By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Wilson County Community Partnership is sponsoring a Town Hall Meeting to discuss concerns regarding underage drinking in the community. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, said Greg Smith, president of the organization, and members felt such a meeting would be good to engage young people and parents here in the issue.
The Town Hall Meeting will be from 6 until 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 13 in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.
Guest speaker will be Blake McMeans, who as a teenager was an athlete, a tennis star, who went out one night, became intoxicated, got behind the wheel of his vehicle and had a wreck.
By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post
In what was most likely the shortest meeting in the history of Lebanon’s City Council lasting about 15 minutes on Tuesday, the main issue was passed unanimously with no discussion.
That issue was the so-called “property swap” with Mt. Juliet, in which 11.28 acres from Lebanon will be de-annexed and annexed by Mt. Juliet while 9.75 acres from that city will be annexed by Lebanon.
COMMISSION OK's FUNDING DEAL
By BEN DUDLEY, The Wilson Post
There will be a new high school built in Lebanon and it is clear to Wilson County Schools Director Mike Davis that the facility will not have all the bells and whistles as the school first proposed at a cost of $54 million. Davis said Tuesday the County Commission’s approval of a new Lebanon High School came with a price tag of no more than $50 million, a price, he noted, that included all furnishings as well as construction costs.
Davis said he expected the process of selecting a contractor to build the new school to follow what’s known as a “hard bid” or maximum guaranteed bid procedure. The bid process for the school became controversial a year ago when one building contractor was allowed to submit a bid for construction based on a number of changes in specifications and design that reduced the cost of the project, while others bidding on the project bid strictly on the plans submitted by the school board.
From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- Toyota’s massive recalls and troubles with complaints from owners about uncontrollable acceleration bursts now have a local connection.
Local attorney Keith Williams, of Lannom and Williams law firm, filed a lawsuit in Wilson County Chancery Court March 12 representing a Lebanon Toyota owner, Joyce Ann Atnip.
He said a second plaintiffs may also join the case before the lawsuit is filed. According to Williams the lawsuit will ask the court to certify the case as a class action on behalf of all Toyota owners in Tennessee and appoint his client, the owner of a 2009 Toyota Camry, as the representative of the class.
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, March 13 at the JC Hellum Funeral Home for Mrs. Neal, 73, of Lebanon. The daughter of the late Ruby Adams Burnley and Charlie Brown Adams, she died Mar. 10, 2010 at Select Specialty Hospital in Nashville.
Services were conducted by Bishop A.J. Valentine. Burial was at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: husband Earl Ray Neal; children Jarvis and Ronnie (Gail) Kelley, Edwina K. (Michael) R.) Rhodes; extended children Corey Neal, Londie Kelly, April Foster -- all of Lebanon.
Also surviving: brother-in-law Fred (Michelle) Chumley, sisters-in-law Ann (Preston) Majors, Linda Chumley, Dorothy Carr, Alice (David) Wharton, Daisy (William) Marsh and Jessica King -- all of Nashville; siblings William Adams, Mary Agnes Bell, Mary Ann Vaden of Hartsville, Wayne (Twanda) Adams of Smyrna, Sammy B. (Audrey) Adams of Nashville.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by daughter Shelia M. Kelly. Sis. Neal shared love with all her grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, great nieces, nephews, great nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services in the care of JC Hellum Funeral Home, Lebanon.
LEBANON – Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, March 15 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Selleck, 55, of Lebanon. A veteran of the U.S. Army and a Methodist, he died Friday, Mar. 12, 2010.
Services were conducted by Brother Jason Shoemake. Interment followed in Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, Pegram. Family and friends served as pallbearers.
Survivors include wife Bettie Ruff Selleck; father Carl Selleck; brother Edward (Lorraine) Selleck; children Cynthia (Jonathan) Green, Nicole Parker, Carol (Bo) Davis, Wendy (David) Willmore, Kenneth Selleck Jr., Chad Blackwell, Barry (Cindy) McEntire, Lamar (Jayne’) McEntire and Timothy (Jane) McEntire; along with 26 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by mother Roselia Hinks Selleck.
Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Memorial services were held Monday afternoon, March 15 at Seay's Chapel United Methodist Church for Mr. Putty, 58, of Gallatin. He passed away on March 10, 2010.
Survivors include: children Georgia (Bill) Maclin of Mt. Juliet, Steven T (Dana) Putty and Bobby Putty -- both of Lebanon. Also surviving are siblings Faye (Glenn) Blair of Hartsville, Nancy Carolyn Pratt of Westmoreland and Floyd Edward Putty Jr. of Hermitage; along with granddaughters Lakrissa and Monica.
