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Ronald Lee Gray, 76

LEBANON – Mr. Gray, 76, Lebanon, died October 16, 2009 at Alive Hospice in Madison. He was born March 11, 1933 in Rock Falls, Illinois.  Services will be held at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon IL with burial taking place in Polo, IL.

Survivors include: wife Margo Louise Farster Gray; children Karen (Allen) Barnes of Lebanon, Jan (Jim) Valliere of Fairfax VA, Cindy (Joe) Mackey of Bolivar WV and Jeff (Lisa) Gray of Manassas VA; grandchildren Sarah (Joshua) Moffitt, Rachael (Juan) Ramos, Christina Jackson, Ronnie Long, Keegan Leonard, Kelly Leonard, Matthew Gray, Michelle Stanley and Jessica Stanley; nine great-grandchildren; and brother Bill (Noralee) Gray of Polo, IL.

He was preceded in death by parents and one brother.

Memorials to the family c/o: Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

Local arrangements made by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Deborah Clay Tripp, 72

MT. JULIET – Mrs. Tripp, 72, of Nashville died Saturday, October 17, 2009.  Mrs. Tripp was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. James Isaac Tripp and daughter, Josette Sands Taylor.

Mrs. Tripp will be laid to rest in Jacksonville, FL beside her late husband.

Survivors include: son Earl Matthew (Anna Marie) Sands; son-in-law Kirk Taylor; sister Mildred Shearer; sister-in-law Anne Nicholson along with grandchildren Maddie Sands, Haly Taylor and Dylan Burke.

Memorials may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Tennessee Chapter, 404 BNA Drive, Suite 102, Nashville, 37217-2571.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet.

Cynthia Ann Hay, 48

MT. JULIET — Funeral services were conducted Tuesday evening, October 20 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Ms. Hay, 48, of Nashville.

She died Monday, October 19, 2009. Services were conducted by Rev. Chuck Groover officiating. Interment will be in Providence Cemetery at Crockett Mills.  

Survivors include: parents Aubrey D. and Nancy Canada Hay of Mt. Juliet; sister Deborah (David) Ford of Marietta, GA and nephews Jared and Austin Ford.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at Open Arms Cares and especially the Miller Street Group.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to The Open Arms Care Foundation, P.O. Box 280540, Nashville, 37228.

Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road, was in charge of arrangements,

Cookseys remains exhumed

The Wilson Post

The vault and casket containing the remains of a man now believed to have been murdered 40 years ago was exhumed from Wilson County Memorial Park on Wednesday for an autopsy using more up-to-date technology to determine the actual cause of death.

City Council to buy trucks locally, denies Emergency Chipper Service

The Wilson Post

With the City of Lebanon and Wilson County struggling to find revenue, Lebanon City Council decided to start buying local at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath brought up the point that the city was in the process of buying three pickup trucks for the gas and sewer departments. The bids that were to be accepted were from a dealership in Nashville.

Wilson County Health Department to offer H1N1 vaccine

Wilson County Health Department will offer H1N1 injectable vaccine during clinics on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 22 from 4 to 8:00 p.m. 

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

Local church to hold VBS for Timberline children

The Wilson Post

Many of the physical needs of children and their parents living at a local campground as they try to get back on their feet financially are being met, but members of a local church want to help with the spiritual needs of the families and have found a way to try and do that.

Sorey challenges Budget Committee, wife wins husbands vacated commission seat

The Wilson Post

How to fund a new Lebanon High School was once again a topic of discussion at Monday night’s Wilson County Commission meeting with one commissioner telling a committee chair to figure out how to pay for a new school.

Wilson County voters went to the polls on Oct. 1 to vote on whether to raise the wheel tax by $25 to fund the construction and purchase land for a new Watertown High School. Voters turned down the increase.

Swedens Permobil breaks ground in Wilson County

Permobil, Inc., an international company that is the world’s leading manufacturer of custom-made powered wheelchairs, will build its new $12 million North American Operations Center in Lebanon on a 17-acre site located in Park 840.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the project were held Tuesday at the site.

