By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead presented a proclamation this past week to Mike and Gwen Smith, grandparents of Hawk Smith who died at age 5 of an inoperable brain tumor.
The presentation was the first event in observance of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Wilson County.
Even though the August temperatures were cooler than normal, the housing market in Wilson County is continuing to heat up.
Wilson County is still on the upswing and seeing an increase in homes sales, increase in median sales price and increase in pending home sales, said Amy Hamilton, a local real estate agent and member of the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors.
From Post staff reports
A single-car accident in the Norene community on Friday night resulted in the death of one man.
The accident occurred at 7:29 p.m., Sept. 4 on Cainsville Road near Simmons Bluff Road. The victim, Kenneth W. Allen, 53, of Alexandria, was the only person in the vehicle, a 1999 Mercury Mountaineer, said Sgt. Stacey Heatherly, spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Safety.
By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post
About 30 people showed up Tuesday morning who were protesting at the Wilson County Board of Education Central Office regarding the board’s decision not to allow teachers to show President Barack Obama’s speech to students.
Mike Davis, director of schools, said that the decision had nothing to do with politics or a vendetta against the President.
ALEXANDRIA -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 9 at the Avant Funeral Home for Mr. Allen, 53, of DeKalb County.
Born and raised in Lebanon, Mr. Allen died Saturday afternoon, Sept. 5, 2009 at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center following a one-car traffic accident in Wilson County.
Born October 16, 1953 in Lebanon, he was the son of the late Clara Dale Hall Allen and John William Allen. He was retired from TVA after 30 years as manager of safety and surplus equipment, was a graduate of Lebanon High School and a member of First Baptist Church, Lebanon.
The family will receive friends at Avant Funeral Home Tuesday between the hours of 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the funeral.
Services will be conducted by Brother Elmer Lee Ellis, Jr. and Brother Mike Clayborn. Burial will follow at the Hillview Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria.
Survivors include: his wife of 18 years Charissee Clayborn Allen and children John Schuylar Allen and Taylor Charissee Allen -- both of Alexandria, Josh Baker of Nashville and Jessie of Clarksdale, AZ.
Also surviving is granddaughter Cheyenne Bradshaw of Clarksdale, AZ, brothers Butch Allen and Brownie (Kay) Hall -- all of Lebanon; nieces Tara Grissim and Whitney Hall; great nieces Joei Barry and Lana Kate Grissim; mother-in-law Mildred Clayborn of Alexandria.
Avant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
By DONOVAN STEWART
The start of the 2009 district season saw some good individual performances, exciting endings and all around good games.
Ensworth Bullies MBA - The new kids on the block showed MBA how to run the football pushing the Big Red around as Orleans Darkwa ran for 342 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 50-21 Ensworth win.
The Tigers scored early and often and led 28-7 at the half and Darkwa was dominant as he had huge holes all night. Ensworth broke the Big Red’s 15-game home winning streak.
White Station whips Whitehaven - A week after surviving vs. Ridgeway, the Spartans made some major adjustments to beat district 16-AAA rival Whitehaven 33-13. White Station, still undefeated at 3-0, got three touchdown passes by quarterback Anthony Hayes and two scores by Julian Burton -- one at wide receiver, the other on a 60 yard fumble return that staked the Spartans to a 20-7 lead at the half.4.Baylor 3-0 NR
CARTHAGE – Graveside services were held Thursday afternoon, September 3 at the Ridgewood Cemetery in Smith County for Mrs. Stafford, 42, of Carthage.
The daughter of the late Joe and Shirley Harris, Sr., she died at Lebanon’s University Medical Center Monday, August 31, 2009. Services were conducted by Brother Gary "Buster" Drennon.
Survivors include: husband Vince Stafford Sr., children Zack Pardue, Tandi (Vince) Stafford Jr. and Brandy Welch.
Also surviving is her brother Joe Harris Jr., grandchildren Carter and Bryce Stafford, Brenden, Kharma, Aaron, Miracul DeCourcey. Family served as pallbearers.
Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON — Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon, September 5 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Massey, 85, of Lebanon. A native of Wilson County and the son of the late Joseph Walter and Vesta Pearl Dice Massey, he died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at his residence.
He graduated from Lebanon High School in 1942 and was a U. S. Army veteran of WWII, serving in the European Theater.
He was a member of the Tuckers Cross Roads United Methodist Church. Mr. Massey was a life-long farmer and retired from the Wilson County Board of Education where he was a maintenance supervisor.
Services were conducted by Brother Wayne Jamison and Brother Jeff Reynolds officiating. Interment was at the Bethlehem Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of over 57 years Claudine Highers Massey and sons Larry (Shirley) Massey and Mike Massey. Also surviving are grandchildren Robbi Grigsby, David Paris, Mandy Rogers, Terra and Justin Massey; daughter-in-law Sylvia Massey; along with seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son Kevin Massey; siblings Joseph, Leon and Ramon Massey and Nerma Jamison. Pallbearers: Joe Allen, Jim, John, and Randy Massey, Dayton Jamison and John Grigsby.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON – Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning, September 5 from the Fairview Church, 1660 Leeville Pike, for Mrs. Whited, 39, of Lebanon. A guidance counselor at Wilson Central High School, she died Wednesday, September 2, 2009 following an extended illness.
She was born November 19, 1969, in Huntsville, AL and was a member of Fairview Church. She received her Masters Degree from Tennessee State University.
Services were conducted by Brother Michael Christian. Interment followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: her husband Brad Whited; son Caleb James Whited; parents James and Barbara White Johnston — all of Lebanon; sister Holly (Scott) Lieberenz of Harlingen, TX; grandmother Catherine Johnston of Pulaski; several aunts and uncles; mother-in-law Gail Dickens (Ron) Purtee of Lebanon; father-in-law Kenny (Nelva) Whited of Franklin; sister-in-law Emily (Jesse) McCullough of Spring Hill; grandparents-in-law Johnny and Louise Dickens and J.L. Whited of Lebanon.
Honorary pallbearers: Dr. Ivan Robbins, Lindsey MacPherson, Debbie Hill, Jody Davis, Lori Tomlinson, Barbara Cawthon, Terry "T.T." Campbell, Roger Campbell, Darla Steed. Active pallbearers: Scott Lieberenz, Kenny McAfee, Ronnie and Brian Dickens, Jesse McCullough, Wayne Steed, Brandon Russo and Travis Mayfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Caleb James Whited Fund at Wilson Bank & Trust.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
OLD HICKORY – Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, September 5 at the Williamson Chapel AME Church for Mr. Williamson, 58, of Old Hickory. Born March 9, 1951, Mr. Williamson died August 31, 2009.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Woodrow Harris, Jr.. Interment followed at the Greenlawn Cemetery.
Survivors include: devoted siblings Doris Sowell, Charlene (Zelander) Hockett, Mary Linda Hanes, Ada (Carl) Taylor, Betty Williamson, Deborah Williamson, James (Ann), Michael (Nina) Williamson. Also surviving is uncle Charles McHolland; brothers-in-law James Ewing and Andrew Clemmons; as well as a plethora of nieces, nephews, and devoted friends.
J.C. Hellum Funeral Home, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON — Beloved husband and father, an honored grandfather and great-grandfather, Mr. Hollopeter died Thursday morning, September 3, 2009.
Preceded in death by his wife, Laura J. "June" of Lebanon, he was the son of the late Clayton D. and Nellie Hollopeter of Toledo, Ohio.
Mr. Hollopeter, a Protestant, was a charter member of the Conn-Weissenberger American Legion Post 587 in Toledo, Ohio.
Known as "Curt" to his family and friends, his prior affiliations include the Toledo local, the Ohio state, and the national chapters of the Chemical Specialties Manufacturers Association. He also contributed to the regional and national Wholesale Pharmaceutical Associations.
