LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, February 19 at the Lebanon Church of God for Mrs. Seay, 98, of Lebanon. Born June 3, 1911, she passed away Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010 at Quality Health Care.
Family visitation, Friday, from 12:30 - 1 p.m. with funeral to follow at Lebanon Church of God. Bishop A.J. Valentine will be the eulogist. Burial will follow the service at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: daughters Margaret F. Seay and Peggy Seay; six grandchildren as well as a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral arrangements in the care of J.C. Hellum Funeral Home, Lebanon.
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Friday, February 19 at the Disyal Funeral Home, 400 E. Market Street, for Mr. Wester, 94, of Lebanon. Known as “Preacher Man”, Mr. Wester was born Feb. 22, 1915 in the Smith County community of Lancaster. He passed away Saturday, February 13, 2010 at Lebanon's Quality Care Health Center.
Educated in the Smith County public schools, he united with the Lancaster Methodist Church and later joined the Rocky Road United Methodist Church in Lebanon, where he served until his health failed. Mr. Wester gained fame as "Preacher Man" during his regular telephone visits to WJKM radio on the Harv Mason Morning Show.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the 12 Noon services. The Rev. Frank Allen will serve as eulogist. Interment will follow at the Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his wife of over 50 years Scriptoria Paris; nephews Jerome (Patsy) townsend, Roderick (Beverly) Townsend, Ray (Sherry) Wester, Sherman (Dorothy) Wester, Cedric (Carolyn) Lancaster and Ed Wester; nieces Linda Townsend, Sue White, Sue Carrick, Wilma Young, Katherine Young, Thonasena Wester and a host of other nieces and nephews; devoted cousin Carrie English; dear friends Rev. Frank Allen, Bobby Joe Lewis, Hubert Bell and Debra Abston along with a host of friens and the medical staff of Cedars Health Care Center and caregiver Shirley Bates.
Disyal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Otelia Vantrease, age 91, died peacefully at home on February 16, 2010. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 and for one hour prior to the service on Friday.
The chapel service, conducted by Reverend Terry Fesler and nephew Reverend Fran Buhler, is 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. Interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers: Donald Gannon, Eugene Graves, Kenneth Vantrease, Jerry Vantrease, Tyree Vantrease, and Terry Vantrease.
She"Miss Telia" was the daughter of Wilburn and Sulu Graves, wife of Fred W. Vantrease and the sister of Opal Dillard, Amy Lee Buhler, Hilda Glick, and Robert Graves. She is survived by sons: Leon (Frances) Vantrease, Don Wayne (Brenda) Vantrease, and Fred Vantrease Jr.; siblings: Ellen Glick of Detroit MI, Frances Vantrease, Sue Alsup and Osko Graves -- all of Lebanon; grandchildren: Terry and Robin Vantrease of Lebanon, Tyree Vantrease, and Jennifer Kinnear of Los Angeles; brother-in-law: Don Glick of Detroit; sister-in-law: Myrtle Vantrease of Chattanooga; great-grandchildren: Ian and Sophia Kinnear of Los Angeles, and Jeremy and Jeffery Vantrease of Lebanon; and two great-great-grandchildren: Parker and Jackson Vantrease of Lebanon.
“Miss Telia”, as she was affectionately called by her friends and former Sunday School students, was always very positive and cheerful and always seemed to find the glass half-full. She had a life-long devotion to Cedar Grove Baptist Church and was an active participant in her community. She was always willing to serve and was president of many community organizations including the PTA and the Carroll Home Demonstration Club. She was very involved in church life including choir and WMU and served as President of the Wilson County WMU.
She loved cooking and entertaining for her friends and family, her flower garden, and her extensive collection of salt and pepper shakers. Late in life she enjoyed socializing in the Lebanon Senior Citizen’s Center with her late friend D.J. Gannon.
The family would like to thank Mesha Waters, Marilyln Watson and Rose Ethridge for the loving care they gave to Miss Telia and also the employees of Caris Healthcare, especially Tinesha Joyner, for all their special care and attention these last three years.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.
