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Keeping up with the Blue Devils

Good Friday golf outing -- The seventh annual Good Friday Golf Outing, sponsored by the Blue Devil Football Foundation is scheduled for Friday, April 10 at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club.

Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. followed by a 12 Noon shotgun start. Entry fee is $110 per player for the 4-man, 18-hole scramble which includes a cart and mulligan. The tournament will be flighted with prizes for the top three teams in each flight.

All proceeds will benefit the Lebanon High football program. Call Bob Lea at 351-6047 or Tommy Bryan at 594-5362 to reserve a spot for your team.

Tribble event set April 18 -- Clifton Tribble Appreciation Day has been scheduled for Saturday, April 18 in the Education Building of the James E. Ward Ag. Center.

Tribble, former all-stater for the Lebanon High Blue Devils in 1953 and two-time Mid-State Coach of the Year, is generally considered the greatest Blue Devil of them all.

He was in the initial class of inductees for the LHS Sports Hall of Fame. Friends, former players and associates of Tribble are urged to attend the April 18 event between the hours of 4-8 p.m.

Free barbeque will be provided to the first 400 attendees. Cards or letters to Tribble may be sent to Ed Callis, P.O. Box 218, Lebanon 37088-0218. For more information, call Ray Byrd at 444-8323.

Schenk making a difference locally

The Wilson Post

Lebanon seems to attract people who really want to make a difference.

Linda Schenk is one such person. Her efforts to help her neighbors led to her winning the Volunteer of the Year Award in the Middle Tennessee Region for 1998 from Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare.

When she came to Lebanon 24 years ago with her husband Dr. Bill Schenk, an ophthalmologist, and two small daughters, Lindsey and Allie, she wanted something to do that would let her also stay at home with her girls.

My Majesty Strongly Suggests Mr. President Be Properly Addressed


Dear Ms. Donnell: This may be a matter of grammar or manners. Since you have never used swear words in your column, I thought you might comment on this issue either way. It is about the way reporters address our President during interviews.  It seems they all say something like, "Good morning, Mr. Obama" to a sitting president, but say, "Good morning, President Bush" to a retired president. Why do they call the current president "Mr.," but call the former presidents, "President?" It seems perverse. I think it started during the Clinton years. What is the proper way to address the President of the United States, should I get the chance? (I probably should not get the chance.)
-Polite Pol, J.M.

Water challenge at Nigerian Hospital


When we first went to Nigeria in 1978, the living quarters at the hospital had no underground water pipe system. Water to the homes had to be brought by buckets to a holding tank outside our house. It was then brought into the house through the tap, sand particles and all, into the lavatories, bathtubs and sink. The water had to either be filtered or boiled (a slow process) before it could be used for cooking. The only way to get a hot tub bath was to put a kettle on the stove and pour it into your bath water, not a very good system.

City of Lebanon to host annual Easter Egg Hunt

The City of Lebanon will be again be hosting the annual Lebanon Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. until noon at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.  

“Thousands of children look forward to our annual egg hunt,” said Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead. “It’s great fun to watch them find the tons of candy and prizes that our community generously donates.”

The Egg Hunt is for all ages, newborn through adult. The first hunt will begin promptly at 10:15 a.m. Local merchants are providing many prizes including lots of candy, several bicycles, games and other children’s toys. The free event includes the egg hunt, decorated egg contest and fire engine rides. Many prizes will be given for prize eggs found in each of seven groups, ages newborn to 23 months, 2 and 3 years, 4 to 6 years, 7 to 8 years, 9 to 10 years, and the “big kids” ages 11 to 111 years. Bags will be provided for children not having baskets.

Cities, county eligible for Federal stimulus funds

The Wilson Post

Local governments and schools will benefit in several ways from funds available due to the federal stimulus programs.

Wilson County, Lebanon and Mt Juliet law enforcement agencies are each eligible to apply for Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA.

The three local agencies are eligible for more than $150,000, with the county eligible for $73,834, Lebanon assigned $116,487 and Mt Juliet able to get $26,621. No local match dollars will be required for these grant awards, said Ben Stewart of the Greater Nashville Regional Council.

Seniors' property tax freeze deadline nears

The Wilson Post

Wilson County homeowners who are 65 or older, with an income of $33,360 or less per year, can have their property taxes frozen, said County Trustee Jim Major.

And if their income is less than $24,790 per year they can also receive a refund on the amount they do have to pay.

But the deadline to apply is fast approaching, and in Wilson County the application deadline is April 6.
More than 16,000 low-income Tennesseans age 65 and older have frozen their property tax rates since 2007, when the state constitution was amended, but they have to reapply each year to keep their tax rate frozen.

