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Jeffery Dean Stone, 50

LEBANON -- A celebration of life service was held Thursday evening, February 5 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Stone, 50. of Lebanon. An electrician for Jerry Dean Electric, Mr. Stone passed away Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Survivors include: children Jeff (Jessica) Stone of Lebanon; Brian Stone and Renee Brown -- both of Michigan. Also surviving is sister Sue (Peter) Rantz of Michigan and grandchildren Joshua, Nickolas, Lacey and Princeston Stone; Mikayla, Jaden and Xzavier Brown.

He was preceded in death by parents John & Bernice Stone; brother Robert Stone as well as his grandparents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Judicial Selection panel visits Lebanon Tuesday


Members of the Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission are to be in Lebanon on Tuesday, Feb. 10 to interview candidates for the vacant Criminal Court judge’s position.

The Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, in the Criminal Courtroom at the John W. Musice Judicial Building, 115 E. High Street.

The seat to be filled was left vacant by the death in December of Judge J.O. Bond who suffered a stroke. He had been re-elected to serve another eight-year term on the bench in 2006.

MTE Customers Care special donation assists needy members

Middle Tennessee Electric’s Customers Care made a special donation of $15,000 to Wilson County Community Help Center this week to assist needy members with payment of electric bills.

“It’s our hope these charitable monies will help those in need,” said MTE Customers Care Board Chairman Doretha Wright. “The whole purpose of this organization is to find ways to use these monies and channel the funds back to worthy community causes.”  

MTEMC Vice President of Marketing and Communications Chris Jones said these funds came from members who round their monthly bills to the nearest dollar through the cooperative’s Operation Round Up program.

Tornadoes ripped area one year ago

The Wilson Post

A year ago Thursday night (Feb. 5), tornados ripped through Tennessee, both to the south of Lebanon, and just to the north.

Those storms left friends and neighbors of many in Wilson County homeless, bereaved, without clothing, furniture or food and with other life-threatening needs.

The storms did touch the northwestern edge of Wilson County, but did little damage there.

One huge super-cell tornado destroyed a gas transmission plant in Macon County which burst into flames that were visible over much of Wilson County.

Lady Bulldogs going pink


LEBANON -- Cumberland’s women’s basketball team will participate in the WBCA Pink Zone activities Thursday, February 12, at home versus Union University, with the Lady Bulldogs wearing pink warm-up shirts, wrist bands, socks and strings.

All fans attending the contest are encouraged to wear pink in support of the national initiative.

SportsWorld is donating the wrist bands for both Cumberland and Union as well as pink socks for the Bulldogs. The same t-shirts CU wears for warm-ups will be available for purchase by fans at the game. All proceeds on the day of the game, including t-shirt sales and gate money, will be donated to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund and the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition.

Any cancer survivors wishing to attend the contest should contact the local American Cancer Society or CU assistant coach Kelly Tarr at

University Medical Center will distribute breast cancer awareness information at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center on the day of the contest as well.

The WBCA Pink Zone™ initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.

Women’s basketball teams across the nation are challenged to dedicate one game between February 13 - 22 to raise breast cancer awareness and funding.

Cumberland hosts a basketball doubleheader, Saturday, February 7, featuring of bevy of activities, including a canned food drive for a local church, Upward Basketball players attending the men’s and women’s doubleheader as well as the annual Coming Home celebration.

The athletics department is sponsoring a canned food drive that will benefit the Compassion Center at College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon.

For all fans who donate a canned food item, $1 will be deducted from the price of admission for the game. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and children 10 and under are admitted free.

The First Baptist Church Lebanon sponsored Upward Basketball league teams are scheduled to attend the contest between the Bulldogs and Mid-Continent University at the Floyd Center.

All Upward kids in uniform will be admitted free to the game and will be recognized at halftime of both the men’s and women’s contests.

The annual Coming Home festivities will take place between games. A court will be announced among the 14 nominees following by the crowning of the Coming Home King.

5 locals ink on signing day


Five Wilson County prep athletes made their college decisions official Wednesday, Feb. 4 on National Signing Day.

Traditional NCAA Division II power Carson-Newman of Jefferson City swooped up the leading rushers at Wilson Central High and Mt. Juliet -- inking Cody Clawson and Collin Earnhardt to scholarships.

Clawson is expected to move to receiver while Earnhardt is slated for duty in the secondary.

