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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.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

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.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Local man lives a dream at fantasy baseball camp

The Wilson Post

Living a dream in a field of dreams was a Lebanon man only days ago when he traveled to Orlando, Fla., to play baseball with some of the game's most revered living legends.

Glen Butler for a week rubbed shoulders with, threw pitches to, and batted against some the very best alumni of the Atlanta Braves organization in what was billed as a Braves Fantasy Camp.

Butler and some 59 others took a week out their ho-hum schedules at home to don baseball uniforms and play the game that's usually reserved for "the boys of summer."

Two Lebanon men arrested for allegedly stealing scrap metal

From Post staff reports

Two Lebanon men were arrested in Mt. Juliet on Wednesday, Feb. 8, for theft after a Mt. Juliet Police Department patrol officer reportedly caught them in the act while checking a business early that morning.

Tywan Easley, 32, and Davis Kelly, 36, of Lebanon, were allegedly in the process of stealing scrap metal from one of the storage containers behind the Industrial Tool and Stamping business at 300 Industrial Drive.

Officer Lance Schneider with the MJPD was patrolling the industrial area and noticed a suspicious-looking pickup truck parked behind the business around 2 a.m., Wednesday.

He made contact with the two male occupants of the vehicle and reportedly noticed that there was scrap metal in the rear bed of the truck. One of the occupants allegedly said the business owner gave them permission to be there.

Schneider contacted the owner and confirmed the two suspects did not have permission to be on the property. The value of the stolen material was estimated to be more than $1,000.

Easley and Kelly were each arrested on one count of Theft of Property and booked into the Wilson County Jail. Both Easley and Kelly were released on bond Wednesday.

Federal fraud, conspiracy charges filed against hotel developer

From Post staff reports

A local man who with others was the developer of the Hotel Indigo in downtown Nashville has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering as it pertains to his former ownership of the business.

Mark Lineberry, a resident of Mt. Juliet and also an attorney, and Delaina Thompson, his partner in a company called 1st Trust Title of Mt. Juliet, are both charged in the indictment that was filed on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The indictment from the federal grand jury alleges that Lineberry and Thompson committed $9.25 million in fraud.

It alleges also that the two, operating as 1st Trust, said payments were being made as required on a loan and into escrow which the grand jury says did not occur. The loan was made by Branch Banking and Trust Company, better known as BB&T.

The indictment by the federal grand jury grew out of a disagreement that began in 2010 when officials with BB&T and Federal National Title Insurance claimed that Hotel Indigo and 1st Trust were combining assets and not paying the money to lenders and insurers that was due.

BB&T officials have said since the disagreement began that they had no knowledge of Lineberrys relationship with the hotel and 1st Trust.

The indictment also alleges that Lineberry, through Thompson, tried to obtain loans from BB&T by saying that Hotel Indigos title was free of any liens or other encumbrances.

The grand jury is asking for forfeiture of property and the $9.25 million that allegedly resulted from the 12 counts of bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering charges from both Lineberry and Thompson.

Lineberry is also involved in a civil lawsuit filed against him by his partner in the downtown Nashville Hotel Indigo, Keith Worsham. The company they founded, called 315 Union Street Holdings, filed for bankruptcy in December 2010. A company out of North Carolina, Winston Hospitality, purchased the hotel in the fall of 2011.

Anti-meth bill working, NPLEx already producing results

Just released January data collected by the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) reveal impressive results for Tennessee in blocking unlawful sales of pseudoephedrine (PSE) at the sales counter.

Sponsors of the law are touting the results as proof Tennessee is at the forefront of the fight against meth.

NPLEx uses real-time, stop-sale technology to block PSE sales. NPLEx data also provides law enforcement officials with valuable data to assist in the apprehension of methamphetamine criminals. PSE, the active ingredient in many safe and effective medicines that treat common cold and allergy symptomsmedicines like Advil Cold & Sinus, Claritin-D, and Sudafed is also used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

In just one short month since the NPLEx was fully implemented in Tennessee, the electronic system has successfully blocked the sale of more than 4,993 illegal boxes of PSE, keeping more than 13,000 grams off of Tennessee streets.The system blocked 71 illegal boxes and kept 194 grams off the streets in Wilson County.

