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Janice Sue Morris, 60

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon, November 5 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Ms. Morris, 60, of Mt. Juliet.

The daughter of the late, Louis Henry and Mary Annell Trammel Morris, she died Nov. 2, 2008. Interment was at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: son Greg (Lita) Ellis of LaVergne, siblings Tom Morris, Bonnie Morris and Carolyn (Wayne) Boyd -- all of Mt. Juliet and Joanne Allen of Lebanon.

Also surviving are grandchildren Danyel Ellis, Johnny Ellis, Krista Ellis and Tearia Wilson.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son John L. Ellis and sister Lois Gregory.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.  Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Elizabeth "Betsy" Speer Andrews, 73

HOUSTON, TX -- Funeral services for Mrs. Andrews, 73, were held September 22 at Brookside Funeral Home Chapel and interment was in Brookside Memorial Park Mausoleum in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Andrews died Sept. 19, 2008 at her residence.

She was the only child of Clayton and Mae Ligon Speer. She grew up in Lebanon and starred on the Lebanon High School girl’s basketball team in 1952-53.

She received a Masters degree in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and worked for many years in the customs brokerage industry.

Survivors include: sons, Stephen C. Andrews of Atlanta, Ga., Scott H. Andrews of Houston, Texas, and W. Brant Andrews of Atlanta; four grandchildren; cousin Jane Jones of Donelson; numerous other family and friends, especially Melba Hunter of Houston.

Brookside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Nicole Holly Niemann, 41

LEBANON -- Miss Niemann, 41, of Lebanon passed away Sunday, November 2, 2008 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center following an extended illness. Born August 31, 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she was a customer service representative for Verison.

Inurnment was at the Homewood Cemetery Mausoleum in Pittsburgh. No services are planned at this time.

Survivors include: mother Joan Olsavick Niemann of Pittsburgh and brother Kenneth E. Niemann III of Claifornia. She was preceded in death by father Kenneth Edward Niemann, Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Lyda Sides Dunnam, 69

LEBANON -- A funeral mass was held Monday morning, November 3 at the St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church for Mrs. Lyda Sides Dunnam. 69, of Lebanon. Mrs. Dunnam passed away October 31, 2008, at her home.

Born July 12, 1939, in Prentiss County, Mississippi, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Jettie Cox Sides. Mrs. Dunnam was an accountant and a member of St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church.

Services were conducted by Father Zachary Payikat. Interment followed at the Bethlehem Cemetery at Tuckers Cross Roads.

Survivors include: by her husband of 50 years Raynor Lanier Dunnam; children Ricky (Debra) Dunnam of Lebanon; Rita (Jeff) Rogers of Brentwood; Rodney Dunnam and Robert (Jennifer) Dunnam -- all of Florence, SC.

Alos surviving are siblings Kermit (Edna) Sides of Tupelo, MS; Lunille (Bobby) Kembrough and Sara (Wesley) Hall -- all of Baldwyn, MS; grandchildren Chasity (Brett) Goodner, Ricky (Janine) Dunnam Jr., Jeffrey, Robert, Lyda Beth, Tamara, Jacob, Phillip and Heather Rogers, Rodney (Amanda) Dunnam Jr., Casey and Cody Dunnam, Riley and Ragen Dunnam, Shalane Renee Byers; great grandchildren Hannah Goodner, Ricky, Madison and John Dunnam.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Linda Dye and a great granddaughter Baylee Rae Dunnam.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Incumbents retain State House seats

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Both State House incumbents from Wilson County were successful in holding their seats.

Stratton Bone, a Democrat, defeated his opponent, Albert McCall, Jr, by some 3,000 votes in the 46th District race, while Susan Lynn, a Republican, won over Ken Wilkinson in the 57th District by a margin of 11,000 votes.

Bone’s district includes about half of Wilson County and all of Trousdale and Cannon counties. The 57th House district to which Lynn was reelected includes the remaining portion of Wilson County and part of Sumner County.

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Obama wins Presidency

From Post staff reports

Sen. Barack Obama was declared the winner of the Presidential election late last night, the first African American elected to the highest office in the land.

Obama, the Democratic Senator from Illinois defeated John McCain, the “maverick” Republican senator from Arizona, in the race for President, a race that has gone on for the past 20 months or so. The race is regarded as the longest and most expensive in history.

With Obama’s election, Joe Biden now becomes Vice President. Biden, a former candidate for president, has served for a number of years as a U.S. Senator from Delaware.

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Hit-and-run driver charged

From Post staff reports

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has arrested a Sumner County woman on a variety of charges relating to a hit-and-run incident Wednesday afternoon on the Hartsville Pike.

Tina Jobe, 32, of Gallatin was taken into custody and booked into the Wilson County Jail late Thursday.

