MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Hendry, 46, of Nashville.
A loving, caring person and an avid animal lover, she died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011.
Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Thursday at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Brother Leslie Chapman officiating. A private burial is planned at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon.
A reception at 1703 Lilac Drive, Lebanon, will follow the service.
Survivors include: son Jesse Hendry of Nashville; parents David and Charlotte Thornhill; sister Debbie Lamberson and niece Paige Elliott -- all of Lebanon; former husband James Bo Hendry of Nashville; friends Mary, Aletha and Vicki.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to an account set up at SunTrust Bank (any branch) for the benefit of Jesse Hendry, Debbie Lamberson, guardian.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
LEBANON Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Aug. 8 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Lackey, 83, of Lebanon.
He passed away on Aug. 5, 2011.
Services were conducted by Brother Jackie Lackey and Brother Todd Lackey. Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: children Jack (Cindy) Lackey, Jr. David Bubba Lackey, Brenda Ketchum, Samantha Gammons and Vonda Driver.
Also surviving are sisters Sue Brewington and Mary Mullins; grandchildren Shane, Todd, Mike, and Josh Lackey, Melodie Gatti, LaChelle Burton, Donna Mofield, Will Law and Dana Ketchum Mallett, Brandi Sevier, Jordan Driver, Austin Jones, Cain, Toby, and Odie Lackey; 14 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; special friends Pat Sharp and Susie Rogers.
He is preceded in death by parents Lee and Bessie Brown Lackey, daughter Linda Pruitte, grandson Tony Harris, granddaughter Jetta Lackey, sisters Onie Hodge and Della Coates, and brothers Charlie, John, Joe, James, Earl Monk and Lester Dude Lackey.
Pallbearers: Shane Lackey, Todd Lackey, Austin Jones, Mike Lackey, Cain Lackey, and Josh Lackey.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Aug. 8 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Ollie D. Johnson, 100, of the Norene Community.
Mrs. Johnson, dietitian at the Norene School for some 20 years, passed away Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 at Mabry Assisted Living in Gainesboro.
A native of Wilson County and the oldest member of the Fall Creek Baptist Church, she was the daughter of the late William Pedro Cunningham and Willie Porterfield Cunningham.
Services were conducted by Rev. Mike Shelby with burial at the Fairview Cemetery.
Survivors include: children Bedford (Lela) Johnson and Linda *Wayne) Barrett -- all of Lebanon; Riley (Betty) Johnson of Gallup, NM; Shirley (Don) Mitchell and Elaine (Jim) Cox -- all of Norene.
Also surviving is daughter-in-law Sammie Johnson of Lebanon; 17 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Johnson is preceded in death by husband William Dallas Johnson; son William K. "Brownie" Johnson; infant daughter Deborah Gail Johnson; nine brothers and sisters.
Grandchildren served as pallbearers.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
MONTEREY -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Aug. 8 at the Mineral Springs Free Will Baptist Church for Mrs. Pamela Kay Key, 55, of Lebanon.
She passed away on August 5, 2011.
Services were conducted by Brother Tracy Langford and Brother Bobby Roberts. Interment followed in Welchs Cemetery.
Survivors include: her husband of 41 years Robert Key; sons Darrell (Melana) Key and Chris (Andrea) Key; sister Robbie (Merle) Askvig; brothers Ricky Jenkins and Mark Jenkins; grandchildren Payton Key, Briana Key and Camryn Key; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
OLD HICKORY -- Graveside services were held Monday morning, Aug. 8 in Hermitage Memorial Gardens for Mrs. Davis, 76, of Mt. Juliet.
A loving, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she passed away Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011.
Services were conducted by Rev. Oran Collins.
Survivors include: her husband of 45 years Tim Davis; daughter Cyndi Robinson; grandchildren Jake (Amy) Robinson, Stacy Robinson Fry, Michael, Tiffany and Brittany Duncan and two great grandchildren.
