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Fire meeting explores options

By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET — Even though he “didn’t hear anything in the short term that was in the best interest of both communities,” Mt. Juliet City Manager Randy Robertson noted that at least leaders from his city, Lebanon and the county are sharing information that could lead to better fire protection in Mt. Juliet.

Mt. Juliet commissioners and City staff met with Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead for another round of discussion about fire protection in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon and Wilson County on Monday. Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Dowell, former Mt. Juliet commissioner Will Sellers, various local citizens and at least one other local firefighter watched and listened as Craighead displayed Lebanon city maps which include its urban growth boundaries. Mt. Juliet Mayor Linda Elam was not in attendance.

The Lebanon mayor also described a parcel of land, approximately 17 acres, that Lebanon owns south of Highway 109 near Callis Road, on which he is considering building a new fire station that could serve both Lebanon and parts of Mt. Juliet, considering it’s approximately 6 miles to the Del Webb area.

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Mid Life Prices

By BECKY ANDREWS
I’ve hit mid life. While my older sister disagrees saying she’s not even mid life, I know it’s here. I can feel it in my bones, in my digestive track and I can see it in the crow’s feet once thought to be laugh lines.

I seem to be traveling fairly rapidly up the metaphorical hill so that one day I can dig my heels in to prevent from sliding down. It appears that not only is my age increasing in years and months but the cost to keep those years and months too noticeable increasing as well.

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Gene Kelly could dance up a rainstorm

Dear Ken: I just saw the great song and dance man Gene Kelly in the movie “Singin’ in the Rain.” Did he have any children? How many movies did he make?
The Pittsburgh native was married three times and had two daughters and a son. He made about 35 films. Among his best were “The Pirate,” “On the Town,” “An American in Paris,” “Brigadoon” and “Inherit the Wind.” His last musical film was “Xanadu” in 1980. Said Kelly, “I never wanted to be a dancer. It’s true! I wanted to be a shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates.” He died in 1996 at age 83 from the complications of two strokes.

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Attentions Brides and Grooms; its almost here.

The inaugural Blushing Bridal Show is less than two weeks away and the buzz around it is louder than ever. It has a lot to do with our celebrity guest, Monte Durham, flying in to give personal advice to local brides. Monte is one of the stars of the TLC hit show, “Say Yes to the Dress-Atlanta.” He is one of the top bridal stylists in the world. He even had a special role in the upcoming nuptials of the future Princess of England, Kate Middleton. How cool is that?

Save the date and plan for nothing but fun, food and fashion on Feb. 20 from 1-5p.m. at The Mill at Lebanon. We still have a few spaces left for vendors. If you are interested in reserving a booth contact Becky at 969-6751 or Erin Brown at 519-0379.

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Community Calendar - Feb. 9

Government Meetings
Wilson County 911 Board’s regular meeting will be at 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, at the 911 office at 1611 West Main Street, Lebanon.

Wilson County Beer Board will not meet Monday, Feb. 14, as no applications have been submitted.
Lebanon City Council will have a work session at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the Town Meeting Hall,

City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights and will discuss water/sewer system issues and upcoming projects.

Wilson County Commission’s Insurance Committee will meet at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon, to discuss the county’s long-term disability policy.

Lebanon City Council will meet in regular session at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights. Prior to the meeting, council will hold a work session at 5 p.m. to discuss a city manager form of government.

Wilson County Commission’s Law Enforcement Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Sheriff’s Training Room, Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, Lebanon.

Lebanon Beer Board will meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administrative Building at Castle Heights, to consider the application of El Molino, Inc. d/b/a El Molino Mexican Restaurant at 809 South Cumberland Street, Lebanon, for on the premises consumption, and Tomcat LLC d/b/a West Main Shell at 1324 West Main Street, Lebanon, for off the premises consumption.

Wilson County Board of Education will hold a work session at noon, Monday, March 7, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon, to discuss a memorandum of understanding with Dell and AT&T and the 2012-2013 school calendar. The board will meet in regular session at 2:30 p.m., Monday, March 7, at the Central Office. All items to be considered for the meeting agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Community Calendar
Wilson County Adult Learning Center offers classes for anyone interested in achieving his or GED diploma. Classes are held in Lebanon and in Mt. Juliet. For information, call the Adult Learning Center at 443-8731.

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.

