2009 in review, a look back

(Editor’s note: The dates below refer to stories published in The Wilson Post but do not necessarily correspond to the actual date on which an event may have occurred.)

Jan. 21 - - Barack Obama took office as the 44th President of the U.S., although in the November election Wilson County favored his Republican opponent Sen. John McCain by a margin of  more than 2 to 1. Obama received 15,886 votes in Wilson County and McCain 34,595.

Jan. 23 - - The headline read 83 on list for arrest and referred to a major round-up of suspected drug dealers that stretched over more than two days.

Feb. 27 - - A native son of Wilson County, 1st Lt. William Eric Emmert, a member of the Tennessee Army National Guard, was killed in Iraq in the line of duty.

March 3 - - Cumberland University baseball coach Woody Hunt, a newly inducted member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, notched his 1,200th win Tuesday, March 3 when his Bulldogs defeated St. Xavier 3-2 during a Florida road trip. CU closed out the 2009 season with a 33-25 record.

March 10 - - A long debated controversy among county commissioners to accept or deny a proposed bible theme park in Wilson County was ended and Bible Park USA, which first looked at a site near Murfreesboro, was turned away.

April 10 - - McClain Christian Academy dedicated a new campus location on Leeville Pike.

April 17 - - Led by conservative proponents against certain federal government policies regarding taxation and government spending, a tax protest, billed as a “Tea Party,” was held in Mt. Juliet.

April 24 - - Delores Mackey, a Republican member of the Wilson County Election Commission, stood her ground and voted in support of longtime Election Administrator Lynn Harris, in order for Harris to keep her job. Consequently Mackey was asked to resign her post for not voting with other Republican members and ousting Harris from office.

May 22 - - For decades the Wilson County Livestock Market, owned and operated by the McKee family, closed.

May 22 - - Ironically two county teams, Mt. Juliet High and Friendship Christian School, lost in the finals of their respective TSSAA high school baseball championships held in Murfreesboro. Mt. Juliet dropped a 2-1 decision to Knox Farragut in the finals -- closing the books on a 31-13 season.  FCS lost to Decater County - Riverside 4-3 in nine innings in the finals -- ending the season 26-11 overall.

June 19 - - Wilson County recorded its second victim for the year from the ongoing war in Iraq and Afghanistan, when U.S. Army Spc. Jonathon O’Neill of Watertown died from wounds sustained in battle.

July 1 - - Two missionary trips sponsored by local churches to Honduras were interrupted when one group from Immanuel Baptist Church was stranded in the Central American country and another from College Hills Church of Christ was forced to cancel its trip because of political unrest resulting in the ouster of the country’s president.

July 10 - - A national operation spearheaded by U.S. Marshals in cooperation with local law enforcement known as FALCON swooped down on Wilson County and made several arrests of felons in the area using the Lebanon National Guard Armory as the base for operations.

July 17 - - Dell Computers announced that it no longer would maintain its assembly facility in Lebanon.

Aug. 12 - - It was announced that famed civil rights attorney Fred Gray, who represented the late Dr. Martin Luther King among other civil rights leaders, would speak at Cumberland University.

Sept. 2 - - Once again the Wilson County Fair, regarded as the best county fair in Tennessee and one of the best in the South, broke all previous attendance records attracting  505,434 attendees. Through the first four days the event dominated headlines with attendance topping a record 24,000. Good weather was cited as one contributing factor in the increase in attendance.

Sept. 16 - - An on again off again courtship by the City of Lebanon with a proposed new industry that had plans to locate here ended with CoreTech saying it was no longer interested in pursuing an operation in Lebanon. CoreTech lost the confidence of several members of the Lebanon city council and others in city government when it failed to provide certain information about its business and make available answers about other inquiries.

Oct. 2 - - A wheel tax to be placed on Wilson Countians for the purpose of building a new Lebanon High School was defeated.

Oct. 2 - - Sheriff Terry Ashe reopened a case involving the death of Charles Ragland “Butch” Cooksey Jr., age 19, some 40 years ago saying that he had gathered new information sufficient enough to believe that Cooksey’s death may have been as a result of foul play.

Oct. 7 - - Cumberland University announced plans to open a non-traditional night nursing school program in Mt. Juliet.

Oct. 7 - - The result of a party in the Statesville Community was the murder of Darrell “Crow” Sloan, 38. Three people were indicted one week later in connection with the murder.

Nov. 11 - - Mt. Juliet High School graduate Barry Wilmore piloted the Space Shuttle Atlantis on an 11-day mission to the International Space Station lifting off on Nov. 16.

Nov. 25 - - It was published that the Lebanon Special School District had purchased land adjacent to Leeville Pike for the construction of a new school.

Dec. 2 - - The Lebanon Army National Guard unit was to head for training at Camp Shelby, Miss. before being deployed in February to Iraq.

 This list was compiled by Ben Dudley and Sam Hatcher.