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Hardaway offers GMP

The Wilson Post

Another offer to build the proposed Lebanon High School was received this week, however, it may not matter since there is no guarantee at present that the county will be able to fund the much-needed school this year.

Hardaway Construction submitted its revised Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) proposal to the Wilson County Schools on Tuesday

A letter from the company obtained by The Wilson Post says the GMP includes geothermal heat and air and offers to split any savings yet to be found 67 percent for the school system and 33 percent for the company.

Hardaway’s price for the proposed new Lebanon High School is $46.65 million. The price incorporates design changes like those proposed by Hewlett-Spencer, a design-build firm originally chosen by the Wilson County Board of Education to head up the school’s construction, when they offered a GMP of $49,124,992 in December. Hewlett-Spencer’s original price of $48,095,742 did not include the geothermal package.

The Odyssey

 Exactly seven days ago I received the following phone call from Becky:
“Hey, I woke up this morning and realized hell must have frozen over last night.”
“What do mean?,” I said.
“Well, I am sure hell froze over because YOU ARE ON FACEBOOK NOW!”
And so the odyssey began….

WKRP DJs Fever, Flytrap had other names

Dear Ken: I used to love watching “WKRP in Cincinnati” because of its zany characters at a rock ’n’ roll radio station. I recollect Howard Hesseman as Dr. Johnny Fever and Tim Reid as Venus Flytrap. Did the characters of these two DJs have other names?

Encore to stage funniest play ever

Encore Theatre Company is starting the New Year and their 2009 season off with a bang!

The company is currently in rehearsals for Ray Cooney’s adult comedy, “Run for Your Wife,” which has been called “the funniest play ever written” by London’s Daily Telegraph while the New York Post’s critic said it is “virtually continuous laughter.”

“It is incredibly funny” said Joel Meriwether, who is directing this production for the four-year-old troupe. Meriwether, who has previously directed “Love Letters,” “Baby with the Bathwater,” “The Fifteen Minute Hamlet” as well as the inaugural production of “The Murder Room,” all for Encore Theatre Company, enjoys a good farce.

A Troubled Relationship: Ownership and Apostrophes


Would you go over how to make the “possessive”?  Please write about the apostrophes.  Also, I wonder do you make up some of these letters? You’ve been writing this for several years, and it surprises me that so many people are interested in asking questions and trying to improve.  That’s why I wondered if you just made these up.

-E-Mail Buddy

Be careful what you ask when seeking Federal funds


Be careful what you ask for because you just may get it, are the words that came to mind as I have read about the County Commission voting to ask Representatives Bart Gordon and Jim Cooper to include the proposed new Lebanon High School as part of President Barack Obama’s proposed stimulus package. While I think it is great that our Commission is thinking outside the proverbial “box” in finding a way to fund the much needed and overdue Lebanon High School, I just hope that they consider all the potential ramifications of such a request.

Harriet Bradley Neely

LEBANON -- Mrs. Neely died at home surrounded by family on January 25, 2009. Known as "Penny", she is preceded in death by father Glyn Wolfenbarger and mother Betty Nicely.

The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Survivors include: husband Miles Neely of Lebanon; brother Gary Wolfenbarger and extended family of Knoxville; children Renee Martin, Toney Bradley and Dawn (Todd) Dwyer; stepchildren Sheresa, Michael, Troy and Ronnie Neely and Mellissa Oldham; grandchildren: South, Elijah and Emmaline Bradley, Jeana Holloway, Deanna Neely, Scott and Aaron Nichols; three great-grandchildren; half siblings Randy Wolfenbarger, Glenda Wolfenbarger and Kim Comeau.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Bro. Donald Charles Pharris, 70

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, January 25 in the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Bro. Pharris, 70, of Lebanon.

Born in Cookeville to the late Charlie and Flossie Flatt Pharris, he passed away at his home Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 following an extended illness.

He was ordained into the ministry at West View Baptist Church in Cookeville and spent more than 40 years serving as a pastor.

He was student pastor at several churches in Cookeville and pastored Shellsford Baptist Church in McMinnville; First Baptist Church in Livingston; North Etowah Baptist Church, Etowah and Fairview Baptist Church in Lebanon.

