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Obituaries

Alinda Rhea Parham Moorer, 71

Alinda Rhea Parham Moorer of Mt. Juliet died Nov. 3, 2012. She was 71 years old. She was born on May 17, 1941, in Memphis, to the late Turner and Vashti Parham. Alinda was a dedicated Christian wife, a devoted mother and grandmother, and a beloved friend. She could be best described from the Bibles depiction of the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31.

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Audrey Florence Ardrey

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Mount Olivet Funeral Home for Mrs. Ardrey, 94, of Mt. Juliet. A member of Hermitage Nazarene Church, she died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 and was the widow of the late Rev. William George Ardrey.

The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the funeral home.
Mount Olivet Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Elizabeth Patton Jennings, 94

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, Nov. 6 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Jennings, 94, of Watertown. Retired since 1983 from the State of Tennessee, she died Nov. 3, 2012 in Christiana.

Burial was in the Wilson County Memorial Park. Arrangements by Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home.

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Gladys W. Linville, 86

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, Nov. 6 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Linville, 86, of Old Hickory. She died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.

Interment was at Jenkins Cemetery in Red Boiling Springs. Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

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Paul David Boyd, 39

A celebration of life was held Saturday afternoon, Nov. 3 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Boyd, 39, of Lebanon. A former US Marine and employed with the United States Geological Survey, he died Monday, Oct. 30, 2012 at Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville.

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Peggy Elizabeth Patterson Beaty, 87

Funeral services were conducted Monday, Nov. 5 at the Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Beaty, 87, of Hermitage. Known as "Granny" to her family and friends, the Wilson County native died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.

Interment was at the Caraway Cemetery. Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

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William B. Morrissey, 72

A funeral mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at St. Stephen Catholic Community, 14544 Lebanon Road, Old Hickory, for Mr. Morrissey, 72, of Mt. Juliet. He died Nov. 2, 2012.

Visitation with the family will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at St. Stephen Catholic Community with a vigil service to be held at 7 p.m.

Interment with military honors in Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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At the Movies

Washington is brilliant as tragic pilot in Flight

By PATRICK HALL
Special to The Wilson Post

Captain Whip Whittaker wakes up, inhales a line of cocaine, stumbles over countless bottles of liquor and beer and makes it to the airport in time to make another alcoholic beverage and fly a passenger jet to Atlanta, he also winds up saving the lives of 96 out of 102 people onboard.

Such is the life of Whittaker (Denzel Washington) in Flight, the latest film from Director Robert Zemeckis, which is absolutely one of the best of the year. The entirety of its success is built on Washington giving one of the best performances of his career.

When the plane goes down (which is obvious in the previews, if youve seen them), Whittaker is a hero for saving all but six people onboard as he miraculously crash-lands the plane in a field after a massive mechanical failure.

But when the investigation into the crash begins, Whittaker is forced to face his alcoholism and drug addiction. He hides from interviews and the public eye while they call him a hero, but the fact that his blood-alcohol level was 0.28, would land him in prison for years.

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General News

Jennings re-elected Watertown Mayor

By Sabrina Garrett
The Wilson Post

Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings was elected to serve another four year term for his native city on Tuesday.

Jennings, who ran unopposed, was first elected mayor in 1983 and has continued to be successful in every race since. I appreciate the confidence of the people electing me to be their mayor for another four years, Jennings said.

Originally, Jennings, who also serves at the Wilson County Attorney, said it was the people in his community that asked him to run for the position. I live there and have a wife and three children in Watertown. People kept asking and I wanted to give something back to the community, he said.

Jennings won with 404 votes, or 97.35 percent. When asked if he plans to run for the seat again in 2016, Jennings said that it was a question he had already been asked several times that day. At my age, I dont make plans too far ahead, he joked.