By ANGEL KANE
Wilson Living Magazine
Saturday morning as I walked around my house, room by room…I was in a state of deep depression.
My house, my home, my hearth, the place I come to for peace and comfort - was a FREAKIN mess!!!
Four weeks prior, the lovely lady who’d been helping me keep the house nice and neat….deserted me! Claiming she was moving out of town. When my eldest, who is slowly learning the ways of the world, heard about it, she wisely noted,
By BEN DUDLEY, The Wilson Post
Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled Lebanon City Council meeting brought drama early as a detective for the Lebanon Police Department accused a city councilor of cursing him and calling him a coward after the Feb. 2 meeting.
Special Operations Det. Donnie Self came to the podium during the communication from citizens portion of the meeting and said that Ward 3 Councilor William Farmer got into a heated argument with him two weeks ago, cursed him and essentially called him a coward.
“I was talking with another councilor when I motioned for Mr. Farmer to come over to join the conversation,” Self said. “He then got very angry and cursed at me, calling me a coward for not bringing the issue to the mayor.”
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
You might be tempted to break out the Bermuda shorts and short-sleeved shirts this weekend as the mercury “soars” to a high of about 52 by Sunday. OK, that’s still on the cool side, but after the lower than normal temperatures the Middle Tennessee area has experienced since the first of the year, it will almost feel like spring (which begins on March 20).
“It’ll feel downright balmy,” said Sam Herron, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory. Actually, the normal high for this time of year is 51 degrees, and the normal low is 31.
LEBANON -- Just days after announcing multiple new product introductions and a new Solar Thermal Heating initiative at the AHR Expo in Orlando, Fla., Lochinvar Corporation is revealing plans to expand its current finished product warehouse facility here in Wilson County.
As Lochinvar’s residential boiler business continues to grow and the company extends its offering to include new commercial solar thermal products and additional stainless steel indirect water heaters, many of which will be manufactured at the Lebanon headquarters, this expansion is a strategic step towards ensuring that demand is met and growth is maximized.
From Post staff reports
The snow is nice for a break from classes, but both local public school systems are right on the edge of running out of days for the school year that have been allotted for closings due to snow. Both the Lebanon Special School District and Wilson County Schools said yesterday they had only one day left of designated “snow” days for the current school year.
Each year both school systems allot a certain amount of days for inclement weather, icy roads and other unforeseen circumstances that may cause the cancellation of classes.
FLORENCE, AL -- Shawn Schaefer tossed five strong innings and David Fanshawe and Max Kautz both hit home runs, leading Cumberland to a 12-6 victory over Division II North Alabama Wednesday in the Bulldogs season opener.
Fanshawe ended the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a solo homer, while Kautz collected two hits and two RBIs and scored three times. He also extended his hitting steak to 14 games, carrying over from last season.
Cumberland scored 12 runs on just nine hits, taking advantage of seven walks, two hit batsmen and a pair of errors by the Lions. Newcomer Troy Frazier walked twice and scored a pair of runs for CU, and Matt Greener drove in two runs.
Schaefer (1-0) cruised through most of the first five innings, retiring the side in order in three frames and facing just three batters over the minimum total. But the Lions chased the lefthander in the sixth on three hits and the aid of an error. Nevertheless Schaefer posted the victory, allowing four runs on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Aaron Wilkerson got the final out of the sixth and Wilkerson, Adam Sprague and Daniel Kern worked the last three innings for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the first and single runs in the second and third.
Kautz led off the game with a single to left, Sam Kikla was hit and Frazier walked to load the bases before Kris Miller's fielder's choice plated a run and left runners on the corners.
Fanshawe reached on an infield single to load the bases again and Greener plated a run with a sacrifice fly.
In the second, Kautz walked with two outs and stole second. Kikla then reached on an error by rightfielder Jacob Lamar, allowing Kautz to score for a 3-0 lead.
