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U.S. Rep. Diane Black speaks to local citizens Monday

The Wilson Post

Sixth District U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, said that Wilson County residents as well as most Americans are frustrated with high jobless rates and a government that spends more than it receives during a town hall meeting Monday night.

Black held the meeting at the Wilson County Board of Education in Lebanon and invited citizens to speak their concerns.

People are frustrated, they are just frustrated that we have growing debt and that we have jobless rates and theyre just frustrated with the way things are going, she said.

Black noted during the recent trip through her district where she held meetings in Wilson, Sumner and Robertson County, she has been assuring her constituents that she is working for the hard-working taxpayer.

She said the American people are frustrated with the current policies of President Barack Obamas administration and said the unwillingness of the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate and the President to work with Republicans is preventing many things from being done.

Its very difficult to get things done with an unwilling partner in the Senate and an unwilling partner in the Presidency, Black said.

Black said visiting with citizens and business owners in her district is a key part of representing the people. She said the input and opinions she receives from people in the 6th District allow her to figure out what her constituents want her to do in Congress.

Also, Black said she had not seen the budget proposal released by Obama on Monday, but noted it was a budget that spends more than what you bring in. She said Americans are deeply frustrated with the fact that the federal government is spending more than its revenues.

As a member of the House Budget Committee, Black said the place where cuts need to be made is in discretionary spending. She indicated the mandatory spending accounts for 62 percent of the federal budget.

She likened the mandatory budget to auto pilot and said laws must change in order to change the mandatory spending portion. She also said there may be things she likes in Obamas proposed budget and things she doesnt like.

However, she said shes heard the budget continues to call for more federal spending than revenues.

Weve got to be serious about saying this budget process cannot just go on the way it is where we continue to spend more than we bring in and until you deal with the mandatory side of it, its just not going to happen.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Early voting begins today, lasts through Feb. 28

From Post staff reports
Early voting for the Presidential Primary in Tennessee began today with only one Democrat on the ballot, President Barrack Obama, and nine Republicans listed.

Voters should be aware that for the first time in Tennessee a photo identification is required in order for registered voters to cast their respective votes.However, there have been no changes in the laws that govern absentee voting.

The Presidential Primary Election Day is Tuesday, March 6. Early voting will end on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Early voting is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on the two Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Local voters can visit three locations for early voting including, the Wilson County Election Commission office at 228 E. Main Street in Lebanon, the Watertown Community Center on Sparta Pike and the Mt. Juliet Community Center at 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy..

Wilson County Election Coordinator Phillip Warren said there are currently 53,000 registered voters in Wilson County. He noted that participation in early voting ranges from 30 to 50 percent.

In 2008, the last Presidential Primary, Warren said that 20,646 votes were cast and about 4,000 were cast during early voting. That is roughly 20 percent of the overall votes cast.

The Election Commission has been training many volunteers leading up to early voting and Warren noted last week they had nearly 300 trained. He said all 37 polling stations for the General Election would be fully staffed.

A sample ballot for the Presidential Primary election will be published in The Wilson Post Friday. The advertisement in The Post is being published free of charge to the Wilson County Election Commission as a public service for the readers of this newspaper.

Warren said the sample ballot is being published as a paid advertisement in only The Lebanon Democrat and Mt. Juliet News for this election in an effort to save the county money.

In previous elections, sample ballots had been published in all county newspapers. Warren said in the last Presidential Primary the county paid more than $20,000 for election advertising. This year he said the bill will run around $5,000.

While The Post is running the sample ballot advertisement free of charge for this election, Warren said he will authorize The Wilson Post to receive the paid version of the sample ballot for the August election.

"We'll do you all next time," Warren told The Post, explaining his plan to rotate the paid advertising for the election that is required by law.

He also noted that the county's election office website will be tracking the number of voters each day in the Primary. He said those interested may visit and go to the bottom of the web page to see the report titled "Voters" in order to review the number of those voting.

Wreck claims MJ mans life

The Wilson Post

A Mt. Juliet man was killed in a one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning on Beckwith Road near Posey Hill Road.

The victim was identified as Brent E. Moore, 28, of Beckwith Road, Mt. Juliet.

