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Benton Callis, Jr., 82

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, January 23 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Callis, 82, of the Norene Community.

Born July 1, 1927 in Sumner County to the late Benton M. and Effie Nicholas Callis, the former factory worker died Jan. 17, 2010 at his residence.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 12 Noon until the funeral. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Jimmy Atnip.

Survivors include: son Steve Callis of Norene and grandchildren Kristy (Donald) Olsen of Lebanon, Tara (Brian) Grisham of Carthage, Brandilyn Callis of Murfreesboro, J.B. Coles and Travis Coles -- both of Gladeville. Also surviving: great grandchildren Bailey Grisham, Justin Robinson and Daylon Benton Olsen; sisters Ether Mack of Missouri and Annie Roberts of Cottontown.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Callis is preceded in death by his wife George Ann Callis, daughter Katherine Coles and siblings Margaret Cole and Donald Callis. Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home.

Hilda Marvelyne Dawson Place, 85

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Hilda Marvelyne Dawson Place are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, January 23 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Rev. David Hesson officiating.  Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation Friday 3-8 p.m. and after 12 Noon Saturday at Ligon & Bobo.

Mrs. Place, age 85 of Lebanon, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at her home. Born June 5, 1924, in Smith County, she was the daughter of the late Phocian and John Lillie Parker Dawson. Mrs. Place was a member of the First United Methodist Church.  In 2005, she retired from Walmart after working 36 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert B. Place Sr. on January 11, 1982; infant son Lynn Dawson Place; brother Floyd Dawson; and sisters Jewell Bennett, Alma Conatser, Thelma Dawson, Joyce Gann, Flora Dean Dawson and Lera Bates.

She is survived by children Herbert Bryson Place Jr. of Lebanon; and Sandra Place (Frank) Hartley of Nashville; granddaughters Jenniferanne Hartley of Nashville and Julie Hartley (Rob) McConnell of Spring Hill; great granddaughter Savannah Paige McConnell; sisters Lorene Conatser and Dorothy (Kennard) Reed -- all of Lebanon; sister-in-law Geraldine Dawson Murray of Gordonsville and brother-in-law Gus Bates of Lebanon; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to express heartfelt gratitude to Odyssey Health Care Hospice Services.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Daniels recovering from stroke

DURANGO, Colo. — Renowned fiddler player and Wilson Countian Charlie Daniels is recovering after suffering a mild stroke while snowmobiling in Colorado, his spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Daniels, 73, suffered the stroke Friday, Jan. 15 and was treated at a hospital in Durango, 230 miles southwest of Denver, spokeswoman Paula Szeigis said. He then was airlifted to a Denver hospital and released on Sunday.

"It was a scary moment there but he's doing great," Szeigis said.

Council struggles with city charter, line item transfers

The Wilson Post

There were moans and groans heard from Lebanon’s City Council on Tuesday night as they discussed changes to the city’s charter at a work session and dealt with several line item transfers during the regularly scheduled meeting.

Project Linus Blanket Day


“Blanketeers” from across Middle Tennessee gathered to give warmth to ill and traumatized children in Lebanon on Monday by quilting and cutting fabric for children at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

“Blanket Day” was held by Project Linus’ Nashville Chapter at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church on Monday.

Alsup retires from Lebanon Senior Citizens Center

The Wilson Post

More than 200 senior and non-senior citizens of Lebanon’s Senior Citizen Center came out to wish Director Wallace Alsup farewell and to thank him for 22 years of service to Lebanon’s aged at a retirement ceremony this past Friday.

Alsup and his wife Sue began working with the center in November 1987. When he began, Alsup said the center only had 15 members.

WCHS principal resigns

From Post staff reports

Wilson Central High School Travis Mayfield has resigned from that position effective Feb. 1 to be closer to his children who reside in Franklin.

Lynn hopes education bill opens door to vouchers

The Wilson Post

Because of some small, discrete wording in a section of the governor’s Race To The Top Bill, some are holding out hope that it will lead to the introduction of a school vouchers program if the bill is passed.

State Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Lebanon, said she was so shocked by the wording and the possibility of education reform, she formally requested her original vote of no to be changed on the basis of closer inspection of the oft-amended bill.

LOA Embassy orphanage in Haiti skirts disaster

The Wilson Post

An orphanage in Haiti supported by the Love One Another Embassy was totally destroyed in last week’s earthquake, but the 60 orphans it cares for were luckily outside playing in a courtyard when the ground started to shake.

