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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?
A Taste of Lebanon

To the Editor:

“A Taste of Lebanon” the best in the restaurant and catering business.
St. Patrick’s Day at the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce was a huge success. To quote a merchant on the Square, “there was a busyness in the downtown district greater than any other time (with the exception of Halloween on the square).”

Truck, car collide
 This Circle Delivery Inc. tractor-trailer and car collided on Hartmann Drive at Winter Drive about 3 p.m., Wednesday. The driver of the car, a Mercury Sable, was transported to University Medical Center for treatment but was not believed to be seriously injured. It was raining at the time of the accident, but it is unknown the wet roads contributed to the cause of the accident. Officer Steve Green of the Lebanon Police Department is investigating the accident. No other details were available.    JENNIFER HORTON / The Wilson Post
CU pounds Georgetown


LEBANON -- Memphis native Matt Holliman hit a three-run home run and scored three times to lead Cumberland’s 14-0 victory over Georgetown College Tuesday at Ernest L. Stockton Field. The victory was Cumberland’s fourth in a row and evened the team record at 14-14 on the season.

Holliman was one of six CU players with multiple hits, collecting two, while Mike Wheeler and Zack Diekmann both recorded three hits and Max Kautz scored three times. The Bulldogs racked up 18 hits in the contest, including six doubles, a triple and Holliman’s three-run homer -- his fourth of the season.

Lefty Adam Sprague (3-3) tossed six shutout innings, striking out five. The Winter Park, FL native scattered four hits in six innings of work and did not walk a batter. Eric Spivey allowed one hit but struck out a pair in the seventh.

The Tigers (14-15) were set down in order in the first, second, fifth and sixth innings by Sprague, and no Georgetown runner reached third base against the lefthander.

The home team exploded for seven runs in the fourth on seven hits, starting with a Matt Greener single. Kautz followed with a sacrifice where he reached safely. Diekmann followed with an RBI single up the middle and Clint Alexander had a two-run triple to center.

After a pitching change Sam Kikla was hit with one out before Holliman belted his home run. Wheeler followed with a double and Greener doubled home the run with two outs for a 9-0 Bulldogs lead.

Cumberland hosts Tennessee Wesleyan Wednesday at 2 p.m. and then heads to Lyon College this weekend for a TranSouth Conference series starting Saturday at Noon.

Local prep baseball results


LEBANON -- Sophomore right-hander Trevin Potter went the distance Tuesday night as Lebanon defeated District 7AAA rival White County 10-2 in high school baseball action at Veterans Field.

LHS improved to 6-1 on the season and 3-0 in the district. White County dropped to 4-4 overall / 0-3 in the league. The teams are scheduled to play the back end of the two-game series Wednesday night in Sparta.

Lebanon’s Veterans Field will be a host site for the 2009 Riverdale Warriors Spring Classic.

Friendship Christian will play Centennial Thursday at 4 p.m. followed by Lebanon vs. Centennial at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 3 p.m. FCS will play Cookeville; Cookeville plays Bearden at 5:30 p.m. followed by Lebanon vs. Bearden at 8 p.m.  Four games are set for Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.

Mt. Juliet High improved to 6-5 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in District 9AAA Tuesday with a lopsided 11-2 wil at LaVergne High.

Jake Harper (2-0) picked up the decision with six inning of work -- scattering seven hits and striking out four. Logan Dalton belted a three-run homer in the top of the fifth for the Bears while Ethan Gross had three hits.

Mt. Juliet will host Dyer County Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Riverdale Warriors Spring Classic.

Friendship Christian School upped its record to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in District 8A Tuesday night with a 6-0 win over Gordonsville at Crump Paris Park in South Carthage.

Jordan Dennis (3-0) threw a four-hitter, striking out a dozen Tiger batters, He walked one.

FCS took advantage of seven Gordonsville errors in the game. Lee Maasen had two hits for the Commanders, a double and a triple.

Keeping up with the Blue Devils

Good Friday golf outing -- The seventh annual Good Friday Golf Outing, sponsored by the Blue Devil Football Foundation is scheduled for Friday, April 10 at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club.

Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. followed by a 12 Noon shotgun start. Entry fee is $110 per player for the 4-man, 18-hole scramble which includes a cart and mulligan. The tournament will be flighted with prizes for the top three teams in each flight.

All proceeds will benefit the Lebanon High football program. Call Bob Lea at 351-6047 or Tommy Bryan at 594-5362 to reserve a spot for your team.

Tribble event set April 18 -- Clifton Tribble Appreciation Day has been scheduled for Saturday, April 18 in the Education Building of the James E. Ward Ag. Center.

