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Reader's wish for Christmas: Remember our veterans

To the Editor:

I had the opportunity to visit the Veterans Hospital in Murfreesboro on Thursday, Dec. 17 with J.C. Satterfield, director of Veterans Services in Wilson County, and his secretary, Carol Dedman.

Mr. Satterfield presented Joella Bensore, volunteer service specialist, a check for supplies and presents for veterans who have no family for Christmas.

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Kathryn Walker Suddarth, 92

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, December 26 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Suddarth, 92, of Lebanon. A native of Wilson County and the daughter of the late John Oakley Walker and Drucilla Mason Waler, she died Wedensday, Dec. 23, 2009 at Cedars Health Care.

A member of the Rocky Grove Baptist Church, she was a homemaker and the widow of the late Wallace Suddarth. The family will receive friends Saturday between the hours of 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Services will be conducted by Elder Vernon Roark. Burial will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: step-children Damon and Carol Suddarth of Kentucky along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Suddarth is preceded in death by siblings Sam and Elder J.C. Walker, Minnie Lee Caruth, Chloe Hamilton, Lyda Whited and Sadie Watkins.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Brenda Darlene Worley, 64

LEBANON -- Mrs. Worley, 64, died December 23, 2009 at the home of her son in Lebanon. The widow of the late Robert Worley, she was the daughter of the late Reba Farley of Madison and John Fields of Millersville.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Dec. 27 between the hours of 10 .m. - 2 p.m. at Wilson County Funeral Home, 618 South Maple Street. Service and interment at Wilson County Memorial Park will immediately follow the chapel service.

Survivors include: Robby (Kim) Fields and grandchildren Chris and Ashley Fields; brother Johnny (Joy) Fields of Hendersonville and sisters Jerry Lynn (Pattie Coward) Duncan of Knoxville and Marie Fields (Rex Lyday) and aunt Billy McKinney -- all of Mt. Juliet.of Mt. Juliet.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by uncles Bill McKinney of Lebanon and Robert McKinney of Mt. Juliet.

Wilson County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Commission honors astronaut, teacher of year

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

Though neither honoree was in attendance, Wilson County Commission gave special recognition to the county’s first astronaut and state teacher of the year at Monday night’s regular meeting.

 

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The troops are home for the holidays

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

Thanks to donations from individuals and business, members of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the Tennessee National Guard, of which Lebanon’s local unit is a part, were to return home yesterday from training at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Miss.

When the troops left for Camp Shelby on Dec. 5, they had been told they could return home for a few days to spend Christmas with their families and friends but that the government would not pay for the travel. That inspired retired 1st Sgt. Kenny Reich, who also serves as District 6 Wilson County commissioner, to raise funds to bring them back home. The troops are to leave again for Camp Shelby on Dec. 28.

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Post website goes to newer better server

From Post staff reports

A move to a bigger and better Internet server by The Wilson Post this past weekend meant that many of the articles on the newspaper’s website from the Friday, Dec. 18 print edition were not retained properly in the transfer. Our frontpage slide show is the only thing we are still working on.

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How about liquid snow on Christmas?

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Wilson County will have a wet Christmas instead of a white one this year.

Think of it as liquid snow.

Rain moves into the forecast today with a 40 percent chance, according to the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory. The high should be about 55 with southeast winds at 5-10 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers continues tonight with a low of 44 and southeast winds at 10-15 mph.

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Christmas Eve, Day services slated

From Post staff reports

The Wilson Post presents the following list of churches in the county that have announced Christmas Eve services.

Fairview Church

The community is invited to join the Fairview Church family on Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, from 5 until 5:30 p.m. for the annual Candlelight Service. 

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Alma Enoch Patterson, 89

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, December 21 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Patterson, 89, of Murfreesboro. Born in New Middleton to the late Lillie Mai Garrison Enoch and Jessie Edward Enoch, she died Friday, Dec. 18, 2009 at NHC Healthcare in Murfreesboro.

A retired seamstress, she was a member of the United Pentecostal Church. Services were conducted by Brother Roger Grisham with burial at the Brush Creek Cemetery.

Survivors include: sons David (Gloria) Patterson of Murfreesboro, William "Bill" Patterson of Goodletsville, Thomas (Martha) patterson of Greenbrier and James (Kathy) Patterson of Hermitage. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, sisters Marie Neal Lorance of Watertown and Patty Compton of Alpharetta, GA along with a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Thurman Patterson, brothers James, Hubert and Dewey Patterson and sister Eddie Lee Reeves. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.

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Riley Henderson Lea, 85

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Monday morning, December 21 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Lea, 85, of Lebanon. A native of the Norene Community and a farmer, he died Dec. 19, 2009 at his residence.

