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Historic Marker honors Rosenwald School
Former teachers and principals at the Wilson County Training School were honored Saturday as part of a ceremony recognizing the building built in the early 1920s as the historic  Rosenwald School.

The building is now home to the Wilson County Civic League and has been renamed the Market Street Community Center.  Photo By JOHN BUTWELL / The Wilson Post

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Nashville Lawn & Garden Show hosts complimentary reception, wine tastings

The beautiful gardens at the 2009 Nashville Lawn & Garden Show will be the setting for a complimentary reception and complimentary wine tastings on the evening of Saturday, March 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. in celebration of the show’s 20th anniversary.

The Garden Party reception, hosted by the Whole Foods Market Salud! Cooking School, will feature Orange Mint Mocktails and local artisan cheeses. Complimentary wine tastings, sponsored by Barefoot Cellars Wines of California, will be offered at various locations throughout the live garden displays at the show. In addition, beginning at 5 p.m., all admission tickets are buy one / get one free (one purchase per person).   

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No longer will Valentine column appear in our newspapers

By SAM HATCHER
 
We have made a decision to discontinue publishing in our Gallatin and Hendersonville newspapers the column provided to us weekly by radio talk show host Phil Valentine.

His most recent column published Sunday in The Tennessean was so-to-speak the straw that broke the camel’s back.

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When Were Finished, Were Done Punning
Ask Anne 

By ANNE DONNELL

When did everyone start using “done” for “finished”? I went to a Catholic School, and we were taught to use language carefully. When you concluded something you didn’t say, “I’m all done.” You said, “I’m finished.”
 
-A Friend Just Wondering

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John Nelson Bryan, Sr., 90

SHOP SPRINGS -- A memorial service has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, February 26 at the Shop Springs Baptist Church for Mr. Bryan, 90, of the Shop Springs Community.

A veteran of the US Navy, having served aboard the USS Yorktown during World War II, Mr. Bryan died Feb. 24, 2009 at his residence.

A deacon at the Shop Springs Baptist Church, he was retired after nearly 40 years of employment with AVCO.  The son of the late James Hugh Bryan, Sr. and Annie Laurie Donnell Bryan, he was affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America.

The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown and Thursday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Kenneth Trammel and Rev. Carl Goad.

Survivors include: his wife of 66 years Dorothy White Bryan and children Lynda Ann Sparkman and John Nelson (Sandi) Bryan, Jr. -- all of Shop Springs.

Also surviving are grandchildren Chip (Tracie) Sparkman, Trey Bryan, Laurie Morris, Carla (Jeff) Greenblatt, Doralyn (Dustin) Liddell and Tenesha Blanco; great grandchildren Irlyn, Jake, Rissa and Bryanna Morris, Samantha and Sarah Greenblatt, Hailey and Dylan Speck, Cooper Sparkman, Tyler Bryan and Blake Blanco.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Bryan is preceded in death by sister Mary Nelle Hahn and brother James Hugh Bryan, Jr.

Active pallbearers: Milton Bailey, Carl Price, George James, Jimmy Carter Martin, T.A. Bryan, Robert Bryan. John Forrest Bryan, Jim Bryan and Bobby Fisher.

Honorary: deacons of Shop Springs Baptist Church, Dr. Joe Bryant and Dr. Brian Hughey.

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

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Questions about homeless count in Wilson Co. raised

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Homeless people in Wilson County appear to be undercounted and not receiving a fair share of federal Housing and Urban Development funds.

HUD divides its service areas into Development Districts. In this area, two of those districts are the Central Tennessee Development District and the Upper Cumberland Development District. Each district is expected to develop a Continuum of Care, or CoC, a coalition of the agencies within a district that provide services to low income and homeless people.

The agencies apply for HUD funds based on which district their county is in, going through a lead agency for help writing grant applications.

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Lebanon woman arrested, suspected of harming child

From Post staff reports

A Lebanon woman was arrested Thursday, suspected of tampering with her 4-year-old son’s IV in an attempt to harm the child.

Julie Ann Hardin, 38, of Callis Road, Lebanon, has been charged with felony aggravated assault. She was arrested Thursday by detectives with Metro Nashville Police Youth Services at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for allegedly intentionally attempting to harm her son by trying to inject saline into his IV line.

