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8 nonagenarians plan return to WHS

The Wilson Post

Among the 400 or so alumni slated to attend the centennial celebration of Watertown High School on May 26 will be eight graduates over the age of 90.

The nonagenarians include Lela Beatrice Adams Robinson Forester, Cassie Martin Hallum, Kathryn Hearne, George James, Nancy Macon, Elmer Marler, Frank Mullinax and Georgia Neal.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=42|imageid=256|displayname=0|float=left}Marler, who lives at Elmcroft in Lebanon, and Mullinax, of Memphis, both served in World War II and Mullinax was a prisoner of war.

A story in The Wilson Post earlier this spring reported Marler, 97, a member of the Watertown High School class of 1933, as the oldest known living graduate. Since then, two older alumni have contacted the paper.

Cassie Martin Hallum, who turns 99 in October, appears to be the oldest surviving Watertown High graduate. The class of 1931 graduate was born Oct. 8, 1913, in Statesville, and raised in Watertown on Holmes Gap Road with her parents, two brothers and sister. She married Eugene Hallum of Lebanon, and they had four sons and a daughter.

Dixie Taylor-Huff dies after battle with cancer

From Post staff reports

Family and friends from far and wide are mourning the passing of Dixie Taylor-Huff, 71, president and CEO of Quality Health Care and Rehabilitation and Cedars Health Care in Lebanon.

Mrs. Taylor-Huff of Castalian Springs died Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at Centennial Medical Center following an extended illness.

Her sphere of influence touched a broad range of individuals from high ranking public officials to blue collar factory workers.

Several Tennessee governors were friends with her and she was a frequent visitor on healthcare issues in Washington.

A native of Trousdale County, her career in healthcare began as a nurse and was elevated to a position of ownership of several healthcare facilities in the region.

Lebanon's Cragwall signs with TSU

Shaq Cragwall, holder of two Lebanon High records, signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent Wednesday morning to continue his track & field career at Nashville's Tennessee State University.

Cragwall will compete Friday in the Class AAA high jump and triple jump in the BlueCross Spring Fling Friday at MTSU's Dean Hayes Stadium.

One of 12 county-wide finalists for the Wilson County Sports Council's academic-athlete award, Cragwall won sub-sectional championships in both the high jump and triple jump; was mid-state champ in the high jump, triple jump and long jump as well as District 9AAA champ in the high and triple jumps.

Son of Alicia Neal, Cragwall is leaning toward a major in drafting or architecture at TSU.

Contact TOMMY BRYAN at

SPRING FLING -- Local baseball, softball teams eliminated Wednesday

Class AAA softball
Daniel Boone 4, Mt. Juliet 3
MURFREESBORO -- Mt. Juliet's Lady Bears were eliminated Wednesday morning at the Starplex, falling to Daniel Boone High of Washington County 4-3. The loss ended Brad Rowlett's first season as head coach in the BlueCross Spring Fling with a record of 34-15-1.

Trailing 4-0, Mt. Juliet mounted a comeback in the bottom of the fourth as Rachel Atnip tripled and Lauren Woodards RBI groundout was followed by Ashton Stowes run-scoring single.

Boone second baseman Hannah Montoyas error allowed another run to score and it was 4-3. Mt. Juliet had a golden opportunity in the bottom of the fifth inning- with runners on first and second with no outs, but couldnt score.

The Lady Bears dropped their tournament opener to Munford 6-5 on Tuesday. Madison Taylor was robbed of a 3-run homer on a great catch by Munford outfielder Tori Ray.

Vegas predicts Titans to lose first four

Titans Coach Mike Munchak has his work cut out for him.

If he pays any attention to what Cantor Gaming in Las Vegas (Where else?) has to say about the Titans, Munchak might as well get ready for a long, disappointing season.

They could scrap Organized Team Activities. Do away with training camp. Go through the motions during preseason games.


While most Titans fans are optimistic about the team being able to put in a full off-season of work, the folks at Cantor say the numbers dont lie.

