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Dixie Majors open World Series Saturday
By BILL GLENN Sports Correspondent

PASCAGOULA, MS -- The big weekend is finally here, as the 2008 Dixie Youth O-Zone World Series gets under way with opening ceremonies and a home run derby earlier Friday and competition following on Saturday at Gibson and Flanagan fields.

"At this point we're all waiting on that first pitch to be thrown because we know when that happens, most of the hard work will be finished," said Pascagoula Youth president Eric Hartman.

Pascagoula was awarded the O-Zone World Series last year after the 2007 tournament was held in Virginia. The city's World Series Committee has worked for a year getting everything lined up, from sponsorships to field maintenance to securing hotel rooms for all of the participants and coaches.

"We've had a great group of folks working on this committee and it proves our community thrives on opportunities like these," said committee co-chairman Frank Corder. "We'll have 11 states visiting our city this weekend, so if you're including the hotel rooms, it will be an economic benefit for the entire Jackson County community."

Terry Gene Oliver, 52

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, July 25 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Oliver, 52, of Mt. Juliet. Known as "TO" to his family and friends, he died July 22, 2008. Mr. Oliver attended Temple Baptist Church in Lakewood.

Services will be conducted by Pastor Gary Bourgeois. Interment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Survivors include: son Shannon Oliver and parents Vernon and Betty Oliver -- all of Hermitage.

Boyd Lee Taylor, 66

WATERTOWN - Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, July 25 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Taylor, 66, of Lebanon.

Born in the Statesville Community and a car salesman, Mr. Taylor died July 23, 2008 at his residence. The family will receive friends Friday from 11 a.m. until the funeral.

Services will be conducted by the Rev. Jimmy Atnip and the Rev. James H. Jackson. Burial will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Martha Inez Baines, 93

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, July 25 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Baines, 93, of Gallatin.

The daughter of the late Jim and Elsie Rucker Tarpley, she died July 23, 2008 at the Gallatin Health Care facility.

A native of Wilson County, she worked for some 50 years in school cafeterias at Statesville, Watertown and Mt. Juliet. Mrs. Baines was a member of the Smith Fork Baptist Church.

Patty England, 67

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday July 26 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. England, 67, of Lebanon.

Retired from Toshiba America and a Methodist, Mrs. England died Thursday July 24, 2008 at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Joe E. and Willie Mae Fisher Long.

Visitation will be held Friday between the hours of 4-8 p.m. at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Panel sets Bible Park presentation


Local officials will have an opportunity to tell why they think this area would be the best site for a proposed Bible Park U.S.A. during a meeting today of the Wilson County/Lebanon Development Board.

The meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. in the Town Meeting Hall at the City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, and Armon Bar-Tur, a co-founder and managing director of SafeHarbor Holding Company, the firm proposing to develop the Bible Park, is expected to attend.

The Bible Park had originally been proposed for Rutherford County, but officials there turned thumbs down on the development after residents of the Blackman community, which had been identified as the preferred site, voiced strong opposition to the plans.

Since then, company officials have been considering other sites in Tennessee and in Kentucky for the park.

Higher pay draws teachers, EMS workers


While most Wilson County citizens who work are among the highest paid in the state, county teachers are not, and emergency personnel are also paid less than those in nearby counties as well.

While Wilson County is generally regarded as the second wealthiest in the state, teachers’ starting salaries rank 61st out of 136 districts, and only average 51st on average salaries.

Wilson County currently pays teachers an average salary of $41,228 per year, while Lebanon Special School District’s average teacher’s salary is $41,898.

In nearby counties, except Trousdale, teachers’ salaries are higher. Sumner County pays its teachers an average of $41,394. Rutherford to the south pays $42,890 and the city schools in Murfreesboro pays $44,790. Williamson County pays 44,815 with the Franklin City Schools also in Williamson County paying the highest rate in this area  at $49,107. Metro Nashville/Davidson County School teachers average $47,331. (Note: All teachers’ salaries are according to the Tennessee Education Association’s website.)

College Hills School Store set Saturday

DiAnna Boyd and Janet Cluck sort through back packs in preparation for the College Hills Church of Christ School Store event to be held Saturday at the church on Leeville Pike from 8 until 11 a.m.

The School Store, which is open to the general public and for students in grades Pre-K through 8, is headed by Jim Robinson and is an annual project of the church.

Each year the church, through this effort, provides free school supplies and back to school clothing for those who may be in need. For more information about the School Store, call 444-9502.

RC Flyers Air Show set for Bledsoes Fort Historical Park

The Sumner County RC Flyers will hold its Fourth Annual Radio Control Air Show on Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27. The event runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days and is free to the public.

The Air Show is held at the Bledsoe’s Fort Historical Park which is located on Highway 25 in Castalian Springs. There will be demonstration flights and general flying of RC aircraft including fixed wing and helicopters. For more information, visit the club’s website at

William Herschel Campbell, 95
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, July 22 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Campbell, 95, of Mt. Juliet.

