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Meet Your Neighbor

One of the most beautifully restored homes in the area can be seen on a leisurely drive down West Main in Lebanon. The skillfully restored facility is known as “Mitchell House” and is the heart of the corporate headquarters for CBRL Group, Inc., the holding company for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

The majestic stone mansion was originally constructed in the early 1900s by Dr. David Mitchell and his wife, Elizabeth. The Mitchells were originally from Pennsylvania where Dr. Mitchell had accumulated a fortune from the coal mining industry.

Around The Area

The curtain goes up on the Nashville Ballet’s new Nutcracker, featuring the Nashville Symphony, on Friday, December 12.

Tennessee is on the cusp of its grand international Centennial Exhibition and the world is on the verge of an exhilarating new era – the twentieth century! Nashville Ballet’s grand, allnew Nutcracker charmingly recreates this beloved holiday entertainment in 1897 Nashville, when the Parthenon was just erected and cotton candy was becoming all the rage

Many Retires Have Misconceptions

Five years after the release of MetLife’s first Retirement Income IQ Test, a national poll to gauge pre-retirees’ knowledge of retirement income issues, a new version of the study by MetLife Mature Market Institute, reveals that almost seven in ten (69%) pre-retirees overestimate how much they can draw down from their savings - with an alarming 43% saying they believe they can withdraw 10% or more each year while still preserving their principal - even though most retirement experts suggest a withdrawal rate of no more than 4% annually.

MetLife’s 2008 Retirement Income IQ Test also reveals that significant gaps exist around average life expectancy and other retirement income issues.

Beef Up Your Holidays

Beef up holiday entertaining with luscious recipes that will make all your guests feel merry. Each lean beef recipe is rich in essential protein and nutrients needed to fuel and strengthen your body. This will help keep you energized and maintain balance in your diet throughout the holidays. Who knew healthy eating could taste so good?

Always use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of beef steaks and roasts.  Be sure to let roasts stand before carving to allow the temperature to rise to the desired doneness and for the juices to redistribute, resulting in easier carving and serving.

Local songwriter stands with Jones

From Post staff reports
Country Music legend George Jones was shown with five others in a national network television broadcast Tuesday night receiving recognition as a Kennedy Center Honoree.

The actual event was held earlier in December but was broadcast Tuesday night on CBS.
In a way the evening of glitter that placed Jones on a pedestal of stardom with other entertainment greats served also to put the spotlight on a very talented Lebanon man.
Curly Putman, a Hall of Fame songwriter who resides in Lebanon with his wife Bernice, crafted a number of Jones’ hit tunes to include perhaps his greatest, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Putman co-wrote “He Stopped Loving Her Today” with Bobby Braddock.

Recorded by Jones, the song about a man who was betrayed by his lover but despite her actions he never stopped loving her until the day he died, was named the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year for two consecutive years in 1980 and 1981.

County sewer rates to rise?


Some Wilson County residents could see a sewer rate hike of 70 percent if a request by an area company is approved by the state.

Officials with Tennessee Wastewater, a private company that provides alternative sewer systems such as Septic Tank Effluent Pump, or STEP systems, and Septic Tank Effluent Gravity, or STEG systems, have said they need the rate increase to continue in business.

The Tennessee Regulatory Authority, which regulates businesses such as Tennessee Wastewater and other utilities, must approve any rate hike before it becomes effective, and State Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Lebanon, said it was important first, to verify that a rate hike was in fact needed.

The only way to verify the request, she said, is to investigate the matter further to determine essentially how the company’s business is conducted and to make sure customers are not being charged excessively.

“Most certainly,” is how Lynn responded when asked if Wilson County residents who use alternative sewer systems would be affected if the sewer rate hike is approved. 

Equal Time

Growing up, the men in my family did not watch much football. We were a soccer family. My father played on an adult team and coached my elementary school team. My brother was such a good player that he won a college soccer scholarship and was the captain of his college team.

Not a tough act to follow


As giddy with anticipation as a schoolgirl, NPR reports that a record 5 million people will attend Barack Obama’s inauguration this month. Ever the inquisitive columnist, I have examined these claims, determined that NPR might be right on this one, and got a nice tote bag from them for my efforts.