UNA got a run back in the bottom of the inning after a leadoff double from Josh Cyr. Jared Mothershed's two-out singe to left scored Cyr, cutting the Bulldog lead to 3-1.
Fanshawe belted the first home run of the season for CU in the third, a solo shot, for a 4-1 Cumberland advantage.
The Bulldogs added to the lead in the fifth with three more runs. Kikla and Frazier both walked and moved to second and third on a wild pitch. Miller plated both runners with a single and then moved to third on a single from Fanshawe. Miller later scored on a groundout from Greener for a 7-1 CU lead.
Kautz added a solo homer to leadoff the sixth to extend the edge to 8-1 for the Bulldogs.
In the UNA sixth Lamar led off with a single and Nick McGregor reached on an error by second baseman Dave Weyer. A single from Chris Porch loaded the bases before a two-run double down the leftfield line by Cyr. Andrew Almon's groundout plated another run and with two outs, Wilkerson came on to get the final out of the inning, a fly out from Mothershed.
The Bulldogs came right back though, loading the bases to start the seventh with walks to Fanshawe and Derrick Harwood and a single from Greener. Weyer delivered a two-run single to right and Kautz's sacrifice fly plated another run for an 11-4 lead for CU.
In the eighth Frazier was hit and moved to third on an error by Blake Stroth. Greener's sacrifice fly to right plated Frazier for CU's final run.
Cumberland hosts Iowa Wesleyan and the Univ. of St. Francis this weekend at Ernest L. Stockton Field starting Saturday at Noon.
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
How many times have you heard the mantra, “good things come to those who wait”? Cumberland football coach Dewayne Alexander will probably have that old saying painted on his office wall now that Mt. Juliet High’s consensus all-state quarterback Reed Gurchiek signed with CU over the Tuesday afternoon.
Gurchiek opted to take his time before deciding to play for the Bulldogs, weighing offers from several programs -- including interest from the U.S. Naval Academy. National Signing Day, February 3, came and went while the Class 3A Mr. Football finalist was still mulling his options.
Alexander never pushed Gurchiek, he made sure the District 9AAA MVP understood Cumberland would hold a scholarship for him as long as necessary. “When we’re going head to head with some of the football programs that were talking to Reed -- you feel pretty good about being solidly in the running,” Alexander said. “Reed is the kind of young man any program, anywhere would be proud to have.”
The Bulldogs, who played three QB’s last season due to injury, finished 5-6 overall and lost three games by a total of three points -- just missing out on a share of the Mid-South Conference West Division title. Alexander’s offense, a hybrid Wing-T with spread formation looks, is remarkably similar to the offense Gurchiek ran at Mt. Juliet.
“I had offers from some other schools, but Cumberland seemed like the best fit for me with the offense they run,” Gurchiek said. “The program is on the rise and I want to play for a school that is competing for championships. I would like to teach and coach after college and Cumberland fits those goals.”
As a senior, Gurchiek helped lead Mt. Juliet to a record of 9-2 and a berth in the Class 6A playoffs. He accounted for 31 touchdowns in 2009, throwing for 15 and running for 16 more. He completed 69-of-120 passing attempts (58 percent) for 1,358 yards and ran 107 times for 706 yards (6.6 per carry).
An honor student with a 4.2 GPA, Gurchiek will graduate this spring in the top ten percent of his class at Mt. Juliet. He was the winner of the “Tradition of Service Award” presented by Franklin American Mortgage Company & Music City Bowl, Inc.
In March, Gurchiek is slated to receive the Admiral Lawrence Scholarship Award -- presented by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc.
LEBANON -- The James E. Ward Agricultural Center will host the annual March of Dimes Wilson County Kick Off to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Registration begins at 12 Noon in the Gentry Building, and the program starts at 12:15 p.m.
The Kick Off provides attendees with the opportunity to learn more about the March of Dimes’ mission and its annual fundraising event, the Wilson County March for Babies. The program will feature several keynote speakers including Ryan Collins and family, the 2010 Ambassadors for Wilson County.
