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Wilson Co. high schools art on display at Cumberland University

Works from the fifth annual In Process: Wilson County High School Art Competition will be on display in the Adams Gallery of the June & Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center at Cumberland University through March 27.

Each year, art specialists in area high schools are asked to submit selected work from their students. For the 2009 competition, the Cumberland University School of Music & the Arts received submissions from Mt. Juliet High School, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, Friendship Christian School, Wilson Central High School and Lebanon High School.

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Farmer questions, Rochelle answers

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

The confusion surrounding who is responsible for investigating the finances of Bible Park promoters led Ward 3 Lebanon City Councilor William Farmer to ask Wilson County Industrial Development Board Attorney Robert Rochelle to help clear up some of the questions before the issue comes back for a vote of the council.

“I wanted to be sure that I correctly understood the procedure concerning the Bible Park bonds,” Farmer said in a letter to Rochelle dated March 6. “I believe the City Council realizes that the proposed bonds are non-recourse bonds and any failure of the bonds will not fall back on the governments involved. However, there is considerable confusion concerning the duty to perform ‘due diligence’ concerning the feasibility of the subject project.”

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Many still remember him bringing back the soda fountain
By SAM HATCHER
        
Funeral services were held last week for a community leader who, through his profession, was a very good friend to Wilson County for more than four decades.
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Kindle Brings a Fire for Reading

By ANNE DONNELL

This isn’t exactly about what you usually write about, but I read an article last week about Amazon’s new electronic reader. What do you think about all that – good for reading or bad? Should we all start buying them? 
  -Still Reading the Old-Fashioned Way

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Kindergarten orientations set this spring

Parents, you are invited to Kindergarten Orientation

The purpose of this meeting is to assist you in getting your child ready for kindergarten. Reading and math readiness along with social readiness will be discussed.  Suggestions for summer learning activities will be given. 

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Carolyn Springer Harding, 80
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 11 at the First United Methodist Church for Mrs. Harding, 80, of Lebanon.

Executive Secretary Treasurer for the Kentucky Tennessee District of Kiwanas International and a member of West Haven Baptist Church, Mrs. Harding passed away at her residence Sunday March 8, 2009.

Visitation will be on Tuesday from 12 Noon – 2 p.m. and 5 – 8 p.m. at the Partlow Funeral Chapel and Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Dr. Jonathan Richerson will officiate. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Preceded in death by parents David Benjamin & Eula Spivey Springer, Sr.; brother David Benjamin Springer, Jr.

Surivivors include: husband George H. Harding; sister Patricia Springer McDaniel; nephews Tommy R. (Patty Posey) McDaniel, Sr., D. Andrew (Mary Jo Hill) McDaniel; great nieces & nephews Timothy (Brenna Gramatikus) Sneed McDaniel, Jennifer McDaniel Evans, Jacob & Braydon Evans, Tommy McDaniel,Jr, Kaleigh McDaniel, D. Benjamin McDaniel, Jonathan & Trevor McDaniel.

Also surviving are step-sons G. Henry (Brenda Washer) Harding and James A. Harding; step-grandchildren Jason W. (Resa Reed) Martin, Trena Martin Gassaway, Rachel Harding (Conrad) Macaso and John (Jessica Murphy) Harding; step great-grandchildren Claire Elizabeth, Julia Grace and Dana Christine Martin, Kristen Lesley and Olivia Diane Harding, Isabella Mae and Sophia Lourdes Macaso.

Pallbearers: Mark Thorne, Eddie Callis, Bob Rochelle, William Farmer, John Greer Jr. and Stratton Bone.

Honorary pallbearers: Jack Arnold, Bruce Collier, Dr. Kay Mitchell, Dr. James Payton, Dr. Hardie Sorrels, Harry Holland, Bryan Green, Mr. & Mrs. Bob Vanhooser, Johnny andTommy Knowles, Girls with Grandmother Faces, Jewell Jennings and Members of New Haven Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the building fund at West Haven Baptist Church P.O. Box 1223 Lebanon 37088.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Roger Dewayne Davis, 41

LEBANON – Funeral services have been set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 in the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Davis, 41, of Lebanon. A 22-year employee of Yellow Roadway Corporation, Mr. Davis died Sunday March 8, 2009 at the University Medical Center.