The NPLEx system also incorporates the newly instituted Tennessee Meth Offender Registry, a database which contains the names of 2,354 individuals who, due to previous meth-related offenses, are not permitted to purchase medicines containing PSE. In January, the NPLEx system kept 111 of those offenders from making 222 PSE purchases.

The NPLEx system was a key component of the multifaceted anti-meth bill sponsored by Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, and was co-sponsored by Reps. Mark Pody, R-Lebanon, and Linda Elam, R-Mt. Juliet.

These numbers show that NPLEx is working to stop meth crimes before they happen, Beavers said. Not only does the electronic technology help law enforcement identify criminals, it also allows law-abiding Tennesseans to continue to purchase safe and effective cold and allergy medicines without a prescription.

NPLEx has blocked a large amount of illegal pseudoephedrine sales in its first month of implementation, Pody said. It is a valuable tool to track down the criminals who are manufacturing meth in Tennessee, while providing access to pseudoephedrine to allergy sufferers. I am very hopeful that this new law will continue to block sales to those who use this drug illegally for meth.

This bill takes a large step forward in addressing the problem of meth on the front end, before it has the opportunity to ruin the lives of those who use it or are exposed to it, Elam said. I hope we continue to see success with stopping meth as illegal manufacturers are added to the Registry.

Tennessee is one of 17 states that currently use NPLEx, which works across state lines, and tracks and stops illegal sales when the purchaser has exceeded his or her legal limit. As part of the comprehensive anti-meth bill, the law also:

Increases the penalty for making meth in the presence of children; Makes it easier to prosecute those who purchase medicines containing PSE at different times and places for the purpose of exceeding the allowable amount, or through use of false identification; and Imposes minimum mandatory fines on those offenders.

Gov. Bill Haslams Administration also provided an additional $750,000 in state appropriations to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and $280,000 in federal Byrne JAG grant funds from the state Office of Criminal Justice Programs available to the TBI.

MJ infielders ink scholarship

Mt. Juliet High softball infielders Brittney Graves and Tori Barrett signed college scholarship papers Friday afternoon in ceremonies at the MJHS library.

Graves signed with NAIA school Lindsey Wilson of Columbia, KY while Barrett inked with Galveston Junior College, TX.

Both are seniors on the 2012 Lady Bear softball team.

CU baseball falls to Belhaven

JACKSON, MS -- Belhaven scored four unearned runs on three errors and the 15th-ranked Blazers posted a 5-2 victory over No. 7 Cumberland on Thursday in baseball action at Smith-Wills Stadium.

Belhaven (6-2) scored twice in the fifth and then two more times in the sixth, all unearned, against CU starter Keith Kirby and added a run in the eighth. The Bulldogs (2-2) managed just seven hits against three BU hurlers but stranded 12 runners, unable to take advantage of six walks.

Nick Sydnor and Daniel Harrison each drove in runs in a two-run third inning for CU, which also took advantage of a two-out error by the Blazers.

Kirby (1-1) scattered nine hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five in six innings to take the hard-luck loss. A dropped throw at first base after a strikeout started the first rally for Belhaven and a bunt single and then a fielding error at second base began the other.

Joshua Boldin went 4-for-4 for BU, including a two-strike, two-out, two-run single to rightcenter in the sixth that put the Blazers ahead for good.

Geoffrey Thomas allowed two runs on five hits, walked three and struck out seven in 5.2 innings for Belhaven. Jon Patino (1-0) worked 2.1 scoreless innings of relief for the win and Josh Clarke tossed one inning for his second save.

In the third inning Sam Lind reached on a throwing error by Bud Britt and Mike Mandarino followed with a single. Sydnor and Harrison had back-to-back RBI singles for a 2-0 CU advantage.

Kirby struck out Hamilton Harper with one out in the fifth but Mandarino dropped the throw to first. Bouldin then singled and Kirby induced a ground ball from Tyler Wrinkle, but he beat the relay throw to keep the inning alive.

