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Council, mayor butt heads on layoffs
The Wilson Post    
Work sessions on the City of Lebanon’s proposed budget for 2009-2010 have devolved into a test of wills, of sorts, with city councilors seeking the layoffs of several employees who supported the current and former mayors.
Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston produced a list during Wednesday night’s session that targeted City Liaison Sue Akins Siens, hired by former Mayor Don Fox; Personnel Director Bill Durham, a Fox and Craighead supporter; a custodian at City Hall identified by Craighead as the mother of former Ward 2 Councilor Annette Stafford. Stafford was defeated by Huddleston for the council position.
Charles Owen Morgan

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 7 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Morgan. He passed away May 31, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV.

The family will be receiving friends Saturday, June 6 from 4-8 p.m. and on Sunday from noon until service. The chapel service will be conducted by Brother Kenneth Bowen. Interment follows in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include siblings: Teresa (Becky) Pope of Nashville, Ricky Morgan of Florida, Butch (Angie Hooten) Morgan, and Cindy (Ronnie) Dunsavage; father Tommy Morgan and mother Betty Fish Morgan of Lebanon.

He is preceded in death grandparents Alton and Ann Fish, John Morgan and Clara Belcher.

Pallbearers: Sammie Raines, Doug Raines, Jimmy Raines, Jerry Baty, Caleb Dunsavage, Vernon Raines, Scott Bowen and Kenny Bowen. Memorial contributions may be made at Pinnacle Bank.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Patricia Gross, 70

LEBANON -- Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time for Mrs. Gross, 70, of Lebanon.

She died Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at Nashville’s St. Thomas Hospital.

Disyal Funeral Home, 400 E. Market Street, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements. 

Call 615-444-3117 for updated information.

Nancy C. Locke, 62

NASHVILLE -- Funeral services were held Thursday morning, June 4 at the Mount Olivet Funeral Home for Mrs. Locke, 62, of Mt. Juliet. A loving mother and grandmother, Mrs. Locke died May 31, 2009 following an auto accident.

Services were conducted by Brother Bruce Grubbs. Interment followed in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Survivors include: children Michelle (Kevin) Hadden, Kristin (James) Herren and Ronald Steven Locke; grandchildren: Nick, Caleb, Jessalyn, Cassidy, Jacob, Caitlyn, Calyie Hadden, Emma and Ethan Herren; three brothers and two sisters.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Ronald Locke and grandchild Matthew Hadden. Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Mount Olivet Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charles Seay, 77

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Friday, June 5 at the Lebanon Church of God for Mr. Seay, 77, of Lebanon. He died Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at Quality Care Heath Care Center.

The family will receive friends Friday at 11 a.m. at the church. Services will be conducted by Bishop A.J. Valentine with burial at the Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: wife Vera Hackett Seay; children Larry Seay, Cassandra Shaw, Angela (Ben) Saddler, Barbara (Rev. Gerald Davis), Crystal Seay and Donna (Ken) Ward.

Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; sister Ethel Gail (Peter) Brown; sisters-in-law Mainell Cragwall and Faye Acklin; devoted niece Lynn Butler and man other friends and relations.

Mr. Seay is preceded in death by parents Jim and Pearl Seay; and siblings Mentlo, Howard, Benton, James and Rose Seay.

Disyal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Myrtle A. Allen, 65

LEBANON -- A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, June 5 at the JC Hellum Funeral Home, 107 Stokes Street, for Mrs. Allen, 65, of Lebanon.

Born August 20, 1943 to the late Jessie and Sallie Lee Robertson, she died Saturday, May 30, 2009 at Skyline Medical Center.  Educated in the Wilson County public schools, Mrs. Allen was employed by TRW for 15 years.

Services will be conducted by eulogist Christopher Corder. Her remains were cremated.

Survivors include husband Sidney Allen, Sr.; sons Frank, Freeman (Deborah) and Daniel Corder; daughter Kiyawna L. Crabbe. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren; brothers James (Hattie) and John Robertson; sister-in-law Gwendolyn Faye Allen; daughter-in-law Andrea Calhoun; devoted aunt Ruth Ann Grady; devoted friends Mary C. Green and Lucy Patton; as well as other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by daughters Barbara and Deborah Corder; sister Catherine Robertson.

Arrangements by JC Hellum Funeral Home.

Katie Pearl Townes, 77

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services have been set for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6 at the Mt. Juliet Church of God for Mrs. Townes, 77, of Lebanon. Mrs. Townes passed away June 2, 2009.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon Friday, June 5 between the hours of 3 - 8 p.m. Visitation at the church is from 10 a.m. until service.

Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment follows in Spring Hill Cemetery, Madison.