The son of the late Elizabeth Williams Lea and J.H. Lea, he was a member of the Spring Creek Presbyterian Church. Services were conducted by Brother Billy Trice. Burial was at the Fairview Cemetery in the Norene Community.

Survivors include: wife Edith Weaver Lea and children Phillip Riley Lea and Mary Beth (Jeff) Buchanan -- all of Lebanon. Also surviving are siblings Melvin Lea of Watertown, William Lea of Watertown, Mary Baines, Ola Mai Hackney and Raymond Lea -- all of Lebanon, Ella Knowles of Mt. Juliet and Pauline Keith of Nashville; along with a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by sister Agnes Lea. Nephews served as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.

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Wendell Steven Moore, 49

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday evening, December 21 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Moore, 49, of Hermitage. He died Dec. 14, 2009.

Services were conducted by Pastor Morgan Gordy. Inurnment was Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Nashville National Cemetery.   Survivors include children:  William and Sarah; brothers:  Carey Moore, Tom (Patricia) Moore and Robert (Lindy) Moore; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers:  Reed Brummitt, Chris Heflin, Thomas Moore, Carey Moore, Robert Moore, Mark Watson and Alan Weisbrot.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Henry Warren Moser, 62

LEBANON -- A memorial service was held Tuesday afternoon, Decembeer 22 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Moser, 62, of Lebanon. A US Navy veteran, he passed away Dec. 17, 2009.

South East Sales Manager for the Linde Company, "Hank" was a member of the Lebanon Country Club and a duck hunter who loved just “being Poppy”.

Survivors include: wife Margaret Moser; children Stephanie (Morgan) Stoner, Kevin Moser, Cami Bailey, Shane Irving and Megan (Shane McClanahan) Moser. Also surviving is sister Alice McKinney; grandchildren Joey Timbs, Alex Wisdom, Andrew Wisdom, Shawn McClanahan, Maddie Stoner, Baylee McClanahan and Sydney Irving; two great-grandsons; and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by parents Paul Warren and Beatrice Ramsey Moser. Please make memorial donations to the American Cancer Society (2000 Charlotte Ave, TN 37203, 800.227.2345) in honor his honor.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Virginia Gail Farley, 67

LEBANON -- A memorial services was held Tuesday evening, Dec. 22 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Farley, 67, of Lebanon. She passed away on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009.

Survivors include husband Bob D. Farley Sr.; children  Bobby D. (Debbie) Farley Jr. and Jackie S. Farley; grandchildren  Kristen (Scott) Thorbjornsen, Autumn Maynard, Zach (Heather) Thompson, Shawn Holloway, Summer Farley and Jacqlyn Holloway; along with great-grandchildren Nathan and Hope Thorbjornsen.

Please make memorial donations to the Webbs Baptist Chapel (120 Davis Road, Lebanon 37087. 615.449.8932) and/or any fund to provide Christmas toys for children, in her name.

Mrs. Farley is preceded in death by daughter Tammy Farley Kittrel, grandson Bryson Maynard and parents Mack and Lilly Mae Hollis Jones.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

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J.M. Loftis, 73

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, December 24 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Loftis, 73, of Farmington Hills, Michigan. He passed away Dec. 21, 2009.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in between the hours of 1-9 p.m.  Wednesday. Interment will be in Morgan Pippin Cemetery, Cookeville, later Thursday.

Survivors include wife of 52 years Rose M. Bacarella Loftis; children John Loftis, James (Dianna) Loftis, David (Jacqueline) Loftis, Ray (Tammy) Loftis and Diane (Robin) Belisle;   siblings  Ruby, Walter (Helen), Donald (Gladys), Bob (Hattie), Pearl; sister-in-laws:  Betty and Anna Be; grandchildren:  Barbara, Anna, Tammy, Kimberly, Rosie, James, April, Christina, Crystal, Robin, David; great-grandchildren Clayton, Andrew, Sofia, Ryan, Rachel, Donavan, Kurtis, and Anthony. 

He is preceded in death by daughter Tammy Loftis, brothers William, Joe, and Charles Loftis, sisters Jean Whitfeld, Martha Frances and Ina Loftis.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home,  Lebanon.

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Music City Star, truck collide

From Post staff reports

No one was injured in a collision involving the Music City Star commuter train and a dump truck on Tuesday.

