By RON HART
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.
By JOHN BRYAN
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.
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.
TUESDAY NIGHT AT MTCS
MURFREESBORO -- Two games, two trophies. That was the night in a nutshell for the Friednship Christian basketball teams Tuesday as the locals swept the finals of the inaugural Mid-State Christmas Tournament at Middle Tennessee Christian School.
The Lady Commanders rode a 19-point effort from sophomore Laurel Burroughs en route to a 65-32 victory over Ezell-Harding Academy. FCS (8-3) sped to a 21-9 first quarter lead and never looked back.
Andi Morrisett chipped in with 13 points for the winners while Katy Vaughan and Sarah Hay each finished with nine.
(BOYS) FCS 48, Sycamore 46 -- Coach Matt Bradshaw’s Commanders had a tougher time claiming their hardware Tuesday night in a 48-46 come-from-behind win over Class AA Sycamore High.
The War Eagles led 17-8 at the end of the first quarter and maintained an eight-point margin (30-22) at intermission.
Friendship pulled ahead with an 18-11 fourth quarter -- taking the lead with roughly three minutes remaining. The Commanders improved to 9-2 on the season with the victory.
Nathan Boyd drilled a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 15 to lead FCS. Lee Maasen and Parker Teeter each scored 10 while Rod Goodner came off the bench for eight points.
The FCS squads will be back in action Saturday night with a road trip to Byrdstown to take on District 7AAA power Pickett County High in a 6 p.m. twinbill.
FIRST LOSS AFTER 13 STRAIGHT WINS
CENTERVILLE -- Mt. Juliet’s Lady Bears saw their season-opening winning streak halted at 13 consecutive games Tuesday in the finals of the Above the Rim Tournament at Hickman County High.
Defending Class AA state champion Marshall County knocked off Mt. Juliet 53-42 as Middle Tennessee State signee Lauren March led the way with 21 points. Marshall County (16-0) broke open a three-point game with five consecutive points early in the final period.
Britt Bell led Mt. Juliet with 15 points while Caya Williams added 10. Emily Gurchiek had six before leaving the game with a hand injury.
In Monday’s semifinals -- Mt. Juliet ripped host Hickman County 62-36 behind an offensive explosion from point guard Helen Mitchner. The ninth grader drilled three 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Williams added 14, Gurchiek had 13 and Chelsea Brown scored 10 for the Lady Bears.
WCHS PLAYS SOUTH GREENE FOR TITLE
GREENEVILLE -- Playing for championships has become old hat for Wilson Central, and the Lady Wildcats secured a chance to make it back-to-back GreenBank Ladies Classic titles following a 58-41 win over Maryville Tuesday night.
Coach Bud Brandon’s team was scheduled to take on South Greene for the championship Wednesday afternoon at Hal Henard Gym.
Central couldn’t shake Maryville until the second half.
The contest was knotted at 21-21 at intermission, but a 22-7 run by Wilson Central in the third period gave them enough breathing room to advance.
Senior Jasmine Hassell, the reigning Miss Basketball in the state of Tennessee, tossed in 16 points and yanked off nine rebounds.
TaylorPeterson also scored 16 while Ieshia Hassell, Jasmine’s sophomore sister, tallied 11 points.
Maryville got 15 points from Bailie Roberts, but the Rebels were beaten badly on the backboards where Wilson Central held a 30-15 edge.
Wilson Central is 11-3 on the year while the Rebels drop to 7-5.
By ANNE DONNELL
As a good way to exit this tough old year of 2008, why don’t you discuss why our language is being used so haphazardly, why people can’t speak properly or write properly? I was amused and appalled recently to read that newly sworn in office holders promised to “demean” themselves. What on earth was someone trying to say? I don’t think he or she would know or use “deport” – is anyone saying that anymore? – but what on earth moved the reporter or the newly sworn in to promise demeaning themselves?
-A Language Lion Myself
Officeholders promising to demean themselves and delivering on the promise would be an accurate description of the recent high jinks in Illinois. And in many other places and many other eras.
