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Martin Luther King Jr. event held for local scholars

The Wilson Post

The Rev. Vincent Windrow told a crowd of about 210 this past Sunday afternoon that while Martin Luther King Jr. articulated the dream of equality for all, he wasn’t the first to dream it.

“Millions dreamed it before him, millions who desired to breathe free. Millions on slave ships dreamed of freedom,” he said.

During his speech at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force of Wilson County Scholarship program, he added that while the inauguration of the first black U.S. President was a wonder that took the ceiling from above black children’s dreams, it was not the fulfillment of King’s dream.

“It will only be fulfilled when everyone is living the dream,” he said. “We need to stand tall, with our chest out and our head high, not defined by yesterday, but defined by who God is and who’s we are.”

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead also got a few cheers when he read a proclamation from the City of Lebanon.

It said in part, “This is a day for love not hate, a day for understanding, a day for peace not war, all over the world, if only for one day. A day to prove peace is not a dream, but a real possibility, if only for one day.”

He then proclaimed Jan. 20, 2009 as Martin Luther King Day in Lebanon.

President Obama needs, deserves nations support
The events of yesterday signaled new hope and new opportunity for our country.
As the 44th President of the United States was inaugurated, many Americans looked almost immediately to the next day, the day after that and the future in anticipation of better times ahead.
Cats and Ps and Qs


Would you mind telling me what p’s and q’s are in the saying, “Mind your p’s and q’s”?  Do you also know the story behind naming the Southern states “Dixie”?  I have some other questions, but I’ll get back to you.  Thanks,
- A Curious Cat

What if we dont?


Tuesday morning I awoke with a sense of urgency. The alarm sounded a little before five o’clock and as most mornings, I considered hitting the snooze button. Something hit me, a voice rang loud, “Yes We Can.” This day is a new day in American history, the swearing-in of the 44th President of the United States, a man with a scary name, who has inspired millions with such a simple phrase as “Yes We Can.”

Pauline Mayberry McDaniel, 94

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, January 21 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. McDaniel, 94, of Mt. Juliet.

Retired from the State of Tennessee as a supervisor at Clover Bottom, she died January 18, 2009. Mrs. McDaniel was a member of Mt. Juliet Church of Christ and the Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center.

Services were conducted by Brother David Shannon. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: children Vivian McDaniel Comer, Patricia Kyle (Thomas) Vance, Judy Caroline Richardson and Robert Ray (Annette) McDaniel; grandchildren Mike Comer, David Comer, Tammy Rather, Denise Massey, Brian Vance, Jeffrey Vance, Renee Willette, Jason McDaniel, Kellie Forgery and Keri Richardson; 18 great-grandchildren; and four great, great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by husband Kelly Beecher McDaniel; son Kelly B. Mc Daniel; daughter Louise McDaniel; brother Donald Mayberry and great great-granddaughter Hailey Jade Comer.

Grandsons Mike, David, Brian, Jeffrey, Jason, Martin, Scott and Eddy served as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Edward "Ed" Henley, 86

LEBANON -- Mr. Henley passed away Monday, January 19, 2009 at age 86. He was a member of the Leeville United Methodist Church and a veteran of the US Navy.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon Wednesday, January 21 between the hours of 2-8 p.m. and on Thursday from 11 a.m. until service.

The chapel service will conducted by Reverend Larry Pedigo and is set for 2 p.m. Thursday, January 22. Interment in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers: Bruce Henley, Kyle Harper, Chuck Henley, Harry Henley, Shon Wampler, Jason Wampler, Ben and A.J. Pettit and Steve Chapman.

Survivors include sons J.D. (Betty) Henley and Reed (Kathy) Henley -- all of Lebanon; brother DeeDell Henley; sister Marietta (Bill) White; grandchildren Dana Lynn (Steve) Chapman, Charles Reed (Stephanie) Henley, Bruce Henley, Kyle Harper, James and Kenneth Stewart, Shon and Jason Wampler; and great-grandchildren: Chance, Ben, and A.J. Pettit, Tucker Chapman, Eden Henley and Major Henley.

He is preceded in death by wife Lucille Henley, parents Obie "Dutch" and Velma Neal Henley, sister Ruth Summers, and brothers Vernie B. and Robbie Henley.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

James Floyd Brice Hawks, 71

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 6 p.m. Friday, January 23 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Hawks, 71, of Mt. Juliet.

A member of the Elks Lodge, the Moose Lodge and the American Legion, he died Saturday, January 17, 2009. Mr. Hawks was the son of the late Joseph Thomas Hawks, Sr. and Dana Jesse Hawks.

Visitation 4-6 p.m. Friday Services will be conducted by Pastor David Smith and Pastor Rick Roberts.

