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It is that time again

Man, it is hot! Sweat is rolling down my cheeks and the heat from my face is blurring the scope. I sight the TenPoint carefully and get the green dot in the center of the crosshairs to rest on the white spot 30-yards away. I push the second safety and slowly begin to squeeze the trigger. Whop! The arrow quivers dead center in the circle.

I am ready.

Each year, no matter how well your crossbow shot last year, you need to sight it in and make sure it is on. Then, shoot a few practice shots. My TenPoint, Phantom is ready. The string has been inspected and well waxed. All the cables are perfect and there is a new battery in the scope.

The Family Vacation

By BECKY ANDREWS, Wilson Living Magazine
Id like to meet the person who coined the term, family vacation just once.  First, Id ask, Have you ever taken a vacation with your family? How old were the children that went on this trip? Were they potty trained? Were they teenagers? Could they talk? And before that person could answer any of those questions, Id go for the jugular, Did you take your mother-in-law?  I didnt think so.

Besides Spanx and the Wonderbra, there are few things more overrated than the family vacation. When did it become a good idea to leave the space and comfort of our home, go to a strange city with higher crime rates and pay $300 a night to stay in a space smaller than your bedroom with your entire family? Ill tell you when.

When we all started working more, eating-in less and signing up our children for everything from basketball camp to chess lessons.  Since we cant seem to unwind in our homes, we take a vacation (insert sarcasm).

I try every year to plan the perfect trip. I envy those families who talk about how their vacations were everything they dreamed of and more. And when I get the Christmas card that features their whole family wearing mouse ears, grinning from ear to ear, it gives me one more reason to believe that Walt Disney created a ridiculous little rodent mascot to mock me. It makes me hate the happiest place on earth.

Mitchum spent time on a chain gang

Dear Ken: What can you tell me about Robert Mitchum? Where was he born and how many movies did he make? How tall was he and how many children did he have?

Screen legend Mitchum, who was magnificent in film noir, was born in Bridgeport, Conn. His father died before he was 2, and the youngster was in and out of schools due to discipline problems. As a teen he rode the rails around the country, working odd jobs and even spent time on a chain gang in Georgia. In 1936, he went to California to see his sister and found a job with Lockheed Aircraft. Then in 1942 a director hired him to play the villain in a couple of Hopalong Cassidy westerns, and the 6-foot-1 Mitchum began to make a name for himself. He made more than 120 movies including The Story of G.I. Joe, Out of the Past, Night of the Hunter, Thunder Road, Cape Fear, El Dorado and Ryans Daughter. The actor, who died in 1997 at 79 from emphysema and lung cancer, had two sons and a daughter. His ashes were scattered at sea from a yacht the family borrowed from his long-time friend, Fess Parker.

Dear Ken: Is country singer Tompall Glaser of Tompall Glaser & the Glaser Brothers still living? What was the trios biggest hit?
Nashville outlaw singer Tompall will be 78 on Sept. 3. He and his brothers, Jim and Chuck, hailed from Spalding, Neb., and had their biggest hit with Lovin Her Was Easier (Than Anything Ill Ever Do Again), which went to No. 2 on the country charts in 1981. They were the Country Music Associations vocal group of the year in 1970.

Dear Ken: What has happened to Connie Stevens of Hawaiian Eye? What other TV shows and movies was she in?
Born Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia in Brooklyn, N.Y., the singer-actress, who just turned 73, has taken a new turn in recent years. In 2007, she co-wrote and directed her first move, Saving Grace B. Jones. She is now in pre-production on her second film, Prairie Bones, a western. Stevens was in the movies Rock-a-Bye Baby, Susan Slade, Palm Springs Weekend and Grease 2 and next works in The Summer of Shoulders and Noses. She starred in her own TV series, Wendy and Me, in the mid-1960s and has been a guest on lots of TV westerns and such shows as Baywatch, Eight Simple Rules and Murder, She Wrote. She has two actress daughters, Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher, from her short marriage to singer Eddie Fisher.

