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Local eateries in quandary about gun laws

To the Editor:

As most may not be aware, as of Tuesday, July 14, anyone with a legally issued Tennessee handgun carry permit may carry their concealed handgun into a restaurant that serves alcohol, as long as they are not drinking.

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Council considers, but does not pass, a reduction in force measure

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council considered on first reading an ordinance calling for a reduction in force of city employees at its regular meeting Tuesday night, then recessed until Monday, July 27, at 5 p.m. to finish discussing the matter.

The ordinance, as proposed, would eliminate 43 jobs. Upon passage on second and final reading, the ordinance requires that employees are to be notified that their positions are immediately abolished.

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Hutto considers run for county mayor job

By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post

Another person has confirmed that he is considering a race for Wilson County mayor.

Randall Hutto, a longtime educator and currently assistant director of Lebanon Special School District, said Tuesday he is “seriously” considering placing his name in the hat for the 2010 ballot contest.

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Local church to hold annual school supply giveaway

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

In 1996, Larry Locke, who was at that time the pulpit minister at what was College Street Church of Christ, took a group of deacons and elders and their wives to Memphis to check out the Highland Church of Christ and their different ministries.

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Family dealer here adds Hyundai
For 82 years a Wilson County family has been selling Chevrolets and Buicks in Lebanon.
          
Tuesday that same family with roots in the car business here dating back to 1927 announced that it is broadening its franchise base and will now be the exclusive local dealer for Hyundai USA.
          
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Gun law still hot local issue

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

Local elected officials are mixed in their opinions on whether to opt out of a new law passed by the Tennessee General Assembly this past session that allows handgun carry permit holders to bring concealed handguns to city and county parks.

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5 earn preseason FB honors

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor

Five Wilson County football players have been named to the Star Physical Therapy Preseason All-State football teams in their respective classifications, according to Murphy Fair’s 2009 Tennessee High School Football publication.

Honorees include: On the 6A team, massive offensive lineman Cameron Clemmons from Wilson Central High. Clemmons, a senior, checks in at 6-7, 265 pounds.

Three players from Friendship Christian School were named on the 2A squad, including: Senior quarterback Lee Maasen. Playing with a torn tendon in his right elbow, Maasen stands 5-11, 185. Senior Parker Teeter (6-5, 185) was named to the team as a punter, but he hauled in four TD passes a year ago as a tightend. Offensive lineman Turner Haddock was the only junior from Wilson County recognized. Haddock checks in at 6-0, 235.

Rounding out the Wilson County representation is Watertown High senior defensive lineman Nick Lennox. Listed at 6-4, 235, and a game changer on defense, the senior is moving to tightend on offense this season.

Watertown’s preseason practice got off to a sour start Monday morning as returning All-Region linebacker Cody Christian suffered a broken collarbone.

"We were working on our run game and a defensive player was blocked into me," Christian said during Monday night’s 7-on-7 passing scrimmage vs. Wilson Central. "It was a freak thing. His helmet hit me right on the bone. You can see the imprint of his facemask."

Christian is contemplating a surgerical procedure that could get him back on the field as soon as four weeks. Without the surgery, he could be out for six weeks.

Wilson Central has addressed its’ game field problems by sodding the length of the field between the hash marks with 419 Bermuda.

"We really need some hot weather for the Bermuda to take off," Central head coach Traye Aric, "we won’t be able to get on it until our jamboree August 15. That will have given us 45 days for the sod to take root."

Watertown’s Robinson Family Stadium never looked brighter Monday night thanks to recently installed lights. Four banks of new lights rested atop sturdy metal poles.

Lebanon High’s annual Kickoff Classic is scheduled Friday, Aug. 14 at Nokes-Lasater Field.

Sponsored by the Blue Devil Football Foundation, the event opens at 6 p.m. as Red Boiling Springs takes on St. Andrews - Sewanee. Host Lebanon is set to scrimmage Clarksville Northwest at 7 p.m.

Admission is $5 per person with all proceeds going to the Football Foundation.

The Blue Devils open the 2009 regular season at home with a Week Zero contest (Aug. 21) against county and District 9AAA rival Wilson Central.

Mt. Juliet High will be accepting season ticket renewals the week of Monday - Friday, July 27-31 at the main office. Season ticket holders from the 2008 season who wish to renew may do so between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

First-time season ticket holders are welcome the week of Aug. 3-7, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Season tickets are available in both the upper and lower sections of new stadium, centered at the 50-yard line, and include a parking pass.

Mt. Juliet’s home schedule includes six home games this season, including the September 4 home-opener against District 9AAA rival Gallatin High.

The Golden Bears open the 2009 season Aug. 28 at Nashville McGavock.