This marks the first time a local ambassador has been a teenager. Ryan, son of Barry and Leonora Collins, is a 17-year-old junior at Lebanon High School. His family will be sharing his personal story and their strong commitment to the March of Dimes.
By ZACK OWENSBY, The Wilson Post
Plans are well underway for the Lebanon Health Fair, set for Saturday, March 27 from 9 a.m. until 12 Noon at Castle Heights Upper Elementary. More than 35 booths will be set up by community organizations, all with an emphasis on health.
The goal of the Health Fair is to inform Wilson County residents of the services provided by local organizations with an effort to help others, said Wilson County Health Council Chairman Chuck Whitlock. The WCHC is organizing and sponsoring the event with help from the Lebanon Police Department and SWAT Team, Lebanon Fire Department, Wilson County Schools and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
By SAM HATCHER, The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- The move of a nationally recognized logistics company to a local industrial park has brought a new focus on job growth in Wilson County. Nashville East Logistics Center, located just south of Lebanon near the intersection of Interstate Connector Route 840 and Couchville Pike has added yet another tenant and in doing so is continuing to build the employment base in Wilson County.
According to the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County, Ozburn Hessey Logistics has become the newest resident of the business and commercial development.
G.C. Hixson, JECDB executive director, said Ozburn Hessey Logistics, a worldwide company based in Nashville, is leasing some 325,000 square feet of space in the industrial park. Hixson said his office does not know at this time how many employees Ozburn Hessey plans to place at the site.
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central's Lady Wildcats survived upset-minded Hendersonville Thursday night with a come-from-behind 41-37 win in the opening round of the District 9AAA basketball tournament. The victory sends Coach Bud Brandon's team into the district semifinals Saturday at 7 p.m. against Station Camp at Hendersonville High. Sydney Vanlandingham had 18 points as the Lady Wildcats improved to 16-10 on the season.
BEECH 58, LHS 52 -- Lebanon fell behind early and never recovered in a 58-52 loss at Beech Thursday in the opening round of the District 9AAA girls' basketball tournament. Beech took a 15-8 lead after the first quarter and held off the No. 5-seeded Devilettes the rest of the way. LHS ended the season 16-12 overall and was led by ninth grader Julia Fox with 19 points. Senior Anna Stafford added 13 and McKenzie Lamberson chipped in with five.
MT. JULIET 69, GALLATIN 34 -- Top-seeded Mt. Juliet rolled to an easy 69-34 win over Gallatin Thursday night at "The Cave". The Lady Bears upped their record to 26-1 thanks to 24 points from senior Britt Bell and 15 from soph post Caya Williams. Mt. Juliet advances to the district semifinals 4 p.m. Saturday againat Beech at Hendersonville High.
FCS 45, TROUSDALE CO. 32 -- Friendship Christian's Lady Commanders punched their ticket to the District 8A finals with a 45-32 win over Trousdale County Thursday at the Bay family Sportsplex. Laurel Burroughs and Kaitlyn Teeter each had 13 points as FCS improved to 11-13 overall. FCS will play Red Boiling Springs in Monday's 7:30 p.m. finals.
JACKSON -- Cumberland shot just 33 percent in the second half and committed 21 turnovers in the contest, dropping a 77-50 decision to top-ranked Union University Monday night in women’s basketball action in Jackson.
The Bulldogs (8-14, 2-10 TranSouth) trailed 40-28 at halftime after a late spurt to end the period by the home team. CU shot 46 percent in the half and was 5-for-9 from 3-point range, ending a three-game drought from behind the arc.
But Cumberland again struggled offensively in the second half, as Union started the period with an 18-6 spurt to put the game out of reach.
Allysia Bailey scored a career-high 20 points for the Bulldogs, who played without leading scorer Keshia Brown for the second straight game because of an injury. Bailey was 8-for-19 from the floor, while the rest of the squad hit just 11-for-29 from the field.
