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U.S. Open chewed up best golfers

How difficult is too difficult when it comes to golf courses?

When difficult shamelessly flirts with impossible.

I have never played Olympic Club at San Francisco. I pray I will never have to.

Watching the worlds best golfers play the Alcatraz of golf courses was enough to convince me. That, and the fact I could not stuff enough golf balls in my golf bag to get me through the first six holes.

If the rough that makes the place look like a deserted field isnt enough to diminish your golf ball supply, you can always count on those golf ball-eating trees they have guarding the Olympic Club fairways.

The Big O chewed up the worlds best golfers and spit them out in the Bay.

Take Tiger Woods for instance. He had two fabulous rounds and I thought: hey, he is back. Really back.

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Jack London Allen, 88

Mr. Allen, 88 of Lebanon and formerly of Donelson, passed away June 18, 2012 at Quality Care Nursing Home.

Graveside services will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday, June 22 at the Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville with Rev. David Hesson officiating.

Born July 19, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Allen was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, a member of First United Methodist Church and was retired from AVCO Aerostructures where he was an aerospace tooling engineer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George David Allen and Gertrude Latimer Allen; daughter, Shelley Rae Allen; grandson, Jason Michael Allen; two half sisters: Leota Savage and Anna Landry.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years Marjorie Kahler Allen; son James Michael (Pamela) Allen of Donelson; grandchildren Jesse (Sabrina) Allen of Donelson, Noel Kahler Fox and Amanda Elizabeth Fox of Franklin.

Arrangements by Lebanons Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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James Campbell Bragg, 81

Mr. Bragg, 81 of Lebanon passed away Tuesday June 19, 2012 at the University Medical Center. He was a member of Westland United Methodist Church, retired from the Ford Glass Plant, a Mason and a member of the Al Menah Shrine Temple.

Visitation is set for 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, June 20 with a Masonic service to be held at 7 p.m. in the Partlow Chapel. Visitation will be held 10 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a.m. funeral services at the Partlow Chapel.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Bill Mulroy and Rev. Paul Gardner. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife Barbara Bragg; daughters Judy (David) Hargrove, Betty (Jim) Chapman, Connie (Jerry) LeBlanc and Marsha (Ricky) Thorne; sisters Sara (Doug) Cather and Sue (J.D.) Land; grandchildren Christina (Dan) Lipe, Michael Hampton, Melissa (John) Oakley, Michael Widman, Tony Armstrong, Brian (Rhonda) Armstrong, Rachel Reed and Jamie Reed; along with eight great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents F.K Bragg and Jessie Mildred Steele Bragg along with brother Howard Bragg.

Friends will serve as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers: Seeker Sunday School Class of Westland United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Bragg to Shriners Hospital or to a Charity of Choice.

Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Antonio Martinez, 43

Mr. Martinez, 43 of Madison, died Sunday, June 17, 2012.
Funeral services will be held 4 p.m. Thursday, June 21 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet
Interment will be at El Lobo Cemetery in Mexico.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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Squire faults county schools termination handling

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis faced some scrutiny Monday night from members of the County Commission about the systems policy of not giving cause for termination, which Davis said was in line with state law.

District 8 Commissioner Frank Bush said the county school system had fired 12 employees at the end of the school year, including four special education assistants, three teachers, three bus drivers and two other employees.

Bush said none of those employees were told why they were terminated and noted at least one teacher shared her most recent evaluation with Bush and he said that evaluation showed no cause for termination.

The fact that they are not told is shameful, Bush said. That policy needs to change.

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Corine Tyner Turner, 81

Mrs. Turner, 81, passed away at her residence Friday, June 15, 2012.
She is preceded in death by her parents, William Cleo Tyner & Maggie Hopkins Rigsby.

