By SAM HATCHER
I'm sure Tennessee Gov. Gordon Browning accomplished much while serving in office first from 1937 to 1939 and then again from 1949 to 1953.
But for all the years he served he is best remembered and frequently quoted as saying "the most important road in Tennessee is the one that runs in front of your (my) house."
The truth in this statement can be applied to a number of issues.
It's been interesting to watch how we have all been touched about the BP oil rig exploding off the coast of Louisiana.
As the real estate market continues to slowly rebound, Wilson County continues on an upswing as May 2010 produced more residential home sales than any other month since August of 2008.
Figures from the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors, or EMTAR, show Wilson County ended the month of May with 154 sold residential homes with a median sales price of $173,235 and 160 homes going under contract. May ’09 produced 125 sold homes and 139 going under contract with a median sales price of $199,900.
Of the 154 closed transactions in May, Mt Juliet produced 87 of those with a median sales price of $186,000 and average days on the market of 56. Of those 87 total sales, 11 of those were foreclosures and/or short sales and 37 of the sales were new construction, which leaves 39 existing home sales.
City of Lebanon crews will continue to be available for pick up of flood damaged debris and items from businesses and residents through Friday, July 2.
Items must be placed along the edge of the street. Please be sure no drainage ditches are blocked and that no driver’s visibility is obstructed, said Mayor Philip Craighead.
Contact the City Street Department at 444-0825 and provide the address where the pick up is needed. City staff will compile the information and schedule the pick up.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Lebanon Police Department needs your help in locating and arresting suspects in a recent series of robberies and in a separate case, a shooting that occurred this past Thursday afternoon.
Det. Sid Cripps told The Wilson Post Tuesday that a pizza delivery person was shot through-and-through in the upper leg in a robbery that occurred early Saturday morning on Virginia Avenue.
“He was shot,” Cripps said, “after he had about fully cooperated with the robbers. He was shot as an afterthought.”
WordFest, an all-day writing event presented by the Tennessee Writers Alliance, will once again be held at Cumberland University in Lebanon, this year on Saturday, June 19.
WordFest ’10 will feature Lebanon author Michael Lee West as she leads a workshop entitled “Finding Time to Write a Novel.” West is the best-selling author of six books, including Mermaids in the Basement, Mad Girls in Love, American Pie, She Flew the Coop, Crazy Ladies and Consuming Passions – a memoir centered around food and family.
“West’s ladies live in Tennessee, and some people see a lot of Lebanon and Wilson County in her settings,” remarked Tennessee Writers Alliance President Tomi L. Wiley. “Either way, her books are well-loved and well-read locally and around the world, and the TWA is pleased to have her at WordFest to present such a timely workshop.”
By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JUILET -- A Providence-area neighborhood was evacuated Monday night after police responded to a domestic assault that led to a woman barricading herself in her home with multiple weapons, police said Tuesday.
Around 8:55 p.m., Monday, June 7, Mt. Juliet Police responded to a domestic assault call at 1013 Bradford Park Drive, in the Providence area of Mt. Juliet, according to Mt. Juliet Police Chief Andy Garrett. Upon arrival officers made contact with the resident, Tony Ferrer.
Ferrer stated to officers that his girlfriend, Christina Spiceland, had allegedly assaulted him. Officers said they observed visible signs of assault on Ferrer’s person. Officers then attempted to make contact with Spiceland, who had locked herself in the residence.
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Larry Inman LEBANON -- OVC Hall of Famer Larry Joe Inman was introduced Wednesday afternoon, June 9 as the new girls' basketball coach at Lebanon High School.
Inman, 62, retired in April of 2008 as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky University, ending a brilliant 28-year college coaching career with 480 wins, a 60 percent winning percentage, 10 Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championships, six OVC tournament titles, eight OVC Coach of the Year awards and six NCAA tournament appearances.
No stranger to local basketball, Inman went 126-24 (.840) as the head coach at Mt. Juliet High School (1973-1978). In just five years, Inman led the Lady Bears to five district titles, four regional championships, three Nashville Interscholastic League titles and the 1977 Tennessee Class AAA state title.
Inman replaces Ashley Johnson who resigned last month after two seasons on the job to pursue a doctoral fellowship.
LEBANON -- Mr. Shivers, 58, passed away on Friday June 4, 2010 in the Summit Medical Center.
Known as "Jeff" to his family and friends, he was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in the Vietnam War, and was an employee of the Lebanon office of the United States Post Office.
