By SAM HATCHER, The Wilson Post
In many ways she was a Mother Teresa to those who found a need for Spiritual favor or guidance. Her Faith took her to homes, hospitals and offices in Wilson County and for that matter around the world.
Sister A.A.A. Stafford died Monday, May 16, at age 80. For the past several months Sister Stafford had struggled with health issues related to an ongoing battle with cancer.
Despite her bout with declining health she maintained her persistent mission to serve others, according to a number of close friends.
A word of prayer, a pleasant thought and often just quoting “God loves you, He loves us all,” Sister Stafford went about her business day-by-day visiting the sick and helping those in need.
By ANGEL KANE
Wilson Living Magazine
So I am pretty sure when God was handing out the “sporty” gene, I was somewhere in the back of the room engrossed in a Lifetime movie starring either Valerie Bertinelli or Jacqueline Smith.
Nevertheless, he sent me down to earth without it…and since that day I have been paying the price.
Dear Ken: I used to love watching “The Red Skelton Show” with my grandparents when I was a child. What can you tell me about Skelton?
The comic was born Richard Bernard Skelton in Vincennes, Ind., and he proved entertaining in vaudeville and on radio and Broadway as well as in movies and TV. While he made more than 30 films, it his “Red Skelton Hour” TV show, which ran from 1951 to 1971, for which he was best known and where he portrayed such characters as Clem Kadiddlehopper, Freddie the Freeloader, Junior the Mean Widdle Kid, Sheriff Dead Eye and told his jokes about two cross-eyed seagulls named Gertrude and Heathcliffe. The comedian was also quite a painter and love painting images of clowns which were sold for thousands of dollars. Married three times, he had two children. Skelton died of pneumonia in 1997 at age 84. His closing line at the end of each TV show was, “Good night, and may God bless.”
By ANGEL KANE
Now is the time to enter to win all the Founder’s Favorites found in our May/June Issue. Entry is free! Just go to www.wilsonlivingmagazine.com to participate.
This issue we have featured three Founders’ Favorites perfect for Spring.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
A modern-day Merlin, Bill Carter, a 17-year resident of Lebanon, has waved his magic wand at dozens of professional musicians since he pulled Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones’ fat out of the fire on occasion in the 1970s.
Today, Carter, 75, serves as executive producer of the Bill and Gloria Gaither gospel music “Homecoming” specials. He returned two weeks ago from a memorable project with 140 Southern gospel artists at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C.
The former Arkansas lawyer, who evolved into a professional troubleshooter of sorts, recently has seen his name sprinkled liberally throughout the first chapter of Life, the autobiography of Keith Richards, the legendary guitarist of the legendary Rolling Stones. The book sat at No. 1 on the New York Times hardcover, non-fiction best-seller list for several weeks earlier this year.
In that first chapter Richards recounts how in early July of 1975 he was jailed in Fordyce, Ark., on drug charges and how attorney Carter got him off the hook.
By RAY POPE
Here we go again, back to chilly weather. I hope the flying insects stay out especially for our Purple Martins. The Martins have been flying over my Martin house, but I am afraid that my Bluebirds are too territorial for even them. Next season, I will make plans to move the Bluebirds some place else. In the back yard, fence line the Birds are having a field day with the Mullberry tree, so I thought I might try them for myself and found them to be very tastey. Does anyone have a good recipe for Mullberry jelly or jam?
I finally got my vegetable garden put in just before the rain started. This year will see a few more varities of pepper plants and no more German Queens. While working on my planting, there were several families of Goldfinch that would feed not too far from me. This is the time they are most beautiful and will raise their brood later in the summer.
Government meetings --
Wilson County Commission’s Recreation Committee will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 19, in the commission courtroom, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.
Lebanon Public Works/ Transportation Committee will meet at 7:30 a.m., Monday, May 23, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.
Wilson County Commission’s Insurance Committee will meet at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.
Wilson County Board of Education will meet in a work session at 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, to discuss the upcoming budget, future building needs, 2012-2013 school calendar and the sale of the bus garage property in Lebanon. The work session will be at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon.
Wilson County Board of Education will meet in a work session at 4 p.m., Monday, June 6, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon, to discuss the director of schools evaluation. The board’s regular meeting will follow at 5 p.m. All items to be considered for the agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Monday, May 23.
4-month-old girl still critical
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
A 4-month-old female remains in critical condition at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital after sustaining what authorities believe were injuries due to child abuse.
