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CU to host Wilson County College Fair
Cumberland University announces the Wilson County College Fair will be held once again in the Dallas Floyd Gymnasium on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.
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Crye-Leike, Realtors in MJ invite all to 6th Annual Sweet Tooth Auction

Event benefits United Way of Wilson County

Crye-Leike, Realtors announce the company's Mt. Juliet branch office will host its 6th annual Martin Cummings Sweet Tooth Auction benefiting the United Way of Wilson County.

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Fund raiser set for Kirby

Teen injured in Feb. wreck

Brittany Kirby, a 19-year-old Lebanon resident, was seriously injured at the hands of drunk driver in a February auto accident.

On Sept. 26, a host of friends and concerned Wilson Countians will host a fun-filled family carnival to raise funds to help with the enormous medical expenses Brittany has faced and continues to experience.

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MJ, FCS stay perfect

SOGGY BEARS WIN IN DOUBLE OT

HENDERSONVILLE -- Mt. Juliet overcame a 30-minute delay for rain and lightening to defeat Hendersonville 44-37 in double overtime Friday, Sept. 18. Quarterback Reed Gurchiek’s 10-yard keeper in the final overtime was the difference maker as the Commandos fumbled the ball away on their third down play.

The Golden Bears remained undefeated at 4-0 (2-0 in District 9AAA) while Hendersonville slipped to 2-2 / 1-1. Chris Bazile paced the MJ offensive attack with 136 yards on nine attempts.

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Valiant 'Dogs fall at Newberry

From Post staff reports

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Cumberland played tough in the first half, but Newberry posted three second-half TDs en route to a 20-3 win over Cumberland Saturday night at Setzler Field.

The Bulldogs (1-2) limited the home team to just 121 yards of offense in the first half, caused a pair of turnovers and held Newberry on downs once. But the bigger team wore down the Bulldogs in the second half, rushing for 159 yards after the break and three scores to post the victory.

Our defense played a great football game," said CU coach Dewayne Alexander, "I know it’s the best defensive effort since I’ve been here. "

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Stafford runs wild for LHS

DEVILS 35, PORTLAND 26

PORTLAND -- Lebanon tailback Jordan Stafford had the game of a lifetime Friday night as the Blue Devils spoiled Portland's homecoming 35-26 at Memorial Field.

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Its about doing what mama taught us to do
By SAM HATCHER
          
Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant of Alabama football fame was questioned by reporters after the 1978 Sugar Bowl as to why he didn’t wear his signature houndstooth hat during the game.
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Running to fight cancer

By JOHN B. BRYAN

Once again the “Sherry’s Run” event has surpassed all expectations with some 3,200 participants either walking or running the 5K track.
          
My wife and I have participated in the event each year since its inception, and this year we made it a family affair with all three of our children participating.

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To not hear President disrespectful, not disruptful

By ERIC THOMPSON

I am dismayed at the most recent local display of disrespect for the Office of the President of the United States. That parents would keep their children out of school so not to hear the President speak about education is sad, but for school boards and/or superintendents to deny students from hearing this message is tragic. George W. Bush was far from being my favorite President, however, I respect the office and would have welcomed his comments on education for my children when they were in school.

 

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School bd.s decision regarding Obamas speech disappointing

To the Editor:

I was disappointed by the Wilson County School Board decision to block the broadcast of the President's speech to students. 

The rationale explained by the automated calls to parents by the WCSB said the schools instead wanted to focus on teaching the content standards that students are required to learn by the state. It is in my opinion that several of those content standards could have been covered by having the children watch the speech, especially for social studies. After reading the speech, I believe that the President's words could only help teachers engage more students in the content standards.

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Celebrate National Assisted Living Week by volunteering

To the Editor:

National Assisted Living Week (NALW) will take place Sept. 13-19.

This is an opportunity for the community at large to recognize the accomplishments and traditions of assisted living residents and to participate in a celebration of their lives and their continuous enrichment of our environment. Join more than 38,000 assisted living communities nationwide in celebrating this year’s theme “Traditions of the Heart.”

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LHS PAC still confident

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

Even though only around 10 people showed up to Thursday night’s town hall meeting to educate voters on the referendum to increase the wheel tax, Larry Hubbard and One County One Future are still confident the vote will go their way.

The money from the increase will help build a new Lebanon High School and purchase land for a future Watertown High School. The referendum will increase the wheel tax by $25, bringing it to $50. It will be reduced back to $25 once the debt is paid off.

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Wear your seat belt at MJHS, get a chicken sandwich

High fatality rates and low seat belt use rates among teens have reached high levels year after year.

