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Budget meeting planned
The Wilson County Commission's budget committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 21 at 6 p.m in Conference Room 2.
Unemployment rate up
Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley announced the Tennessee’s unemployment rate for June was 10.8 percent, up 0.1 percentage point from the May rate of 10.7 percent. The June rate a year ago was 6.4 percent. The national unemployment rate for June 2009 was 9.5 percent, up from the May rate of 9.4 percent.
Inmate dies in county jail
From Post staff reports

An inmate facing charges of attempted first degree murder, failure to appear and tampering with evidence has died of an apparent heart attack while awaiting trial in the Wilson County Jail.

Darrius Wilson, a 19-year-old Lebanon man, “had just eaten breakfast and went back to bed complaining of a stomach ache around 7:30 a.m. Monday,” said Assistant Chief Robert Bryan with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department. Wilson was discovered unresponsive a short time later around 8 a.m.

Gordon, Cohen and Cooper votes will be costly to Tennesseans
Congressmen Bart Gordon, Jim Cooper and Steve Cohen showed their true colors last week by voting for a massive special interests pork bill that will be costly to Tennesseans.  The pork-filled American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, or the “cap-and-trade” bill narrowly passed the U.S House Friday evening after months of debate.
TDOT works to keep motorists informed

By Commissioner GERALD NICELY
Tennessee Department of Transportation

Famed English statesman Sir Francis Bacon once made the still-meaningful statement that knowledge is power. However, to gain knowledge you must have access to information. TDOT provides several ways for drivers to get traffic information, both before leaving home and while traveling in Tennessee.

Resident applauds current and former mayor

To the Editor:

I am writing this because I am concerned about our city. I have attended the council meetings many times. I get so disturbed because all they want to do is point fingers at different people.

It looks to me like the ones that are so mad are the problem.

MTEMC plans outages July 21 in Lebanon

Middle Tennessee Electric crews will be working to improve electric service in Lebanon July 21, which will require outages in parts of the city. 

The scheduled work will require about 200 residences to be without power. The scheduled times for the outages are set to begin at 8 a.m. and last until approximately 12 p.m.


Walker indicted on theft from Gladeville Utility

From Post staff reports

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested the former general manager of the Gladeville Water Utility District after he was indicted Wednesday by the Wilson County Grand Jury on numerous counts of theft for stealing from the utility company in 2007.

William Clifford Walker, 57, 208 Burgess Road, Mt. Juliet, TN was charged with two counts of Theft Over $60,000, eight counts of Theft Over $10,000 and one count of Official Misconduct.

Will LHS plays games in park with guns?
The Wilson Post
Members of the Lebanon City Council have not formally adopted a position on the new “guns in parks” law passed by the state legislature although there appears to be considerable support among council members to not exercise its right to option out of the law.
Councilors Kathy Warmath and William Farmer both indicated that they would not want the city to option out of the law, while Alex Buhler said he’s still undecided.
Local Guard unit to go again

The Wilson Post

The National Guard Armory in Lebanon has been busier than usual as they received the order to mobilize the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the state’s largest National Guard unit.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates signed the mobilization order and it was announced on Monday of this week. The 278th is made up of over 3,000 soldiers across the state, with nearly 200 stationed in Lebanon.

Donald Raymond Hall, 45

NASHVILLE – Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18 at the Spring Hill Funeral Home for Mr. Hall, 45, of Nashville. He died July 14, 2009.

The family will receive friends Friday between the hours of 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Services will be conducted by Brother Mike Bumbalough with burial at the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: parents Gordon and Martha Hall, children Christopher Matthew Hall and Sarah Ashley Hall — both of Lebanon; sister Janet (Bruce) Orndorff as well as several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by brothers Randal W. Hall and Steven W. Hall.

Spring Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery is in charge of arrangements.

Theodore J. Trayer, 62

LEBANON — Theodore Trayer passed away on July 14, 2009 at the age of 62. No services scheduled at this time.

Survivors include children: Elaine (Stephen) Barry, Tammy (Michael) Del Piano and Tina Olson (and family); grandchildren Michael Del Piano, Nicole Del Piano, and Ryan Del Piano; as well as best friend Dennis McWaherter.

He is preceded in death by parents Theodore and Blanche Davis Trayer.

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

Bessie Lee Owen, 84

WATERTOWN – Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, July 17 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Owen, 84, of Watertown.

A native of Wilson County and a member of the Smithfork Baptist Church, she died July 14, 2009 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. She was the daughter of the late George O. and Clemmie Bly Dodd and a homemaker.

