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Our Feathered Friends - Feb. 2

By RAY POPE
It would have been a shame not to have gotten out this past Saturday and Sunday with temperatures hovering in the sixties, at least that’s what my front porch thermometer was saying. Sunday’s beautiful sunshine made me take to the walking path at the Don Fox Park to see what was lurking around.

First of all, I had to wade through waist high grass to get to the walking path. The first sounds were from some unidentified Duck, a soft gurgling, “quack, quack, quack.” Later I ran into a small boy and probably his sister who was riding bicycles on the other side of the creek. She told me about the ducks and said it had a green head, but it wasn’t a Mallard. Later when I was headed back home, I heard it again.

Many birds call the old Town Creek area home, and it makes a big difference as to what’s being found and what time of the year it is. There were a pair of Carolina Wrens singing back and forth across the creek and a pair of Carolina Chickadees looking in every crack and crannie of the trees hoping to find their supper. I have watched the chickadees many times in the area checking out the former homes of Downey Woodpeckers.

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Questions? We have the answers

By JUDITH TAYLOR
Do you know how much fun it is to read your emails and answer your phone calls?  Please keep them coming! Email us at Looknyrbst@aol.com. You may call us at 773-5341.

We take seriously the questions you ask. Some of them we acknowledge directly and some we share in our Fashion Thought column. You are thrilled when we mention you by name. We only share your questions or comments with your permission.

You may be asking for yourself or someone else concerning style and fashion. It is always our pleasure to assist you. If we do not have the answer we will research until we find what you are seeking.

It may surprise you that we get the same inquiries over and over. Thank you for allowing us to share your comments and concerns. We have lots to discuss so let’s get started.

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Lulus brews hot coffee, stimulating conversation

By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
WATERTOWN — For 21 years, you could practically always catch Hunter Allen with a guitar in his hands, but these days you’re more likely to find him holding a steaming, hot cup of coffee.

The former Nashville luthier today serves as owner-barista of Lulu’s Coffee House in Watertown, one of the village’s favorite hot spots for a cup of joe, a bite to eat and spicy to mild conversation.

“People ask me why I opened a coffee shop. I really don’t have a good answer, but I thought Watertown needed one. It’s a perfect business. Everybody drinks coffee,” said Allen, 57, who sports a shaved head, white goatee and moustache along with a wide grin.

He describes his place as having “a community feel, welcoming to all types of people. I try to keep religion and politics out of here. But there have been some pretty heated discussions in here. It’s become a hangout for a lot of people. People come in for coffee and shoot the breeze with their buddies.”

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A solution offered on fire service

By GARY THOMAS
I have been frustrated since 2002 about the fire service issue. It has been handled poorly by all the representative governments in Wilson County. The issue has been here since 1986 and finally went to Court in 1995. My feeling is that the court told Wilson County what to do but Wilson County Emergency Management Agency did the very poorest of jobs in carrying out the court decision.

Finally, in 2006, the Wilson County Commission passed a resolution to terminate service to Mt. Juliet. The County Mayor, at that time, established a special committee to present the County Commission a solution to the problem. That body failed in its mission and recommended that the current agreement be extended, thereby, making the problem more difficult for future County Commissions. I attended all those committee meetings and NEVER was there an elected official of the City of Lebanon in attendance. Therefore, there was no input.

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Community Calendar - Feb. 2

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS
Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.
Lebanon Airport Commission meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lebanon Municipal Airport, 760 Franklin Road.

Wilson County Road Commission will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, Feb. 4, at the Road Commission Office in Lebanon and will be followed by the Urban Type Public Facilities Board.

Wilson County Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, at the Lebanon-Wilson County Public Library on South Hatton Avenue.

Wilson County Commission’s Planning and Zoning Committee will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

Wilson County Board of Education will hold a work session at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon, to discuss the Watertown High School property.

Following the work session, the board’s regular meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Wilson County Election Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Conference Room 1, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

Community Calendar
Wilson County Adult Learning Center offers classes for anyone interested in achieving his or GED diploma. Classes are held in Lebanon and in Mt. Juliet. For information, call the Adult Learning Center at 443-8731.

