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Local business owner charged with sexual battery

By JENNIFER HORTON
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.

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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.

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Full obituary     Driver remains in county jail

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LSSD steps closer to additional school

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Member Andy Brummett suggested that although old guidelines for the amount of property required to build a school are no longer in force, the guidelines still work.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Farmer's Market looking at facelift

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Lebanon Farmer’s Market is about to get a facelift.

Commissioner of Public Works Jeff Baines announced Tuesday at the Lebanon City Council meeting that the current site will be closed from Monday, May 11 until early June for construction of the new shed and parking lot paving.

During the construction, farmers will be using the parking lot on the corner of West Main and Maple Streets.

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CommUnityFest slated to benefit underprivileged youth

From Post staff reports

Wilson County Community Partnership is trying to make difference in the lives of the inner-city and underprivileged youth in Wilson County.  

To that end, they have planned a special day for Saturday, June 13, called CommUnity Fest. It will be held at Head Homes Park, 600 C. L. Manier Street, behind the Lebanon Church of God, from 2-6 p.m.

The CommUnity Fest is planned each year to meet two different needs for the children.

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Local golf tournaments

SEAN PUTMAN MEMORIAL IS JUNE 15

LEBANON -- The fourth annual Sean Putman Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, June 15 at Five Oaks Country Club. A nine-hole recreational round for golfers 12 & under will tee-off at 8 a.m. followed by a four-man scramble at 1 p.m. All golfers will enjoy a complementary lunch buffet and goody bag.

Each participating junior also receives a special award/prize. Prizes for the main (adult) event are awarded to each golfer in the top three finishing teams for each flight. Prizes will also be awarded for longest drive (male & female) and closest to the pin (male & female).

Main event fees: $125 per player ($500 per team). Junior event fees: $25 per player (12 and under) and $25 per accompanying or playing adult. For more information, call 547-5629 or 548-1387.

Harbrecht memorial / chamber  -- The annual Dr. Cary Harbrecht Memorial Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, June 4 at the Pine Creek Golf Course, 1835 Logue Road. A fundraising event for the Lebanon / Wilson County Chamber of Commers, the 4-person, 18-hole scramble will feature both an 8 a.m. tee time and a 1 p.m. tee time. Entry fee is $500 per team, but an early bird special is available for a group wishing to play in the 8 a.m. group. Entry fee will be reduced to $400 per team, if payment is made before Friday, May 29. For more information, call Andrea at 444-5503.

Jr. golf at Hunters Point -- Hunters Point Golf Course will host its annual Coca-Cola Juniors Tournament Wednesday and Thursday, June 10 and 11. Boys and girls ages 11-17 are eligible. For info, call the pro shop at 444-7521.

HP ladies’ invitational -- The Hunters Point Golf Course will hold its annual Ladies’ Invitational Wednesday, June 24. An 8:30 a.m. shotgun start is planned. Entry fee is $45 per player which includes green fees a practice round and the tournament itself, cart (tournament only), prizes and lunch. For information, call the pro shop at 444-7521.

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Jeff Stone, 31

Jeff "Scout" Stone

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 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.

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Remember this Sunday is special for our moms
By SAM HATCHER
          
Sunday is a special day for all of us.
          
Our mothers taught us to wipe our nose, say excuse me when we get up from the table, pray before each meal, and gave us tips and advice about life on a thousand other subjects.
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Influence that lasts a lifetime

By U.S. Rep. BART GORDON

Since having our daughter Peyton in 2001, the role my wife Leslie plays as a mother helps me fully realize and appreciate the role mothers play in children’s lives. I also better recognize the great influence my own mother has had on me. My daughter is so fortunate to have a supportive and loving mother like I did.  

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Report on medical mission to the Philippines

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

Three weeks ago I hardly knew where the Philippines were located. I tried looking at the archipelago up on a map and it took several turns of the globe just to find it. I Googled it on the Internet and didn’t even spell it right. (It has one “L” and two “P’s.”)

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Education, Budget panels, school board to seek new LHS funding solution

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

“Buddy Can You Spare Me a Dime?” a song popular during the Great Depression, may become the Wilson County Board of Education’s theme song in its campaign to get the county to fund a new Lebanon High School, or at least Director of Schools Mike Davis is singing it to commissioner.

Davis told the Education Committee at its regular meeting Thursday that a dime is what it would take to finance the bonds for the school if the county restructured its debt service.

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Sidewalk policy needs second look: Warmath
By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post
          
As a controversy continues over a requirement by the City of Lebanon for the installation of sidewalks to accompany the construction of new buildings, one member of the city council is calling for a step-by-step reevaluation of the existing policy.
         
Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath said Thursday she believes the City’s policy on the issue, which has raised complaints from a number of business, commercial and nonprofit constituencies, deserves to be reevaluated.
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Wheel tax increase could fund new LHS

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

If Wilson County can build a new Lebanon High School for $50 million, a $25 wheel tax would pay the bond back, according to county Finance Director Ron Gilbert.

And Budget Committee Chair Bernie Ash said he would vote to send a wheel tax to the public on a referendum.

