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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.

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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.

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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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Harold Elton Stewart, 91

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, June 18 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Stewart, 91, of Mt. Juliet. Known as "Jack" to his family and friends, the former real estate developer and auctioneer died Monday, June 15, 2009.

A 33-year resident of Wilson County, Mr. Stewart was a member of Tulip Grove Baptist Church, Al Menah Shrine, Mt. Juliet Masonic Lodge #642, Harvey Freeman Chapter #181, O.E.S. and was a former member of the Mt. Juliet Lions Club.  Mr. Stewart developed Clearview Estates in Mt. Juliet.

Visitation will be 9-10:45 a.m. Thursday followed by a Masonic service just prior to the funeral.

Services will be conducted Dr. Carmen Lyle-Henley. Interment will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife of 65 years Virginia Ingleheart Stewart; children Larry Douglas (Harriet) Stewart and Shirley Stewart (Alan) Scully.

Also surviving is brother Carl Elton Stewart, Jr.; grandchildren: Vanessa Ann Bridge, Keri Ann (Jason) Goodfriend, Erin Valerie (Andrew) Holm, Marie Celeste Stewart, Amanda Lenore Stewart, Laura Elizabeth Stewart, Emily Virginia Stewart and Claire Noel Stewart; great grandchildren Zachary Evan Bridge, Zane Alexander Bridge, Savannah Therese Evans, Alexander Caleb Blair, Cailyn Dorothy Goodfriend, Charlotte Grace Goodfriend and Tristan Matthew Holm.

He was the son of the late, Carl Elton Stewart, Sr. and Katie Pearl Vickery Stewart. He was also preceded in death by his brother, William Arthur Stewart. Granddaughters will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, 37203 or The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, c/o Al Menah Temple, Nashville, 37207.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

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Will T. Woodard, 78

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Sunday, June 14 at the Sellars Funeral Home for Mr. Woodard, 78, of Lebanon. Mr. Woodard died Thursday, June 11, 2009.

Services were conducted by Bro. Gordon Lee. Burial at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors: son Keith (Dianne) Woodard; grandsons Ryan (Jennifer) Dickens and Chad Dickens; great-grandchildren Kaylie, Luke and Matthew; sister-in-laws Lucille Woodard and Marie Brewington; brother-in-law Johnny Gulley.

He is preceded in death by wife Martha Frances Nixon Woodard; brothers Leslie Woodard and Alton Woodard and sister Lillie Hoar.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Ricky F. Climer, 54

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, June 15 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Climer, 54, of Lebanon.

A native of Wilson County and a 1973 graduate of Lebanon High, Mr. Climer died June 12, 2009 at the Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. He was a Route Supervisor for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company where he had worked for over 35 years. He was the son of the late Ewing Foster Climer and Lucile Wynne Climer Baird Page.

Mr. Climer was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church and attended the First Church of the Nazarene and the First United Methodist Church.

Services were conducted by Rev. Gary Wilson and Chaplain Tom Toner. Interment was at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife of over 32 years Cindy Dickens Climer; daughters Jennifer (Doug) Fennell of Alexandria and Jessica (Rob) Johns of Lebanon.

Also surviving is granddaughter Lana Marie Fennell of Alexandria; sisters Doris (Ronnie) Myers of Lebanon; Janie (LeRoy) Canfield of Watertown; and Cheryl (Doug Baxter) Walker of Lebanon; in-laws Johnny and Louise Dickens of Lebanon.

Honorary pallbearers included employees of the Coca Cola Bottling Company. Active: Rob Johns, Brad Whited, Ronnie Dickens, Brian Dickens, Alex Dickens and Mitch Dickens.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Council reprimands city engineer for email

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council reprimanded City/Utilities Engineer Chuck Boyett Tuesday night for saying in that email that the city government is “clearly targeting individuals” with the job cuts some council members say are needed to balance the budget.

Council took the action in response to a copy of an email handed out by Ward 3 Councilor William Farmer during the regular meeting.

Boyett apologized and said he took back the statement, and that he is sorry if anyone on council took it personally or was offended. He also said he thought the e-mail, which he sent to Pat Hickey, a Clarksville city employee, was a private message.