A member of the Baptist church, he was the son of Henry and Jean Davis. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the funeral.

Services will be conducted by Brother Winfree Jewell. Interment will follow at the Bethlehem Cemetery.

Survivors include: wife Tina Sandlin Davis; children Dalton Wayne Davis and Ashley Rene’ Davis; parents Henry and Jean Davis.

Also surviving: uncles Kenneth Davis, Jay Murphy, David Murphy and Billy Murphy; aunts Frankie Davis, Ruthie Davis Henslee, Shirley Sisco and Betty Brewington.

He is preceded in death by son Brandon Wilson Davis; maternal grandparents Bill Murphy & Josie Murphy Harris; paternal grandparents Jiggs & Ella Thorne Davis.

Active pallbearers: Dalton Davis, John Lusk, Roger Beadle, Frank Deas, Dan Hicks and Greg Bullock. Honorary pallbearer and special friend, Larry South.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Sarah Frances Smith, 90

LEBANON – Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, March 8 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Smith, 90, of the Tuckers Cross Roads Community.

A homemaker and member of Bethlehem Church of Christ, she passed away Friday, March 6, 2009, at Alive Hospice in Nashville.

Services were conducted by Brother Kenneth Head with burial at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: daughter Frances Smith Dickie of Hermitage; sons Charles F. Smith Jr. of Brentwood and Allen C. (Darlene) Smith of Lebanon.

Also surviving: grandchildren Deborah (John Wildman) Roberts of Lebanon, Donald K. (Karen) Davis of Nashville, Daryl Smith (Jaime Trevino) Davis of Arkansas, Diana (Jeff) Stacey of Lebanon, Charles F. Smith III of Lebanon, Robert A. (Bambi) Smith of Gordonsville, T. Edward Smith of Atlanta, GA, Angela Smith of Gordonsville; 13 great-grandchildren , six step-great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by parents Robert Bennett Shearon Jr. and Eddine Fields Shearon; husband of 55 years Fisher Smith; great-granddaughter Sarah Nicole Smith.

Grandsons served as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to the Bethlehem Church of Christ, c/o Terry Poston, 4090 Linwood Road, Watertown, 37184.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Millworks Theatre sets production on June 2

The Mill at Lebanon announces the addition of Millworks Theatre to the roster of businesses housed at The Mill.

Millworks Theatre will begin production on June 2 and will provide a variety of entertainment experiences to Middle Tennessee six days a week. Tuesday through Saturday afternoons, Millworks Theatre will perform and serve lunch for Bus Tour Businesses and Senior Groups. Thursday through Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees will be dedicated to more traditional theatre fare along with dinner. On Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, a rotating schedule of other entertainment will be presented which might include Bluegrass groups, Gospel and Country artists, Jazz musicians, standup comedy and improv, Cabaret performers, Murder Mystery evenings and more.

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CoreTech project still on track

By JOHN B. BRYAN
The Wilson Post

One of the largest industrial developments in Lebanon to come along in years is full steam ahead with a temporary office locating in the old Wal-Mart location on West Main Street.
          
CoreTech Industries President Greg Quinn said Tuesday “nothing has changed with our plans in Lebanon,” and his company is “looking forward to opening the temporary office soon.”

CoreTech Industries announced plans to locate its campus near I-40 and South Hartmann Drive in September 2008 as the first in the nation devoted exclusively to development and marketing of green technologies.

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BPUSA suspended

From Post staff reports

Development of the proposed Bible Park USA in Lebanon has been suspended pending resolution of “political differences” between City County and the Mayor.

That was the word Tuesday afternoon from Robert Wyatt, developer of Bible Park USA, in a statement released to local media.

"We regret we must suspend all further work on the development of  the Bible Park USA project in Lebanon, Tennessee,  pending the City Council and the Mayor resolving internal political differences over the project,” Wyatt said.

