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Thanksgiving, God bless America

By W.H. WATERS

This afternoon I sit down to write something I have not done in quite a while. Yes, I wrote one column during the Presidential race, but it was not published. It spoke to my political feeling, and the newspaper chose not to publish articles of this type. I am not speaking in anger, but what I am about to say I feel is something that is vital to our nation, state, county and to every individual who might read this.

A great Congressman once said, “All politics is local.”

Surely recent weeks have cause us all to stop and to listen and try to get a feel for where we are as a people. Our nation has not experienced anything of this nature since the Great Depression. I remember as a child the nature of the feelings of people. We have not reached that point today, and I pray we will never feel the wrath of that time. Our leaders have shown fear, and we the people see that our financial security is not always certain. Today we know that changes come are not always for our financial good. Certainly all the actions of government may not be correct, but we must believe that in the main they surely strive for good. Maybe this will aid us in striving to work together and all be “Americans first.”

We have seen almost eight years where we have had practically no effort to have cooperation between political parties. The current administration has sought to put the agenda of the far-right into its decisions. We saw war by unilateral action. We saw no effort to cure the medical cost problems. An unreal effort to put Social Security on sound footing failed. I could go on enumerating, but America needed action that did not occur. Lots of our problems today came from inaction in legislating and inaction in enforcing the laws in lending practices. This administration may have had some help I these things, but they also had the opportunity to correct any mistakes made before.

Today America has a new President-Elect. He ran a fabulous race, and it was obvious that he had an agile mind for his thought processes controlled the organization of his campaign. Though we as a state did not give him a majority, America and its young saw a voice and a direction they had not heard. Though I am 85 today, count me among the young!

As I sit and watch President-Elect Obama, I see a man diligently working to bring into his cabinet capable people. It seems Republican and Democrat, friend and foe, are on his list. He is seeking change by getting people with ability with whom to work. This indicates he has confidence where he sits and is willing to sit and with give-and-take discuss the directions our nation must go.

It appears to me that Sen. Hillary Clinton will become the new Secretary of State, pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate. She is a bright person and well known worldwide. President-Elect Obama feels they can work together or this would never have been considered. The Republicans under consideration have not always agreed with his positions. They do feel able to discuss and this has been almost totally lacking in recent years.

Michelle Obama is a lovely lady. She will grace the White House with great dignity. The Obama’s daughters are so fortunate to be so loved.

This brings me to think of the African Americans to whom I write. I am so happy for you. I can only imagine the pride you take and how will aid you in raising your children and steering them to higher achievement.

Oh yes, I know our President-Elect has both black and white blood running in his veins. I cannot see, nor will I try to see, the color of his thoughts. I suspect that they will run red, white and blue, and we of all colors will walk to the drum beat of our time.

I hope all of us will realize we did not get in our present mess in a year or two or three. We must give our new President and his Cabinet time to lead us all to higher ground.

Regardless of my time left to write, always remember I love this land and all its people!
 
Editor’s Note: W.H. Waters is a Lebanon resident and a contributor to The Wilson Post.

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Writer offers additional clarification, history concerning new LHS

To the Editor:

The Wilson County Board of Education has voted to send the proposed bid to build Lebanon High School to the Wilson County Commission for their support in funding the school. I believe there are still some sidebar issues and history of the process that is in need of clarification to further the process to completion.

In a letter dated June 5, 2006, signed by then-Director of Schools Dr. Jim Duncan and former Chairman of the Board of Education Ron Britt, a letter of engagement was written to Hewlett-Spencer, LLC in which they asked for Hewlett-Spencer to proceed with the additions and renovations to Stoner Creek and Rutland Elementary, and a new Lebanon High School. “We ask that you develop a guaranteed price for each of theses facilities on a turn key basis,” the letter states.

This was the first issue in delaying the process in building Lebanon High as to the validity of this letter and what it meant. Next came the site selection, the purchase of the land and use of the bond money to purchase the land instead of renovating the old Mt. Juliet High into a junior high. As was finally noted, the performance of the bond would have been tainted if not used to purchase the land for a new Lebanon High School as stated in the issuance of the bond. In turn the county’s bond rating would have been affected and the availability of the county to borrow money. A contract for the purchase of the South Hartmann Drive land was agreed upon Dec. 31, 2007.

