To the Editor:
I enjoyed seeing the two aerial photos in your March 19 issue. I remember when Lebanon looked like that.
However, there were errors in both captions. The building identified as Highland Heights School in the picture on the front page was actually Lebanon High School, which I attended. The building to the right (east) was the LHS Gymnasium, where I played basketball, and the next building, at the north end of North College Street, was Highland Heights Elementary School.
By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post
A Mt. Juliet business is hosting a special fund raising event this week in an effort to aid the grieving parents of a 2-year-old child who died just days ago.
Brittany Butler, who works at Pump-It-Up in Mt. Juliet, said the story about the death of Ava Bright, 2, who died on March 21 following surgery, "sorrowed my heart to the core."
From Post staff reports
Dr. John R. Gallaher, a Lebanon optometrist, who many will remember from his teen years as being a nationally ranked tennis player, is also a credible movie critic who will begin next week offering his opinions on new releases on the silver screen in The Wilson Post.
Gallaher, a Lebanon native and son of Dr. Thomas and the late Elizabeth Gallaher, said he developed an interest in the cinema at an early age.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
A man with a criminal history including a charge of attempted second-degree murder was arrested yesterday and is now facing vehicular assault charges in a hit-and-run accident Wednesday night that sent two women to the hospital, one of them with serious injuries.
Carroll Hart Smith Jr., 37, of 314 Hill Street, Lebanon, has been charged with two counts of vehicular assault, one count of DUI and one count of leaving the scene of an accident with injury.
LEBANON -- Cumberland University is ranked fourth in the first regular season 2010 NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll released Tuesday by the national office.
The ranking is the highest for the Bulldogs since earning the second spot in the preseason poll in 2007.
Cumberland owns a 25-6 record this season heading into Wednesday's contest against Lambuth University, which also received votes in the poll, at 2 p.m. at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
The Bulldogs already have six victories this season over ranked opponents - three versus No. 3 Oklahoma City Univ., two against sixth-ranked Embry-Riddle and one versus No. 8 Campbellsville Univ.
Cumberland was ranked 19th in the 2010 NAIA Baseball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll in November.
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Saturday morning, March 27 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Nichols, 34, of Watertown. Born May 12, 1975, in Davidson County, he died Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2010, at his home. Mr. Nichols was a 1997 graduate of Watertown High School.
Services were conducted by Brother Robert Long. Interment followed at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Survivors include: father and stepmother Charles D. and Shelia West Nichols of Watertown; siblings John Nichols of Watertown, Shelia Renee (Jimmy) Barrett of Hartsville, Douglas R. (Ansley) Nichols of Marietta, GA Mary Elizabeth West of Nashville.
He was preceded in death by his mother Emma J. Likens Nichols. Family and friends served as pallbearers. Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon was in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, March 30 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Bale, 86, of Lebanon. Known as "Johnny" to his friends and family, Mr. Bale passed away Saturday, Mar. 27, 2010, at the University Medical Center in Lebanon.
Born Dec. 16, 1923, in Green County, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Charles Bronston and Myra Ora Wright Bale. Mr. Bale was a US Army veteran of World War II and had received the Purple Heart. He was a Civil Service employee and a clock builder, having built 510 clocks. Mr. Bale was a Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Wilson County Sportsman’s Club.
Services were conducted by Brother Todd Elliott. Crypt side services are planned 2 PM EDT Wednesday at the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Tucker, Georgia.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years Eleanor Jenkins Bale; children Patricia (Robert) Morneau of Port Charlotte, FL; Elden (Cathy) Bale Jr. of Nashville; and Daniel Bale and Bruce Mancill of Mt. Juliet; grandchildren Robert (Sue) Morneau of Elkton, MD; Joseph (Betty) Morneau of Smyrna, DE; and Jeffrey (Cori) Morneau of Wilmington, DE; nine great grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers included: Frankie’s Coffee Drinkers. Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, March 30 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Donnell, 91, of Watertown. A native of Wilson County and a homemaker, Mrs. Donnell died Mar. 27, 2010 at NHC Health Care in Murfreesboro.
