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POSTscripts: The Traveling Chandelier
There is a book about some Traveling Pants.  This is a column about a Traveling Chandelier!  My family moved to Lebanon around 1940.  Daddy had a house built for us on Castle Heights Avenue.  In the formal dining room, hanging over the big cherry table was a chandelier.  It was shaped like an inverted pyramid with five brass rings in descending sizes, each filled with slender crystal prisms with pointed ends.  At the bottom was a crystal ball about the size of a golf ball.
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Down South In the Pink Feeling Blue

 

By ANNE DONNELL

I’m curious about two things: Southern speech and why it’s pink for girls and blue for boys. The second one doesn’t seem like something you write about, so just skip it if you want to.  How about giving me a list of typical Southern expressions? Thanks.
- Inquiring Mind Needs to Know

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The Sudden - Tea Toddlers, Died in the Wool with Petard

 By ANNE DONNELL

I heard someone say “all of the sudden” not long ago. Isn’t that usually “all of a sudden”? Any others that “miss the mark”? I enjoy noticing how people express themselves with such individuality!
- Phrase, Not Phase

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New LHS needed, but so is change in business

By L.T. JENKINS, District 19
Wilson County Commimssioner

My thanks to The Wilson Post for showing the deplorable conditions at Lebanon High School.

About a year ago, Wilson County Board of Education member Teddy Cook and I toured the LHS on a school holiday. We failed to see any cockroaches, but then again we didn’t open any manholes, either, or any sewage traps.

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Edwin Ward George, 83

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 20 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. George, 83, of Lebanon. Known as "Leek" to his friends and family, Mr. George May 18, 2009.

The family will be receiving friends Wednesday from 12 Noon until service. Services will be conducted by Brother Larry Locke. Interment follows in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Survivors include grandchildren Tracy (Keith) Beadle of Lebanon, Melissa George, and Tara (Andrew) Miranda; and great-grandchildren Ashley and Isabella Miranda.

He is preceded in death by wife Josie Proctor George, son Jimmy Edwin George, parents Joe Bennett and Ida Ward George, and brother Joe Bennett Jr.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home.

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Elizabeth T. Clark, 89

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 20 at the Second Missionary Baptist Church for Mrs. Clark, 89, of Lebanon. Born October 30, 1920, she died May 15, 2009.

Family visitation Wednesday between the hours of from 12 Noon - 1 p.m. with funeral to follow.

Interment will be at the Rest Hill Cemetery. Services will be conducted by the Rev. C.L. Haynie.

Survivors include: loving and devoted friend Leon Shannon, devoted children Dee Rhodes Jr., Walter Eugene and Teresa Clark; sister Frankie Myers; brother Charlie Esther Robertson; sons-in-law Charlie Roy Campbell and Alfred Abston as well as other relatives and friends.

JC Hellum Funeal Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Frederick A. Fisher, 77

MT. JULIET -- Services for Mr. Fisher, 77, of Lebanon will be held at a later date in his native Ohio. Preceded in death by parents, Charles and Eleanor Fisher, he died May 17, 2009.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years Carol Coen Fisher and son Randall (Sareta) Fisher. Also surviving are grandsons Chad and Jeffrey Fisher; sister Sarah (Ted) Hutchins; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in Mr. Fisher’s memory.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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Rev. Archie Dennis King

MURFREESBORO -- Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, May 15 at the Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Rutherford County for Rev. King, formerly of Wilson County.

The son of the late William Benton and Dora Ann Johnson King Richardson, the longtime Southern Baptist preacher died May 12, 2009.

After growing up in Trousdale and Wilson Counties, he pastored Smith Fork Baptist in Statesville, Greenvale Baptist in Norene, Silverville Baptist in Williams, Indiana, First Baptist Church in Smithville, Homestead Baptist in Crossville, West View Baptist in Cookeville and was instrumental in the startup of Southeast Baptist in Murfreesboro where he pastured for some 17 years.