So, before the Titans break the first sweat as a team, Cantor has offered its predictions for the coming season.

Memorial set May 24 for publisher Macomber, 71

A memorial service is planned for 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 24 at the Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown for Mr. Harry Macomber, Jr., 71, of Watertown.

A longtime newspaper man and farmer, he considered one of the driving forces behind the establishment of The Watertown Gazette.

Mr. Macomber died Monday evening, May 21, 2012 at his home following an extended illness. He was under the care of family, friends and Hospice. His remains were cremated.

Born Aug. 12, 1940 in Freedom Township, Michigan, Mr. Macomber was the youngest newspaper published in Michigan in the 1960s and was noted for his work with the Press Association Magazine. He held elected office, served as an officer in various civic organizations, received the State preservation Award and earned many accolades for his work and dedication to the city of Watertown.

"Harry was never shy about speaking his mind," said Lounita Howard, publisher of The Watertown Gazette.

"He wrote a column for us for several years. He was always poking, prodding, asking questions. His columns were certainly lively. Watertown lost a good man. He will be missed."

Macomber was a published author who provided free office space and encouragement to the founders of The Watertown Gazette.

Survivors include: his son Adam of Watertown; son Thomas Tyosh of Michigan and daughter Melanie of Michigan. Also surviving are Melanies's sons Jovan, Daylon and Issac as well as siblings Shirley Sparks, Barb Harvey, Carl Macomber, Linda Brannock and George Macomber, Jr.

He is preceded in death by son David Tyosh and grandson Kristian.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be directed to Southern STARRS, 4050 Cairo Bend Rd., Lebanon 37087.

Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ralph Douglas Sanford, 73

Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon, May 19 at the Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown for Mr. Sanford, 73, of the Norene Community.
A US Navy veteran, he died May 16, 2012 at his residence.
Burial with military honors was at the Fairview Cemetery.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Kolbe Thompson

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon, May 20 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Thompson of Lebanon.
She died Friday, May 18, 2012 at the University Medical Center.
Interment was at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Marie Zumbro, 77

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, May 22 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Zumbro, 77, of Lebanon.
Born in Jackson County, she died May 18, 2012 at Select Speciality Hospital in Nashville.
Burial was at the Bethlehem Cemetery.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Melvin Loyd Chief Daniels, Jr. , 42

Mr. Daniels, 42, died Friday, May 18, 2012.
Services were conducted Tuesday afternoon, May 22 at the Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon.
Interment followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Roger Dwayne Cravens, 73

Mr. Cravens, 73 of Mt. Juliet, died May 20, 2012.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 at at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Interment will follow the service at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Nashville.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Janice Marie Castro, 57

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 23 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown for Mrs. Castro, 57, of Watertown.
Mrs. Castro died Monday, May 21, 2012.
Visitation will be prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Jones Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements by Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home.

Charles Keith DeArmond, 62

Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Lane, for Mr. DeArmond, 62, of Mt. Juliet.
He died Sunday, May 20, 2012.
Interment will be at 7 p.m. EST at High Falls Cemetery in Jackson, GA.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Rd. Mt. Juliet.

Patricia Ann Ward, 47

Family visitation will be held 12 Noon, Thursday, May 24 with funeral to follow at 1 p.m. at the Second Missionary Baptist Church, 323 W. Adams Ave., Lebanon, for Ms. Ward, 47, of Lebanon.
She died May 20, 2012 at University Medical Center.
Interment will be in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Services are in the care of JC Hellum Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Mildred Harrison Marion, 74

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, May 24 at the First Church of The Nazarene, 812 North Cumberland St., for Mrs. Marion, 74, of Lebanon.
Mrs. Marion died Monday, May 21, 2012, at the University Medical Center.
The family will receive friends 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home and Thursday after 9 a.m. at the First Church of The Nazarene.
Interment will be at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Local woman charged with TennCare drug fraud

A Wilson County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for selling prescription drugs that were purchased with benefits from the TennCare program.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) on Tuesday announced the arrest of Ashley Nichole Agee, 24, of Lebanon, after a joint investigation with the Lebanon Police Department.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=3|imageid=249|float=right}

Agee has been charged with one count of TennCare fraud accusing her of using TennCare benefits to obtain a prescription for the painkiller morphine sulfate, while planning to unlawfully sell a portion of the prescription.