With runners on the corners Anthony Doss singled to rightfield, scoring one run, and the throw to third got away from Harrison, allowing Wrinkle to tie the game at two.

Ryne Cook bunted his way on with one out in the Belhaven sixth before Lind booted a grounder near the bag that could have been a doubleplay. Jason Hicks loaded the bases with an infield single before Kirby struck out pinch-hitter Jonathan Thompson, but Bouldin laced an 0-2 pitch into rightcenter for a two-run single.

Wrinkles sacrifice fly in the eighth gave the Blazers a 5-2 lead.

Cumberland takes on sixth-ranked LSU-Shreveport at 11 a.m. on Friday and No. 21 Southern Poly at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Lady Bulldogs ease past Blue Mtn.

BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. Courtney Atkinson led three players in double figures with 19 points as Cumberland hung on for a 56-51 victory Thursday night at Blue Mountain College in womens basketball action.

The Bulldogs (11-12, 6-5 TranSouth) did little right in the first half, committing nine turnovers and shooting just 25 percent (7-of-28) from the field. CU went almost 12 minutes without a field goal at one point during the period, with Tasia Blues layup with 2:50 remaining ending the drought. Cumberland hit four free throws for its only points during the stretch.

It looked to be much the same to start the second half, as BMCs Jessi Hayles nailed two straight 3-pointers to begin the period, prompting a timeout from CU head coach Jeremy Lewis. The Bulldogs responded with a 13-2 spurt to tie the game at 32 and finally took their first lead of the game at 36-35 with a bucket by Jessica Pace.

The teams went back-and-forth the rest of the game, with nine lead changes and neither team leading by more than four points until the final minute of the game. Hayles kept the Toppers (3-19, 0-11) in the game with 19 points, including three 3-pointers, but Atkinson and Pace continued to make baskets and Casie Cowan added two big trifectas, the final one with 1:52 to play that gave CU a 54-49 lead.

Samantha Burns drove for a layup for Blue Mountain and the Bulldogs missed a jumper on the next trip down the floor, giving the home team a chance to tie. But Amber Johnsons 3-pointer was well off the mark and after a foul, Atkinson broke free for a final layup and CUs sixth win in the last seven games.

Samantha Harper provided some much-needed energy off the bench for Cumberland, especially, in the second half, and led the club with seven rebounds. Cowan finished with 12 points, 10 in the second half, and Pace grabbed six boards.

Hayles led the Toppers with 19 points and Shaquinta Robinson posted 11.

Cumberland hosts rival Trevecca Nazarene on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the second game of a stretch where the Bulldogs will play five games in 10 days.

Parxie W. Billy Williams Jr., 78

Mr. Williams, 78, of Lebanon died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at the Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.
Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
Interment will follow at the Ridgewood Cemetery in Carthage.
Visitation is set for Friday after 1 p.m. at Ligon & Bobo.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Rev. Leoncia Drayton, 78

Rev. Drayton, 78, of Hermitage, died Feb. 6, 2012.
Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at Hermitage United Methodist Church, 205 Belinda Drive, Hermitage.
Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Childrens Ministry at Hermitage United Methodist Church.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet.

Richard Lynwood Mull, 75

Mr. Mull, 75, of Mt. Juliet died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012.
Funeral services for the decorated U.S. Army veteran will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Interment with full military honors will follow at 1 p.m. at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West, Hopkinsville, KY.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Friday.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet.

Bessie Lee Dodd, 84

Funeral services have been set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Dodd, 84, of Watertown.
She died Feb. 8, 2012 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
The family will receive friends Friday between the hours of 2-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service.
Burial will be at the Jennings Cemetery.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BOE delays new WHS design until approved by commission

The Wilson Post

Plans to begin designing a new Watertown High School were put on hold Monday night as the Wilson County Board of Education deferred contracts with the Kaatz, Binkley, Jones and Morris, Inc., architectural firm until the project could be approved by the Wilson County Commission later this month.

In one vote the board deferred three measures on the agenda that would have entered into contracts with the architectural firm to design a new WHS as well as additions to West Elementary School, West Wilson Middle School and a new elementary school in the Providence/Rutland area.