Survivors include husband of 18 years Johnny Townes; sons James (Patricia) Johnson and Wayne (Ruby) Johnson; siblings Louise (Ernest) Burnett, Joe (Sara) Edmondson, Margaret (Jim) Bailey and William Edmondson. Also surviving are grandchildren: Jessie Johnson, David Johnson, Kari (Jordan) Affourtit and Kyle Johnson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Her grandchildren along with Ted Floyd and Larry Alderman will serve as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers: Charlie Huff, Don "Rooster" Greene, Jim Bishop, Charles West and the Mt. Juliet Church of God Senior Sunday School Class.

She is preceded in death by son Timmy Johnson, first husband Russell H. Johnson, parents George K. and Katie Pearl Yarbrough Edmondson and siblings Mabry, Elmer, Robert, Ray, David and Albert Edmonson.

Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.

Versatile James Garner went from Maverick to film fame

Dear Ken: I’ve been a fan of James Garner from “Maverick” to “The Rockford Files.” How many other TV series did he make and what were his best movies?

No country for old farmers?

Close of Sale Barn proves more costly than loss to cattle business

Special to The Wilson Post

As Wilson County continues its expansion as a Nashville suburb, it comes at a price.

The latest victim, the Wilson County Livestock Market, commonly known as the Sale Barn, bids so long this afternoon after 74 years as a farmer’s business and social hub.

It’s been easy for those who live within the city limits to ignore, but for farmers who have been selling their cattle 100 yards off West Main Street for decades, the Wilson County Livestock Market will sorely be missed.

None will miss it more than Sale Barn owners, siblings Bill McKee, Carson McKee and Wanda Bates and their father and chief cattle adviser Alvin McKee.

A Fashion Thought... Questions? Questions? We have Answers

Have you heard about the hair style of Kate, of “Kate and Jon plus Eight?” She is sweeping our emails? So many want THIS style. You too?  Kate advises that her hair is thick. “It will not work on thin hair.” Most of our hair stylists are ready and waiting to trim your mane. Hope this helps…

Mandy of Mt. Juliet wants to know the real truth about wearing white shoes. Most of you already know my rule on white shoes. Are you a Bride? Nurse? Under 12 years of age? No? White shoes make your feet look big! Please, choose tan or black for summer…I will be watching!

POSTSCRIPTS - The Boleyn Girls




When I was a senior in high school I wrote my senior paper for Mrs. Holloway’s English Literature class on The Wives of Henry VIII. I have always loved history so this was a natural choice for me.  And I guess I had never heard of anyone who had six wives!!  Most certainly this was not a comprehensive report or it would have been at least a novel.

Post celebrates 6 years


Six years ago this week we embarked on a mission to provide local news, sports and features to a growing readership that has roots dating back to 1978 when this publication was first published as The Wilson World newspaper.

Get to Work!



I hope you’ll give me some advice on writing my resume (CV).  I’ve just graduated and am looking for a job.  I’d like one that I love, but I’m really just wanting to work.  Thank you.
 -Grad With Dreams

Law Enforcement panel to meet

Wilson County Commission’s Law Enforcement Committee will meet 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 4 in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

How to fund a new Lebanon High suggested

To the Editor:

There is a way Lebanon High School can be constructed without raising any taxes.

There is a reserve fund for closing a Class A (household garbage) landfill; however, we do not have one ready to close.

City may sue Dell for property taxes

The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council authorized City Attorney Andy Wright to sue Dell for back taxes if he decides that is necessary at the regular meeting Tuesday night.

Nissan officials work site prep this week
Special to The Wilson Post
Officials with Nissan met Tuesday at the Wilson County location of a new warehouse for site preparation, officials said yesterday.
Wilson County Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Director G.C. Hixson said Tuesday that the consolidation of a Nissan distribution center and warehouse from Rutherford to Wilson County began this week when developers and contractors met at the southeast corner of Couchville Pike and State Route 840 for site preparation.
Sunday night wreck claims 1

The Wilson Post

A two-car collision Sunday night in southwest Wilson County killed one person and injured another.

Nancy C. Locke, 62, of Mt. Juliet, was a passenger in a vehicle driving by Ronald S. Locke Jr., 39, also of Mt. Juliet. Both were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where Mrs. Locke died as a result of her injuries, said Mike Browning, director of communications for the Tennessee Department of Safety.

The accident happened about 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Stewarts Ferry Pike and Harkreader Road.

Chevy dealer gets thumbs up from GM

The Wilson Post

Wilson County Motors will continue to serve as Wilson County’s Chevy/Buick dealership, owner W.P Bone announced Tuesday.

“We received a letter from GM this morning confirming our dealership as one of the key dealerships for Chevrolet and Buick,” he said.

