LEBANON -- A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 24 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Singleton, 50, of Lebanon.
A 1977 graduate of Lebanon High School, she passed away Friday, Feb. 19, 2010. Mrs. Singleton was a social worker and was preceded in death by her husbands Larry Singleton and Phillip Smith, and father Larry Speck.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars.
Survivors include daughter Autumn Cripps; mother Peggy Speck; sister Betty June Speck; grandchild Kade Cripps; and longtime friend Barney Burton. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Agee were held Tuesday afternoon, February 23, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home. Mrs. Agee, 94 of Sparta and formerly of Lebanon, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at the Cookeville Regional Hospital.
Born November 25, 1915, in Wilson County, she was the daughter of the late John W. and Nettie Lee Dunn Williams. Mrs. Agee was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. Services were conducted by Brother August Ruff. Interment followed at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: daughter Dorothy A. (Jerry) Burton of Sparta; brother John C. (Mable) Williams of Goodlettsville; grandchildren Kimberly (Jimmy) Brindley of Lebanon; Jerry C. Burton Jr. of Sparta and Michael (Amie) Burton of Byrdstown; along with great grandchildren Savannah Nokes, McKenzie, Hailey, Chloe and Payne Burton. Nephews served as pallbearers.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Jesse Agee in 1988; sisters Katie Graves, Ruby Hight, Florence Farmer, Pearline Manns, and Alice Long; and brother William Jasper Williams.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
Bruce Carr is one of a vanishing breed of men. He’s a fur trapper.
With his annual $136 sportsman license, the same one that grants him the right to fish and hunt, he seeks fur-bearing creatures of the wild. On a frigid February day, the pelts of foxes, raccoons, coyotes, mink and otter hang on wire stretchers in his fur shed.
Wilson County Emergency Communications District (Wilson County 911) announces the availability of a valuable new, potentially live-saving service for Wilson County residents and businesses.
Called 911-SAFER, it provides for the entry of a special advisory of your choice into the 911 database which will appear when 911 is called from the applicable wired and/or wireless phone.
Cumberland University cycling team recently formed a volunteer partnership program with Ride for Reading, an organization who aims to improve literacy for low income children.
The 501 c (3) non-profit organization was formed in Nashville in early 2008, and in two years has already distributed more than 15,000 books to needy children in the Metro Nashville area. Cumberland cycling will become the Wilson County chapter for Ride for Reading and target Lebanon, Watertown and Mt. Juliet area schools.
As Lebanon’s First Presbyterian Church anticipates celebrating the church’s 100th birthday in April, the Deacons of the church kick off a year long celebration with their Annual Chili Dinner.
Great food at a great price…all for a great cause can be found at First Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, Feb. 24 as they host their Annual Deacons’ Chili Dinner. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Lebanon Police continue to follow leads in the Friday night armed robbery of a local market.
Capt. Terry Bowman said authorities are “following a couple of leads, but nothing has broken yet.”
For a growing number of fundraising teams, volunteers, supporters, honorees and survivors in Wilson County, an upcoming event marks the beginning of a season of hope and an annual campaign against cancer.
The American Cancer Society’s 2010 Relay for Life campaign in Wilson County starts with a kickoff celebration on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m. at Lochinvar Corp., located at 300 Maddox-Simpson Pkwy. in Lebanon. Anyone interested in starting or joining a Relay for Life team is encouraged to attend, and the public is invited to come and learn about this year’s campaign theme, county fundraising goals, and efforts that are being planned to benefit the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.
PARIS -- Up 15 midway through the third period in the Region 5AAA quarterfinals, Lebanon had no answer when Henry County employed a full-court press in a 74-59 loss Saturday at Gamlin Gymnasium.
The loss ended the Blue Devil season at 17-13 while the Patriots (21-8) advanced to the regional semifinals Tuesday night in Clarksville.
Trailing 45-30 with 3:43 left in the third period, Henry County got a free throw from senior Shonte Sims. The Patriots switched to full-court attacking defense which started Lebanon's downfall.
