Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Stypula, 62, of Lebanon. She died Jan. 22, 2013 at Alive Hospice in Nashville.
Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Dedmon, 52, of Lebanon. He died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, Jan. 24 at Lebanon's Sellars Funeral Home at Stone Mansion, for Mr. Adkins, 66, of Lebanon. A veteran of the US Army, he died Jan. 21, 2013.
Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Mabry, 90, of Mt. Juliet. A member of Victory Baptist Church, she died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.
Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Williams, 91, of the Leeville Community. A native of Wilson County, she died Jan. 22, 2013, at her home.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at the Fall Creek Baptist Church for Mr. Raymond, 59, of Watertown. Born Aug. 20, 1953 in Rutland, VT, the US Navy veteran died Jan. 21, 2013 at the V.A. Medical Center in Nashville.
By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
They are calling a snow day today at Wilson County Mayor Randall Huttos office, but everyone will still be there.
Why? Well, for the past 15 years, Carol Knight, Huttos assistant, has served up her famous Texas chili to the public on the first snow day of the year.
We bring our recipe back from the World Championship chili cook-off in Terlingua, Texas, she said. We have gone there for 37 years if I have a pulse we are there.
Knight is a member of the Chili Appreciation Society International of which her husband is executive director this year. This is our way of promoting chili we have always done it, she said.
Guests who stop by Huttos office located in the Wilson County Courthouse in Lebanon should be prepared for a hot and spicy dish.
This is not wimpy chili, Knight said.
The Wilson Post
Sports Village Owner Peggy Keel has dreamed about Saturdays Cruise to Nowhere 25th anniversary celebration for more than two decades.
To me this place is like a cruise ship because there are always so many fun activities going on, she said of the business she opened Jan. 1, 1988. Keel, who was the first aerobics instructor in Lebanon, has made her mark in the fitness world by staying ahead of the exercise curve and bringing fitness and fun to Middle Tennessee.
Everybody wants to live in a community that is healthier and full of energy. My son was a year old when I started. I saw somebody in New York that started aerobic dance and thought it looked like so much fun, she said.
Keel taught her aerobics classes at different venues in Lebanon before opening Aerobics Plus on Bay Court, which preceded the opening of Sports Village.
That was for women. I saw a big change from where they would come in tired and depressed. I would see a quick change. After class they seemed happier from there I decided we needed a place for everybody, she said.
Keel built Sports Village within a year to be a retreat away from the stress of life.
Our mission is to help normal people normal American families feel better. We want them to enjoy doing something because if you enjoy it, you will continue to do it, she said. Many members have met spouses here or had children since joining. Almost daily I have someone tell me what Sports Village has meant to their lives.
Sports Village opened its doors with 77 family memberships and has more than 2,500 members today.
Original and current members and their guests are invited to the Cruise to Nowhere Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. The party will consist of dancing, games, door prizes and more.
We couldnt have made it 25 years without our faithful members and dedicated employees, Keel said. Sports Village has changed a lot over the years and even though it has changed it is still the general thinking of being a big family. We want people to feel good when they come here like a home away from home.
By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Hearthside Assisted Living resident Jimmie Vaughan celebrated her 102nd birthday Thursday with a party at the University Medical Center McFarland Campus.
It is worth being old to get all of this, Jimmie said as she enjoyed a helping of fruit salad and chocolate cake prepared for her by Program Director Sara Beth Holland.
Originally from Mathiston, Miss., Jimmie relocated to Nashville to pursue her educational and personal dreams.
She met her future husband, J. Roy Vaughan, when she was 14-years-old and he came to her home town to preach. Brother Roy was 11 years her senior and decided to wait for Jimmie to wed.
Jimmie attended school at Lipscomb University in Nashville and was a survivor of the fire that took place on campus in 1930.
Friend Dianne Cozart said that Jimmie was on the second story of the building when the fire broke out. Although the flames singed her hands and arms, she made her way into a room with friends and tied sheets together to shimmy down and escape. After the fire, Jimmie spent a long time in the hospital nursing her wounds, but was able to return to school near the end of the year.
While at Lipscomb, Jimmie was voted most popular and most attractive by her peers. I had a good time, she said. She also was the social editor of her school newspaper, The Blabber.
Jimmie and Brother Ray eloped when Jimmie turned 19. Jimmie said that Ray had bought her a diamond ring, but she insisted it was too much money so he returned it for a simpler band. They married at the home of another preacher on Aug. 7, 1930, with her grandmother Granny Greer as the witness. The couple lived in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the first several years of their marriage before relocating to Miami.
They eventually moved back to Nashville, where Brother Ray preached at Hillsboro Church of Christ and later worked as editor of the Gospel Advocate.
Jimmie and Ray had three children during their marriage two girls and a boy. Her daughters, Helen and Katherine are both deceased, but son, John, continues to live in Wilson County.
It takes a lot to be a preachers wife, Jimmie said of her late husband.
In her spare time she enjoyed sewing and crocheting hobbies that she has just recently given up after decades of making clothes for her family.
When Jimmie turned 100, Cozart said she received a birthday card from the President of the United States and First Lady.
I feel very happy and glad that I have made it this long, Miss Jimmie said, smiling at her loved ones.
From Post staff reports
Wilson Countys unemployment rate for December 2012 rose 0.5 percent to 6 percent, up from the November rate of 5.5.
December jobless numbers for all 95 counties were released Thursday afternoon by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.
The department showed a labor force of 62,220 in Wilson County in December with 58,470 employed and 3,750 unemployed.
Wilson County placed seventh among the top 10 counties in Tennessee with the lowest unemployment rates for the previous month.
Williamson County was first with the states lowest unemployment rate at 5.0 percent. Rutherford County was at 5.8 percent for December with Sumner County in the sixth place at 6.0 percent. Scott County continued with the highest unemployment rate in Tennessee in December with 16.8 percent.
County unemployment rates show a decrease in two counties and increased in 93 primarily due to normal seasonal employment declines, a department spokesperson said. County unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted and reflect seasonal employment changes from month to month.
Tennessees unemployment rate for December remained constant from the November revised rate of 7.6 percent. The national unemployment rate for December was 7.8 percent, also unchanged from the previous month.
The state unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted while the county rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.
Knox County had the states lowest major metropolitan rate of 5.7 percent, up from 5.2 in November. Davidson County was 6.2 percent, up from 5.7 percent. Hamilton County was 7.2 percent, up from 6.4 percent, and Shelby County was 8.7percent, up from 7.8 percent in November.