According to Bob Evans, pastor of Lebanon’s LOAE, only one child from the Port-au-Prince orphanage was injured in the quake that is feared to have killed more than 100,000 Haitians.

Most neighbor cities fluoridate water

Editor’s Note: This is the third part of a series regarding whether to once again add fluoride in Lebanon’s water supply. The Wilson Post on Friday will look at possible health risks versus health benefits of adding fluoride in the city’s water.

The Wilson Post

Lebanon is one of the only local water municipalities that chooses not to fluoridate their water, an issue which has created controversy over the past few months.

According to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, approximately 296 of 490 community water systems in Tennessee are fluoridated. Thirty-one systems have stopped fluoridation since 2006, Lebanon being one of those.

Another name surfaces in race for Senate seat

The Wilson Post


While one potential candidate for the 17th District State Senate seat has removed his name from consideration, a second person has indicated that he is considering a decision to enter the race for the Republican nomination.

John Rose, a former state agriculture commissioner and businessman who makes his home in neighboring DeKalb County, said Tuesday he has received a number of inquiries as to whether he might be interested in running for the post that is to be vacated this year by Sen. Mae Beavers.

Johnson earns trainer award

Nathan Johnson, a Certified Athletic Trainer with University Medical Center, has been named 2009 Sandy Sandlin High School Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Association. The award was presented during the organization’s annual meeting Jan. 16-17 at the Opryland Raddison Hotel.

Johnson, who has worked with Friendship Christian School during his entire nine years with UMC, has been instrumental in organizing UMC’s annual Sports Screenings Day which provides comprehensive health screenings to Middle Tennessee student athletes.

He also spearheads the hospital’s annual Coaches Clinic, which features health education programs focused on athletic injuries to area coaches. Johnson has also been active in enhancing the UMC Sports Medicine offerings for the Nashville Superspeedway and Sherry’s Run.

“We congratulate Nathan on this well deserved award are happy that he has been recognized for his efforts in our community,” said Vince Cherry, UMC Chief Executive Officer. “Nathan has enhanced and grown the sports medicine program to meet the needs of the student athletes, coaches and administration of Friendship as well as enhance the sports medicine program at the hospital and in our community. His dedication to student athletes is commendable.”

Johnson holds a bachelors degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Medicine from Cumberland University. He continues to be involved at Cumberland and serves as an Approved Curriculum Instructor for their Athletic Training Education Program – a position he has held for over two years. 

 “The TATS award is awfully nice, but for me the best reward is when one of my athletes can get back into the game -- and then come over and say ‘thank you,’” Johnson said.

Nathan and his wife, Danna, have two children (Michael age seven and Alex age four) and reside in DeKalb County.

Game day events at CU

LEBANON -- The Cumberland University Athletic Department will be sponsoring community service oriented events at six remaining home basketball games, including a canned food drive and programs for Habitat for Humanity, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Sherry’s Run.

Immanuel Baptist Church will sponsor a canned food drive Thursday, January 21, when the Bulldogs take on Union University. All fans will receive $2 off the price of admission if they bring at least one canned food items, which will be donated to Joseph’s Storehouse in Lebanon.

Former Tennessee Titan Mike Jones will speak at FCA Day, Saturday, January 23 when CU hosts Martin Methodist. Fans will receive free admission if they wear an FCA shirt and bring a canned food item to the game, which will also be donated to Joseph’s Storehouse.

Commanders sweep weekend games

Friendship Christian’s Commanders improved to 12-4 on the season with a weekend sweep against Middle Tennessee Christian and district rival Trousdale County High.

Saturday, Jan. 16, Coach Matt Bradshaw’s team placed three played in double figures for a 70-44 win over MTCS at the Bay Family Sportsplex. Cameron Hill led the way with 18 points, including four 3-pointers, while Hardie Sorrels and Lee Maasen each chipped in with 13. Dalton Patterson finished with eight and Parker Teeter four for FCS.

One night earlier, Maasen exploded for 22 points in a 59-38 win over District 8A rival Trousdale County High. Clinging to a 9-7 lead after one period, the Commanders expanded their margin to 25-15 at intermission and never looked back. Sorrels added 17 points from the paint as FCS upped its district record to 2-2.

The Lady Commanders dropped a 51-34 decision to Middle Tennessee Christian on Saturday, falling to 6-11 on the season. Andi Morrisett had 12 and Laurel Burroughs 11 for Friendship.