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.

Lebanon Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the area. Meal routes range from about 10-15 people. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m. and are done by 10:30. If you are interested, contact Jessica at 449-3488 between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.

Telephone Pioneer Cookbooks Volume I and III are now on sale. All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Museum. To purchase one or for information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.
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.

First Wednesdays of each month a Healing Service is held by Sister A.A.A. Stafford at the Sports Village Complex, 1735 West Main Street, Lebanon, beginning at 10:15 a.m.
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.

Co-Parenting After Divorce, a free workshop with childcare, refreshments and materials, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, and Monday, Feb. 7, at Castle Heights Upper Elementary Library. You will need to attend both nights. The facilitator will be Nancy Guethlein, school counselor at CHUE. RSVP to Beth Petty at 453-2693, 804-2460 or at pettyb@k12tn.net.

NSDAR Margaret Gaston Chapter will meet at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Spain House next to First United Methodist Church, Lebanon. Larry Singleton of Cracker Barrel will present the program, “I’ve Seen That Before – Antiques Show and Tell.” Hostesses are Jean Ayers, Nancy Boyd, Dorothy Chambers, Helen Hayes and Lanova McCluskey.

Unity Church, 222 Cainsville Road, Lebanon, will have a gospel singing at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, with gospel singers Cedar City Quartet and other guest singers. Everyone is welcome. The pastor is Brother Kenneth Bowen.

Lebanon First Assembly of God will have a Churchwide Indoor Yard Sale and Bake Sale from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, at the church at 716 North Cumberland Street. Members want to meet you, so drop by and shop and enjoy the fellowship. For information, call 444-4133.

“Phish Camp,” a play written and directed by Frank Fox, is being presented now through Saturday, Feb. 5, at Westland United Methodist Church, 110 Dawson Lane, Lebanon. Friday and Sunday are dessert shows at $12, and Saturday shows are dinner shows for $18. Dinners will be served one hour before the play, and desserts will be served at intermission. Thursday and Friday shows and Saturday, Jan. 29, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Feb. 5, shows will begin at 2 p.m. Reservations for dinner shows are required and recommended for remaining shows. For information and reservations, call 444-1447. You may also visit www.sunnysidepam.com.

Shopping in the Glade will be at the Gladeville Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Booths are available for families or dealers at $20 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space. For information, call Mabel Beazley at 243-2664, Debbie Ray at 443-3817 or Margaret Rediker at 449-6955.

Nashville African Violet Club will meet at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Green Hill Women’s Center, 10905 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. The Tennessee Gesneriad Society will meet at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13, at Cheekwood in Botanic Hall, Nashville. There will be a panel forum on growing techniques. For information about either meeting, contact Julie at Julie.mavity@gmail.com or at 364-8459.

Wilson County CASA/Smith County CASA new advocate training will be from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday through Friday, Feb. 7-18. Volunteer advocates are trained and supported to speak in court for the best interests of children who are victims of abuse and neglect. More volunteers are needed. Training for new volunteers will be held in Gordonsville, and Wilson County residents are welcome to attend this session. For information, call 443-2002 or visit www.wilsoncountycasa.org.

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency announces a Money Management Workshop called “Furthering Your Education is Like Money in the Bank,” presented by Bernadine Nelson of the Adult Learning Center and Tory Tredway of Habitat for Humanity of Wilson County. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday, Feb. 14, at 233 Legends Drive, Lebanon. For information, call 444-4714 or visit www.Mid-cumberlandcaa.com.

Wilson County Right to Life will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet, at 7 p.m. Call Trecia Dillingham for information at 443-5458.

First “Girl Talk” class of the year will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Veterans Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Girl Talk is a four-part class for girls in grades 5-8 and their moms. Cost is $40 per family. Space is limited. The meeting on Feb. 15 is for moms only. Additional classes for girls and moms will be Feb. 17, 22 and 24. To pre-register or for information, contact Shelly Barnes at 444-9584 by Friday, Feb. 11.

