Tennessee Highway Patrol has 37 of his four-legged charges working across the Volunteer State.

Click here to view the entire story and photos in a PDF format.

Our Feathered Friends - Sept. 7

We should all thank God for this wonderful rain that is coming from down in the Gulf of Mexico. All of my birds here at home were wondering what was going on as they must have forgotten what this water from the sky was all about. I just hope it will not cause gasoline prices to jump.

I finally made the pilgrimage to Mt. Juliet to visit my favorite store, Garrs. Roy Garr was busy helping customers so I waited for him to get un-busy, if thats a real word. I purchased two ant moats to go on my feeder hanging at the kitchen window, and one around front that I hang off the gutter. You have to keep an eye on them so the water will not evaporate or fill up with leaves, giving the ants safe passage over the water. First thing this morning, after some heavy rain, there were ants crawling all over it. Leaves had made bridges which were helping the ants to crawl over.

Something else you can try is to add a small drop of dish detergent to the moat which will cause the surface tension to disappear and small bugs will then drown when they try to cross over. I still need to pick up at least three more.

The last few weeks we were discussing members of the Swallow family which makes their home around the Wilson County area. We may find all the species here, except for two of them. The Cave Swallow will be found out west in the Carlsbad Caverns area along with New Mexico and south central Texas. I dont ever remember hearing of one being found in Tennessee.

The last one is the Violet-Green Swallow )pictured above) which lives out in the Rocky Mountain range towards the west coast of California. Six out of eight birds is not too bad a deal for us southerners.

Back to the Hummers, I would guess that there were maybe 50-plus birds here at my six feeder stations. There are five feeders alone here at my home with fights everywhere. Sometimes one will find a feeder occupied and will move to the other side where it couldnt be seen by the owner. Standing on my front porch, right next to one of my feeders, I was treated to some up close and personal encounters with these little ones. There were three of them who circled my head and you should have heard the noise those tiny wings were singing. Ive never been that close. The buzzing noise was incredible, almost brushing my ears.

If anyone is having trouble finding Hummingbirds, just drive over to my home and park in my driveway and just keep your eyes open; they are very plentiful.

I would love to hear from you as to whats lurking about in your neighborhood and at your feeders. You can write me at 606 Fairview Ave., Lebanon, TN 37087, or call me at 547-7371 or e-mail me at

Burglary suspect nabbed after foot chase

Lebanon Police arrested a local man suspected of stealing a cash register and other items from Daniels Market at 1037 Sparta Pike on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Officers Chris Luna and Eric Gray responded within two minutes to a burglar alarm at the market on Saturday and according to a news release from the Lebanon Police Department, saw a subject running from the area toward Peyton Road. After a short foot chase, the officers took the suspect into custody. He was identified as Joshua R. Case, 25, of 307 North Cumberland Street, Apt. 12, Lebanon.

During the foot chase, the suspect reportedly dropped the cash register taken from the business in a ditch.

Officers, during the arrest, were able to recover other items reportedly taken during the burglary.

Case has been charged with burglary, vandalism greater than $1,000, theft of property over $500 and evading arrest. He is to appear in General Sessions Court on Nov. 15.

At the time of his arrest, Case was out on bond for allegedly committing burglaries at Daniels Market and at Raceway on June 3. In the June arrest, officers responded to a burglars alarm at Daniels Market and noticed a vehicle leaving the scene, the news release said.

When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled eastbound on Interstate 40. The suspect was taken into custody with the assistance of the Wilson County Sheriffs Department, at 9540 Bluebird Road.

"The key to these arrests were the quick dispatch and response to the alarm calls," said Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen. "In both of these cases, the officers were able to pursue a suspect due to their quick response time which led to the successful arrest of the suspect and recovery of several thousand dollars in stolen property."

From Post staff reports

TDOT chief visits here Sept. 13

Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer will be visiting Wilson County on Tuesday, Sept. 13, to take local elected officials on a tour to view current and upcoming TDOT projects in the area.

Schroer has been touring the entire state during a Summer Projects Tour, allowing federal, state and local officials to see what TDOT has in the works across Tennessee. On Sept. 13, Schroer and local officials will visit four sites in Wilson County.

Schroer will meet elected officials at the Music City Star Lebanon Station at 10 a.m. and travel to Highway 109 where LoJac Inc. has been widening the highway from Division Street to Highway 70.

Following the first stop, Mt. Juliet officials will get a chance to meet Schroer at the Stars Mt. Juliet Station and see the progress in widening Mt. Juliet Road from Division Street up to Hwy. 70.