On Friday night, FCS posted a 56-47 win over Trousdale County, improving to 3-1 in league play. Morrisett led the way with 21, Burroughs had 11 and Kaitlyn Teeter had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Mt. Juliet Christian Academy’s Saints dropped to 12-4 overall after losing a pair of road games over the weekend. On Saturday, MJCA fell 68-50 at Webb School of Knoxville. Trailing just 27-24 at intermission, the Saints were outscored 41-26 in the second half. T.J. Roberts led MJCA with 18 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Daniel Harden had 13 while Grant Keen buried two 3-pointers and finished with six points.

On Friday, MJCA fell 60-54 in double overtime to The King’s Academy in Seymour. Roberts had 18 and Keen 12 for the Saints.

Wilson Central’s girls rode a 28-point performance from Sydney Vanlandingham to post a 53-44 win at Gallatin High Saturday night. The win boosted Central’s record to 8-8 overall and 4-2 in District 9AAA. Taylor Peterson finished with eight points, Rachel Bean had eight and Ieshia Hassell six in her return to the team.

Boy’s action Saturday found Gallatin holding off a late Wilson Central run to come away with a narrow 55-53 in over the Wildcats. Dee Oldham had 19 and Malcolm St. Louis had 14 for the Wildcats, who fell to 6-7 overall and 2-4 in district play.

WCHS will host Hendersonville Friday, Jan. 22.

Eddie Evins, 77

Edgar Wilson “Eddie” Evins, 77, passed away quietly Thursday, January 14, 2010 at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. He spent his last days on earth exactly as he wished; surrounded by the people he loved - devoted wife, adoring family and a few close friends sharing memories and stories.

The family will greet visitors from 4 - 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 and again at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the College Hills Church of Christ at 1401 Leeville Pike in Lebanon. A memorial service will be held on January 20 at the church at 11 am.

A self-described “country banker" for the better part of his life, Eddie packed a whale of a lot into his 77 years, living fully, loving deeply and laughing often.

Mt. Juliet sweeps LHS

LEBANON -- You just knew Teraes Clemmons was going to take the last shot in Mt. Juliet’s thrilling 46-45 win over Lebanon Friday, Jan. 15 at jam-packed Campbell Brandon Gym.

Held to two points in the first half, Clemmons scored a dozen after intermission, including the game-winner with :07 left in regulation -- a smooth 15-footer from the right wing with an LHS defender draped on him.

Blue Devil Phillip Vance managed to get off a shot from the deep corner just before the buzzer, but missed as the Bears escaped with the victory.

“Man, can you believe the atmosphere,” said MJ coach Troy Allen, “this is what it’s all about -- two teams playing with great heart and energy.”

Mt. Juliet improved to 14-3 overall and 5-1 in District 9AAA with the win. Lebanon slipped to 9-9 / 1-4 with the loss.

“I can’t fault my kids,” LHS coach Doug Keil said after the game, “they played so hard. We had a stretch there of about four minutes when we didn’t play very smart, but our effort was outstanding all night.”

Soph Caleb Chowbay paced Mt. Juliet with 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Clemmons finished with 14 and Vaughn Cornelia had nine from the paint.

Lebanon was led by 17 from senior Ryan Beadle, who knocked down two 3-pointers and calmly went 6-for-6 at the line in the late stages of regulation. Justin Bridges had seven, including a pair of deep 3-pointers while Vance had two 3-pointers for six. Justin Manning had six, Cameron High five and Case Sloan four for the tough-luck Blue Devils.

(girls) Mt. Juliet 59, Lebanon 30
Mt. Juliet’s No. 3-ranked Lady Bears ran out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back in a 59-30 win over Lebanon in Friday’s opener. Mt. Juliet opened up a 38-8 lead at intermission and improved to 17-1 overall, 6-0 in District 9AAA. Lebanon fell to 12-5 / 3-2 in league play.

“We had a very good night shooting the ball,” MJ coach Chris Fryer said, “this bunch has good chemistry and tonight we really played well.”

Caya William had 14 and Britt Bell 12 for the winners. LHS was led by Britnie McDannald with seven and Victoria Dye with six.

