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Ag. HOF inducts 7


LEBANON -- Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame will induct seven people in a banquet to be held Tuesday, April 7 at the Ward Agricultural Center,

The inductees are Melvin Arnett, Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Bilbro, Hugh "Buck" Evans, Edward F. "Pop" Geers, Ben T. Powell and Dan Smith.

In 2007, a group of concerned Wilson Countians established the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame. Agriculture has been a cornerstone of Wilson County from the day it was founded in 1799.

To recognize the contributions of the many folks involved in agriculture to our community, the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame was organized. Each year, at least four Wilson Countians are recognized at a banquet designed to bring attention to Agriculture’s prominent place in the county.

Area FFA and 4-H Members will serve as ushers for the banquet. These individuals are part of the third annual class of inductees into the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame:

CU hosts April 8 job fair


LEBANON -- In conjunction with the Tennessee Career Center, Cumberland University will host the Wilson County Job Fair on Wednesday, April 8 from 10 a.m. until noon in Baird Chapel.

Open to the general public as well as Cumberland University students, the Wilson County Job Fair will play host to a number of well-known companies and organizations, including Edward Jones, Wells Fargo, Verizon Wireless and the Nashville Technology Council.

"This event is for the entire Wilson County community, and we’re hopeful it will prove to be a valuable resource for those who find themselves in need of employment during these difficult economic times," said Brad Iftner, senior director of Cumberland’s ACE (Academic & Career Enrichment) Center. "We’d encourage anyone who plans to attend to wear business attire and to bring several copies of his or her resume to provide to potential employers."

For more information on the upcoming Wilson County Job Fair, contact Iftner at 547-1285 or via e-mail at

MJ's Wilmore gets his ride into space

By TOMMY BRYAN, The Wilson Post

Come October of this year, Mt. Juliet native Barry Wilmore will boldly go where we can safely say no Wilson Countian has gone before.

Navy Capt. "Butch" Wilmore, a NASA astronaut since 2000, will serve as pilot of the Space Shuttle "Discovery" on a 15-day mission to the International Space Station.

Marine Col. Charlie Hobaugh will command the mission. Mission Specialists include: Robert Satcher, Navy Capt. Michael Foreman, Marine Lt. Col. Randy Bresnik and Leland Melvin.

Col. Hobaugh will be making his third shuttle flight, Wilmore, Satcher and Bresnik will be making their first flights.

Discovery’s STS-129 mission will deliver two experiment racks and parts to the space station, including two spare gyroscopes. The mission will feature four spacewalks.

Mission specific training began in 2008, leaving little free time for the guy who grew up on West Wilson County’s Vanderbilt Road.

Sherlocks holds April book signings

LEBANON -- Sherlock’s Book Emporium and Curiosities announces book signings set for April.

Sue Sykes will do a cooking demonstration from her book, Tennessee Gourmet, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Thursday, April 2.

Robin Bledsoe will sign copies of her book, The Imagination of Hollie Mason, from 1 until 4 p.m., Saturday, April 4.

Todd Bottorff will sign his book, 21 Things to Create a Better Life, from 1 until 4 p.m., Saturday, April 11.

And Ann Parker will sign her book, A Night, Night Prayer, from 1 until 4 p.m., Saturday, April 18, in her pajamas. Sherlock’s will serve Oreo’s cookies and milk.

Sherlock’s Books is located at 200 Maddox-Simpson Pkwy., Lebanon.

Bulldogs sweep at Lyon


Fresh from a three-game weekend sweep at TranSouth Conference rival Lyon College, Cumberland will travel to NAIA Division II Montevallo (Ala.) Wednesday for a 2 p.m. contest .

The Bulldogs will host TSAC rival Union University this weekend at Stockton Field. A single game is on tap Friday at 2 p.m. followed by a 12 Noon doubleheader on Saturday.

The Saturday - Sunday sweep ran Cumberland’s winning streak to seven consecutive games and upped the Bulldog record to 17-14 overall, 7-2 TSAC.

Senior Richard Timbrook allowed one run in a complete-game victory Sunday and Max Kautz collected two hits and scored twice, as CU defeated Lyon 6-1 in Batesville, Ark.

Timbrook (5-1) won his fifth straight decision and has allowed just four runs in his last 29.2 innings of work. The righthander scattered seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three. Timbrook retired the side in order or allowed just one baserunner in every inning but the sixth.

Kautz doubled and scored in the sixth and drove in a run with another double in the seventh. The junior recorded seven hits, scored six times and drove in five runs in the three games. Mike Wheeler also collected two hits in the victory for Cumberland.

