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Smashed mailboxes common for summertime prank


If school’s out, it must be time to go around and destroy mailboxes.

That is apparently the thinking of some young people, apparently, as residents along North and South Commerce Road have recently had their mailboxes damaged or destroyed.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe is not immune, either. He’s been a victim, too.

Sean Putnam Memorial Golf Tourney winners told

The 3rd Annual Sean Putman Memorial Golf Tournament was held Monday at Lebanon’s Five Oaks Golf and Country Club.

Some 144 players participated in the four-man scramble event benefiting a scholarship program for Wilson County high school graduates that plan on attending Cumberland University.

Maddox-Simpson to close for RR crossing repair

Maddox-Simpson Parkway will be closed between Cainsville Road and Sparta Pike beginning at 7 a.m., Wednesday, June 18 for repair of the railroad crossing.


Repairs are tentatively scheduled to be complete on June 18. However, if complications arise, the closure may remain in effect through June 19.


Motorists and delivery trucks are requested to access the area from the South Hartmann Drive (Exit 236) or U.S. Highway 231 (Exit 238) interchanges.

Lebanon man arrested in child porn case
From Post staff reports


A Lebanon man has been charged in a case involving child pornography and cruelty to animals.


Kyle B. Severs of 128 Quita Circle was charged with aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and aggravated cruelty to animals.


A search warrant was served at his residence on Tuesday by investigators with the Tennessee Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The group includes investigators from Franklin Police Department, the U.S. Secret Service, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.


They were assisted by the Lebanon Police Department in serving the warrant.


A news release from the Franklin Police Department said they were investigating the possession and distribution of child pornography.

Man transported after one-car accident

A man believed to have suffered a heart attack was transported by LifeFlight helicopter Friday morning  after the vehicle he was driving left the roadway and crashed into a tree.


The accident occurred about 10:25 a.m. on the new section of Hartmann Drive, about four-tenths of a mile from the intersection at Coles Ferry Pike.


Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said the unidentified man, 72, of Mt. Juliet, was traveling north on Hartmann Drive when he was apparently stricken. There were three witnesses who said the car the man was driving stopped and then started moving again at a faster rate of speed. It went across the southbound lane of Hartmann Drive and down an embankment where it crashed into a tree.

State fair looking here


Wilson County is being mentioned once again as a possible site for the Tennessee State Fair should officials decide to relocate it from its present home in Nashville.

Hale Moss, president of Wilson County Promotions, Inc. which organizes and sponsors the Wilson County Fair each year, attended a meeting in Nashville in May where a preliminary report on the future of the State Fair, including possibly moving it, was discussed.

This is not the first time the issue has been raised and was discussed a few years ago, but that was all.

The State Fair’s popularity has decreased in recent years, and its profits have dropped, also. The event is held on a 117-acre site off Nolensville Road in Nashville. It reportedly drew about 100,000 people in 2007 while more than 230,000 paying visitors attended the Wilson County Fair.

Marietta Hilton, 70

MT. JULIET – Funeral services have been scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, June 12 at the Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Hilton, 70, of Lebanon. She died Monday, June 9, 2008 at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Mrs. Hilton was a Tennessee Licensed Funeral Director, C.F.O with Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Millington and served on the county Election Commission. The family will receive friends Wednesday between the hours of 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Thursday from 12 Noon until the funeral.

Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Entombment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Wilson Thompson, 83

WATERTOWN – Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, June 8 at the Fall Creek Baptist Church for Mr. Thompson, 83, of the Norene Community. Retired from the Lebanon High School cafeteria and a longtime farmer, Mr. Thompson died June 6, 2008 at his residence.

A native of Wilson County, he was the son of the late John Wesley and Lela Sauls Thompson.

Services were conducted by the Rev. Billy Trice and the Rev. Greg Bell. Burial was at the Fairview Cemetery.

Donald Sydney Bradley, 64

LEBANON – Memorial services were held Sunday afternoon, June 8 at the Berea Church of Christ for Mr. Bradley, 64, of Lebanon. A cabinet maker and a native of Wilson County, Mr. Bradley died June 6, 2008 at his residence.

A veteran of the US Army, he was a member of the Berea Church of Christ and the son of the late David Sydney and Janie Margaret Reed Bradley.

Services were conducted by Brother Lee Mangrum and Brother Greg Smith.

Leeann Tyree, 67

LEBANON – Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, June 7 at the Sellars Funeral Home for Mrs. Tyree, 67, of Goodletsville. She passed away on June 5, 2008.

Services were conducted by Brother Darin Miller with interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include: her husband of 50 years George Tyree of Goodlettsville and children Hope (Michael) Huffines and Chris Tyree – both of Goodlettsville, Jim (Michelle) Tyree, Bill Tyree — all from Nashville and Jon (Jamie) Tyree of Hendersonville.

Lewis Newland McCoy, 87

WATERTOWN – Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, June 9 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. McCoy, 87, of the Shop Springs Community. Son of the late Frank A. and Grace Smith McCoy, he died June 7, 2008.

