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'Dogs host Faulkner today

Cumberlands football team will host Faulkner University in Saturdays 1:30 p.m. homecoming game at Lindsey Donnell Stadium.

The Bulldogs of Coach Dewayne Alexander come in ranked 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the MSC West (No. 20 in the NAIA) after winning 21-17 at Shorter last week.

Faulkner stands just 1-4 overall (0-2 in the MSC West) after having surrendered 547 yards in last weeks 45-27 loss to the Belhaven Blazers.

Dont think for a minute that the Eagles are your run-of-the-mill homecoming chump.

Faulkner will be trying to get their season turned around, said CU head coach Dewayne Alexander. All you have to do to get ready for Saturday is pop in the film from our game with them a year ago in Montgomery (a 20-17 Eagle overtime win).

They did everything they needed to do to hang in there with us. Theyre very athletic, theyve got a quality quarterback who has come in from Furman and they make you defend the entire field with the passing game.

Quarterback Josh Hollingsworth leads the NAIA with 354 yards passing per game and the Eagle offensive line has only allowed three sacks this year.

They protect their quarterback and they love the quick hitters, the stop routes, screens, slants -- the ball is coming out, Alexander said. Weve got to do a tremendous job of tackling and eliminating the yards after a catch.

You can give up a three-yard pass, but we cant let that pass turn into a 12 yard play due to a missed tackle.

Watertown hosts G-Men

Watertown High will try to get back on the winning track tonight as the Purple Tigers host Gordonsville High in a Region 4A game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Robinson Stadium. Live radio coverage can be heard on WUCZ - FM 104.1.

Watertown is back down to Earth after a 54-14 loss last week at the hands of arch-rival Friendship Christian School. The loss left the Purple Tigers 6-1 overall, 4-1 in league play and snapped a six-game winning streak.

Gordonsvilles Tigers come in 5-2 overall after handling Westmoreland 45-14 a week ago. Gordonsville is 4-1 in the region and can take a step closer to the post season with a win tonight.

Mt. Juliet at Cookeville -- Coach Roger Perrys Golden Bears travel to Putnam County tonight to take on Cookeville High at Jelly Watson Stadium. The Bears, ranked No. 5 in Class 6A, improved to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in District 9AAA with another easy win -- a 45-7 decision at Station Camp. Cookeville is 5-2 after an off week.

Mt. Juliets three-headed running attack of Contrez McCathern, Caleb Hopkins and Jalen Graham are all juniors. McCathern has four 100-yard games this year, Hopkins has three and Graham has one.

And if Cookeville had any thoughts of loading up the box, senior quarterback Caleb Chowbay can quickly make them pay, having thrown for 14 touchdowns this season -- including four in the first half of last weeks win over Station Camp.

Theyre real solid in what they do, and theyre well-coached, Cookeville coach Jerry Joslin said. Theyre ranked fifth, theyre 7-0, and theyve beaten quality teams, so weve gotta be ready to play.

MJ Christian at DCA -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy will be looking at a tall order tonight as the Saints travel down Highway 70 to take on Donelson Christian Academy. The Saints are 2-5 overall after an open week, while the Wildcats sport a record of 5-2 / 1-0 in the Middle Region of TSSAA D-II.

Albert Dell Branham, 60

LEBANON -- Albert Branham, 60, of Carthage, passed away Oct. 7, 2011.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 at Rome Baptist Church (771 Lebanon Highway) Lebanon.
Visitation from 1 p.m. until the service.
Survivors include the mother of his children Cathy Branham; children James Branham, Becky (Jerry) Robertson and Matthew (Heather Sanders) Branham.
Also surviving are siblings Betty (W.C.) Smith, Wesley Buddy (Joyce) Branham and Shearl (Morris) Tuttle; grandchildren James Tyler, Anastasia, Brandy, Lucas, Elizabeth, Kristopher, Bryson, and Megan along with many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Branham is preceded in death by parents Wesley Monroe and Emma Goolsby Branham.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Rev. Robert D. Agee, 78

Rev. Robert Dewitt Agee, age 78, retired Southern Baptist Minister, of Lebanon passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was born November 10, 1932, in Hickman, TN, the son of the late Comer and Mildred Reasonover Agee.

