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Suspect dead after early AM chase, shooting

From Post staff reports

LEBANON -- A suspect is dead after a high-speed pursuit by police that included shots being fired early Wednesday morning on Carthage Highway in the Sugar Flat Road area.

The name of the suspect has not been released until he is positively identified and next of kin is notified, said Kristin Helm, spokesperson for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

“TBI got a call by the District Attorney’s office about investigating an officer-involved shooting in the 3800 block of Carthage Highway around 3 a.m.,” she said, adding “Neither officer was injured. One subject was shot and killed. He will be sent for autopsy.”

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MJ Parks Director's termination hearing continued

By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- “Shocking” was the word of the night Monday when a former Mt. Juliet department head faced the city commission in an appeal to be reinstated to his position only to have unsettling issues unveiled and the hearing continued on a later date.

The courtroom at city hall was standing room only for the appeal hearing of Dennis Buchanan, who served as director of the Mt. Juliet Parks Department for the past 12 years. He was terminated via letter on March 26 after nearly a year of paid medical leave due to a work-related back injury.

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Howard named new Wilson County Historian

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Jack Howard, a man with deep roots here, was named as the new Wilson County Historian by county commission at its April 19 meeting.

Howard is a native of Lebanon and worked for many years at Cumberland University where he was a professor and taught math, physics and chemistry, but not history. He noted during an interview Tuesday at the Wilson County Archives that Cumberland was blessed with fine history teachers during his time there.

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Shooting, robbery still under investigation

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police continue to investigate a shooting and robbery that resulted in one man receiving minor injuries.

The incident occurred April 16 at Dix’s Plaza Motor Lodge on West Main Street. 

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Like mother, like daughter

It is not uncommon for children to follow in their parents footsteps and join the military.

However, a parent actually enlisting their child into the military is something very special. And one Tennessee National Guard mother has done it not once, but twice.

Mt. Juliet native Maj. Lawana Nelson, director of Personnel at the 118th Airlift Wing in Nashville, recently administered the oath of enlistment to her daughter, Lauren, officially swearing her into the Tennessee Air National Guard.