A report from the Tennessee Department of Safety said Moore was driving a 2001 Ford F250 pickup truck southbound on Beckwith Road when it crossed the centerline and went off the left side of the road and into a ditch, striking a tree. The vehicle continued on another 75 feet, the report said, coming to a final rest and catching on fire.

The accident happened about 2:30 a.m., Sunday.

Moore was not wearing his seat belt, however, the trooper who investigated the accident noted in the report that wearing one would not have made a difference.

There was no indication that alcohol or drug abuse were involved, but because a fatality occurred, both tests were requested as is standard in such cases.

Speed was not a factor in the accident, either, the report said.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at

MainStreet Media makes operating changes

A change in corporate structure has been announced by MainStreet Media, the company that owns and publishes The Wilson Post and other Middle Tennessee newspapers.

Sam Hatcher has been elected chairman of the MSM board of directors and Matt Garrett has been appointed the company's chief executive officer and president.

Garrett joined MSM almost a year ago and brings to the company significant management experience developed through the creation and operation of his own company, Efficient Fitness, a successful health and fitness start-up business launched almost four years ago that is geared toward serving a client base comprised primarily of working men and women in downtown Nashville.

Hatcher is to remain active with MSM but will also be afforded the opportunity to pursue other interests including teaching. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow, and faculty member with Lipscomb University's Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership.

MSM was started in 2003 when the company acquired The Wilson World and transformed that publication into The Wilson Post, a community newspaper published twice weekly and now with more readership than any other publication serving Wilson County.

MSM also owns newspapers in Gallatin and Hendersonville, has a major web printing operation in Lebanon, and shares a marketing brokerage association with newspapers in three other Middle Tennessee markets including Franklin, Lafayette and Smithville.

Garrett, a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Montgomery Bell Academy prep school in Nashville, was raised in Goodlettsville, where his family has long been active in banking, the funeral home business and politics. His father, Tim Garrett; grandfather and uncle, the late Claude and Johnny Claude Garrett respectively; all were graduates of Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon.

"We're particularly pleased that Matt has chosen to join our company and bring with him a certain passion and excitement about community news and the opportunities that exists before us for the future in our industry," Hatcher said.

In recent months Garrett has been engaged in developing a new digital emphasis for MSM in which the focus ensures that MSM news entities are the dominant news sources in each of the markets they serve in Middle Tennessee.

"I understand and appreciate that what makes us different as newspapers and as news gathering and reporting agents is that our first commitment is to the communities we serve," Garrett said.

In college at UT Garrett was a letterman in baseball and held a number of key leadership posts with his fraternity Sigma Chi.

He and his wife Susan have one son and another child due in June.

Black History: Program planned on Wilson Countys Rosenwald Schools

In the early 20th Century, Sears, Roebuck and company President Julius Rosenwald funded the construction of schools throughout the South built by and for African Americans.

Benjamin Nance of the Environment and Conservation for the State of Tennessee, Division of Archeology, will present a program on the countys Rosenwald Schools on Saturday, Feb. 25, in honor of Black History Month.

The event, which begins at 1 p.m. at the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, 149 Public Square in Lebanon, is sponsored by the Roy Bailey African American History Center and Museum, There is no charge for admission, but donations are appreciated.

The museum, at 115 East Main Street, Suite B, in Lebanon, is dedicated to showcasing the history and achievements of African American citizens in Wilson County.

The success of the Roy Bailey Museum depends totally on the citizens of Wilson County, said Wilson County Black History Committee President Mary Harris. We are deeply grateful for the help of the community, and would like to thank each individual, each organization, each church, each foundation and each business for your support.

For more information about Black History Month events in Lebanon, call the Roy Bailey African American History Center and Museum at 449-2911.

Watertown eliminates FCS girls

LAFAYETTE -- Junior Kristen Vantrease knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points to lead Watertown to a 57-53 victory over Friendship Christian in Tuesday night's opening game of the District 8A basketball tournament.

Watertown improved to 18-11 overall and will advance to a 6:30 p.m. semifinal game Thursday vs. No. 1-seeded Gordonsville.