He was preceded in death by parents Floyd (Lily) Edward Putty Sr. and brother James Calvin Putty.
LEBANON – Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, March 16 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Kilzer, 58, of Lebanon. She passed away Mar. 12, 2010.
Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include children Melissa (Michael) Timbs and James (Angela) Woodall; father of children James Woodall; siblings Louis (Ruth) Adams, Bonnie (Joe) Armstrong and Nathan (Wanda) Adams; grandchildren Candice Adams, Jacob Worley, Ashley Woodall, Abby Woodall, Briana Woodall, and Sahvanna Woodall; and three great-grandchildren. Family members served as pallbearers.
She is preceded in death by parents Louis W. and Treva Cole Adams, and special friend Danny Williams. Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, March 16 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Ms. Burnett, 85, of Mt. Mt. Juliet. A member of the Green Hill church of Christ, she died Mar. 13, 2010.
Services were conducted by Brother August Ruff. Interment followed at Nashville National Cemetery, Madison.
Survivors include: children Gail Gilchrist, Kathy (Randy) Burton, Judy Derryberry, Harry (Donna) Burnett and Robert “Bubba” Burnett; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by parents James and Mai Belle Reed Reasonover; husband Robert Burnett; daughters Bobbie Hicks and Pam Hamblen; and great-grandson Jordan Hamblen.
Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet was in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 17 at the JC Hellum Funeral Home for Mr. Robertson, 59, of Lebanon. Known as "Slide" to his friends and family, Mr. Robertson was born June 28, 1950. He died March 12, 2010 at University Medical Center.
Family visitation will be held 1-2 p.m. Wednesday with funeral to follow. Services will be conducted by Pastor Willis Orr, Sr. and Pastor Damond Bragg. Burial will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: wife Hattie Robertson; children Ricco (Shawntell), Latisha S. Tapley and Frenesha White; brother John Robertson; daughter-in-law Kierra Robertson; as well as many other relatives and friends. Funeral service in the care of JC Hellum Funeral Home, Lebanon.
LEBANON -- Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time for Mrs. Wester, 93, of Lebanon.
Widow of the late Brother Johnny "Preacherman" Wester, she passed away Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Cedars Health Care.
Disyal Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.
The 5K, which will start and finish on the Castle Heights campus, will start at 8:30 a.m. Entry fee for the children’s one mile fun run is $10 for those age 10 and up; $5 for 9 and under. The fun run will start at 8 a.m. Register online at www.byarsdowdy.org.
PREP BASEBALL CRANKS UP -- Four Wilson County baseball teams were in action Monday as the spring sports calendar officially opened.
Mt. Juliet High picked up a pair of wins over Alabama teams in Crestview, Florida with an 8-3 triumph over Hazel Green and a 9-3 win over Dothan. Senior Jake Harper homered in both games for the Bears.
Lebanon High traveled to McMinnville and downed Warren County 8-3 as Cain Sloan drilled a two-run HR in the top of the first. Jake Byrd picked up the decision while Antonio Logue got the save.
Watertown High dropped a 13-0, five-inning loss to Macon County.
Friendship Christian School lost two games Monday in the Nike Classic, held in Gulf Shores, Ala. The Commanders fell to Huntsville, AL 2-0 (in a no-hitter) and 10-3 to NW Rankin, MS. Chris Hall and Dylan Boyd each had three hits in the nightcap.
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
There are now three high school basketball jobs open in Wilson County following Matt Bradshaw’s resignation earlier this week at Friendship Christian School. Bradshaw, 33, turned in his notice after seven seasons at FCS, winning at least 20 games in a season five times for an overall record of 147-64.
A former point guard at Lebanon High and a collegiate golfer at Cumberland University, Bradshaw’s teams won three regular season district championships, two district tourna-ments, advanced to two TSSAA sectionals and his most re- cent team won the Region 4A tournament championship for the first time in the program’s history.
“My wife and I have three young children she stays at home with them,” Bradshaw said, “I really need to find a better financial situation -- be it coaching, administration or the private sector. My options are pretty much open right now.”
The FCS job opens up at a time when both the boys’ and girls’ jobs at Watertown High are being ad-vertised.