“I’m not saying I’d vote in commission for a wheel tax,” Ash said in an interview Thursday. “I’m saying I’d vote for a referendum for a wheel tax.”

The tax would have to be designated to go to debt service, since it can only be used directly for schools for one year, but debt service is what pays the bond back when the county borrows to build a school.

Ash said the reason he would only vote for a referendum is because of conflicts over wheel taxes in the past.

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Drugs, gun seized in raid

By JOHN B. BRYAN
The Wilson Post

Lebanon/Wilson County Violent Crimes Taskforce raided two homes in Lebanon on Wednesday afternoon seizing illegal drugs and a loaded firearm.
         
According to Lebanon Police Lt. Koy Lafferty, the taskforce raided 400 Fairview Ave. just off Baddour Parkway in Lebanon. Officers obtained a search warrant and found Andy McDermott on the premises and seized approximately a one-quarter pound of processed marijuana and a loaded firearm. Lafferty said a small indoor growing operation was also confiscated in the raid.

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Plant to double size with $12 million expansion

By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post
          
A manufacturing company that has been located in Lebanon for almost a decade publicly announced Thursday that it will build a new $12 million plant here and nearly double its existing payroll within the next five years.
          
Darin Lowery, the local general manager of Permobil, Inc., a Swedish-based company that manufactures high-end electric wheelchairs, told members of Lebanon’s Morning Rotary yesterday that his company plans to build a new manufacturing plant here this year and be in that plant by the summer of 2010.
          
Lowery appeared at the Rotary meeting with Lebanon architect Mike Manous of Manous Design, who is in charge of the design of the project.

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Irene Frances Word, 100

WATERTOWN – Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, May 5 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Word, 100, of Lebanon. Born in the Statesville Community, she died May 2, 2009 at Mt. Juliet Health Care. She was the daughter of the late Joe and Eliza Jane Mabe Hayes.

Services were conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Bowen. Burial was at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon.

Survivors include: children Ethelyne Farris of Detroit, Michigan, Norma Jean (William) Armstrong of Lebanon, Willie (Karen) Word of Harriman and Richard (Cynthia) Word of Mt. Juliet; 18 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and 37 great, great grandchildren; and sister Annie Wilson of Lincoln Park, Michigan.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Ollie Word, daughter Jeanette Graves, sisters Ava Burgess, Ova Stoner and Emie Hadley; brothers Orbie, Herbert and Albert Hayes.

Grandsons served as pallbearers. Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.

 

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Katie Mai Robinson, 81

WATERTOWN – Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, May 8 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Robinson, 81, of Lebanon.

Born in Putnam County to the late Anthony and Levora Bennett Whitehead, she died Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at the University Medical Center, Lebanon. Retired from Mariner Health Care, she was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends prior to the service Friday. Services will be conducted by Rev. Glenn Denton. Burial will follow at the Poplar Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: daughter Mildred (Fred) Chaffin of Lebanon and son Clifford (Carolyn) Carr of Wilson, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters Dean Chaffin of Chestnut Mound and Emma Jean Anderson of Baxter.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Robinson is preceded in death by her husband, Allen M. Robinson, Jr., and siblings Sam, Virgil and Cleo Whitehead, Viola Ramsey and Alice Abney.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, is in charge of arrangements.

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Letter carriers carry torch for Help Center

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

When letter carriers volunteer to carry extra packages it’s for a good cause.

Many Wilson County residents are not sure where their next meal will come from. That is especially true since the Help Centers’ food shelves are becoming increasingly empty.

But the annual Letter Carriers Food Drive this Saturday will help restock those shelves. May 9 is a day when many Americans stop to think about hunger, thanks to the letter carriers.

Everyone can help. All the food collected in the county will stay here and will go to the Wilson County Help Centers. If everyone takes the grocery bag the carriers leave in their mailboxes, (or just a regular grocery bag) and fills it with non-perishable foods, like canned goods, cereal, crackers and peanut butter; the food drive can restock the Help Centers shelves so hungry Wilson Countians can eat.

Set the bag beside your mail box before your letter carrier passes your house on Saturday, and say a prayer of thanks that you and your family have enough to eat.
If everyone helps, everyone can eat.

Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at cewrites@wilsonpost.com.

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Sophies Choice
Do you guys remember this movie? If you’ve seen it, I’m sure you remember that gut wrenching moment when Meryl Streep was forced to pick between her two children. She was given the choice of deciding which would live and which would die. Her choice led her to madness.
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These baseball flicks score home runs
Dear Ken: I always loved the old Gary Cooper film about N.Y. Yankee great Lou Gehrig called “Pride of the Yankees.” What would be your top five favorite baseball films?
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How Much Sleep Do We Need?

We all want a good night's sleep. Sleep allows our body to rest and to restore its energy levels. Without enough restful sleep, not only can we become grumpy and irritable, but also inattentive and more prone to accidents. Like food and water, adequate sleep is essential to good health and quality of life.

Sleep needs change over a person's lifetime. Children and adolescents need more sleep than adults. Interestingly, older adults need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults -- seven to nine hours of sleep per night.

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