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Betty J. Bennett, 83

Mrs. Bennett, 83 of Mt. Juliet, died March 16, 2012.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 18 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Interment followed the service at the Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Ruby May Gilmore, 101

Mrs. Filmore, 101, died March 15, 2012.
A graveside service was held Sunday, March 18 at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Memorials can be made to AGAPE.
Services in care of Williamson Memorial Funeral Home.

Beverly Faye Garrett, 71

Mrs. Garrett, 71 of Lebanon died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at her home.
She is survived by her husband, Rev. James E. Garrett USMC Retired.
There are no services planned.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Edward Lee Shearl, 58

Mr. Shearl, 58, died March 17, 2012.
Services were held Tuesday, March 20 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.
Entombment followed in the mausoleum at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Betty Jane Hight, 84

Mrs. Hight, 84 of Watertown, died Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Quality Care Health Center.
Funeral services were Tuesday afternoon, March 20 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Interment followed at Williams Cemetery in Norene.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Brenda Faye Stewart Hix, 62

Mrs. Hix, 62, died March 17, 2012.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 23 at the Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
She is preceded in death by husband Jack Hix Sr.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

James Bruce Pryor, 48

Mr. Pryor died March 20, 2012 at age 48.
Funeral service is set for 12 Noon Friday, March 23, 2012 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Mt. Juliet home burns in early morning blaze

The Wilson Post

Early Tuesday morning, a home located at 2525 S. Mt. Juliet Road was severely damaged in a fire with an unknown cause according to Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Director John Jewell.

Jewell said WEMA received the call about 2:25 a.m. this morning and noted that a neighbor "heard an explosion or a loud noise" before seeing the home next door already heavily engulfed in the flames. WEMA personnel from Stations 3, 4 and 5 responded to the scene and Jewell said a tanker truck from Station 1 in Lebanon also responded.

"The house was a total loss, it was about 70 percent involved," Jewell said.

No one was home at the time of the fire and Jewell said no one was injured in the blaze. He said they managed to save some out-buildings and removed a vehicle from the carport.

The fire's cause is unknown at this time and Jewell said that is under investigation by the Wilson County Sheriff's Department and the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Council defers sales tax increase, wants referendum in November

The Wilson Post

UPDATE--Lebanon City Attorney Andy Wright said on Wednesday proposed sales tax ordinance would return to the council's agenda on Aug. 21, after conferring with the Wilson County Election Commission, in order to place the referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren told Wright the ordinance must be passed 60 days before that date, which falls on Friday, Sept. 7.

"Aquestion received on that date or soon after can be included on the November ballot," Warren told Wright in an email.

REPORTED EARLIER--Lebanon City Councilors were in unanimous agreement Tuesday night about deferring an ordinance on second reading to increase the local sales tax by 0.5 percent in order to hold the required referendum on Nov. 6 when most voters will visit the polls.

Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston, who presided over the meeting as Mayor Pro Tem with Mayor Philip Craighead out of town, said the original target date was Aug. 2, the date for a County/State General Primary election. The tax increase would raise the sales taxes from 2.25 percent, locally to 2.75 percent, making it 9.75 percent, the highest allowable amount in Tennessee.

Wright explained if the council passed the ordinance Tuesday night, the "clock would be running" on the Wilson County Election Commission to hold the referendum.

"We would have to look at doing a special called public referendum, which we don't want to do," Wright said.

Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino and Ward 1 councilor Alex Buhler said it was more logical for the city to place the referendum on the Nov. 6 general election, when citizens will be voting for city positions as well as the Presidential election. They felt it was the right thing to do to hold the referendum at a time when more voters would be at the polls.

"I think it's the right thing to do to put it in November when the Presidential election is going on and more people will be voting," Cesternino said.

Wright explained that he was directed to shoot for the Aug. 2 date to potentially capture back-to-school shopping sales taxes. He said if the referendum vote was in favor of the increase, the city could receive additional revenue during the busy shopping month of August and be in good shape to capture holiday shopping taxes as well.

Once the measure is approved by the council, Wilson County Commission would have a 40-day window to pass its own measure to raise the sales taxes countywide. If that occurred, the city and county would split the additional revenues and if the county chose not to pass its own resolution, the city will receive all new revenue from the sales tax increase.