Dear Ken: Where is Elizabeth Banks, who plays Avery Jessup on 30 Rock, from?
Banks, 37, was born in Pittsfield, Mass., and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. Her film credits include Spider-Man, Catch Me If You Can, Seabiscuit, The Baxter, Slither, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Meet Bill and W. She has three or four films coming out next year and recently signed to star in the romantic comedy What To Expect When Youre Expecting.

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

Wilson Living Today Aug. 17

Wilson Living Magazine
The Wilson County Fair is in full swing and the weather could not have been more perfect. From the fantastic performances to the tasty treats to the amazing exhibits, this years fair is surely one you dont want to miss.

And while there, make sure to come by the Wilson Living/Wilson Post booth to meet many our writers and contributors. Weve already had so many of you stop in to say hello and weve loved every minute of it.

We also have special giveaways for all our fans and we might even give you a sneak peak at next months issue while you are visiting with us.

This next issue we are also revamping our Founders Favorites Section. Every issue we are swamped with entries and so we decided it was time to take it up a notch and surprise our readers with an amazing giveaway! We promise, you are going to love it!

And this is the last week to enter to win the July/August Founders Favorites. Entry is free! Just go to to participate.

With the holidays fast approaching, the winner of Founders Favorites is going to be set. First off, we are giving away one Custom Wreath Design. These wreaths are perfect to not only celebrate an upcoming holiday but also to show off your team spirit. Wreaths can be designed for every holiday or every team. Check them out on-line on our website and if you like what you see, make sure to enter to win.

And as summer is winding down, now is the time to get your lawn ready for fall and winter. Dillards Lawncare and Landscaping is giving one lucky winner a $150 dollar gift certificate to use towards their landscaping needs.

And lets not forget our $50 giveaway from our friends at the Party Zone. Party Zone is the place to be for all your party needs. They have everything you will need for your next get together and their friendly staff is always ready to help you out.

And of course, the calls are coming in for our Wilson Living Holiday Expo. Its going to be bigger and better this year! Santa will be on hand not only for photos this year but also for a special Breakfast with Santa. For details and to reserve your vendor booth call 969-6751. Space is limited and we expect to sell out soon.

Until next time, keep reading.

Winning Fair recipes

Winners were crowned at Saturdays Pillsbury Pie Baking Championship and Fleishmanns Yeast Bake for the Cure Contest at the Wilson County Fair with June Thomas of Lebanon and Tara McGuire of Lebanon taking home first place, respectively.

Thomas baked a Lemon Delight Pie to take home the blue ribbon and a $200 cash prize. She has been competing for 15 years in the Fair baking contest. In her baking career she has earned four grand championships from various competitions.

Eclectic 40 Miles East debuts at WC Fair

By KEN BECK, The Wilson Post
40 Miles East, a young band with Cumberland University roots, sounds off with original songs at the Wilson County Fair Saturday Night.

Four of the members of the five-man country-rock-pop group are either Cumberland students or graduates of the Lebanon university. The fair gig will be their premiere performance outside the Cumberland campus.

Calendar - Aug. 17

Government meetings
Wilson County Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2011-2012 county budget at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 22, in the commission courtroom, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon. Following the public hearing, commission will meet at 7 p.m. in the same location to adopt the budget, the appropriation resolution and the tax rate resolution.

City of Lebanon Public Works/Transportation Committee will meet Monday, Aug. 22 at 7:30 a.m. in the Town Meeting Hall at the City of Lebanon Administration Building located at 200 North Castle Heights Avenue.

Wilson County Beer Board will meet Monday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room 1 of the Wilson County Courthouse located at 228 East Main Street in Lebanon. The applicant is Heenabins Soni, D/B/A Key Stop, located at 8451 Carthage Highway in Lebanon.

Wilson County Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon. All items to be considered for the agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Monday, Aug. 22.

Calendar of events
Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Spain House on the Lebanon First United Methodist Church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.

Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.

AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.

Wilson County Right to Life will not meet in August because they will be at the Wilson County Fair, but you are welcome to come see them there. For information, call Trecia Dillingham at 443-5458.

HomeSafe Womens 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.