The Tigerettes led 33-22 at intermission, only to see FCS go on a 21-9 third quarter run to seize a 43-42 lead after three. Watertown out-scored the Lady Commanders 15-10 in the final eight minutes as Vantrease drilled a 3-pointer with about two minutes left, then Jordan Brewington connected on two free throws to ice the game.

Hailey Speck had 15 points while Brewington and Morgan Gartner each had seven.

Friendship was led by 27 points from the dynamic Deja Jones; Andi Morrisett had 10 and Kaitlyn Teeter eight. FCS ended the season 7-16 overall.

BOYS OPENER -- No. 5 seeded Trousdale County defeated No. 4 seed Red Boiling Springs 46-42 Tuesday. Trousdale County will play No. 1 Friendship Christian Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Bulldogs host Milligan today

Cumberlands baseball team will bring a record of 2-4 into todays home opener vs. Milligan College at Ernest L. Stockton Field. A 12 Noon first pitch is planned for the doubleheader -- two, seven-inning games.

Today marks the first of 20 home dates planned for the 2012 season, some 27 scheduled games.

The No. 7 ranked Bulldogs lost all three games at the Belhaven Invitational to three ranked teams, managing just 16 hits combined in the three contests.

We didnt play very well, said Cumberland head coach Woody Hunt.

Haileigh Nichole Dilts, 14 months

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Feb. 12 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, for Haileigh Nichole, age 14 months.
She died Feb. 8, 2012.
Survivors include: mother, Brook Dilts and father, Cody Hollingshead.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, 2250 N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Herman Lee Broadway, 71

Mr. Broadway, 71, of Hermitage died Feb. 10, 2012.
Services were held Monday afternoon, Feb. 13 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, 2250 N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Joyce Simmons Hildebrand, 82

Mrs. Hildebrand, 82, died Feb. 8, 2012 in her home surrounded by love.
Joyce was born in Yukon, Oklahoma on Sept. 2, 1929. She is preceded, in death by her father Sewell Andrew Simmons Sr., and mother Essa Pafford Simmons; sisters Eileen Simmons Schulte, June Simmons Nelms and brother Sewell Simmons.
She is survived by her three daughters Carolyn (David) Corlew, Kathryn (Stephen) Kirkpatrick and Kristine (Lawrence) Klug; grandchildren, who knew her as "GaGa" Taylor Joyce Corlew, Nicholas David Naive and Justin James Klug; two nieces, five nephews, and friends who dearly loved her.
She was a loving, caring Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, and friend.
Joyce attended William Woods College and graduated from Oklahoma University, Suma Cum Laude.
She was an actress in California where she lived for over 25 years having parts in movies, TV, commercials, and playing lead roles in small theatre. She loved the stage!
Joyce then started an event and party business, Exciting Events, where she produced corporate events, business openings, weddings, and many elaborate 'Hollywood/Beverly Hills' parties.
She traveled the world extensively her most favorite places were Egypt visiting the ancient pyramids and Africa on Safaris. She loved the African wildlife.
Joyce moved to Tennessee and enjoyed a position as a concierge at Embassy Suites in Nashville for seven years until she retired.
She enjoyed the position so much because she was such a people person and loved dining in fine restaurants and being able to recommend so many .
She loved her critters and had dogs or cats as companions all her life. Hummingbirds and flowers surrounded her each spring on her deck. Her love of a warm fire burning in winter coupled with a Frank Sinatra CD, a chat with a daughter or friend made her world happy.
She was an avid reader and would read two or three hardbound books a week. The local library would save for her the new best sellers that came in weekly. Where Joyce went so did a book. She had so many fascinating stories to tell of her life in California and all of her travels and adventures. She was an elegant lady from the ground up.
Joyce will always be remembered as being such a wonderful friend to so many. She always kept in touch with her family and friends near and far. She had a natural zest for life, "joie de vie", as she would say (joy of life), people and places to see, quick to laugh, and brought out the best in others. Special thanks to her two wonderful friends and caregivers, Tosha Lincoln and Tyra Brandt.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to New Leash on Life, PO Box 247. Lebanon, 37088-0247 for rescue/adoption, or the Mt. Juliet Library, Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet 37211.
A celebration of Joyces memorable life will be held at Partlow Funeral Chapel, Thursday, Feb. 16.
Family visitation will be held between the hours of 4-6 p.m., with a memorial service at 6 p.m.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

