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Danny Edward Bennett, 56

MT. JULIET – Funeral services will be conducted 4 p.m. Friday, November 28 at the Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Bennett, 56, of Mt. Juliet.

The son of the late, Fred Clarence and Eleanor Marie McCullum Bennett, he died Nov. 25, 2008.

Mr. Bennett was a member of First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet and spent 24 years with Consolidated Freightways as a dispatcher. He had most recently dispatched for Yellow Transportation.

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Friday at Bond Memorial Chapel. Services will be conducted by with Bro. David Fallin.

Survivors include: wife - Pam Bennett and daughters Danielle Bennett, April (Matt) Johnson –all of Mt. Juliet and Megan (Elijah) Hosse of Lebanon.

Also surviving are siblings Warren (Martha Campbell) McNew of Corbin, KY; Freddy (Barbara) Bennett of Canton, GA; Joe (Elaine) Bennett of Woodbine, KY; Robby (Robin) Bennett of Winchester, KY; Mark (Sherry) Bennett of Corbin, KY; Sheila (Roger) Dingess of Girdlec, KY and Kathy (David) Cox of Somerset, KY; brothers-in law Dave (Mary) Sanders of New Albany, KY and Bob (Darleen) Sanders of Florence, KY; grandchildren Bailey, Michael and Jackson; eight nieces and 18 nephews; as well as lifelong friends Stanley Wyatt and Rocky Campbell.

Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Thankful, but Rarely for Commercials

By ANNE DONNELL
 
What’s your take on some of the TV commercials we’re forced to “face” every time we want to watch TV? I’ve got my opinions, but what’re yours?
 
-Thanks, and Keep Me Anonymous
 
OK, QP of T (Question Person of Today), I’ll keep you anonymous, but I can only do so much. Your anonymity will not extend to activities like banking or retaking your driving test the sixteenth time. Those in the home with you will probably know who you are. Ditto, those neighbors who are into wiretapping and hidden cameras. Homeland Security may be on to you, too. Depends on what you’ve been up to, buddy. Or gal. (Anonymity sounds like enmity to me, but buddy or gal, I bear you none of that. And I won’t get started on bear again, either -- a reference to “Ask Anne” for November 12, when I gagged us all with bear and bare to the nth degree. But, this is NOT an apology.)

Yes, I have strong opinions about commercials. It’s not the Super Bowl most days, when clever, witty zillion dollar commercials reign between plays and a halftime show with something like Janet Jackson losing her clothes. Nope, ordinary life features ordinary commercials. And that’s a bad thing. 

 I wonder why commercials make fun of the consumers of their products or services. For example, there’s a constant showing of a young couple (she’s pregnant) who are prospective home buyers and perfectly happy with the most dreadful of houses until the question of mold comes up (sponsor: maker of paperless dry wall). So, if these two people, who seem gullible and not so bright, can pull themselves together long enough to espouse a certain kind of product, why should any of us think their endorsement has merit? 

And why should we be impressed by a woman wearing excessive makeup who tells an attractive, appealing young lady she can save enough with the sponsor’s insurance policies to get a fancy “tricked out nametag”?

The laughs are at our expense you know. We’re singing the jingles, humming the tunes, mumbling the phrases. They’re not called catchphrases for nothing. He who laughs last, laughs best. And who would that be? That last laugher? Laughers? Would that be you? Nope, not me, either. We’re on a list called something like, “The Dumb and Dumber Public.” 

[ATA (According to Anne) -- He who laughs last, laughs best or He who laughs last, laughs the loudest both mean The real winner is the one who is ahead at the end of the game. Both versions are listed in the Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings (1996) by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996). “The saying has been traced back to John Heywood's 1546 compilation of proverbs: ‘Better the last smile than the first laughter.’ The current form has been in common use since 1706 and was used by Sir John Vanbrugh (1664-1726) in his play The Country House. First attested in the United States in …1798. The phrase occurs in various forms.” It’s also said to be a Dutch proverb, but overlapping aphorisms aren’t uncommon. Perhaps one can say wisdom is wisdom on any continent, unless one is a producer or script writer of commercials and unfamiliar with wisdom.]

