From Post staff reports
Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead urged members of the Lebanon Morning Rotary yesterday to buy locally.
He said the City of Lebanon’s loss in sales tax revenue for the year has been a major issue in the local municipality’s struggle with budget shortfalls.
Craighead told the club that he and members of the city council and city department heads have worked diligently to make as many cuts as possible in city spending.
The City of Lebanon’s National Day of Prayer observance will be hosted on Thursday, May 7 by Immanuel Baptist Church.
The time of the observance is set for 6:30 p.m. The church is at 214 Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon.
30-year veteran Harris reappointed Administrator of Elections
By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post
Wilson County Election Commission voted 3-2 to retain Lynn Harris as administrator of elections during the panel’s meeting on Wednesday, but the larger story may be about Delores Mackey, the new chair of the panel.
Apparently Mackey is now under pressure to resign her post with most of the pressure coming from the local Wilson County Republican Party.
It started when a member of the audience, former Mt. Juliet mayor Kevin Mack, stood up and suggested the panel name Rob Shearer, a Republican and a former Mt. Juliet city manager, to the post.
WILSON CENTRAL LOCKS UP THIRD
MT. JULIET -- Wilson Central locked up a third place seed in this week’s District 9AAA tournament with a 7-3 victory Tuesday at Mt. Juliet High. The Wildcats improved to 22-8 overall and 8-4 in the district while Mt. Juliet slipped to 21-10, 10-2.
The loss dropped the Bears into second place in the 9AAA regular season standings, allowing Beech to take over the top spot.
Wilson Central pitcher Heath Daugherty (3-2) held Mt. Juliet in check the entire game, scattering seven hits while striking out three and walking just one batter. Only one MJ hit went for extra bases, a third inning triple by Justin Lopez.
The crafty senior righthander kept the powerful Bear lineup off balance with a sharp, biting curveball.
Cody Liddle paced the Wilson Central offense attack with a 3-for-3 effort, driving in a pair of runs. Russ Strong chipped in with a pair of hits while Brad Collins ripped a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth.
Starter Cody Carroll (3-3), the first of three Mt. Juliet pitchers, was tagged with the loss. He went five innings, allowed five hits and six runs while striking out four.
Central is expected to play LaVergne in the first round of the 9AAA tournament Friday at Mt. Juliet. The Bears will probably play Smyrna.
Over the weekend, Wilson Central swept a pair of Saturday games -- knocking off McGavock High 13-2 then defeating LaVergne 7-5 despite making seven errors.
Mt. Juliet dropped a 7-4 decision Saturday to Beech as the Bucs pounded out 13 hits and took advantage of four Mt. Juliet errors. Jake Harper (6-1) took the loss for the Bears.
Make plans now to visit Long Hunter State Park for a weekend of nature programs, guided hikes, guest speakers, exhibits, crafts for kids, live music and the grand opening of the Couchville Lake Arboretum during the Earth Day Festival to be held Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26.
All programs are free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary. Booths open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. The event is sponsored by The Friends of Long Hunter State Park.
PRESIDENT OF WOOD GROUP
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at Immanuel Baptist Church for Mr. Stephen Wayne Wood, 44, of Lebanon. President of Wood Group Enterprises, Mr. Wood died Tuesday, April 21, 2009 following an extended illness.
Stephen was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, a graduate of DuPont Senior High School, Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. He was a former Trustee of Cumberland University, a former Community Council member of Wilson Bank & Trust, a member of the Mt. Juliet / West Wilson Chamber of Commerce, and the Nashville Home Builders Association.
Visitation will be 4 - 8 p.m. Friday at Bond Memorial Chapel in Mt. Juliet. Services will be conducted by Pastor John Hunn. Interment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
“Oklahoma” is coming to Lebanon High School Auditorium this weekend on April 23, 24 and 25.
The play, a romantic story about a cowboy named Curly played by Mitch Dickens who falls in love with a farm girl Laurey played by Hannah Gallagher, has been very popular since it was first written in 1943. Songs from the play are well known, too. “Oklahoma,” “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” and “Kansas City” are all songs made famous by the play.
The play opens with Curley singing “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” to impress Laurey, but giving a teasing kiss on the check to her Aunt Eller played by Chelsea Hardin.
Award winning film producer and director T.N. Mohan personally presents his highly acclaimed documentary on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Hanged on a Twisted Cross, The Life, Convictions and Martyrdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” at Crave Christian Bookstore & Café in Lebanon on Friday, May 1st at 6:30 p.m.
“We're setting up the big screen for this big event! We’re so excited to have the actual producer and director of so many quality documentaries and films share his time and talents at Crave,” said Bridgette Belew of Crave Bookstore & Café, adding “and we can all learn so much from the life and convictions of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.”
Author Marti Healy will read from and sign copies of her new book, “The Rhythm of Selby,” from 1 until 4 p.m., Sunday, April 26 at Sherlock’s Book Emporium and Curiosities.