Wright indicated the council would have to wait at least until one of the April meetings to pass the ordinance to place the referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Also during the meeting, the council expressed concerns about starting the next budget process for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Cesternino pointed out they haven't seen any budget proposals as of this time. Commissioner of Finance and Revenue Russell Lee indicated he wanted to hold a work session before the council's April 3 meeting to discuss two enterprise funds.

"I don't want to piecemeal the budget like we've been doing," Buhler said.

Cesternino requested the council receive a department-by-department log of their 2011-2012 budget, the actual closing figure and what that department is asking for in the 2012-2013 budget, in order to gauge where each department stands. Lee said he would send budget proposals to the councilors at least by Monday, April 2.

"The mayor is out of town and I'd like to have him look at it before I send it to you," Lee said.

The council requested at least a week to review the rather large budget documents before meeting to discuss the matter in detail.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Nolan Allison whiffs 19 as Watertown High blanks RBS 8-0

RED BOILING SPRINGS-- Nolan Allison threw a complete game two-hitter and struck out 19 as Watertown High defeated Red Boiling Springs 8-0 Monday afternoon.

The freshman righthander (pictured, right) didn't walk a batter as he recorded his first victory of the season.

Allison helped his own cause with a pair of hits, Dennie Holcomb added two and catcher Logan Grantham blasted a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth inning -- his first of the season.

The Tigers (2-1 / 1-0 in Dsitrict 8A) finished with eight hits, scoringonce in the bottom of the first, five in the fifth and tacked on single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Watertown High is scheduled to host undefeated (4-0) Friendship Christian Tuesday in a 4 p.m. district game at Three Forks Park.

Later in the week, Watertown will travel to Kentucky to play in the Murray Classic.

Mt. Juliet softball places 2nd in Commando Classic

HENDERSONVILLE -- Mt. Juliet High's softball team finished second in the always-tough Commando Classic held over the weekend at Drakes Creek Park.

The Lady Bears reeled off five consecutive wins before falling 8-2 to Riverdale in the tournament finals Sunday night.

Freshman Savannah Sanders suffered the loss in the title game, as the Lady Bears allowed up four unearned runs in the second to give Riverale an early lead.

Attorney General Encourages Tennessee Citizens to Help Prevent Youth Access to Tobacco

ByTennessee Attorney GeneralBOB COOPER

Tobacco use continues to be the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and worldwide. Tobacco kills more than 400,000 Americans and more than 5 million people worldwide every year, Tobacco Free Kids statistics show. Additionally, the organization discovered almost 90 percent of all adult smokers started smoking before they reached the age of 18 and that more than 2.6 million kids under the age of 18 currently use tobacco.

For these reasons, I want to encourage Tennesseans of all ages to support Kick Butts Day on March 21 this year. On that day, please stop by the Legislative Plaza in Nashville to see the youth-organized event, Lives Cut Short, sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Preventive Services, through the Oasis Center. There will be a display of cut-off shorts decorated by high school students in memory of friends or family whose lives were cut short by tobacco use.

CHE Librarian thanks local Book Fair sponsors

To the Editor:

Recently we hosted our annual spring Scholastic Book Fair at Castle Heights Elementary School. It always generates a lot of activity and fun when the school library becomes a bookstore for a week, but the primary purpose of the event is to promote reading and get children excited about books!

This fair was exceptionally exciting for the students and teachers at Castle Heights because of the generous support of our community. The program, Partnership in Reading, allowed local businesses and individuals in our community to participate through financial sponsorship of classrooms so that every child could receive a book of his or her choice to keep.

Reader salutes late WWII veteran Gurule

To the Editor:

On March 10, 2012, at age 91, Freddie Gurule passed away at his home. A quiet, unassuming man, you would never assume that he was a war hero.

Freddie first came to Lebanon during the maneuvers of World War II. He served in the Pacific Theatre during the war. Freddie was bilingual and while stationed in the Philippines, his unit was assigned to work with Philippine Rangers. His unit received numerous citations.