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Bible Park tax vote delayed for 'no shows'

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Two absent commissioners led to a recess of Wilson County Commission before voting on a privilege tax for the proposed Bible Park USA Monday night at the group’s regular meeting.

District 8 Commissioner Frank Bush and District 14 Commissioner Jeff Joines were absent from the meeting, which led supporters of the 5 percent privilege tax for the Bible Park to be concerned if they had the two-thirds majority, or 17 votes, required by state law to pass the ordinance. State law also requires tax ordinances to pass three readings at three consecutive regular meetings.

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Bank robber caught with dye bomb

By TOMI L. WILEY
Special To The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- A Wilson County man who is a suspect in a rash of local bank and business robberies was captured this past week when a dye bomb exploded after he allegedly robbed yet another bank in Hermitage, authorities confirmed Tuesday.

Fred Bates was formally charged with armed bank robbery after he was arrested on Feb. 17 as he tried to run from the Wachovia Bank on Lebanon Road in Hermitage, said Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent Brett Shields.

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FCS sweeps 8A finals

WATERTOWN -- Friendship Christian made it a clean sweep of the District 8A basketball finals Tuesday night at Watertown High with both the girls and boys teams claiming tournament championships.

The Lady Commanders (20-9) held off a determined Gordonsville squad for a 69-66 overtime victory in Tuesday night's opener.

Friendship held a 16-point lead at intermission, only to see the Tigerettes battle back to tie the game at 60-all at the end of regulation.

District 8A MVP Katy Vaughan led FCS with 22 points. Carly Warmath added 20, Laurel Burroughs had 13 and Andi Morrisett finished with 12. Gordonsville (21-6) was led by Taryn Smith with 19 points.

Both squads will host first round Region 4A games Friday at 7 p.m.

Boy’s action Tuesday night found the FCS Commanders defeating Trousdale County High 64-57 for the tournament championship.

FCS (25-3) built a comfortable 32-20 lead at intermission. Four Commanders reached double figures led by Lee Maasen with 21, Parker Teeter and Nathan Boyd with 15 each and 10 points from Hardie Sorrels. Alex Gregory had 19 for the Yellow Jackets.

Both teams will host first round Region 4A games Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

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Jeffrey Scott Forrest, 46

MT. JULIET -- Private funeral services are planned for Mr. Forrest, 46, of Mt. Juliet.

A member of the Hermitage First United Methodist Church and a loving son, husband and father, Mr. Forrest died Sunday, February 22, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation with the family will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 at Bond Memorial Chapel.

Survivors include: wife Linda Orr Forrest and son Justin Scott Forrest -- both of Mt. Juliet; father Larry Forrest of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; mother Patti John Bireley of Mt. Juliet and sister Belinda Lee Forrest of Del Ray Beach, FL.

Flowers accepted or memorials be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, 37203 or The American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet.

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Lady 'Cats win 9AAA title

LAVERGNE -- Stepping up when her team needed her the most, 2009 Class AAA Miss Basketball finalist Jasmine Hassell scored 27 points Monday to lead Wilson Central to a 58-45 win over Smyrna in the District 9AAA tournament finals.

With the victory, Central improved to 25-5 on the season and will host Henry County Friday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the Region 5AAA tournament.

Hassell put up 19 first half points as the Lady Wildcats rolled to a 34-14 lead at intermission. Ieshia Hassell chipped in with 12 points while Kelsey McGee added 10. Jessyca Christopher finished with nine points, including a pair of first half 3-pointers and Lauren Wasson added three points.

Both Hassell sisters, Jasmine and Ieshia, were named to the all-tournament team as were Christopher and McGee.

LaVergne 53, Mt. Juliet 51 -- LaVergne came back from a 12-point, third-quarter deficit to beat Mt. Juliet 53-51 in the District 9AAA consolation game Monday.

Jasmine Dale’s inside bucket with 51 seconds remaining gave the Lady Wolverines (20-7) a 50-49 lead. La Quinta Jefferson pushed the lead to 51-49 on a free throw after rebounding a Mt. Juliet missed shot. But Jefferson missed the second and Mt. Juliet (22-7) had a chance to tie it with 14.9 seconds left.