Im not comfortable committing money for drawings and designs until we get this building project approved, said Zone 4 board member Ron Britt.

The board must send a request to the commission, asking it to fund the capital projects for the new high school, elementary school and additions to West Elementary and West Wilson Middle.

District 20 Commissioner Annette Stafford, chair of the commissions Education Committee, was present during the meeting and explained the request had to pass the Education and Budget Committees before going to the full commission.

We could have it by the end of February if all goes well, Stafford said, pointing out the full commission only had to pass the request on one reading.

Included was a contract with CivilSite Deign Group, Engineering Services Group and American GEO Technical for a geological survey of the new WHS property. The board indicated the total cost for designs would be no more than $583,000 and that money would be drawn from unallocated funds within the $50 million bond issue for the new Lebanon High School.

This gets us to the bid phase, said Director of Schools Mike Davis, referring to the contract agreements with the engineers and architects. After designs are completed, the board can then begin the bid process for construction.

There were concerns from the board about using money from the LHS bond issue and the possibility that those funds would be needed to complete the school currently under construction.

There could be something that comes up in the construction process that requires us to spend these funds, said board Chairman Don Weathers.

Stafford told The Wilson Post that money has been set aside for all foreseeable expenditures including furnishing the interior of the school with desks, computers and other supplies. She said the $583,000 is money left over after those necessary allocations.

The board unanimously passed the measure to send the funding request to the commission, which will meet on Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. Davis said they could hold a special meeting to approve the contract agreements if necessary before the boards next regular meeting on March 5.

Also during the meeting, the board voted to move forward with contract negotiations between the Wilson County Schools and Cumberland University that could allow Cumberland to manage and use Nokes-Lasater Field at the old LHS for its own sport events.

Before you work out the legal language, we should vote on if we even want to do this, Zone 1 board member Vikki Adkins told County Attorney Mike Jennings, adding, I dont feel good about moving forward.

Jennings said he doesnt have enough information or knowledge of the subject to personally handle the negotiations, but said when Davis or the board talks with Dr. Harvill Eaton, president of Cumberland University, he can write a contract for any agreements reached.

Weathers said he wanted the county school system to be protected from liability, and Britt noted the agreement couldnt cost the county schools any funds. Zone 5 board member Greg Lasater did not approve of the agreement and felt it was not a good idea to let Cumberland manage the facility.

I think when Cumberland University has it, our kids arent going to have a place to play, he said, referring to Junior Pro football and junior high schools that use the field.

We would have access to it on the nights we need it, Weather said, pointing out Cumberland has indicated the schools and youth programs could use the field when they need it.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Females, fish & a bit of wit


Sometimes on blustery winter days, I tend to think of warm days and pleasant associations with persons of wit and interest. Mr.Halliburton was just such a person.

He sat back in the bent and twisted Adirondack chair, made from some kind of thick vines. I figured he made it himself. I didnt ask, it just looked like something he would make.

As a journal rule we like to start them young, bout the time they is good weaned. He leaned forward and spit well past the porch rail. Ive always admired a man that could do that. Ive been chewing and dipping for 50-plus years (nasty habit dont take it up) and cant spit past my feet. As a journal rule.

We were talking about women fishing and started with what in the hillbilly hell you call a woman angler. I just always called them fishermen but you can easily see how that might arouse ire in some of them. I dont like the term angler, sounds too high falootin. We never did settle it but it doesnt really matter.

There were six or eight female-lady-women types scattered around the pond and if you wanted, you could call it a lake. Anything you can put a boat on, to me is a lake. Some fished for bream, some fished for bass and some just fished to get away from their husbands. Having met a couple of the husbands, I could fully understand.I was sitting with Mr. Halliburton, a gentleman of several years and that is just an estimate. He was sipping some Jack along with his baccer and I was sipping an Alabama martini. That is vodka over ice. Obviously this was back when I was still drinking. Later I discovered that a hangover is the wrath of grapes and quit. The shadows were lengthening but most of the pond was still in full sunlight, a great spring afternoon. You can call it afternoon or early evening, whatever suits you tickles me plumb to death. The long porch afforded us a view of the entire lakepond.

