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Bettye Swaffer Manning Young, 72

LEBANON -- Mrs. Young passed away Wednesday morning, December 15, 2009. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the service.

The chapel service will be conducted by Brother Kevin Medlin.  Interment will follow in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers: Jerry Scudder, Matt Gordon, Matt Manning, Chip Smith, Lee Grosch, Jackson McFarlin and Blake Grosch. Honorary: 4th Tuesday Bridge Club, Village Women’s Club, Frank Lamar, Margaret Nelson and the staff at Dr. Bradshaw’s office.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to The Brooks House (219 Virginia Ave, Lebanon, 615.547.9132) or New Leash on Life (507 Jim Draper Blvd, Lebanon, 37087, 615.444.1144).

Survivors include children Brenda (Gary) McFarlin, Sharon Grosch  and Mike Manning; grandchildren Courtney McFarlin, Paige McFarlin, Jackson McFarlin, Lee Grosch, Blake Grosch, Matt Manning and Aubrey Manning; sister-in-law Katie Petty; extended family Tereke, Keosha and Yareziah Young; along with beloved companions Isabella and Sophia.

She is preceded in death by parents Walter Lee and Pauline Johnson Swaffer and husband Thomas F. Young.

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

CU night at Predators game

The Cumberland University Alumni Association will host the third annual CU Night with the Nashville Predators Saturday, January 9 when the Preds take on the Anaheim Ducks at the Nashville Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m.

Cumberland University faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends in the community are invited to an exclusive, pre-game reception at the nashville Arena scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. The pre-game reception will include a full dinner buffet and a raffle, with prizes slated to include Predators jerseys, apparel and autographed items provided by the Nashville Predators.

Those who attend the exclusive reception will enter the Nashville Arena via the 501 Broadway entrance, located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Broadway. Tickets for CU Night with the Nashville Predators are $35, which includes admission to the game, the pre-game reception/dinner and all taxes and service charges. Fans purchasing a ticket through the University will be seated together in the Sideline Balcony, with seats near Center Ice.

For more information, please contact Justin Bradford, Coordinator of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving at 547-1253 or via e-mail at More information may also be found at


Ila Mae Howell Lothridge Slate, 85

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 16 in the Partlow Chapel for Ms. Slate, 85, of Lebanon. Owner of Southland Restaurant, Old Hickory Restaurant and a former waitress at Cherokee Steak House, she died Monday Dec. 14, 2009 in the Cedars Health Care Center.

Ms. Slate was a member of Barren River Baptist Church. Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Services will be conducted by Dr. Larry Locke. Interment will follow at Barren River Baptist Church Cemetery in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Survivors include: son Tommy (Pam) Lothridge; grandchildren Lorie (Paul) Freitas of Florida and William (Michelle) Davis of Alabama; great grandchildren Rowan Freitas, Savannah and Sawyer Davis as well as numerous cousins.

She is preceded in death by parents Chester and Nannie Mae Hudson Howell; son Michael Douglas Slate; brother James H. Howell; uncle and aunt Gilbert and Mattie Kinser.
Friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Ms. Slate’s memory to the College Hills Church of Christ Library, 1401 Leeville Pike, Lebanon, 37087.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

State Trooper injured in I-40 wreck

The Wilson Post

A Tennessee Highway Patrol officer was in critical but stable condition after a wreck on Interstate 40 in Wilson County Monday afternoon.

A spokesperson with the Tennessee Department of Transportation reported the crash occurred at mile marker 228 near the Villages of Mt. Juliet, formerly Belinda City, shortly after noon.

Campbellsville 77, CU 61

'DOGS CLOSE OUT 2009 3-10

LEBANON -- A barrage of 3-pointers by Campbellsville University killed Cumberland's chances of winning back-to-back games for the first time this season in a 77-61 decision over the Bulldogs Monday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Tigers knocked down 11-of-19 shots from beyond the arc -- 52 percent. The Bulldogs (3-10) shot just 48 percent from the floor, including 18 percent from 3-point range.
CU senior Brandon Springer, who came into the game averaging a double-double on the season, came two rebounds shy of recording his ninth of the year. The senior scored 21 points to lead the Bulldogs.