Survivors include: wife Willie D. Hawks; children Hank Rogers, Bryce Hawks, Tisa Chapman, Teri Rogers Gray and Renee Hawks. Also surviving are siblings Joseph Hawks, Regina Dalton, Kay Davis and Fay Gilder; grandchildren Jessica Drake, Calif Chapman, Jordon Rogers, Sarah Hawks, Luke Gray, Landon Chapman, Jackson Rogers and Taylor Gray.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Hawks was also preceded in death by his brother Claude Hawks.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, c/o Betty Adams, 14270 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet, 37122.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Lebanon sets Citizens Police Academy

In an effort to educate and inform the community, the City of Lebanon, in partner with the Lebanon Police Department, provides its residents and business owners a voluntary police academy.

The six-week program entails lectures, presentations, as well as hands-on activities to teach and inform its participants the many facets of law enforcement and introduce the police department that serves them. This stimulating and informative program will give each enrollee a better sense of the Lebanon Police Department and the issues concerning everyday operations. Citizens will also have a better understanding of their role in the Community Oriented Policing philosophy.

Ethics panel to consider Sorey complaint

Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Wilson County Commission’s Ethics Committee members will meet next Monday to discuss an ethics complaint filed by Mt. Juliet city leaders and employees in the wake of their personal information being accessed by a Mt. Juliet resident and representative.


Judicial Selection Commission meeting set

From Post staff reports

A group charged with selecting a replacement to fill the position left vacant by the death of Judge J.O. Bond in December will meet in Lebanon at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10 in the John W. Musice Judicial Building, 115 E. High Street.

The Judicial Selection Commission will choose from among three candidates to fill the unexpired position of 15th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge. Bond died after suffering a stroke on Dec. 31, 2008. He was re-elected to another eight-year term as judge in 2006.

Local citizens reflect on new Presidency

The Wilson Post

“I’m elated and excited,” were the first words from a 70-year-old African American yesterday when she was contacted by telephone by The Wilson Post.

Her emotional words burst through the telephone receiver immediately after “Good morning Mary. How are you?”

Mary Harris, a longtime leader in Lebanon’s African American community, made it clear that the inauguration of President Barack Obama was a very important event in her life.

Water still safe, city fined over $10K in procedure issues

The Wilson Post

The City of Lebanon has been fined at least $10,200 in an order from the state Division of Water which says the city failed to comply with state water quality regulations.

And the fine could include an additional $15,000 if the city fails to “show good faith” in complying with those requirements in the future, said Sherwin Smith of the Division of Water.

FCS sweeps MJ Christian


MT. JULIET -- Friendship Christian easily handled Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Tuesday in a District 8A basketball doubleheader.

The Lady Commanders sped to an early 17-5 lead en route to a 73-34 decision in the opener.

Four FCS players reached double figures, including: Carly Warmath with 18, Katy Vaughan with 15, Andi Morrisett with 13 and Lacey Farmer added 10. The Lady Commanders improved to 6-1 in the district and 11-6 overall.

MJCA was led by Sarah Worden with 16, including a pair of 3-pointers. Paige Hudson also hit two 3-pointers and finished with seven points. The Lady Saints dropped to 0-7 in league play, 7-11 overall.

In Tuesday’s nightcap, the Commanders won for the 13th consecutive time, running past MJCA 79-63. FCS coach Matt Bradshaw cleared his bench with 4:40 left in the game as his team had mounted a 72-41 advantage.

Lee Maasen had 31 for the winners while Parker Teeter added 19 and Isaac Wilson chipped in with 10.

The Saints kept up a steady barrage of 3-pointers as Grant Keen (19 points) and T.J. Roberts (14) each fired in four long-range shots. Ninth grader Drew Hutchison added 14.

Friendship (16-2 overall, 7-0 in District 8A) will host Clay County Friday at 6 p.m. while MJCA (6-10, 0-7) will entertain Webb School from Bell Buckle Friday night.

Lebanon lead evaporates


Lebanon’s Blue Devils saw a 14-point second half lead evaporate Tuesday night in a 90-87 loss to Cookeville at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium. LHS fell to 3-3 in District 7AAA and 9-7 overall.

Mitchell Hill drilled a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Cavs (16-6) to the victory.

Blue Devil senior Xavier Smith led all scorers with 31, including three 3-pointers. Casey Nunley added 16, Robert Crudup had 14 and Brent Morris 11.

Cookeville was led by Judah Akers with 22 -- including four 3-pointers.

The Lady Cavs improved to 15-6 overall with a 51-35 win over Lebanon in Tuesday’s opener.

Cookeville clamped down on LHS senior Icelyn Elie, holding the MTSU signee to just eight points. Marissa Jennings led Lebanon with 16 points and McKenzie Lamberson added six.

