By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
WILKERSON HOLLOW -- About 6,000 live poultry—chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, guinea hens, quail, pheasant and peacocks—rule the roost in Poultry Hollow.
These fine-feathered friends fill brooders in the barn as well as pens and coops beside the barn, while others just meander around the grassy hillside or beside the creek and pond. The noises they make range from cackles, squawks, clucks and chirps to quacking, cooing and crowing.
The hatchery began two years ago, but its origin flies back to 1980 when owner Todd Rutigliano, then 17, bought his first chicken from Edwards Hatchery in Lebanon.
Another Sunday and another great dinner at my Mother’s house. I pulled up the driveway and was met by my excited brother, Don. He said be quiet and let’s slip over toward the Hackberry tree at Mom's house in the front yard. It seems that a couple of Vultures were also having Sunday dinner with the guest of honor, a dead possum. All the trees around were in full foliage with little room for spotting their lunch from the air. There are many times that Vultures will fly at a lower altitude in hopes of smelling their way to dinner.
The Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) is a bird found throughout most of North America. Some people refer to it as a Turkey Buzzard and in some areas as a Carrion Crow. They are scavengers and feed exclusively on carrion. It locates its meal using its keen eyesight and sense of smell, flying low enough to detect the gasses given off in the process of decomposition of the unlucky animal and in rare instances, humans. Most everyone has watched some of the old westerns where the "Buzzards" would circle around some poor lost soul, waiting for him or her to take that last breath
By SAM HATCHER
On today’s front page there is a story about the scheduled opening of the new five-lane portion of Highway 109.
This state route has become in recent years one of the county’s most important thoroughfares as it enables traffic to move from Sumner County and west Lebanon to I-40 and on south to State Route 840.
By ANNE DONNELL
Why do we have to listen to so much elaborate gobbledygook? Why can’t medical experts, legal experts, scientists, scholars, and any one else who gets a microphone stuck in front of him or her just speak plainly?
-Tired of all the UNNECESSARY Verbiage
LEBANON – Funeral Mass was held Monday, June 27 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church for Mrs. D’Andria, 61, of Lebanon.
Interment was held in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. D’Andria passed away on June 20, 2011. She was a member of The Legion of Mary at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents George and Mary Rogers and biological father James Scaringi. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Alfred D’Andria Sr.
Survivors include: children Tina (John) Hamilton, Mary Ann (Rodney) Smith, John (Allison) D’Andria and Alfred D’Andria Jr.; siblings: Danny Scaringi, George (Cynthia) Rogers and David (Barbara) Rogers; grandchildren Jeff Wills, Julia Hamilton, John Thomas Hamilton, Ryan Smith, Devin Smith and Evie Clare D’Andria; aunts and uncles Mary and Tony Scaringi and Rocco Scaringi.
Pallbearers: John D’Andria, Al D’Andria Sr., Al D’Andria Jr., Rodney Smith, Jeff Willis and George Rogers. Special thanks are extended to Sue Ellen Simpson, Jean Barker, and Eddie D’Andria.
Sellars Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
HERMITAGE – Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 29, at 1 p.m. at Grace Place Church for Mrs. Hargrove, 73, of Hermitage.
Mrs. Hargrove died Monday, June 27, 2011 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, she was a member of Grace Place Church in Hermitage.
Pastors Tommy Dove, Paul Shields and Ted Clay presided over the ceremony. Interment followed at Spring Hill Cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Alexander “PeeWee” Hargrove; parents, Eddie and Sarah Clay; brothers, Eddie and Jerry Clay and sister, Frances Henry.
Survivors include: children, Larry Kimble, Dudley Blankenship of Hermitage, Debbie Blankenship, Rita (Ken) Sweeney, Janie (Charlie) Newby of Lebanon, Tom (Penny) Hargrove and Gina Sanders; brother, Ted (Pauline) Clay; sisters, Judy (Roy) Nichols, Barbara Fields and Patsy (Frankie) Addison; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON – A memorial service will be held at Leeville Methodist Church on Thursday, June 30, at 3 p.m. for Mrs. Jordan, 92, of Lebanon.
She passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at University Medical Center in Lebanon. She was a member of Lebanon’s First United Methodist Church and a homemaker.
The services will be officiated by Brother Larry Pedigo.
Visitation will be held Thursday, June 30 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Leeville Methodist Church.
She is preceded in death by parents Thomas Wilson Baskin and Maude Moser Baskin; husband, F.D. “Joe” Jordan and two infant grandchildren.
Survivors include: son, Chester (Freda) Jordan of Lebanon; granddaughter, Kristy (Jerry) Rizbi; step-granddaughters, Lisa (David) LaGrange of Lebanon and April Bradley and five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Jordan to New Leash on Life or to a charity of choice.
Partlow Funeral Chapel in Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.
WINCHESTER – Funeral services will be held Friday, July 1 at 6 p.m. at Sellars Funeral Home in Mt. Juliet for Mrs. White, 54, of Winchester.
Mrs. White passed away on Monday, June 27, 2011. Visitation with the family will be Friday, July 1 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Sellars Funeral Home.
Survivors include: mother, Lottie Merritt; son, Teddy White; brother, James “Jim” (Kim) Merritt; and other family members, Juanita Joyce Brodie, Cecil W. Endeman, Carolyn Sells, Charlie Wardwhite, Larry Brodie, Melissa Salinas and Helen Doxstater.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home of Mt. Juliet.
Services for Mrs. Martha Neal Walraven, 92, of Watertown, were held Monday, June 27, at Hunter Funeral Home.
Interment was at Neal Cemetery.
Mrs. Walraven died Friday, June 24, 2011 at her residence.
A native of Watertown, she received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Home Economics from A&I College in Kingsville, Texas, in 1941. Mrs. Walraven was a member of Watertown First Baptist Church and was a member of the choir for 25 years.
Services for Mr. Charlie Thomas Bissinger will be 10 a.m., Thursday, June 30, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Brother Mark Stinnett, Pastor John Hunn and Brother Barry Ellis officiating.
Interment will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 until 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, and after 9 a.m., Thursday, June 30, at Ligon & Bobo.
By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
In response to what he perceives as a growing threat to local youth, Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen is proposing a change to the Lebanon Municipal Code that will prohibit the possession, sale, delivery or transfer of synthetic drugs.
While the ordinance was deferred at the Lebanon City Council’s June 21 meeting, Bowen has since sent a wealth of information about the controlled substances to members of the council to bring them up to speed on their effects.
“There are stories everywhere about this stuff,” Bowen said, referring to products such as K2, Sprinkles, Diesel and more.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
Watertown freshman Ramsey Goolsby, 14, the reigning Tennessee Junior High All-Around Cowboy, is competing this week in Gallop, N.M., at the world’s largest junior high rodeo.
But he’s had more on his mind than roping and tying calves.
Among the spectators in the crowd of thousands has been his grandmother, Pat Ricketts, also of Watertown, who suffers from liver failure. Watching her grandson compete in six different events here may be the last item on her bucket list as doctors have given her but a few more months to live.
A Lebanon man placed on the TBI Top Ten Most Wanted List was captured last week and booked into the Wilson County Jail without bond until a court hearing.
Orlando Steverson, 28, was arrested and charged with one count of first degree murder on a warrant out of Lebanon after he was found hiding in a back bedroom of his girlfriend’s residence at Village Place Apartments Wednesday, June 29.
He was located and taken into custody by TBI, U.S. Marshals, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department and Lebanon Police Department.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
After nearly three years of orange barrels, construction crews and snarled traffic, a portion of Highway 109 is finally expected to open up to five full lanes next month according to Glenn Chambers, vice president of operations for LoJac Enterprises, Inc.
Begun in October 2008, Chambers said the crew working on Hwy. 109 is in the final stages of construction and will soon be ready to open the road, making the highway safer and easier to travel.
“It’ll be a lot safer, and it’ll ease congestion, too,” Chamber said.
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