By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post
When you choose a natural Christmas tree from a local farm, you do the planet a favor — and you give yourself a holiday treat, too. Christmas tree farms grow a completely renewable and recyclable resource which contains no petroleum products and leaves a very small carbon footprint.
Christmas trees are often grown on soil that doesn't support other crops, and their root systems serve to stabilize soil, protect area water quality and provide refuge for wildlife.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has confirmed one person has died in a crash involving a truck and a school bus in Wilson County.
The crash happened around 3 p.m. as the bus was heading west on Bates Road, near Highway 109 in Lebanon. Authorities say the bus had just stopped to let two children off when the pickup truck hit it from behind.
Electric bills should reflect savings in December
By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post
Wilson County Middle Tennessee Electric members will see their rates go down about four percent in December as TVA will reduce its Fuel Cost Adjustment for the sixth time since the first of the year.
However, the impact on member bills will depend on the amount of energy they use because the Fuel Cost Adjustment is a per kilowatt-hour charge. MTEMC based the four percent decrease on a 1,500 kilowatt-hour per month bill.
The Wilson County Chamber of Commerce is presenting the Festival of Lights for the 14th year. Over 12,000 folks visit the light show during the Christmas season.
This year, in cooperation, with the Powerhouse Youth Project, a Drive-in movie experience has been added for the families of the immediate area. The Powerhouse Youth Project is a non-profit dedicated to assisting children and students in their quest for positive choices and a healthy future.
Author has performed at Wilson County Fair
After reading New York Times best-selling author Richard Paul Evans’ The Christmas Box, Charles Michael Baril said he was inspired to be an author.
Ironically, Evans, who Baril called his favorite author, along with his company BookWise published Baril’s book The Wedding Present.
Baril is to sign copies of his book at Sherlock’s Books in Lebanon from 1 until 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28.
Event set during Annual Open House; benefits New Leash on Life
Garr’s Rental & Feed in Mt. Juliet invites the community to its annual Open House on Saturday, Dec. 5, 12 and 19 where pets (and families) can have their photos taken with Santa from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"Due to the wonderful response and interest last year, we’ve added another Saturday when you can bring your pet for a photo,” said Roy Garr, president and owner of Garr’s Rental and Feed. "It’s great fun for everyone. Many families use this picture on their holiday greeting cards.”
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
Can we talk turkey?
I know, you’d rather eat it, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow when about 88% of Americans will gobble turkey.
Oh, and by the way, the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal this year, including turkey and trimmings to feed 10, will come in at $42.91.
If I needed reminding of the glory of this imperfect nation I found it recently in a remarkable article from the Memphis Daily News (October 23, 2009) depicting, in Andy Meek’s words, “a pivotal moment” in the life of the newest occupant of the Memphis mayor’s penthouse office, our hometown native, A.C. Wharton, Jr. Memphis is listed as 41st in city size in the United States, and its population was estimated last year as being almost 1,300,000. Mayor Wharton was elected in a landslide vote on October 15 this year; 24 other candidates were in the race.
By Richard “Doc” Kraft
Vietnam Veterans of America
The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1004 of Lebanon, has been busy during the month of November.
We started by giving our annual talk to the students of Southside Elementary School of “What is a Veteran,” and asking the students to bring canned goods which would be used to feed needy veterans and their families a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The food they brought us was staged in the building on West Main Street donated for this purchase by Crye Lyke.
By JOHN HUNN,
Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church
I am so thankful to be celebrating Thanksgiving back in Lebanon, Tennessee.
I came to Lebanon from Ohio in 1982 as a confused young man hoping to make something of my life, but unsure if I really could.
LEBANON -- A memorial service was held Tuesday evening, Nov. 24 at the Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon for Mr. Miller, 62, of Lebanon. He died Nov. 21, 2009.
Mr. Miller was a member of the GWRRA TN Chapter A. He was instrumental in bringing the ride for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation to Nashville. Survivors include wife of 36 years Nancy Myers Miller; son Scott (Angela) Miller; grandchildren: Kelsey and Kyle Miller; and brother Terry (Ellen) Miller.
He is preceded in death by parents James and Dorothy Sowell Miller.