The book is published by The Design Group Press.
Writer Macy Harris moves to the small Southern town of Selby, S.C., in search of mild winters and a culture known for its equally warm hospitality, a place to write in rhythm with a slower pace of life. She soon becomes enchanted with Selby’s gentle residents, its generations of history, its tradition of horses and dogs, its magnificent old homes and gardens, art and music, and excellent cuisine.
By ANNE DONNELL
I think I saw a word misused recently. It was a reference to a museum’s showing a borrowed “exhibit” of a variety of items. Isn’t this an “exhibition”? Are we commonly misusing other words or reading and hearing on radio and TV and in movies these misuses? I believe we are and am interested in your comments.
-All for Accuracy and Precision!
By TOMMY THOMPSON
District Attorney 15th Judicial District
Too many times I think we in public office hear voices near us, read opinions addressed to us and act or react accordingly.
But that may not always result with us making the right decisions.
Lebanon City Council will have a special called meeting at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 23 in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.
By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET -- At first glance, Savannah Hope Swandal looks like any other 3rd grader at Mt. Juliet Elementary.
She is an outgoing, beautiful, 9-year-old little girl with an infectious laugh and a smile that will melt your heart. She enjoys being outdoors, playing with her family and friends, dancing, singing, riding her bike, listening to music and going to church.
By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post
Wilson County Election Commission voted 3-2 to retain Lynn Harris as administrator of elections during the panel’s meeting on Wednesday.
The election came with a bit of drama as a member of the audience, former Mt. Juliet mayor Kevin Mack, stood up and suggested the panel name Rob Shearer, a former Mt. Juliet city manager, to the post.
Mack cited concerns with holding early voting in Mt. Juliet in the past as among his reasons for wanting Shearer to be named as administrator.
By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post
Lebanon City Council passed only one of three ordinances which would have amended the City Charter at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.
Council passed on first reading an amendment which defines of the Finance Commissioner’s duties which was accidentally left out of the charter when the position was created.
Gladeville Utility District looks at State reports
By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post
A former Gladeville Utility District general manager received more than $300,000 in payments that not approved or violated policy, says a just released audit from the State Comptroller’s Office.
As a result, the board of the GUD and the new general manager have been busy making changes to comply with recommendations in the audit.
Among other things the audit showed that, “The former general manager received payments totaling $300,211 that were either not approved and/or were in violation of district policy.”
Secure Shred and Wilson Bank & Trust are partnering together to host a free Community Shred Day for Wilson County.
The purpose of the Community Shred Day is to give the public an opportunity to properly dispose of personal, confidential documents. Wilson Bank will host the event at five locations where documents can be deposited into locked containers for destruction, or items may be brought to Secure Shred’s shredding center.
From Post staff reports
A U.S. District judge is expected to issue a ruling soon in a lawsuit filed by the parents of Christian students against the Wilson County Schools claiming the school system denied their right to free speech.
Coming over to taste the competition’s banana dumplin’s are, from left, WCHS sophomore Jacob Behel and junior Katie Tidwell. Serving the dumplin’s fresh from the toaster oven are, left to right, LHS juniors Camillia Meachum and Cassie Ritchie. Meachum and Ritchie, who took second place for their banana dumplin’s, Behel and Tidwell, won third place for their mixed berry dumplin’s. All four are culinary team members of their schools’ Skills USA clubs.
CONNIE ESH and JOHN BUTWELL /
THE WILSON POST
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25 at Berea Church of Christ for Mr. Tatum, 95, of Lebanon. Known to his family and friends as "Red", Mr. Tatum died April 21, 2009.
A lifelong resident of Wilson County, he was a retired farmer, school bus driver and worked at the Garment Factory. He was a member of Berea Church of Christ, Lebanon Senior Citizens, and a former "mayor" of Possum Town.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home Friday, April 24 from 4-8 p.m. Services will be conducted by Brother Todd Elliott and Brother Greg Smith. Interment in Watson Cemetery.
Survivors include son Gary Wayne (Sue) Tatum of Lebanon; brother Charlie (Elizabeth) Tatum; sister Frances Ann Brown; grandchildren Lia Hittle, Gara Williams, Mona Dill Steinke, Randall Alexander, Rex Alexander, Lynn Jenkinses, and Tina Sliger; 40 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends from Berea Church of Christ and Possum Town.
He is preceded in death by wife of 65 years Elizabeth Hester Tatum, daughter Martha Clay White, parents Jesse Lee and Melinda Jane Midgett Tatum, brother Carl Eli Tatum, and sisters Stella Bly and Etta Lee Ozment.
Pallbearers: Derrick Knowles, Joe Simms, Butch Reed, Donnie Bain, Bill McGowan, John Hittle, Jason Williams, John Harlin and Jason Denton.