Months of delay. As stated in the newspaper, a board member voted against sending the proposed bid to the county commission as she felt it would be delayed because of the bidding process. In a resolution signed and agreed upon by the commission dated Oct. 9, 2007 in which the county adopted Resolution 06-12-7 stated, “whereas much discussion over the last eighteen months concerning the need for a new Lebanon High School; etc, etc.,” the resolution basically developed a bid process that would be acceptable to the members of the county commission to get approval for funding. This resolution continues to state: “The new Lebanon High School, and all future Wilson County building projects shall be publicly and competitively bid, either by the standard bidding process or the use of the guaranteed maximum price procedure and no funding shall be obtained until the process for publicly bidding the school has been put in place, completed, and all bids have been opened in public, signed by 21 commissioners.”

Months of debate and delays. After finally getting to the bid process and publicly opening the bids, the board of education voted to re-bid the Lebanon High project due to pressure from the county commission to what many thought and some still think, had to be a hard bid process, period. 

As the resolution clearly states either process could be an acceptable use to receive funding. Ninety days delay of unnecessary delay. Folks, the preliminary process to build a new Lebanon High School has been completed, all that can be done by the board of education has been completed, all the delay tactics, all the unnecessary finger-pointing has been completed. Now it is time to fund the school and build it.

Some commissioners are in the belief that if we once again wait we will have funding with bonds rolling off in the future. Reality is the county in 2008 has a total debt service with principal and interest of $12,576,045. A commissioner suggested waiting until 2010 as debt will be rolling off, however, in 2010 the total debt service will be $12,574,430. Another commissioner suggested waiting until 2012 when some big bonds will be rolling off. In 2012, total debt service will be $10,129,838. There really will not be any significant drop in debt service until 2018 when the debt service will be $7,533,615 which is a deduction of $5,042,430, not enough to build a school even then and in real time we will probably be four to five schools behind by then.

I guess it begs to ask, what is the commission’s plan of action to fund the building of our schools, as the resolution dated Oct. 9, 2007 stated “as much discussion over the last eighteen months,” add that to today the commission has had nearly three years to consider a plan of action to fund Lebanon High School, not including the years of failed efforts to get Lebanon a new high school.

If the leadership of Wilson County has a plan, please let the people who elected you know, as people without hope often become boorish. Are we as a county going to wait until we lose federal or state funding or are federally or state mandated to build schools or forced legally by civil action and displace our children while a school is being built? Are we going to continue to lose prospective industry and jobs or are we going to find an immediate solution and build a new Lebanon High School and prepare for future schools that are and will be needed?

It is in the hands of the leadership of Wilson County to provide that leadership, to take this county to where it needs to be today and in the future. We all agree and it is often stated, our children are our biggest asset. Let’s put our actions in line with our words and provide for the youth of Lebanon and Wilson County.

Larry Hubbard Jr.
Lebanon

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WC Christmas for All donations down

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Donations for Wilson County Christmas for All are running about 30 percent below what it was this time last year, but requests for assistance are up by approximately the same amount.

Applications may still be turned in, but the deadline to submit them is Wednesday, Dec. 10. Jim Harding, president of the Christmas for All organization, urged those who need toys for children or those who need food baskets for elderly persons to turn in applications as soon as possible at the local Department of Human Services office on North Cumberland Street, Lebanon.

“Our donations are down and demand is up,” he said.

 

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Big Brothers of MJ needs your help

West Wilson Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet needs your help with Christmas activities.

Collections of donated food and toys will be picked up on Friday, Dec. 12 at area schools and local businesses, said Owen Gleaves, one of the members of the organization. He said they will meet at the Kroger parking lot at Highway 70 and Mt. Juliet Road at 7:30 a.m. and will leave en route at 8 a.m.

Help is needed to follow trucks and help with loading, and help is needed in packing food boxes starting at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12. Boxes will be delivered to needy families early Saturday morning, Dec. 13, starting at 7.