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CU sets spring FB practice

'DOGS RETURN 37 LETTERWINNERS

LEBANON -- Cumberland University begins spring football practice next week coming off last season’s Mid-South West Division conference championship and returning 37 letterwinners for head coach Dewayne Alexander.

Cumberland returns 17 letterwinners on defense and 20 on offense from last season’s club that ended the year with three victories in the last four games, including a thrilling 29-26 triumph over 11th-ranked Lambuth in the season finale.

The Bulldog offense ranked in the Top 30 nationally in seven categories, including 18th in passing efficiency, 20th in passing yards per game and total yards per game, 22nd in scoring offense, 23rd in kickoff return yards and punt return yards per game, and 28th in first down per game.The defense was 35

th in the country in sacks, 43rd in pass defense efficiency, 46th in opponent third down conversions and 47th in total defense per game.

Cumberland will practice on the following dates from 3:30-5:30 p.m. each day on the CU campus: March 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 and 30, and April 1, 3, 6 and 8.

The squad will also have workouts on two Saturdays, March 21 and 28, at 9:30 a.m. The Bulldogs will play their spring game on Thursday, April 9, at a time to be determined.

All practices and the spring game are open to the public.

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Keep TN Beautiful visits Lebanon, area schools

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Catching littering drivers can help Lebanon be more beautiful and add revenue to the city or county general fund as well, said an official with a state beautification organization.

Keep TN Beautiful (KTnB) Community Development Specialist Howard Cobbs told people how they can help at a recent Lebanon Beautification event.

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Curves to participate in 11th Annual Food Drive

During the month of March, Curves of Lebanon will participate in the 11th Annual Curves Food Drive to benefit local food banks.

Collectively, during the past five years, nearly 50 million pounds of food were distributed to local communities all over the world through the Curves Food Drive. 

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Additional charge filed against Lebanon woman

Julie Hardin

From Post staff reports

A Lebanon woman was arrested Monday by Metro Nashville Police and charged with attempted child abuse, a felony.

Julie Ann Hardin of Callis Road, Lebanon, was arrested Feb. 19 by Nashville Police, suspected of tampering with her 4-year-old son’s IV in an attempt to harm the child. She was charged then with felony aggravated assault.

 

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Marijuana, weapons, cash seized in drug arrest

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

A Lebanon man was arrested Sunday night and is expected to face charges after authorities discovered close to 50 pounds of marijuana, weapons including an assault rifle and more than $10,000 in cash.

Arrested was Vance Clemmons, 22, of 229 East Old LaGuardo Road, Lebanon.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said authorities served a search warrant and at the residence where they reportedly found about 50 pounds of marijuana, an SKS assault rifle, two handguns and $10,207 in cash.

Clemmons, said Det. Jeremy Reich, has a juvenile record.

“He’s somebody known to us,” Ashe added.

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Parents sue Wilson County Schools

Group claims Lakeview trying to ban God

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

A group of parents are suing Wilson County Schools claiming the schools are trying to take God out of the school.

The parents of one child sued the school system in 2006 for promoting religion when a group called Praying Parents was allowed to meet at the school.

In that case, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Echols ruled in 2007 the school, Lakeview Elementary, had given preferred treatment to the group, and ordered the board to pay $171,000, for the family’s legal fees.

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FCS partners with local jewelry firm at benefit dinner

Join the families of Friendship Christian School for a taste of Italy on Saturday, March 7 at 6 p.m. 

The dinner, benefiting the FCS Annual Fund, also features a unique partnership with a local jewelry company. Professional jewelers will examine gold and silver jewelry on the spot and make a purchase offer to each attendee. If they choose to sell, the attendee gets paid immediately for their gold and then the jewelry company donates 20 percent of their total event purchase to FCS. 

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Does it make good sense to chase park away before all facts are in?

By SAM HATCHER
          
Imagine this.

There are three curtains on stage and you get to pick only one in order to receive the merchandise behind it.

You have the advantage of knowing today what’s behind two of the curtains. Behind the first curtain is a state-of-the-arc vacuum cleaner and behind the second is a top-of-the-line dishwasher.