Campbellsville opened the second half on a 6-2 run to extend its lead to nine points. Following the final two points of the stretch, which came on a layup by Nestor Colmenares, the Tiger forward received a technical foul for taunting the CU student section.

Before Haris Batalevic had a chance to shoot the free throws, Campbellsville coach Keith Adkins was given a technical foul after loudly using profanity to reprimand Colmenares on the bench.

Batalevic, who scored eight points on the night, made all four shots from the charity stripe and Walter Simon drained a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to bring the Bulldogs back to within a basket of regaining the lead. Simon finished with 10 points.

Campbellsville again stretched the lead, this time reaching double digits at 52-42 and the Bulldogs never got any closer than five with the Tigers holding a lead of at least 10 points for the final 4:37 of the game.

Cumberland scored six of the first seven points to open the game before the Tigers cut the deficit to one. The Bulldogs the next four points, capped by a Springer dunk. The slam came after the preseason All-TranSouth forward forced a turnover and took it the length of the floor.

The two teams swapped the lead three times and the score was tied on five occasions, the latest of which came at 25-25 before Campbellsville scored the last five points of the half.

Shawn Savage, who made six treys on seven shots, finished with a game-high 22 points to lead the Tigers.

Coach Lonnie Thompson's Bulldogs begin a three-week break, not playing again until January 7 when they open conference play at Lyon College. CU will next play at home against TranSouth Conference foe Freed-Hardeman on January 9.

Gingerbread House winners announced

Officials at Hearthside at Castle Heights, an assisted-living home, announced the winners of their third annual Gingerbread House competition in which area elementary school students compete. The children were split into two groups: third and fourth grade and fifth and sixth grade. First, second and third places were awarded in both groups. First place won $100, second place won $50 and third place won $25. The houses will be on display to the public at until Friday, Dec. 18 at Hearthside at 215 Castle Heights Ave. N. in Lebanon.


Toys for Tots, local Christmas charities team with WB&T to offer donation drop-off centers

Bringing a brighter Christmas to a local child in need may require a small monetary sacrifice, but the act of giving should be a little easier and more convenient this year thanks to a community partnership.

Wilson Bank & Trust will be accepting gift donations for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” program throughout Wilson County this month. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off at any area office of WB&T. The items collected for Toys for Tots will be distributed through the county’s three local Christmas charities: Christmas for All in Lebanon, the Mothers Toy Store in Mt. Juliet (provided by the Mt. Juliet-West Wilson Big Brothers) and the Angel Tree program in Watertown.

The Christmas Flower


In the Bible times before the birth of Jesus, a maiden named Elizabeth was walking along a little stream. She was sad because she had no children and she was getting too old for one. She prayed for a child almost against hope and as she prayed an angel named Gabriel appeared to her to her that she would conceive and have a son whose name should be John, the one who would prepare the way for the Lord.


Reader asks why all the fuss about what to call Christmas?

To the Editor:

Again, we are approaching Christmas. What a wonderful time of the year, and yet a depressed time for many. At times, I feel myself wanting to take the depressed and offer them all comfort. But I cannot do this for everyone. I am only one person. But I can point them to the One who can. A Savior who is Christ the Lord!

MJPD to hold annual Christmas with a Cop shopping event

Mt. Juliet Police Department will be sponsoring less fortunate children to take Christmas shopping this holiday season in its 5th annual Christmas with a Cop program.

The shopping will take place on Friday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. at Walmart in Mt. Juliet.

Many items such as toys and clothing will be purchased for the children. To gather funding for this event, the police department teamed up with HDP Motorcycle Shop and raised more than $5,400 through a sale of used TVs.


Wilson County Motors awarded GMC brand

From Post staff reports 

Wilson County Motors added another General Motors name to its long tradition of being a local family owned and operated car and truck dealership.

The auto dealership, a property of the Bone family since its beginning in 1927, has now been awarded the GMC brand by General Motors.

TDOT schedules lane closures for I-40 stretch

The Wilson Post

If you are headed east and west on Interstate 40 Sunday night through Wednesday night, slow down, because one lane in each direction will at times be shut down as new cable barriers and rails are installed to try and prevent cross-over crashes.

