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Dr. Gangrene celebrates Halloween year round

Special to The Wilson Post

Eerie things are going on in an old tool shed in a Hendersonville backyard.

It’s nothing new, because strange things have been brewing in the madcap mind of Nashville TV horror host Dr. Gangrene for 10 years.

Gangrene, who is host of “Chiller Cinema,” at 1 p.m. Saturdays on WNAB-Channel 58, tapes his show in his secret hidden lab, aka Gangrene Manor, in the midst of suburbia, but all normalcy ceases once mortals cross this threshold.

Sequel to the Prequel


I called you abut this and suggested then that you use this for a column. My son’s homework involved these, so what are “coordinating conjunctions”?

- Helpful Mother

Who or what is important?


How do I begin to write about a subject that is so important yet so little understood by most of the previous writers on the subject? Maybe you will think I am just an addition to those, but it is my aim to shed knowledge from a long life of observing the actions of people.

John Frazier Jackson, 71

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, October 27 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Jackson, 71, of Lebanon.

A US Navy veteran and a member of the College Hills Church of Christ, Mr. Jackson died Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 at the University Medical Center. The son of the late Jack and Nellie Bivins Jackson, he was a retired CPA for Corroon & Black.

Services were conducted by Dr. Larry Locke and Brother William Hayes. Interment followed at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife of 32 years Susan Jackson and daughter Krista (Trent) Fortner. Also surviving is brother Doug (Leta) Jackson; two grandsons; nephews Mike (Jenny) Hayes, Mark (Cindy) Hayes and Steven (Keelan) Jackson; brother-in-law William Hayes; his wife’s parents Robert and Lucia Clark along with several great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Jackson is preceded in death by his sister Mary Ann Jackson Hayes.

Family and friends served as pallbearers. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Jackson’s memory to the College Hills Church of Christ.

Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.

Tish H. Lening, 49

LEBANON -- A Celebration of Life was held Wednesday afternoon, October 28 at the Immanuel Baptist Church for Mrs. Lening, 49, of Lebanon. A homemaker and a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church, she died Oct. 22, 2009 at her residence.

Services were conducted by Pastor John Hunn, Rev. Terry Fessler and Brother Carl Jones.

Survivors include: husband Doyle D. "Bubba" Lening Jr.; daughters Kacie Dene Lening and Jessica Marie Lening. Also surviving are brothers Gregory Brent (Renee) Haynes and Keith Thomas (Lisa) Haynes.

She is preceded in death by her father Tilford "Tip" Haynes; mother Maxine Haynes; sister Frances Mai Wrye; brother Tilford Quinn Haynes; father-in-law Doyle D. Lening Sr. and sister-in-law Theresa Callis.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to The Christmas Offering of the Southern Baptist Convention, c/o of Immanuel Baptist Church, 214 Castle Heights Ave, Lebanon, 37087, Friendship Christian School, 5400 Coles Ferry Pike, Lebanon, 37087 or to a charity of choice.

Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Bobby Joe Taylor, 76

LEBANON -- A Celebration of Life service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, October 31 at Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Taylor, 76, of Mt. Juliet.

A member of the First Presbyterian Church and a veteran of the US Army, he died Sunday, October 25, 2009.  Mr. Taylor was a graduate of Western Kentucky University.

Fellowship with the family will be at the funeral home immediately following the service.  Memorial contributions are requested in his name to any rescue mission, church, or charity of your choice.

Survivors include wife Kathleen Taylor of Mt. Juliet and daughters Jacquelyn "Jackie" (Mike) Taylor Mounsey of Brentwood and Jennifer (Joe) Taylor Wallace of Old Hickory. Also surviving: sister Barbara Snowden of Owensboro, KY; and grandchildren Curtis Taylor Beekley and Taylor Austin Wallace.

He is preceded in death by parents Joe Tom and Tabitha Kirk Taylor.

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

James R. "Jay" Vaden, 80

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Monday morning, October 26 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Vaden, 80, of Watertown.

Retired from Bethlehem Steel a US Army veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Vaden died Oct. 23, 2009 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center.