 What about the tastelessness and inappropriate show times for personal hygiene items, and drugs related to “bathroom problems” or sexual performance?  (What’s with those two bath tubs out in the field, anyway?) Why are they choosing “prime time” (family time) for showing? 

I’m angry that any drugs are advertising because that makes their usually very high price tag read even higher. You and I pay for it all, every twinkling light and sparkling ripple. Which makes me think of the beer commercial promoting “drinkability.” Somebody responsible for that one has been laughing hard, as they say, all the way to the bank. 

 Another major complaint I have – marketing to children.  We have oceans of cartoons and other “children’s programming” (featuring lippy children), and they’re punctuated by commercials directed at their young audience, featuring must-have toys, clothing, accessories.  (That clothing can be a hair away from pornographic.) If these commercials weren’t effective they wouldn’t have been airing for so many years. So, fill the young with greed and discontent.  Anger them as their parents struggle in this economy. Not the road to, say, discerning and responsible maturity. 

You can contact the National Advertising Review Board (http://www.narbreview.org/about/index.asp) and complain. You can boycott products and services, but that works best if the boycotted know it, so write the company. Don’t use a form letter. Write an original. Encourage others to do this. Enough complaining and ads are pulled.  Really.  

Organizations of which you’re a part can pass resolutions objecting to commercials.  These resolutions, local, state, or national, need to be sent to the commercial’s sponsors. People’s names should be on these resolutions. Yes, there goes the anonymity.

Well, you have to blow it sometimes. Remember John Hancock wrote his name really large on something of vastly greater importance and filled with real, perhaps deadly consequences for him and all other signers -- the Declaration of Independence. And wasn’t that a good thing? 

Independence, something for which I’m thankful. A peaceful Presidential election with record shattering voter turnout, something for which I’m thankful. I’m thankful for so much abundance here and our hopes for peace and plenty throughout the world. And, I’m thankful I can complain. In print even. Long live the freedom of the press (and every bit of the rest of our grand Constitution)!

 I hope Thanksgiving is happy in your nook and cranny. And I like some commercials.  Like, “…Not this time, Johnny.” 

 

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Stop, be thankful for we have been blessed

On this national holiday in the midst of a sumptuous feast, warm conversations with family and friends and not to mention great football, it is important to stop and reflect on the ways we have been blessed. Let’s pause and offer a prayer of thank as we remember the one who has blessed us in such profound ways.

Our Father in heaven,

You are holy and loving. You are just and merciful. You created our amazing and beautiful world and our intricate and complex bodies. You have come near to us in Jesus and have filled us with your Holy Spirit. You give us life, joy, purpose and meaning and for all of this we are deeply grateful.

On this Thanksgiving, we are especially thankful to live in a nation that provides us with wonderful freedoms and numerous opportunities. We believe your sovereign hand has guided our great country from the very beginning until now. You have seen us through many good days and some difficult ones too. We ask that you bless our new president, other government leaders and our brave men and women serving our country in the armed services. We thank you for their courage and sacrifice. We understand, Heavenly Father, that we have been uniquely blessed and with these blessings come great responsibilities. We as a people have many faults and failings and yet we desire to reflect your glory and become a more perfect union. Help us to become more kind and compassionate, more thoughtful and helpful toward “the least of these.” Help us to become more gracious and generous.

We are also thankful to live in this beautiful part of the world. We are thankful for the men and women who have taken upon themselves the mantle of leadership in our city and county. May you give them wisdom and compassion as they lead and direct our local affairs. We ask that you protect and be with our police officers, fire fighters and emergency management technicians. We are grateful for their dedication and service to our community.

Father we are thankful for the way you have blessed us personally. We thank you for the joy our families bring us. We are thankful for the gift of marriage. We ask Lord that you teach us to love one another even as Christ loves the church. We ask Father that you be with parents that they would love, nurture and discipline their children as you love, nurture and discipline us. We ask Lord that you would bless our children that they may grow up to worship you and be a blessing to our community. Keep them safe and healthy.

We are thankful for our jobs and work places. May we find joy and purpose in the work to which you have called us.