Born in Nora, Virginia, he was a member of the Shop Springs Baptist Church and Comer Lodge No. 417, F&AM. Mr. McCoy was retired from TRW Ross Gear where he was a took maker.

Services were conducted by Rev. Carl Price. Interment was in the Carlen Cemetery at Silver Point.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years Charlene Evans McCoy and daughter Darlene Middleton of Louisville, KY.

CU's Dressler dies following brief illness

MURFREESBORO -- Dr. James B. "Jim" Dressler, an academic fixture at Cumberland University for nearly four decades, died Tuesday at Middle Tennessee Medical Center following a brief illness.

Dr. Dressler, 62, former chairman of the History Department at CU, had also served the University as Vice President for Administration. 

He was considered by his peers as an expert on history. In fact, in 2007, he took part in a three-day seminar at Trinity Site in White Sands, N.M. The site is open only to a few select visitors once each year, and the seminar included time at Los Alamos Atomic Laboratory.

Fond of Civil War history, he signed a publisher's contract in 2007 for the publication of his historical Civil War novel, "Dance with the Devil" Dr. Dressler was also an avid hunter and golfer.

Woodfin Memorial Chapel on Lascassas Highway in Murfreesboro was in charge of arrangements with private graveside services at a later date.

MJ moves ahead in population

By TOMI L. WILEY, The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet

MT. JULIET -- The numbers are in, and according to the 2008 Mt. Juliet Special Census, the city has the highest population in Wilson County with 25,234 people included in the census.

At a press conference Monday, Mt. Juliet Mayor Linda Elam announced that in two years the population of Mt. Juliet has grown by 4,842 people, or nearly 24 percent. The last special census conducted in 2006 listed 20,392 people. A Federal census conducted by the government in 2000 saw only 12,366 people – that’s a population that has more than doubled in eight years. The U.S. Census is conducted every 10 years.

Elam noted that the government will allot $102 for every person listed in the census, which will boost the Mt. Juliet general fund and State Street Aid fund to $2.6 million a year. Elam said the additional money in the street fund will help reign in the "unparalleled growth" in Mt. Juliet by building roads and infrastructure. She said the additional funds will help to "plan for additional thoroughfares and traffic measures.""It’s a great morning in Mt. Juliet," Elam said with a smile, "and we have the numbers to prove it."

Mary Helen Averitt, 69

Mrs. Mary Helen Averitt, 69, of Lebanon passed away Saturday, June 7, 2008, at her residence.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 10 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Martin Thielen and Bishop Bob Spain officiating.

Interment followed at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Born May 13, 1939, in Henderson County, KY, she was the daughter of the late E.G. Crowley Sr. and Mary Allyne Davis Crowley. Mrs. Averitt was a graduate of the Memphis Methodist School of Nursing. She was a Registered Nurse having worked at the Labonner Children’s Hospital and Nashville Memorial Hospital.

NSS produces another 1st-time winner

LEBANON -- After narrowly missing victories on multiple occasions this season, Brad Keselowski claimed his first career Nationwide Series win Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway, taking the lead from points leader Clint Bowyer with five laps remaining in the Federated Auto Parts 300 present by Dollar General.

Keselowski led early in the event, staying on track on Lap 79 when then-leader Joey Logano led other lead-lap cars down pit road. That set the stage for the evening, putting Keselowski on a different pit strategy than most of the leaders.

With his counterparts opting to make their final stop of the night with 77 laps remaining, Keselowski, under the guidance of crew chief Tony Eury Sr., made his final stop of the night 41 laps from the finish.

photo by STEVE WAMPLER /

Adult HS graduates June 8


Wilson County Adult High School will hold its graduation ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 8 at First United Methodist Church on West Main Street, Lebanon.

Pat Suddarth, coordinator of the program, said 25 graduates will receive their diplomas during the ceremony which will be awarded by Wilson County Schools Director Mike Davis, assisted by Pat Climer, principal of the Adult High School.

Suddarth noted that three awards will be presented included Most Improved Student, an English award and an Endeavour award. In addition, the Brian Joseph Wright Memorial Scholarship, established by Randy and Leeann Wright in 1998-1999 in memory of their son, Brian, will be presented.

Music for the ceremony will be provided by James Jordan.

The Wilson County Adult High School was one of eight pilot programs in Tennessee in 1992. Since then, many counties in Middle Tennessee now provide an Adult High School.

Suddarth noted that the first graduate of the program in Wilson County in ’92 was 67 years old.

The program, she said, "has been helpful in raising the graduation rates in Wilson County. Students who have obtained their GED’s may also participate in the Adult High School program, if they wish."

Students must be at least 18 to participate in the Adult High School program. The program was developed for those who may have dropped out of high school for whatever reason, Suddarth said, adding it may also assist students who have a Certificate of Attendance or a Special Education Diploma to prepare for the state exit tests in order to receive a regular high school diploma.