Arrangements under the direction of Hermitage Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, Old Hickory.
LEBANON -- A memorial service was held Sunday afternoon, Aug. 4 at the First United Methodist Church for Mrs. Sharry Baird Hager, 67, of Lebanon.
A longtime educator with the Lebanon Special Schools District, 27 years at Walter J. Baird, she died Aug. 4, 2011.
A 1962 graduate of Lebanon High School where she was a cheerleader, she was runner-up in the National Cheerleading Competition in Florida her senior year.
She was a graduate of Birmingham Southern and while there was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. She won Favorite in the Miss Southern Accent pageant.
Mrs. Hager was a member and officer of the ADK Sorority. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School. Mrs. Hager was active in the March of Dimes Foundation.
Services were conducted by Reverend David Hesson.
Survivors include: her husband of 34 years Bill Hager; children Allyson Collinsworth and Will (Holly Liter) Hager; brother Charles (Sue) Baird Jr. of Jacksonville, NC; grandchildren: Ella and Hayley Collinsworth; along with several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
She is preceded in death by parents Charles and Erma Lannom Baird.
Memorial donations: March of Dimes (1101 Kermit Dr. #201, Nashville 37217-5108, 615.399.3200).
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
LEBANON -- Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time for Ms. Abston, 53, of Lebanon.
Born May 24, 1958, she died Aug. 6, 2011 at her residence.
She leaves to cherish her memory her devoted husband Samuel Abston; children James Curtis Buchanan and Tonya Morton; her dog Sugar; sisters Linda (Dwayne) Wilson of Florida, Joyce (Joe) Kane of Texas; brothers Darrell (Kim) Davidson of Murfreesboro, Charles (Faye) and Wesley Davidson of Nashville; mother-in-law Estelle Oldham; father-in-law Thomas (Sarah) Bender; brothers-in-law Raymond (Bernice) Abston, Jessie Francis, Stanley Bender, Darryl (Teresa) Bender, Freddie (Lisa) Bender; sisters-in-law Ailene and Lexene Oldham, Nickie (Mike) Smith, Robbin (Eddie) Morthel, Ethelene (Jeff) Clemmons; aunts Imogene (Gerald) Steinmetz, Mai Bell Stafford, Margaret Bell, Geneva Adams and Debra Abston; uncle Alfred Abston; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; very devoted friends Dorothy Cash, James and Francis Bell and Velma Crutcher.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Sylvia Abston Memorial Fund. Make checks payable to JC Hellum Funeral Home, 107 Stokes St., Lebanon.
By ANGEL KANE
Wilson Living Magazine
This past week, my husband attended a meeting in Memphis and, while there, was completely overjoyed to pop in for a visit with my family. On his way back to town, he called me, Tell the kids to wait up because Im bringing home a surprise.
When I got off the phone, I informed all of them of the possibility of huge surprise and each starting playing the guessing game.
Dear Ken: Actor Peter Falk of Columbo fame died recently? What were some of the movies that he made? How many episodes did he make of Columbo?
Falk, who died June 23 at 83, made more than 40 films from 1959 to 2008. Twice he was nominated for Oscars, and he earned five Emmy Awards. Among his movie credits are Murder, Inc., Pocketful of Miracles, Robin and the Seven Hoods, The Great Race, Anzio, The Brinks Job, The Cheap Detective, The In-Laws, The Princess Bride and The Thing About My Folks. He made 69 Columbo TV movies. Just one more thing, he was a master of his craft.
Dear Ken: I see where there is now a Smurfs movie. Who did the voice of Smurfette in the Saturday morning TV series and who does her voice in the movie?
Lucille Bliss, 95, supplied the voice of Smurfette for the TV series. Among dozens of other characters, she was the voice of Crusader Rabbit, the star of the first made-for-television cartoon. Katy Perry voices Smurfette in the new movie.
Dear Ken: Whatever happened to Johnny Crawford, who played Chuck Connors son on The Rifleman?