Father, we know these are difficult and trying times economically. Help us in the coming days to be brothers and sisters to one another as we provide a listening ear, a helping hand or a word of encouragement.

We pray your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaver.

For all of this we give thanks in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Kevin Owen, Preaching Minister
College Hills Church of Christ

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'Big 3' deal important to save nation's economy

By David Dewolf 

I believe there are a number of issues facing the country at this time that are affecting the economy.

I think everyone would agree that the uncontrolled lending of money in the mortgage industry set things in motion and have now sent a number of industries into a decline like we have never seen in our life time.

The auto industry is currently at the center of attention and the national media is having a field day reporting on the problem with management of the domestic manufacturers, union greed and a lack of quality products for the “Big 3.”

Unfortunately, most of the information being reported by the media is unfounded and erroneous. Permit me to put things in perspective and try to set the record straight on certain issues.

I grew up in suburban Detroit. As a young boy in the 1950’s and 1960’s things were very good in Michigan. The Detroit auto makers were building cars as fast as they could and the car companies were knocking down big money. People were moving to Detroit from the south by the thousands, looking for those high paying auto factory jobs. This went on well into the 1980’s even as foreign manufacturers started to make a push for market share. During this period, the “Big 3” ignored the threat from Europe and Japan because their sheer arrogance would not allow them to think that these little economy cars could compete with the mega horse power of Detroit. What fools they were.

Fast forward to 2008. Now everyone wants to castrate the domestic management because they are idiots, the unions are greedy and our products are inferior. On the contrary, the real truth is in the facts.

Yes, the domestic manufacturers are at a cost disadvantage to the imports. Primarily because of union contracts that the U.S. government promoted on the side of the unions. Much like they demanded that mortgage companies give loans to unqualified home buyers.
Facts:

* GM, Ford and Chrysler spend billions of dollars each month to support retires programs. Import Manufacturers do not have this cost burden.
* GM, Ford and Chrysler are bound by agreements to support laid-off workers for months after RIF programs or plant closings. Imports are not.

Let’s talk a little about product line and quality. The biggest argument I hear is that the “Big 3” does not build as good a car as the foreign manufacturer. That could not be further from the truth. Not only do they build as good a car, that gets as good a gas mileage, they do it and sell the cars much less than the Imports. And, the sales revenue stays in this country.

Let me give you an example. Take a new Honda Civic. Ford builds a competitive Ford Focus, that gets just as good of gas mileage and sells it for $3,300 less than the Civic. Like wise, GM builds the Chevrolet Cobalt which is comparable to the Civic and it cost $4,200 less than the Civic. This is consistent with other models as well. What’s wrong with the American consumer?

Quality: The media consistently reports that the Imports build a superior product to the domestic manufactures. This could not be more untrue, and as a matter of fact the quality out of Detroit over the past 10 years is greatly improved and equal to all the imports. One just needs to read the JD Power reports to know this.

This past week I have watched Congress beat up the management of the “Big 3” and rightfully so. But I find it odd that they are eager to give $700 billion to the banking industry thieves that have stolen trillions from the American people but are reluctant to “loan” with interest, $25 billion to the auto industry. What they refuse to admit is the impact that letting one or more of the “Big 3” go under will have on the country. Pure and simple, GM going out of business will cost the American people $1 trillion the first day. It will put four million people out of work over the next six months. The tax loss will equal at least $100 billion per year. This is a no brainer that some members of our congress just can’t get.

The bottom line is that the “Big 3” must survive for the economy to recover.

Editor’s note:  David Dewolf now resides on Palmer Road in Lebanon and is a veteran of the automobile business including management positions in both the retail and auction areas.

 

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Holiday weather offers mild temps lots of sunshine

From Post staff reports

Not exactly weather fitting for a day at the beach, but, considering past Thanksgivings, Thursday is going to be a rather nice day, according to the U.S. Weather Service, with temperatures reaching into the low 60s and sunny skies.

As holiday shoppers prepare for their assault on local retail stores, they can expect mild and above average temps for the next several days and only minimal changes of rain.

The extended forecast for the weekend calls for daily highs in the 50s, some sunshine and only a 20 percent chance of rain on Thursday night and Friday.