He is preceded in death by his father William Jefferson Shivers Sr. and sister Karen Scoiene. Survivors include: mother Frances Shivers; grandmother Jean King; wife, Summer Shivers; stepdaughter Christa Tillotson; brother Keith Shivers; sister Connie Bennett; step-grandchildren Aiden and Jonathan Tillotson; great nieces Jade and Arainna Walker; special friends Crissy, Chuck, Casper, Mouse, Tick and Birdie.
At his request there will be no services planned.
Partlow Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- James A. Rosser of Lebanon passed away suddenly at his residence on June 3, 2010 at the age of 56.
A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a truck driver for Interstate Distributor Co. of Lebanon.
Mr. Rosser was born in Georgia, but spent most of his younger life in Texas.
In 1993 he moved to Arizona, where he met the love of his life.
Jay and Sharon Rosser moved to Lebanon in 2005.
He is survived by his wife Sharon; parents: John and Rebecca Rosser of Sugar Hill, GA; siblings John Thomas Rosser of Sewanee, GA and Rebecca Ann Cumbee of Jacksonville, TX; children David and Brandi Rosser -- both of Bryan TX; another child Jason Rosser of Salinas, CA; and six grandchildren.
No services scheduled at this time.
Sellars Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Todd, 80, of Lebanon.
A retired from nurse and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, she died Sunday, June 6, 2010 at Cedars Health Care Center.
Visitation Wednesday from 12 Noon until service time.
Services will be conducted by Brother Jason Lohorn. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: granddaughter Hollee Hawkins of Nashville and Todd Lappin of Nashville; great granddaughter Arielle Hawkins; special cousin Ophelia Ashworth; sister-in-law Nelda Sloan Garrett; special niece Wanda Jones (Chuck) Shaw; and several other cousins, nieces and nephews. Mrs. Todd is preceded in death by parents Walter and Evie Howard Garrett; husband Raymond Todd; daughter Sandra Williams; siblings Louise Alsup, Clayton Garrett, James Ewing Garrett and Earline Jones.
Pallbearers: Chuck & Garrett Shaw, Michael, Jerry, Donald and Jeff Garrett. Honorary: pallbearers Larry Garrett and Todd Lappin.
Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 9 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Agee, 78, of Lebanon.
Known as "Pee Wee" to his friends, Mr. Agee died Sunday, June 6, 2010.
A lifetime member of Cooks United Methodist Church and a 47 years member of the Cooks choir, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy -- having served during the Korean War.
Mr. Agee was a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where he played football. He loved golf and worked at Windtree Golf Course for 12 years.
Visitation will be 12-2 p.m. Wednesday at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Pastor Lee Stevenson and Dr. Garry Speich. Interment with military honors will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his ife of 47 years Billie Sue Easley Agee; children Eddie J. (Amy) Agee and Denise (Alan) Schoenbachler -- all of Lebanon.
Also surviving is sister DeNelle Agee (Don) Stotser of Huntsville, AL; grandchildren Ashlee Agee, Amber Agee, Josh Schoenbachler, Caitlin Schoenbachler and A.J. Schoenbachler.
Mr. Agee was preceded in death by parents Andrew Jackson and Mary Augustine Smith Agee.
Active pallbearers: Don Stotser, Darryl Vines, Bill Easley, George Davis, Doug Pelren and Wallace Bryon. Honorary: members of the Cooks united Methodist Church choir, the Seeker’s Sunday School Class and the staff of Windtree Golf Course.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Cooks United Methodist Church or Odyssey Hospice.
Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, June 10 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Wilson, 88, of Lebanon.
Born in Smith County to the late Hershel and Dollie Gill Barbee, Mrs. Wilson died Monday, June 7, 2010, at the Cedars Health Care.
A member of the Highland Heights Church of Christ, she was a clerk at Dick’s Food Mart for 25 years.
Visitation Wednesday 4-8 p.m. and after 11 a.m. Thursday at Ligon & Bobo.
Services will be conducted by Michael Grooms. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: children Ronnie (Patricia) Wilson and Angela Winfree -- all of Lebanon; grandchildren Jeff (Kristy) Bettis of Dallas, TX; Tyler J. Winfree, Misty Wilson and Christy Wilson -- all of Lebanon; three great grandchildren, and a brother John Gill (Catherine) Barbee of Peoria, IL.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Benton Wilson; sister Helen Bennett, and brother L. B. Barbee.