He was a 1950 graduate of Gordonsville High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 1959 from Belmont College in Nashville and graduated from New Orleans Theological Seminary in 1962. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Rev. Ageebegan his ministry in Smith County preaching at Dillards Creek and Jared Baptist Churches. His first pastorate was Smith Fork Baptist Church 1957-59, followed by Four Points (AL) 60-62, Prosperity 62-65, Calvary (Brownsville, TN) 65-67, Gladeville 68-72, and again 74-81, Calvary (Lebanon) 97-99. He also served as Chaplain for Brushy Mountain State Prison 67-68; Associate Pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, Lebanon, 72-74 and he served as Director of Missions for the Wilson County Baptist Association fifteen years from 1981-96.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Lebanon, where he taught the Volunteer Hardaway-Jenkins Sunday School Class. He was a member of the Wilson County Planning Commission.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Randall Agee. He is survived by his wife of over fifty-seven years, Marie Stallings Agee; three children: David (Myra) Agee of Nashville, Denise (Jim) Gibson of Lebanon, Miriam (Bob) Dobbins of Hillsborough, NC; seven grandchildren: Austin Agee, and Joel, Nathan, and Rachel Gibson, and Jonathan, Kaitlyn, Mary Elizabeth Dobbins.

Funeral services are Friday, October 14, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, with Rev. Russ Stephens, Rev. Don McElroy, Rev. David Freeman, Rev. W.L. Baker officiating. Interment will be in the Baird Memorial Cemetery in Hickman, TN.

Visitation Thursday 3-8 p.m. at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home and after 9 a.m. Friday at the church. Grandsons and sons-in-laws will serve as Active Pallbearers.

Honorary Pallbearers: Volunteer Hardaway-Jenkins Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church and the Monday morning Retired Pastors Prayer Group. A special thanks to Dr. Mark Wigger, Dr. David Hanson, Kathy Brisendine RN, Dr. Kenneth Anderson, and the staff of Vanderbilt University Medical Center MICU. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Lebanon, Mission Fund.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME, in charge of arrangements.

10 days and counting for Project Tango

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Officials in local government and the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County said Tuesday that despite many rumors, they are still awaiting word whether Project Tango will choose Lebanon as a permanent location.

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said they expect to hear confirmation one way or another in the next 10 days.

Nothing is confirmed, but we hope to have that confirmation in about 10 days, he said. He noted confirmation could come in the form of purchasing land or just a notification that the company would choose Lebanon or Wilson County.

This past Thursday, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said that Project Tango was the online retailer Amazon. Previously released details about Project Tango indicated the company is looking for two locations, one for a large sorting facility and another for a smaller non-sorting facility.

There are lots of rumors circulating out there, Hutto said.

He pointed out that Wilson County offered its standard property taxes abatement for seven years. G.C. Hixson, executive director of the JECDB, said the standard tax waiver for that amount of time on real and personal property is around $3.8 million total between the county and Lebanon.

Hixson said Project Tango is still in the due diligence phase and said nothing is official or set in stone. He did say there was a letter of intent from the company, but that is not a commitment to locate here.

Until they make an announcement or purchase land, its not official. As to when they close on the property, I just dont know, Hixson said.

He did point out the company could approach the Lebanon Planning Commission as early as next week for zoning and site plans to be considered. The commission holds a work session on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m., to set the agenda for the official meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 5 p.m.

I know theyre trying to get before the planning commission as quickly as possible, Hixson noted.

He pointed out all communities involved in the running for Project Tango have signed non-disclosure forms, but when the company approaches the Planning Commission all information is public record.

Hixson said the JECDB and city and county officials have been in close contact regarding Project Tango and said theyre looking for property at this point in time. He added they are hopeful the company will close on property before going to the Planning Commission.

Its all between the developers, property owners, real estate agents and the company now, Hixson said.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

The late Dr. Joe Bryant

Although Dr. Joe and I have been friends and professional colleagues since the early 1960s, it was 10 years ago that, while undergoing treatment for cancer, I saw another side of Dr. Bryant as my physician and myself as his patient under his care.

Hardly a day passed that he did not visit or call to check up on me. He knew all the right questions to ask. His calls were simple and straightforward. Joe, hed say. Hows Robert? My wife Connie would report on my latest condition. Just checking was often his response. His humility was well known in the community for his good works and I experienced this first hand when I later learned he had studied at the most prestigious hospital in the world for my kind of cancer, the Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in NYC.

Dr. Bryant and Mrs. Jeanette Rudy RN, founder of the Rudy School of Nursing, not only shared a long, close friendship and commitment to Cumberland University and this community but also a keen interest in history. I remember Mrs. Rudy wanted to attend the second funeral of a Confederate general, a Cumberland University graduate, who died along with six other generals in the battle of Franklin. Dr. Bryant took Mrs. Rudy and me to the new gravesite where the general was to be honored. We all sat together, reflecting on the impact of Cumberland and its connection with this great historical event.