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Ruth Lucille Brown Goostree, 81
NASHVILLE -- Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday, April 20 at the Woodlawn Cemetery for Mrs. Goostree, 81, of Lebanon.
A native of Wilson County and the daughter of the late Wallace and Mattie B. Brown, she died Apr. 17, 2010 at Nashville's St. Thomas Hospital Hospice from complications following hip surgery.
She was a member of the Highland Heights Church of Christ.
Services were conducted by her minister and friend Michael Grooms.
Survivors include: her husband of 64 years William A. Goostree; children Carolyn G. (Butch) Humphreys of Mt. Juliet, Robin G. (Bill) George of Lenoir City, Mark (Shelia) Goostree of Nashville and Dan (Paige) Goostree of Lebanon.
Also surviving are sisters Geneva Loftin of Nashville and Lois Flansburg of Chattanooga.
Woodlawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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William Edward Kolbe, 79
NASHVILLE -- Funeral services were held Friday, April 23 at the Spring Hill Funeral Home for Mr. Kolbe, 79, of Madison.
A member of the Madison First Baptist Church and a retired educator, Mr. Kolbe died Apr. 21, 2010.
The son of the late Clinton and Eva Kolbe, he earned an undergraduate and master's degree from Tennessee Tech University and a master's of divinity from the Golden Gate Seminary in Berkley, CA. He was a volunteer for the WPLN's Reading Library.
Services were conducted by Rev. Barry Davis. Burial was at the Spring Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Mary Ruth Kolbe; siblings John (Ann) Kolbe of Nashville, Robert (Charlotte) Kolbe of Hermitage, Emma Allison of Jackson, Gerald V. Kolbe and Dorothy K. (J.W.) Thompson -- both of Lebanon; sisters-in-law Brenda Kolbe and Hattie Ralston; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Kolbe is preceded in death by his brother Charles Kolbe.
Family and friends served as active pallbearers. Honorary: Senior Co-ed Sunday School Class.
Arrangements by the Spring Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery.
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Clyde Wooden, 85
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Sunday, April 25 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Wooden, 85, of Alexandria.
A welder and a US Army veteran, he died Thursday, Apr. 22, 2010 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
The son of the late Ray and Valtie Mae Robinson Wooden, he attended the Congregational Methodist Church.
Services were conducted by Rev. Jimmy Johnson, the Rev. Ben Fuston and the Rev. Javin Lawson. Interment was in Jones Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Dorothy George Wooden of Alexandria; children Lisa Rumsey and Tony Wooden -- both of Lebanon; grandchildren Misty Wooden, Angel and Travis Wooden, Kassi and Chade Martin and Kendra Dawson; daughter-in-law Brenda Wooden of Smithville; 11 great-grandchildren; step-sons Michael (Pam) George of Alexandria, Jeff (Billie) George of Alexandria and Joel (Becky) George of Smithville; seven step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; brother Mitchell Wooden of Watertown and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Joyce Wooden; son Clyde Michael Wooden; grandsons David and Mark Wooden; great-grandchild Kya Fakes and sister Inez Ward.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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Frances Ricketts Gomez, 92
WATERTOWN -- Services were held Monday, April 26 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Gomez, 92, of Jackson, MS, formerly of Watertown.
A native of Wilson County, she died Thursday, Apr. 22, 2010 at Hospice Ministries in Jackson.
The homemaker was a graduate of Watertown High school where she was a member of the school orchestra and she attended Cumberland University.
She had lived in New Orleans from 1947 until Hurricane Katrina (2005) when she moved to Jackson, MS.
Interment was in Jones Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include: daughter Diana D. (Homer Lee) Howie of Jackson MS; grandchildren David Leon (Carrie) Howie of Jackson, MS, Sarah Frances H. (Freddy) Torres of Dallas, TX and Joy H. (Chris) Hodges of Huntsville, AL. Also surviving are great grandchildren Aubrey Noel Howie of Jackson and Caroline Grace Hodges of Huntsville.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Leon J. Gomez and parents James Frank and Mary Ella Ricketts.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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Mildred Neal Thompson Patton, 90
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday morning, April 26 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Patton, 90, of Lebanon.
The daughter of the late W.F. and Nettie Haralson Neal, she died Apr. 23, 2010 in the Cedars Health Care Center.
A member of Highland Heights Church of Christ, she was a homemaker and the first woman to serve on the Wilson County Board of Education.
Services were conducted by Brother Barry Keene and Brother Mike Walters. Interment followed at the Thompson Family Cemetery.
Survivors include: son Terry (Nell) Thompson, daughter-in-law Nelda Thompson; brother James Elwin Neal; grandchildren William Christopher (Lisa) Thompson, Melissa (Mike) Gilmore, Courtney (Chris) Carter, Jonathan (April) Thompson, Molly Thompson and Andrew Thompson; great grandchildren Mark Graves, Cole Carter, Lola Carter, Emma Kathryn Gilmore and Ella Gilmore along with 16 step- grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Patton is preceded in death by husbands William Dean Thompson Sr. and Hugh E. Patton; son William Dean Thompson Jr. and sisters Hollena Lane and Walta Dean Neal.
Active pallbearers: Albert Hemontolor, Chris, Jonathan and Andrew Thompson, Raymond Allen Lane and Jimmy Neal. Honorary: Frank Neal Jr., Charles Haskins, James Ross Neal, Raymond Jones and Garland Wilson.
Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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Gloria Ann Owen Mitchell, 76
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Mitchell, 76, of Lebanon.
The daughter of the late Richard and Margaret Owen, she died Saturday, Apr. 24, 2010 at the University Medical Center.
Mrs. Mitchell was a member of Good Hope United Methodist Church and was retired from Robertshaw where she was a longtime employee.
Visitation is scheduled from 12 Noon until service on Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Edward Pugh and Jim Duke. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: children Glenda (Jim) Duke of Raleigh, NC and Randy (Teresa) Mitchell of Lebanon; siblings Harold (LaVerne) Owen of Lake Placid, FL and Lois (Edward) Overstreet of Lebanon; grandchildren Erin (Bryan) Kemp, Julie Duke and Gina Mitchell.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Ray Mitchell.
Active pallbearers: Royce Jackson, Don Owen, Bryan Kemp, Johnny Mitchell, William Duke and Charles Mitchell. Honorary: Jerry Fyke, A.B Hedgespeth, Edward Overstreet, H.L. Winfree, Ronald L. Walls and the staff at Lebanon Health and Rehab.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The American Heart Association.
Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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Dorothy Lea Thompson Rutland , 68
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 12 Noon Thursday, April 29 at the JC Hellum Funeral Home for Mrs. Rutland, 68.
Born February 10, 1942 to the late James Howard and Bertha Lea Thompson, she passed Friday, Apr. 23, 2010 at Mt. Juliet Health Care.
A longtime member of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church, she served as a member of the Mother Board.
Visitation is set for 11:30 a.m. Thursday with funeral service to begin at 12 Noon.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Robert Brooks. Burial will follow at Hermitage Memorial Garden.
Survivors include: her husband of 50 years Priest Rutland, Jr.; children William Howard (Patricia) Rutland, Dorothy Ann Phillips, Glenda Sue (Ike) Smith, Brenda Joyce Seay, Yolonda Faye Rutland, Darrell Wayne (Kim) Rutland and Veroncia Lyn (Michael) Carter; 13 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; three step-great grandchildren; siblings Shirley (John Howard) Harris, Mary Bowman, Howard, Jr. (Debbie) Thompson, Fred (Vanessa) Thompson, Linda Allen and Roberta (Charles) Beasley; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives as well as devoted friends Mary Ann Searcy, Michelle Searcy and Janice Anter.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Rutland is preceded in death by son Ronnie Priest Rutland.
Funeral services are in the care of JC Hellum Funeral Home.
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Donald Ronaldo Whitfield
ANTIOCH -- A memorial service will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 at the Baha'i Faith Community Center, 1556 Bell Road, for Mr. Whitfield of Old Hickory.
He died Apr. 22, 2010.
Private burial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wilson County Funeral Home and Memorial Park.
Survivors include: his mother Martha Sue Whitfield and daughter Nyah Whitfield of Antioch.
Also surviving are siblings Miles Davis Whitfield (Kelly) of Mt. Juliet, David Glen Whitfield (April) of Murfreesboro, Donna Lashay Cole (Aaron) of Springfield, MA, along with many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, the late Donald Van Whitfield of Old Hickory.
Wilson County Funeral Home and Memorial Park is in charge of arrangements.
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Marjorie Lorene Bobo McLean, 85
OLD HICKORY -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at Hermitage Funeral Home, 535 Shute Lane, for Mrs. McLean, 85, of Lebanon.
She died Apr. 25, 2010. 
Visitation will be Wednesday, 6 - 8 p.m. and Thursday, 12 - 2:30 p.m., Hermitage Funeral Home.
Services will be conducted by Brother Jon Green, Interment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: her husband of 40 years Joseph Edward McLean; children Pat Moss (Hawkins) and Wendell Holland; grandchildren Kim (Rob) Patterson, Ken (Colleen) Brooks, Kris (Tracy) Brooks, Catherine (Jimmy) Bullock, Danielle Holland, Heather Holland; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister Dorothy Otto.
Active pallbearers: Hardie Brooks, Rob Patterson, Gary Fry, Jack Lassiter, Charles Moss, Dwayne Rogers. Honorary pallbearers: Harbor Oaks Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, FL.
Hermitage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Penuel services set Wednesday