Union (26-1, 13-0) also scored 23 second chance points on 20 offensive rebounds and dominated the boards overall, 43-26. Lavanda Ross scored 19 points to lead four Union players in double figures. Kaitlin Dudley and Zeinab Chan both netted 14 points, while Jessica Graves added 10 points and Ashley Dillard grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Cumberland hosts Bethel University Thursday night as part of Alumni Night and Coming Home. The Bulldogs will also be participating in the WBCA’s Pink Zone initiative for cancer
LEBANON -- Brandon Springer pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds and scored 26 points to lead Cumberland University to a 79-49 win over rival Trevecca Nazarene University Saturday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The double-double marked the 16th of the year for the senior out of Hunters Lane High School, who now sits eight points shy of 1,000 for his career, and the first since having a streak of seven straight snapped earlier this month.
Cumberland (10-14, 7-4) never trailed the Trojans (17-8, 8-4) and were only challenged early in the contest as the Bulldogs jumped on top of the visiting Trojans quickly, building a 19-point lead before the nine-minute mark of the opening half.
After Trevecca cut the Bulldog advantage to two at 8-6, Cumberland responded with a 19-2 run that included a trio of 3-pointers. Six Bulldogs scored during the stretch, with Springer totaling seven points.
CU pushed the lead out to 20 points three times in the first half, the last coming when Haris Batalevic drove the baseline from the right corner and finished with a reverse layup. From there the Trojans scored 10 straight points and had several chances to cut the deficit to single digits, but they were never able to pull any closer.
Two more 3-pointers by Cumberland, including one by Adam Barnett with 13 seconds left on the first-half clock gave the Bulldogs a 45-29 lead at intermission.
Cumberland added runs of 12-3 and 12-0 in the second half to coast to the easy victory.
The Bulldogs extended their home winning streak against TNU to three games, all of which have been decided by at least 17 points, and improved to 7-3 against the Trojans at home under head coach Lonnie Thompson.
Walter Simon and Lamar Brinkley each added 10 points, while Lindal Yarbrough contributed six assists to lead the team in that category. Jeremy Dixon and Michael France scored 15 and 14 points for Trevecca, respectively.
WOMEN FALL TO TNU -- Cumberland cut into a 10-point halftime deficit but was unable to pull closer than five points, and K.C. Van Atta scored a game-high 25 points, leading 12th-ranked Trevecca Nazarene to a 56-49 victory over the Lady Bulldogs Saturday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Cumberland (8-13, 2-9 TranSouth) suffered its sixth conference loss of seven points or less and missed multiple chances to pull within a single bucket in the final five minutes of the game.
The Lady Bulldogs committed a pair of turnovers, missed a short jumper and a 3-pointer, all in the final five minutes of the game. Trevecca’s Christian Gibson also tracked down a long rebound after a missed 3-pointer by Abby Lawson with 1:04 to play. Gibson was fouled and knocked down the two free throws to push the Trojans lead to 54-47 and just about put the game away.
Van Atta was a one-player wrecking crew for the Trojans in the first half, scoring 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers. The junior was just 3-of-12 in the second half, but scored the final basket of the game on a breakaway layup with 42 seconds remaining.
LEBANON -- Cumberland University’s Brandon Springer continues to rack up awards during his senior season, taking home TranSouth Conference Player of the Week honors for the week ending Feb. 14, the league announced Monday. The 6-foot-5 guard from Nashville averaged a double-double and led Cumberland to a 2-0 record with conference wins over Blue Mountain College and rival Trevecca Nazarene.
Springer, who has now garnered TSAC Player of the Week accolades four times this season and five in his career, scored 31 points against the Toppers and 26 against the Trojans. He also snagged a personal-best 16 rebounds in the Trevecca contest.
For the week the Columbia State Community College transfer also added eight steals to his team-leading total. The Hunters Lane High School product, who is just eight points from becoming the fourth player under CU coach Lonnie Thompson to reach 1,000 points for a career, is currently third in the NAIA in scoring, averaging 23.8 points per outing.
Following the week that ended Jan. 24, Springer was also tabbed the national Player of the Week.