The mistake our sharp and always well spoken QP of T (Question Person of Today) spotted is the laughable sort that teachers rush to share in the teachers’ lounge. There are numerous e-mails with “real” answers from test papers or “real” quotations from essays; they read genuine to me after weathering a few through the years. Like forty million kazillion.
By SAM HATCHER
As the year 2008 disappears into the midnight air tonight amid football games and late-hour reveling, I’m confident many will agree that it has been a year that will not too soon be forgotten, although one that we’d just as soon like to forget.
It has been a year underlined by records or near record marks.
In February many in the area, particularly those living in nearby Sumner, Trousdale and Macon counties, became the victims of a deadly series of tornadoes.
Little did we know, this was only a whisper of what the remaining 10 months would bring.
The Wilson Post would like to remind our readers of the newspaper’s schedule for this week.
The Post is publishing two newspapers this week as normal, and our next one will be Friday’s edition. Our office, however, will close today at noon for the New Year’s holiday and will be closed tomorrow and Friday. The office will reopen at 8 a.m., Monday, Jan. 5.
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Graveside funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 31 at All Faiths Cemetery, Worcester, Mass. for Mr. Holmberg, 92, of Hermitage.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Holmberg died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. He attended New Hope Baptist Church and was a member of the American Legion and the VFW where he served as a Past Post Commander.
Mr. Holmberg was also a member of the Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center and the Swedish VASA Order. He was the son of the late Swan and Anna Matteson Holmberg and was also preceded in death by his wife Helen Holmberg and brother Harry Holmberg.
Survivors include: daughter Jane (Robert Dennis) Roberts, sister Edith (Pastor Paul) West; grandchildren Christi Roberts Bowman and Brent Roberts; great, grandchildren Ella, Jaron, Anna, Claire, Tristen, Cate, Joshua, Lane and Carson.
Local arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.
HERMITAGE -- Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 31 at Hermitage Hills Baptist Church, 3475 Lebanon Road, for Mrs. Williams, 90, of Donelson.
A charter member of Hermitage Hill Baptist Church and a longtime employee of Sears, she died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008. Mrs. Williams was the daughter of the late James and Bertie Gilchrist Martin and the widow of the late Hobdy Brantley Williams.
Visitation is one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.
Services will be conducted by Brother Keith Smyser, Ted Williams and Troy Williams. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Survivors include: children James B. (Ruby) Williams of Dickson and Alice F. (Dennis) Oldfield of Mt. Juliet. Also surviving: brother Ken Martin of Carmichael, CA and sister Loudean Inman of Memphis; seven grandchildren; 16 great, grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.
Active pallbearers will include: grandsons, great, grandson and Barry Oldfield.
Honorary pallbearers: the Fidelis Ladies Bible Class, James Oldfield, Ray Bass, Bobby Bass, Dan Bass, Chief Coulter, Max Anderson, J.R. Perry and Walt Williams.
In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her son Jerry Wayne Williams and great, granddaughter Mikayla Harris.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the Hermitage Hills Baptist Church Benevolence Fund. Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.
LEBANON -- A memorial service will be held at a later date for Mr. Lyle, 52, of Lebanon. Known as "Bobby" to his family and friends, he died Sunday, December 28, 2008 at his residence.
Mr. Lyle was parts manager with Rocky Williams Premier and a member of The Journey Church.
Survivors include: wife Pat Lyle; mother Norma Jean Lyle of Texas; sons Clinton Lyle of Nashville and Clayton Lyle of Lebanon.
Also surviving are siblings: Steve Lyle, Mary Jane (Jimmy) Baker, Patricia Pace, Peggy Frasier, Wanda Gonzales and Joanie Vacker.
He is preceded in death by father James W. "J.W." Lyle; brothers Kenny and Ricky Dale Lyle; maternal grandparents Wilburn and Leona Haynes; paternal grandparents Emmitt and Mae Lyle.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leash on Life of Wilson County.
Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mr. Charles A. Kolbe, 64, of Lebanon were held Thursday morning, January 1, 2009, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Cathey and Rev. Joe Coleman officiating.
Interment was at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Known to his close friends as "Root", Mr. Kolbe passed away on his brithday, Tuesday, December 30, 2008, at Quality Care Nursing Home in Lebanon following an extended battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Born December 30, 1944, in Wilson County, he was the son of the late John Clinton and Eva Pulley Kolbe.
Mr. Kolbe was a 1963 graduate of Lebanon High School and attended Cumberland University and was a graduate of MTSU. He was a member of the Barton’s Creek Baptist Church. Early in his career, he taught and was an assistant football coach at Lebanon High School.
He also was a fireman for the city of Lebanon, later working for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. He retired as an auditor with the U. S. Department of Child Support Enforcement with 27 years service.
He also was a well-respected college football official for 25 years in the Ohio Valley Conference, and was an official with the TSSAA for 30 years.
"Our deepest condolences go out to Charlie’s family," said Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher, Commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference. "Charlie did a tremendous job as an OVC football official and he will be greatly missed."
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Ed Allison.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Brenda Locke Kolbe; two sisters, Dorothy (J.W.) Thompson of Lebanon; Emma Myrtle Allison of Jackson; and four brothers, John (Ann) Kolbe of Donelson, Bill (Ruth) Kolbe of Madison, Robert (Charlotte) Kolbe of Donelson and Gerald Kolbe of Lebanon.
Honorary pallbearers: Julian Sampson, Bruce Skeen, Randy Johnson, Bob Byrd, Tony Shelton and Jack Kolbe. Active pallbearers: Terry, Justin, Jeffery & John Callis, Clark & Daniel Sampson, Eddie & Danny Fowler.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
FORMER CU PRESIDENT
WINCHESTER, Va. -- A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 31 at First Presbyterian Church, Winchester, Virginia, for Dr. James T. "Tom" Mills, Jr., 78, of Middlestown, Va.
President of Lebanon’s Cumberland University (1989-1991), Dr. Mills died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008 at Inova Hospital of Fairfax, Virginia following an extended illness.
Dr. Mills was born in 1930, in Ashland, Virginia, the son of the late James T. and Isabella Webster Mills, Sr. He graduated from Randolph Macon College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post
Questions remain concerning the proposed Bible Park USA, and two Lebanon city councilors say they have not been answered yet.
Among those questions, said Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler and Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston, is one that concerns the proposed financing of the park.
While Buhler acknowledges that the planned Tax Increment Financing would not cost the city existing taxes, he points out the TIF does “capture” taxes that the city could use if another business located in the city instead.
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, January 1, 2009 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Beaty, 49, of Mt. Juliet.
The son of Earl and Shirley Davis Beaty, he died Monday, December 29, 2008.
A member of Cooks United Methodist Church, he was a 1978 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School where he was a standout athlete for the Golden Bears.
John was an avid golfer and all around sports fan. He especially enjoyed UT athletics and was a supporter of Mt. Juliet High football and basketball.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 12-2 p.m. Thursday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.
Services will be conducted by Dr. Craig Goff. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: parents Earl and Shirley Davis Beaty; brother Joe (Shelly) Beaty; niece and nephew Sarah and Jackson Beaty.
Active pallbearers will inlcude: Bill Daniel, Greg Brown, Steve Nixon, John Thompson, Tony Young, Keith Carson, Johnny Adams and Mark LaRocca.
The family prefers that memorials be made to the American Diabetes Association or Cumberland Heights.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Authorities are planning to present to a Wilson County grand jury their findings in a Christmas Eve shooting that resulted in the death of a Lebanon student who attended Middle Tennessee State University.
The investigation is continuing into the shooting death of Eric M. Stewart, 18, of 866 Atkinson Road, Lebanon, the location where the incident also occurred.
Wilson County Sheriff’s Department Det. Brian Harbaugh, lead investigator in the case, said “We’ve got several things, interviews to follow up” and are also awaiting the return of lab results.