WCHS linebacker Nathan Rottero signed with UT-Martin. Rottero, one of the top tacklers in Middle Tennessee, played in the Toyota East - West All-Star Game.

Lebanon’s Cumberland University landed Friendship Christian School offensive lineman Trey Walker while Wilson Central High soccer standout Tashia Romkee signed with Savannah College of Arts & Design, one of the top team in the NAIA Sun Conference.

My Parenting Reality
Parenting is by far the hardest job. It’s harder than ditch digging. It’s harder than practicing medicine. It’s harder than just about anything. And what makes it hard is NOT KNOWING if you’re doing a good job. It’s like being in school and not getting your report card until eighteen years later when our kids decide to tell us how we could have done things better.
Medium reappears this month on NBC
Dear Ken: What has happened to “Medium”? I really miss it. Is she gone forever?
Slimmer Tips for 2009

By Judith Taylor

Oh no you don’t…

Words alone cannot take away our “fat” thoughts. We peer over last year’s vacation photos and weep. The cold weather allows us to cover up the pounds we gained over the holidays, but lingering thoughts…dare I say it, spring and summer are coming? Those words harbor dreadful images to all who  know what that means.

So what does it bring? Soft breezes, warm weather, sleeves blouses and thin
 fabrics. Okay, no coats to hide in, no bulky sweaters to cover all, just you and me Babe, and the real world. What is a girl to do? My thoughts are with you.

I have spent the day looking over my magical box of thin tips. The ones I will share with just the two of us, are what I call the “thinnest of the thin” tips. The best-dressed women of the world have learned techniques to lengthen their body, hide their bulges and play up their best features. Try a couple of these and everyone will think you have dropped 10 pounds.

Little Texas to help fulfill Choate's, family's dream

The Wilson Post

Little Texas is a band with a big heart, and they plan to use it to help a grieving Watertown family realize a dream.

The Choate family lost their 13-year-old son, Cody, in an ATV accident two years ago.

Since that time, Cody’s parents and sister, Chloe, as well as the Watertown Elementary faculty, staff and students, have been working to fund athletic facilities at the school in Cody’s honor.

Now platinum-selling, country-rock band Little Texas is coming to Watertown High School, along with The O'Donnell's and Doug Collins on Friday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. to help. The proceeds of the concert will go to Watertown Elementary, to help the school develop a new football field.

While Cody was alive, he championed having a football field at the school for the seventh- and eighth-grade teams.

Fireproof novelist wrestles with the supernatural
Eric Wilson’s ’Jerusalem Undead’ trilogy pits vampires vs. saints

Special to The Wilson Post

Wordsmith Eric Wilson envisions his books, whether they be supernatural thrillers or  novelizations of hit movies, as mission work.

“I write specifically thinking of people on the fringes of faith, those who have either struggled with religion or who have left it or who are interested in knowing more and have spiritual hunger but aren’t going to walk through doors of a church to explore that,” said Wilson, 42, author of “Facing the Giants,” “The Best of Evil” and “Field of Blood.”

“I see my writing being missionary work but kind of in a tent-making mode (the apostle Paul made tents while spreading the Gospel), telling stories that prod and challenge people to think.”

Parkerson, Bennett throw baseball, discuss Braves


What a joy it was to experience Jason Parkerson’s meeting with Atlanta Braves pitcher Jeff Bennett on Thursday.

Jason has been a long-time supporter of Blue Devil athletics and most recently Woody Hunt’s right hand for the Bulldogs at Cumberland University. He may be one of the biggest Atlanta Braves fans in the Southeast.

Mastering Tense Without Tensing - Maybe


Anne, I would appreciate an explanation of verb tenses. I am unsure of myself in this area and could use some help. Thank you, I enjoy your column.
-Local Reader

The time for real change with TVA is now

To the Editor:

With nearly every home in Middle Tennessee suffering “sticker shock” due to the high billings for electricity, it is difficult to remember the promise of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Rural Electrification Program (REA) which was, through agencies like TVA, to provide flood control, recreation, economic development, and electricity generation for the people of areas like the Tennessee Valley. 