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Update received from Texas: Dr. G. Frank Burn doing well

By JOHN B. BRYAN
The Wilson Post

Dr. G. Frank Burns, long-time contributing writer for this newspaper and noted Wilson County historian, has spent the past several months in Glenbrook Retirement Center, an assisted living facility in Garland, Texas.
         
Dr. Burns, a former college professor at Cumberland University and Tennessee Tech, holds an undergraduate and a law degree from Cumberland.
         
His dear friend, George Harding, brought a letter by The Wilson Post’s office on Tuesday from the pastor of First United Methodist Church in Garland, Gene Wisdom.

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Morrow pleads no contest

By JOSH NELSON
Special to The Wilson Post

GALLATIN -- A woman accused of conspiring to have her mother murdered pled no contest in Sumner County Circuit Court Tuesday.

While the intended murder victim was a Wilson County resident at the time of the crime, the case has been handled in Sumner County because recorded conversations providing proof of the murder-for-hire plot took place in Sumner County, where the defendant, Lauren Morrow, resided at the time.

Under a no contest plea, the defendant neither admits nor denies the facts, but the plea has the same effect as a plea of guilty.

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$3.4M offered for old MJE site

By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- The highest offer so far was put on the table last week for what is arguably the most sought-after piece of real estate in Mt. Juliet, a county official said Monday, with a price tag of $3.4 million for 12 acres.

Wilson County Mayor Robert Dedman said Monday that he received an offer on what is commonly known as the old Mt. Juliet Elementary School property, located at the corner of Mt. Juliet Road and Division Street, on Thursday, June 11. Dedman said he received the offer from a “local seller,” though wouldn’t divulge the name, for a total of $3.4 million for the entire 12 acres, although the offer “hasn’t been proved.”

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Storm blows through Lebanon

Trees fall in high winds

 
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Free clinic offered for local coaches

INJURY PREVENTION FOR YOUNG ATHLETES

Coaches from Wilson County’s many recreation leagues as well as their junior high and high school counterparts are invited to attend an Adolescent Athlete Healthcare Education Clinic hosted next month by University Medical Center.

Set for Cumberland University’s Labry Hall, Saturday, July 11 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the seminar will focus on injury education / preventative measures for boys and girls ages 10-17.

The topics to be covered include:

"Shoulder Injuries in Adolescent Athletes" and "Elbow Injuries in Adolescent Athletes" by Damon Petty, M.D. - Petty Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, "Knee Injuries in Adolescent Athletes" by Jonathan Cornelius, M.D. - Tennessee Orthopedics, and "Growth Plate Injuries in Athletes" by David Luck, M.D.

"We’re seeing a marked increase in shoulder and elbow injuries," said Nathan Johnson, Certified Athletic Trainer with UMC.

"So many of these could be prevented if we can get the word out about proper conditioning and stretching among these young boys and girls."

Doctors Petty, Cornelius and Luck have graciously donated their time in order to make the July program possible.

UMC’s event is presented free of charge to coaches of all levels. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS HAVE OKAYED THIS EVENT FOR IN-SERVICE CREDIT. Advanced registration is encouraged.

For more information, please contact Nathan Johnson, Certified Athletic Trainer, UMC Sports Medicine Department, at 615-598-3877.

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Mary Ross Hixson, 87

MURFREESBORO – Funeral services have been set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 17 at the Woodfin Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Hixson, 87, of Murfreesboro.

A native of Dunlap, and the daughter of the late Sam and Elizabeth Jackson, she died Sunday, June 14, 2009. Mrs. Hixson was a member of Haynes Chapel United Methodist Church and a homemaker.

Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Frank Blair. Graveside service and burial will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Dunlap.

Survivors include: children Diann (Morris) Summers of Lebanon, G.C. (Stella) Hixson and R.B. (Fran) Hixson — all of Murfreesboro.

Also surviving are sisters Nina Jo Smith and Nola Miller — both of Chattanooga; grandchildren Rhonda Bunch, Norman Summers, Clay Hixson, Cory Hixson, Megan Hixson; great grandchildren Garrett Bunch, Walker Bunch, Carter Bunch, Jackson Summers, Campbell Hixson and Piper Hixson.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, George "Buddy" Hixson in 2004.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Haynes Chapel United Methodist Church, 5935 Woodbury Pike, Murfreesboro, 37127.