Lebanon Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the area. Meal routes range from about 10-15 people. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m. and are done by 10:30. If you are interested, contact Jessica at 449-3488 between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.

Telephone Pioneer Cookbooks Volume I and III are now on sale. All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Museum. To purchase one or for information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.

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.

First Wednesdays of each month a Healing Service is held by Sister A.A.A. Stafford at the Sports Village Complex, 1735 West Main Street, Lebanon, beginning at 10:15 a.m.

HomeSafe Women’s 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.

Fiddler’s Grove Woodcarvers will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, in the Town Hall at Fiddler’s Grove, James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Anyone interested in woodcarving is invited to attend. For information, call 715-9337 or 449-0057.

A Night of Valentine Magic! will be Saturday, Feb. 12, at Westland United Methodist Church, presented by SunnySide Performing Arts Ministry. Lance Johnson, a fourth generation professional magician, will perform a 90-minute Excaliber Magic show of large and small illusions. Master of Ceremonies, John “Big Daddy Cool” DeLarrocca, and Brett Mayor, YouTube Charlie Chaplin impressionist, also entertainers themselves, will join Johnson for one show only at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person, $40 per couple and $100 for a table of six. Price includes Red Velvet Cake, beverage, a rose for the ladies and an evening of magic. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 444-1447. The church is at 110 Dawson Lane, Lebanon.

The Tennessee Gesneriad Society will meet at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13, at Cheekwood in Botanic Hall, Nashville. There will be a panel forum on growing techniques. For information, contact Julie at Julie.mavity@gmail.com or at 364-8459.

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency announces a Money Management Workshop called “Furthering Your Education is Like Money in the Bank,” presented by Bernadine Nelson of the Adult Learning Center and Tory Tredway of Habitat for Humanity of Wilson County. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday, Feb. 14, at 233 Legends Drive, Lebanon. For information, call 444-4714 or visit www.Mid-cumberlandcaa.com.

Lebanon Resource Center at New Rivers Worship Center will celebrate its grand opening at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15. The thrift store features clothes, whatnots, furniture and more. Lebanon Resource Center is a ministry of New Rivers Worship Center and will be assisting in supporting community outreaches, hand-ups, missions work and all sorts of ministry. Both are at 212 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, and open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. For information, call 693-9510.

Wilson County AARP Chapter #5023 will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Westland United Methodist Church, 110 Dawson Lane, Lebanon. Guest speaker will be Al Ashworth, owner of Custom Color, One Hour Photo Lab. He will offer tips on taking good photographs for keepsakes and answering questions regarding members’ cameras. New year and dues are still $5 per member for the local chapter and are due now.

Wilson County Right to Life will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet, at 7 p.m. Call Trecia Dillingham for information at 443-5458.

First “Girl Talk” class of the year will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Veterans Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Girl Talk is a four-part class for girls in grades 5-8 and their moms. Cost is $40 per family. Space is limited. The meeting on Feb. 15 is for moms only. Additional classes for girls and moms will be Feb. 17, 22 and 24. To pre-register or for information, contact Shelly Barnes at 444-9584 by Friday, Feb. 11.

Darkness to Light “Stewards of Children,” a free workshop on preventing child sexual abuse, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, at Castle Heights Upper Elementary Library. It will be facilitated by Debra M. Daugherty, executive director of the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center. The workshop is hosted by the Lebanon Special School District. There will be refreshments, child care and materials. RSVP to Beth Petty at 453-2693 or at pettyb@k12tn.net.

The Alzheimer’s Association, along with Belmont Village and Rolling Hills Hospital, will present part one of a four-part caregiver’s series on “How to Deal with the Changes of Alzheimer’s Disease – A Caregiver’s View: What’s Really Happening?” from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, at Belmont Village Assisted Living of Green Hills, 4206 Stammer Place, Nashville. Caregivers, families and friends from Wilson County who are managing the disease of Alzheimer’s are welcome to attend. The event is free, and a meal for attendees will be provided. Advance registration is required. To register, call Tiffany Mann at the Alzheimer’s Association at 292-4938. A local Alzheimer’s support group meets the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at Elmcroft of Lebanon, 801 West Main Street. For information, call 453-5494.