See, thing is, most of these womens are journally farm raised and havent been brought up on video games, latt-ays and malls, said Mr. H. Never could see it myself. Allus seemed to me that once youve seen one shopping center, you seen a mall, he said and spit well past the rail.
Glen Campbell releases final studio album

Dear Ken: Whats the latest on pop-country star Glen Campbell?

You probably know that last June he announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimers disease. Campbell, 75, whose career began more than 60 years ago as a 15-year-old guitar picker, has sold millions of records including such songs as Gentle on My Mind, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Galveston and Rhinestone Cowboy. He is currently on his farewell tour which will go at least through the end of June. The Delight, Ark., native will receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on this years show on Feb. 12. He says, I have been blessed, I really have. I really have, I figured it out that Im not that bright, but God gave me a break. Last fall he released his final studio album, Ghost on the Canvas, which is loosely based on his life. On the video of the albums title track, Campbell can be seen performing with three of his children: Ashley, Shannon and Cal. To watch, go to

Part 2: Lebanon native was first deaf NFL player

The Wilson Post

Lebanon native Bonnie Sloan, 63, who grew up in Nashville and played college football for Austin Peay State University, dreamed as a youth of playing in the National Football League.

It was during his third season in college that he realized the dream could become reality.

"It was my junior year when I found out that NFL scouts were coming to the games to watch me. I was so surprised, recalled the giant, gentle man, who lives in Hendersonville.

Drafted the 242nd overall pick in 1973, he was thrilled to put on a Cardinals jersey with the number 79 that summer, a sure sign that he had overcome a variety of challenges that come from playing such a brutal sport without the sense of hearing.
Our Feathered Friends - Feb. 8

Well, Im sure all of you enjoyed last weeks article fromRayas much as I did. He always weaves colorful stories and memories into his writing. I guess I just dont have as much to pull from, seeing as I am a few years younger than Ray! (Dont worry, Ray, I wont give away your age!)

I mentioned in my last article about my birding trip with Ray and how we saw a beautiful flock of Cedar Waxwings. Ive decided to mention a little more about them because they are truly unique and lovely birds. They have a cinnamon colored body with a small crest on their heads (like the cardinal). They also have what I like to refer to as a raccoon mask. The outer wing feathers and tail feathers have a more prominent black tent to them and it looks as though the tips of their tails have been dipped in yellow paint.

Eli Manning is an elite quarterback

It was Eli Mannings coming out party.

No better place to have it than in the House that Peyton Built.

Little Brother took the spotlight away from Big Brother.

And, for the record, Eli is an elite NFL quarterback.

It was played out before a packed Lucas Oil Stadium, whose fans were treated to one of the most competitive, exciting Super Bowl games since the idea was hatched 46 years ago.

During Super Bowl week, it was Peyton Manning who commanded much of the attention and press coverage generated prior to Super Bowl Sunday.

Eli grew up in Peytons shadow. Peyton was five years older, getting a five-year start in athletics. Five years is a distinct advantage when one boy is 12 and the other boy is seven. They used to compete in basketball where Peyton would beat Eli up.

The first time Eli won was a day when the game was tied and it was next bucket wins. Eli drove around Peyton and dunked on him.

Thats the day Eli knew he gained Peytons respect.

Eli grew into a hotshot high school quarterback at Newman High School in New Orleans, where Peyton set records but never won the big one.

Eli chose Ole Miss, where father Archie had been a folk hero. Eli beat Florida as a senior, a feat Peyton never accomplished at Tennessee.

While Peyton is at a crossroads in his decorated NFL career, Eli has risen to the elite class of NFL quarterbacks with two Super Bowl rings, one more than Peyton.

Peyton deserves some credit for Elis success. Most little brothers hate being picked on by big brothers. It does one thing, however, makes the little brother fight back, toughens him in the long run.

We see that toughness in Eli. We saw it in a playoff game when he got hammered. When he picked himself off the ground, he had grass and mud wedged in his facemask. His helmet was twisted half-way around his head.

