By GARY KEITH
Wilson County Commissioner 17th District
Already there is much talk about the approaching elections. There will be a General Election for local government offices on Aug. 5, which will also be the election date for Primary Elections and a General Election for statewide, legislative and congressional offices on Nov. 2.
I currently serve as a member of the Wilson County Commission representing the 17th District.
By FRANK GIBSON
It’s national “Sunshine Week,” a time for Americans to take stock in the value of open government, and this year it may be more relevant than any of the previous four.
Newspapers and other media are encouraged to put a spotlight this week on laws designed to “enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.”
To the Editor:
Nanci Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Obama, the "Unholy Triumvirate," are trying to ram the Health Care Bill by hook or crook. If they don't have their votes soon, they plan to use an illegal procedure called "deeming." That way, they can pretend it passed and show, "We the People," that the constitution doesn't matter. This is simply a sleazy unconstitutional strategy to get what they want and not take responsibility for it.
According to the U.S. Constitution, a bill has to pass both the House and the Senate to become law. If Congress can now decide that the House can vote for one bill and the Senate can vote for another, and the final result can be some arbitrary hybrid, then we have abandoned Madison's core checks and balances.
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, March 16 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Belcher, 66, of the Commerce Community. A truck driver and a native of Wilson County, he died March 14, 2010 at University Medical Center. He was a member of the Commerce church of Christ.
Services were conducted by Brother Gynnath Ford. Burial was at the Commerce Cemetery. Survivors include: his wife of 24 years Janiece Rowland Belcher of Commerce and cousins Tessa (Bill) Dean, Cayce (Jim) Clay, Emilie Simpson and Courtney (Brandon) Gregg -- all of Nashville.
Also surviving are special friends Domingo and Ruby Samaniego, Don and Barbara Bates, Jim and Sherry Beck and Doris Ann Fields. The family wishes to thanks Dr. Willard M. West, Joe Trombley and the staff and nurses of University Medical Center for their. Memorials may be directed to the Commerce Church of Christ.
Hunter Funeral Home Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, March 18 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Bennett, 84, of Lebanon. Known as "Jack" to hs family and friends, the US Navy veteran of World War II died March 16, 2010 at the University Medical Center.
Born May 11, 1925, in Wilson County, he was the son of the late Claude M. and Beatrice Spears Bennett. Early in his life, Mr. Bennett worked for the Lebanon Police Department and the Lebanon Fire Department. Later, he was the owner of Bennett’s Grocery and co-owner of SKAT Pest Control. He was a member of the Cedar Creek Baptist Church.
Services were conducted by Rev. John Petree. Interment with military honors followed at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: children Charles W. (Margie) Bennett, Donald R. (Cindy) Bennett and Judy (David) Phillips -- all of Lebanon; grandchildren Louis (Jenny) Bennett, Michael (Erica) Phillips and Angela Bennett -- all of Lebanon; Matthew (Dana) Phillips of Livingston; great grandchildren William Bennett, Cole Phillips, Carly Phillips, Mary Elizabeth Phillips and Bennett Jarvis; along with special caregivers Dorothy Seay, Ophila Seay, Sharon Jared and Traci Dedmon.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Frances Tomlinson Bennett on December 4, 2001; sister Bennie Rhea Winter and an infant brother.
Pallbearers: Michael and Matthew Phillips, Louis Bennett, Jerry Apple, Chip Beal and Jason Ligon.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
MT. JULIET -- Mrs. Barrix, 82, of Mt. Juliet died Tuesday, March 16, 2010. A member of the Jehovah’s Witness, she was the daughter of the late William Sampson and Cressie Ada Page Durham.
She was also preceded in death by her husband Robert B. Barrix along with several brothers and sisters. Survivors include: sister Ruthene Puckett of Alabama along with several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, March 19 at Lawrenceville City Cemetery, Lawrenceville, IL. Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, is in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Mrs. Wester, 93, died Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Quality Health Care. Born December 31, 1917 to the late Thomas & Eula Paris, she attended the Wilson County public schools.
Mrs. Wester united with the Pickett Chapel Methodist Church at an early age. She lived with her parents until she married Rev. Johnny Wester. They later united with Seay's Chapel Methodist Church on Rocky Road, where she served faithfully until her health failed.
Johnny and Scriptoria were married for more than 50 years. She was devoted to her husband, sisters, brothers, nephews, and various other relatives from the Wester family.
She leaves to cherish her memory nephews Hershell B. (Maxine) Carter, Theodore H. (Atha) Carter and Rollin H. (Carmen) Carter, along with a very special devoted caregiver Shirley Bates. Funeral will be 12 Noon, Friday, March 19 at the Disyal Funeral Home.