A free Childcare Provider Workshop will be offered by the University of Tennessee Extension from 9 until 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 26. Participants will receive 2 hours of training credit. The workshop is the first of a two-part workshop. The topic is “ADHD in Children Part I.” For information, or to register, contact Marietta Sanford at 444-9584 or by email at msanfor1@tennessee.edu. Participants must pre-register to attend. Class size is limited.

Fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off and Democratic Social will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 5, in the East-West Building, James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite chili (in a Crock Pot) and compete for one of three trophies. Cost is $10 at the door and includes chili, hot dog, drink and dessert. There is no additional fee to enter the contest. For information, call 444-3838.

Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year reunion to be held June 11. Call one of the following people with your contact information: Teresa Halbert at 444-5995, Phil Bragg at 444-4941, Jo Smith at 444-8811 or Brownie Hall at 444-5173.

Lebanon High School Class of 1991 is planning a 20-year reunion for July 2. Organizers are looking for classmates. Email contact information to Dawn Carr Willis at willisbunch@bellsouth.net or lhsclass91@yahoo.com, or call 308-0034. For information, go to www.eventbrite.com or Facebook.

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 news@wilsonpost.com. 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.

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Gladys Pauline Westman, 93
Klamath Falls, OR -- Funeral services were held Jan. 16 at Eternal Hills Funeral Home for Mrs. Westman, 93, a native of Middle Tennessee.
Mrs. Westman died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, in Klamath Falls, Ore.
She was born in Smith County to Livie Anthoney and Ida Crook Christian. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church.
Services were conducted by Ernest Mathes.
Survivors include: husband of 47 years Robert Westman; children Jack (Carolyn) Jackson of Indianapolis, Ind. and Judy (John) Williams of Lebanon.
Also surviving: granddaughters Hope (Dan) Hoen of Yamhill. Ore., Robin Sorenson of Washington State, Paula Walberg of Maple Falls, Wash., Gwendolyn (Robin) Flatt of Lebanon and Jessica Jackson of Indianapolis; grandsons Mark Rogers of Tulsa, Okla., Matthew Clark of Portland, Ore., Louis Jackson of Washington State, Ralph (Connie) Bowen and David (Janet) Bowen -- all of of Lebanon, David Jackson of Indianapolis and Mark (Becky) Jackson of St. Louis, Mo.; 33 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by daughters Shirley Jackson Skinner and Doris Jackson Clark; granddaughter Cynthia Bowen; grandson Jack Dwayne Jackson; siblings LeIer Christian, Jewell Fisher, Grady, Ben and John Christian.
Arrangements by Eternal Hills Funeral Home.
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Patsy Ann Grissom Holden, 66
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon Feb. 5, at Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Holden, 66, of Nashville.
Retired from BellSouth, she died Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at her residence.
Services were conducted by Henry Alexander. Interment was at Cunningham Cemetery.
Survivors include: aunt Frances Wade of Nashville; step-sons Chris, William and Troy Holden as well as numerous cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Joe Holden and mother Edith Inez Grissom Brown.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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Stephen Territo, 45
MT. JULIET -- Memorial services for Mr. Territo were held Sunday afternoon, Feb. 6, at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet with Brian Salinas officiating.
Mr. Territo, 45, of Mt. Juliet, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011.
Survivors include: wife Cathy Territo; parents Steve and Angie Territo; sister Laura Territo; father-in-law Doyle Looper; mother-in-law Ruby Looper; stepchildren Amanda Hunter, Olivia Mitchell and Kevin Marshall; grandchildren Jaylin Swallows and Haley Hunter; as well as friends and co-workers.
Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet was in charge of arrangements.
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Earl Douglas Lannom, 58
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 8 at the Parlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Lannom, 58, of Lebanon.
A member of Adams Avenue Church of Christ and employee of Cracker Barrel, he died Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 in the Quality Care Health Center.
Services were conducted by Brother Michael Wyatt. Interment followed at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: mother Edna Earl Lannom; brother Billy Mark (Debbie) Lannom of Lebanon; nephew Ethan Lannom; brothers Raymond Lannom and Howard (Shirley) Lannom of Cedar Rapids Iowa; as well as numerous loving family members and friends.
He is preceded in death by his father, James Monroe Lannom. 
Pallbearers: Jerry Crawford, Carl Crawford, Dallas Mathis, Richard Newberry, James Moss and Tommy Thompson.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
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Mary Frances Stewart Armstrong, 56
