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Dolly turned theme park into tourist gold
Dear Ken: What year did Dolly Parton come to Nashville from Sevier County, Tennessee? What year did she open Dollywood? Is she still married to Carl Dean?


Master Gardeners to host 1st Annual Garden Tour

The Wilson Master Gardeners will be hosting their 1st Annual Garden Tour at the Wilson County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 25.

Participants can enjoy guided tours from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The guided tour will consist of 15 beds encompassing the fairgrounds itself as well as Fiddlers Grove and will be expected to take approximately an hour to complete. Maps and plant lists will also be provided for self-guided tours. Starting at 11 a.m., there will be a canning/cooking demonstration at the Veterans Building in Fiddlers Grove hosted by our own Marjorie Hoffman.

Lebanons Iron Man holds firm grip in golfing lore

Raymond Lasater drove, chipped and putted his way into ‘Guinness Book of World Records’

Special to the Wilson Post

Thirty-six summers ago, Lebanon’s Raymond Lasater golfed his way into the “Guinness World Book of Records” with a 2½-day marathon round on Hunter’s Point Golf Course as he played 1,530 consecutive holes.

Pre-Owned Slubberdegullion, Id Say and Pre-say, Too


What do you think of the word used in signs at car lots and in ads, “pre-owned”?  I got to speculating on that the other day, and I’d like to compare my thoughts to yours, only I’m not telling mine.  LOL! 

Thanks, A Word Lover

Late packing works this time


My wife and I approach a trip in a different manner. She is anxious to get all her cloths together and packed very efficiently long before departure time. She gets outfits so there will be a minimum of apparel.


Cedars of Lebanon State Parks Weekend Programs

Thursday July 16:
2 p.m. Time Capsule
Make your very own time capsule at the Nature Center to fill with memorabilia of your visit to the park

Friday July 17:
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hemp Jewelry
Explore your creativity with this fun jewelry at the Nature Center.
7 p.m. Evening Hike
Meet by the Park Office to hike the Cedar Glade Trail and learn about unique plants and animals of the park.

State Farm to host Child Safety Day in Mt. Juliet
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional death of children over age 1 in the United States, yet many of these heartbreaking tragedies could be avoided through appropriate safety restraint use.  State Farm is tackling this national problem by hosting its Ninth Annual Child Safety Day at more than 200 locations across the country.
Letter writer meant Farmer not Craighead

To the Editor: 

A letter published by The Wilson Post Friday and written by Dona Dickson suggested that the City of Lebanon could cut expenses in its budget by doing away with the “office of Police Commissioner (Commissioner of Safety).” Mrs. Dickson noted in her letter that other cities larger than Lebanon don’t have a Commissioner of Safety position and that there is not an apparent need for such a post in Lebanon. She said removing the office would save the City a salary of $109,622.

MJ resident against new tax for construction of LHS

To the Editor: 

Our founding fathers fought our first war over unfair taxation. When we laid the groundwork for our country, a system of checks and balances was instituted to insure that none of our citizens were “taxed without dutiful representation.”

L.W. Hale, 74

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, July 14 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Hale, 74, of Alexandria.  Born in DeKalb County, he died July 12, 2009 at the University Medical Center in Lebanon.

A retired factory worker, Mr. Hale was a member of the Watertown Church of Christ and the son of the late Selmer D. and Bettie Ferrell Hale.

Services were conducted by Rev. Jimmy Stnip with burial at the Gunter Cemetery.

Survivors include: sisters Bea (Kenneth) Christian of Watertown, Lucille Ferrell of Alexandria and Dellia Mae (Richard) Poston of Smithville as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Annie Murphy Hale, sister Daisy Murphy and brothers Selmer Ray, Harrison Lee and Selmer D. Hale Jr.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Felix N. Underwood, 78
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, July 17 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Underwood, 78, of Cookeville. Born July 13, 1931 in Tishomgo, MS, he died July 13, 2009 in Cookeville after complications from a long-term illness.

Mr. Underwood was retired from Rand-McNally and the US Postal Service. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Black Angus Society.

The son of the late Hector Lee and Hattie Mae Underwood, he enjoyed sports, NASCAR and had a special love for wildlife.

Visitation with the family will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service on Friday.  Interment will follow the service at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

He is survived by sister Bess (Phil) Shockley; daughter Pamela Underwood; son Michael (Becky) Underwood; granddaughters Jennifer (Rickey) Norvil and Katherine (John) Childres; great-grandchildren Ryan and Tyler Norvil and Harley and Jolynn Childres; nine nieces and nephews; and many other beloved family members.