Sam Neal, Zac Wallace and Josiah Ness all had two hits for Lyon (24-11, 4-5). Lyon starter Garry Richards (2-1) allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits in eight innings. He walked five and struck out nine, including seven of the first 10 batters of the game.

The Bulldogs had just one baserunner in the first three innings until Wheeler drew a two-out walk in the fourth. Matt Greener followed with a single before an RBI single to center from Tyler Fisher.

On Saturday, Max Kautz hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning of game one and Robert Post tossed a five-inning no-hitter in the second game, as Cumberland swept a doubleheader at Lyon, 11-10 and 13-1.

Zack Diekmann’s infield single pushed across the tying run for the Bulldogs in the seventh inning of the first game and Kautz’s two-run home run in the 10th was the difference in an 11-10 victory.

Eric Spivey (1-0) tossed five innings of relief to pick up the win for CU, allowing an unearned run in the bottom of the 10th with three strikeouts.

In the second game Post (3-2) did not allow a hit in five innings in a 13-1 triumph. The former Mt. Juliet Christian standout struck out eight and gave up an unearned run.

Green Green Grass of Curley Putman's Home

In a hillside mansion somewhere between Lebanon and Gladeville tunesmith Curly Putman bends an ear toward a speaker in his music room listening to one of his babies.

Wilson County is Muse For Artists

When most of us look at a blank canvas we see just that, a blank canvas. When Wilson County artist Scott Harris looks at a blank canvas, the possibilities are endless.

Local Resident Brings new Technology

Most of us know that the 21st Century is all about information. And the quickest, most detailed and economical way to get that information to the public is the focus of WebVideo2Go- a web distribution company that assists clients in taking video content and preparing it for distribution over the internet.

Yesterday affects tomorrow


Recently, I attended the funeral of my cousin, Woodard Calhoun Hankins Bryan. As the name is long, so was her life. She was 95 years of age and nearing 96. Our mothers were sisters and the daughters of Dr. Joseph Richard Puryear and Connie Barton Puryear of Taylorsville.

Articles bring great turnout for Regional Bicycle, Pedestrian Plan

To the Editor:

Thank you very much for the tremendous support The Wilson Post recently provided to the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) ongoing work for developing the Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan in greater Nashville region. By publishing articles in your paper, the community was very aware of the public meeting which yielded a great turnout at the meeting.

We borrow the land from our children

To the Editor:

Will we learn in time, with the production of each new bomb, biological weapon, or cancerous chemical by the right wing U.S. Empire made up of Republicans and Democrats, as well as, Protestants, Catholics, Christian/Judaeo and duplicitous others -- "That our only legitimate hope of survival is to prize what remains of the Earth and foster its dependent renewal"?

Evelyn Marie Boyce, 85

LEBANON – Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, March 27 at the Wilson County Funeral Home, 618 S. Maple Street, for Mrs. Boyce, 85, of Lebanon.

She died Thursday morning, March 26 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center. Interment will be at the Fairview Cemetery, Norene.

She is survived by her husband, Edmond E. Boyce and children Harry Grubb of Akron, Ohio, Michael Paul Boyce and Marie (Bobby) Gassaway – both of Tennessee, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Arrangements by Wilson County Funeral Home and Memorial Park.

Willie Frank Hall, 80

LEBANON — Graveside funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Wilson County Memorial Gardens for Mr. Hall, 80, of Lebanon.

A member of Trinity Baptist Church and retired from Quality Care Nursing Home, he died Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at University Medical Center.

The family will receive friends Friday from 11 a.m. until service time at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.  Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars.

Survivors include: his wife of 52 years Bertha Hall; daughters Angela Diane and Judy Renee Hall; brother Oscar (Lois) Hall of Smyrna; special friends Marcia (Frank) Norcom, Margery (Ken) Hilburn, Bryson, Erin and Amy Hilburn; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by parents Jim and Kitty Hall; siblings James Hall, Bud Halls, Lucille Anderson, Mae and Lorrine Hall. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Raymone D. Shockley, 38

LEBANON — Funeral services have been scheduled for 12 Noon Saturday, March 28 at the J.C. Hellum Funeral Home, 107 Stokes Street, for Mr. Raymone D. Shockley, 38, of Murfreesboro.

A 1989 graduate of Lebanon High where he starred for the Blue Devil football team, Mr. Shockley died March 23, 2009 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Rutherford County.

Shockley, a wide receiver / defensive back for Lebanon during the 1987 and 1988 seasons, was employed with Sears at Hickory Hollow Mall in loss management.

