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J.C. Ellis, 82

WATERTOWN – Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, August 6 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Ellis, 82, of Watertown.

Born Dec. 15, 1925 in DeKalb County to the late Robert and Annie Myrtle Yates Ellis, he died Aug. 4, 2009 at Lebanon Health and Rehab.

Retired from Precision Rubber Company and a former US Army Paratrooper, Mr. Ellis was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Comer Lodge No. 417 Free & Accepted Masons.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. David Hesson with burial at Wilson County Memorial Park.

Survivors include: wife Flora Shorter Ellis of Watertown; sister Louise (L.C.) Vandergriff of Watertown; sister-in-law Effie Lee Ellis of Smithville; nieces Pam Cain of Bradyville and Alana Atherton of Lebanon along with several cousins and special friends Jerry and Linda Stephens of Watertown.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Ellis is preceded in death by brother Glen Ellis.

Active pallbearers include: Gene Vandergriff, Ron Cain, Jerry Stephens, Jimbo Robertson, Donald Oakley and J.W. Shorter.

Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.

Robert T. Wieme, 51

MT. JULIET – Funeral services were conducted Thursday evening, August 6 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Wieme, 51, of Mt. Juliet. He died Monday, August 3, 2009.

Services were conducted by Steve Burk and Chris Marzzak. 

Survivors include: wife Cindy Wieme and sons Alan Wieme and Corbin Wieme – all of Mt. Juliet.

Also surviving: mother June Hofmann of San Marcos, CA: father Al Wieme of Marietta, CA; and brothers Alan Wieme of Dallas, TX and Dan Wieme of San Marcos, CA.

Memorial donations may be made to Rutland Elementary School, 1995 South Rutland Road, Mt. Juliet, 37122.

Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, was in charge of arrangements.

Mooneyham not guilty of murder
LEBANON -- A Criminal Court jury in Wilson County returned a verdict of not guilty on all counts in a murder trial concluded Thursday.

Willie Mooneyham, 58, was charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of John Wayne Gribbins. Both Mooneyham and Gribbins were Wilson County residents.

"The shooting death of Mr. Gribbins was clearly a case of self defense" stated Alan Poindexter who, along with Jaimee Underwood, defended Mr. Mooneyham.

"Gribbins was ramming Mooneyham's vehicle with a heavy wrecker when Mooneyham fired in self defense" Poindexter added.

The case was tried with heavy security due to the high emotions between the families of the deceased and Mooneyham.  Mooneyham was relieved with the verdict and visibly in tears as the jury verdict was read.
H1N1 report closes MCA

The Wilson Post

McClain Christian Academy is closed today (Friday) after a second grade student exhibited symptoms associated with the H1N1 virus, or swine flu.

Donna Shaffer, director of MCA, said Thursday afternoon that the decision was made after the child’s pediatrician made the recommendation.

"The pediatrician made the recommendation that we take a three-day weekend," she said, to give the child time to get better and also to give officials time to disinfect the school facility and wipe down doorknobs, desks, etc. The MCA Back to School Swim set for tonight has also been cancelled.

Former LHS star Price killed


Former Lebanon High baseball standout and successful local businessman Chris Price died in a motorcycle accident Thursday en route to the National Biker Round Up in Atlanta.

A former All-OVC standout at Middle Tennessee, Price was a successful businessman, husband and father. A longtime representative for a pharmaceutical company, he had also enjoyed a career as a builder of custom homes.

The incident occured on I-75S on State Route 92. Georgia Department of Transportation assistant deputy spokesperson Erica Fatima said the wreck involved Price and another vehicle.

Allen, Purvis to share AD duties at MJHS


MT. JULIET -- Veteran prep coaches and educators Troy Allen and Mark Purvis will share the duties of athletic director at Mt. Juliet High School this year according to principal Mel Brown. The pair will take on the responsibilities once shouldered by Tim Bell.

Bell, former assistant principal and AD at MJHS, is now the principal at Mt. Juliet Jun ior High School.

Game management, security measures, scheduling practice times, transportation, dealing with officials and ticket takers are just a few of the responsibilities the two will share during the fall / football season.

Purvis, the Golden Bear baseball coach, will take on many of those issues during winter / basketball while Allen coaches the Mt. Juliet boys basketball team. Allen will inherit those responsibilites in the spring.

All relationship issues such as evaluation of coaches and dealing with the TSSAA will be handled by Mr. Brown.

Speaking of the Bears, Mt. Juliet hosted defending state champion Oakland High in a football scrimmage Friday, July 31. The scrimmage saw Oakland scoring once against the Mt. Juliet varsity while the Bears did not muster any points against the Patriots. Turnovers, especially interceptions, plagued both squads.

Mt. Juliet will open the 2009 season at Nashville McGavock High Friday, August 29. Season tickets for Mt. Juliet's six home games are now on sale at the school's main office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The home opener is September 4 vs. District 9AAA opponent Gallatin.

