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Jail overcrowding costs county

By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post

Wilson County Jail is overcrowded and it is costing the county money, Sheriff Terry Ashe told Wilson County Commission at the Monday night.

He said part of the reason for the increase is the number of state inmates the county is required to house. He told commissioners he has transferred more than 20 state prisoners to other area jails in the past week.

The county jail only has a capacity of 296 inmates, but it has housed up to 301 in recent days which is against state regulations, the sheriff said in his written report to squires.

Plans for Bel Air at Beckwith told
Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- If all goes to plan, it’ll be like Providence… only bigger.

That’s the word from developers and representatives of Bel Air at Beckwith, the 500-plus acre development planned for the area off the Beckwith Road interchange of Interstate 40, who met with the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee on Friday, March 13.

The property is unique, representatives said, in that it encompasses parts of three planning and zoning jurisdictions – the Cities of Mt. Juliet and Lebanon and Wilson County. It is bounded by Interstate 40 on the north, Beckwith Road on the west, South Posey Hill Road on the east and Posey Hill Road on the south.

Wilson Co. prep softball


LEBANON -- Warren County came up with three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 4-1 victory over Lebanon Tuesday night at Baird Park in the District 7AAA softball opener for both teams.

LHS dropped to 1-2 on the season and will be on the road Thursday for a 6 p.m. district contest at White County High in Sparta.

Anna Mullis was tagged with the loss, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits. She struck out six and didn’t walk a batter. Shortstop Kelly McKeon had a hit and scored Lebanon’s only run. Kathryn Ludwikowski and Kelsey Blackburn had the only other hits for the home team.

HENDERSONVILLE -- Mt. Juliet High fell to 1-1 on the season with a 5-1 loss at District 9AAA rival Beech High Tuesday. Lindsey Haliburton was tagged with the loss, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. Brittnie Goins drove in Mt. Juliet’s only run with an RBI double in the top of the seventh.

MTSCA TOURNAMENT -- Softball teams from Mt. Juliet and Watertown High Schools will be among 40 squads participating in the annual Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches Association Tournament this weekend at Heritage Park in Clarksville.

Each team will play pool games Friday and Saturday before heading into the elimination portion of the bracket.

Coach Kacey Pedigo’s Lady Bears of Mt. Juliet High will play Rossview High Thursday at 4 p.m.

MJHS plays Knox Central Friday at 5:30 p.m. then will turn around and play Clarksville High Friday at 7 p.m. Mt. Juliet then closes out pool play Saturday with 10:30 a.m. contest vs. Franklin County.

Watertown, coached by Brandy Baird, will take on Henry County High Friday at 5:30 p.m., the play Nashville Hume-Fogg Friday evening at 8:30 p.m..

On Saturday, March 21, Watertown plays Hickman County High at 9 a.m.

Also on Thursday, Watertown will host Mt. Juliet Christian Academy in a District 8A twinbill. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. at Three Forks Park.

Wilson Co. prep baseball


McMINNVILLE -- Lebanon High improved to 3-0 on the season with a 10-1 victory over Warren County High Tuesday in District 7AAA baseball action.

The two teams will tangle tonight in a 6:30 p.m. game set for Veterans Field in the Baird Park Complex.

Daniel Harrison and Chase Hudson slugged back-to-back homers in the top of the second to help stake the Blue Devils to a 5-1 lead.

Soph Trevin Potter started on the mound and picked up the decision, going four innings. He scattered four hits and struck out four. Senior Craig Gann worked the final three innings, allowing no hits and striking out four.

Brandon Corley drove in three runs with a pair of singles. Brent Morris, Martin Mobley and Gann each had two hits for the winners.

WILSON CENTRAL (2-0) exploded for 21 runs on 16 hits Tuesday as the Wildcats went on the road and smoked Smyrna 21-5.

Smyrna and Central play tonight at 7 p.m. in Gladeville to close out the District 9AAA series.

