WATERTOWN -- Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 29 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Sims, 88, of Lebanon.
A native of Wilson County and a former employee of Robertshaw / Lux Time, Mrs. Sims died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 200 at her residence.
She was the daughter of the late Carl and Lois Evans Henley and a member of the Shop Springs Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends Sunday between the hours of 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at on Monday prior to the funeral. Burial will be at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: children Loydean Smithwick of College Grove, Ed (Jean) Sims of Delrose, Carlene (Roy) Gilleland of Nashville, Alice Faye Moore of Spring City, Barbara (Phillip) Allison and Johnie Loyd (Patsy) Sims, Jr. -- all of Lebanon.
Also surviving are grandchildren Mary Beth Fortugno, Walter and Michael Smithwick, Michael Sims, John Sims, Mark Sims, Ensley and Madeline Hagan, Johnie Loyd Sims III, Amanda Moore, Melissa Ellis and John Moore; 16 great grandchildren; siblings Mildred Graves and Charlotte White -- both of Lebanon, Herald Henley and Margaret Beadle -- both of Watertown and Russell Henley of Lighthouse Point, Florida as well as numerous nurses and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Sims is preceded in death by husband Johnie Loyd Sims, son Herbert Carl Sims, three grandchildren, sister Mabel Owens and brothers Samuel and Robert Henley.
Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, is in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, September 25 at the JC Hellum Funeral Chapel for Mr. Woods, 87, of Lebanon. A US Army veteran, he died Sept. 21, 2008 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center.
Services were conducted by Rev. J.D. Harris. Interment was at Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include son James (Nora) Woods of Lebanon, daughters Mary McGee of Nashville, Bettye (Lonnie) Watkins of Gallatin and Althea (Donnie) Gee of Nashville.
Also surviving is daughter-in-law Faye Copeland, a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
JC Hellum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 12 Noon, Saturday, September 27 at the JC Hellum Funeral Chapel for Mr. Brown, 72, of Lebanon.
He died Sept. 23, 2008 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 12 Noon until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Rev. Annette Zimondi. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: wife Annie Brown, children, sister Earnestine McDave, aunt Christine Nation, devoted cousin Lewis Brown, sister-in-law Willie Allison as well as nany other relatives and friends.
JC Hellum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET - You may cringe each time you approach the gas pump, but a national expert said this week that he expects oil prices to remain in the $80-$100 per barrel price range, and that may not be such a bad thing.
“I expect the price will stay in the $80 to $100 range for quite some time,” predicted Director of the Center for Economic Development and Research Bud Weinstein. “But that’s not all bad, since it will drive people to conserve more energy and fuel.”
Weinstein said he wants the prices to stay there so that leaders are forced to study substitutes, alternate sources of energy and offshore drilling. He said sustained higher fuel prices will likely cause people to turn to more fuel-efficient vehicles.
“But it would be nice to have some stability (in fuel prices),” Weinstein remarked.
As far as the recent gas shortage in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee area, Weinstein said that Hurricane Ike was a direct cause. Weinstein, who also teaches at the University of North Texas, said that during Hurricane Ike 20 percent of the national refining capacities shut down, and for a week after there was “nothing running in the pipelines” from Texas. He said that the Houston port has been closed since a week before the hurricane, drastically cutting down on imported fuel. He contributed these factors, as well as “panic buying” at the pumps and people “topping off” their vehicle gas tanks when it wasn’t really necessary, to the “spot shortages” seen in Middle Tennessee.
“But I’ve heard most of that is tapering off,” he noted.
From Post staff reports
State Sen. Mae Beavers and Rep. Stratton Bone announced today that Lebanon Police Department and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department have been awarded highway safety grants totaling $128,296, by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO)
The grants awarded will be used for DUI enforcement and for Operation Impact to save lives and reduce injuries on Wilson County highways.
“I am very pleased that we have been able to secure these highway safety grants to help make our roads safer,” said Beavers, who is a member of the Senate Transportation Committee and sponsor of numerous bills to strengthen Tennessee’s DUI laws. “I also appreciate all the hard work that our local officials have done in helping us to receive these funds.”
The grants are given to agencies that apply for funding based on problems and statistical need. Applications were reviewed and scored by the GHSO and external highway safety advocates.
“These grants will give our local communities additional funds that should help upgrade their efforts to make our roads safer and to protect our citizens from those who drink and drive,” Beavers added. “I will continue to work to make our roads safer in the next General Assembly.”
“We must do all that we can to make our roadways safer for all drivers,” Bone said. “These grants will help reduce the number of deadly crashes in Wilson County by stopping DUI drivers and enforcing traffic laws.”
“These highway safety grants reflect a continued commitment to work with local and state agencies to make our roadways even safer than they are today,” said Gov. Phil Bredesen. “The funds made available through these grants will support the efforts of many local and state highway safety partners to reduce the number of people killed and injured in traffic crashes each year.”
“I am proud that we are able to help fund important programs at the state and local level that help reduce the number of traffic crashes on Tennessee roadways,” said Commissioner Gerald Nicely, Tennessee Department of Transportation. “These grants will make a difference in the effectiveness of our highway safety partners.”
There are several elements that contribute to a sound and safe roadway system, according to Nicely. Some of those aspects are accurate traffic safety data collection and analysis; well-trained and equipped law enforcement personnel; and effective emergency medical and trauma systems.
A major part of roadway safety is educating motorists about laws and good driving behaviors, he added.
“Grants awarded by the GHSO are provided in areas of need,” reported GHSO Director Kendell Poole. “Statistics show our problem areas and we strive to put the funding where it will be most effective. We are dedicated to saving lives across Tennessee and pledge to work with grantees statewide to accomplish our mission.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funding for GHSO grants.
By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post
If you have a family heirloom or special antique piece, and you’ve been wondering exactly what it’s worth, bring it to the Antiques Appraisal Fair at Fiddler’s Grove on Saturday, Oct. 25.
The fair will feature at least eight antique experts, including Peggy Sue Davenport, who is a well known expert in the field.
The event, which will resemble the “Antique Road Shows” seen on television, will have the experts appraising heirlooms and antiques from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
It will cost just $10 per item for an appraisal. The appraisal will help owners decide whether to insure an item and how to price it if they want to sell it.
Grace Harbison, Fair Board Fiddler’s Grove volunteer, said the Appraisal fair will provide a wonderful opportunity for folks in the area to gather at Fiddler’s Grove and learn about their antiques and heirlooms as well as see other antiques and watch how appraisers judge their value.