Martha Pearl Bush, 81

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, February 1 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Bush, 81, of Lebanon. She passed away Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Mark Rager. Interment followed in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include sons Phil (Karen) Bush of Lavergne and Bill (Denise) Bush of Lebanon; sisters Mary Frances Mofield and Peggy Lewis; grandchildren Brittney (Ben) Bolay, Katie Bush, Emmalee Bush, Leah (Rex) Choate, Jon (Jennifer) Chaney and Karli Bush Douglas; five great-grandchildren; and special friend Elmer Marler.

She is preceded in death by husband William Carl Bush; parents Johnny Weaver and Martha Ann Waddell Napier; brothers Arlis, Dewey, Elmer, Albert, Bethel, Paul, and Johnny Jr. Napier; sister Ethel Flemming and special friend Houston VanHook.

Active pallbearers included: family and friends. Honorary pallbearers were her friends and the staff at Elmcroft.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home.

Bernadine Eveleth, 90

LEBANON -- Mrs. Eveleth, 90, of Lebanon passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2009.  The daughter of the late Eric Paul and Thyra Petra Davidson, she was a Methodist and a retired audit Investigator.

No services are planned at this time.

Survivors include: daughter Gen Pettee of Florida, grandson Roger (Noel) Tippett of Lebanon and great grandchildren Alyssa and Chaz Tippett.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by daughter JoAnn Lee Tippett.

Partlow Funeral Chapel was charge of local arrangements.

Darlene Young Foster, 72

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 4 in the Partlow Chapel for Mrs. Foster, 72, of Lebanon.

A member of the Siloam Missionary Baptist Church and retired from Lux Clock, she died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009 at Cedars Health Care Center.

Visitation Wednesday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Services will be conducted by Brother Greg Dunham, Brother Michael Brauner and Brother Pat Eller.  Interment follows at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: children Todd (Michelle) Foster and Teresa (Carl) Earps -- all of Lebanon. Also surviving are grandchildren Michelle (Shane) Follis, Steven Earps, and Jessica Earps; great grandchildren Austin Follis, Jackson Follis and Bryler Follis; sister-in-law Wilma Young; niece Delena Ackerson; nephews Norman Young and Jeff Young.

She is preceded in death by parents Barney and Lillie Adcock Young; husband Carl Foster; brothers David Young, Eugene Young and Hilbert Young; sister-in-law Versie Young.

Active pallbearers include: David, Byron, Norman and Jeff Young, Mike Manning, Terry Chafin and Tim Vanderpool. Honorary pallbearers, staff of Cedars Health Care Center and special caregiver Rachel McHenry.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangments.

Carl Neel Reeves, Jr., 79

LEBANON -- A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 7 at the First United Methodist Church for Mr. Reeves, 79, of the Norene Community.

A native of Wilson County and a gradaute of Watertown High School, Mr. Reeves died February 1, 2009 at his residence.

A 20-year veteran of the US Air Force and retired from General Electric after 16 years of service, he was a member of Lebanon’s First United Methodist. He was a fighter pilot in the Korean War, flew C-130’s in Vietnam; and piloted B-47’s and C-141’s during the Cold War and the Cuban Missle Crisis.

He was the son of the late Carl and Ruby Nina Dowell Reeves, Sr.

Visitation: Saturday, 10 a.m. until the service. Conducting the service will be: Rev. Martin Thielen, Brother Barry Keene and Rev. Bucky Hesson.

Survivors include: wife Annie Charlene Sawyer Reeves of Norene; children Carl Neel (Stacy) Reeves, III and Amy Reeves Upchurch; grandchildren Neel Reeves, Michaela, Deanna, Juliana and Lenora Upchurch.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations to the Willow Brook Hospice, 381 Riverside Drive, Suite 440, Franklin, TN 37064.

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

Flora Likens, 92

LEBANON -- Graveside services were held Friday morning, January 30 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery for Mrs. Likens, 92, of Lebanon. She passed away Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at University Medical Center.  Mrs. Likens was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include: son Billy Joe Likens; daughter Helen Farley; sister Vera Fletcher; grandchildren Timmy and Douglas Nichols and Teresa Likens; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by parents Will and Nancy Spivey; husband Raymond Likens; daughter Emma Jean Nichols; grandson Michael Nichols; granddaughter Carol Dixon; as well as several brothers and sisters.

Family members served as pallbearers.  Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Mary Lucile Boykin, 85

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, February 5 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Boykin, 85, of Lebanon.