Dr. Bryant was instrumental in relocating the School of Nursing from the Cumberland campus to the McFarland hospital campus. Being close to his own home, he was able to continue to be intimately involved in the development of the School. Dr. Bryant and Mrs. Rudys leadership were pivotal in developing this school for nurses as the largest and most successful undergraduate school in Cumberlands history. Because of the phenomenal success of this school, Mrs. Rudy was recognized as Chair of the board, followed by Dr. Bryant.

As Chairman of the Board of Trust, Dr. Joe Bryant believed that the remaining debt should be retired. He worked diligently each year to accomplish that goal. He subscribed to the strategy that Cumberland should live within its means; for example, Dr. Bryant supported the notion of boot-strapping and always got more than a dollars worth for every dollar spent. In previous years, the independent William D. Baird Wilson County Scholarship Fund had been nearly depleted. Dr. Bryant invested wisely and restored the corpus of the trust, leaving it financially healthy.

Joe Bryant and I shared the vision that the principal historical influence in Lebanon and Cumberlands importance was the Cumberland Law School. He and I met many times brain-storming and strategizing to find a way to return a law school to Cumberland. From decisions of the federal court to allow a law school to be built, to a positive feasibility study from the American Bar Association, to donations of land, to visits and negotiations with other law schools, we were encouraged that this dream was possible. I often wondered why Dr. Bryant was so knowledgeable about all this.

Only in the past month I learned that while Dr. Bryant was beginning medical school in Memphis, he was also going to law school. No wonder he understood so much about our project. Characteristic of Dr. Bryant, he was a man of few words.

At the hospital and elsewhere, Dr. Bryants signature attire was a scrub suit with a fresh towel around his neck. The hospital was his second home where he felt most comfortable in the doctors dining room, walking the halls but most of all, in the operating room. Always a gentleman, never raising his voice, he spoke quietly during surgery. But what he said carried great weight.

He not only helped those hospital personnel who needed him but also helped the senior surgeons who were already accomplished broaden their perspective to serve their patients even more. Dr. Joe would go anywhere to learn new procedures; I remember his asking me to go to Richmond, Va. to learn about new robotic surgery techniques.

Dr. Bryants primary commitment as a physician and surgeon was to champion the cause of the patient. He believed that the physician had a better understanding that any other element of society of what really mattered for the greatest well being of a person. He felt that this role of doctors was being replaced by administrators, health care companies, insurance companies, and government. He felt that the physicians should be in charge of the health care system.

Dr. Bryant was the type of physician from the old school who did it all. He could deliver babies, perform C-sections, treat heart attacks, perform heart surgery, set hip fractures, as well as abdominal surgery from appendectomy to aortic aneurysms. He had a keen sense of medicine and a wealth of medical experience that he brought to the bedside of many patients whose condition warranted intricate care.

I was always deeply impressed with his profound medical knowledge and compassion. I know the people of Lebanon and Wilson County, Cumberland University and the entire medical community will greatly miss him as much as I will.

Editors Note: Dr. Robert C. Bone is a general surgeon at University Medical Center in Lebanon.

Wilson Co. earns 3-Star

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced Tuesday that Wilson County has achieved certification under the states Three-Star program for excellence in economic development.

Our goal is to create a business friendly climate that gives companies the confidence to invest and expand in Tennessee, Hagerty said. Solid community development is a crucial aspect in this process by providing the foundation needed for successful economic development.

Wilson County is now eligible to receive additional incentives under the guidelines of the Tennessee Three-Star program.

In order to receive the certification, communities are required to meet criteria in planning, leadership, community, business and education and work force development categories.

Incentives for receiving the certification include identification on all FastTrack infrastructure and job training applications; eligibility for matching grants, if criteria set by ECD are met; earning points in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program; assistance from ECDs regional field staff and the sharing of best practices in community development; and the establishment of a strategic plan that is updated annually with measurable goals, specific actions, responsible parties and a timeline.

Beginning in 1980, the Three-Star program has now grown to 89 programs certified, representing more than 340 cities and towns.

