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Wilson economy steadier than most

The Wilson Post

While the nation appears to be having serious economic issues, Wilson County may weather the storm better than most areas of the country.

Most local employers seem to be holding employment steady, according to G.C. Hixson, director of the Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County.

“There have been some reductions but not too bad,” Hixson said earlier this week. He added that TRW which has laid off some people is working with the JECDB to get a retraining grant of about $60,000 so their employees can be ready to come back to work when the economic woes smooth out.

“TRW plans on retraining and working with us to get through this,” Hixson said. “We want other local companies to know these kinds of grants are available to help them as well.”

The Annual Exam

Discomfort, embarrassment, anxiety… Usually I reserve these emotions for my mother-in-law’s visits. That is until I make my yearly pilgrimage to the gynecologist for my annual exam.

The visit always starts with a nurse calling my name and leading me back to the first and perhaps the most stressful part of my exam…the weigh in. The nurse and I exchange niceties and when we reach that big, impersonal piece of gagetry I say the same thing I always say, “Wouldn’t this be easier if I told you how much I weigh instead of me getting on the scale?”

Patrick Swayze combats cancer, keeps acting

Dear Ken: How is “Dirty Dancing” star Patrick Swayze doing? I believe he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2008.

Purcell exhibit captures immigrant experience

Nashville photographer’s husband inspires new work

The Adams Gallery at Cumberland University will host an installation of photographs by Nashville’s Tori Purcell from Jan. 12 through Feb. 19.

The series of photographs, entitled “Neither Here,” features subject matter inspired by the immigrant experience of Purcell’s husband, a native of Cuba. A reception for Purcell will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 5 until 7 p.m. and will include a 6 p.m. gallery talk.

Wilson County whistler targets world title

Special to The Wilson Post

“You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”
--- Lauren Bacall to Humphrey Bogart in 1944’s “To Have and Have Not”

Pat Sonnier can whistle down the wind.

Heck, she can whistle down many of the best whistlers in the world.

The Mt. Juliet resident captured second place in the International Whistlers Convention in 2007 in Louisburg, N.C., the world‘s whistling capital. She will return April 22-24 with her lips aimed at first place in the international female grand champion division.

Casing the Cool Ones


I think you have mentioned that it’s incorrect to say something like, “…for Tom and I.” I believe I understand why, but still want you to explain this.  I hear this everywhere, even on television.  I try not to say this, but it’s so easy to pick up things other people say.  Why is that, by the way?.
- One Who Appreciates “The Right Way”

Nuclear energy safer, more cost efficient than coal-fired steam plant


In the wake of the recent environmental disaster in Harriman, it behooves us, I think, to examine not only the immediate causes of this tragedy, but also, and perhaps more importantly, the systemic root causes of the problem – specifically, the fact that we as a nation remain far too dependent on antiquated and risky power generation technology.

Bessie Mae Clayborn, 86

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, January 5 at the Sellars Funeral Home for Mrs. Clayborn, 86, of Lebanon. The daughter of the late Whitly and Mattie Lena Bradford, Mrs. Clayborn died Jan. 2, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Kenneth Bowen. Interment was in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include children: Jerry (Dorothy) Reynolds and Jimmy (Elaine) Reynolds -- all of Lebanon; Charlene (Gene) Pace of Macomb MI and Patricia (Howard) Marks of Mobile, AL.

Also surviving is brother Whitly (Eliza) Bradford Jr. of Lauflin, NV; 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and two great, great grandchildren.

Pallbearers: Jerry Lynn Marks, Ronnie Marks, Bobby Marks, Raymond Denney, Gary Reynolds and Craig Brown.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Teddy Doyle Taylor, 40

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, January 4 at the Sellars Funeral Home for Mr. Taylor, 40, of Lebanon. He passed away Jan. 1, 2009.

Interment was in Commerce Cemetery, Watertown.

Survivors include son Theodore Taylor; brothers: Eddie Taylor, Richard Taylor and Johnny Taylor; stepfather Kerry George; mother of child Trina Roberts; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by father Miles Taylor and mother April George. Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Henry Houston Hight, 85

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday morning, January 5 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Hight, 85, of Watertown.

A former Staff Master Sergeant with 21 years service in the US Air Force, Mr. Hight died Friday Jan. 2, 2008 in the University Medical Center. The son of the late Horace and Ella McPeak Hight, he was a member of the Methodist church and a farmer.

Interment was at the Williams Cemetery in the Norene Community.

Survivors include: his wife Betty Hight; sons Michael E. Hight Sr. and Joe H. Hight; sister Ester James; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by son Charles Larry Hight; siblings Lewis Hight, Jessie Hight and Inez Taylor. Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Alma Frances Dyer, 82

JACKSON -- Funeral services were held Monday morning, January 5 at the Lawrence-Sorenson Funeral Home in Madison County for Mrs. Dyer, 82, of Lebanon. She died Jan. 2, 2009 at Quality Care Nursing Home in Lebanon.