Born in Smith County to the late John Sherman Vaden and Luvenia Bush Vaden, he was a member of the Poplar Hill Baptist Church.

Services were conducted by Rev. Ben Fuston with burial at the Eastern Gate Cemetery.

Survivors include: wife Rose Vaden and son Donald (Lee) Vaden -- all of Watertown.

Also surviving are grandchildren Michael (Jenny) Vaden, Misty Duncan, Robbie Jr., Kevin and Danielle Hendley; great grandchildren Michael William, Shawnee and Robbie III; sister Shirley (Ben) Fuston and sister-in-law Vickey Vaden -- both of Watertown.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Vaden is preceded in death by siblings Milton, Hubert, C.S. "Bud", Sammy Vaden, Virginia Vanatta and Helen Bennett.

Pallbearers: family and friends. Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, in charge.

James W. Patterson, 65

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, October 25 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Patterson, 65, of Lebanon.

Retired from the US Army as a Master Sergeant, having served with the 30th Troop Command, "Jimmy" passed away Oct. 22, 2009. Mr. Patterson was a Master Gardener.

Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment followed in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include wife Brenda Patterson; mother: Dot Patterson; children Jeff (Nici) Patterson, Kelley Patterson, Rod Taylor and Rhonda (Brian) Edwards.

Also surviving is mother-in-law Margaret McDonald; grandchildren Chris (Caroline) Edwards and Casey Edwards; special friend / pet Charlie; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Active pallbearers included: Sid Paris, Bobby Thompson, Richard Stout, Tony Hearn, Tommy Hearn, Fred Andrews, Randy Johnson and Mackey Bentley.

Honorary pallbearers: Storm Sellars, Phil Hearn, Dennis Sanders, Russell Witt, Eugene Hayes, Billy Sellars, Randall Ligon and the 30th Troop Command.

He is preceded in death by father James H. "Pat" Patterson.

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

WCSB raises academic bar


By BEN DUDLEY, The Wilson Post

LEBANON -- The Tennessee Department of Education has raised the bar for public schools when it comes to testing and grading, according to Director of Schools Mike Davis Tuesday night at the Wilson County School Board’s meeting that was moved up from November.

"This is the first change since 1998," Davis said, "and it’s simply because our students are getting smarter."

Davis said the state’s schools had been accused of making it too easy for students, but that comment would not be made anymore.

Fair has $12 M impact on local economy

Visitors to the Wilson County Fair this year were responsible for an estimated $12 million in travel-related expenditures to the local economy, according to findings released by Randall Travel Marketing, a travel industry market research firm based in Charlotte, N.C.

The findings were released on Tuesday. The fair was held Aug. 21-29 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds.

Visitors to the Wilson County Fair this year were responsible for an estimated $12 million in travel-related expenditures to the local economy, according to findings released by Randall Travel Marketing, a travel industry market research firm based in Charlotte, N.C.

Wilson Living celebrates first anniversary Friday

From Post staff reports

This week marks the first year anniversary of Wilson Living Magazine, a publication produced quarterly about lifestyles in Wilson County and distributed through the circulation of The Wilson Post and at various news stands and dealer locations throughout the county.

Top taxpayers list sees little change in Wilson County

The Wilson Post

October marks a change in seasons, the World Series begins, and property tax notices are sent out.

Everyone enjoys the first two, but they dread the third.

Wilson County billed its residents and businesses nearly $73 million, which is $10 million more than last year and $20 million more than the year before. Wilson County Trustee Jim Major said his office usually collects 98 percent of the total due.

Man proved innocent, freed

DNA test shows he didn't commit rape

Special to The Wilson Post

Thirty-one years, nine months, 18 days and 12 hours. Lawrence McKinney, 54, a Lebanon resident for the past three months, knows exactly how much time he served in Tennessee prisons. He shouldn’t have served one second.

Volleydawgs blank Martin Meth. 3-0


LEBANON -- Cumberland snapped a two-game losing streak and climbed up in the TranSouth Conference volleyball standings with a 3-0 win over Martin Methodist Wednesday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (16-11, 5-7) moved up to fifth in the conference standings with the sweep of the RedHawks (13-12, 4-9) and avenged a 3-0 loss to Martin Methodist earlier in the month.

