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Mayfield pleads guilty in vehicular homicide case

July 29, 2011 crash killed 4-year-old and grandfather

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

A woman accused for killing a 4-year-old boy and his grandfather in a 2011 crash in Lebanon pleaded guilty to all charges, including two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, and could face up to 56 years in prison.

Barbara Ann Mayfield, 45, of Lebanon, pleaded guilty in court on Monday to two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, one count of vehicular assault, DUI third offense and driving on a revoked license second offense.

She could face anywhere from 15 years to 56, said 15th Judicial District Assistant District Attorney James Lea Jr.

On July 29, 2011, Lebanon Police said Mayfield was driving under the influence and speeding when she struck two cars and a building at the intersection of Cedar Street and East High Street.

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Sales tax increase dies in county Budget Committee

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

A proposal to increase sales taxes countywide by 0.5 percent died in the Wilson County Commission Budget Committee Thursday night, leaving the City of Lebanon to hold a referendum of the people for the increase on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The sales tax issue died in the budget committee, so unless a commissioner brings it up Monday night, the county will not have that increase, said County Mayor Randall Hutto.

Budget Committee Chairman and District 23 Commissioner Bernie Ash said the measure died when the committee was split 2-2, with District 20 Commissioner Annette Stafford abstaining.

Hutto and District 22 Commissioner Wendell Marlowe voted in favor of bringing the issue before the full commission while Ash and District 15 Commissioner Mike Justice opposed.

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Lebanon passes budget on 2nd reading

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council passed its 2012-2013 on second reading Tuesday night despite a tie among the six councilors who disagreed on increases from the previous year and once again using reserve funds to cover a multimillion-dollar deficit.

Commissioner of Finance and Revenue Russell Lee said the 2012-2013 budget consists of General Fund expenditures totaling $20,764,455 and overall expenditures from all funds of $59,176,169.

The budget was up for second reading during Tuesday nights meeting and must pass a total of three readings before it becomes final. Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler, Ward 5 Councilor Haywood Barry and Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath voted against the budget. Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston, Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino and Ward 4 Councilor Joe Hayes voted in favor of the budget. Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead broke the tie by voting in favor of the budget.

Craighead said they are planning to budget $2,575,000 from the Rainy Day Fund to cover a deficit in the General Fund. He said the city did the same last year, but noted they dont expect to use the entire budgeted amount.

We estimate we might spend about $1 million from last year so were around about $8 million (in the Rainy Day Fund), the mayor said.

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Home burglary suspect arrested Monday

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

A Lebanon man was arrested Monday afternoon after a homeowner reported a break-in at her home in the Waters Hill subdivision, leading authorities to a home across the street where the suspect was found.

Travis Montgomery, 32, of 521 West Sunset Drive in Lebanon, was arrested and charged with three counts of criminal attempted burglary and evading arrest.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said at approximately 1:30 p.m., the department received a call from a homeowner in Waters Hill reporting a break-in and the caller gave officers a description of the suspects vehicle.

Bowen said when officers responded they reportedly found the vehicle parked in the driveway at 2005 Lebanon Road, across the street from the subdivision. As officers approached the home, Bowen said a white male ran from the vehicle and went into the home.

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Butler Challenge Cup decided Monday

Mitchell, Crouch take individual medals
LEBANON -- Wilson Central's Kathlene Mitchell fired an 18-hole round of 76 Monday to repeat as the girls' individual medalist in the Brandon Butler Challenge Cup held at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club.

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MJ's Belhu earns weekly honor

Mt. Juliet High School senior linebacker Josh Belhu has been named the Music City Star Game-Day Express Player of the Week in Wilson County for Week Zero. Belhu made 13 tackles including two tackles for a loss and one sack. He helped hold rival Lebanon High School to 67 total yards in Mt. Juliets 44-0 victory. Belhu is coached by Roger Perry.

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A lot to cheer about in Middle Tennessee

This is a special time of the year.

Football is in the air and Friday night, Lebanon High christens its new football stadium against Franklin County.

The Blue Devils would rather forget Week Zero (I will never understand that math) against state powerhouse, Mt. Juliet.

There is nothing like the first game in a brand new stadium. The popcorn tastes better. The band has some extra pep in its step. Its a great spot to run into friends you havent seen this summer.

The new Lebanon High School has a lot of similar features that Mt. Juliet used when it built its new school. If only the Blue Devils football program could become as competitive as Mt. Juliets.

Football isnt the only thing to get excited about around Middle Tennessee.

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Wilson Co. businessman arrested for tax evasion, theft

A local businessman was arrested by state a local officials this past week on charges of tax evasion and theft.

The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to the arrest on Thursday, Aug. 16, of Daljit Sandhu, age 42, president of Khalsa, Inc., d/b/a Zips Market #4, located in Lebanon. Wilson County Sheriff officials and Tennessee Department of Revenue Special Agents arrested Sandhu at the market. Bond was set at $25,000.

