By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine
Finally! Who is happy about the sunshine? At Wilson Living we sure are! There’s a lot going on in Wilson County this week. Here’s the scoop on what we’ll be into.
Saturday is packed full of fun activities. On May 14 fitness enthusiasts from all over will unite to run or walk in the Go Johnny Go Memorial 5k/10k and Fun Run. Proceeds from this event will go to the Johnny Keel Wellness Foundation, a tax exempt 501c, which partners with local organizations to promote healthy living through exercise, diet, screenings and education. We knew Johnny Keel and are proud to be a sponsor of this event. Please join Wilson Living and many others Saturday morning.
By RAY POPE
They’re here! You may ask what am I talking about? You will find out very soon as the noise level around your house might just become unbearable in the back yard. I’m talking about the 13-year Cicada, which at my house came out this past Saturday. These red-eyed bugs will delight the birds and just in time for the larger species which will have young ready to eat whatever comes their way. The smaller ones might have a harder time swallowing a bug which is almost half their size.
You might compare them to the Children of Israel complaining about not having meat to eat. After a while they had more than they could handle and were tired of it. I’m not sure if our feathered friends will get tired of the Cicadas, but I’m sure that we will.
Spring is the time for planting flowers and also vegetables. I plan on planting at least 50 Better Boy tomatoes with a few odds and ends thrown in for good measure. I was lucky last season as my Roma tomatoes won a blue ribbon at the Wilson County Fair. When planting flowers remember to plant some that will attract Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and/or Butterflies. Any type of a trumpet-shaped flower works best for our little Hummers.
In a well know supercenter store I was taking a short-cut through the shoe department when I ran into Natalie Janney, the young lady in charge of the Dixon Merrit Nature Center at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park. We talked about how well things went last week and have plans for me to come out and do a few more bird programs and the Owl prowl. Of course I will keep you all posted about future bird happenings at the park. I don’t like to toot my own horn, but it’s a shame that more people don’t take advantage of a great state park right in our own back yard with nature programs every week of the summer.
Wilson County Commission’s Planning & Zoning Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 16, in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.
Lebanon City Council will meet in regular session at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights. Prior to the meeting, council will hold a public hearing at 5:55 p.m. in the same location.
Wilson County Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m., Monday, June 6, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon. All items to be considered for the agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Monday, May 23.
Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Spain House on the Lebanon First United Methodist Church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.
Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.
AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.
HomeSafe Women’s Support Group meets Thursday evenings. For information and to sign up, call 444-6130. If you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.
“Southern Fried Funeral,” a comedy by Osborne & Eppler presented by the SunnySide Performing Arts Ministry at Westland United Methodist Church, will be Thursdays, May 5 and 12, at 7:30 p.m., cost is $8 for the show only; Fridays, May 6, 13 and 30, dessert theatre, at 7:30 p.m., cost is $12; Saturdays, May 7, 14 and 21, dinner theatre (fried chicken), cost is $18, dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.; Sundays, May 8 and 15, dessert theatre, at 2:30 p.m., cost is $12. For reservations or information, call 444-1447. Leave your name, phone number and number in party, or any questions. Cash or check at the door.
Public Records Committee will meet at 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, at the Wilson County Archives.
Health & Welfare Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 12, in the commission courtroom at the Wilson County Courthouse.
Wilson County Tea Party will attend the first ever “Tennessee Freedom Coalition at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 12, at Cornerstone Church in Madison. Guest speaker will be Geert Wilders, the spokesperson against the encroachment of Islam in Western Europe. For information, visit www.tnfreedomcoalition.org/pdf/TFC.
Annual Spring “Reaching for the STARRS” Benefit Trail Ride for Southern STARRS, Inc., will be from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, May 14, at Cedars of Lebanon Stables, Highway 231 South. It is a 10-mile ride. The entry fee is $25. Entry fee will be waived with $75 or more in pledges. Door prizes will also be awarded for $75 or more in pledges. Each paid participant will receive a gift bag ($25 value). First prize is worth more than $200. You must turn in pledges to be eligible for prizes. For pre-registration and pledge sheets, contact Southern STARRS at 453-2592, email email@example.com or visit www.southernstarrs.org. There will be a cookout after the ride.