Most businesses will be closed on Thanksgiving and most government offices will be closed on Friday, the day after.

The Wilson Post will also be closed on Friday and will reopen its offices on Monday, although the newspaper will publish a regular Friday edition.

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Message at meeting: Local economy strong

By JOHN B. BRYAN, The Wilson Post

LEBANON -- The word on the street is the economic climate in Wilson County is in a lot better shape than what’s being reported on the national level.

Business leaders, students, realtors and others gathered Tuesday, Nov. 25 for a “Coffee and Comment” session at Cumberland University at which the local economy was the focus of discussion.

CedarStone Bank and the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors sponsored the event held in the University’s Baird Chapel. An audience of some 150 heard opinions and comments about the economy from a Cumberland professor, a local financial planner and the state’s Commissioner of Banking.
Bob McDonald, CedarStone Bank president, and Bobby Wood, president of RE/Max Carriage House, made opening remarks at the event along with Cumberland President, Dr. Harvill Eaton.

“We are seeing a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit in our community,” McDonald said enthusiastically adding that his bank routinely is working with clients with solid business plans, strong work ethic and a commitment to building successful businesses.

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Ridge Christian Fellowship offers Lifting Up the Name Saturday

The Ridge Christian Fellowship presents “Lifting Up the Name” at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22.

“Lifting Up the Name” is a night of praise and worship with the Ridge Band. The Ridge is located at 216 South Maple Street, Lebanon.

Free childcare is provided.

For more information, call (615) 569-9711 or email theridgecf@charterinternet.com.

“Lifting Up the Name” is usually held the last Saturday of each month, but because of the holidays it will be the third Saturday of this month and next. A love offering will be received.

 

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Wilson County Baptist Hymn Sing set Sunday

Wilson County Baptist Hymn Sing will be from 2:30 until 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 23 at Calvary Baptist Church, 1702 Sparta Pike, Lebanon.

Featured will be Donnie Uselton, Susanne Winfree, Susie Guerin and Faye Reed. There will also be Congregational Singing.

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Cross inks with Lipscomb

By TOMMY BRYAN

LEBANON -- Friendship Christian’s two-time all-stater Camille Cross signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent and scholarship papers Friday afternoon with Lipscomb University.

Cross, the daughter of Corky and Jackie Cross, was co-MVP of District 8A in 2008 and helped lead the Lady Commander softball team to a final four spot in the Class A state tournament.

A catcher - first baseman, Cross also received the Best Defensive Player as a sophomore and Best Offensive Player as a junior.

As a sophomore she batted .367 with four homers and 40 RBI. As a junior she batted a team high .437 with four HRs and 35 RBI."Camille is a great leader, has a great personality, and works harder than anyone I know," said FCS softball coach Erica Powell.

Cross also starred for the FCS soccer program and even played as a part-time PAT kicker for the Commander football team.

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Andy Rooney missed the mark on readership

By SAM HATCHER
         
Andy Rooney, a television commentator I admire and frankly agree with some nine times out of ten, didn’t exactly disperse accurate information recently when he recited that newspaper readership is declining and is not what it used to be.
          
In his closing segment on the CBS “60 Minutes” news magazine show this past Sunday, Mr. Rooney cited the loss in newspaper circulation and readership being realized by many daily newspapers across the country but erred in his remarks when he failed to take community newspapers, like The Wilson Post, out of this category.
       
In fact, according to a recent survey completed by the University of Missouri, 86 percent of adults 18 years or older read a community newspaper at least once each week.

According to the 2008 survey, conducted by the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s (RJI) Center for Advanced Social Research at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri:

• 86 percent of adults over the age of 18 read a newspaper every week.
• 75 percent of those readers read most or all of their paper.
• On average, readers spend 45 minutes reading an issue of their paper, compared to 42 minutes from the 2007 survey, and 38 minutes in the 2005 survey.
• More than one-third of readers keep their paper for more than six days, enabling them to revisit a story or advertisement at their leisure.

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Gardner to be missed by many in community

Sidelines & Sidelights

By TOMMY BRYAN

One of Lebanon’s most unforgettable characters was laid to rest Thursday morning.