Family and friend visitation from 11:30 until services. Interment will follow at The Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens. Disyal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Wilson County Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the return of the Renegade Woodcarvers Roundup set for Monday through Friday, March 22-26, at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.
The roundup is an intensive caricature-carving workshop where five nationally known instructors will teach students the skills of wood carving.
LEBANON -- Sherlock’s Bookstore Assistant Manager Joey Bumbalough presents a check to Country K-9 Rescue Vice President Annelise Henning and Wink the office cat. The bookstore recently began donating 50 percent from its used book sales to animal rescues such as Lebanon’s New Leash on Life and Country K-9 Rescue. The bookstore’s resident cats, Chester and Miss Kitty, are Country K-9 alums.
The City of Lebanon’s annual residential spring cleanup will begin Monday, April 5 and continue through Friday, April 30.
Citizens are reminded to place items near the curb or next to but not in the roadside ditch.
The Street Department attempts to run daily routes therefore serving all citizens with four pickups during the month. This schedule is subject to change due to weather and/or heavy volumes.
By ZACK OWENSBY
The Wilson Post
You might think there are very few, if any, homeless people in Wilson County, but that would be wrong.
The homeless in Lebanon are a hidden population,” said Tyler McCain, a volunteer with the Wilson County Salvation Army.
“And we know they are here. You see them walking down the side of the road or spending all their time near their vehicle,” McCain said.
By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post
Growth has brought more traffic and the increase in traffic is causing alarming concern about long commutes, the safety of local roads and highways and the impact these issues are having on the lives of those living in Wilson County.
In the year 2000 the population for Wilson County was reported at 88,809.
From Post staff reports
A Wilson County Sheriff’s Department deputy is recovering from dog bites he received from a pit bull while searching for a fugitive from justice and a suspect in another case.
The incident occurred on Tuesday as deputies arrived at a home at 9069 Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon, to serve a Domestic Violence Warrant on John David Buckman, 35. Upon arrival at the residence, deputies were informed by Troy Eugene Blount Jr., 38, who was at the home that Buckman was not there. However, Buckman then drove up. Deputies advised him of the charges against him and placed him under arrest.
From Post staff reports
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.
From Post staff reports
A move by a Wilson County Commissioner Monday night to skirt a payment to the City of Mt. Juliet of $650,000 for the county’s portion of a West Wilson road project may result in the county paying almost $1 million instead, according to County Road Superintendent Steve Armistead.
Armistead said Tuesday that Chris Sorey, who represents District 2 on the County Commission, was mistaken when he told the Commission Monday night in a regularly scheduled meeting that the county’s portion of a recent road project on Curd Road, a local interstate connector, was some 600 feet in length.
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
LEBANON -- On a Cumberland baseball team stacked with offensive firepower, no one is swinging a hotter bat than senior outfielder Kris Miller. The native Texan and a transfer from Lewis& Clark State was a perfect 4-for-4 as the Bulldogs hammered visiting Georgetown (Ky.) 17-7 Wednesday afternoon at Stockton Field.
Batting in the clean-up spot, Miller doubled in each of his first two at bats, then punched in a couple of singles along with a walk before taking a seat.
A transfer from Lewis & Clark State in Idaho, Miller is thrilled with the opportunity to play for the Bulldogs.
"I know you should never look back, but I wish I had decided to come play for Coach Hunt right out of junior college," Miller said. "Cumberland is a great place to be."
“Kris is in one of those grooves right now,” said CU coach Woody Hunt. “The other players feed off that and the result is what folks saw out there Wednesday.”
The Bulldogs (19-5) got at least one hit from each spot in the batting order, totaling 19 and topping the previous high of 15, which they did twice – versus Viterbo University on Feb. 28 and again on March 12 against Shawnee State.
Senior third baseman Matt Greener went 3-for-4 with a homer, his seventh of the season. Four other Bulldogs had multi-hit games with David Fanshawe, Sam Kikla, Max Kautz and Dave Weyer each picking up a pair of hits.
Designated hitter Kautz blasted a two-run homer in the fifth, a missle just to the right of the hitters’ eye in center field -- his third home run of the season.
CU trailed 3-0 and 6-3 as the Tigers (7-13) chased Bulldog starter Peter Taraskevick with one out in the second after throwing only 29 pitches.
Matt Vance, a redshirt junior from Castalian Springs came on in relief of Taraskevich, and closed out the game for the win. Vance (2-1) allowing the final three runs, all of which were unearned, on four hits in 5 and one-third innings of relief.
