By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
After traveling 8,000 miles around the world, Mt. Juliet’s Pat Sonnier puckered up and whistled her way to a world title recently.
Sonnier won the senior female division at the 2010 International Whistlers Convention near the end of May in Qingdao, China, at Qingdao University.
“It was exciting, but there were only seven women, so there wasn’t all that much competition,” Sonnier said of her victory, which she won by whistling one pop and one classical tune, “Summertime” and “Hungarian Dance,” respectively.
Gov. Phil Bredesen announced Tuesday the Safe Routes to School funding for the City of Lebanon totaling $239,639 for improvements at Walter J. Baird Middle School.
The Safe Routes to School program is a statewide initiative designed to make bicycling and walking to school a safer, more appealing and healthier alternative for students in kindergarten through 8th grade.
“The Safe Routes to School program is a great opportunity for schools, communities and government officials to work together to promote a healthier lifestyle for Tennessee children,” Bredesen said. “The program helps create safer walking and biking environments for students and funds activities to encourage children and their parents to consider walking and biking to school for a more active lifestyle.”
By TOMMY BRYAN
LEBANON -- Eskew Field in the Baird Park Complex will be the site for the Babe Ruth 15s State Baseball Tournament in late July. Hosted by the Lebanon Lions Club Babe Ruth League, the 10-team, double elimination tournament cranks up Friday, July 23 with a full slate of four games.
Tournament finals are planned for Tuesday, July 27. The Lebanon 15 year old all-stars will open tournament play in McMinnville July 15, but will earn an automatic berth to the state, regardless of their finish in McMinnville.
The tournament will be dedicated to the memory of two longtime Lions and Babe Ruth League officers, Charlie Baird and Tim Denny, both of whom died last year.
“Both these gentlemen dedicated many hours to our Babe Ruth baseball operation,” said Lions Club officer David McKinney. “We’re dedicating the tournament, as well as the game program, to Charlie and Tim as a way of paying tribute to their contributions.”
Advertising sales for the game program are presently under way with proceeds offsetting tournament costs. For information, call 444-1113 or 443-8383.
GORDONSVILLE -- Funeral Services were held at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home on Saturday, June 12 for Mrs. Gibbs, 78, of Rock City.
A member of the Plunkett’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church, she died Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at University Medical Center, Lebanon.
Born December 17, 1931 to the late Susie Catherine “Kate” Mason and Charlie Campbell Crawford, she was a 1950 graduate of Gordonsville High School.
Mrs. Gibbs had been employed at W. E. Stephens Manufacturing in Carthage, the Watertown Shirt Factory and Carthage Shirt Corporation.
Services were conducted by Brother Jimmy Gregory and Brother Junior Dickerson. Interment was in Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include children: Debbie (Chip) Hailey of Lebanon, Frank H. Gibbs, Wanda G. Gravesand Donna Gibbs -- all of Carthage; grandchildren Nikki Hailey and Erin Hailey -- both of Lebanon, Mikki (Joe) White of Hartsville, Mandi Jo Ferrell of Hermitage, Victoria J. Graves of Johnson City and Andrea (Nathan) Johns of Seaside, OR.
Also surviving is great grandson Ryan Neil White of Hartsville and new great granddaughter Katherine Elizabeth Johns; siblings Thelma (E.S.) White, L. B. (Inez) Crawford, Billy (Faye) Crawford, Charlene (Odell) Petty, Sandra Jo (Jerry) Jennings, Gerald Crawford, Carol Woodard and Cathy Hewitt; sister-in-law Zelma Crawford and brother-in-law, Gene Escue.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Morris Hale Gibbs; siblings Glenn Crawford and Sue Crawford Escue.
Memorials may be made to the Plunkett’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church.
Bass Funeral Homes, Gordonsville, was in charge of arrangements.
WATERTOWN -- A memorial service was held Sunday afternoon, June 13 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Grimes, 21, of Lebanon.
He died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at his residence.
Family and friends conducted the service.