Wilson County Republican Party will take its May meeting on the road to Mt. Juliet. The WCRP will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 14, at the Hampton Inn & Suites at 5001 Crossings Circle (across from Providence MarketPlace). Guest speaker will be new Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty. For information, contact Kevin Foushee, WCRP chairman, at 444-5732 or visit www.wilsongop.org.
Watertown High School Class of 1960 will hold a reunion on Saturday, May 14 at 5 p.m. at Ryan’s in Lebanon. For more information you may contact Lynda Sue Simpson at 237-3801.
Greenvale Cemetery Memorial Service will be at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 15. In case of rain, the service will be held at Greenvale Church.
Wilson County Schools Pre-Kindergarten Round-Up will be from noon until 5 p.m., Friday, May 20, in the East/West Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Open to any 3-5 year old in Wilson County, the event is free and will include food, games and prizes. Speech/language, developmental, vision and hearing screenings will be offered. For information, call Denise McMillan, Pre-K coordinator, at 453-7302, or Cindy Johnson, program assistant, at 547-7751, ext. 2032.
Antique Tractor, Antique Truck and Gas Engine Show, hosted by Wilson County Antique Power Association, will be Saturday, May 21, at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Gates open at 8 a.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For information, contact Johnny/Debbie Mitchell at 444-6944.
PHOEBE Ministries, a ministry of widows reaching widows, will meet at The Art Mill in Lebanon at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 21. Participants will paint a blue iris, the symbol of PHOEBE Ministries. Cost is $35 plus tax, and all materials are included. Members are also collecting drink cans and soup and vegetable cans for Miracle Power, a ministry that is building a home for widows and orphans in Africa. Bring empty cans to the meeting where someone will be on hand to collect them.
Gladeville Community Center holds Zumba Classes every Wednesday at the GCC from 7 until 8 p.m. For information, call Brandie Reshe at 668-2758. Bluegrass at the GCC will be Saturday, May 28. Doors open at 6 p.m. Hands of Time will perform. For information call Beazley at 243-2664.
Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year reunion to be held June 11. Call one of the following people with your contact information: Teresa Halbert at 444-5995, Phil Bragg at 444-4941, Jo Smith at 444-8811 or Brownie Hall at 444-5173.
Lebanon High School Class of 1981 will hold its 30-year reunion on Saturday, June 25 at Five Oaks. Get your address to Gary Ligon on Facebook or call Amy Gregory at 417-1313 or Beverly Hurd at 444-3904 for details.
Wilson County Retired Teachers’ Association will award two scholarships for the fall semester. Applications are now available at the Office of Student Financial Service at Cumberland University, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The WCRTA Scholarship is available to any junior or senior majoring in education. All parts of the application must be completed to be accepted. Deadline for applying is Friday, July 1.
Lebanon High School Class of 1991 is planning a 20-year reunion for July 2. Organizers are looking for classmates. Email contact information to Dawn Carr Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or call 308-0034. For information, go to www.eventbrite.com or Facebook.
To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon. 37087, or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
The quality of local education and its role in attracting new residents helps Wilson County to be The Place to Be, said Wilson County Schools Director Mike Davis on Tuesday.
Davis offered his thoughts on education during the Wilson County Place to Be initiative meeting held yesterday at the Wilson County Courthouse in Lebanon.
Davis said Wilson offers opportunities for education at all levels from 3 months of age to post-graduate. From daycares with formal classroom atmospheres at each county school to Cumberland University, there are opportunities for students of all ages.
Women are digging in to help Wilson County Habitat for Humanity make homeownership a reality for the Moore family.
The women crew will help the Moore’s build their home as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program. This house will add to the more than 1,500 Habitat homes built by women throughout the United States. It is the fifth Women Build undertaken by Wilson County Habitat for Humanity.
By LINDA BETH EVINS
Special to The Wilson Post
It’s been almost a year since we assembled at the Wilson County Courthouse on Memorial Day 2010. Leon Vantrease was the guest speaker that beautiful morning, and many of you may remember Mr. Vantrease as your postman. We usually remember our mailman or rural carrier, but the question is: “Will they remember us?”