Lebanon, now 5-10 overall & 2-5 in District 7AAA play, will host Oakland Friday, Jan. 23.

Hatch Show Print exhibition at Vol State

It’s the signature poster of country music and an iconic image for Nashville.

Hatch Show Prints have been used to promote the concerts of everyone from country legends to punk rock bands. A new exhibit at Volunteer State Community College, which runs through Feb. 10, will feature a selection of prints from the Hatch Show Print legacy. 

Events coming up at Sherlocks

From Post staff reports

It’s not too soon to begin planning to attend a number of events set for Sherlock’s Books in Lebanon in February, including a Mystery Writers Convention.

The Mystery Writers Convention will be on Saturday, Feb. 21 and is to feature J.T. Ellison, author of “Judas Kiss”; Jennie Bentley, author of “Fatal Fixer Upper”; Chester D. Campbell, author of “Marathon Murders”; Dewey Lambdin, author of “What Lies Buried”; Elizabeth Terrell, author of “Too Close to Evil”; Laura Benedict, author of “Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts”; and Steve Womack, author of “By Blood Written.”

MJCA sweeps at Zion

COLUMBIA -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy’s basketball teams picked up a pair of road wins Monday afternoon, sweeping at Zion Christian Academy in Maury County.

The Lady Saints of Coach David Kitchen improved to 7-10 on the season with a 34-19 victory in the opener. Sarah Worden led a balanced Lady Saint attack with eight points.

Emily Threadgill and Abbey Mangrum each scored seven points while Leanna Sanders and Cali Beard notched six points apiece.

Trailing 8-6 after one period, MJCA rallied to take a 17-10 advantage at intermission. The victory marked the sixth over the past eight outings for the Lady Saints.

The boys of Mt. Juliet Christian Academy rolled to a 61-47 victory in the nightcap -- improving to 6-9 on the season. MJCA ninth grader Drew Hutchison led all scorers with 19 -- including three 3-pointers. Austin Wortman clicked for 13 points while Devin Bradshaw and T.J. Roberts each added eight points. The Saints led 28-23 at intermission and expanded that lead to 53-34 after three.

On Saturday, the Lady Saints traveled to McMinnville and held off a late push to defeat Boyd Christian 45-39. MJCA led 28-18 at the half, but was outscored 21-17 over the final two quarters. Mangrum led the way with 14 points while Threadgill chipped in with 10.

The Saints came out on the short end of a 65-60 decision to Boyd in the nightcap -- trailing 48-37 after three. Daniel Harden had 16 and Hutchison 14 in the loss.

MJCA will host Webb School Friday, Jan. 23.


No. 7 CU downs Bethel

From Post staff reports

LEBANON -- Brandon Springer scored 23 points and Rontreal Braxton added 18 to lead No. 7-ranked Cumberland past Bethel 81-74 Thursday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Coach Lonnie Thompson’s squad (15-2, 5-1 TSAC) had a tough time with Bethel (10-7, 0-5).

The first half had three runs of 9-0 or more, but the second half was nip-and-tuck from the start until Bethel failed to score a basket from the 3:59 mark until just 37 seconds remained in the contest. The second half featured six ties and six lead changes.

"Offensively, we did some bone-headed things in the first half," Coach Thompson said, "we had 15 turnovers to just seven assists. We started out the game as a C-plus team, we finished up as a B-plus team."

Springer added nine rebounds, while Kenneth Simms recorded 10 points, seven boards and four blocks for Cumberland. The Bulldogs shot 55 percent for the contest, but turned the ball over 25 times, including 15 in the first half.

The Bulldogs put together a 10-0 run early in the half with buckets from Braxton and Rodney James and a pair of 3-pointers by Brandon Powell for a 20-9 advantage.

But Bethel ran off nine straight points to tie the contest at 24, with three baskets from Hinton and one by Lesesene. CU answered with another 10-0 spurt, with buckets from Powell and Braxton, two by Springer and another from Turner.

Bethel cut the deficit to five, but the Bulldogs took a 36-31 lead to intermission.

In the opener, Bethel’s women used a 30-12 run in the second half to break open a tight game en route to an 80-61 victory over Cumberland.

Bethel (12-5, 3-2 TSAC) outscored the Lady Bulldogs 53-29 in the second half.

Simone Ryan and Chaquaila Gaten each scored 13 points as CU dipped to 6-13 / 2-4 in the league. Bona Ogada posted 10 points and 10 boards.

Golden Bears win at Central

GLADEVILLE -- Talk about rising to the occasion. Senior guard Ethan Gross made the move over to the point Friday night and turned in a solid effort to help lead his Mt. Juliet Golden Bears to a 55-44 victory at Wilson Central High.