Wilson County High School Students/Teachers Cruise The Class of 1964 invites you to attend the first of two cruise general information meetings regarding passports, cabin payment deadline, baggage limits, roommates and gratuities. The meeting will be at Market Street Elementary School, from 5 until 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 12. Everyone is welcome to attend. Committees will be formed for special tasks. The cruise to the Bahamas, Nassau, will leave from Florida on April 30, 2012, and will return on May 4, 2012. For information, contact Bob Lowe at Travel World at 444-0533 or Emma Tapley Stafford at 547-4462 or 453-1402.

Get Pumpedwith Joy! Get a free $10 gas card by simply stopping in at Joy Church International, 1019 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20. One per family, while supplies last.

Volunteers are needed for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program to visit and advocate for the elderly residents of long-term care facilities in the surrounding counties. Requirements include patience, persistence, the ability to be objective and a genuine concern for the vulnerable elderly population in your area. The next 16-hour, two-day volunteer certification training will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 23-24. For information or to register for training, call the Ombudsman Program at 452-1687 or 452-5259.

Wilson County Conservative Republicans will now meet on the last Saturday of each month, due to scheduling conflicts. The next meeting will be Aug. 27, at Logans Roadhouse at Providence MarketPlace, Mt. Juliet.

Wilson County Democratic Party will be holding its first ever Blue Plate Monday on Aug. 29 at the City Limits Caf located at 1717 Cainsville Road. The event will run from 4 to 7 p.m. with a menu of Hamburger Steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, pinto beans, slaw, cornbread, banana pudding and coffee or tea to drink. Ticket prices are $15 per person. For more information call 615-444-3838 or visit their website at

Hot Writers for Cool Charities, presented by NoteWorthy Charities and The Listening Room, will be from 6 until 10 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, at The Listening Room Caf, 209 10th Ave. S., #200, Nashville. Admission is $10. Proceeds will be divided among Agape Animal Rescue, Lost and Found Ministry and Southern STARRS. There will be door prizes and a silent auction.

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency USDA Commodity Distribution will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, and from 9 a.m. until noon, Thursday, Sept. 8, at Garden of Prayer Church on Bluebird Road, Lebanon. Commodities are available to households which meet Income Eligibility Guidelines. Available commodities include white beans, beef stew, peaches, pears, cheese soup, corn, mixed fruit, peanut butter and salmon. Bring proof of 2011 income and Social Security cards of everyone in the household. Funded in part by the DHS.

Looking Back and Planning Forward will be the theme of the La Coterie luncheon set for 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, at Demos restaurant on Legends Drive, Lebanon. For information, call 444-1241.

Annual Community Fish Fry, hosted by Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 7463 Hickory Ridge Road, Mt. Juliet, will be on Saturday, Sept. 10, beginning at 5 p.m. Its an all-you-can-eat dinner.

Norene School Reunion will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. and all former students are encouraged to attend. Bring a covered dish and enjoy an evening of remembering and fellowship. For more information call 308-7515 or 714-3575.

Shoulders Reunion and Genealogical Exchange will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Donoho Hotel in Red Boiling Springs. Hotel reservations, if needed, can be made through email at or by calling 800-799-1705. Lunch will be served about noon. Cost is $12 per person. Other family names being researched and recorded are Clark, Crabtree, Gregory, Snead/Sneed, Strode, West, Wilson, Russell, Ray, Petty, Oldham, Newberry, Jenkins and Hudson. For information, contact Judy Brown at or call (513) 860-4181.

Lebanon High School Class of 1966 football team was the first to play at the current stadium. On Oct. 7 of this year, the last high school football game will be held at the LHS the Class of 66 attended. Join your classmates for the game and other reunion activities on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8. Call 453-4752 for information. Deadline to register is Sept. 7.

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 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.

CU benefactor Dr. Jeanette C. Rudy passes away at 83

From Post staff reports
Remembered as a philanthropist, hunter, collector, nurse and benefactor of the Cumberland University School of Nursing, Dr. Jeanette C. Rudy was laid to rest Tuesday, Aug. 16 following funeral services in Nashville. She was 83.

Her funeral service included performances by members of the Grand Ole Opry and a stirring tribute of inspirational song by entertainer Gary Morris including his banner song, Wind Beneath My Wings.

