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State jobless rate above 10 percent for May

Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley announced Thursday that Tennessee’s unemployment rate for May was 10.7 percent, up 0.8 percentage point from the revised April rate of 9.9 percent.

The May rate a year ago was 6.2 percent. The national unemployment rate for May 2009 was 9.4 percent, up from the April rate of 8.9 percent.

First Red, White and Blues Festival held

Artists from throughout the U.S. were expected to attend and perform at the first ever Red, White and Blues Festival set for Saturday, June 20 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.

The event was held in support of a national effort to help Michele Seidman, founder of the National Women in Blues Festival in Wilmington, N.C. which has been put on hold due to Seidman’s health and lack of funding or sponsorship.

Teams slate Relay for Life fund raising projects

The Wilson Post

Put on your running shoes or walking shoes, if you prefer, and head out to the track behind Wilson Bank & Trust on June 26-27 for the annual Wilson County Relay for Life benefiting the American Cancer Society.

Wilson County Relay Co-Chair Maliea Oakley said she would like to encourage everyone in the community who has been affected by cancer to come and join the event in hope for a cure.

Meanwhile, all the Wilson County teams are working hard to raise lots of money to find a cure for cancer

Remembering a father, a man of value


This is being written the day before taxes are due, but that has nothing to do with what is uppermost in my thoughts today.

It’s the 14th day of April 2009. On this date in 1884, William H. Waters Sr. was born in the Grant community of Smith County, Tenn. He was the son of Dr. George Hugh Waters and Mattie Goodall Waters.

Why are we Blue Devils?


I was a Blue Devil once. And I still am. It was a long time ago, to be sure, and I was primarily a bench-warmer, but I was proud to be on the team, and proud of my “L.”  And I still am.

With 30 more days, Council still stuck on budget

The Wilson Post

After passing a resolution authorizing a continuing appropriation and budget for fiscal year 2008-09 for 30 more days, Lebanon City Council is $527,000 short of balancing next year’s budget.


Lebanon to host Homeland Security Expo

The Wilson Post

Members of the public are invited to attend the upcoming Urban Area Security Initiative Expo at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, hosted by the City of Lebanon in conjunction with the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security on Wednesday, June 24.

The hours will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The event will highlight the UASI region’s efforts regarding public safety and will also allow the public to see new equipment and see demonstrations of emergency responses.

Dorothy Juanita King West, 82

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. West, 82, of Lebanon. Retired from the Cedars of Lebanon Credit Union as secretary / bookkeeper, she died June 18, 2009 at Cedars Health Care Center.

The daughter of the late Walter Henry King Sr. & Martha Elizabeth Thomas King, she was a member of the Unity Church. Visitation will be held Friday 2-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the funeral.

Services will be conducted by Brother Kenneth Bowen. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: children Larry R.(Martha) West, Sharon West (Jim) Tomlinson and Pam West (Larry Yoder) Askew.

Also surviving are grandchildren Randy West, Cam (Mike) Lindemann, Clint (Amy) Tomlinson and Rob (Hilary) Askew; great grandchildren Adrian West, Taylor and Justin Lindemann, Macie Tomlinson and Gavin Leftrick, Lexie, Dylan and Tucker Askew; special relatives Charles and Joyce Tomlinson, Geoff and Alyson Atchley, Mrs. Ruby Tisdale and best friend Mae Garrison.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, I.D. West; infant son Ralley West; brothers Lloyd King, Ralph King, Walter King Jr. and Clifford King; sisters Margaret Hicks, Peggy Denney, Edna Murray, Polly Duke and Rosa "Billie" Murff.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association: Mid South Chapter, Middle Tennessee Regional Office, 4004 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 219B, Nashville 37215.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Juanita Moore Griffin, 91

WATERTOWN – Funeral services have been scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Griffin, 91, of Watertown. Born June 11, 1918 in Auburntown, she died June 18, 2009 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center.

The daughter of the late Spurgeon and Elsie Blair, she was a graduate of Watertown High School and a member of the Watertown First Baptist Church. Mrs. Griffin was retired from Robertshaw / Lux Time in Lebanon.

The family will receive friends Friday between the hours of 1-9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Rev. Don Mathis with burial at the Odom Cemetery.

Survivors include: children Linda (Terry) Vaught and Brenda (Bobby) Allison – all of Watertown and Gerald (Jane) Griffin of Milan.

Also surviving is son-in-law Larry Estes of Watertown, 11 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Fred Griffin, daughter Mary Sue Estes, granddaughter Teresa Griffin Beachum and brothers Arnold and Willie Albert Moore.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be directed to: the Fidelis Sunday School Class, FBC Watertown, 209 West Main Street, Watertown 37184.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Bibb, 67

MT. JULIET – Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday June 20, at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Bibb, 67, of Lebanon. The owner of Southern Optical Center for 40 years, Mr. Bibb died Tuesday, June 16, 2009. He was the son of the late Ben and Louise Patterson.  

Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Saturday. Services will conducted by Pastor Randy Martin.

Survivors include: wife Cheryl Kennedy Bibb of Lebanon; children Tracie (Rick) King of Cookeville, Derik Bibb of Lebanon, Jared Bibb and Dallas Bibb – both of Mt. Juliet; grandson Jacob Roberson.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at 14270 Lebanon Road, Old Hickory, 37138. 

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

James Powell Jewell, 94

COOKEVILLE -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at the First United Methodist Church of Cookeville for Mr. Powell, 94, of Cookeville.

Born in the Statesville Community of Wilson County, Mr. Jewell died on Monday, June 15, 2009 at Sunnington Senior Care in Murfreesboro where he had resided the last five years.

An educator and author, he was the son of Jim T. and Arizona Williams Jewell. He attended Statesville Elementary School, Watertown High School — graduating in 1932 with honors.

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State College with a B.S. degree in Chemistry, "Powell" taught in high schools in Dublin, GA and Bell Buckle. Following service in the US Navy during World War II, he taught chemistry at Middle Tennessee State College for two years and then in 1944 he went to Vanderbilt University, graduating in 1946 with a M.S. degree in Chemistry and Metallurgy.

He worked for Union Carbide in Oak Ridge for two years before taking a position on the faculty at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in Cookeville teaching Chemistry. In addition to teaching, he co-authored two chemistry laboratory manuals.

Mr. Jewell was a member of the Cookeville First United Methodist Church where he was an usher, a member of the Backsliders Sunday School Class and United Methodist Men’s group.

He was active in the TTU Emeriti Faculty, TTU Garden Club, where he was the auctioneer for their annual Plant Sale, and the Putnam County Retired Teachers Association...

The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Whitson Funeral Home and 1-2 pm. Saturday at the church. Services will be conducted by Rev. Drew Shelley. Burial will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: nieces Levena E. (Boyd) Kline and Frances E. (Walter Keith) Crawford; great nieces Caroline Crawford, Amy J. (Walter) Campbell and Mary J. (Jim) Kinnaman; great nephews Tommy (Lisa) Jones, Walter (Tammy) Crawford, III and Lee (Kim) Jones, III; several other great nieces and nephews and other relations.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Willie Rush Hunter Jewell; brother Harold C. and Mary Jewell, and their daughter Delorah Jewell Moore.

Pallbearers will be family members. Honorary: TTU Chemistry Department, Backsliders Sunday School Class and Ushers of the First United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the James Powell and Willie Rush Jewell Scholarship at Tennessee Tech or to the Cookeville First United Methodist Church.

Whitson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


It’s getting to be that time of year again. The time when I catch up on my drinking and praying. You got it, the Kane family will be flying soon.

Carol Burnett loved her movie-loving grandma
Dear Ken: Can you share some biographical information on Carol Burnett?
Second Annual Fresh Air Festival set Saturday

Upper Cumberland Arts Alliance invites you to The Second Annual Fresh Air Festival set for Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in historic Granville located in Jackson County. 

This festival brings together “plein air” painters (artists who paint from life in the outdoors or “open air”) and fine crafts. You can watch artists painting in their own painting style, and crafters showing their own techniques of accomplishment. 

See Rock City book and author

Special to The Wilson Post

Tim Hollis first saw Rock City on the east face of Lookout Mountain at the tender age of 4.

Just a stone’s throw from Chattanooga, the fabulous geological wonder with its Swing-A-Long Bridge, Fat Man‘s Squeeze, Lover’s Leap and Fairyland Caverns enamored him as it did again in 1991 when he began work on a book about the tourist attraction, made famous over much of the 20th century via its advertising painted in white letters on a black background on hundreds of barn roofs. (Who can forget “See 7 States from Rock City”?)


Encore Theatre sets Comedy Night

Wilson County’s premiere community theatre group, Encore Theatre, announces its first of many “Amateur Comedy Talent Extravaganzas!”

Set for Friday, June 19, at 9 p.m., Encore invites budding comedians, comic singers and comic actors to make the audience “roll in the aisles” for 3-5 minutes with “adult comedy within the bounds of good taste” meant for an audience of 18 and up.
Material may consist of original stand-up comic routines, original humorous songs, memorized comic monologues or even funny music taken from published (or boot-legged) sources. This is a “no-holds-barred” comedy blitz hopefully crafted to leave the audience in stitches.

Support makes tourneys more than golf games


We all know the economy is tough and charities are feeling the pinch across the nation.

With June being the big “golf tournament” month in Wilson County, you can soon find out what kind of hearts people have in our community by seeing the participation level in these tournaments.

Hows Your Diurnal Patois? And Hows Your Old Man?