However, you don’t know today what’s behind the third curtain but you do know that it has the possibility of being worth millions of dollars.

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Dr. Bone gets immersed in mission work

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

Well, not literally in water, but in the mission effort.

During a two-week stay in Africa at the Nigerian Christian Hospital, Dr. Bone and his coworkers Dr. Henry Farrar, Dr. George Robertson and Don Thompson from Nashville performed more than 60 surgical cases in this Third World facility. The types of procedures performed ranged from routine hernias sometimes called ruptures, to resection of malignancies. Especially rewarding to Dr. Farrar were the results of cleft lip cases he did on young children and one 50-year-old man.

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William David Tinsley, 47

LEBANON -- David Tinsley, 47, of Lebanon, passed away on March 4, 2009.

A private memorial service will be held in Kentucky.

Survivors include mother Canelia M. Tinsley of Lebanon; sister Tammy and (John) Miles; niece Breanne Miles and nephew Sheldon Miles – all of Newport News, VA.

He is preceded in death by brother Wesley Tinsley.

Local arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Clara Ruth Underwood, 56

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, March 6 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Ms. Underwood, 56, of Mt. Juliet.

A member of Friendship Baptist Church, she passed away Monday, March 2, 2009 at Nashville’s St. Thomas Hospital.

Services will be conducted by Brother Kenny Layne and Brother Ray Pledger. Burial will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Survivors include: mother and step-father Clara (John R.) Sutton; sisters Bobbie (George) Swift and Patricia (Ricky) Goins; brothers Roger (Julie) Underwood and Robert (Judy) Underwood.

Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Chris and Barry Eubank, Shana Shaffin, Paige Goins, Triba Swift, Alex, Amy, Brian and Jordan Underwood.

She is preceded in death by grandparents Frank and Mary Underwood; Bill and Goldie Bennett.

Active pallbearers: Chris and Barry Eubank, Charlie Hendrix, Casey and Charles Harper, and Visuit Saeaung. Honorary pallbearer: Tiny "Ronald" Underwood.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Claudine Prowell, 82

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7 at the First Presbyterian Church for Ms. Prowell, 82, of Lebanon. Known as "Pottsie" to her family and friends, she passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at University Medical Center.

Ms. Prowell was a claims adjuster for the State of Tennessee , an avid gardener as well as a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she worked as a secretary and later served as organist for 41 years.

Visitation Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time at the church.

Services will be conducted by Dr. Jim Choomack and Dr. John Cheetham. Interment will be at the Wilson County Memorial Park.

Survivors include: niece Melissa Prowell; great nephews Emanuel Luke and Clifton P. Sepulveda and special friend Jack Howard.

She is preceded in death by parents Claude C. and Hester Lewis Prowell; brother Claude C. Prowell, Jr. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be directed to the charity of your choice.  Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers, the choir of First Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Time to spring forward

From Post staff reports

Maybe you realized it, and maybe you didn’t, but it is time to spring forward this weekend.

That’s right, before you retire for the evening on Saturday, be sure to move your clock(s) one hour ahead as daylight saving time takes effect at 2 a.m., Sunday.

On the positive side, the change means it will stay daylight longer so you’ll have time to do things perhaps around your house when you get home from work. On the negative side, the change means we all lose an hour of sleep.

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Mikayla new March of Dimes Ambassdor

From Post staff reports

A baby who might not have lived if March of Dimes hadn’t been able to help is this years Ambassador child for Wilson County.

Her parents, Leshia and Mike Scheetz, told the amazing story with their daughter, Mikayla, at the March of Dimes kickoff event at Dell recently.

“Having the March for Babies Walk on April 25th this year means more than just any other day to us,” said her mother. “It was this day in 2007 we welcomed our daughter, Mikayla Leigh.”

She told the group that Mikayla was born full term, 39 weeks, but weighed only 4 pounds, 2 ounces.

“But it’s five months earlier that our story begins. After having my 20-week ultrasound, I received a phone call stating that something was not quite right,” Leshia said.

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