However, the Lady Bears turned the ball over inbounding the ball. Dale then sealed the win with two free throws. Jefferson led all scorers with 22 points, including six in the final 5:55. Jefferson’s 3-pointer with 5:01 left tied the game 45-45. Dale added 14 points.

Freshman post Caya Williams led Mt. Juliet with 21 points. Britt Bell added 13.

Williams was Mt. Juliet’s lone representative on the all-tournament team.

Mt. Juliet must now travel to District 10AAA champion Clarksville High Friday for the first round of the Region 5AAA tournament. Friday’s winner advances to the regional semifinals next week at Hendersonville High.

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Devilettes finish third in 7AAA

MURFREESBORO -- Senior Icelyn Elie’s three-point play with 3:38 left in the game pushed Lebanon ahead to stay in Monday night’s 53-46 victory over Blackman in the District 7AAA consolation game at Siegel High.

The Devilettes led 13-10 after the first quarter and took a commanding 26-16 advantage into intermission. Blackman clawed back into the game and actually took a 37-36 lead with 5:20 remaining in the contest.

Marissa Jennings had 14 points to lead Lebanon while Elie had 11. Bryanna Payton finished with nine points, K.D. Williams and Shay Coggins had seven each while guard McKenzie Lamberson finished with five points.

Coach Ashley Johnson’s Devilettes will take a record of 13-14 into Friday’s 7 p.m. Region 5AAA opener at Shelbyville Central. Friday’s winner advances to the regional semifinals next week at Blackman.

The Eaglettes lost in the District 8AAA finals Monday 43-35 to Lawrence County.

In Saturday’s semifinal game, Cookeville’s Lady Cavs opened the third period with an 11-0 run and smacked Lebanon 59-40. Elie finished the game with 17, while Payton had 10.

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Sprague earns TSAC award

LEBANON -- Cumberland University junior Adam Sprague was voted the TranSouth Conference Pitcher of the Week after posting his second victory of the season this past weekend against Iowa Wesleyan.

The lefthander from Winter Park, Fla., tossed six innings, allowing just two earned runs, striking out six and walking two against the Tigers. On the season, Sprague is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 11 innings of work.

Cumberland is 6-3 on the season and ranked No. 11 in the NAIA Preseason Polls.

The Bulldogs host a three-game series this weekend against Missouri Baptist. Friday’s game starts at 2 p.m. and Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 12 Noon.

Cumberland coach Woody Hunt, inducted Feb. 20 into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, will be going for career victory number 1,200 this weekend.

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Joseph Clinton Toplovich, 78

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, February 23 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Toplovich, 78, of Lebanon.

Born in Warren County, Pennsylvania to the late Paul and Anna Popovich Toplovich, he died Feb. 21, 2009 at his residence.

A US Air Force veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Toplovich owned his own garage where he was an accomplished auto and diesel mechanic. A resident of Wilson County for some 54 years, he was retired from PFG in Lebanon, and enjoyed building radio controlled mini hotrods.

Services were conducted by Rev. Bill Patton. Burial was at the Jones Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: daughters Ann (Dan Eagar) Toplovich of Nashville and Leslie (John) Reagan of Birmingham, AL; and grandsons Joseph Eagar, Jackson and Henry Reagan.

Also surviving are siblings: Victoria Baker of New York, Daniel and Carl Toplovich -- both of Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law Mary Elizabeth Armstrong and Linda (Larry) Coleman as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Toplovich is preceded in death by his beloved wife Peggie Patton Toplovich and nine brothers and sisters.

Memorial donations may be made to the Tennessee Historical Society, War Memorial Building, Nashville 37243.

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

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Troy Hubert Lamberson, 79

"RED" DROVE THE PURPLE TIGERS

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 25 at the Watertown First Baptist Church for Mr. Lamberson, 79, of Watertown. Born in Smith County to the late Herbert and Elsie Taylor Lamberson, he died February 23, 2009 at his residence.