Two pending issues need resolve in 2009

As we ended 2008, our focus for the most part has been on the news events and happenings of this most unusual year.
We all saw gas prices rise and fall as did the stock market. We continued to see our country at war in distant foreign fields and we witnessed a number of setbacks much closer to home.
The year 2008 in a word was a “challenge.”
But 2008 has passed and we must now be focused on what we must accomplish in 2009.

Services held for Judge Bond

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, January 3, at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for 15th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge J.O. Bond, 70, of Lebanon.

Judge Bond passed away December 31, 2008 following a massive stroke.

Judge Bond was born the youngest of eight children on December 24, 1938, in rural Wilson County. He completed his primary education at the Major School and his secondary education at Lebanon High School.

FCS sweeps Mid-State tourney


MURFREESBORO -- Two games, two trophies. That was the night in a nutshell for the Friednship Christian basketball teams Tuesday as the locals swept the finals of the inaugural Mid-State Christmas Tournament at Middle Tennessee Christian School.

The Lady Commanders rode a 19-point effort from sophomore Laurel Burroughs en route to a 65-32 victory over Ezell-Harding Academy. FCS (8-3) sped to a 21-9 first quarter lead and never looked back.

Andi Morrisett chipped in with 13 points for the winners while Katy Vaughan and Sarah Hay each finished with nine.

(BOYS) FCS 48, Sycamore 46 -- Coach Matt Bradshaw’s Commanders had a tougher time claiming their hardware Tuesday night in a 48-46 come-from-behind win over Class AA Sycamore High.

The War Eagles led 17-8 at the end of the first quarter and maintained an eight-point margin (30-22) at intermission.

Friendship pulled ahead with an 18-11 fourth quarter -- taking the lead with roughly three minutes remaining. The Commanders improved to 9-2 on the season with the victory.

Nathan Boyd drilled a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 15 to lead FCS. Lee Maasen and Parker Teeter each scored 10 while Rod Goodner came off the bench for eight points.

The FCS squads will be back in action Saturday night with a road trip to Byrdstown to take on District 7AAA power Pickett County High in a 6 p.m. twinbill.


Lady Bears fall in finals


CENTERVILLE -- Mt. Juliet’s Lady Bears saw their season-opening winning streak halted at 13 consecutive games Tuesday in the finals of the Above the Rim Tournament at Hickman County High.

Defending Class AA state champion Marshall County knocked off Mt. Juliet 53-42 as Middle Tennessee State signee Lauren March led the way with 21 points. Marshall County (16-0) broke open a three-point game with five consecutive points early in the final period.

Britt Bell led Mt. Juliet with 15 points while Caya Williams added 10. Emily Gurchiek had six before leaving the game with a hand injury.

In Monday’s semifinals -- Mt. Juliet ripped host Hickman County 62-36 behind an offensive explosion from point guard Helen Mitchner. The ninth grader drilled three 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Williams added 14, Gurchiek had 13 and Chelsea Brown scored 10 for the Lady Bears.

Central reaches GreenBank finals


GREENEVILLE -- Playing for championships has become old hat for Wilson Central, and the Lady Wildcats secured a chance to make it back-to-back GreenBank Ladies Classic titles following a 58-41 win over Maryville Tuesday night.

Coach Bud Brandon’s team was scheduled to take on South Greene for the championship Wednesday afternoon at Hal Henard Gym.

Central couldn’t shake Maryville until the second half.

The contest was knotted at 21-21 at intermission, but a 22-7 run by Wilson Central in the third period gave them enough breathing room to advance.

Senior Jasmine Hassell, the reigning Miss Basketball in the state of Tennessee, tossed in 16 points and yanked off nine rebounds.

TaylorPeterson also scored 16 while Ieshia Hassell, Jasmine’s sophomore sister, tallied 11 points.

Maryville got 15 points from Bailie Roberts, but the Rebels were beaten badly on the backboards where Wilson Central held a 30-15 edge.

Wilson Central is 11-3 on the year while the Rebels drop to 7-5.

Heating it up for the New Year


As a good way to exit this tough old year of 2008, why don’t you discuss why our language is being used so haphazardly, why people can’t speak properly or write properly? I was amused and appalled recently to read that newly sworn in office holders promised to “demean” themselves. What on earth was someone trying to say? I don’t think he or she would know or use “deport” – is anyone saying that anymore? – but what on earth moved the reporter or the newly sworn in to promise demeaning themselves?