Family visitation is set for 10 a.m. - 12 Noon Saturday with funeral services to follow.

Pastor Cary W. Orr will deliver the eulogy. Interment will follow the service at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: mother Johnnie (Samuel) Hastings, father Ray Shockley, Jr.; children Marcus McCathern, De Andre and LaTaJ Bass, Jawanza Wetzel and Braxton Eddings; grandmother Thelma Shockley brother Demond Stone; God-son LaVar Johnson; very devoted ex-wife Tiffany Eddings Shockley as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Former Lebanon High teammates of Mr. Shockley have established a memorial fund in his honor at Wilson Bank & Trust. Funds generated from the "Raymone Shockley Memorial Account" will be used to provide a partial scholarship for a deserving Blue Devil football player. Donations are being accepted at any branch of Wilson Bank & Trust.

J.C. Hellum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Andy Reed Warren, 50

LEBANON — Mr. Warren, 50, of Lebanon passed away on March 24, 2009. No services are scheduled.

Survivors include companion Susan McFarland; son Josh Reed (Robin) Warren; daughter April (Stephen) Banfield; brothers Randall Warren and Danny Warren; grandchildren Savanna Warren, Owen Warren, Michael Warren, Stevie Banfield and Michaela Banfield.

He is preceded in death by parents Wolsie Dee and Margret Evonne Stage Warren.

Please make memorial donations to Sherry’s Run (PO Box 8, Lebanon 37088).

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

William Glenn Fennessey, 73

LEBANON — A celebration mass was held Thursday morning, March 26 at the St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church for Mr. Fennessey, 73, of the Gladeville Community.

Retired from Yellow Freight after 35 years of service, "Bill" died March 23, 2009 Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

He shod horses, farmed and was a veteran of the US Army, having served as a Specialist Second Class from 1953-57 stationed in Germany. He was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church and was the son of the late Glenn and Mable Sands Fennessey.

Father Patikat, Father O’Bryan and Deacon Jim Dixon officiated the services. Interment was at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife of 50 years Marian Fennessey; children Jeff Fennessey, Linda (Troy) Smith, Audrey (Mickey) Crowder and Caroljo (Ronnie) Combs; grandchildren Denise Duke, Nancy Duke, Josh Crowder, Devon and Renee Combs, Brittany Drebenstedt and Travis Fennessey; great grandchildren Chloe, Brandi and Raylee Faith; siblings Patricia Fennessey and Ken Fennessey.

Pallbearers: Men’s Club of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. Honorary: longtime friends from Yellow Freight and other trucking companies.

Memorial contributions may be made to the PKD Foundation, 9221 Ward Parkway Suite 400, Kansas City, MO. 64114.

Arrangements by Parltow Funeral Chapel.

Robert Earl Hodge, 77

LEBANON – Funeral services were held Thursday morning, March 25 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Hodge, 77, of Lebanon. A mechanic and an electrician, Mr. Hodge passed away on March 24, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Larry Locke. Interment followed in the Leeville Cemetery.

Survivors include children: Brenda (Jay W) Martin, Debbie (Fred) Jones and Morris Wayne (Janice) Hodge; siblings Franklin Hodge, Peggy Willis, Emma Hamlett, Nancy Davis and Elizabeth Cherry; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by wife Claudine Hodge, parents Willie and Hassie Elizabeth Martin Hodge, brothers James, Kenneth, Doug and Charles, and sister Ann.

Pallbearers included: Jimmy Hodge, Randy Davis, Doyle Willis, Andy Willis, Tommy Willis, and Timmy Davis. Honorary pallbearers: grandsons Jason, Trent and Craig.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Sandra Corrine Ham, 60

WATERTOWN – Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, March 26 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Ms. Ham, 60, of Lebanon.

A nursing technician, Ms. Ham died Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at University Medical Center in Lebanon. Services were conducted by Rev. Don Mathis. Burial was at the Jones Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: daughters Angela Thomas of Gallatin and Tracy Ham of Lebanon. Also surviving are grandchildren Angel, Brandon and Joshua Flowers and Brittney and Heather Tucker; great grandson Jayden Douglas; mother Ola Reeves of Lebanon; siblings Judy Minchey, Shirley Warner, James Reeves, Jerry Reeves, John Reeves and David Reeves as well as several niece and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father James Richard Reeves.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Wilson to receive $433,000 for energy efficiency improvements

From Post staff reports

Wilson County is to receive $433,300 in Federal Recovery Act funding for investments in energy efficiency and conservation.

The funding was announced Thursday by 5th District U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper.