Central wins Region 5AAA title


GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central won two clutch matches Tuesday night to clinch the Region 5AAA tournament championship and with it -- a home berth Thursday in the TSSAA Sectionals.

Coach Tammy Serbin’s squad opened play Tuesday with a 3-0 semifinal win over Clarksville Northeast (25-13, 25-13 and 25-23) before disposing of rugged Dickson County 3-1 (25-21, 18-25, 25-18 and 27-25) in the finals.

Central advances to Thursday’s 7 p.m. sectional game 47-9 on the season and will take on Independence High with a berth to the state tournament at stake.

"I was not happy at all with our play," Serbin said after her team ousted Northeast. "We didn’t play our tempo of the game and Northeast did a good job of keeping us out of that tempo. We’re used to a much faster paced game."

Most of Wilson Central’s damage was being handled by a core of four girls. Amanda Wiseman, Kristin Cook, Sydney Vanlandingham and Grace Locke had the majority of kills and aces for the Lady Wildcats in all three sets.

But it was District 9 MVP Chelsea Ferron who pushed Wilson Central past Northeast with her ace in the final point of the first set.

"Our two big girls (Sydney and Kristin) are hard to handle when they’re on and we were passing the ball well and Kristin really took advantage of her aces," Serbin said. "That was one of the few things we were doing well."

The second set was all Wilson Central. Wiseman’s ace gave the Lady Wildcats an early 6-0 lead before Northeast earned its first point off a Lady Wildcat error. The Lady Eagles didn’t get its first kill shot of the set until Alexis Poythress’s shot cut Central’s lead to 11-5.

Northeast got to within 17-9 before the Lady Wildcats finished off the set with a 25-13 victory.

The third set saw Northeast come alive as Mykesha Lakes and Poythress found holes in Central’s defense.

The Lady Eagles held a 5-2 lead early as Gloria Billingsley pumped in a pair of aces. After Central cut the score to 8-7, Lakes and Poythress had scored back-to-back points to push the advantage to 10-7 and forcing a Wilson Central timeout.

The Lady Wildcats responded and tied the game twice (at 14 and 15) before Northeast held a 20-16 lead late.

It looked as though the Lady Eagles would force a fourth set, but Wilson Central rallied to tie it at 23 before Kendall Roberts’ ace gave the Lady Wildcats a 24-23 lead. Ferron finished off the match with a kill that Northeast couldn’t return.

Ferron had 33 assists, three kills and two aces against Dickson County in the finals.

Wiseman had 10 kills and 10 digs while Cook finished with nine kills and three blocks.

CU 27, UVa.-Wise 20


WISE, Va. -- On a cold afternoon in the hills of western Virginia, Cumberland’s defense brought the heat. Sparked by a violent front seven, the Bulldogs beat the University of Virginia’s College at Wise 27-20 Saturday at Carl Smith Stadium.

Coach Dewayne Alexander’s Bulldogs improved to 3-4 on the season while Wise fell to 4-4.

While there were many standouts on the defensive side of the football, perhaps none stood taller for CU than did outside linebacker Todd Holman.

The Sparta native picked off two Cavalier passes, was credited with a sack and a half along with 1.5 tackles for loss -- and finished with five stops on the day. For his efforts he was voted the Mid-South Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

"Our guys chased the football and played hard today," Coach Alexander said after the game. "I am as proud of our guys for this win as any win we’ve ever had because we came in here and played hard. They practiced hard all week and they played with a sense of purpose. We had some adversity, a couple of wingbacks twisted their ankles, some tough calls went against us, but we were able to overcome those things.

The Cumberland defense limited UVA-Wise to negative 51 yards rushing as the Bulldogs picked up their second straight victory.

The CU defense, after allowing just 52 yards on the ground a week ago, sacked UVA-Wise quarterback Brad Robbins 10 times for a loss of 58 yards

The Bulldogs racked up 432 total yards of offense, including 296 on the ground, in the contest -- clicking off 79 offensive snaps.