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, Feb. 8 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Armstrong, 56, of Lebanon.
Born April 16, 1954, in Wilson County, to the late Ruffus and Frances Riggan Stewart, she died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at the St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
She was a 1972 graduate of Lebanon High School and received her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Middle Tennessee State University.
Mrs. Armstrong was a member of the Westland United Methodist Church. She had worked for the Tennessee Department of Human Services for 34 years.
Services were conducted by Dr. Tom Binford and Rev. Brent Davis. Interment followed at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: husband Steve Armstrong whom she married on June 29, 1984; son Patrick Armstrong of Clarksville; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kay and Brian Wallace of Hendersonville.
Honorary pallbearers: Westland United Methodist Church Family, 1972 Class of Lebanon High School, along with the current and former co-workers of the Department of Human Services.
Active: Steve Combs, Tommy Callis, Eddie Callis, Steve Havron, Ricky Scott, Randal Grigsby, Jerry Mason and Chip Carter.
Memorials may be made to the Christian Women’s Group of Westland United Methodist Church.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.
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John K. Ferrell, 92
LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Ferrell, 92, of Lebanon.
Born March 20, 1918, in Smith County, he died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at the University Medical Center.
He attended schools in Trousdale and Smith Counties, graduating from Gordonsville High School in 1936.
A member of First Baptist Church, Lebanon, Mr. Ferrell was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having enlisting in 1939 and serving during World War II in the South Pacific on the most decorated ship in the Navy, the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise.
During his eight years of service, he earned the Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy Unit Commendation Medal and 10 battle stars.
After his Navy service he returned to Wilson County and became a livestock farmer.
Later, he worked at TRW for 22 years in addition to farming.
He was proud of his Southern heritage and membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), having Confederate ancestors on both sides of his family.
He had a lifelong passion for reading and was especially well versed in U.S. History.
Visitation after 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ligon & Bobo.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Nathan Hale, Rev. W. L. Baker and Chaplain Martin Frost  of the General Robert Hatton Camp, SCV.
Private interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. 
Survivors include: his wife Margaret Johnson Ferrell, whom he married in Long Beach CA in 1943; children James K. (Cheryl) Ferrell of Wheaton IL, and Miriam K. (Roger Faculak) Ferrell of Cave Creek AZ; grandchildren Kimberly S. Ferrell of Milwaukee WI, and Jonathan W. Ferrell of Wheaton IL; sister Ruby Ferrell Law of Crossville; and nieces and nephews Joanne Nixon, Crossville; Nancy (Glenn) Anderson, Mt. Juliet; Bob Nixon, Huntsville AL; and John (Marti) Nixon, Murfreesboro.
He is preceded in death by parents John King Ferrell Sr. and Cleo Dillard Ferrell, infant son John, sisters Lila Ferrell Nixon and Johnnie Ferrell Bellar and  a nephew Dr. Frank Bellar.
Pallbearers: Bob Nixon, Glen Anderson, Jim Petty, John Nixon, Thomas Nixon, Alex Nixon, Rick Bellar, Jim Bellar, Ray Byrd, Tony Dematteo and Jim Vantrease.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the local SCV (Sons of Confederate Veterans, Gen. Robert Hatton Camp 723, P.O. Box 782, Lebanon 37088) or to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.
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Lebanon man nabbed with guns, fake badge

From Post staff reports
A man arrested on five charges involving assault in Wilson County on Saturday who was released after posting bond traveled to Hopkinsville, Ky. where police took him to a local hospital for a mental evaluation after an incident there.

Joseph Anthony Johnson, 42, of 1639 Murfreesboro Road, Lot 108, Lebanon, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated domestic assault and 10 counts of reckless endangerment in an incident that led authorities to discover he was also reportedly in possession of a badge that looked like a law enforcement badge from the State of Tennessee and a number of weapons.

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Elie honored by Sun Belt

FORMER LEBANON DEVILETTE

NEW ORLEANS -- Middle Tennessee women's basketball sophomore Icelyn Elie has been selected as the February 7 Sun Belt Player of the Week, it was announced by the league office Monday morning.
The honor is the first in the career for the Lebanon native.

She put together the best back-to-back games of her career in leading the Blue Raiders to a pair of home wins over ULM and South Alabama last week. She averaged 24.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg in the two victories, highlighted by a career-high 28 points against the Warhawks.