Prescription drug abuse is a problem nationwide, and Tennessee is no exception, Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. But we do not tolerate people buying and selling drugs with taxpayers funding their operations.

Former police officer gets 10 years in federal prison on fraud

A Lebanon resident who formerly worked as a Metro Nashville police officer and another individual of Murfreesboro were sentenced to federal prison on Monday for fraud and money laundering, respectively.

Richard Wilson, 32, of Lebanon, was sentenced to 120 months in prison for federal program fraud by U.S. District Court Judge Kevin H. Sharp. The judge sentenced Michael Dwayne Wray, 32, of Murfreesboro, to 60 months for money laundering.

The sentences were announced by U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Jerry Martin.

Wilson and Wray were indicted on June 15, 2011, and both pleaded guilty in January 2012.

New sign donated for Baird Industrial Subdivision

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=3|imageid=248|displayname=0|float=left}By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

William D. Baird was a man of vision, a former Lebanon Mayor and Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee, bringing the first Industrial Subdivision in the state to Lebanon, and a new sign honoring that subdivision was completed Monday.

Russell Witt, owner of Witt Sign, donated the sign after officials with the City of Lebanon said they didnt have the funds to rebuild the sign themselves. The old sign was blown down by storm winds in 2011.

When the sign blew down, I guess Lamar chose not to put it back up, Witt said, referring to Lamar Advertising, that owned the old sign.

According to Witt, he approached Hartmann Luggage, the first company to be located in the industrial subdivision, to donate the land where the sign now stands at the intersection of McCown Drive and West Baddour Parkway.

Witt said he hopes to put the name of every business located within the subdivision on the sign in the near future. He said the sign is double-sided and can accommodate 25 businesses.

Lebanon Planning Commission to meet today

Lebanon Planning Commission will meet for a preliminary meeting today at 5 p.m. in the Town Meeting Room of the Lebanon Administration Building located at 200 N. Castle Heights Avenue in Lebanon.

On the Commission's agenda is a rezoning approximately 5.25 acres at 3080 Leeville Pike from R1-A to B-6, a Final Plat for Right of Way Dedication of Palmer Circle and a Site Plan for Love One Another Church at 1960 Tater Peeler Road to consider a 9,600 square-foot addition to the Joseph's Storehouse warehouse.

Squires end CareHere services

The Wilson Post

Wilson County Commission put healthcare provider CareHere on notice Monday night and is expected to consider a contract with a local family practice to meet the future medical needs of county employees.

Squires voted 13 to 10 to give CareHere a 60- or 90-day notice that the county would no longer be using them for clinic visits.

District 15 Commissioner Mike Justice, a member of the county Insurance Committee who proposed the vote, said they have had issues with CareHere in the past.

"Weve had some problems with them sending people to the emergency room that has caused our insurance costs to go up, he said.

Justice also said that a medical doctor only reviewed about 15 to 20 percent of cases where county employees went to the CareHere facility. He said the insurance committee wanted to find a local provider that would provide better services.

District 6 Commissioner and Chairman of the insurance panel Kenny Reich said the CareHere doctor reviewing cases for county employees is based out of Franklin. He said the three CareHere clinics were split between the county schools and Mt. Juliet employees.

Blue Devils Boosters hold spring banquet

The Blue Devil Booster Club held a spring athletic banquet Monday, May 21 at Castle heights Upper Elementary School.

The following students received MVP awards from their respective sports:

Dent Burger, baseball; Heather Brown, softball; Danielle Henning & Tracy Shrum, girls bowling; Austin Bennett, boys bowling; Shiyar Kapan (defensive) & Blake Lankford (offensive), boys soccer.