PHOTO CAPTION -- Accepting the Three-Star Certification award for Wilson County are, from left, Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Chair-Elect Chris Crowell, 2011 Chamber Chairman Paul Jewell, Three-Star Co-Chair and Chamber President / CEO Sue Vanatta, Tennessee ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty, Gov. Bill Haslam, Three-Star Co-Chair Diane Fletcher with the Joint Economic & Community Development Board, District 17 State Sen. Mae Beavers and District 46 State Rep. Mark Pody.

WC JROTC plans post Veterans Day 5K run

Wilson Central High Schools Junior ROTC program is joining with the American Red Cross to host a 5K run on Saturday, Nov. 12.

The event, titled "ROTC Run 4 Red," is being organized by cadets in the junior ROTC program at Wilson Central as a post celebration of Veterans Day.

To be held at Cedars of Lebanon State Park just south of the Lebanon on Highway 231, the event will included a 5K run and a 1-mile walk.

According to promotional material be distributed about the event, local military staff members will be on hand to assist with the scoring of an on-site physical fitness test that is to be offered participants.

Prizes, sponsored by Pepsi, will be awarded to the top finishers in the 5K race and also to those who choose to compete in the physical fitness test.

Pre-registered runners are to pay an entrance fee of $25, while registrants on the day of the event will pay $30. A $5 discount is being offered to all active military, ROTC, JROTC, and Young Marines. There is a $15 entry fee for the 1-mile walk (no-T-shirt provided).

Proceeds from "ROTC Run 4 Red" are to benefit the American Red Cross and the Wilson Central Navy Junior ROTC Cadets.

Technical Sports Shirts will be offered to the first 50 online registrations. According to event organizers, these shirts will be Heavy Duty Cotton Ts and will be provided to those who register prior to Oct. 31.

"We will do our best to have a T-shirt for everyone but due to the quantity of shirts, early registration will assure you a shirt," event sponsors have said.

For more information about the event inquiries may be made at To pre-register persons are asked to visit

Craighead discusses events center

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead noted that individuals representing city and county governments as well as local citizens would sit on a proposed Entertainment District Authority Board if the Cumberland Center is established.

Craighead gave a presentation on the entertainment district at the Wilson County Place to Be meeting on Tuesday morning.

This is a community effort, and when its built, it will belong to us, to the community, Craighead said of the events center.

During the presentation, Craighead mentioned the establishment of an entertainment district authority to oversee further expansion of The Cumberland Center development, to allocate money for that expansion and to build the events center.

The board would consist of seven individuals, the Lebanon mayor said, and both city and county would be equally represented.

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto and Craighead would be on the board along with one Wilson County commissioner and one Lebanon City councilor. Craighead also proposed having one city and one county resident on the board with those six individuals nominating a seventh member.

The board would then be responsible for deciding how money is spent and when to move forward on each phase of the Cumberland Center construction as well as construction of the events center.

The main thing is to never let this center become an albatross, or a burden on the community, Craighead said.

In the proposal, sales and property taxes generated within the district would be allocated by the board to continue construction of the district and events center. Craighead pointed out a small increase in property taxes in the district and the local sales tax share would go toward funding the events center.

When the center is built, legislation would allow the board to collect the state share of sales taxes generated within the center as well.

The board would also be responsible for determining a company most suited for managing the events center once it is built. Craighead addressed some lawsuits and negative opinions of Global Entertainment Corporation, a partner in building the center, and pointed out those were related to a part of their organization that is no longer in operation.

The corporation made the decision more than 18 months ago to no longer manage the events centers that it helps design and build. Craighead said the board would not be looking for GEC to manage the facility.

They would never be the group that we look to manage this facility when its built, Craighead said of GEC.

Hutto told The Wilson Post after the meeting there are many questions left to be answered, but members of the county commission are enthusiastic about a possible convention center in Wilson County.

He said the commissioners have been listening and looking at the details of the Cumberland Center proposal very closely. Hutto noted the commission has several questions that need answering before making a full commitment.

There are lots of questions that still have to be answered, Hutto said.

District 21 Commissioner Eugene Murray asked Craighead at the meeting if the board could dedicate the portion of taxes that is allocated for funding local public schools to building within the district.

Craighead indicated it could be possible to allocate the schools portion of taxes generated within the district to go toward expanding the development and building the events center.

That would take away from the schools a little, Craighead noted, but said what the entertainment district would mean for the community would outweigh the small drop in funding.

With the events center proposed to cost $40 million, Craighead said it would cost $2.8 million a year over 25 years to fully pay for the center. He pointed out in other communities, with the right funding sources they have paid for equal-sized centers in half that time.