As was reported in The Post back on March 3, Watertown boys’ coach T.J. Hewitt stepped down from his post after his team was eliminated in the region 4A tournament. Hewitt, who will remain of the Watertown faculty and will assist with the foot-ball program, had a record of 36-43 in three year in- cluding a mark of 12-14 this past season.
The Watertown girl’s job is also open. Principal Jeff Luttrell coached the team this past season on an interim basis after John Palmer resigned in the fall.
LHS BASEBALL PLAYS IN TOURNEY
Lebanon’s baseball team will be busy this weekend, participating in the Sports Clips Classic, set for various playing sites in and around Gallatin. Coach Tracy Slone’s Blue Devils will travel to White House this afternoon for a 4 p.m. game vs. Montgomery Central High of Cunningham.
Saturday at 10 a.m., LHS will return to White House to take on the host White House Blue Devils. Lebanon completes pool play Saturday at 3 p.m. against Ezell-Harding Academy in a game slated for Gallatin High’s home field -- the Municipal Park. The elimination phase of the tournament will be held Sunday.
Other local action Friday includes: Mt. Juliet Christian Academy’s softball team will host Knox Webb in a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader at the Mt. Juliet Little League Complex off Highway 70.
Monday, March 22: Watertown’s Tigerettes will host Antioch High in a 4 p.m. softball game at Three Forks Park; Mt. Juliet Christian is scheduled to host Lighthouse Christian in a 4:30 game at the Little League Complex;
In baseball action Monday night: 2009 Class AAA runner-up Mt. Juliet will play at District 9AAA rival Hendersonville High in a 7 p.m. contest.
Prep soccer is cranking up as Mt. Juliet Christian Academy will be on the road at Pleasant View Christian for a 4 p.m. match.
Tuesday, March 23: Watertown High will host District 8A rival Friendship Christian in a single game at Three Forks Park. Also on Tuesday, MJ Christian will host Jackson County High in a 5:30 p.m. soccer match.
LEBANON - Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 16 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Dunnavant, 88, of Lebanon. A member of the College Hills Church of Christ, a Food and Nutrition Assistant with the University of Tennessee Extension Service, and a homemaker, Mrs. Dannavant died Saturday, Mar. 13, 2010 in the St. Thomas Hospital.
Visitation will be held Monday 2-8 p.m. & Tuesday 10 a.m. until funeral services. Services will be conducted by Dr. Larry Locke. Interment will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 17 in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville.
Survivors include: children Floyd (Susan) Dunnavant III, Rita Dunnavant, Cynthi (Bobby) Johnson and Nancy (Bob) Check -- all of Lebanon and Craig (Dorothy) Dunnavant of Alabama; sister Evelyn Lee of Ashland City; grandchildren Daniel (Linda) Dunnavant of Alabama, & DeeDee (Kris) Hatchell of Nashville; several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by parents Thomas and Lella Hagewood Speight; her husband of 48 years Floyd Ezra Dunnavant, Jr.; infant son Ronald Dale Dunnavant; sisters Geneva Speight, Bettie Tant and Robbie Waddell.
Active pallbearers: Bobby Lee, Trent Lee, Benny Ligon, Josh Check, Daniel Dunnavant and Kris Hatchell. Honorary: Joyce Ligon, Angie Johnston, Mary Butler, Grace Greenway, Amber Wallace, Minnie Reynolds, Deborah Hamilton, Donna Butler and the staff of Hearthside of Castle Heights Retirement Center.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations may be made to the College Hills Church of Christ Children’s Ministry or Youth Reach, 1401 Leeville Pike, Lebanon.
Partlow Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
There is no reason why you cannot take your next vacation somewhere in Tennessee. The new “Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways” travel initiative introduced this year by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development is designed to show visitors and residents alike what this state has to offer from Memphis to Bristol and places in between.
That was the word Thursday from Susan Whitaker, commissioner of the state tourism department, during luncheon sponsored by the Community Tourism Division of the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. Wilson Bank & Trust in Lebanon hosted the event.
LEBANON -- Mrs. Gallaher, 86, died peacefully Saturday morning, March 13, 2010, after a long illness. Elizabeth was born in Giles County, on June 23, 1923. Her family moved to Nashville when she was 9 years of age. She attended Hume Fogg and graduated from Howard High School.
On June 28, 1946, she married Thomas J. Gallaher. They moved to Lebanon in 1951. Elizabeth raised six children and was instrumental in the lives of 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
We remember her playing tennis and baseball with the grandkids and teaching them ping-pong when they were so young they had to stand in a chair to see over the net. She was a strong, kind and thoughtful woman, driving a pick-up truck until recent years, and baking her famous chocolate chip cake for anyone she knew who was hurting in some way.
