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Mary Helen Gibson McDonald, 90

A celebration of life was held Tuesday morning, April 17 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. McDonald, 90, of Lebanon.
A seamstress, an avid reader and lover of flowers, she passed away Saturday, April 14, 2012 at her home surrounded by her children and family.
Mrs. McDonald worked at the Lebanon Garment Factory for 37 years and the First Baptist Church nursery for 13 years. She was a member of College Hills Church of Christ for 65 years and she dedicated her life to her children, grandchildren, friends and church.
Services were conducted by Dr. Larry Locke. Burial followed at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: children Terry (Christine) McDonald of Lebanon and Peggy (Louis) Thompson of Fayetteville; grandchildren Kirsten (Scott) Harris, Alexandra McDonald, Morgan McDonald, Brian (Julie) McDonald of Nashville, Ginny McDonald, Angie (Chad) Mullins of Fayetteville, Taylor (Steve) Flatt of Nashville and Jay Thompson of Dothan, Ala.; along with nine great grandchildren.
Mrs. McDonald was preceded in death by mother Mary Elizabeth Lanius Gibson; father George Thomas Gibson; husband Lewis McDonald; son Michael McDonald; brother George Elmer Gibson; sister Jessie Loudermilk and special nephew Gwynne Young.
Active pallbearers included: Vic McDonald, Bob McDonald, Ed Lasater, Ernest Lasater, Raymond Lasater and Brian McDonald. Honorary pallbearers: the Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Class at College Hills Church of Christ, her caring medical team of Dr. Larimore Warren, Dr. Robert Woods, Dr. Gary Gallant, Dr. Wiaam Falouji, Dr. James Peyton, Dr. Heather Dooley, special friends, Sam Sherrill, Lisa Neal, James Walker, John Turner, Opal Midgett, Jerri Gannon, Georgia Matula and Ivadell Stroud.
The family would like to thank the talented and caring professionals at Avalon Hospice and her home care team of Sara McClendon, Betty Owens, Dana Corder and Traci Dedmon.
Memorial donations can be made to the building fund of College Hills Church of Christ.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Betty Jo Byrd Meadows, 75

Funeral services for Mrs. Meadows, 75, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, April 19 at the Highland Heights Church of Christ.
Mrs. Meadows died Monday, April 16, 2012, at the University Medical Center.
Visitation Wednesday 2-9 p.m. at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home and Thursday after 9 a.m. at the church.
Interment at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.

Linda Faye Bennett, 63

Ms. Bennett, 63, died Monday, April 16, 2012 at the Cedars Health Care Center.
She was the daughter of the late Floyd and Floy Bennett.
Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday April 19 at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Beulah Mai Shorter, 72

Mrs. Shorter, 72, died April 15, 2012 at Summit Medical Center.
Visitation 11 a.m. - 12 Noon Friday, April 20, with funeral to follow at JC Hellum Funeral Chapel. Interment follows at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Lebanon's JC Hellum Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

James A. "Jim" Nabors, 68

A celebration of life for Mr. Nabors, 68, of Lebanon, will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at his residence, 8464 Coles Ferry Pike.
Retired from the Energy Management Division of Novar-Honeywell, Mr. Nabors died Monday, April 16, 2012 at Lebanon's University Medical Center. Services will be conducted by Jason Mull.
A veteran, he was a member of American Legion Post 17, AMVETS, DAV; the 109 Car Club and was a member of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include: his wife of 46 years, Patricia Nabors; son Bill (Jennifer) Nabors; grandsons Michael Cosmo (fiance Lucy LaLonde) Nabors and Zachary Orion Nabors. Also surviving are siblings Robert (Jonaa) Barnes, Charles (Amy) Barnes, Anita (John) Phillips and Linda Palmer.
He is preceded in death by parents George and Eva Hall Nabors and brother Billy Nabors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to: New Leash on Life or to the American Cancer Society.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

WCHS surpasses world record set by MJHS

The Wilson Post

Unofficially, 251 students at Wilson Central High School are Guinness World Record holders as they narrowly beat the world record of individuals completing a 100-meter relay in one hour Wednesday morning.

Mt. Juliet High School students set the record of 248 runners Tuesday morning, and tomorrow, Lebanon High School and Watertown High School students will have the chance to break the new record set by WCHS.