Born in Jackson, she attended Pinson School and Chester County High School.

Before retiring, she worked as a nurses’ aide at Jackson-Madison County Hospital and performed private duty work. She was affiliated with the Church of God.

Services were conducted by the Reverend Aubrey James. Interment in Hollywood Cemetery.

Survivors include children: Brenda (Bedford) Kellow and Lorna Camille (Steve) Howell -- all of Lebanon, Glenda Claudette (Danny) Adkins of Hendersonville and Carl Michael Dyer of Jackson; seven grandchildren, and nine great, grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by parents Carl and Flora Parrot Grissom, the father of her children Claude Elbert Dyer, brothers Robert Grissom, James Grissom, and Kenneth Grissom, baby brother Glenn Grissom, sister Evelyn Jones, and baby sister Juanita Grissom.

Pallbearers: Lee Adkins, David Roberts, Ken Grissom, Steven Harris, Aaron Dyer and Jason Dyer.  Honorary Pallbearers: Bedford Kellow, Danny Adkins, and Steve Howell.

Local arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon. Madison County arrangements by Lawrence-Sorenson Funeral Home in Jackson.

Alene Fite, 96

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Saturday morning, January 3 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Fite, 96, of Lebanon.

Born October 11, 1912, in Liberty, she died December 31, 2008 at the Quality Care Nursing Home in Lebanon. She and her late husband, Willie B. Fite, were Innkeepers at the Holiday Inn for many years. Mrs. Fite was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Services were conducted by Rev. Don McElroy and Rev. Glenn Denton. Interment followed in the Prosperity Cemetery.

Survivors include: son Charles (Bobbie) Fite of Lebanon; grandchildren, Dan (Margaret) Fite of Nashville; Jeff (Tracy) Fite of Omaha, NE; and Jean (Brad) Everett of Lebanon; and great grandchildren Matthew Fite, Rebecca and Lila Everett.

She is preceded in death by parents Charles and Ada Frazier Burton, husband Willie B. Fite, children Kenneth Neal Fite and Rosa Elaine Hunt; siblings Fannie Pugh, Alva Corley and Walter Burton.

Pallbearers: Dan Fite, Jeff Fite, Brad Everett, Dan Midgett, Bobby Johnson and Tommy Nokes.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Joyce Ann Webber, 53

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, January 4 at the Sellars Funeral Home for Mrs. Webber, 53, of Lebanon. She passed away on Jan. 1, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Kenneth Bowen and Brother Danny Sellars. Interment was in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include husband Raymond Webber of Lebanon; son Danny (Katherine) Hudson; stepdaughter Tammy Webber; brothers Gerald Hudson and David Hudson; grandchildren Chase and Dakota Hudson; and step-grandchildren Jeremy and Kayla Bergdorf.

She is preceded in death by parents Robert Hudson and Ruth Davenport, and sister Wilma Jean Hudson.

Active pallbearers: Terry Ashe, Larry Bowman, David Begarly, Chris King, Bob White, Don Hamblen and Gary Keith. Honorary pallbearers: Wilson County Sheriff’s Department.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Charles Henry Thompson, II, 75

MT. JULIET -- Memorial services were conducted Sunday afternoon, January 4, at Cook’s United Methodist Church for Mr. Thompson, 75, of Mt. Juliet. Known as "Chuck" to his family and friends, he died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009.

Services were conducted by the Reverend Dr. Craig Goff and the Reverend Tom Gildemeister.

Survivors include: his wife Sally Owens Thompson; children Wendy (Mike) Crick of Mt. Juliet; Lori (Steve) Waters of New Braunfels, TX and Douglas Thompson of Chattanooga.

Also surviving is brother Jeffrey (Myra) Thompson of St. Clairsville, OH; grandchildren Bailey and Janie Crick; Chas and Julie Waters.

Mr. Thompson preceded in death by parents Charles Henry, Jr. and Jane Koch Thompson; brother Philip Thompson. Memorial donations may be made to Cook’s United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Odis King, 73

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday morning, January 5 at the Sellars Funeral Home for Mr. King, 73, of Lebanon. He died Jan. 1, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Bufford Bane and Brother James Allen. Interment was in Andy Smith Cemetery, Fentress County.

Survivors include: his wife of 48 years Mary Lou Choate King of Lebanon; son Chad King of Murfreesboro; special nephew: Roger King; special niece: Brenda Pedigo.

Also surviving are brothers-in-law: Donnie (Janice) Choate and Frankie (Rose) Choate; sisters-in-laws: Sue Peavy House and Ruth (Kirby) Crockett; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by parents Linza and Mary Attie King: siblings Dollie Wright, Allie Wright, Olie Wright, Audie Linder, Edith King, Arvil King, Marvin King and Ortion King.