Larry Joe McGuire, 60

MT. JULIET – A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, June 6 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. McGuire, 60, of Mt. Juliet. Mr. McGuire passed away May 31, 2009.

Visitation with the family will be Friday from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 pm. Services will be conducted by Rev. Joy Vorhees.

Survivors include: wife Liddia McGuire; mother Jessie McGuire; children Larry Brian (Amy) McGuire, Brent Ellis McGuire, Stephanie (Tom) Cavanagh, and Stephen (Shannon) Mistich.

Also surviving are siblings: Wallace (Geri) McGuire, Sherlie (Porter) Waller and Kathy Sue (David) Snowden; grandchildren Rylee McGuire, Christian Mistich, Andrew Cavanagh, Lauren Cavanagh and Isabella Mistich; uncle Comer McGuire; aunts Irene (Ernest) Deering and Frances McGuire; nieces and nephews, Brandi (Chris) Kennedy, Brandon Kemp, Kim Waller, Robin (Brian) Tunstal, and Marty Waller.

Mr. McGuire was preceded in death by father, Jesse McGuire.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation, Odyssey Hospice or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Sadie Murray Martin, 76

LEBANON – Funeral services were held Saturday morning, May 30 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Martin, 76, of Lebanon. She passed away on May 28, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include children: Jo Ann (Albert) Buehler, David (Bonita) Martin, Ray (Joyce) Martin and Jerry Martin; siblings Bobby (Faye) Murray, Hubert Murray, Glen Murray, Raymond (Joyce) Murray and Eugene (Jean) Murray.

Also surviving are grandchildren: Danny (Tina) Davis, Jeremy (Lindsey) Mosley, Stephanie (Eric) Russell, Matt Martin and Adam (Sarah) Martin; and great-grandchildren: Brittany Russell, Mackenzie Russell, Brayden Martin, Abbi Martin and Sophie Mosley.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

She is preceded in death by husband Neal Martin, son Wayne Martin, daughter Billie Jean Martin, grandson Shane Martin, parents Willie Roy and Alta Presley Murray, and siblings Wilberta Dies, Francis Cox, Dora Locke, Anne Lee Brewington, Shirley King, Jack Murray, J.T. Murray, and Tink Murray.

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

Judith Lynn Choate Goodman, 67

MT. JULIET – Funeral services were be held Sunday, afternoon, May 31 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Ms. Goodman, 67. She passed away May 28, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Oran Collins. Interment followed at the Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: children Scott (Machelle) York Hamilton, Shannon (Megan) Hamilton and Jennifer (Tommy) Cryer. Also surviving is sister Brenda (Johnny) Oliver; grandchildren Hope Hamilton, Scotty Hamilton, Emma Hamilton, Ellie Hamilton, James Black, Rachel Black, Hannah Kephart, Zach Kephart and Eli Kephart.

She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Goodman; parents Eldred and Dorothy Choate; and sister Linda Sue Hicks. Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet was in charge of arrangements.

Beatrice Sherrill Westmoreland, 81

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Westmoreland, 81, of Lebanon.

Born June 24, 1927, in Clay County, she passed away June 1, 2009, at the Pavilion in Lebanon.

Mrs. Westmoreland was the was the daughter of the late Edgar and Willie Emmerton Sherrill. She was a cook in many local restaurants over the years and was a member of the Mt. Juliet Church of God.

Visitation after 9 a.m. Wednesday. Services will be conducted by Brother Todd Elliott and Brother Danny Sellars. Interment will follow at the Conatser Cemetery.

Survivors include: children James Richard (Trish) Westmoreland of Dixon Springs and Carol Anne Westmoreland of Lebanon; grandchildren Jeff (Lisa) Denson, Christy (David) Taylor, William D. (Jennifer) Westmoreland, Joshua Wayne Ricketts, Melinda Marie (Joshua) Nichols and Jonathon (Ashley) Westmoreland; sister Mary Rose Hilton of Celina; brother James Sherrill of Cottontown; 13 great grandchildren; and a great, great grandchild.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Dee Westmoreland on October 26, 2002; son Johnson Edgar Westmoreland; and brothers Major and Mack Sherrill.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Trial date set for suspect in rape

From Post staff reports

A date of Nov. 9 has been set as the trial date here for Robert Jason Burdick who is suspected in the rape of a then 16-year-old girl in the driveway of her home in Wilson County late the night of Feb. 1, 2008.

Lebanon Special Schools go green

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Schools Special District is going green, and the changes have already begun, said Assistant Director of Schools Randall Hutto.

All of the schools have been working to recycle paper since 2007, but this spring a systemwide contest really brought in the paper, a total of 106,880 pounds of it in one month.


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