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Andy Rooney missed the mark on readership

By SAM HATCHER
         
Andy Rooney, a television commentator I admire and frankly agree with some nine times out of ten, didn’t exactly disperse accurate information recently when he recited that newspaper readership is declining and is not what it used to be.
          
In his closing segment on the CBS “60 Minutes” news magazine show this past Sunday, Mr. Rooney cited the loss in newspaper circulation and readership being realized by many daily newspapers across the country but erred in his remarks when he failed to take community newspapers, like The Wilson Post, out of this category.
       
In fact, according to a recent survey completed by the University of Missouri, 86 percent of adults 18 years or older read a community newspaper at least once each week.

According to the 2008 survey, conducted by the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s (RJI) Center for Advanced Social Research at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri:

• 86 percent of adults over the age of 18 read a newspaper every week.
• 75 percent of those readers read most or all of their paper.
• On average, readers spend 45 minutes reading an issue of their paper, compared to 42 minutes from the 2007 survey, and 38 minutes in the 2005 survey.
• More than one-third of readers keep their paper for more than six days, enabling them to revisit a story or advertisement at their leisure.

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Gardner to be missed by many in community

Sidelines & Sidelights

By TOMMY BRYAN

One of Lebanon’s most unforgettable characters was laid to rest Thursday morning.

Local businessman Glenn Gardner passed away Monday evening at the age of 70 following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Glenn was certainly one-in-a-million. He squeezed a whole lot of living out of his seven decades on this Earth.

The visitation line at Ligon & Bobo was lengthy and filled with former employees from his time owning and operating Dick’s Food Mart on West Main Street as well as hundreds friends he made and people he had helped during his successful business career.

Talk to any of this city’s “old-timers” and they’ll surely spin a yarn or two about Glenn’s unselfishness and his love of sports.

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Public has responsibility in financial problems, too, writer says

To the Editor:

Not that I am overlooking the greed of certain executives of financial companies responsible for today’s universal financial woes, but the ordinary citizens must bear a large share of the blame as well.

People today are not taught even how to keep a balance checkbook, and their desire to have what they see in the stores or catalogs overpower their needs for essential things in their lives, and oftentimes payment is made by credit card, which they seem to think pay up time will never come.

It has to do with a lack of true religious training in the home and in the schools. O yes, those Ten Commandments seem not to be thought essential anymore! “Thou shalt not steal,” and “Thou shalt not covet,” will order good financial management for individuals, homes, communities, businesses, industry, the whole works to become sound again.

One thing that our new President-Elect should try to restore in American society is a moral foundation in every American, from youth through old age – the churches have failed us – most of them no longer teach anything useful, and that schools be required to teach a course in how to manage finances. Whatever happened to the subject called Home Ec (Home Economics)?

After all is said and done, self-discipline is the key to it all. If we as Americans can make a showing here, then all the financially broke world will be sure to follow.

Malcolm P. Nichols
Lebanon

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Christopher Michael Lancaster, 28

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, November 23 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Lancaster, 28, of Old Hickory. A 1998 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, Mr. Lanaster died suddenly Nov. 20, 2008.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Saturday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: mother Debbie (Randy) Gordon of Mt. Juliet; father Stan (Sue) Lancaster of Missouri and sister Christy Michelle Lancaster of Mt. Juliet.

Also surviving are grandparents Margaret Winter of Mt. Juliet; James and Donna Gordon of New Cumberland, PA; nephews Jonathon Ratzlaff and Tomas Lankford; as well as several uncles, aunts and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jack Winter.  Friends will serve as pallbearers.

Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Nick McKinley Locke Jr. , 87

LEBANON -- Mr. Nick McKinley Locke, Jr., age 87, of Lebanon, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2008, at the University Medical Center.

Born April 16, 1921, in Williamson County, he was a U. S. Army veteran of WWII. He attended the University of Tennessee.

After the war, he worked as a Top Secret Courier for the Atomic Energy Commission, where he retired. He was involved in many community activities for years until his health failed.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and had served several years on the Wilson County Property Tax Appeals Board.

