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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.
A Visit to the Culinary Center At Cumberland University

The Art of Food Preparation Cumberland University is fortunate to be part of an exciting new business venture in Wilson County. Thanks to many local advocates including State Representative, Stratton Bone, Linda Shelton of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Sue Sykes, President of Tennessee Gourmet, Lebanon has been chosen to be the home of the new Cumberland Culinary Center.

Cumberland University is the principle local business sponsor of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture program that will be located at 411 Tennessee Boulevard at a site near the Lebanon Vocational Center on the Lebanon High School campus.

Meet Your Neighbor

One of the most beautifully restored homes in the area can be seen on a leisurely drive down West Main in Lebanon. The skillfully restored facility is known as “Mitchell House” and is the heart of the corporate headquarters for CBRL Group, Inc., the holding company for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

The majestic stone mansion was originally constructed in the early 1900s by Dr. David Mitchell and his wife, Elizabeth. The Mitchells were originally from Pennsylvania where Dr. Mitchell had accumulated a fortune from the coal mining industry.

Around The Area

The curtain goes up on the Nashville Ballet’s new Nutcracker, featuring the Nashville Symphony, on Friday, December 12.

Tennessee is on the cusp of its grand international Centennial Exhibition and the world is on the verge of an exhilarating new era – the twentieth century! Nashville Ballet’s grand, allnew Nutcracker charmingly recreates this beloved holiday entertainment in 1897 Nashville, when the Parthenon was just erected and cotton candy was becoming all the rage

Many Retires Have Misconceptions

Five years after the release of MetLife’s first Retirement Income IQ Test, a national poll to gauge pre-retirees’ knowledge of retirement income issues, a new version of the study by MetLife Mature Market Institute, reveals that almost seven in ten (69%) pre-retirees overestimate how much they can draw down from their savings - with an alarming 43% saying they believe they can withdraw 10% or more each year while still preserving their principal - even though most retirement experts suggest a withdrawal rate of no more than 4% annually.

MetLife’s 2008 Retirement Income IQ Test also reveals that significant gaps exist around average life expectancy and other retirement income issues.

Beef Up Your Holidays

Beef up holiday entertaining with luscious recipes that will make all your guests feel merry. Each lean beef recipe is rich in essential protein and nutrients needed to fuel and strengthen your body. This will help keep you energized and maintain balance in your diet throughout the holidays. Who knew healthy eating could taste so good?

Always use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of beef steaks and roasts.  Be sure to let roasts stand before carving to allow the temperature to rise to the desired doneness and for the juices to redistribute, resulting in easier carving and serving.

Local songwriter stands with Jones

From Post staff reports
Country Music legend George Jones was shown with five others in a national network television broadcast Tuesday night receiving recognition as a Kennedy Center Honoree.

The actual event was held earlier in December but was broadcast Tuesday night on CBS.
In a way the evening of glitter that placed Jones on a pedestal of stardom with other entertainment greats served also to put the spotlight on a very talented Lebanon man.
Curly Putman, a Hall of Fame songwriter who resides in Lebanon with his wife Bernice, crafted a number of Jones’ hit tunes to include perhaps his greatest, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Putman co-wrote “He Stopped Loving Her Today” with Bobby Braddock.

Recorded by Jones, the song about a man who was betrayed by his lover but despite her actions he never stopped loving her until the day he died, was named the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year for two consecutive years in 1980 and 1981.

County sewer rates to rise?


Some Wilson County residents could see a sewer rate hike of 70 percent if a request by an area company is approved by the state.

Officials with Tennessee Wastewater, a private company that provides alternative sewer systems such as Septic Tank Effluent Pump, or STEP systems, and Septic Tank Effluent Gravity, or STEG systems, have said they need the rate increase to continue in business.

The Tennessee Regulatory Authority, which regulates businesses such as Tennessee Wastewater and other utilities, must approve any rate hike before it becomes effective, and State Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Lebanon, said it was important first, to verify that a rate hike was in fact needed.

The only way to verify the request, she said, is to investigate the matter further to determine essentially how the company’s business is conducted and to make sure customers are not being charged excessively.

“Most certainly,” is how Lynn responded when asked if Wilson County residents who use alternative sewer systems would be affected if the sewer rate hike is approved. 

Equal Time

Growing up, the men in my family did not watch much football. We were a soccer family. My father played on an adult team and coached my elementary school team. My brother was such a good player that he won a college soccer scholarship and was the captain of his college team.

Not a tough act to follow


As giddy with anticipation as a schoolgirl, NPR reports that a record 5 million people will attend Barack Obama’s inauguration this month. Ever the inquisitive columnist, I have examined these claims, determined that NPR might be right on this one, and got a nice tote bag from them for my efforts.

Two pending issues need resolve in 2009

As we ended 2008, our focus for the most part has been on the news events and happenings of this most unusual year.
We all saw gas prices rise and fall as did the stock market. We continued to see our country at war in distant foreign fields and we witnessed a number of setbacks much closer to home.
The year 2008 in a word was a “challenge.”
But 2008 has passed and we must now be focused on what we must accomplish in 2009.

Services held for Judge Bond

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, January 3, at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for 15th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge J.O. Bond, 70, of Lebanon.

Judge Bond passed away December 31, 2008 following a massive stroke.

Judge Bond was born the youngest of eight children on December 24, 1938, in rural Wilson County. He completed his primary education at the Major School and his secondary education at Lebanon High School.


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