The three at-large Watertown Alderman seats were won by Brandy Baird-Holcomb with 263 votes, Tony Lea with 340 votes and James Tom Nix with 253 votes.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett can be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com

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BOE defers consolidated middle school until 2013

By Sabrina Garrett
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis said action on a plan to establish a Lebanon Middle School in the building which formerly belonged to Lebanon High School will be deferred until after the first of the year.

Davis presented the plan, which relocated middle school aged children from Southside Elementary, Tuckers Crossroads Elementary and Carroll Oakland Elementary into the proposed Lebanon Middle School, at Monday nights Board of Education meeting. The plan did not proceed due to late of motion.

Davis said a work session will be held in December to broach the subject once again before their January 2013 meeting. We decided that coming back in December with additional information would be the best way to go forward, he said. We have to consider these options adding on to Tuckers, Carroll Oakland and Southside or having a brand new middle school.

Davis also said that the plan to convert newer portions of the old Lebanon High School facility, which were constructed in the last 20 years, into a middle school is not a new idea. That has been in the facility plan since before I got here six years ago. The building was built in about three different phases. The portion constructed in 1954 would be demolished, he said. The old building would not be utilized; however, the front section has seven modern science labs, two computer labs and 27 classrooms. I dont see anything wrong with using portions less than 20 years old.

Davis said that right now Wilson County students are moving toward common core curriculum like a runaway freight train and that having tools like the science and computer labs would help children prepare for the future with hands on learning.

Davis added that they are currently spending an estimated $20,000 in utility costs per month for the building. This is a building that we are not using. We are spending around a quarter of a million dollars every year for a building we are not utilizing. Something needs to be done, he said.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett can be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com

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Craighead wins, has new council

From Post staff reports

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead won re-election yesterday to a second four-year term of office defeating challenger Bob OBrien by more than 6,000 votes.

Craighead collected 6,011 votes, or 65.10 percent; OBrien had 2,945 votes, or 31.90 percent; and running a distant third in the race was David Kievernagel with 258 votes, or 2.79 percent.

Although in the role he has held for the four previous years, the mayor will be working with a

new city

council.

Three new council members were elected Tuesday including Lanny Jewell, Ward 1; Fred A. Burton Sr. in Ward 2; and Robert Tick Bryan in Ward 5.

Jewell, son of former Lebanon Mayor Bobby Jewell, ran virtually unopposed in his first political race as his challenger withdrew from the election having to face criminal charges in Georgia. Jewell received 868 votes, or 73.43 percent.

Two former city councilors faced off against each other in the Ward 2 race. Burton, a Lebanon radio personality and former City purchasing agent, won with 458 votes, or 53.01 percent. Stafford, who holds a real estate license, is also a member of the Wilson County Commission. She received 402 votes, or 46.53 percent.

The Ward 5 City Council race was won by political newcomer Bryan. Bryan managed 848 votes, or 53.98 percent, while his two opponents Jim Mills collected 396 votes, or 25.21 percent; and Billy Weeks received 325 votes, or 20.69 percent.

Im really pleased, Bryan said. We had a lot of good comments all through the race. I had confidence that the voters wanted to do something different.

Mills, a member of the Middle Tennessee Electric board of directors, had previously served as a member of the city council.

Weeks, who is rumored to be a possible candidate for Wilson County Sheriff in a couple of years, served as police chief in Lebanon and later as the citys public safety commissioner.

Craighead based his campaign on what he termed as progress in the city. He told about his plans to increase retail development locally and strengthen the citys tax base.

He also endorsed and openly offered his support for a one-half cent increase in the local sales tax which was defeated.