From 1977 to 1988 Rev. King served as the Brotherhood Director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention where he played a key role in the organization of the Tennessee Baptist Convention’s Disaster Relief Program.

With a passion for missions, he undertook mission trips to Uganda, Kenya, East Africa, Jamaica, Upper Volta, Venezuela, Egypt and in the United States to Ohio, Oklahoma with the Cherokee Indians, Michigan and Wyoming.

Services were conducted by Rev. Donald Owen with burial at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Mary Catherine Riggs King: children Dennis (Raylene), Claude (Reta), Phil (Kathy), Marsha Flinn (Jeff), Avery (Lynda), and Keith. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Rev. King was preceded in death by sister Ann Lois King Rouse. His sons and son-in-law served pallbearers. Members of the Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief Teams served as honorary pallbearers.

In addition to his parents, Rev. King was preceded in death by sister Ann Lois King Rouse.

Woodfin Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

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Council concerned about city finances

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council is worried about money and the lack of progress on the 2009-2010 budget.

In the regular called meeting presided over by Mayor Pro-tem Kevin Huddleston on Tuesday in the absence of Mayor Philip Craighead, Ward 3 Councilor William Farmer asked for assurance from Commissioner of Finance Russell Lee that council would not be seeing the same things in the proposed budget members saw last week.

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Upcoming Convening the Region Summit to focus on Middle TN transportation

Business, governmental and community leaders will gather in Nashville on Wednesday, May 27 for the annual “Convening the Region” Summit focusing on regional transportation system development in the 10-county Middle Tennessee area.

Cumberland Region Tomorrow, in partnership with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, will co-host the event as leaders work to gain collaboration and consensus on the development, funding and operations of a Regional Transit System.

“Ask any citizen in the Middle Tennessee area what our top challenges are and I can assure you that traffic, congestion and gridlock will be right at the top of their list,” said Pat Emery, co-chair of CRT. “But this issue is about more than inconvenience; it’s a matter of economic competitiveness, quality growth and development and working to maintain our quality of life here in Middle Tennessee. The only way we’re going to solve it is by working together – all 10 counties – in a collaborative manner to turn these challenges into opportunities.”  

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Memorial Day Ceremony set for May 25 at Courthouse

Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day in Wilson County and across America.

“This is a day for remembering those who have sacrificed their lives for our liberty,” said Lt. Col. Jim D. Henderson (USAF ret.), coordinator of the local event at the Wilson County Courthouse. 

He noted, “We celebrate this day to remember our ancestors, family members, loved ones, neighbors and friends who have paid the price for these blessings of freedom we enjoy.” 

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Other counties building new schools, why not Wilson?

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Although Wilson County commissioners have been saying now is not the time to build a new Lebanon High School because the economy is bad, surrounding counties don’t seem to agree.

And County Mayor Robert Dedman said he thinks the school board should go ahead and bid the project out.

“I think we can get it funded,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “They ought to rebid it so we can see what it’s going to cost. There’s no question we do need a new school.”

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Wilson Co. woman charged with TennCare fraud
 

 Brittany K. Grisham

A Wilson County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for allegedly attempting to use the program to pay for a fraudulent prescription.

The Office of Inspector General on Tuesday announced the arrest of Brittany K. Grisham, 26, of Lebanon, who is accused of one count of TennCare fraud.

An indictment accuses Grisham of acting under the authority of a doctor and calling in a prescription to a pharmacy in Lebanon to obtain the addictive painkiller Hydrocodone, and attempting to have TennCare pay for the fraudulent prescription.

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True Brothers continues at Encore Theatre Company

Otto Productions announces its world-premiere production of “True Brothers” May 16-24 at Encore Theatre Company in Mt. Juliet.

“We are very excited to announce that Peter Abeles, co-author of the original book and person on whom the book is based, will be attending the shows on May 22, 23, and 24,” said Mary Gingold, president of the board at Encore Theatre Company.