The family will receive friends Friday 4-7 p.m. and Saturday one hour before the service.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon, with Dr. Larry Locke officiating. Entombment will be in the Hermitage Mausoleum.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Laine Locke; three children: Joe (Diane) Locke of Quinlan, TX, Gayle Kennedy of Franklin, Nick C. (Diane) Locke of Lake Wylie, SC; brother, Charles Locke of Old Hickory; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nick McKinley Locke Sr. and Suwanne Tomlin Locke; sister, Jane Atwood.

Pallbearers: Wes and Lee Kennedy, Toby and Mike Locke, Rob Brown and Stan Watson.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Inie Graves Shafer, 91

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, November 21 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Shafer, 91, of Lebanon. A native of Wilson County, she passed away Nov. 19, 2008, at Cedars Health Care.

The daughter of the late Clarence Oliver and Louella Mae Watkins Graves, Mrs. Shafer worked at the Lebanon Garment Factory.

Visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Rev. Donald Owens. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Otis Shafer; son Cecil Eric Shafer; brother, Willard Graves and sister Frances Bell George.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Linda Hasty Dillard, 41

LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, November 21 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Dillard, 41 of Norene.

A member of the Gladeville Baptist Church, she passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 at her residence. The family will receive friends Friday from 10 a.m. until the funeral.

Services will be conducted by Brother Michael Eubanks. Burial will be at the Fairview Cemetery.

Survivors include: husband Earnest Dillard; parents James and Pat Hasty; children Matthew Dillard, Robert Jeffries, Heather Dillard and Nicole Jeffries.

Also surviving is sister Margie (Tony) Davis; nieces Jessica Hasty and Allison Jones; nephew Trevor Davis; in-laws Carrie and Dick Bennett; aunt and uncle, Bobby and Darlene Hawks; brothers-in-law Monty Dillard and Mark (Joyce) Dillard and very devoted aunt Linda Jeffries.

She is preceded in death by maternal grandparents Robert and Patty B. Hawks, paternal grandparents Nora and Bill Hasty; brother-in-law Randell Keith Dillard.

Family will serve as pallbearers.  Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Opal Sisco Singleton, 83

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Opal Sisco Singleton are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, November 21 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Singleton, 83, of the Leeville Community.

Born in Smith County, she was the daughter of the late Marvin and Frances Sircy Sisco. Mrs. Singleton died Nov. 18, 2008, at the Cedars Health Care in Lebanon.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.  Visitation after 9 a.m. Friday at Ligon & Bobo.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Gary McCaleb and Val Kelley. Interment will follow at the Leeville Cemetery.

She is survived by children Deloris (Leroy) Granstaff and Terry (Wanida) Singleton -- all of Lebanon; Carolyn (Bob) Jernigan of Mt. Juliet; and Franky (Cheryl) Singleton of Mobile, AL; nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, H. F. "Shank" Singleton; grandson Ricky Lee Granstaff and sisters Eunice Sisco, Mary Bell Murphy and Beulah Sloan.

Honorary pallbearers: Sunshine Sunday School Class of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Darmon Hall, Claude Jordan, Jamie Marchand, Mindy Singleton and Tori Crumpton. Active pallbearers: Monty and Gary Granstaff, Keith Jernigan, Jeff, Rod and Todd Singleton.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Mollie Lucille Self, 95

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, November 22 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Self, 95, of Alexandria.

Born in DeKalb County and retired from the Metro Nashville Public Schools System, Mrs. Self died Nov. 19, 2008 at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.

She was the daughter of the late Robert and Susie McBrode Fitts and a member of the Linwood Pentecostal Church.

The family will receive friends 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. until the service on Saturday.

Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Hunt, Cory Turner, Brother Roger Grisham and Brother Walter George. Burial will be at the Wilson County Memorial Park.

Survivors include: daughters Annie (Bratten) Turner of Alexandria and Ina (Foster) Moore of Lebanon; stepson Robert (Barbara) Self of Smithville and stepdaughter Irene Kocsis of Tampa, Fla.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren, two step grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, six step great grandchildren and 14 great, great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husbands Denton Neal and Charlie Self; four sisters and a brother.

Active pallbearers: Rick Turner, Charles Martin, Monty Martin, David Martin, Bobby Self, Jay Dee Harelson, Steve DePass and Garry Greer. Honorary pallbearers: great grandsons.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Clara Cubbins Webster, 77

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Friday, November 21 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Webster, 77, of Lebanon.