Schedules are designed to meet individual needs and are self-paced. The adult students can receive credit for their life experiences, provided they meet certain criteria, she noted. Credit recovery programs are available for students seeking a diploma.

Preparation and registration for the ACT college admission exam is offered to students. Staff members can also help with paperwork to attend college.

In addition to Suddarth, Adult High School faculty members include Sandra Farley and Nancy Steward.

A reception will be held for graduates and their guests following the graduation exercises.

If you are interested in attending the Adult High School or need more information, call 443-7199. It is located at 207 Joe Branham Drive, Lebanon. The hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m. until noon, Friday.



8 to play in all-star game

MTSCA event set June 11

Eight former Wilson County softball standouts have been selected to play in the annual Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game.

The event is set for Wednesday, June 11 at Drakes Creek Park, Hendersonville. Squads representing AAA North, AAA South and A/AA will play two games against each other starting at 3, 5 and 7 p.m.

Players were selected entirely on the number of votes they received from MTSCA member coaches.

Five former members of the Mt. Juliet High Lady Bears will be playing for the AAA North Senior All-Stars, including: Merrick Martin, Caroline Mason, Shelby Barrett, Hannah Irwin and Shelby Morris.

Three former Lady Wildcats at Wilson Central High will be playing for the AAA South Senior All Stars, including: Kristyn Clark, Courtney Billington and Caitlin Bailey.

Central plans ring ceremony


The Wilson Central Lady Wildcats will be having a State Championship Ring Celebration on Thursday, June 12 at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club.

Time will be at 6 pm. The cost is $12 per person which includes meal.

Guest speaker is LSU Women’s head coach Van Chancellor, also four-time WNBA championship coach.

Tickets will be available in the main office at Wilson Central through Tuesday, June 11. RSVP by contacting Coach Bud Brandon at (615) 453-4636 or by e-mail to

Bill Robinson retires


EXCLUSIVE -- Bill Robinson, a fixture at Watertown High since his days as a student-athlete, turned in his retirement papers earlier this week.

Robinson, who coached football, boys and girls basketball, softball and baseball during his 32-year tenure, started his education career with five years at the old Lebanon Junior High School in the Lebanon Special School District, before taking over the reins of the WHS program once headed by his late father, the legendary Brownie Robinson.

"Coach Robinson has been a mainstay of Watertown High School and its athletic program for many years," said Watertown principal Jeff Luttrell. "He has shaped young people by his leadership with dignity and class. His legacy is irreplaceable."

Council nods road name change


Lebanon City Council voted to change the name of Duke Court in the industrial subdivision near Gladeville to Leviton Drive, at the request of developer Duke Realty at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

Leviton Manufacturing will occupy the building on the street. Officials from the company asked for the change to honor their now-deceased founder, Harold Leviton.

Councilors deferred action on a resolution to update the city’s travel policy. Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath requested additional changes in the city’s travel policy to be made before city council votes on it.

Specifically, she asked that a statement be added that the city would not pay for any alcoholic beverages or for limousine transportation from airports to hotels. The new policy also sets specific amounts allowed for meals and sets limits for other travel expenses as well as requiring receipts for all money spent.

They approved on second reading an agreement that would allow Carroll Homes to complete the lighting and landscaping at Kensington Subdivision.

Council approved the new five-year lease agreement with Rediair for the Lebanon Municipal Airport. Rediair actually took over management of the airport about a month ago.


Kyle Busch attempts triple

Kyle Busch will attempt to race in all three NASCAR divisions this weekend, including a stop at the Nashville Superspeedway Saturday night for the Federated Auto Parts 300 presented by Dollar General.

Good seats still remain by calling 1-866-RACE-TIX or by following this link

Charles Samuel Moscato Sr., 89

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, June 5 at the Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, for Mr. Moscato, 89. Devoted husband, father, and faithful Christian man of God, Mr. Macato died Monday, June 2, 2008.

Known as "Jeep" to his family and friends, he was 1937 Featherweight Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, Buffalo, New York.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he served as a Corporal in Company B of the 817th Tank Destroyer Battalion and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

Gas leak reported in MJ

Chlorine leak at Lebanon wastewater plant forces road closure


A chlorine leak at the Lebanon wastewater plant on Hartmann Drive forced authorities to shut down the roadway at the Highway 70/Baddour Parkway on Tuesday night.

The incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. Lebanon Police also shut down Quarles and Babb Drives as Lebanon Fire Department responded to the scene.

Lebanon Commissioner of Public Safety Billy Weeks said workers were turning off a valve when the line burst in the process. He called it a “very minor leak,” but said workers responded as they should.

Emma Jean Gentry, 89

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 3 at the Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Parkway, for Mrs. Gentry, 89, of Lebanon.

A kind, loving, devoted wife of more than 60 years and mother, Mrs. Gentry died May 30, 2008 following an extended illness.

She was a member if the First Baptist Church in Lebanon for over 50 years and mother to two sets of twins plus one son. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home Tuesday, June 3 from 10 a.m. until the service.


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