Officers with the Lebanon Police Department responded to University Medical Center at about 10 p.m., Saturday, May 14, to investigate an allegation of child abuse, according to a news release from Chief Scott Bowen.
“During the investigation, a 4-month-old infant female was found to have injuries consistent with child abuse. Police believe the alleged incident happened inside a unit in the Inman Court Housing Projects,” the news release said.
By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Members of the Lebanon City Council are preparing to solve some of the flooding issues identified in a recent drainage study by applying for Hazard Mitigation Grants with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, while one citizen remains dissatisfied with the study.
Jean Poole, a resident of Center Street, who has been before the council many times about flooding issues in her neighborhood, was not satisfied with the recent flood study conducted by the city and engineering firm Neel Schaffer and Associates.
Poole’s area of Barton’s Creek, the area around Byars-Dowdy Elementary School, was not in the flood study and she was considerably disappointed, after members of the council had asked that her area be included.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
It seemed like a message from beyond when Rod Richmond, a Lebanon resident and songwriter, penned a song for the Tune Up for COPD Songwriting Competition, which went on to win “Fan Favorite.”
Richmond, who is a physician’s assistant, has a personal connection to the lung disease COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. His father passed away from the disease, which progressed and took hold, realizing he had the disease after it was too late.
“My father died at age 54 from COPD. The last year was very difficult,” Richmond explained. The lung disease can show up like a simple cough that just won’t go away, or shortness of breath when jogging. Richmond said his father had trouble breathing and could barely manage simple tasks that he enjoyed doing as a result.
That’s why, when Richmond saw an advertisement online for the songwriting competition, he was compelled to enter. Throughout his life, Richmond has been an aspiring songwriter and musician. Richmond’s father has always been an inspiration always encouraged his son to pursue his dreams.
From Post staff reports
MT. JULIET -- Officers with the Mt. Juliet Police Department have arrested a theft suspect after a traffic stop and foot chase. The suspect arrested has been identified as Joshuah James, a 25-year-old male of Nashville.
Mt. Juliet Police responded to the area of West Division Street at approximately 12:05 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, to look for an alleged theft suspect that was supposedly driving a white pickup truck pulling a stolen trailer.
Cpl. Josh Orman spotted a vehicle matching that description and initiated a traffic stop in the Valley Center shopping area on North Mt. Juliet Road. The vehicle was occupied with three individuals, and the driver fled on foot during the initial investigation.
KEIL LATEST TO BE SHOWN THE DOOR
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Lebanon High principal Myra Sloan’s makeover of the Blue Devil coaching staff continued over the weekend with her dismissal of boy’s basketball coach Doug Keil.
Fired via a telephone conversation with Sloan Sunday afternoon, Keil becomes the latest in a series of head coaches and assistants who will not be returning in Blue and White next school year.
“I certainly understand the fact that Mrs. Sloan makes the decisions about her coaching positions,” Keil said Monday night. “I’ve enjoyed my time at Lebanon High both as a teacher and coach. I very much want to stay in education -- and I don’t want to uproot my family from this community.”
Keil, head coach of the Blue Devil boys for the past eight seasons, served four seasons as an assistant coach at LHS under former coach Randall Hutto, before taking a head coaching job at Warren County High in McMinnville.
He left Warren County to assume the top job at LHS following Hutto’s retirement. Keil went 121-122 in eight years as head coach at LHS, including a record of 7-21 this past season. He teaches Algebra and has earned “Level 5” status as an educator.
Longtime wrestling coach Darin Plumlee (Special Education Math, 9 years experience), track coach David Glasscock (a Level 5 Science instructor, 12 years) and offensive line coach Eric Lawrence (Algebra, 7 years) were all transferred out of the building by Sloan for the 2011-2012 academic year. Both Plumlee and Glasscock also worked as assistants under former head football coach Bobby Brown.
Coach Brown was forced to resign this past December after nine years as head coach -- after posting a record of 44-51. Brown will be taking a postion in the Lebanon Special School District this fall as assistant principal at Baird Middle School.
Volleyball coach hired -- The search for a new Lebanon High volleyball coach to replace Paula Jackson has come to a close as the school turns to Tamikia L. White, a Lebanon resident who works in the Central Office of Metro Nashville Public Schools.
White worked at her alma mater LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis as an assistant volleyball coach 2000-2006 in addition to duties in the sports information office.
She has played volleyball for over 25 years on the club, high school and collegiate level.