Honorary pallbearers: Tommy Knowles, John Bale, J.D. Carr, Billy Sullivan, and Tom Sanders.Memorial Donations are suggested to The National Parkinson Foundation, Inc (Office of Development, 1501 NW 9th Ave, Bob Hope Rd, Miami FL 33136-1494, 800.327.4545), and/or the Berea Church of Christ Building Fund (50 Berea Church Road, Lebanon 37087.
Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.
MT. JULIET -- Services were held Tuesday afternoon, April 21 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Ms. Jenkins, 69, of Mt. Juliet. Known as "Dotty" to her family and friends, she died Sunday, April 19, 2009 at her residence.
She was a member of the Silver Springs Baptist Church. Services were conducted by Brother Russ Stephens. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens
Survivors include nieces Lisa Jenkins and Brenda (Darrell) Guffey; great-niece Kisha Guffey; and numerous other family members.
She is preceded in death by parents Bob and Mary Nollner Jenkins; brother Robert L. Jenkins Jr.; and sister-in-law Linda Jenkins.
Pallbearers included: Jesse, Scott and Chris Chapman and Darrell Guffey.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
LEBANON -- Visitation and funeral services will be held Friday, April 24 at the Immanuel Baptsit Church for Mr. Fields, 46, of Lebanon. Known as "Tim" or "Timmy" to his family and friends, Mr. Fields passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2009.
A former employee of Toshiba America for 19 years, he recently worked for Gibson Guitar in the Rough Mill. Tim loved classical cars, Elvis and Pepsi Cola. He was a member of Big Springs Baptist Church and honorary member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with funeral services set for 1 p.m. Pastor John Hunn will officiate the services. Interment is set for the Gordonsville City Cemetery.
Survivors include: parents Billy Joe and Margaret Christian Fields; siblings Jeff (Debbie) Fields, Beverly Sells and Frances Fields -- all of Lebanon and Melissa (Randy) Mundy of Pleasant Shade.
Also surviving are nephews Josh (Megan), Joel, Jonathan and Jason Sells, Jacob Fields; niece Maria Mundy; girlfriend Tammy Jewell.
He is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Carmon and Ruby Fields; maternal grandparents, Nick and Ruby Christian.
Pallbearers, Joshua, Joel, Jonathan and Jason Sells, Jacob Fields, Randy Mundy, Paul Lee Jewell and Larry Ferrell. Honorary pallbearers Mark and Donnie West, Charles Hollis, Eddie Fields, Greg Elrod and Ricky Gilley.
Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
PRIOR TO THURSDAY HOME GAME
Cumberland University will honor the late Stephen Wood and his contributions to the Bulldog baseball program before Thursday’s 1 p.m. twinbill against TranSouth Conference foe Martin Methodist.
Wood passed away April 21 at the age of 44 due to complications from liver cancer. He was a lifelong Midstate resident and Vanderbilt University graduate who helped greatly in the design and construction of the renovated baseball stadium and press box.
Head coach Woody Hunt will recognize Wood’s family prior to Thursday’s doubleheader against Martin Methodist, the last home series of the season for the Bulldogs.
CU and the Redhawks play a single game Friday at 1 p.m., highlighted by Senior Day pregame activities for 18 players -- Clint Alexander, Chuck Belote, Matt Burton, Babich Cowan, Will Curry, Zack Diekmann, Jeremiah McElwain, Chris Fanning, Mark Gividen, Corey Merrill, Eric Mull, James Parker, Blake Simmons, Eric Spivey, Richard Timbrook, Andrew Ward, Kyle West and Jeremy Wilson.
CU loses 2-of-3 at FHU -- Sam Kikla went 5-for-5 with eight RBIs as Cumberland outlasted Freed-Hardeman, 20-16, in eight innings in the opening game of a double-header, but the Lions came back with a 14-3 victory in the second game, splitting a baseball twinbill Saturday at Carnes Field in Henderson.
Cumberland (28-21, 13-5 TSAC) remains in a first-place tie with Trevecca despite losing the series at FHU. The Trojans lost a doubleheader Saturday to Lyon College and both teams will head into this week’s final series tied for first place. Freed-Hardeman (28-14, 12-7) solidified its position in third place with the series victory and can still mathematically win the conference.
Cumberland blew a 13-2 lead in the opener, as FHU scored eight runs in the fifth and then six runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the contest at 16.
But Kikla drove in a run, Michael Wheeler added two RBIs and Matt Holliman had a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to retake the lead in a contest that lasted nearly three-and-a-half hours.
Richard Timbrook came on to get the final three outs and the save, but not before loading the bases with just one out. Eric Spivey (2-2), the fourth of five CU hurlers in the contest, picked up the victory, facing one batter and getting the final out of the seventh.
Starter Robert Post allowed two runs on four hits in four innings of work and left with a 13-2 lead. He walked four and struck out four.