According to Mike Browning with the Tennessee Department of Safety, Jobe is charged with driving on a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to give notice of an accident and no insurance.

Jobe was believed to be at the wheel of a 1991 green Honda Accord that struck and seriously injured Terry Randall Tittle, 48.

Tittle’s 1990 Honda Trail motorcycle was reportedly headed southbound on Hartsville Pike when he slowed to turn left on Taylorsville Road. It was at this point his motorcycle was struck by the Accord.

Mr. Tittle was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he remains on life support.

The Accord was found ditched in a parking area behind Walter J. Baird Middle School in Lebanon.

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Mt. Juliet favors Elam, Watertown OK's Jennings

By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post

Mt. Juliet voters sent Mayor Linda Elam back to work at City Hall as she won a close race against three challengers outdistancing her closest opponent, long-time Wilson County educator Wendell Marlowe by 398 votes.

Elam tallied 3,077 votes, while Marlowe netted 2,689, former Mt. Juliet Mayor Kevin Mack had 2,320 and City Alderman Jim Bradshaw rounded out the vote totals with 1,479.

Ray Justice lost his District 1 seat on the Mt. Juliet commission as Ted Floyd managed 830 votes to Justice’s 779. Jonathon Brydalski came in third with 517 votes.

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Record vote colors Wilson red for President

By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post

Voters painted Wilson County red by choosing Republican John McCain for President by a vote of 33,767 to Democrat Barack Obama’s vote of 15,462.

Turnout in Wilson County was high with a total of 49,896 votes recorded. That number includes votes cast during early voting and those who voted by absentee ballot. The vote represented a turnout of about 75 percent, not the highest ever recorded in Wilson County, but still among the top in numbers, said Lynn Harris, administrator of elections for the Wilson County Election Commission.

“We’ll take it,” she said, noting “we’ve done better than that.”

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Lebanon voters elect Craighead city mayor

By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post

About two hours after the polls closed Phillip Craighead was able to celebrate his win in the Lebanon mayoral race over opponent William Farmer, by a vote of  5,190 to 4,044.

Craighead said he felt like he had heard from a lot of new people in this election.

“It feels like the new people depended on friends talking to friends and telling the new folks about each candidate,” he said on election night. “We had a lot of friends working for us.”

He added that he hopes to work with his opponent for the benefit of Lebanon.

“I feel like we can put this election behind us and all work together for the good of Lebanon,” he said.

In a public concession statement Farmer, a member of the Lebanon city council, pledged his support to work with Craighead.

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2nd Annual Arewa Aid Benefit Dinner set

From Post staff reports

Abundant water flows from a well in Sub-Saharan Africa, bringing help to a community in the heart of Muslim territory.

The solar-powered well is the centerpiece of Pompomari Farm, a training farm in Maidugiri, Nigeria. The farm is run by Arewa Aid, a humanitarian aid organization based in Middle Tennessee. The first Arewa Aid Benefit Dinner and Auction a year ago raised $25,000 to drill this well.
  
The Second Annual Arewa Aid Benefit Dinner and Auction will be Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at College Hills Church of Christ, 1401 Leeville Pike, Lebanon. You’ll learn what’s next for the farm and mission, and you’ll also hear some good ole Bluegrass music. There will be a coffee bar and a silent-auction table. There will be child care (donations accepted for the sitters).

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Hunt joins TN Sports Hall of Fame

By TOMMY BRYAN
The Wilson Post

You would think Woody Hunt would have grown accustomed to honors and accolades by now.

The architect of Cumberland’s championship baseball program was rendered almost speechless Tuesday afternoon when he was informed of his induction into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame during the regular meeting of Lebanon’s Noon Rotary.

Hunt and 10 other inductees will be enshrined in ceremonies planned for Friday, February 20 at Nashville’s Renaissance Hotel.

"I’m speechless," Hunt said, "I just don’t know what to say. I’m overwhelmed and feel unworthy. I didn’t know what was going on, this is a total surprise.

"I’ve worked with a lot of good people through the years, I’ve just done my job . . . I don’t know why I deserve this."

Already a member of the NAIA, Cumberland University and Boyle County, Ky. Sports Halls Of Fame and the Tennessee Collegiate Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, Hunt led the Bulldogs to the 2004 National Championship and has amassed a record of 1043-431-3 record (.741 winning percentage) over his outstanding career.

One of only six coaches to win more than 1,000 games in the NAIA, Hunt was named "2006 Coach of the Year".

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Missing 'copter pilot identified

By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post

A Wilson County pilot has been identified after the small helicopter he was flying went missing Sunday afternoon not long after taking off from the Lebanon Municipal Airport.

The pilot has been identified as Robert E. Koudelka, 43, of Lebanon.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said Koudelka was a very skilled pilot in fixed wing craft, and was working on his certification in helicopter flight.