The cable barriers will be installed along a 6-mile stretch from mile marker 225 to 231, or from near Mt. Juliet to around Highway 109, said B.J. Doughty, community relations office for Region 3 with the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Body of suspected murder victim to be reinterred

The Wilson Post

The body of a man believed to be a victim of murder in the 1960s is to be reinterred in a private family service on Monday at Bellwood Cemetery.

4 injured after car crashes into dealership showroom

The Wilson Post

An accident caused by a driver’s foot becoming stuck between the accelerator and the brake pedal of car sending it through the window of local car dealership injured four salesmen, sending one to a Nashville hospital by LifeFlight on Thursday.

The incident happened at Wilson County Motors Chevrolet-Buick at 1310 West Main Street at South Hartmann Drive in Lebanon about 10:45 a.m., yesterday.

Alfred Leroy Hodges, 65

MT. JULIET – Graveside services will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday, December 11 at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens for Mr. Hodges, 65, of Mt. Juliet. A member of the Center Chapel Church of Christ, he died Dec. 8, 2009.

Mr. Hodges worked as a real estate broker, general contractor and a rural letter carrier for the LaVergne Post Office. Visitation will be 9-9:30 a.m. Friday just prior to departure to the cemetery at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet. Services will be conducted by Rev. Darryll Duncan.

Survivors include: wife Pamela Hodges of Mt. Juliet; children Chris (Rolinda) Hodges of Azle, TX; Michael Hodges of Ft. Campbell, KY and Tanya (Raymond) Hodges Alley of Mt. Juliet.

Also surviving is his mother Irene Lucille Hodges of Portland and siblings Wilma Hodges Durham, Daphne Hodges Mann and David Hodges -- all of Portland and Ray (Martha) Hodges of Greenbrier; seven grandchildren and a great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Guthrie Hodges and sister, Eunice Hodges Price. Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, 37203-9658.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Arthur Floyd Kingsland, 73

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, December 11 at The Sanctuary (United Pentecostal Church, 465 Franklin Rd, Lebanon) for Mr. Kingsland, 73, of Lebanon.

Known as “Art” to his family and friends, Mr. Kingsland died Dec. 9, 2009. The family will be receiving friends for one hour prior to the services Friday at the church.

Services will be conducted by Brother Daniel Stirnemann and Brother Bernice Walpole. Interment will follow in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years Annie Maude Smith Kingsland of Lebanon; children Linda (Brother Bernice) Walpole, Arthur (Jan) Kingsland Jr., John Owen and George (Eva) Owen; daughter-in-law: Shirley Owen; 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will serve as active pallbearers. Honorary:  Michael Martinez, John Denny, Mike Wright, Bill Oliver and Eddie Smith.

Mr. Kingsland is preceded in death by son Rick Owen, parents Claude and Elizabeth Trosper Kingsland, siblings Carl, Andy, Claude Jr. Kingsland, Pauline Goodwin and June Coomer.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Edna North Mullins, 96

LEBANON – Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. Friday, December 11 at the Ligon & Bobo FuneralHome for Ms. Mullins, 96, of Lebanon. Born in Sumner County, to the late Robert Earl North and Mary Elizabeth Barry North, she died Wednesday, December 9, at the University Medical Center.

A 1932 graduate of Nashville’s Hume-Fogg High School, she was a Seventh Day Adventist and was a supervisor for McDonald Training in Tampa, FL -- a home for the disabled. 

The family will receive friends Friday after 11 a.m. at Ligon & Bobo. Services will be conducted by Gil Floyd and Dale Birge officiating. Inurnment will be in the Hermitage Mausoleum.

Survivors include: brother Barry North of Gallatin as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Ms. Mullins was preceded in death by siblings Martha Conatser, Cornelia Ramsey and Monroe North; along with half-brothers Luther and Raymond Manners. 

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be directed to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Margaret Louise Joines Ghee, 81

MT. JULIET – Funeral services will be conducted 9 a.m. Saturday, December 12 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Ghee, 81, of Mt. Juliet.

A member of the Trinity Lane Church of Christ and the daughter of the late Fallie and Maudie May Myrtle Higdon Joines, Mrs. Ghee died December 8, 2009.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday at Bond Memorial Chapel. Services will be conducted by Dr. Harry Yates. Interment will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Athens City Cemetery, Athens, AL.