William "Bill" Eugene Bragg, 72

Mr. Bragg, 72, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home, Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service.
A memorial service will be held is 12 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

Shirley Diane Dryden, 49

Mrs. Dryden, 49, died Feb. 9, 2012.
Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

Doyle Ray Razor Watson, 52

Mr. Watson, 52, of Lebanon died Feb. 13, 2012.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 12 Noon until the service on Thursday.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Danny Sellars, 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.
Interment will follow at the Watson Cemetery.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

Sammie Raines, 80

Funeral services for Mr. Sammie Raines are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Elder Buster Drennon officiating.
Interment will follow at Bethlehem Cemetery in the Tuckers Crossroads community.
The family will receive friends Thursday between the hours of 12 Noon - 8 p.m. and Friday after 10 a.m. at Ligon & Bobo.
Mr. Raines, age 80, of Lebanon passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at his home.
Born December 6, 1931, in Macon County, he was the son of the late Bud Alexander Raines and Emily Key Raines.
He was a retired brick layer and attended Town Creek Missionary Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Bunia Anderson and Lexie Fish, a brother, Robert J. Robinson; and two nephews James and Marvin Pharris.
He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Carolyn Smithwick Raines; three children Connice (Elder Buster) Drennon; Elder Danny (Marsha) Raines and Doug (Anna) Raines -- all of Lebanon; four sisters Virgie Pharris; Dean (Jackie) Phillips and Hazel Davenport -- all of Lebanon; Louise Otto of Smyrna; two brothers Chanie Raines and Jimmy Raines -- both of Lebanon.; six grandchildren, Julie (Jason) Toporowski, Jeremy (Heather) Drennon, Jennifer Raines, Austin Raines, Brett Raines and Brady Raines; five great grandchildren, Emily, Ryan and Kyle Toporowski, Easton and Callie Drennon.
Honorary pallbearers: Town Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Suncrest Home Health, Odyssey Hospice, Crooks Auto, Shortys Wrecker Service, Jennifer Petty and Staff, and Wilson County Derby Drivers.
Active pallbearers: Scotty Hight, Chris Craighead, Roger Tippett, Michael Drennon, Jason Drennon, Bobby Joe Reed, Mickey Wainscott and Johnny Williams.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.

District 8A basketball tournament

District 8A girls
The girls side of the District 8A get started Tuesday as No. 4 seeded Watertown plays No. 5 Friendship Christian at Macon County High in Lafayette in a loser-out game.
The winner advances to play top-seeded Gordonsville Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Macon County High.
The other side of the bracket finds No. 2 Trousdale County playing No. 3 Red Boiling Springs Thursday at 8 p.m.
Tournament finals will be held Monday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. with the consolation game set for 6:30 p.m.

District 8A boys
As with the girls, the loser out game of the tournament will be played Tuesday and features No. 4 Red Boiling Springs playing No. 5 Trousdale County.
The survivor is set to play No. 1 seed Friendship Christian in the semifinals 6:30 p.m. Friday at Macon County High in Lafayette.
The other semifinal game features No. 2 Watertown playing No. 3 Gordonsville Friday at 8 p.m.
Tournament finals will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. with the consolation game set for 6:30 p.m. ALL GAMES AT MACON COUNTY HIGH.

District 9AAA brackets set

District 9AAA girls
Tournament play cranks up Thursday, Feb. 16at the home sites of higher seeded teams with those first round winners advancing to the semifinals, finals and consolation games at Wilson Central.
All Thursday games will tip at 7 p.m.
No. 1 seeded Mt. Juliet will host No. 8 seed Gallatin;
No. 2 seeded Station Camp will host No. 7 seed Portland
No. 3 seeded Wilson Central will host No. 6 Hendersonville;
No. 4 seeded Beech will entertain No. 5 seed Lebanon.
The winner of Mt. Juliet v. Gallatin will meet the winner of the Beech v. Lebanon game in a 4 p.m. semifinal contest Saturday, Feb. 18 at Wilson Central.
The winner of Station Camp v. Portland will play the winner of Central v. Hendersonville Saturday at 7 p.m. Girls consolation and finals are set for Monday, Feb. 20.