Volunteers are also needed to help in the Mother’s Toy Store beginning at 7 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 13. The store opens to the public for mothers to shop for their children from 1 until 4 p.m. Packing of food, delivery and the Mother’s Toy Store activities will be at Mt. Juliet Middle School next to Sonic on Mt. Juliet Road (the former Mt. Juliet High School).
 
This is a good opportunity for parents to teach their children about helping those less fortunate,” Gleaves said. “If you can volunteer for any of these events, we ask that you show up at the locations given and ask for a Big Brother for assistance.”

Visit www.bigbrothersofmtjuliet.org for more information.

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Crime Stoppers offering reward for info on thefts

Wilson County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a number of thefts or burglaries in the Watertown and Statesville areas.

Law enforcement personnel have received reports during the past several months regarding the thefts of items such as a zero-turn mower, a utility trailer, chainsaw, air compressor, four-wheelers, guns, tools and safes.

Anyone with information concerning these crimes or other crimes should contact the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department at 444-1459 or the Wilson County Crime Stoppers at 444-JAIL (444-5245). Callers will remain anonymous.

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Hardaway says it can build new LHS for less

From Post staff reports

Hardaway Construction has advised officials of county government in writing that it will build the proposed new Lebanon High School for an amount substantially less than the price submitted by a competitive company that has been favored by the Wilson County Board of Education.
In a letter addressed to Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis, John Sloan, executive vice president of Hardaway Construction Corp., declared that his company will build the proposed school “based on a list of changes that makes this project comparable in design, quality and function to the new Mt. Juliet High School” for a guaranteed maximum price of $48,511,999, or $612,993 less than the amount submitted by Hewlett-Spencer.

Sloan adds that if the county decides to “delete the geothermal system, and the related mezzanines” as once proposed by Hewlett-Spencer, his company’s price tag for the project would be dropped to $46,701,765 or almost a million dollars less than the cost posted by Hewlett-Spencer for the amended project.

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He Had it Coming

Recently I had an encounter with an individual that was far from pleasant. The encounter was long past due as the situation had been intolerable for far longer than necessary.  Without going into the gory details, the bottom line is that this person was continually being unkind to one of my children.

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Edna Mae Manning, 73

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, December 4 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Manning, 73, of Mt. Juliet. A member of the Mt. Juliet Church of God, she died December 1, 2008.

Visitation with the family will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bond Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: children Jesse D. Manning, Raybon E. (Carrie) Manning, Sherry (Jeff) Hackett, Belinda J. Kennedy and Donna E. (Brian) Moore.

Also surviving is brother Richard Ernest (Marge) Pond; sister-in-law Linda Pond; grandchildren Alicia Musgrove, Jason Musgrove, Leslie Lawson, Christy Lawson, Amber Hackett, Jessica Hackett, Stephen Manning, Marisa (Tim) Henson, Ryan Kennedy, Anthony Oliver, Joey Manning and Samantha Manning; great grandchild Mackenzie Oliver.

The daughter of the late Richard Ernest and Mazelle Modine Stewart Pond, Mrs. Manning was also preceded in death by her daughter Patricia Musgrove and her brother,James Douglas Pond.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Brian Douglas Reeder, 35

LEBANON -- Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, December 4 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery for Mr. Reeder, 35 of Monterey. He passed away Sunday, November 30, 2008.

Visitation will be Wednesday at the Partlow Funeral Chapel between the hours of 4-8 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Brother John Grant.

Survivors include: mother Sally (Gail) Parker of Lebanon; father Odell (Patsy) Reeder of Lebanon and daughter Chelsey Cherie Reeder of Monterey.

Also surviving are: brothers Jason Parker and Jamie Parker — both of Cookeville; Rodney and Darrin Reeder — both of Lebanon; sisters Sandra (Jim) Gibbs of Lebanon, Kristie Norman of Ft. Oglethrope, GA, Missy Reeder of Lebanon, Olivia Henry of Gainesboro and Amanda Nelson of Chattanooga; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Reeder is preceded in death by grandparents Hubert and Edna Lackey and Delbert and Dessie Reeder.