Wilson Emergency Management Chief John Jewell confirmed that Koudelka was a student pilot making a solo flight from Lebanon Airport to Cornelia Fort Airport in Nashville.

Ashe said at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, about the time the craft reportedly went off the radar, Sumner County residents reported seeing a chopper that was apparently going down.

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Other plants may hire TRW workers

BY CONNIE ESH The Wilson Post

Layoffs at Lebanon ‘s TRW plant may be partly counter-balanced by hiring at the new Leviton Plant scheduled to open in just a few months, according to G.C. Hixon, executive director of the Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County.

Hixon noted that the county does have some other projects in the planning stages, but acknowledged that layoffs estimated at 105 employees from TRW could create some short term problems. But he added that unemployment in Wilson County at 5.8 percent last week is still lower than the state average of 7.2 percent.

TRW has said that it plans to remove its assembly operations from the Hartmann Drive plant by the end of November. And according to a United Auto Workers source, about 50 of the 105 have already received their pink slips.

TRW was one of the county’s top 10 employers until the company started cutbacks in fall 2007.

However, the commercial steering manufacturer has not yet notified the state of the layoffs, which company officials are required to do if they reduce the work force by more than a set percentage, Hixon added.

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Local Realtor nabbed on theft

From Post staff reports

A Wilson County real estate agent is facing charges after Gallatin Police identified him and one other man as suspects in a number of thefts involving heavy construction equipment.

William Wayne Boykin of Wayne Boykin & Associates Real Estate firm, 411 Hill Street, Lebanon, was arrested on Oct. 20 along with Joshua Ricketts after they were identified through the use of a red light camera system that is used in Gallatin.

The two men are believed by Gallatin Police to be involved in a number of thefts of heavy construction equipment in Sumner and Wilson Counties.

Boykin and Ricketts have been charged with theft over $10,000, attempted theft over $10,000 and possession of stolen property. They bonded out of the Sumner County Jail and are to appear in court on Nov. 19.

GPD Investigator Jamie Helson responded to a call concerning a theft of equipment at a construction site on Greenlea Boulevard on July 15, he wrote in an affidavit on file with the Sumner County General Sessions Court.

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LHS 20, Siegel 17

By TOMMY BRYAN

MURFREESBORO – Like a Halloween monster that had been mistakenly left for dead, Lebanon showed signs of life Friday with a stunning 20-17 victory at Siegel in the 2008 regular season finale.

Despite the loss, the Stars (5-5) advanced to the TSSAA post season for the first time in the history of the program as Region 4, 5A’s number three seed.

The Blue Devils wrapped up an injury-plagued season 4-6 overall.

"These kids have faced adversity all season long," said LHS head coach Bobby Brown, "it’s been a tough thing but once again this team refused to quit."

Senior Robert Crudup made the most of his last varsity football game.

Almost never coming off the field, Crudup hustled and recovered a muffed punt by Siegel at the 24 to set up Lebanon’s first score, caught three passes for 97 yards and a touchdown, broke up three passes, was in on numerous tackles and set up the game-clinching field goal with a daring 18-yard punt return to deep in Siegel territory.

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Watertown 33, Monterey 6

WATERTOWN -- The Purple Tigers of Watertown High closed out the 2008 regular season Thursday with a 33-6 victory over Monterey at Robinson Stadium.

The entire first half was played on Monterey's side of the field as Watertown mounted a commanding 26-0 lead at intermission.

Watertown improved to 6-4 overall with the win while Monterey limped home 2-8 on the season.

Ethan Patterson and Blaze Eaton scored two touchdowns each for the Purple Tigers while Nick Lennox had a pair of quarterback sacks and blocked a Wildcat punt.

Jacob Anderson helped out with a pass interception and Chris Leh recovered a fumble.

Watertown will open play in the Class A playoffs Nov. 7 as they travel East to play the loser of Friday night's game between South Pittsburg and Chattanooga Grace.

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FCS thumps MJCA 49-6

             Friendship Christian bounced back from last week’s loss by thumping Mt. Juliet Christian 49-6 to finish the season 9-1.

            The Commanders scored early and often getting to end zone five times in the first half of play.

            Mt. Juliet Christian had no answers as the Commanders racked up 396 yards of offense while holding the Saints to 108 yards of offense.

FCS back-up quarterback Kyle Neal got the start for banged up starter Lee Maasen who was sidelined nursing a sore shoulder. FCS kept in on the ground for the most part running 54 running plays while attempting only two passes all night.

            Friendship winds up in second position in Region 4,1A behind Trousdale County and will host a first round game next Friday night at Pirtle Field in Lebanon.

