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Chestnut Ridge decision upheld once again

By JOHN B. BRYAN, The Wilson Post

Another chapter has been written in an ongoing saga involving the proposed Lebanon residential development Chestnut Ridge.

Wednesday, April 1, the State Court of Appeals affirmed an earlier decision of the Wilson County Chancery Court which will allow the development to be constructed on property on the west side of town.

The City of Lebanon appealed the local court’s earlier ruling in February 2008 that overturned the Lebanon City Council’s action to deny Cost Enterprises, LLC, approval of a Planned Unit Development (PUD) known as Chestnut Ridge on 116 acres of land in Lebanon.

"We had hoped that the Court would affirm the decision of the trial court (which reversed the Council’s denial of the application). The planning commission had recommended approval, as had the planning staff. Chestnut Ridge complied with all of the city requirements," said George Dean, attorney for the developers of Chestnut Ridge.

Crews resume river search


Crews continue to search for the body of a man who reportedly jumped from the Nathan Harsh Bridge on Highway 231 North into the Cumberland River on Wednesday.

John Jewell, director of Wilson Emergency Management Agency, said the body of Timothy Fields, 44, had not been recovered late last week when search crews were pulled off the river because of the threatening weather conditions.

"We had a crew, SO (Wilson County Sheriff’s Office) and a crew from Trousdale" searching the river on Thursday, he said.

The crews dragged the river and also used dogs to pick up a scent. Jewell said the water was swift and muddy and had been lowered 12-18 inches, possibly in anticipation of a large amount of rainfall.

"It’s a very difficult area. We will continue to work the banks. I certainly don’t want to put divers in the water. It’s too dangerous," Jewell said.

Tara cooks for the Internet world

Special to The Wilson Post

Tara Beard always wanted to write a cookbook but never dreamed she might do it one recipe at a time and without the use of ink or paper.

The homemaker/entrepreneur made her debut on the Internet in late November with her most attractive Web site known as Tara Cooks.

Three things inspired Beard to take her food for thought and place it online so that others could place it on their plates.

Mary Evelyn Greer Oliver, 88

LEBANON — Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at the New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church for Mrs. Oliver, 88, of Lebanon.

Born May 19, 1920, in Wilson County to the late Henry Lee and Bessie Mai Wallace Greer, Mrs. Oliver died April 1, 2009, at the Hendersonville Medical Center in Sumner County.

Mrs. Oliver was a 63-year member of the New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She worked in restaurants and cooked for the Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions Clubs for many years.

The family will receive friends 2-8 p.m. Friday at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home and Saturday from 12 Noon until the service at the church.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Lisa Diane Oliver, Rev. Don Reeves and Rev. Vernon Burrow. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: sons Alvin R. (Eleanor) Oliver of Hendersonville and Charles Reed Oliver of Lebanon. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and five great, great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; as well as special friends who helped her on her journey John Turner, Vondie Smith, Johnny Fisher, Eddie and Brenda Callis, New Hope Church Family, Dr. Robert Woods, Dr. Brain Hughey, Dr. Donald Cole and Dr. James Morris.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Alvin Bee Oliver; son Henry Elwood Oliver; brothers Ernest Winter Greer and Charles Edward Greer; nephew Eddie Greer; and a loving life long friend Opal Smith.

Honorary pallbearers: Elders of New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Friendly Sunday School Class. Active pallbearers: Rhea, Bill, Danny, Tommy and Thomas Martin Oliver and Ronnie Greer.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Ruby K. Graham Swatzell, 75


GREENEVILLE – Funeral services have been scheduled for 12 Noon Saturday, April 4 at the Kiser-Rosehill Funeral Home for Mrs. Swatzell, 75, of Lebanon.

The mother of Linda (Dan) Hackett of Lebanon, Mrs. Swatzell passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at University Medical Center in Lebanon.

Retired from Tacoma Hospital after serving as a dietitian for 30-plus years, she was a member of the Nazarene Church of Greeneville.

The family will receive friends at Kiser-Rosehill Funeral Home in Greeneville from 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 3 and for one hour prior to service on Saturday.  Interment will be at Timber Ridge Cemetery.

