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Influence that lasts a lifetime

By U.S. Rep. BART GORDON

Since having our daughter Peyton in 2001, the role my wife Leslie plays as a mother helps me fully realize and appreciate the role mothers play in children’s lives. I also better recognize the great influence my own mother has had on me. My daughter is so fortunate to have a supportive and loving mother like I did.  

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Report on medical mission to the Philippines

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

Three weeks ago I hardly knew where the Philippines were located. I tried looking at the archipelago up on a map and it took several turns of the globe just to find it. I Googled it on the Internet and didn’t even spell it right. (It has one “L” and two “P’s.”)

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Education, Budget panels, school board to seek new LHS funding solution

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

“Buddy Can You Spare Me a Dime?” a song popular during the Great Depression, may become the Wilson County Board of Education’s theme song in its campaign to get the county to fund a new Lebanon High School, or at least Director of Schools Mike Davis is singing it to commissioner.

Davis told the Education Committee at its regular meeting Thursday that a dime is what it would take to finance the bonds for the school if the county restructured its debt service.

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Sidewalk policy needs second look: Warmath
By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post
          
As a controversy continues over a requirement by the City of Lebanon for the installation of sidewalks to accompany the construction of new buildings, one member of the city council is calling for a step-by-step reevaluation of the existing policy.
         
Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath said Thursday she believes the City’s policy on the issue, which has raised complaints from a number of business, commercial and nonprofit constituencies, deserves to be reevaluated.
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Wheel tax increase could fund new LHS

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

If Wilson County can build a new Lebanon High School for $50 million, a $25 wheel tax would pay the bond back, according to county Finance Director Ron Gilbert.

And Budget Committee Chair Bernie Ash said he would vote to send a wheel tax to the public on a referendum.

“I’m not saying I’d vote in commission for a wheel tax,” Ash said in an interview Thursday. “I’m saying I’d vote for a referendum for a wheel tax.”

The tax would have to be designated to go to debt service, since it can only be used directly for schools for one year, but debt service is what pays the bond back when the county borrows to build a school.

Ash said the reason he would only vote for a referendum is because of conflicts over wheel taxes in the past.

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Drugs, gun seized in raid

By JOHN B. BRYAN
The Wilson Post

Lebanon/Wilson County Violent Crimes Taskforce raided two homes in Lebanon on Wednesday afternoon seizing illegal drugs and a loaded firearm.
         
According to Lebanon Police Lt. Koy Lafferty, the taskforce raided 400 Fairview Ave. just off Baddour Parkway in Lebanon. Officers obtained a search warrant and found Andy McDermott on the premises and seized approximately a one-quarter pound of processed marijuana and a loaded firearm. Lafferty said a small indoor growing operation was also confiscated in the raid.

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Plant to double size with $12 million expansion

By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post
          
A manufacturing company that has been located in Lebanon for almost a decade publicly announced Thursday that it will build a new $12 million plant here and nearly double its existing payroll within the next five years.
          
Darin Lowery, the local general manager of Permobil, Inc., a Swedish-based company that manufactures high-end electric wheelchairs, told members of Lebanon’s Morning Rotary yesterday that his company plans to build a new manufacturing plant here this year and be in that plant by the summer of 2010.
          
Lowery appeared at the Rotary meeting with Lebanon architect Mike Manous of Manous Design, who is in charge of the design of the project.

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Irene Frances Word, 100

WATERTOWN – Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, May 5 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Word, 100, of Lebanon. Born in the Statesville Community, she died May 2, 2009 at Mt. Juliet Health Care. She was the daughter of the late Joe and Eliza Jane Mabe Hayes.

Services were conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Bowen. Burial was at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon.

Survivors include: children Ethelyne Farris of Detroit, Michigan, Norma Jean (William) Armstrong of Lebanon, Willie (Karen) Word of Harriman and Richard (Cynthia) Word of Mt. Juliet; 18 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and 37 great, great grandchildren; and sister Annie Wilson of Lincoln Park, Michigan.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Ollie Word, daughter Jeanette Graves, sisters Ava Burgess, Ova Stoner and Emie Hadley; brothers Orbie, Herbert and Albert Hayes.

Grandsons served as pallbearers. Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.

 

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Katie Mai Robinson, 81

WATERTOWN – Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, May 8 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Robinson, 81, of Lebanon.