Survived by husband of 65 years George Allen Turner; daughters, Connie (Jim) Owens & Sheila K. (Scott E.) Reed; grandchildren, Tara Austin, Melissa (Scott) Sewell, & Scott A. (Jennifer) Reed; great grandchildren, John Tyler Sewell & Graham William Reed; sisters, Merna (Kenneth) Grigsby & Bonnie (Gene) Jackson; nieces, Debbie (Bruce) Brader, & Myra (Bill) Massey; nephew, Ken (Mary) Grigsby

Mrs. Turner was a member of Lebanons First United Methodist Church and a retired social services employee with the State of Missouri. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, June 17 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The family request contributions may be made in Mrs. Turners memory to the Alzheimers Association.

Professional services provided locally by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Karin Kay Edgar Fowler, 70

Karin Fowler passed away on June 14, 2012 at age 70. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, June 17, 2012 at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints. Interment was private.

Survivors include husband Tony Fowler; children: Katrina Renee Fowler (Terry) Hancock, Timothy Todd Fowler, Matthew Cato Blu (Christy) Fowler, Jenny Kay Fowler (Brian) Rumsey, and Kathryn June Fowler (Adam) Dailey; and grandchildren: Jacqueline Renee, Janelle Kay, Michael Joseph, Jacob Andrew, Jared Thomas, Emily Todd, Danielle Cody, Austin, Asia, Matthew, Hailey, Drew Jacobson, Mason Jacobson, Kobe Jacobson, and McKayla Kay.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon. 615.444.9393. Obits 615.758.8818.

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Lonnie Anthony Leftrick, 52

Lonnie Leftrick passed away on June 13, 2012 at age 52.

The chapel service, conducted by Reverend Danny Sellars, was held Sunday afternoon, June 17, 2012 at Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Survivors include two children: Lonnie A. Leftrick and Tabitha Jordynl; father: Paul (Betty) Leftrick; siblings: Michael (Kathy) Leftrick, Kenny (Laura) Leftrick, Dewona Mason, Vickie DeLon; 4 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by mother Helen Leftrick and son Matthew Leftrick.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon 615.444.9393. Obits 615.758.8818.

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Ralph Martin Foster, 63

Funeral services were conducted Monday morning, June 18 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Foster, 63, of Mt. Juliet. Interment with military honors followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

A veteran of the U.S. Army serving during Vietnam and an employee of DuPont for over 10 years, he died Thursday, June 14, 2012.

Mr. Foster was preceded in death by his parents, Grills and Ruby Pearl Bates Foster. Survivors include: daughter Carrie Tripp, brother Ronnie Foster, grandson Evan (due in September 2012) also with nieces and nephew Rhonda, Lisa, April and Ronnie, Jr.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet.

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Faith Madeline Partee, 70

Faith Partee passed away on June 14, 2012 at age 70.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon Monday, June 18from 4 p.m. until the service. The chapel service, conducted by Brother Randy Stoecker, is 6 p.m. Monday, June 18.

Survivors include husband Charles Partee; children Lyle Ross Tipton, Leigh Ann (Sean) Sweeney, Tina (Joseph) Ditta; siblings Melody Ramsay, Beth Givens, J. Lynn Givens, Ginnie Givens, Penny Barnes and Albert Givens; and grandchildren Samantha Leigh, Justin Sweeney, Madison Sweeney, Case Ditta and Braedan Ditta.

She is preceded in death by father of her children Charles William Leigh, daughter Melody Frazier, and parents Albert and Peggy Givens.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon 615.444.9393. Obits 615.758.8818.

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Robert Milton Beebe, 81

Bob Beebe passed away on June 13, 2012 at age 81.

A memorial service, conducted by Pastor David Hesson, is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at First United Methodist Church in Lebanon.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Berthadel Moses Beebe; children Kimble Beebe, Robin (David) Mausbach, Tracy (Tom) Allen and Tina (Ed) Ruth; sisters Wanda Myers and Lillian Beebe; 5 grandchildren; andeight great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by parents Milton and Gladys Eaton Beebe.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon 615.444.9393. Obits 615.758.8818.

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Clarence Edward Hill, 79

Funeral services were held Saturday morning, June 16 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Hill, 79, of Watertown. A welding inspector, Mr. Hill died June 14, 2012 at The Pavilion in Lebanon.

Born in Rutherford County, Mr. Hill was a US Army veteran, having served in the Korean War.

