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Carrie Mae Whitfield Gray, 98

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, December 23 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Gray, 98, of Lebanon. A native of Wilson County, she died Dec. 21, 2008 at Quality Care Nursing Home.

The daughter of the Late A.W. and Era Lee Wilkerson Whitfield, she was a homemaker and a member of the LaGuardo Baptist Church.

Funeral services were conducted by Brother Mark Rager. Interment was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include: daughters Temple (Omrie) Allen and Gladys (Don) Loftis -- all of Lebanon; grandchildren Jerry Loftis and Teresa Scruggs; great-grandson Clay Loftis.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Herman Gray; brothers Howard, Frank, Lester, Glenn and Cecil Whitfield.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Leda Evans Hughes, 86

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Hughes, 86, were held Tuesday afternoon, December 23 at the Immanuel Baptist Church. Mrs. Hughes, of Lebanon, passed away Dec. 22, 2008, at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Born December 25, 1921, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Sadie Beaty Evans.

Mrs. Hughes was a graduate of Livingston Academy and attended Tennessee Tech. Early in life she taught school in rural Overton County. She worked for Selective Service and the United States Postal Service having served as assistant and acting postmaster in Livingston.

She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church. She also was a member of the Golden Gems, the Academy Place Book Club and was a 50 year-plus member of the Order of The Eastern Star.

Services were conducted by Pastor John Hunn. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens in Livingston.

Survivors include: daughters Jane (Bobby) Bilbrey of Fort Oglethorpe, GA; and Margaret (Bill) Head of Lebanon; grandchildren Frank Bilbrey of Chattanooga; Andy (Leigh) Head of Lebanon; and Emily Jane (Jeremy) Donegan of Mt. Juliet; great grandchildren McCall Olivia and Neyland Evans Head; sister Lucille Griffin of Albany, KY; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Brown Hughes Jr., a pharmacist in Livingston; brother Houston Evans, and sister Pat Easterday.

Honorary pallbearers: Esther Sunday School Class of Immanuel Baptist Church, Michael Clemons, James Kuykendall, Dr. Ross Averitt, Ray Upchurch, Keith Bilbrey, Gary Maggart, Wayne Evans and Joe Lee.  Active pallbearers: Jim Evans, Bert Evans, Chuck Nicholson, Gary Norris, Randall Clemons and Dwight Philips.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons or to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Jeffery Scott Hutcheson, 58

MT. JULIET -- A celebration of life service will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, January 3, 2009 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Hutcheson, 58, of Mt. Juliet. A US Army veteran, he died Dec. 13, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer. Retired from American Airlines, he was a member of the TWU and the VFW.

Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to service time at Bond Memorial Chapel. Memorial services will be conducted by Pastor Ed Goehner.

Survivors include: his wife of 37 years and high school sweetheart Pat Hutcheson; mother Mrs. Jack Hutcheson and children Christopher Ryan Hutcheson and Jennifer (Adam) Coulter.

Also surviving are grandchildren Gabe and Michael Coulter; siblings Jerry Ann Lee, Gloria (Charles) Barrett, John Hutcheson and Jack Hutcheson; several loving nieces and nephews and many friends

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Hutcheson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Jeff to The Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, 404 BNA Drive, Suite 102, Nashville, 37217-2571.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Eric Raefsky and his staff at Summit Medical Center, Dr. Stacey Goodman and her staff at the VA Medical Center Stem Cell/Transplant Unit and Odyssey Hospice.

Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Brother Willie Long, 69

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, December 21at the Hunter Funeral Home for Brother Long, 69, of Lebanon. Preacher at the Watertown Church of Christ for nearly a decade, he died Dec. 18, 2008 at his residence.

Born June in Tompkinsville, KY to the late Sherman and Lucy Crawford Long, Brother Long had been a Church of Christ minister for 55 years.

Services were conducted by sons David & Paul Long and Dr. Tim Long presiding. Interment was in Lebanon’s Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife of 50 years Myra Fox Long; children David Nathan (Debbie) Long, Paul Jonathan (Barbara) Long, Deborah Ann (Don) Qualls and Rebekah (Carl) Syler.

Also surviving are grandchildren Jessica and Allison Long, Jonathan and Hannah Long, Joshua Irwin, Whitney and Alicia Qualls, Noah, Rachel and Ethan Syler; great grandchildren Briana and Addision Irwin; brothers Dr. Tim Lee (Charlene) Long and Tim Long and sisters Wanda Kelton and Margie Jones.