Local businessman Glenn Gardner passed away Monday evening at the age of 70 following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Glenn was certainly one-in-a-million. He squeezed a whole lot of living out of his seven decades on this Earth.

The visitation line at Ligon & Bobo was lengthy and filled with former employees from his time owning and operating Dick’s Food Mart on West Main Street as well as hundreds friends he made and people he had helped during his successful business career.

Talk to any of this city’s “old-timers” and they’ll surely spin a yarn or two about Glenn’s unselfishness and his love of sports.

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Public has responsibility in financial problems, too, writer says

To the Editor:

Not that I am overlooking the greed of certain executives of financial companies responsible for today’s universal financial woes, but the ordinary citizens must bear a large share of the blame as well.

People today are not taught even how to keep a balance checkbook, and their desire to have what they see in the stores or catalogs overpower their needs for essential things in their lives, and oftentimes payment is made by credit card, which they seem to think pay up time will never come.

It has to do with a lack of true religious training in the home and in the schools. O yes, those Ten Commandments seem not to be thought essential anymore! “Thou shalt not steal,” and “Thou shalt not covet,” will order good financial management for individuals, homes, communities, businesses, industry, the whole works to become sound again.

One thing that our new President-Elect should try to restore in American society is a moral foundation in every American, from youth through old age – the churches have failed us – most of them no longer teach anything useful, and that schools be required to teach a course in how to manage finances. Whatever happened to the subject called Home Ec (Home Economics)?

After all is said and done, self-discipline is the key to it all. If we as Americans can make a showing here, then all the financially broke world will be sure to follow.

Malcolm P. Nichols
Lebanon

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Christopher Michael Lancaster, 28

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, November 23 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Lancaster, 28, of Old Hickory. A 1998 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, Mr. Lanaster died suddenly Nov. 20, 2008.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Saturday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: mother Debbie (Randy) Gordon of Mt. Juliet; father Stan (Sue) Lancaster of Missouri and sister Christy Michelle Lancaster of Mt. Juliet.

Also surviving are grandparents Margaret Winter of Mt. Juliet; James and Donna Gordon of New Cumberland, PA; nephews Jonathon Ratzlaff and Tomas Lankford; as well as several uncles, aunts and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jack Winter.  Friends will serve as pallbearers.

Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Nick McKinley Locke Jr. , 87

LEBANON -- Mr. Nick McKinley Locke, Jr., age 87, of Lebanon, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2008, at the University Medical Center.

Born April 16, 1921, in Williamson County, he was a U. S. Army veteran of WWII. He attended the University of Tennessee.

After the war, he worked as a Top Secret Courier for the Atomic Energy Commission, where he retired. He was involved in many community activities for years until his health failed.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and had served several years on the Wilson County Property Tax Appeals Board.

The family will receive friends Friday 4-7 p.m. and Saturday one hour before the service.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon, with Dr. Larry Locke officiating. Entombment will be in the Hermitage Mausoleum.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Laine Locke; three children: Joe (Diane) Locke of Quinlan, TX, Gayle Kennedy of Franklin, Nick C. (Diane) Locke of Lake Wylie, SC; brother, Charles Locke of Old Hickory; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nick McKinley Locke Sr. and Suwanne Tomlin Locke; sister, Jane Atwood.

Pallbearers: Wes and Lee Kennedy, Toby and Mike Locke, Rob Brown and Stan Watson.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Inie Graves Shafer, 91

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, November 21 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Shafer, 91, of Lebanon. A native of Wilson County, she passed away Nov. 19, 2008, at Cedars Health Care.

The daughter of the late Clarence Oliver and Louella Mae Watkins Graves, Mrs. Shafer worked at the Lebanon Garment Factory.

Visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Rev. Donald Owens. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Otis Shafer; son Cecil Eric Shafer; brother, Willard Graves and sister Frances Bell George.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Linda Hasty Dillard, 41

LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, November 21 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Dillard, 41 of Norene.

A member of the Gladeville Baptist Church, she passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 at her residence. The family will receive friends Friday from 10 a.m. until the funeral.