Elie hit a career-best 12-of-14 (85.7 percent) field goals and added 4-of-6 free throws for her career high Wednesday night, while adding eight rebounds, a career-best tying three blocked shots and an assist in a career-high 37 minutes.

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Crane is the choice at LHS

SPRINGER TO HANDLE DEFENSE

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Troy Crane will be introduced as Lebanon High's new head football coach during Tuesday night's home basketball doubleheader with Mt. Juliet.

Crane, a Wilson Central faculty member, wrapped up his first season as quarterbacks coach in his second  stint on the football staff at Cumberland University. He previously was the wide receivers coach for the 2006 season at CU.

Crane will replace Bobby Brown as head coach after Brown resigned in mid-December following nine years in charge of the program. In that time Coach Brown compiled a record of 44-51 and four times took his team to the TSSAA playoffs.

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Community Calendar - Feb. 4

Government Meetings
Wilson County Commission’s Planning and Zoning Committee will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

Wilson County Board of Education will hold a work session at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon, to discuss the Watertown High School property. Following the work session, the board’s regular meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Wilson County Election Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Conference Room 1, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

Lebanon City Council will have a work session at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights and will discuss water/sewer system issues and upcoming projects.

Wilson County Beer Board will not meet Monday, Feb. 14, as no applications have been submitted.

Lebanon Beer Board will meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administrative Building at Castle Heights, to consider the application of El Molino, Inc. d/b/a El Molino Mexican Restaurant at 809 South Cumberland Street, Lebanon, for on the premises consumption, and Tomcat LLC d/b/a West Main Shell at 1324 West Main Street, Lebanon, for off the premises consumption.

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Wilson County Adult Learning Center offers classes for anyone interested in achieving his or GED diploma. Classes are held in Lebanon and in Mt. Juliet. For information, call the Adult Learning Center at 443-8731.

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.

Lebanon Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the area. Meal routes range from about 10-15 people. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m. and are done by 10:30. If you are interested, contact Jessica at 449-3488 between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.

Telephone Pioneer Cookbooks Volume I and III are now on sale. All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Museum. To purchase one or for information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.
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.

First Wednesdays of each month a Healing Service is held by Sister A.A.A. Stafford at the Sports Village Complex, 1735 West Main Street, Lebanon, beginning at 10:15 a.m.

HomeSafe Women’s 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 Road Commission will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, Feb. 4, at the Road Commission Office in Lebanon and will be followed by the Urban Type Public Facilities Board.

Unity Church, 222 Cainsville Road, Lebanon, will have a gospel singing at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, with gospel singers Cedar City Quartet and other guest singers. Everyone is welcome. The pastor is Brother Kenneth Bowen.

Lebanon First Assembly of God will have a Churchwide Indoor Yard Sale and Bake Sale from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, at the church at 716 North Cumberland Street. Members want to meet you, so drop by and shop and enjoy the fellowship. For information, call 444-4133.
“Phish Camp,” a play written and directed by Frank Fox, is being presented now through Saturday, Feb. 5, at Westland United Methodist Church, 110 Dawson Lane, Lebanon. Friday and Sunday are dessert shows at $12, and Saturday shows are dinner shows for $18. Dinners will be served one hour before the play, and desserts will be served at intermission. Thursday and Friday shows and Saturday, Jan. 29, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Feb. 5, shows will begin at 2 p.m. Reservations for dinner shows are required and recommended for remaining shows. For information and reservations, call 444-1447. You may also visit www.sunnysidepam.com.

Shopping in the Glade will be at the Gladeville Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Booths are available for families or dealers at $20 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space. For information, call Mabel Beazley at 243-2664, Debbie Ray at 443-3817 or Margaret Rediker at 449-6955.

Nashville African Violet Club will meet at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Green Hill Women’s Center, 10905 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. The Tennessee Gesneriad Society will meet at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13, at Cheekwood in Botanic Hall, Nashville. There will be a panel forum on growing techniques. For information about either meeting, contact Julie at Julie.mavity@gmail.com or at 364-8459.

Republican Women of Wilson County will meet at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 7, at Castle Heights Chop House, 705 Cadet Court, Lebanon. Guest speaker will be Carroll Crispin “Cris” Smith Jr., author of U.S. “Left” vs. “Right” A “Common Sense” Update. Books will be available for purchase and autograph. The meeting is open to the public. Come and learn more about Republican Women. Reservations are suggested. Call 288-4316 or email mary.stimek@yahoo.com.

