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Powell leads CU victory


LEBANON -- It didn’t take long for Brandon Powell to make an impression on Cumberland basketball fans. A former standout at Memphis Mitchell and a semester transfer from Marshall, Powell poured in six 3-pointers and connected on 8-of-14 field goals Monday night as CU routed Lyon College 72-47 at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (13-2, 4-1 TSAC) used a 16-4 run in the first eight minutes of the second half to break open a close game and take control.

Channing Tucker had a pair of baskets during the stretch, including a 3-pointer, while Powell and Finley both added 3-pointers.

CU forced 23 turnovers from Lyon, turning those into 19 points.

Carolina Rain Calls Wilson County Home

Many young men and women come from all over the country to “music city” in order to pursue their dreams of making it big in country music. Unfortunately very few ever realize their dreams and many end up returning home to pursue different dreams. Luckily for us, three such men are not only on their way to realizing those big dreams but they are doing so while raising their families and putting down roots here in Wilson County.

Wilson County Becoming A Hot Spot For Visitors
Wilson County is not only becoming a destination for families moving into middle Tennessee but is also becoming a visitor’s hot spot in and of itself. And why not? The area has it all. Wilson County is surrounded by lakes, rivers and open-air green areas on one side and a bustling metropolitan city on the other. Wilson County is surrounded by lakes, rivers and open-air green areas on one side and a bustling metropolitan city on the other. Visitors are sure to love the quaint antique stores found in the city squares, family diners nestled throughout the county or various points of interest.
John Albert Simms, Sr., 89

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, January 10 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Simms, 89, of Mt. Juliet.

A charter member of Victory Baptist Church and a member of the Senior Adult Men’s Sunday School Class, Mr. Simms died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009.

The son of the late, Charles Howard and Virginia Price Simms, he served his country in the United States Army during World War II.

Visitation with the family will be 2-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to service time Saturday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road. Services will be conducted by Rev. Chuck Groover. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: sons Bobby (Karen) Simms, John (Myra) Simms -- all of Mt. Juliet, and Charles (Lori) Simms of Donelson. Also surviving are grandchildren Kerry (Chad) Swallows, Lisa (Jeff) Ware, Jack Simms, Drew Simms, Carlie Simms and Nicole Gore; great grandchildren Ellie Swallows and Matthew Swallows as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Simms is preceded in death by his wife Jessie S. Simms (April 20, 2007) and siblings Rubye Bentley, Howard Simms, Nannie Mae Shipp, Alma Brown, Fred Simms and Edna Taylor.

Active pallbearers: Bobby Simms, John Simms, Charles Simms, Jack Simms, Drew Simms and Chad Swallows. Honorary pallbearers: members of the Senior Adult Men’s Sunday School Class.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the Building Fund at Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Lane, Mt. Juliet, 37122.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Quinn Haynes, 46

LEBANON -- A celebration of life service will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, January 10, at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Haynes, 46, of Lebanon.

A supervisor for Wilson County Waste Water Management and a Lance Corporal with the United States Marine Corps, he died Wednesday, January 7, 2008 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. at Partlow Funeral Chapel. Brother Barry Ellis will officiate.

Survivors include: wife, Jan Haynes; daughter Christina Haynes (Alex) Garcia; stepsons Jon (Sandra) Smith and Josh Jones; stepdaughters Brande (Kevin) Pharris and Casey Graves.

Also surviving are siblings Keith (Lisa) Haynes, Greg (Renee) Haynes and Tish (Bubba) Lening; grandchildren Brandon, Jorja and Coby Smith; Kallie and Luke Pharris, Braxtion, Ty and Allie Graves; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Haynes is preceded in death by parents Tip and Maxine Haynes and sister Fran Wyre.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Craig Calvin Brown, 58

LEBANON -- Mr. Brown passed away Monday, January 5, 2009 at age 58.  He was a member of the Iron Workers Union and the Hosana Fellowship Church.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Survivors include brother Mark Brown; sister Cheryl Brown Montgomery; father George Brown -- all of Slidell LA; and special friends: Joyce and Henry Verbeke, Joyce and Jimmy Craddock, Mike Spangler, Jessie Woodsen and O.J.

He is preceded in death by mother Doris Murray Brown.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

John W.L. Meeks, 37

LEBANON -- Mr. Meeks, 37, of Lebanon, passed away January 6, 2009 at University Medical Center. He was born April 21, 1971 in Carbondale, Ill.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements by Wilson County Funeral Home, 618 South Maple Street, Lebanon.


Janet M. Johnson, 66

MT. JULIET -- Graveside funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, January 9 at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens for Mrs. Johnson, 66, of Lebanon. She passed away Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009.

Services will be conducted by Brother Kenneth Trammel.

Survivors include: son Eric (Hana) Johnson; brothers Charles (Mary) Wilson and Benny Frank (Lois) Wilson; sister Sarah (Frank) Rovelli.

Also surviving is nephew Chad Wilson; nieces Angela Patterson and Patricia Knihtlia; great nephews Wilson, Grant and Benjamin; great niece Courtney.

She is preceded by parents, James Edward and Pauline Katherine Wilson.  Pallbearers will include: Eric Johnson, Benny Frank Wilson, and Charles Wilson. In lieu of flowers, Janet’s request was to make memorial contributions to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, 37203.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Local family disapproves fund-raiser

The Wilson Post

The father of Landon Vardell has charged a fund-raising event using his late son’s name has no ties to his family.
John T. Vardell claims a fund-raising event set for Saturday, Jan. 10 at Cedarvine Manor, the late Landon S. Vardell’s work place, has not been approved or even discussed with his family.

Deadline set to apply for vacant judgeship

The Wilson Post

Persons seeking the position of Criminal Court Judge in the 15th Judicial District have until 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21 to submit their applications, an official said.

A Notice of Judicial Selection is now available and it may be viewed at

Applicants for the position, left vacant by the death on Dec. 31, 2008 of Judge J.O. Bond, must be 30 years of age, be a licensed attorney and reside within the 15th Judicial District which includes Jackson, Macon, Smith, Trousdale and Wilson Counties, said Libby Sykes, director of the Administrative Office of the Courts.

Hullett pleads guilty in U.S.District Court

The Wilson Post

A man who once served as a Metro Nashville police officer, union organizer and was also a former police officer in Mt. Juliet pleaded guilty earlier this week to conspiracy and identity theft charges in federal court.

Calvin Hullett pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy by embezzling from a labor union and to identity theft, also.

Sherlocks hosts book-signing event for West
‘Mermaids in the Basement’ soft-cover edition debuts


Lebanon-based author Michael Lee West will greet fans and sign copies of her most recent book, “Mermaids in the Basement” during an event celebrating the release of the soft-cover edition set for Sunday, Jan. 11 at Sherlock’s Book Emporium & Curiosities in Lebanon.

The event will be from 1 until 4 p.m. at the bookstore located at 200 Maddox-Simpson Pkwy.

“She’s launching her new paperback book,” said Judy Norton, manager at Sherlock’s.

Federal stimulus may fund local roads

The Wilson Post

If Wilson County road projects get funding under the proposed federal stimulus program, it will be because the county and the City of Lebanon are prepared to start work immediately, according to Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead.

The funding, if it is approved, would be “use it or lose it” money that would have to be committed to projects as soon as it is received, according to the request for projects from, said Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)Executive Director Michael Skipper.

Craighead said he started attending the meetings of the MPO as soon as he was elected. And he also pointed out that Lebanon department heads had projects ready and waiting when he took office.

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.


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