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Jay "Jayson" Shank, 23

MT. JULIET — Funeral services were conducted Saturday, July 18 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Shank, 23, of Gallatin. Formerly of Mt. Juliet, Mr. Shank died Wednesday, July 15, 2009. He formerly attended Mt. Juliet High School.

Services were conducted by Kathy Hill. Interment followed at Gallatin City Cemetery.

Survivors include: mother Tammy R. Scott of Gallatin, father J.M. Shank of Petros and sister Michelle Tallent of Oliver Springs.

Also surviving is grandmother Dorothy Hill of Gallatin, girlfriend Jennifer Burton of Mt. Juliet, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Raymond Hill and his great-grandparents Oba and Birdie Hill. Uncles served as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to Narcotics Anonymous, P.O. Box 9999, Van Nuys, CA 91409.

Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

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F.W. "Dub" Creasman, 84

MT. JULIET — Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon, July 21 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Creasman, 84, of Lebanon. A native of Hixson and a member of Cooks United Methodist Church, he died Saturday, July 18, 2009.

A member of the Hixson Masonic Lodge No. 727 F&AM for 55 years, he was a veteran of World War II and a retiree of State Farm Insurance Company.

Services were conducted by Dr. Craig Goff. Interment with military honors followed at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife of 64 years Dorothy Jollay Creasman of Lebanon and children Debra (Ric) Phillips of Mt. Juliet and David (Deborah) Creasman of Lebanon, Also surviving is granddaughter Leah Creasman; brother-in-law Ernest (Jean) Jollay as well as several nieces and nephews

Mr. Creasman was the son of the late, Francis Wesley and Nellie Bowman Creasman. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Ann Nale and his grandson, Phillip Brandon Hance.  

Family and friends served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Friendship Sunday School Class. Memorials may be made to Cooks United Methodist Church Building Fund, 7919 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet, 37122.

Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

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Herod Junior Patterson, 73

LEBANON — Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time for Mr. Patterson, 73, of Lebanon.

He died Monday, July 20, 2009 at Lebanon’s Quality Care Nursing Home following an extended illness.

Disyal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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David C. Coggins, 92

LEBANON — Graveside services with Military Honors will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 at the Wilson County Memorial Park for Mr. Coggins, 92, of Lebanon.

A World War II veteran of the US Army, he died July 19, 2009 at his home following a long illness. He was born in Badin, NC.

Serving with the 1st Infantry Division, known as the Big Red One, Mr. Coggins was part of the Allied Invasion Force on D-Day. He worked for the Federal Government in Washington, D.C. before retiring to Lebanon in 2005. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Lebanon.

The family will receive friends Wednesday for one hour prior to the service at the Wilson County Funeral Home.

Survivors include: daughters Sharon (Mark) Hurwitz and Sandra Coggins – all of Lebanon; granddaughter Susie Hurwitz of Chicago, Ill. and sister Jennie F. Coggins of Badin, NC.

Flowers accepted or a donation may be made to FBC, Lebanon in Mr. Coggins’ memory.

Wilson County Funeral Home and Memorial Park is in charge of arrangements.

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Louise Hulan Zornes, 81

LEBANON — Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 22 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3191 W. Old Murfreesboro Road, for Mrs. Zornes, 81, of Lebanon.

Born May 30, 1928, to the late Robert and Katherine Barnes Hulan, Mrs. Zornes died Sunday, July 19, 2009, at the University Medical Center. A Jehovah’s Witness, she cooked at Lebanon High School for many years and also cooked for the Easter Seal Camp.

The family will receive friends Wednesday after 10 a.m. at the Kingdom Hall.  Services will be conducted by Mike Johnson. Interment will be in the Stewart Cemetery in Ashland City.

Survivors include children Wanda (Tommy) Gibbons of Lebanon, Vicki (Dennis) Sullivan of Nashville, Diane (Ellis) Clark of Cabot, AR and Kimberly Tuttle of Lebanon.

Also surviving are grandchildren Jacqueline Pryor of Lebanon, Neil and Robyn Clark of San Francisco, CA, Tyler Montgomery and Dalton Holt of Lebanon; great-granddaughter Isabella Pryor of Lebanon; sisters: Vera Halpin, Mary Freeman, Robbie "Sissy" Jenkins — all of Nashville and Robert "Buck" Hulan of Hendersonville.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Zornes was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Paul Estes Zornes, who died July 1, 2000, and brother Granville Hulan. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Sherlocks Book Emporium and Curiosities sets book signings

Sherlock’s Book Emporium and Curiosities, located at 200 Maddox Simpson Parkway, in Lebanon, plans author signings for the month of August.

