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Obituaries

Oscar Wilson Sr., 83

Funeral services will be held 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 8 at The Academy Cathedral in Inglewood, California for Mr. Wilson, 83, formerly of Wilson County. Born Feb. 23, 1930, he died Feb. 24, 2013 in Compton, CA.

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General News

Duck Dynasty cast visits Watertown

From Post Staff Reports

Willie Robertson and Si Robertson, his uncle, were in Watertownon Tuesday shooting video with country entertainer Darius Rucker.

The Robertsons TV show on A&E, Duck Dynasty, had 8.6 million viewersfor its season three premiere on Feb. 27. Those on hand said the Robertsons were very friendly folks, just like the show, and Uncle Si signed a couple of autographs and took photos with kids.

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Local residents affected by phishing scam

From Post staff reports

Some individuals and businesses in Lebanon, including The Wilson Post, have been contacted by an automated voice claiming to be with a credit union that ultimately seeks personal information from those contacted.

A story on WKRN News2 on Wednesday night reported that the automated caller said he was with Old Hickory Credit Union, which is based in Old Hickory in Davidson County and has a branch office in Lebanon.

Essentially, the automated voice told persons contacted, members and non-members alike, that their debit card had been compromised and that they were to press 1 on their phone to reactivate the card.

Upon pressing 1, a real person then comes on the line who asks the person called for your card information.

An official with the Old Hickory Credit Union said they had no idea how many people had received these calls and emphasized that the credit union does not make such calls in the first place.

She urged anyone who receives a call like this which asks for your personal financial information to hang up and contact the credit union at 847-4043.

A notice on the OHCU website said, If you received a call today telling you it was from Old Hickory Credit Union and that your debit card had been comprised, locked or wanting you to activate your card. This is a phishing scam. The credit union would never call you and ask for this type of information. Please hang up and do not press any buttons. If you press any numbers, you are giving the scammers your information.

If you did give your information out, please call us first thingand close your card.

Tina Miller, spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions, said pursuant to TCA Section 45-1-120, all records of the Department are confidential.However, we can tell you that we have received an inquiry from a consumer regarding this issue.The Department of Financial Institutions is aware of this matter and is monitoring the situation.We are ready to be of assistance where we can.The most urgent need is to inform the public that financial institutions do not call their customers and ask them to confirm their account information over the phone.

Miller also offered three separate websites that provide consumer advice with regard to phishing.The Tennessee Attorney Generals Office has issued guidance at http://www.tn.gov/attorneygeneral/press/2005/story/pr3.pdf. The Division of Consumer Affairs at the Department of Commerce and Insurance has information at https://news.tn.gov/node/9927. And the National Credit Union Administration has information at http://www.ncua.gov/Resources/Documents/LCU2004-12.pdf.

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Starbucks distribution set to open by July 1

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Starbucks will open its distribution center on July 1 in the Park 840 industrial development where it is now under construction.

That was the word Thursday at the Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County meeting.

JECDB Executive Director G.C. Hixson reiterated that the six-year tax abatement for the company, provided that they create 150 new jobs over a three-year period, was approved by both the Lebanon City Council and the Wilson County Commission.

We will get more than our money back with jobs, he said.

Besides the guaranteed 150 new jobs, there is also the possibility of temporary and seasonal jobs. However, for tax abatement purposes they stuck to conservative numbers.

Hixson said that there is a pad ready on-site and that they will soon begin pouring concrete walls for the 688,000-square-foot warehouse development. The company is hoping to be up and running between the end of June and July 1.

The JECDB is also working with the company to get a Tennessee Department of Transportation Industrial Access Grant which aids with funds to facilitate industrial highways to provide access to and expansion of industrial areas.

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The Jewelers donate to Brooks House

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

The Jewelers of Lebanon Owner Shaun Smith has a message to relay to other area business owners and individuals: Be local and be involved.

Although Smith has always had a passion for supporting community businesses, projects and non-profits, his interest has magnified since being inducted into the 2013 class of Leadership Wilson. One of our project days was to visit Brooks House and it was just a really moving day for me. We dont realize what the needs are in the community, he said of the organization, which offers a hand up, not a hand out to women hoping to rebuild their lives.