Wilson County Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, at the Lebanon-Wilson County Public Library on South Hatton Avenue.

Wilson County CASA/Smith County CASA new advocate training will be from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday through Friday, Feb. 7-18. Volunteer advocates are trained and supported to speak in court for the best interests of children who are victims of abuse and neglect. More volunteers are needed. Training for new volunteers will be held in Gordonsville, and Wilson County residents are welcome to attend this session. For information, call 443-2002 or visit www.wilsoncountycasa.org.

Wilson County Democratic Women will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the West Building of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. The group will collect dried beans to donate to the Mt. Juliet Help Center. Monetary donations were collected for the center at the January meeting, but if anyone who missed that opportunity would like to donate they may still do so.

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency announces a Money Management Workshop called “Furthering Your Education is Like Money in the Bank,” presented by Bernadine Nelson of the Adult Learning Center and Tory Tredway of Habitat for Humanity of Wilson County. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday, Feb. 14, at 233 Legends Drive, Lebanon. For information, call 444-4714 or visit www.Mid-cumberlandcaa.com.

Wilson County Right to Life will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet, at 7 p.m. Call Trecia Dillingham for information at 443-5458.

First “Girl Talk” class of the year will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Veterans Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Girl Talk is a four-part class for girls in grades 5-8 and their moms. Cost is $40 per family. Space is limited. The meeting on Feb. 15 is for moms only. Additional classes for girls and moms will be Feb. 17, 22 and 24. To pre-register or for information, contact Shelly Barnes at 444-9584 by Friday, Feb. 11.

Darkness to Light “Stewards of Children,” a free workshop on preventing child sexual abuse, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, at Castle Heights Upper Elementary Library. It will be facilitated by Debra M. Daugherty, executive director of the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center. The workshop is hosted by the Lebanon Special School District. There will be refreshments, child care and materials. RSVP to Beth Petty at 453-2693 or at pettyb@k12tn.net.

The Alzheimer’s Association, along with Belmont Village and Rolling Hills Hospital, will present part one of a four-part caregiver’s series on “How to Deal with the Changes of Alzheimer’s Disease – A Caregiver’s View: What’s Really Happening?” from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, at Belmont Village Assisted Living of Green Hills, 4206 Stammer Place, Nashville. Caregivers, families and friends from Wilson County who are managing the disease of Alzheimer’s are welcome to attend. The event is free, and a meal for attendees will be provided. Advance registration is required. To register, call Tiffany Mann at the Alzheimer’s Association at 292-4938. A local Alzheimer’s support group meets the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at Elmcroft of Lebanon, 801 West Main Street. For information, call 453-5494.

Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year reunion to be held June 11. Call one of the following people with your contact information: Teresa Halbert at 444-5995, Phil Bragg at 444-4941, Jo Smith at 444-8811 or Brownie Hall at 444-5173.

Lebanon High School Class of 1991 is planning a 20-year reunion for July 2. Organizers are looking for classmates. Email contact information to Dawn Carr Willis at willisbunch@bellsouth.net or lhsclass91@yahoo.com, or call 308-0034. For information, go to www.eventbrite.com or Facebook.

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 news@wilsonpost.com. 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.

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"No'kill" a luxury

To the Editor:
There was a time when there was nowhere for members of the public to bring surplus puppies and kittens. As a result, litters were being dropped in rural areas “so someone would give them a good home,” left in dumpsters like garbage, and even dropped into trash compactors to be crushed to death. The survivors were breeding. As a result, parts of the county were plagued with packs of feral dogs which preyed on livestock and had to be shot by farmers trying to protect their herds.

In addition, cases of animal cruelty and neglect used to be commonplace throughout Wilson County. Laws forbidding such activities were seldom, if ever, enforced by law enforcement officers.

The Humane Association of Wilson County (HAWC) dramatically changed all that. Once we had a shelter, there was no longer any excuse for dropping unwanted litters in the garbage – there was a place that would accept them, treat them with kindness, adopt them out to good homes if possible, and – sadly – humanely euthanize them if not – for there were always many more unwanted dogs and cats than there were good homes. 