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Election night returns

35 of 35 precincts reporting

Wilson County Vote Reporting Election Night

SUMMARY REPORT WILSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE Unofficial Results RUN DATE:11/06/12 GENERAL ELECTION RUN TIME:09:04 PM NOVEMBER 6, 2012 VOTES PERCENT PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 35) . . . . . 35 100.00 REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL . . . . . 75,824 BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL. . . . . . . 51,715 VOTER TURNOUT - TOTAL . . . . . . 68.20 PRESIDENT & VICE PRESIDENT Vote for 1 (WITH 35 OF 35 PRECINCTS COUNTED) ROMNEY / RYAN (REP) . . . . . . . 36,076 70.00 OBAMA / BIDEN (DEM) . . . . . . . 14,669 28.46 GOODE / CLYMER (CON). . . . . . . 117 .23 STEIN / HONKALA (GRN) . . . . . . 111 .22 ANDERSON / RODRIGUEZ (IND). . . . . 43 .08 JOHNSON / GRAY (IND). . . . . . . 380 .74 MILLER / ABERNETHY (IND) . . . . . 41 .08 WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 98 .19 UNITED STATES SENATE Vote for 1 (WITH 35 OF 35 PRECINCTS COUNTED) BOB CORKER (REP) . . . . . . . . 36,959 74.19 MARK E. CLAYTON (DEM) . . . . . . 10,478 21.03 KERMIT STECK (CON) . . . . . . . 512 1.03 MARTIN PLEASANT (GRN) . . . . . . 749 1.50 SHAUN E. CROWELL (IND) . . . . . . 450 .90 DAVID GATCHELL (IND). . . . . . . 121 .24 JAMES HIGDON (IND) . . . . . . . 136 .27 MICHEL JOSEPH LONG (IND) . . . . . 131 .26 TROY STEPHEN SCOGGIN (IND). . . . . 175 .35 WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 108 .22 UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 6th Congressional District Vote for 1 (WITH 35 OF 35 PRECINCTS COUNTED) DIANE BLACK (REP). . . . . . . . 35,623 75.21 PAT RILEY (GRN) . . . . . . . . 4,465 9.43 SCOTT BEASLEY (IND) . . . . . . . 7,092 14.97 WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 185 .39 TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 46th Representative District Vote for 1 (WITH 23 OF 23 PRECINCTS COUNTED) MARK A. PODY (REP) . . . . . . . 12,715 97.94 WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 268 2.06 TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 57th Representative District Vote for 1 (WITH 23 OF 23 PRECINCTS COUNTED) SUSAN LYNN (REP) . . . . . . . . 24,086 97.95 WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 503 2.05 COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 2 Vote for 1 (WITH 5 OF 5 PRECINCTS COUNTED) TERRY W. DUNCAN (IND) . . . . . . 874 53.39 RICHARD L. MOSES (IND) . . . . . . 745 45.51 WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 18 1.10 LEBANON SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER Vote for 1 (WITH 16 OF 16 PRECINCTS COUNTED) STEVE D. JONES (IND). . . . . . . 4,585 49.86 JOHNIE O. PAYTON (IND) . . . . . . 4,576 49.77 WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 34 .37 LEBANON SALES TAX REFERENDUM Vote for 1 (WITH 14 OF 14 PRECINCTS COUNTED) FOR . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,119 36.55 AGAINST . . . . . . . . . . . 5,415 63.45 LEBANON MAYOR Vote for 1 (WITH 14 OF 14 PRECINCTS COUNTED) PHILIP E. CRAIGHEAD (IND) . . . . . 6,011 65.10 DAVID KIEVERNAGEL (IND). . . . . . 258 2.79 ROBERT J. "BOB" O'BRIEN (IND). . . . 2,945 31.90 WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 19 .21 LEBANON ALDERMAN - WARD 1 Vote for 1 (WITH 4 OF 4 PRECINCTS COUNTED) LANNY C. JEWELL (IND) . . . . . . 868 73.43 RICHARD ROGERS (IND). . . . . . . 311 26.31 WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 3 .25 LEBANON ALDERMAN - WARD 2 Vote for 1 (WITH 5 OF 5 PRECINCTS COUNTED) FRED A. BURTON, SR. (IND) . . . . . 458 53.01 ANNETTE STAFFORD (IND) . . . . . . 402 46.53 WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 4 .46 LEBANON ALDERMAN - WARD 5 Vote for 1 (WITH 4 OF 4 PRECINCTS COUNTED) ROBERT "TICK" BRYAN (IND) . . . . . 848 53.98 JIM MILLS (IND) . . . . . . . . 396 25.21 BILLY WEEKS (IND). . . . . . . . 325 20.69 WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 2 .13 MT. JULIET CHARTER AMENDMENT Vote for 1 (WITH 15 OF 15 PRECINCTS COUNTED) FOR . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,494 84.08 AGAINST . . . . . . . . . . . 1,797 15.92 MT. JULIET LIQUOR REFERENDUM Vote for 1 (WITH 15 OF 15 PRECINCTS COUNTED) TO PERMIT SALE OF ALCOHOL . . . . . 8,277 71.37 NOT TO PERMIT SALE OF ALCOHOL. . . . 3,321 28.63 MT. JULIET MAYOR Vote for 1 (WITH 15 OF 15 PRECINCTS COUNTED) JIM BRADSHAW (IND) . . . . . . . 4,061 37.70 ED HAGERTY (IND) . . . . . . . . 5,514 51.18 JAMIE LUFFMAN (IND) . . . . . . . 1,122 10.41 WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 76 .71 MT. JULIET COMMISSIONER - DISTRICT 1 Vote for 1 (WITH 7 OF 7 PRECINCTS COUNTED) JONATHAN BRYDALSKI (IND) . . . . . 454 20.72 MICHAEL A. GALLION (IND) . . . . . 560 25.56 RAY JUSTICE (IND). . . . . . . . 1,162 53.04 WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 15 .68 MT. JULIET COMMISSIONER - DISTRICT 3 Vote for 1 (WITH 6 OF 6 PRECINCTS COUNTED) ART GILES (IND) . . . . . . . . 1,536 57.16 BRITT LINVILLE (IND). . . . . . . 1,138 42.35 WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 13 .48 WATERTOWN MAYOR Vote for 1 (WITH 3 OF 3 PRECINCTS COUNTED) MICHAEL R. JENNINGS (IND) . . . . . 404 97.35 WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 11 2.65 WATERTOWN ALDERMAN Vote for 3 (WITH 3 OF 3 PRECINCTS COUNTED) JIM AMERO (IND) . . . . . . . . 223 20.53 BRANDY BAIRD-HOLCOMB (IND). . . . . 263 24.22 TONY LEA (IND). . . . . . . . . 340 31.31 JAMES (TOM) NIX (IND) . . . . . . 253 23.30 WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 7 .64 CARTMELL SCHOLARSHIP Vote for 1 (WITH 14 OF 14 PRECINCTS COUNTED) WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 504 100.00
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Jones keeps LSSD seat in another close race