District 9AAA boys
The first round games in the boys tournament will be played Friday, Feb. 17 at the home site of the higher seeded teams with the winners advancing to the semifinals, finals and consolation games at Wilson Central High.
All Friday games will start at 7 p.m.
No. 1 seeded Mt. Juliet will host No. 8 seed Gallatin;
No. 2 seeded Wilson Central hosts No. 7 seed Portland.
No. 3 seeded Beech will host No. 6 Lebanon, and;
No. 4 seeded Station Camp will host No. 5 Hendersonville High.
The winner of the Mt. Juliet v. Gallatin game will play the winner Station Camp v. Hendersonville 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Wilson Central.
The winner of the Central - Portland game will play the winner of Lebanon - Beech Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Boys consolation and finals are set for Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Snow headed this way

WEATHER BULLETIN -- As snow currently over Arkansas moves into Wilson County later this evening we could see accumulations near 1/2 inch before changing over to all rain by midnight.

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-30's when the system begins to impact Wilson County between 6-8 p.m. and increase overnight changing snow over to all rain.

Drivers should use caution with bridges and overpasses from the onset of the winter weather event until a complete change over to rain is complete.

Alleged burglar nabbed in store

A Lebanon man was arrested Sunday, Feb. 12, for allegedly hiding in a local grocery store after it had closed to steal items from the store.

At approximately 11:17 p.m. on Sunday, officers with the Lebanon Police Department responded to the H.G. Hills Grocery Store at 312 East High Street in Lebanon in reference to an alarm.

Upon arrival, the officers noticed a white Oldsmobile Alero in the parking lot and a perimeter check revealed all entries were secure. The store manager arrived and opened the front door, allowing officers to check inside the store.

Immediately upon entry, officers made contact with Max M. Szczublewski, 22, of 424 Harding Drive, Lebanon, who reportedly told them he went to the restroom prior to the store closing and when coming out, found himself locked inside.

The store manager said he remembered Szczublewski entering the store, but noted it was supposedly an hour before the store closed. A search of Szczublewski allegedly revealed items from the store including two hypodermic needles and a cell phone.

Officers said Szczublewski allegedly hid in the store intentionally and waited for it to close in order to steal items from the store.

Szczublewski was arrested and charged with Burglary and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is currently in custody on a $7,500 bond and is to appear in General Sessions Court on May 2.

Bulldogs fall to SPSU

JACKSON, MS -- Mike Mandarino allowed just five hits and struck out seven, but 21st-ranked Southern Poly scored twice in the fourth inning in a 2-1 victory over No. 7 Cumberland in baseball action Saturday.

The Bulldogs (2-4) lost all three games at the Belhaven Invitational to three ranked teams, managing just 16 hits combined in the three contests. Nick Sydnor drove in the only run for CU in the contest with a triple after Mandarino doubled to leadoff the second inning.

But Cumberland had just one hit the rest of the game, as SPSU hurler David Gibson (1-1) retired 23 of the final 24 batters of the game.

Mandarino (1-1) did not walk a batter in eight innings, the longest outing of his career. He retired the Hornets (4-6) in order in five innings and allowed one baserunner in two others. Kendadll Wehrle plated a run with a groundout and Jon White followed with a run-scoring single for SPSUs only runs.

Gibson gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out nine in the complete game. He walked Brodie Ross in the first inning and allowed a single to Chris Del Bianco to leadoff the sixth for CUs only baserunners of the contest.

Mandarino doubled to left to leadoff the second inning and pinch-runner William Henderson came around to score on Sydnors one-out triple to rightcenter.

Southern Polys only real threat of the game came in the fourth inning when Jordan Williams led off with a double and Trey Malone reached on a bunt single. Wehrle followed with an RBI groundout before Whites single to left plated Malone.

Malone singled in the sixth and Chris Dykes singled in the seventh for SPSUs only other runners.