Why don’t people correct those terrible usages like “ain’t” or “he don’t” or “them apples” instead of “those apples”? I could list many more.
-Retired Teachers Talking

Mayor has support if taxes stay the same
To the Editor:
I am commenting on the full page ad paid for by the friends of Mayor Philip Craighead.
I am glad to see that the Mayor has support. He has mine if he does not raise taxes. I personally pay way too much for services that don’t improve my quality of life. If I had the funds in my budget to pay for a full page ad, money would not be an issue. It is, and we must budget with what is left after the government takes what they please. 


Barbara Ann Marquet, 68

HERMITAGE – Memorial services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Hermitage United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 4250 Andrew Jackson Parkway, for Mrs. Marquet, 68, of Old Hickory.

A member of the PEO, the Music City Quilters Guild and the World Clown Association, she died Tuesday, June 16, 2009.  Visitation will be 12:30 - 1 p.m. Saturday at Hermitage United Methodist Church. Services will be conducted by Rev. Allen Black.

Survivors include: her husband of 48 years John D. Marquet of Old Hickory; mother Madeline Daily of Aberdeen, WA; and son Michael (Kathy) Marquet of Arlington, TX.

Also surviving are siblings Terry Daily of Sikeston, MO and Frances Marzioli of Cosmopolis, WA; grandchildren Emma and Noah Marquet . She was preceded in death by her father, Charles E. Daily.  Memorials may be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, 37203. 

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Wtown soldier dies from injuries


A soldier whose parents reside in Watertown died June 15 from injuries he received earlier this month in Paktya, Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle, followed by small arms fire.

U.S. Army Specialist Jonathan Charles O’Neill, 22, died at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He was injured on June 2 in Operation Enduring Freedom.


Bobby Glenn Nation, 34

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 16 at the Sellars Funeral Home for Mr. Nation, 34, of Lebanon. He died June 11, 2009.

Services wer conducted by Bro. Bill Fowler. Burial at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include children Sara Nation, Ali Nation, Tyler Nation; step-son Brendan Mace; father Glenn Nation, mother Judy Woodard; step-father Mark Woodard; siblings Sandra Hendrix, Rhonda Nation, David Johnson and Regina Johnson as well as grandparents: Millard and Jewell Nation.

Sellars Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Conrad W. Scott, 78

LEBANON -- Funeral services were conducted Tuesday evening, June 16 at Bond Memorial Chapel, for Mr. Scott, 78, of Mt. Juliet. A faithful member of West Hills Baptist Church in Lebanon, Mr. Scott died Saturday, June 13, 2009.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving in the 31st Fighter Escort Wing. His career spanned 59 years in aviation maintenance as a mechanic, teacher, inspector, examiner and, most recently, as a Designated Airworthiness Representative for the FAA.

He was the son of the late,John W. and Eva Amburgey Scott, he was the recipient of the prestigious Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award and was a 33rd Degree Mason.

Funeral services were conducted by Dr. Jonas Taylor and Rev. Aubrey Hayes. Graveside services with military honors will be conducted 3 p.m. EST Wednesday, June 17 at Tri-Cities Memory Gardens in Blountville.

Survivors include: his wife of 57 years Patsy Depew Scott and daughters Diane Scott (Benny) Edmondson, Pamela Scott (Jim) Tyson and Karen Scott Ferraro.

Also surviving are grandchildren Heather Ziegler, Nicole Edmondson, Ashley Edmondson, Robert Battle and Joseph Battle; step-grandchildren Bethany Tyson Sharp and Matthew Tyson; great grandchild Hayden Cook.

Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of West Hills Baptist Church 1240 Leeville Pike, Lebanon.  Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Robert Theodore Hodge, 45

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, June 17 at the Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon for Mr. Hodge, 45, of Lebanon. The son of the late Raymond and Thelma Ruth Hodge, he died June 14, 2009.

Services were conducted by Robert McFarland. Interment followed in the Caraway Cemetery.

Survivors include wife Paula Hodge; children Aleshia Hodge, Stephanie (Randy Mathes) Hodge, Kathyn Hodge and Zachary Hodge; brother Randy Lee Hodge; grandchildren Allison Ruth Hodge, Emily Danielle Hodge, Landon Lee Mathes and Christian Layne Mathes.

Pallbearers: Robert Hall, Jessie Bennett, Terry Lynn, Joshua Bennett, Robert Entrekin, Matthew Lynn, Jamie Walker, Norman Temple, Randy Mathes, Darren Chaffin and Ronnie Walker.

Sellars Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Deborah Lynn Johnson, 54

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Johnson, 54, of Mt. Juliet.

A native of Kansas City, KS, and the daughter of the late Paul Thomas and Hazel Wood Wilson, she died Thursday, June 11, 2009.

Visitation is 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Bond Memorial Chapel. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Chuck Groover.  Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: husband David Johnson and children Michael (Jamie) Johnson of Mt. Juliet and Nicole (Scott) Little of Gallatin. Also surviving is sister Brenda Scott of San Diego, CA and grandchildren Cameron Johnson and Michael Johnson.

The family requests that memorials be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, 37203. Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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