Mrs. Rudys connection with Cumberland and therefore Lebanon began in the mid-1980s when former U.S. Rep. Bob Clement was president of the school.

She often would tour the campus and talk with students and found the small college to have a certain charm much different than that found at other colleges and universities with greater student populations, Clement related.

Mrs. Rudy joined the Cumberland Board of Trust in 1987 and was instrumental in guiding and establishing the nursing program in 1992. In 2004 the nursing program was commissioned and named the Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing.

Fair baking winners announced

From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- Winners were crowned at Saturdays Pillsbury Pie Baking Championship and Fleishmanns Yeast Bake for the Cure Contest at the Wilson County Fair with June Thomas of Lebanon and Tara McGuire of Lebanon taking home first place, respectively.

Thomas baked a Lemon Delight Pie to take home the blue ribbon and a $200 cash prize. She has been competing for 15 years in the Fair baking contest. In her baking career she has earned four grand championships from various competitions.

Recipes were judged for taste, appearance, creativity, ease of preparation and general appeal. Pamela Hemontolor of Lebanon won second place with a Buttermilk Pie and Jane Shaffer of Lebanon won third for her Pantry Fruit Pie.

Also, in the Bake for the Cure Contest, McGuire took home the blue ribbon and $150 cash prize for her Maple Iced Cinnamon Rolls. She entered the contest with her son and daughter.

McGuires recipe will be submitted for national judging and has a chance to be one of three grand prize winners, up for a possible $1,000 prize.

Second place was awarded to Melanie Gnewikow of Mt. Juliet for a Rosemary Olive Oil Loaf and third was awarded to Lois Walters of Old Hickory for Aunt Lois Cinnamon Rolls.

Katie Jenkins of Mt. Juliet won first place in the Fleishmanns Yeast Whole Grain Bread competition with Tomato Basil Pizza and Robert Braun of Mt. Juliet won second place with Honey Wheat.

Make a bowl, make a difference Sunday at FUMC

Wilson County Community Help Center is sponsoring the second community-wide Empty Bowls Luncheon this year, and the first bowl-making event is being held this Sunday, Aug. 21 at First United Methodist Church in Lebanon.

Open to individuals, families, businesses and organizations, the bowl-making event is the first of two before the final luncheon on Nov. 5 at the church. Sunday, everyone will learn how to make their own ceramic bowl to help feed the hungry.

The event will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. and even if you do not paint or make a bowl, you can still purchase a $20 ticket to participate in the luncheon. All of the proceeds will go to help feed those in need.

The Empty Bowls project began in 1989 by an art teacher in Michigan who wanted his students to use their creative talents to help the community. They created ceramic bowls and filled them with soup and gave the proceeds to feed the hungry in their community.

The organization then developed the idea into the Empty Bowls Project and established the Imagine/RENDER Group. Wilson County Community Help Centers Empty Bowls event in 2010 raised $13,000 to feed the hungry. The community made over 600 bowls last year.

If you are unable to attend the first bowl-making event this Sunday, there is another opportunity to participate. The second bowl-painting event will be held on Sept. 18 at FUMC in Lebanon from 1 to 4 p.m. No reservations are required for all three events, including the luncheon.

The luncheon will take place on Nov. 5 at First United Methodist from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and even if you didnt make or paint a bowl, you can still participate by choosing a bowl and eating lunch for $20.

Each person attending the luncheon will receive a unique, hand-crafted bowl and a simple meal of soup and bread. The bowl you may take home to remind you of those in the community who have an empty bowl at their table every day.

For more information, you may contact Brenda Gill at 444-7321 or 306-0441.

Saddler wins another truck

LEBANON -- Auburntown's Dwight Saddler (with hat) won the Great Give-Away Tuesday at the Wilson County Fair.

He chose a 2011 Dodge Ram from Rockie Williams' Premier Dodge. From left: Fairest of the Fair Megan Hutto, Randy Lamberson from Randy's Heating & Air, Saddler and Billy Ferrell of Rockie Williams.

Saddler's ticket, picked up from Randy's Heating & Air, was the first ticket drawn. Ironically, Saddler won a Ford pickup truck with the lucky ticket back in 2008 -- making him the first two-time vehicle winner.