It wasnt their first rodeo, as the saying goes. Lebanon Special School District Board of Education candidates Johnie Payton and Steve Jones squared off for a second time in three months.

Tuesday's re-match in this election left Jones the winner by nine votes. Jones posted 4,585 votes, or 49.86 percent, and Payton received 4,576 votes, or 49.77 percent.

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MJCA Veterans Day Celebration to feature country star Darryl Worley

By SABRINA GARRETT

The Wilson Post

Mt. Juliet Christian Academy will host a community wide Veterans Day Celebration on Monday, Nov. 12 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

The event will feature music by the MJCA Band and Chorus departments, Greg MacDougal and Family, and country music star Darryl Worley.

Our administration felt like it is really important, not only to honor veterans, but to teach our students the importance of honoring them, said Admissions Director Renee Reed. It is something we want our students to participate in.

Reed said the festivities will include a presentation of the colors, singing of the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance, before special speaker Robert Hibbett takes to the podium. Hibbett is a veteran and a Bronze Star recipient.

This is something that for months now we have wanted to do. We have planned it so that we would have a celebration that the students could participate in, Reed said.

The event will take place at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, located at 735 N. Mt. Juliet Rd. For more information email Renee Reed at rreed@mjca.org.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett can be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com

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Pody, Lynn coast unopposed

By Sabrina Garrett
The Wilson Post

District 46 State Rep. Mark Pody , R-Lebanon, said he felt humbled and grateful for the many supporters who came out for his unopposed campaign during the general election. Im indebted to them. I am looking forward to serving over the next two years, he said.

Pody, who collected 12,715 votes, or 97.94 percent, was first elected in 2010 and has relished in his role as a community and state leader. He said in the upcoming years, he hopes to focus on how board commissioners are spending money so they can be more accountable to the tax payers.

He said that other issues will be dependent on the outcome of the Presidential Election. If there is not a change, we will be focusing a lot more on healthcare issues, but if there is a change we will be focusing on other issues.

Susan Lynn was elected to represent Tennessees 57th District and garnered 24,086 votes, or 97.95 percent.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett can be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com

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Voter turnout tops 68% locally

By Sabrina Garrett
The Wilson Post

Voter turnout in Wilson County was close to the same as it was four years ago in the Presidential race, said Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren after all 35 precincts reported in Tuesday night.

He noted that 51,715 of the countys over 76,000 registered voters cast their ballots in Tuesdays general election, making for a turnout percentage of 68.20 percent.

It is almost exactly the number it was in 2008, Warren said, comparing it to the 51,159 that voted in the same election four years ago.

This year, 31,896 of those were individuals who participated in early voting. About 62 percent voted early and I think that is wonderful, Warren said. It also made the Election Commission run smoothly on election night.

We had a day. Everything was staffed well. We had no issues all day and we are through at 9 p.m. That is pretty good for a county this size, he said.

The total numbers released by the Election Commission on their website are unofficial results. Warren said that it will take about two weeks for official results to be released. We have to go through and reconcile every precinct.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett can be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com

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General Sports

Christopher reaches 1,000 pts. at MMU

FORMER WILSON CENTRAL STANDOUT
Former Wilson Central High standout Jessy Christopher cemented her legacy as one of Martin Methodist's all-time greats as the guard scored the 1,000th point of her four-year career with a 15-point effort in an 81-49 victory over Pensacola Christian at the Union (Ky.) College Classic Saturday afternoon in Barboursville, Ky.

In a game that was largely decided in the first half as the RedHawks (2-3) built a 35-9 lead, much of the attention shifted to Christopher, who entered Saturday's contest needing eight points to eclipse the 1,000-point mark.

After the halftime break, Christopher stepped to the free throw line in the second half and rattled home a shot home to an ovation from friends, family members and teammates.

In addition to her 15 points, Christopher also tracked down eight rebounds, five steals and three assists. Christopher becomes just the seventh player in team history to join the 1,000-point club and the third player in the last three seasons to achieve the mark.

Two of Christopher's ex-teammates, Vee Young and Micah Anderson, reached their milestones in the 2011-12 and 2010-11 seasons, respectively.

"It was exciting to see Jessy score her 1000th career point," RedHawks head coach Jamy Bechler said. "She has been such a joy to coach these past three seasons. It was great to see her enjoy the moment."

Christopher is the daughter of Bob and Edye Christopher of Lebanon.

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CU women reach MSC finals

TENTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY
COLUMBIA, KY -- Taylor Nays blast from a bad angle in the 80th minute was the only score and Lindsay Kitson made a great save just minutes later to preserve a 1-0 Cumberland victory over Campbellsville in the semifinals of the Mid-South Conference Womens Soccer Championships Wednesday at Walter S. Reuling Stadium.

The Bulldogs (17-2-0) advance to take on third-ranked Lindsey Wilson in the championship game Thursday at 2:30 p.m. while Campbellsvilles season ends at 10-8-0 overall.

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