During his ministry he served on many mission trips. After his retirement he served at Whittsett Chapel in Nashville, Riddleton Baptist Church in Carthage and as Director of Missions of the New Salem Association.

Services were conducted by Brother Jonas Taylor. Burial was at Cookeville’s Double Springs Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife Carol Ballard Pharris; daughter Donna (Jim) Walls of Cookeville and son Chuck Pharris and his fiance’ Joice Gil of Chicago, IL.

Also surviving are beloved granddaughters Caroline and Callie Walls of Cookeville, brothers Bill (Jean) Pharris of Nashville and Bob (Carolyn) Pharris of Cookeville, as well as several other family members and special caregiver Sue Brewington.

Family members served as active pallbearers. Honorary: Fishers of Men Sunday School Class from West Hills Baptist Church in Lebanon.

Memorial donations shoulde be directed to the West Hills Baptist Church Building Fund, 1240 Leeville Pike, Lebanon, . 37087 or to WMU Foundation (Tennessee N Touch Mission Offering), P.O. Box 11346, Birmingham, Al 35202.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Christine Marks Coggins, 83

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon. January 26 at the Wilson County Funeral Home for Mrs. Coggins, 83, of Lebanon.

A member of First Baptist Church, Lebanon, she died peacefully at home Jan. 23, 2009 following a long illness. Services were conducted by Pastor David Freeman with burial at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: husband of 62 years David H. Coggins; daughters Sharon (Mark) Hurwitz and Sandra Coggins -- all of Lebanon; granddaughter Susie Hurwitz of Chicago, IL; brother Joe Allen (Joyce) Marks of Carthage and sisters-in-law Jennie Coggins of Badin, N.C. and Frances Marks of Lebanon.

Memorial donations may be made to the FBC, Lebanon.

Arrangements by Wilson County Funeral Home.

Joe Vernon Graber, 73
HARLINGEN, TX - Former Wilson Countian Joe Vernon Graber, 73, passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas.

Born July 15, 1935 in Watertown to George Garnel and Virginia Metcalf Graber, he attended Georgetown College in Kentucky and received a Bachelor of Arts degree, then attended Case Western Reserve where he received a Masters of Fine Arts degree.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 24.

Mr. Graber received a Group Life and Health Insurance Certificate through the Health Insurance Association of America. He was a Chartered Financial Consultant and a Chartered Life Underwriter with American College.

He was managing director of the Shreveport Symphony, an organizer of the Horse Cave Repertory Company and a professor at Centenary College, New York Union, the University of W. Virginia, and Simpson College.

Survivors include: wife Cindy M. Graber; brothers Garnel Graber and Glen Graber; children Linda M. Graber, John W. Graber and Mandy W. Katz; grandchildren Erika K. McBee and William Graber; and great grandson, Jakob McBee.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by granddaughter, Rachel Jean Katz.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mangum Memorial or the Koala Club (AA), 4809 Shed Rd., Bossier City, LA 71111.

Arrangements by Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.








Helen Marie Harrington, 76

MT. JULIET -- A private memorial service will be conducted at a later date for Mrs. Harrington, 76, of Gallatin. The daughter of the late John Bester and Luna May Burns Lawrence, she died Sunday, January 25, 2009. Mrs. Harrington was an employee of the J.C. Penney Company for 12 years.

Survivors include: sons David (Cyndi) Harrington, John (Janice) Harrington and Mark Harrington; siblings Bud (Dessie) Lawrence and Doris (Dr. Frank) Dailey; grandchildren Tina (Brandon) Anderson, Nathan Gregory, Lauren Harrington and Daniel Harrington.

The family requests that memorials be made to Sumner Hospice, 512 East Main Street, Gallatin, 37066.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Robert Allan McDaniel, 50

LEBANON -- A memorial service was conducted Tuesday afternoon, January 27 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. McDaniel, 50, of Lebanon.

He passed away Jan. 24, 2009. Services were conducted by Brother Mike Reid.

Survivors include: wife Carol Watson McDaniel of Carthage; children Rae Dawn McDaniel (Jordan) Riker of Gallatin, Courtney Hansen of Smith County and Daniel Hansen of Lafayette.