A record 32,811 patrons came through the gates of the fair Tuesday night, bringing attendance so far to 263,909.

'Fair' weather helps smash attendance records

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- This summers heat wave tapered off just in time to allow folks to attend the Wilson County Fair in record numbers on three of the first four days of the 2011 run and with good weather in the forecast, fair officials expect attendance to continue to be higher than last year.

The first day of the Fair, Friday Aug. 12, brought in 51,302 people, a record for its opening day and an increase of 18,869 over 2010. The opening day record prior to this year was 41,102 back in 2004.

I believe three out of the four were records this year, said Hale Moss, president of Wilson County Promotions.

The 2011 Fair has also set attendance records on Sunday and Monday, with the most current attendance numbers going through Monday night. On Sunday, when temperatures were just right, attendance reached 73,576, more than doubling the attendance on the same Sunday in 2010.

I think toward later in the evening we had people who may have been looking for a jacket on Sunday, Moss said, referring to the cooler temperatures.

Moss pointed to the intense heat in 2010 that kept attendance down, which lead to a complete rain-out of the Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 18 last year. The fair closed that day for the first time in its history.

We had that front last year that brought in the rain, but to have this many days of this weather is incredible, Moss said.

He called the weather so far this year ideal fair weather and said theyve kept and eye on the forecast for the remainder of the week and said they look to be in good shape.

Monday night, country music star John Anderson performed at the Fair, which saw an increase in attendance over last year as well. That night, 31,401 people were in attendance, a record for the first Monday.

Moss said they filled the arena for John Anderson and the crowd was pretty comparable in size to last years Charlie Daniels concert.

Also on Tuesday, Wilson County Promotions announced that Robert L. Hodge and the late Charlie T. Bissinger were to be the co-recipients of the 2011 Mike Baker Friend and Supporter of the Fair Award.

Hodge was presented the award last night just prior to the Great Give-A-Way in the Outdoor Arena. This annual award recognizes business people in Wilson County who have gone above and beyond in their support of the Fair. It is given in memory of Mike Baker, longtime chairman of the Fairs Great Give-A-Way Committee.

Hodge, a U.S. Army Veteran, and his wife of 51 years, Virginia, have owned and operated Sunset Restaurant in Lebanon since 1967. Hodge is a member of the Lebanon Masonic Lodge #98 and over the years has sponsored many local youth programs in the county. Hodge and his wife have four children, 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Bissinger owned and operated Charlies Tire Store in Lebanon from 1968 until 1999. He was a Meals on Wheels volunteer at the Lebanon Senior Citizens Center and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

He was a volunteer and supporter of the American Red Cross and gave over 13 gallons of blood in his lifetime. He was married to Claudine Wilkerson Bissinger, had three children and five grandchildren. Charlie was born in Davidson County in 1943 and passed away on June 27, 2011.

Both Hodge and Bissinger supported the Wilson County Fair over the years as their businesses were devoted sponsors of the Great Give-A-Way. Both of these businesses were located on South Cumberland Street in Lebanon.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Rowena Yoe, 82

MT. JULIET -- A memorial service for family and friends of Rowena Yoe will be held 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20 at the home of Christie Brewington, 3011 Cairns Drive West, Mt. Juliet.
Ms. Yoe, 82, of Mt. Juliet, passed away Aug. 14, 2011.
Survivors include: children James "Jimmy" (Robbie) Hamm, Jr., Virginia (Paul Vaughn) Pryor, Tina Hamm and Christie (Brent Trotter) Brewington; brothers Larry Powell and William Powell; grandchildren Kelsie Brewington, Bobby Pryor, Melissa, Kimberly and J. W.; seven great-grandchildren; as well as home nurse and special friend Gayle Schiffer.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Gregg Baines, 42

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at First Baptist Church for Mr. Gregg Baines, 42, of Lebanon. A civil engineer with Environ International Corp. in Brentwood, the Wilson County native passed away Aug. 16, 2011 at his residence following an extended illness.

A deacon at Lebanons First Baptist Church, he was a 1987 graduate of Lebanon High School and was involved in youth sports as a coach and referee with the Upward Basketball program.

