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Obituaries

Andrew William Link, 99

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Link, 99, of Lebanon. Mr. Link died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012.

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Eva Virginia Hurt, 81

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at Bond Memorial Chapel in Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Hurt, 81, of Hermitage. A member of Corinth Church of Christ, she died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012.
Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

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Mary Arline Hasbrook, 87

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Hasbrook, 87, of Old Hickory. A member of St. Stephen Catholic Church, she died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.

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William Jackson Jack Evins, Jr., 83

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, Sept. 26 at the College Hills Church of Christ for Mr. Evins, 83, of Lebanon. Born in DeKalb County, the former musician and U.S. Marshall died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 at University Medical Center after an extended illness.

Interment was in the Smithville City Cemetery.
Doak-Howell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Guest Column

Fall break

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

What are you doing on fall break? That is the question overheard around town. Most people are going on a trip or taking their families to the beach. Many of the good things are in the planning stages and most families already have hotel or condo reservations for their clan to enjoy.

Remembering back to my childhood brings on a different experience for the fall hiatus. Growing up in West Tennessee, this time of the year was reserved for the fall harvest and especially in Crockett County where the schools would get out for six weeks for cotton picking.

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Parent involvement is crucial, but parent-trigger is not the answer

By GERA SUMMERFORD

The new film Wont Back Down introduces a new-to-most concept of parent-trigger laws laws that enable parents at a school to call for the firing of teachers, closing the school, or turning it over to a private charter school operator.

The film suggests that the best way for parents to improve their childs education is to use the parent-trigger law to take over the school and hand control over to a charter school. The film never takes into account the reality that parent-trigger laws have no track record of success.

While the movie offers a heartwarming story of a mother fighting for her child, it is just that a heartwarming Hollywood story. The reality is that Wont Back Down is divisive and designed to pit parents against teachers, school boards and the teachers union.

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General News

Deadline to register to vote Oct. 8

Wilson County Election Commission is reminding anyone not registered to vote that the deadline is Monday, Oct. 8, if you wish to vote in the upcoming Nov. 6 General and City elections.

Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren said there is a statutory period that starts 30 days before each election when new registrations cannot be processed. Monday, Oct. 8 is Columbus Day, but Warren noted the Election Commission office will remain open during regular business hours that day.

The last day a registration can be postmarked and accepted will be Oct. 6, due to the Post Office being closed on Columbus Day, Warren said.

Warren also encouraged registered voters to update their registration before Early Voting or Election Day to avoid delays, especially if you are a voter new to Wilson County.

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Gala honors country musics Lawrence, benefits NLOL

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

In his impressive 20-year career, country singer Tracy Lawrence has had 18 number one hits and sold 12.5 million albums.

Most would say that music is where his heart is and that is partly true; however, his friends and neighbors in Wilson County know that Lawrences real passion is giving back.

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, the residents of Wilson County celebrated Lawrences long list of humanitarian achievements on what will forever be known as Tracy Lawrence Day. Lawrence was honored by Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead and County Mayor Randall Hutto that evening at the sold-out inaugural Wilson County Humanitarian Gala at Legacy Farms in Lebanon.

With what you do it gives us someone that we want to imitate, Craighead said. Hutto added, We are blessed in Wilson County to have you.

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Local jobless rate drops slightly

From Post staff reports

Wilson Countys unemployment rate dropped slightly for the month of August and is down almost a full percent compared to August 2011.

According to statistics released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development on Thursday, Wilsons unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in August, down from 7 percent in July and down from 7.7 percent in August 2011.

Wilsons unemployment rate was the sixth-lowest in the state. Lincoln County had the lowest rate and Williamson County had the second-lowest for August.

Of the 61,560 people in Wilson Countys workforce, 57,310 were employed, leaving 4,260 unemployed.

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Local man worked as NFL replacement official

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Before the National Football League reached a tentative agreement with its locked-out regular officials Wednesday night, replacement officials for the NFL have been all over the news lately, and one of Wilson Countys own has served in that difficult position.

Matthew Nicks has worked as the head referee in several NFL contests through the first few weeks of the season, including some nationally-televised primetime games.

The NFL and the NFL Referees Association reached a tentative agreement Wednesday night that would bring the regular officials back to work for this weekends games.

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Local officials discuss Lebanon's future in mass-transit

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Lebanons future as a transit-oriented community was the main topic of discussion among Mayor Philip Craighead and a gathering of business men and women on Wednesday at the Hearthside Clubhouse.

Craighead told those in attendance that several steps were in the works to achieve this goal, including the construction of Hamilton Springs with a stop for the Music City Star commuter rail service, and possibilities for soft whistles for trains within the city and having a railroad spur ending at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

Craighead explained that Lebanon has all of the resources, including close proximity to Nashville, to nurture this transit growth. We have the tools. My question, now, is what do we do? he asked.

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Rogers awaiting extradition to Georgia

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Richard Rogers, candidate for the Lebanon City Council Ward 1seat, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and is being held as a fugitive from justice in the Wilson County Jail, pending his extradition to Georgia where he faces felony charges.

According to jail officials, Rogers was arrested by the Lebanon Police Department on Wednesday and is being held without bond. Rogers on Tuesday asked voters not to vote for him in the Nov. 6 election due to past legal issues I was recently made aware of.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said Rogers was recently assisted by officers when they found his car had run out of gas. Upon running his information, Bowen said officers found warrants for his arrest in Georgia.

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Sloan/Post Top 17 Southeastern States

From Post staff reports

The Wilson Post's veteran outdoor writer John L. Sloan has brought home yet another prestigious award for his work.

His story, "Belles Break" that ran in May of this year, was voted best weekly outdoor story of the year by the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SOPA).

Sloan has the longest running outdoor column in the Southeast. His column has run continuously inWilson Countyfor 37-years, most of them with The Wilson Post / World.

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Wilson employment rising to pre-recession level

Service Producing jobs on the rise as manufacturing declines

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Employment in Wilson County is moving back toward a pre-recession high in 2007, with Service Producing jobs increasing heavily in the past 10 years as manufacturing declines, but officials say the growth must continue and Wilsons changing economy is indicative of a nationwide trend.

Due to the nationwide recession, 1,646 jobs were lost in Wilson County from 2007 to 2009. According to statistics from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 34,017 people worked in Wilson County in 2011, compared to 34,763 in 2007.

Department of Labor Communications Director Jeff Hentschel said that number represents the actual number of people employed in Wilson County.

This data comes from the employer reports so it includes only those working for that employer in that county, he said.

Like most of the country, Wilson hit bottom in 2009 when the number of employed persons dropped to 33,117. However, since that year, the number has slowly risen. Employers in Wilson County hired 821 people in 2010 for a total of 33,938 jobs here. The growth from 2010 to 2011 was much smaller with only 79 jobs added.

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General Sports

Blankenship and Wilson take top honors in Tuesday's WC Invitational

LEBANON -- Wilson Central sophomore Taylor Blankenship and Mt. Juliet senior Elijah Wilson brought home top honors Tuesday in the third annual Wilson County Invitational Cross Country Meet, held at the James E. Ward Ag center.

Hosted by Wilson Central, the event found Blankenship winning the girl's 5,000 meter race in a time of 21:37, well ahead of runner-up Kaitlin Hynek of Mt. Juliet who finished at 22:25.

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WB girls and WW boys win middle school cross country event

The Winfree Bryant's girls and West Wilson's boys cross country squads won team championships Tuesday at the third annual Wilson County Invitational, held at the James E. Ward Ag Center.

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