The accident occurred as the train was headed toward Lebanon to pick up passengers. The train struck a dump truck that was on a construction crossing east of Highway 109 in Wilson County, said a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

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3 locals named 2A all-state

By TOMMY BRYAN
Three Wilson County athletes have been named Class 2A All-State in football by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. The premier all-state team in the prep ranks, the team is chosen by members of the TSWA following nominations from its statewide membership. Local honorees include:

Watertown senior defensive lineman Nick Lennox, a two-time member of the squad. Lennox was in on 74 tackles as a senior, 46 solo, and 11 tackles for loss.

Joining him on the all-state team was his quarterback Dalton Phillips. A four-year starter for the Purple Tigers, Phillips accounted for more than 2,000 yards in total offense -- throwing for 1,781 yards and rushing for 304 yards. He threw for 14 TD’s and ran for nine, completing 127-of-234 attempts, a percentage of 54.2 percent.

The other quarterback on the team was Friendship Christian’s Lee Maasen. The District 8A Co-MVP, Maasen accounted for 31 touchdowns -- 15 rushing and 16 passing. Maasen completed 79-of-126 passing attempts (62.7 percent) for 1,514 yards -- an average of 19.2 yards per completion -- with only four interceptions. He rushed for 1,056 yards on 115 carries -- an average of 9.2 per attempt. He was also named as one of 13 members of the Tennessee Football Coaches Association Class 2A team.

Tennessee Sports Writers Class 2A All-State Football team
Coach of the Year: Kevin Creasy (Trousdale Co.)
Offense
QB - Lee Maasen (Friendship Christian)
QB - Dalton Phillips (Watertown)
RB - Ben Beasley (Boyd Buchanan)
RB - Bryce White (Riverside)
RB - Tyler Edwards (Trousdale County)
RB - Davey Templeton (Rockwood)
WR - David Woodard (East Robertson)
ATH - Jabriel Washington (Trinity Christian Academy)
ATH - Jeff Inman (Rockwood)
OL - Ian Walls (Rockwood)
OL - Cody Newman (Riverside)
OL - Tyler Harper (Oliver Springs)
OL - Devin Caldwell (Boyd-Buchanan)
OL - Zach McEwen (McKenzie)
K - Josh Lenoir (Trinity Christian Academy)
Defense
DL - Nick Lennox (Watertown)
DL - Jake Lockert (Boyd-Buchanan)
DL - Dallas Gregory (White House Heritage)
DL - Ronald Harris (Mt. Pleasant)
LB - Tacola Seay (Trousdale County)
LB - Matt Crowe (Boyd-Buchanan)
LB - Josh Carroll (Adamsville)
LB - Evan Rogers (McKenzie)
LB - Whitt Siton (Signal Mountain)
DB - Joey Cox (Trousdale County)
DB - Clinton Babb (Boyd-Buchanan)
DB - Chris Harness (Rockwood)
DB - Dylan West (Oneida)
DB - Sam Woodard (Oneida)
P - Austin McKinney (McKenzie)

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FCS tourney opens Dec. 28

16 TEAMS VIE FOR TITLES

LEBANON -- Friendship Christian School will be a hot-bed of high school basketball next week as 16 teams will participate in the Mid-State Christmas Tournament. Play begins 10 a.m. Monday, December 28 with eight games a day for three consecutive days at the Bay Family Sportsplex.

Here’s a look at the complete schedule.
Boy’s Bracket
Dec 28 11:30am (G1) Ezell Harding vs. Aaron Acad.
Dec 28 2:30pm (G2) MTCS vs. Portland
Dec 28 5:30pm (G3) Cascade vs. Gordonsville
Dec 28 8:30pm (G4) Friendship Christian vs. Franklin Road Acad.
Tuesday
Dec 29 11:30am (G5) Loser G1 vs Loser G3
Dec 29 2:30pm (G6) Loser G2 vs Loser G4
Dec 29 5:30pm (G7) Winner G1 vs Winner G3
Dec 29 8:30pm (G8) Winner G2 vs Winner G4
Wednesday
Dec 30 11:30am (G9) Loser G5 vs. Loser G6
Dec 30 2:30pm (G10) Winner G5 vs. Winner G6
Dec 30 5:30pm (G11) Loser G7 vs. Loser G8
Dec 30 8:30pm (G12) Winner G7 vs. Winner G8

Girl’s Bracket
Dec 28 10 am (G1) Ezell Harding vs. Gordonsville
Dec 28 1 pm (G2) Westmoreland vs. Cascade
Dec 28 4 pm (G3) MTCS vs. Portland
Dec 28 7 pm (G4) FCS vs. Aaron Academy
Tuesday
Dec 29 10 am (G5) Loser G1 vs. Loser G3
Dec 29 1 pm (G6) Loser G2 vs. Loser G4
Dec 29 4 pm (G7) Winner G1 vs Winner G3
Dec 29 7 pm (G8) Winner G2 vs Winner G4
Wednesday
Dec 30 10 am (G9) Loser G5 vs. Loser G6
Dec 30 1 pm (G10) Winner G5 vs. Winner G6
Dec 30 4 pm (G11) Loser G7 vs. Loser G8
Dec 30 7 pm (G12) Winner G7 vs. Winner G8

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Live Nativity at Cumberland Presbyterian

From Post staff reports

Another Christmas tradition opens tonight as the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church presents “Journey to Bethlehem,” a live Nativity offering scenes that can be viewed as you drive through the parking lot.