Coach Anthony Ford’s team put the game on ice by scoring eight runs in both the second and seventh innings. Andrew Green drove in five runs while Joseph Tibbs chipped in with three hits.

Zach Phillips picked up the decision, going five innings, allowing six hits.

MT. JULIET -- Taylor Haydel (2-0) threw a one-hit shutout Tuesday as Mt. Juliet blanked Hendersonville High 5-0 Tuesday night. The Golden Bears improved to 3-0 on the season and will play the Commandos tonight at 7 p.m. at Drakes Creek Park.

Haydel struck out eight HHS batters, facing just 21 batters on 65 pitches. Hendersonville's lone hit came in the first inning and was later erased on a double play.

Logan Dalton and Haydel each had two hits and one RBI. Richie Hawkins had two hits and scored three times. Mt. Juliet totaled nine hits on the evening.

MT. JULIET -- The Saints of Mt. Juliet Christian Academy swept a pair of games Tuesday, defeating Class AAA Antioch High 7-5 and Franklin Christian 19-7.

MJCA improved to 2-1 on the season and will host Zion Christian Friday, March 20 at 4:15 p.m.

Drew Hutchison’s two-run single to right in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a 5-5 and proved to be the game-winning hit against the Bears.

Chris Frazier worked the final two innings in relief and picked up the win. Frazier and Hutchison combined to scatter nine hits and strike out six Antioch hitters.

The Saints reeled off 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth vs. Franklin Christian.

Aaron Webb worked the first four innings on the mound and got the win.

FCS Drama Department performs at WCRTA meeting

Special to The Wilson Post

The March meeting of the Wilson County Retired Teachers' Association was held at the First Church of the Nazarene on March 5. President Betty Hall welcomed the group and introduced special guests: Hardie and Amy Sorrels, Pam Johnson and Oleta Winfree.
Dianne Cozart delivered a thought-provoking devotional and introduced the program. Five students from the Friendship High School Drama Department, under the direction of Bethany Hoppe, gave a delightful presentation of three songs from their upcoming performance of “The Secret Garden.” The play will be presented in its entirety at Friendship in May.

Edna Mae Moser, 94

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held in the Partlow Funeral Chapel 10 a.m. Thursday, March 19 for Mrs. Moser, 94, of Lebanon. A homemaker and a member of Fall Creek Baptist Church, she died Monday, March 16, 2009.

Visitation Wednesday from 4 – 9 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Thursday.  Services will be conducted by Brother Billy Trice. Interment in the Fairview Cemetery.

Survivors include: sons Dale (Cookie) Moser and Randy Moser; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and two great, great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by husband B.A. Moser; parents, four brothers and a sister. Family & friends to serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Geneva Caroline Hunter, 84

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, March 19 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Hunter, 84, of Mt. Juliet. A member of Mt. Juliet Church of Christ, she died Tuesday, March 17, 2009.

Mrs. Hunter was the daughter of the late, Charles A. and Betty Oneida Chandler Neal.  Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. until service Thursday at Bond Memorial Chapel.

Services conducted by Bill Speight and Wayne Miller. Interment will follow at Rutland Cemetery.

Survivors include: daughters Carolyn (Paul) Swain of Gladeville, Annette (Charles) Mitchell and Cynthia (Dintin) Smith -- all of Lebanon.

Also surviving: siblings Sam (Dolores) Neal, Ralph "Buddy" (Thadelle) Neal and Marjorie Brittain; grandchildren Lisa (Ken) Quast, Krista (Jeff) Hall, Brian (Diana) Swain, Chris (Tara) Mitchell, Mark (Heather) Mitchell, Jessica Smith, Chance Smith, Rob (Brenna) Morton, and Hunter (Jessica) Morton; great grandchildren Will and Walt Hall, Samuel, Caroline and Rebecca Quast, Henry Swain,  Jack and Charlie Mitchell, Eliza Mitchell, Teri Lyn, Logan and Madison Morton and Taryn Morton.