A loving mother and grandmother, she died February 3, 2009.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon Wednesday from 2-7 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the funeral.

Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment follows in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include son Gary (Teresa) Boykin of Gallatin; sisters Alice (James) Harris and Billie Graves; grandchildren C. Brandon Kirby, Lewis Boykin and Matthew Shackelford; and great-granddaughters: Summer, Syndey and Avery Kirby.

She is preceded in death by husband Walter Lewis Boykin; parents James Ethel and Daisy Uslo Sutton Rittenberry, two brothers and one sister.

Pallbearers: C. Brandon Kirby, Lewis Kirby, Matt Shackelford, James Harris, Butch Harmon, and Tony Harris.

Memorial donations are requested to Alive Hospice, Inc (1718 Patterson St, Nashville TN 37203-9658, 615.327.1085)

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home.

James Edward Adams, 66

LEBANON -- A memorial service was held Sunday afternoon, February 1 at the Saddler Funeral Home for Mr. Adams, 66, of Ohio.

Born September 14, 1942, he died January 14, 2009 in Toledo, Ohio.

Survivors include: daughters Vickie Adams and Kimberly Adams; sisters Mary Moore and Star Moore and brothers CHarles Adams, Wardell Adams and a host of other relations and friends.

He is preceded in death by parents John and Lillian Adams; siblings: Evelyn Mahoney, John Forris and Cardell Adams and Jackie Majors.

Arrangements by Saddler Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Council nods line item budget

The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council approved a proposal to establish a full line item budget at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

The resolution would require changing the city budget from an omnibus budget to a line item budget.

The process for doing that will be discussed in detail before an ordinance to change is drafted, according to Ward 3 Councilor William Farmer.

Negotiations on teachers' salaries, insurance near

The Wilson Post

Time is approaching for members of the Wilson County Education Association and the Wilson County Board of Education to begin negotiating salaries and insurance, board members were told Monday night.

Melissa Robinson, WCEA president, who addressed the board at Monday night’s regular meeting, noted that she is sure the teachers will be able to reach some agreement with the school system. She also said teachers are well aware of the current financial situation in the state and the country.

In other business, the school board also voted to send the architect’s bill for $1,312,028 from Kaatz, Binkley, Jones and Morris (KBJM) on to the Wilson County Commission for payment.

More employed in Wilson this year despite higher unemployment rate

The Wilson Post

More Wilson Countians are currently employed than were employed one year ago, according to records kept by the State of Tennessee.
Employment statistics released last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Work Force Development show that Wilson County’s unemployment rate increased in December to 6.5 percent, a .6 percent jump over the previous month.
However, data from the state labor department shows also that more people are employed in Wilson County this year than were employed one year ago.      

LHS sweeps White Co.


On a night when Lebanon High celebrated its athletic history, the Blue Devils and Devilettes did their part with a stirring doubleheader sweep of visiting White County High.

Coach Ashley Johnson’s LHS girls held off a White County comeback attempt and came away with a 58-52 District 7AAA win in Tuesday night’s opener at Campbell Brandon Gym.

Steady Icelyn Elie led the way with 24 points, including a 7-of-10 effort at the line as Lebanon improved the 8-12 overall / 5-6 in the league. Elie, an MTSU signee, also pulled in 11 rebounds and handed out a pair of assists.

Shay Coggins chipped in with 13 points, Marissa Jennings had eight, Anna Stafford seven and McKenzie Lamberson six for the winners.

IN TUESDAY’S NIGHTCAP, the Blue Devils opened up a 22-12 lead and never looked back, blowing out White Count 72-38.

All told, 11 LHS players broke into the scoring column, led by 13 from Xavier Smith. Ryan Beadle had 10 (all in the second half) while Jacob Thigpen also had 10. Lebanon improved to 13-10 overall / 7-4 in District 7AAA.

The LHS teams will travel to Murfreesboro Friday night for a district twinbill at Riverdale High.

BETWEEN GAMES -- LHS held its second annual induction ceremonies for the Lebanon High Sports Hall of Fame.

Inductees included the 1971 state champion girls basketball team, Bruce Skeen (Class of 1963), Danny Watkins (Class of 1973) and Claude "Buster" Jennings (Class of 1946). Representing the 1971 Devilettes were: Gail Barnes Vaughn, Scheree McCathern and Donna Gallaher Hamilton.



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