HC rallied to within one point a 45-44 on a LaQuan McFerren jumper with 53 seconds left in the third period. Lebanon added a field goal but carried just a 47-44 lead into the fourth frame.
The Patriots sealing the win at the free throw line by hitting 10 straight to help push the final margin of victory to 15 points.
Lebanon went on a 17-5 scoring run in the middle of the second quarter to put the Blue Devils on top 29-24. The Blue Devils used strong outside shooting of Justin Bridges and Phillip Vance who split four 3-point baskets in the run. Those shots were created by unrestricted drives with kickout passes. Lebanon went on to lead 31-26 at intermission.
Bridges hit two more 3-point shots early in the third quarter and had nine points in the period as the Blue Devils went up by 15 points before the Patriots’ late run.
Lebanon’s Cameron High scored 16 points with Bridges finishing with 15. Justin Manning added 12 points with Vance scoring 10. Ryan Beadle added five points and Jordan Stafford hit one free throw.
LEBANON -– Cumberland University (4-1 so far this season) has added games this weekend in baseball and will now play four total baseball contests on a weekend originally scheduled with no games.
The No. 17-ranked Bulldogs will take on Missouri Baptist Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Viterbo Univ. from LaCrosse, Wis., at 3 p.m. On Sunday Cumberland and Viterbo will play a doubleheader starting at Noon.
In all seven games will take place this weekend at Ernest L. Stockton Field, starting Friday at Noon. Friday
Noon – Missouri Baptist vs. Viterbo Univ. (DH)
10 AM – Missouri Baptist vs. Viterbo Univ.
12:30 PM – Missouri Baptist vs. Cumberland Univ.
3 PM – Cumberland vs. Viterbo Univ.
Noon – Cumberland Univ. vs. Viterbo Univ. (DH)
MT. JULIET -- No. 2-ranked Mt. Juliet advanced to tonight's Region 5AAA semifinals in Clarksville against Beech with a 65-36 victory over Henry County Friday, Feb. 26 at "The Cave".
Coach Chris Fryer's team, the District 9AAA regular season and tournament champion, improved to 29-1 with the victory and face a "do-or-die" game tonight vs. the Lady Bucs.
Beech earned another crack at Mt. Juliet with a 69-60 victory over Clarksville Northeast Friday.
Three minutes into the second period, Mt. Juliet got consecutive 3-point shots from Carissa Peterson to take a 24-12 lead and Henry County would never recover. The Lady Bears finished the second period with a 19-8 scoring edge to build a 35-16 halftime lead.
Mt. Juliet pounded the ball inside to Caya Williams and Britt Bell in the third quarter for an 18-14 scoring advantage. The duo combined for 13 points as the Lady Bears went into the fourth quarter leading 53-30.
Williams and Bell with 17 points each. Peterson finished with eight points while Helen Mitchner scored seven. Paige Bugher had six points with Chelsea Brown scoring five points. Allyson Hayes scored three points and Emily Gurchiek added two points.
LEBANON -- Senior Matt Greener was named the TranSouth Conference Baseball Player of the Week Monday by the league office after batting .636 in five games and helping the Bulldogs start the season by winning 4-of-5 outings last week.
Greener went 7-for-11 in four starts last week with four runs scored, three doubles, two home runs and 10 RBIs. He also recorded a walk and stole a base.
The Jupiter, Fla., native drove in a pair of runs in a 12-6 victory in CU’s season opener at North Alabama. He doubled twice and drove in a run in Friday’s opener against the Univ. of St. Francis and then registered six RBIs in the second game, hitting a solo homer and a grand slam in the same inning.
Greener hit just four home runs and drove in 29 runs all of last season in 183 at-bats. He had at least one hit in all five games and at least one RBI in four of the five contests.
Cumberland is currently ranked 17th nationally. The Bulldogs will host Viterbo University this weekend at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
PADUCAH, KY -- Allysia Bailey scored a career-high 28 points and Cumberland hit seven 3-pointers en route to a 73-56 victory over Mid-Continent Monday in women's basketball action. The game was a make-up from a January 25 contest that was snowed out.
