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Obituaries

Ann Louise Moore, 87

Graveside funeral services have been set for 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens for Mrs. Moore, 87, of Lebanon. She died Aug. 21, 2012.
Sellars Funeral Home at Stone Mansion is in charge of arrangements.

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Charles Ray Prowell, 92

Private graveside funeral services, assisted by the U.S. Military will be held Sunday afternoon, Aug. 26 at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens for World War II veteran Charles Ray Prowell, 92, of Lebanon. Born in Wilson County's Martha Community, he died Thursday Aug. 23, 2012 at Alive Hospice in Nashville.

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J.W. Smith, 77

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26 at Sellars Funeral Home at Stone Mansion, 416 Rome Pike, for Mr. Smith, 77, of Lebanon. He died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012.

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Shirley Bennett, 68

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Bennett, 68, of Hermitage. She died Aug. 22, 2012. Visitation with the family will be Friday, between the hours of 12-2 p.m.

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Column

Big question looms for county commission

By SAM HATCHER

The Wilson County Commission will be faced with a tough gut check question Monday night.

Looking at a much discussed property tax increase, commissioners must decide whether this county can move forward and continue its progress on the tax rate in place or does the county need additional revenue to not just let us get by as many other counties around us are doing but to actually take leaping steps forward.

They must decide whether Wilson Countys financial stress is a spending issue or a revenue issue.

Those sitting on this local government legislative body no doubt want to do the right thing.

And they will.

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Guest Column

Cooling off on the Virginia Creeper Trail

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

Since the temperature was soaring about 100 degrees every day, I decided to find some cooler weather in the mountains.

I had a couple of days off so my wife and I chose the bike ride near Damascus, Va., called the Virginia Creeper Trail. The name comes not from the five-leaved plant also found in the area but from the action of the trains that once used the railroad bed where we would be biking.

The gradual uphill (about 2 degrees) climb meant that the trains would slowly make their way out of the valley with their loads of minerals or wood, creeping along the uphill trail at a few miles per hour up Rogers Mountain.

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Letters to the Editor

Lebanon residents carry countys tax burden most

To the Editor:

With the proposed Wilson County tax increase open for discussion this coming Monday night, I reflected over my years of engaging the county system to realize that many of the questions I had asked before still have not been answered. I wanted to share those questions and my thought process then and now as maybe someone out there could receive answers before the commission blankets the issue with a countywide tax increase.

I pay on my current home property taxes which include a city tax of $197.86, a special school tax of $223.28 and a county tax of $1,431.48. For the $197.86 city tax I receive police and fire protection, parks and recreation, paved city streets, weekly garbage collection and removal of brush, things I can instantly think of I am receiving for my dollars.

For the $223.28 special school tax I have received school buildings for my children pre-K through the eighth grades. These school tax dollars supplement the state and federal dollars the county receives and forwards to the Lebanon Special School District, where educators have a better pay scale, new schools have been built (Castle Heights and Winfree-Bryant), debt service payments made and maintenance for these and all the LSSD buildings provided without any ado or tax increases.

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Reader: Cure "gov't addiction" to other people's money

To the Editor:

It is obvious that What happens in Nashville does not stay in Nashville. It looks like Mayor Karl Deans tax addiction is contagious. Only weeks after Nashville passed the biggest property tax increase in history, Wilson County has decided to follow suite. They have proposed a minimum 22-cent property tax for the entire county.

We all appreciate their desire to increase revenue to improve our communities and reward our dedicated county employees and teachers for their stellar contributions, but, I strongly believe that this is not the time to increase property taxes on anyone.

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General News

Amazon to expand Lebanon facility

From Post staff reports

Amazon is planning to expand its Lebanon sorting and distribution center and will add more than 200,000 square feet, bringing the size to about 1.5 million square feet.

Officials told employees at the facility, which is located off State Route 840 and Central Pike, this week about the plan.

A source who did not wish to be identified said Amazon officials decided to improve the new Lebanon facility, enhancing the building and its size. Upon completion, the source said this will be one of Amazons largest facilities.

The addition means the facility will not be opening this fall as planned. However, officials said they expect to open in early 2013.

