By KALYN SHELLY
The Wilson Post
Residents at Hearthside at Castle Heights, assisted living facility, donated 60 backpacks and hundreds of school supplies to the Wilson Trousdale Resource Parent Association to help prepare their children for going back to school.
Trina Hildabrand, resource parent, and Debbie Dufresne, secretary of the association, accepted the generous donations on behalf of the Wilson Trousdale Resource Parent Association Thursday afternoon. This is the third year that Hearthside has made a back to school donation to the association.
“Not many people step up to help our kids and we really appreciate all the support these residents give us,” Hildabrand said. “They have loved our kids and we are very appreciative of everything they do for us.”
By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post
A former Mt. Juliet resident, who has made her living for the past several years finding people, told members of the Lebanon Morning Rotary yesterday that her number one requested search is for finding fathers.
Norma Tillman, who now resides in Brentwood, through her work as a private investigator has a proven track record for finding people. In fact, in her career she has located more than 1,000 missing persons.
Introducing her topic Thursday, Tillman told Rotarians that being a private investigator is “not like what you see on television,” adding that most cases are not solved within a hour time frame.
From Post staff reports
A Mt. Juliet couple charged in the death of their adopted daughter pleaded not guilty to the charges during an appearance in court last week.
Dr. Deborah Mark, a pediatrician, and her husband, Steven, were charged in the death of Kairissa, 4, who they adopted from China in the spring. An autopsy showed the child sustained bruises all over her body.
Dr. Mark’s license to practice medicine was suspended recently by the state. She formerly worked at Centennial Pediatrics in Lebanon.
KEMPVILLE -- Funeral services with military honors were held Thursday morning, July 29 at the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home for Mr. Holland, 63, of Mt. Juliet.
A retired electrician and a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he died July 26, 2010.
A native of the Bagdad Community in Jackson County, Mr. Holland was a member of Lebanon's Maple Hill Church of Christ.
Services were conducted by Wayne Miller. Interment followed at the Holland Cemetery.
Survivors include: daughter Ashlee (Tim) Chance of Lebanon; mother Louise Holland of the Bagdad Community; sister Kathy Holland and her fiance James Barlow of Bagdad; brother Randy (Jennifer) Holland and nephew Dillon Holland -- all of Mt. Juliet; special nephew Brandon (Gina) Holland of Gainesboro; grandchildren Noah, Abby and Thomas Chance.
He is preceded in death by wife Sandra Kaye Holland; father Aaron A. Holland; brother Charles Ralph Holland, who died in the Vietnam War.
Pallbearers: Tim Chance, Brian Groce, Brandon Holland, Kyle Wright, John Drnek and Ricky Holland.
Arrangements by Sanderson Funeral Home of Kempville.
NASHVILLE -- Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, July 29 at Mount Olivet Funeral Home for Mr. Gore, 72, of Mt. Juliet.
A native of Nashville and a longtime supervisor for the TN Department of Employment Security, he died July 26, 2010.
Mr. Gore was a member of Edgefield Masonic Lodge #254, F&AM, and also the Edgefield Eastern Star. Services were conducted by Reverend Lee Stevenson and Dr. Craig.
Survivors include brother Richard Wayne Gore of Ashland City, brothers-in-law Steve (Helen) Clark of Mt. Juliet, Kenneth H. (Madge) Fly of Joelton, and Gordon Fly of Lebanon along with several nieces and nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 36 years, Betty Jean Fly Gore.
Arrangements by Mount Olivet Funeral Home.
OLD HICKORY -- A memorial service was held Thursday afternoon, July 29 at the Hermitage United Methodist Church for Mr. Saldana, 64, of Mt. Juliet.
Born in Edinburg, TX and a longtime employee of the US Postal Service in Nashville, he died July 27, 2010.
Graveside services were held earlier in the day at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Ruth McCarver of Mt. Juliet; children Gena Saldana of Nashville, Karen Saldana of Martin and Blake and Annette (Hannah) Saldana of Cookville.
He is also survived by siblings David Saldana, Rey (Lilly) Saldana and Norma Partida -- all of Texas, along with many nieces and nephews.
The family ask that donations be made to Alive Hospice in lieu of flowers.
Arrangements by Nashville Funeral and Cremation Service.
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, July 29 at the JC Hellum Funeral Chapel for Ms. Clemmons-Crudup, 88, of Mt. Juliet.
Known as "Big Mama" to her family, Ms. Clemmons-Crudup died July 25, 2010.
Services were conducted by Pastor Stanley E. Southall. Interment followed at the Rutland Cemetery.
Survivors include: children Alice (Asa) Hardin, Joann (Ernest) Gaines, Nora (James) Woods, Marjorie Black, Janelle, John "Peter" and Arthur "Sonny" Crudup; step-children Veaudry, Roger H. (Mattie), Charles L. (Betty) and Buford Clemmons; other relatives and friends.
Arrangements by JC Hellum Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, July 30, in the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Vantrease, 82, of Lebamon.
A US Army Veteran, he died Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at the University Medical Center.