Active pallbearers: Shane Lening, Kevin Shouse, Jeff Payton, Stacy Padgett, Michael Parker and Terry Hall. Honorary pallbearers: Jim Gibbs, Jake Byrd and Raymond Nelson.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Lucille M. Bryant, 61

LEBANON -- A memorial service will be held at a later date for Mrs. Bryant, 61, of Lebaon. Known as "Lucy" to her family an friends, she passed away on December 2, 2008.

Survivors include her husband Terry Bryant of Lebanon and son Russell Spears of Athens, Ala.

Also surviving are sisters Peggy Rich of Rogersville Ala. and Brenda (Jeff) Smith of Knoxville; nephew Caleb, Austin and Jason Rich of Alabama as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

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

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Retha Gayle Hall Crutcher, 64

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, November 30 at the Sellars Funeral Home for Mrs. Crutcher, 64. She passed away on Nov. 25, 2008.

Services were conducted by Brother Larry Walker and Brother Allen Allcock. Interment was in the Conatser Cemetery.

Survivors include husband Roy Allen Crutcher; children: Alan Crutcher and Lissa (Will) Funk; and siblings: Glenda (Thurman) Whited, Betty Hall, Sharon Jared and Lynette Aslinger; sister-in-laws: Diane (Michael) Hughes and Charlene Horne.

Active pallbearers: Allen Allcock, Michael Hughes, Jerry McFarland, Eddie Callis, Howard Crutcher Sr. and Howard Crutcher Jr.

She is preceded in death by parents Elmer and G. Christine Brewer Hall.

Memorial donations may be made to: The ALS Association (Development Dept., 27001 Agoura Rd, Suite 250, Calabasas CA 91301, 888.949.2577).

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

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Margaret Elizabeth Duncan, 87

NASHVILLE -- Graveside services were held Monday, December 1 at Woodlawn Memorial Park for Mrs. Duncan, 87, of Mt. Juliet.

A member of the First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet, she died November 28, 2008.

The widow of the late Cordell G. Duncan, she was the daughter of the late Jesse Earl and Laura Carlisle Tatum.

Survivors include: daughter Kathy Duncan; granddaughter Laura Huggins and great granddaughter Stephanie Huggins.

Memorials may be made to The Alzheimer’s Foundation or Alive Hospice.

Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, was in charge of arrangements.

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Jerry Dee Clifton, 46

MT. JULIET -- Funeral service were held Tuesday afternoon, December 2 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Clifton, 46, of Mt. Juliet. A loving father and husband, he passed away Nov. 29, 2008 after a long battle with leukemia.

Services were conducted by Brother Bruce Grubbs. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife Teresa and children Nicholas, Gabrielle and Hannah; mother Shirley Clifton and brothers Jeff, Jim and John Clifton.

He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Joseph and his father, Jack.

Active pallbearers included: John Clifton, Jason Clifton, Eric Palmatier, Mike May, Ben Rush and Scott Martin.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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Rob Jerald Schall, 52

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, December 4 at Celebration Lutheran Church, 3425 N. Mt. Juliet Road, for Mr. Schall, 52, of Mt. Juliet. Co-owner of Hydro Design Service, Inc., Mr. Schall died November 29, 2008.

A member of Celebration Lutheran Church, he was a 1974 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School and a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. Services will be conducted by Pastor Kevin Martin.

Survivors include: mother Shirley Schall (Bob) Dorsey of Nashville and brother Hall (Laura) Schall of Mt. Juliet.

Also surviving are: nieces and nephews Dixie Schall, Barnum Schall, Rebecca Kruck, Caleb Schall, Carly Schall and Monica Schall; as well as several great-nephew and great-nieces; and several cousins including Kris Gorrell -- whom he was especially close and worked side by side with for 26 years.

Mr. Schall was preceded in death by his father, Hal David Schall, Sr. and brothers Rick Schall and Ron Schall. Memorials may be made to Celebration Lutheran Church.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mr. Juliet.

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Bettye Skelton Parks, 78

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, November 29 at the College Hills Church of Christ for Mrs. Parks, 78, of Lebanon.

