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Home sales improve here

From Post staff reports

Home sales in Wilson County continue on the upswing with more transactions made in May, and the $8,000 tax credit may be helping, local real estate agents said.

“May numbers are continuing to show a rebound in our housing market in Wilson County,” said Realtor Amy Hamilton said. Hamilton represents the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors.

Wilson County real estate agents closed on 125 homes in May compared to 108 in April. The median home price rose from $180,878 to $199,900, down only slightly from May 2008 when the median home price was $208,000 as well as in May of 2007 when it was $205,000.

Judith Lee Johnson Ochoa, 68

FT. PIERCE, Fla. – Funeral services have been scheduled for Sunday afternoon, June 14 at the Haisley -Hobbs Funeral Home for Judy Ochoa, 68, of Lebanon. She died June 6, 2009.

Survivors include children: Kim (John) Dickens, Lisa Blackmon, Terri Blackmon and Kline Blackmon Jr.; the father of her children Kline Blackmon Sr. and sister Perky (Jerry Don) Yarbrough. Also surviving are grandchildren: James Dickens and Jeffrey Dickens; and nephew: Layne Yarbrough.

She is preceded in death by parents Dewey and Frances Hughes Johnson and sister Tina Anderson.

Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, was in charge of local arrangements.

John Andrew Kinser

John Andrew Kinser, born prematurely on April 28, 2009, passed away on May 14, 2009 at his home in Texas.

He is survived and loved by his parents and former Lebanon residents Reagan and Kate Kinser, his twin sister Hallie Sara, his grandparents Russell and Mary Kinser and Rodney and Hallie Lemon, his great-grandparents Howard and Mamie Kinser, and two uncles and aunts, John (Denise) Lemon and Nathan (Brandy) Kinser.

In his short life, John Andrew impressed his family and caregivers with his energy wiggling around and his strong spirit in dealing with the illnesses he faced. His family is at peace that John is in heaven where he no longer has to fight but can wiggle all he wants in celebration with our Lord.

The family asks that all remember John by praying for his twin sister, Hallie Sara, who is showing a similar strong spirit in facing the challenges associated with premature birth. Please pray for her health and that she will be able to one day come home healthy with her parents and meet the many people who pray for her and love her.

The family has also decided to create a scholarship fund in honor of John’s memory at Friendship Christian School in Lebanon. The scholarship will go to a graduating senior who has dealt with overcoming adversity, just as John had to do much of his short life.

If you would like to honor John’s memory in this way (and in lieu of flowers), please send checks payable to "FCS" and note on the check that it is for the "John Kinser Memorial Scholarship" fund. Checks can be mailed to:


John Kinser Memorial Scholarship, c/o Friendship Christian School, 5400 Coles Ferry Pikem Lebanon, TN 37087.

Janeann Walburn Walker, 45

MT. JULIET – Graveside funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 10 at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens, for Mrs. Walker, 45, of Mt. Juliet. A member of the Living Springs Baptist Church, she died Saturday, June 6, 2009.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Caryl Strange.

Survivors include: husband Donald Walker of Mt. Juliet, mother Rebecca Wells Smith of Portsmouth, OH and son Dameon South of Colorado. Also surviving: brothers Tom Walburn of Milton, Scott Walburn and Jeff Walburn – both of Portsmouth, OH.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Edward Walburn, and her brother, Craig Walburn.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet.

Kathleen Lasater Thompson, 87

WATERTOWN – Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, June 6 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Thompson, 87, of Watertown. A homemaker and a graduate of Watertown High School, she died June 4, 2009 at her daughter’s home in Knoxville.

A member of the Round Lick Baptist Church, Mrs. Thompson was the daughter of the late Everett and Daisy Thorne Lasater.

Services were conducted by Rev. Donald Owens and Rev. Steve Mayle. Burial was at Wilson County Memorial Gardens in Lebanon.

Survivors include: children Beverly McKee of Knoxville and Ben Ray (Jackie) Thompson of Lebanon; grandchildren Bard (Carrie) Thompson of Murfreesboro, Kristi (Jake) Huckaby and Kaci Hunter – both of Lebanon.