Survivors include: daughter Linda (Dan) Hackett of Lebanon; sons Ray (Elizabeth) Swatzell of Murfreesboro; James (Karen) Swatzell, Jerry (Ellen) Swatzell and Lloyd (Juanetta) Swatzell — all of Greenville; grandchildren Jamie Radford, Billy Ray Swatzell, Connie Mullins, Stacie Burgess, Trey Reynolds, Brian Swatzell, Jennifer Wisecarver, Grace Swatzell and Jessica Swatzell; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by husband Luther Swatzell, parents Bill and Mattie B. Crum Graham and grandparents Charlie and Nan Graham.

Pallbearers: Billy Ray Swatzell, Brian Swatzell, Trey Reynolds, Kevin Wisecarver, David Carter, Devin Mashburn, and Richard Peters.

Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon was in charge of local arrangements.

Final arrangements by Kiser-Rosehill Funeral Home, Greeneville.

Jeffrey Moore Drevet, 49

OLD HICKORY – Graveside funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, April 3 at the Hermitage Memorial Gardens for Mr. Drevet, 49, of Mt. Juliet. The son of the late Henry Stephen Drevet Jr. and Carolyn Moore Drevet, he died Monday, March 30, 2009.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet. Services will be conducted by Dr. Bob Crumby.

Survivors include: brothers Steve (Natalie) Drevet of Afton, IA and Rick Drevet of St. Charles, MO; niece and nephew Audry and Stephen Drevet.

Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Gilbert Robertson, 64


WATERTOWN – Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, April 3 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Robertson, 64, of Watertown.

A member of the Watertown City Council for over 20 years and a longtime employee of the U.S. Postal Service, Mr. Robertson died Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at Nashville’s Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Known as "Rollie" to his friends and a veteran of the US Navy, Mr. Robertson was a member of the Watertown Volunteer Fire Department for 22 years and served as superintendent of the Water Plant for five years.

A graduate of Watertown High School, a deacon at the Dry Creek Baptist Church and a longtime Sunday School teach at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon, Mr. Robertson found time to coach boys and girls softball for 10 years.

The family will receive friends Thursday until 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Rev. Donald Owens. Burial will follow at the Williams Family Cemetery.

Survivors include: wife Debbie Robertson and children Jamey (Marsha) Robertson of Watertown, Michelle (Phillip) Tomlinson of Carthage and Suzanne Buerkette of Crescent Springs, Ky.

Also surviving are grandchildren Erika White, Tiffany and Preston Tomlinson and Michael Buerkette; great grandchildren Alyssa and Luke White; sisters Shirley (Steve) Carlile and Lorea (Howell) Roberts – all of Watertown.

He is preceded in death by parents Mitchell and Lorene Robertson; first wife Margaret Hobbs Robertson and brother Terry Robertson.

Active pallbearers: Randall Keith, Mike Jennings, John Jewell, Jimbo Robertson, James Stephens, Kenny Edge, Fred Brockette and Jimmy Kimbell. Honorary: U.S. Postal Service employees and members of the Dry Creek Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Boc 591, Lebanon, 37088-0591.

Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, is in charge of arrangements.

Are you there God? Its me, Becky ....
My children, like most I suppose, do not know how to whisper. They demonstrate this best while in church. This is why we -- along with other parents whose children lack the ability to control their volume -- choose to sit in the balcony, where we can at least contain the noise.
Stuckeybowl owner moves into advertising career
Dear Ken: There was a TV show on about eight years ago called “Ed,” about a lawyer who moves back to his hometown and buys a bowling alley called the Stuckeybowl. What happened to the star? I thought he was good and had a bright future.
Theodore R. Lankford, 71

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at the J.C. Hellum Funeral Home for Mr. Lankford, 71, of Belleville, Michigan.

Born Sept. 24, 1937 in Jackson County (Gainesboro) to Mrs. Maggie L. Lankford and the late Bud Lankford, he died Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Ann Arbor, MI.

He received his primary education in Smith and Wilson Counties. Mr. Lankford served with the United States Air Froce, rising to the rank of Airman 2nd Class. He served for 25 years as a law enforcement officer.

The family will receive friends Saturday at 12 Noon with services to follow. Brother Issac Winfree will be the eulogist. Burial will be at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: mother Maggie Winfree Brown; brother Edward Brown; aunts Gradie Eddings and Marie Winfree; sister-in-law Thelma Carter as well as several other close relations and friends.

In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by brothers Terry Brown and Jermon Lee Carter, Sr.

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

Paul Oakford Oakley, 88

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, March 31 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Oaklaey, 88, of Lebanon. The son of the late Horace and Bertha Oakley, he died March 29, 2009 at University Medical Center.