Survivors include: children Cadence Grimes and Kaylee Boykin; mother Kimberly (Charles Quickel) Nelms of Watertown; father Donald Grimes of Goodlettsville; sister Airel Duffer of LaVergne; grandmother Dean Grimes of Goodlettsville and aunts and uncles Jeff (Teresa) Grimes of Portland, Michael Duffer of East Tennessee, Donna Knight of East Tennessee, Darlene Goughler and Jenny (Ronnie) High -- both of Gallatin and Benny (Linda) Duffer of Iowa.
Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.
GORDONSVILLE -- Funeral services were held Monday morning, June 14 at the Bass Funeral Home for Mrs. Baker, 66, of Lebanon.
Retired from the Cracker Barrel Corporate office, she died June 11, 2010 at the University Medical Center.
Mrs. Baker was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. She worked for the Lebanon Special School District in food service and worked weekends as a receptionist at Mariner Health Care.
Services were conducted by Rev. Russ Stephens. Interment followed at the Gordonsville Cemetery.
Survivors include: children Barbara Dawn Baker of Lebanon, Johnny Howard (Leanne) Baker of Murfreesboro and Jill Elizabeth Baker of Brentwood; grandchildren Lauren Elizabeth Baker, Trey Baker, Morgan Taylor Strickland and Megan Leigh Strickland; mother Margaret Stewart.
She was preceded in death by husband Johnny Baker; father John Robert Stewart and sister Barbara Faye Stewart.
Pallbearers: Irvin Boston, Brian Strickland, Mike Pogreba, Cameron Christian, Donald Williams, Jerry Stewart and Flynn Jennings.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon was in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Funeral services were Monday afternoon, June 14 at Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Roberson, 37, of Kingston Springs,
He died Tuesday, June 8, 2010.
Services were conducted by Brother J.J. Dowlen and Brother Danny Sellars.
Survivors include: parents Earl and Glenda Evans Roberson; siblings Melonie Roberson and Alex (Dawn) Roberson; grandparents Derline Evans, Ann Roberson and Jimmy Dowlen; god-grandmother Mary Britton; aunts Nancy Williams and Cathy Bruce; uncles Larry Hildebrand and Dale Evans; nieces Karlee Waller, Ronnie Dick and Misty Gray; nephews Cason Roberson and Austin Gray; great-nieces Kylee and Kaylee Roark; along with numerous cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by grandparents Patsy Reeves, Allen Roberson and Henry Evans.
Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 12 Noon, Wednesday, June 16 at JC Hellum Funeral Chapel for Mr. Majors, 70, of Nolensville.
Mr. Majors died Thursday, June 10, 2010 at his residence.
Visitation will be Wednesday, June 16, from 11 a.m. until service time.
Funeral will be conducted by Bishop Belita Fite. Interment will be in Gladeville Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Patricia Majors; children DaWanna (Marion) Trueheart, Densila "Shawn" (Tolin Smith) Majors, Vincent (Clechette) Weir and Ronald Taylor; step-children Pamela (Derrick) Scretchen and Travis (Jenny) Cannon.
Also surviving are 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; sisters Patricia Denny and Bernice (Nathaniel) Dodson; brothers Clyde (Deborah) and Bo (Kitty) Knox and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
JC Hellum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 16 at Cedar Grove Cemetery for Mr. Kennedy, 56, of Lebanon.
The son of the late Tom and Bessie Summers Kennedy, he died Saturday, June 12, 2010.
Survivors include: children Stacie (Rick) Bennett, Joe Kennedy and Beth (Clay) Hullett; siblings Janice (Billy) King, Tommy (Mary) Kennedy, William (Mary) Kennedy, Dale Kennedy and Sue (Roger) Gregory; grandchildren, Tori, Kaci and Shawn Bennett, Alli Hardin and Abbi Hullett and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Kennedy is preceded in death by and sister, Virginia Morton.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- A celebration life service will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 16 at Westland United Methodist Church's Christian Life Center for Mr. Cassetty, 75, of Lebanon.
Retired from the Tennessee National Guard with 20 years of service, Mr. Cassetty died
Thursday, June 10, 2010, at Lebanon Health and Rehab Center.
A retired retail salesman, he was a member of Westland United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be 4 p.m. until the service Wednesday at the church.