Crawford, 65, who was one of the original Mouseketeers on Walt Disneys The Mickey Mouse Club, has been the vocalist and band leader of the Johnny Crawford Orchestra since 1992. His group performs vintage dance music and released its first album, Sweepin the Clouds Away, in 2008. He has said of his working with Connors, who played his TV dad, Well, it was a great childhood, and he was bigger-than-life, a wonderful guy, very intelligent and a big influence on me, and a great supporter, too. He was always interested in what I was doing and ready to give me advice or help me and he would call me out of the blue, and I really miss him. He left us in 92, and its still a shock to me to think that hes not around because he had so much energy and loved life and loved people, and he was The Rifleman. He was that and a lot more.
Dear Ken: When and where were Eskimo Pies were created?
The U.S.A.s first chocolate-covered ice cream bar was concocted by Christian K. Nelson at his home lab in Onawa, Iowa, in 1920. The inspiration came one day while he worked at a confectionary shop, and a boy came in wanting ice cream, but then changed his mind and purchased a chocolate bar. Nelson asked him why he didnt just buy one of each.
The youth answered, Sure I know. I want em both, but I only got a nickel. That caused Nelson to work on a formula would allow melted chocolate to stick to frozen ice cream. Once he did that he sold his I-Scream Bars at a local picnic and discovered he had a hit. He went into a partnership with a chocolate maker, Russell Stover, in 1921, and they changed the name to Eskimo Pie. A year later Eskimo Pies were selling like cold cakes to the tune of a million a day. Stover soon sold his share of the company and then created Russell Stover Candies.
If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck at email@example.com
Government meetings --
Wilson County Commissions Animal Control Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.
Education Committee will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, in Conference Room 2, courthouse.
Minutes Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, in Conference Room 2, courthouse.
Steering Committee will meet at 6:45 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, in Conference Room 2, courthouse.
Budget Committee will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, in Conference Room 2, courthouse.
Lebanon City Council will meet in regular session at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights. Prior to the meeting, council will hold a public hearing at 5:55 p.m.
Wilson County Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2011-2012 county budget at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 22, in the commission courtroom, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon. Following the public hearing, commission will meet at 7 p.m. in the same location to adopt the budget, the appropriation resolution and the tax rate resolution.
Wilson County Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon. All items to be considered for the agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than 12 Noon, Monday, Aug. 22.
Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Spain House on the Lebanon First United Methodist Church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.
Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.
AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.
Wilson County Right to Life will not meet in August because they will be at the Wilson County Fair, but you are welcome to come see them there. For information, call Trecia Dillingham at 443-5458.
HomeSafe Womens Support Group meets Thursday evenings. For information and to sign up, call 444-6130. If you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.
Public Information Day, held by Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, will be from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10, for citizens to visit with him and discuss any issue they wish at City Hall, 200 N. Castle Heights Ave.
Wilson County High School Students/Teachers Cruise The Class of 1964 invites you to attend the first of two cruise general information meetings regarding passports, cabin payment deadline, baggage limits, roommates and gratuities. The meeting will be at Market Street Elementary School, from 5 until 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 12. Everyone is welcome to attend. Committees will be formed for special tasks. The cruise to the Bahamas, Nassau, will leave from Florida on April 30, 2012, and will return on May 4, 2012. For information, contact Bob Lowe at Travel World at 444-0533 or Emma Tapley Stafford at 547-4462 or 453-1402.
Second Annual Chris Price Memorial Benefit & Scholarship Fund Car, Truck and Bike Show will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, at The Mill at Lebanon, 300 North Maple Street. Memorial Benefit Ride will leave from The Mill at 9:30 a.m. Registration fee is $15 and includes the ride, CP memorial patch and a meal ticket. Truck-Car Show includes all makes and models, Top 10 and Best of Show entry is $20. Check in from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Bike Show with 12 classes, a first place trophy and cash prize will also be held. There will be first, second, third place awards in each class. All motorcycles must be in by noon. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Silent Auction with Cheese and Wine will be from 6 until 8 p.m. The After Party will be from 9:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. For information, visit www.chrispricememorial.com. This is a non-profit 501c3 organization.
