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Jimmy L. PaPa Baker, 61

Funeral services will be conducted 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Baker, 61, of Mt. Juliet.
A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he died Monday, March 12, 2012.
Interment with military honors will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Pegram.
Mt. Juliet's Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Maymie Lee Patton, 83

Funeral services for Mrs. Patton will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown.
Mrs. Patton, 83, died Monday, March 12, 2012, at NHC Healthcare in Murfreesboro.
Interment will follow in the Jones Hill Cemetery.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sandra Lee Hooker, 56

Ms. Hooker died March 10, 2012 at age 56.
Services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.
Interment will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

Charles Paul Chuck Brockman Sr., 62

Mr. Brockman, 62, died Friday March 9, 2012 at his residence.

A graduate of the University of West Florida and Troy University, he was a member of St. Frances Cabrini and St. Stephens Catholic Church, a US Navy and retired Air Force veteran with 27 years of service.

Mr. Brockman was retired from TSA, a former Highway patrolman and law enforcement officer in Pensacola, Florida.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Rosemary Doyle Brockman.

Survivors include: his wife of 41 years, Julie Brockman; sons Charles Paul (Nicole) Brockman Jr., Erick Brockman, Jason (Crystal) Brockman and Sean Brockman; daughter Janelle(Chris) Allison; brothers, Bill (Kelly) Brockman, Tom Brockman, & Johnny Brockman; sisters, Patty Pigg, Mary Morris and Jeannie (Chris) Blake; grandchildren Austin Brockman, Dylan Allison, Dalton Allison, Grayson Brockman, Avery Brockman, Diane Allison, Lia Brockman and Jayme Allison; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral mass was held Tuesday morning, March 13 at the St. Stephens Catholic Church in Mt. Juliet. Services were conducted by Father Pat Kibby and Father Eugene Casserly.

Interment was in the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Pegram. Family members served as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers: Knights of Columbus Council 9787.

The family request donations be made in Mr. Brockmans memory to the American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Kenneth Glover, 75

Funeral services for Mr. Kenneth Glover are set for 10 a.m. Friday, March 16 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Mr. Glover, age 75 of Lebanon, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at his home.
Visitation Thursday 4-8 PM and Friday after 9 AM at Ligon & Bobo. Interment will follow at the Kelso Cemetery in Lincoln County.

Born February 5, 1937, in Smith County, he was the son of Daisy Watson Glover Ramsey of Lafayette and the late Leon Glover.

He was a 1954 graduate of Gordonsville High School and was in the Tennessee National Guard. He worked 30 years for Sammons Pennington Vending in Nashville. He also started the Ken Glover Band. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a cousin, Florence Ray West, and a special aunt, Vallie Glover.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Gayle Caldwell Glover; sister in law, Nell (Mike) Jones of Fayetteville; niece, Michelle (Shayne) Jones of Smyrna; two nephews, Brian (Jennifer) Jones of Townsend, DE; and Scott (Ginger) Jones of Fayetteville; special friend, Brenda McFarlin of Lebanon; cousins, Tommy & Darlene Plumlee, Sammy & Sandra Vantrease, Gary & Barb Vantrease, Ronnie & Mary Vantrease, Janice Vantrease, and Deannna & Jimmy Mullinax.

Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wilson County home sales continue increase

Wilson County Residential Real Estate sales continue to improve in many areas.

February proved to be a better sales month than January with a total of 108 residential homes sold in Wilson County, up 18 from January and up 23 from the same time a year ago, said Amy Hamilton, chair of the Public Relations Committee for the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors, or EMTAR.

Wilson County's median sales price is $178,135, continuing to be stable. The median days on the market is 109 and there are 147 homes currently under contract, an increase of 23 over January and 38 over the February 2011, she said.

Man charged with theft of city-owned trailer

From Post staff reports

A Lebanon man has been arrested and charged with the theft of a city-owned trailer from the parks and recreation department on Tuesday.