Elizabeth is survived by her husband, T. J., and her children, Bill (Emmie) Gallaher of Knoxville; Tom Gallaher of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Donna (Bob) Hamilton of Lebanon; Debra Wymer of Huntsville, AL; Diana Gallaher of Lebanon; and John (Ashlie) Gallaher of Lebanon. She is survived by her grandchildren, Kevin (Melissa Anne Walker) Gallaher, April (Conway) Ella, Matthew (Kara Kemp) Gallaher, Michael Miller, Patrick Gallaher, Preston (Angela) Gallaher, Paty Hamilton, Rob Hamilton, Jimmy Wymer, Elizabeth Wymer, Jack Wymer, Grace Gallaher, Anna Belle Gallaher, and Lofton Gallaher; great-grandchildren are Campbell, Thatcher, and Graham Ella; brother, Jim (Gladys) Gray of Nashville and her sister-in-law Agnes (Ford) Mayes of Donelson also survive her and many dear nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, William Gray and Gray Elizabeth Gray; her sister, Wilburn Callis, and her brothers, William Gray, Allie Gray, and Herman Gray.
Elizabeth was an exceptional woman who will be missed so much by her family and many friends in the Lebanon community.
Visitation with the family is on Monday, March 15 from 4-8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lebanon and on Tuesday, March 16 from 1-2 p.m., with the memorial service at 2 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity or church of your choice.
OLD HICKORY -- Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon, March 14 at the Hermitage Funeral Home for Mr. Ligon, 92, of Old Hickory. Born January 24, 1918, he died Thursday, Mar, 11, 2010.
Mr. Ligon was a renowned farmer and the fifth generation to farm the oldest bi-centennial farm in Wilson County, which was established in 1789. He is the owner of the oldest Poland China purebred hog herd in the United States.
Mr. Ligon was a WWII veteran, having entered landed on Utah Beach as a Company Commander, and helped build the main line of communications from Cherboug to Frankfurt.
From Post staff reports
Despite one of the coldest Februarys on record, home sales in Wilson County soared for the month, according to Amy Hamilton, a member of the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors. Home sales in Wilson County for the month of February jumped more than 30 percent over January sales for a reported 99 closings. In January the local association reported 61 residential sales.
Hamilton credited “record setting low interest rates and tax incentives for buyers” as the principal reasons for the upswing in the market. She said the median price on homes sold in February was $196,856, which was up substantially from a year ago. In February 2009 the median price on homes sold was $178,000.
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Local authorities will seek Federal charges against suspected gang members after a raid at several residences late Wednesday night / Thursday morning netted almost $160,000 in cash, six ounces of marijuana, one-half kilogram of powder cocaine, four ounces of crack cocaine and two handguns.
The raid of the cocaine distribution ring was conducted by the Wilson County Violent Crimes and Narcotics Task Force which includes law enforcement personnel from the Lebanon Police Department, Wilson County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI.
“We’re going to charge these people Federally,” Sheriff Terry Ashe said Thursday afternoon, noting that convictions in cases such as this carry a sentence of life with no parole. “The purpose is to get real time out of these folks.”
By TOMMY BRYAN, The Wilson Post
The political landscape is changing as rapidly as the weather in Wilson County. On Thursday, Sen. Mae Beavers dropped out of the county mayor’s race and one day later a real estate executive and former head of the county Republican Party might step into the fray.
Phillip Warren, who has been on the election ballot before, is said to be considering a campaign for county mayor. Warren’s entry into the race would mean three candidates could be on the ballot for the county’s chief executive post. Already running for the office are former Lebanon Mayor Don Fox and Lebanon Special School District Assistant Director Randall Hutto.
LEBANON -- Troy Frazier went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, four RBIs and one tape-measure home run while sophomore Matt McFarland went the distance in his first career start in a 16-4 victory for 19th-ranked Cumberland Univ. over Shawnee State Friday afternoon at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
The Bulldogs (14-4) ended a two-game skid with the win and pounded out 15 hits in the contest. CU now has 74 hits and 58 runs in the last six games combined.
Frazier added his eighth home run of the season and sixth in the last eight games, a bomb to leftfield that cleared the scoreboard and hit a car on the other side of Tarver Street, a good 400-plus foot shot.
