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Joseph Franklin Lawson, 50

MT. JULIET – Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, December 5 at the Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Lawson, 50, of Mt. Juliet. Known as “Joey” to his family and friends, he died Dec. 3, 2009.

The son of the late Chester L. and Geneva Castleman Lawson, he was a member of Chandler Baptist Church. Visitation will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. Services will be conducted by Brother David Fallin. Interment will follow at Pulley Cemetery.

Survivors include: siblings Carolyn Short and Larry Eakes, six nieces and nephews along with 13 great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Judy Plemons. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Shirley P. Patton, 74

NASHVILLE – Graveside services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, December 4 at Woodlawn Memorial Park for Ms. Patton, 74, of Mt. Juliet. The daughter of the late Charles and Bess Dalton Padget, Ms. Patton died Dec. 1, 2009.

Survivors include: children Stephen (Suellen) Patton and Lori (Jimmy) Pregel; grandchildren Lee (Angela), Jill (Ray), Sarah (Jeff), Allen, Jimmy (Sarah) and Tiffany (Ryan); great-grandchildren Austin, Alyssa, Kyah, Adam, Zack, Jake, Christian and Devin.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by sister Sue Todd. Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St. Nashville, 37203.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Ina M. Hudson Green, 81

LEBANON – Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, December 4 at Hurricane Cemetery for Mrs. Green, 81, of Lebanon. The daughter of the late Fred and Maude Hudson, Mrs. Green died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 at University Medical Center.

Visitation Friday from 10 a.m. until service at Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Survivors include: daughters Darlene (Kenneth) Ricketts, Carolyn Green and Bettye Green; grandsons Joseph and James Ricketts; along several great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by children, John Green Jr., Barbara Ann Green and Arthur Ray Green; and several siblings.

Family will serve as pallbearers. Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

County panels to meet

Wilson County Road Commission will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, Dec. 4 in the Road Commission office. It will be followed immediately by the Urban Type Public Facilities Board.

All Lit Up
I’m absolutely in awe of homes that are beautifully decorated for the holidays. With their  miles and miles of strung up lights and wreaths hanging from every window, I always think to myself as I drive by …
George Clooney loved his pet pig Max

Dear Ken: Can you share some biographical information on actor George Clooney? Is he married and does he have any children?

Clooney, 48, was born in Lexington, Ky. His father Nick Clooney was a TV newscaster and Cincinnati talk show host and brother of the late, great pop singer Rosemary Clooney. George was married once, to actress Talia Balsam for nearly four years, and has no children. A political liberal, he once tried out for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, loves beer and had a pet pig, Max, that lived to be 18. The star of such films as “From Dusk Til Dawn,” “One Fine Day,” “Batman & Robin,” “Three Kings,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Syriana” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, made his debut as an extra in the 1978 TV miniseries “Centennial.” He is presently filming “The American,” where he plays a professional assassin.

A Fashion Thought ... Wishes for Peace and Happiness this Season

“All I want for the holidays is a little peace and happiness.”

Isn’t that what it all boils down to? In a season where our patience can be mightily tested by packed parking lots, annual family conflicts and the endless search for the right gifts, it’s time to put attention to what our hearts want most: peace and happiness.

As we close this year and open the next, may you enjoy these inspiring quotes, now and throughout the coming year.

CU, Vise Library host student photography exhibit

Cumberland University and the Doris & Harry Vise Library is hosting a student photography exhibit now through Wednesday, Dec. 9 featuring works from the Spring and Fall 2009 Digital Photography (ART 130) and Special Studies: Digital Photography (ART 390) classes.

These classes are offered as part of the Entertainment Design degree program and are taught by Margie Monde, co-director of the Entertainment Design Program and Cumberland University’s director of Graphics.

ETC sets auditions for The Fantasticks

Encore Theatre Company presents “The Fantasticks,” American Musical Theatre's longest running musical.

Open auditions for the musical, written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt and directed by Don Breedwell, will be from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Dec. 12; from 3 until 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13; and from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 14 at Encore Theatre at 14905-A Lebanon Road (Behind Tractor Supply), Old Hickory.

Bram Stokers blood relative resurrects Dracula

Vampire scholar-author makes Lebanon appearance

Special to The Wilson Post

Drac is back.

For the first time since the release of “Dracula” in 1897, another Stoker has brought the world’s most famous vampire back to life in the classic novel’s first Stoker family supported sequel.

