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Obituaries

Rhonda B. Burkett, 55

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Gladeville Baptist Church for Rhonda Burkett, 55, of Murfreesboro. Retired from Bridgestone as an engineer, and a member of Gladeville Baptist Church, she died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Rhonda was a 1975 graduate of Lebanon High School and Middle Tennessee State University.

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General News

Council nods drainage, flooding fixes

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

An ordinance that will address the drainage and flooding issues in each of Lebanons six wards was approved on second reading at a special meeting of the Lebanon City Council Wednesday night.

After hearing complaints from the citizens they represent, councilors decided at Tuesday nights regular meeting to withdraw $600,000 from the reserve fund which will give roughly $100,000 to be used for projects in their respective wards.

We had overwhelming support to show the citizens that the council is concerned about the drainage issues, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said, adding that while there has always been a long list of needs, the city has never had the money to go and resolve all of them.

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Cracker Barrel urges shareholders to reject Biglari, Cooley for board

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. ("Cracker Barrel" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: CBRL) on Thursday began mailing its proxy statement for the Company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on Nov. 15.

In addition, President and CEO Sandra B. Cochran sent a letter to the Company's shareholders urging them to elect the Company's 10 nominees to the Board of Directors, and to vote against the election of Sardar Biglari and Phil Cooley.

Despite being rejected by a significant margin last year, Mr. Biglari has not only chosen to re-fight the same battle to elect himself, but has also nominated his companys vice chairman, Phil Cooley, for election, without providing any specific plans or proposals for the Cracker Barrel business, Cochran wrote to Cracker Barrel shareholders. Biglari is CEO of a restaurant acquisition and holding company, Biglari Holdings, and CEO of its principal portfolio company, Steak 'n Shake, a family dining restaurant chain that Cracker Barrel considers a competitor.

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CU updates times for Homecoming 2012

Cumberland University will bring in its Homecoming 2012 weekend on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, with fun-packed festivities as members of the campus and Lebanon communities come together to reconnect with alumni, friends and faculty.

From Bulldog Football to the Dawg Dash, Cumberlands Homecoming activities will offer something for everyone. This years events will include childrens activities, reunions, the 3rd annual Dawg Dash, tailgating, Bulldog Football, and more.

Homecoming 2012 will kick off on Friday, Oct.5, with a host of events including the Annual Sports Hall of Fame Dinner and Alumni Party on the Patio.

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Fire extinguished at Rutland Elementary

From Post staff reports

A fire at Rutland Elementary School Thursday morning did not damage the school and was quickly extinguished according to Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis.

It was a fire in the tool box of the contractor on the roof, Davis said.

The fire was reported around 6:30 a.m. and Wilson County Emergency Management Agency firefighters quickly extinguished the flames.

Davis said for the past few weeks, the system has had a contractor repairing a section of the roof that was damage by hail. Davis said that repair is almost finished.

Wilson County Schools are out on Fall break and no students were inside.

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Roby gets wish granted by Make-A-Wish

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

A wish was granted recently for Mt. Juliet High School basketball player and breast cancer patient Ashley Roby thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which will send her and her family on a trip to Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Earlier this year, Ashley, a sophomore at MJHS, was diagnosed with breast cancer and is the youngest breast cancer patient at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In February, Ashley underwent a bi-lateral mastectomy and following surgery, her initial scans were clear and required no chemotherapy or radiation treatments.

Ashley Davis, spokesperson for the Middle Tennessee Make-A-Wish Foundation said Ashley was eligible for a wish and her first choice was to go to Disney World, a place she had wanted to visit since childhood.

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Schools ask for temporary exit onto Hickory Ridge Road from LHS

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

To try and alleviate traffic in the morning at the new Lebanon High School, Wilson County Schools officials are expected to make a request to the Lebanon Planning Commission that would allow parent drop-off traffic to exit onto Hickory Ridge Road.

We have a little congestion problem on South Hartmann Drive in the morning and my request is to allow parents to exit through the back exit, said Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis.

Davis said a rear exit onto Hickory Ridge Road could be used for parents to exit, turn left onto Hickory Ridge, and allow traffic to flow easier on campus. He said the exit onto Hickory Ridge would be used as a trial solution from Oct. 15 through Jan. 1, 2013.

Lebanon Commissioner of Public Works Jeff Baines said that exit was initially approved for emergency use only and noted the major issue is reducing traffic jams on South Hartmann for safety reasons.

Were talking about the safety of people backed up on Hartmann Drive, Baines said.

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Veterans Day 5K to raise money for Veterans Plaza

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

In addition to attending the annual Veterans Day parade and ceremony, this year you can help raise money for the Wilson County Veterans Memorial Plaza and Museum by lacing up your shoes and taking part in the first Veterans Memorial Building Fund 5K.

Wilson County Director of Veterans Services Bernie Ash said the idea was one that came up during several fund raising meetings in the past year. On Memorial Day this year, plans were announced to build the Veterans Memorial Plaza and Museum adjacent to the Wilson County Courthouse at 228 E. Main Street.

Carol (Dedman, assistant veterans services officer) mentioned it in our fund raising committee, Ash said.

The event will start at 7 a.m. on Nov. 11 with a non-denominational church service led by Pastor James Hambrick and check-in for participants in the 5K walk/run will be from 7:40 to 8:45. The gun goes off for the 5K at 9 a.m. and will end just in time for the Veterans Day parade at 10:15.

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General Sports

LHS hosts 9AAA tourney Monday

District 9AAA tournament --

First round games of the District 9AAA District volleyball Tournament will open Monday at Lebanon High School. Host Lebanon is the No. 5 seed and will play No. 4 seeded Beech in the opening match at 2:30 p.m. Top-seeded Mt. Juliet (14-0) will play No. 8 seed Gallatin at 4 p.m.
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