Born July 16, 1931 to the late John Tilmon and Martha Neal Cubbins, Mrs. Webster died 21, 2008 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church.  Visitation Friday from 10 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Rev. Russ Stephens.  Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: her husband of 50 years Marvin "Buck" Webster; daughters Shirlene (Bill) Tomlinson of Castalian Springs and Patty (Willie B.) McGowan of Lebanon.

Also surviving are special friends David and Helen Bennett of Nashville; grandchildren Melanie Hargis Hackney of Hartsville, Chad (Michelle) McGowan, Kimberly Michelle McGowan -- all of Lebanon, Shane (Lori) McGowan of Portland, Chasity (Ronnie) Meredith of Carthage and Bill (Gail) Tomlinson Jr. of Chestnut Mound; 11 great grandchildren; a great great granddaughter as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings Lonnie Allen Cubbins, Verna Malone and Eloise Cubbins.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Willard Graves, 94

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been set for 1 p.m. Friday, November 21 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Graves, 94, of Lebanon. Retired from TVA, he died Nov. 18, 2008 at the Cedars Health Care.

Born July 11, 1914, in Kentucky, he was the son of the late Clarence Oliver and Louella Mae Watkins Graves.  Mr. Graves was a World War II veterasn, having served in the Army Air Corps, and was a Baptist in belief.

Visitation Friday 11 a.m.until service time. Services will be directed by Rev. Donald Owens. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: wife Ruth Clark Graves; children A.C. (Barbara) Graves of Hendersonville; Steve Graves of Lebanon; James Howard Graves of Woodbury; and Janice Irene Graves of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Also surviving is sister Inie Shafer of Lebanon; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Bell George.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Inmates graduate New Life Behavior program

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

A group of young men have a new lease on life, so to speak, through a program they completed this past week called New Life Behavior Ministries.

The men, presently inmates at the Wilson County Jail, received certificates during a brief ceremony in a courtroom where they were praised by their instructors and the sheriff for their work.

“I’m very proud of y’all,” said Sheriff Terry Ashe.

New Life Behavior is a “curriculum-based” ministry, the program’s website www.nlbm.org said. It is built around the “12-step program” used by groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous to help people with problems or addictions to alcohol or drugs.

The program and curriculum are presented by Dr. Larry Locke, Gale Hearn and David Luttman, all of College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon. They were also on hand for the ceremony where the five men received their certificates. There was a sixth graduate, but he was released earlier in the day from jail and did not attend.

“It’s been real impressive with all these men, how they tackled their studies,” Locke said, adding he was thrilled to have the opportunity to present the men with their certificates.

 

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Burdick evidence OK'd

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

A Davidson County judge ruled this week that evidence in the case against suspected rapist Robert Jason Burdick was legally obtained.

Burdick, dubbed the “Wooded Rapist” by authorities, was indicted in May on charges of rape and kidnapping by the Wilson County grand jury as well as charges he faces in Davidson and Williamson counties.

Burdick attorney Gary Tamkin, a public defender in Nashville, argued in October that the evidence should be thrown out because the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant wasn’t strong enough to link Burdick to any of the rape cases.

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Post parent adds Hendersonville

From Post staff reports
          
MainStreet Media, the parent company of The Wilson Post, today adds another community newspaper to its collection of Middle Tennessee publications.
        
Today marks the inauguration of The Hendersonville Standard, MainStreet Media’s seventh Middle Tennessee newspaper.
        
The Standard, as other publications published by MainStreet Media, a locally owned company, will focus its news content strictly on local happenings, local sports and local events.

With the addition of The Standard, MainStreet Media now publishes community newspapers in Franklin, Lafayette, Smithville, Gallatin, Hendersonville and Lebanon as well as a monthly periodical, Mature Lifestyles, which is distributed in five Middle Tennessee counties.

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MJ man killed in one-car accident

From Post staff reports

A Mt. Juliet man was killed in a one-car accident early Thursday morning in the westbound lane of Interstate 40.

The victim was identified as Christopher M. Lancaster, 28, of Mt. Juliet.