Tribble, former all-stater for the Lebanon High Blue Devils in 1953 and two-time Mid-State Coach of the Year, is generally considered the greatest Blue Devil of them all.

He was in the initial class of inductees for the LHS Sports Hall of Fame. Friends, former players and associates of Tribble are urged to attend the April 18 event between the hours of 4-8 p.m.

Free barbeque will be provided to the first 400 attendees. Cards or letters to Tribble may be sent to Ed Callis, P.O. Box 218, Lebanon 37088-0218. For more information, call Ray Byrd at 444-8323.

Schenk making a difference locally

The Wilson Post

Lebanon seems to attract people who really want to make a difference.

Linda Schenk is one such person. Her efforts to help her neighbors led to her winning the Volunteer of the Year Award in the Middle Tennessee Region for 1998 from Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare.

When she came to Lebanon 24 years ago with her husband Dr. Bill Schenk, an ophthalmologist, and two small daughters, Lindsey and Allie, she wanted something to do that would let her also stay at home with her girls.

My Majesty Strongly Suggests Mr. President Be Properly Addressed


Dear Ms. Donnell: This may be a matter of grammar or manners. Since you have never used swear words in your column, I thought you might comment on this issue either way. It is about the way reporters address our President during interviews.  It seems they all say something like, "Good morning, Mr. Obama" to a sitting president, but say, "Good morning, President Bush" to a retired president. Why do they call the current president "Mr.," but call the former presidents, "President?" It seems perverse. I think it started during the Clinton years. What is the proper way to address the President of the United States, should I get the chance? (I probably should not get the chance.)
-Polite Pol, J.M.

Water challenge at Nigerian Hospital


When we first went to Nigeria in 1978, the living quarters at the hospital had no underground water pipe system. Water to the homes had to be brought by buckets to a holding tank outside our house. It was then brought into the house through the tap, sand particles and all, into the lavatories, bathtubs and sink. The water had to either be filtered or boiled (a slow process) before it could be used for cooking. The only way to get a hot tub bath was to put a kettle on the stove and pour it into your bath water, not a very good system.

City of Lebanon to host annual Easter Egg Hunt

The City of Lebanon will be again be hosting the annual Lebanon Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. until noon at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.  

“Thousands of children look forward to our annual egg hunt,” said Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead. “It’s great fun to watch them find the tons of candy and prizes that our community generously donates.”

The Egg Hunt is for all ages, newborn through adult. The first hunt will begin promptly at 10:15 a.m. Local merchants are providing many prizes including lots of candy, several bicycles, games and other children’s toys. The free event includes the egg hunt, decorated egg contest and fire engine rides. Many prizes will be given for prize eggs found in each of seven groups, ages newborn to 23 months, 2 and 3 years, 4 to 6 years, 7 to 8 years, 9 to 10 years, and the “big kids” ages 11 to 111 years. Bags will be provided for children not having baskets.

Cities, county eligible for Federal stimulus funds

The Wilson Post

Local governments and schools will benefit in several ways from funds available due to the federal stimulus programs.

Wilson County, Lebanon and Mt Juliet law enforcement agencies are each eligible to apply for Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA.

The three local agencies are eligible for more than $150,000, with the county eligible for $73,834, Lebanon assigned $116,487 and Mt Juliet able to get $26,621. No local match dollars will be required for these grant awards, said Ben Stewart of the Greater Nashville Regional Council.

Seniors' property tax freeze deadline nears

The Wilson Post

Wilson County homeowners who are 65 or older, with an income of $33,360 or less per year, can have their property taxes frozen, said County Trustee Jim Major.

And if their income is less than $24,790 per year they can also receive a refund on the amount they do have to pay.

But the deadline to apply is fast approaching, and in Wilson County the application deadline is April 6.
More than 16,000 low-income Tennesseans age 65 and older have frozen their property tax rates since 2007, when the state constitution was amended, but they have to reapply each year to keep their tax rate frozen.

Republican Women of West Wilson meet Tuesday

Republican Women of West Wilson County will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 at the Mt. Juliet Library.

Guest speaker will be Charles Schneider from the Tennessee Republican Party. His focus is on State Senate and State House concerns. His discussion will entertain “How to Grow.”

Everyone is invited. Bring a neighbor.

Electrocution mishap claims 1
The Wilson Post

GLADEVILLE – A man who was electrocuted shortly after noon on Monday when the lift he was operating came in contact with a power line has been identified.

J.C. Phillips, 41, of Livingston in Overton County, was killed when the basket of the lift machine he was maneuvering into place next to Gladeville United Methodist Church touched a power line. Phillips, who was operating the crane, and another man who was inside the basket, were subcontractors installing siding at the church which has undergone an expansion.


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