-A Language Lion Myself
Officeholders promising to demean themselves and delivering on the promise would be an accurate description of the recent high jinks in Illinois. And in many other places and many other eras. 

The mistake our sharp and always well spoken QP of T (Question Person of Today) spotted is the laughable sort that teachers rush to share in the teachers’ lounge. There are numerous e-mails with “real” answers from test papers or “real” quotations from essays; they read genuine to me after weathering a few through the years. Like forty million kazillion.

Hope for a better year for 2009

 As the year 2008 disappears into the midnight air tonight amid football games and late-hour reveling, I’m confident many will agree that it has been a year that will not too soon be forgotten, although one that we’d just as soon like to forget.
It has been a year underlined by records or near record marks.

In February many in the area, particularly those living in nearby Sumner, Trousdale and Macon counties, became the victims of a deadly series of tornadoes.

Little did we know, this was only a whisper of what the remaining 10 months would bring.

Post sets New Year's schedule

The Wilson Post would like to remind our readers of the newspaper’s schedule for this week.

The Post is publishing two newspapers this week as normal, and our next one will be Friday’s edition. Our office, however, will close today at noon for the New Year’s holiday and will be closed tomorrow and Friday. The office will reopen at 8 a.m., Monday, Jan. 5.

Arthur Holmberg, 92

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Graveside funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 31 at All Faiths Cemetery, Worcester, Mass. for Mr. Holmberg, 92, of Hermitage.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Holmberg died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. He attended New Hope Baptist Church and was a member of the American Legion and the VFW where he served as a Past Post Commander.

Mr. Holmberg was also a member of the Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center and the Swedish VASA Order. He was the son of the late Swan and Anna Matteson Holmberg and was also preceded in death by his wife Helen Holmberg and brother Harry Holmberg.

Survivors include: daughter Jane (Robert Dennis) Roberts, sister Edith (Pastor Paul) West; grandchildren Christi Roberts Bowman and Brent Roberts; great, grandchildren Ella, Jaron, Anna, Claire, Tristen, Cate, Joshua, Lane and Carson.

Local arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Evelyn M. Williams, 90

HERMITAGE -- Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 31 at Hermitage Hills Baptist Church, 3475 Lebanon Road, for Mrs. Williams, 90, of Donelson.

A charter member of Hermitage Hill Baptist Church and a longtime employee of Sears, she died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008. Mrs. Williams was the daughter of the late James and Bertie Gilchrist Martin and the widow of the late Hobdy Brantley Williams.

Visitation is one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.

Services will be conducted by Brother Keith Smyser, Ted Williams and Troy Williams. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Survivors include: children James B. (Ruby) Williams of Dickson and Alice F. (Dennis) Oldfield of Mt. Juliet. Also surviving: brother Ken Martin of Carmichael, CA and sister Loudean Inman of Memphis; seven grandchildren; 16 great, grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers will include: grandsons, great, grandson and Barry Oldfield.

Honorary pallbearers: the Fidelis Ladies Bible Class, James Oldfield, Ray Bass, Bobby Bass, Dan Bass, Chief Coulter, Max Anderson, J.R. Perry and Walt Williams.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her son Jerry Wayne Williams and great, granddaughter Mikayla Harris.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the Hermitage Hills Baptist Church Benevolence Fund. Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Harold Robert Lyle, 52

LEBANON -- A memorial service will be held at a later date for Mr. Lyle, 52, of Lebanon. Known as "Bobby" to his family and friends, he died Sunday, December 28, 2008 at his residence.

Mr. Lyle was parts manager with Rocky Williams Premier and a member of The Journey Church.

Survivors include: wife Pat Lyle; mother Norma Jean Lyle of Texas; sons Clinton Lyle of Nashville and Clayton Lyle of Lebanon.

Also surviving are siblings: Steve Lyle, Mary Jane (Jimmy) Baker, Patricia Pace, Peggy Frasier, Wanda Gonzales and Joanie Vacker.

He is preceded in death by father James W. "J.W." Lyle; brothers Kenny and Ricky Dale Lyle; maternal grandparents Wilburn and Leona Haynes; paternal grandparents Emmitt and Mae Lyle.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leash on Life of Wilson County.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Charles A. Kolbe, 64

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mr. Charles A. Kolbe, 64, of Lebanon were held Thursday morning, January 1, 2009, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Cathey and Rev. Joe Coleman officiating.