Born in Putnam County to the late Anthony and Levora Bennett Whitehead, she died Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at the University Medical Center, Lebanon. Retired from Mariner Health Care, she was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends prior to the service Friday. Services will be conducted by Rev. Glenn Denton. Burial will follow at the Poplar Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: daughter Mildred (Fred) Chaffin of Lebanon and son Clifford (Carolyn) Carr of Wilson, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters Dean Chaffin of Chestnut Mound and Emma Jean Anderson of Baxter.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Robinson is preceded in death by her husband, Allen M. Robinson, Jr., and siblings Sam, Virgil and Cleo Whitehead, Viola Ramsey and Alice Abney.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, is in charge of arrangements.

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Letter carriers carry torch for Help Center

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

When letter carriers volunteer to carry extra packages it’s for a good cause.

Many Wilson County residents are not sure where their next meal will come from. That is especially true since the Help Centers’ food shelves are becoming increasingly empty.

But the annual Letter Carriers Food Drive this Saturday will help restock those shelves. May 9 is a day when many Americans stop to think about hunger, thanks to the letter carriers.

Everyone can help. All the food collected in the county will stay here and will go to the Wilson County Help Centers. If everyone takes the grocery bag the carriers leave in their mailboxes, (or just a regular grocery bag) and fills it with non-perishable foods, like canned goods, cereal, crackers and peanut butter; the food drive can restock the Help Centers shelves so hungry Wilson Countians can eat.

Set the bag beside your mail box before your letter carrier passes your house on Saturday, and say a prayer of thanks that you and your family have enough to eat.
If everyone helps, everyone can eat.

Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at cewrites@wilsonpost.com.

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Sophies Choice
Do you guys remember this movie? If you’ve seen it, I’m sure you remember that gut wrenching moment when Meryl Streep was forced to pick between her two children. She was given the choice of deciding which would live and which would die. Her choice led her to madness.
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These baseball flicks score home runs
Dear Ken: I always loved the old Gary Cooper film about N.Y. Yankee great Lou Gehrig called “Pride of the Yankees.” What would be your top five favorite baseball films?
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How Much Sleep Do We Need?

We all want a good night's sleep. Sleep allows our body to rest and to restore its energy levels. Without enough restful sleep, not only can we become grumpy and irritable, but also inattentive and more prone to accidents. Like food and water, adequate sleep is essential to good health and quality of life.

Sleep needs change over a person's lifetime. Children and adolescents need more sleep than adults. Interestingly, older adults need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults -- seven to nine hours of sleep per night.

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Boomer Beat: Are Cell Phones, Texting, I-Pods Replacing Grandma?

By Linda Varon

Nothing can compare to that first grandchild. From the moment you look into that beautiful face, you think about all those years that your own children drove you nuts!

The first few years may be filled with late night phone calls. “Mom, she is throwing up and we think she has a fever. What should we do?”

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Our Feathered Friends

April showers cause flooding problems

April showers have received an extention from Mother Nature and it will probably rain through the rest of this week. I saw more water backed up in places that don't usually have flooding problems. Jackson Cave behind the Cedar Forrest Lodge was flooded with a very high volume of water pouring from the entrance. It was a real frog strangler this weekend.

This past weekend at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park we held the second annual Elsie Quarterman Glade Festival with birdwalks, wildflower tours, and my favorite, a geology workshop with State Geologist, Ron Zurawski. This has been my 34th year for doing programs at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

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Watertown Art Crawl, A New Breed of Art Exhibition, set May 30

Local artists and Watertown business owners are joining forces to present Watertown’s inaugural Art Crawl on Saturday, May 30 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Event organizers are promising a fun, eclectic event while raising funds for New Leash on Life, a local not-for-profit animal welfare organization.

Event attendees will enjoy live music, food and drinks while strolling the historic Public Square of Watertown. The Art Crawl will offer a vast assortment of art ranging from paintings, photography, jewelry, stained glass, woodwork, quilts and steelwork, just to name a few. Art demonstrations will also be performed throughout the event and the evening will be capped off with a special live auction at 9 p.m. with Michael Walker of Cumberland Real Estate and Auction presenting several unique pieces to the highest bidders. 

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Millworks Theatre announces premier season

There's a new kid on the block by the name of "Millworks Theatre" opening at The Mill at Lebanon in June.