CU women fall at Bethel
McKENZIE -- Keshia Brown scored a career-high 20 points and Cumberland took the lead after erasing a nine-point second-half deficit, but the Lady Bulldogs were unable to hang on, falling 70-65 at 19th-ranked Bethel University Monday night in women's basketball action.
Cumberland (7-7, 1-4 TranSouth) lost for the third time in four games, all against ranked opponents, after dominating play in the lane where the Lady Bulldogs netted 48 of their points. Brown scored 18 of her 20 points in the second half, leading four double-figure scorers for CU.
Cumberland scored nine of the last 11 points of the first half and trailed just 31-30 at the break. The Bulldogs continued the run after intermission, taking a four-point lead early in the second period, but Bethel answered with a 19-6 run for a 52-43 advantage midway through the half.
CU fought back, mostly behind Brown, as the Lady Bulldogs applied pressure and converted turnovers into easy buckets. An old fashioned three-point play from the junior gave Cumberland a 60-58 lead with 2:28 to play.
But Teena Carter answered right back for the Wildcats (11-6, 2-2) with a basket for the fifth tie of the half. Bethel scored 12 of the final 17 points of the game, including six points from Kashundria Berry.
Nina Djokovic scored a game-high 26 points and added 13 rebounds to lead the Wildcats, while Carter added 13 and Tristian Johnson netted 10. Berry ended the game with just eight points, but four big free throws in the final minute.
Simone Ryan scored 11 points for the Lady Bulldogs, while Allysia Bailey collected 10 points and Stephanie Martin posted 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Njokovic scored 16 of Bethel's points and had eight rebounds in the first half, as the Wildcats led by as many as eight points. But Ryan scored eight straight for the Lady Bulldogs to tie the contest at 15 and Bailey added nine in the period, with CU headed to the locker room trailing just 31-30.
The Bulldogs scored 24 of their points in the paint in the half, all 12 field goals, and were 0-for-4 from 3-point range. Ryan and Brittany Cash also combined for 14 points off the bench for CU.
Cumberland continues a three-game stretch against ranked foes Thursday, hosting top-ranked Union University at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Wilson honored for advocacy of adult education

Gretchen Wilson’s catalogue of work in the field of country music, for which she has received numerous awards, is amazing, but the singer/songwriter is a multi-dimensional person who has worked very conscientiously as an advocate for other causes, most prominently adult education and literacy. 

That was the word Thursday from Bernadine Nelson, director of the Wilson County Adult Education program.

Because of Wilson’s diligent contributions and advocacy on behalf of adult education across the nation and in this state, the Tennessee Association for Adult and Community Education (TAACE) recently recognized her with a plaque at the organization’s statewide convention. 

Winter doldrums


With the cold weather bearing down on me that past few days, I’ve been confined to the barriers of my house and car. Usually very active with golf or some outdoor pursuit, it’s simply been too cold for me to stick my head out of the door for things that weren’t complete necessities. Even a walk to the mailbox which could be great exercise has taken a back seat to an automobile excursion and then only from the comfort of an insulated garage.

Citizens should have been told of fluoride removal from water

To the Editor:

We want to thank The Wilson Post for helping us bring this concern regarding fluoride in Lebanon’s water supply to the public's attention.

Lack of fluoride in Lebanon's water supply shocks reader

To the Editor:

I just saw the article on putting fluoride back in the Lebanon water supply in The Wilson Post on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Thank you for putting it on the front page.

Music City Star, RTA buses will not operate on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) will not operate the Music City Star or bus routes 91X Franklin/Brentwood Express, 92X Gallatin/Hendersonville Express, 95X Spring Hill Express and 96X Nashville/Murfreesboro Relax & Ride in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 18. 

The RTA administrative office will be closed. 

For more information, contact Customer Care at 862-5950 weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


LHS homecoming courts announced

Two of these seniors will be crowned Queen and King of Lebanon High’s basketball homecoming ceremonies – planned between games of tonight’s District 9AAA doubleheader between Lebanon and Mt. Juliet at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium. Seated from left: Joanna Odour, Brandi Brown and Merritt Powell. Standing: Daniel Ford, Brock Cooley and Wilson Powell.

These underclassmen will be part of the basketball homecoming court tonight at Lebanon High. Seated from left: Megan Hutto, Shelby Gardner and Jessie Prundiville. Standing: Daryl Tucker, DeQuarius “Juicy” Apple and Tyler Presley.

TOMMY BRYAN / The Wilson Post

2 sought in robbery

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police are continuing their investigation into a robbery that occurred Tuesday night at One-Stop Market, 725 York Street.

Capt. Terry Bowman said investigators are running down leads and looking for possible witnesses who may have information about the crime.

Local organizations send aid to Haiti

The Wilson Post

Although it’s thousands of miles away, the earthquake Tuesday that shook Haiti also shook the hearts and consciences of local souls.

Even with the complete lack of infrastructure, airports only barely accessible, hospitals destroyed, roads blocked or closed, and the massive injuries and loss of life, aid workers are finding ways to navigate the chaos to get help to those affected by the tragedy.


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