Also surviving sisters Linda (Chuck) McDaniel and Patti Burnett of Gallatin; grandchild Crimson Nevaeh Dawn Riker; father-in-law Ray Watson of Lebanon; sister-in-laws Janet (Michael) Presley of Carthage and Melanie (Steven) Young of Lebanon; nephews and nieces Gordon Storke, Charles McDaniel, Melissa Reel, Michael Storke and Zachary Storke.

He is preceded in death by father Al McDaniel and mother Sue Goforth McDaniel.

Pallbearers: Chuck Akemon, Jordan Riker, Gordon Storke, Charles McDaniel, Michael Storke and Zachary Storke.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

C.W. Barnes, 66

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 28 at the Maple Hill Church of Christ, for Mr. Barnes, 66, of Lebanon. He died Jan. 25, 2009.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 12 Noon. Visitation at the church from 1 p.m. until service.

Interment in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years Anne Elliott Barnes of Lebanon; children: Martha (Aubrey) Adcock of Mt. Juliet, Debbie (Rodney) Waller of Franklin and Rachel (Jason) Denton of Lebanon; brother Phillip (Brenda) Barnes of Lebanon; grandchildren Auston, Colton and Mariah Adcock, Linzie, Kailey, and Emily Waller, Warren and Elliott Denton; and numerous relatives.

He is preceded in death by parents Virgil and Mamie Grissim Barnes, and brothers Bobby "B.K." Barnes and Paul Barnes.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

FCS sweeps at Watertown

WATERTOWN -- Friendship Christian’s double barrel attack of Katy Vaughan and Carly Warmath provided most of the firepower Tuesday as Friendship Christian’s Lady Commanders turned back Watertown 67-34.

FCS improved to 13-7 overall / 7-1 in District 8A with the win while Watertown slipped to 11-10 / 45.

Vaughan (22) and Warmath (17) combined for 39 points as Vaughan also pulled in 11 rebounds. Warmath contributed six steals and six assists.

Leading 9-8, FCS closed out the first quarter on an 11-2 run to stretch the lead to 20-10.

BOY’S ACTION Tuesday found the No. 9-ranked Commanders running past Watertown 78-49.

FCS improved to 17-3 overall / and a perfect 8-0 in District 8A. The Tigers fell to 9-12 / 4-5.

Parker Teeter had 16 points, Hardie Sorrels 13 and Matt Goodner 10 for the Commanders.

Kenny Rowland paced Watertown with 16 and Keandre Bates added 10 while Caleb Grandstaff chipped in with nine points.

Friendship hosts Gordonsville Friday while Watertown will host Trousdale County Thursday in a 6 p.m. makeup doubleheader.


Baird sweeps at MJMS

From Post staff reports

MT. JULIET -- Lebanon’s Walter J. Baird closed the regular season Monday night with a doubleheader sweep at Mt. Juliet Middle School’s Tommy Martin Gym.

Julia Fox fired in three 3-pointers and finished with 14 points to pace Baird (13-4) to a 31-21 victory over the Lady Bears in the opener. Rachel Bean led Mt. Juliet (11-9) with nine points.

The Blue Devils rallied from eight points down to score a 36-33 win over the Bears. Baird (16-2) held Mt. Juliet to just three points in the third quarter.

Baaird’s George Theragood tallied 23 points and Brandon Fox added eight points, all in the fourth quarter.

Mt. Juliet got 18 points from C.J. McEwen.

Mt. Juliet Middle hosts the Northern Area tournament of the TMSAA beginning Monday, Feb. 2. Baird’s boys are the No. 1 seed and will play Sycamore at 7:30 p.m.

The Golden Bears will play Dickson County Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

The Devilettes earned a No. 2 seed and will play host (and No. 3 seeded) Mt. Juliet, Thursday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. All participating teams will advance to the Midstate Sectional in Rutherford County the following week.

Snow in forecast

The Wilson Post

School children may rejoice, parents may not, as snow is expected to fall today in Wilson County.

About 1 inch of snow is expected, probably not enough to ride a sled, but maybe a snowman or two will appear in front yards during the day.