Darkness to Light “Stewards of Children,” a free workshop on preventing child sexual abuse, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, at Castle Heights Upper Elementary Library. It will be facilitated by Debra M. Daugherty, executive director of the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center. The workshop is hosted by the Lebanon Special School District. There will be refreshments, child care and materials. RSVP to Beth Petty at 453-2693 or at pettyb@k12tn.net.

The Alzheimer’s Association, along with Belmont Village and Rolling Hills Hospital, will present part one of a four-part caregiver’s series on “How to Deal with the Changes of Alzheimer’s Disease – A Caregiver’s View: What’s Really Happening?” from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, at Belmont Village Assisted Living of Green Hills, 4206 Stammer Place, Nashville. Caregivers, families and friends from Wilson County who are managing the disease of Alzheimer’s are welcome to attend. The event is free, and a meal for attendees will be provided. Advance registration is required. To register, call Tiffany Mann at the Alzheimer’s Association at 292-4938. A local Alzheimer’s support group meets the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at Elmcroft of Lebanon, 801 West Main Street. For information, call 453-5494.

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 1991 is planning a 20-year reunion for July 2. Organizers are looking for classmates. Email contact information to Dawn Carr Willis at willisbunch@bellsouth.net or lhsclass91@yahoo.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, Tenn. 37087, or e-mail them to news@wilsonpost.com. 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.

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Maybe change the council?

To the Editor:
I appreciate what the members of the Lebanon City Council do, but I am becoming a little concerned about the apparent power struggle that is developing between the council and the Mayor.

I am not a current citizen of Lebanon and live in Murfreesboro now but have followed the local papers since I joined the Marine Corps in 1971 and still consider Lebanon my hometown.

Why is it that the council members appear to be so against anything the Mayor recommends? Is it not his obligation to seek out opportunities to make improvements? Does he need to ask the council before he pursues any possible opportunities? Why is it that the council members think that the Mayor is incompetent? I would think that the citizens of Lebanon elected him because they felt a need for change.

Maybe the council is the next place for change.

Ed Bennett
Murfreesboro

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Council OK's bill requiring grant approval

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
With only four councilors present all votes had to be unanimous for ordinances to pass during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting and the members approved all items on the agenda, including resolutions to change the Critical Lot requirements and to require council approval for seeking grants.

Absent from the meeting were Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino and Ward 4 Councilor Joe Hayes.
Council approved a measure that requires council approval in the form of a resolution before the Mayor or any city department head can apply for a grant, for any reason.

“This is a way I think we can all be on the same page,” said Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath, who sponsored the resolution.

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Red light cameras could solve two local robberies

By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet Police plan to utilize red light traffic cameras to help solve two local pharmacy robberies, officials said Tuesday, by reviewing the 24-hour videos the cameras provide in addition to individual red light photos.

Just after 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30, MJPD was called to Rite Aid, located at 11222 Lebanon Road, for a robbery call. After speaking with the pharmacist on duty, MJPD Officer J. Cothron reported that a “younger white male wearing a cream colored sweater with red and brown horizontal stripes, black pants, white shoes, and a two-toned ‘trucker-style’ ball cap came to the pharmacy counter and produced a note that had directions and drug names and descriptions on it.”

The suspect told Rite Aid staff to “cooperate and don’t make any sudden moves,” the report said, although he “never brandished a weapon but did advise the pharmacy workers not to move or call the police or he would hurt them.”

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Alert driver rescues family

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Steve Campbell’s drive from his home in Sumner County to work at Cracker Barrel’s corporate headquarters in Lebanon turned into an episode of heroism and déjà vu as he pulled a mother and her two children from the burning wreckage of their car Monday morning.

“This is probably about the fifth wreck in my life that I’ve been the first to arrive,” said Campbell, the senior director of Corporate Systems at Cracker Barrel, where he’s worked for 20 years.

Nearly two years ago, in June 2009, Campbell was driving down Coles Ferry Pike after work when he came upon two wrecked cars along the side of the road.