Reader thanks Mayor for effort and diligence in Animal Control issue

Editors Note: The following letter was sent to Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto and sent to The Wilson Post as well by Mr. Gilchrist.

To the Editor:

Dear Mayor Hutto: Thank you for your thorough response to my plea for help regarding my cat attack situation. I am grateful for your follow-through and the effort you put into seeing the problem from my point of view.

Your diligence in discussing the problem with the director of Wilson County Animal Control, and also with members of the county commission, has brought the much-needed changes to help citizens who may well be faced with a situation similar to mine.

Bernice G. Hyland, 88

Memorial services have been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at Lebanon's Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 522 Castle Heights Ave., for Mrs. Hyland, 88.

A former resident of Miami, FL, Mrs. Hyland died March 13, 2012 at her Lebanon residence following an extended illness.

The widow of the late Carl S. Hyland, she worked for several years with the Lebanon Special School District as an educational assistant at Byars Dowdy and Sam Houston Elementary Schools and Baird Junior High.

Survivors include: children Linda L. Hyland and Calbert S. "Cal" (Nancy) Hyland; four grandchildren and seven great, grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 4825 Trousdale Drive, Suite 220, Nashville, TN 37220.

Mrs. Hyland's remains have been donated to Vanderbilt University for anatomical medical research.

Two killed in weekend wreck

From Post staff reports

Two people were killed Sunday evening in a two-vehicle collision on Stewarts Ferry Pike near the intersection of Corinth Road in the southwestern portion of Wilson County.

The accident occurred shortly before 7 p.m. The two persons killed in the accident were identified as Norman J. Elzer, 37, of Quad Oak Drive, Mt. Juliet, and Micah T. McNeer, 32, of Brookmeadow Lane, Hermitage.

Trooper James Gatlin of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said in his report that a 1936 antique pickup truck, driven by Elzer with McNeer as the passenger, was traveling eastbound on Stewarts Ferry Pike, the vehicle went off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, went into a yaw and slid back across the centerline of the road into the westbound lane into the path of another vehicle headed west. That vehicle, a 2007 International 430 truck, was driven by Duane D. McKaskle, 44, of Corinth Road, Mt. Juliet.

Gatlin said that McKaskle, in the process of trying to stop his vehicle, struck the antique truck in a T-bone fashion in the passenger side.

McKaskle, who was not injured, was wearing his seat belt. The antique truck did not have seat belts due to its age, the trooper said in his report.

Although there was no indication of alcohol or drug use on the part of anyone involved in the accident, blood alcohol content and drug tests were requested as is standard when a fatality occurs.

Wilson County Tea Party moves March 19 meeting site

Wilson County Tea Party has moved its meeting set for 7 p.m., Monday, March 19, to the East-West Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon, due to high interest in the topic to be discussed.

Guest speakers will be John Harris, president of Tennessee Firearms Association, and Bob Pope, gun show enthusiast, and they will debate the Gun Carry/Safe Commuter bill (SB3002/HB3560). The bill prevents employers and landowners from prohibiting individuals licensed to carry from storing guns locked in personal vehicles.

R. H. Petty, 85

Mr. R.H. Petty, age 85 of Lebanon died Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Quality Care Nursing Home.

Born March 13, 1927 in Trousdale County, to the late Charles Orvin and Mary Ann Nixon Petty. He was preceded in death by two sisters: Juanita Rankin and Mildred Petty.

Mr. Petty was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and a retired pipefitter. He was a member of the Local 572 Pipefitter's Union and was a US Army veteran -- having served during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Barbara Stone Petty; children Leslie (Van) Irwin of Spring Hill, Lee Petty and Larry (Laura) Petty -- all of Lebanon; grandchildren Sean and Sloan Irwin, Emma and Mae Petty; brother Charles Petty of Hermitage; sister Ruth Huddleston of Lebanon; several nieces and nephews; brother in law Robert Stone of Lebanon.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Owens officiating.

Interment will follow at the Dixon Springs Cemetery. Visitation Sunday after 12 Noon. The family requests in lieu of flowers make memorials to the charity of your choice.

Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

H. Clifton Tribble, 76

Funeral services were conducted 1 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 522 Castle Heights Ave. for Blue Devil football legend Clifton Tribble.