The record is officially currently held by the Bank of Scotland (UK), which had 191 participants during the Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland, on June 7, 2011.

The effort is part of Leadership Wilsons Get Fit Wilson campaign, to encourage more physical activity and healthy living across the county. This years Leadership Wilson class has been working for months to set up the relay events.

Squires want less intrusion from state

The Wilson Post

Wilson County Commission passed a resolution Monday night opposing legislation at the state level that would limit the local government from making its own decisions on what they feel is best for the county.

District 13 Commissioner Clint Thomas proposed the resolution, providing it to the commission last month. Thomas said the state legislature has proposed and passed numerous bills that limit the countys authority over local issues.

I think we can run Wilson County better than the people in Nashville, said District 14 Commissioner Jeff Joines, who agreed with Thomas resolution.

The resolution passed 22 to 1 with District 11 Commissioner Jim Bradshaw abstaining. District 16 Commissioner Jason Brockman and District 24 Commissioner Paul Abercrombie were absent.

Soldier shares her life from the war zone

Editors note: Spc. Stacey Hawkins, a member of the Tennessee Army National Guard, is currently on duty in the Afghanistan theatre. Her first deployment to the war zone was with the Lebanon National Guard unit. She is now serving with a Nashville Guard unit. Originally from White House, Hawkins also lived in Lebanon. She submitted the article below to The Wilson Post last week.


Being a soldier was never something I thought about as a little girl.

I wanted to play with my Barbies, make the softball team, go to prom, senior vacation, and finally college. I was the typical small town girl from White House, Tennessee.

Im not too sure what made it so easy for me to make up my mind, but when I decided I wanted it, I wanted it. I needed to be a soldier. When I was 19, I made the decision to join the Army National Guard and shipped out to basic training at Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri and later trained to become a member of the Military Police (MP), also something I never saw myself doing, law enforcement.

Roll-your-own stores should pay as others

Sixth District U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, is gaining significant public support for a position she has taken in Congress relating to roll-your-own tobacco retailers who are establishing a greater presence almost daily in Wilson County and in much of Middle Tennessee.

Rep. Black recently sponsored House Bill 4134, an act that calls for roll-your-own tobacco retailers to be taxed as manufacturers. The proposed legislation would serve to close tax loopholes, support small business owners with a level playing field, and ensure regulations regarding this particular area are fair to all concerned.

Birding by ear on the Natchez Trace


The ancient trail of the American Indian days going from north to south across Tennessee and into Mississippi has been converted by the National Park Service to a scenic limited access highway which is perfect for bicycling.

The history of the trail dates back 8,000 years when it was used by wild animals and Native Americans and later by Spanish explorers, British troops and finally Frontires settlers as a path across Tennessee, Alabama and well down into Mississippi. The route is now a gently curving road which has a 50-mile-an-hour speed limit making it easy to stay out of the traffic as you bike along and admire the scenery.

The last cool and breezy day was just right for an outdoor activity and we got off of Highway #7 near Hilltop, Tenn., to turn onto the Nachez Trace at mile number 415. Starting South on the route gave us a downhill ride much the way over the next 7 miles.

Reward offered for info. on felony theft

A reward of up to $1000 is being offered by the Wilson County Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for a felony theft.

On Feb. 1, unknown suspects stole a construction crane from a lot adjacent to the Linwood BP gas station on Linwood Road. The crane is a Lorain brand, model LRT-275D and is white in color.

Anyone with information concerning this crime or any other crimes should contact the Wilson County Sheriff's Department at 444-1459 or the Wilson Crime Stoppers at 444-JAIL (444-5245). All callers will remain anonymous.

Lebanon women face TennCare fraud charges

From Post staff reports

Two Lebanon women were arrested and charged with TennCare fraud in separate cases by the Office of Inspector General following joint investigations with the Wilson County Sheriffs Department.

Tabatha N. Ferebee, 23, of Lebanon, is charged with falsely reporting her income to the state to obtain TennCare benefits. The OIG indicated Ferebee would not have been eligible to receive benefits otherwise.

Also, Tiffany Rhea Mabery, 35, of Lebanon, was charged for allegedly selling prescription drugs that were paid for by TennCare.