Cumberland opens the home schedule Wednesday, Feb. 15 with a 12 Noon doubleheader against Milligan College and hosts Lindsey Wilson in a single game Thursday at 2 p.m.

Power outage planned in MJ Saturday

The Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation is planning a power outage for parts of Mt. Juliet from 12 Noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

Areas affected will be those west of South Mt. Juliet Road, south of Adams Lane, and east of Central Pike.

Mt. Juliet police will have officers present on South Mt. Juliet Road at three intersections, Providence Way, Crossing Circle and Providence Parkway, in case the traffic lights are affected and problems should arise there.

Electric crews will shut down a main service line to the area in order to make a repair.

For more information about the power outage, call MTEMC at 1-800-777-9020.

Bears down WC, claim 9AAA title

Mt. Juliet's Golden Bearslocked up the District 9AAA regular season title with a 55-39 victory at Wilson Central Friday in front of a packed house.

Coach Troy Allen's team outscored Central 19-7 in the fourth quarter, sweeping the regular season series from the Wildcats. Caleb Chowbay had 15 for MJHS, Quinton Hall 11 and Brandon Shepard 10. Dee Oldham had 15 to lead Wilson Central.

Friday night's opener found Mt. Juliet riding a 27-point effort from Caya Williams for a 48-30 victory over the Lady Wildcats. Jamasha Jackson added 16 for the Lady Bears. Taylor Peterson finished with 16 for Central.

The Blue Devils scored the final seven points in overtime Friday night to escape with a 50-47 victory over Portland. Cameron High led Lebanon with 22 points. Julian Crutchfield had eight, Keshawn Abston seven and Cody yarbrough six.

The Devilettes had a much easier time in the opener, drilling Portland 58-42. Four LHS players reached double figures, including: Kelsey yarbrough with 16, Madison Sloan, McKenzie Lamberson and Kristen Dedman with 12 each.

Watertown's Purple Tigers defeated Trousdale County High 50-45 in Hartsville. Jake Belcher had 10 while Josiah Smith and Nick Sackman had nine each for the winners.

The Tigerettes suffered a 34-29 loss to TCHS in Friday night's opener. Morgan Gartner led Watertown with 12 points; Hailey Speck added nine.

The Mt. Juliet Christian Academy boys advanced to the second round of the Division II East-Middle Regional Tournament with a 55-31 home win over Zion Christian Friday night.

Trevor West lit it up for the Saints, knocking down four 3-pointers and finishing with a game high 21 points. Ben Wankel added 16 from the paint.

Now 17-9 on the season, MJCA will play at Knox Webb Monday.

Frost, it happens to everyone


Seeing the wilted flowers after the last killing frost brought a touch of sadness as I surveyed the garden and yard. I had heard that the cold weather was coming and at the same time I knew I couldn't protect those sensitive plants indefinitely. Even if I covered them tonight, what about tomorrow night and the night after that? Sooner or later I would have to give them up to the inevitable consequences of winter.

The killing frost had nipped the young buds of my winter squash vines. It had put an end to the growing season and stopped even the cold weather crops in their tracks. The Impatiens growing by the front walk were now a lifeless crumple of faded green. The herbs growing in the backyard were beat down but surviving. The influence of the frost was broad reaching and final.

But there were some good consequences of the killing freeze. It meant that I would not have to mow the grass again until spring. It also put the finishing touches on the leaves that were increasing their beautiful colors along the roadside. The maple trees lining my neighbor's yard were now a deeper orange and yellow as the last sap drained from them and the green chlorophyll gave way to the other colors beneath.

The weed patch by the mailbox now was becoming brittle so that my weed sling (my low-tech energy-saving answer to the bush hog) could now chop off the once thick green cover to turn it into a bear area again. I could slice through the weeds and identify the egg cases of the praying mantis insect and expose the old moss undergrowth of the surface roots below.

The seed pod of the milkweed would now pop open releasing its promise of new life in the form of a parachute into the wind, helping me to reaffirm that even in the cold and darkness of death there is the hope of new life. So even as the leaves on the oak trees were becoming brown and crumpled and brittle, new buds for the next year form beneath, pushing them out into the chilling wind. And I can appreciate the cycle of life that also ends in death.