Retired from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company as an engineer, he was a member of Adams Avenue Church of Christ.
Visitation Friday from 10 a.m. until the funeral.
Services will be conducted by Bro. Bill Hayes and Bro Jim Byrd. Interment follows at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: wife of 38 years Evelyn Bradshaw Vantrease; step-daughter Mary (Elvin) Hollis; step-grandchildren Michael Neal, Stephany (Travis) Counts, Jennifer Hollis, Cynthia “Susie” Fox, Christy (Christopher) Tubb; and six step great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by parents Lester and Lana Vantrease; brother Robert Vantrease; and step-son Jimmy Fox.
Friends and family will serve as pallbearers; honorary: members of Adams Avenue Church of Christ.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, July 30 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Ritter, 57, of the Commerce Community.
Known as "Chuck" to his family and friends, Mr. Ritter lost his hard-fought battle with cancer Saturday, July 24, 2010 at Woodside Hospice, located near his home in Pinellas Park, FL.
He was a maintenance director for a trucking company.
Chuck and his wife, Patsy, fought the cancer as they did everything - together.
Visitation after 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Tim Diffenderfer and Rev. Dickie Johnson.
Survivors include: his wife Patsy McKinney Ritter; daughter JoAnn (Michael) Penuel of Lebanon; grandchildren Austin, Hannah and John Penuel.
Also surviving are siblings Norbert (Marty) Ritter of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Joe Ritter of Indiana and Mary (Denney) Royse of Cincinnati, OH; mothers-in-law Nell McKinney of Watertown and Carolyn Eddy of Cincinnati; sister-in-law Carol (Ronnie) Ferrell of Lebanon; brother-in-law Wayne (Susanne) McKinney of Lebanon.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, and JoAnn's mother, Nancy Lynn Ritter; parents Norbert N. and Frances Ritter and brother Bob Ritter.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a local hospice in Mr. Ritter's memory.
Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.
I’m hiding out; in my bedroom, on a Friday night, watching the Golden Girls. Don’t pity me. I love those girls. In fact, they’re the highlight of my evening. You see, this week I have played hostess to my brother, his wife and their three children (two of which are in pre-school). They stay with us every year after making the trek from California to Tennessee. And just to add a more variety to the mix, my oldest niece, her husband and their new baby joined us. So every night since they’ve been here (6 days, 16 hours, 41 minutes) it’s been a party with all my brothers, sisters, their spouses and children. It’s been fun. Especially when my 4 year old nephew uses his 9 octave scream when I tell him he can’t drink his grape juice upstairs, when my 2 year old niece locks herself in the pantry and empties a full box cereal or when my dad leaves my house without telling anyone because… he can!
Dear Ken: Did Stephen Collins, who played the father, Rev. Eric Camden, on “7th Heaven,” star in any other TV series?
Collins, 62, starred in several shows before he struck gold with “Heaven,” which ran for 11 seasons. In fact, word is that Collins would like to get the family back for a TV reunion. His other series included “Sisters,” “Working It Out,” “Tattingers,” and, my favorite by a mile, “Tales of the Gold Monkey.” “Gold Monkey” was produced by Donald Belisario, the genius behind such shows as “Airwolf,“ “Magnum, P.I.,“ “Quantum Leap,” “JAG” and “NCIS.” Collins played pilot-adventurer Jake Cutter in the action-comedy show that was set in the Pacific islands during the late 1930s. The best news is that “Tales of the Gold Monkey,” the pilot and all 22 episodes are now on DVD.
By Angel Kane
One thing all the ladies of Wilson Living have in common is that we love to shop!! So we were so excited to hear that a new children’s boutique is opening at the Mill in Lebanon this weekend.
Hadley and Finn Children’s Boutique’s grand opening is July 31st and anyone who mentions Wilson Living Magazine on Saturday, will receive 10% off a single item!
For those who haven’t heard about this new fabulous boutique, then you need to check out www.hadleyandfinnboutique.com for a sneak peak at all the fabulous finds the grand opening has in store for you. Owners, Jenni Beth and Norma Underhill, will be on hand to help you find the perfect outfit or accessory for your little princess or prince.
By Margaret Partee
In the late spring I noticed that a bird had built a nest atop the smoke alarm that is inside my carport. It was very similar to one I had seen in previous years stuck to the top of a security light under the eaves at the back of my house. Soon it was apparent that a bird was on the nest because every time I opened the back door, a streak flew up into a nearby tree!
About the same time I was watering a newly planted hanging basket on my front deck when an eruption from the basket scared me half to death! I peered carefully into the foliage of the red begonias and ivy to see a beautifully constructed nest with four adorable little brown speckled eggs in it. I carefully watered the plants around the nest and retreated. As I watched from my window a Carolina Wren returned to her home to keep her eggs warm! They usually nest in the bird bottle I described in an earlier column, but not this year!
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
Say hey to the Hay Man.
That’s the name by which most farmers and horse people know Richard Quintal, local hay broker and Massachusetts expatriate, who keeps his barn full of hay bales in a southeast nook of Wilson County known as Greenvale, where the hills are hillier, the grass is greener and the valleys are full of hay.