Cumberland (7-16, 3-12) ended a six-game losing streak with the victory and all but assured itself of finishing seventh in the TranSouth and avoiding a first round play-in game next Tuesday.
The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 15-6 lead in the first five minutes of the contest, with Ashley Whitmore and Bailey each scoring four points and Brittany Cash capping the spurt with a 3-pointer. CU pushed its advantage to as much as 34-16 after an Angie Wells layup with 5:27 to play in the half.
Cumberland held a 36-24 lead at intermission after making four 3-pointers and limiting Mid-Continent to just 36 percent shooting.
The second half was more of the same for CU, but not before the home team made a run. MCU cut the deficit to 51-41 with a Katelyn Perry 3-point play with 12:27 remaining, but the Bulldogs answered with an 11-0 stretch to put the game away, highlighted by a pair of buckets and three free throws from Bailey.
Bailey's 3-pointer with 5:14 to play put Cumberland ahead, 69-45, the largest lead of the game for the Lady Bulldogs.
Bailey made 10-of-14 shots from the field in the game and scored 16 points in the first half. Wells scored 10 points, just her second double figure game of the year.
Perry led MCU with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Nicki Dewitt added 11.
Cumberland plays a nonconference game at King College in Bristol, Thursday night before ending the regular season Saturday at home against Mid-Continent.
By ANNE DONNELL
Sometimes we’re numbed by the ordinary and miss greatness as it moves among us. We’ve reached for celebrity and celebrities, accepting their luxuries, their awards, their performances, as matters of high importance. Yet, what rings true to us, what inspires us is usually far closer.
So it is when Tuesday morning, while working quietly at Carthage Hospital quite a remarkable man, a loving, accomplished, generous helping of a man whose broadness of spirit encompassed more than one continent, was injured -- quite beyond repair, left paralyzed, left to find the simple act of breathing unmanageable. Fractured neck vertebra, a small destruction in the great scheme of things, perhaps. But perhaps not.
By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.
A midwinter trip south seems to have defrosted my circulation. We flew to Quito, Ecuador and then to Baltra airport on the Galapagos Islands. Sea lions greeted us at the port where the Zodiac raft boats transported us to the Explorer II, a ship with a 200-passenger capacity that would island-hop the next week.
After a delicious lunch served buffet style on the ship we took the small raft boats to Santa Cruz Island to view land iguanas, seabirds and the always present sea lions. We walked carefully staying on marked trails as the naturalist guides, natives of the Islands, pointed out many features of the plants and animals. Most amazing was the almost complete disregard the animals had for us enabling us to approach them very closely. We could have touched them but were strictly warned not to do so. Even Tommy and Paula Fullington, our neighbors from home who accompanied us on the trip, seemed to enjoy identifying the birds and learning about the volcanic origins of the islands.
To the Editor:
Opinion polls say that voter's main worry is now the economy, not the war, but there is no way to disentangle the two. The question is not whether the economy has been weakened by the war, the question is how much. According to acclaimed economists, if the U.S. should make a total withdrawal of all troops from Iraq and Afghanistan by 2012, which is doubtful, the economic impact will be right at $6 trillion. Other than the immediate expense made known will be the interest on borrowed money, and the Veterans Administration announced 850,000 veterans that will require indefinite medical care, disability compensation, death benefits, treatment for chronic post-traumatic stress disorder, evacuation and many other extended costs.
From Post staff reports
Mt. Juliet will play host to the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association on Friday, Feb. 19 to tout the benefits of alpaca fibers used in the textile and fashion industries.
The reason for the annual conference is to inform and celebrate the uses of alpaca fibers as an eco-conscious alternative material.
From Post staff reports
Their track record is among the best in the nation.
When competing in the Agricultural Issues Competition, a type of public speaking advocacy program on topics relating to agriculture, Wilson Central High School’s Future Farmers of America Chapter is considered one of the premier programs in the state and nation.