Services will be conducted by Brother Michael Eubanks. Burial will be at the Fairview Cemetery.

Survivors include: husband Earnest Dillard; parents James and Pat Hasty; children Matthew Dillard, Robert Jeffries, Heather Dillard and Nicole Jeffries.

Also surviving is sister Margie (Tony) Davis; nieces Jessica Hasty and Allison Jones; nephew Trevor Davis; in-laws Carrie and Dick Bennett; aunt and uncle, Bobby and Darlene Hawks; brothers-in-law Monty Dillard and Mark (Joyce) Dillard and very devoted aunt Linda Jeffries.

She is preceded in death by maternal grandparents Robert and Patty B. Hawks, paternal grandparents Nora and Bill Hasty; brother-in-law Randell Keith Dillard.

Family will serve as pallbearers.  Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Opal Sisco Singleton, 83

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Opal Sisco Singleton are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, November 21 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Singleton, 83, of the Leeville Community.

Born in Smith County, she was the daughter of the late Marvin and Frances Sircy Sisco. Mrs. Singleton died Nov. 18, 2008, at the Cedars Health Care in Lebanon.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.  Visitation after 9 a.m. Friday at Ligon & Bobo.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Gary McCaleb and Val Kelley. Interment will follow at the Leeville Cemetery.

She is survived by children Deloris (Leroy) Granstaff and Terry (Wanida) Singleton -- all of Lebanon; Carolyn (Bob) Jernigan of Mt. Juliet; and Franky (Cheryl) Singleton of Mobile, AL; nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, H. F. "Shank" Singleton; grandson Ricky Lee Granstaff and sisters Eunice Sisco, Mary Bell Murphy and Beulah Sloan.

Honorary pallbearers: Sunshine Sunday School Class of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Darmon Hall, Claude Jordan, Jamie Marchand, Mindy Singleton and Tori Crumpton. Active pallbearers: Monty and Gary Granstaff, Keith Jernigan, Jeff, Rod and Todd Singleton.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Mollie Lucille Self, 95

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, November 22 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Self, 95, of Alexandria.

Born in DeKalb County and retired from the Metro Nashville Public Schools System, Mrs. Self died Nov. 19, 2008 at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.

She was the daughter of the late Robert and Susie McBrode Fitts and a member of the Linwood Pentecostal Church.

The family will receive friends 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. until the service on Saturday.

Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Hunt, Cory Turner, Brother Roger Grisham and Brother Walter George. Burial will be at the Wilson County Memorial Park.

Survivors include: daughters Annie (Bratten) Turner of Alexandria and Ina (Foster) Moore of Lebanon; stepson Robert (Barbara) Self of Smithville and stepdaughter Irene Kocsis of Tampa, Fla.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren, two step grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, six step great grandchildren and 14 great, great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husbands Denton Neal and Charlie Self; four sisters and a brother.

Active pallbearers: Rick Turner, Charles Martin, Monty Martin, David Martin, Bobby Self, Jay Dee Harelson, Steve DePass and Garry Greer. Honorary pallbearers: great grandsons.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Clara Cubbins Webster, 77

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Friday, November 21 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Webster, 77, of Lebanon.

Born July 16, 1931 to the late John Tilmon and Martha Neal Cubbins, Mrs. Webster died 21, 2008 at Lebanon’s University Medical Center.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church.  Visitation Friday from 10 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Rev. Russ Stephens.  Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: her husband of 50 years Marvin "Buck" Webster; daughters Shirlene (Bill) Tomlinson of Castalian Springs and Patty (Willie B.) McGowan of Lebanon.

Also surviving are special friends David and Helen Bennett of Nashville; grandchildren Melanie Hargis Hackney of Hartsville, Chad (Michelle) McGowan, Kimberly Michelle McGowan -- all of Lebanon, Shane (Lori) McGowan of Portland, Chasity (Ronnie) Meredith of Carthage and Bill (Gail) Tomlinson Jr. of Chestnut Mound; 11 great grandchildren; a great great granddaughter as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings Lonnie Allen Cubbins, Verna Malone and Eloise Cubbins.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Willard Graves, 94

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been set for 1 p.m. Friday, November 21 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Graves, 94, of Lebanon. Retired from TVA, he died Nov. 18, 2008 at the Cedars Health Care.