James M. Stansberry Jr., 41, of 734 page Ave., Lebanon, was charged with Theft of Property and Driving on a Suspended Drivers License in the incident which occurred about 5:45 a.m., Tuesday.

Watertown baseball falls 7-2 to Westmoreland Tuesday

Dustin Stafford threw a complete game three-hitter and struck out nine as Westmoreland defeated Watertown High 7-2 Tuesday at Three Forks Park.

Watertown got doubles from Chase Meador and Logan Grantham -- along with a single from Brannon Hill.

The Eagles chased Tiger starter Ben Bain (0-1) after an inning and two-thirds of work. Ninth grader Nolan Allison gave up just one earned run over the final five and one-third innings with nine strikeouts.

The Tigers committed six errors and fell to 1-1 on the season headed into a 6 p.m. Thursday home game with Monterey.

Purple Tigers pound LCA
BASEBALL -- Watertown High broke open a 2-1 game with nine runs in the bottom of the fourth and posted an 11-1 victory over Lancaster Christian Academy of Rutherford County Monday at Three Forks Park.

Lefty Dusty Meador went five innings for the win, scattering three hits, striking outfive with one walk.

Centerfielder Brannon Hill was 3-for-3 with two RBI andthree runs scored. Dennie Holcomb went 2-for-2, drove in two runs and scored three times.

Softball drills M-Boro Central
SOFTBALL -- Watertown High opened the 2012 season Monday at Three Forks Park with an 18-0 win over visiting Murfreesboro Central Magnet.

Jamie Reed threw a two-hitter, striking out four with no walks. Reed helped her own cause with a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning.

Black brings Jobs Task Force, One More Job project to Wilson

The Wilson Post

Sixth District U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Gallatin shared ideas and discussed ways to bring one job to every business in Wilson County to fight unemployment during a meeting with local elected officials on Tuesday.

The meeting was part of Blacks Jobs Task Force, One More Job initiative that she hoped would reduce unemployment through Tennessees 6th Congressional district.

How can we at the federal level partner with you to create one more job in every local business? Black asked.

Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sue Vanatta said she hears a need for skilled workers from local businesses. Vanatta said there is a large need for Information Technology, or IT, jobs locally as well as skilled workers in fields such as machinists and welding.

The discussion led into a need for a technical school nearby to help train local workers and be a place for students to receive technical degrees to meet the needs of businesses needing more skilled workers.

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said the county is in talks with the Wilson County Board of Education on using the Wilson County Vocational Center on the old Lebanon High School campus as possibly a technical school.

G.C. Hixson, executive director of the Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County, said the school would be a branch operation instead of a full-time technical school.

It could also be a place for juniors and seniors in high school to come at night, possibly receive course credit and get that training, Hutto said.

Black said she could see a huge benefit from the small technical school, not only for training workers but also for educating students in high school and giving them options for career paths.

She said some have demeaned the value of a technical degree or technical job training compared to a four-year degree from a full-time university. She added that technical jobs pay good money and technical workers are just as important as white-collar workers.

We have somehow made it seem like if thats your skill set, its somehow not valuable, but we need to make them feel important and valued in society, Black said.

Hutto said marketing career paths and promoting technical jobs to high school students will be a great benefit to the local community in helping students decide what field to enter after graduation.

District 22 Wilson County Commissioner Wendell Marlow, who is also a middle school principal, said career education needs to start earlier in middle school.

District 23 Commissioner Bernie Ash said the federal and state governments should create an environment more conducive to small business owners. He said the majority of businesses in Wilson County are mom and pop businesses that are hurting in the current economic climate.

Black said she is encouraging fair, flatter and simpler tax reform to lessen the burden on small businesses. She also said many businesses are concerned about the Affordable Care Act, or the Health Care Law, and how mandates will affect businesses offering health insurance to employees.