Back to School
It was chaos. Long lines, screaming kids and sighing parents blanket every corner. One might think we were waiting in line for Jonas Brothers concert tickets. Nope! We are all waiting to get our hands on wide rule paper. It’s back to school and with that comes back to school shopping. The supply list rivals that of an assignment given to the Impossible Mission Force. But even Jim Phelps’ quick improvisational skills couldn’t have helped complete this task.
Seinfeld quartet reconvenes on the Curb
Dear Ken: Exactly what is the deal on a “Seinfeld” cast reunion I’ve heard mention of?
The Summer of McCartney: Part 2

Locals reminisce about ex-Beatle, his family and band winging it on Junior’s Farm

Editor's note: This is the conclusion of a two-part article about the summer 1974 when Paul and Linda McCartney, their children and the band Wings spent six weeks living in the Curly and Bernice Putman residence outside of Lebanon.

Special to The Wilson Post

The Curly Putman family employed a housekeeper from Lebanon, the late Tabitha Turner, whom the McCartneys hired to work three or four days a week to help with some special events on the farm. Turner's daughter, Sally Palmer, assisted on several occasions and that provided her with the opportunity get to know Linda and Paul.

Mine eyes have seen the glory


I know the Fourth of July has come and gone. Regardless, the happenings for me remain and it was so good I say to myself will I, a veteran nearing my 86th year, will I live to see another?

Rude and Ruder


What do the letters “RSVP” stand for? Is it English? Do you have any idea why people disregard this and don’t show up for dinners and teas without replying?

-A Recent Disgruntled Hostess

Dana "Chuck" Jankovsky, 56

PEGRAM – Graveside funeral services with military honors were held Tuesday afternoon, August 4 at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery for Mr. Jankovsky, 56, of Murfreesboro.

Born Dec. 21, 1952 in Oakland, CA, he died July 29, 2009 at his residence.

An engineer in the oil industry, he was a decorated US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, having earned the Bronze Star, a Vietnam Service Medal, three Bronze Service Stars, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/ Palm and a Purple Heart.

Survivors include: daughters Tosha Menke of Lebanon and Paris Jankovsky of Nashville; and the love of his life Sybil Leo of Nashville.

Also surviving is stepson Wesley Daniels of California, grandchildren Brooke and Hunter Clay and siblings: Richard "Sloopy" Jankovsky and Mary Kinnanon of Texas, Dennis Jankovsky of Arizona, Dee Jankovsky of New York, Daria Jankovsky of Oregon, Dee Sparks of California and Donald "Skip" Jankovsky of Oklahoma as well as many nieces and nephews.

Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.

Birdie Vaughn Tramel, 82

MT. JULIET — Mrs. Birdie Vaughn Tramel age 82 of Mt. Juliet, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2009, at Summit Medical Center. She was born April 16, 1927 in Wilson County, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Leonard Thomas Vaughn and Thelma Everette Vaughn.

Mrs. Tramel was a homemaker and a member of Silver Springs Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Tramel; brothers, W.T. and Richard Vaughn.

She is survived by her daughter, Shirley Fay Tramel of Mt. Juliet; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon, August 4 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon, with Bro. Russ Stephens officiating. Interment was at the Conatser Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Silver Springs Baptist Church, 9938 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet, 37122.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Nellie Alene Price Wright, 94

MT. JULIET — Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning, August 5 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Wright, 94, of Nashville. A member of Phillipi Church of Christ and the widow of the late Ted Wright, she died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Dan Dozier with interment following at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: children Dorothy (Tony) Elkins of Nashville, Frieda (Raybon) Smith of Lebanon and Milo (Deborah) Wright of Hermitage. Also surviving are sisters Daisy, Nancy and Katie; 13 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and four great, great grandchildren.

Great grandchildren served as active pallbearers. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Wright is preceded in death by son Milton and his wife Mary Wright; daughter Burma Wright; four brothers and three sisters.

Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, was in charge of arrangements.

Charles M. Jones, 75

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Thursday August 6 at Bond Memorial Chapel form Mr. Jones, 75, of Mt. Juliet. A member of Victory Baptist Church and the Eagle Lodge, he died Monday, August 3, 2009. He was the son of the late Charlie and Nanny Jones.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive. Services will be conducted by Brother Chuck Groover and Brother Joe Coleman officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: wife Louise Kolbe Jones of Mt. Juliet and children: Andrew (Cheryl) Jones of Watertown, Randy (Karen) Jones of Hartsville, Charles (Judy) Jones of Jolten and Christie Jones of Old Hickory.

Also surviving are siblings: Tom Jones, Bunkie Jones, Mildred (Bob) Agee and Jo Anne Maxey -- all of Mt. Juliet; grandchildren Kelly, Amanda, Abby, Audra and Jennifer; great grandchildren Alyson, Kolbe, Landon, Alex, Weston, Andrew and Anna Belle along with extended family Jordan Jones.

Active pallbearers will include: Andrew Jones, Randy Jones, Charles Jones, Jack Kolbe, Bob Agee and Billy Jones. Honorary pallbearers: Zach Walling, Bernie Bach, Jason Alcorn, Richard Gray, James Flemming, Gene Green, and the men of Music City Winni’s Camping.

Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

William Charles Thomas, 64

LEBANON — Charlie Thomas passed away on July 30, 2009 at age 64. He was a Quality Control Engineer for Seigel Roberts.

Services were conducted by Dr. Jonathan Richardson Saturday afternoon, August 1, at the Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Survivors include wife of 26 years Susan Mitchell Thomas of Lebanon; children Gregory Lee (Theresa) Lasater and Jason Edward (Chalet) Lasater; grandchildren Caitlain Lasater, Gregory Lee Lasater Jr., Susan Bailey Lasater, Nikki Lasater and Lindsey Lasater; nieces Kristy Thomas and Katie Thomas; and caregiver Janice Cooper.

Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.

Ashe named Sheriff of the Year at 38th TSA Conference

The Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association has named Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe as the 2009 Sheriff of the year for Tennessee at the 38th annual TSA Conference in Sevier County on July 30.

Ashe started his law enforcement career in 1972 and later served as Chief Deputy of Wilson County and Chief of Detectives for the City of Lebanon. 

Budget passes, 14 laid off

From Post staff reports

Lebanon City Council approved on first reading the $18 million budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 and gave final approval to the immediate lay-offs of 14 city employees at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

The budget must be voted on three times before it is finally approved. Council also set the city property tax rate which remains unchanged at 37 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Council will meet in two special called sessions to give second and third approval to the budget and will also hold a public hearing on the matter as required by law.

MJHS busting at the seams

Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Wilson County schools officially started back on Monday, and rapid growth in the western section of the county is already causing some growing pains – with Mt. Juliet High, after just the first day of school, already nearing capacity in its second year in the new school.

Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis said Monday evening that most of the county’s student growth is in Mt. Juliet, specifically Rutland Elementary and MJHS. He said that while the “hard numbers” of enrollment won’t be available until the end of this week, early numbers for MJHS are nearly 1,900 students in a high school with a core capacity of 2,200. He added that there are already around 10 “floating teachers,” which are teachers with no assigned classroom who move from room to room per period to teach.

Sales tax holiday big weekend for Wilson

Tennessee Department of Revenue reminds shoppers that the 2009 Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for this Friday through Sunday, Aug. 7-9.

This annual weekend of savings provides three full days of tax breaks on clothing, school and art supplies, and computer purchases. Although the holiday provides savings for back-to-school purchases, anyone can take advantage of the savings this weekend.

McFarland eyes Wilson mayoral election in 2010

From Post staff reports

There may yet be another candidate to toss his hat in the ring for Wilson County mayor.

Former Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Director Jerry McFarland and now a member of the Wilson County Commission has indicated that he is quietly exploring a candidacy for the post which is to be on the ballot next year.

Local MOPS groups offers community, mothering support and hope to mothers of young children

A Lebanon Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group will begin meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 12 for the 2009-2010 year.

MOPS, a non-denominational organization, is a program designed for mothers with children from infancy through kindergarten. MOPS groups are local communities that help moms be better moms by understanding their unique needs, challenges and joys in this vital season of early mothering. The local MOPS group meets at Immanuel Baptist Church on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month from August to May (the group follows the Lebanon Special School District schedule) from 9:30 a.m. until noon.


Legends will host CU radio show

Cumberland University, WANT 98.9 FM and Legends Sports Grill have announced a partnership to broadcast the CU Football Coaches Show this season on Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. at Legends Sports Grill in Lebanon.

Shows will begin September 2 before the CU season opener against Campbellsville University. Cumberland football play-by-play announcer Tommy Bryan will host the show along with CU football coach Dewayne Alexander.

Bryan and Alexander will visit during the first 30 minutes of the program. The last half hour will be spent with two Wilson County area high school coaches talking about their teams.

The high school coaches will rotate each week, giving each school (Lebanon, Wilson Central, Mt. Juliet, Watertown, Friendship Christian and Mt. Juliet Christian) at least three opportunities during the season.

The show will also be available via the internet at

Bryan, along with broadcast partner and Bob Lea, handled the final two Cumberland football games of the 2008 season and have signed on for the entire 2009 campaign.

The duo, along with stat man Terry Stafford and sideline reporter Joe Gardner, will continue to broadcast LHS football games on Friday nights -- also on WANT FM. Bryan and Stafford will begin their 23rd consecutive season of Lebanon High broadcasts this fall.

County budget panel to meet

Wilson County Commission’s Budget Committee will meet at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4 in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.


Bowl for Kids Sake event planned

Bowl for Kids’ Sake event takes on Wilson Country EMTAR and friends support Big Brothers Big Sisters

Representatives from Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors and friends supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee are set to participate in the 2009 Jack in the Box Bowl for Kids’ Sake at Pro Bowling Center in Lebanon on Tuesday, Aug. 11. 

Ken Knuckles, 2009 event chairperson, will be on-site as well as the Wilson County Chairs Terri Mason, Brad Smith and Joann Pucciarelli-Moore.


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