Matt Greener also hit a three-run homer in the first inning, his fifth of the season, one more than the senior tallied all of last year. Sam Kikla, Kris Miller and Danny Gallinot all added a pair of hits for the Bulldogs, while Dave Weyer and Greg Appleton each drove in a pair of runs, including a two-run homer from Appleton, also his fifth of the season.
McFarland (1-0) allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings, walking four and striking out one in just the second appearance of his career. The righthander gave up a two-run homer in the fourth inning to Ricky Masson and two more runs in the seventh, but otherwise was sharp and limited his pitch count, throwing just 97 in the game.
Shawnee State starter Andrew Carter (0-2) gave up 14 runs on 12 hits in 2.1 innings to take the loss. He walked three and did not strikeout a batter.
The Bulldogs scored three times in the first, with everything starting with two outs. Frazier found hole with an 0-2 pitch for a single and Miller followed with a walk. Greener then belted the first pitch over the wall in rightcenter for a three-run homer and an early Cumberland advantage.
CU added five more runs in the second, starting with a leadoff double from Brian Karahalios, who scored on a one-out double from Weyer. Max Kautz’s single through the leftside and off the glove of SSU shortstop Adam Wamsley allowed Weyer to come across. Kikla then singled before Frazier’s three-run blast made it 8-0 Bulldogs.
David Fanshawe started the CU third with a double and Karahalios walked. Gallinot’s high drive into deep leftcenter fell between outfielders, loading the bases, before a walk to Weyer forced in a run. Kikla plated two runs with a single to left and Frazier scored another with a single to center. Miller’s double to rightcenter plated two more runs for a 14-0 CU lead.
The Bears scored twice in the fourth after Brian Ramey singled to leadoff and Masson hit a two-run homer to left, his first of the season.
Appleton hit his two-run homer to leftcenter in the sixth inning for the Bulldogs.
Adam Wamsley doubled in the SSU seventh after Jordan Stum was hit. Danny Gesick’s groundout plated one run and a single to left by Ramsey scored another for the final tallies of the game.
Cumberland and Shawnee State play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 12 Noon at Ernest L. Stockton Field, part of a current 10-game homestand for the Bulldogs.
MT. JULIET -- Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 13 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Strickland, 87, of Mt. Juliet. Mrs. Strickland passed away at University Medical Center Thursday, Mar. 11, 2010.
Visitation with the family will be Friday, March 12 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, March 13 from 11 a.m. until time of service. Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment will follow the service at Cowgill Cemetery in Mt. Juliet.
Survivors include: daughter Brenda Joyce Strickland of Mt. Juliet; son-in-law Jerry E. Flynn of Mt. Juliet; grandson Jeffrey Dale Strickland of Mt. Juliet; and daughter-in-law Joyce M. Strickland of Tullahoma.
She is preceded in death by father Horace Cole; mother Arena J. Anderson; her husband of over 54 years James Odell Strickland; and son Oscar Odell Strickland.
Active pallbearers: Jeffrey Dale Strickland, James F. Hopper, Jimmy Hopper, Matt Flynn, Andy Martin and George Robinson. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. Roger McKinney, Dr. Bernard Sy, Dr. Bill Robertson, Odyssey Hospice and the staff at UMC.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
LEBANON -- Martha “Mert” Jennings passed away on March 11, 2010 at age 88. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 2-8 p.m. Friday, March 12th and from 11 a.m. until service on Saturday.
The chapel service, conducted by Brother Danny Sellars, Brother Gary Miller, and Brother Carl Bailey, is 3 p.m. Saturday, March 13.
Pallbearers: Allen Hicks, Bryson Phillips, Steven Young, Chris Craighead, Dewayne Sadler, and Sladen Bradley. Honorary Pallbearers: Jerry Davis and Joe Batey. Interment in Bethlehem Cemetery.
Survivors include son Larry (Cassie) Bain; sister-in-law: Ruth Baine; grandchildren; Lynn Bain, Angilia Bain Matthews, Amanda Hicks, Melaine “Splenda” Young, Jan Presley, Carol McDaniel, Sissy Cozart, Lisa Sadler, Allen Hicks, Joe Batey, Dean Batey, Billy Batey, and Jeremy Bain; several great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
She is preceded in death by husbands Claude “Slim” Jennings and Ova Jay Bain, parents Calvin and Alice Spurlock Baine, son Roy Dale Bain, daughters Wilma Batey and Linda Parrish, siblings Edward “Poodle” Baine, Clara May Dutton, and Dorothy Vickers.
Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, 615.444.9393. Obits 615.758.8818.
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