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Josephs Storehouse Food Ministry sets giveaway Saturday

LEBANON -- The Joseph Storehouse Food Ministry will be giving away large wheelbarrows of food including meats and fresh vegetables Saturday, Oct. 29.

The hours to receive food are from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. noon. You receive a number as you drive on the parking and if you have been approved you will get your food when you number is called.

If you come for the first time, bring proof of household income, proof of address and two forms of identification, at least one must be a photo ID. The average income for those receiving food is around $600 a month.

Bob Evans, president of Josephs Storehouse, wishes to thank all financial partners that have brought in several truckloads of food to give away this month. Evans encouraged all volunteers to try and be there to help.

Josephs Storehouse is an agent for the federal US-AID food program and is able to give away frozen meats and desserts from their two, large walk-in freezers and 24 regular freezers. Each wheelbarrow is estimated to hold between $160 and $170 worth of food. They are able to give away about 500 wheelbarrows of food a month.

Evans said the ministry has purchased a refrigerator truck and are able to bring in a lot of fresh vegetables to give away. They also have an addition of 9,700 square feet to be added to the back of the warehouse coming up.

We are presently in a drive to raise the $350,000 to build the addition, but we must keep the money coming to bring in the food above all, Evans said.

He said trailer-loads of food are donated from out of state and it costs about $1,700 to get the food in cartons, pallets and shipped. This accounts for 30,000 to 34,000 pounds of food and Evans said they have rented more warehouse space to bring in extra for the winter.

Also, Evans said they are trying to give away a turkey to each family for Thanksgiving at a total cost of around $2,500. They are looking for donations to help support the effort.

We do not want to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner while knowing that many cannot, Evans said.

Remaining suspect in drug, firearms case arrested

The Wilson Post
Authorities have arrested the remaining suspect in a federal case involving drug and firearms charges against 17 people, the majority of them believed to be members of the Vice Lords gang.

Sterling Reneva Rivers, aka Little Real, 24, of Lebanon, was arrested Tuesday night by agents with the FBI and local authorities in Paris, Texas, said Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen.

Were really pleased to have him in custody, the chief said.

Rivers was one of the 17 indicted by a federal grand jury for their alleged participation in a drug distribution conspiracy and associated violence while reportedly illegally possessing firearms.

The indictments were handed down in September, said U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Jerry E. Martin.

Martin said 11 of the suspects were members of the Vice Lords gang. The arrests also included their alleged drug suppliers, he added.

The investigation was a joint operation conducted by the FBI, Lebanon Police Department, Wilson County Sheriffs Department, Sparta, Cookeville and Metropolitan Nashville Police Departments; White County and Putnam County Sheriffs Departments, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Of the 17 indicted, 11 of them also were from Lebanon.

Rivers was also indicted on related federal firearms charges.

If convicted, they each face a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Bowen noted the arrest and the case are the culmination of a three-year investigation. He said Rivers was originally from West Tennessee but was known to frequently visit Lebanon.

Were very pleased with the investigation, he said, adding local officers working in conjunction with their counterparts in other agencies spent countless hours on the case.
According to the indictment, the conspiracy included the acquisition of large quantities of controlled substances, including, but not limited to, cocaine and marijuana, for distribution in Middle Tennessee.

The manner in which the alleged conspiracy was conducted included actual and attempted acts of violence including murder, attempted murder and assault to protect the gang's criminal operations. The indictment also alleged that members of the conspiracy and their associates robbed rival drug dealers of controlled substances and proceeds derived from the sale of controlled substances, promoted a climate of fear through violence and threats of violence and used and threatened to use physical violence against various individuals.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at
Editors Note: Information from a news release from the U.S. Attorneys Office, Middle District of Tennessee was used in this article. The arrests were first reported at on Sept. 19 and in the print edition of the newspaper on Sept. 21.

Tuesday Senior Scramble winners

The team of (from left) John Lovetere, Fred Ray, Larry Wilcox and Mike Wyatt shot a 61 to win the Oct. 25 installment of the Hunters Point Senior Scramble, sponsored by First Freedom Bank. Closet to the hole honors were to: Ronnie Sloan (No. 2), Nick Barnes (No. 9) and Rhoni O'Shea (No. 16).

BLUE League debuts Oct. 22

LEBANON -- On Saturday, Oct. 22 the inaugural B.L.U.E. (Basketball Leauge Upper Elementary) League games were held at Winfree- Bryant Middle School. The league is made up of 4th and 5th grade girls and boys teams from Byars Dowdy, Carroll Oakland, Castle Heights, Coles Ferry, Tuckers Crossroads, and Sam Houston.

Game 1 - GIRLS: Jasmine Fuqua from Sam Houston Elementary scored the first 2 points in BLUE League history.
Sam Houston 18: Ali Davis 10; Jasmine Fuqua 6; Alyssia Francis 2 points.
Byars Dowdy 4: Kyleigh Burton 2; Jazmin Ninez 2.
5th Quarter - Sam Houston 6, Byars Dowdy 0. Christaney Moore had 4 points and Tristen Neal 2.