 “It’s going to start out cold and kind of snowy,” said Darrell Massie, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory. “Everybody should see some snow flying through the air.”

Temperatures will not fluctuate too much today with the high expected to be in the upper 20s to low 30s.

Inman Court ordeal ends in suicide

The Wilson Post

A man who killed himself after an hours-long stand-off with authorities this past Friday has been identified.

The man’s name was Roger E. Bray, who would have turned 41 Tuesday, Jan. 27. He resided at 1205 Inman Court, a federal housing project in Lebanon.

The incident began Friday afternoon as police were in the area searching for a female runaway, said Commander Terry Bowman of the Lebanon Police Department.

Committees agree to meet in joint session to discuss new LHS

The Wilson Post

Members of the Wilson County Commission Budget and Education Committees and the Wilson County Board of Education have agreed to meet in a joint session on Thursday to discuss a new Lebanon High School, possibly the only thing they agree on so far.

The purpose of the meeting is to see where things stand with regard to approving and funding a new LHS.

Earlier this month, County Attorney Mike Jennings sent a memo to all the parties involved summarizing the issues and the actions taken thus far by the commission, the board and the two committees. The memo is expected to be the main topic of discussion at the meeting which is to be at 6:30 p.m., Thursday in the commission’s chambers at the Wilson County Courthouse.

FOP letter stirs up old issues

The Wilson Post

It has been described as an old issue that has been dealt with, but still a letter from the State Office of the Fraternal Order of Police has questioned the leadership ability of Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen.
The letter was apparently sent to city council members, Commissioner of Public Safety Billy Weeks, Bowen, and Mayor Philip Craighead from Brian Moran, president of the Tennessee State Lodge of the FOP.

Bowen was unaware of the letter and its contents as of Tuesday morning but said he has spoken with Weeks and Craighead about the direction of the Lebanon Police Department in recent weeks and on a continuing basis.

Dell to move 300 jobs to Metro

The Wilson Post

While jobs are not being lost, there are likely to be several hundred transferred by Dell Computers from its manufacturing site in Lebanon to its campus in Nashville, according to Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead.           
It has been rumored in the business community locally for several weeks that Dell, the computer manufacturing giant, will in the near future move some 250 to 300 jobs from its plant here to the company’s assembly facility in Nashville. Craighead yesterday confirmed that the transfer of these jobs may come as early as Monday.
It is important to note that the jobs are not being abolished, according to Craighead, explaining that they are being relocated to a site some 25 to 30 miles away but will still be available for the current employees here to keep if they choose to make the commute to Nashville.

Regionalism, a topic we must begin to grasp
The thought of regionalism is one that most likely many of us have not or do not consider as we go about our daily lives.
New Hope Presbyterian Church announces events

The study of "Opening the Doors of the Church", continues Wednesday, Jan 28th, at 7p.m.  Mark your calendar to Donate Blood to Blood Assurance on Saturday, Feb. 7th, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the church.  There will also be a screening for Bone Marrow donors available that day.  A Valentine's Family Dance is scheduled for Friday, Feb., 13 at 7 p.m.  Come young and old!  The church is located at 7845 Coles Ferry Pike. Church Phone 615-449-7020. Visit us at You may reach Pastor Burrow at 615-406-6385.

Comment example of 'bureaucrats' efforts to get more tax dollars

To the Editor:

Lebanon Commissioner of Public Safety Billy Weeks is an alarmist and exaggerates everything in order to scare people. Example: "In the 30 years he has been in law enforcement, Weeks noted "this is the most dangerous time I've ever seen for young men and women (in law enforcement) to work the street." He said that is because of the automatic weapons many in gangs carry and use"

Why isnt TVA using existing lines for new switching station?

To the Editor:

“Does anyone really care?”

TVA has announced their intention to build a major transmission line with a 100-foot clear cutting swath from the Gallatin Fossil Plant to a new switching station in northern Sumner County. Though numerous transmission lines currently exist, virtually none are utilized for this proposed new line.

10th Annual Polar Bear Plunge a Success

To the Editor:

The Jimmy Floyd Family Center staff would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that helped put together and participate in our 10th annual Polar Bear Plunge held this past Saturday, Jan. 17.


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