Wilson County Republican Party will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, at the WCRP Headquarters at Kevins Automotive at 500-C South Cumberland Street, Lebanon (behind 231 Car Sales). Guest speaker will be James Maness, vice mayor and District 2 Mt. Juliet city commissioner. For information, contact Kevin Foushee, chairman, at 444-5732 or visit www.wilsongop.org.
Tennessee Gesneriad Society will meet at Cheekwood in Botanic Hall at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14. The program will be on preparing for a show. For information on either meeting, contact Julie at Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org or at 364-8459.
Mt. Juliet-West Wilson Historical Society will meet 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14, at Rutland Place, 435 NW Rutland Road, Mt. Juliet. Guest speaker will be James E. Swain who will discuss The Swains and Related Families of Gladeville. He holds a masters degree and was a principal in Wilson County for 10 years. He also worked for the Tennessee Department of Education for 21 years. Everyone is invited. For information, contact Pat Everett at 758-5552.
Breast Cancer Friends support group meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at Maple Hill church of Christ, located on the corner of Maple Hill Road and West Main Street, Lebanon. Those who have had breast cancer in the past or who are dealing with it now are welcome to attend. Guest speaker for the Aug. 15 meeting will be Dr. Dwayne Lett, Board Certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Call 444-6106 or 504-1147 for information.
Wilson County AARP Chapter #5023 will meet at Westland United Methodist Church, 110 Dawson Lane, Lebanon, at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16. Guest speaker will be Dusty Wilson from Donelson Home Health who will discuss their facilities. Bring an item to be given to a family in need.
Pre-K at First Baptist Church, Lebanon starts Tuesday, Aug. 16. It offers an Academic and Socially Based program, teaching units, music programs, field trips and graduation. Teachers have college degrees. The school offers a loving Christian environment. If you would like your child to attend or need more information, call Clare Eskew at 449-8187.
Get Pumpedwith Joy! Get a free $10 gas card by simply stopping in at Joy Church International, 1019 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20. One per family, while supplies last.
Volunteers are needed for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program to visit and advocate for the elderly residents of long-term care facilities in the surrounding counties. Requirements include patience, persistence, the ability to be objective and a genuine concern for the vulnerable elderly population in your area. The next 16-hour, two-day volunteer certification training will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 23-24. For information or to register for training, call the Ombudsman Program at 452-1687 or 452-5259.
Wilson County Conservative Republicans will now meet on the last Saturday of each month, due to scheduling conflicts. The next meeting will be Aug. 27, at Logans Roadhouse at Providence MarketPlace, Mt. Juliet.
Hot Writers for Cool Charities, presented by NoteWorthy Charities and The Listening Room, will be from 6 until 10 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, at The Listening Room Caf, 209 10th Ave. S., #200, Nashville. Admission is $10. Proceeds will be divided among Agape Animal Rescue, Lost and Found Ministry and Southern STARRS. There will be door prizes and a silent auction.
Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency USDA Commodity Distribution will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, and from 9 a.m. until noon, Thursday, Sept. 8, at Garden of Prayer Church on Bluebird Road, Lebanon. Commodities are available to households which meet Income Eligibility Guidelines. Available commodities include white beans, beef stew, peaches, pears, cheese soup, corn, mixed fruit, peanut butter and salmon. Bring proof of 2011 income and Social Security cards of everyone in the household. Funded in part by the DHS.
Looking Back and Planning Forward will be the theme of the La Coterie luncheon set for 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, at Demos restaurant on Legends Drive, Lebanon. For information, call 444-1241.
Annual Community Fish Fry, hosted by Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 7463 Hickory Ridge Road, Mt. Juliet, will be on Saturday, Sept. 10, beginning at 5 p.m. Its an all-you-can-eat dinner.