Game 2 - BOYS
Byars Dowdy 27: Xavier Mills 16; Jeremiah Hastings 8; Kobe Gwyn 2.
Sam Houston 14:
Polo Phillips 4; Andrew Harper 4; Austin Brown 3 (1st BLUE league 3-point FG); Peyton Flatt 2; Keyvont Baines 1.
5th Quarter- Byars Dowdy 6, Sam Houston 0. Damien Collins 4, Allen Martinez 2.

Game 3 - GIRLS
Castle Heights 10: Addie Grace Porter 5; Emily Sword 3; Jakeisha James 2.
Carroll Oakland 8: Aaryn Grace Lester 4; Allissa Mulaski 3; Rebecca Brown 1.
5th Quarter - Castle Heights 6, Carroll Oakland 0. Riley Painter 2; Akriana Steverson 2, Roshayah Hall 2.

Game 4- BOYS
Carroll Oakland 19: Dustin Hulse 6; Logan Hawk 4; Gavon Reasonover 3 points; Luke Jones 2; Tyler Wiggins 2; Corey Jones 2.
Castle Heights 16: Kameron Davis 9; Thomas Bryan 4; Dawson Allen 2; Braden Reece 2.
5th Quarter - Castle Heights 4, Carroll Oakland 0. Luke Bradshaw 2, Justin Collins 2.

Game 5- GIRLS
Coles Ferry 37: Jenna Manus 10; Antori Anderson 10; Mattie Averitt 6; Emily Jones 4; Sara Strickland 4; Gigi White 2; Anne Marie Heidebreicht 1.
Tuckers Crossroads 3: Haleigh Sutton 2; Landry Dixon 1.
5th Quarter - Coles Ferry 6, Tuckers Crossroads 0. Antori Anderson 2; Sydney Samilton 2; Brooklyn Bilbrey 2.

Game 6 - BOYS
Tuckers Crossroads 26: Ethan Njezic 10; Tyler Hayes 4; Cole Armstead 2; Ethan White 2; Elijah Williams 2; Ethan Chambers 2; Zachary Scott 2; Evan Britt 2.
Coles Ferry Boys 12: Gerik Fitts 8; Levi Sampson 2; Djuan Cragwall 2.
5th Quarter - Coles Ferry 4, TXR 0: Djuan Cragwall 2; Mark McDearman 2.

Willy Wonkas chocolate factory turns 40

Dear Ken: How old is Gene Wilder, and what happened to the boy who played Charlie Bucket with him in the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory?

Wilder is 78 and retired. I dont like show business, I realized, he said a few years ago. I like show, but I dont like the business. Child actor Peter Ostrum, 53, became a veterinarian and practices in Glenfield, N.Y. Earlier this month Warner Home Video released a limited and numbered Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collectors Edition as athree-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo that features a 144-page production book reprint filled with production photos and notes, and archival letters. Sweet premiums include a retro Wonka Bar-shaped tin box with scented pencils and eraser.

Dear Ken: I think I just spotted Garrett Morris in a new TV series, 2 Broke Girls. Am I right?

Yep. That is Morris, 74, one of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players of Saturday Night Live fame. Born in New Orleans, he was raised by his Baptist preacher grandfather and sang in the church choir. Later he trained at the Juilliard School of Music and turned professional performing with the Harry Belafonte singers. Before his SNL days, he was featured in several Broadway musicals. Like baseball, life has been berra berra good to he.

Dear Ken: I remember a fantasy Western with Tony Randall playing all sort of characters. Can you help me find the title?

That is a marvelous gift from Randall from 1964 as he portrayed Dr. Lao, the abominable snowman, Merlin the magician, Apollonius of Tyana, Pan, a giant serpent and Medusa. His co-stars were Barbara Eden, Arthur McConnell and Noah Beery Jr.

Dear Ken: Please share some background on Shenae Grimes of 90210.

Grimes, who turns 22 this week, was born in Toronto, Canada, and previously starred in the TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation. She did a comedic cameo in Scream 4. A huge fan of the original Beverly Hills 90210, the actress was in a music video for the band Our Lady Peace in their single, All You Did Was Save My Life.

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck at

Former Blue Devil all-stater Tony Cantrell dies at 36

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Saturday, Oct 29 at the Garden of Prayer Tabernacle, 1015 Bluebird Road, for former Lebanon High football standout Julian Anton "Tony" Cantrell, 36.

Born July 4, 1975, and a 1994 graduate of LHS, he died suddenly Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011 in Nashville.

He was an all-state performer for Coach Mark Medley's last team at Lebanon, the 1993 squad that lost in the state quarterfinals at Knox Farragut. Cantrell was named first team all-state by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association, All Mid-State by The Tennessean and was named regional defensive player of the year. He attended Cumberland University and was currently attending Kaplan Career Institute studying to become a medical assistant. He was a lifelong member of The Garden of Prayer Tabernacle.

Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 28 between the hours of 6-8 p.m. at the Garden of Prayer Tabernacle and again Saturday from 11 a.m. until the service.

Bishop Alfred Howard will offer the eulogy and Elder Johnny Crudup will officiate. Burial will follow at the Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his father Van Cantrell; children Markesshia Antina McCathern, Julian Rashad Cantrell, Anton Xavier Cantrell and Damien Hogg; brother Christopher Ramone (Mon) Cantrell; grandmother,Loucille Cantrell; aunts Mary Sue Brandon, Katherine Robertson, Delorse Vaden and Rachel Cantrell; uncles Elroy (Earlene) Cantrell, James (Betty) Cantrell, Tollie (Barbara) Cantrell; great-great-aunt Queen Ester Steverson; great-aunts, Fannie Harris, Bonnie Pleasant and Darlene Jackson; great-uncle Paul Smith; nephews JaWilliameze Jennings and Jaylan Cantrell; God-sisters Yolander Coggins and Marvolyn Neuble; God-brother LaByron Seay; like a brother, Randall Lewis; cousins friends and special friend Renee Schmitt.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mrs. Jeanette Robertson Cantrell.

Pallbearers: Shavez Jobe, Jesse Gilliam Jr., Tyrone Head, Marlow Seay, Daryl Seay, Reece Hall, Maurice Davis and Darren Cason.

Gardner Memorial Chapel of Nashville isin charge of arrangements.

Services set Oct. 26 for Mrs. Nelson, longtime educator

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Center Chapel Church of Christ, 9500 Central Pike, for Mrs. Bernadine Foriest Nelson, 65, of Mt. Juliet. A beloved and dedicated educator, the Oak Ridge native passed away Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011.

She received her Bachelors Degree in Education from David Lipscomb University, a Masters of Education Degree from the University of Alabama and an additional degree from the University of Tennessee. She taught in her native Oak Ridge, in the state of Hawaii, in Alabama as well as serving as a geography teacher at Lebanon's Friendship Christian School before moving to the Wilson County Adult Learning Center, where she served as director.

Mrs. Nelson was active in the Tennessee Adult Education program and championed the cause of General Equivalency Diplomas -- helping more than 1,000 earn a GED. She was a member of the Center Chapel Church of Christ and enjoyed traveling.

Services were conducted by Bro. Andy Connelly, Bro. Darrell Duncan and Bro. Pierce Dodson. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: her husband Melvis Nelson; mother Dora Mash Foriest; son Brandon (April) Nelson; grandchildren Emma and Evan Nelson; as well as numerous other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father Burnice Foriest, and brother Jerry Foriest. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to The ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Rd., Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301.

Mt. Juliets Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Naomi Arbuckle, 87

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Oct. 24 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Arbuckle, 87, of Lebanon.
A member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and retired from Robertshaw / Lux Clock, Mrs. Arbuckle died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 at the University Medical Center.
Services were conducted by Bro. Glenn Denton and Bro. Mike Shelby. Interment followed in the Conatser Cemetery.
Survivors include: daughters Janie (Bobby) Edwards and Barbara (Tim) Heston; son-in-law Clyde Edwards; grandchildren Kathy (Michael) Shoptaw, Brian (Rhonda) Edwards, Karen (Danny) McDonald, Missy (Gary) Yarbrough, Lisa (Doug) Williams and Gregg (Candy) Overstreet; nine great grandchildren along with great, great grandchild and best friend, Maria Carson.
She is preceded in death by parents Vernon and Anna Bell Harrell Broyles; husband James William Arbuckle and daughter Jo Ann Edwards.
Grandsons and family members served as active pallbearers.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.

Elouise Foster, 81

LEBANON -- Elouise Foster, 81, of Lebanon, passed away Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.
Funeral services were conducted by Brother Mike Hollaway and Brother Danny Sellars Monday afternoon, Oct. 24 at the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Selmer / McNairy County.
Interment followed in Mt. the Gilead Cemetery.
Survivors include: children Donna (Bobby) Jones, Gary Mack (Cindy) Foster and Hugh Edward Foster; and grandchildren Jennifer Jenny Leighanne (Matt) Savage and Jonathan Jon Michael Jones.
Mrs. Foster is preceded in death by husband Hugh Foster, parents Buford and Eunice Whitten Henson, and brother Ed Henson.
Pallbearers: Comer Donnell, Doug ONeal, Bobby Pickle, Eddie Henson, Matt Savage, Jon Michael Jones and Bobby Jones. Honorary: Doug Hall, Larry Turnbow, and Johnson Ray.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Kathy Diane Tittle, 55