Born July 11, 1914, in Kentucky, he was the son of the late Clarence Oliver and Louella Mae Watkins Graves.  Mr. Graves was a World War II veterasn, having served in the Army Air Corps, and was a Baptist in belief.

Visitation Friday 11 a.m.until service time. Services will be directed by Rev. Donald Owens. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: wife Ruth Clark Graves; children A.C. (Barbara) Graves of Hendersonville; Steve Graves of Lebanon; James Howard Graves of Woodbury; and Janice Irene Graves of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Also surviving is sister Inie Shafer of Lebanon; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Bell George.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Inmates graduate New Life Behavior program

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

A group of young men have a new lease on life, so to speak, through a program they completed this past week called New Life Behavior Ministries.

The men, presently inmates at the Wilson County Jail, received certificates during a brief ceremony in a courtroom where they were praised by their instructors and the sheriff for their work.

“I’m very proud of y’all,” said Sheriff Terry Ashe.

New Life Behavior is a “curriculum-based” ministry, the program’s website www.nlbm.org said. It is built around the “12-step program” used by groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous to help people with problems or addictions to alcohol or drugs.

The program and curriculum are presented by Dr. Larry Locke, Gale Hearn and David Luttman, all of College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon. They were also on hand for the ceremony where the five men received their certificates. There was a sixth graduate, but he was released earlier in the day from jail and did not attend.

“It’s been real impressive with all these men, how they tackled their studies,” Locke said, adding he was thrilled to have the opportunity to present the men with their certificates.

 

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Burdick evidence OK'd

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

A Davidson County judge ruled this week that evidence in the case against suspected rapist Robert Jason Burdick was legally obtained.

Burdick, dubbed the “Wooded Rapist” by authorities, was indicted in May on charges of rape and kidnapping by the Wilson County grand jury as well as charges he faces in Davidson and Williamson counties.

Burdick attorney Gary Tamkin, a public defender in Nashville, argued in October that the evidence should be thrown out because the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant wasn’t strong enough to link Burdick to any of the rape cases.

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Post parent adds Hendersonville

From Post staff reports
          
MainStreet Media, the parent company of The Wilson Post, today adds another community newspaper to its collection of Middle Tennessee publications.
        
Today marks the inauguration of The Hendersonville Standard, MainStreet Media’s seventh Middle Tennessee newspaper.
        
The Standard, as other publications published by MainStreet Media, a locally owned company, will focus its news content strictly on local happenings, local sports and local events.

With the addition of The Standard, MainStreet Media now publishes community newspapers in Franklin, Lafayette, Smithville, Gallatin, Hendersonville and Lebanon as well as a monthly periodical, Mature Lifestyles, which is distributed in five Middle Tennessee counties.

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MJ man killed in one-car accident

From Post staff reports

A Mt. Juliet man was killed in a one-car accident early Thursday morning in the westbound lane of Interstate 40.

The victim was identified as Christopher M. Lancaster, 28, of Mt. Juliet.

According a report filed by Trooper William Bennett of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Lancaster was driving a 1993 Nissan MGX in the vicinity of mile marker 223.

 

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Famous photo features Wilson resident

From Post staff reports

It is the most famous transportation photo renowned railroad photographer O. Winston Link ever took and on Wednesday, Nov. 5, one of the subjects of that photo, 75-year-old Willie Allen of Mt. Juliet, finally received a copy of the famed photo. 

TDOT officials invited Allen to their headquarters office in Nashville Wednesday where he signed copies of the Winston Link photograph, Hotshot Eastbound. TDOT officials also presented Allen with a framed copy of the celebrated shot.

"This photo has been hanging in my office for years, so I was surprised to learn that the man sitting in the convertible now lives in Mt. Juliet and in the same community as our Assistant Director of Design," said TDOT Chief of Environment and Planning Ed Cole. "When we learned that Mr. Allen didn't have a copy of the famous photo he is featured in, I took my own copy down from the wall and decided to give it to him."

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