Republican Women of West Wilson meet Tuesday

Republican Women of West Wilson County will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 at the Mt. Juliet Library.

Guest speaker will be Charles Schneider from the Tennessee Republican Party. His focus is on State Senate and State House concerns. His discussion will entertain “How to Grow.”

Everyone is invited. Bring a neighbor.

Electrocution mishap claims 1
The Wilson Post

GLADEVILLE – A man who was electrocuted shortly after noon on Monday when the lift he was operating came in contact with a power line has been identified.

J.C. Phillips, 41, of Livingston in Overton County, was killed when the basket of the lift machine he was maneuvering into place next to Gladeville United Methodist Church touched a power line. Phillips, who was operating the crane, and another man who was inside the basket, were subcontractors installing siding at the church which has undergone an expansion.

Man dies, two injured in bar shooting

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police are searching for a person of interest in a shooting shortly after midnight that left one man dead and two other people injured at Les’s Lounge at 1150 Bluebird Road.

Det. Eugene McGee identified the victim as Antonio Darnell Talley, 30, of Lebanon.

The incident occurred about midnight, Sunday, he said, adding an argument may have led to the shooting.

Property tax protest, still no answer given

The Wilson Post

When a local man protested his increased property tax bill this past spring he expected quick results, but he still has no answer.

Warren “Tom” Sisti said he felt the increase in the value of his property was unfair and unreasonable.

“It’s built on the electric easement, and on the setback, and it’s only two bedrooms,” Sisti said in an interview recently, describing his home. He explained that other homes in Saddlebrook subdivision where he lives are three bedrooms.

Working harder than a rented mule-A man in Fulmer


“There is no character, howsoever good and fine, but it can be destroyed by ridicule, howsoever poor and witless. Observe the ass, for instance: his character is about perfect, he is the choicest spirit among all the humbler animals, yet see what ridicule has brought him to. Instead of feeling complimented when we are called an ass, we are left in doubt.”

-- Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar, Mark Twain

Former GM worker asks about AIG

To the Editor:

The following is an open letter to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee.

I am a retired GM executive, and when I retired, GM agreed to pay my medical insurance for life - as a result of having a combined age and years of service greater than the number 85. I also got an executive retirement amount that I would receive monthly.  And more times than once, I made career decisions regarding not leaving GM for a higher paying job elsewhere, knowing that I had earned that retirement as part of my total compensation package. 

Commerce Cumberland Presbyterian Church sets services
Commerce Cumberland Presbyterian Church will continue this series on “Bible Basics About the Family” on Sunday, March 22.
Commission Employee Compensation panel to meet

There will be a meeting of the Wilson County Employee Compensation Committee, an ad-hock committee for study purposes, on Tuesday, March 24, at 6 p.m., in room 2 of the Wilson County Courthouse. 

Citizen participation is welcomed.  

Lebanon announces annual Spring Clean Up

The City of Lebanon announces its Annual Spring Clean Up will be held during the month of April.

The intent of this service is for the residents of Lebanon to discard unwanted items generated at their residence. Vacant houses and lots will not be picked up. Generally, the volume of the unwanted items should not exceed what could be loaded in the back of an average size pickup truck.

Spring finally arrives!

The Wilson Post

Surely you set your alarm clock this morning for 6:44, the arrival of spring!

But don’t get too excited thinking about warmer weather and planting your garden and such. The low tonight drops to the mid 30s and some outlying areas might get closer to freezing.

State jobless rate climbs to 9.1 percent

County unemployment numbers set for release 

Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley announced Thursday Tennessee’s unemployment rate for February was 9.1 percent, up 0.5 percentage point from the January rate of 8.6 percent.

The February rate a year ago was 5.5 percent. The national unemployment rate for February 2009 was 8.1 percent, up from the January rate of 7.6 percent.

"Data released today (Thursday) continue to highlight the severity of the deepening recession in Tennessee,” Neeley said. “The statewide unemployment rate remains on an upward trend, and the number of unemployed persons has climbed to the highest level since we began keeping these records in 1973.”

Adult titles on cable concern parent

Charter official tells way to block objectionable content 

The Wilson Post

When a local father discovered that his 9-year-old son was accessing “adult programming” on his cable television, he first blocked the sites.

But that didn’t quite solve the problem. The TV guide scroll which is part of the benefits of having Charter’s extended programming package, with a digital cable box, still showed all the titles that were available.

And the titles were “just a click away” from the information about programs on regular channels.

Mark Duncan Leavell, 48

LEBANON – A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 20 in the Cedar Grove Cemetery for Mr. Leavell, 48, of Lebanon. A graduate of White Station High School in Memphis, he died Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at University Medical Center.