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

Melvin "T-Pulley" Robertson, 49

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, December 22 at the J.C. Hellum Funeral Home for Mr. Robertson, 49, of Lebanon.

Born January 16, 1959 and known as "T-Pulley" to his family and friends, Mr. Robertson died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at Lebanon’s University Medical Center.

He was a graduate of Lebanon High School where he played basketball for the Blue Devils.

Services were conducted by the Rev. Gary Owens. Interment was at the Rest Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: son Gabe Brooks and daughter Tenecca Jobe. Also surviving are siblings Clarence Jennings, Bobby Jennings and Debra Abston: three granddaughters; and several other relatives and close friends.

J.C. Hellum Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Marie Ruth Gibson, 76

JASPER -- Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. (C.S.T.) Saturday, December, 27 at the Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens for Mrs. Gibson, 76, of Knoxville.

Formerly of Marion County and Coffee County, she died Dec. 22, 2008. She was a member of Hardin Valley Church of Christ.

The family will receive friends 2 to 3:45 p.m. (E.S.T.) Friday followed by a Celebration of Life at 4 p.m. in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel.

Survivors include: her daughters Gloria Jean (Eddie) Evins of Lebanon, Doris (Tommy) Gordon of Knoxville; grandchildren Lynn (David) White of Knoxville; Kimberly (Shawn) Brown of Morristown, NJ; Chad Hayes of Lebanon, Ashley Hayes of Lancaster and Susan (Paul) Barnes of Knoxville; great grandchildren: Ally White, Andy White, Madison Brown, Matthew White, Cole Barnes, Logan Brown and Luke Barnes.

Her husband, Dock Edward Gibson and her mother, Sallie Self, preceded her in death.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hardin Valley Church of Christ Bldg. Fund, P.O. Box 30297, Knoxville, 37930 or to Brooks House, P.O. Box 1222, Lebanon, 37088.

Arrangements by Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel.

Local planners approve MCA relocation

By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post

LEBANON -- McClain Christian Academy is planning a move.

It has outgrown its building, said Donna Macon, a teacher who attended the Lebanon Planning meeting recently to represent the school. Planners approved a site plan at their meeting this past week for a new school to be built behind Fairview Church on Leeville Pike.

Until the new school building is open, Macon said students will move to new quarters in the church building in February.

“We try to keep our class size to 15 students,” she said. “We just don’t have enough room. Our eighth and ninth graders are currently housed at Cumberland.”

Man critical in home invasion, robbery

By JOHN B. BRYAN, The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police are investigating a Tuesday morning home invasion and robbery that sent an elderly man to a Nashville hospital in critical condition.
According to Capt. Terry Bowman with the Lebanon Police Department, authorities were called to the Plaza 231 Inn around 5 a.m. and found Charles Hardy, a 60-plus-year-old man lying on his bed with obvious head trauma.
According to detectives, it was apparent Hardy had been struck in the head several times. Hardy was able to tell the police that a large black male broke into his room and attacked and robbed him. Hardy was bleeding and blood from his wounds stained the bed and floor of the hotel room, they said.


THP gears up for Christmas, New Years holiday enforcement

Troopers target drivers who have had too much holiday ‘spirit’

Tennessee Department of Safety (TDOS) and the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) announced today it will be stepping up its enforcement crackdown as part of National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. 

In an effort to find and remove impaired drivers from Tennessee roadways, State Troopers are conducting saturation patrols and holding more than 100 driver license and sobriety checkpoints now through the New Year’s holiday extended weekend.

“The focus of this effort is saving lives,” said Gov. Phil Bredesen. “I urge all Tennesseans and travelers passing through our state to obey the laws designed to keep them safe, not only through the holidays but whenever they get behind the wheel.”

'Corner Gas fills WGN up with laughs

Hey Ken: I heard “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV series was based on a movie that was produced several years before the series debuted on CBS in 1979. What can you tell me about this?

'Corner Gas fills WGN up with laughs

Hey Ken: I heard “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV series was based on a movie that was produced several years before the series debuted on CBS in 1979. What can you tell me about this?

'Corner Gas fills WGN up with laughs

Hey Ken: I heard “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV series was based on a movie that was produced several years before the series debuted on CBS in 1979. What can you tell me about this?