Once that is done, the information will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office and then to the grand jury.
The wrecking ball has officially hit our home. Of course I’m speaking metaphorically. This wrecking ball is not the kind that can literally tear a building down, but it will test the strength of the parents and children residing inside.
By RON TAYLOR
Despite the fact that the long-term care profession has made enormous strides in improving the quality of care received by Tennessee’s seniors by working successfully with federal and state authorities to do so, the new “Five Star Quality Rating System” is, overall, an inaccurate measuring criteria that fails to provide consumers with the appropriate tools necessary to evaluate a given facility’s level of care.
By TERRY ASHE, Wilson County Sheriff
In just a few days the year 2008 will come to a close.
I think many of us would have to agree that this has been a challenging year for all Americans.
It has been a year filled with trying financial issues, with the heartache of war and sometimes divisive political debate.
But even so, we are a blessed nation because we have the spirit, the will and the determination to rebuild and rekindle and to turn our misfortunes of 2008 into new opportunities in 2009.
LEBANON – A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 31 at the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Lebanon for Ms. Fletcher, 30, of Dallas, Georgia.
A loving mother, daughter, sister and friend, she departed this life too soon Dec. 21, 2008 following an extended illness.
Born October 19, 1978 and a 1997 graduate of Lebanon High School, Adrienne and her three children resided in Dallas, Georgia. She attended Middle Tennessee State University and was a long-time employee of O’Charley’s in Lebanon.
Ms. Fletcher and her family were members of The Oasis Family Church in Dallas, GA.
She is survived by her parents Douglas and Sharon Dauberman; brother Douglas "Roy" Dauberman – all of Lebanon; children Ayden, Mason and Emily; paternal grandparents Clifford and Barbara Dauberman of Mill Hall, PA, as well as many, many friends.
She is preceded in death by George and Georgia Bowes, maternal grandparents of Lock Haven, PA.
Benson Funeral Home of Dallas, Georgia was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial services will be held at a later date for Mt. Juliet resident Caroline Waynick.
Mother of former Mt. Juliet mayor David Waynick, she passed away Tuesday, December 23, 2008.
Bond Memorial Chapel, 1098 Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, is in charge of arrangements.
From Post staff reports
A recently released ranking of nursing homes by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services places Tennessee near the bottom for quality of nursing home care.
CMS released quality ratings for each of the nation’s 15,800 nursing homes and declared Tennessee to be the third worst state in the ranking system.
Of the three nursing homes ranked in Wilson County, two scored a Two-Star rating, labeled below average, while one received a Three-Star award.
Quality Care Health Center, located on Baddour Parkway in Lebanon, received the Three-Star honor, while Mt. Juliet Health Care Center, 2650 N. Mt. Juliet Road, and Lebanon Health and Rehabilitation Center, 731 Castle Heights Court, both received Two-Star ratings. Only nursing homes that participate in Medicare and/or Medicaid programs were rated.
From Post staff reports
For some the change of controlling parties in the state legislature has a much greater meaning than for the average voter on the street.
With the Republican Party having the majority in both the House of Representatives and the State Senate for the first time since Reconstruction, there are expectations that there will be several new faces in state constitutional offices elected by the General Assembly, a sweeping change in key legislative leadership posts with respect to legislative committees, and perhaps some changes that will effect even the livelihoods of some locally.
By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post
An investigation by the State Comptroller’s Office into allegations of misappropriated funds at the Gladeville Utility District is continuing, said GUD Director Danny Bledsoe.
“Each year,” he explained, “the water district has an auditor come and look at the books. Last year some items didn’t seem right. The auditor wasn’t satisfied, so we asked the state Comptroller’s Office to come take a look at it.”
After the investigation was first reported by The Wilson Post in the Dec. 10 edition, a reporter at the newspaper received an anonymous phone call from someone who said there were more problems than the story indicated. The caller noted that GUD officials did not call in the State Comptroller’s Office and that the amount in question was actually $500,000, and that the GUD board had approved the amount.