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Obituaries

Lloyd Elkin Brown, 57

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, October 9 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Brown, 57, of Lebanon.

A fulltime English Professor at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin since 2004, Mr. Brown died Monday, Oct. 6, 2008 at his residence.

He was born in Washington, DC, February 24, 1951, son of the late Colonel Harvey Lloyd Brown and Lucy Elkin Scott Brown. Mr. Brown graduated from Lebanon High School in 1969, Cumberland College (1971, A.A.) and received his Master of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University.

A gifted guitarist, he was a member of the Leeville United Methodist Church, Watertown Arts Guild, The Sierra Club and Amnesty International.

The family will receive friends Wednesday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. and Thursday after 10 a.m.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Roland Scruggs. Interment will be in the Leeville Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife Billye Bryant Brown; son Casey Brown of Murfreesboro and sister-in-law Clara Bryant.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Harvey LeGrand Brown.

Pallbearers will include: Chip Flippen, David Johnson, Mike Singleton, Wesley Neeley, Roger Holman, David Coe and Dustin Napier.

The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Wilson County Humane Association.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Telling Tales

My White Chairs

At a certain point in life you look at your furnishings and realize you have had enough of the hand me down pieces and decide its time to buy some “adult” furniture.

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General News

City Council overrides Mayor's veto

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

After some discussion, Lebanon City Council voted unanimously to override the Mayor Don Fox’s veto of a resolution seeking tax equity for Lebanon. Ward 3 Councilor William Farmer said “the veto surprised him as he thought the mayor had originally been in favor of the resolution.”

Farmer also explained that the resolution was actually a request that the county try to work with the city to solve the problems, not an ultimatum.

The resolution, which also passed unanimously at the last council meeting, requests that the county either adjust Lebanon residents’ tax rate or pay $1.5 million toward the city’s fire protection, since the county already provides fire protection for Mt Juliet.

The resolution contains an April 1, 2009 deadline for response. If nothing has changed by that date the resolution states that the city council should reconsider the matter and pass an ordinance forbidding the use of city equipment outside of the city limits.

Lebanon Public Safety Director Billy Weeks pointed out that lives were not at stake in the issue. “We help save property,” he said. But added that currently by the time trucks from Lebanon can get to a fire in Mt Juliet the buildings are already fully involved.
The councilors also passed on first reading an ordinance to amend the city zoning regulations to create a “Specific Plan” or SP zoning district.

The SP zone will be a designed zone with very specific uses allowed. If the land were later sold the new owner would either have to continue the same use or apply for a zone change before using it for other purposes.

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County tourism impact sees increase from 2007

From Post staff reports

Visitors to Wilson County brought in an estimated $97 million in travel-related expenditures to the local economy, according to a report released by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

The report, 2007 Economic Impact of Travel on Tennessee Counties, was prepared for the Tourism Department by the Research Department of the Travel Industry Association of America.

According to figures from the report, travel-related expenditures in Wilson County were continuing to grow at 6.9 percent from the previous year to $97.5 million. The amount in 2006 was $91 million. Increases were also experienced in payroll, local taxes and state taxes.

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School board to choose LHS bid in Saturday special meeting

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Board of Education accepted bids on the new Lebanon High School, including one guaranteed maximum price bid from Hewlett-Spencer, and two competitive bids, from R.G. Anderson and Hardaway Construction.

The base bids are, $56.647 million from R.G. Anderson, $54.999 million from Hardaway and $48,095,742 from Hewlett Spencer.

The bids will be checked by both the architect and the county attorney before a special called board meeting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Central Office on Stumpy Lane when the board will decide which bid to accept.

The board also passed a resolution thanking the Wilson County Commission for passing the needed funding for the school system’s 2008-2009 budget.

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General Sports

Jasmine Hassell picks UGA

From Post staff reports

GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central post player Jasmine Hassell, rated as the nation’s No. 11 overall prospect by HoopGurlz and No. 18 overall by Blue Star, has verbally committed to play for the University of Georgia.

Hassell, a 6-2 senior, averaged about 20 points and more than 10 rebounds per game last season and has led Wilson Central to the Class AAA state title in two of her three seasons.

"She’s a great leader and a great person who is a role model student," said her coach Bud Brandon. "Georgia is getting a player that has been tested, and in Tennessee, our brand of basketball is one of the top brands in the country. She’s used to success and winning. She’s going to be a great asset to Coach (Andy) Landers’ program."

"I liked the coaches, I liked the girls, It felt like home. When you’re a little kid, [playing in the SEC is] always something you think about," Hassell said. "It’s a dream."

Hassell, the 2008 Class AAA Miss Basketball, also visited Kentucky, Middle Tennessee and Vanderbilt. She has been an All-District and All-Region selection each year since she was a freshman. She was a member of the all-tournament team at the state tournament in 2006.

Hassell has already scored more than 1,700 points in her career at Wilson Central.

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