Pallbearers included: Frankie Choate, Donnie Choate, Kirby Crokett, Roger King, Bobby Brown, Edd Adams, Sammy Rigsby and Steve Swan. Honorary pallbearers: Lebanon Senior Citizens Center, Adult Sunday School Class at the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Wilson Beekeepers slate classes for beginners

Wilson County Beekeepers Association will offer a free three-night course in beginning beekeeping. 

This class will take place Tuesday, Jan. 20 through Thursday, Jan. 22, at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center (fairgrounds) in the Veteran’s Building across from the General Store in Fiddler’s Grove toward the back of the fair grounds, starting promptly at 7 nightly and concluding around 9. 

Tuesday and Wednesday night will be a classroom setting with valuable information and Thursday will be a hands-on program in building a complete beehive ready to use.

The class will touch on all aspects of beekeeping, from installing a package of bees to extracting the honey. After the completion of the class, each beginning beekeeper who has attended all three evenings will be eligible to win a number of door prizes including a beginner’s kit, which will get you started in beekeeping.

Class size is limited, so please be sure to contact Petra Mitchell at 286-2529 or  by Jan. 17 to reserve your seat for this program, or if you have any questions. 


Council nods beer permit change

The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council passed on second reading an ordinance that would change the regulations for issuing beer permits.

The new ordinance requires businesses that sell beer either to be consumed on site or off site to be located at least 100 feet from churches, schools, daycare centers, playgrounds, parks or single family homes.

Questions answered on WEMA Station 6 closing

The Wilson Post

A lack of personnel had officials with Wilson County Emergency Management Agency (WEMA) scrambling for workers to cover Fire Station 6 located on Highway 109 in the LaGuardo area Saturday.

“We had a personnel shortage due to a combination of sickness and vacation,” said WEMA Director John Jewel on Monday. “It took us about 4-1/2 hours to get the station covered.”

He said this problem is very uncommon, but since WEMA has no floaters, or workers who travel between stations as needed, it can happen.

“What we need is some people who aren’t assigned anywhere so we can plug them in where we need them,” Jewel said.

BOE requests Federal funds for new LHS

The Wilson Post

Wilson County Board of Education voted Monday night to support a request from the County Commission to apply to the federal government for help financing a new Lebanon High School.

Director of Schools Mike Davis told the board he had everything ready to send to the request and all the supporting documents to Washington, D.C.

He said he had been in contact with U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon’s office and was told having already bought the land and done the preliminary work increased the chances for funding.

Saddle Up

Saddle maker crafts leather to make a good ride for man and horse  

PULLTIGHT -- Kelly Collom fell in love with horses while riding with his father when he was knee high to a grasshopper. It was to be 20 more years before he owned his own horse at the age of 24.

Today, he painstakingly crafts custom saddles from his shop, Horse Corner Saddles, on his 46-acre farm in the Pulltight community on Chicken Road between Doaks Crossroads and Bairds Mill. The saddles are built to be practical, beautiful and enduring.

“What makes me do it? I enjoy it. It’s artistic,” Collom said “What I do is fit the horse, the rider and the job. When I accomplish this, I’m helping all three.”

Stroller Strides Open in Mt. Juliet

Fitness franchise for mothers experiences growth in local community
It seems that moms can’t get enough of Stroller Strides, the women’s fitness franchise for moms and mothers-to-be, as the company expands with an additional class location in the Mt Juliet/Lebanon area.

It Takes 2 To Save A Life
Donate blood today to help someone in need
It takes two to ride a tandem bicycle, sing a duet or play checkers. The American Red Cross reminds you that it also takes two to save a life – the generous donor rolling up his sleeve and the Red Cross, working together to ensure life-saving blood is on hospital shelves for patients in need.
Changing 4th block workouts may affect athletics in Wilson County

To the Editor:

The following is a letter I wrote to Mike Davis, director of Wilson County Schools, and the members of the Wilson County Board of Education.

Watertown B & B
Move over Tori and Dean, This B&B is the Real Thing… If the hustle and bustle of the pending holiday season has you prepared to cancel Christmas in favor of Festivus, it may be time to take a 24 hour breather. Rest and Relaxation can be found less than an hour from Nashville at the Historic Watertown Bed and Breakfast located just off the square in Watertown, Tennessee.

There’s something special about staying at that perfect, quaint B&B. Indulging in a morning curled up in a comfortable bed, waking to a mouth watering breakfast (that you don’t have to cook or clean up after) and beautiful surroundings that feel less like a hotel and more like home.

Ham For The Holidays
Regardless of whether your holiday festivities will be big or small, chances are that the holiday table in your home will have a succulent ham as its centerpiece. One of the places those from Wilson County can purchase this holiday staple is our new locally owned and operated HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Café.

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