The family wishes to express a special thanks to Heritage Point, Cookeville Hospital (6 East Staff), Kelly Tayes and the many caretakers and friends who provided loving and considerate care for Mr. Underwood.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by sisters, Vivian Lossman and Verna Smith.

Active pallbearers will include: Scotty Miller, Rickey Norvil, Phil Shockley, John Childres, Joe Robison and Larry Mauldin.

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

Helen Kurko, 98

LEBANON -- Memorial services are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Kurko, 98, of Lebanon.

Formerly of Mansfield, Ohio and member of the Ontario Christian Fellowship Church in Ontario, OH, she died Monday, July 13, 2009 at Quality Health Care Center. She was the owner of a candy company.

Visitation 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Partlow Chapel. Interment will take place in the Mansfield Memorial Park in Mansfield, OH.

Survivors include: daughter Dorothy Nagy; grandchildren Susan Ferrell, Robert (Roberta) Nagy, Julius Nagy, Ernest (Janet) Nagy; great grandchildren Ernest Julius Nagy, Sara Nagy, Christie (Craig) Finch, Ashley Nagy, Sean Nagy, Michael Lippert and Lisa Lippert Ford; along with five great, great grandchildren.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of local arrangements.

Brenda Anne Britt, 63

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, July 16 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Britt, 63, of Lebanon. A vendor at the Wilson County Fair for 27 years, she passed away on July 12, 2009.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon Wednesday, July 15, between the hours of 4-8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. until funeral.

Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars.

Survivors include husband of 30 years James "Bobby" Britt; children Tony Waddell, Angela Dove, Jeff Waddell and Peggy Moulin. Also surviving are grandchildren: April Collins, D.J. Thorp, Nigel Waddell, James Waddell, and Tasha Moulin; five great-grandchildren and good friends: Tommy and Carla Kilburn.

She is preceded in death by sister Peggy Jo Crowder. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the family.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

Winnie Mae Mitchell Trusty, 79
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternnon, July 14 at the the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Trusty, 79, of Lebanon.

Retired from Hartmann Luggage Company and a an avid gardner, she passed away at the home of her daughter Saturday, July 11, 2009.

The daughter of the late Frank and Hallie Belle Judkins Mitchell, Mrs. Trusty was a Baptist and enjoyed fishing and cooking with her family.

Services were conducted by Brother Greg Moser. Interment was at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: daughters Jan (Ronny) Franklin, Donna Brack and Rita (Terry) Maxwell. Also surviving is sister Genell Walls; grandchildren Donald (Barbara) Barnes, Rhonda Morgan, Dawn Grisham, Troy (Charity) Franklin, Josh (Dana) Maxwell, Matt Maxwell; great grandchildren Dustin McCulloch, Amber Grisham, Luke McCulloch, Dylan McCulloch and Lindsey Grisham.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Henry Halton Trusty and brother John Ronald Mitchell.

Mrs. Trusty’s grandsons, sons-in-law and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.








Evelyn Byrn Paris, 93

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, July 11 at the Immanuel Baptist Church for Mrs. Paris, 93, of Lebanon. She passed away July 8, 2009, at Northside Health Care in Murfreesboro.

A retired bookkeeper for Rose’s Five & Dime on the Lebanon Public Square, she was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church.

Services were conducted by Rev. Barry Ellis.  Interment was in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: sons  Ronald (Mary Neil) Paris of Murfreesboro, Leonard (Dineen) Paris of Tampa, FL, Brownie (Blackie) Paris of Lebanon. Also surviving are grandchildren Mike Paris of Murfreesboro, Keith Paris, of Trafalar, IN, Todd Paris of Murfreesboro, Jennifer Albrecht of Franklin, and Blake Paris of Lebanon; 11 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton Leon Paris; parents, Houston and Hattie Taylor Byrn; brothers:  James Brantley Byrn and Erby Gray Byrn; sister, Doakie Hawkin.

Active pallbearers included grandsons and friends; honorary pallbearers:  Mrs. Paris’ Sunday School Class at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Nannie East, 84

MT. JULIET -- Mrs. East, 84, died Saturday, July 11, 2009 in the hospital following an illness with her family at her bedside.

