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Tuckers Sausage plans for the future

The Wilson Post

Emotion was still fresh on Jerry Watson’s face when he talked about what Tucker’s Sausage meant, and still means, to his family in the wake of a fire that consumed a large portion of the Lebanon plant this past Friday.

Robbery, theft suspects extradited from Florida

The Wilson Post

Deputies with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department traveled to Florida and brought back two people from Florida indicted in a home invasion case here that occurred on Oct. 31, 2009.

Local club pushes putting fluoride back in water

The Wilson Post

A group of young women, most of whom have school-aged children or younger children at home, is mounting a campaign and beginning to ask questions about why the City of Lebanon is not putting fluoride in its water system.

Tiffany Miller was the first to sound the alarm when she learned just last week that the city no longer puts fluoride in its water supply.

Allie Elease Davenport Cripps, 75

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, January 10 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Cripps, 75, of Lebanon. She passed away Jan. 7, 2010.

Services were conducted by Brother Mike Christian. Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include sons: Ricky (Doris) Cripps and Sid (Jan) Cripps; grandchildren  Charlie (Mandy) Cripps, Cale (Heather Martin) Cripps, Brad (Shandi) Cripps and Claire Cripps; siblings William “PeeWee” Davenport, Maxine Bowers and Robbie Sanders;  along with great, grandchildren Brett, Brice and Cody Cripps.

Mrs. Cripps was preceded in death by husband Charles Cripps, siblings Homer Davenport, U.C. Davenport, Velma Wilkerson and Thelma Mathis.

Pallbearers: Andy Clayborne, Sammy McKinney, Derrel Reese, Tommy Edwards, David Chadwick, Jason Ligon, Wayne Ligon and Marcus Sumners.   Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home.

Darmon O. Hall, 80

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, January 11 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Hall, 80, of the Leeville Community A farmer and a 35-year employee of AVCO-Textron, he died Jan. 8, 2010 at Quality Care Nursing Home.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in Korean and was discharged with the rank of Sergeant. Mr. Hall was a member of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church and a 3rd degree Master Mason with Mt. Juliet Lodge No. 642.

Services were conducted by Rev. Gary McCaleb. Interment with military honors followed at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. 

Survivors include: his wife Georgia Lawrence McCaleb Hall; children Wayne (Jan) Hall of Leeville and Regina Hall of Lebanon; step-son, Rev. Gary (Janice) McCaleb; siblings Troy Brown Hall, Roy Davis Hall, Eula Crain and Ruth Green; four grandchildren; three step grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and six step great grandchildren.

Mr. Hall is preceded in death by his parents Willie V. and Callie Donna (Ford) Hall; his first wife Mildred Virginia Tripp Hall; siblings Rev. Paul Hall, Christine Jones, Isabelle Burchett; step-granddaughter Jennifer Unland and step-great granddaughter Hannah Unland. Arrangements by Anderson & Son Funeral Home, Lafayette.

Greg Marsh, 48

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, January 12 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Marsh, 48, of Lebanon. Born February 8, 1961, in Sparta, he died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010 at the University Medical Center.

He was the son of Linda Watts Marsh of Lebanon and the late Henry Grady Marsh. Mr. Marsh was machinist and a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church.

Services were conducted by Rev. Glenn Denton. Interment followed at the Bethlehem Cemetery in the Tuckers Cross Roads Community

Survivors include: his wife of over 24 years Diane Jenkins Marsh; daughter Lorie Diane Marsh; mother Linda Watts Marsh and brother Michael (Kristi) Marsh of the Grant Community. Also surviving is niece Cheyenne Marsh; in-laws Newell and Thelma Jenkins; brother-in-law Darrell (Ria) Jenkins; nephew and nieces Aaron, Tabitha and Tiffany Jenkins.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents William Henry and Bonnie Marsh and Douglas and Christine Watts. Family and friends served as pallbearers. Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Michael Shane Ferebee, 31

LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 13 at the Sellars Home on the Baddour Parkway Mr. Ferebee, 31, of Lebanon. He died Jan. 9, 2010.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service.
Services will be conducted by Brother John Petree and Brother Danny Sellars. Interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include parents Leon and Emma Perkins Ferebee Jr.; aunts and uncles Sandra (Leslie) Ash, Patricia Gammons, Debbie Smith, Bertha (Jimmy) Wrye, James (Betty Sheri) Perkins, Ruby (Sam) Maynard, Betty (Frank) Forkum, Jim Perkins and Evie Perkins; family friends Jim Neal and a number of cousins.