Memorial contributions are requested to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States Inc (302 Ridgefield Ct., Asheville NC 28806).
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home.
GORDONSVILLE -- Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 25 at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home for Mr. Maynard, 86, of Mt. Juliet. A US Navy veteran of World War II and owner of United Coach Service for 29 years, he died Nov. 22, 2009 at his residence.
Born May 26, 1923 in Overton County to the late Audie Greer and Audon Montieville Maynard, he sang with serveral gospel quartets for more than 10 years. He was a member of the Caney Fork Missionary Baptist Church in Smith County.
Services will be conducted by Bro. Danny Raines and Bro. Kenneth Massey. Interment will follow in Gordonsville Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife of 59 years Ethelene Vanderpool Maynard; son Allan (Jean) Maynard and granddaughter Allison Maynard Noel -- all of Mt. Juliet. Also surviving is great grandson Graysen Ingram of Hermitage. sisters Alta (Herbert) Vanderpool of Hendersonville and Alvilee (Paul ) Clark of Athens.
He was preceded in death by a sister Alene Johnson and grandson Jason Maynard, who died on May 5, 2003.
Memorials may be made to Willowbrook Hospice, 381 Riverside Dr., Suite 440, Franklin 37064.
BassFuneral Homes, Gordonsville, in charge of arrangements.
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 25 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Ms. Hunt, 56, of Watertown.
Born in Davidson County to the late Kenneth and Pauline Haynes, she died Nov. 23, 2009 at the University Medical Center. She was a member of the Round Lick Baptist Church. Services were conducted by Rev. Ronnie Smith and Robert Fleming. Burial was at the Jones Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include: children Jamie (Robert) Fleming of Portland and David Hunt of Watertown; four grandchildren; siblings Diane Abney, Janice (Ascuncion) Castro, Randy Gammons and Michael (Jennifer) Haynes; uncle Jim Hilton and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by grandparents Florence Gibbons and Charles Bridges, Cordell and Daisy Gammons.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
HERMITAGE -- Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning November 25 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church for Mr. Glassford, 72, of Mt. Juliet. Retired from the U.S. Navy, he died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009.
Mr. Glassford was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church where he taught Sunday School and was a Elder for many years. He enjoyed fishing, was a former Girl Scout Leader, a square dancer and a volunteer fireman in many of the communities where he lived. He was the son of the late Herbert R. and Beatrice Bade Glassford.
Services were conducted by Pastor Keith Enko. Interment with full military honors followed at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.
Survivors include: daughters Dianne (Rick) McNeese, Debbie (Michael) Freeman, Denise Smith, Dee (Jeff) Brock and Darlene (Anthony) Windsor; grandchildren -- Ricky and Crystal McNeese, Tracy Mayhew, Raymond, Michael, Joseph and Katherine Freeman, Joshua and Parker Smith, Chris and Logan Brock and Amanda and Aidan Windsor, four great grandchildren and brother Earl W. Glassford.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Jane E. Glassford and sister Ruth Glassford McCloud.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Mid South Chapter, 4205 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 216, Nashville, 37215. Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, Nov. 25, at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon for Mrs. Dorothy Evans Lee, 83, of Lebanon. Born in England, Arkansas, she passed away November 23, 2009.
Mrs. Lee attended Tennessee College for Women where she was a member of the Wandering Minstrels and served as the president of her Sophomore Class. She also attended Cumberland University until her marriage in 1947. Mrs. Lee was Secretary to the Dean of Admissions at Cumberland for 20 years.
She was a member of West Haven Baptist Church and former member of First Baptist Church.
Services were conducted by Dr. Jonathan Richerson. Interment followed in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include sons: Robert Evans (Lucy) Lee and John Mark Lee of Lebanon; grandchildren: Susan (Greg) Bennett of Ft. Myers FL, Rebecca (Scott) Walker of Lebanon, David Lee, Michael Lee and Robert Lee -- all of Lebanon; and sister Marjorie Mann of Nacogdoches, TX.
She is preceded in death by her parents Rev. Fred T. and Stella Evans, husband Robert Ewell Lee and son David Allen Lee.