“I sell a lot of hay. Since 1999, I’ve sold 9,896 rolls and 79,148 bales. This hay here is top of the line,” he said, not bragging but as a matter of fact, in a strong New England accent. “That’s beautiful hay. You don’t see sagebrush or sticks. You won’t find a bad bale here.
By SAM HATCHER
Seeing that Paul McCartney was in Nashville Monday night brought back a number of memories about the introduction of the Beatles to America.
Although I may be dating myself, I remember watching the group’s appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.
And I also remember my father declaring something like . . . “if I ever see you with hair that long, I’ll have your head shaved.”
By ANNE DONNELL
When do you say (or write) “farther,” and when is it “further”? Believe it or not, this came up at our church service last Sunday.
-Tuned In (Mostly)
I liked the refreshing modesty of noting (Mostly) after the Tuned In signature. Paying attention is such a big demand! We can ramble on (and on) about attention deficit (which we usually identify in other people’s children or in their older relatives when it’s not just slapping us in the face in our own in-laws), but we see the only remedy as medication. There’s something called behavior modification, too. OK, I have no idea who needs Ritalin©, but I know a nation of wandering minds when I see it.
By ZACK OWENSBY
The Wilson Post
She is not in a “Garfield” cartoon, but one local educator will soon be packing her bags and slapping an Abu Dhabi sticker on them.
Kristi Galligan of Lebanon will soon be in a different world – half a world away – as she is soon to fly to the United Arab Emirates to teach English to 12th grade girls for the next two years.
“Yeah, it wasn’t really thought out. I didn’t expect much to come of it,” Galligan laughed about her applying with an international teaching agency and having her life take a sharp turn in a new direction. “It was just meant to be.”
With the Aug. 5 application deadline approaching, 6th District U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon urges Middle Tennessee residents affected by May’s flooding to contact FEMA and apply for assistance.
“The deadline to apply for individual assistance from FEMA is Thursday, Aug. 5th,” Gordon said. “I encourage everyone to apply sooner rather than later. Planning ahead could save hundreds of dollars down the line.”
The damage Middle Tennessee sustained during the flooding makes a range of assistance available for residents, including grants for home repairs, funding for temporary housing and other expenses that are flood-related. Property owners can register online at www.fema.gov or by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA.
By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post
The former Beatle knocked their socks off at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Monday night playing to a full-house, jam packed crowd.
Surely to goodness Paul McCartney must have paused at some point during his in-and-out visit to Nashville to recall some of the good times he shared with family and friends some 36 years ago when he spent the biggest part of the summer here in Lebanon.
Early on it was one of Lebanon's best kept secrets.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Cumberland University will offer a Master of Arts degree beginning this fall designed to help students gain a better understanding of their chosen area of study.
Ted Rose, dean of the School of Music and the Arts at Cumberland, said the course of study will include 36 hours of credit and will have three tracts of study. They are music, drama and art.
“It is not three separate degrees,” he said, but “one degree” that offers three areas of study.
BY CHELSEA BURNETT
The Wilson Post
A trial date of March 28-30, 2011 has been set for a man accused in the kidnapping and rape of then 16-year-old Wilson County girl in February 2008.
Criminal Court Judge David Durham set the trial date during a hearing on Monday.
The suspect, Robert Jason Burdick, nicknamed the “Wooded Rapist” by authorities, is charged with aggravated kidnapping and rape in the Wilson County case.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Less than 10 percent of registered voters in Wilson County have cast their ballots since early voting began on July 16.
Martha Ann Sutherland, assistant administrator of elections for the Wilson County Election Commission, said through Monday, 5,157 people have voted so far. There are 67,494 registered voters in Wilson County.
“It’s not bad,” she said, but “it’s not overwhelming considering how many we have registered. It’s not even 10 percent.”
By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET -- The arraignment hearing for a Mt. Juliet couple charged with the abuse and murder of their daughter has been rescheduled, officials said Tuesday.
Dr. Deborah and Steven Mark were scheduled to appear in Criminal Court on Friday, July 23, but that arraignment hearing has been moved to Thursday, July 29, at 8:30 a.m., according to the Wilson County Criminal Court Clerk’s office.
Both face multiple child abuse charges, and Dr. Mark has been charged with Felony first degree murder in the death of her adopted daughter, Kairissa Mark, age 4.
BY CHELSEA BURNETT, The Wilson Post
Bids for construction of the new Lebanon High School were opened Tuesday afternoon at the Wilson County Board of Education Central Office. Six firms submitted base bids for the project, including:
* $38,088,000 submitted by R.G. Anderson Company, Inc. of Nashville;
* $39,542,000 submitted by Doster Construction Company of Franklin.
* $39,990,000 submitted by Denark Construction of Knoxville.
* $40,590,000 submitted by Hardaway Construction Corporation of Nashville.
* $40,990,000 submitted by Rentenbach Constructors Incorporated of Knoxville.
* $41,166,000 submitted by Robert S. Biscan and Company of Brentwood.