Dodge City, Kan., which Craighead has looked toward as a model for Lebanons events center, put money aside 15 years ago for their center and it opened in February 2011.

They made a commitment to the community, he said of Dodge City.

Craighead pointed out Phase I of the entertainment district has been through the Lebanon Planning Commission and said construction on the first 225,000 square feet of retail space is preparing to move forward.

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post /

Elk again & memories of other hunts

A Memory -- He is 75 yards out in the big meadow. He has been in the almost dry wallow for ten minutes with his harem of nearly a dozen cows gathered close by. I have tried everything from challenging bugles to plaintive cow calls. He has ignored them all with equal disdain. I cannot shoot 75-yards with the 65-pound Jennings. The camera clicks as he gathers his ladies and heads for Steamboat Springs.

Memories of an elk hunt.

I am going again. I am returning to the mountains. It wont be long now and Ill board the plane for Durango, Colorado. Ill be met at the airport by Bo Pitman, a friend of many years with access to over 7,000 acres of private ranch that is loaded with elk. Robert Pitman, Bos father, age 75, will join us. He has not elk hunted in several years, either. Quite likely this will be his last hunt, too. Mostly he is just going for the company. Truth told, so am I.

Bos land is just outside Mancos, CO, halfway between Durango and Cortez. It is beautiful country. Robert, and I, despite various ages and infirmities believe we can handle it. The terrain and altitude are moderate and we are shooting rifles. For me, it will be aged and favorite Parker-Hale .308 with 150 grain, Winchester Supreme, silver tips or the venerable savage Model 99 with 165 grain ballistic tips. They are both tack drivers, plenty big enough for elk and I am ready.

Mea culpa

There are three things that I HATE-HATE to do. (And yes, I know hate is a strong word.)

Camping, as you know, is one of the top 3 on the list. I dislike sleeping on the ground, in a tent, after a night spent around a campfire (with no television), eating food wrapped in foil. I dont intend to ever do this again unless a natural disaster hits and the Red Cross forcibly makes me sleep in a tent. And then I assure you, my mournful sobs and cries of why have you deserted me, oh Lord will keep the whole camp awake, until a collection is raised and I am moved to indoor accommodations (with cable).

Swimming in any water that is not heavily chlorinated is #2 on the list. Knowing me as you do, you probably think it has to do with germs, but germs are just the beginning. Chlorine kills two things: germs and sharks. Like many people my age, I directly attribute my intense hatred of sharks to the movie Jaws. Followed, by my cousin George whispering in my ear, just prior to his pushing me off the float in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, you better swim fast, there are sharks all over this place. Ever since that fateful day, sharks have been on my hit list. As such, unless my water is heavily chlorinated and I can clearly see the bottom, count me out.

Top Ten Ways to Spot a Working Mother
This past week, Becky and I had the pleasure of being guest speakers for Wilson O.N.E. Wilson O.N.E. is a local organization that fosters the enablement of working individuals, paid and non-paid, within Wilson County. The organization was celebrating their 10 year anniversary. We were honored to be part of the event and enjoyed sharing our "Telling Tales" columns with these lovely ladies.

As part of our presentation, we prepared the following:

"Top Ten Ways to Spot a Working Mother."

1. Her car is so dirty, a small animal can live in it for a week.

2. Her purse is so heavy, it can be used as a deadly weapon (and if she has more than one child then it already has been!)

3. Dinner most nights consists of chicken nuggets (a protein wrapped in a carb otherwise know as a twofer in MOM world.)

Ketchup which any good mother knows is a vegetable.

And if she is one of those "healthy" moms a Flintstone vitamin for dessert.

DiCaprio plays Hoover in Eastwoods J. Edgar

Dear Ken: What is Clint Eastwoods next project? Is he through with acting?

Eastwood, 81, seems to be satisfied with simply directing these days and hasnt acted since his 2008 film Gran Torino. His next project as director is J. Edgar which opens in November with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. Other cast members include Josh Lucas, Naomi Watts, Armi Hammer, Judi Dench, Lea Thompson and Dermot Mulroney.

Dear Ken: Is Jean Stapleton, who starred as Archie Bunkers wife, Edith, on All in the Family, still living?

Yes. Born Jeanne Murray in New York City, Stapleton, 88, lives in Manhattan and is retired. The three-time Emmy Award winner and her late husband have two children. Stapleton worked on Broadway and was in such movies as Up the Down Staircase, Klute, The Buddy System and Michael and played FDRs wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, in the TV movie Eleanor, First Lady of the World. Stapleton was a guest on numerous TV shows from the 1950s through the 1990s and co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg in the 1990 TV series Bagdad Caf.