The Bulldogs, who are a half game out of third place in the TranSouth standings, will be in action Monday night at Union University before returning home to face Bethel University on Thursday.
Lebanon High's basketball regular season finale at White County High set for Monday, Feb. 15 has been canceled due to snow and will not be made up.
Lebanon's girls will open play in the District 9AAA basketball tournament Thursday, Feb. 18 as the Devilettes play at No. 4-seeded Beech High. LHS, the 5 seed, easily handled Portland High Friday, Feb. 12 by a score of 41-16 at Portland. Marissa Jennings had seven points and 10 different Devilettes made the score book. Lebanon improved to 16-10 overall and 7-7 in the district.
The Blue Devils will host Hendersonville High in their 9AAA opener Friday, Feb. 19 at Campbell Brandon Gym. Lebanon is the tournament's No. 4 seeded team and knocked off Portland 50-45 Friday, Feb. 12 in Portland as Cameron High and Justin Bridges had 10 points each. LHS stands 15-11 overall / 7-7 in league play.
Many years ago women would gather in living rooms across America in the name of sanity, fellowship and most of all, Tupperware. This party has now evolved into something with a little more pizzazz, a little more excitement, a little more… alcohol. In the early years of home based parties several topics were off limits. You didn’t dare talk about private family matters and the only alcohol being consumed by some of these housewives was behind the closed door of “mom’s sewing room.” At least that’s what I’ve heard.
We are not our mother’s daughters. Most of us 30 and 40 something wives and mothers openly discuss taboo topics that make our moms cringe. We talk to our children about safe sex, politics and drugs. Not that our way is better than our mothers, it just fits the times better.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
She may be the mother of the new mayor of Memphis, but Mary Alice Wharton had four other children, and the one thing that she and her late husband, A C Wharton Sr., made sure of was that each child was going to college.
The couple’s high priority on education reached back to their own childhoods when their opportunities for schooling were minimal.
Lookouts, firefighters protected forests, wildlife, people
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
Like Smokey Bear says, “Only you can prevent forest fires.” But back in the day before there were cell phones, 9-1-1 calls and economic aerial detection, the only thing keeping a small brush fire from turning into a raging inferno were the lookouts stationed at the top of fire towers and the firefighters on call below.
Across the 20th century Tennessee maintained about 250 fire lookout tower sites, but many, if not most, of those towers no longer rise skyward. Wilson County’s twin towers remain erect but are no longer utilized for spotting fires.
By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.
After my column on the large electric bill for last month, I was visited by a nice man from the electric company. Dave Smith Jr. was concerned that the public might think that a doctor was having to borrow money to pay his electric bill and wanted to check my meter to be sure the charges were accurate. He had copies of my charges for the past year and was quick to show me a savings of $382 for the same period (two months) from a year ago when it wasn’t as cold as this year.
By ANNE DONNELL
I heard a newscaster just the other day say “git a holt uv.” The “t” she added to “hold” was clearly pronounced. I knew you’d love it. I’d be pleased if you’d comment. Thank you,
-I Know Better And She Should “Uv”
To the Editor:
On Thursday, Feb. 4, Ken Cook testified in a U.S. Senate hearing. He told the Senators, “Babies are coming into this world pre-polluted with toxic chemicals.”
When EWG, Environmental Working Group, tested the umbilical cord blood of 10 babies, they found nearly 300 chemicals, including BPA, perchlorate, fire-retardants, lead, mercury and PCBs.
HERMITAGE -- Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, February 12 at the Central Pike Church of Christ, 4240 Central Pike, for Mrs. Cartwright, 61. She died Feb. 9, 2010.
Survivors include sons James Cartwright and Joseph (Jeannette) Cartwright; siblings Mike (Sandra) Brown, Charles Brown, Sandy (Jerry) Trent, Diane Motley and Cathy (Jeff) Goodwin; along with six grandchildren.
Mrs. Cartwright is preceded in death by husband Hamilton Cartwright; parents James and Lucille Brown; and brother Jimmy Brown. Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet is in charge of arrangements.
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