However, 2008 had fewer teenager fatalities than 2007 and dropped from 188 to 137 deaths. Mt. Juliet law enforcement officials noted that 137 deaths are still too many, and community members are working together reverse the trend.

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Voting slow on wheel tax

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Early voting continued Thursday despite the on-again, off-again rainfall on the referendum on whether to increase the county wheel tax by $25 to construct a new Lebanon High School and to purchase land for a new Watertown High School.

Through about 3 p.m., Thursday, a total of 1,249 people voted so far at all three polling places, said Martha Ann Sutherland, assistant administrator of elections. There are 67,060 registered voters in Wilson County.

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More rain coming

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Think of it as liquid sunshine. Perhaps that will help lighten things up a bit because more rain is in the forecast through the first of next week.

Chances of rain decrease the next few days, but is still in the 30 to 60 percent range.

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Lottery winner gets name back in headlines
By SAM HATCHER, The Wilson Post
        
 Her name was put in headlines last year when she and her husband celebrated a winning lottery ticket valued at $800,000.
          
And again this year her name is back in the headlines but for a much different reason.
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Virginia Lee Ricketts, 86

WATERTOWN – Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, September 17 at the Fall Creek Baptist Church for Mrs. Ricketts, 86, of Watertown.

Born in DeKalb County to the late Arthur and Mary Robinson Vickers, the homemaker died Sept. 15, 2009 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center. She was a member of the Fall Creek Baptist Church.

Services were conducted by the Rev. Billy Trice and the Rev. Greg Bell. Burial was at the Fairview Cemetery.

Survivors include: son Barry (Sherry) Ricketts of Watertown and step-grandchildren Jennifer (Wayne) Rollins of Lebanon and Mitch Johnson of Mayfield, KY. Also surviving is brother Clarence (Mildred) Vickers along with brother and sisters in law: William "Spooky" (Pat) Ricketts of Watertown, Ray (Jean) Ricketts of Lebanon and Lillian Cressman of Sundance, NY along with a host of nieces and nephews and other relations.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Riley Ricketts, niece Elaine Vickers and an infant twin sister.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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Harold T. Smith, Sr., 62

LEBANON – Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, September 17 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Smith, 62, of Lebanon. Owner of S & S Insulation, he passed away on September 15, 2009. Mr. Smith was an incredible pool player who once beat Rudy Wanderone, Jr. a.k.a. "Minnesota Fats".

Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, Norene.

Survivors include: his wife of 42 years Patsy Smith of Lebanon; children Harold (Beckie) Smith Jr., Scotty (Melody) Smith, Hope Smith and Peggy Smith. Also surviving are siblings: Jack (Sue) Smith, Phyllis Bohannon and S.L. (Lisa) Smith Jr.; grandchildren: Ashley Smith, Caitlyn Smith, Cassidy Edwards, Harold T. Smith III, Phillip Moses Smith and Maci Ray Smith; as well as his best buddies Peanut and Bandit.

He is preceded in death by parents S.L. and Pauline Anderson Smith, and siblings Brenda Gill, Mary Jo Waldrop, Pearl Gothard, Ted Smith, Donnie Smith, and James Franklin Smith.

Pallbearers included: his children, Ashley Smith and Sean Edwards. Honorary: Beckie and Melody Smith.

Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Parkway was in charge of arrangements.

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Dan Russell Meadows, 56

MT. JULIET – Graveside funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, September 18 at the Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens for Mr. Meadows, 56, of Lebanon. A carpenter and a member of the Church of Christ, Mr. Meadows died Wednesday Sept. 16, 2009 at Madison Health Care.

Visitation is scheduled at the Partlow Funeral Chapel from 11 a.m. until the service. Services will be conducted by Randy Spurlock, Kenny George and Tim Meadows.

Survivors include: father & step-mother Garland Odell and Virginia Meadows; brothers Steve (Barbara Jean) Meadows of Mt. Juliet, Tim (Melissa) Meadows, Pete (Debbie) Heckman, and Butch Heckman — all of Lebanon; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

He is preceded in death by mother Margaret Louise Johnson Meadows; brothers Edwin and Tony Meadows.     Partlow Funeral Chapel is in chare of arrangements.

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Velma Jessie Wolfe Dixon, 98

HERMITAGE — Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, September 19, at The Grace Place, 4316 Central Pike, Hermitage, for Mrs. Dixon, 98, of Hermitage. The daughter of the late Doc and Dora Jenkins Wolfe, Mrs. Dixon died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009.