Wilson Living Today, September 28

Whew! What a week! We are in full throttle EXPO MODE. The phone is ringing off the hook and each and every day we are getting closer to capacity. There are some fabulous finds some of you have probably never heard of that will be filling space at this years show. Seriously, it doesnt matter if youre into fashion, furnishings, or fabulousness, weve got you covered. If you havent made your reservations call 615-969-6751 today!

But before the expo theres plenty going on around town. We have two special events coming up in the coming weeks. Gardens on Main will be hosting an open house on Saturday, October 1st. You can eat, drink and win prizes including an Apple IPad. Dont miss this event. For more information, call 615-547-4900.

We are so excited to about the Womens Health Expo we will be hosting the event with Summit Medical Center on Saturday, October 1st from 8am-Noon at Summit campus. The event is specifically designed to offer women valuable information about the latest in health information in addition to fun activities such as massages, fitness demonstrations, door prizes and more! Our friends at The Mall at Green Hills will also be sponsoring a fashion show.

Wilson Living Today, October 12

Hungry? Save that appetite for Thursday night at the 3rd Annual Taste of Wilson County. Sponsored by Wilson Banks and Trust, Taste features some of best restaurants in the area and a few independent caterers that you might not know. This year Taste will be held on the west lawn of Wilson Bank and Trusts' main branch. Attendees to the 2011 event will enjoy the "Taste Marketplace," where vendors will display and sell their signature sauces, gift baskets and other food-related items. This years entertainment line-up will include ice carving and fruit carving demonstrations. And dont forget the kids! Scott Harris with the Art Mill will be on hand to help your little artist create a masterpiece while you enjoy the delicious fare.

Over $9,000 from last years event went to fund various Chamber Education Programs, including Wilson Books from Birth, TN Scholars, and the Teacher Grant Program and area scholarships.

Check us out on Facebook today and tomorrow. Well be giving away tickets for Taste of Wilson County. For more information visit, or visit any branch of Wilson Bank and Trust.

Our Feathered Friends - October 12

By Ray Pope

Believe it or not, I still have some Hummers hitting the juice here at home. There has been at least one each day. I have been busy doing other things, so my next door neighbor's niece was able to help me refill the feeders. Peggy Carver, who lives next door, has a sister, Kinnie Long, whose daughter Kelly Long was more than happy to fill my Hummingbird feeders for me. I enjoy some of the neighborhood children taking an interest in my avian friends. Kelly is an 11-year-old student at Carroll Oakland Elementary School on Highway 231 and has a soft spot in her heart for our feathered friends.

Many thanks to Karen Franklin for taking time out of her busy schedule to write an article for me as I was out of town, visiting old friends up in Seymour, Indiana. Dotty Kim went up with me, and I believe she might have a touch of German in her as Dotty really enjoyed the Oktoberfest celebration there. We had ringside seats for the annual parade up the main street of the town. Right in the middle of the parade, there came these four dudes with Alpenhorns, the big long horns, maybe 15 feet long, you see in movies about the Alps. I didn't realize how such good sounds could come from something that I had feared since a little child. Anyway, I have to be different from everyone else, so as they got through playing in front of us, I holler out, "Ricola," like in the commercial. The gentleman on the left, hollered back, "who said that?" I held my hand up and said that it was me. He reached into his pocket and tossed me a Ricola. I guess he gets that a lot.

In last weeks article, Karen mentioned the Yellow-rumped Warbler as one of her favorites. Most of all the other Warblers are here on a part time basic, spending the summer months here where they breed and then heading back south, mostly to South America. The Yellow-rump's are just the opposite, spending its winter months in the south while breeding way up into northern Canada.

The Yellow-rump Warbler (Dendroica coronata) are actually four closely-related bird forms that in the western area are known as the Audubon's Warbler and in the eastern part of the United States are known as the Myrtle Warbler. The other two are Mexican Black-fronted Warbler and the Guatemalan Goldman's Warbler. To see the former two, you would have to travel south of the Mexican border, but remember, don't drink the water.

As in most instances, the male of most species are more brightly colored than the females. The breeding males wear streaked backs of black on slate blue, with white wing patches and conspicuous yellow patches on the crown, flank and the rump. Audubon's Warbler also has a yellow throat patch, while the Myrtle has a white throat and eye stripe and a contrasting black cheek patch. The females of both forms are dull and have brown streaking, back and front, but still have a noticeable yellow rump.