Known as "Red" to his family and friends, Mr. Lamberson was a farmer and for 34 years drove a bus for Wilson County Schools. During this time he transported Watertown High athletic teams to sporting events all across the state. He was a US Army veteran, having served in the Korean War era and was a member of the Watertown First Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. at the Hunter Funeral Home and Wednesday from 12 Noon until the service at Watertown FBC.

Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Steve Mathis, Rev. Steve Mayle and Rev. Tollie Cantrell. Burial will be at the Jones Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife Allie Mai Willard Lamberson and sons: Ronald Ray (Marsha) Lamberson, Earl Dewayne (Sylvia) Lamberson, Randy Kevin (Andrea) Lamberson and Gerald Willard (Sonia) Lamberson -- all of Watertown.

Also surviving are grandchildren Josh (Megan), Cheyenne, Taylor, Peyton, Seth, Autumn, Avery, Hadlee and Preslee; great grandchild Chase Maddox.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Lamberson is preceded in death by son Ronnie Wayne Lamberson. Active pallbearers include: the Deacons of First Baptist Church. Honorary: friends and neighbors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Watertown FBC Building Fund.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Historical marker to be placed at old Rosenwald School
Site known today as Market Street Community Center

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Civic League will recognize a special school in Lebanon with a historical marker on Saturday, Feb. 21, a plaque that is sponsored by the league and approved by the Tennessee Historical Commission.

The Market Street Community Center was originally a Rosenwald School.
In the 1920s, black children all through the south benefited from the philanthropy of Julius Rosenwald, a German-Jewish man from Chicago, who decided to partner with Booker T. Washington to improve educational opportunities for black children.

The Wikipedia website said “Julius Rosenwald, an American clothier who became part-owner and president of Sears, Roebuck and Company, was the founder of The Rosenwald Fund, through which he contributed seed money for many schools and other philanthropic causes. To promote collaboration between white and black citizens, Rosenwald required communities to commit public funds to the schools, as well as to contribute additional cash donations.”

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Mike McWherter wont say just yet, but looks like he is
By SAM HATCHER
         
Is he or is he not? That seems to be the question regarding whether Jackson attorney Mike McWherter will follow in his father’s footsteps and become a candidate for governor in 2010.
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Economic policies of Roosevelt

By BOB CHAFFIN

When I hear politicians, pundits and conservative columnists rendering opinions that FDR’s New Deal, “really didn’t bring us out of the depression,” I wonder how they know, or if they really know anything about the Economic Policies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 

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Proposed Bible Park not a good deal for Wilson County taxpayers

To the Editor:

If you, like me, are still upset about last year's property tax increase, you might be interested to know that Lebanon and the Wilson County commissioners are up to it again. They have passed a 5 percent sales tax increase on any resident that might wish to enjoy the proposed Bible Park. That's correct; anything you purchase within the park's "trade zone" would be taxed at over 14 percent.

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Will high electric bills help clean ash spill in eastern part of state?

To the Editor:

Thanks, Wilson Post, for printing our letters that concern the well-being of Lebanon and Wilson County.

To Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation officials, I’d like to ask if our electric bills being so high are helping to pay for the ash spill mess caused in East Tennessee. We know the weather has been cold, and when the December bill was over $400, more than ever before, we said nothing, but the January bill was $617, and we didn’t heat that much space. What could we do but pay the bill?

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Outdoor writer appreciates Robertson's 'Music of River' column

To the Editor:

I better watch out.

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Potter's House honored to be part of first ever Senior Extravaganza

To the Editor:

It was a great honor to be part of the First Annual Senior Extravaganza a few weeks ago.

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Legislature, parties should address revenue issues facing Tennessee

To the Editor:

The current squabble about the elected Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives would be comical if there were not so many pressing issues that need addressing.

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Wilson County students, parents invited to free college financial aid, info session at Tennessee Tec

Wilson County high school seniors and parents can learn about applying and paying for college by attending College Goal Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 22 at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. 

During the free session, financial aid experts will guide students and parents through the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Volunteers will explain the FAFSA line by line and give one-on-one information, as well as host question and answer sessions addressing other financial aid issues.

“This year the federal government has made the most significant changes to the FAFSA in more than 10 years,” said Lester McKenzie, TTU’s financial aid director. “Come get expert assistance so you don’t delay the federal aid application process.”

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