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CU men down Shorter 62-56
ROME, GA -- Brandon Springer scored five points in a 12-1 run in the second half and four Cumberland players netted double figures, helping the Bulldogs to a season-opening 62-56 victory over Shorter College at the Berry College Classic Thursday night.

Cumberland (1-0) was tied at 24 with the Hawks at halftime and led just 43-42 with 8:50 to play before taking control of the contest. Rontreal Braxton made one free throw and then hit a bucket before Quentin Turner scored and Jamar Finley added two foul shots. Springer then scored the final five points of the run, the last on an old-fashioned three-point
play with 5:17 on the clock.

Shorter began fouling not long after to get back in the game and got as close as five in the final minutes thanks for the Bulldogs hitting just 21-of-37 at the charity stripe.

CU limited Shorter All-American Tomas Pranciliauskas to 6-of-18 shooting from the field, including 3-for-11 from 3-point range. The Hawks made just 37 percent as a team from the field.

Quentin led the Bulldogs with 14 points, including 10-of-13 at the foul line, while Thomas Douglas added 13, nine in the first half.
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Movin' Out & Movin' On

When your parents reach a certain age, it becomes clear that a role reversal has transpired. Rather than them calling to make sure you’re eating right, driving right or sleeping tight, it’s you making those calls to check on them.

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Nina Ruth Hudson Payne, 90

LEBANON -- Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon, October 26at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Payne, 90, of Hermitage.

The daughter of the late Wilford and Lura Johnson Hudson and a 1938 graduate of Watertown High School, she died Oct. 24, 2008 at Mt. Juliet Health Care.

Retired from Genesco, she was a member of Pennington Bend United Methodist Church in Donelson. Interment was in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

She is survived by her sister Willette (Charles) Hall of Hermitage.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Marvin Ross Payne who passed away March 6, 1995.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Charles Ricky Watkins, 54

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, October 26 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Watkins, 54, of Watertown.

Born in Overton County and a remodeling contractor, Mr. Watkins died Oct. 24, 2008 at Alive Hospice -- St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. The son of the late Carl and Lucille Watkins, he was affiliated with the Church of Christ.

Services were conducted by Brother George Coaker with burial at the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Livingston.

Survivors include: siblings Janie (Carl) Rogers and Jack (Karen) Watkins -- all of Livingston; niece Jennifer (Kevin) Cauley and Richard Rogers; great nieces and nephews: Justin and Amy Rogers and Balie Cauley along with mother-in-law Louise Turrentine of Alexandria and sister-in-law Louise Watkins.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Deborah Watkins and brother Jimmy Watkins.

Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.

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Walter Williamson, 71

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon, October 26 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Williamson, 71, of Mt. Juliet. A retired driver for Roadway Express, he passed away October 23, 2008.

Mr. Williamson was a native of Blytheville, Arkansas and was a member of Center Chapel Church of Christ. Services were conducted by Bill Speight.

Survivors include: wife Peggy Williamson and children Lt. Duane (Barbara) Williamson and Tracey Danter -- all of Mt. Juliet.

Also surviving is sister Jo Ann Crow of Metamora, IL and grandchildren Christopher Williamson, Gregory Williamson, USMC Recruit Jesse Williamson, Alex Williamson, Cody Williamson, Angela Jaramillo and Tina Jaramillo.

He was the son of the late Clarence and Myrtle Evelyn Johnson Williamson.

Memorials may be made to Center Chapel Church of Christ or The American Cancer Society.

Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

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John Loyd Sturgill, 69

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 29 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Sturgill, 69 of Mt. Juliet.

A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Sturgill died October 27, 2008. He was the son of the late Aubrey and Beulah Delph Sturgill.

Visitation Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Bond Memorial Chapel.

Survivors include: wife Mary Sturgill of Mt. Juliet; son Mike (Gina) Sturgill of Monroe, MI and grandchildren Jodee Petiprin and Mason Sturgill.

Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Sarah Elizabeth Sires, 88

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, October 30 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Sires, 88. A member of the Bethlehem Methodist Church, she passed away October 26, 2008.

Very active at the Cedar Seniors Center, Mrs. Sires participated in the Senior Olympics.

The family will be receiving friends Wednesday between the hours of 4-8 p.m. and on Thursday from 11 a.m. until service.  Services will be conducted by Reverend Jacqueline Sojourner. Interment will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include children: Sandra (Chris) Hooker of Lebanon and Charles Sires of Chicago; grandchildren Christopher Hooker and Sarah Hooker -- both of Forth Worth TX and Tiffany Hooker of Columbus, OH.

Family and friends will serve as active pallbearers. The Cedar Seniors will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Mrs. Sires is preceded in death by husband William R. Sires, parents Charles E. and Girtie Lee Martin Hunt, brother Charles Hunt and sister Frances Brockett.

Sellars Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.

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