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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…”

Dry cleaner helps one officer in the name of another

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.

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.  

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.

Three new hotels for Lebanon

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.

Manhole uncovering reveals 'roach city' at Lebanon High

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.

Unloaded gun found at CHUE

The Wilson Post

A 13-year-old student has been charged in a juvenile petition with carrying a weapon on school property after an unloaded 9 mm handgun and ammunition was discovered in a bathroom at Castle Heights Upper Elementary School on Thursday.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said the department received a call from CHUE officials about 1:05 p.m., yesterday, in reference to a gun found on school property.

Evelyn Argo Harris Holman, 87

LEBANON – Funeral services have been set for 10 a.m. Friday, May 15 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Holman, 87, of Lebanon. A cosmetologist, Mrs. Holman died Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at Summit Medical Center.

The daughter of the late Early Nathan and Lorene Argo Harris, she was a member of Hermitage United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at Partlow Funeral Chapel. Services will be conducted by Rev. Anne Fraley of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. Interment will be at 1 p.m. in the Williams Cemetery in White Bluff.

Survivors include: son James Clifton Holman Jr.; daughter Patricia "Pace" Loraine Holman (C. Monty) Pope and sister Earline Harris Whitten.

Also surviving are grandchildren John Charles (Traci) Pope and Spencer Holman (Kristi) Pope; great-grandchildren Kennedy Brook Pope, Garrett John Pope, Carter Neyland Pope and Lauren Caroline Pope; as well as beloved nieces nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband James C. Holman Sr.; sisters Elizabeth Madole and Rosalie Whitehorn Gardner; brother Andrew Nathan Harris.

Active pallbearers: John C. Pope, Spencer H. Pope, Charles D. Holman, David Whitten, Ronnie Giles and Jim Cate. Honorary pallbearer: Dr. Bryce Dixon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The American Heart Association.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Where do babies come from? or having THE TALK
When I had my children I knew that I would be a cool parent. My kids were going to be fully aware that the only thing a stork drops as he flies over our house is something that likely carries the bird flu. When it comes time for “the talk” we-my husband and I- were going to be honest and open for any questions.
Bill Murray dotes on golf, baseball, fighting ghosts
Dear Ken: My favorite “Saturday Night Live” star to graduate to film stardom is Bill Murray. How old is he, and is it true there may be a new “Ghostbusters” film?
The Many Ways to Support an Ill Friend

By Lisa M. Petsche

When someone you know is diagnosed with a serious illness, you may want to reach out to that individual but feel unsure of what to say or do. This uncertainty can keep you away at the time when your help is needed most. The following are some ways to show you care.

Emotional Support
Don’t agonize over what to say. Keep it simple and heartfelt: for example, “I’m here for you.” Don’t be afraid to share your emotions. Remember, too, that a touch of the hand, a pat on the shoulder or a hug can often convey support and caring better than words.

Project Linus plans 'I Spy' Blanket Day on May 16

“I Spy,” we all spy. Project Linus is on a special assignment for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. 

“We need 150 child to teen-size blankets to take to the hospital for an October event for some of the patients. That means, we need them by the end of September so that we can prepare them for delivery,” said Kit Rosskamp, organizer of the Project Linus “I Spy” Blanket Day, set for Saturday, May 16.
The Project Linus Nashville Chapter will hold the blanket day at the Mt. Juliet Church of Christ in Mt. Juliet to make “I Spy” quilts (Halloween quilts would also be nice as well as others.) 

Tennessee writer dreams of being a Montana cowboy

Special to The Wilson Post

For 30 years, Allen Russell drove to work every day in Nashville as a BellSouth network manager, but in his heart was a cowboy waiting to break free of the big city and head for the wide open spaces.

In 1993, Russell followed his yearning and became a licensed hunting guide in the Big Sky Country of Montana. Now, he is host and producer of “Split Rail Outdoors,” an outdoor-adventure TV show that airs on Comcast Channel 49 in Nashville, Murfreesboro and several other Middle Tennessee towns.

Leslie VanHook paints and carves mules, trains

 Craftsman’s shop proves a delight to the eyes   

Special to The Wilson Post

Tucked neatly in a grove of cedar trees just a few miles south of town, a tiny red building with a tin roof, small porch and turning waterwheel conceals one of Lebanon’s best-kept secrets.

Inside the 13-by-30-foot shop, hundreds of creations crafted by the churning mind of painter and woodcarver Leslie VanHook document the fact that he cannot conceive of the concept of idle hands.

“It just seems like I have to do be doing something all the time,” he said with nonchalance in his voice as he wears his working man’s uniform: overalls, striped shirt, work boots and ball cap.

There Is An Urgency
I want to recommend a book written by someone I know and really like. He had a book signing at Sherlock’s and the book is available at The author’s name is Gregrhi Love; the book is There Is An Urgency.
-A Former Student of Yours Now Teaching
Post Office sets blooddrive in memoryof longtime employee
Robertson worked 41 years for Postal Service 

Communications Manager,
American Red Cross

A “pillar of the post office” is how co-workers describe the late Charles Robertson.

“Everybody knew Charlie. Everyone loved Charlie. He did just about every job here from carrying mail to clerk.  I think he even got management once or twice,” said Postmaster Kelly Jordan.

Fund raiser set for Pickett Chapel restoration

Members of the Wilson County Black History Committee will kick off a $50,000 fund raising drive for the stabilization of the historic Pickett Chapel at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 13.

The event will be held at the chapel on East Market Street. The building will be open for view but not for tours. Volunteers with the fund raising group will be on hand to accept contributions and pledges.