Also surviving are great grandchildren Mason Edward Thompson, Taylor Renee Thompson, Hailey Rhea Hunter, Ethan Mark Hunter, Paige Allison Huckaby and Reise Avery Huckaby; nieces and nephews Kendra, William, Eddie and Tony Ricketts.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Melvin Haskell "Hack" Thompson, sister Mable Ruth Lynch and nephew Kenneth Ricketts.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Helen Boyd Burch, 89

TULLAHOMA – Private graveside services were held in Coffee County Tuesday, June 9 for Mrs. Burch, 89, of Lebanon. The widow of the late Billy P. Burch, to whom she was married for 66 years, Mrs. Burch died June 6, 2009 at home with her family in Lebanon.

Born in Tullahoma she was the daughter of the late James F. and Anne H Boyd.

Helen Burch went to Tennessee College for Women, where she excelled in academics, played on the sport teams and was a class officer; she later transferred to Middle Tennessee State College where she again excelled in academics and met her future husband, she received her undergraduate degree from MTSC with a teaching degree and taught school in the various cities she lived.

Once they settled in Lebanon the Burch family became involved the First United Methodist Church, the Lebanon County Club, Castle Heights Alumni Assoc, Cumberland University activities, big band dances over the Nashville area and Cracker Barrel Restaurant Corp. activities.

Mrs. Burch was a Christian woman and attended First United Methodist Church until she was unable to, then watched tapes of the services at home on Monday mornings. She did her Bible and prayer readings on a regular basis and always kept her family and friends in her prayers.

Survivors include: sons Richard L Burch of Hendersonville, William F. Burch (Jerry) of Birmingham, AL and James B. Burch (Therese) Leesburg, VA.

Also surviving are grandchildren Charles L Burch (Jennifer) of Atlanta, GA; W. Bradley Burch (Jody) of Richmond, VA; Ryan F Burch of Birmingham, AL; Jessica Burch of Leesburg, VA and Leigh Scott (Sean) Purcellville, VA along with seven great grandchildren and dear family friends Harold and Rose Pickel.

The Burch family would like to thank caregivers Edna Crawford, Jimmie Sue Johnson, Melony Cason, Mary Denson, Dawn Jordan and Julianna Reedy for the love and care they gave Helen and Billy Burch over the past five years.

Also grateful appreciation to the staff of Odyssey Health Care for their care and understanding.

In lieu of flowers the family would prefer a gift to First United Methodist Church of Lebanon.

Arrangements were handled by Sellers Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Marvin Y. Baines

LEBANON – Memorial services were held Saturday, June 6 at the Wilson County Funeral Home for Mr. Baines, 83. He died June 3, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Jerry Cook. Burial was at the Rose Lawn Memorial Park in Murfreesboro.

Survivors include: wife Arbria Louise Baines, a son, a daughter, four grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Wilson County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lauralee South, 71

LEBANON – A celebration of life was held Saturday, June 6 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. South, 71, of Lebanon. Known as "Lolly" to her family and friends, she died Thursday, June 4, 2009 at the University Medical Center.

Survivors include: her husband Larry South of Lebanon; sons Bronc (Patti) Willoughbly of Texas, Mark (DeeDee) Willoughbly and Bruce Willoughbly — both of Indiana.

Also surviving are brother Herb Shoemaker and twin brother Larry Shoemaker — both of Nashville; sister Ann (Bob) Toth of Michigan; grandchildren Kisten(Levi) Jackson, Cassie (Dusty) Mitchell and Justin(Michelle) Willoughbly; great grandchildren Emma Jackson, Madison and Hunter Willoughbly.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Lena Rine Shoemaker.

Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Ann Gross, 70

LEBANON — Patricia Gross passed away on June 3, 2009 at age 70. No services are scheduled.

Survivors include sons: Hewett Williams, Michael T. Williams, Anthony James Grimes and Charles Davis; and grandchildren Janecia Williams, Justin Williams and Michael Williams.

She is preceded in death by James F. Gross.

Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.

MJ pair head to college

Two players from Mt. Juliet High's Class AAA runner-up baseball team will be continuing their academic and baseball careers at the next level.

Righthanded pitcher Matt Sedgwick will enroll at NCAA Division III institution Maryville College this fall while outfielder / first baseman Matt Owens signed with TranSouth Conference member Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.