Sandhu was indicted by the Wilson County grand jury on Aug. 13 on 12 Class E felony counts of sales tax evasion in violation of Tennessee Code Annotated Section 67-1-1440(g) and one Class C felony count of Theft of Property over $10,000 in violation of TCA Section 39-14-103. The indictments charge Sandhu with tax evasion totaling $12,919.26 during the period January 2009 through December 2009.

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LPD hope to identify Fair shooting suspect

LPD to use surveillance footage to find suspects

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police are hoping to review surveillance cameras located at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center to identify four suspects reportedly involved in a shooting that took place Saturday morning outside the fairgrounds.

Chief Scott Bowen said shortly after 12:30 a.m., Saturday, an altercation between a group of men as they left the fair led to gunfire and a man being grazed in the back by a bullet or a piece of shrapnel from a ricochet.

There was some kind of altercation between the victim and four men, who were on foot and we think in the way of traffic, Bowen said.

The police chief noted words were exchanged between the victim and suspects as they left the fairgrounds but when they reached West Baddour Parkway, Bowen said the victim stepped outside his vehicle and got into a second altercation with the men.

One of the men in that group of four produced a handgun and fired about three shots, he said.

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Saturday Fair attendance breaks record

It seems every year the Wilson County Fair has a day that breaks attendance records from previous years and this year, Saturday set an all-time record with 116,532 visitors.

According to the latest attendance numbers, this year's fair began with one of the lowest first-day crowds with 29,018, down from 51,302 last year. But Saturday made up that difference in a big way.

The Saturday crowd was an increase of 41,713 over 2011 and an increase of over 72,700 compared to 2010, when rain and poor weather plagued the fair all week.

Sunday's attendance was lower that last year, but still amounted to 60,026. Last year, 73,576 attendees visted the fair on the lone Sunday.

The attendance on Saturday passed a few other days in the fair's history that also had over 100,000 visitors, including the second Saturday of last year's fair, which saw 109,603 visitors. The first Saturday in 2009 saw 105,779 visitors and the first Saturday of the 2004 fair had 100,338 visitors.

The total attendance for the first three days totals 205,576.

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Martha Marie Thompson, 86

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 18 in Creve Coeur, IL for Mrs. Thompson, 86, of Mt. Juliet. She died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 at Mt. Juliet Health Care Center.

Local arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

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William Edgar Minick Sr., 98

Graveside services were held Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 14 in Glasgow, KY for Mr. Minick, 98, of Lebanon. He died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 at Alvin C. York Medical Center in Murfreesboro.

He was a US Army veteran and a mechanic.
Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown in charge of arrangements.

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Glenn O. Vanatta, 82

Graveside funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at Vanatta Cemetery in Alexandria for Mr. Vanatta, 82. He died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 at Summit Medical Center.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the service on Friday at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown.
Arrangements by Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home.

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Martin Michael Varela, 26

Mr. Varela, 26, of Brush Creek, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 from injuries sustained in a Rutherford County motorcycle accident.
He was a 2004 graduate of Lebanon High School and worked at Parker Seals.
Visitation will be held 4-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Free sports injury hotline offered in Wilson

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Select Physical Therapy is offering a new, special service to Wilson County with their Sports Injury Hotline, a free 24-hour call service that gives local residents a quick connection with licensed medical professionals.

With two locations in Wilson County, Select Physical Therapy is expanding its services using the hotline that is a resource for athletes, weekend warriors and anyone with a sports-related injury who may want to consult a medical professional before going into a doctors office.

This is a totally free service to Wilson County, said Select Physical Therapy Vice President of Operations Chris Zanke.

Zanke indicated when local residents call a licensed Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer will be on-hand to help a patient with initial diagnosis of an injury and help determine if they need to visit a doctor.

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CU's Woody Hunt earns ABCA Hall of Fame honor

Cumberland University baseball coach Woody Hunt has received yet another national honor, this one from his peers, as the longtime leader of the Bulldogs has been selected for induction into the American Baseball Coaches Association Class of 2013 Hall of Fame along with five others this coming January.

The 2013 class will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, during the ABCA/Diamond Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Ill.

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LHS visits Mt. Juliet in 2012 opener

Lebanon and Mt. Juliet will kick off the 2012 prep football season tonight, marking the 36th annual meeting of the two Wilson County football programs. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Mt. Juliet. Live radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9.

Lebanon and Mt. Juliet have played each other for 35 consecutive seasons since the rivalry was renewed back in 1977. After winning each of the last three meetings, the Bears lead the series 19-16.

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New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian to mark 200 years

New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church this year joins the elite number of Wilson County Churches that have been in existence 200 years or more.

It is located near the center of the county at 7845 Coles Ferry Pike, Lebanon.

An all day celebration is planned for Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. The celebration Back To Our Future will begin with the 10 a.m. service, which will praise God for His work in this place for two centuries and give Him thanks for the rich heritage handed down to the present membership of the church and all of Wilson County.

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Wilson County Fair opens today

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Its Wilson Countys annual opportunity to shine as numerous volunteers, exhibitors, vendors and attendees pull together to make this years fair a successful event.

The 2012 Wilson County Fair officially opens to the public at 5 p.m. today with the annual parade through the fairgrounds set to roll at 7.