Quarterback Curt Bureau, playing for the first time in three weeks, went 10-of-16 for 136 yards.

Fullback Mitch McChurch rushed for 151 yards and a pair of touchdowns and with a 27-20 decision at a chilly Carl Smith Stadium. McChuch was voted the MSC Offensive Player of the Week.

McChurch and Tim McCord combined to rush 35 times for 210 yards from the fullback position.

"Our fullbacks and the offensive line took the game over there in the fourth quarter," Alexander said.

Cumberland returns home Saturday, Oct. 24 as the Bulldogs close out their home schedule with a matchup against Belhaven College at 1:30 p.m. Senior Day activities will be held during pregame.

MJ's Clark earns Sun Belt honor


NEW ORLEANS -- Middle Tennessee senior Alysha Clark added to her preseason accolades by being named the Player of the Year Tuesday by the Sun Belt Conference following a vote of the league’s head coaches.

Clark, a former TSSAA Miss Basketball at Wilson County's Mt. Juliet High, was picked as the Preseason Player of the Year following her selection as the league’s top player last season.

She finished as the nation’s leading scorer with 27.5 ppg and guided the Blue Raiders to the NCAA Tournament First Round.

In addition, Clark was named to the First Team All-Sun Belt along with teammate Brandi Brown.

Brown, also a senior, averaged 11.9 ppg in 2008-09 and finished the campaign as a Third Team All-Sun Belt honoree. Fellow senior Chelsia Lymon was tabbed to the Second Team All-Sun Belt, her second-straight selection on the team. She was the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year last season and earned Third Team All-Sun Belt accolades.

FunShoot planned Oct. 31


VINE COMMUNITY -- Cedar City Quail Unlimited will hold its second annual FunShoot Saturday, October 31 at the Cedar City Gun Club on Whipporwill Road.

The Cedar City Gun Club is located one mile east off Hwy 231 South -- in the Vine Community. The fun begins at 9 a.m. and should come to a close at 2 p.m.

The FunShoot is an opportunity to raise funds used to promote education regarding habitat improvement for the Bobwhite Quail and other small game and to develop better habitat practices for farmers and homeowners.

The FunShoot is flighted and handicapped similar to golf tournaments so its fair for skilled and unskilled alike  Numerous prizes and door prizes to be given away

Entry fee is $50 which includes 75 rounds of shooting plus a delicious rib lunch with trimmings. A discounted entry fee of $20 will be charged for shooters ages 16 and under.

For more information contact Bill Bryson at 444-6548 (cell 615-812-1472 / email or call Gregg Piercey at 615-8144 (cell 615-594-8999).

Honduras 2009


This would be our eighth year in a row to travel to the Predisan Clinic in Honduras. Because of the political unrest in the country, we had trouble fielding a full crew for the adventure. After two months of calling and advertising, there were five people committee to the surgical work for one week at the clinic.

U.S. House Committee chair should pay taxes like rest of us

To the Editor:

None of us like to pay taxes, but most of us play by the rules and pay our fair share. According to Vice President Joe Biden, that’s “The American Way.”

Writer: Society benefits from discussion about depression

To the Editor:

I enjoyed Russ Stephens’ article “Whipping Depression” in the Sept. 25 issue of The Wilson Post and the willingness to speak about such life concerns. It is beneficial to everyone in a society when subjects such as depression which carries stigma, stereotype and misunderstanding are discussed. With this in mind, my comments, as you will read are passionate and not meant to be chiding.

Flea Market wants Ag Center, Christmas for All wants compromise

The Wilson Post

Will the Nashville Flea Market set up shop at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center now that Metro Nashville officials have decided to do something different with its home at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds?

Reward in horse shooting grows

The Wilson Post

The reward for information on whoever is responsible for the shooting of a young girl’s horse three weeks ago has now grown to a possible $3,500.