Mrs. Hunter was also preceded in death by husband Paul D. Hunter; daughters Gloria Paulette Hunter and Terri Lynne Morton and sister Peggy Smith.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Ruthene Fish Fletcher, 71

LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m Thursday, March 19 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Fletcher, 71, of Lebanon. Born July 27, 1937, in Dekalb County, Mrs. Fletcher passed away March 16, 2009, at Cedars Health Care.

The daughter of Martha Alene Maynard Fish of Lebanon and the late George Gordon Fish, she worked in food service for many years and was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church.

Visitation Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and after 9 a.m. Thursday at Ligon & Bobo. Services will be conducted by Rev. Donald Owens.  Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

In addition to her mother, she is survived children, Wayne (Debbie) Fletcher and Lisa Rosenboom -- all of Lebanon; and Mark (Wanda) Fletcher of Watertown; grandchildren Kristi Fletcher, Brandi (Michael) Cousino, Ashley Cook, Stacy & Emily Woods; great grandchildren Brayden, Brycen and Briley Cousino, Briana Fletcher, Tryton Cook, Jordan Johnson, and Bailey Webster.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband of over 49 years, Fred Fletcher on July 7, 2001, and grandson Mark Anthony Fletcher Jr.  Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Frances Beatrice Martin, 91

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, at Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Martin, 91, of Lebanon. The daughter of the late Rial and Gertie Jennings, Mrs. Martin died Saturday, March 14, 2009 at University Medical Center.

Know as "Fannie B" to her family and friends, she was a Watertown High School graduate and attended Cumberland College.  She was an assistant manager for Sears and also worked at Mary Lee’s Style Shop. Mrs. Martin was a member of Lebanon’s First United Methodist Church.

Services will be conducted by Brother David Hesson and Dr. Larry Locke. Interment followed at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: daughter Diane Martin (Ed) Gentry; sister Mrs. Inez J. Harrison; grandchildren Aaron Martin (Kathy) Gentry, Deana Lynn (Jason) Green, Kelly Gentry (Joe) Dorlac; great-grandchildren Emma Kathryn and John Martin Gentry, John and Grace Ann Green, Jacob Edward, Morgan Beatrice, Hailey Marie, Collin Frederick Koziol and Arin Dorlac, and sister-in-law Mrs. Dot Martin. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by husband William Dean Martin; daughter Deanie Martin Bucy; brother A. Powell Jennings and wife Arlyne; brother-in-law J. Clark Harrison.

Active pallbearers: Bob Bucy, Jason Green, Aaron Gentry, Sam Hatcher, Bill and Jim McDowell, Sid Paris and Joe Dorlac. Honorary pallbearers: Edward Gentry, Glenda Paris, Helen Mason, Madeline Hagan, Rosie Ward, Frank Kolinsky, Shirley Carlile and Marie Le Cornu.

The family requests contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Gladys Midgett Swindell, 96

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Swindell, 96, of Lebanon. Mrs. Swindell passed away March 14, 2009.

An active member of the Saulsbury Baptist Church, she taught the babies and toddlers Sunday School Class. Born in the Saulsbury Community to Leonard George and Vera Hobbs Midgett, at the age of two she went to live with her grandparents John and Octavia Bell Oakley Midgett behind Good Hope Methodist Church in Saulsbury.

Mrs. Swindell attended school at Walnut Grove School and Tuckers Cross Roads High School. While in high school, she met the late Charlie Sindell and married him in November of 1929.

The Midgett and Swindell familes have always been involved in politics. Charlie Swindell served for 26 years on the Wilson County Court.

Paul Neal and Charlie Swindell bought the Tuckers Cross Roads store. Charlie and Gladys moved into the house behind the store and ran the store for several years before buying a farm in Saulsbury.

