By SAM HATCHER
More than four dozen World War II veterans, some in wheelchairs, others on walkers and many still physically fit, showed up on the Cumberland University campus yesterday to be recognized for their service to our country and to receive Honorary Masters degrees in Military Arts.
The occasion was all it was meant to be.
A hearth-throbbing rendition of the National Anthem, the posting of Colors, Taps, a 21-gun salute and a fly-over of vintage warplanes made the ceremony a most memorable event.
Those receiving degrees came from far and near. From California, Alabama, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and other states they came. And they also came from Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Hartsville, Nashville, Lewisburg, Shelbyville, Brentwood and other Middle Tennessee communities.
By ANNE DONNELL
My grandchildren and I were watching The Wizard of Oz recently. The scene in which Dorothy, The Tin Woodsman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion have just arrived in Emerald City caught my attention with the horse of a different color pulling the carriage and changing color repeatedly. What is the origin of that phrase? Thank you, and sign me.-A Blessed Grandmother
What a truly pleasant scene, generations together for a great classic movie. L. (for Lyman) Frank Baum (1856-1919, American) wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (later shortened to The Wizard of Oz) which was first published in May of 1900. He would write 17 [an 18th, attributed to him after he died, is thought to be the work of Ruth Plumly Thompson (1891-1976), who wrote 20 other Oz books. My father read them all, Baums and Thompsons, to me twice. My mother and older brother were Winnie the Pooh people certainly finished sooner.]. Oz books are still being written. The International Wizard of Oz Club has existed since 1957.The movie was released in 1939. Some changes were made to Baums work; for example, the famous ruby slippers of the movie are silver in the book.
By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
I had to see Marvels The Avengers twice over the weekend, once to fully absorb all of its splendor and a second time trying to figure out how to objectively review what is the greatest comic book movie ever and also, the most fun Ive had in a movie theater in years.
Im a huge comic book nerd, so Im not even going to pretend that I wont slip into a bias on why Avengers was so good, but Ill do my best here.
Of course, if you havent heard, the film puts our heroes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) against Thors conniving brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
Loki is out to obtain the Tesseract or Cosmic Cube, a source of unlimited power, and hopes to lead an army of aliens called the Chitauri to conquer Earth. The heroes must assemble to stop his machinations and learn to work together in the process.
The strength of Avengers was on the shoulders of its writer and director Joss Whedon, to manage the actors and top tier characters in such a way that is convincing and true to the great history they have.
Whedon succeeds with flying colors in dealing with the major characters Iron Man/Tony Stark, Thor, Captain America/Steve Rodgers and most splendidly Hulk/Bruce Banner.
To the Editor:
The Greenhill Woman's club of Mt. Juliet would like to take this opportunity to thank some special people who made the Wilson County FCE Spring Luncheon on May 1 a success.
We would like to thank Houston's Catering of Mt. Juliet for the delicious food enjoyed by all attending.Special thanks go to each fce member who entered an apron to raise money for 4-H scholarships.Our program was provided by the 4-H Performing Arts Troupe and we wish to thank them and UT specialist, Justin Crowe, for a very enjoyable day.Going above and beyond were Medina Vail and Channing Dudley.Thank you, ladies, for your outstanding contribution.
Others who helped make the luncheon so special were the staff of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, the staff of Wilson County Extension, Moss' Florist and Greenhouse and H&R Block.Thanks to each of you.
Wanda Briddelle, President,
Greenhill Woman's Club,
A Smith County man has been indicted in Wilson County for TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, which includes going to more than one doctor in a short time period exclusively to obtain prescription drugs.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Wilson County Sheriffs Department, on Monday announced the arrest of Joshua L. Sherrill, 21, of Gordonsville. He is accused of seeing multiple physicians, receiving prescriptions for the painkiller Hydrocodone, without disclosing the prescriptions to the physicians. The drugs were paid for by TennCare. In addition, Sherrill is also charged with attempting to obtain possession of a controlled substance by fraud.
We are grateful to doctors, pharmacists and other providers as well as their medical staff, who help to identify people abusing TennCare in this manner, Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said.TennCare is an important program for people who need help paying for health care services, and we intend to preserve it.
The City of Mt. Juliet Parks & Recreation Department will begin Renovate Planet Playground with demolition on Wednesday, May 16,and construction begins the following Monday.
Construction is expected to conclude on Friday, May 26, in order to have the playground open again for use over the Memorial Day Holiday.After 12 years of wear and tear due to heavy usage and the elements, Planet Playground requires an update for both safety and modernization purposes. After removing various wooden sections of the playground, they will be replaced with a new pipe and plastic system. The new equipment features innovative climbing structures, brand new swings, and creative ways to step, swing, spin and slide.
