By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Lebanon City Council members Alex Buhler (Ward One), Kevin Huddleston (Ward Two) and Haywood Barry (Ward 5) said goodbye to their seats at a final meeting Tuesday night. On Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. the new councilors, Lanny Jewell, Fred Burton and Tick Bryan will be sworn in.
Barry said he will miss everybody but that he will still be around.
It is like what Walt Whitman wrote in Leaves in the Grass if you dont find me one place, look another. Ill be under your boot soles, he quoted.
Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath said that she will welcome the new council members and looks forward to serving with them.
At the meeting, councilors also voted to approve an ordinance on second reading for a community based policing agreement witht the Lebanon Housing Authority for a second officer.
The council had previously shot down the ordinance at the special called October 22 meeting, when councilors Alex Buhler and Kevin Huddleston were absent. When the resolution was originally brought to the council by Police Chief Scott Bowen in early October it unanimously passed its first reading. At that meeting, citizen Annie Ward appeared before the council to commend the work that current Officer Dana Scooter Sandefur had done to patrol the Lebanon Housing Authority properties.
Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen echoed Wards praises, adding that since the placement of Sandefur, who is paid in full through Public Housing, the department has seen a decrease in violent crime calls from the area. With the resolution, a second officer would be placed to patrol the area funded fifty-fifty between the LPD and Public Housing.
Bowen said at the time that he planned to bring the ordinance to the council again in the future. This time it was unanimously approved.
From Post Staff Reports
An elderly lady behind the wheel of a black car struck a pedestrian in the Freds parking lot Monday afternoon.
Lebanon Police Officer Wayne Howard said that pedestrian, Debra Mapp, of Lebanon, was exiting Freds when the car allegedly bumped into her. They said it was an elderly lady, maybe 70 to 80 years old. She bumped her and said, Oh, youll be alright and drove off, Howard said. We dont have a tag number or anything.
At the scene, Howard said first responders did not find any bones broken on Mapp but that she was carried to University Medical Center.
By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Schools in Wilson County increase by 400 students per year, said Board of Education Chairman Don Weathers at a work session held Saturday morning. The open-to-the-public session was held at the Harding Drive location of the former Lebanon High School auditorium and explored middle school possibilities to meet the needs of a growing student population.
Weathers told The Wilson Post that Carroll Oakland Elementary, Southside Elementary and Tuckers Crossroads Elementary schools have experienced issues due to overcrowding in Carroll Oakland, in particular. Carroll Oakland has the worst problem. They have numerous portable classrooms. They are having classes and instructional time in the hallways, he said. While you can teach in those environments, they are not the best to operate in. There is a level of security that you just cant provide in portable classrooms.
Per the Board of Educations request, Jason Morris, an architect with KBJM, presented three options and price estimates that would alleviate the problem at Saturdays session.
The first presentation was an option to use the newer portions of the former Lebanon High School facility that were built in the 1970s and 1990s with some renovations since then. Morris, who provided the presentation free of charge, said that estimated cost based on current construction rates ranged from $2-8 million.
Concerned parents from Southside, Carroll Oakland and TXR asked the board about pests, asbestos removal and the condition of the building. Director of Schools Mike Davis told them that if the board chose to use the facility they would not utilize the older, decrepit sections even for storage.
I can assure you we wouldnt put your children anywhere that they would be exposed to that, Davis said. Choosing to utilize the Harding Drive location would provide for a capacity of 850 students, but Davis said the actual number of students being educated there would be less. There would be 637 students, taking sixth thru eighth graders from those schools (Southside, Tuckers and Carroll Oakland).
Many parents were still not convinced of the facility being in good enough condition to place their children. Weather clarified Tuesday that when information was released regarding the Harding Drive facility four years ago, they might have been overly aggressive in condemning the old building to justify the new building.
During all that period there was a lot of information that the entire building was in great disrepair and thats just not the case the portion that we are considering, with the key word here being considering, using for the middle school is not in terrible shape. It is in great shape, Weather said. It is good or better than the buildings that those three elementary schools are currently going to class in.
Weathers continued by stating that issues with the sanitary sewer and pests have been addressed. The sewer has been permanently sealed. We have regular treatments for animals and bugs in all our school buildings. You are going to have issues like that in brand new buildings or not, he said.
The second option presented by Morris was to add-on to the existing schools, which would cost an estimated $9 million with science labs included but not technology. Based on current construction cost it would take $3.5 to add to Southside Elementary, $3.4 million to add to Carroll Oakland and almost $3 million to add a two story facility to TXR.
The final option was to explore building a new 165,000 square foot school on the property where the new Lebanon High School is located which would cost roughly $23 million for the building and site work. That does not include land surveys or reviews by the city of Lebanon, Morris said.
Wilson County Commissioner William Glover attended the Saturday meeting and remarked that the county commission has experienced shortfalls due to the current economy. The ink isnt even dry on Watertown High School. I dont know how we are going to come up with the money, he said.