The group talked about recruiting jobs to Wilson County and how the federal government could help bring white-collar jobs to the community, but Black said the responsibility to bring those types of jobs rests with the local governments.

She said businesses want to locate in areas that offer better infrastructure, better tax incentives and have an attractive community.

They like to be close to an airport, they like to be close to an interstate and a college in town is important, Black said.

She noted how lucky Wilson County is to have Interstate 40 passing through, pointing out it is a major draw in attracting businesses here. She said local governments have to do the legwork to encourage businesses to locate in Wilson County.

Theyre watching your city council meetings to see if youre getting along, theyre looking at your school board to see if youre moving education forward, Black said.

Black noted she would be taking feedback from all 15 counties she represents to Congress and voicing the concerns shes heard along the way.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Local Crohn's and Colitis group to meet tonight

Tomorrow the Lebanon area Crohns and Colitis Support Group will meet in the University Medical Center Board Room to hear from guest speaker Dr. Norma Fisher.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. at UMC.

The support group meets regularly on the second Tuesday of every month. For more information, you may contact the CCFA Tennessee Chapter Office at 866-814-CCFA.

FCS softball splits Tuesday games

GULF SHORES, AL -- Friendship defeated Westmoreland High 6-1 Tuesday morning in the second round of the Gulf Shores Spring Break Classic. Tana Whited was the winning pitcher.

Tuesday's second game found FCS falling to East Robertson 4-3. Hunter Holland was tagged with the loss. Soph catcher Brittany Petry had a two-run single.

The Lady Commanders (2-1) are set to play Tuscaloosa County High School 8 a.m. Wednesday with the single elimination tournament set to begin at 11:30 a.m.

GULF SHORES, AL -- Friendship Christian's Lady Commanders got the 2012 softball season off to a solid start with a 1-0 victory Monday morning over Brookwood, AL in the opening game of the Gulf Shores Spring Break Classic.

Hunter Holland went the distance for the pitching decision and helped her own cause with a piar of hits. Ninth grader Kelsi Dickey scored the winning run on a passed ball just as the time limit was expiring.

Mandarino belts 3 HRs

LEBANON -- Cumberlands No. 7-ranked baseball team improved to 19-9 on the season and 5-1 in the TranSouth Conference with a weekend sweep of visiting Lyon College.

Coach Woody Hunt's Bulldogs got a good dose of offensive firepower in Sunday's 13-3 run-rule win over the Scots Sunday at Stockton Field.

Senior first baseman Mike Mandarino (pictured) belted three home runs and drove in six runs Sunday as Cumberland hitters ripped 11 hits in just six inning, including six homers, off four Lyon pitchers in the contest.

Weve got some guys who can swing the bat. Today was a good day to hit, Coach Hunt said. Mike showed what kind of hitter he is. We scattered some hits throughout the game and got some big two-out hits.

Mandarino hit a solo homer to leadoff the second inning, added a two-run shot in the third and belted a tape-measure shot down the leftfield line in the sixth.

Nick Sydnor, Tyler Wheeler and Antonio Butler each posted solo homers in the win.

Junior Chipper Smith (4-3) picked up the victory, allowing two earned runs on five hits in six innings of work. The lefthander walked two and struck out six. Devin Stovall tossed a perfect seventh inning, striking out two Scot batters.

Chipper can pitch better than he did today, Hunt said. He needs to attack the zone more. He threw well enough to get win -- we need to get a lot of starts from him.

The sweep gave the Bulldogs five consecutive wins and victories in six of their last eight outings.

We got the sweep, but we didnt play as well as we can, Hunt said. We had the long trip back from Florida and a couple of guys are a little banged up. It was a tough weekend to come back and play at our best.

Cumberland will host No. 15-ranked Missouri Baptist Tuesday, March 13 in a 6 p.m. game under the lights at Veterans Field in Baird Park. The two teams will play a 2 p.m. game Wednesday at Stockton Field on the CU campus.