While Peyton specializes in getting rid of the football before the posse arrives, Eli hangs in there until the last second, taking a smack-down in order to give his receivers a chance to get open.

Peyton often walked away from a game with his uniform clean as the Board of Health. The Giants equipment staff doesnt have enough stain remover to get rid of all the blood, grass and mud from Elis uniform.

With yet another come-from behind 21-17 victory Sunday, Eli has built a legend as the Comeback Kid. Games are never over until Eli says they are.

Will history reflect that Eli is the most productive quarterback in the Manning family? After all, he could have an extra five years to catch and pass Peyton.

I dont think Eli will have all the glitzy numbers that Peyton accrued as an Indianapolis Colt. Remember the Colts offense was built specifically for Peyton from the first day he stepped on the field. Peyton played home games indoors on artificial turf while Eli has to battle the elements of New Yorks raw winters. Swirling winds and icy blasts are tougher on a quarterback.

Where Eli can pass Peyton is on the NFLs biggest stage. Fairly or not, quarterbacks are often judged by how many Super Bowl rings they have. The game-winning 88-yard touchdown drive took nine plays. Five of them were passes completed by Eli Manning.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees gave Eli his props before the game.

I absolutely do think (Elis) elite. I have a lot of respect for Eli, Brees said. He plays in a tough market and handles himself with a lot of class.

It takes an elite quarterback to know one.

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Editorial: Economy appears to be taking turn for the better


Several recent stories have dotted our front pages that strongly indicate things with respect to the economy are getting better.

Unemployment rates have dropped, rail shipments for a number of local industries and businesses have increased, sales tax revenue receipts are up and home sales seem to be trending in the upward direction.

These are all very good indicators that the economy, at least in our region or local area, is healing and improving.

In this regard, Wilson County and Middle Tennessee in general may have somewhat of an advantage when compared to the rest of the nation.

The area around Nashville is becoming more and more popular.

Nashville is rightfully earning a solid reputation as a place where the lifestyle is good and the business environment is friendly.

And what's good for Nashville is also good for Wilson County.

Among our county's many assets, our closeness in proximity to Nashville is often listed prominently when local officials are trying to lure new industries and commercial ventures to Wilson County.

We're only minutes from professional sports, a world class symphony, an international airport and other assets that are found in the capital city.

Circle these assets with our own, including easy access to interstate highways, a four-year independent university, excellent health care and viable education offerings in both the public and private sectors, and its clear that Wilson County has a distinct advantage and opportunity to excel.

Ask Anne: How about turkey trot?


I like those explanations of the odd things we say daily. Here are two for you to deliver. Hodgepodge, cold turkey. Thanks!-RR (Regular Reader)

Deliver sounds too much like labor and delivery. Mothers of the world, you know what I mean. And now its televised! Pant and push in public. George Orwell had no idea!

[ATA (According to Anne) George Orwell (pen name of Eric Arthur Blair) 1903-1950, British novelist, essayist, critic, a leading political writer of his day. Best known now for his novels Animal Farm and 1984. The latter is about a society marked by huge government and mind control, a dystopian society. (Dystopian societies feature repressive control systems.) Wikipedia adds, Many of its terms and concepts, such as Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, and memory hole, have become contemporary vernacular since its publication in 1949. Moreover, 1984 popularised the adjective Orwellian, which refers to official deception, secret surveillance, and manipulation of the past in service to a totalitarian or manipulative political agenda.]

Speaking of memory hole (actually refers to a device that distorts memory, perhaps to the point of disappearance) I have one I keep it nearby. In my head.

So, on to business. Hodgepodge means a mixture of many things, a confused mess. The word dates back to the 15th century and came from a French word (hocher) which meant to shake together. That was applied to a stew (hochepot), and, sailing across the channel one day (English Channel, that is), became the English hodgepodge. At least thats the story from QPB Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins.