Shoot the Mystery (but Certainly Not the Messenger)


You are so clever! What a delight to read your "Ask Anne" column.  Now I have a question for you. A friend of mine asked me a question to which I had no answer.  Perhaps you can enlighten me. She is reading a book that refers to "shoot the moon," as in the game of Dominoes. Since my family has always been ardent Domino players (my mother who will be 90 the day before Thanksgiving can tell you immediately what will "make" while playing Double Twelves), she asked me what it meant.  I have never heard the term used in Dominoes. The only thing I can think of is the speaker was a poker playe, and she was betting the pot. Do you have any other ideas?
 -Coffee High Fellow Alum

Publisher bids farewell


There is so much to say about the past 6-1/2 years one final column would not be enough to express all of my feelings.
First, let me say it has been a great pleasure serving as Publisher of this newspaper. The relationships with my fellow employees are very special to me and I will always cherish them. We have built a true team of co-workers who go the extra mile in producing The Wilson Post each week.

Council, Finance Commissioner at odds over budget

The Wilson Post

When Lebanon City Council approved an ordinance that provided more structure to line item transfers in department budgets, it seemed that a compromise had been made.

No money could change from line item to line item without being approved by the council twice, with the exception of emergencies such as towing vehicles or repairing equipment.

Wilmore to speak at MJ High

Astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore, will have his feet on solid ground later this month as the Mt. Juliet High graduate returns to Wilson County following a successful 11-day mission as pilot of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Wilmore is scheduled to address an assembly program at MJ High Friday morning, Dec. 11, then ride in the Mt. Juliet Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 12. Wilmore piloted the Atlantis to and from the International Space Station, returning to the Kennedy Space Center Friday morning, Nov. 27.

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H1N1 flu vaccine available to all

Wilson County Health Department will have a H1N1 flu clinic from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 at the office at 927 East Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon.

To make an appointment, call 444-5325. The H1N1 flu vaccine will be provided at no charge. Parking will be provided at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

Free health screenings highlight Friday event

From Post staff reports

The Dallus Floyd Recreation Center at Cumberland University will be the host site Friday for a spectacular event free to the public and directed toward an age demographic of 50 years and older.

The second annual Mature Lifestyles Senior Boomer Event, sponsored by Middle Tennessee Electric and Wilson Bank and Trust, is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m., and will feature live entertainment, vendor informational booths, free gifts, door prizes and free health screenings provided by University Medical Center.

Mission: Bring local troops home for Christmas

The Wilson Post

The 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Tennessee’s largest National Guard unit which includes troops from Lebanon’s guard post, will leave Saturday, Dec. 5, for Hattiesburg, Miss., for training before being deployed overseas to either Iraq or Afghanistan at the beginning of February 2010.

The troops will be allowed to come home for Christmas from Dec. 22-28, but the government will not pay for the trip.

Local shoplifting ring arrest clouds 'Black Friday'

Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- During what has been described as a “quiet but successful” Black Friday weekend in Mt. Juliet, police officers foiled and apprehended a team of shoplifters who had hit several area retailers and are facing felony theft charges, authorities said Tuesday.

Michael Wayne Haley, 60

MT. JULIET – Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning, December 1 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Haley, 60, of Mt. Juliet. A Bronze Star-winning helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and a former flight instructor at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, Chief Warrant Officer Haley died Nov. 26, 2009.

A graduate of Dickson High School and as former student at Austin Peay University,  Mr. Haley was credited with saving numerous lives of fellow servicemen during by piloting AH-1G’s in and out of hostile and actively combative territories with the 175th Assault Helicopter Company also known as “The Outlaws”.

He served in the Tennessee Army National Guard and was a member of the Mt. Juliet Lodge 642 Free & Accepted Masons.  Mr. Haley eventually earned a Master of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee. He served as a law enforcement officer in Dickson, to retiring from a Fortune 100 company as the executive human resource manager.  He was a devoted member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association.

Interment with military honors followed at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Marilyn Colgate Haley of Mt. Juliet; and daughters Stephanie (Barry) Estes of Burns and Hollie Haley of Dickson.

Also surviving are brothers Tom (Gloria) Haley and Steve Haley of Dickson; grandchildren Emmy Lynn and Easton Estes of Burns; sister-in-law Billie (Chris) Flowers of Donelson; step-daughter Leah (Tim) Hedge of Tullahoma; step-grandchildren T.C., MaryCate and Jay Hedge, Kaitlyn Flowers, Rick and Nick Carter along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Haley, Sr. and Jewel Burns Haley and brother Larry Haley. 

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, 38105 or to the American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Parkway, Suite 1, Marietta, GA 30067.