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday morning, Oct. 24 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Tittle, 55, of Lebanon.
She died Oct. 18, 2011.
Interment was in Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: husband Jackie Tittle; children Bronson (Paula Gibson) Roberts, Terri (Thomas Colyer) Roberts, Trena Gay (Jr. Hicks) Roberts, Barbara Jean Tittle and Jackie (Chris) Hood; siblings Barbara (Dale) Roberson, Amanda Kemp, Mike (Kathy) Kemp and Jerry Kemp; grandchildren Michael Riley Hicks, Elizabeth Renee Hicks, Toby Colyer, Trinity Colyer, Theodore Miguel Taylor, Tyler Roberts, Taylor Colyer, Lee Colyer, Hailey Hood, Emily Hood and Brad Bell; as well as lifetime friend Jenny Neeley.
She is preceded in death by son Michael Tittle, parents Harlan and Gaynell Barrett Kemp, sister Sue May Brewington and brothers Riley Cummings and Danny Kemp.
Family and friends served as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

John Hoyle McHenry

LEBANON -- Mr. McHenry passed away Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011 in the comfort of his home surrounded by family.
John McHenry was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in Vietnam. He was employed at Nashville's Baptist Hospital for 31 years as a respiratory therapist.
Survivors include: mother Iris Flesher McHenry of Lebanon / Parkersburg,WV, daughter Amy Lynn (Benjy Beaty) McHenry, son Nathan John (Rachel Martin) McHenry, grandchildren Austin Tyler McHenry and Mary Kelton McHenry -- all of Lebanon.
He is preceded in death by father Donald H. McHenry, grandparents John H. and Iva McHenry and Othor and Ida Flesher.
Special thank you to his co-workers at Baptist Respiratory Department, Caris Health Care and Dr. Nancy Peacock.
Memorial donations: Lebanon Seventh Day Adventist (37 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon).
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

James Roland Mofield, 52

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Mofield, 52, of Lebanon.
Known as "Ronnie" to his family and friends, he died Oct. 23, 2011.
The family will be receiving friends from 11 a.m. until the service on Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment will follow in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: children Trina Hodge, Jessica (Vance) Banks Thompson, Natalie Lynn Mofield, Jamie Nichole (Shawn Harper) Mofield, Joshua Roland (Tabatha) Mofield and James Caleb Mofield; mother-of-children Kathy Mofield; siblings Teresa (Howard Jr.) Sullins, Randall Mofield Sr., Donnie (Jimmy) Hobbs, Farion (Nancy Jean) Mofield, Marion Mofield, Richard (TJ) Mofield and Lisa (Dennis) Glaub; and grandchildren Shelby Ryan Brown, Savannah Anne Mofield and Brenden Austin Harper.
He is preceded in death by parents Francis Marion and Nettie Hunley Mofield.
Active pallbearers: Jesse Mofield, Farlon Mofield, Marion Mofield, Richard Mofield, Garrett Dailey, Brenden Harper, Cody Dailey, Luke Dailey and Randall Mofield Jr.
Honorary: Johnathan Mofield, Tony Henry, Kenneth Jones, Jim Dean, Joshua Mofield, Caleb Mofield and Shawn Harper.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Horace Howell Hardin, 71

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services are set for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Hardin, 71, of Watertown.
Born in Watertown, and a graduate of Watertown High School, he died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011.
Mr. Hardin was retired from Bridgestone and was a member of Community Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral.
Services will be conducted by Bro. Sten Criscoe. Interment will follow in Poplar Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife of 43 years Martha Snyder Hardin; daughters Holly (Chris) Dickens of and Susan (Gary) Hardin -- all of Watertown; grandchildren Melissa (Tom) Blackburn of Lebanon; Melinda Cooke of LaMars, Iowa; William (Amanda) Ladd of Gallatin; Michael (Mary) Mangrum of Nashville; and LeAnne Jernigan of Lebanon; five great-grandchildren; brother Herman Hardin of Watertown along with numerous other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jason and Addie Thompson Hardin; sons Howell Anthony Hardin and Bobby Jernigan; daughter Joanne Ladd; grandchildren Justin Jernigan and Elizabeth Morris, and a brother Doyle Hardin.
Pallbearers: Chris Dickens, Tom Blackburn, David Davis, Tyler Davis, Caleb Davis, William Hardin and Gary Hardin.
Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of arrangements.

Delvin Moore, 56

MT. JULIET A memorial service will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Moore, 56, of Old Hickory.
An employee of ADT for 35 years, he passed away Oct. 20, 2011.
Visitation with the family will be Wednesday from 4-6 p.m.
Survivors include: his wife of 28 years Aleathea E. Moore; daughters Sheena A. Moore and Serena A. Moore; grandson Jason E. Richardson II; brothers Leon, Harold and Milton; sisters Genie and Maud; mother-in-law Ethel L. Lyle; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a host of close friends.
He was preceded in death by parents, Alfred and Mildred Moore and four brothers.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Anna Ruth Ash, 83