This weekend, the Bulldogs visit Pulaski for a three-game conference series at Martin Methodist -- Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17.

Central, FCS learn state opponents

MURFREESBORO -- Two Wilson County basketball teams learned their respective opponents in Thursday's quarterfinal round of the BlueCross Boys Basketball Championships at MTSU's Murphy Center.

In the Class AAA bracket, Wilson Central (26-6) will play Science Hill (34-2) Thursday at 11:45 a.m.

The winner will take on the winner of Blackman (26-3) and Memphis East (20-9) in a Friday semifinal game.

The Wildcats are making third third appearance in the TSSAA State tournament -- the first for the program since 2005.

In the Class A tournament, Friendship Christian (25-3) will take on Chattanooga Grace (19-10) Thursday at 6:45 p.m. The Commanders are making their first appearance in the state tournament after eight previous sub-state losses.

The FCS - Grace winner will advance to a Friday semifinal game against the winner of the McEwen (30-1) vs. Cloudland (22-12) game.

CU pitchers tame Lyon

LEBANON -- Keith Kirby and Mike Mandarino each tossed complete-game shutouts and Sam Lind drove in the only runs in both games, as seventh-ranked Cumberland swept a pair of 1-0 decisions against Lyon College in baseball action Saturday at Stockton Field.

The Bulldogs (14-9, 4-1 TranSouth) ran their winning streak to four games with the doubleheader sweep but did so with very little offense, managing just seven hits in the twinbill.

Kirby and Mandarino combined to allow only six hits to the Scots (19-9, 2-3), who had only three baserunners total in the second game against Mandarino.

Low voter turnout is a shame


Sure it was a presidential primary.

And yeah, there wasn't a lot of interest on the part of Democrats since only one name appeared on that side of the ballot.

And of course the one that counts, the presidential election, will be in November, but surely we can muster more than 18.5 percent of our registered voters to go to the polls and vote.

Tuesday's election turnout was disappointing.

Reader: someone stole from local chapter of Vietnam Vets of America

To the Editor:

On Saturday morning, February 25, several members of the Vietnam Veterans of America organization (V.V.A.), Chapter #1004 of Lebanon, Tennessee, visited our storage facilities at 6920 E Old Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon, Tennessee, and discovered that our building had been burglarized. Among the stolen items are a cooking unit, various pieces of metal, boxes of paper products and food items.

We are a non-profit organization which assist disabled and needy War Veterans including, but not limited to, the Vietnam Veterans, their dependents, the widows and orphans of deceased Veterans. We aid veterans by supplying them food, clothing, appliances, utility/property tax bills and transportation to the area V.A. Hospitals. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons, we donate food packages to needy veterans.

Daylight-saving time begins Sunday

Its time to spring forward, fall back as daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m., Sunday, March 11.

Remember to move your clocks ahead one hour before you retire for the evening on Saturday.

While the change allows more time for outdoor activities such as sports, cookouts and such, it also means one hour less of sleep.

Wilson Co. government wins transparency award

The Wilson Post

Wilson County was recognized Thursday for providing its citizens with outstanding access to information on the local government website, winning an award from the Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization.

The Sunshine Review, dedicated to government transparency, hands out awards each year to the most transparent government websites in the nation. Wilson County received one of 214 awards out of 6,000 websites judged.

Store owner charged in alleged synthetic drug sales

The Wilson Post

A Lebanon store owner was arrested and charged with selling illegal synthetic drugs on Wednesday, after authorities visited seven locations to conduct controlled buys.

Of the seven locations, only one sold the synthetic drugs, said Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen.

Arrested was Antwan Khalil, 36, of Antioch, owner of Discount Tobacco and Beer, 617 North Cumberland Street, Lebanon. He was charged with Possession and Sale of Illegal Synthetic Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and cited for violation of the Lebanon City Ordinance for the Sale of Illegal Synthetic Drugs.