In addition, through many years of hard work, we won over the law enforcement personnel, not only convincing them that we were not the enemy, but persuading them to work with us in a mutually beneficial relationship.

The Humane Association developed a balanced approach which worked well for many years. Rather than concentrating all of our limited resources in one area, we were active in many aspects of animal welfare.

Not only did we run the shelter and the adoption program, but we conducted animal cruelty investigations, provided animal-related programs for the schools, donated educational videos to the public libraries, and even assisted low-income people who needed to have their pets neutered at private veterinarians.

The present management of what used to be our Humane Association has changed all that. Now, they think it is appropriate to assume an arrogant, morally superior attitude with their so-called “no-kill” shelter – which might more accurately be called a “let somebody else do your dirty work” shelter.

There will always be more dogs and cats than there are good homes for dogs and cats. We can lessen the severity of the problem, but it is beyond human capability to eliminate it completely. Thus, there will always be a need for a place which will accept unwanted animals, find homes for as many of them as possible, and euthanize the rest. No sane person wants things to be this way, but we must recognize reality. The biology of dogs and cats is such that they reproduce easily and quickly. Thus, small numbers of fertile adults quickly produce large numbers of offspring – who then go and do likewise.

So-called “no-kill” shelters are a luxury which are feasible only in areas where some other organization performs the euthanasia which is rightfully the responsibility of that shelter. Even though we now have animal control programs operated by local governments, it is important to recognize that these programs are also run by human beings who love animals and who are just as reluctant as we are to be forced to euthanize perfectly healthy animals.

I wish the former Humane Association of Wilson County, Inc. was back.

Gail Morris
Co-Founder and Past President (for 20 years) of
The Humane Association of Wilson County, Inc.
Lebanon

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Walgreens robber ID'd

By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Lebanon Police have identified a man suspect of robbing the Walgreens at 606 South Cumberland Street on Feb. 1.

Det. Chad Jones said the suspect’s name is Christopher Dwight Crawford, age 30, of Lebanon although his street address was unknown.

“There are warrants (for Crawford) on file at the Sheriff’s Office for robbery,” Jones said.

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Local man injured in Gallatin industrial fire

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
A flash fire early Monday morning at a Gallatin industrial plant critically injured a Lebanon resident and also claimed the life of another man at the GKN/Hoeganaes Corporation.

Around 4:50 a.m. Monday, officials believe an electrical short caused a flash fire with some materials in the plant located on Airport Road, causing serious injuries to maintenance workers Vernon Wayne Corley, 31, of Lebanon, and Wiley Sherburne, 42 of Castalian Springs.

Corley and Sherburne were reportedly burned over 90 percent of their bodies and the two workers were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by LifeFlight helicopter for treatment.

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3 indicted in golf scam

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Three Lebanon residents were indicted and arrested on 34 counts of theft of property by the Mt. Juliet Police Department after a year-long attempt to scam businesses across Wilson County for money in exchange for advertisements.

Paul Sloan and Gia Ruggiero of 1810 Indian Hills Drive in Lebanon, and Mickey Ruggiero, also of Lebanon, were indicted on Jan. 11 and arrested by Mt. Juliet Police on Jan. 18 after an investigation by Det. Thomas Shelton discovered the three had allegedly taken nearly $20,000 from 30 businesses across the county.