The theme of this years event is Pulling Together at the 2012 Wilson County Fair, and represents how it just pulls all facets of our county together, said Hale Moss, president of Wilson County Promotions, Inc., sponsor of the fair.

Young and old come from all parts of the county and from outside of the county, too, to make the fair happen and to attend it each year. The Wilson County Fair is the largest county fair in the state, and attendance in 2011 set another record with 545,945 people passing through the gates. The previous record was set in 2009 with 505,434.

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Candidates qualified Thursday

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Candidates who qualified yesterday for 10 local offices to be on the Nov. 6 General and City Election may withdraw until next Thursday, Aug. 23, according to Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren.

Local offices on the Nov. 6 ballot include Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown Mayors, Lebanon City Council members of Ward 1, 2 and 5, Mt. Juliet City Commissioner members of Districts 1 and 3, an at-large seat on the Watertown City Council and District 2 Wilson County Commissioner.

Three candidates qualified for Lebanon Mayor including incumbent Mayor Philip Craighead, David Kievernagel and Robert J. OBrien. Three candidates also qualified for Mt. Juliet City Mayor including incumbent Mayor Ed Hagerty, Jamie Luffman and Jim Bradshaw.

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Hartmann Luggage sells for $35M

From Post staff reports

One of the first high profile companies to occupy a site in Lebanons William D. Baird Industrial Subdivision has been sold.

Hartmann Luggage, a renowned manufacturer of high end luggage since 1877, has been acquired by Samsonite International.

Hartmann, located in Lebanon at the corner of Baddour Parkway and Hartmann Drive since 1959, was sold by its current owners for a reported $35 million in cash.

The transaction was completed, according to published financial reports, two weeks ago.

Hartmann, when first coming to Lebanon, was solely owned by Ira Katz. In recent years the company has been owned by a number of different suitors. The acquisition of Hartmann by Samsonite was from current investors of Clarion Capital Partners, a private equity firm in New York. Before the current ownership group, Hartmann was owned by Brown-Forman, of Louisville, Ky., the same company that owns Jack Daniels and other brands of distilled spirits.

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County on the clock for referendum on sales tax increase

Lebanon City Council passed ordinance Aug. 7 to request referendum

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Following Lebanon City Councils decision to ask for a referendum of the people to increase its sales tax by 0.5 percent, Wilson County Commission now has 40 days to consider raising sales taxes by that amount countywide and is expected to discuss the matter during their next meeting.

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, council passed an ordinance on second reading to request a referendum on the sales tax increase. The current local option sales tax in Lebanon is 2.25 percent, and the increase could raise that to 2.75 percent.

If passed, Lebanon citizens would pay 9.75 percent in sales taxes, the highest amount allowed by the state, when the state sales tax of 7 percent is factored into the tax.

However, according to state law, county government is given priority when determining local sales tax increases.

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United Way kick-off to be held Aug. 28

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

United Way of Wilson County will hold its annual kick-off on Tuesday, Aug. 28, with a Western-themed event for all past, present and future United Way supporters.

Hosted by the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, which is a gold-level giver to United Way of Wilson County, the event will celebrate the local United Ways best fundraising year ever.

The event will take place at the Chamber office on the Lebanon Public Square from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature door prizes, recognition of past donors, food and more.

United Way Chairman of the Board Jeff Porter said the event would allow donors to get in touch with the agencies that receive funds from the local United Way.

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Rotary Club recognizes Bob Evans

By NICHOLE MANNA
The Wilson Post

The first time the Lord spoke to Bob Evans, he was shaving.

It happened to him on Christmas Eve 1967. He remembers the lights going out and him falling to the floor.

He said, Its going to be called love one another, love one another, love one another three times He said it. He gave me three visions and when I opened my eyes I was laying on the floor, in the dark and I couldnt see anything other than a light coming through the door, he explained.

About 32 years later, in 1999, those three words brought Evans to open Josephs Storehouse.

Thursday, Evans was recognized by the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary for his more than three decades of commitment to those in need in the local community and presented the clubs Bernie Bass Award for Community Service. It marked the second year that the local club has presented the award named in honor of the late Col. Bernie Bass.

Evans and his volunteers pack about 400 to 500 large yello

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Dillon brothers share Deere with County Fair

By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post

The John Deere collection put together by the late Jimmy Dillon of Lebanon leaves visitors seeingyou guessed itgreen.

Mr. Dillon of Dillon Cabinet & Millwork fame died in 2004, but his sons Danny, 51, and Richard, 46, have preserved the collection as their father left it and plan to display a portion of the memorabilia at the Wilson County Fair in conjunction with the 175th anniversary of the first John Deere plow.

Among the star attractions of the 1,476 items in Dillons Deere collection are 20 big tractors made between 1922 and 1964. While there also are hundreds of miniature toy tractors, the expansive array includes farm boy dolls, metal tractor seats, pocket knives, yo-yos and even bicycles, all wearing the John Deere brand and green paint.

Theres everything from John Deere caps to John Deere marbles. You couldnt buy him nothing for Christmas that was John Deere that he didnt already have, Richard said about his father, who started his collection in the early 1970s.

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