The birds are mostly insect eaters, but during the winter here, they also have a taste for wax-myrtle berries, which gives the bird its name.

I would love to hear from you as to what's lurking about in your neighborhood and at your feeders. Can write me at 606 Fariview Ave., Lebanon, TN, call me at 547-7371, or e-mail me at

J. G. Crips, 94

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Oct. 9 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Crips, 94, of Lebanon.
Born March 3, 1917, in DeKalb County, he died Friday, Oct. 7, 2011.
The son of the late Jim and Dora Hildreth Crips, he was a lifelong farmer and a carpenter as well as a member of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church.
Services were conducted by Rev. Terry Fesler. Interment followed at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: daughter Doris Ann (Paul) Robinson of Lebanon; grandchildren Pamela Faye (John Lee) Thompson of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; Beth Robinson of Clarksville and John Paul (Alicia) Robinson of Lebanon; great grandchildren Faith Robinson, Brandi Davenport, Matthew Robinson, Paige Robinson and Tiffany Gill; great great grandchildren Tristen and McKenzie; sister Edith Davidson of Nashville; sister in law Bertha Crips; step daughter Doris (Ray) Shacklett of Nashville; step grandchildren Michael (Louise) Shacklett of Nashville and Susan (Keith) Free of Owensboro, KY; and step great grandchildren David Michael Christian, Emily and Sarah Free, and Jackson and Allison Shacklett.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives Mildred Bingham Crips and Julia Mae Ford Crips; grandson Phillip Wayne Robinson; siblings Pauline Murphy, Virgil Jones and James Crips.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon was in charge of arrangements.

John Thomas Phillips, 83

WATERTOWN -- A memorial service was held Monday afternoon, Oct. 10 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Phillips, 83, of Watertown.
Born Jan. 9, 1928 in Little Rock, Arkansas, he died Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 at Alive Hospice in Nashville.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was a leasing manager and the son of the late John Thomas Phillips, Sr. and Dorothy Maxwell Conner Phillips.
Services were conducted by Rev. Kenneth Tramel with burial at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.
Survivors include: son Bill (Sherry) Phillips of Potomac, MD; daughter-in-law Vickie Phillips of Hermitage; grandchildren Stephanie Phillips and Brett Phillips along with sister Liz (Johnny) Walker of Baton Rouge, LA.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Nancy Jane Phillips (Sept. 5, 2011), son Mike Phillips, siblings Blake Phillips and Dorothy Phillips.
Memorial contributions may be made to: The Alzheimer's Association.
Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.

Ella Mae Burleigh, 76

LEBANON -- Funeral services were conducted Monday evening, Oct. 10 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Miss Burleigh, 76, of Lebanon.
She passed away Oct. 8, 2011.
Services were conducted by Brother Daniel Stirnemann. Interment was in Cortland, New York.
Survivors include: brothers Marion (Roxanne) Burleigh of Lebanon and Richard (Karen) Burleigh of Syracuse, NY; sister Patricia (Stewart) Foster of Groton, NY; niece Nancy (Bob) Slater of Lebanon as well as several nieces and nephews; great nephews Scott Slater of Murfreesboro and Kyle Burleigh of Knoxville; a host of friends including special friend Robert Droste and loving companion Taz.
She is preceded in death by parents Robert and Frances Cherchio Burleigh and brothers Robert Burleigh and Raymond Burleigh.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Harold J. Barnett, 86

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, Oct. 11 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Barnett, 86, of Lebanon.
Born Nov. 11, 1924 in Romance, AR to the late Hermon and Nancy Rodgers Barnett, he died Oct. 8, 2011.
A proud U.S. Navy Veteran who served on the U.S.S. Louisville in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, Mr. Barnett was a Deacon of the 1st Assembly of God Church.
He enjoyed volunteering at churches and food banks.
Burial was at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include: the love of his life Naomi Barnett of Lebanon; daughters Diane (James) Heath of Mt. Juliet and Robin G. Barnett of Memphis; sister Lorene Barnett of Searcy, AR and grandchildren Corey M. (Amy N.) Barnes of Mt. Juliet, April D. (Woodrow) Barnett Graves of Lebanon, Sunny N. (Kindell) Barnett Stephens of Mt. Juliet, Mackenzie Morgan Roberts of Memphis, Lori M. Gill of Mt. Juliet and Kelley J. Robinson of Cromwell, CT.
Also surviving are 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Active pallbearers: great-grandsons Chase Chambers, Jonathan Wallace, Ryan Allen, Dustin Graves, Joseph Stephens and Isaac Stephens.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his son, Gary Mitchell and siblings, Ervin Barnett and Lucille Barnett Stroud.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Lurline Hazelwood Davis, 88