At the time we were doing a Facebook contest to get 1,000 likes. Once we reached that I said, For every person over 1,000 that likes us by the end of the day I am going to donate $10 to Brooks House, he said. By the end of the day, The Jewelers had 1,075 likes.

On Thursday, Smith followed up on his promise by donating a check for $750 to Brooks House Executive Director Liz Reese.

Reese was honored by the donation and stressed that the high amount is not what is important. It is about the thought behind it, she said. It doesnt take much to make a difference.

Reese said that she would be thrilled if others in Wilson County would donate a lump sum or volunteer to be a monthly donor.

It takes $6,000 to operate Brooks House and keep our doors open and that entire amount comes from donations. We have three churches who give $100 to $500 monthly and a lot of people who pledge 10 percent of their paycheck to Brooks House on a consistent basis, she said.

Money is used for Brooks House bills, as well as supporting the women when transitioning out of Brooks House into their own apartments or continuing their education. We want them to learn to love themselves, build self-esteem and work on teaching them how to ask for help when they need it, Reese said.

Brooks House residents are required by Reese to go to church, and be employed actively in search of a job or be in school. The facility is currently home to six Wilson County women, but with an upcoming addition to their building it could house many more.

We are getting ready to add-on about 1,500 square feet, Reese said. The addition will include new bathrooms, a laundry facility and five new bedrooms bringing the total of bedrooms to 13.

We currently have eight rooms and some are family rooms for women who have children. We can hold up to 20, she said of the current facility Brooks House moved into in 2007.

Reese said she is honored to do the work that she does and wouldnt give a thing for the journey that God has me on. It is not a job it is a ministry.

For more information on Brooks House, go to brookshouse.org.

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Three nabbed on drug charges

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

A number of complaints about traffic in and out at a Lebanon residence led to the arrest of three individuals on Thursday morning who now face drug charges.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said officers with Lebanon Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Lebanon Public Safety served three narcotic-related search warrants at 1447 A Toshiba Drive, at 1447 B Toshiba Drive and at 207 Burdock Street, all in Lebanon.

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Walkathon to raise funds for local woman

A Walkathon to raise money for a local woman has been scheduled for Sunday, March 10.

The walk is scheduled to begin at Sports Village in Lebanon at 1 p.m. Organizer Ralph Lorenzo has asked that participants pledge $1 for every mile that he walks in recipient Della Williams behalf.

Della, a longtime secretary at Discount Motors had a heart attack in February and after testing, doctors also found a fungal disease in her lungs and stage four cancer in her liver.

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Woodcarvers meeting Saturday

The Fiddlers Grove Woodcarvers will hold their monthlymeeting in theTown Hall in Fiddlers Grove on Saturday, March 9, at 9:00 AM. Anyone interested in woodcarving is invited to attend. For further information contact Patricia Bush at 351-1712.

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General Sports

CU women face Coastal GA in NAIA national tournament

Cumberland will face Coastal Georgia Thursday, March 14, at 5:15 p.m. in the opening round of the 33rd annual NAIA Womens Basketball National Championships at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky.

The CU women won both the regular season and conference tournament in the Mid-South Conference this season and enter the national tournament 30-2 overall and ranked sixth nationally in the final regular season poll released earlier Wednesday.

Cumberland is making its fifth appearance in the NAIA National Tournament and its first since losing in the national championship game in 2007.

The Bulldogs reached the national tournament for the first time in 1999 and then played in three consecutive tourneys from 2005-07, winning one game in 2005 and reaching the title game in 2007.

CU is 5-4 all-time in the event with all of those contests played at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn.

Live video for the first 30 games of the 33rd annual NAIA Womens Basketball National Championships is available through NeuLion, the NAIA's official video streaming company for select national championship events.

An all-tournament pass (30 games) is available for $29.95, while a single day pass can be purchased for $9.95. For more information and to pre-register, visit http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=646952&SPID=100499&DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=205423235.

Cumberland plays its first game in the national tournament on Thursday at 5:15 Central Time against the College of Coastal Georgia. The 32-team bracket may be found at http://www.naia.org/pdf9/1563189.pdf?SPSID=646952&SPID=100499&DB_OEM_ID=27900.

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