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mr. David B. Penuel, 70, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Rev. Allen Lyon and Rev. Frank Blair officiating.
Interment will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Penuel passed away Monday, April 26, 2010, at the University Medical Center in Lebanon. Visitation Tuesday 3-8 p.m. and Wednesday after 9:30 a.m. at Ligon & Bobo.

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Brown drafted by Buffalo Bills
SATURDAY -- Native Wilson Countian Levi Brown, the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and Troy's single-season passing yardage record-holder, was selected in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills.

He joins a wide-open quarterback competition with the Bills.

Brown threw for 4,254 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2009, leading Troy to the GMAC Bowl and becoming the first player in Troy and Sun Belt Conference history to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season. Brown's 6,284 yards are the third-most in school history.

He joins a team in Buffalo that has a new coach in former Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey and a group of quarterbacks with no clear starter -- Trent Edwards, Brian Brohm and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

A graduate of Mt. Juliet High, Brown is the son of Joe and Kay Brown.
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Getting a second chance, a real blessing in life

By SAM HATCHER

Since March 24, Suanne Bone has had a lot of time of her hands.

The attractive 35-year-old native of Wilson County has been for the most part bedridden on her back recovering from multiple injuries sustained when she and a friend were struck by a speeding hit and run driver as they were walking down Hill Street in Lebanon near dusk.