Recently, we stood outside admiring Mr. Vantrease’s freshly mowed lawn and I mentioned that my first house, in 1965, was on the corner of West Spring and Castle Heights Avenue. As quickly as a contestant on “Jeopardy,” Mr. Vantrease came back with the answer, “134 Castle Heights Avenue.”
He was correct and I found that he possesses a natural ability to remember important facts and convey them effortlessly. We met specifically to remember the days of World War II and this is his story…
By KENNY HOWELL
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET – Mt. Juliet City Commission approved a fee, or tax, of 20 cents per $100 0f assessed value to property owners inside the city limits and also approved an interlocal agreement with Wilson County for emergency medical services and fire protection at Monday night’s regular meeting.
The 20-cent tax will fund fire protection and ambulance service in Mt. Juliet, an issue discussed between city and county officials for a number of years.
City commissioners did a roll call vote to explain why they were voting yes for the property tax.
“I don’t want to impose a tax, but we got to do something,” said District 4 Commissioner Jim Bradshaw regarding his yes vote.
Mayor Ed Hagerty voiced his displeasure also with the agreement.
One of the largest charity golf events in Wilson County is now in its sixth year and is set for play on Monday, June 13, at Lebanon’s Five Oaks Golf and Country Club.
The tournament, which has been tagged, “Tee it Up for Sean,” has enjoyed a huge following in memory of Sean Putman. Sean, who loved the game of golf, battled cancer for several years and passed away Aug. 20, 2005 at the age of 8. His parents are Troy and Beth Putman of Lebanon.
The Sean Putman Memorial Scholarship Fund was formed in his memory later the same year Sean passed away. Sean’s mother, Beth, serves as a member of the committee responsible for organizing the annual event.
“We continue to be amazed each day at the local response in support of Sean’s scholarship fund by this wonderful community we live in,” she said. “Our partnership with Cumberland to assist local high school seniors entering college has been so well received. The golf tournament is an important part of our lives and directly affects others in a special way while honoring Sean’s memory.”
Currently there are six Wilson County high school graduates receiving scholarship funds directly from tournament proceeds and other fund raising efforts to attend Cumberland University. That number will increase to nine students beginning with the fall term at CU.
“The Sean Putman Scholarship was a great help for me while I pursued my degree at Cumberland. I really appreciated the scholarship funds I received and it really meant a lot since I personally knew Sean Putman and his family,” said Meleia Montgomery, a registered nurse now employed at University Medical Center in Lebanon.
A number of area students have benefited from the scholarship fund, and details of the scholarship are available online at www.cumberland.edu. Applications are now being accepted and the scholarship funds will be awarded this fall.
This year’s event is set to begin at 1 p.m., Monday, June 13. The tournament format is a four-man scramble with a shotgun start. Golfers are encouraged to register early as organizers anticipate a full field of golfers once again. LoJac Materials, a local road contractor, will be providing lunch for the golfers beginning at 11:30 a.m. Golfers will also have the opportunity during the lunch hour to bid on items donated for silent auction.
In addition to the main afternoon event, a recreational nine-hole round of golf is planned for younger golfers. Information is now being distributed to area schools so they can register and participate. This has proved to be an exciting time for many youngsters as they experience golf on this area’s premier golf course for the first time. This event gets underway at 8 a.m.
Primary sponsors and underwriters of this year’s event include: Friends of College Hills Church of Christ, LoJac Materials, Partlow Funeral Chapel, PFG/Lester, THW Insurance Services, Wilson Bank & Trust, MediaMail and The Wilson Post.
Registration to play and sponsorship forms can be downloaded at www.seanputman.com. For information, visit the website, or you can phone Troy Putman at 547-5629 or Stephanie Walker at 547-1387.
By JOHN L. SLOAN,
The Wilson Post
It was just about as perfect as you could ask for. The nights were cooling, on their way to frosty and the days warmed up to high sixties and maybe a seventy thrown in for good measure. My doe was skinned, quartered and on ice. Well mostly she was. The tenderloins and a piece of back strap had gone the way all good deer meat should go -- supper.
