Billy Carr passed away on March 19, 2013 at age 83. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon (at Stone Mansion, 416 Rome Pike) on Friday from 1-8 p.m.
The funeral service, conducted by Reverend David Hesson and assisted by Joe Adams and Sam Hatcher, is 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at the First United Methodist Church (415 W. Main St., Lebanon) with visitation on Saturday from 2 p.m. until the service.
By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Following the lead of the Lebanon City Council, members of the Wilson County Commission voted to obtain a Local Vendors Preference Policy on Monday night.
Watertown Mayor and Wilson County Attorney Mike Jennings explained in early March that as the law currently stands, There is nothing that says vendors are required to live here. Right now it goes to the lowest and best bidder.
However, in hard economic times city and county officials have chosen to pursue local vendors preference policies to ensure that the jobs and the money stay local.
District 19 Commissioner William Glover made the first motion in support of the proposal and said that it is important to keep the people that are living in our community working.
You see these larger projects and there are trucks there with out of state or out of county tags. We are really trying ot help the local contractors and businesses here in town. They are the ones who pay taxes and employee our community and support local causes or baseball teams when they come around looking for support, he added.
Jennings said that the vote Monday night was step one of a four-step process. County Mayor Randall Hutto explained that it will now be up to the state legislature to consider making this a private act and allowing the county to have authority to create a new policy.
Then it would come back to the Finance Committee and they would draft a policy. It would then have to pass through the Budget Committee and then come back to Commission for approval, Hutto said.
Jennings added that a two-thirds vote by Commission would be required for the policy to be adopted.
The City of Lebanon passed a similar resolution, which is also being sent to the state asking for the authority to amend their policies on bidding out jobs.
From Post staff reports
Funeral arrangements are pending for longtime Lebanon Democrat employee Billy Carr, 83, who died early Tuesday morning at his residence.
Mr. Carr worked at the Lebanon daily newspaper for more than 60 years, beginning as a part-time employee while he was still in school. He became a fulltime employee in 1947.
Mr. Carr served in a number of capacities at The Democrat, mostly in the production and printing of the newspaper. He began when four pages of the paper were printed then turned and another four pages were then printed on what was known as a Miehle press.
During his time at the paper, Mr. Carr worked in make-up, type washing, setting ads and jobs from type cases, running presses, pulling proofs and other jobs. He served for a number of years as Production Manager of The Democrat. He witnessed many changes in the newspaper profession, up to and including the addition of computers and pagination.
He taught many people about how to lay out a newspaper, including Wilson Post Publisher Sam Hatcher, Sports Editor Tommy Bryan and former Publisher John Bryan. He also taught numerous students from Lebanon High School, Castle Heights Military Academy and Cumberland University.
"Billy was a teacher to many. He showed so many of us about the how and whyof newspaperlayout and design. He was a very kind and generous personwho knew many of the pastlegends of the newspaper industry as well as thosewho are involved in print journalism today," Hatcher said.
Mr. Carr also served for two years in the U.S. Army and served during World War II. He was a member of the Tennessee Defense Force where he served as sergeant major, and was assigned to the 201st Military Police battalion in Lebanon.
Mr. Carr enjoyed talking about his military service and also about politics. He could always be identified by the way he often began his comments with his customary Well
Billy was a good friend to those of us here at The Wilson Post who formerly worked with him at The Democrat, said Jennifer Horton, editor of The Post. I especially remember the many chats we had in the production area as we were pasting up the next days newspaper, before we switched to pagination. He was very much a patriot, interested in the politics of the day and proud of his military service. I remember he visited our office a few years ago here at The Post and treated three or four of us to lunch at Chilis. It was a good visit.
He was a charter member of the former Mary Chaffin Memorial United Methodist Church which merged with First United Methodist Church in June 2008. Mr. Carr served for a number of years as the treasurer at Mary Chaffin UMC.
Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.
Wilson County Stormwater employees, with the assistance of a consultant, will be performing stream monitoring by walking streams in the North Fork Suggs Creek Watershed the week of March 18-22.