Services will be conducted by Dr. Tom Binford, the Rev. Brent Davis and the Rev. Ed Pugh.
Survivors include: wife of 53 years Kay Gill Cassetty of Lebanon; daughters Jennifer (Donnie McCullough) Stephens of Lebanon and Amy (Chris Wolfe) Jordan of Lebanon; grandchildren Adrian, Allie, and Hunter Jordan, Jessica and Alex Stephens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Preston and Dessie Myrtle Blythe Cassetty.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Westland United Methodist Building Fund or the American Heart Association.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Mrs. Collins, 64, of Lebanon died Sunday, June 13, 2010 at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was an employee of Bay's Bread.
Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. Wednesday June 16 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel. No funeral services are planned.
Survivors include: her husband of 48 years Alvin Collins; mother Sammie Claudine Bond; children Michael (Becky) Collins, David (Brenda) Collins, Garry (Deborah) Collins, Tommy (Kimberly) Collins and Stephanie Collins.
Also surviving are brothers Donnie Bond and Darrell (Virginia) Bond; loving and caring sister Beverly (Roy) Gunter and sisters Delores (Johnny) Heady, Eva (Bobby) Denson and Debbie (Raymond) Bates; grandchildren, Johnnie, Jeremy, Deanna, Trisha, Justin, Leah, Joey, Kristy, & Amber; special friend, Dennis Jewell.
Mrs. Collins is preceded in death by father John Bond Sr; brothers John Bond Jr., Terry Bond, Steve Bond and Robin Bond; great grandson Bryson Collins.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to a charity of choice in Mrs. Collins' memory.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been set for 11 a.m. Thursday, June 11 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Lanier, 36, of Hartsville.
Mr. Lanier died Saturday, June 12, 2010.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday, June 16, from 10 a.m. until service time.
Services will be conducted by Chaplain Ed Miller. Interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife of 18 years Sarah Adams Lanier; children Kayla and Christopher Lanier; father Gary (Vicky) Lanier; mother Wanda Chapman; step-mother (Linda (Troy) Smith; siblings Connie (Barrett) Hudson, Misty (Jeremy) Byrd, Christina Platt, Wayne (Maria) Davidson and Morgan Davis; grandmothers Mable Fowler and Linda Adams; grandfather Jessie Chapman and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather James Lanier.
Pallbearers: Donald Hackney, Kerry McClahan, Shawn Herbert, David Adams, James Adams, Bobby Hutchinson and Tommy Hutchinson. Honorary: Bikers Against Child Abuse.
Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.
By JENNIFER HORTON,
The Wilson Post
Lebanon Police are searching for the person or persons involved in a shooting Friday night that left a Lebanon woman injured.
Juana Sells of Lebanon was shot in her left hand as she and her boyfriend went to her sister’s residence in Upton Heights about 10 p.m., Friday, June 11, said Det. Donnie Self of the Lebanon Police Department.
Self said Sells and her boyfriend noticed several people in the vicinity of Sullins Street, near the Lebanon Housing Authority main office, as they approached her sister’s residence. The detective said the couple reported hearing numerous gunshots a pretty good distance away from where there were, but even so, “she got (struck) with a stray bullet.”
From Post staff reports
Lebanon Police are searching for a man suspected of robbing a check cashing business on Monday morning.
The suspect, described as a black male, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing approximately 165 to 170 pounds, entered the check cashing business located in the Cedars Square Shopping Center on South Cumberland Street about 10:30 a.m., Monday, and walked behind the counter.
By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.
I was on the second floor balcony of the June Bee motel when all of a sudden the pages turned on my writing paper upsetting a bottle of pills on the mildewed table where I perched overlooking the ocean. It would’ve been a scary thing if I had thought it was some sort of paranormal phenomenon, but I knew right away the cause. All around in the night things were happening and it would have become easy to become frightened by them if I hadn’t appreciated their source. It was apparent that the wind had stirred the pages of my book and made me have to pick up all the tablets strewn on the table top.