They will also travel to the section of Interstate 40 from Mt. Juliet Road to Hwy. 109, which is proposed to be widened in the three-year Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

The final stop will be on Hwy. 109 at the Cumberland River where TDOT is constructing a new bridge over the river to connect Wilson and Sumner Counties.

TDOT will also hold an Open House that day from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Gallatin for Wilson and Sumner County residents. The Open House will take place at Gallatin City Hall located at 132 West Main Street in Gallatin.

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Wilson leads Oct. 15 concert effort

LEBANON -- Singer/songwriter Gretchen Wilson is heading up plans for the Wilson County Homegrown Concert set for Saturday, Oct. 15, to benefit the Bradley Barn Wilson County Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Bradley family and friends have been looking for a location for the Bradley Barn historical items from its recording days in Mt. Juliet.

From these meetings, the concept was discussed with country music stars who call Wilson County home, and Wilson took the lead in doing a concert to establish a building fund for the proposed project.

The Agricultural Center Management Committee and the Fiddlers Grove Foundation will be meeting in the near future to explore the concept of a building that could become a venue for concerts, tour groups and other events as well as being a museum for Wilson County Country Music stars.

The Oct. 15 concert will be open-air at the James E. Ward Agricultural Centerin Lebanon with gates to open at 5 p.m. and the concert to begin at 6.Wilson is enlisting other friends to be a part of this concert in which the total proceeds will go to the building fund.

General admission tickets will sell for $30 and VIP seating will sell for $45.If you purchase general admission tickets you will need to bring your own lawn chair or blanket. The VIP seating will have chairs in front of stage.

Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, Sept. 15, online at, Wilson County Fair Office at the Ward Ag Center (tickets can be picked up the day of the concert at the Will Call Office or at the Fair Office prior to the concert), Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce office, Mt. Juliet/Wilson Wilson County Chamber of Commerce office and the following locations of Wilson Bank & Trust:Main Office at 623 West Main, Lebanon; Watertown Office, Mt. Juliet Office at 1476 North Mt. Juliet Road, Donelson at 217 Donelson Pike, Carthage, Smithville, Hartsville, Gallatin and Murfreesboro at 802 North West Broad.

VIP tickets will be sold online and at the Wilson County Fair Office only.For more information, call 443-2626.

Porter Felts Ford, 82

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Ford, 82, of Hermitage.
Know as "T-Model" to his friends, Mr. Ford died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011.
A member of Center Chapel Church of Christ, he was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Mt. Juliet Lodge #642 F&AM and a member of the Al Menah Shrine.
Retired from Consolidated Freight, he was the son of the late, C.W. and Maude Felts Ford.
Services will be conducted by Brother August Ruff. Interment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his wife of 65 years Mary Frances Ford; children H. Dennis (Gloria) Ford and Vicki F. (Bill) Sorey; brother Joe Ford; grandchildren Steven D. (Crystal) Ford, John T. (Ashley) Hunter and Jamie D. White; great-grandchildren Taylor White, Madalyn Ford, Nathan Ford, Miley Ford and Hunter Hodges and three nephews.
Active pallbearers: Steven Ford, John Hunter, Frank LaRue, Tommy Conn, Dan Howland, Lindrell Barrett, Mike Slagle and Troy Hall, Jr.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Paul Basil Petretzky, 93

LEBANON -- The family of the late Paul Petretzky will receive friends between the hours of 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Mr. Petretzky, 93, a resident of Lebanon since 2007, died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at University Medical Center.
Born July 12, 1918 in Perryopolis, PA, he was the son of Rev. Basil and Anna Petretzky.
Mr. Petretzky joined Tennessee Eastman Corporation as a chemist in 1945 and retired from the Y-12 Plant of Union Carbide in 1983 as head of the Metallogaphy Laboratory.
Earning a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, he was a member of the American Society of Metals, The American Chemical Society and the International Metallographic Society.
Relative to his work at Y-12, he authored and co-authored several technical papers. For his many years of dedicated service, a scholarship was awarded in his honor to a metallurgy student at the University of Tennessee.
He was active in the early life of the First United Methodist Church on Oak Ridge where he served in leadership roles in the church programs of education, missions, evangelism and history. For more than 30 years he was a member of the Chancel Choir.
He was an active member of the Oak Ridge Lions Club serving as President and other offices. Mr. Petretzky was also an active participant in the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic for many years.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 at the First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge. Visitation from 12 Noon until service time at the church.
Services will be conducted by Pastor Stella Roberts with interment in the Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
Survivors include: his wife of 66 years Ruth Petretzky; daughters Nancy (robert) Caldwell of San Jose, CA, and Judee (Jay) Barry of Lebanon; granddaughters Jennifer (Chad) Brown of Rogers, AR, Melodee (Jeff) Barry-Conklin of Hendersonville, TN, and Alicia Caldwell of San Francisco, CA; great-grandsons Clayton and Caiden Brown and Ben Conklin; brother-in-law Allison (Peggy) Burton of Clinton; sister-in-law Maxine Burton of Billings, MT; nephew Richard Maggart of Oak Ridge; nieces Anne Maggart (Glen) Teasley of Knoxville and Darra Romick of North Canton, OH.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Basil and Anna Petretzky and sister Irene (Darrell) Romick.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.

