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Make Wilson Countys voice heard in mass transit discussion
By JOHN McDEARMAN, JERE McCULLOCH and SAM HATCHER

In the past month, communities throughout Middle Tennessee pulled together to help each other out in the wake of the devastating floods. In many cases, it was neighbor helping neighbor, but it was also carloads of volunteers crossing county lines to help out their fellow Tennesseans, wherever help was needed.

The floods reminded us that “Nashville” means much more than just Davidson County. We are a 10-county region circling the Nashville metropolitan area, and the decisions and challenges facing Nashville and its surrounding communities affect us all.  That is why Wilson County and each of the counties in our 10-county region should be active participants in the ongoing discussion about mass transit options for our area.
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Letters to the Editor

Contact your city councilor regarding 2010-2011 budget talks
To the Editor:

I took time to attend the budget work session for the City of Lebanon on Wednesday. I was concerned when it was reported that the city had a balanced budget but it was going to borrow $1 million. When I have borrowed money, my budget is not in balance until I get out of the red. The whole thing just seemed odd when it was also reported that we would not have any new fees or taxes.  How on earth is the city going to pay for a million dollar loan when it doesn't have money to balance a budget without it?

The first thing that was of great concern to me was the amount of time that was spent on the senior citizen center budget. I was under the impression that this was a nonprofit organization. We have to borrow a million dollars but we are funding and planning a nonprofit's budget? Why give nonprofits tax free status if we are going to fund them with taxpayer money? Seems like they are getting paid twice, and this practice needs to stop until we don't have to borrow money to "balance the budget."
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Reader praises CHUE as great school
To the Editor:

Recently, I was invited to Castle Heights Upper Elementary School to be a part of Read Me Day, along with many other professionals in various fields or careers.
  
From the very start, as I walked in, I was greeted with clear information as to what classes I would be going into, and also, the length of time, etc. There was also a feast spread out for all to enjoy! And we did!
 
I want to publicly thank Mr. Terry Trice and his staff for all their hard work. I was so impressed with the school and the faculty. I heard from other visitors many complimentary expressions that day.
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Wilson Place to Be as flood brings out best in citizens
To the Editor:

On a devastating weekend of May 1-2, businesses and individuals were scrambling to save what they could from flooding waters in Lebanon and throughout Wilson County. I saw Town Creek flood in 1989, but not anything like it did in May 2010. 

Several businesses on the Downtown Square lost everything, many lost a lot of things and everyone has been dealing with a huge mess. Many businesses in other areas of Lebanon dealt with losses and clean-up efforts. The good news is help came quickly.  A call, emails and Facebook messages were sent immediately. People arrived from all walks of life asking where we are needed and what can we do.
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General News

Ashley Johnson resigns at Lebanon High School

DEVILETTE HOOPS COACH

BULLETIN -- Lebanon High School girls basketball coach Ashley Johnson submitted her resignation Friday morning after two seasons on the job.

Johnson, the TSSAA Class AAA Miss Basketball at Shelbyville Central High in 2002 and a standout player at Ole Miss, will reportedly be pursuing a doctorate degree on a fulltime basis.

"Ashley was an outstanding teacher, coach and role model for our young ladies," said LHS Principal Nancy Ash, "she really wrestled with this decision."

She took the Lebanon job in May of 2008, replacing Darian Brown -- who left after two seasons to take an administrative position at Wilson Central.

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Gordon outlines tax credits for eligible Wilson County small businesses
The IRS issued new guidance on the tax credits available to small businesses that offer health coverage for their employees, which 6th District U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Murfreesboro, hailed as good news for roughly 800 Wilson County small businesses that may be eligible.

“These tax credits will make it easier for small businesses to provide health care coverage and retain good employees at a time when budgets are tight,” Gordon said. “The new guidelines will help small businesses get the maximum benefit from these credits.”
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Home Tour set June 6th
From Post staff reports

The Wilson Post annual Tour of Homes is scheduled for Sunday, June 6.

The event, headed by Charma Hawkins, marketing and advertising director for The Post, annually attracts a wide variety of homes on sale in Wilson County representing a broad array of selection and price points.
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Ladies book club meets June 3 at Sherlock's Book Store

LEBANON -- Wilson County women of all ages are encouraged to attend the next meeting of the First Baptist Church “Ladies Book Club”.

The group’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 3 at Two Roads Cafe, located in Sherlock’s Book Store, 200 Maddox Simpson Parkway.

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Vantrease guest speaker at Memorial Day Ceremony in Lebanon
Monday, May 31, is Memorial Day throughout the free world.  

“All gave some, some gave all. Freedom isn’t free!”

“These are familiar words and phrases especially at this time of year,” said retired United States Air Force Lt. Col. Jim D. Henderson, coordinator of a Memorial Day event to be held at the Wilson County Courthouse in Lebanon.
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Weeks set to become new police chief
By KALYN SHELLY
The Wilson Post

A change of command is under way in Lebanon's police department.

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said yesterday that Public Safety Commissioner Billy Weeks is to become the city's new police chief, while current chief, Scott Bowen, is being transferred to City Hall to work as a grants writer.

Craighead said Weeks will continue to hold both positions, safety commissioner and police chief, at this time.
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You can appeal if FEMA assistance denied
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

FEMA’s top public information officer on the ground in Tennessee in wake of the May 1-2 floods stopped by The Wilson Post Thursday to remind those affected by high waters in Wilson County to be sure and register the federal agency.

Nate Custer, PIO with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said the registration process is ongoing and in the past two weeks more than 43,000 people have registered statewide in the 42 counties that have been declared disaster areas. In addition, he said, more than $104 million is disaster assistance has been approved.
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General Sports

CU seeded 2nd in World Series

WON'T PLAY UNTIL SATURDAY

LEWISTON, ID -- Cumberland (53-9) received the No. 2 seed and will face the winner of Tennessee Wesleyan and Embry-Riddle on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT in the 2010 Avista-NAIA World Series at Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho. The Bulldogs are making their 11th trip to the Avista-NAIA World Series and first since 2007.
 
More information about the 2010 Avista-NAIA World Series may be found at
http://naia.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/2010Championship.html <http://naia.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/2010Championship.html> , including live video for all games of the tournament and the full 10-team bracket. 

JOLIET, Ill -- Aaron Wilkerson threw a three-hit shutout as Cumberland defeated Campbellsville 3-0 Friday morning to win the NAIA Regional -- sending the 'Dogs to their 11th NAIA World Series.

Wilkerson (12-1) struck out an amazing 17 batters and walked just two as CU improved to 53-9 overall headed back to Lewiston, ID.

"Aaron Wilkerson was a special pitcher today," Said CU head coach Woody Hunt, "there's no question he's a professional pitcher -- he just dominated a very good Campbellsville team."

Cumberland broke open a scoreless game with two runs in the seventh thanks to back-to-back doubles by Sam Kikla amd Matt Greener -- followed by an RBI single by Troy Frazier.

CU added an insurance run in the top of the ninth as Kikla led off with a triple and was chased home on a deep sacrifice fly by Greener.

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