Sherlock’s Book Emporium and Curiosities, located at 200 Maddox Simpson Parkway, in Lebanon, plans author signings for the month of August.

Mark your calendar for the following dates:

• Saturday, Aug. 1: Dr. Nat Winston will be signing his book “Dear God: I Hope You Will Always Love Me and Forgive Me” from 1 until 4 p.m.

• Thursday, Aug. 6: Daisy King will be presenting a cooking demo and book signing from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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Budget meeting planned
The Wilson County Commission's budget committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 21 at 6 p.m in Conference Room 2.
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Unemployment rate up
Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley announced the Tennessee’s unemployment rate for June was 10.8 percent, up 0.1 percentage point from the May rate of 10.7 percent. The June rate a year ago was 6.4 percent. The national unemployment rate for June 2009 was 9.5 percent, up from the May rate of 9.4 percent.
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Inmate dies in county jail
From Post staff reports

An inmate facing charges of attempted first degree murder, failure to appear and tampering with evidence has died of an apparent heart attack while awaiting trial in the Wilson County Jail.

Darrius Wilson, a 19-year-old Lebanon man, “had just eaten breakfast and went back to bed complaining of a stomach ache around 7:30 a.m. Monday,” said Assistant Chief Robert Bryan with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department. Wilson was discovered unresponsive a short time later around 8 a.m.

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Gordon, Cohen and Cooper votes will be costly to Tennesseans
Congressmen Bart Gordon, Jim Cooper and Steve Cohen showed their true colors last week by voting for a massive special interests pork bill that will be costly to Tennesseans.  The pork-filled American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, or the “cap-and-trade” bill narrowly passed the U.S House Friday evening after months of debate.
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TDOT works to keep motorists informed

By Commissioner GERALD NICELY
Tennessee Department of Transportation

Famed English statesman Sir Francis Bacon once made the still-meaningful statement that knowledge is power. However, to gain knowledge you must have access to information. TDOT provides several ways for drivers to get traffic information, both before leaving home and while traveling in Tennessee.

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Resident applauds current and former mayor

To the Editor:

I am writing this because I am concerned about our city. I have attended the council meetings many times. I get so disturbed because all they want to do is point fingers at different people.

It looks to me like the ones that are so mad are the problem.

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MTEMC plans outages July 21 in Lebanon

Middle Tennessee Electric crews will be working to improve electric service in Lebanon July 21, which will require outages in parts of the city. 

The scheduled work will require about 200 residences to be without power. The scheduled times for the outages are set to begin at 8 a.m. and last until approximately 12 p.m.

 

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Walker indicted on theft from Gladeville Utility

From Post staff reports

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested the former general manager of the Gladeville Water Utility District after he was indicted Wednesday by the Wilson County Grand Jury on numerous counts of theft for stealing from the utility company in 2007.

William Clifford Walker, 57, 208 Burgess Road, Mt. Juliet, TN was charged with two counts of Theft Over $60,000, eight counts of Theft Over $10,000 and one count of Official Misconduct.

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Will LHS plays games in park with guns?
By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post
          
Members of the Lebanon City Council have not formally adopted a position on the new “guns in parks” law passed by the state legislature although there appears to be considerable support among council members to not exercise its right to option out of the law.
          
Councilors Kathy Warmath and William Farmer both indicated that they would not want the city to option out of the law, while Alex Buhler said he’s still undecided.
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Local Guard unit to go again

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

The National Guard Armory in Lebanon has been busier than usual as they received the order to mobilize the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the state’s largest National Guard unit.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates signed the mobilization order and it was announced on Monday of this week. The 278th is made up of over 3,000 soldiers across the state, with nearly 200 stationed in Lebanon.

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Donald Raymond Hall, 45

NASHVILLE – Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18 at the Spring Hill Funeral Home for Mr. Hall, 45, of Nashville. He died July 14, 2009.

The family will receive friends Friday between the hours of 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Services will be conducted by Brother Mike Bumbalough with burial at the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: parents Gordon and Martha Hall, children Christopher Matthew Hall and Sarah Ashley Hall — both of Lebanon; sister Janet (Bruce) Orndorff as well as several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by brothers Randal W. Hall and Steven W. Hall.

Spring Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery is in charge of arrangements.

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Theodore J. Trayer, 62

LEBANON — Theodore Trayer passed away on July 14, 2009 at the age of 62. No services scheduled at this time.

Survivors include children: Elaine (Stephen) Barry, Tammy (Michael) Del Piano and Tina Olson (and family); grandchildren Michael Del Piano, Nicole Del Piano, and Ryan Del Piano; as well as best friend Dennis McWaherter.

He is preceded in death by parents Theodore and Blanche Davis Trayer.

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

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