Born February 17, 1930, in Wayne County, she died Nov. 26, 2008 at the St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. Mrs. Parks retired from banking after a 40 year career.

The daughter of the late Claude Casey and Gladys Walker Skelton, she was a member and very active volunteer of the College Hills Church of Christ.

Services were conducted by Dr. Larry Locke. Interment followed in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

She is survived by her husband Harold "Goose" Johnson; sons Tracey (Kim) Parks of Lebanon and David (Meg) Parks of Hermitage.

Also surviving are grandchildren Grace and Ella Parks, Jackson, Lauren and Sam Bond; step-daughters, Rita Bohr of Donelson and Ann Walker of Humboldt; and sister Mary Elizabeth Skelton Tolbert of Murfreesboro.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, James Leslie "Les" Parks, who died August 25, 2006.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Beck to contribute to Post

From Post staff reports

Journalist Ken Beck, a longtime resident of Wilson County, has recently become a contributing writer for MainStreet Media and its local newspaper, The Wilson Post.

Earlier this year Beck concluded a 31-year career with The Tennessean where he edited the Nashville newspaper’s "Sunday Showcase" entertainment magazine for 25 years. Besides interviewing stars of film and television, Beck wrote Tennessee travel and feature stories and a popular Q&A entertainment column.

"We’re glad to have a veteran writer such as Ken now pitching in with engaging stories practically every week," said John Bryan, publisher of The Post.

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Airport Commission honors Fox at final council meeting

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Outgoing Lebanon Mayor Don Fox was honored with a resolution from the city’s Airport Commission honoring him for his 15 years of support for the airport.

Airport Commission Chairman T.O. Cragwall presented the resolution to Fox at the beginning of Tuesday night’s regular Lebanon City Council meeting.

Fox said felt the Airport Commission deserved the credit for improvements made at the facility.

Later, the mayor thanked all the city employees who he said had made his tenure a pleasure.

“They deserve all the credit,” he said. “I haven’t picked up a shovel in years, except in my garden, but they do every day.”

He added that what makes Lebanon a good city to live in is the service offered by the employees and by the council. “It’s a team effort,” he said.

Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath agreed, noting “It’s really a ‘we’ thing.”

Ward 5 Councilor Haywood Barry said he thought Fox had lived up to the Jaycees creed, “Service to humanity is the best work of life.”

All the councilors agreed that meetings wouldn’t be the same without Fox. The new mayor, Philip Craighead, takes office in a ceremony at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5 at City Hall.

During the business portion of the meeting, council voted unanimously to amend the city sign ordinance to require all electronic signs which are near residential areas to be turned down to lower light and only display a static message at night.

Council took the action at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

Several residents spoke in favor of the changes and one man, the pastor of The Sanctuary on Leeville Pike, Pastor Daniel Stirneman, asked for an amendment, allowing churches and schools to have a scrolling single line/one color message with time and temperature run through the night.

Ward 4 Councilor Joe Hayes proposed an amendment to allow churches and schools to do as the minister requested, it failed for lack of a second.

The council also set a work session to discuss budget issues for Monday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. Mayor Pro Tem William Farmer told the council that the city’s cash on hand had fallen from $20.617 million at the end of September to $16.967 million at the end of October. He also pointed out that the city’s general fund was actually in the red as of the end of October.

It had been $1,011 million in the black in September, but had fallen to a negative $139,302 by Oct. 31.

He asked that all department heads look for ways to cut back and get the city back in the black. He also said he wanted department heads to attend the meeting on Dec. 22 with figures to show the council where their departments were financially now and where they expected to be by June 2009.

In addition to stating her support for the sign ordinance, Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath said she thought part of the budget solution might be to start charging fees for the use of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. She pointed out that the city supplies police and maintenance services for the center, which cost the city money.

The ordinance to allow the city to apply for a State Industrial Access Grant to build an access road for the proposed Bible Park, faces some opposition from Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhl and Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston.

Huddleston moved to defer action on the resolution and Buhler seconded, but Huddleston agreed to withdraw his motion after Warmath and Farmer proposed an amendment which made it clear that resolution did not commit the city to fund any amount not covered by the grant.