Quality Care submits plan for corrections

From Post staff reports

A principal with Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon responded yesterday to complaints filed by the state against the nursing home saying that issues outlined in the state’s filing had been addressed and that a “plan for correction” had been submitted to appropriate authorities.

Dixie Taylor-Huff, Quality Care’s principal owner, said Thursday the facility “reacted immediately” to findings in a state report made public this week and put into action a plan to ensure corrections of certain shortcomings found. She said the nursing home, which has operated in Lebanon for more than 35 years, has routinely scored well on various agency inspections.

TN legislature: Locksmiths required to be licensed

By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post

It is now safer to call a locksmith, said local locksmith John Nixon.

The Tennessee legislature recently passed a law requiring locksmiths and the companies the run to be licensed, Nixon said.

And while the procedure takes a bit of time and costs about $300, he said it makes his business more secure and offers his customer assurance that it’s safe to let him unlock their homes and cars.

CoreTech reacts, questions linger

By JOHN B. BRYAN, The Wilson Post

CoreTech Industries President Greg Quinn responded to The Wilson Post yesterday defending his company in view of recent public criticism.

In an article published yesterday in a local daily publication, Quinn’s company was accused of not paying corporate taxes and alleged its CEO was targeted in a U.S. Senate investigation.

Quinn said the story is “not accurate” and is slanted in an effort to derail his company’s efforts in moving their corporate headquarters to Wilson County. He said the story shines a negative light on his company and questions the accuracy of the so-called investigation.

2009 CU football schedule

LEBANON -- After opening the 2008 football season with four straight games on the road, the recently-released 2009 Cumberland football schedule is certainly a welcome relief.

Coach Dewayne Alexander’s Bulldogs open this fall with two home games, marking three of the first four contests at Lindsey Donnell Stadium.

"This is certainly a big change from last season," Alexander said, "football fans in general are always excited early in the season. We’re hoping we can build on that excitement with some early home games."

After opening the schedule vs. Campbellsville and Georgetown, CU will bus to Newberry, SC to take on NCAA Division II Newberry College -- a member of the South Atlantic Conference.

Homecoming is set for Oct. 10 vs. Faulkner, allowing for the highly popular Kick-Off Tailgate Party to be held early in the season.

"Last year with all the road games to start the season, the tailgate party and homecoming fell on the same date," Alexander said. "This year we’re fortunate to have these two big events on separate dates."

CU closes the regular season with four straight games vs. MidSouth Conference Western Division foes, including a home game with Belhaven Oct. 24, followed by games at Shorter College in Rome, GA Oct. 31; at Kentucky Christian Nov. 7; and at arch rival Lambuth in Jackson Nov. 14 for the regular season finale.

2009 Cumberland University football schedule

Sept. 5 CAMPBELLSVILLE 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 12 GEORGETOWN 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 19 at Newberry College TBA

Sept. 26 UNIV. of the CUMBERLANDS 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 3 at Bethel College 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 10 FAULKNER 1:30 p.m. (HC)

Oct. 17 at UVA-Wise 12:30 p.m.

Oct. 24 BELHAVEN 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 31 at Shorter College 12:30 p.m.

Nov. 7 at Kentucky Christian 12 Noon

Nov. 14 at Lambuth Univ. 12 Noon

Home games in ALL CAPS

Former Cumberland football player Jesse Montoya will participate in the 3rd annual College Fanz/Victory Sports Network NAIA Senior Classic scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. in Platte City, Mo.

The College Fanz Sports Network’s Senior Classic will pit 120 former NAIA football players against one another in a showcase of talent and character. Players from 50 different NAIA schools from states across the country will take part in the contest at Platte County R3 High School’s Pirate Stadium in Platte City.

Montoya, an Atlanta, Ga., native and Pebblebrook High School product, will be part of the Nationals roster coached by John Bland of the University of the Cumberlands.

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The Girls vs. The Boys
I was lucky to be raised in an equal opportunity household. My brother and I were treated exactly the same. If he helped Dad change the oil in the car, I was doing it the next time. If he mowed the lawn one week, I mowed it the following. (Right about now, my husband is wondering how this is even remotely possible considering I don’t even know where he keeps our mower.) But, I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that my parents were big proponents of  - - anything a boy can do, a girl can do better!
Sgt. Fridays partner is still on the beat
Dear Ken: My dad and I used to love watching “Dragnet” back in the 1960s, but I understand it was originally aired in the 1950s. I’m pretty sure that Jack Webb, who played Sgt. Joe Friday, is dead. What about his partner, played by Harry Morgan?

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