Services were conducted by Bro. Freddie Savage and Bro. Kenneth Bowen. Burial was at the Jennings Cemetery.

Survivors include: wife Gail Mackay Hill of Watertown and children: Tim (Debbie) Hill of Lebanon, Don Lawrence of Donelson, Lou Anne (Mark) Christian of Watertown, Greg Hill of Pleasant Shade, Melanie (Michael) Granstaff of Watertown and Alan Hill of Lebanon.

Also surviving are nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren; siblings Vince (Melba) Hill of Watertown and Viola Davenport of Strawberry Plains; sisters-in-law Corinne Hill and Jessie Lee Vanatta as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Russell and Tina Clayborn Hill, grandson Eric Christian, sister Gertie McGee and brothers Bob and Lendon Hill and Buford Vanatta.

Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, watertown.

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Suspect apologizes, then robs market

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police Department is searching for the suspect in a Sunday night armed robbery reported at a local convenience store, who reportedly apologized to the store clerk before taking money from the cash register.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said at approximately 11:30 p.m., officers Brandon Payne and Sgt. Andrew Haskins responded to a call of an armed robbery at Daniels Market, located at 1037 Sparta Pike.

Upon arrival, the store clerk stated a white male wearing a grey t-shirt, knee-length cut-off jean shorts and no shoes, latex gloves and a mask over his face entered the store with possibly a shotgun. The clerk told police the suspect apologized to her and demanded that she open the cash register.

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Worth Bulldogs win 16U title

The Lebanon-based 16U Worth Bulldogs won the Silver Division East Cobb / Triple Crown "Battle of the South Wood Bat" Championship on Sunday and an automatic birth to the Triple Crown World Series later this year in Richmond VA.

Team WORTH went 2-1 in pool play with wins over East Cobb GA Patriots and Lyman SC - Upstate Mavericks. WORTH then went 4-0 in the elimination round (12-2 vs East Cobb Indians and 6-2 over Team Gwinnett GA) and walkoff wins in both the semifinals, 3-2 over Team Gwinnett GA) and also in the finals -- 2-1 over Nelson Baseball School of Acworth GA.

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Our Feathered Friends- June 13

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=329|displayname=0|float=left}Last Thursday there were several birds underneath the feeder in the backyard scratching and filling themselves with the bits and pieces of sunflower seeds dropped by the House Finches. Here came the beautiful male and female Cardinal getting beaks full of seed, then stuffing them into the gapping maw of a Cowbird. Was I seeing this correctly? Afraid so, another had been fooled into raising the other Cowbird offspring as if it was their baby. Most likely, since the Cowbird chick hatched first, it pushed its competition, the baby Cardinals, out of the nest to perish below, as there was only one youngster present.

I never thought that I would enjoy the antics of a starling till this past Sunday Afternoon. There was a juvenile starling and a young cowbird feeding together in my back yard as if they might be brothers and sisters. Myself, I've never seen a cowbird compromise a starlings nest. Why would they want to? You remember the old saying, like "Mutt and Jeff," these birds were inseparable. I will look for them tomorrow and will try to get a photo of them.

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'Tee It Up For Sean" is Monday

Family Campers, located at 101 Southside Park Drive, Lebanon, will donate a $50,000 Palomino Sabre travel camper for the first hole-in-one on No. 13 at Monday's seventh annual Tee it Up for Sean, charity golf tournament at Five Oaks Golf and Country Club. Family Campers General Manager Lewis Whitener is flanked by tournament foundation trustees Troy Putman, left, and Dr. Larry Locke. For registration information, go online at www.seanputman.com.

A few spots remain for scramble teams in the seventh annual Tee it Up for Sean, charity golf tournament set 1 p.m., Monday, June 18, at Lebanons Five Oaks Golf and Country Club.

The event features a 1 p.m. shotgun start with free lunch provided at 11:30 a.m. A recreational nine-hole round of golf is planned earlier in the day for younger golfers.

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Chowbay - a man for all seasons

Looking back on the 2011-2012 year in Wilson County prep sports, it's hard to imagine a senior athlete going out with a bigger bang than Mt. Juliet High's Caleb Chowbay.