Visitation: 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Partlow Funeral Chapel; Friday from 12 Noon - 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Services will be conducted by Pastor David Freeman. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife Amy Gibbs Baines; sons Matthew Baines and Mason Baines; mother Mary Gordon (Eddie) Pawlawski; father Wayne Baines; brother Gordon W. Baines; mother-in-law Inez Gibbs; brother-in-law Benny Gibbs; sisters-n-law Pam (Mike) Smith and Sandra Gibbs; nieces Taylor Gann, Brooke Gann and Brailey Gann.

Mr. Baines is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents John and Mary Ruth Smith; paternal grandparents Albert and Nina Baines; father-in-law Bevo Gibbs.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Greggs memory to the American Cancer Society, 2000 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, 37203.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.

Lula Mae Hersey, 76

LEBANON -- A memorial service has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Hersey, 76, of Lebanon.
Mrs. Hersey passed away on Aug. 15, 2011.
Visitation with the family will be from 5 p.m. until the service.
Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars.
Survivors include: daughter Vallarie J. Hersey; son Harry Hersey; nieces Marie Jones, Hazel Neal, and Martha Saunder; nephews Joseph Jones and Steve Jones; son-in-law Harold L. Swartz; and five grandchildren.
She is preceded in death husband Jesse Hersey, mother Vallie Jones, father Elisha Jones, sisters Mabel, Alberta, Gussie, and Olivia and brothers Leroy and Louis.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Billy J. Robinson, 76

LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Robinson, 76, of Lebanon.
A retired Baptist minister, he died Aug. 15, 2011 following an extended illness.
A graduate of Watertown High School, Brother Robinson attended Tennessee Technological University and began preaching at age 19.
During his 55 years of ministry, he pastored the following churches: Mt. Herman Baptist Church, Upper Helton Baptist Church, Pleasant View Baptist Church, Forrest Park Baptist Church, Welchland Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church.
He was also retired from Sherwin-Williams and the City of Lebanon Water Department. He was actively involved in the City of Lebanon retiree group.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until the service on Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Chris Dickens and Brother Gordon Lee. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife of over 55 years Robbie Cope Robinson; daughter Jan Robinson Barwin; granddaughter Reca Danielle Barwin; sisters-in-law Opal (Dean) Pirtle, Nina (Jimmy) Gentry and Linda (Edward) Calvert; brothers-in-law Aaron (Joyce) Cope and Darrell Dean; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He is preceded in death by parents Arthur and Martha Murphy Robinson.
Pallbearers: nephews Mike Richardson, Joey Reeder and Thomas Cope, brother-in-law Darrell Dean, and close family friends John Daniel Alsup, Tyler Davis, and David Rigsby. Honorary: Sonny Thompson.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Jeffrey "Scott" Kidwell, 43

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Kidwell, 43, of Watertown.
An employee of O'Reilly Auto Parts, he died Aug. 15, 2011 at the home of his parents in Watertown.
A 1986 graduate of Watertown High, he attended Volunteer State Community College and was a member of the Watertown First Presbyterian Church.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 12 Noon until the funeral.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Tim Diffenderfer. Burial will follow at the Jones Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include: children Kailob Hunter Brinley and Kolbee James Kidwell; parents James F. and Martha Kidwell of Watertown; brother Jim (Nan) Kidwell of Lebanon; Debbie (Rick) Martin and Beth (Wayne) Reeder -- all of Watertown.
Also surviving are nieces and nephews: Lauren (Dusty) Haskins, Gina and Brant Martin; Sarah, Hannah and Madi Reeder; and great niece Harper Haskins.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.

Fairest of the Fair crowned

Megan Hutto (2nd from left) was crowned Fairest of the Fair Monday night at the Wilson County Fair. Daughter of Randall and Paula Hutto, she's a junior at Lebanon High.

Megan is flanked by first runner-up Jena Lackey (left) and second runner-up Brandi Jo Allen. Far right is Miss Congeniality Lindsay Simmons. Photo provided by Peggy Clemons

CU's Locante turns pro

Cumberland University's Will Locante agreed to terms with the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, ending his collegiate baseball career.