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Dine with the Dawgs set Feb. 24

Cumberland University baseball will host its annual “Dine with the ‘Dawgs” dinner and auction 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Benton Jennings Center on campus. The evening will include a silent and live auction of baseball memorabilia as well as other donated items.

All proceeds from the event benefit the baseball program. Cost of the event is $35 per person. Questions and other information should be directed to head coach Woody Hunt at whunt@cumberland.edu or by calling 615/547-1366.

Cumberland claimed its second NAIA World Series championship in 2010 and has now reached the World Series 11 times in program history. Hunt begins his 30th season at the helm of the program in 2011.

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Redditt inks with UT-Martin

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY 

By TOMMY BRYAN
Wilson Central kicker / punter Jackson Redditt signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent earlier this morning with UT-Martin of the Ohio Valley Conference. Redditt, the son of Mark and Lisa Redditt, played in the fourth annual Toyota Tennessee East - West All-Star Classic at Carson Newman College.

Redditt (6-2, 190) handled both the kicking and punting chores for the West team. As a senior at Wilson Central, Redditt knocked down field goals of 56, 50 and 47 yards. As a junior he drilled a 51 and a 50-yarder.

This past season, 18 of his 22 kickoffs were touchbacks. He punted 44 times for an average of 40.5 yards with a long punt of 65 yards. He was voted to the All District 9AAA post season team and played for Coach Brad Dedman at Wilson Central.

LATER TODAY -- Mt. Juliet High wide receiver Vaughn Cornelia is expected to sign with Savannah State University of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. As a senior at Mt. Juliet, Cornelia (6-5, 212) caught 28 balls in a run-first offense for 641 yards, an average of 22.9 yards per reception. He scored 12 touchdowns for the Golden Bears of Coach Roger Perry.

BASEBALL -- Lebanon High baseball standout Jessep Polk is expected to sign with Volunteer State Community College later today at the LHS library.

THURSDAY -- Wilson Central's Ariel Morris will sign a soccer scholarship with Lebanon's Cumberland University Thursday morning.