According a report filed by Trooper William Bennett of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Lancaster was driving a 1993 Nissan MGX in the vicinity of mile marker 223.

 

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Famous photo features Wilson resident

From Post staff reports

It is the most famous transportation photo renowned railroad photographer O. Winston Link ever took and on Wednesday, Nov. 5, one of the subjects of that photo, 75-year-old Willie Allen of Mt. Juliet, finally received a copy of the famed photo. 

TDOT officials invited Allen to their headquarters office in Nashville Wednesday where he signed copies of the Winston Link photograph, Hotshot Eastbound. TDOT officials also presented Allen with a framed copy of the celebrated shot.

"This photo has been hanging in my office for years, so I was surprised to learn that the man sitting in the convertible now lives in Mt. Juliet and in the same community as our Assistant Director of Design," said TDOT Chief of Environment and Planning Ed Cole. "When we learned that Mr. Allen didn't have a copy of the famous photo he is featured in, I took my own copy down from the wall and decided to give it to him."

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How The Game is Played

I have been under a lot of pressure lately. You see, I’ve had this huge project due and there are just not enough hours in the day to get it done. It’s so important that it has kept me up at night thinking about it.

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Edit Be thankful and give

‘Tis the season to be thankful, and the season, also, to think about helping those less fortunate.

Efforts are already under way in Wilson County to gather up donations of canned goods, turkeys, toys, clothes and so on for our friends and neighbors who may have fallen on hard times for whatever reason.

Wilson County Christmas for All is gearing up for its annual project which distributes toys to children and food baskets to the elderly throughout Wilson County. The organization joins each year with the Angel Tree program in Watertown and the West Wilson Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet to see that all children in the county and those in need of food baskets have a merrier Christmas.

Donations are already being received by the Joseph Storehouse, a food ministry that serves more than 2,000 people a month.

Various companies, individuals, churches, civic groups and schools have food drives and such to benefit these two organizations as well as others, and this year is no exception.

And this year, also, is likely to be a more difficult one for many. As the economy slows, people cut back on unnecessary expenses and focus on those items that are needed. And often, many groups, such as Christmas for All, Joseph Storehouse, the Community Help Centers in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet and other such agencies sometimes lack the resources to serve their clientele.

Already, applications to Christmas for All are up 30 percent from what they were this time last year.

As you head to your favorite grocery in the next few days to buy that turkey, sweet potatoes and green beans, pick up an extra can or some other item if possible and donate it through your house of worship, school or other organization. You can also make monetary contributions to the various agencies mentioned here as well as others who strive this season to make life a little better for everyone.
 

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Mike Burton, 48

LEBANON -- Graveside services were held Tuesday morning, November 18 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery for Mr. Burton, 48, of Lebanon.

A self employed truck driver, Mr. Burton passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 at Alive Hospice - St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville following a short illness.

Services were conducted by Brother Kenneth Bowen.

Survivors include: his wife Sherry Conatser Burton; parents Milton and Stella Burton; maternal grandmother Josephine Springer; daughters Candice Burton and Brandy Burton; brothers Stanley (Michele) Burton and Gary (Shari) Burton; sisters Jena Dedman and Tena Burton; grandchildren Dylan and Zoe.  Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

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Mildred Blackburn, 83

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 19 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Blackburn, 83, of Lebanon.

The widow of the late local photographer Neal Blackburn, she died Nov. 16, 2008.

The family will be receiving friends Wednesday from 12 Noon until the funeral.

Services will be conducted by Brother Barry Ellis and Brother W.L Baker.  Interment follows in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include daughter Martha Sacco of Lebanon; granddaughter Mandy (Russ) Belcher of Lebanon; and great-grandson Alex Belcher.

Pallbearers: Leslie Vanhook, Danny Durham, John Baugh, Mike Collins, Charles Johnson, Bill Manning, Mark Manning, and Jimmy Manning. Honorary: Alvin Collins and Basel Tyree.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Blackburn is preceded in death by parents Haywood and Ruth Corum Johnson and brother William Johnson.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Jo Ann Corley, 58

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, November 20 at the Partlow Chapel for Mrs. Corley, 58, of Lebanon. She died Monday, Nov. 17, 2008 at her residence.