The online newsletter A Phrase A Week defines cold turkey as the sudden and complete withdrawal from an addictive substance and/or the physiological effects of such a withdrawal.Also, predominantly in the USA, plain speaking. The latter dates back to the 19th century. After some hemming and hawing about American turkeys (cute stuff like Lets talk turkey), the British author of the newsletter says, In the state of drug withdrawal the addict's blood is directed to the internal organs, leaving the skin white and with goose bumps. It has been suggested that this is what is alluded to by cold turkey. There's no evidence to support that view. For the source of cold turkey we need look no further than the direct, no nonsense approach indicated by the earlier meaning of the term. Id say he quit talking turkey somewhere a few lines back. He could be smoking turkey.

Also online, Evan Morris (The Word Detective) writes, There are a number of stories about the origin of talk turkey, many of which involve Pilgrims and Indians, and all of which strike me as deeply implausible. But an early form of the phrase was to talk cold turkey, most likely using cold turkey, a simple, uncomplicated meal, as a metaphor for simple, unadorned, direct speech. With talk cold turkey already a popular idiom meaning give it to me straight; tell me the unvarnished truth, it seems natural that cold turkey came to mean quit suddenly, with no tapering off or equivocation.

ONLINE DEPARTMENT Pastor's False Teeth (Thanks, J.A.) The first Sunday a pastor with a new set of false teeth preached, he talked for only eight minutes. The second Sunday, he talked for only ten minutes. The following Sunday, he talked for 2 hours and 48 minutes. The congregation had to pull him down from the pulpit, and they demanded an explanation for the super long sermon. The pastor explained the first Sunday his gums hurt so bad he couldn't talk for more than 8 minutes. The second Sunday his gums hurt too much to talk for more than 10 minutes. But, the third Sunday, he put his wife's teeth in by mistake and he couldn't shut up. [And I say to that, if only he could have had his wifes BRAIN, and Im surprised he has a wife.]

ONLINE II Summary of Life (Thanks, D. W.) GREAT TRUTHS THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED: 1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats. 2) When your mom is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair. 3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person. 4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato. 5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food. 6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair. 7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time. 8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. 9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandma's lap. GREAT TRUTHS THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED: 1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree. 2) Wrinkles don't hurt. 3) Families are like fudge - mostly sweet, with a few nuts. 4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground. 5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside. 6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy. THE FOUR STAGES OF LIFE: 1) You believe in Santa Claus. 2) You don't believe in Santa Claus. 3) You are Santa Claus. 4) You look like Santa Claus. SUCCESS: At age 3 success is dry pants. At age 12 success is having friends. At age 17 success is having a drivers license. At age 35 success is having money. At age 50 success is having money. At age 70 success is having a drivers license. At age 75 success is having friends. At age 80 success is dry pants.

BW (Bigtime Word) juvenescence transition from infancy or early childhood to youth. FRIENDLY REMINDER: Valentines are for youth of all ages. Get out there and shop.

Strong characters make Chronicle a surprising hit

The Wilson Post

Andrew Detmers drunken father attacks him in the basement, hovering over the teen, assailing his son with physical and verbal abuse. Suddenly, the father is thrown against the wall, Andrew pins him there by the throat as the teens new telekinetic powers turn the tables on his abusive father.

Chronicle is a film following Andrew, played by Dane DeHaan, his cousin Matt Garrety, played by Alex Russell, and Steve Montgomery, played by Michael B. Jordan, as they develop the power to move objects with their minds and levitate their bodies to the point of actually flying.

Carroll-Oakland thanks Dillon for remembering them

Editors Note: The following letter was sent to the family of the late Mrs. Rose Dillon thanking them for asking the community to donate to Carroll-Oakland School in Mrs. Dillons memory. The schools principal, Carol Ferrell, also shared the letter with The Wilson Post as a way to also thank the family publicly.

To the Rose Dillon Family:

On behalf of Carroll-Oakland School, I want to extend my condolences over the recent loss of Mrs. Rose. During my years at Carroll-Oakland, Mrs. Rose was a wonderful neighbor to the school and I considered her a sweet friend.

Our school was greatly honored when you selected us to receive donations from community members wishing to remember Mrs. Rose. Weve received several donations and have been carefully deciding how best to use the money. I hope you will be pleased with our decision.