The son of Chuck and Darlene Sedgwick from Old Hickory, Matt held opponents to a batting average of .095, while also averaging 1.55 strikeouts per inning.

Also, Matt helped open the new on-campus field at MJHS by throwing a no-hitter against McGavock High School.

"Matt has tremendous upside as pitcher in our program, and our coaching staff expects him to battle for innings from the outset of the fall," said Maryville head coach Daniel Washburn.

"If he develops the way that we expect, he has a chance to be an impact arm for our club for the next four years. Matt makes our program better not only next spring, but in the years to come. The entire Maryville College baseball program would like to welcome Matthew to our campus and our community."

Owens graduated with highest honors last week (16th of 377) and earned all-district 9AAA and 9AAA tournament team honors this year for the 31-13 Bears.

Owens batted .375 with 24 RBI’s. He lead the Golden Bears with 51 hits that included eight doubles, three triples and two HR’s.

"Matt is a great local high school sign for us," said Trevecca head coach Jonathan Burton.

"He is still maturing and developing into a great player, and we feel that his best days are ahead of him. The one thing that makes Matt stands out is that he is not only a great player but a great teammate and student as well.

"We just hope that his next four years at Trevecca will be as good as the ones he just had at Mt. Juliet for Coach Purvis."


Robert promoted at CU


LEBANON -- Cumberland football coach Dewayne Alexander announced the hiring of Jake Roberts as an assistant coach for the 2009 season.  Roberts has served the last two seasons as a graduate assistant for the Bulldogs and takes the place of Wayne Dabbs, who left the program after last season.

Roberts served as the tight ends coach last season at Cumberland and was an assistant running backs coach in 2007. He was also the specialist coach for kickers, punters, snappers and holders and served as the assistant special teams coach.

He helped with strength and conditioning, field maintenance and recruiting and was also the team’s video coordinator. Roberts helped mentor CU punter Michael Hinson, who earned Victory Sports Network Second Team All-American honors in 2008, leading the nation in punting.

Hinson was also a First Team All-Mid-South Conference West Division punter last season, as well as Mitch Reynolds, a Second Team All-West Division pick at tight end.

He served as an assistant defensive backs coach at Cass High School in Cartersville, Ga., during the 2006-07 school year, a Class 3A school in Georgia. The Colonels made the state playoffs during his season at CHS.

Roberts lettered four years at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., kicking the second longest field goal, 47 yards, in program history in 2003 versus Washington & Lee.

The Phenix City, Ala., native attended Central High School in Phenix City, earning First Team All-East Alabama honors as a sophomore and junior and Second Team All-Bi City accolades from the Columbus (GA) Ledger-Enquirer as a sophomore.

Roberts earned his bachelor’s in Russian with a minor in History in 2006 from the University of the South and earned a master’s in Arts in Education from Cumberland this past May.

MTEMC plans outages June 9 in Lebanon

Middle Tennessee Electric crews will be working to improve electric service in Lebanon June 9, which will require outages along Leeville Pike. 

Carver Lane set for Monday closure

The City of Lebanon will be closing Carver Lane, just north of the railroad tracks, on Monday, June 8, from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for construction of a force main sewer line. 

The road will be opened for emergency access only. Thru traffic should avoid this section of Carver Lane during these hours. The construction is being completed by Conrad Construction of Lebanon.

New Leash on Lifes debut Watertown Art Crawl a big success!

Watertown’s Public Square was alive with excitement Saturday evening as almost 500 attendees at the first Watertown Art Crawl strolled the streets listening to live music wafting through the warm evening air. 

Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, desserts and drinks while viewing art at the participating art galleries and shops. Event organizers said they were thrilled with the response to their debut event benefiting New Leash on Life.

New Leash on Life Executive Director Maureen O’Nell welcomed the crowd and thanked them for coming out to support such a worthy cause. Adoptable animals were also in attendance reminding everyone why they were there.

SmartFIX40 races toward an early finish

By Commissioner GERALD NICELY
Tennessee Department of Transportation

Admittedly, it was a radical idea -- shut down a major interstate through the heart of a city for 14 months. Other states had done total interstate closures, but none for this duration. In just a few days, we will reopen a safer, more modern and totally redesigned Interstate 40 in downtown Knoxville. SmartFIX40 is racing to an early finish.