The family plans to privately honor his memory and celebrate his life at a place and time yet to be determined.
Survivors include: sister Gloria Hinkle of Temple, TX and children Suzanne (Ed) Erdmann of Austin, TX, Jodi (Jerry) Davis of Mt. Juliet, Dina (Mike) Bozsoki of Lebanon and Craig Hollopeter (Carol) of Toledo; grandchildren Jay, Andy and Emily Erdmann, Jennifer Davis-Kelley and Jessica Gould and Tim Hollopeter; and great-grandchildren Jacob, Josh, Erin, Maddie, Emma, Ben and Oliver.
In addition to his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by granddaughter Kristin Hollopeter of Toledo.
Friends of the family may make contributions to Make-A-Wish of Northwest Ohio, 405 Madison Avenue, Ste 210, Toledo, OH 43603.
Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.
MT. JULIET — Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon, September 5 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Jacquemin, 69.
The son of the late Henry Ernest Jacquemin, Sr. and Dorothy Winifred Tetro Jacquemin, he died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009. Mr. Jacquemin was a veteran, having served his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Survivors include: wife JoAnn Jacquemin of Lebanon and children Frederick L. (Anita) Jacquemin, Jr., Lorrain Jacquemin and Loretta (Kristofer) Holmgren – all of Mt. Juliet.
Also surviving are brothers Henry Jacquemin, Jr. of Torrington, CT and Gordon (Joy) Jacquemin of Camarillo, CA; grandchildren Kyle, Kristofer and Cody Holmgren; Nicholas and Jonathan Castagna; Travis, Drew and Cole Jacquemin; nephews Laurent James, Mark, Michael and Jeffrey Jacquemin.
Memorials may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, 38105-1942.
Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
TIGERS RUSH FOR 414 YARDS
LEBANON – Cumberland surrendered over 400 yards rushing in Saturday’s 38-37 season-opening loss to Campbellsville at Lindsey Donnell Stadium. Travis Carter ran back a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown and Anthony Allen returned an interception 94 yards for six points, but CU missed an extra point in the third quarter and then misfired on a field goal in the final period.
The Bulldogs (0-1) had just 277 total yards of offense compared to 509 for Campbellsville (1-0), but big plays allowed CU to stay in the contest before falling just short.
SOUTHERN LEAGUE HONORS PITCHER
CHATTANOOGA -- Former Wilson Central and Tennessee pitching standout James Adkins did his part to keep the Lookouts in the hunt for the second half North Division title, turning in two stellar outings that both resulted in Chattanooga victories.
For his efforts, he was named Southern League Pitcher of the Week.
The 23- year-old lefty pitched 11 scoreless innings in all, surrendering just eight singles.
On August 24 against Mississippi, Adkins struck out five in six scoreless frames, leading the Lookouts to an 8-0 win.
In his next start at Jacksonville on August 30, Adkins gave up four base hits, struck out four and walked one in five innings.
He held the South Division-leading Suns scoreless despite two errors behind him and helped the Lookouts hold on for a 2-1 win.
The Mt. Juliet native is the son of Jimmy and Kristi Adkins.
Adkins was drafted by the Dodgers in the first round (39th overall) in the 2007 MLB Draft.
He was a 1st team Freshman All-American at Tennessee in 2006 and was MVP of the Knoxville Regional at the College World Series. Adkins is Tennessee’s all time leader in strikeouts with 350 career strikeouts.
SHOOTOUT IN WEST WILSON
MT. JULIET -- Everyone got their money's worth Friday night as Mt. Juliet won a 42-35 shootout against District 9AAA rival Gallatin High.
The Golden Bears finally put the game away on a one-yard quarterback sneak by Reed Gurchiek in the early seconds of the fourth quarter, then played keep-away to ride out the victory.
MAYFIELD, KY -- Cumberland continued its strong start to the 2009 season with a 3-0 win over homestanding Mid-Continent Wednesday in the TranSouth Conference opener for the Bulldogs.