Christmas and what it should mean in the guilted age


We finally did in the Hart family what I have secretly wanted to do for years: we agreed not to exchange Christmas presents. Sadly, we decided this a bit late as I took off Dec. 9 to shop, unknowingly on “Call In to Work Gay Day,” which, along with my stylish new tighter-fitting pants, has done nothing to quell the office rumors about me.

While it took some family members time to get their heads around the idea, not giving gifts this year has worked remarkably well. Those in the family who opposed it when we sent out e-mails telling them that we were not going to get into the one-upmanship of present buying this year have now really embraced the idea. We suggested donating to charity, helping a needy local family, volunteering, or perhaps pooling our Christmas money and bidding for that U.S. Senate seat in Illinois on behalf of a family member.

The idea that Christmas has become a pressure-packed ritual of buying for our family in return for them buying for us in equal measure misses the intent. When did bringing myrrh and frankincense morph into buying X Boxes and Wii for bratty kids?

So many families have more than they need. Want is often disguised as need. And if we want something, we tend to get it for ourselves.

The awkward annual ritual of having to strategize and anticipate what family members and friends want for Christmas is a no-win proposition. Then, we get in our SUVs and head to crowded malls (which historically do not have sales before Christmas to take advantage of this) to buy Chinese-made trinkets or poorly fitting clothes for family.

Then comes the ritual of the giving of the gift. The only thing acted out in America more around this time of year than a Charles Dickens play is the “just what I wanted” face that 90 percent of us feign. The pressure of having to like a present may be worse than the self-induced pressure to please someone with a gift. I find both unnecessarily stressful in equal measure.

Partially to blame is the advertising of Madison Avenue. Ironically, the liberals in New York say they oppose everything capitalistic, yet they make commercials implying that you are a jerk if you do not hand your mate keys to a Lexus with a bow on it sitting in the driveway. If you want to give your spouse a car that is fine with me since O.J. Simpson will be making the license plate. But being guilted into buying by overly suggestive ads is not good. Perhaps this explains Americans’ problem with debt.

I have always found hypocritical the way the New York Times will have a maudlin article about, say, starvation in Darfur juxtaposed with a Saks Fifth Avenue ad for a $1,250 pair of Gucci shoes. It seems ironic that the two men most admired by the liberals at the New York Times are Hugo Chavez and Hugo Boss. Too many folks will buy that $1,250 pair of shoes to wear to a fundraiser that they paid $100 to attend that is way more social than charitable.

Men are particularly hard hit this time of year. Since we clearly have no idea what women want the other 364 days of the year, it is unrealistic to expect that we will guess right on Christmas. Men have wasted more time doing this than video buffering.

In the vein of “What would Jesus do?” I think we all need to evaluate what Christmas really is and we have allowed it to become. Christmas seems to have evolved into something more like “What would Paris Hilton do?”

Perhaps we are too willing to live for the here and now and to go into debt for things we do not need. We must take care of those who we know need the basics of life first. If Hurricane Katrina taught us anything, it is that our dysfunctional government cannot take care of the citizens of this country. Those who can afford a $400 game that our kids will toss aside before the last football bowl game is over should consider how good it would be to give that money to an efficient soup kitchen in their area.

Ron Hart is a Southern libertarian columnist who writes a weekly column about politics and life. He worked for Goldman Sachs and was appointed to The Tennessee Board of Regents by Lamar Alexander. Hart is an investor in a real estate venture in Wilson County. His email:

Bethlehem UMC

Bethlehem United Methodist Church will have special music by the Carver family and Cyndie McGuire on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 11 a.m.

The Rev. Jacquie Sojourner’s message will be “Kinswomen,” based on Luke 1.

Bethlehem United Methodist Church is at 2102 Lebanon Road at the corner of Bethlehem Road, Lebanon.

All are welcome.

New Hope Presbyterian Church

Pastor Vernon Burrow will bring a sermon entitled, “Releasing the Song in Your Soul” at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 21 at New Hope Presbyterian Church.

The sermon is based on the based on the conversation between Mary and Elizabeth in Luke 1:39-45. The Men’s Singers will bring the special music, and the children will light the fourth candle in the Advent Wreath.

Come Christmas Caroling with members. Meet at the Church, Monday, Dec 22, at 5:30 p.m. Carolers will be back by 8 p.m.

The church is located at 7845 Coles Ferry Pike, Lebanon. For more information, call the church at 449-7020. Visit online at

Wilson Post announces schedule for holidays

By Jennifer Horton

Are you ready for Christmas next week?

That’s right, Christmas is next week, Thursday, to be exact.