Gordonsville native's rise & fall
By KEN BECK,
Special to The Wilson Post
He may have been the best baseball player ever produced by Tennessee, little Tommy Bridges out of Gordonsville. At 5-foot-10-1/2 inches tall and never weighing more that 155 pounds dripping wet, he had a major league fast ball, a slippery spit ball and, perhaps, the greatest curve ball of all time.
For Part One of this story, please follow this link.
For Part Two of this story, please follow this link.
Cumberland University will play the 2011 NAIA Championships Opening Round in Paducah, Ky., starting Thursday at Brooks Stadium. The Bulldogs are the No. 1 seed in the five-team, double-elimination tournament and will face the winner of Bellevue University and William-Jewell, who will play the first game of the tourney on Thursday.
Southern Poly and Tennessee Wesleyan are the other teams in the five-team bracket. The Hornets and TWC will face each other in the opening round on Thursday as well.
Cumberland won the 2010 TranSouth Baseball Championships at Brooks Stadium in Paducah, posting four victories in five contests. The Bulldogs won last year's NAIA Championships Opening Round in Joliet, Ill., en route to the 2010 NAIA National Championship. CU is playing in its third straight NAIA Championships Opening Round, posting a 4-2 overall record since the format was introduced in 2009.
The other eight regional sites are Cleveland, Tenn.; Daytona Beach, Fla.; Montgomery, Ala.; Kingsport, Tenn.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Lubbock, Texas; Joliet, Ill.; and Riverside, Calif. A complete tournament bracket and the entire 45-team field may be found at http://naia.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/050811aas.html.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
A brown steel box with a long metal rod extending from its center sits on the bottom shelf of a conference room at TRW Automotive in Lebanon, a silent reminder of the factory’s past.
The small plastic placard in front of it reads “First steering gear, Spec. No. 968, American Motors,” which commemorates the first steering gear that rolled off the factory floor on Sept. 7, 1961.
Now almost 50 years later, the manufacturer is celebrating an anniversary, the factory’s perseverance, and the many people who have clocked in and out, producing gears and weaving TRW into the very fabric of the Lebanon community.
GLADEVILLE BREAK-IN SUSPECTS
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Two men who were arrested Wednesday morning were charged Thursday with evading arrest, theft of property and aggravated burglary after a joint search by the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol led to their capture.
Hank C. Barr, 22, of 14441 Central Pike, Mt. Juliet, and Vincent T. Greaves, 20, of 7678 Franklin Road, Lebanon, allegedly were attempting a burglary inside a home on Lone Oak Road when the homeowner walked in on them Wednesday morning.
“The homeowner came home and surprised these folks,” said Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe.
THURSDAY AT COURTHOUSE
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- Local elected officials and citizens celebrated the National Day of Prayer Thursday with a gathering on the Wilson County Courthouse lawn that included guests from various county churches and special guest Charlie Daniels.
The festivities began with a patriotic and religious concert by local musicians and singers, including Lebanon High School senior Jacob Young, recording artist Marla Ratliff and local musician Terry Weeks.
County Mayor Randall Hutto presided over the event, pointing out the National Day of Prayer, established in 1952 by President Harry S. Truman, goes back much further than almost 60 years.
WILSON COUNTY HISTORIAN
From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mr. Vincent Simms are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, May 6 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home. Mr. Simms, age 97 of Lebanon passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Lebanon Health and Rehab.
Longtime owner and operator of Simms Magnavox and Wilson County Historian for nearly two decades, Mr. Simms and his wife were loyal supporters of the Lebanon / Wilson County Chamber of Commerce – in fact, they were recipients of the Chamber “Lifetime Membership Award”.
Born January 26, 1914, in Wilson County, he was the son of the late William W. and Elizabeth Gaither Simms and was a member of the First Baptist Church. He graduated from the University of Tennessee and returned to Wilson County to teach, starting in a one room school at Watertown and later at Castle Heights Military Academy. He then served in the US Air Force during World War II.
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