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Barry Phillip Anderson, 56
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Jan. 30, at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Anderson, 56, of Watertown.
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a machinist, he died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at University Medical Center.
Services were conducted by Rev. Vernon Burrow. Interment followed in Commerce Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Anne Marie Anderson of Watertown; children Angel Elizabeth Anderson of Michigan, Rebecca Anderson of North Carolina and Shelby Anderson of Watertown; three grandchildren; parents Len and Frankie Anderson of Watertown; siblings Cappi (Buck) Gibbs of Mt. Juliet, Kimberly Rose Anderson and Brian (Donna) Anderson -- both of Watertown as well as several nieces and nephews.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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James Robert Patterson, 95
WATERTOWN -- Services for Mr. Patterson were held Monday afternoon, Jan. 31 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Patterson, 95, of Watertown.
Retired from AVCO Aerostructures and a member of Greenvale Baptist Church, he died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at his residence.
Services were conducted by Rev. Ronnie Smith and Rev. George Coaker. Interment followed in the Greenvale Cemetery.
Survivors include: son Bobby (Janis) Patterson of Norene; grandchildren Bryan (Barbara) Patterson of Norene, Michael (Christie) Patterson of Watertown, Jamie (Kevin) Vaught of Manchester and Ginny (Troy) Bond of Lebanon; 12 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by wife Virginia Quarles Patterson; parents Herman and Jessie Murphy Patterson; four sisters and two brothers.
Pallbearers included: Bryan, Michael, Adam, Dalton and Ethan Patterson and Kevin, Dekota and Dillon Vaught.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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Patricia "Pat" Lynn Wilkerson, 46
HERMITAGE -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, January 31 at the Hermitage Hills Baptist Church for Mrs. Wilkerson, 46, of Mt. Juliet.
Born Dec. 10, 1964, she died peacefully Jan. 28, 2011 at home with her loving family by her side.
She was a member of Hermitage Hills Baptist Church.
Services were conducted by Dr. Poly Rouse and Brother Russ Stephens. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens
Survivors include: her husband of 28 years Steve Wilkerson; children Michael (Megan) Wilkerson of Jackson and Nicholas Wilkerson and Kristina Wilkerson of Mt. Juliet; parents Estel and Nancy Duncan of Donelson.
Also surviving are sisters Gwendolyn (Todd) Burgett, Loretta (Geoffrey) Ament and Kateena (Jack) Jones -- all of Mt. Juliet; mother-in-law Barbara Wilkerson of Nashville and a large number of aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces; brothers-in-law Ronnie, Lonnie and David Wilkerson; sister-in-law Cynthia Wilkerson and many other friends and relatives.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Johnson and Lettie Duncan, Nola and Red Jeffers, and Leland and Helen Duncan.
Active pallberers: Todd Burgett, Geoffrey Ament, Jack Jones, Ronnie Wilkerson, Lonnie Wilkerson and David Wilkerson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
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Jesse Harold Bush, 64
GORDONSVILLE -- Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes for Mr. Bush, 64, of the Brush Creek Community.
Born in Akron, Ohio, he died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 at Riverview Regional Medical Center, South Campus.
He was the son of the late Sina Smallwood Bush and Jesse Clyde Bush was a 1966 graduate of Smith County High School. Mr. Bush was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the United States Air Force from May 1966 to May 30, 1972.
He worked with Cowan Company at the New Jersey Zinc Mine, Gordonsville and was an active member of New Middleton Baptist Church.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service at the funeral home.
Services will be conducted by Bros. Mark Stinnett, Chris Blair and Charlie Pollard.
Interment with military honors will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Jean of Brush Creek; brothers Johnny (Sherry) of Lebanon and Jerry (Debbie) of Statesville; sister Shirley Allen (Mike) of Auburntown; nephews he helped raise, Don Grandstaff of Brush Creek and Dale Grandstaff of Woodlawn; 11 nieces and nephews; along with 12 great-nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brother Jimmy Darrel Bush.
Memorials may be made to the New Middleton Baptist Church Building Fund or to the Brush Creek Cemetery Care Fund.
Arrangement by the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes.
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Anita Sherrill Chapman, 56
MT. JULIET  -- Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 at at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Chapman, 56, of Mt. Juliet.
Mrs. Chapman passed away Jan. 30, 2011.
Visitation with the family will be Wednesday from 11 a.m. until time of funeral.
Services will be conducted by Pastor Chuck Groover officiating.
Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens with the Masonic Lodge #762, Madison serving as pallbearers.
Survivors include: her husband of 21 years Jesse Chapman; sons Chris Chapman, Scott (Kirsten) Chapman, William (Danielle) Bennett and Bart Bennett.
Also surviving are grandchildren Kristen, Rebecca, Elyssa, Jayden, and Calen; siblings Ken (Maxey) Sherrill and Suzanne (Jerry) Bell; four nieces and three nephews.
Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Bell, Jordan Bell, Stephen Bell and Jim Austin. Mrs. Chapman was preceded in death by father, Fred Sherrill and mother, Jeanette Sherrill. She is
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
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Joseph Daniel Bentley, Jr., 49
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Bentley, 49, of Mt. Juliet.
Known as "Chubby" to his family and friends, he died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. He was the owner of Furniture Installation Source and an avid fisherman.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by John Carnes.
Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: wife Cindi Bentley; mother Pauline Bentley; brothers Ed (Kathy) Bentley, Jerry "Bubba" Bentley, Dick (Pat) Bentley, Danny Wayne "Moe" (Barbara) Bentley and Jimmy (Virginia) Pratt; sisters Helen (Ken) Askins, Diane (Larry) Kephart, Sherry (Larry) Brewer, Jo Ann Glasgow and Janice Neely; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Larry and Shirley Sharp; sister-in-law Terri Werner; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father Joseph Daniel Bentley, Sr.
Pallbearers: Paul Klepser, Tim Cole, Chuck Hayes, Mike Pewitt, Charlie Palmer and Bob Anderson.
Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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Patricia Patsy Reeder, 65
LEBANON – Funeral services have been set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Reeder, 65, of Lebanon.
She passed away Monday, Jan. 31, 2011.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 1 p.m. until service on Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars.
Survivors include: her husband of 35 years Odell Reeder; children Deborah Dillard, Rebecca (Johnny) Harris, Regina Murphy, Melissa (Clayton Nunley) Reeder and Missy Roberts; step-sons Darren Reeder and Rodney Reeder; grandchildren Thomas Dillard, Angie Dillard, Leslie Myrick, Johnny Harris Jr., Patricia Gamble, Toni Roberts, Brittany Roberts, Heidi Roberts, Beau Roberts, Cody Green, Crissy Roberts, Tasha Sullivan, and Eddie McDaniels; 17 great-grandchildren; siblings Hassie (Richard) Tudors, Betty (Donnie) McPeak,, Christine Arnold and Billy Bowman; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by parents Jay Leslie and Christine Bowman, sons Tony Roberts and John “Bubba” Roberts, brothers Chuck and Thomas Bowman.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
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CU season tickets on sale