Led by five kills from Laura DeGear, the Bulldogs eased through the first set with a 25-18 win.

The freshman from Big Rapids, Mich., collected her kills on five attempts for a perfect attack percentage.

After Martin Methodist tied the game at 7-7, Cumberland used a 10-4 run to build a comfortable lead, which never got below four points in the set.

Despite hitting .083 as a team in the second set, the Bulldogs breezed through the second set as well, taking a 25-17 win.

After allowing the RedHawks to score three points on set point in the first game, CU was again plagued by an inability to finish quickly as Martin Methodist scored twice on set point in the second.

The set ended on a serve into the net by the RedHawks’ Ann-Kathrin Kuehhorn. The service error was one of seven on the night for the visitors.

The third set saw a much tighter battle as Cumberland closed out the match with an exciting 31-29 win. Martin Methodist forced 10 ties, seven of which came at 23-23 or later.

Kaysi Arnold of Greenbrier had five kills in the set and finished the match with 11. DeGear finished with nine kills, hitting .438 for the match. Courtney Zigman of Aurora, Ohio had 13 assists, while Cookeville High product Taylor Denney contributed 11. Jordan Pescatore, a JUCO transfer from Wallace State Community College, recorded a match-high 13 digs.

The Bulldogs host Lyon College Friday night before closing out the regular season Tuesday, Nov. 3 when they entertain Union University. Three seniors will be recognized before the home finale against Union.

3 local games moved up


Three prep football games involving Wilson County football teams have been moved up 24 hours due to concerns over heavy rains later in the week.

The all-importmant Beech - Mt. Juliet game at Mt. Juliet for the District 9AAA title have been moved up to Thursday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Friendship Christian's regular season finale at Monterey have also been moved up 24 hours and will be played Thursday night.

Wilson Central will try to close out the season with another win as the Wildcats host winless Portland Thursday for Senior Night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Aric resigns at WCHS

The Wilson Post

Wilson Central went into Thursday's season finale with Portland knowing the game would be Traye Aric’s last as head coach of the Wildcats.

Central sent their coach out a winner with a 14-11 victory over the Panthers.

Aric, in his fifth year as a member of the faculty at Wilson Central, told his team prior to Wednesday’s practice that he was stepping down. Central started the 2009 campaign 0-8 before downing Station Camp 26-7 last week.

"You have to evaluate the program at the end of every season," Coach Aric said. "You have to evaluate if your goals and those things are in line with the people around you?

Depot Junction Caf, Wtown Middle Grades Music & Drama Departments join in fund raiser
The Depot Junction Café will partner with the Watertown Middle Grades Music & Drama Departments to raise money for a new sound system for the Middle Grades Building by selling Hunt Brothers Pizza.
Bulldogs fall 7-6 in OT


LEBANON -- Futility in the red zone spelled doom for Cumberland as Belhaven escaped with a 7-6 overtime victory over the Bulldogs Saturday, Oct. 24 at Lindsey Donnell Stadium.

The loss dropped CU to 3-5 overall / 1-2 in the Mid-South Conference and mathematically eliminated the Bulldogs from contention for the Western Division championship.

Cumberland committed three turnovers inside the red zone and also missed a field goal late in the fourth quarter.

"When we got inside the 20, we just weren’t able to stick one in there," said CU Coach Dewayne Alexander after the game. "When you get down there and keep coming up empty -- that’s disappointing. You can’t have penalties and turnovers in the red zone like we did today."

The Bulldogs had not committed a turnover all season inside the red zone but had two interceptions and one fumble inside the 20-yard line Saturday.

CU played without an experienced kicker after Nick Sasser left school on Wednesday before the game and kickoff specialist Yue Wang was out of town with the soccer team.

"Our kicker had some personal issues and went home Wednesday," Alexander said. "We were trying out kickers Thursday. I didn’t want to put (defensive tackle) Josh Smith in a situation where the game would come down to him making a kick."

Smith, who last kicked in high school at Tennessee Temple, kicked off to start the game and then missed a 27-yard field goal with 6:25 remaining.