Cap and Trade: It's a Political Energy Scheme

By State Rep. SUSAN LYNN

Right now the state and federal government are trying to impose several energy related schemes. These energy schemes, if put into effect, would severely increase energy prices for all Americans. One of the policies currently being discussed by our federal delegation is cap and trade legislation. Cap and trade, if enacted, would more than double electricity rates as well as violate good business ethics and economic fairness.

Writer asks local officials to consider guns in parks bill carefully
To the Editor:
The Second Amendment is clear in affirming an individual's right to keep and bear arms.
Bone: House defeats bill increasing selenium in TN streams
State Rep. Stratton Bone, D-Lebanon, along with 39 other House Democrats and two Republicans, on Wednesday voted down a bill that would have allowed coal mining companies to dump unacceptable levels of selenium into local streams and rivers.
Beavers: State Senate overrides governors veto

State Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, reports on this week’s happenings in the Tennessee General Assembly.

The Senate hopes to wrap up its business within the next two weeks before adjourning for the summer, she said.

Sen. Thelma Harper to speak at 2009 Banquet
Tennessee Sen. Thelma M. Harper will be the featured speaker at the 2009 Banquet, “Rebuilding (Wilson County) Heritage,” a fundraising event sponsored by the Wilson County Black History Committee.
Soldier awarded Purple Heart in attack that claimed local life

Staff Sgt. Thomas Hosfelt, a squad leader in the Tennessee National Guard’s 269th Military Police Company from Murfreesboro, was awarded the Purple Heart during a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Mosul on May 28 for injuries he sustained while serving in Iraq.

On Feb. 24 of this year, Hosfelt and his squad were conducting an inspection visit at an Iraqi Police Station in Mosul when two men wearing Iraqi police uniforms opened fire on the team with AK 47 assault rifles. While shot in the right side of his face and in his upper left shoulder, Hosfelt returned fire as the assailants fled the scene. He then administered first aid to the wounded and coordinated with other units to secure the area and transport his soldiers to the hospital.

New Providence fire hall will take more than just a grant

Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Although a new Homeland Security grant to provide financial assistance directly to fire departments to build new or modify existing fire stations could jump start efforts to build a new fire hall in southern Mt. Juliet, chances of netting grant money is “unlikely” and upwards of a million dollars will be needed yearly to facilitate it, officials said Tuesday.

Council, mayor butt heads on layoffs
The Wilson Post    
Work sessions on the City of Lebanon’s proposed budget for 2009-2010 have devolved into a test of wills, of sorts, with city councilors seeking the layoffs of several employees who supported the current and former mayors.
Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston produced a list during Wednesday night’s session that targeted City Liaison Sue Akins Siens, hired by former Mayor Don Fox; Personnel Director Bill Durham, a Fox and Craighead supporter; a custodian at City Hall identified by Craighead as the mother of former Ward 2 Councilor Annette Stafford. Stafford was defeated by Huddleston for the council position.
Charles Owen Morgan

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 7 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Morgan. He passed away May 31, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV.

The family will be receiving friends Saturday, June 6 from 4-8 p.m. and on Sunday from noon until service. The chapel service will be conducted by Brother Kenneth Bowen. Interment follows in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include siblings: Teresa (Becky) Pope of Nashville, Ricky Morgan of Florida, Butch (Angie Hooten) Morgan, and Cindy (Ronnie) Dunsavage; father Tommy Morgan and mother Betty Fish Morgan of Lebanon.

He is preceded in death grandparents Alton and Ann Fish, John Morgan and Clara Belcher.

Pallbearers: Sammie Raines, Doug Raines, Jimmy Raines, Jerry Baty, Caleb Dunsavage, Vernon Raines, Scott Bowen and Kenny Bowen. Memorial contributions may be made at Pinnacle Bank.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Patricia Gross, 70

LEBANON -- Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time for Mrs. Gross, 70, of Lebanon.

She died Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at Nashville’s St. Thomas Hospital.

Disyal Funeral Home, 400 E. Market Street, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements. 

Call 615-444-3117 for updated information.


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