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City budget, county school intertwined

By LARRY HUBBARD

A lot of folks are stopping me and asking questions, some thinking I have a political ambition, thus this letter. I am just a simple person who for some unknown reason loves his community and wants only the best for it.

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Tony Lynn Buntin, 51

MT. JULIET — Mr. Buntin, age 51, of Mt. Juliet, died Sunday, June 28, 2009.

Mr. Buntin was a self-employed painter for most of his lifetime. He enjoyed playing pool and riding motorcycles.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Buntin, parents C.V. Buntin and Margie Brown, daughters Kim Brown, Cindy (Jason) Krantz and Sally (Eric) Spear, brother Harold Buntin, sisters Ann Hodgkin, Joyce Hobdy, Wanda Braswell-Eden and Tammie Clark and 10 grandchildren.

Mr. Buntin was preceded in death by his grandmother, Essie Buntin and his brother, Gerald Buntin

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, at Bond Memorial Chapel with Harold Buntin and Phillip Brown officiating.

Graveside services with military honors will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Cross Plain Cemetery, Cross Plains. Active pallbearers will be James Buntin, David Buntin, Johnny Hobdy, Eric Walls, Tony Walls, and Michael Walls.

Visitation was held at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet.

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Billy Collier Denny Sr., 76

LEBANON — Mr. Denny passed away on June 27, 2009 at age 76.  He owned East High Market in Lebanon for many years.  Visitation was held at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon on Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30.
 
The chapel service was conducted by Brother Danny Sellars, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 30.  Interment in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.  Pallbearers:  Jeff Bennett, Randy Leach, Jake Foy, Paul Robert Leonard, Robert Denny Jr., and Albert Bradley Denny.  The family offers special thanks to Charles and Reva Wilson.

Survivors include wife of 53 years, Betty Denny; son: Billy Collier Denny Jr.; and grandchildren: Brad and Amber.  He is preceded in death by parents Robert James and Lelia Collier Denny and brother Robert H. Denny Sr. 

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

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Carolyn Gene Kemp, 78

LEBANON — Ms. Kemp passed away on June 29, 2009 at age 78.  The family received vistors at at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon on Tuesday, June 30. 

Services, conducted by Reverend Gordon Lee, will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 1 at the Church of God Worship and Ministry Center in Lebanon.  Visitation at the church is from 11 a.m. until service.  Interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery.  Pallbearers:  Wesley Kemp, Terry Kemp Jr., Mack Stewart Jr., Troy Bond, Jeffrey Bond, and Dustin Allen.

Survivors include son: Jeff (Fawn) Bond; grandchildren: Troy Bond and Jeffrey (Catrina) Bond; sisters: Mary Stewart and Kathy (Bill) Brewster; brother: Terry (Judy) Kemp; 2 great-grandchildren:  Maravich Bond and Jacob Bond; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by parents Clifton and Bertha Starnes Kemp, sisters Peggy Foster and Sue Bonner, and brothers C.H. Kemp, Kenneth Kemp, and Harlan Kemp.

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

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Christine Hancock Howard

MURFREESBORO — Mrs. Howard of Murfreesboro passed away on June 30, 2009 at NHC of Murfreesboro. She was a native of Cannon County, but lived most of her life in Rutherford County. She was a member of the Garden Lovers Club and Murfreesboro Woman’s Club. She was a member of Third Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, where she served many years as Sunday School Secretary. She was a former employee of MTSU and the Rutherford County Election Commission.

Mrs. Howard is preceded in death by her husband, R.L. Howard; her parents, C.H. and Lena Moore Hancock; one brother, Clarence Hancock; and three sisters, Willie Mae Griffin, Laura Griffin and Viola Rogers. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Lounita Howard of Lascassas; special nephew and niece, Danny Hancock of Smithville and Johnnie Mai Hancock Watson of Donelson, and other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Chapel services will at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2, at Jennings and Ayers Chapel. Burial will follow at Prosperity Cemetery with Steve Hutson officiating.

Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, at Jennings and Ayers. 820 S. Church Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130.