Editors Note: George Robertson is a physician with Family Medical Associates, PC, in Lebanon.

Letter: Photo IDs required for other things, why not voting?

To the Editor:

When I enrolled in the first grade, 65 years ago, I had to present a birth certificate. My parents used my hospital birth certificate which contained my name, birth date, feet prints, the names of my parents and their place of birth, my mothers finger print and the place of my birth. It also had a large, embossed gold seal and several signatures.

I used that same birth certificate when registering for my Social Security number, applied for a driver license, registered for the draft, registered for college admission, bought life insurance, applied for a marriage license, registered to vote and for everything else that needed proof of birth and citizenship.

A few years ago the laws changed. When I applied for a passport, I was told I had to provide a state certified birth certificate and a picture. The U.S. and state government would no longer accept my voters registration card. They would not take my hospital birth certificate. I had to pay $10 to the state where I was born to get a certified copy. When my wife and I applied for Social Security and Medicate benefits, we had to present photo ID and state certified birth certificates.

Ash named new County Veterans Services Director

The Wilson Post

District 23 Wilson County Commissioner Bernie Ash was named the new County Director of Veterans Services Thursday morning after a hiring panels first choice, David Roberts, declined to take the position.

Ash said he was very honored to take the position and noted he will hit the ground running and work with Carol Dedman, assistant service officer, to get up to speed on how the office operates.

The first thing Ash said he would do was extend the office hours currently set at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., to 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. instead, giving veterans who work a chance to come in later in the day and still receive assistance.

The door is always open, Ash said.

Ash said he would be attending the meetings of local veterans groups and noted he already attends the Vietnam Veterans of America meetings, but said he will try to arrange the Wilson County Budget Committee meetings so that he may attend other veterans groups meetings.

I want you to know I will be out working in the community, Ash said, referring to spreading the word about the Veterans Services Office and making sure veterans get the benefits they deserve.

While Ash was named the new Director, Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto pointed out he was not the first choice. During the process, the hiring committee of Hutto, County Human Resources Director Alanna Sullivan and three veterans, chose Roberts to be the new director.

We selected, unanimously, David Roberts, but he turned me down, Hutto said.

Roberts came to the announcement and spoke to the veterans in attendance. During interviews on Jan. 12, veterans who attended had the chance to vote on which candidate they would prefer be given the position. Hutto said Roberts received the largest number of votes from the veterans.

An opportunity had come up for me to start my own business and run it from home, Roberts said.

He explained the opportunity to run his own business and spend more time with his wife and children was one he could not pass up. Robert thanked the veterans who voted for him and the hiring committee for selecting him and apologized for pulling out so late.

Roberts offered his design for a Veterans Services office logo to the county if they choose to use it and said when the new veterans museum opens, he has a lot of equipment, uniforms and items to donate.

Hutto said when Roberts declined, he had the option to either open the process back up again or ask the committee if they had a second choice. While discussing it with the committee, Hutto said Ash received the second-highest number of votes from veterans during the January interviews.

All but one said I think the second choice would be Bernie Ash, your second vote was Bernie Ash, Hutto told veterans in attendance Thursday.

Hutto said there were several tasks he hopes Ash will take up in the new position, including overseeing the construction of the Veterans Park and museum that is currently being designed by a group of local architects.

Hutto wanted Ash to give a quarterly report to the commission and to local veterans, create an email database to get information out to local veterans quicker and easier, and create a calendar of events each month so veterans know what is happening in their community.

I asked him to make a commercial to show whats going on with Veterans Services, Hutto said, pointing out that can be done for free with both major local cable providers.

While Ash serves as a county commissioner, Hutto said he spoke with County Attorney Mike Jennings about a possible conflict of interest. He said Jennings didnt see a problem with Ash holding the two positions, but would remain on the issue in case a conflict developed.

There are several county employees serving on the commission, ranging from Wilson County Sheriffs deputies to Public Safety Officers and teachers. When voting on matters that affect those county employees directly, each has to take an oath that they are aware of a conflict of interest and promise to vote as an impartial representative of their district.