Employed at DuPont for 48 years and the Mt. Juliet Funeral Home for 12 years, Mr. Campbell died July 19, 2008. He was an active member of the Mt. Juliet First Baptist Church serving as Deacon, Usher and Greeter.

For 43 years, he ministered to Wilson County nursing homes including Margie Anna Nursing Home, Johnson Retirement Nursing Home and Mt. Juliet Health Care.

Billy Joe Dodd, 44

LEBANON -- A memorial service was held Tuesday evening at the Sellars Funeral Home for Mr. Dodds, 44, of Castalian Springs. A veteran of the US Navy, he died July 19, 2008.

Survivors include parents Frank and Jean Dodd of Castalian Springs; children Sabrina (Erin) Zupko of Georgia, Daniel (Jessica) Dodd of Arkansas and Keith Dodd of Arkansas; sisters Dorothy (Mike) Johnson of Clarksville and Angie (Dale) Wynn of Westmoreland.

Also surviving is grandmother Juanita Smith of McMinnville; grandchildren Eyan Zupko and Brianna Zupko; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by grandparents Charlie B. and Mamie Dodd and Haskell Smith.

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

Margaret Elizabeth Swindell Harlin, 96

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Harlin, 96, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home. A native of Wilson County, Mrs. Harlin passed away July 21, 2008 at Hearthside in Lebanon.

The the daughter of the late David Hannah Swindell and Maybelle Tuggle Swindell Oakley, Mrs. Harlin was a homemaker and a member of the Bethlehem Church of Christ, the Tuckers Cross Roads Home Demonstration Club and the Tuckers Cross Roads Grange.

Visitation Wednesday from 12 Noon until service time at Ligon & Bobo. Services will be conducted by Brother Kenneth Head. Interment will follow at the Bethlehem Cemetery at Tuckers Cross Roads.

William A. Howlett, 58

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Thursday, July 24 at the Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Howlett, 58. He died July 20, 2008.

The family will receive friends Wednesday between the hours f 4-8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the funeral. Burial will be at the Middle Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery.

Survivors include: wife Donna Howlett and children Janet Natasha Howlett, Christopher Brandon Howell and William A. Howlett, Jr.

Also surviving are siblings: Stanley, James and Joseph Howlett, Katherine Kraus and Charlene Fay Sies; niece Teresa Evans and numerous other relations. He is preceded in death by parents Ballard Preston and Maxine Howlett.

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


Betty L. Talbert

LEBANON -- Memorial services have been set for 6 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at the Church of God Worship and Ministry Center, 1007 Hartsville Pike, for Mrs. Talbert of Lebanon.

Retired from Nortel, she died Friday, July 18, 2008.

Survivors include: husband Mac F. Talbert and children Jerry Haytt, Donna Anne, Teresa D. Watkins, Cynthia Kaye Coppersmith, Mark L. Thompson, A. Craig Thompson and Lisa (Darren) Morse.

Also surviving are stepchildren Johnny and Judy Thompson, 16 grandchildren and eight grandchildren, her mother Rosa Williamson of North Carolina and siblings Virginia Rainey and Joe W. Cole; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by father Joe W. Cole. Partlow Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Vallie Marie Horne, 67

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, July 20 at the Sellars Funeral Home for Mrs. Horne, 67, of Lebanon.

The daughter of the late Oscar and Ila Grissim, Mrs. Horne passed away July 17, 2008. Interment was in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her husband of 28 years Cecil Horne of Lebanon; children Darrell (Kathy) Brewington and Tommy Brewington -- all of Lebanon and Tony Horne of Watertown.

Fuel hikes hit citzens, officials


Fuel costs.

Not only are they causing local residents concern about how to afford gasoline and diesel as they increase, they are also affecting city and county officials as they try to figure out how to pay for the hikes within their budgets.

The City of Lebanon has added 30 percent to its fuel budget for 2008-2009.

Lebanon Special School District is planning on an extra $25,000 in its budget and hoping that will be enough.

Wilson County Schools officials say they are in the same trouble. They won’t be running buses on the first or last days of school this year to try and keep their fuel budget under control.

“It will save $20,000,” said county Schools Director Mike Davis. The school buses use about 1,600 gallons of diesel fuel per day.

Music City Star to mute whistle in Mt. Juliet

Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET - If you’ve been cursing early commuters to Nashville since the Music City Star commuter train began its route through Mt. Juliet because of the early morning train’s wake-up whistle, you’ll get some relief soon… well, eventually.

The train’s whistle, as it approaches road crossings in Mt. Juliet, has been subject to constant criticism. Residents have said they don’t like the noise, believe it is excessive and would prefer that the train pass through without blowing its whistle.

Mt. Juliet City Manager Randy Robertson said Monday that the quiet zone issues have all been “worked out,” and that the City’s insurance company has the liability issues that beleaguered the project for so long “fully in hand.”

“As long as we follow all procedures and do what we’re supposed to do, the insurance company will cover it as they should,” Robertson said.

Cedars of Lebanon State Park announces schedule

Cedars of Lebanon State Park located on Highway 231, in Lebanon, plans its weekly events from Monday, July 21 through July 26. 