“We’re a tired baseball team right now, coach Hunt said after the game. “I gave the guys Thursday off just to rest, re-group and to concentrate on their studies. “We’ve played a lot of baseball over the past 10 days. That can take a pretty serious toll, both on the mind and body.”
The Bulldogs host a three-game series against Davenport University this weekend. A 12 Noon doubleheader is planned Saturday followed by a single game Sunday, March 21 at 12:30 p.m.
Once upon a time there was a little boy who, at 6 years old was ready for the rite of passage all children look forward to. He was anxious for a visit from that enigmatic character he had heard all his snaggle toothed little friends talk about. He was ready to see the tooth fairy. Well, maybe not ready to see her, but definitely ready to see what prize she’d be leaving behind. So begins his quest to loosen a tooth.
At least once a week since Christmas, he will run to me and say, “I think my toof is loose. Help me pull it. Ohhh, I can’t wait to get this toof out. It really is ready.” I always oblige and check this alleged loose tooth. And I always find a tooth that is no closer to falling out than a monkey out of a banana tree. Regardless, I always look at him with excitement and say, “It’s very close. Just keep working on it.” He then runs off in a flurry of excitement. Usually off to tell his big brother about all the loot the tooth fairy will be bringing in exchange for this elusive tooth.
Dear Ken: Where was actor Johnny Depp raised? How many movies has he made?
Depp, 46, was born in Owensboro, Ky., and grew up mostly in Miramar, Fla. He dropped out of high school at 15 to play in a rock band, The Kids, that later changed its name to Six Gun Method. Through his ex-wife, a makeup artist, he met Nicolas Cage, who encouraged him to get into acting. Depp’s first film was “Nightmare on Elm Street” in 1984, and he garnered acclaim in the late 1980s TV series “21 Jump Street.” He has about 33 movies in the can, including the current “Alice in Wonderland” where he plays the Mad Hatter. It’s hard to pick his best, but he was amazing in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” He should be back as Jack Sparrow in another “Pirates of the Caribbean” in 2011. He has two young children, Lily and Jack.
I can always tell when spring arrives. It usually starts with full blown allergy attacks in my house. Honestly, I could care less. I can handle any amount of allergies if it means winter is on its way out and warmer, sunnier weather is on its way in. Warmer weather also ushers in many outdoor activities including, weddings and picnics.
Our first wedding issue last year was our biggest and since Wilson Living is all about outdoing what we’ve already done you can expect our second annual wedding issue to be even better. If you are looking for ideas for planning your big day, you DO NOT want to miss this issue! We will cover everything from flowers to food and traditional to contemporary ceremonies.
By ANNE DONNELL
In an e-mail dated 2/15/2010 to The Jonesboro Sun ( published 2/21) Kelly Craft wrote, “[Since first voting in 1972] I … have observed our political life in decline, spiraling downward on a course of shameless blaming and irresponsibility which I have termed ‘Poisonous Pedagogy…’ It is present on both sides of the political aisle…a language that uses cynicism, sarcasm, scorn, scoffing, character assassination, and schadenfruede (a word that means joy in another’s suffering). It generates fear and distrust by deliberate inaccuracies and purposeful confusion. It is a language of disrespect that demonizes and dehumanizes. The people who use the Poisonous Pedagogy are demonstrating their lack of civility, their lack of respect for the other, and their willingness to use any means to gain an advantage. The Poisonous Pedagogy discourages participation in public life at all levels…I stand against all persons in our public life (pundits, preachers, politicians, etc.) who use the Poisonous Pedagogy to advance agendas. I call for maturity and civility in our public life...”
-Sent by J.G.
By SAM HATCHER
There's a flier in my office at home that says "Special at Tuckers Café . . .Til Times Get Better, Two Eggs (fried or scrambled) with Tuckers Breakfast Bacon and Buttered Toast . . . 5 cents."
I'm not sure of the exact date on this piece but I've got to believe it was presented during the era of the Great Depression. Tucker’s Café by the way for some who may not know was a famed eatery on Lebanon’s Public Square at one time and then later in the Westside Hotel just off the Square.
By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post
After a failed referendum to raise the wheel tax in order to fund a new Lebanon High School this past fall, Wilson County Commission unanimously voted to sell bonds to pay the cost of construction at Monday night’s regular meeting.
“I am so happy for Lebanon High School,” said District 7 Commissioner Georgia Franklin. “I worked there for 17 years and I know how much this was needed.”
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.
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