Every Thursday in the month of May, the Ruby Tuesdayin Lebanon and Mount Juliet will donate your 20 percent of your bill to Wilson County Habitat for Humanity to help fund the Blitz Build house, which will begin construction in May. This is part of the restaurants GiveBack program.
Before heading to Ruby Tuesday for lunch or dinner, make sure to print the flyer below so your 20 percent will be donated.
By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Lebanon Police Department Narcotics Detectives seized drugs and a loaded handgun from a local Federal housing project unit Wednesday afternoon, and the evidence will be taken to a Wilson County grand jury in the near future.
Police Chief Scott Bowen said the departments Narcotics Unit responded to 140 Upton Heights on Wednesday afternoon to investigate complaints of the tenant allegedly selling marijuana.
Detectives spoke with a male subject who lives there and who reportedly admitted to having one-quarter pound of marijuana and a handgun.
Bowen said the tenant consented to a search of the unit and detectives discovered a loaded handgun with the serial number scratched off. The gun and marijuana was found along with approximately 20 devices commonly used for smoking marijuana.Also seized by detectives was $903 in cash on the residents person at the time of the search, which was believed to be proceeds from the sale of marijuana.
A man was found dead Wednesday morning in the common area of a Providence neighborhood and the Mt. Juliet Police Department are investigating the matter as a suicide.
The incident was reported Wednesday afternoon through the MJPD Nixle alert system.
MJPD responded to a report of a non-responsive man in a playground area at the Providence neighborhood's swimming pools. Upon arrival, officers found a male deceased and determined there was no danger to the public. An autopsy will be performed by the Medical Examiner's Office.
Authorities will not release any other details due to the sensitive nature of the incident.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Federal search warrants were served Monday at three Lebanon addresses, part of a larger investigation into a suspected narcotics trafficking operation based here.
Not much is known concerning the case; however, Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said the investigation is continuing.
What is known is that Lebanon Police Department, its SWAT team and agents with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, or DEA, executed three search warrants at 407 Pennsylvania Ave., at 227 Trousdale Ferry Pike and at 840 Carthage Hwy., Apartment 10, all in Lebanon, on Monday, May 7. Four additional search warrants were executed in Nashville.
The search warrants were related to an ongoing Federal drug trafficking investigation that is based out of Lebanon, Bowen said.
He told The Wilson Post Tuesday afternoon that no arrests have been made, but authorities did seize some drugs, money and weapons from the Lebanon locations.
Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at email@example.com.
By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Both suspects arrested in Mt. Juliets largest drug bust to date Monday night where police seized $1 million worth of marijuana were released on bond Tuesday, according to officials at the Wilson County Jail.
Stephen Middleton, 45, and Susan York, 39, both of Mt. Juliet, were released Tuesday, May 8, on $100,000 bond each. The pair is facing charges of Manufacturing Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II for Resale (cocaine), Possession of Schedule VI for Resale (marijuana) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
More than $1 million worth of drugs was seized by the Mt. Juliet Police Department on Monday, May 7, which officials said was the largest marijuana growing operation ever discovered in the city.
MT. JULIET -- Senior Josh Smith kept Station Camp off-balance for most of the night as Mt. Juliet defeated Station Camp 4-1 Wednesday for a seventh consecutive District 9AAA baseball championship.
A lefty, Smith improved to 8-0 on the season by twirling six and one-thirds innings of six hit ball with five strikeouts before giving way to closer Conner Sugg in the seventh.
Sugg recorded the final two outs of the game and earned his 15th save of the season -- believed to be a state record.
FCS 4, Watertown 1
SOUTH CARTHAGE -- Friendship Christian defeated Watertown 4-1 to claim the District 8A softball championship Thursday afternoon at Crump Paris Park.
With the win, FCS improved to 22-13 overall and will host Clarkrange Monday in the first round of the Region 4A tournament. Watertown (16-14) will be on the road Monday at District 7A champion Clay County.
Brianna Stovall paced the Lady Commanders with three hits -- including a two-run HR in the sixth inning.
Hunter Holland threw a two-hitter for Friendship Christian, striking out seven and walking one.Jamie Reed took the loss for Watertown as she scattered eight hits with one strikeout and no walks. Tiffany Tomlinson had an RBI double for the Tigerettes in the first inning.
LEBANON -- It was same old, same old in the District 8A baseball finals. Friendship Christian made it 14 consecutive district championships on Wednesday with a 23-2 win over Trousdale County High.
FCS, now 34-2 overall, trailed 2-0 before scoring seven runs in the second inning, six in the third and kicking in the run-rule with a 10-spot in the bottom of the fourth.
The Commanders will now host the runner-up from District 7A Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the first round of the Region 4A tournament.
Trousdale County reached the finals with a 4-2 victory over Watertown in the finals of the losers bracket.