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Ash, 83 of Lebanon.
She passed away Monday, Oct. 24, 2011.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 11 a.m. until Thursday's service.
Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Michael Grooms.
Survivors include: sons Bernie (Marcia) Ash and Luke (Sandra) Ash; sister Delia Jackson of Decatur AL; grandchildren Allison (Donnie) Fox, Luke (Jen) Ash, Alice Ash, Bill (Ginger) Ash and John (Jong) Ash; and great-grandchildren Molly Ash, James Ash, Jack Fox, Lauren Fox, Anthony Brady, Cynthia Brady, Andrew Antone, Nolan Ash, Evan Ash, David Ash and Jacob Ash.
She is preceded in death by husband Dave Ash and parents Robert and Leona Hughes Allison. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Agnes White, 90

LEBANON -- Agnes White passed away Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 at the age of 90.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Survivors include" children RC (Betty) White and Patricia Brown; daughter-in-law Jane White; four grandchildren Steven White, Melissa Harrison, Tara Short and Tammy Stewart-Green; as well as several great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by husband Ralph White, son Terry White, and parents Jason and Julia Matney.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Bert Coble Singers Christmas Dinner Shows set Dec. 15-16

Mark your calendars and make plans to attend the Bert Coble Singers Christmas Dinner Shows to be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Dec. 15-16, at College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon.

The Singers are continuing their rehearsal schedule which has been under way since Labor Day. Since beginning with 16 singers in 1988, the group now numbers 40 who are dedicated to making these shows a delight for everyone. The Singers provide their own outfits and pay their own transportation costs to be a part of the group. They come from Pleasant Shade, Carthage, Watertown, Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Gallatin and Nashville.

The Christmas Dinner at the event includes ham, sweet potato casserole, green beans, a green salad, apple or pumpkin pie, hot rolls, tea and coffee.

You will thoroughly enjoy the concert since we have remembered to include the story about Blitzen and Hosea, Coble said.

Reservations may be made by mailing your check ($30 per person) to The Bert Coble Singers, 1505 Lyle Street, Lebanon, TN 37087.

WCEC plans open meetings on Voter ID

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Any questions from local citizens about the new Tennessee Voter ID law will be answered on Tuesday, Nov. 1, by the Wilson County Election Commission in a town hall meeting to help voters ensure they are informed and have all the right documents before they head to the polls next year.

Philip Warren, Wilson County administrator of elections, said the local Election Commission gets calls almost every day about it, but noted most people have expressed positive feelings toward the new law.

In general, people are just concerned about having the right materials to be able to vote, Warren said.

Tuesday, Nov. 1, citizens will be able to ask Warren and the Election Commission about the new law and watch a short video presentation on the facts and details of the law. The meeting will be held at the Election Commission office at 203 East Main Street in Lebanon at noon, and in Mt. Juliet at City Hall located at 2425 North Mt. Juliet Road, also at noon.

The new law, enacted by the Tennessee General Assembly earlier this year, requires a federal or state-issued photo ID in order to vote. A drivers license is the most common form of photo identification, and Warren said most voters are already used to having that with them when voting.

Its not a big departure from what theyve been doing already, he said.

Warren and the Election Commission have made a concerted effort to inform local citizens about the new law, and the town hall meeting will be a good time for anyone to come in and be sure they have all that is necessary to vote.

A voter registration card is still required and the photo ID is in addition to the registration. Warren said the law provides for several different forms of photo ID to be used by voters. A U.S. Passport, a Department of Safety photo ID, a U.S. Military photo ID or even a state-issued handgun carry permit, are all valid forms of photo ID under the new law.

It was very well thought through by the legislature, Warren said.

A recent statewide poll conducted by Middle Tennessee State University, showed that most Tennesseans are aware of the new law, but only about half know the specifics. According to the poll, 71 percent of Tennesseans know of the law.

The poll noted that only 51 percent of individuals 39 years and younger knew of the law. By comparison, 83 percent of individuals 40 and older were aware of the law. Many of those polled did not know which forms of photo ID were acceptable.

Exactly 92 percent of those polled correctly answered that a valid Tennessee drivers license would be an acceptable form of identification at the ballot box. Also, 78 percent correctly identified that a valid U.S. Military photo ID will be acceptable.

Conversely, only 32 percent knew that a valid University of Tennessee student identification card was unacceptable and only 14 percent knew that an expired Tennessee drivers license would be acceptable.

While the meeting will allow anyone a chance to come in and talk to the Commission about the new law, Warren said they are continuing to get the word out about the law in a variety of places.

We do things every week, Im out doing speaking events, and were passing out fliers. We have fliers in senior citizens centers, nursing homes, grocery stores, everywhere, Warren said.

Warren said the Election Commission will continue to help local citizens become informed about the law and help some obtain valid photo identification so they can cast their vote next year.

There are several free options available for those needing to obtain a photo ID.