The students in the slideshow photo are All-District 9AAA softball selections. From left: honorable mention Katlin Eakes, Kearston Yahola & Beth Swartwout -- All-9AAA Heather Brown and Bethany Anderson.

For more photos and a complete rundown of Monday night's honorees, please check out Wednesday's print edition of The Wilson Post

photo by TOMMY BRYAN /

Readers weigh in on wreck photo

Our website has received a number of comments in the past several days regarding a photo that was published in connection with a fataltrafficaccident earlier this week on Big Springs Road.

Several commented that the photo was "distasteful" or "disrespectful" while others said it is necessary to run these type of photos in order to make the public better aware of the dangers that loom on our public streets, roadsand highways.

Speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, texting,mixing alcohol with driving,and other factors often contribute to a loss of life in an automobile accident.

We see our role as a community newspaper as making the public better informed about happenings and events that occurlocally. These reports many times are not pleasant. They often involve matters and issues that result in death. And while they may not be not be reports of "good news" they do, we believe, serve a purpose.

School's out for the summer


When I was a boy, those words were the grandest, most cherished tones that a mortal could speak. As I thought about this time of the year and the anticipation of being finished with school until the fall, the warmest and freest feeling came to me and was so moving that I wondered if I would be able to adequately explain it.

Studying must be hard because the opposite of it seemed so desirable. Being able to think and ponder on things that you like, such as the best way to catch fishing bait, is such a joy it's almost like you aren't really working at it. How about figuring out the mechanics of a rope swing high enough in a tree to get a good ride out of it? There's lots of physics involved in that pursuit, but your mind doesn't even realize it. The game of hide-and-seek includes planning, camouflage, calculations of speed and distance, but there is no mental resistance to participation.

Reader: Sidewalk improvements would go a long way

To the Editor:

I have a request to the public at large and to Mayor Philip Craighead and the Lebanon City Council. My request is about the status of the public sidewalk system. This is an area of transportation that has been grossly neglected over the years and even after the American Disability Act lawsuit we have found that it is difficult for the city fathers to address the problems of safe sidewalk surfacing throughout our grand city.

In some areas work has been complied correctly, and the walkways are safe for the traveling public and in other areas the task was completed half-heartedly and it very much shows in the workmanship completed in this particular area.

A first example is that of the bridge at Ole Neighborhood Bar and Grill on West Main Street. That it has taken months to have the bridge cleaned and then have the same so-called project capped so that folks can proceed over the walkways of the bridge seems like a surmountable act for this City to complete in a timely manner.

Secondly, but just as important, are the signal light buttons throughout our community that are either installed incorrectly so that a person in a wheelchair cannot use the buttons since they are so far off of the right-of-way, or are misplaced to a point that someone in a wheelchair is unable to operate the call button to get to the curb and safely cross the street before the traffic light changes from green back to red.

Mayoral candidates pick up petitions

A number of candidates took advantage of the first day to pick up petitions for the Nov. 6 general election including three potential candidates for Lebanon and Mt. Juliet City Mayor, who picked up their petitions on Friday.

Incumbent Lebanon City Mayor Philip Craighead picked up his petition for reelection Friday, May 18. Craighead looks to be challenged by two potential candidates who also picked up petitions Friday, including David Kievernagel and Robert J. Bob OBrien.

Also, mayoral candidate for Mt. Juliet, Jamie Luffman picked up a petition on Friday.

Several announced candidates for Lebanon City Council seats picked up their petitions for election on Friday. Ward 1 candidate Richard Rodgers picked up a petition along with Ward 2 candidate Annette Stafford and Ward 5 candidates Billy Weeks and Robert Tick Bryan.

Candidates for the Nov. 6 election have until Aug. 16 at noon to file their petitions for that election at the Wilson County Election Commission office in Lebanon.


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