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Clerk to be charged in robbery hoax

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police Department detectives responded to a reported burglary at First Stop Cash and Loan Thursday morning, only to find out the stores clerk allegedly made up the story to take the money for himself.

Basically this was a hoax, said Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen.

He said at approximately 8:25 a.m., officers responded to First Stop Cash and Loans at 520 West Main Street, after receiving a call that the business had been robbed. The store clerk told officers a white male entered the store, displayed a small black revolver and demanded money.

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Emergency blood drive set Aug. 27 at Faith Lutheran

An emergency blood drive will be held on Monday, Aug. 27, at Faith Lutheran Church in Lebanon as the blood supply in the United States has reached a critically low level.

The drive will take place from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran located at 1655 West Main Street, Lebanon. The Red Cross is hoping at least three extra donors show up at every blood drive this year to stabilize national supplies.

Jerry Fults and his daughter, Jessica, are planning to do their part on Monday. Jerry needed blood at the age of 17 when his lower right leg was amputated due to an automobile accident. Since that time, he has replaced the blood he was given by donating many gallons.

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Fair heads into weekend

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Fair heads into its final weekend for 2012 with everyone Pulling Together to make it another successful run.

Fair officials have announced construction of a new ingress/egress gate on Peyton Road and a plan for satellite parking at the old Lebanon High School with buses running back and forth from there to the fairgrounds to better move the expected crowds. (See the photograph and accompanying caption for more information. They were also published on Aug. 22 at www.wilsonpost.com.)

In the meantime, Hale Moss, president of Wilson County Promotions, Inc., sponsor of the fair, said Wednesday night at the event was great. We had a record around (30,000) for Wednesday night.

That record was slightly above 30,000 with 30,738 guests counted, he said, adding that was 2,041 higher than the previous high Wednesday night.

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MJ man killed in Hermitage wreck

Police say alcohol likely a factor

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

A Mt. Juliet man was killed Wednesday night when his vehicle struck another on Saundersville Road near General Kershaw Drive, in Hermitage.

According to Metro-Nashville Police Department John Childress, 44, of Mt. Juliet, was traveling north on Saundersville Road toward Wilson County at approximately 9:55 p.m., when his 2000 GMC Jimmy failed to negotiate a curve. Childress' vehicle reportedly crossed into the southbound lane and collided with a 1995 GMC van driven by Enrique J. Sacco, 40.

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No candidates withdraw from Nov. election

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

No candidates who qualified last week for the Nov. 6 General and City Elections withdrew at the deadline yesterday, and Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren hopes they can set the ballot during their next meeting.

The deadline came and went and no one withdrew, he said, referring to the noon deadline to withdraw.

Wilson County Election Commission will meet on Thursday, Aug. 30, and Warren said he hopes they have everything from the state to finalize the ballot.

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Squires to vote on budget, tax hike Monday

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Commission will vote Monday, Aug. 27, on the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget, which includes a 22-cent property tax increase and will give citizens a chance to voice their opinions during a public hearing prior to the meeting.

The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m., one hour prior to the regular commission meeting. The budget expenditures amounts to $39,250,383 in the General Fund and projected revenues total $39,398,287, a difference of $147,904.

County Finance Director Aaron Maynard pointed out, however, projections are always high on expenditures and conservative on revenues.

You always budget a little more in your expenditures and estimate revenues conservatively, he said. This year we havent exceeded our revenue projections by much.

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Wilson unemployment unchanged

From Post staff reports

Wilson Countys unemployment rate for July remained unchanged at 7.0 percent, the same as it was in June.

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released county unemployment rates Thursday afternoon which showed that numbers decreased in 20 counties, increased in 59 counties and stayed the same in 16.

Wilson County had a labor force of 61,970 in July with 57,630 employed and 4,340 unemployed, according to figures from the department.

The local jobless rate was also 0.5 percent lower this past July as compared to July 2011 when the rate was 7.5 percent.

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General Sports

CU football announces Gameday events

Cumberland University announced its 2012 Gameday events for football season this week, which includes two pregame live music events in the tailgating area, a Kids Zone for all contests with inflatables, face painting and tattoos, and three contests in which fans are asked to wear CU colors white, black and cardinal.

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