Jennings and Ayers Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Two sides face-off on city budget
By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post
          
As the holiday weekend nears, the City of Lebanon finds itself still without an approved budget for the new fiscal year.
         
Although the process is now more than a month late, there has been progress made but by no means is the budget issue resolved, with $519,000 still needed to balance the budget as of June 24.
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Church halts mission trip to Honduras

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon had been planning a mission trip to Honduras for several months.

The team of 45 teenagers and adults had raised money, completed service hours as well as prayed about the work they were going to do.

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Churches labeled next soft target

By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post

If your church hasn’t yet developed or considered organizing a security team, now may be the time to do so, according to Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe.

Ashe told a Lebanon civic group recently that “places of worship” are likely the “next soft targets” for strikes of violence.

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Collins added to Bulldog staff

Cumberland men’s basketball coach Lonnie Thompson announced the hiring of former Belmont guard Brian Collins as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs, effective immediately.

Collins replaces Jay Joyner, who was recently announced as the men’s coach at Columbia State Community College.

 

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Swim League to begin at JFC

The Jimmy Floyd Family Center  is accepting applications for the 2009 Fall Swim League beginning now through July 31.

Swim League season begins August 8 and runs through October 2.

The swim league is open to all swimmers 7 to 12 years of age.

Practice scheduel will be two, 1 hour practices per week

The following is the schedule for the planned meets:

Meet #1 Friday, Aug. 21 6-9 PMMeet #2 Friday, Sep. 04 6-9 PMMeet #3 Friday, Sep. 18 6-9 PMMeet #4 Friday, Oct. 02 6-9 PM

For more information call JFFC @ 453-4545, applications at the front desk.

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Meet Your Neighbor - Charlie Daniels
Hazel and Charlie Daniels snuggle side by side on the couch in their den as they share their story of life and love after 45 years of marriage. The girl from Oklahoma and the country boy/Southern rocker from North Carolina have claimed Wilson County as their home for 40 years. For the past 30 years Twin Pines Ranch has been where they nurture body and soul. Their two-story log cabin with a stone porch and rocking chairs sits atop a hill where the American flag waves high in the wind. “There are two pine trees up on our hill, so we named it Twin Pines,” said Hazel.
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Wilson Weddings in May & June

“Did you know?”

My voice broke as I said the words to my mother on the phone. “Know what?” she said, her Southern drawl also turning tearful.

She hadn’t known what life changing events had occurred that morning

I had flown to North Carolina to surprise Brandt Waggoner, my boyfriend then, for his birthday in December 2007. However, he had turned the surprise around (with the help of many friends and family) and proposed to me. We had been dating for 3 years. I had been living in Lebanon and he was in Wake Forest, N.C. working on his seminary degree.

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Elizabeth Anne Witt Slagle, 62

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, June 29 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Slagle, 62, of Lebanon.

The daughter of the late Russell H. and Ruth Elizabeth Mathis Witt, Sr., she died Friday, June 26, 2009 at Alive Hospice / St. Thomas following an extended illness.

The family will receive friends Sunday between the hours of 1 - 6 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. until the funeral. Interment will be at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: husband Lt. Col. Claude Thomas Slagle and daughters Natalie (Nicholas) Karousatos of Oklahoma and Carol Ruth(Steve) Weiler of Nashville.

Also surviving: brother Russell (Vicki) Witt Jr. of Lebanon; sister Kay (Jim) Sanders of Monteagle; grandchildren Grace Weiler, Laural Karousatos and Jackson Slagle; step-children Tom (Lisa) Slagle of Knoxville and Cindy (Gary) Day of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Team "Anne’s Angels" www.komencentralok.org Team Anne’s Angel’s team captain, Natalie Karousatos.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Nelson Lester Muncil Sr. 75

LEBANON -- A memorial service will be conducted 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 at West Hills Baptist Church for Mr. Muncil, 75, of Lebanon.

Born June 3, 1934, in Rainbow Lake, New York, to the late Benjamin Alvin Muncil and Lottie Martin Muncil, he died June 25, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Muncil was a graduate of Saranac Lake High School and attended Paul Smith’s College in New York. He retired as chief dispatcher for Eastern Airlines with 38 years service. He has been a resident of Lebanon for the past seven years and was a member of West Hills Baptist Church.

Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service at West Hills Baptist Church. Services will be conducted by Rev. Jonas Taylor. Interment will follow in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife of 43 years Joyce Erb Muncil; children Nelson Muncil Jr. of Palm Beach, FL; Westley (Ada) Muncil of Lebanon; Christine Muncil of Stone Mountain, GA; Donna Muncil of Farmingdale, NY and Noelle (Anthony) Santiago of Wantaugh, NY. Also surviving are grandchildren Justin Muncil of Lebanon; Tyler Muncil of Palm Beach, FL; Anthony and Meagen Santiago of Wantaugh, NY.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Robert Muncil; sisters Isabelle Berry, Mary Empie and Velma Jenkins.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to West Hills Baptist Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Poker Run for Books for Birth set Saturday

Bikers will ride in a "Poker Run" through Wilson County for the benefit of Wilson Books from Birth, a pre-K Literacy program, on Saturday, June 27.

The event was originally set for May 9 but was rescheduled for this Saturday after it was rained out previously.

William Shipper, who organized the ride, explained that on a poker run, each rider draws a card at each stop. At the end, the rider with the best five-card poker hand wins a prize.

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Relay for Life, other events should make Hummer look here

By SAM HATCHER
          
Living in this community is such a good thing.

When we read about new industries or new businesses wanting to locate or relocate in a community, we often see atop their respective list of conditions or criteria that they want to be situated in a community that has a reputable high quality lifestyle.

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Antique Auto Club Spring Meet a huge success, thanks to all

To the Editor:

I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of those who helped make the Antique Automobile Club of America’s 2009 National Southeastern Special Spring Meet a great success. The AACA is a national organization with over 60,000 members, that has is headquarters in Hershey, PA.

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Body recovered near boat dock, autopsy results awaited

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy on the body of a Wilson County woman that was found floating near the Martha Gallatin Boat Dock on Old Hickory Lake Tuesday night.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said the woman has been tentatively identified as Anna R. Boyd, 41, of 10750 Hwy. 109 in Wilson County.

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Gangs infiltrate, threaten area

By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post

Gangs and gang-related crimes have a local presence.

That was the message Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe delivered Thursday to a Lebanon community service club.

Ashe said gangs are responsible now for 80 percent of violent crime across the U.S. and related that gang activity here and in other counties in Middle Tennessee is increasing significantly.

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Wilson County jobless rate climbs again

From Post staff reports

Wilson County’s unemployment rate for May rose 0.5 percent to 9.3 percent, according to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The rate in April stood at 8.8 percent.

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MJ's Haydel signs with WKU

11-0 AS A SENIOR WITH GOLDEN BEARS

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Mt. Juliet High School standout Taylor Haydel will play his collegiate baseball at Western Kentucky University, Hilltoppers head coach Chris Finwood announced earlier this week.

The 6-0 right-handed pitcher from Mt. Juliet signed a National Letter of Intent and will enter WKU as a freshman in the fall.

"There were several schools involved in recruiting Taylor," said MJ head coach Mark Purvis, "but Western seemed like they were there from beginning to end. They’re getting a fine young man in addition to an outstadning baseball player."

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Anna Ruth Bullard Boyd, 41

LEBANON – Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Boyd, 41, of Lebanon. Born November 5, 1967, in Davidson County, she died June 23, 2009.

Mrs. Boyd was a homemaker and attended Nashville College. She was a member of the Church of Christ.  The family will receive friends Friday 4-8 p.m. and Saturday after 9 a.m.

Services will be conducted by Brother Julious Hovan.  Interment will be in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Madison. 

Survivors include: husband Michael Brent Boyd; children  Maegan and Brett Bullard of Mt. Juliet, Dylan and Brent Boyd of Lebanon; parents Kenneth and Patricia Rippy Wills of Lebanon.

Also surviving are sisters: Sharon Hicks, Juanita Hawks and Donna Wills — all of Lebanon; half-sisters: Susan Rohrer, Lisa Gleason and a brother Kenny Wills — all of Spokane, Washington. 