Elizabeth Gayle Layne, 70

Elizabeth Gayle Layne
LEBANON -- A visitation was held Sunday, Sept. 4 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Ms. Layne, 70, of Nashville.
Retired after 32 years as a teacher in the Metro-Nashville Public Schools, she died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at the Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.
Survivors include: her sister Rebecca (Dr. Graham) Rose of Manhatten, Kansas; special cousin Brad Mangrum of Atlanta, GA; a niece, several nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Chalmer Lee and Lily Clara Mangrum Layne.
Memorials may be made to the Nashville Humane Association, 213 Oceola Ave., Nashville, 37209.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Albert Ballentine, 58

HERMITAGE No services are planned for Mr. Ballentine, 58, of Hermitage.
He passed away Monday, September 5, 2011.
He is preceded in death by parents Elvis and Jane Ballentine.
Survivors include: cousins Larry (Trina) Byers, Gene (Janice) Byers, Bobby (Brenda) Byers, Brenda Gotto, and Brent (Laura) Martin; and several nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to Travis Byers and Steve Pruitt of Donelson Home Health.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

HERMITAGE No services are planned for Mr. Ballentine, 58, of Hermitage.
He passed away Monday, September 5, 2011.
He is preceded in death by parents Elvis and Jane Ballentine.
Survivors include: cousins Larry (Trina) Byers, Gene (Janice) Byers, Bobby (Brenda) Byers, Brenda Gotto, and Brent (Laura) Martin; and several nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to Travis Byers and Steve Pruitt of Donelson Home Health.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Robert Kerr, 82

CARTHAGE -- Retired U. S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Robert Kerr of the Rome Community died shortly after arrival at University Medical Center on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at University Medical Center where he was being treated after transport from Quality Care. He was 82.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with Brother Steve Maile and Mr. Kerrs pastor Brother Donie Payne officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at Sanderson in Carthage Wednesday after 9 a.m.
Masonic Chapel services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 6 by Comer Masonic Lodge #417 F & AM of Watertown -- of which Mr. Kerr was a member. He was a 32nd Degree Mason.
Born Robert Quarles Kerr in the Stone Community of Jackson County on January 18, 1929, he was one of three children of the late Edward Glover Kerr and Ova Vella Scott Kerr.
A sister, Ione Kerr Harris preceded him in death.
On May 12, 1989 he was married to the former Nola Mae Savage of Rome.
They were preceded in death by her son, Mackie Wayne Manion in 1995.
After retiring from the US Air Force with 42 years military service and military reserve service, Mr. Kerr was employed at Avco-Textron for 22 years before retiring from there.
Mr. Kerr was a veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the Carthage Road Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are daughters Debbie (James) Stephens and Bobbye Lou Hudson and friend Jeff Troupe -- all of Watertown; step-daughters Janie (Don) Jordan and husband Don of Gulf Shores AL, Lisa (Kent) Taylor of Riddleton; brother Nelson (Frances) Kerr of Livingston along with nine grandchildren.
Arrangements by Sanderson Funeral Home of Carthage.

Donnie Crosslin, Jr., 22

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 6 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Crosslin, 22, of Old Hickory.
He passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011.
Services were conducted by Brother Dave Davis. Interment followed at the Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: father Donnie (Beth) Crosslin, Sr.; mother Tina (Tony) Giorgianni; son Trey Crosslin; brother Tristan Giorgianni; sister Andrea McBroom; grandparents Tommy & Marsha Crosslin, Sr.; aunt Tiffany (David) Wiggins; uncle Tim Carver; and cousin Kayla Carver.
He is preceded in death by great-grandparents Ralph and Nora Boyers and Hugh and Ethel Crosslin; and great-aunt Dorothy Boyers.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Mt. Juliet.