Interment was at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Known to his close friends as "Root", Mr. Kolbe passed away on his brithday, Tuesday, December 30, 2008, at Quality Care Nursing Home in Lebanon following an extended battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Born December 30, 1944, in Wilson County, he was the son of the late John Clinton and Eva Pulley Kolbe.

Mr. Kolbe was a 1963 graduate of Lebanon High School and attended Cumberland University and was a graduate of MTSU. He was a member of the Barton’s Creek Baptist Church. Early in his career, he taught and was an assistant football coach at Lebanon High School.

He also was a fireman for the city of Lebanon, later working for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. He retired as an auditor with the U. S. Department of Child Support Enforcement with 27 years service.

He also was a well-respected college football official for 25 years in the Ohio Valley Conference, and was an official with the TSSAA for 30 years.

"Our deepest condolences go out to Charlie’s family," said Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher, Commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference. "Charlie did a tremendous job as an OVC football official and he will be greatly missed."

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Ed Allison.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Brenda Locke Kolbe; two sisters, Dorothy (J.W.) Thompson of Lebanon; Emma Myrtle Allison of Jackson; and four brothers, John (Ann) Kolbe of Donelson, Bill (Ruth) Kolbe of Madison, Robert (Charlotte) Kolbe of Donelson and Gerald Kolbe of Lebanon.

Honorary pallbearers: Julian Sampson, Bruce Skeen, Randy Johnson, Bob Byrd, Tony Shelton and Jack Kolbe. Active pallbearers: Terry, Justin, Jeffery & John Callis, Clark & Daniel Sampson, Eddie & Danny Fowler.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Tom Mills funeral set Wednesday in Virginia


WINCHESTER, Va. -- A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 31 at First Presbyterian Church, Winchester, Virginia, for Dr. James T. "Tom" Mills, Jr., 78, of Middlestown, Va.

President of Lebanon’s Cumberland University (1989-1991), Dr. Mills died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008 at Inova Hospital of Fairfax, Virginia following an extended illness.

Dr. Mills was born in 1930, in Ashland, Virginia, the son of the late James T. and Isabella Webster Mills, Sr. He graduated from Randolph Macon College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Finance questions,agreements remain for Bible Park USA

By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post

Questions remain concerning the proposed Bible Park USA, and two Lebanon city councilors say they have not been answered yet.

Among those questions, said Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler and Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston, is one that concerns the proposed financing of the park. 

While Buhler acknowledges that the planned Tax Increment Financing would not cost the city existing taxes, he points out the TIF does “capture” taxes that the city could use if another business located in the city instead.

John Davis Beaty, 49

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, January 1, 2009 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Beaty, 49, of Mt. Juliet.

The son of Earl and Shirley Davis Beaty, he died Monday, December 29, 2008.

A member of Cooks United Methodist Church, he was a 1978 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School where he was a standout athlete for the Golden Bears.

John was an avid golfer and all around sports fan. He especially enjoyed UT athletics and was a supporter of Mt. Juliet High football and basketball.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 12-2 p.m. Thursday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Services will be conducted by Dr. Craig Goff. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: parents Earl and Shirley Davis Beaty; brother Joe (Shelly) Beaty; niece and nephew Sarah and Jackson Beaty.

Active pallbearers will inlcude: Bill Daniel, Greg Brown, Steve Nixon, John Thompson, Tony Young, Keith Carson, Johnny Adams and Mark LaRocca.

The family prefers that memorials be made to the American Diabetes Association or Cumberland Heights.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

One dead after holiday shooting

The Wilson Post

Authorities are planning to present to a Wilson County grand jury their findings in a Christmas Eve shooting that resulted in the death of a Lebanon student who attended Middle Tennessee State University.

The investigation is continuing into the shooting death of Eric M. Stewart, 18, of 866 Atkinson Road, Lebanon, the location where the incident also occurred.

Wilson County Sheriff’s Department Det. Brian Harbaugh, lead investigator in the case, said “We’ve got several things, interviews to follow up” and are also awaiting the return of lab results.

Once that is done, the information will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office and then to the grand jury.

Tis The Season...To Get Sick

The wrecking ball has officially hit our home. Of course I’m speaking metaphorically. This wrecking ball is not the kind that can literally tear a building down, but it will test the strength of the parents and children residing inside.


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