A member of the Baptist faith, she was a factory worker and a avid fisherman.

She is preceded in death by mother Louise Crutcher Corley; father Billy Corley; sister Betty Marie Corley and brother Terry Wayne Corley.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday 4-8 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Services will be conducted by Rev. James Corley Jr. Interment follows at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: her companion Ernest Grenier; son Billy (Robbie) Boyd Jr.; and daughter Judy (John) Jennings.

Also surviving are 11 grandchildrenl two great grandchildren; brother James (Donna) Corley Sr.; sister Billie (Billy) Sisco; step-mother Minnie Mae Corley; step-brothers William (JoAry) Hampton, John (Dina) Hampton and Harry Hampton; step-sisters Judy (Ronnie) Wrye and Darlene (Eric) Warren.

Active pallbearers: James Corley Jr., Michael Richards, Jacob Benton, David Pierce, David Netherton and Tony Dedman. Honorary pallbearers: Janny Chaney and Ellen Nickles.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Lawrence Auston McGlaughn, 67

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. McGlaughn, 67 of Mt. Juliet. A veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired from Pirelli Tire, he died Nov. 16, 2008.

Services were conducted by the Rev. Chuck Groover.

Survivors include: sons K. Brian (Betty) McGlaughn of Mt. Juliet and P. Wade (Jamie) McGlaughn of Hermitage. Also surviving are siblings: Ann (John) Edder, Becky (Larry Wayne) Thompson, Johnny (Rita) McGlaughn, Darrel Yancey and Keith Yancey; grandchildren Crystal Long, Heather McGlaughn, Dillon McGlaughn and Jocelyn Kernahan; great-grandchildren Joshua Parker, Ella Mae Long and twins Emma and Ethan Long.

Mr. McGlaughn was the son of the late, Clarence and Bernice Williams McGlaughn. He was also preceded in death by identical twin brothers, Larry and Harry McGlaughn.

Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

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Timothy D. Bingham, 48
MT. JULIET -- Graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 19 at Hermitage Memorial Gardens for Mr. Bingham, 48, of Mt. Juliet.

A 1979 honors graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, he died Nov. 15, 2008.

A lifelong resident of Mt. Juliet, he was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was an outstanding track athlete for the Golden Bears.

Survivors include: mother Linda C. Hudson; father Thomas W. Bingham; siblings Michael (Susan) Bingham; Lisa (Joel) Bingham Kendrick and Leslie Leah Bingham; and grandmother Dona Arms Hudson.

Mr. Bingham was preceded in death by grandparents David Lipscomb Hudson and James M. and Margaret "Mazzie" C. Bingham, Jr.

Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet was in charge of arrangements.

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Roger Marlon Poss, 30

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, November 18 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Poss, 30, of Watertown.

Born in Smith County and a graduate of Watertown High School, he died Sunday morning, Nov. 16, 2008 in an automobile accident.

He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in vehicle maintenance. Services were conducted by the Rev. David Lawson with burial at the Wilson County Memorial Park.

Survivors include: wife Rebecca Russell Poss; son Nathan Alexander Poss and parents Herbert and Renate M. Poss -- all of Watertown.

Also surviving are siblings Mike (Angela) Poss and Michelle (Brad) Lasater -- all of Watertown; Ricky Poss of Lebanon and Rachel Ruiz of Madison.; grandmother Omega Irene Davis of Lebanon as well as 10 nieces and nephews. Friends served as active pallbearers.

Memorial donations may be made to Rebecca and Nathan Poss at any branch of Wilson Bank & Trust. Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Council tightens spending after sales tax revenue drops again

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council voted to do some belt-tightening Tuesday night at their regular meeting.

In a motion by Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath, the councilors agreed unanimously that the city should hire no new temporary workers, and stop all travel, off-site training and conference attendance for at least two weeks until the council can arrange a special work session to discuss how to tighten spending and stay out of the red despite dropping sales tax revenues.

They also deferred approving bids to tear down the old Fox Hill water storage tank, with a request that city workers remove the ladder which is currently part of the structure.

They also deferred indefinitely a request to approve bids to construct a new water/sewer operations building, and a request to reimburse Wilson County Investors LLC $6,000 unused funds allocated for a traffic signal on Legends Drive.

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