The next election is the March 6, 2012 Presidential Preference Primary, then the Aug. 2, 2012 Wilson County General and State Elections and Federal Primary and the Nov. 6, 2012 State and Federal General Election.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted by

Friday night's prep round up

SHACKLE ISLAND -- Beech exploded for 27 second half points in a 34-7 victory over District 9AAA rival Lebanon Friday, Oct. 21.
Lebanon's defense played perhaps its best half of football before intermission, and trailed 7-0 at the break as the Bucs (6-3) drove 80 yards in six plays with soph Jalen Hurd banging in from six yards out with just 25 second left in the period.
Starting the second half at their own 25, Beech drove the ball 75 yards on just only plays as speedy Dorian Carter broke loose on a 45 yard scamper with 6:43 left in the period.
The Bucs settled into their "Smokestack I" power set for the rest of the contest and gound out scoring drives of 68, 63 and 45 yards.
All told, Beech piled up 395 yards in total offense -- some 330 on the ground. Sophomore tailback Jalen Hurd led all rushers with 122 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 60 yards.
Lebanon was led by senior Juicy Apple with 54 yards on 11 carries.

Bears thump Hendersonville
MT. JULIET -- Mt. Juliet clinched the District 9AAA regular season title with a 41-10 victory over Hendersonville High Friday, Oct. 21.
The victory gave MJ coach Roger Perry 250 wins for his career and upped Mt. Juliet's overall record to a perfect 9-0 on the season.
Junior fullback Contrez McCathern led the way for the Bears with 131 yards and two touchdowns on 17 attempts. QB Caleb Chowbay completed 4-of-11 passes for 115 yards, a TD and was picked off once.

FCS 63, Red Boiling Springs 6
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian rolled to a 49-0 lead at intermission en route to a 63-6 homecoming win over lowly Red Boiling Springs Friday, Oct. 21 at Pirtle Field.
Senior tailback Dekolas Reeves ran the ball just four times, but piled up 164 yards, including scoring plays of 61 and 86 yards.
The Commanders improved to 6-3 on the season and will play at Monterey next Friday in the regular season finale.

Trousdale Co. 49, Watertown 6
WATERTOWN -- Top-ranked Trousdale County rolled to a easy 49-6 win over Watertown Friday night at Robinson Stadium.
Leading just 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Yellow Jackets (8-1 / 7-0) scored twice in the second quarter and tacked on three more TD's in the third.
Watertown slipped to 6-3 overall / 4-3 in Region 4A and needs a win at Monterey in the regular season finale to secure a first round home game in the TSSAA playoffs.

Also on Friday night, Station Camp rallied from five points down to score a 16-12 victory over Wilson Central Friday night at Wildcat Stadium.

Central slipped to 2-7 overall headed into the season finale next week at undefeated Mt. Juliet.

Over at Suey Field, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy built an early 21-0 lead, only to see Middle Tennessee Christian come roaring back to post a 42-27 win.

MJCA fell to 2-7 on the season while MTCS picked up win number one on theyear after an 0-8 start. MJCA will close out the season on the roadFriday night at Franklin RoadAcademy.

CU downs Bethel 36-34

LEBANON -- Jared White booted a 30-yard field goal with 2:31 remaining as 17th-ranked Cumberland won a seesaw contest, 36-34, over 14th-ranked Bethel Saturday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.

With the victory Cumberland (6-1, 3-0 Mid-South West) moved into first place in the division, one game ahead of Bethel and two in front of Union College and Shorter University, who both lost on Saturday. The Bulldogs play at Union next Saturday at 11 a.m. Central Time.

The contest had seven lead changes, mostly because the Bulldogs failed on two extra point attempts by Beau Baker, including one that was blocked and one that hit the left upright. Cumberland took a 33-20 advantage after Simon Moriarty forced a fumble that was recovered by Cody McCallister for a touchdown with 4:28 remaining in the third quarter.

There were a lot of different big plays in the ballgame. Our guys hung in there, kept playing and answering the bell, CU head coach Dewayne Alexander said. It was kind of like an old heavyweight fight; someone would take a big swing and hit somebody and the other team would come right back and hit them again.

But Bethel (5-2, 3-1) answered with a pair of touchdowns, the second one after Prennis Thompsons interception and 23-yard return gave the Wildcats 1st-and-goal at the two-yard line. Two plays later 260-pound running back Dominique Allen barreled in for the score and a 34-33 BU lead with 7:20 left in the game.

Cumberland answered the bell though, methodically driving 59 yards on 11 plays and eating 4:49 off the clock. CU converted a pair of third downs on the drive but stalled at the Bethel 13, setting up Whites 30-yard game-winner that was right down the middle.

Our guys made a big drive there at the end after the interception, a good answer. I thought Reed Gurchiek showed a lot of poise there after throwing the interception, not hanging his head but coming back, moving us down the field and a then big kick from Jared White for the win.

The Wildcats still had plenty of time and two timeouts and took the ball at the Cumberland 46 after a 35-yard kickoff return from Patrick Cann, part of 170 yards in kick returns on the day for BU. A short rush and a short pass left Bethel with 3rd-and-6 and Will Masoud overthrew Cann down the left sideline after scrambling away from pressure. Masoud was pressured again on fourth down and his throw to Delano fell off the receivers hands and incomplete.