I knew it was the wind because I could feel its effect on my face, the slight force that is, of its presence. I could also feel the cooling of its passage on my arms, a pleasant sensation in this tropical climate that if encountered at the other extremes of the earth’s location, the polls might be unpleasant and even life-threatening. And yet now, with the sun down and its infrared heat rays still engulfing me, the wind made the surroundings enjoyable, almost blissful, because of its soothing effects.
By SAM HATCHER
Years ago a very ambitious group of local African-Americans decided to set out on a mission to publish a book about Black history in Wilson County.
Their task consumed many months.
They interviewed families, gathered notes, requested photographs, looked at historical registers and combed the heritage of African-Americans in Wilson County like never before.
Their work was finally published in 1999 with the help of many on their committee and others in the community.
By Commissioner GERALD NICELY
Tennessee Department of Transportation
It's a frightening sight most Tennesseans will never forget - a portable classroom swept away by floodwaters floating down Interstate 24 in Nashville, crashing into dozens of vehicles already stranded in several feet of water. As the rain continued to fall those first few days of May, each image broadcast on the local news seemed to be more devastating than the last.
Disasters of this magnitude can easily overwhelm their victims. But once again, we have all seen the indomitable spirit of Tennesseans, and the sheer determination to survive and rebuild. We have all also seen numerous acts of kindness and generosity, not just with neighbors helping neighbors, but strangers coming to the aid of strangers. Some of our own employees stayed on the job even as they suffered devastating personal losses, while others stepped up to cover for co-workers to ensure operations continued as normally as possible.
For TDOT, the disaster response began when flash flooding from creeks spilled onto major interstates and state highways. TDOT Maintenance personnel worked around the clock with state and local law enforcement agencies and highway departments to close flooded roads. TDOT's HELP units responded to dozens of incidents, and were critical in the efforts to assist stranded drivers. Personnel at Nashville's Transportation Management Center kept a watchful eye on TDOT's cameras and continued to dispatch HELP Units even as floodwaters threatened their building and personal vehicles parked outside. Countless TDOT employees stayed on the job for days with little sleep to ensure the safety of the motoring public and to reopen roads as quickly as possible.
From Post staff reports
The 2011 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Finalists have been announced and among them is Debbie Vaughn, who teaches fifth grade English as a Second Language (ESL) at Castle Heights Upper Elementary.
The Tennessee Department of Education composed the list of finalists based on the outstanding effort and care the teachers demonstrate on a daily basis.
Timothy Webb, commissioner of Education, said, “I am very proud to have such outstanding teachers in this state.” He added, “Teacher of the Year is about just one teacher, but I want to thank all of our teachers for the tremendous work in ensuring the success of every single Tennessee student.”
By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post
Things have changed in the Gulf.
On Tuesday a local couple vacationing at Orange Beach near Gulf Shores, Ala., reported to The Wilson Post that the resort area was essentially clear of any oil from the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana.
On Wednesday, Dr. Larimore Warren and his wife Wendi called and said things had changed overnight.
According to Larimore, the early morning tide on Wednesday apparently brought in the first appearance of oil at Orange Beach.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
A home at 1728 Orchard Drive in Lebanon sustained damage in a fire that occurred during a severe thunderstorm that moved through Wilson County Wednesday afternoon.
Although no official cause of the fire has been determined, it is believed that lightning may have responsible as the flames and heavy smoke were coming through the roof in the back portion of the house.
There were no injuries reported. The fire was reported at 2:56 p.m. Orchard Drive is off Maple Hill Road.
Gov. Phil Bredesen and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke announce more than $1.9 million in Recreational Trail Program grants to be awarded to recipients across Tennessee.
In Wilson County, the City of Lebanon will receive $80,000 for continued development of the Cedar City Trail.
“These grants help local governments and organizations enhance or expand community assets like trails, greenways and recreational facilities,” Bredesen said. “I’m extremely pleased this year’s grant awards will allow us to help 29 community projects become a reality across Tennessee.”
BY CHELSEA BURNETT
The Wilson Post
With the recent discussion of renovating Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church, one probably becomes curious of the exact history of such an amazingly historical building.
Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church, the oldest brick building in Wilson County, was birthed from the original Pickett Chapel. Built in 1827, the church, which was the first in Wilson County, began as a predominantly white place of worship. The property that would eventually house the church was bought in 1802 by John Irwin, who paid a combined total of $98 for it and seven other properties. Irwin then sold the empty lot to a Joseph Johnson.
In 1812 the Methodists purchased the vacant site for $75 with the plans to erect a church. As a racially mixed church, the enslaved African American worshipers were seated in the balcony. Eventually, in 1866, the ex-slaves were given the opportunity to purchase the church building, then called Seay Chapel, and make it their own. The exact transaction relating to this switch is dated July 18, 1866.
JODY ATWOOD TO COACH SOFTBALL
LEBANON -- Erica Powell has resigned her post as softball coach at Friendship Christian School following a successful four-year run.
A graduate 1996 graduate of FCS, Powell, 32, rang up a record of 119-56 and took her Lady Commanders to the Class A state tournament all four seasons.
Baseball and football assistant coach Jody Atwood has been named as Powell's replacement.
A graduate of Lebanon High, Atwood, 33, pitched for Cumberland University 1996-1999. In 2000, he served as a graduate assistant under the guidance of Coach Woody Hunt.
Coach Atwood worked at Wilson Central High from 2001-2006. He came to FCS in 2007, working with football and baseball. He will continue his football responsibilities in the fall.
FCS has hired former Riverdale High and East Tennessee State softball standout Darci Gilbert as an assistant coach and teacher in the elementary school.
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Haynes, 49, of Murfreesboro.
She passed away June 5, 2010.
The family will be receiving friends between the hours of 6-8 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. until service on Saturday.
Services will be conducted by Dr. Billie Friel and David Fallon. Interment follows in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: husband John David Haynes of Murfreesboro; parents Gene Leonard and Donna Jean Roebuck Greenwood; children Michael Charles (Stephanie Marie) Salimbene and Heather Nicole Bobo; grandchild James Ryan Bobo; step-child Rachel (Terry) Wilkey; and step-grandchild Taylor Throneberry.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Pamela’s name to Family and Children’s Service (201 23rd Ave North, Nashville 37203.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Homem Lebanon.
LEBANON -- A Requiem Mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, June 12 at St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church for Ms. Henkel, 67, of Lebanon.
Known as "Pat" to her family and friends, the veteran registered nurse died June 8, 2010 after an extended illness.
Born November 4, 1942 in Nashville, where she attended St. Anne’s parochial school and St. Bernard Academy, Ms. Henkel was a nurse for nearly 50 years after graduating from St. Thomas School of Nursing in Nashville in 1963.
She served at McFarland and University Medical Center Hospitals for 35 years in Lebanon.
Blessed with a strong Catholic faith, she was an active parishioner at St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon between the hours of 3-8 p.m. Friday.
A Rosary will be said at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be conducted by Father Michael O’Bryan and Father Zacharias Payikat. Interment follows in Calvary Cemetery immediately after the service.
Survivors include: children Karen Golden, Eric (Mary J.) Henke, and Stephen (Angie) Henkel; sister Bridget (Fred) Powers; brothers William D. Monohan and Michael (Anita) Monohan.
Also surviving are grandchildren Carri and Allyssa Golden, Patrick, Jess, Kate, Stephen II, Anna and Jake Henkel; father-in-law: Augustine J. Henkel; niece Christina Odum; great-nephew Price Tramel; and numerous nieces and nephews along with many dear friends and co-workers.
She is preceded in death by husband John Kenneth Henkel and parents William D. and Ethel Anderson Monohan.
Pallbearers: Thomas Monohan, Barry Fitts, Fred Powers, Edward Robinson, Tommy Duke and Adrian Fung. Honorary: “Fabulous Five Friends” Cory Carillo Landsden, Mary Ann Long Baltz, Therese Doyle Luken, Sandy Crumpton Robinson and Susan Austin-Crumpton, and her many friends and co-workers at University Medical Center and McFarland Specialty Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Catholic Relief Services (228 W. Lexington St. Baltimore, Maryland 21201-3413, 888-277-7575.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.