Shoulders Reunion and Genealogical Exchange will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Donoho Hotel in Red Boiling Springs. Hotel reservations, if needed, can be made through email at email@example.com or by calling 800-799-1705. Lunch will be served about noon. Cost is $12 per person. Other family names being researched and recorded are Clark, Crabtree, Gregory, Snead/Sneed, Strode, West, Wilson, Russell, Ray, Petty, Oldham, Newberry, Jenkins and Hudson. For information, contact Judy Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (513) 860-4181.
Lebanon High School Class of 1966 football team was the first to play at the current stadium. On Oct. 7 of this year, the last high school football game will be held at the LHS the Class of 66 attended. Join your classmates for the game and other reunion activities on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8. Call 453-4752 for information. Deadline to register is Sept. 7.
To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon37087, or e-mail them to email@example.com. Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.
LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Seth O'Neal Williams, 85, of Lebanon. Owner of Lebanon Salvage Company and Mitzis Craft Korner in Lebanon, the decorated veteran of World War II died Aug. 8, 2011.
Mr. Williams was a US Army veteran of World War II where he served in the Battle of the Bulge with the 75th Infantry and was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Victory Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. He earned the European African Middle Eastern service medal with three bronze stars.
Mr. Williams was a member of Fairview Church and was an avid hunter and fisherman as well as an advocate of Big Brothers.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home until 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 12 Noon until the service on Wednesday. Services will be conducted by Dr. Jonathan Richerson. Interment will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife of 59 years Bobbie Williams; daughters Wanda Crook and Cindy (Mark) Thorne; sons Billy (Cyndee) Williams and Danny (Terri) Williams; grandchildren Mitzi (Jeremy) Leasure, Marci (Cliff) Carey Jr., Molly Thorne, and numerous other grandchildren; great-grandchildren Maddison McFadden, Jeremiah Leasure and Emma Carey.
He is preceded in death by parents Joseph and Lula Belle Rollins Williams, four sisters, three brothers and son-in-law Andy Crook.
Pallbearers: Mark Thorne, Ricky Thorne, Gary Thorne, Cliff Carey Jr., Tommy Halbert, Jerry Baty, Jeremy Leasure and Bobby Desimone.
Honorary pallbearers: American Legion Post 15, James McCrary, Alan Foutch, Gene Rowland, Billy War Reese, Robert Thorne, Mark Tomlinson, Tony Taylor, Kevin McFadden, Joe Thompson and employees of Wilson County Motors.
Memorial donations: Fairview Church (1660 Leeville Pike, Lebanon 37087) and West Haven Baptist Church (5860 Lebanon Rd, Lebanon 37087).
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN.
By KENNY HOWELL
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET -- TBI is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the identification of an unidentified white male who tried to abduct a 14-year-old female at Providence MarketPlace late Friday night.
The suspect is believed to have attempted another abduction on July 24 in Clarksville.
The girl was standing outside the cars of two other females, an 18-year-old and a 16-year-old outside Rack Room Shoes when the suspect approached with a weapon in his hand and attempted to force the 14-year-old into the 16-year-olds vehicle. The 18-year-old drove away when she witnessed the incident. The 16-year-old rolled up her window, and the suspect grabbed the 14-year-old. He forced her into front passenger seat of his vehicle. She was able to escape when he walked around to the drivers seat. The suspect left the area, and the victim ran away.
The 16-year-old was able to flag down a Mt. Juliet police officer in the shopping center to report the crime. Mt. Juliet Police Department, Wilson County Sheriffs Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol immediately responded to the area to look for the suspect, but he was not located.
The suspect was described as a white male, 40 to 50 years of age, short red hair, 210-250 pounds with a red goatee. He was last seen wearing a black Polo shirt, blue jeans and wearing black gloves with red finger tips. His vehicle was described as a smaller extended cab white pickup truck that has black interior and black door handles.