He is to appear in General Sessions Court on June 12.

TN Beef Agribition returns to Ward Center

The Wilson Post

If you are in the market for cows, bulls or equipment for your cattle, make plans to visit the 24th Annual Tennessee Beef Agribition this weekend at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.

The three-day event, which begins today and continues through Sunday, is the second year it has been held in Lebanon at the Ward Ag Center. It had been held for a number of years previously at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

Growth Boundary plans to face public hearings in April

The Wilson Post

A final plan for changes to local urban growth boundaries is drawing near with several public hearings planned for the first week of April, but Wilson County Urban Growth Boundary Committee Chairman Phil Smartt said the new boundaries do not change any city limits.

This is not an annexation plan, Smartt pointed out, noting there are some misconceptions about the growth boundaries.

The committee is looking to change growth boundaries, which Smartt explained as cities looking at where they think current population and business growth will push their boundaries in the future.

Any changes made does not mean local municipalities are planning to annex portions of the county that are not within city limits.

CU hosts Lyon in TranSouth series Saturday & Sunday

Cumberland's baseball team returns to action Saturday and Sunday with a three-game series at Ernest L. Stockton Field against TranSouth Conference rival Lyon College.

Saturday's doubleheader begins at 12 Noon followed by a single nine-inning game Sunday at 1 p.m. Cumberland's out-of-town fans cankeep up withall the action online at

CU (12-9) finished up a production five-game trip to Florida earlier this week with a pair of wins Wednesday in Daytona Beach.

Cumberland scored eight runs in the first four innings and Lebanon lefty Cody Ferrell worked into the seventh inning in an 8-3 win Wednesday night over No. 5 Embry-Riddle.

Earlier Wednesday, the Bulldogs defeated Aquinas College, 2-1 behind a strong performance from Mitch Rainer.

"We had a couple of really good pitching performances by Cody and Mitch Wednesday," said Cumberland coach Woody Hunt. "our offense came alive a little. We'll need to keep it up with a big conference weekend coming up."

The Bulldogs pounded out 12 hits in the first four innings against Embry-Riddle (17-6).

Ferrell (2-1) worked into the seventh and did not allow a hit until the sixth. He was effectively wild, walking four, hitting two batters and throwing two wild pitches, .

Earlier Wednesday, Rainer (1-0) tossed six shutout innings and Keith Kirby recorded the final two outs in a 2-1 victory over Aquinas College (2-4). Rainer allowed just two hits through six innings before running into trouble in the seventh. He walked one and struck out four in his first start of the season.

Sports Editor Tommy Bryan may be contacted at

Medley to lead Smith Co. Schools

The Wilson Post
Former Lebanon High football coach Mark Medley will be the new Smith County Director of Schools. Medley, coach of the Blue Devils for seven seasons (1987 1993), was appointed by the Smith County Board of Education in a meeting held Tuesday, March 6.

A native of the Hickman Community, Medley will take office July 1 upon the expiration of the contract of Roger Lewis who was Smith Countys first appointed DOS 12 years ago.

The other finalist for the position was Smith County native Dr. Benita Bruster, a professor at Austin Peay State University.

The Blue Devils went 64-18 during Medleys tenure at LHS (a .780 winning percentage) with seven consecutive berths in the TSSAA playoffs including a trip to the quarterfinals in 1993.

Since leaving Lebanon, Medley has worked as classroom teacher, assistant coach, elementary principal, athletic director and principal of Gordonsville High School.

Sports Editor Tommy Bryan may be contacted at

Vivian G. Hart, 75

Mrs. Hart, 75, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012.
Visitation with the family will be 12 - 8 p.m. Friday, March 9 at the Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Funeral services will be private.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Betty Jo Moore, 78

Mrs. Moore, 78, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at the Trousdale County Medical Center.
Visitation will be held 4-6 p.m. Friday March 9 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel with a memorial service to follow.
A private entombment will follow in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.


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