Born April 5, 1925 in Coeburn, VA, Mrss. East spent many years in Warriormine, WV serving her community and cooking for Big Creek High School where the cafeteria was named in her honor after 40 years of service.

She lived in West Virginia for many years with her late husband, William "Bill" East and had lived for the past several years in Mt. Juliet where she was a member of the Mt. Juliet Church of God.

Her final resting place will be Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, VA. A private service for the family will be held.

Survivors include daughters, Billie (Coburn) Kennedy and Dorothy (Boyd) Rutherford, sister Charolette Willias, four granddchildren and their spouses, two great-grandchildren and one more on the way. There is also a host of family, friends and a loving neighbor.

Nannie was preceded in death by her husband, mother, grandparents, two brothers and one sister.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Dr. G. Frank Burns dies at 87

Dr. G. Frank Burns

Noted Wilson County historian services set Saturday, July 25

From Post staff reports

Author, educator, local historian and journalist Dr. G. Frank Burns died Tuesday, July 15, 2009 at the Hearthstone Assisted Living Center in Garland, Texas at the age of 87.


Volunteers across Wilson Co. help Sheriff Department keep area safe

The Wilson Post

Volunteers allow Wilson County Sheriff’s deputies to do a better job of protecting the county, Capt. Gary Keith says.

Wilson County Sheriff’s Department has three different groups of volunteers offering special support services that make the officers jobs easier and allow then certified officers to stay on the street, Keith added.

Local eateries mixed opinions on banning guns

The Wilson Post

As of 12 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, anyone with a Handgun Carry Permit will be allowed to carry their concealed firearms inside restaurants that serve alcohol as long as they do not drink.

However, several restaurant owners are opting to post signs that prohibit guns, which the new law allows.

Mayor: Stormwater fees could save 15 jobs

The Wilson Post

The Lebanon city budget for fiscal year 2009-10 is set to be voted on during the city council’s August 4 meeting.

The council is planning on abolishing 37 city positions, 27 that are currently manned with the other ten empty, in order to gain funding necessary to balance the budget.

Sherlock's Books Offers Destination for Readers and Hobbyists Alike

Sherlock’s Books Offers a Destination for Readers and Hobbyists Alike


For a budding bookstore named after the world’s most famous detective, there’s little mystery as to why Sherlock’s Book Emporium and Curiosities has proven a rousing success.

Kayla Youngquist Finds the Long Lost Artist Within Her

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up” – Pablo Picasso

Kayla Youngquist Finds the Long Lost Artist Within Her

When you meet Kayla Younquist the first thing you notice are her bright eyes and exuberant smile. She has a real sense of openness and warmth about her, which is probably one of the reasons she has been such a successful Kindergarten teacher for over 26 years.

Design-build lease signed for Nissan redistribution facility in Wilson

Nissan North America has signed a design-build lease with Opus Northwest for built-to-suit construction of the automaker’s new North American redistribution facility in a transaction facilitated by CB Richard Ellis (CBRE). 

The new 717,160 square foot redistribution center, which includes 20,000 square feet of office space, will be built in the Couchville Pike Business Center, located at the intersection of State Route 840 and Couchville Pike in Wilson County. Occupancy is planned for April 1, 2010.

LHS funding gets bumped

The Wilson Post

Problems with funding for a new Lebanon High are still ongoing, with District 25 Wilson County Commissioner Randy Hall declaring he didn’t intend to “go around” the Budget Committee, and the budget panel failing to schedule any discussion about the needed funding.

Mt. Juliet "Y" benefit golf tourney


Considered one of the top 10 public golf courses in the state of Tennessee by Golf Digest, the Hermitage Golf Course will be the site of a tournament to benefit the Mt. Juliet YMCA at the Valley Center Thursday, August 20. A 1 p.m. shotgun start is planned for the four-person scramble format.

Entry fee is $150 per person or $600 per team and includes: tournament green fees, gift packages, lunch at the golf course, on course beverages and snacks during the day, dinner at the golf course after the tournament and a Mulligan package.  Anyone who registers before Aug. 5 will receive a $25 per player discount.

Tee box sponsorships are still available at $200 as well as golf cart sponsorships for $100.

Tournament proceeds are earmarked for the YMCA’s "We Build People" campaign and goes directly to providing children, adults and families the opportunity to participate in nurturing programs that are designed to help them grow in spirit, mind and body.

On-line tournament entry is available at For a complete sponsorship package call Marsha Houser, 615-773-5363 or email at


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