The family will receive friends Friday from 10 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Rev. Eltis Brown and Rev. Gary Miller. Burial will follow at the Jones Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: children Virginia Marie (Wesley) Hamlet of Lebanon, Jimmy Edmond (Dianne) Owen and Billy Wayne Owen – all of Watertown and Judy Ellen (Larry) Parker of Murfreesboro.

Also surviving are grandchildren Steve Hamlet, Angie Barnes, Kim (Chris) Craighead, Ellen Warden, Kristy (Michael) Holbrook, Jim (Kimberly) Owen, Dustin Parker and Shane (Janet) Parker; seven great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.

Also surviving are brothers Kenneth (Pauline) Dodd of Smithville, Junior (Frances) Dodd of Alexandria and Robert (Julia) Dodd of Lebanon along with sister-in-law Clara Dodd of Watertown as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Owen is preceded in death by husband Robert Richard Owen, granddaughter Anita Christine Owen and brother Joe Dodd.

Grandchildren and great grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Lou Tomlinson, 83

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, July 17 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Tomlinson, 83, of Lebanon. A member of the Cedar Creek Baptist Church, she passed away on July 14, 2009.

The family will be receiving friends Friday from 1 p.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Brother Gordon Lee. Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in the Norene Community.

Survivors include children William "Bill" (Shirlene) Tomlinson, Richard Tomlinson, and Sue (Wayne) Carmack.

Also surviving are grandchildren Candie (Michael) Randolph, Jennifer Taylor, Joey Carmack, Chasity Merdith, Bill (Gail) Tomlinson Jr. and Crystal Kennedy; great-grandchildren Malia Randolph, Maranda Taylor, Alex Taylor, Megan Keith, Brandon Tomlinson, Lexie Tomlinson, Dillion Tomlinson, Amber Merdith, Nathan Reeves, Leah Reeves, Melanie Hackney, Bailey (Jonathan) Gilliland and Charlie; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers include: Cody Gann, Donnie Ford, Jimmy Flatt, Johnny Gulley, Anthony Gulley and Gayle Cripps.

She is preceded in death by husband Zirl Tomlinson, brothers Clifford Thompson and Tilford Thompson, along with parents Herbert and Carrie Thompson.

Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, is in charge of arrangements.

Marlene Davis Riggs, 55

SMYRNA – Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18 at Smyrna’s Woodfin Chapel for Mrs. Riggs, 55, of LaVergne.

A member of the Baptist church, she was born July 7, 1954 in Franklin and died Monday, July 13, 2009 from injuries received in a motorcycle accident.

Visitation with the family will be 5-8 pm Friday at Woodfin Chapel, Smyrna. Services will be conducted by Dr. Ross Maroney. Burial will follow in Mapleview Cemetery.

She is survived by son Tyler Riggs and daughter Kendall Riggs – both of LaVergne; siblings Donnie Davis of Raleigh, NC; Steve Davis of Nashville, GA; Judy Thomas Davis of Watertown and Sherrie (Bitsy) Arthur of Lebanon; mother Martha Pewitt McMillen of Lebanon and special friend Paul Johnson of LaVergne.

Mrs. Riggs was preceded in death by her father George Davis and her husband Ron Riggs.

Woodfin Chapel, Smyrna, is in charge of arrangements.

Deo Karamchan Narine, 63

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, July 18 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Narine, 63, of Lebanon. He died July 16, 2009.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home Saturday from 1 p.m. until service.

Survivors include wife of 40 years Joyce Singh Narine; daughter Babita (Russ) Trego; grandchildren: Misty Trego, Marianna Trego, Marlayna Trego, Russell Wesley Trego, Russell Trego IV and Ricky Trego.

Also surviving are siblings: Sahadeo (Dhanmatee) Narine, Pulmatee Narine Partap, Ramesha Narine, Martin (Shantie) Narine, Kathleen (Keith) Maharaj, and John (Baby) Narine; special family member: Sheila Mangalsingh; and special friends: Margaret and Ralph Gooding.

He is preceded in death by parents Ramnarine and Melanie Fulchan Rattan, brother Joseph Narine.

Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.

Mystery On Canoe Branch Road
Like all classic “Who Done It’s”, this one began on a non-descript Saturday evening. There had been a warm breeze blowing all that day and the smell of imminent rain was now lingering in the evening air. The murmurs of children could be heard in the dark night as they chased lightning bugs oblivious to the foretelling rumblings of thunder. And the adults were comfortably sitting around the back yard listening to classic 80’s music, enjoying the company of friends while debating whether the rain would wash out the fireworks show.  It was a simple Fourth of July cookout that became  - - - not so simple.
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.


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