Charlie was appointed to write warrants and do the board bill for Wilson County Sheriff Ed Maynard and continued to do this for several sheriffs.

Meanwhile, Gladys became a cook for the Tuckers Cross Roads School.  When the widow of Sheriff Harold Griffin, Roslian, became Trustee of Wilson County, Charlie started working in that office. Later, when he was elected as Trustee, Gladys worked in his office. She continued to work with Charlie, Joe Lasater, and John Majors for several years.

The family will be accepting friends at Monday, March 16 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until service.

The chapel service will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars and Brother W.L. Baker. Interment will follow in the Bethlehem Cemetery.

Survivors include children: David E. "Billy" (Kitty) Swindell and Linda Ann Swindell (Clay) Couch; grandchildren: Cathy (Dale) King, David (Teresa) Couch, Kelly (Wayne) Harris and Stacy Swindell; grea grandchildren: Leanna (Gene) Kulas, Snapper King, Billy Wayne Harris, Layce Booker Swindell, Jessica Couch and Addie Couch; and great-great-grandchildren Anna Cate and Alek Kulas, Gracey and Clay King.

Pallbearers: special friend Fred Reeder and nephews Sam Swindell, Jimmy Midgett, Johnny Midgett, Donnie Woosley, Teddy Woosley, and David Earl Bates. Honorary pallbearers: Charles Albert Bell, Jack Bell, Harold Ingram, and Terry Ashe.

She is preceded in death by husband Charlie Swindell.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Betty Lois Clower, 77

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Clower, 77, of Lebanon.

A devoted wife, loving mother, and grandmother and a member of First Baptist Church, Mrs. Clower died Sunday, March 15, 2009 following an extended illness. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2 p.m. until service time.

Services will be conducted by Brother Don McElroy, Brother Leonard Diabold, Brother David Freeman and Brother Benji Thomas. Interment will be Wednesday afternoon, March 18 in Rockwood’s Oak Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include: husband Bob Clower; children Mike (Linda) Clower, Kris (Fulton) Johns, Tena Sherman and Jeff Clower; grandchildren Jennifer Gentry, Teri Jo Haaser, Linlee Allen, Tyler Skelton, Jordan Sherman, Elijah Clower Gunter, and India Clower; great-grandchildren Turner, Paden, Matthew, Morgan, Hannah, Aydan Lenne’, Ava McClain and Braden.

Mrs. Clower is preceded in death by parents Samual Wayland and Mima Sue Slemons and an infant brother.

Active pallbearers: Tony Ashley, Basil Skelton, Larry Squires, Steve Brown, T.A. Bryan and Joe Patton. Honorary pallbearers: The Seekers Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church, her Ladies Bridge Club, Nan Ashley, Mildred Carson and Pauline Smith.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Gideons Memorial Bible Program.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Dell layoffs hit Lebanon

From Post staff reports

Layoffs announced Wednesday by Dell Inc. include employees at the Lebanon plant, but company officials would not say how many workers were involved.

Company officials said Wednesday that in addition to the Lebanon plant, facilities in Nashville and worldwide were affected. The action was taken as part of the company’s continuing efforts to cut costs.

Chamber annual Open House March 17

From Post staff reports

Don your green and head on over to the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, March 17 for the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Open House from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at 149 Public Square.

The Chamber is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year.

Dumplin' Days slated for April 18

The Wilson Post

If homemade dumplin’s, fried pies, momma’s sweet tea and tall tales sound good to you then reserve Saturday, April 18 to go to Dumplin’ Days and Storytelling Festival at Fiddlers Grove.

Actually that is only the part of the plans for the day. There will be Southern Gospel music at the church, a historic tour of the Grove, marble games and a corn hole tournament, too. 

The economy: It can be fixed


In case anyone hasn’t noticed, our economic system is in a disastrous state and relief is no where in sight – retirement funds are gone, savings have been depleted, fortunes have been lost, and Walmart has been forced into advertising. This phenomenon did not just happen over the past eight years and, regardless of how eloquently President Obama can speak, it will not be fixed in the next four years.