The daughter of the late Albert and Carrie Patton Vaught, she was a graduate of Watertown High School and a member of the Watertown First Presbyterian Church. Services were conducted by Rev. Tim Diffenderfer with burial at the Jones Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include: children Albert (Susan) Donnell of Auburntown and Diane Warren of Dallas, GA. Also surviving are grandchildren Tammy (Mike) Griffin of Alexandria, Tony (Jennifer) Donnell of Watertown, Donna (Clay) Myers and Bo Warren -- both of Gerogia; great grandchildren Tara and Tyler Griffin, Brandon (Kalah) Donnell, Travis, Logan and Jacob Donnell, Cole, Garrett and Owen Myers; great grandchild Carson Donnell.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Donnell was preceded in death by husband Oscar Howard Donnell, son Jimmy Donnell, daughter-in-law Joan Donnell and sister Sarah Griffin.
Pallbearers included: Tony Donnell, Bo Warren, Mike Griffin, Clay Myers, Richard Griffin, David Griffin and John Griffin. Memorials may be directed to: Watertown First Presybterian Church, c/o James Kidwell, 6677 Sparta Pike, Watertown 37184. Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.
OLD HICKORY -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 12 Noon Wednesday, March 31 at the Stateland Baptist Church, 4616 Old Hickory Blvd., for Mr. Stephen, 69, of Old Hickory.
Born Feb. 27, 1941, he died Mar. 27, 2010 at his residence. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 11 - 12 Noon. Services will be conducted by Pastor Robert Willis, Jr. Interment will follow at the Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his devoted wife Lyris Stephen; children Mervyn, Jr. (Angela), Dexter (Darlene) and Lisel Stephen; sister Claire Stephen; brother Ledwyn Mitchell; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; as well as other relatives and friends. Service are in the care of JC Hellum Funeral Home, Lebanon.
JACKSONVILLE, TX -- A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 31 at the City Cemetery in Jacksonville for Mrs. Bassett, 94, of Tyler, TX. Born May 17, 1915, in Jacksonville, TX to the late Dr. John N. and Roxie Brasfield Bone, she died Mar. 27, 2010.
She earned a B. A. degree with honors from Cumberland University, Lebanon. Married to the late William Kerr Bassett on January 14, 1939, in Berkeley, CA, she has made her home in San Francisco, Ca, Washington D.C.; Long Beach, CA, Alexandria, VA and Bethesda, MD.
Survivors include: sons William Kerr Bassett II of Castalian Springs and John Bone (Carla) Bassett of Newark, DE; granddaughters Jennifer Bassett (Rick) Rudzinski of Castalian Springs, Deborah Bassett (Christian) Parrish of Bowling Green, KY and Miriam (Wayne) Scherer Benton, PA; great grandchildren Kyle Burk Rudzinski and Jacquelyn Rachel Scherer. Also surviving are siblings Dr. Robert (Marsha) Bone of Emerald Bay, TX, Mrs. Frances (Robert) Urban of Tyler, TX; and Dr. Mary Alice Bone (Judge John Robert) Adamson of Jacksonville, TX along with many nephews and nieces.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband William Kerr Bassett, sisters Mrs. Alma Ruth Beall and Mrs. Kathryn Chatfield.
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to The Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701. Arrangements by Autry Funeral Home.
LEBANON KIWANIS WELCOMES COMMUNITY
Lebanon's Kiwanis CLub will hold its 65th annual Community Easter Sunrise Service Sunday, April 3. This year's service will begin at 7 a.m. in Memorial Hall on the campus of Cumberland University.
Everyone in the community is invited to come hear special music by Elliott McClain and Terry Weeks. The Easter message will be delivered by Brother Leonard Diebold.
This event was the very first service project the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon sponsored on Easter Sunday morning in 1946. It has been held every year since then.