The incident in Clarksville happened at 10 a.m. on July 24 at the Walmart on Madison Street. A white male attempted to abduct a 17-year-old female. She escaped with the assistance of a good Samaritan. The truck at that incident was a white 2000-2004 Ford Ranger extended cap pick up with chrome bed rails that stop short of the cab. The suspect was armed with a black and silver handgun. The man had a similar description to the suspect in the Providence attempted abduction.
Anyone with information can contact the Mt. Juliet Police Department at 754-2550. Information can be given anonymously at 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website, www.mjpd.org.
Persons can also contact the Clarksville Police Department at (931) 648-0656 or the TBI at (800) TBI-FIND.
Every August, Wilson County has the opportunity to shine as it welcomes visitors to the Wilson County Fair.
The 2010 fair was a success, with 397,075 attendees. This years fair is expected to bring an estimated impact of $5.5 million in travel-related expenditures to the local economy, according to findings released by the Wilson County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Wilson County Fair provides the perfect setting for visitors to experience the heart and soul of our county our culture, history, food, music and great people, said Ricky Rodriguez, director of the Wilson County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
This years fair is set for Aug. 12-20, and is based around the theme, Hats Off to the Wilson County Fair.
As always, the fair will feature nightly entertainment, rides, games, contests, agricultural shows, commercial exhibits and much, much more. Fiddlers Grove Historic Village offers living history demonstrations and allows visitors to experience what life was like during the turn of the century in Wilson County. The Village consists of original and replicated buildings such as a one-room schoolhouse, working blacksmith shop, doctors office, jail and grist mill, just to name a few.
The nine-day event will also feature a performance by national country recording artist John Anderson, and many others. Anderson has won awards throughout his career, including Country Music Associations Horizon Award and a Grammy Award for Amazing Grace: A Country Salute to Gospel.
The Wilson County Fair has consistently been one of the largest county fairs in the region. A three-time winner of the Champion of Champions award, the fair was voted Best Fair in the State by readers of The Tennessee Electric Magazine and was selected as a Top 20 Southeast Tourism Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.
For more information, visit www.wilsoncountyfair.net or the mobile site at www.wilsoncountyfair.mobi.
For more information about the WCCVB or other events, visit online at www.visitwilsoncounty.com.
Lebanon High will host the annual Blue Devil Kickoff Classic Saturday, Aug. 13 at Nokes-Lasater Field with a full day of gridiron activities.
Here's the schedule:
10:00 amLebanon Youth Game 1
11:00 amLebanon Youth Game 2
12:00 pmWinfree Bryant vs. Carroll Oakland
1:00 pmWalter J. Baird JV vs. Tuckers Crossroads
2:00 pmWalter J. Baird vs. Southside
3:00 pmLebanon 9th vs. Montgomery Bell Acd. 9th
4:00 pmMt. Juliet 9th vs. Ravenwood 9th
5:00 pmMt. Juliet JV vs. Clarksville NW JV
6:00 pmLebanon JV vs. Ravenwood JV
7:00 pmMt. Juliet vs. Clarksville NW
8:00 pmLebanon vs. Ravenwood
9:00 pmPortland vs. Donelson Christian
Watertown High will host an afternoon and evening of football Saturday, Aug. 13 at Robinson Stadium.
Here's the lineup:
3 p.m. Watertown Pee Wee vs White House
4 p.m. Watertown Juniors vs White House
5 p.m. Watertown Seniors vs White House
6 p.m. Watertown Junior High vs Southside
Tickets are $5 at the gate.
Host Watertown will take on neighboring DeKalb County High at 7 p.m.
Also on Saturday, Wilson Central High will travel to Hartsville to take on the host Trousdale County Yellow Jackets in the Tobacco Bowl Jamboree.
On Friday, Aug. 12, Friendship Christian School is scheduled to play in the Columbia Central Jamboree at historic Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The Commanders will take on Mt. Pleasant at 6 p.m.