Locante, a lefthanded pitcher from Memphis, was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in June, the Bulldogs' highest draft choice since 2006.

Locante flew to Phoenix Tuesday morning for a physical examination and will be most likely assigned to a short-season rookie league team.

"The Diamondbacks are a great organization, full of awesome coaches and instructors," Locante said. "Without the support of my parents, my girlfriend, and many others this would've been a much more stressful couple of months".

Locante was named Honorable MentionAll-America by the NAIA after registering an 8-2 record with a 2.11 ERA in 81.0 innings of work. The lefty posted 118 strikeouts and a .179 opponent batting average in 13 starts with eightcomplete gamesand a pair of shutouts.

Locante ranked second in the country in strikeouts per nine innings (13.11) and third in total strikeouts as well as seventh in opponent batting average and eighth in hits allowed per nine innings (5.67). He was selected 334th overall and is the highest drafted player for the Cumberland program since Aaron Solomon was taken 321st in the 11th round by the Seattle Mariners in 2006.

Chris Smith in 2001 (1st round,Baltimore Orioles, seventh overall selection) is the highest drafted player in program history, while Bud Willis (4th round,Kansas City Royals, 72nd overall, 1986), Greg Strickland (11th round, Atlanta Braves, 352nd overall, 1997) and Solomon are the only other players taken in the Top 11 rounds.

Luis Martinez (12th round,San Diego Padres, 387th overall, 2007) and Lance McClain (12th round,Boston Red Sox, 382nd overall, 2008) were the last Bulldog players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Jeanette C. Rudy, 83

NASHVILLE -- Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 at Hibbett & Hailey Funeral Home for Mrs. Jeanette Cantrell Rudy, 83, of Donelson.

Longtime trustee and former chairman of the board of trust at Lebanon's Cumberland University, she died Aug. 13, 2011.

She founded Cumberland's Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and was a loyal supporter of the Bulldog baseball program.

In addition to her love of Cumberland University, Mrs. Rudy was active in many organizations and philanthropic activities as well as a noted outdoor enthusiast.

Services were conducted by Brother Robert Morgan. Interment follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Survivors include: sisters Geneva Barry, Margaret Smitherman, Louise C. Merryman as well as a host of nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by parents Felix and Edna Cantrell; husband Daniel Cleese Rudy; brother Alton Cantrell. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Dan Rudy Cancer Center at St. Thomas Hospital or The Jeanette C Rudy School of Nursing at Cumberland University.
Condolences may be offered at

Arrangements by Hibbett & Hailey Funeral Home, 429 Donelson Pike, Nashville, 37214 (615) 883-2361.

RTA sponsors Wilson County prep Player of Week

For the second straight year, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) will sponsor the Music City Star Game-Day Express Player of the Week Award during the high school football season in Wilson County.

Each week, the RTA will recognize a football player of the week among the four public high schools in Wilson County: Lebanon High School, Watertown High School, Wilson Central High School and Mt. Juliet High School.

The weekly award will begin with WeekZero (Aug. 19)and culminate with the final week of the regular season.

We are excited about sponsoring this award again in 2011, RTA East Corridor Committee Chair and Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said. We were very pleased with the response we received last year in our first year, and the schools were extremely cooperative. We all know that high school football in Wilson County is a big deal, and were excited about the opportunity to sponsor this award and recognize some very deserving athletes.

Weekly winners will be announced the Monday following the previous Friday night game. Each winner also will receive a plaque in recognition of the honor.

The Music City Star Game-Day Express provides train transportation to all regular season Tennessee NFL home games. The train departs from Lebanon and makes stops at Martha, Mt. Juliet, Hermitage and Donelson before arriving downtown at Riverfront Station.

New this year, customers can receive a 20 percent savings on Game-Day Express tickets if they purchase single-game tickets online at through Sept. 11. During this time, tickets are available online for $12 instead of the regular $15 advance purchase price. Cost is $20 for a game-day purchase on the train.

Tickets may be purchased at, by calling 862-5950, or in person at the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, Lebanon City Hall, Mt. Juliet City Hall, Music City Central and Riverfront Station.