A guest in the crowd asked the board of education why they could not sell the facility on Harding Drive and use the money to build a new school or for additions to the current ones. There is no buyer in the market, Weathers said.
Following the session, Weathers said he felt it went well. I think their report was effective and provided the information we asked for, he said, adding that no decision will be made until the Board gets all of the information we need.
We will not make that decision until we get all of the information we need. We want to get it done the right way and if we dont get that by January, the Board may decide not to take action.
Holiday shopping can be stressful, but picking out the perfect gift doesnt have to be that hard.
The American Red Cross asks donors to Give Something That Means Somethingthis season and be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card useable toward gas, rent, food or a post-holiday getaway.
Present to donate blood or platelets during the Give Something That Means Something promotion now through Dec. 31 for your chance to win a $1,000 American Express gift card.
Donating blood is an opportunity for people to give the most important gift of all, the Gift of Life, said Tim Ryerson, chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. The Red Cross depends on the generosity of our donors to be able to meet the needs of patients in our area and across the country.
The Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in about 60 hospitals. Approximately 600 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demands.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people who are 17 years of age (or 16 with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood or platelets to the Red Cross. Donors who are 18 years and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Wilson County are as follows:
Thursday, Dec. 6, from 12:30 until 5:30 p.m., Immanuel Baptist Church, 214 Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon
Friday, Dec. 7, from noon until 4 p.m., Sports Village-Aerobic Studio, 1735 West Main Street, Lebanon
Monday, Dec. 17, from 12:30 until 5:30 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 1655 West Main Street, Lebanon
Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 2 until 6 p.m., Kroger Providence, 401 South Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet
Thursday, Dec. 27, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Mt. Juliet Community Center, 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet
For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.
SHELBYVILLE -- Lebanon High's basketball teams went on the road Tuesday night and pulled out a doubleheader sweep at Shelbyville Central High. The Devilettes (4-3)hit 10-of-13 from the free throw line (including 7-of-10 down the stretch) and held on for a 47-42 victory over Shelbyville Central.
CENTRAL TOPPLES COOKEVILLE
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central knocked off previously undefeated Cookeville 55-46 Tuesday night at home. The Wildcats, now 4-1 overall, broke open a 12-all game early in the second quarter and led 26-20 at intermission, 36-31 after three periods.
Jacob Williams placed the Wildcats with 20 points, Ben Palmer added 10 and Blake Huffman chipped in with eight points.
Cookeville (7-1) was led by post man Lucas Ledbetter with 17 points. WCHS will host District 9AAA rival Hendersonville Friday, Dec. 7.
WATERTOWN MOVES TO 7-0
GAINESBORO -- Macieo Gaines Gaines had 16 points while Hunter Warren added 13 as Watertown remained undefeated at 7-0 with a 57-50 basketball victory at Jackson County High Tuesday night. Watertown led 24-17 after one period and 42-30 at intermission.
Gaines drilled 7-of-8 shots from the field and Warren knocked down three 3-pointers. Ty Jobe contributed eight points, seven rebounds and five assists.
The Purple Tigers will host Monterey High Friday, Dec. 7.
MT. JULIET 62, RIVERDALE 56
MURFREESBORO -- Sophomore Nolan Chowbay nailed a couple of 3-pointers and finished with 19 points as Mt. Juliet defeated Riverdale Tuesday night 62-56 at Johnny Parsley Gym.
The Golden Bears, now 3-3 overall, also got 19 points from post man Daniel Schroder. Reagan Johnson added 12 and James Womack chipped in with six.
Mt. Juliet hosts District 9AAA rival Lebanon Friday, Dec. 7.
MJCA 75, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN 53
MURFREESBORO -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy improved to 4-3 on the season following Tuesday night's 75-53 victory at Providence Christian. Post man Zach Jones led the Saints with 22 points while Trevor West and Jackson Harrell each fired in 16.
MJ Christian will go on the road Friday, Dec. 7 to Bell Buckle to take on The Webb School.
FRIENDSHIP 55, WESTMORELAND 47
WESTMORELAND -- Allen Heaston poured in 22 points Tuesday night to lead Friendship Christian to a 55-47 road win at Westmoreland High.
FCS improved to 1-1 with the victory, and now that the football season is over, competed with a full compliment of players as nine Commander football players joined the squad.
Zac Anderson added 11 for the Commanders while Anthony Williams and Andrew Wood had six points apiece.
Friendship Christian travels to Battle Ground Academy Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. boys-only contest.
COOKEVILLE 45, WILSON CENTRAL 38
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central struggled on the offensive end of the floor in Tuesday night's 45-38 loss to Cookeville. Domininique St. Louis was the only Lady Wildcat to break into double figures as she finished with 10 points. Rachel bean and Autumn Hopkins each scored nine.
Cookeville (4-4) was led by 22 points from Hannah Goolsby -- who knocked down four 3-pointers. Wlson Central is scheduled to host Hendersonville High Dec. 7 in a District 9AAA contest.