The council also approved an Incentive Package for CoreTech Park and agreed to administer State Grant Funds for that project.

Ordinances annexing property on Quarry Loop Road and zoning it SP (Specific Plan) also passed. The property is owned by General Contractors, Inc. which plans to use it for storing building materials and equipment and possibly for a contractor’s office.

Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at cewrites@wilsonpost.com.

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Wasson, Christopher make decisions

By TOMMY BRYAN

GLADEVILLE -- Two more Wilson Central Lady Wildcats have made decisions on where they will continue their education and basketball careers.

Guard / wing Lauren Wasson committed last week to NAIA power Trevecca Nazarene and is scheduled to sign with the Lady Trojans in ceremonies tentatively slated tonight at WCHS.

Wasson averaged roughly six points and 4.6 rebound per game as a junior. Her high point game was a 14 point effort vs. District 9AAA rival Hendersonville.

She caught the eye of college coaches with an outstanding run over the summer with the Tennessee Elite AAU program.

Trevecca, coached by Mt. Juliet native Gary Van Atta, is presently ranked No. 3 in the NAIA with a 9-0 record. Last season the Lady Trojans finished 23-12 overall and placed second in the NAIA National Tournament.

Point guard Jessyca Christopher committed last week to the University of Alabama - Huntsville, a NCAA Division II school -- a member of the Gulf South Conference.

She will sign with the Lady Chargers during the NCAA’s spring signing period. Christopher averaged 7.5 points per game as a junior and roughly three assists per contest.

A deadly three-point shooter, she racked up a season-high 19 points vs. Mt. Juliet in last year’s Green County Bank Tournament.

Christopher injured a knee during the 2008 region tournament, missing the final four games of the season, but has worked her way back to the floor in rehab. She was also considering a scholarship offer from King College in East Tennessee.

UA-H is coming off a 12-16 record last season under coach Jeff Keller and are off to a 1-4 start this season.

Wasson and Christopher along with University of Georgia signee Jasmine Hassell are all committed for the fall of 2009.

 

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I, Myself, on Paragraphing
By ANNE DONNELL

 

I think this is something simple, but I’d like to know the rules. I am not confident I know what I’m doing, but when writing I’m never sure when to start a new paragraph. What exactly should be in a paragraph?

                        -Actually Don’t Write That Much

 

Formerly, I didn’t write that much, either. Letter writing and its odious companions, Keeping Enough Stationery and Keeping Enough Stamps, somehow kept me stymied. This meant as years passed friends from other places tired of my selfishly rare responses. They followed my lead and didn’t write back. 

 

[ATA (According to Anne) – Don’t confuse stationary, an adjective meaning to remain in fixed position or one place, and stationery, a noun meaning paper for writing letters. Possible mnemonic help: ary – think “always there.”]

 

I had had stellar letter writing modeled for me. My mother and father were both avid correspondents. Day after day when I checked the campus post office I had a letter. My dad’s were short and to the point. A summary of pet news. What better? My mother tended to give tumor reports about hometown citizens. A bit of a downer, but it’s the thought that counts, right?  She also offered advice. Not that I ever asked for any, a policy I’ve maintained unwaveringly to the present. My grandson can just hang it up with his clothing advice.

 

The Age of the Personal Computer, luckily arriving before I had too much age myself, unleashed e-mail upon an unsuspecting world. [Dr. & Mrs. B.B., did you catch that myself ?  Some time ago, Dr. B.B. pointed out the misuse of myself that’s rampant around here. The error consists of replacing an ordinary pronoun (like I, me) with the intensive or reflexive pronoun (like myself). It’s usually first person, singular. The error then reads like this (DON’T DO THIS – INCORRECT! ) John and myself think you need to get a new hobby.]  

 

E-mail reconnected me with written correspondence between family and friends. Often great, and only a few finger thumps away with a screen that can be edited without any white liquid involved, something for which I would have given my eye teeth back in the old manual typewriter days. 