Refreshments consisting of coffee, juice and donuts will be provided following the benediction which should occur no later than 8 a.m. in order to allow everyone to participate in the Easter Sunday service with their own congregation.
WOOD ALLOWS ONE HIT IN 6 INNINGS
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian improved to 6-2 on the season and 2-0 in District 8A Monday night with a 9-1 home win over Gordonsville High. The game was the first “official” contest played under the new lights at FCS.
Righthander Kyle Wood (2-1) picked up the pitching decision, working six innings and allowing just one hit while striking out six. Lee Maasen had two hits, including a first inning solo homer. Evan Shelton belted a two-run triple, Connor Gaines contributed a pair of singles and Chris Hall had two run producing sac flies.
Mt. Juliet 16, LaVergne 6
LaVERGNE -- Mt. Juliet pounded out 14 hits Monday night in a 16-6 victory at District 9AAA rival LaVergne High. Shortstop Ethan Gross drove in six runs with three hits, including a three-run HR in the top of the seventh inning.
T.J. Diffenderfer and Logan Dalton each added three hits for the Golden Bears -- who improved to 8-1 on the season. Cody Carroll went 5 and two-thirds inning to get the decision, upping his record to 3-0. Carroll allowed one earned run, struck out eight and surrendered just one hit.
Hendersonville 3, WCHS 1
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central dropped to 3-6 on the season with a 3-1 loss to District 9AAA foe Hendersonville High Monday night. Commando starter Zach Curtis was overpowering, striking out 13 Wildcats and allowing just three hits and seven walks.
Allen Ecton took the loss, working five innings of four-hit ball. He struck out three. Britte Underwood’s three-run homer in the top of the first provided all the offense for Hendersonville. Ecton, Jacob McEintire and Devin Fish had Wilson Central’s hits.
Lebanon 7, Portland 0
LEBANON -- Cain Sloan threw a five-inning two-hit shutout as Lebanon defeated Portland 7-0 Monday night at Veterans Field. The game was shortened due to light failure.
The big righty struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter as the Blue Devils improved to 7-2-1 overall and 1-2 in District 9AAA. Sloan helped his own cause with three RBI on a pair of doubles.
Trevor Davis was a perfect 3-for-3. Jessep Polk added two RBI on a single and a fielder’s choice while Jack Partlow drove in a run with a third inning single. Jack McKeon had Lebanon’s other hit.
LEBANON -- The staff of University Medical Center will celebrate Doctor’s Day on Tuesday, March 30 with local physicians. Doctor's Day was officially established on March 30, 1958 when a Resolution Commemorating Doctors' Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives.
In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctor's Day. Annually UMC takes this wonderful opportunity to thank the physicians who make a difference in the lives of our neighbors each and everyday.
LEBANON -- Cumberland seniors Matt Greener and Shawn Schaefer were named the TranSouth Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, Monday for the second straight week, as announced by the conference office. The award is Schaefer’s fourth of the season and Greener’s third, and the Bulldogs have now won eight of the league’s 12 POW honors so far this year.
Greener batted .571 (12-for-21) in five games during the week with three home runs, three doubles and 11 RBIs. He also scored six times and extended his hitting streak to 19 games in the process. He was 5-for-11 (.455) with four extra base hits, two RBIs and four runs scored (also slugged 1.091) at Union University, as the Bulldogs won 2-of-3 to start TranSouth Conference action.
For the season he is batting .482 with 13 doubles, 12 home runs, 47 RBIs and 33 runs scored in 31 contests. He ranks in the Top 15 nationally in average, doubles, hits (53) and home runs.
Schaefer won his sixth straight start, scattering seven hits and striking out 11 in a 2-0 nine-inning victory at Union on Friday. The lefthander allowed more than one baserunner in just one inning, the fifth, while tossing his fifth straight complete game. He lowered his ERA to 0.84, which ranks fifth nationally, and has allowed just 24 hits in 42.2 innings of work this season with 43 strikeouts.