Mr. Oakley was a US Army veteran of World War II, a farmer, a creel clerk with The TWRA, an avid horseman and hunter, past director of The Wilson County Co-Op and Farm Bureau, past chairman of Wilson County Equalization Board, and a member of Highland Heights Church of Christ.

Services were by Brother Wayne Lankford Dr. George Robertson. Interment was in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: son Neal (Deborah) Oakley; grandchildren Chris (Sue) Oakley of Portland, CT, Beck Oakley of Crossville, Little Paul (Britney) Oakley of Cookeville; great-grandson Paul David Oakley.

Preceded in death by wife Dorothy Oakley; parents Horace & Bertha Oakley; siblings Ed and Ben Oakley, Howard Atwood and Bernice Nixon.

Pallbearers: Pal, Perry, Phil, Richard and Flynn Neal, Eddie Oakley. Honorary pallbearers: special caregivers Tracey Storch, Sandra Robinson, Geneva Reeves, The staff at McFarland Rehab, Tom Sanders, Dr. Hardie Sorrels, Jon Baker, Dr. Phil Kinslow, David Marlles, Tony Davis, Bo Reed, Wayne Drennon, Bob Harman and Clayton Hulse.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Joyce C. Alberson Nelson, 69

LEBANON -- Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon, March 31at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Nelson, 69, of Lebanon. The daughter of the late Roger C. Alberson Sr. and Cathryn Curtiss Alberson, she died March 29, 2009, at Summit Medical Center. 

Born August 29, 1939, in Memphis, she was a member of First Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet.  She was a hairdresser for many years and was former co-owner of Wilson County Memorial Park with her husband, Kenneth Nelson. 

Services were conducted by Rev. Billie Friel.  Interment was in the Wilson County Memorial Park.

Survivors include: her husband of 51 years Kenneth W. Nelson, Sr.; children Kathy (Derrick) Cole, Karla (Bruce) Salsbury and Ken (Samantha) Nelson Jr. -- all of Lebanon and Karan Nelson of Grand Prairie, TX; grandchildren:  Jacob Schutt, Jerad Schutt, Adrianne Nelson, Tres Nelson, Jordan Salsbury, Kristin Salsbury, Kathryn Salsbury, Zachary Farmer and Britney Farmer; great-grandchildren: Gracie Schutt, Taryn Smith; brother Mike (Lynn) Alberson of Memphis; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Roger C. Alberson Jr. 

Grandsons and nephews served as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers was her Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet and the Wilson County Women’s Investment Club.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideons International.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Geneva Sue Ayers, 71

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, April 1 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Ayers, 71. She passed away on March 29, 2009.

The chapel service was conducted by Brother Doy Holman. Interment follows in Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include daughter Jennifer (Scott) Johnson of Lebanon; siblings Kathy Knight, Thelma Ford, Louise Allen, Irene Gore, Harold Kinnaird and Inell Edwards; and grandson Steven Johnson.

She is preceded in death by husband James H. Ayers, parents Gilbert and Claudie Flatt Kinnaird, sisters Elfrida Farley and Mary Young, and brothers Glen Kinnaird, James Kinnaird and Finnis Kinnaird.  Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

William Garrett Rigsby, 95

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, April 1 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Rigsby, 95, of Lebanon. Born February 9, 1914, in Smith County, he was the son of the late Hugh and Lucy Craighead and was a lifelong farmer.

Mr. Rigsby died March 30, 2009 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center Hospital.

Services were conducted by Brother Bobby Watts, Brother Ronnie Watts and Brother Dallas Ferrell.  Interment followed at the Ridgewood Cemetery in Carthage.

Survivors include: sisters Frances McDonald and Beatrice Jones -- both of Lebanon; numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings Bulah Wilkerson, Erline Goad, Linnie Watts, James and Jerry Rigsby. Pallbearers: John Murphy, J. R. Murphy, Billy Watts, Kenneth Watts, Ronnie Watts and Kevin Watts.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Gearldene Williams, 68
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Friday, April 3 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Williams, 68, of Mt. Juliet. Daughter of the late George and Verna Arp, she passed away March 30, 2009.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 2 from 4-8 p.m. and Friday, April 3 from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment follows at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens

She is survived by husband Walter Williams; children Sandra Nelson, Debbie (Don) Jackson, Eddie Williams, Billy Williams, David (Sandra) Williams and George Arp, III.

Also surviving are siblings Betty Deleon and George Arp, Jr.; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; niece Bobbie McDonald and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by sister Carol Schnelle. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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.


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