We have a high poverty rate at Carroll-Oakland and we spend a lot of time and money helping students with clothing, as well as personal hygiene items such as soap, deodorant, etc During the same week, we received monetary donations from friends of Mrs. Rose, we also received a wonderful donation from Gladeville Baptist Church of much needed items such as socks, gloves, soap and deodorant. We immediately thought of a great idea. With the money we will purchase a metal cabinet and fill it with the donations and we will call it ROSES CLOSET! This fulfills a great need for the Carroll-Oakland community and will prolong the legacy of the Dillon family, namely Mrs. Rose.

We want to thank the wonderful donors who have made this possible: Robert and Faye Dedman, Neal and Deborah Oakley, Melanie Dillon, William and Kristina McKee and Gladeville Baptist Church. And we especially thank you, the Dillon family, for being wonderful neighbors to Carroll-Oakland School.

Carol M. Ferrell
Carroll-Oakland School

Margaret Mitchell McDonald, 84

Mrs. McDonald died Feb. 6, 2012 at age 84. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon on Wednesday from 3-8 p.m. and on Thursday from 12 Noon until the service.

The chapel service, conducted by Reverend Danny Sellars, is 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Interment will follow in Wilson County Memorial gardens.

Active pallbearers: Timmy Mitchell, Bobby Thompson, Jade Sellars, Greg Walrath, Ronnie Harmon and Dwayne Garcia. Honorary: Jimmy Williams, Ronnie Sellars, Charles Jones, Bill Hill, Cedar Senior Citizens, and Chicken Scratch Girls.

Survivors include: daughter Brenda Patterson; brother Don (Shirley) Mitchell; grandchildren Rodney Taylor and Rhonda (Brian) Edwards; great-grandchildren Chris (Caroline) Edwards and Casey Edwards; great-great-grandchildren Daiya Malkou and Mailee Edwards; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by husband Robert Pepper McDonald, parents Ernest and Sara Spann Mitchell, siblings Louise Williams, Wylene Harmon, Jerry, Robert, Edward, and Gene Mitchell, and son-in-law Jimmy Patterson.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, 615.444.9393. Obits 615.758.8818.

Store cited for not reporting scrap jewelry purchases

The Wilson Post

Authorities will consult with the District Attorneys Office regarding charges against a local store where an employee reportedly purchased some property even though he had been informed that it was stolen and also did not obtain information on the sellers identity.

A search warrant was served by the Lebanon Police Department on Feb. 2 at The Silver Store, located at 1216 West Main Street, Lebanon, after investigators had received information that state law regarding the purchase of scrap jewelry and metal dealers was not being followed.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said Tuesday that a confidential informant was sent in by the LPD to try and sell a necklace. The store employee offered the CI some money for the necklace and when the CI told the employee that it was stolen, the employee dropped the price and he bought it anyway.

Bowen said a law passed by the state legislature in 2009 treats so-called gold stores just like pawn shops in that once they obtain merchandise they cannot sell it for 30 days to allow law enforcement time to see if it is stolen and to identify who sold the item, or items, to the store.

The law required him (the person at The Silver Store) to report to us what was taken in and the person selling it, Bowen said, adding the law gives police a way to retrieve property that might have been stolen and also a way to find the person who sold the property.

Stores that buy items, especially those that purchase items knowing they are stolen, and then turn around and sell them again are essentially fencing the property, the chief said.

Its irresponsible. We hope it sends a message to pawn shops and gold stores, he said, adding that failure to report the purchase of such items and the identity of the seller is a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

Cases like these fuel property crimes such as burglary, Bowen said. Cases such as this one gives criminals an opportunity to sell stolen property without detection thus making law enforcements job tougher.

With the economy in a slow-down the past few years, a number of stores dealing in scrap jewelry and precious metal have opened nationwide. While many are legitimate, some are not and that is why the law was passed by the state legislature in 2009 to treat them the same as pawn shops.

Were trying to make it as hard on the criminals as we can, Bowen said.

Once approved by the District Attorneys Office, charges related to reported violations found in the investigation will be presented to the Wilson County grand jury.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at


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