A veteran in attendance asked Ash if a conflict arose, which position would he resign. I would give up the commission position, no question about it, Ash said.

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Civil warrants filed against TXR SRO, parent

The Wilson Post

Months after Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School postponed a fall festival, reportedly due to security concerns regarding a parent identified as Jackie Shook, she has recently filed two civil warrants in the Wilson County General Sessions Court against the schools Student Resource Officer and another parent.

The latest complaints filed on Jan. 13 and Feb. 1 follow several others filed with the Wilson County Sheriffs Department in 2011 regarding Shook allegedly videotaping and photographing another parent and her child on school property.

One warrant alleged that TXR SRO Pete Mecher has filed false police reports about Shook, followed and intimidated her child at school, making the child cry as well as yelling and throwing his hands in air when he was asked to write down what another student said to the child in class.

In July 2011, Wilson County Schools Director of Safety David Burton sent a letter to Shook that barred her from coming onto campus. The letter was later changed to allow her to come onto campus in order to pick up and drop off her child. Mecher filed a report in October 2011 stating Shook entered the school building to pick up her child, although she was neither arrested nor charged.

Mecher also was involved in a report filed by Shook in September 2011 that claimed her daughter was nearly struck by a vehicle in the school parking lot, insinuating that it was not an accident because of her history at the school. In the report, Mecher said the child was not in danger of being hit by the vehicle.

The civil warrant filed against Mecher is for $25,000 plus court costs and medical bills. Mecher received a summons on Feb. 1 and was moved from TXR on Feb. 2 to another school.

Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis said the move of Mecher was possibly linked to the situation, but noted the SROs are placed in schools and overseen by the Sheriffs Department. Sheriff Terry Ashe referred all questions to County Attorney Mike Jennings.

On Feb. 3, a parent and teacher at TXR, Tammy Barrett, sent an email to Ashe issuing her support of Mecher, and noted the schools students and staff are disappointed with the move. Barrett said the teachers and students trust Mecher, and her child was saddened that he was moved.

He is a vital part of our community and knows our families and supports them as well as our teachers, Barrett wrote. I do hope that this is a temporary move and that he will return to TXR soon because we all love, trust and respect him.

In his reply, Ashe wrote that Mechers transfer was in no way a disciplinary action and that he stands beside and behind Mecher 100 percent. Ashe indicated he has had many conversations with Davis on this issue and said, the system has failed miserably.

This issue is a civil matter and until the school system files a restraining order on any parent, for any disruption of our school system, my hands are tied, Ashe wrote to Barrett.

Shook also filed a civil warrant on Jan. 13 against Ashley Davis, another parent at TXR, claiming Davis filed a false police report against her and is claiming Davis caused punitive damages, defamation of character. The warrant is for $25,000 plus court costs of approximately $162.

John Meadows of the Law Offices of Hugh Green, who is representing Davis in this case, said the suit is a very questionable lawsuit. He noted that Davis is expecting the claims to be dismissed in court.

In October 2011, Davis filed a complaint with the Sheriffs Department stating Shook was videotaping and photographing her and her son on several occasions as they were exiting the school building.

Allen Woods, attorney with the Law Offices of Woods & Woods in Nashville, who represents Shook, has previously said those allegations were false. However, Woods noted Thursday that he is not representing Shook in this civil case.

Jennings said that Shook had made several bullying complaints with the school administration, indicating her child was being bullied, but Jennings said the school investigated those claims and found them to be without merit.

Jennings said the Wilson County Board of Education has authorized him to take any legal action that can resolve the issue.

I have issued her a letter that says she is not to come onto campus at any time for any reason except to drop off and pick up her child and she is not allowed to exit her vehicle or have any contact with anybody, parents, teachers or administration, Jennings said.

He said the letter was sent on Wednesday but he was not sure she received it by Thursday. Jennings noted the Sheriffs Department had deputies at the school with a copy of the letter to hand-deliver if Shook came onto campus this morning.

Both civil warrants filed by Shook are to be heard in court on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 9 a.m. In the meantime, Jennings said the Sheriffs Department has assigned a different SRO at TXR.

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