He was employed in retail management with H.E.B. Food Stores in Spring, Texas and Quik-Stop Markets in Lebanon.

Visitation will be held 9-11 a.m. Friday at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.. Mr. Leavell’s family will officiate the services.

Survivors include: mother Martha Ann Duncan Leavell; brothers Mike (Denise) Leavell, and Mitchell (Mickie) Leavell. Also surviving: nephew Clint Leavell; nieces Kari Leavell and Crystal Thomas; children Nicholas, Veronica and Jewell; and one grandchild.

He is preceded in death by paternal grandparents Oscar and Autra Leavell; maternal grandparents, Fae and Nellie Duncan; father Bobby Lavon Leavell; sister Marcia Ann Leavell.

Pallbearers: Michael Fulton, Justin Fulton, Cory Buhler, Cliff Matthews, Alan Humes and Gene Roller.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Barbara Madewell Bates, 69

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, March 20 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Bates, 69, of Lebanon.

The daughter of the late Howard and Thelma Stults Madewell, she died Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Mrs. Bates had worked for the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department as a secretary in the Detective Division.

The family will receive friends Friday, from 10 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Pastors Jerry P. Smith and Robert Kitchen with interment Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include sons Tim (Cheryl) Bates, Tony (Kim) Bates and Toby (Cheryl) Bates; grandchildren Laura, Nikki, Tyler, Carson and Callie Bates; sisters Genelle (Melvin) Nelson and Sue Blevins; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Charles E. Bates and brother David Madewell.

Active pallbearers: Terry Ashe, Larry Bowman, Don Hamblen, Barry Graves, Dayton Jamison, Bob White, Mike Owens and John Edwards. Honorary: employees of Wilson County Sheriff’s Department.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Local business learns lesson after phone service switch

The Wilson Post

A Lebanon business trying to save a few bucks on telephone service has learned a valuable lesson in making a communication transition.
Chester Jordan of Jordan’s Catering, a long-time and well-known catering company in Wilson County, thought he’d try switching his telephone service from ATT to Vonage several weeks ago. That’s where the nightmare began.

CU falls in nationals

Kansas City, Mo. - Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.) used a 9-2 run at the beginning of the second half to propel the Senators to a 72-62 victory over Cumberland in the final game of Day One of the 2009 Buffalo Funds NAIA Men's Division I National Basketball Tournament at Municipal Auditorium Wednesday night.


The Senators led by a slim 34-33 margin at the intermission after shooting 33 percent from the field on 10 of 30 accuracy. The Bulldogs were slightly better, making 12 of 31 for 38.7 percent, but Auburn Montgomery made three more free throws and two more 3-pointers in the half to claim the lead.


In the second half, Cumberland took a brief 35-34 lead on a basket by Brandon Powell in the first minute of play; however, the Senators' Quadavious Brown drilled two treys and a pair of free throws to give Auburn Montgomery a 42-35 lead it would never relinquish.

Brown finished with a game-high 24 points leading the Senators. He was 8 for 21 from the field, including three of 11 from outside the arc. Robert Johnson added 19 points, including 13 of 15 from the free throw line, and had a game-high 13 rebounds.

For the Bulldogs, Jamar Finley recorded 16 points while Kenneth Simms garnered 15 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.

Auburn Montgomery improves to 26-6 and will face William Jewell College (Mo.) Friday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. CDT. The Cardinals stunned top-seeded Rogers State University (Okla.) earlier on Wednesday. Cumberland completes its season with a 25-6 overall record.

GAME NOTES -- In a battle between one of the top shooting teams in the NAIA and one of the top field goal percentage defenses in the NAIA, Auburn Montgomery held Cumberland to just 39.0 percent shooting from the field ... Auburn Montgomery improves to 10-10 all-time in the NAIA Tournament, including a 6-5 mark in first-round games ... Cumberland falls to 1-3 all-time after its third appearance in the tournament ... Cumberland's loss snaps a two-game winning streak of the 16th seed in the first-round of the tournament ... Quadavious Brown had his ninth game of the season with 20 or more points.

On Romance
I knew it when I married him. I knew that when it came to romance he was more Ralph Kramden than Casanova. Truth be told, my husband has never changed. He is who he is and that’s what I love about him. While I can be a bit wishy washy, he makes his mind up and never questions the decision made. So why am I surprised that he’s STILL not a hopeless romantic and just “hopeless?”
Glen Campbell continues to sing his many hits
Dear Ken: What was Glen Campbell’s first hit song? How old is he and how many children does he have?

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