She was preceded in death by a sister, Dee Dee Wills. 

Pallbearers will be Brett Bullard, Dylan and Brett Boyd, Bill Wilson, Rick Hicks and Brandon Collier. 

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Riley L. Cox, 83

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday June 27 at the Partlow Chapel for Mr. Cox, 83, of Lebanon. A member of the Church of God, a minister, and former employee of both the Lebanon Woolen Mills and the City of Lebanon, Mr. Cox died Wednesday June 24, 2009 at the Quality Health Care Center.

Visitation Friday 2 - 7 p.m. at the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Services will be conducted by Brother Gordon Lee and Brothe Bernie Zeilsdorf. Interment will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include: wife Lura Belle Cox; children Nathan (Susie) Cox and Barbara (Jerry) Dies.

Also surviving are sisters Dorothy Scoggins, Zettie (Bill) Hamlett and Vera (John) Wrye; grandchildren: Randy (Lisa) Dies, Shane (Jill) Dies, Valerie Jean McGhee and Steven Cox; stepchildren Sue (Johnny) Broussard, Gayle Surrat and Jimmy Forsyth; step- grandchildren Michael D. Smith, Racheal A. Smith, Penny Pogue, Kenny Broussard, Tammy (Jay) Makatche, Sheree (Dale) Heiflin, Chrystal (Juan) Hernandez, Tina (Billy) Hayes, Ken Surrat and Teresa Bane; numerous great grandchildren and four great, great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by parents George S. and Ruth Violet Kirby Cox; sons Melvin L. Cox and Riley Irvin "Snaze" Cox; brothers James R. Cox, Charles H. Cox, David Cox and Wayne Cox.

Family will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Church of God Worship & Ministry Center, 1007 Hartsville Pike, Lebanon 37087.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Jerald Elliott, 63

MT. JULIET – Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, June 26 at the Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Elliott, 63. Known as "Jerry" to his family and friends, he was born January 18, 1938, and died Tuesday, June 23, 2009.

Visitation Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral. Services will be conducted by Brother Todd Elliott. Burial will follow at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.

Survivors include: father John Elliott; sister Jessie (Joe) Chalfin and brother Jack (Diane) Elliott. Also surviving are nephews Todd (Jennifer) Elliott, Troy ( Angie) Elliott, John (Jolynn)Dotson, Ralph (Surina) Dotson; niece DeeAnna (Jermaine) O’Quinn; great nieces and nephews Gregory, Wesley and Zachary Elliott, Jake, Cooper and Cort Dotson, Luke and Reese Elliott, Kaitlin Philpott, Brandon Adams and special friend Marty Nicholson.

He was preceded in death by his mother Peggy Keating Elliott.

Pallbearers: John Dotson, Jimmy Stevens, Troy Elliott, Gregory Elliott, Joe Chalfin and Gary "Moose" Henley. Honorary pallbearers will be friends at the Donelson Pub.

Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet is in charge of arrangements.

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Beatrice Roberts Brown, 89

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, June 26 at the Sellars Funeral Chapel on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Brown, 89, of Lebanon. Know as "Bea" to her family and friends, she passed away June 24, 2009.

The family will be receiving friends Friday from 10 a.m. until the funeral.  Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment will follow in the New Home Baptist Church Cemetery, Boma.

Survivors include: children Shirley Brown Robinson and Charles Kenneth Brown; siblings Dowlene Moscato, Katherine Hawkins and James (Marie) Roberts; grandchildren Cindy Robinson, Cassie (Donn) Fishbein, Christy Neese and Charles Howard Brown; great-grandchildren Jacob Fishbein and Sara Fishbein; friends Dee Polidoro and Shannon Neese; and her little puppy PeeWee.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

She is preceded in death by husband Charles Norman Brown, infant son Johnny Ray Brown, parents Dow and Nola Carr Roberts, sisters Vivian Mehok, Lucille Warren, Mairean Polvino, and Nelda Sellars, brothers Bobby Roberts, Billy Roberts and infant Lewis Roberts.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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