Active pallbearers include: David Lee, Michael Lee, Robert Lee, Scott Walker, Jimmy Harper, Greg Bennett, Elmer Richerson. Honorary pallbearers include: members of the Joy Sunday School Class of West Haven Baptist Church, The Donnell Class of First Baptist Church, friends and neighbors of Summer Place Community and Attorneys and Staff of Lee and Lee Attorneys at Law.
Memorials may be made to West Haven Baptist Church Building Fund.
Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- A Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 at at the St.Frances Cabrini Catholic Church for Mr. Burke, 50, of Lebanon. A foreman with Installation Services and a Roman Catholic, he died Nov. 24, 2009 at his residence.
Services will be conducted by Father Michael O’Bryan. Survivors include: his wife Evelyn Carmody Burke and children Joseph Burke and Brandi Burke -- all of Lebanon. Also surviving is father Michael (Kathleen) Burke, siblings Rita Leocata, Maureen (Brian) Shea and Michael (Diane) Burke -- all of NY, Jarlath Burk of Lebanon, Bill (Roni) Burke of Mt.Juliet, Sharon (Paul) Gretza of Ohio and Judy (Lloyd) Whittle of FLorida along with special nieces and nephews.
Mr. Burke was preceded in death by his mother Bridget O’Brien.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.
LEBANON -- Graveside services for Mr. Richard L. Thompson are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Rev. Ken Edwards officiating. There will be no visitation prior to the graveside service.
Mr. Thompson, age 82 of Franklin and formerly of Lebanon passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at the Williamson Medical Center in Franklin. Born Jan. 2, 1927, in Sioux City, Iowa, he was the son of the late William Henry & Edna Evelyn Hunt Thompson.
He was a member of the Christian Life Chapel in Lebanon and was Municipal Court Clerk in Sioux City, Iowa for many years. He was preceded in death by his wife Edna Elmerna Gaskins Thompson on November 26, 1999.
Survivors include: son Richard (Pamela) Thompson of Franklin; grandchildren Miriam (Jonathan) Edwards of Spring Hill, Jordan & Jared Thompson -- both of Franklin; siblings Barbara Jenkinson of Fullerton, CA; William R. Thompson of Sioux City, Iowa; and Wallace E. Thompson of Longmonte, Colorado.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON – Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, November 24 at the JC Hellum Funeral Chapel for Mr. Vantrease, 91. A career educator, Mr. Vantrease died Nov. 20, 2009 at Skyline Medical Center.
Services were conducted by Rev. Andray Clemons. A musical celebration and Masonic services were held prior to the funeral. Burial was in the Vantrease Cemetery in Watertown
Survivors include children: Glenda (Rev. Robert) Popwell, Ernest Vantrease and Earl (Cheryl) Vantrease, Pearl (Bobby) Carter, Theresa (Danny) Lyles and Chartise Vantrease. Also surviving is brother-in-law William C. Bates; 16 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren as well as many other relatives and friends
Arrangements were in the care of JC Hellum Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Local women’s fitness center hosts turkey drive
Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
Traditionally, this is a time to collectively give thanks. And most celebrate this holiday by gathering for a meal with family and friends. The traditional meals vary from turkey and wild rice dressing in northern U.S. and Canada to turkey and cornbread dressing in the south. Very different traditions, with one commonality -- turkey.
No lane-closures on Tennessee highways during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Thanksgiving travelers will enjoy a smooth drive through Tennessee during the busy travel holiday. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.
Construction crews will pack up their tool belts and all lane closures will be removed beginning at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25 until 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30.
The Lebanon Special School District would like to invite all their families to participate in a new recycling venture. Our goal is to collect new and gently used toys and books at Coles Ferry Elementary and distribute them to families in our school district community just in time for Christmas.
The Lebanon Special School District Board of Education voted Monday night to approve the plans to purchase 60 acres located behind one of the district’s existing elementary schools.
According to LSSD Board Chairman Steve Jones, the district approved the purchase of the property for $1.8 million dollars. He expects to close on the property by year end.
“We have been working on this for quite some time and are excited about planning for our future growth,” Jones said who has served on the board of the special school district for over 22 years.
Jones said the district expects growth in the coming years and a plan is in place to handle the growth and that the purchase of this property is a step in the right direction.
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