Pallbearers: Raymond Short, Jerry Franklin, William Glover, Ken Throneberry, Howard Wilson, Jeff Bettis and Ricky Haskins.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
LEBANON -- What started out as just a meal for Cumberland’s NAIA National Championship baseball team, turned into a lovefest Monday at Immanuel Baptist Church. Family members, city government officials and base- ball alumni were on hand as the Lebanon Sports Commission put together a going away party of sorts for the 58-9 Bulldogs.
“We’re a family, we love each other,” said infielder Derrick Harwood. “That’s what has made this a special team, a special group of guys. After tonight, a lot of us will be going our separate ways. But we’ll always be a part of this family.”
Cumberland coach Woody Hunt took the microphone briefly, thanking those in attendance and his, “brilliant, magnificent,” team. “This was without question the most consistant team I’ve ever coached,” Hunt said. “We never hit that lull, they always found a way to bounce back.
LEWISTON, ID -- Senior Kris Miller earned Most Valuable Player honors and six other Bulldog players were named to the 2010 Avista-NAIA World Series All-Tournament Team, as announced by the national office at the conclusion of last week’s World Series.
Miller collected four home runs and had 10 RBIs in five contests, helping the Bulldogs to their second World Series championship. The New Caney, Texas, native added a double and three walks in the five games. Miller hit a pair of homers in CU’s 8-1 triumph over Oklahoma City University and added round-trippers in the first meeting with Lee University and versus Point Loma Nazarene.
The rightfielder turned in perhaps the biggest defensive play of the series for the Bulldogs as well, gunning down a runner at the plate in the club’s 11-9 victory over Lee in the winner’s bracket final.
Joining Miller on the All-Tournament team was first baseman Greg Appleton, shortstop Sam Kikla, third baseman Matt Greener, catcher David Fanshawe, outfielder Troy Frazier and pitcher Aaron Wilkerson.
Appleton and Greener tied for the team-high with nine this in the series, with Appleton collecting one triple, a home run and four RBIs. The Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, native also scored seven runs while collecting a pair of hits versus OCU and in the first meeting with Lee and adding three more hits against Point Loma Nazarene.
Greener broke out of his postseason slump in the World Series, registering two hits in four of the five games. He delivered the knockout blow in the club’s 13-7 victory over Point Loma, a grand slam in the sixth inning, and added a two-run single versus the Sea Lions. The Jupiter, Fla., native drove in 10 runs in the series and scored eight times as well.
Kikla hit three homers, drove in six runs and scored seven times in the series. The Malabar, Fla., native got the Bulldogs off to a great start versus OCU with a solo homer in the first and added a sacrifice fly in the fourth. He had two hits and scored twice in the 11-9 triumph over Lee and then belted a pair of home runs and drove in three runs in the victory against Point Loma.
Frazier collected eight hits in the series for Cumberland and lined out sharply four or five other times. The Louisville, Ky., native hit three home runs and had five RBIs, scoring five runs as well. He registered three hits with a solo homer in the victory against OCU and hit two home runs with four RBIs in the 11-9 win versus Lee.
Fanshawe did his best work behind the plate, helping the Bulldog pitching staff continued its stellar work in the postseason, but the Miami, Fla., native also recorded seven hits with a pair of doubles, two home runs and six RBIs in the series. He doubled, homered and drove in two runs in the opener versus Embry-Riddle, a 9-1 victory, and then homered and drove in all four Cumberland runs in the 4-3 championship win over Lee.
Wilkerson had as much to do with the Bulldog national championship as any other player, winning the first and last games of the tournament. The Waco, Texas, native allowed a solo homer and just four hits while striking out 13 in eight innings in a 9-1 victory over Embry-Riddle. Then in the title game, he tossed a four-hit shutout for eight innings against Lee before starting a game-ending doubleplay in the 4-3 victory. The righthander struck out seven, walked three and allowed seven total hits in the contest.
By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post
A combination of storm victims looking for temporary housing and Nashville’s CMA Music Fest is providing higher than normal occupancy rates for many local hotels.
Innkeepers across the county generally agree that the CMA Music Fest, an event that draws thousands to the Nashville area annually, is good for the lodging business in Wilson County.
This year the situation in Nashville is even more strained as visitors planning to attend the CMA event find that there are fewer rooms available than normal because many of the hotel rooms in Nashville are still being occupied by victims of the floods in early May.