GIBSON Graveside funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 12 at the White Rose Cemetery in Gibson County for Mrs. Davis, 88, of Nashville.
A member of Arlington United Methodist Church and retired from Tennessee Telco Credit Union, she
died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Joe Hunt Davis.
Survivors include: sons Joe Wayne (Shirley) Davis and John T. (Courtney) Davis; brother James Thomas Hazelwood; grandchildren Mark (Jessica) Davis, Joanne (John) Morgan and John T. Davis, Jr.; step great grandson Cyrus Morgan.
Memorial contributions may be made to Arlington United Methodist Church, 1360 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, 37127.
Condolences may be offered at
Hibbett & Hailey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles N. Williams, 80

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Williams, 80, of Lebanon.
A member of the Calvary Baptist Church, he died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 at his residence.
Mr. Williams was a US Army veteran and was retired from American Plumbing and Electrical Supply.
Visitation 9 - 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Services will conducted by Brother Donald Owens and Brother Joe Johnson. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his wife of 53 years Jalene Fiveash Williams of Lebanon; son Tony (Gipsy) Williams of Antioch; daughter Sheila (Billy) Anderson of Mt. Juliet; grandson Evin Shamblin; sisters Maude Davis and Mary Eubanks; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by parents Newt and Annie Eades Williams; son Terry Newton Williams; sisters Maggie Hobbs and Lena Breedlove.
Active pallbearers: Billy Breedlove, Orbie Eubanks, Ronnie Hobbs, Tommy Eubanks, Walter Lackey, Bryson Eubanks. Honorary: Lee Eubanks, Eugene Murray, Ed Lee, Donnie Winfree, Michael Eubanks, Marvin Medlin, William Vanatta, Barry Woody and Dave Shelley.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.

Elmer Jack Amburn, 94

LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Amburn, 94, of Lebanon.
Retired from the United States Air Force, he passed away Oct. 8, 2011.
The family will be receiving friends from 12 p.m. until the service on Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Kevin Dye with interment in Sumner Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his wife of 71 years Effie Ellen Amburn; children Mable Ellen Babbitt, Alvis Lee Amburn and James David Amburn; grandchildren Jack Babbitt Jr., Rebecca Hatley, Kimberly Dawn Amburn, Alvis Kieth AHearn, Kevin AHearn, Chrystal Amburn, Heather Amburn, Jennifer Amburn, Joshua Amburn, Sean Kyle Amburn and Shawn Danial Amburn; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Family and friends will serve as Pallbearers.
He is preceded in death by daughter Shirley Ann Amburn.
Lebanon's Sellars Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Joe F. Bryant, 78

LEBANON -- Skilled surgeon, business man, TV broadcaster, real estate investor, published author and family man, Lebanons Dr. Joe F. Bryant was a man with many interests and countless devoted friends.

Dr. Bryant, 78, died Monday, Oct. 10 at his Lebanon residence following an extended illness.

I was always deeply impressed with his profound medical knowledge and compassion, said his longtime friend and colleague Dr. Robert Carver Bone. I know the people of Lebanon and Wilson County, Cumberland University and the entire medical community will greatly miss him as much as I will.

A member of Lebanons First United Methodist Church, he served two years in the U.S. Navy as a medical officer/physician.

Raised in Newbern, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee Martin. He continued his education at the University of Tennessee Memphis where he graduated from Medical School in 1955.

Bobby Kenneth Hamlett, 78

BERLIN, MD -- A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Faith Baptist Church in Berlin for Mr. Hamlett, 78, of Ocean City, Maryland.

Born in Lebanon to the late Herman and Gerogia C. (Stout) Hamlett, he died Oct. 5, 2011.

Mr. Hamlett had been a heavy equipment operator for many years. He was passionate about getting feral cats spayed and neutered and was a big part of Ocean City Town Cats.

He was a devoted, loving and caring husband and father and was a US Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Colleen K. Hamlett of Ocean City; four sons and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by daughter Barbara; brother Ed Hamlett of Lebanon and sister Ky Gann of Winder, Georgia.

Memorial donations may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 591, Lebanon, TN 37088.

Arrangements by Hastings Funeral Home, Selbyville, DE.


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