The three-set victory (25-13, 25-19, 25-19) marked the fifth time in six matches that the Bulldogs (6-0, 1-0) have not dropped a game. Mid-Continent, which did not win a match in 2008, fell to 0-2 with both losses coming in conference play.
"It was really good for these girls to go on the road and pick up their first conference win," CU coach Dwayne Deering said.
"Mid-Continent is much improved. They’ve got a feisty, scrappy team and they’re well coached. I was really pleased with our team."
CU was led by Jordan Pescatore, who recorded an ace on six of her 22 serves.
The redshirt senior from Birmingham, Ala. served the team to eight straight points during the second game.
The 8-0 run brought the Volleydawgs out of a four-point hole and was the beginning of an 11-2 span to close out the set.
Kaysi Arnold of Greenbrier, posted kills on seven of her 16 attacks, committing no errors.
Arnold’s twin sister Kayla, Cookeville High product Taylor Denney and Tracy Smallwood of Portland each had five kills.
As a team, Cumberland had 13 kills on 30 attempts and only one error during the second match, resulting in a .400 attack percentage.
CU held the Cougars to a negative percentage in the first game and .065 in the final set. Pescatore added a match-high 19 digs, while Denney had 13 assists.
Cumberland steps out of conference play Tuesday, Sept. 8 when the Bulldogs travel to Tennessee Temple.
COMMANDERS MOVE TO 3-0
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian moved to 3-0 on the year with a big 42-6 win Friday night against the Gordonsville at Pirtle Field. The Commanders, who unveiled a new black-on- black uniform, relied on a stingy defensive effort and a solid offensive showing to control the G-Men from Smith County.
Friendship Christian exploded for 21 points in the second quarter and cruised to a 28-6 halftime lead.
By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.
Dr. Brian Camazine, a general surgeon from Texas, was at the Nigerian Christian Hospital during the time of the recent hijacking and kidnapping of the resident missionary doctor Robert Whitaker.
To the Editor:
Hats off to Wilson County Fair, Al Menah Shrine Temple and all the rest who worked hard to put together this fabulous event!
To the Editor:
I would like to thank the Kroger Store in Lebanon and specifically Mr. Van Bayne for their generous contribution to the "Farmer for A Day" exhibit at this year's Wilson County Fair.
To the Editor:
I see where TVA along with the nuclear material it already produces here in Tennessee intends to start producing tritium near Chattanooga to boost the explosive power of nuclear weapons. So where are the teabaggers opposing the costs, like they oppose health care for all Americans?
Supporters of “Sherry’s Run” have an incredible giving spirit, one that this area prides itself on.
In this spirit, Wilson County’s largest grassroots cancer fundraising organization is truly making a difference in the lives of those who are battling cancer. The funds raised go to help cancer patients who are hurting right here in Wilson County.
Gladeville Elementary School’s Fall Festival promises to be one of the largest in school history in 2009, an organizer said.
Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the festival will feature more than 30 craft booth vendors offering homemade items such as clothing, jewelry and other specialty items. Other attractions for all ages will include carnival games, a silent auction of assorted gift baskets and prizes galore.
The public is invited to celebrate Native American culture at the 28th annual Mt. Juliet Pow Wow on Sept. 26-27 at Charlie Daniels Park.
The Pow Wow is especially meaningful this year, organizers said, as Gov. Phil Bredesen has signed a bill by the legislature making September “American Indian Heritage Month” in Tennessee.
From Post staff reports
What was suppose to be a simple serving of a domestic assault warrant turned up drugs and firearms in a home located on Phillips Road in rural Wilson County.
On Wednesday, Wilson County Sheriff Deputy Steve Gatlin attempted to serve the warrant on Travis Ray Hogg, 34, at 2404-A Phillips Road in north Lebanon just off Hartsville Pike. Gatlin noticed a strong odor of what he though was marijuana coming from Hogg.
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