This week is “Herps Week,” a week dedicated to reptiles and amphibians.

Movie of the week will be “Between Land and Water: Film following frogs and salamanders”

There are no programs scheduled for Sundays and Mondays, but the Nature Center will be open.  Monday and Tuesdays events are as follows:

(Look in the Wednesday, July 23 print edition of The Wilson Post for the rest of the week’s events.)

Monday, July 21:
• Special Guest – 2 p.m., Professor Cobb and Lacy Danikas from Middle Tennessee State University present “Snakes of TN Up Close and Personal.” Meet at Nature Center.

Tuesday, July 22:
• Cedar Glade – 9 a.m., these glades are full of unique plants; meet Dava Conway at the Park Office to find out about these misunderstood ecosystems.  (all ages)
• Make a Tad-frog – 11 a.m., learn about the metamorphosis it takes to become a frog, followed by a craft to take home. Meet Conway at the Camp Store.
• Frog Puppets – 2 p.m., join Marta at the Camp Store and have fun with paper frog puppets. (all ages)
• Special Guest – 2 p.m., Professor Cobb and Lacy Danikas from Middle Tennessee State University present “Snakes of TN Up Close and Personal.” Meet at Nature Center.
• Rainbow Hike – 5 p.m., meet Marta at the cedar forest trailhead to embark on an adventure. (all ages)


Vote early for Aug. 7 election


Early voting for the Aug. 7 election starts is underway in Lebanon, but won’t start until July 26 in Mt Juliet. Early voting will continue until Aug. 2 in both locations.

Early voting in Lebanon will be at the Wilson County Election Commission office on East Main Street, and in Mt. Juliet it will be at the Mt. Juliet Community Center on Charlie Daniels Parkway.

The hours will be from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday.

Voter registration is down over two years ago even though the population has grown, said Martha Ann Sutherland, assistant administrator of elections.

Dixie Minors eliminated 4-3

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN -- Lebanon’s Rotary Dixie Minor (9-10) all-stars were eliminated from the state tournament Thursday, July 17.

Bradley County overcame an early 3-0 Lebanon lead and ousted the Rotary Stars 4-3 Thursday afternoon.

Late Wednesday night Lebanon dropped a 16-1 decision to Madison Central National.

Lebanon’s Dixie Majors (11-12) all-stars, the Tennessee "O"-Zone champions, will open play in the Dixie World Series Saturday, July 26 in Pascagoula, MS.

Alan Drew Fraser, 19

LEBANON -- A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Fraser, 19, of Lebanon.

A 2007 graduate of Lebanon High School and a member of the Maple Hill Church of Christ, Mr. Fraser died Monday, July 14, 2008 from injuries sustained in a Sumner County automobile accident.

Born June 10, 1989 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, he was a student attending Nashville Auto Diesel College in Nashville.

Elizabeth Ann Strickland Hester, 77

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, July 18 at the Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Hester, 77, of Rutherford County.

The daughter of the late Newton Travis and Zula Belle Strickland, she died July 16, 2008.

Visitation with the family will be Friday, from 10-2 pm.

Services will be conducted by Pastor Cowan. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: children George (Diana) Robinson of Donelson, Kathy Brimm and Mollie Warren -- both of Smyrna and Janice (Randy) Robinson of College Grove.

Elby P. Jennings, Jr., 88

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Jennings, 88, of Watertown.

Retired from the State Department of Transportation and a member of the Watertown First Baptist Church, Mr. Jennings died Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at the Quality Care Nursing Home.

A native of Watertown, he was the son of the late Elby Powell Jennings, Sr. and Sallie Marie Smith Jennings. A graduate of Watertown High School, he attended Cumberland University.

The family will receive friends Friday between the hours of 5-8 p.m. and prior to the services on Saturday. Burial will be at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Post earns three TPA 1st place awards

From Post staff reports

NASHVILLE -- The Wilson Post took three first place honors in the annual Tennessee Press Association 2008 Newspaper Contests during an Awards Luncheon held Friday at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel at Nashville’s Metro Center.

The Post was awarded first place for Community Lifestyles, the Style section designed each Wednesday by Dana Bryson; first place for Investigative Reporting for a series of articles and a column by former staff members Zack Owensby and Mandy Maxwell, respectively, concerning dog bites; and first place for Best Single Editorial for an editorial entitled, “No longer will The Post.”

Although the editorial carried the bylines of Sam Hatcher, chief executive officer of Main Street Media, LLC, parent company of The Post; John B. Bryan, publisher; and Jennifer Horton, editor, the piece was largely written by Hatcher.

James Roberts Eakes, Sr., 69

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon, July 12 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Eakes, 69, of Chiefland, Florida.

A lineman who worked out of the IBEW in Nashville for 33 years, Mr. Eakes died July 9, 2008.

The son of the late Dorris Eakes and Lura Agnes Armes, he enjoyed fishing and restoring old trucks.

Services were conducted by David Teel. Interment followed at Hermitage Memorial Gardens


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