Watching his team fall behind 9-0 to the thrill of a nearly-packed gym, Gross helped ignite an 18-4 Mt. Juliet run with a perfectly executed lob pass to the high-flying Darryl Jackson for a thunderous back-door dunk.

"Given the environment and the way this game is always contested, Ethan gave us an outstanding effort," said Mt. Juliet coach Troy Allen. "The backdoor lob was something we work on coming out of time outs. It was a great pass and Darryl took care of the rest."

Later in the game, Gross helped keep Wilson Central at bay by knocking down all six of his free throw opportunities in the fourth quarter.

Junior Teraes Clemmons, who a year ago was playing at Wilson Central, led the Golden Bears with 21 points. Jackson finished with 12 while Vaughn Cornelia and Gross ended the night with nine points apiece.

Mt. Juliet improved to 11-7 overall and 4-1 in District 9AAA play heading into a Friday, Jan. 23 contest at LaVergne.

Tuesday, Jan. 27 Mt. Juliet welcomes Hendersonville Beech to "The Cave" for a district contest.

Wilson Central, now 7-6 overall and 2-2 in the league, will host Gallatin Friday, Jan. 23.

The Wildcats were led by Kelten Stewart’s 14 points; Preston Jenkins had seven while Jarvis Jenkins, Arcavius McMurray and Austin Auld had six points each.

Rebounds power Lady 'Cats


GLADEVILLE -- As a rule, second chances don’t come around very often in life. Wilson Central took advantage of second and sometimes third chances to snare a 44-40 victory over arch-rival Mt. Juliet High Friday, Jan. 16 before a full house.

Offensive rebounds told the tale as Coach Bud Brandon’s defending Class AAA state champs pounded the glass and improved to 15-3 overall, and an impressive 4-0 in District 9AAA.

"Looking back, I don’t think we’ve ever started out 4-0 in the district," Brandon said.

Central outrebounded Mt. Juliet 22-15, including nine offensive rebounds. Seniors Kelsey McGee and Jasmine Hassell led the way with three offensive rebounds each.

"Kelsey has been an unsung hero for us," Brandon said, "she does a lot of things that don’t show up in the boxscore. Tonight those putbacks were awfully big."

Central led 25-16 at intermission and expanded that margin to as many as 10 points in the third quarter before Mt. Juliet began chipping away.

"We’ve been pretty consistent in allowing teams to get back into the game with us," Brandon said. "In each of our last six games our opponents have outscored us in the second half. We can’t continue to do that. But give Mt. Juliet credit, we knew they were going to give us a tough game. It was a battle right down to the end."

Central got 15 points from Hassell and 12 from guard Jessyca Christopher -- who drained 4-of-6 three-point attempts.

"Jessyca was clutch for us," Brandon said. "It seemed like every one of her three’s helped us stretch it out a little."

The Lady Bears, 16-2 / 4-1 in 9AAA, got a game-high 17 points from freshman post Caya Williams and 13 more from Britt Bell.

No other Mt. Juliet player scored more than five points.

"We just gave up too many second chance opportunites to win a game like this," said MJ head coach Chris Fryer. If this team is going to get where we want to go, we must dominate people on the glass."

Mt. Juliet plays Friday at LaVergne while Central will host league rival Gallatin.

Planting Dreams With Moss Flower Shop & Seed Co.

There have been a few thorns along the way, but working at Moss’s lower Shop and Seed Company has been mostly rosy for Brenda and Hale Moss.

Moss’ — started by Charles and Johnny Moss (who at 81 years old still comes to work three days a week) in 1952 — has been a part of Brenda’s life since 1977 when she opened the flower store inside the shop. Prior to 1977 Moss’ operated as a farm supply company but as Mt. Juliet became more suburban Moss’ inventory and services evolved to fit the needs of the community.

Staying Mentally Fit In The New Year
The Stock market –along with home values- seems to be on a downward spiral, unemployment rates are creeping higher and higher and while consumer confi dence is down the cost of living is going up.
Howard funeral held Jan. 20


LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, January 20, at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Dr. Billy S. Howard, DDS, 84, of Lebanon.

Dr. Howard died Saturday, January 17, 2009 at Elmcroft of Lebanon following an extended illness. The son of the late Dr. Maurice Stone Howard, DDS and Freda Henning Howard, he maintained a local dental practice for some 43 years before retiring in 1994.

Dr. Howard attended Junior College at Castle Heights Military Academy, earned an undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University and was a product of the College of Dentistry in Memphis.

No doubts about death penalty


The New York Times had to take a deep breath, but did report that approximately
12 recent studies have determined that the death penalty saves lives and serves as a deterrent.

Hog-killing time in Tennessee, just ask Republicans


It is hog-killing weather in Tennessee, and a huge hog was slain on Wednesday in Nashville as Republican lawmakers let their egos get the best of them taking for granted they had this power thing all figured out.


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