SEASON OPENS FEB. 11 

LEBANON -- Season tickets are now on sale for the 2011 Cumberland University baseball season at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.

The Bulldogs will play 31 home games on 21 dates during the 2011 campaign, starting with four games on opening weekend, February 11-13, against Missouri Baptist and St Francis-Fort Wayne.

Season tickets cost $50 per seat and may be purchased by calling head coach Woody Hunt at 615-547-1366.

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Our Feathered Friends - Jan. 28

By  RAY POPE
How many of you are tired of snow? Me too! I got up early last Thursday to shovel a spot on the ground so my ground scratchers would have a place to eat. I still haven’t seen any more Dark-eyed Juncos even with all the snow here. It makes me wonder if maybe most of the Juncos have traveled a little farther south. Birds will do this with very bad weather in their wintering grounds. Last year there was a Snowy Owl here in middle Tennessee. They usually don’t come this far south unless there are worse conditions up north.

I was washing dishes this past Sunday, where my kitchen window faces out into the back yard where my feeders are located. All the regular birds were enjoying a nice lunch when suddenly birds went everywhere like they had been shot out of a cannon. I’m sure you can guess what happened next. A Coopers Hawk came within about five feet of the window, probably doing about fifty miles an hour trying to catch one of my friends for his dinner. He was just a blur as he passed by. I looked out every window looking to see if he had caught something.

Hawks are said to weed out the weaker of the birds so only the strong survive. Several years ago, I watched a Hawk trying to catch a male Cardinal. The Cardinal, I thought would escape, but his speed was no match for the faster and more agile hawk, and it seemed like the Cardinal ran out of gas and just let the Coopers grab him.

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Connect with your Wilson County Neighbors on Facebook

By ANGEL KANE,
Wilson Living Magazine
There are multiple ways to connect with people these days, but one of our favorites is through our Wilson Living Magazine Fan Page on Facebook.  Not on Facebook? It is so easy to sign up at www.facebook.com, and once you join you will find many of your friends, family and neighbors have been waiting for you.

Wilson Living has almost 1,900 fans from the area following our page and more are joining each day.  Fans not only get weekly updates about upcoming Wilson Living stories and events, but more importantly our fans become part of the Wilson County conversation.

From school closings to weather updates to election results, the Wilson Living Facebook Page keeps us all connected each and every day. Don’t miss out, become a fan today!

This week on Facebook, Becky shared some candid photos snapped during our cover shoot. As many of you know, our next issue is our much anticipated Wedding Issue, and last week Cumberland University opened the doors of Baird’s Chapel to Wilson Living as we brought in our beautiful model and cover shoot entourage. The March/April Cover looks amazing, and we can’t wait to share it with you. This year, like last year, our Facebook fans will get to choose our Wedding Cover, so stay tuned as we begin to post potential covers and join in on the conversation.

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Oliver brokers cool cash for hot commodities

By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
The ebb and flow of daily business inside the Lebanon Pawn shop is nowhere as dramatic as the hit History Channel TV series “Pawn Stars,” but the pace never seems to slow.