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Terry Lee White, 61
LEBANON -- No services are scheduled at this time for Mr. White, 61, of Lebanon.
He died Jan. 31, 2011.
Survivors include: wife of 25 years Jane White; mother Agnes White; step-children Lisa Malone and Joe (Tiffany) Malone; grandchildren Allie Lynn Guarino and Vincent Joseph Guarino; brother R.C. (Betty) White; sister Patricia (Frankie) Brown; and beloved poodle “Buddy.
He is preceded in death by son Jason White and father Ralph White.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
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Floyd Neal Mofield, 84
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 2 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the baddour Parkway for Mr. Mofield, 84, of Lebanon.
Born Feb. 18, 1926 in Smith County, he died Jan. 31, 2011.
He resided in Lebanon all of his life, serving as foreman for Reeces Paving for 10 years and foreman for LoJac until he retired in 1989.
Services were conducted by Brother Richard Neal.
Survivors include: wife Edith Lee Mofield; children Samantha Gammons, Vonda Driver, David Lackey, Burt Gardner and Angie Gardner; grandchildren Brandi Sevier, Austin Jones, Jordan Driver, Kailee Boykin, Alyssia, Cain, Toby and Odie Lackey, Mandy, Randy, and B.J. Gardner; sisters Mora Clemmons and Bobbie Kemp; and special friends Robert Martin and Ricky Reece.
He is preceded in death by parents Robert and Altie Williams Mofield, brothers Claude, Justin, and Ray Mofield and sisters Odessa, Virgie, Mamie, Kathlene, and Ethelene.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
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Nancy Maurine Minnich, R.N., 64
HENDERSONVILLE --  Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4 at the Hendersonville Funeral Home for Mrs. Minnich, 64, of Lebanon.
She died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011.
Services will be conduted by Pastor Kevin Porter. Interment will be in Hendersonville Memory Gardens.
Survivors include: husband Anthony Minnich; sons Trevor Sawyer, Travis (Rebecca) Sawyer and Trent Sawyer; grandchildren Ashley and Hunter Sawyer; siblings Diane Meade, Ruth (Sis) Andrews and Gary Golliver.
She was preceded in death by parents Alonzo and Ruth Golliver, her sister Vicky Golliver.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to Cornerstone Ministries or the Hal Lindsey Ministries at P O Box 470470, Tulsa, OK 74147.
Arrangements by Hendersonville Memory Gardens & Funeral Home.
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Ellen Frances Woods, 92
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been set for 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 at the JC Hellum Funeral Home for Mrs. Woods, 92, of Watertown.
Borb Oct. 31, 1918, to the late Myrtle Flowers and Shellie Bell, she died Feb. 1, 2011.
Mrs. Woods attended school in the Wilson County, also professing a hope in Christ at an early age at Richmond United Methodist Church.
Visitation from 12 Noon - 1 p.m. with funeral to follow at JC Hellum Funeral Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Pastor John Alexander. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: her husband of 72 years Clyde T. Woods; children Gloria, Willie, Virginia, Jeanetta, Susie Woods; grandchildren Lynn (Veronica) Woods, Tonia Woods, Comeica Pugh, Quintin Woods; eight great grandchildren; two great, great grandchildren; brother Robert (Juanita) Bell; daughters-in-law Mary Woods, Jackie Woods, Saundra Woods; sister-in-law Nellene Horton; very devoted niece Paulette King; nephew Chris Grooms; cousins Joe Pride, Robbie Mathis, Mary Ann Seay; friend Mary Jane Beard; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by children Kenneth and Henry Woods.
Funeral service in the care of JC Hellum Funeral Home, Lebanon.
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Billy Dean Bowman, 54
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Bowman, 54, of Lebanon.
He died Feb. 1, 2011.
The family will be receiving friends from 1 p.m. until the service on Friday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Billy Friel.
Survivors include: spouse of 25 years Sandra Bowman; daughters April (John) Ledsinger and Ashley Bowman; grandchildren Peyton and Gracyn; and sisters Betty (Donnie) McPeak, Christine Arnold and Hassie (Richard) Tudors.
He is preceded in death by parents Jay Leslie and Christine Bowman, brothers Chuck and Thomas Bowman and sister Patsy Reeder.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
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Lois Frances Murphy, 56
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 at Hunter Funeral Home for Ms. Murphy, 56, of Smithville.
A caregiver and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, she died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at NHC Health Care in Smithville.
Visitation will be Tprior to services on Friday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Johnny Smartt. Interement will be in Jennings Cememtery.
Survivors include: son Stephen Nathaniel Smartt of Seattle, Wash.; grandson Laszlo Smartt; mother Betty Jean Murphy Wosyluk of Sparta.
Also surviving are siblings Patricia Gail Murphy and Brad (Teresa) Murphy -- both of Sparta, Darlene (Andy) Murphy, Susan Charlene Mashburn, Regina Carol Hannah, Micah (Teresa) Murphy, Samuel (Miranda) Murphy -- all of Smithville, Audie (Evelyn) Murphy of Madisonville, Billy (Karen) Murphy of Walling, David (Tammy) Murphy and Deborah Zeisel -- all of McMinnville,  Stephen (Vanessa) Murphy of Woodbury; special friends and caregivers, Phillip, Susan and Lewis Gilbert George of Smithville and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Charlie Fisher Murphy.
Pallbearers will be her brothers.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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