Mrs. Keel, 93, died May 3, 2012 at The Pavilion.
Born April 13, 1919 in Connerville, OK -- she had lived in Lebanon since 2003.
She was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Lebanon's Sellars Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Adams died May 6, 2012 at age 100.
Services were held Tuesday afternoon, May 8 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.
Interment followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Mr. Blair, 86, of Mt. Juliet, died May 6, 2012.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 9 at 2 pm at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Visitation with the family will be from 10 a.m. until the service on Wednesday.
Interment will follow the service at Hollis Wright Cemetery in Mt. Juliet.
Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Brewington, 86, died Sunday May 6, 2012 at the University Medical Center.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 9, from 12 Noon until funeral services at 2 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
Mr. Mills, 75, of Nashville, died Saturday, May 5, 2012.
Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday, May 11 at Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Lane, Mt. Juliet.
Interment with military honors will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens for the U.S. Navy veteran.
Visitation will be at the church from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at one hour prior to service on Friday.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
The former owner / operator of Gallatin's Tastee Freez, Mr. Foster, 72, died May 7, 2012.
A memorial service will be held 2 pm. Friday, May 11 at Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.
Visitation is on Friday from 11 a.m. until the service.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mr. Homer W. Burke are scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Henry officiating.
Interment with military honors will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation is set for 3-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday after 1 p.m. at Ligon & Bobo.
Mr. Burke, 92 of Lebanon passed away Monday, May 7, 2012, at his home. Born November 21, 1919, in Wilson County, he is the son of the late Edward E. and Laura Shannon Burke. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He and his late brother Efford discovered the country music duo Flatt and Scruggs while working as traveling salesmen for Barry Carter Milling Company, a manufacturer of Martha White Flour.
From Post staff reports
A Lebanon man was killed in an early morning one-vehicle crash Monday on U.S. Highway 231 North/State Highway 376 in the vicinity of the Sumner-Trousdale County line.
The incident occurred about 6:10 a.m.
Clifton Shipley, 57, of Lebanon Highway in Lebanon, was driving a 2007 Chevy DXL four-door Sports Utility Vehicle southbound on Hwy. 231 when he appeared to have fallen asleep and crossed over the northbound lanes and struck a bridge embankment. The impact caused the vehicle to overturn and landed in a creek.
Shipley was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. There was no evidence of alcohol or drug abuse, but because a fatality occurred, blood alcohol and drug tests were requested as is standard in such cases.
The accident was investigated by Trooper Danny Fisher and Sgt. Kevin Norris of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Cookeville office.
President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation in 1962 which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.
Each year, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C., to participate in a number of planned events that honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Members of the Mt. Juliet Police Department, along with many other Tennessee police departments, will depart to the U.S. Capitol this Friday to honor officers killed in the line of duty.Throughout history, a total of nine Wilson County Police Officers have been killed in the line of duty. The most recent deaths include Mt. Juliet Police Sgt. Jerry Mundy and Wilson County Sheriffs Department Deputy John Musice who were killed in 2003.
By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Local law enforcement agencies experienced a decline in violent crimes in 2011 from the previous year, but the workload isnt getting any lighter, said Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe.
Reports newly released from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation show the 2011 statistics for the Lebanon Police Department, Mt. Juliet Police Department and Wilson County Sheriffs Department with LPD Chief Scott Bowen pointing out Lebanon has not had a homicide in more than 40 months.
We had two murders in 2008 but havent had one since then, thats unprecedented, Bowen said.
The citys last murder was in July 2008.
Also, the WCSD did not have a reported homicide in 2011, compared to three in 2010. Mt. Juliet Police did have one reported murder in 2011 but none the previous year.
Ashe said while violent crimes have decreased in 2011 compared to 2010, the department actually had more incidents and arrests last year.What didnt go down is we locked up more people, the sheriff said. Our workload has actually gone up.
By PATRICK HALL and NICHOLE MANNA
The Wilson Post
Cumberland University awarded veterans of World War II with Honorary Masters of Military Arts degrees on Tuesday in commemoration of their service and sacrifice and their roles in the Tennessee Maneuvers that took place in Middle Tennessee from 1941 to 1944.
In all, 72 veterans or the families of deceased veterans received the honorary degrees.
This day has been an honor for us, because we came to honor you. You deserve this honor, said Dr. Harvill Eaton, president of Cumberland University.
For three years, CU served as headquarters for the 2nd Army Maneuvers, which encompassed six of the seven large scale war games that took place in Middle Tennessee, training 850,000 soldiers for war.
Col. Joseph P. McGee, commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, pointed out that more soldiers trained in Middle Tennessee during the maneuvers than there are active duty soldiers in the U.S. Army today, which he said is approximately 560,000.
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