 

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Electrical fire closes local bank
 

An electrical fire shut down the Downtown Office of Liberty State Bank Monday morning around 9 a.m. Employees heard a loud popping sound and saw a quick flash of light and soon began smelling a burning odor. The employees called 911 and exited the building as Lebanon Fire fighters found the fire to be contained in the clock tower on top of the roof of the structure. The bank experienced water damage in the main lobby area and will be closed for the remainder of the week due to safety, clean up and repairs. The drive through should be operational by Tuesday. Branch Manager Debbie Lowe reported the West Main Office is open and can also handle all customer needs at that location.

JOHN B. BRYAN / The Wilson Post 

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Time to focus on transportation, high-speed rail

By MICHAEL SKIPPER
Executive Director, Nashville Area
Metropolitan Planning Organization

I say it’s time for the next infrastructure revolution! And as the backbone of trade and commerce, our transportation system should be at the top of the list for investment.  While recent “stimulus” funding has provided a much needed boost to shovel-ready transportation projects, this nation needs bold action to ensure our continued competitiveness in the world and a clean and safe environment for future generations.

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Potters House sponsors Womens Day

The Potter’s House Church, Women’s Department, will sponsor a “Women’s Day,” an all-day program on Sunday, May 17 at the 11:30 a.m. hour.

The theme for this service will be “What’s Wrong with Holiness?”

The morning speaker will be the Rev. Lula McCathern of New Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Lebanon.

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Lebanon mayor notes support of all, asks prayers for Stone's family

To the Editor:

There are no words to express the grief that the Stone family, our Police Department, and our community felt, and will continue to feel at the sudden and tragic loss of Lebanon Police Officer Jeff Stone.

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Tribble thanks former players, community for Appreciation

To the Editor:

To all my former football players, managers, coaches, cheerleaders, supporters and friends:

I am not good with words, however, I want you to know that I felt very humbled and honored by all that was done for me on April 18.

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Help Center Board thanks area Letter Carriers for food drive

To the Editor:

The postman’s creed is familiar to many, “Neither rain nor snow nor sleet…”

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Dry cleaner helps one officer in the name of another

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Jeff Stone, an off-duty Lebanon Police officer who was killed Saturday when his motorcycle and a car collided, continues to serve his community and help friends even in death.
          
Stone was one of the organizers of a motorcycle ride to benefit his fellow officer Lt. Brent Willet, who has a form of cancer of the head and neck which is difficult to treat with traditional methods.

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Watertown High School slates Alumni Homecoming

Watertown High School Homecoming is planned for Saturday, May 23, at 2 p.m. at the Watertown High School.

All graduates and whose who attended Watertown High School are invited to attend. This year the past honor students, Valedictorians and Salutatorians of Watertown High will be recognized.  

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Lebanon Church of God hosts Youth Rally May 15-16

Lebanon Church of God Youth Ministry Department will host a Youth Day Rally on Friday and Saturday, May 15-16 at the field located adjacent to the church at 600 C.L. Manier Street.

This event is a cooperative initiative of community, civic, business and church-sponsored entities which targets and encourages youth to strive for excellence in every part of life.

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Three new hotels for Lebanon

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Lebanon is expecting not one, but three new hotel chains to break ground some time this summer.

The first, Candlewood Suites, has property near the new Hampton Inn just off Hartmann Drive.

Candlewood Suites has already passed Lebanon Planning Commission and has been given the go-ahead to start building.

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Manhole uncovering reveals 'roach city' at Lebanon High

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

   Wilson County Commissioners need to visit the county schools before they vote on whether to finance a new Lebanon High School, said Greg Lasater, Zone 5 member of the Board of Education, on Thursday.

“It all boils down to those kids,” Lasater said. He added that he believes the commission does support a new school, but without actually looking at the difference between LHS and the newer Mt. Juliet and Wilson Central High Schools it’s hard to believe how different the conditions are.

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