The work is being done to meet State requirements within the Wilson County MS-4 Stormwater Permit to provide visual and analytical monitoring on all MS-4-impaired streams in Wilson County over the five-year permit cycle. Impaired streams are any stream section that has been identified to not be up to the normal standard of quality for a healthy stream.
The North Fork Suggs Creek Watershed is the area surrounding Wendy Road, Logue Road, Loman Road and Harkreader Road along and south of Central Pike to Stewarts Ferry Pike.
This is the first watershed to be monitored, which involves walking the streams, making notes on the condition of the stream that might be causing it to be impaired and taking samples of the water for laboratory analysis to check its condition for the defined impairment. Other impaired streams will be monitored in the coming two years to complete this work.
Workers will be in the streams between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. to perform the work and will have identification with them. The goal of this project, along with the other work of the Stormwater Department is to protect valuable water resources within the county for future generations to enjoy.
If you have any questions, contact the Wilson County Stormwater Department at 443-2120.
By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Its no secret that public opinion on the redesign of the Downtown Public Square is on both sides of the fence or in Lebanons case both sides of General Hatton.
That is why State Senator Mae Beavers has arranged for Tennessee Department of Transportation Chief Engineer Paul Degges to participate in a public meeting scheduled this Friday at the Wilson County Courthouse at 4 p.m.
Beavers said she was asked by constituents to hold a public meeting after news was released that she attended a small meeting on South Maple to hear the concerns of those opposed to the proposed redesign, which would transform the square into a true roundabout.
At the time, Beavers said that Anytime a constituent wants to have a meeting, I try to be there. I think it was productive and they got some of their questions answered.
However, by holding a much larger meeting at the courthouse, those who are in favor of the redesign will have the opportunity to voice their opinions as well. The meeting is for anyone with questions. The chief engineer will be there and they will be able to see a presentation of the plan, Beavers explained.
Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said that he is currently making attempts to contact Beavers and see how the city can assist in the meeting. Craighead had announced his own plans to hold a public meeting earlier this year, but said a date would not be set until public surveys could be collected. Although Beavers is holding a similar meeting on Friday, Craighead said he will still go through with hosting a public forum if need be.
The surveys were issued via email and online, giving the public the opportunity to express their thoughts on the redesign of the square which as proposed would be provided by TDOT at no cost to the city of Lebanon.
Craighead said that a TDOT representative would be coming by his office Tuesday to pick up the 663 surveys to get feedback on the project. According to results released, of those surveys only seven were in opposition.
Not all respondents answered every question, but Craighead said it was clear from the surveys that the majority was in support of the redesign. When asked if safety was a concern on the square, 489 answered yes while only five answered no. When asked if phases of construction over a five month period would keep them from shopping on the square, 38 answered yes while 595 answered no.
Comments from those in support of the TDOT Safety Project included statements like Lets do it, finally! -Much needed, people have been injured. Are we waiting for someone to be killed or permanently disabled? and Safety first, but Square is and has been an eye-sore for a long time.
Comments from those in opposition included that the TDOT plans look like a cookie-cutter, It is not that much of a safety issue to change the layout and I do not like the idea of taking away the middle parking and leaving no access to Gen. Hatton.
LEBANON -- Megan Lavery and Allison Blackwood each drove in three runs and Courtney Maynard and Jessica Lozano allowed just two runs in almost 12 innings of work in Cumberlands doubleheader sweep, 8-3 and 6-2, over Centre College Tuesday at the CU Softball Field.
Emily Nicholson also homered for the Bulldogs (18-9), who took advantage of five walks and a hit batter by the Colonels (2-10) to post the two victories.
Sixteen high school baseball teams will vie for the championship of the annual Wilson County Invitational Tournament at four local facilities. Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Wilson Central and Friendship Christian will host pool play games beginning either Wednesday or Thursday
Once pool play is completed on Saturday, the top two teams in each pool will enter into a single-elimination tournament with the champion to be crowned Sunday afternoon, March 24 -- weather permitting. In the past, inclement weather has forced tournament officials to alter the schedule, sometimes eliminating the championship round.
Here's a look at the schedule at all four sites.