John Clayton, a nationally recognized teacher, author, scientist and former atheist, will examine the question “Does God Exist?” in a series of lectures on Sunday, Feb. 28 through Tuesday, March 2 at College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon.
The free lectures will directly address key concerns about modern science and faith in God and are designed to create understanding of how honest scientists find ample evidence for a living and creative God. Clayton came to believe in God because of the evidence he found in nature.
By ZACK OWENSBY
The Wilson Post
Whether your interests include dance, martial arts, tennis, swimming, or general health, the focus will be healthy, active lifestyles at the Wilson County Health Fair.
Wilson County Health Council recently announced more than 30 vendors who will be presenting at the health fair scheduled for Saturday, March 27 from 9 a.m. until noon at Castle Heights Upper Elementary.
By ZACK OWENSBY
The Wilson Post
Wilson Countians generally are healthier and live longer than the average Tennessean, according to a new report on county-by-county health statistics, but there are still some concerns about the environment we live in, the habits we practice and the air we breathe.
Wilson ranked sixth in the state in the category of health outcomes, which measures the rate of people dying before age 75, the percentage of people who report being in fair or poor health, the number of days people report being in poor physical health and in poor mental health and the rate of low-birthweight infants.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
Grammy and Country Music Association Award-winning country singer and Wilson County’s own Gretchen Wilson is all jacked up over the upcoming MCA’s Music at the Mill.
The Feb. 27 event features some of Nashville’s top singer-songwriters at the historic Lebanon Mill while Wilson serves as host. More than 10 other songwriters are confirmed on the bill.
LEBANON -- No service arrangements have been made at this time for Mrs. Ledbetter, 59, of Dayton. A native of Wilson County, she passed away on Monday, Feb. 8, 2010.
She was the daughter of the late Willie Keen Whited and the late Gladys Mae Whited of Lebanon. Survivors include husband Leroy Ledbetter; son Paul Eric (Vickie) Culver; step-granddaughter Lisa Walker and step-grandson Cody Holland -- all of Dayton; brothers Paul (Charlene) Whited of Elmwood, Jimmy (Margie) Whited, Gene Whited, Tommy (Audrey) Whited, H.D. Whited -- all of Lebanon along with several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, sshe was preceded in death by brothers Bobby King Whited, Joseph Edward Whited, and sister Mary Irene Whited -- all of Lebanon. Death notice compliments of Partlow Funeral Chapel.
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Thursday morning, February 18 at Sellars Funeral Home - Mt. Juliet for Mr. Kellams, 90, of Mt. Juliet. Retired from Vought Industries and the son of the late O. D. and Nancy Kellams, he died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010.
Services were conducted by Dr. Bobby Devine. Interment followed the service at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
Survivors include: devoted wife Greta Kellams; son John (Genelda) Kellams; daughter Vicki (Ron) Mattock; step-children Jeff (Sherry) Wright, Judy (Jim) Locke and Randy (Lisa) Argoe; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers are Mrs. Elizabeth Gleaves, Robert Smith, the Sunday School Class and members of Bakers Grove Baptist Church and the Sunday School Class and loving members of First Baptist Church Mt. Juliet.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Kellams; and sister, Mary Jo Kellams. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
LEBANON -- Mrs. Hackett, 75, of Lebanon passed away Monday, February, 15, 2010 at University Medical Center. A homemaker, she was preceded in death by mother Hazel Vaden Dickens; husband Jack H. Hackett; sisters Ruth White, Elizabeth Ricketts; infant sister Jane Vaden and brother Bobby Vaden.
Survivors include: son Randy (Ann) Hackett of Knoxville; daughter Tami Hackett of Hendersonville; grandson Brandon (Mary) Hackett; great-granddaughter Emma Hackett; brother Kenny (Cornelia) Vaden; sisters Toye Cheevers and Wilma Moore; sister-in-laws Oneida Vaden and Mary Vance; brother-in-laws Don Hackett and Neil (Betty) Hackett; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were at the Nashville National Cemetery in Madison Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 17. Family and friends served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer: friend Birdie Bailey.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.
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