Woodfin Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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UMC offers seminar on How Sleep Apnea Affects Your Heart

University Medical Center’s AWAKE group will host an educational seminar on Monday, June 15 at 6 p.m. in the Cafeteria at UMC’s McFarland campus located at 500 Park Ave. in Lebanon. 

 

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All TV stations to end analog broadcasting

Television broadcasting as we had know it was to end at your favorite local station on Friday, June 12. 

Analog broadcast television, which started more than 50 years ago, was to end at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 12. Different stations were to turn off their analog at different times during the day. Your analog television is being replaced by state-of-the art technology called digital television (DTV), which provides improved picture and sound quality and more programming choices. 

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World Wide Knit in Public Day held

Interested in knitting and crocheting to benefit others like newborn babies, cancer patients and veterans?

If so, grab your knitting needles and/or crochet hook and yarn and take part in World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday, June 13 at Panera Bread at Providence MarketPlace in Mt. Juliet.

WWKiP Day, the largest craft event in the world, will be celebrated this year at Panera Bread locations throughout Middle Tennessee. Sponsored by “Knit and Crochet TN,” the organizers invite both knitters and crocheters to come and stitch from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, while enjoying free coffee and sweets provided by Panera Bread at Providence.

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No fights, things civil at council work session

By SAM HATCHER
          
I attended the Lebanon City Council work session Wednesday night for almost an hour before I had to leave.

I guess I went there for the same reason many go to a hockey game. You know the saying . . . “I went to a fight last night and a hockey game broke out.”

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Economy now recovering
By RANDALL CLEMONS
 
The Tennessee Bankers Association held its annual convention in New York this week at a time in the history of our country when everyone is trying to gain insight about the future of our economy.
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Immanuel Baptist Church slates worship, VBS
Immanuel Baptist Church, located at 214 Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon, invites you to Sunday morning worship at 8:30 and 11 on June 14.
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Make necessary cuts, then writer will support tax, fee increases

To the Editor:

“WE” the people have spoken

I found it interesting that entire citizenry of Lebanon wrote a full page letter (paid advertisement) supporting Mayor Craighead.  I find that remarkable because I can’t even organize a dinner party for two without it turning it into looking like I’m trying to hurd cats., much less the entire city of Lebanon. (referring to the full page ad dated June 5th.)

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Observations of joint committee, school board meeting offered

To the Editor:

The following is what I observed at Monday’s joint meeting of the County Commission’s Education and Budget Committees and the county Board of Education.

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Beavers: Legislators debate budget as session nears an end
Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, and her Republican colleagues continued to debate the governor’s budget this week as the General Assembly attempts to formulate a reasonable budget for the state of Tennessee during these difficult economic times. 
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Bone: House passes Adult Care Home Act of 2009

State Rep. Stratton Bone, D-Lebanon, and the Tennessee House of Representatives unanimously passed on Thursday the second of four bills designed to expand retirement opportunities for seniors in Tennessee.

“The seniors of today are living longer and stronger than those just 20 or 30years ago and, as a state, we have a responsibility to provide our greatest generation with different options in how they want to spend retirement,” Bone said.

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Cleanup set for Sinking Creek on Saturday

City, county joins Cumberland River Compact, Old Hickory Watershed Association in effort

The Cumberland River Compact’s Local Officials Curriculum Program is partnering with local municipalities and watershed groups to actively renew Sinking Creek’s health and make a difference in the Old Hickory Watershed, on Saturday June 13, from 9 a.m. until noon. 

This will be the 3rd annual stream clean-up season for the city. The cleanup staging area will be at the Jimmy Floyd Family Center off Castle Heights Avenue in Lebanon.

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Fire won't burn records here, 1793 to present safe

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

When a fire destroyed the city hall in Celina in Clay County recently, city leaders there had to report that 50 years worth of vital records stored in the attic of the building had most likely been destroyed.

If a fire or even more serious destruction occurred in Wilson County, most if not all important records would be safe, officials said. Wilson County Register of Deeds Bev Spickard said deeds and other records which his office is responsible for are stored in duplicate in at least five places.

“We could take a direct hit by a nuclear device and our records would still be safe,” he said.

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