 

So, perhaps I should wander a bit nearer to today’s question, and perhaps I should consider answering. Aye, there’s the rub. (Shakespeare, Hamlet, from the famous “To be, or not to be…”soliloquy.) Presumptuous of me to quote Shakespeare in amidst my blathering, but, hey, that’s what he’s for – everyday life.

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Dont miss this event set for December 11

By SAM HATCHER

I don’t know what your plans might be for Thursday, Dec. 11, but if you would be so kind as to circle that date on your calendar, we’d love to have you attend our event at The Mill.

On that date we plan to host a special show, a Boomer Extravaganza, at The Mill, that will be open to the public and free for all to attend.

From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., The Mill, once renowned for making woolen blankets and being Lebanon’s leading manufacturer, is going to take on the appearance of a circus-like environment.

There will arts and crafts, Greyhounds to be adopted, health screenings, important seminars, a new car exhibit, food booths, information about insurance and estate planning, and much, much more.

Part of the much, much more includes an unbelievable line-up of entertainment including Johnny Cash and Minnie Pearl look-a-likes and the real, honest to goodness Ben Jones, who played the character “Cooter” in the hit television series “Dukes of Hazard.”

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Mrs. Word turns 100

From Post staff reports 

Friends and family gathered together on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 at Ponderosa Steak House to celebrate Ms. Irene Word’s 100th birthday.

This special occasion was given to her by her two daughters, Mrs. Norma Jean Armstrong of Lebanon and Mrs. Ethelyne Farris of Detroit, Mich.

Also present were Ms. Word’s grandsons, David and Maynard Armstrong, Ronnie Farris of Detroit and great-grandson Dannie Farris, also of Detroit.

Other guests included William Armstrong, son-in-law; Dennis Armstrong, Mae Garrison, Lisa DeVault, Abbe Farris and Nick Winn.

Ms. Word wanted to celebrate her birthday at Ponderosa where she has enjoyed Saturday night dinner for so many years. A very special thank you goes to Bill Mullinax, owner of the restaurant, and to Melinda who served as waitress.

 

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MTEMC plans outages Dec. 10 in Lebanon, wraps 3-month project

From Post staff reports

Middle Tennessee Electric will work to improve residential and commercial electric service in Lebanon early the morning of Dec. 10, requiring outages along South Cumberland Street.

The scheduled work is the final leg of a three-month project to double the voltage of MTEMC lines along South Cumberland Street. The outages will require approximately 30 residential customers and 18 commercial businesses to be without power. The scheduled times for the outages are from midnight until 4 a.m.

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Historic Watertown Tour of Homes set for Sunday

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Historic Watertown with the help of Watertown Elementary PALS is hosting a special tour of country homes all fixed up for Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 4-8 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 1-5 p.m.

The tour begins at the Watertown Square with the studio apartment of Jay and Lisa Chesley overlooking the Square.

“The apartment is in a residential/commercial brick building built in 1905. The restaurant space below is leased to Juan and Elena Ayala who own and operate Mi Ranchito, a Mexican restaurant there,” Lisa said.

During its 103-year history, the building has housed a bottling plant, a hardware store, a jewelry store and a beauty shop.

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Wilson Co. loves the Christmas season

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

It is officially Christmas time in Wilson County as annual parades featuring the Jolly Old Elf Himself are set to roll in the coming weeks along with other events guaranteed to put you in the spirit of the season.

There are three parades, Christmas on the Square, the Festival of Lights and a performance of the “Nutcracker Ballet.” And that doesn’t count the Christmas bazaars at local churches and schools that are set, as well.

First, on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m., the Festival of Lights opens at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. The festival will be open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5-9 p.m. through

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Mayor reflects on past

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Friday will be Lebanon Mayor Don Fox’s last day in office and he says there are a lot of good memories and some things he will really miss about serving in the city’s highest office.

“The best day would have to be the afternoon we finished the playground at the park,” Fox said in an interview Tuesday. “We had 350 kids in the playground and we were still working on the trails. We didn’t have any shelters yet and the bathrooms weren’t finished.”

He explained that 1,400 Lebanon citizens had built the playground in what came to known as Don Fox Community Park in seven days. “That’s what happens when this community comes together,” he added.

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