Pallbearers:  Samuel Wayne Maynard, Shane Duke, Jim Perkins, Johnny Taylor, Luke Ash, and Terry Smith. He is preceded in death by grandparents Leon and Edith Hunter Ferebee and Sammie Perkins and Daisy Blair Likens. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Mildred Ruth Gleaves Ligon, 90

NASHVILLE -- Services have been set for 12 Noon Wednesday, January 13 at the Spring Hill Cemetery, 5110 Gallatin Road, for Mrs. Ligon, 90, of Donelson. A homemaker and longtime member of the Donelson Church of Christ, she died Jan. 8, 2010.

Visitation Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Jim Parnell. Burial at the Spring Hill Cemetery. Survivors include: daughters Patricia Ligon and Carol (Byron) Bohrman of Lebanon and brother Julian (Josephine) Gleaves; grandchildren Allison and Melissa Bohrman -- both of Lebanon.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years Ray Gordon Ligon. Arrangements by Spring Hill Cemetery.

Mary Emma Mayo, 89

WATERTOWN -- Services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 13 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Mayo, 89, of the Shop Springs Community. A native of Wilson County, she died Jan. 11, 2010 at her residence.

The daughter of the late William Henry and Jessie Lou Pirtle Harris, she was a member of the Shop Springs Baptist Church. Visitation prior to services Wednesday. Services will be conducted by rev. Brad Brandon and Rev. Kenneth Tramel. Burial at the Fairview Cemetery.

Survivors: son Danny Mayo, brother Tom Harris along with several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by husband Shellie Mayo and siblings: Bessie Lou Barrett, Dave, Archie Lee and Clyde Harris.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mayo family.

Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home.

Lionel Vincent Patton, 27

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, January 14 at the JC Hellum Funeral Home, 107 Stokes St., for Mr. Patton, 27, of Lebanon. Born July 9, 1982, Mr. Patton died Jan. 10, 2010 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.

Family visitation is Thursday at 12 Noon, followed by memorial service. Burial at the Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: devoted mother Lucy Mae Patton; siblings Meredith Patton, Debby Sparks and Gerald Patton; grandmother Juanita Patton; devoted friends JoVonie Reedy, Johnathan Chumley and Montez Vaden; as well as Other relatives and friends.

Arrangements in the care of JC Hellum Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Vernon Ray Johnson, Jr., 53

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, January 14 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Johnson, 53, of Mt. Juliet. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he died Jan. 10, 2010. Mr. Johnson was a member of Powell Grove Church of Christ and American Legion Post Post #88 in Donelson.

Visitation will be 12-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bond Memorial Chapel. Services will be conducted by Preacher Lloyd Gale. Interment with military honors will follow at 1 p.m. at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.

Survivors include: wife- Cathy Johnson of Mt. Juliet and daughters Toni (Joshua) Graves of Hendersonville and Kristie (Chris) Ferrell of Hendersonville; parents Vernon Ray and Celean Johnson of Springfield and step-son Chris (Candie) Ellis of Old Hickory. Also surviving are sisters Karen Edwards of Hawaii and Celeste (Jim) Hunter of Keller, TX; grandchildren Tiffany Ellis, Brittany, Joshua, Nicholas, Cody and Zachary.

Pallbearers: Brad Robinson, Joey Hollis, Bill Lucas, Chris Ferrell, Josh Graves and Chris Ellis. Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Richard Lewis Parriott, 80

HERMITAGE -- Services are are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, January 15 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1003 Hickory Lane, for Mr. Parriott, 80, of Lebanon. A US Navy veteran of the Korean War and a graduate of Drake University, he died Jan. 9, 2010, at the Lebanon Health & Rehab Center.

He was an insurance underwriter for many years and was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Services will be conducted by Rev. Keith Enko. Interment Nashville National Cemetery, Madison.

Survivors include: his wife of over 58 years, Marjean Osmundson Parriott; children David (Joan) Parriott of Cumming, GA; Doug (Carol) Parriott of Mt. Juliet and Donald (Karen) Parriott of Lebanon; grandchildren John Parriott, Katie McFadden, Matthew PArriott and Adley Parriott.

The son of the late Earl Wayne and Geneva Marsha Connell Parriott, he is also preceded in death by son Daniel Richard Parriott and a daughter of Denise Perdue.

Memorials may be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1003 Hickory Lane, Hermitage, 37076.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Andrew J. Lineberry, 84

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 13 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Lineberry, 84, of Mt. Juliet. Known as "Pop" to his family, he died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010.

Mr. Lineberry was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, the Bible Seekers Sunday School Class and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Services will be conducted by Rev. Howard Mettee.

Survivors include: son Dewey Lee (Maribel) Lineberry; grandson Mark (Kristi) Lineberry and great, grandchildren Bradford and Savannah Lineberry. Also surviving are sisters Mildred Wilsdorf and Mary Kachenovick; along with several nieces and nephews.