Every 5 minutes or so, the phone is ringing or a customer comes walking through the front door.

Today’s pawn shops are no comparison to those of yesteryear. No dim lights and dusty shelves here, nor is the pawn broker an old geezer smoking a Chesterfield cigarette in a shadowy haze behind the counter.

The contemporary pawn shop is clean and brightly lit, and best sellers include PlayStation 3s, flat-panel TV sets, video games and DVDs.

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Win one for Wilson County, TN

By KENNETH MARTIN
Economic and Community Development Direct
& City Liaison, City of Mt. Juliet
I wrote this article a while back and thought it might be a great time to run it. Maybe it’s the current economy, the cold and dreary weather, my getting older and worrying more or just plain old love for my community.

Not quite sure what it is, but I sure have found myself thinking about it a lot. I personally think it’s because I care for and love my county, my country and the people that call it home. But that would sound boastful, egotistical and mushy to say the least. And that’s OK; I love lots of stuff and as my mom always said, say it loud and say it proud if you mean it.

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Community Calendar - Jan. 28

Government meetings
Lebanon City Council will meet in regular session at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights. Prior to the meeting, council will hold a work session at 4:30 p.m. at the same location.

Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.

Lebanon Airport Commission meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lebanon Municipal Airport, 760 Franklin Rd.

Wilson County Board of Education will hold a work session at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon, to discuss the Watertown High School property. Following the work session, the board’s regular meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Community Calendar
Wilson County Adult Learning Center offers classes for anyone interested in achieving his or GED diploma. Classes are held in Lebanon and in Mt. Juliet. For information, call the Adult Learning Center at 443-8731.

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.

Lebanon Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the area. Meal routes range from about 10-15 people. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m. and are done by 10:30. If you are interested, contact Jessica at 449-3488 between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.

Telephone Pioneer Cookbooks Volume I and III are now on sale. All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Museum. To purchase one or for information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.

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.

First Wednesdays of each month a Healing Service is held by Sister A.A.A. Stafford at the Sports Village Complex, 1735 West Main Street, Lebanon, beginning at 10:15 a.m.

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.

Joseph Storehouse Food Ministry monthly food distribution will be Thursday morning, Jan. 27, for the disabled and Saturday morning, Jan. 29, for all others. If you are attending for the first time, bring proof of total household income, a photo ID and one other form of ID. The disabled who attend on Thursday will need a letter from their doctor. USDA guidelines are followed to qualify applicants. Volunteers are needed to help. Joseph Storehouse is at 1960 S.E. Tater Peeler Road, Lebanon. For information, call 453-5777 or email loaeten@yahoo.com.

Bluegrass/Country Music at Timberline Campground will be from 8 until 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, with Pulltight Express. Admission is free.

Wilson County Republican Party reorganization elections will be held Saturday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

Volunteer Welcome and Orientation at New Leash on Life will be at the Fix-For-Life Spay-Neuter Clinic, 511 W. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon, from 3 until 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29. Learn about the programs offered through NLOL, hear an overview of the organization’s 30-year history and future plans, discover volunteer roles needed and meet others who share a love of animals.

Shelter Operations and Shelter Simulation will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. There will be a lunch break or bring your lunch. Prepare to help Wilson County shelters function in the next disaster. Sign up by emailing Patty Caldwell at leb1fumc@bellsouth.net or call Valerie at the local Red Cross office at 878-9080.

Wilson County Tea Party Chili Supper Fundraiser will be from 5:30 until 6:45 p.m., Monday, Jan. 31, in the fellowship hall of Powell Grove Church of Christ. Cost is $5 per person. Immediately afterwards in the church auditorium, there will be a presentation by the chapter director of Act for America on the subject of Islam: Rising Threat to America. In case of inclement weather, check the website at www.wilsoncountyteaparty.com.