Tribble, 76, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at Quality Care Nursing Home following an extended illness.

Born in Lebanon to the late Howell Clifton Tribble, Sr. and Beatrice Suite Tribble Moore, Tribble was a former All-State football player for Lebanon High. He went on to coach the Blue Devils to great success in the 1960's and was among the first inductees into the LHS Sports Hall of Fame.

Tribble attended the Flat Rock School and was a 1954 graduate of LHS. He attended Middle Tennessee State University and the university of Kentucky. Before retiring in 1996, he spent some 36 years in education as a teacher, coach and eeventually principal of the Wilson County Vocational Center.

A longtime TSSAA football official, he was a member of the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Services were conducted by Rev. Kevin Medlin. Interment followed in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife of 15 years, Peggy Horner Tribble; children Kathie (Jim) Davies, Jimmy (Deana) Tribble, Connie (Darrell) Kington, Mary Ann (Mark) Taylor, Deborah "Dobe" Tribble; step-son Keith Horner; sisters: Joyce Ann (Ray) Sanford, Jane (Mac) Hollis; brother, James (Mary) Tribble; 15 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

Active pallbearers: members of the 1961 Lebanon High School Football Team: Eddie Callis, Bobby Byrd, Louis Thompson, Henry Harding, Jimmy Nokes, Billy Sellars, Bruce Skeen and Douglas Raines.

Honorary pallbearers: football teammates, former players, fellow coaches, Billy Denton and Jim Walker.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Peggy Jennings Tribble; grandson Shane Barnes; grandparents Hatti and Carter Suite and an infant brother.

The family requests memorial contributions may be made to the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church Building Fund, Lebanon High School Football or the charity of your choice.

Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


MURFREESBORO -- Friendship Christian completed the third leg on its championship triple crown Saturday with a 38-34 victory over Perry County in the finals of the TSSAA's BlueCross State Championships at MTSU's Murphy Center.

The first state title for the boys basketball program comes on the heels of a Class AA football crown and a Class A volleyball championship for the school earlier this academic year.

The Commanders (28-3) got keyfree throws down the stretch from Dalton Patterson, Austin Defevers and Hunter Anderson to hold off Perry County (30-5).

"I don't know what this feeling is," said FCS second year head coach Cleve Harris, "All I know -- I'm so proud of those guys. They really earned it."

Choosing a patient style of offense for the championship game, the Commanders managed to frustrate Perry County enough to force their opponents into a terrible night from behind the arc. All told, Perry County went 3-of-28 on 3-point attempts.

Team leader Cannon Rhodes struggled, going just 2-of-16 on three's and finishing with 11 points.

Patterson led Friendship with nine points, followed by Mark Sandoval and Allen Heaston with eight each. Anderson added seven points.

ALL TOURNAMENT -- Mark Sandoval was voted tournament MVP. Allen Heaston and Dalton Patterson were voted to the all-tournament team.

Bulldogs earn split with MMU

PULASKI -- Lebanon native Cody Ferrell collected two hits and two RBIs and Mike Mandarino tossed a complete game for the victory, as 7th-ranked Cumberland earned a doubleheader split with a 7-5 victory in the second game Saturday against Martin Methodist at Sam Davis Park.

The Bulldogs (17-12, 6-3 TranSouth) dropped the first game 3-2 after losing Fridays opening 7-5.

The RedHawks (19-12, 3-3) scored all three runs in the opener with two outs, posting three straight singles in the sixth inning to plate the winning run.

MMC tied the second game with a single and home run with two outs in the fifth before Cumberland scored twice in the seventh, taking advantage of a Martin Methodist two-base error to start the inning.

CU managed just four hits in the opener against MMC pitching, including one earned run and three hits in six innings by starter Josh Brown (5-3). He walked five and struck out four before Brock Glass got the final three outs for his second save in two games of the series.

Keith Kirby (2-3) was again the tough-luck loser, allowing three runs on eight hits with two walks and one strikeout in six innings.

Mandarino (5-1) endured on the mound in the second game, giving up five runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Cory Urquhart, Nick Sydnor and Ferrell each posted two hits for the Bulldogs and Sydnor scored twice in the victory.

