MURFREESBORO -- Dr. James B. "Jim" Dressler, an academic fixture at Cumberland University for nearly four decades, died Tuesday at Middle Tennessee Medical Center following a brief illness.
Dr. Dressler, 62, former chairman of the History Department at CU, had also served the University as Vice President for Administration.
He was considered by his peers as an expert on history. In fact, in 2007, he took part in a three-day seminar at Trinity Site in White Sands, N.M. The site is open only to a few select visitors once each year, and the seminar included time at Los Alamos Atomic Laboratory.
Fond of Civil War history, he signed a publisher's contract in 2007 for the publication of his historical Civil War novel, "Dance with the Devil" Dr. Dressler was also an avid hunter and golfer.
Woodfin Memorial Chapel on Lascassas Highway in Murfreesboro was in charge of arrangements with private graveside services at a later date.
LEBANON – Memorial services were held Sunday afternoon, June 8 at the Berea Church of Christ for Mr. Bradley, 64, of Lebanon. A cabinet maker and a native of Wilson County, Mr. Bradley died June 6, 2008 at his residence.
A veteran of the US Army, he was a member of the Berea Church of Christ and the son of the late David Sydney and Janie Margaret Reed Bradley.
Services were conducted by Brother Lee Mangrum and Brother Greg Smith.
LEBANON – Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, June 7 at the Sellars Funeral Home for Mrs. Tyree, 67, of Goodletsville. She passed away on June 5, 2008.
Services were conducted by Brother Darin Miller with interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: her husband of 50 years George Tyree of Goodlettsville and children Hope (Michael) Huffines and Chris Tyree – both of Goodlettsville, Jim (Michelle) Tyree, Bill Tyree — all from Nashville and Jon (Jamie) Tyree of Hendersonville.
WATERTOWN – Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, June 9 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. McCoy, 87, of the Shop Springs Community. Son of the late Frank A. and Grace Smith McCoy, he died June 7, 2008.
Born in Nora, Virginia, he was a member of the Shop Springs Baptist Church and Comer Lodge No. 417, F&AM. Mr. McCoy was retired from TRW Ross Gear where he was a took maker.
Services were conducted by Rev. Carl Price. Interment was in the Carlen Cemetery at Silver Point.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years Charlene Evans McCoy and daughter Darlene Middleton of Louisville, KY.
MT. JULIET – Funeral services have been scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, June 12 at the Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Hilton, 70, of Lebanon. She died Monday, June 9, 2008 at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Mrs. Hilton was a Tennessee Licensed Funeral Director, C.F.O with Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Millington and served on the county Election Commission. The family will receive friends Wednesday between the hours of 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Thursday from 12 Noon until the funeral.
Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Entombment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
WATERTOWN – Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, June 8 at the Fall Creek Baptist Church for Mr. Thompson, 83, of the Norene Community. Retired from the Lebanon High School cafeteria and a longtime farmer, Mr. Thompson died June 6, 2008 at his residence.
A native of Wilson County, he was the son of the late John Wesley and Lela Sauls Thompson.
Services were conducted by the Rev. Billy Trice and the Rev. Greg Bell. Burial was at the Fairview Cemetery.
By TOMI L. WILEY, The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet
MT. JULIET -- The numbers are in, and according to the 2008 Mt. Juliet Special Census, the city has the highest population in Wilson County with 25,234 people included in the census.
At a press conference Monday, Mt. Juliet Mayor Linda Elam announced that in two years the population of Mt. Juliet has grown by 4,842 people, or nearly 24 percent. The last special census conducted in 2006 listed 20,392 people. A Federal census conducted by the government in 2000 saw only 12,366 people – that’s a population that has more than doubled in eight years. The U.S. Census is conducted every 10 years.
Elam noted that the government will allot $102 for every person listed in the census, which will boost the Mt. Juliet general fund and State Street Aid fund to $2.6 million a year. Elam said the additional money in the street fund will help reign in the "unparalleled growth" in Mt. Juliet by building roads and infrastructure. She said the additional funds will help to "plan for additional thoroughfares and traffic measures.""It’s a great morning in Mt. Juliet," Elam said with a smile, "and we have the numbers to prove it."