Chief Larry Bowman with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department said that a man, who wishes to remain anonymous, called in and offered $500 in addition to the amount given by Wilson County Crime Stoppers. The maximum reward given by Crime Stoppers is $1,000, but a board decides exactly how much to award for the information.

Wilson agencies tab highway safety grants

Gov. Phil Bredesen today awarded more than $17.8 million in highway safety grants to 245 agencies across Tennessee including two in Wilson County.

Wilson County Sheriff’s Department is to receive a grant of $100,649 to support year two of its “Operation Impact” program, and Watertown Police Department is to receive a grant of $5,000 to support high visibility law enforcement campaigns.

Captain Video robbed

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police are looking for a man suspected of robbing Captain Video and Tanning at 1000 North Cumberland Street on Monday, Oct. 12.

Det. Scott Massey of the LPD said the store was robbed about 7:40 p.m.

Neighbors help in pot bust

The Wilson Post

Charges are pending against residents of a home in Lebanon after the Violent Crimes and Narcotics Task Force discovered a small amount of marijuana, some marijuana plants and pistols inside the house Thursday morning.

Det. Ray Ferguson of the Lebanon Police Department said the Task Force responded to a number of phone calls received from citizens regarding the residence at 726 Page Ave., Lebanon.

Patriotic ceremonies to get Oktoberfest off to early start Saturday

To accommodate a series of new patriotic opening activities, Oktoberfest at Wilson Bank & Trust will get off to an earlier-than-usual start this Saturday morning. 

The public is invited to arrive at Oktoberfest early this year for a flag retirement ceremony beginning at 7:30 a.m. The ceremony, part of a special kickoff to the bank’s annual fall event, will incorporate a performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” and the landing of a Blackhawk helicopter.  The Blackhawk, along with other military and emergency vehicles, will also be on display for viewing inside and out throughout the rest of the day on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Barbara Mercer, 69

MADISON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at the Chapel of Madison Funeral Home for Mrs. Mercer, 69, of Lebanon.

Formerly of Madison and known to her friends and family as "Little Bobbie", she died Oct. 14, 2009.

Visitation with the family will be Sunday 1 p.m. until service time at the Madison Funeral Home. Interment 10 a.m. Monday at Middle Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery.

Survivor include: her husband of 48 years, Bob; children John (Debbie) Horton, Chris (Sherry) Mercer, Sandra Binkley, Penny (Clinton) Gentry and Roberta (Glenn) Ferguson; along with six grandchildren.

Madison Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Doris Pennington Payton, 93

LEBANON – Family and friends will assemble 12 Noon Friday, October 16 at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens for graveside services for Mrs. Payton, 93, of Lebanon.

A member of the Pickett-Rucker United Methodist Church, she died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009 at the University Medical Center.

A native of Wilson County, Mrs. Payton was the daughter of the late John Payne Pennington and Florence Hughes Pennington. She worked for many years at the former Ideal Cleaners in Lebanon.

Services will be conducted by Brother Wayne Malone.

Survivors include children William Payton of Fayetteville, NC, Johnie, Lewis, Billy and Michael Payton – all of Lebanon; grandchildren Bryanna Payton, Alena Voun and Malik Payton.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Payton is preceded in death by husband William Lee Payton, sister Johnie Odell harris and brother BoZo Pennington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

J.C. Derting, 71

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, October 16 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Derting, 71, of Liberty.

A farmer and a graduate of Liberty High School, Mr. Derting died Oct. 14, 2009 at DeKalb Community Hospital in Smithville.

A member of the Cave Springs Baptist Church, he was the son of the late Roy and Laura Mae Derting.

The family will receive friends Friday from 9 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Rev. Tommy Ashford with burial at the Salem Cemetery.

Survivors include: son Dennis Stacy of Liberty and numerous cousins and friends.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Bobbie Stacy Derting.

Pallbearers include: Wilson Williams, Robert Robinson, Stein Prichard, Charles Prichard, Dalton Fish and Greg Fish.

Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, is in charge of arrangements.


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