Wedding at local assisted living facility a success, thanks to all

To the Editor:

On Jan. 30, 2009, I was fortunate to be a part of a wonderful wedding celebration. Kimberly Moss was a new employee at Southern Manor Living Centers here in Lebanon. She had just moved here from Ohio.

Lebanon minister offers his support for Bible Park plans

To the Editor:

If anyone really wants to discover what the proposed Bible Park may depict,
just take a moment and visit the website (if you have a computer and can get online) at Some of the answers are there. And I would expect these answers to eventually appear in this park, when or if it ever gets over the huge walls of government red tape and, of course, those who may only want their brand of Bible seen or heard.

Wilson Teacher of the Year nominees announced

Organizers of the annual Wilson County Teacher of the Year program have announced the nominees for Wilson County Teacher of the Year.  

The winner will be honored at the 11th Annual Teacher of the Year banquet and ceremony on Friday, April 17, in Baird Chapel on the campus of Cumberland University.

Property tax revenue rolling in

The Wilson Post

The deadline for paying property taxes with no penalty is past and more than 90 percent of Wilson County taxpayers including the 20 with the highest bills have paid their taxes, said County Trustee Jim Major.

“Our collections have been very good this year,” he said.

The county had collected almost $62 million in 2008 property taxes by the end of February this year, while last year by the same date the total was slightly more than $53 million, Majors said.

Robert H. Worley, 53

LEBANON — Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, March 13 at the Wilson County Funeral Home for Mr. Worley, 53, of Lebanon.

A 1975 graduate of Lebanon High School where he played football for the Blue Devils, Mr. Worley died Wednesday morning, March 11, 2009 at his residence.

Visitation at Wilson County Funeral Home of Lebanon, 618 S. Maple Street Thursday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Chapel service will immediately follow with burial in the Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife Brenda, daughter Keisha (Rory) Walker of Hendersonville and son Robby (Kim) Fields of Lebanon.

Also surviving are siblings Dennis (Tammy) Worley and Bonnie Worley Baynes; grandchildren Chris and Ashley Fields and God-children Elizabeth and Gracie Brown.

Mr. Worley was preceded in death by his father, brother and one sister.

Wilson County Funeral Home, 618 S. Maple Street, is in charge of arrangements.

MJ woman charged with aggravated statutory rape

 Tammy Graves

Metro Nashville Police Sex Crimes detectives Thursday arrested a Juvenile Court employee who is a resident of Mt. Juliet on charges of aggravated statutory rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after an investigation showed she engaged in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy a short time after he was released from the Juvenile Detention Center.

Tammy Graves, 42, of Timber Trail Drive in Mt. Juliet, worked in a clerical role on child support matters and part-time in the detention area. Detectives learned it was Graves’ part-time job that resulted in her meeting the 17-year-old earlier this year while he was incarcerated. During an interview with detectives yesterday, Graves admitted that after the teenager’s release last month, she took him to a home on Meridian Street where the two drank vodka and engaged in sex.

The Sex Crimes Unit’s investigation began after Juvenile Court officials became suspicious of Graves’ behavior and requested that the police department become involved.

The Plague
In my line of work, I often wear a suit and heels. Some days, however, it takes all the energy I have to put on my required “uniform.” So, whenever a nurse crosses my path in scrubs and crocks, I think to myself…. “why didn’t I become a nurse?”  But nursing would have probably been an unlikely career path for myself given  - sick people scare me.
Get your kicks from Route 66 DVD
Dear Ken: Who had the hit of the song “Route 66”?


The Sunnier Side of Breakfast

Simple substitutions make a healthier morning meal

It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In addition to providing the necessary energy to get-up-and-go, studies have shown that those who eat a healthy breakfast have better overall diets, improved concentration and performance during the day, and more strength and endurance for physical activity.


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