The Bulldog defense held Belhaven to 107 yards of total offense until the Blazers drove 64 yards after the missed field goal, but BC’s Justin Miller missed a 33-yarder wide right with 1:01 left to send the contest to overtime.

Alexander decided before the game to go for two if the Bulldogs scored first, and he did just that in overtime.

CU had the ball first and scored on five plays, with Mitch McChurch running in from seven yards out.

QB Christian Burnett, subbing for starter Curt Bureau after an injury to the junior in the first quarter, rolled to his right, but the pass to Kenny Sallis was tipped at the line, and the Bulldogs missed the two-point conversion.

Belhaven scored on an 11-yard swing pass to Ricardo Bolton, catching the Bulldogs in a blitz. Miller booted the extra point through for the victory.

The loss put a damper on a big day rushing for redshirt freshman Ken Dixon, who carried 17 times for 115 yards.

The Thomasville, Ga., native had just 96 yards rushing for the season heading into the contest.

The Bulldogs dominated the first half statistically, compiling 164 yards of total offense compared to just 63 yards for the Blazers.

But two costly turnovers in Belhaven territory ended a pair of CU drives.

Cumberland put together a 14-play drive on its first possession of the game, moving 71 yards in more than six minutes before Bureau threw an interception to Belhaven’s Tramaine Brock.

It was the first interception of Bureau’s career covering 138 attempts.

On the first play of the second quarter, tight end Mitch Reynolds caught a pass but fumbled at the Blazers 29-yard line.

The Bulldog defense limited Belhaven to 63 yards in the half, including only 11 on the ground, with a pair of sacks by Ben Miller.

Belhaven was also 0-for-5 on third down in the first half and the Bulldogs held onto the ball for more than 19 minutes.

Cumberland plays Oct. 31 at Shorter College in Rome, Ga., at 12:30 p.m. CT.

Daniels to sign autographs celebrating new Christmas album
Country music entertainer Charlie Daniels will meet fans and sign autographs in celebration of his recent CD/DVD release “Joy to the World: A Bluegrass Christmas” from Blue Hat Records/E1 Entertainment at the grand opening of the new Walmart in Mt. Juliet on Oct. 28.
Taste to return in 10


There hasn’t been much to look forward to recently as rain continuesto soak Middle Tennessee and the Titans continue on their downwardspiral.

Despite the rain, it was easy to find something to do in Wilson Countythis past weekend as the first ever “Taste of Wilson County” proved to bea tasteful success on Thursday.

Cards, prayers appreciated; new squire promises to do her best

To the Editor:

Don and I would like to thank everyone for the many prayers, calls and cards we have received since Don’s illness in May. We have received hundreds of cards and I have put them in a special book so we can go back and enjoy them for years. We have received cards from so many churches, businesses and friends. Some of the people I do not know personally but remember Don playing football in the 1950s and at Middle Tennessee State University.

Citizens suggest ways to save money, help to build new LHS

To the Editor:

This is to the taxpayers of Wilson County. This letter is in no way political or written to defend anyone. It is written to open the eyes and consciousness of our county officials.

Pavilion celebrates ribbon cutting

Members of the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and owners of The Pavilion cut the ribbon for the new long-term care facility on Thursday. It is located behind UMC on Babb Drive. The Pavilion has two wings; one wing for more long-term care and one wing for more of a transitional care center for post-operation and stroke recovery.

BEN DUDLEY / The Wilson Post

Rotaries collect dictionaries for 3rd graders

The Rotary Clubs in Wilson County collected dictionaries to distribute to third graders in the county. Rotary Clubs across the nation participated in this effort. From left, are Rick Stewart, of Signs Now, Ed James, of Ed James Builders, Magi Tilton, President of Rotary Club of Lebanon Breakfast, and Mitchel Bone, of Wilson County Hyundai.

BEN DUDLEY / The Wilson Post

Windows installed at Immanuel

Workers install one of 16 stained glass windows at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon this week. The windows in the lower part of the sanctuary tell the life of Christ from His birth to His death and resurrection. The remodeling work began Monday and was completed on

JOHN B. BRYAN / The Wilson Post


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