The was the son of the late Bradford and Lee Richardson Lineberry, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Dean Halbrooks Lineberry and brothers Ira, W.H. “Bates” and Arlis Lineberry.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the Bible Seekers Sunday School Class at Grace United Methodist Church.  Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Collier leads CU Second Cup of Coffee lecture on Tuesday

Dr. Charles Collier, dean of the Cumberland University School of Education, will kickoff the spring semester’s Second Cup of Coffee lecture series Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 12:30 p.m. in the K-Room on the CU campus he discusses his experiences during the Vietnam War.

Collier served in Vietnam during the early 1970s as part of CORDS (Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support), a unique hybrid civil-military structure formed to coordinate the United States civil and military pacification programs.

TVA meeting power demand during cold weather

Plunging temperatures across the Tennessee Valley region have caused the highest demand for electricity so far this winter.

“This is the first significant demand period we’ve seen this season,” said TVA Vice President of Transmission and Reliability Bob Dalrymple. “Through our nuclear, hydro, fossil and combustion turbine generation fleet and purchased power arrangements, TVA has a diverse portfolio of resources available to reliably meet the need. TVA resources and transmission system have performed extremely well during these challenging conditions.”

Theres always snow in Paoli


When the weather gets cold, I get the urge to play in the snow. I suppose it comes from all the good memories of my childhood when my daddy used to pull me down the hill on a wooden sled he made himself. We made snowmen and our snow cream was the best but left you shivering inside. We would go down the hill beside our house with every winter snow. The traffic could hardly get over it so the roads were reserved for the sledders.

USDA listening for rural development ideas


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently asked his rural development directors to conduct roundtable discussions in each state focusing on strategies for growing the economy and putting Americans back to work. Tennessee's rural development roundtable is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 14. For information contact me ( or David Glasgow in USDA Rural Development's Tennessee office.

Historical Society sets meeting Jan. 10

The Mt. Juliet area used to be part of Davidson County, N.C., and this historical fact, along with many others, is what the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Historical Society is all about.


Brandon belongs in LHS Sports Hall of Fame

To the Editor:

I don’t know who is on Lebanon High School’s Sports Hall of Fame committee and really don’t care, but they must have been living under a rock or in a cave for the past 45 years for not naming Campbell Brandon to the LHS Hall of Fame.

Fire damagesTucker Sausage

From Post staff reports 

A fire broke out at about 1:30 p.m. Friday, at Tucker Sausage, located at 215 North College at Sycamore Streets Lebanon.

Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Dowell reported that the manager of the plant heard an explosion in the freezer moments before the fire broke out and that the fire was difficult to fight due to the years of built up fat and grease from producing sausage, bacon and ham.

Units of the Lebanon Fire Department remained on the scene throughout the night.

Truck overturns on slick road

Lynn Garner of S&S Towing walks back to Adam Patterson’s MTEMC service truck after surveying the damage to a truck that slid into a creek off Horn Springs Road in Lebanon on Thursday as it was snowing. Patterson’s younger brother, Dalton, was driving the wrecked truck when the driver’s side wheel struck the overpass barrier and flipped over. The younger Patterson said he crawled out of the truck and was unharmed in the accident. Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen confirmed that police received more than 40 calls involving traffic incidents throughout the city as of 3 p.m., yesterday. He expected that number to grow as the night progressed. Bowen said that most incidents involved slight injury or minor property damage.

ZACK OWENSBY / The Wilson Post

Use common sense safety during extreme cold weather

Cold winter weather is gripping Tennessee this week, with more bitter cold temperatures and snow predicted for much of the state in the coming days.

The Department of Health is reminding Tennesseans to take precautions to stay safe during extreme cold weather.

Single digits to hit Wilson

Local schools closed Today 

The Wilson Post

Well it snowed, right?

It may not have been the 2-4 inches or the 1-3 inches that was called for earlier, but hey, 1 inch or thereabouts is not bad.

“We should see flurries on and off on Friday and Saturday,” said Mark Rose, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory.

Dedman proclaims January Radon Action Month in Wilson

From Post staff reports

Wilson County Mayor Robert Dedman has proclaimed January as Radon Action Month encouraging local residents to test their homes for the colorless, odorless naturally occurring radioactive gas that can threaten your health.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have joined together to encourage all Americans to test their homes, mitigate elevated levels of radon and build new houses with radon-resistant materials and features.

MJ Big Brothers help couple after fire takes home

From Post staff reports

An account to help a West Wilson County couple who lost their home shortly after Christmas has been established by the Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet.

The couple, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Kennedy, lost almost everything they own except for a few items that were in a small 12-foot camper trailer that was in front of their home and where they are now living. The home that burned was at 7412 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet.


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