Survivors include: son Larry W. (Julia) Ghee; grandchildren Jenny (Jason) Williams, Joey (Ann) Irwin, Jonathan (Tammy) Ghee, Jessie (Jamie) Irwin and Chris Ghee; great-grandchildren Jenna Williams, Dustin Williams, Peyton Ghee and Hayden Irwin as well as half-sister Marie Casa.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to The American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Billy Finis Nixon, 79

WATERTOWN – Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, December 11 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Nixon, 79, of Watertown. Born in Smith County to the late Pirl and Eltie Foutch Nixon, he died Dec. 9, 2009 at Cedars Health Care in Lebanon.

A former farmer and construction worker, he was a member of Malone’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation Friday from 10 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by rev. Mike Gay and Rev. Bill Shaw. Burial at the Hillview Cemetery.

Survivors include: wife Nettie Ann Coutch Nixon and sons Billy Gerald (Brenda) Nixon and Richard Wayne Nixon – all of Watertown. Also surviving are grandchildren Rachel (Jackie) Russell, Jason Nixon and Jeff (Sarah) Nixon and three great grandchildren; sister Pauline Foutch as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Nixon is preceded in death by siblings George Nixon, Virginia Starnes and Henry Ellis.

Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.

Gail Chaffin Gravens, 56

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Gail Chaffin Gravens are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, December 13 at the College Hills Church of Christ with Dr. Larry Locke and Dr. Kevin Owen officiating.

Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation Saturday 11 - 8 p.m. at Ligon & Bobo and on Sunday from 12 Noon until service at the church.

Mrs. Gravens, age 56 of Lebanon passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at the University Medical Center. Born April 28, 1953, in Wilson County, she was the daughter of the late Glenn and Bobbie Huddleston Chaffin.

She graduated from Lebanon High School and attended David Lipscomb University. She was a homemaker and a member of the College Hills Church of Christ. She was also a member of the Wilson County Fair Board.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Jimmy Chaffin. Survivors include: her husband of over 37 years Joe Gravens; children Candy (Jeff) Lackey; Michael (Lori) Gravens and Dusty (Megan) Gravens; grandchildren Jena & Jessica Lackey; Haleigh & Olivia Gravens; and Madden Gravens; sisters Jo Doris Sanders and Marilyn Gurgiola; sister-in-law, Jenny Chaffin -- all of Lebanon.

Pallbearers:  Brandon Weitzel, Bob Pack, Rob Pack, Troy Gravens, Tommy Chaffin, and Bobby Jordan.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Dedman promoted at WCHS

Lebanon native Brad Dedman was introduced last Thursday as the new head football coach at Wilson Central High.

Dedman, 32, defensive coordinator for the Wildcats for the past four years, replaces Traye Aric who resigned at the end of the 2009 season after four years on the job.

A 1995 graduate of Lebanon High and a 2000 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Dedman teaches in the math department at WCHS.

Just in case
I’m getting ready to board a plane and just in case anything happens I know my family will be fine. This is the first time I’ve left my boys (children and husband respectively) for purely selfish reasons. Without giving you the long drawn out story, I was given the opportunity to go to New York City in December. The best part, the trip is free. Who could say no to that? I’ll tell you who. Jay Andrews could. He said while I was free to take a bite out of the Big Apple he doesn’t have the appetite. I understood and didn’t have the heart to tell him he wasn’t invited anyway.
Weatherman Mr. Tim writes Nashville blog
Dear Ken: What has happened to Nashville Channel 4’s morning weatherman Tim Ross? We really miss him.
Big Brothers needs community's help

Mt. Juliet-West Wilson Big Brothers needs the community’s help with its annual Food and Toy distribution to be held at the Mt. Juliet Middle School (next to Sonic), 3565 N. Mt. Juliet Road.

“Our food list and our toy request have almost outgrown our small group. We will be doing just a few more food boxes this year as we have maxed out with what we can do. Without the many volunteers, we would be unable to pull this off,” said Owen Gleaves, who heads up public relations for the Big Brothers.

Parade set in MJ, Wilmore to marshal

Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Mt. Juliet will certainly be in the holiday spirit this Saturday when it hosts the annual Christmas Parade, including appearances by two men who are literally high-flyers: an astronaut and the jolly old elf himself.


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