Active Parenting of Teens, a free workshop with childcare and refreshments, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, at Castle Heights Upper Elementary. You must attend both nights and will receive a free parenting manual. Co-Parenting After Divorce, also a free workshop with childcare, refreshments and materials, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, and Monday, Feb. 7, at CHUE Library. You will need to attend both nights. The facilitator will be Nancy Guethlein, school counselor at CHUE. For both workshops, RSVP to Beth Petty at 453-2693, 804-2460 or at pettyb@k12tn.net.

NSDAR Margaret Gaston Chapter will meet at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Spain House next to First United Methodist Church, Lebanon. Larry Singleton of Cracker Barrel will present the program, “I’ve Seen That Before – Antiques Show and Tell.” Hostesses are Jean Ayers, Nancy Boyd, Dorothy Chambers, Helen Hayes and Lanova McCluskey.

“Phish Camp,” a play written and directed by Frank Fox, is being presented now through Saturday, Feb. 5, at Westland United Methodist Church, 110 Dawson Lane, Lebanon. Friday and Sunday are dessert shows at $12, and Saturday shows are dinner shows for $18. Dinners will be served one hour before the play, and desserts will be served at intermission. Thursday and Friday shows and Saturday, Jan. 29, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Feb. 5, shows will begin at 2 p.m. Reservations for dinner shows are required and recommended for remaining shows. For information and reservations, call 444-1447. You may also visit www.sunnysidepam.com.

Shopping in the Glade will be at the Gladeville Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Booths are available for families or dealers at $20 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space. For information, call Mabel Beazley at 243-2664, Debbie Ray at 443-3817 or Margaret Rediker at 449-6955.

Nashville African Violet Club will meet at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Green Hill Women’s Center, 10905 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. The Tennessee Gesneriad Society will meet at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13, at Cheekwood in Botanic Hall, Nashville. There will be a panel forum on growing techniques. For information about either meeting, contact Julie at Julie.mavity@gmail.com or at 364-8459.

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency announces a Money Management Workshop called “Furthering Your Education is Like Money in the Bank,” presented by Bernadine Nelson of the Adult Learning Center and Tory Tredway of Habitat for Humanity of Wilson County. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday, Feb. 14, at 233 Legends Drive, Lebanon. For information, call 444-4714 or visit www.Mid-cumberlandcaa.com.

Wilson County Right to Life will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet, at 7 p.m. Call Trecia Dillingham for information at 443-5458.

First “Girl Talk” class of the year will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Veterans Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Girl Talk is a four-part class for girls in grades 5-8 and their moms. Cost is $40 per family. Space is limited. The meeting on Feb. 15 is for moms only. Additional classes for girls and moms will be Feb. 17, 22 and 24. To pre-register or for information, contact Shelly Barnes at 444-9584 by Friday, Feb. 11.

Darkness to Light “Stewards of Children,” a free workshop on preventing child sexual abuse, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, at Castle Heights Upper Elementary Library. It will be facilitated by Debra M. Daugherty, executive director of the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center. The workshop is hosted by the Lebanon Special School District. There will be refreshments, child care and materials. RSVP to Beth Petty at 453-2693 or at pettyb@k12tn.net.

The Alzheimer’s Association, along with Belmont Village and Rolling Hills Hospital, will present part one of a four-part caregiver’s series on “How to Deal with the Changes of Alzheimer’s Disease – A Caregiver’s View: What’s Really Happening?” from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, at Belmont Village Assisted Living of Green Hills, 4206 Stammer Place, Nashville. Caregivers, families and friends from Wilson County who are managing the disease of Alzheimer’s are welcome to attend. The event is free, and a meal for attendees will be provided. Advance registration is required. To register, call Tiffany Mann at the Alzheimer’s Association at 292-4938. A local Alzheimer’s support group meets the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at Elmcroft of Lebanon, 801 West Main Street. For information, call 453-5494.

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 1991 is planning a 20-year reunion for July 2.  They are looking for classmates.  Please email contact information to Dawn Carr Willis at willisbunch@bellsouth.net or lhsclass91@yahoo.com, or call 308-0034.  For more 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, Tenn. 37087, or e-mail them to news@wilsonpost.com. 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.

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