This multifunctional entertainment venue will appeal not only to theatre devotees but also to music lovers and aficionados of other multiple forms of entertainment, officials said.

Millworks will present its "Evening Series" of musicals, comedies and dramas on Thursday through Saturday evenings and at Sunday Matinees. Tuesday through Saturdays, its "Afternoon Series" of fast paced song and dance variety shows, light comedies and musicals will be presented at matinee performances that are perfectly suited to the bus tour market. On the remaining Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday evenings, Millworks Theatre will present their “Music and Event Series” and will have a variety of entertainment options from Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, Gospel and Classical artists to stand up comics, improv groups, murder mystery evenings, magic and more.

 

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CPR is Epidemic So Lets Objurgate

By ANNE DONNELL

What are semicolons used for? I guess I wasn’t listening that day (days?), and now I’m curious. (“For what are semicolons used” – right? I do remember you are not supposed to end a sentence with a preposition, but I do it anyway.) Thanks for all your language police work with highlights from literature. You often make me laugh.
-Call Me Grammar Deaf

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A smart fix for Tennessee's bridges

By Commissioner GERALD NICELY 
Tennessee Department of Transportation

Across the nation interest rates are at historic lows. Many Tennesseans are taking advantage of the low prices now to buy a new home or refinance their existing home.  Many others are taking this opportunity to finance needed repairs to their homes, like a new roof or a new addition. What is true for home owners is also true for TDOT. With interest rates and construction costs low, now is the time to invest in the health of our transportation system. 

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Council waives sidewalk for Joseph Storehouse on first reading

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council agreed to allow Joseph Storehouse to add storage space onto its existing food pantry without having to either build a sidewalk over sinkholes or pay a fee in lieu of the sidewalk at the regular meeting Tuesday night.

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Schools can include God

From Post staff reports

Wilson County Schools cannot ban the phrases “In God We Trust,” “God Bless America” or other religious references from student posters, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Echol

One result of the ruling is that posters in Wilson County Schools for the National Day of Prayer scheduled for Friday can include the word God and other Christian quotes.

The case stems from posters made by children at Lakeview Elementary for "Meet Me at the Pole," a student-led prayer event, last fall.

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Gladeville board waits for next step in audit findings

From Post staff reports

Members of the Gladeville Utility District’s governing board are now waiting for the next step so to speak with regard to a recently completed audit by the State of Tennessee charging that the district’s former general manager had committed a number of management failures including paying himself an unauthorized amount in excess of $300,000.
         
What happens next, according to members of the board of commissioners, is up to the state.
         
By that they mean it will be determined by state authorities as to what legal action may follow concerning alleged mistakes or wrongs made by Clifford Walker, the former general manager of the district.

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Teacher points to mold at LHS

 This ceiling tile in one of the restrooms at LHS is so wet it’s sagging.By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Walking into many classrooms at Lebanon High School is an invitation to an allergy attack, if the student is allergic to mold.

LHS teacher David Glasscock invited parents, county commissioners and school board members to come tour the school and see for themselves during Monday night’s regular meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education.

During an actual tour on Tuesday afternoon, Glasscock pointed out recently replaced ceiling tiles with water streaks still leading down nearby walls.

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Edith Elvira Spencer, 98

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services for will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 at the Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Ms. Spencer, 98, of Henry County. She passed away Saturday, May 2, 2009 at Paris Manor Nursing Home.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sellars. Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment at Hermitage Memorial Gardens, in Hermitage.

Survivors include son John Spencer; grandchildren John (Kim) Spencer, Jr., Christopher Spencer and Charles Spencer; great-grandchildren Arin Morris, Nicole Spencer, Christopher Spencer and John Spencer; great-great grandchildren Sophie Morris and Carsin Spencer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Spencer and parents John and Louisa Stiles Mullican. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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Annie Beckham Smith, 70

LEBANON -- A private service will be held in Leavenworth, Kansas at a later date for Mrs. Smith, 70, of Lebanon. She died May 2, 2009.

Survivors include husband Wallace "Buddy" Smith; children Cassandra Lowe and Michael Miller; grandchildren Nicholaus Admire, Michael Miller, Annie Cox, Serina Cox and Emilie Miller; and great-grandchildren Caleb Miller and Gage Miller.

Memorials to a favorite charity or to the family are requested.

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

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