Less than a month after most of its students left campus for the summer, Cumberland University is making plans for a new residence hall scheduled to open in the fall of 2011.
Recognizing a desire to increase the number of students living on campus the board of trust, at its summer meeting last week, voted unanimously to secure funding and begin the process of constructing a 150-bed residence hall.
“This hall will create a unique residential experience for our students” said Dr. Harvill Eaton, president of Cumberland University. “We feel the facility will increase the quality of life and create a greater sense of community for our students on campus.”
By KALYN SHELLY
The Wilson Post
A hit-and-run case involving a driver who was allegedly drinking and impaired by marijuana at the time of the incident when his car struck two young females walking along Hill Street in Lebanon near dusk was bound over to the Wilson County grand jury yesterday.
State prosecutors showed evidence in Judge Robert Hamilton's General Sessions Court Thursday that Carroll H. Smith Jr. had disclosed to Lebanon Police Officer Steve Green that he had consumed 13 beers and smoked 10 marijuana joints before the car he was driving struck Suanne Bone and Melanie Long, both of Lebanon.
Green told the court that Smith had also said he was on his way to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting when the accident happened and that his vehicle was traveling at near 50 miles per hour.
From Post staff reports
Lebanon Public Safety Commissioner and acting Police Chief Billy Weeks is taking “early retirement,” according to Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead.
Craighead told The Wilson Post Thursday he will begin soon the search for a new police chief.
Weeks, who has served as the city’s Public Safety Commissioner for almost a decade, has been in charge of both the city fire and police departments.
CU HOLDS OFF LEE 4-3
LEWISTON, ID -- Cumberland held off a determined Lee University team 4-3 late Thursday night (June 3) to capture the 54th annual Avista NAIA World Series title at Harris Field -- the second national championship for the Bulldogs.
CU starter Aaron Wilkerson (14-1) went the distance, throwing nearly 150 pitches. striking out seven with two walks. He scattered seven hits, including a three-run HR in the bottom of the ninth to Michael Brown for Lee's only runs of the game.
Seth Walker reached on a bad-hop single with one out before Taylor Comford grounded back to the mound. Wilkerson knocked it down, fired to Sam Kikla and the shortstop made the relay throw to end the contest.
PLEASANT VIEW -- Memorial services were held Sunday afternoon, May 30 in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home for Mr. Shaw, 35, of Pleasant View and formerly of Mt. Juliet.
Born in Dubois, PA, he died May, 27, 2010 at Northcrest Medical Center in Springfield following an automobile accident.
A teacher and football coach at Sycamore High School and founder of the Middle Tennessee Football League, he also coached at Mt. Juliet High.
Coach Shaw was graduate of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and later earned his masters degree from Ball State University in Indiana.
Services were conducted by Coach Matt Taylor and Coach Gary Halstead.
Survivors include: father Phillip Shaw and mother Debbie Shaw and brother Eric (Jodi) Shaw -- all of Phillipsburg, PA; as well as a host of loving aunts, uncles, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Alvin and Alma Shaw and Edgar and Dorothy Scharrs.
Honorary pallbearers included: Gordon Schnarrs, Wes Proctor, Matt Taylor, Jack Littlejohn, Danny Boner, Gary Halstead, Doug Hungate, Daniel Smiley, Mike Raymer, current and former players of the Sycamore High football team and former players of the Mt. Juliet High football team.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Mike Shaw Scholarship Fund, in care of Sycamore High School, 1021 Old Clarksville Pike, Pleasant View, 37146.
Austin & Bell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
MT. JULIET -- Graveside funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, May 30 at the Mt. Juliet Memorial gardens for Mr. Dameron, 73, of Mt. Juliet.
He died May 27, 2010.
Services were conducted by Pastor David Clark.
Survivors include: wife Judy Blessing Dameron; daughters Sandy (Lan) Spicer and Wendy Dameron; brothers and sisters-in-law Sarah (Ray) Jones, Brenda Blessing, Carlton (Donna) Blessing and Mike (Susan) Blessing; and grandson Landon Spicer.
Mr. Dameron was preceded in death by his parents Douglas P. and Mary Escoe Dameron, Sr. and brother-in-law John Blessing.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, May 30 at the Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Haworth, 76.
Known as "Lee" to his family and friends, the U.S. Navy veteran died May 28, 2010.
A well-known real estate broker/owner of Century 21 Haworth Homes in Hermitage for some 20 years before retiring, he was an avid golfer and a member of West Hills Baptist Church.