Driver remains in county jail
Officials await blood alcohol, other results  

The Wilson Post

 The driver of the vehicle that reportedly pulled into the path of a motorcycle driven by an off-duty Lebanon Police officer on Saturday night remains in the Wilson County Jail awaiting the results of a blood alcohol test.

Local business owner charged with sexual battery

The Wilson Post

A well-known business owner was charged with two counts of sexual battery after an indictment was handed down by the grand jury on Wednesday.

Haywood P. Norman, 61, owner of Uncle Pete’s Truck Stop on Sparta Pike, Lebanon, was booked into the Wilson County Jail Wednesday afternoon.

Funeral held for police officer

 Jeff Stone

Funeral helf for Lebanon Police Officer

LEBANON -- Funeral services was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 13 at Lebanon’s First Baptist Church for Officer Stone, 31, of Lebanon.

An officer with the Lebanon Police Department, he died Saturday evening, May 9, 2009 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Follow these links for more information:

Full obituary     Driver remains in county jail

LSSD steps closer to additional school

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Special School District took the first step toward adding a new school to the system at its regular board meeting Monday.

The board passed a resolution asking Assistant Director of Schools Randall Hutto to “locate and negotiate” for a piece of property suitable for a new school.

Board Member Andy Brummett suggested that although old guidelines for the amount of property required to build a school are no longer in force, the guidelines still work.

Lelia Sorey Jones, 83

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, May 15 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Jones, 83, of Mt. Juliet. The daughter of the late Will and Sybil Vaughan Ursery, she died Monday, May 11, 2009.  Mrs. Jones was a member of the Church of Christ.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Bond Memorial Chapel.

Services will be conducted by Brother August Ruff and Brother Charlie Milson. Interment will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: sons John (Delores) Sorey of Naples, FL and William R. "Bill" (Vickie) Sorey of Mt. Juliet. Also surviving are sisters Willie Mae Malone of Hermitage, Anna Belle Bedwell of Springfield, Martha (R.C.) Johnson of St. Simon, GA, Jean Morrow of Westmoreland, Peggy Valcik of Burleson, TX and Ruth (Tommy) Baggett of Springfield; along with 10 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren .

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by husband J.C. Jones and her first husband, John Sorey -- as well as three sisters.

Active pallbearers will include: John Sorey IV, Chris Sorey, Jason Sorey, D.J. Kissick, R.C. Johnson and Tommy Baggett. Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Alive Hospice.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Alive Hospice at Skyline Madison Campus for the care given to Mrs. Jones.

Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ann Baines, 91

WATERTOWN – Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 13 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Baines, 91, of the Statesville Community.

A native of Wilson County and former operator of Baines Grocery in Statesville, Mrs. Baines died May 11, 2009 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center. The daughter of the late Darse and Era Mullinax Harvey, she was a member of the Statesville United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the funeral.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Steve Kelley and Rev. Allen Lyon. Burial will follow at the Jennings Cemetery.

Survivors include: sister-in-law Mary Lea Baines and brother-n-law Marvin (Louise) Baines – all of Lebanon as well as many loving nieces, nephews and other relations.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Baines is preceded in death by her husband Wilford H. Baines, brother Carmack Harvey and brothers-in-law George Baines and J.B. (Nilene) Baines.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Annie Ray Stephens Wilkerson, 89

LEBANON — Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Wilkerson, 89, of Lebanon. Born January 31, 1920, in the Saulsbury Community of Wilson County, Mrs. Wilkerson died Sunday, May 10, 2009 at Pavilion Care in Lebanon.

The daughter of the late Willie Franklin and Eliza Jane Corley Stephens, she was a homemaker and a member of Highland Heights Church of Christ.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 10 a.m. until services. Services will be conducted by Brother Barry Keene and Brother Michael Grooms. Interment will be in the Bethlehem Cemetery.

Survivors include: children Shirley Ann (Jimmy) Davis of Lebanon and Robert Lewis (Debi) Wilkerson of Lady Lake, FL. Also surviving are grandchildren: Gregory Dale Davis, Jackie Lewis Wilkerson, Jeffery Lester Wilkerson, Scotty Allen Wilkerson, Kyla Joy Wilkerson and Kaylee Wilkerson; as well as five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years Lewis Oscar Wilkerson (who died November 24, 1991), siblings Fannie (Jim) Baynes, Will Henry Stephens and Thurman (Isabell) Stephens.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Belle May Smith, 98

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 12 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Smith, 98, of Mt. Juliet. The daughter of the late Joe and Maude May, she died Sunday, May 10, 2009 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center.  Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and a member of the Suggs Creek Presbyterian Church.

Services will be conducted by Brother Larry Kelley. Interment follows at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: son Nealand (Martha) Smith; brother Roy May; sisters Robbie Eakes and Earlene (Nick) Nixon; grandchildren Mike (Grace) Smith, Steve (Margaret) Smith, Ricky (Debbie) Smith and Troy (Linda) Smith; as well as eight great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Robert Cantrell Smith; children Delbert Smith and Elizabeth Ann Smith; great grandson Robert Michael Smith; siblings J. D. May; and Jessie Harkreader.

Active pallbearers: Bill Hicks, Donnie Eakes, Claude Jordan, Silas Dunn, Larry Nixon, Jeff May and Ronnie May. Honorary: Jim Harkreader, Mike Walker, Robert Bland and Jeff Fennessey.

Memorials may be made to the Suggs Creek Presbyterian Church or to the charity of your choice.

Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


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