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General News

Candidates qualified Thursday

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Candidates who qualified yesterday for 10 local offices to be on the Nov. 6 General and City Election may withdraw until next Thursday, Aug. 23, according to Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren.

Local offices on the Nov. 6 ballot include Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown Mayors, Lebanon City Council members of Ward 1, 2 and 5, Mt. Juliet City Commissioner members of Districts 1 and 3, an at-large seat on the Watertown City Council and District 2 Wilson County Commissioner.

Three candidates qualified for Lebanon Mayor including incumbent Mayor Philip Craighead, David Kievernagel and Robert J. OBrien. Three candidates also qualified for Mt. Juliet City Mayor including incumbent Mayor Ed Hagerty, Jamie Luffman and Jim Bradshaw.

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County on the clock for referendum on sales tax increase

Lebanon City Council passed ordinance Aug. 7 to request referendum

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Following Lebanon City Councils decision to ask for a referendum of the people to increase its sales tax by 0.5 percent, Wilson County Commission now has 40 days to consider raising sales taxes by that amount countywide and is expected to discuss the matter during their next meeting.

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, council passed an ordinance on second reading to request a referendum on the sales tax increase. The current local option sales tax in Lebanon is 2.25 percent, and the increase could raise that to 2.75 percent.

If passed, Lebanon citizens would pay 9.75 percent in sales taxes, the highest amount allowed by the state, when the state sales tax of 7 percent is factored into the tax.

However, according to state law, county government is given priority when determining local sales tax increases.

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Dillon brothers share Deere with County Fair

By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post

The John Deere collection put together by the late Jimmy Dillon of Lebanon leaves visitors seeingyou guessed itgreen.

Mr. Dillon of Dillon Cabinet & Millwork fame died in 2004, but his sons Danny, 51, and Richard, 46, have preserved the collection as their father left it and plan to display a portion of the memorabilia at the Wilson County Fair in conjunction with the 175th anniversary of the first John Deere plow.

Among the star attractions of the 1,476 items in Dillons Deere collection are 20 big tractors made between 1922 and 1964. While there also are hundreds of miniature toy tractors, the expansive array includes farm boy dolls, metal tractor seats, pocket knives, yo-yos and even bicycles, all wearing the John Deere brand and green paint.

Theres everything from John Deere caps to John Deere marbles. You couldnt buy him nothing for Christmas that was John Deere that he didnt already have, Richard said about his father, who started his collection in the early 1970s.

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Hartmann Luggage sells for $35M

From Post staff reports

One of the first high profile companies to occupy a site in Lebanons William D. Baird Industrial Subdivision has been sold.

Hartmann Luggage, a renowned manufacturer of high end luggage since 1877, has been acquired by Samsonite International.

Hartmann, located in Lebanon at the corner of Baddour Parkway and Hartmann Drive since 1959, was sold by its current owners for a reported $35 million in cash.

The transaction was completed, according to published financial reports, two weeks ago.

Hartmann, when first coming to Lebanon, was solely owned by Ira Katz. In recent years the company has been owned by a number of different suitors. The acquisition of Hartmann by Samsonite was from current investors of Clarion Capital Partners, a private equity firm in New York. Before the current ownership group, Hartmann was owned by Brown-Forman, of Louisville, Ky., the same company that owns Jack Daniels and other brands of distilled spirits.

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New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian to mark 200 years

New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church this year joins the elite number of Wilson County Churches that have been in existence 200 years or more.

It is located near the center of the county at 7845 Coles Ferry Pike, Lebanon.

An all day celebration is planned for Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. The celebration Back To Our Future will begin with the 10 a.m. service, which will praise God for His work in this place for two centuries and give Him thanks for the rich heritage handed down to the present membership of the church and all of Wilson County.

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Rotary Club recognizes Bob Evans

By NICHOLE MANNA
The Wilson Post

The first time the Lord spoke to Bob Evans, he was shaving.

It happened to him on Christmas Eve 1967. He remembers the lights going out and him falling to the floor.

He said, Its going to be called love one another, love one another, love one another three times He said it. He gave me three visions and when I opened my eyes I was laying on the floor, in the dark and I couldnt see anything other than a light coming through the door, he explained.

About 32 years later, in 1999, those three words brought Evans to open Josephs Storehouse.

Thursday, Evans was recognized by the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary for his more than three decades of commitment to those in need in the local community and presented the clubs Bernie Bass Award for Community Service. It marked the second year that the local club has presented the award named in honor of the late Col. Bernie Bass.

Evans and his volunteers pack about 400 to 500 large yello

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United Way kick-off to be held Aug. 28

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

United Way of Wilson County will hold its annual kick-off on Tuesday, Aug. 28, with a Western-themed event for all past, present and future United Way supporters.

Hosted by the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, which is a gold-level giver to United Way of Wilson County, the event will celebrate the local United Ways best fundraising year ever.

The event will take place at the Chamber office on the Lebanon Public Square from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature door prizes, recognition of past donors, food and more.

United Way Chairman of the Board Jeff Porter said the event would allow donors to get in touch with the agencies that receive funds from the local United Way.

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Wilson County Fair opens today

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Its Wilson Countys annual opportunity to shine as numerous volunteers, exhibitors, vendors and attendees pull together to make this years fair a successful event.

The 2012 Wilson County Fair officially opens to the public at 5 p.m. today with the annual parade through the fairgrounds set to roll at 7.

The theme of this years event is Pulling Together at the 2012 Wilson County Fair, and represents how it just pulls all facets of our county together, said Hale Moss, president of Wilson County Promotions, Inc., sponsor of the fair.

Young and old come from all parts of the county and from outside of the county, too, to make the fair happen and to attend it each year. The Wilson County Fair is the largest county fair in the state, and attendance in 2011 set another record with 545,945 people passing through the gates. The previous record was set in 2009 with 505,434.

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General Sports

Titans sign MJ's Jasper

Two days after a release from the Buffalo Bills, former Mt. Juliet High football standout Michael Jasper agreed to terms with the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday.

Listed at 6-foot-4 and 375 pounds, Jasper spent much of his rookie season last year on the Bills practice squad before being activated for the final game.

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