Stovall earns TranSouth honor

LEBANON -- Cumberlands Devin Stovall was named the TranSouth Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday after tossing a two-hit shutout against Blue Mountain College on Saturday and posting a save in another appearance last week.

The Scottsville, Ky., native allowed just three baserunners in his first-ever start against a TranSouth Conference opponent. The Toppers had a walk in the second, a single in the fourth and a double in the seventh, with just one runner reaching third base. The righthander struck out seven and threw just 85 pitches in the seven-inning victory.

Stovall has become one of Cumberlands most relied upon relievers and has served as a spot starter as well this season. The sophomore has suffered some tough luck in the wins and losses column, but he has five saves and a 2.23 ERA for the year.

PREP SPORTS -- Inman takes TSU women's coaching job

NASHVILLE -- At the age of 64, Larry Inman is going back to college. Not to get another degree, but to revive the women's basketball program at Tennessee State University.

Inman resigned his position as coach of the Lebanon High Devilettes Friday, April 13, a job he held for the past two seasons, to become the first white head coach hired to lead a major sport at the historically black university.

"TSU is serious about the basketball program and I appreciate their confidence -- allowing me to get back into college coaching. I watched this program for a number of years and I believe Tennessee State is a sleeping giant. It is time to wake the giant, to get after people. It is time to take this program to a whole new level, indeed where were capable of becoming as players and as a program."

PREP FOOTBALL -- Jake Roberts hired as MJCA's new coach

MT. JULIET -- As expected, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy announced Monday afternoon the hiring of Jake Roberts as new football coach of the Saints.

I am excited to see the future of MJCA football now in place," said MJCA athletic director Paul Christensen. "Coach Roberts has shown great enthusiasm for this school and our kids. He is not coming in here to start over. He simply wants to continue to build on what former coach Mark Harrison has done."

Harrison was let go March 30 after going 4-16 in two seasons.

The MJCA athletic department is reportedly with Roberts to assemble a coaching staff. According to Christensen, former assistant Ron Young, will be retained as the offensive coordinator and associate head coach.

TRACK & FIELD -- Cragwall, Neal set new LHS records

CLARKSVILLE -- Lebanon High athletes establised two new school records at the Austin Peay High School Classic Saturday, April 14.

Xavier Neal set a new school record winning the 400 meters in a time of 49.98.

Shaq Cragwall established a new record in winning the triple jump with a mark of 43'1". Cragwall also won the high jump at 6' and the long jump with a distance of 21'4".

Next up for the Blue Devils is the Wilson County Championships to be held at Mt. Juliet High Monday and Tuesday, April 16-17.

The field events and 3200 are on Monday, the running finals are on Tuesday (17th).

ROAR RUN -- Armstrong, Bond post top times Saturday

LEBANON -- The fourth annual Byars Dowdy Roar Run 5K was held Saturday, April 14.

Mens Division Winners:
1st Greg Armstrong17:48
2nd Kaleb Dickerson18:06
3rd Kerry Dickerson18:07

Womens Division Winners:
1st Ginny Bond20:39
2nd Amy Hodge22:13
3rd Ashlee Chance22:58

Boys Division Winners:
1st Brett Hutto26:39
2nd Corey Jones27:58
3rd North Hopper33:22

Girls Division Winners:
1st Allie Dozier22:49
2nd Macy Lee26:56
3rd Allison Burruss26:58

Harry Snodgrass, 89

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Snodgrass, 89, of Mt. Juliet.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he died April 11, 2012.
Interment with military honors will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Family will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to service time Saturday at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Arrangements by Mt. Juliet's Bond Memorial Chapel.

Lonnie Earl Colwell Sr., 64

Funeral services have been set for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15 at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon for Mr. Colwell, 64, of Lebanon.
He died April 11, 2012.
Visitation is from noon until the service on Sunday.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

Maynard Pate, 72

Maynard Pate, former executive director of the Greater Nashville Regional Council and a former planner for the City of Lebanon, died Sunday, April 8, 2012 at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Services for Mr. Pate, 72, of Lebanon, were held Thursday, April 12 at the Anderson & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Red Boiling Springs. Interment was at the Smith Chapel Cemetery.