Bethel got the ball back one more time, but with only five seconds remaining. They tried the hook-and-ladder but it did not work and after a lot of running around and two laterals, McCallister fell on a fumble to end the contest.

Gurchiek, a Mt. Juliet, native, enjoyed his best game as a Bulldog, completing 26-of-35 passes for 294 yards and three TDs, two of them to DeJeay Woods, who caught nine balls for 78 yards before leaving the game in the third quarter with a knee injury.

The Bulldogs rushed 39 times in the contest for 152 yards and one score, done by committee as usual.

Tim McCord leading the way with 15 carries for 57 yards.

The Bulldogs piled up 446 yards of total offense to just 283 for Bethel, but the Wildcats had short fields on many occasions because of the great kickoff returns. The visitors drove 37, 47 and 49 yards for touchdowns in the contest.

Masoud finished 11-of-20 for 126 yards and one touchdown and also scored one TD with a quarterback sneak. Cordarious Mann rushed 23 times for 88 yards and a score, while Cann carried 11 times for 50 yards and one TD.

City challenges recall law

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
In light of a recent petition to recall Ward 6 Lebanon City Councilor Kathy Warmath, the council is challenging a state law pertaining to recall elections, asking for an official opinion on the law from the state Attorney General.

City Attorney Andy Wright is drafting the resolution and will send it to members of the Tennessee General Assembly, requesting a ruling from Attorney General Robert E. Cooper Jr.

If you have so many votes that put you into office, those should be the votes that take you out of office, Warmath said during Tuesday nights council meeting.
Warmath made the initial request during the council meeting, and the rest of the council agreed to have Wright draft a resolution.

A petition to recall Warmath was certified by the Wilson County Election Commission on Oct. 17 and Beulah Garrett, the petitions author, is currently seeking the 2,186 signatures necessary to force a recall election next year.

Warmath felt the state law TCA 2-5-151 was an unfair method of recalling an elected official, even saying the law is unconstitutional. She said she has had a lawyer look at the wording of the law and felt there were issues that made it a bad way of handling the recall process.

Wright said he had reviewed the state law and said he also noticed the same issues that Warmath felt were unfair.

I share your concerns for what Ill say is an inequity in the language, Wright said.

According to TCA 2-5-151, a registered voter in the city must file for petition and have it certified by the local election commission for proper form. Upon certification, the law states the petition must be signed by 15 percent of the registered voters in the city, or 2,186 signatures, within 75 days.

A recall election would then be held at the same time as the next general election and only voters who live within the respective ward would be able to vote to recall or not recall the elected official.

It potentially relates to every one of us, including the mayor, Warmath said of the law.

She added that voters in Wards 1-5 could influence a recall in Ward 6 or any other scenario where voters from one ward could force a recall in a different ward. Warmath felt this was unfair to the voters who elected her to represent them in Ward 6 and said she wouldnt want the same situation to happen to any other member of the council.

Wright pointed out the Lebanon City Charter handles recall elections in a much different manner and said the state law was written in such a way that makes it supersede the charter.

According to the Charter, Section 14A, a petition to recall an elected official must be signed by at least 50 percent of the total votes cast for the office held by the incumbent at the last regular election.

Wright said there are good and bad provisions in the state law, saying it is good the state law requires more signatures on a petition. He said the charter requires the number of signatures be greater than or equal to the number of voters in Ward 6 who cast their vote in the previous election.

Warmath won the previous election over William Durham by a margin of 1,069 to 714. With a total of 1,789 votes cast, according to the charter, only 895 signatures would be required to force a recall election. There were six write-in votes for Ward 6 in the last election.
It would take half of how many voted in Ward 6 in the last election, Wright said, referring to the city charter.

Also, under the charter, a special election would be held to recall an official within 30 days if the required number of signatures is obtained. During that election, only Ward 6 voters would cast their vote to recall or not recall Warmath. Wright pointed out the fact that a recall election is held at the same time as the next general election is one of the good provisions in the state law.

Warmath said holding a special election would cost the city money it could spend elsewhere. However, Wright said under the state law, the recall election would take place when a regular election is already being held and wouldnt cost any additional money.

He did say the city should be allowed to stick to its charter when electing or removing officials from office.

If were going to use the provisions in our charter for elections, then we should use the provisions in our charter for removal, Wright said.

Wright said he will send the resolution to District 46 State Rep. Mark Pody, District 57 State Rep. Linda Elam and District 17 State Sen. Mae Beavers, who then have to officially make the request to Cooper. The Attorney General does not give formal opinions to local officials.

I think the local government officials were wearing them out, Wright said. He added the policy of not giving opinions to local officials was enacted several years ago.