Cumberland is 25-6 on the season and 2-1 in the TranSouth heading into Wednesday’s nonconference home game against Lambuth University at 2 p.m. at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
The Bulldogs host Bethel University this weekend in a conference series starting Friday with a single game at 2 p.m.
By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.
Tennessee is the fattest state in the union, according to a recent study, except for Mississippi which is all right because if you are in the overweight mind frame you can always find someone bigger than you are.
I don’t have to tell you how really unhealthy being overweight is. How many heavy people over 70 years of age do you know? I have tried to get patients to see how hard it is on their hearts by challenging them to get a 50- or 100-pound feed sack and put it on their shoulders or just carry it around for a few minutes. This is what we are doing to our bodies when we are that much overweight. No wonder our knees hurt after being on them for a few hours.
By U.S. Rep. JIM COOPER
Cancer nearly killed me eight years ago. I know how crucial good health care is to each and every one of us in Wilson County.
Our health care system is broken. Despite all the great work by our local physicians, nurses and University Medical Center, too many people can’t afford health insurance. The insurance we do buy can be rescinded when we need it most. Too many families go bankrupt because of high medical bills. Our very lives can be cut short due to insurance problems.
To the Editor:
I received a letter from Judy King asking for pictures of soldiers listed on the Vietnam Wall. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (“The Wall”) is in the process of building an education center near “The Wall” and needs photos of all the 58,000-plus names on the memorial.
When the education center opens, each name and photo will be featured on their birthday. The pictures will also be on the virtual wall on the website for “The Wall.” The Tennessee photos will also be copied and stored at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
To the Editor:
I don't know if The Wilson Post's John L. Sloan has ever written a book on his sporting experiences, especially fishing, but I hope if he hasn't that he does.
John has got to be one of the best outdoor writers I have ever read. Maybe it's just because I can identify with him in so many examples, or that he just tells it like it is, with a touch of the whimsical of bygone days and favorite things. I say let's just support him with some grease to fry the fish and potatoes in and some cold ones to wash them down.
Middle Tennessee Electric’s tax payment to Wilson County Trustee Jim Major was the largest tax payment he saw this year.
As has been the case for the past several years, MTEMC has been at the top of the list or close to it as one of the county’s highest taxpayers. This year, MTEMC’s tax payment was just ahead of Nashville Superspeedway.
From Post staff reports
Lebanon Planning Commission re-approved unanimously the site plan for the new Lebanon High School to be built on property off Hickory Ridge Road and Leeville Pike at Tuesday’s regular meeting.
Planning commission member Rick Jones made the motion to approve the site plan and it was seconded by David Taylor.
From Post staff reports
As the deadline window for qualifying for upcoming elections continues to close, new names are surfacing as potential candidates.
In the 17th District State Senate Democratic Primary race two new names have been added to that of attorney Aubrey Givens, who was candidate in the same race four years ago.
Publix of Lebanon recently presented a donation of $53,043 for United Way of Wilson County, associates raising $30,643 in employee pledges while the Publix corporation contributed $23,400 in matching funds.
"We are so excited and so happy to have Publix stores as a partner corporation,” said UWWC President John McMillin. “Publix employees have a history of exceeding our expectations.
The Tennessee Department of Health continues its efforts to ensure the health of state residents as cases of H1N1 flu are still affecting some pockets of the state.
Though flu activity has declined since late October, recent activity across Tennessee should encourage people who have not been vaccinated to get the H1N1 flu vaccine to protect themselves and their communities.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
One person remains hospitalized after a hit-and-run accident Wednesday night on Hill Street in Lebanon. The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. as two women, Suanne Bone and Melanie Long, were walking eastbound on Hill Street when they were struck from behind from a vehicle also traveling eastbound on the roadway.
Bone is the niece of State Rep. Stratton Bone. Long is the owner of The White Room, a wedding and formal dress shop on South Cumberland Street. Both women were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Long was reportedly released from the hospital Thursday, suffering a broken nose in the accident.
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