Services were conducted by Brother Jonas Taylor. Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Franklin.
Survivors include: his wife of 42 years Fran Haworth; children Cindy Denny, Patricia (Chris) Delaney, Debbie (Darryl) Derryberry and Eddie (Stephanie) Haworth.
Also surviving are grandchildren: Kristi (Johnny) Leathers, Misty Senter, Wanda (Joey) Wilson, Shannon Derryberry and Andy Martin; great-grandchildren Zoe Stout Haworth, Brodie Haworth, Lane Senter, Aadin Leathers, Kaitlyn, Kourtney, and Joseph Wilson; sisters, Florence Boland, Mary Hawn and Elsie Cook.
Mr. Haworth was preceded in death by father Richard Golden Haworth; mother Nellie Foster Haworth; siblings Frank Haworth, Bill Haworth and Rachel Edmiston; son Michael Haworth and great-granddaughter Reagan Leathers.
Pallbearers: Andy Perry, Bubba Jenkins, Jack Bracey, Jack Stanfill, Jim Gilbert, Wallace Byron, Dan Hosse and Walter Ware. Honorary: William Jones, Robert Nelson, Joe Miles, Ronnie Johnson, Ken Rigsby, Brian Lay, Rick Hardin, Chet Melvin and Brett Karstens.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to West Hills Baptist Church Building Fund.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, June 1 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Scheuerman, 93, of Lebanon.
Born October 24, 1916, in Trousdale County to the late Walter and Rowena Vann Loyd, she died Saturday, May 29, 2010 at the Lebanon Health & Rehab.
Mrs. Scheuerman was retired from Middle Tennessee Electric and a member of the First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for 32 years and was a member of LLL.
Services were conducted by Rev. Don McElroy. Interment followed at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: daughter Carolyn Vann Scheuerman of Nashville; brother Dr. James Walter Loyd of Lebanon; grandchildren Karen Hall of Lebanon; James Thomas Hall of Maryville; and Allison Hall (Mark) Boring of Maryville.
Also surviving are great grandchildren, Richard (Tanya) Long, Kristin Jump, Katie, Hayden and Chaney Boring; great great grandchild, Michael Long; and niece Brenda Patterson Simms of Nashville.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of over 64 years Clair William Scheuerman, son William Oliver Scheuerman and sister Patty Loyd Patterson.
Honorary pallbearers: Jack Howard, Joe Thompson and Bert Coble.
Active pallbearers: Mark Boring, Jim Hall, Richard Long, Hayden Boring, Chris Morgan and Daniel Allen.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, June 1 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the baddour Parkway for Mrs. Murray, 67, of Lebanon.
Mrs. Murray passed away May 29, 2010.
Services were conducted by Brother Bill Robinson. Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include husband of 31 years Glen Murray; children Paula (Charles) Lily, Lisa Fleetwood, Glennie (Elisha) Pruitte, Jeff Murray and Greg (Sheri) Murray; siblings Martha Krantz, Renee (Alan) Majors, Cynthia (Richard) Word, Jimmy (Brenda) Hollis and Willard (Mary) Hollis; nine grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Murray is preceded in death by parents George and Lorene Anderson Hollis.
Family and friends served as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, June 1 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Trusty, 88, of Lebanon.
Known as "W.B." to his friends and family, he died May 29, 2010.
A U.S. Army Veteran who served our country in World War II, he was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.
Services were conducted by Brother Billy Trice. Interment followed in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include children: Doug (Rosemary) Trusty, Doyle (Debbie) Trusty, Kathy Manning and Ronnie Trusty and sister Juanita Ervin.
Also surviving are grandchildren: Dwight (Sharie) Jones, David Jones, Chris (Kim) Trusty, Emy (Robert) Bates, Angie (Greg) Metcalf, Lisa Callis, Stephen (Kristin) Manning, Ashley Trusty, Brittney Trusty and Bronson Manning; great-granchildren: Will Estes, Jessica Hasty, Micah Estes, Devin Carson, Allison Jones, Kayla Metcalf, Skylar Metcalf, and Reese Callis.
Mr. Trusty is preceded in death by wife of 69 years A.Z. Trusty, daughter Lenita Kay Miley, parents Charlie and Velma Ross Trusty, siblings Halton, Alfred, Odie, Gene Trusty, Annie Letha Barnes, Wilma Davis, Marguerite Mealer and Edith McCormick.
Family will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.