Sending the resolution to state legislators will almost guarantee a response from Cooper on the law. According to Wright, when a legislator asks for an opinion on a law, the Attorney General will comply.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

First freeze warning overnight

Wilson County and much of Middle Tennessee saw the first freeze warning of the fall issued yesterday and there will likely be a second one issued later today for tonight and into Saturday morning when temperatures might drop a couple of degrees more.

That was the word Thursday afternoon from David Matson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory, who noted were about a week early for the areas first freeze, although its not unusual to have one about now, either.

A couple of cold mornings, was how Matson described early this morning and tomorrow morning.

Temperatures were expected to drop to the lower and mid 30s with low lying and outer areas likely to see areas of frost.

Were not expecting a hard freeze, he said, noting that occurs when the temperature drops to around 28 degrees or so.

Temperatures will warm during the next few days with the high today around 60, about 63 on Saturday and near 70 on Sunday. It will be gradual warming but cold at night, Matson said.

The low tonight/early Saturday was expected to be about 35 degrees and perhaps a couple of degrees colder in some locations. Matson said the weather service will likely issue another freeze warning some time today for tonight.

Matson urged everyone to check on elderly family and friends, bring pets inside and also protect flowers and other vegetation by covering them or bringing indoors. He said he puts plants at his home underneath a porch with an overhang or under a tree where leaves on the ground and those remaining on the limbs also help keep them from freezing.

There is no rain in the forecast for the next couple of days. Matson said were 1.5 inches below normal as of Oct. 20, but since Jan. 1 are 3.5 inches above normal. Only .90 (less than one-tenth of an inch) of rain has fallen from Oct. 1-20, and from Jan. 1 through Oct. 20, the weather service has measured 41.17 inches of rain.

October is usually the driest month of the year, he added.

The water table is in good shape, thanks to months where more rain fell. Were not in a drought by any means, Matson noted.

For more information regarding freeze warnings and more, visit online at

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at

4 jailed for attempted ATM heist

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Four individuals allegedly responsible for attempting to steal an ATM machine Tuesday night are being held at the Wilson County Jail on charges of theft, aggravated assault and vandalism, with a court date for all four set on Nov. 22.

Kelvin Lamar Scott, 37, of 380 Tyron Drive, Mt. Juliet, is being held at the jail on $35,000 bond. Scotty Wayne Campbell, 18, of 226 Whitnell Drive in Mt. Juliet is being held on $35,000 bond and the third individual, Bobby Lee Heady, 18, of 3663 Trousdale Ferry Pike in Lebanon is being held on $35,000 bond as well.

The fourth, Landon Travis Marek, 19, of 3663 Trousdale Ferry Pike in Lebanon, is being held on $75,000 bond.

Tuesday night, the group allegedly attempted to steal the ATM machine from the BP gas station on Linwood Drive, just off Interstate 40. They reportedly broke the service station window and tried pulling the ATM out of the window with a truck.

A witness, who was sleeping in his car at the time, reportedly heard the commotion and called the authorities. The witness said the group started shooting at him with paintball guns after they discovered him in the parking lot. The witness reportedly sustained no injuries.

Earlier this month, the Wilson County Sheriffs Department and Mt. Juliet Police Department cooperated in an investigation involving stolen four wheelers, which led to the arrest of Campbell and Marek.

The pair allegedly stole several four wheelers, which were reported stolen on Oct. 7 and found on Burton Road. Marek and Campbell were said to be returning to the location of the stolen four wheelers when authorities arrested them. They both were released on bond in that incident, Marek on Oct. 11 and Campbell on Oct. 14.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Fiddlers Grove Fall Fest is Saturday

Fiddlers Grove 4th annual Fall Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the James E Ward Agricultural Center, home of the Wilson County Fair, at 945 E Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon.

Come and enjoy blacksmiths, woodcarvers, display vendors, food, and activities for the kids. "Ghosts In The Grove" tours will begin at 6:30 p.m. and follow every 20 minutes. Story tellers will chill and thrill you with their ghostly tales as you stroll the candle lit paths. Shown here, are a few of the ghosts you will meet as the sun sets. submitted photo

Missing girl found in GA

DALTON, GA -- The man accused of taking his 12-year-old girl from an Overton County home has been caught in Georgia, law enforcement authorities said Friday afternoon.

Allen Wayne Harness was arrested in Dalton, Ga., and 12-year-old Cassidy Dailey was recovered safely.

Harness allegedly took Dailey, his step-daughter after he attacked Cassidy's mom, Christy Harness, with a knife around 12:30 Friday morning at Christy Harness' June Chapel Road, near Rickman, Tenn.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an amber alert for Dailey, who has black hair and green eyes. She is 5' tall and weighs 130 pounds.

Harness violated a restraining order that prohibited any contact with Cassidy and he and Christy Harness were arrested for child neglect in July 2011.

Dailey's mom was treated and released from an area hospital, according to Overton County Sheriff's Sgt. Jeremy Carr.

Below is a photo of the stepfather Allen Harness.


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