This is the 27th year the church has presented the live Nativity which has grown from one to 10 scenes and features camels, oxen, donkeys and sheep. Church members portray the persons in the story about the birth of Jesus.

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Seasons greetings

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

“Merry Christmas” is what you hear anywhere you go this time of year. People are definitely friendlier now than at any other season. I love the excitement in the air in the wild-eyed look you get from children when you ask them what Santa is bringing them. I can remember when I looked with anticipation at the big present under the tree.

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Commissioner notes much to be thankful for this holiday season

To the Editor:

Tuesday evening it was an honor and a privilege for Don and me to take part in the yearly Christmas Party for the Special Needs Children of Wilson County. This is the major project of the Wilson County Shrine Club, along with Wilson County Fair Booth and Annual Hospital Paper Sale.

These have been projects of the club for many years and are made possible through donations by the Nobles of Wilson County and Al Menah Shrine Temple. Melvin Sloan always has a group of musicians and singers come to entertain these precious people. Melvin has been doing this for more than 30 years.

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Gene P. Robinson, 78

LEBANON -- A private family emmorial service has been planned for Mr. Robinson, 78, of Lebanon. Born August 20, 1931 in New Castle, Indiana, he died Sunday, December 20, 2009.

Mr. Robinson was a graduate of the University of South Carolina where he attended on a ROTC scholarship. A veteran of the US Marine Corps, he rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He began his career in the outdoor amusement business in 1964 with James E. Strates Shows and went on to retire with Cumberland Valley Shows in the late 1990’s. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church.

Survivors include: his wife of 52 years Martha Robinson; children Joe (Vi) Robinson and Connie Coomes -- both of Florida, Jeff (Madeleine) Cashdollar of Goodlettsville, Jeanan Robinson and Claudia (Nelson) Lamberson -- both of Lebanon and Stacey (Patrick) Ryan of Texas.

Also surviving are grandchildren: Joe Robinson, Melisa Parkinson, Brock Cashdollar, Paula Lupton, Jerri Coomes, Nathanial Coomes, Jenna Peel, Alex White, Shelby White and McKenzie Lamberson; great-grandchildren Johnny Parkinson and Gannon Kozielski; sister Phyllis (James) Strates of Florida.
Mr. Robinson was preceded in death by parents Claude and Doris Robinson and sister Carolyn Clemons.

In lieu of flowers the family request contributions be made to the American Heart Association P.O. Box 409410 Atlanta, GA 30384-9410.   Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Wilson County Fair makes the top 50 North American Fairs list

Carnivalwarehouse.com releases 2009 fair attendance figures and once again the Wilson County Fair, Lebanon, made the Top 50 North American Fairs list for 2009.

"Despite economic fears, North America’s Top 50 events had a solid year," said Matt Cook, president of carnivalwarehouse.com. In fact, the Top 50 North American Fairs drew 40,316,926 guests in 2009, a slight decrease of less than 1 percent from 2008.

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WB&T Donelson branch robbed, suspects arrested
From Post staff reports

The Donelson branch of Wilson Bank & Trust was robbed at approximately 9:40 a.m., Thursday, and the two men suspected in the hold-up were arrested a short time later.

The bank is at 217 Donelson Pike.

Metro Nashville Police said the two men suspected in the robbery were also suspects in an earlier attempted robbery around 9:15 a.m. at the US Bank branch on Murfreesboro Road. The suspects left the bank before taking any money. Police said they believe a security guard inside the bank may have scared off the two men.

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Letter from Jesus about Christmas

Editor’s Note: The following is one of those articles that makes its way around the Internet. We don’t know its origin but thought you would be interested in reading it as Christmas nears.

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

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Tobacco use dominates Teen Court

From Post staff reports

Tobacco use among minors is cited as the major offense that is heard by Wilson County’s Teen Court, according to the program’s director.

Wilson County Teen Court Director Linda Schenk told members of the Lebanon Morning Rotary yesterday that illegal use of tobacco products by teens accounted for more than one-third of the cases that were heard last year by juries made up of teens who participate in the unique justice program and render verdicts and punishment against their peers.

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