Mary Davis Dunaway Hunt, 68

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Hunt, 68, of Lebanon.
A former employee of Lux Clock, farmer and homemaker, and a real estate agent with Agee & Johnson Realty, she died at her residence Sunday Sept. 4, 2011.
Mrs. Hunt was a member of the Philadelphia Church of Christ.
Visitation Wednesday from 12 Noon until funeral services at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Brother Tom Watson will conduct the service. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: children Keith Ray (Donna) Hunt and Charlotte Gayle Hunt (Edwin) Nokes; grandchildren Richard Paul Hunt, Jessica Lacey Hunt Carr, Aaron Scott Langford and Zachary Charles Langford; great grandchild Andrew Charles Carr; sister Gayle Wilson Dunaway (Walter) Booker; sister-in-law Nadine Richardson Dunaway Hawkins; brothers and sisters-in-law Billy Dean Renee) Hunt, Don (Rosie) Hunt, Larry (Cindy) Hunt, Carolyn Hunt Eastes; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents Leonard Earnest and Ada Roberta Huddleston Dunaway; husband Charles Richard Hunt, infant brother L.E. Dunaway; brothers Glen Huddleston Dunaway and Fred Leon Dunaway; mother and father-in-law; Richard Benton Hunt and Frances Louise Carpenter Hunt; brother-in-law Kenneth Lynn Eastes.
Active pallbearers: Richard Hunt, Aaron Langford, Zachary Langford, Landon Dunaway, David Dunaway, Dan Dunaway, Kenny Eastes and Richard Eastes. Honorary: Troy Booker and Kevin Hunt.
In lieu of flowers the family request contributions be made in Mrs. Mary Hunts memory to the Philadelphia Church of Christ.
Arrangements by the Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.

Thelma Lorraine Barrett, 82

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Sept. 4 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Barrett, 92, of Mt. Juliet.
A member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church and a former employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, she died Friday, Sept. 2, 2011.
Services were conducted Rev. Susan Gardner. Interment followed at Williamson Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: daughter Sonja Lorraine (James A.) Boswell; step-son Lionel R. Barrett, Jr.; granddaughters Robin (John) Roberts and Michelle (John) Sloan and great-grandchildren Christian and Hannah Roberts and David Sloan.
She was preceded in death by parents Roy and Margaret Taylor Hoewischer and her husband, Lionel R. Barrett, Sr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alive Hospice or the Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff of Providence Place at Mt. Juliet for the care given to Mrs. Barrett.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Edward W. Creamer, Sr., 80

Mr. Creamer, 80, of Islip Terrace, New York passed away on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 at Southside Hospital in New York.
A retired manager for Pfizer Pharmaceutical Co. in Brooklyn, NY, he is survived by his wife, Maryrose Creamer of New York; son Edward (Jane) Creamer Jr. of Lebanon; grandchildren Jane Creamer and Catherine Creamer; sister Therese Hansen; stepsons Anthony Matz and Angelo Matz.
Memorial services will be held in New York Thursday, Sept. 8 at the St. Peter the Apostle R.C. Church.
Visitation will be held in Saturday, Sept. 10, between the hours of 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
A prayer service will follow visitation with entombment in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Father Michael OBryan will officiate the prayer service.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.

Services set Sept. 7 for former Co. Commissioner Jerald Phillips

From Post staff reports
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 7 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Jerald T. Phillips, 68, of Lebanon.

Mr. Phillips, who served the 23rd District on the Wilson County Commission for eight years, passed away Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011.

Mr. Phillips worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers for 33 years and worked with the Wilson County Civil Defense the forerunner of Wilson County Emergency Management Agency -- for 17 years. In his younger days he was active in youth sports, working as a Little League umpire.

Services were conducted by Brother Billy Trice. Interment followed in the Fairview Cemetery, located in the Norene Community.

Survivors include: his wife of 48 years Patsy Agee Phillips; children Cindy (Bobby) Lackey, Randall (Britt) Phillips and Micheal (Tammy) Phillips; brother-in-law Vaughn Akins; grandchildren Pamela (Bobby) Pruitte, Rebecca Fisher, Jeff Shaffer, Micheal Shaffer, Bryson Phillips, Alyssia Lackey, Branton Phillips and Logan Lackey; and great-grandsons Aaidan Bollenbeck and Jesse Shaffer.

He is preceded in death by father James Thomas Buddy Phillips, mother Eura Mae Hall Phillips, and great-grandson Justin Dakota Pruitte.

Active pallbearers included: Harold Scoot Edwards, Jackie Jenkins, Tommy Phillips, Bubba Phillips, Gordy Graves and Robert Hutson. Honorary: WEMA, Corps of Engineers, Charles Morris Jones, Randall Hall and Emmanuel Harris.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.


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