MMC starter Steven Dodson (2-4) allowed five runs in the second inning but then kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard until the seventh inning. He gave up 10 hits, walked five and struck out three.

FCS 54-51 over McEwen

MURFREESBORO - Friendship Christian will play Perry County in Saturday's 6 p.m. finals of the Class A BlueCross Basketball Championships at Murphy Center.

The Commanders (27-3) held on for a 54-51 victory over McEwen in Friday's semifinal, after leading by as many as 17 points in the third quarter.

"We went from boys to men tonight," said Commander coach Cleve Haris, "Our guys wanted this game tonight, they're still hungry."

FCS trailed in the early going 4-0, then pulled ahead 22-21 at half. The black-clad Commanders then went on a third quarter run that saw them take a 44-27 lead over McEwen.

McEwen (31-2) cut the lead to 52-49 with 27 seconds to go, but Mark Sandoval knocked down a pair of free throws for a 54-49 led. McEwen hit a meaningless basket in the final seconds.

Sandoval led FCS with 21 points and 10 rebounds -- five off the offensive glass. Allen Heaston added 13 as eight Commanders broke into the scoring column.

FCS shot 52% from the field (19-of-36) and 57% from the line (16-of-28). McEwen was 17-of-34 from the field (50%) and 14-of-16from the line for 88%.

Perry County reached the finals with a 61-51 win over Lake County in the other semifinal.

GENERAL ADMISSIONtickets forSaturday's finals are $12 each. Parking is $5 per vehicle.

Changes proposed in adding two new wards in Lebanon

The Wilson Post

A proposal to add two new wards to the Lebanon City Council will be considered at a work session next Tuesday as the councilors are slated to look at alterations to the current six wards made by City Planning Director Will Hager that would more evenly distribute the citys population.

Hager sent a new map to all six councilors on Thursday that showed slight adjustments to the current wards in order to give each ward a more even constituency. Hager requested feedback from the councilors before next Tuesdays work session.

According to the most recent population numbers from the 2010 U.S. Census, Ward 4, represented by Joe Hayes, is the largest ward with 4,887 residents, making it the largest of all six. Councilor Kathy Warmaths Ward 6 is the second largest with 4,761 residents.

Ward 2, represented by Kevin Huddleston, contains 4,530 residents; Ward 5 represented by Haywood Barry, contains 4,355 residents; Ward 1, represented by Alex Buhler, contains 4,165 residents; and Ward 3, represented by Rob Cesternino, contains 3,492 residents.

Hager indicated the equal goal of all six wards is 4,365 residents if the population was distributed evenly among those six. However, a new map that shows six slightly altered wards puts Ward 2 with 4,515 residents, making it the largest. Also, Ward 1 would become the second largest with 4,424 residents.

Wards 4, 5 and 6 would all be decreased in populations while Ward 3 would increase by 826 residents.

In his email to the councilors, Hager listed the major opposition to adding a seventh and eighth ward would be the cost of paying for two new councilors. He listed several pros, including the wards being divided along major streets, the Square being represented by three council members, a greater representation of the public due to fewer citizens per councilor and the accommodation of future growth.

Hager also noted the Wilson County Election Commission has asked that the city provide them with any changes to the current ward structure by April 13. If two more wards are created, there would be two more seats open for election on the council in addition to the seats for Ward 1, 2 and 5.

The council work session will take place on Tuesday, March 20 at 5 p.m. before the councils regular meeting to be held at 6 in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Most local 2010 property taxes collected

From Post staff reports

County Trustee Jim Major reported this week that almost all property taxes owed in calendar year 2010 have been collected.

As of yesterday, Major said his office had collected 97 percent of the property taxes owed by Wilson Countians in 2010 and he said before he turns over those in default that his office will likely have collected 99 percent.

Major said a list of those who have not paid the 2010 tax bills will be turned over to the Clerk and Master's office and assigned for collection by the county's back tax attorney.

Through late Wednesday, Major's office had collected $74,486,026.32 in property taxes for the year 2010. A total of $76,743,920 was owed leaving less than $1 million that has not been collected.


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