We know what you’re thinking because we’re thinking the same thing. We can’t believe it’s almost here.

We want to take this opportunity to tell you about our schedule for the rest of this week and the next two weeks.

We will close our office at noon, today, for our Christmas luncheon. The office will reopen on Monday, Dec. 22 at 8 a.m.

We will publish two newspapers next week as we normally do, but our office will close at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 24 and will be closed for Christmas Day, Dec. 25 and Friday, Dec. 26.

Our schedule the following week when New Year’s Day occurs, will be the same.

Black History panel says thanks for support

To the Editor:

A special thanks for your support as we work together within the community to create an awareness and appreciation of contributions African-American citizens have made in Wilson County over the years.

The Wilson County Black History Committee is indebted to you for your time, service and contributions.

We appreciate you.

The Wilson County Black History Committee

It's time to reflect on America's priorities

To the Editor:

When better than now, especially with the coming New Year and election transition, to reflect upon America’s bent priorities?  

Currently there are millions facing bankruptcy, needing life-saving health care, homeless and hungry, while the U.S. spends trillions more on the military than all the rest of the entire world put together. 
Going without question Americans have a cultural mindset with outsized ambitions and infatuation with military power. War and planning for war are seen as exemplary and common place and its ready acceptance abandons even the pretense of fighting defensively or viewing as a last resort. This can be readily seen by the White House, the Pentagon, the news media and religion in the falsified war upon Iraq (planned long before 9/11).       
Simply put we’re engaged, “Silence in the face of evil is always on the side of the aggressor” with those at the top in actually making reality that persecute “the least of them,” not unlike the slaughter of the Palestinians, the people of Darfur, the long suffering people of Somalia, Haiti, Burma and so without end or purpose. For it was Karl Rove, Bush’s chief advisor and strategist the last eight years, who said… “we’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” And this arrogance was never questioned. Even Pat Robertson said the 33 million strong religious right elected Bush, not once but twice.
No doubt the U.S. is an empire with military bases all over the globe, but empirically throughout history empires selfishly fail. Then let’s strive to try to change ourselves and to maintain the new administration in a way that gives justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
Robert Knowles


William Haskell Johnson, Sr., 75

WATERTOWN — Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, December 19 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Johnson, 75, of Hartsville.

A native of Wilson County and a veteran of the United States Air Force, Mr. Johnson died Dec. 16, 2008 at his residence. A retired roofer, he was a Baptist and the son of the late Thomas Eldridge Johnson and Angle Lee Wilkerson Johnson.

The family will receive friends Friday from 10 a.m. until the funeral.

Services will be conducted by Brother Joey Gregory with burial at the Poplar Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife Delores Warren Johnson of Hartsville and children: William H. Johnson, Jr., Michael Andrew (Peggy) Johnson, Sr., Jeffrey Alan (Shirley) Johnson, Sr., and Phillip Wayne Julie) Johnson — all of Hartsville and Nelda Ruth (Rick) Dixon on Goodletsville.

Also surviving are 23 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and brothers: Robert Lee Johnson of Lafayette, Ernest (Mary) Johnson of Kentucky, Albert (Betty) Johnson of White Bluff, James (Faye) Johnson of Hartsville and Jessie (Margie) Johnson of Seven Springs, NC; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by an infant daughter, grandson John Kilzer and great grandson Michael Ryan Crenshaw. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

J.C. Fisher, Sr., 82

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, December 20 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Fisher, 82, of Lebanon.

A World War II veteran of the US Army and a construction contractor, he died Dec. 17, 2008.

Mr. Fisher attended the Philadelphia Church of Christ and was a member of the Real Estate Investors of Nashville.  As a contractor, he built, among other projects, a hospital in Israel.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home Saturday from 11 a.m. until service.

The chapel service will be conducted by Brother Tom Watson. Interment will be in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife of 62 years Mary Walker Fisher of Lebanon and children Glenda (James) Van Norman and Brenda (Tom Hall) Fisher.

Also surviving are siblings Harley Fisher of Murfreesboro and Louise (Marvin) Bains of Lebanon; grandchildren Richard (Melissa) Griffin, Anthony (Amanda) Griffin, Kevin (Christy) McNerney, and Charles (Jamie) Garrison; Crystal Griffin and eight other great, grandchildren.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Lebanon Senior Center.

He is preceded in death by parents George Monroe and Beulah Maynard Fisher, son Jay Fisher, brothers: James Roby Fisher, Dillard Fisher, and Valous Fisher; and grandson J.C. "Justin" Fisher, Jr.

Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.

CU football raising $$$ for rings



Cumberland University’s football program is turning to the community for contributions to help buy the team championship rings. The Bulldogs recently wrapped up a 6-5 season under head coach Dewayne Alexander, including a last second win over No. 11-ranked Lambuth in the season finale.

The heart-stopping victory secured a share of the Mid-South Conference Western Division championship, a once-in-a-lifetime moment for the program.

"Best we can tell, it’s been over 40 years since a Cumberland football team has won a championship of any kind," Coach Alexander said.

The total cost of rings will be around $12,000 with rings going to some 90 players and staff members. Alexander said a decision was made to appeal to the public instead of fund-raising from businesses for donations.

"I’d really like this to be a community effort," Alexander said. "These young men showed so much self discipline, determination, desire and character. They certainly deserve this recognition."

Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the ring effort should call the football office at 615-547-1330.

Local basketball on tap tonight

The shops around Watertown’s Public Square might notice an increase in business this weekend as Watertown High hosts its annual Holiday Classic.

Sale Creek High from Hamilton County and Lighthouse Christian from Antioch will join with Mt. Juliet Christian Academy and host Watertown for two days of action.

Admission is $5 per person with today’s games starting at 4 p.m. Saturday action gets underway at 1 p.m.

Lebanon’s Devilettes will play LaVergne today at 4 p.m. in the Antioch Classic and Ravenwood Saturday at 4 p.m.

Lebanon’s boys are playing in the Mid South Classic with games at Jackson County High in Gainesboro and Cookeville High.

The Blue Devils opened with an 88-80 win over Jackson County Thursday and are bracketed with Shelbyville Central and Clarksville Northeast. The Blue Devils got 21 points from Casey Nunley, 15 from Xavier Smith, 13 from Robert Crudup and 10 from Jacob Thigpen.

Lebanon (6-3) will take on Northeast Friday at 8:30 p.m. in Gainesboro. Win or lose, Lebanon will play Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at a site to be determined.

The lower bracket features Cookeville, Collierville, Livingston Academy and Clarksville. A consolation bracket will guarantee each team at least three games.

Wilson Central’s boys play Buckhorn, Ala. today at 5:30 p.m. in the Smyrna Bulldog Classic. WCHS then plays Moore County Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Friendship Christian hosts Westmoreland High Friday night in a District 8A doubleheader at the Bay Family Sportsplex.

Mt. Juliet High will host the second annual Golden Bear Classic beginning tonight at 4 p.m. as Hunters Lane plays the Dyer County girls followed by Hunters Lane vs. BGA in a boys game. Mt. Juliet plays Father Ryan in a 7 p.m. doubleheader.

Saturday at 4 p.m. Wilson Central plays Hillsboro in a girls game; 5:30 p.m. BGA plays Hillsboro’s boys. MJ and Hunters Lane square off in a 7 p.m. doubleheader.

Farmer questions sum of city bonuses

The Wilson Post

It’s that time of year again when employees often receive a Christmas bonus of some kind from their employer.

The City of Lebanon is no different and has, for a number of years, provided city workers with Chamber Bucks which is like a certificate that comes in different denominations that are provided by the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce to be spent only in Wilson County.

In recent weeks, however, Ward 3 City Councilor William Farmer has raised some questions regarding the total amount spent the past few years for the bonuses for Lebanon employees.

The city purchased $55,900 in Chamber bucks in 2007 and $54,800 in 2008, said Sue Vanatta, president and CEO of the Lebanon Chamber.

Fed drug, gambling charges nab 11

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police joined with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in an investigation that has resulted in the indictment of 11 people on narcotics and gambling charges.

The indictments were announced Thursday by U.S. Attorney Edward Yarbrough and Harry Sommers, assistant special agent in charge of the DEA.

The 11 people indicted on Dec. 3 by a federal grand jury in Nashville reside in the Crossville area. The Lebanon Police Department is part of the task force that investigated the case.

“Our agency worked about eight months on this,” said Lebanon Commissioner of Public Safety Billy Weeks.

“We have in the process over the last week of seizing hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars’ worth of assets and property,” he said, including “half a million in cash.”

A Quick Parenting Tip

“Supernanny” is a television show that comes on each Wednesday evening. In this reality show a British nanny comes into a different American household each week and in a few short days turns cursing, hitting, spitting American children into proper British subjects.


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