Mrs. Dixon was a member of The Grace Place and was the widow of the late Oplis S. Dixon.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday at Bond Memorial Chapel and one hour prior to service time Saturday at the church. Services will be conducted by Rev. Tim Sharpe officiating. Interment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: grandchildren Donnie (Shirley) Bagwell of Stark, FL; Faye (Bob) Hill of Ohio; Cathy Dixon of Nashville; Pam Dixon, Ricky Dixon, Patti (Andy) Whittaker and Ben (Stacey) Dixon, Jr. — all of Mt. Juliet. Also surviving: daughter-in-law Margaret Dixon of Mt. Juliet; great-grandchildren Shane (Michel) Johnson of Dallas, TX; Byron Bagwell of Stark, FL; Jason (Michelle) Johnson of Gainesville, FL; Logan Dixon, Brady Dixon, Annette Whittaker, Presley Newberry and Phoenix Dixon — all of Mt. Juliet; great-great grandchildren Callan and Michael Johnson of Gainesville, FL. 

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Dixon was preceded in death by children Dorothy (Don) Bagwell and Ben D. Dixon, Sr.; granddaughter Vicki Miller; great-grandson Christopher Denney; siblings Armor and Mack Wolfe, Vona, Hazel, Bonnie, Opal and Unie.

Active pallbearers: Buster Wolfe, Clifton Ricketts, Joe Morgan, Randy Morgan, Jason Locke and Reed Overstreet. Honorary: best friends Wayne and Charlene Johnson and Billy Bob and Martha Hughey and the Senior Adult Class at The Grace Place.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to The Grace Place Building Fund, 4316 Central Pike, Hermitage, 37076.        Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

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Thomas Wendell Saddler, 84

WATERTOWN – Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, September 7 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Saddler, 84, of Watertown.

A native of Wilson County and a former 30-year employee of the Lebanon Woolen Mills, Mr. Saddler died Sept. 5, 2009 at NHC Health Care in Smithville. A member of the Prosperity Baptist Church, he was the son of the late Thomas Cleve Saddler and Hallie Smith Saddler.

Services were conducted by the Rev. Don Rigsby with burial at the Jennings Cemetery.

Survivors include: brother Carl (Dorothy) Saddler and nephews Keith (Beth) Saddler and Richard (Leslie) Saddler – all of Statesville. Also surviving are great nieces and nephew; sister—in-law Inez Lawrence of Nashville and several Harvey nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Saddler is preceded in death by his wife Frances Harvey Saddler and infant daughter Emily Sue Saddler. Pallbearers included: Keith Saddler, Richard Saddler, Jeremy McPeak, James Hayes, Ted Ray and Floyd Gaddes.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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No New Moon here
I have a confession to make. I’m both embarrassed and nervous about actually putting it on paper for anyone to see. Since it has been said that, “the truth shall set you free,” here goes. I have not read nor plan to read, any of the Twilight novels. I know, I know. I can hear the collective gasps from Twilight enthusiasts, a lot of which are my family members and close friends. Now that my secret is out I fear I will be defriended from more than half of my facebook friends, party invites will cease and I will be forced to hang my head in shame.
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Bobbie Gentry left the limelight years ago
Dear Ken: Whatever happened to country singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry of “Ode to Billy Joe” fame”
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Mt. Juliet cancer patient gets wish granted

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

Karli Costley’s wish is finally coming true as the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee is granting her Disney World wish by providing her with a tip to the amusement park.

The beautiful little girl, who suffers from retinoblastoma, wished to have a Disney Adventure.

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Granville Fall Celebration, Civil War marker to be dedicated

The Granville Fall Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 3 will feature the dedication of a Tennessee Civil War Trails marker to honor Col. Sidney Smith Stanton and Sgt. Thomas Jefferson Lee. 

The marker is located on Down Memory Lane between Sutton General Store and Granville Museum. Civil War Trails is a multi-state program that identifies more than 700 Civil War sites. The marker will be dedicated on Oct. 3 at 11:30 a.m. honoring the two famous Granville soldiers. Immediately following the dedication, a re-enactment of Granville, Tennessee-Oct. 24, 1885 will occur. On this great day a reunion of 5,000 Confederate soldiers assembled in Granville to pay eloquent tributes to the memory of gallant Col. S.S. (Sidney) Stanton of Granville who was killed at Resaga, Ga. on May 13, 1864. He was killed leading a charge on the Union Army. The re-enactors will march up Clover Street to the Halfacre Stage on Memory Lane for the re-enactment. 

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