The family wishes to sincerely express unequivocal gratitude to all friends, fellow servicemen and the members of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association for all the thoughts and prayers.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Maxine Clark Dean, 86

ROME, Ga. – Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 2 at the Rome First United Methodist Church for Mrs. Dean, 86, formerly of Mt. Juliet. Widow of the late Rev. Kenneth Harold Dean, she died Nov. 28, 2009, in a Rome hospital.

Born in Jasper, Missouri, she was a dedicated mother and pastor’s wife, Mrs. Dean retired from the Ingram Book Company in Nashville following several years of employment.  She was a member of the Mt. Juliet Church of God for many years -- the church where her husband served as founding Pastor.

Survivors include children Bonnie Dean (Jerry) Slagle of Phoenix, AZ; and Dr. Darrell (Linda) Dean of Rome, GA.  Also surviving are five grandchildren, four great grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Juliet Church of God, 495 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN  37122-3312.

Arrangements by Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Rome, GA.

Perry Mizell Smith, 73

MT. JULIET – Memorial services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 2 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Smith, 73, of Portland. A longtime resident of Mt. Juliet and a graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, Mr. Smith died November 29, 2009.

Retired from Ford Glass after 39 years of service, he enjoyed bluegrass gospel music and playing the mandolin and harmonica with his family and friends.

Visitation Wednesday from 12 Noon until the memorial. Services will be conducted by Brother Bill Smith.

Survivors include: his wife of 31 years Pam Smith; children Tonya Waldron, Tracy D. Smith and Terry W. (Velma) Smith; step-children Shannon (Mark) French, Shelley (Robert) Martin and M. Shane Mosley.
Also surviving are siblings Raymond T. (Lawanna) Smith of Marietta, GA, Warren (Carolyn) Smith & Mary Jo (Johnny) Harper – all of Lebanon and Evelyn (Thelbert) Powell of Mt. Juliet; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents Porter Mizell and Mary Edna Burton Smith.

Memorial contributions may be made to any Hospice organization.

Arrangements by Sellars at Mt. Juliet.

Linda S. VanHook, 66

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Linda Simmons VanHook are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 2 at the Immanuel Baptist Church with Pastor John Hunn, Rev. Mark Caruth & Bro. Carl Jones officiating.

Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation Tuesday 12 Noon - 8 p.m. at Ligon & Bobo and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Mrs. VanHook, age 66 of  Lebanon, passed away Sunday, November 29, 2009, at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, surrounded by her family and friends.

Born December 11, 1942, in Wilson County, she was the daughter of the late Elsie Mai Huffines Simmons and Jesse J. Simmons of Lebanon.

She retired from Lifeway where she was an accounts payable clerk and was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Sue McGee and a granddaughter, Madelyn Reed Waddle.

She is survived by her husband of over 46 years, Paul H. VanHook; children Paul E. (Melissa) VanHook of Murfreesboro; Laura (Randy) Waddle and Brad H. (Millie) VanHook -- all of Lebanon; grandchildren Lainie VanHook, Amanda and Lily Beth Waddle, Arrington VanHook, Morgan, Maleah, Ethan and Erin Vanhook; father Jesse J. Simmons of Lebanon; sister Jessie (Homer) Hughes of Carrollton, GA; and brother Malcolm (Evelyn) Simmons of Lebanon.

Honorary pallbearers: Physicians and staff of SICU & CVICU at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Active pallbearers: Donald Oakley, Jack Hale, Marvin Fisher, Wayne Beadle, Joe Dillard, and Charlie Bissinger.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Warm-mongering: the latest debunked fashionable worry

By Ron Hart 

“According to a new U.N. report, the global warming outlook is much worse than originally predicted. Which is pretty bad when they originally predicted it would destroy the planet.”
--Jay Leno-2006

Door buster pet sale just in time for the holiday season

With the holidays rolling around now may be a great time to go ahead and adopt that holiday pet you had on your list.

This weekend may be the bargin of the month with the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter waiving fees today, Saturday and Sunday.

Seniors invited to attend boomer Christmas event

Seniors from across middle Tennessee are invited to attend Mature Lifestyles Senior Extravaganza on Friday, Dec. 4 on the campus of Cumberland University.

The Dallas Floyd Recreation Center will be the site for the event, sponsored by Middle Tennessee Electric and Wilson Bank and Trust.

This will be the fourth senior celebration put on by MainStreet Media, the parent company that owns Mature Lifestyles and The Wilson Post.


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