Born September 9, 1939, in Johnson City, to the late Thomas Edward and Allie McMackin, he married the former Freda Halsell, who preceded him in death on February 20, 2012.

He graduated from Science Hill High School and received an athletic scholarship to East Tennessee State University, where he received his liberal arts degree. He received his masters degree from UT Graduate School of Planning.

Maynard was the former Executive Director of the Greater Nashville Regional Council with 20 years of service to the 13 counties and 52 cities which made up the GNRC. He dedicated his life to public service for cities and counties of the State of Tennessee.

Survivors include: step-daughters Charla (John) Zalewski, Leslie Palk -- all of Cookeville; step-son Greg Biles of Lebanon; step-granddaughter Holly Palk; step-grandsons Jacob, Nick & Ben Zalewski -- all of Cookeville; brother Billy Joe (Betty) Pate, sister Betty Ann Pate Chapman -- all of Johnson City; niece Judy Chapman of Kingsport; nephews Steve Chapman of Kingsport, Tom Webb of Bristol, Terry Peterson and Tim Conley -- both of Johnson City.

Celebrity Top Shot is April 28

McClain Christian Academy students Victoria Walker, Shelby Maxwell and Jon Whitener show off the hand written "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" lyrics (see inset photo) donated by music legend Charlie Daniels. The lyrics will be auctioned at the school's Celebrity Top Shot benefit on Saturday April 28th. Photo credit: MCA Images

LEBANON -- The Gun Room will host the second annual Celebrity Top Shot Saturday April 28, between the hours of 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. similar to a celebrity golf tournament, the event is a benefit for McClain Christian Academy.

"Last year we had no idea how much of a success the first Celebrity Top Shot was going to be," said MCA parent Brett Gipson, who is also on the school's Special Projects Committee. "The community and event sponsors really turned out to support our school. We also want to thank all of the celebrity participants for taking time from their schedules to help MCA."

Teams consist of one celebrity and up to nine participants. Participants and celebrities compete individually and as a team in the event. Tennessee Titans quarterback Rusty Smith was the celbrity winner in last year's event.

N. MJ Road to be completed next month

The Wilson Post

Construction on North Mt. Juliet Road is expected to finally come to an end next month despite an original completion date in fall 2011, and another project by the Tennessee Department of Transportation to redo the Lebanon Public Square is in the design phase.

In Mt. Juliet, widening of North Mt. Juliet Road has been underway since 2009 and TDOT Community Relations Officer Deanna Lambert said the project should conclude next month.

The widening project on Mt. Juliet Road is supposed to be complete at the end of May, Lambert said. This project was originally supposed to be completed last fall.

Charlie Daniels to speak at Prayer Breakfast

Country music entertainer, and Wilson County resident, Charlie Daniels will be the guest speaker at the Annual Mt. Juliet Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, set for 7 a.m., Thursday, May 3, at Cooks United Methodist Church.

The annual event takes place on the National Day of Prayer set forth by the President of the United States. The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of this nations heritage. In 1775, the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation. The call to prayer has continued through the nations history, and each year the President signs a proclamation encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.

Flag retirement ceremony announced

The 4th Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, May 18, at the ball field at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

Worn, torn and faded American, Tennessee and British flags will be retired in honor of veterans and law enforcement officers for their service to America.

You may bring your flags to the ceremony or drop them off at the Veterans Service Office at Wilson County Courthouse, Room 106, Lebanon.

For more information, call Director of Veterans Services in Wilson County Bernie Ash at 444-2426.

LSSD sets registration

Registration for children applying for the Pre-Kindergarten program and for children attending Kindergarten within the Lebanon Special School District (Byars-Dowdy, Castle Heights, Coles Ferry, Sam Houston Elementary Schools and Cumberland University Pre-K) will be Thursday, May 3, for the 2012-2013 school year.

Registration will be at College Hills Church of Christ, 1401 Leeville Pike, Lebanon, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The Pre-Kindergarten program is voluntary and eligibility is based on age and at-risk status, with low-income families given first priority in the program. Children must be 4 years of age on Sept. 30 and zoned for LSSD to apply. Parents of Pre-Kindergarten applicants should contact Penny Thompson at the Central Office, 701 Coles Ferry Pike, Lebanon, or call 449-6060, ext. 24, if they are unable to attend registration on May 3.


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