The Belmont basketball signee enjoyed tremendous success in three varsity sports, a feat almost unheard of in today's era of athletic specialization.

The first Division I signee for the Mt. Juliet boys' basketball program since the legendary Tom Marshall back in the early 1950's, Chowbay could have had his pick of scholarship in either football or baseball had he chosen those paths.

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Gordon Wayne Roach, 66

Mr. Roach died June 12, 2012 at age 66.
Funeral services will be private. Mr. Roach was a native of Texas but considered Tennessee his home for the last several years.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Sellars Funeral Home.

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Mamie Lucille Lane, 89

Graveside services are scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, June 15 at the Barrett Cemetery for Ms. Lane, 89, of Lebanon.
She died Wednesday June 13, 2012 at the Quality Health Care Center.
Visitation will be held 12 Noon - 2 p.m. Friday at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.

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Matthew Malachi Lawson, 28

Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, June 15 at the Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown for Mr. Lawson, 28, of Smithville.
Born in Woodbury, he died June 13, 2012 at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Burial will be at the Jennings Cemetery.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Willie Edward Seay, 50

Graveside services for Mr. Seay, 50, will be 12 Noon Friday, June 15 at Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.
A Wilson County native, he died Saturday, June 9, 2012.
Neuble Monument Funeral Home, LLC., is in charge of arrangements.

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Services held June 16 for Laura Bentley, former Chamber director

LEBANON -- A champion for local business and industrial recruitment, Laura Vaughn Bentley died at home Wednesday, June 13, 2012following an extended illness.

Mrs. Bentley, 78, was the 13th Executive Director of the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce (1970-1883) and served the community on various boards and committees for most of her working life.

A graduate of Lebanon High School, she was instrumental in the effort to bring Toshiba America to Lebanon.

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Anderson arrested in Wednesday night stabbing death

BULLETIN -- One man was killed and two people are hospitalized after an altercation turned deadly Wednesday evening on Meadowlane Drive.

Forty-one year old Timothy Blake Anderson is lodged in the Wilson County Jail under a $200,000 bond and is charged in the stabbing death of 52 year old Lonnie Leftrick.

Oficially, Anderson has been charged with one count of Criminal Homicide and two counts of Aggravated Assault.His first appearance is currently scheduled for July 19.

Kim Leftrick, 33, and Shane Leftrick, 29, were transported to Nashville's Vanderbilt Hospital after being stabbed in the altercation -- which occured around 9 p.m. at 738 Meadow Lane.

The homicide is the first in Lebanon in nearly four years. Check back here for more details as they become available.

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Knoxville native made her mark in Dark Shadows

Dear Ken: With a new Dark Shadows film out, what can you tell us about Tennessee native Lara Parker, who starred in the original TV series?

Parker, 74, who played bewitching Angelique Collins in the 1960s gothic soap opera, was born Mary Lamar Rickey, in Knoxville and grew up in Memphis where she earned a degree in philosophy from Southwestern (now Rhodes College). After acting at the Millbrook Playhouse in Loch Haven, Pa., where she played five leads in six weeks, she tried New York and within two weeks was cast as Angelique onDark Shadows in 1966. She has been a guest on such TV series as Kung Fu, Six Million Dollar Man, Police Woman, The Rockford Files, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Emergency, The Incredible Hulk, Baretta and Highway to Heaven. Holding a masters degree in creative writing, she has written several Dark Shadows novels and has a cameo appearance in the new movie. The mother of three lives with her husband in the Santa Monica Mountains of California. One bit of trivia: Parker first went to Vassar College, where her roommate was Jane Fonda. She played the wife of Peter Fonda, Janes brother, in the 1975 film Race With the Devil.

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Summer has arrived

It looks like summer has officially arrived. Not sure about you but these stifling temperatures should make us all more careful of what we wish for.

Now that most of kids are out of school, youre probably looking for some fun activities to keep them busy. Well, it just so happens, Wilson County has everything you need to keep the kids busy and you sane. Check out our calendar of events at www.wilsonlivingmagazine.com to check out all the latest happenings.

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