Trips also are available on the Music City Star for Wilson County residents who work in Nashville. On weekdays, the Music City Star makes three morning and afternoon trips from Wilson County to downtown Nashville and back. An additional Friday evening trip is offered for people who want to enjoy fine dining, music and the excitement of Music City. Advance purchase one-way tickets range from $4.50 to $5 at Mt. Juliet, Martha and Lebanon stations.

More information about the Game-Day Express service is available online at For additional information, contact Customer Care at (615) 862-5950 weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fair runs for 9 big days

Dont forget to grab your hat as you head out the door beginning Friday afternoon for the 2001 Wilson County Fair.

Why? Well, not only do hats help protect you from the late afternoon sun, they are also held in high esteem by the friendly folk who bring you the fair each year.

The theme of the fair is Hats Off to the 2011 Wilson County Fair and honors the many hats worn by those bring the nine-day event to life each year.

Each day of the fair is set aside to recognize something specific, and hats play a part in that recognition.

State is slow to comply with violation report

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Tennessee Department of Health has yet to release information regarding a recent investigation of the Lebanon Health and Rehabilitation nursing home, which concluded a week ago finding a number of immediate jeopardy violations.

A request by The Wilson Post to TDOH on Tuesday for the report on the deficiencies has gone unanswered despite state regulations that require that such violations be reported to the public.
Officials at the state office have said repeatedly that findings in the report concerning Lebanon Health and Rehabilitation will be transmitted to the newspaper but as of deadline Thursday the list of violations had not been received.

Golf scramble benefits LHS hoops, cheerleaders

The boys basketball team and cheerleading squad at Lebanon High will be the beneficiary of a golf scramble set Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Pine Creek Golf Course in Mt. Juliet.

Gearing up for the tournament are cheerleaders: Savannah Blalock, Katie Graves, August Greer and Maggie Sturm.

Standing behind are: first year hoops coach Jim McDowell, Cameron High, Blue Devil mascot Garrett Crawford Cody Yarbrough and Shaq Cragwall.

Tournament fee is $75 per player or $300 per team. Please mail advance registration to: Lebanon High c/o Jim McDowell or Amanda Hargis 415 Harding Drive Lebanon 37087. submitted photo

LHS coach Black gets a 'save'

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Until recently, it had been a long time since new Lebanon High baseball coach Brian Black had chalked up a save.

A former starting pitcher at Millikin University in Decatur, IL, he last notched a save in his junior year vs. against Elmhurst College.

But Tuesday morning, he picked up a save of a different kind -- one that helped preserve the life of a local resident.

A first year Special Education teacher at LHS, Black was driving to school on Tennessee Boulevard when he noticed a Ford Ranger pickup veer off the road and on to the railroad tracks on the South end of Nokes-Lasater Field.

I could tell the driver was in trouble, Black said, his arm stiffened up and the truck went right off the road, got airborne and landed on the tracks with four flat tires.

Stopping his vehicle, Black hurried to the 20 year-old who was obviously having a seizure.

I grew up with a guy who was prone to seizures, so I knew right away what was happening, Black said.

Black was at first hesitant to move the distressed man, but just seconds later, he and an unidentified City of Lebanon employee were faced with another dilemma -- the approaching Music City Star.

Black was on the phone with Wilson County 911 when he heard the sound of the commuter train.

I didnt want to move him, but then we heard that train whistle, Black said.

He dispatched the city worker up the tracks in an effort to slow the train, then proceeded to pull the man out of his truck.

Luckily the city worker caught the attention of the engineer, stopping the train about 100 feet from the disabled truck.

If it had been a freight train, I dont think they could have stopped with all that weight. Luckily the Star only has a few cars and they got it stopped, Black said.

The entire incident took less than five minutes. I know that because after I got him out of the truck, I went back and got my cell phone. The 911 operator was still on the line and the elapsed time of the call was 4:36.

Right then, Coach (Troy) Crane came out of the football field house. He said my knees were shaking something crazy.

Having been featured on three Nashville television stations has made the Chicagoland native a little uncomfortable.

I think anybody else would do the same thing, said Black, who was quick to give plenty of credit to the City of Lebanon employee who joined in the rescue attempt. Thank goodness he stopped too, it took both of us to get it done.


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