A series of broken bones, deep cuts, bruises and contusions have and continue to cause her great pain as she slowly but steadfastly moves toward what she and her family believe will be a complete recovery.

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From whence comes quality

By W.H. WATERS

It was my pleasure recently to attend the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet. What a privilege it was. This was the fourth such event and as I look at the list of people who have been inducted so far I believe I came in contact with all but one and “Pop” Geers died before I was born. I heard much about him for my mother and father talked much about his racing feats and that horse named Dan Patch.

This night I came to pay homage to the five people being inducted in the Hall. I want to ask you, what kind of person is usually honored for doing more than working for personal success?

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Unemployment rate here among states lowest

From Post staff reports

Wilson County’s unemployment rate for March remained almost identical to the previous month with only a minor increase over the same period one year ago.

According to data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Wilson County’s unemployment rate for March was 9.6 percent. The unemployment rate in February was 9.5 percent and the rate in March one year earlier was 9.3 percent.

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Lebanon Morning Rotary, Pinnacle Bank donate to Crohns Take Steps

By ZACK OWENSBY
The Wilson Post

Just five weeks ago, Lebanon’s Suanne Bone’s life changed forever.

Bone was walking on Hill Street in Lebanon with friend Melanie Long when the two were hit by a car driven by Carroll Hart Smith, who reportedly was drunk and under the influence of marijuana.

She has now spent every moment since then in a hospital or a rehabilitation facility with a broken ankles, pelvis, shoulder and ribs, among other injuries. Her breaks are being held together by screws and plates.

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Local dealer cheers GM repayment

From Post staff reports

Sales have improved and the products “we sell are among the best being manufactured today,” said Lebanon’s only General Motors dealer following an announcement Wednesday that the U.S. automaker had paid back $8.1 billion in government loans.

W.P. Bone, president of family owned Wilson County Motors in Lebanon, said Thursday the news about General Motors repaying a sizeable portion of its debt was welcomed with cheers.

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Bond papers signed for new LHS

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Bond counsel and financial officials gathered in Wilson County Mayor Robert Dedman’s office Tuesday to complete the signing of paperwork concerning the bonds sold for the new Lebanon High School.

“The bonds have been sold,” said Thomas D. McAnulty, senior vice president of Public Finance for Stephens Inc. in Nashville. McAnulty served as financial advisor in the bond sale. “The money will be wired to Wilson County on Thursday.”

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Local pet protection group one of 18 in national contest

From Post staff reports

A locally based non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and caring for pets is taking center stage in a special program being sponsored by a national pet food manufacturer and grocery store chain.

New Leash on Life, formerly the Humane Association of Wilson County, has been selected as one of 18 non-profits of its kind to participate in “Tales for the Pet Lover’s Heart,” a program sponsored by Nestlé Purina Pet Care Company in partnership with Kroger.

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Arts Alliance plans new Center for Arts

Plans for a new “Center for the Arts” facility to be constructed in Bel-Air at Beckwith development were announced by the Board of Directors of the Arts Alliance at the organization’s Gala held April 10 at Del Webb in Mt. Juliet.

The Board of Directors for the Alliance has had a vision and has been developing plans for an arts and performance center for the past two years, a spokesperson said. They have gathered information from local arts and performance groups and have considered input from many sources. It became apparent that a local arts center featuring a theatre, educational class rooms, gallery and amphitheatre were needed in the county, region and the greater Nashville area. 

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Stella Lee Jaco, 85

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, April 22 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Jaco, 85, of Lebanon. Born in the Statesville Community and a homemaker, she died Apr. 19, 2010 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.

A member of the Smith Fork Baptist Church, she was the widow of the late Ivy Jaco.

Services were conducted by Pastor Daniel Stirnemann with burial at the Jennings Cemetery.

Survivors include: children Linda Mae Johnson of Lebanon and Leroy (Ruby) Jaco of Murfreesboro; grandchildren Debbie Heady, Susan Sissom, Gary Jaco, Melissa Jaco, Calvin Dean Jaco, Joseph Jaco, Jason Jaco, Stella Ray Jaco and Bubba Jaco. Also surviving are 15 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild; along with brother Bill Bullard of Woodbury.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by parents Grady and Emma Hughes Bullard, son William "Buddy" Jaco and sisters Ruth Wallace, Viloa Stone and Ethel Vaughn.

Family and friends served as pallbearers. Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.

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