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Roger Dewayne Davis, 41

LEBANON – Funeral services have been set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 in the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Davis, 41, of Lebanon. A 22-year employee of Yellow Roadway Corporation, Mr. Davis died Sunday March 8, 2009 at the University Medical Center.

A member of the Baptist church, he was the son of Henry and Jean Davis. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the funeral.

Services will be conducted by Brother Winfree Jewell. Interment will follow at the Bethlehem Cemetery.

Survivors include: wife Tina Sandlin Davis; children Dalton Wayne Davis and Ashley Rene’ Davis; parents Henry and Jean Davis.

Also surviving: uncles Kenneth Davis, Jay Murphy, David Murphy and Billy Murphy; aunts Frankie Davis, Ruthie Davis Henslee, Shirley Sisco and Betty Brewington.

He is preceded in death by son Brandon Wilson Davis; maternal grandparents Bill Murphy & Josie Murphy Harris; paternal grandparents Jiggs & Ella Thorne Davis.

Active pallbearers: Dalton Davis, John Lusk, Roger Beadle, Frank Deas, Dan Hicks and Greg Bullock. Honorary pallbearer and special friend, Larry South.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Sarah Frances Smith, 90

LEBANON – Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, March 8 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Smith, 90, of the Tuckers Cross Roads Community.

A homemaker and member of Bethlehem Church of Christ, she passed away Friday, March 6, 2009, at Alive Hospice in Nashville.

Services were conducted by Brother Kenneth Head with burial at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: daughter Frances Smith Dickie of Hermitage; sons Charles F. Smith Jr. of Brentwood and Allen C. (Darlene) Smith of Lebanon.

Also surviving: grandchildren Deborah (John Wildman) Roberts of Lebanon, Donald K. (Karen) Davis of Nashville, Daryl Smith (Jaime Trevino) Davis of Arkansas, Diana (Jeff) Stacey of Lebanon, Charles F. Smith III of Lebanon, Robert A. (Bambi) Smith of Gordonsville, T. Edward Smith of Atlanta, GA, Angela Smith of Gordonsville; 13 great-grandchildren , six step-great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by parents Robert Bennett Shearon Jr. and Eddine Fields Shearon; husband of 55 years Fisher Smith; great-granddaughter Sarah Nicole Smith.

Grandsons served as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to the Bethlehem Church of Christ, c/o Terry Poston, 4090 Linwood Road, Watertown, 37184.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Millworks Theatre sets production on June 2

The Mill at Lebanon announces the addition of Millworks Theatre to the roster of businesses housed at The Mill.

Millworks Theatre will begin production on June 2 and will provide a variety of entertainment experiences to Middle Tennessee six days a week. Tuesday through Saturday afternoons, Millworks Theatre will perform and serve lunch for Bus Tour Businesses and Senior Groups. Thursday through Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees will be dedicated to more traditional theatre fare along with dinner. On Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, a rotating schedule of other entertainment will be presented which might include Bluegrass groups, Gospel and Country artists, Jazz musicians, standup comedy and improv, Cabaret performers, Murder Mystery evenings and more.

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CoreTech project still on track

By JOHN B. BRYAN
The Wilson Post

One of the largest industrial developments in Lebanon to come along in years is full steam ahead with a temporary office locating in the old Wal-Mart location on West Main Street.
          
CoreTech Industries President Greg Quinn said Tuesday “nothing has changed with our plans in Lebanon,” and his company is “looking forward to opening the temporary office soon.”

CoreTech Industries announced plans to locate its campus near I-40 and South Hartmann Drive in September 2008 as the first in the nation devoted exclusively to development and marketing of green technologies.

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BPUSA suspended

From Post staff reports

Development of the proposed Bible Park USA in Lebanon has been suspended pending resolution of “political differences” between City County and the Mayor.

That was the word Tuesday afternoon from Robert Wyatt, developer of Bible Park USA, in a statement released to local media.

"We regret we must suspend all further work on the development of  the Bible Park USA project in Lebanon, Tennessee,  pending the City Council and the Mayor resolving internal political differences over the project,” Wyatt said.

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CU sets spring FB practice

'DOGS RETURN 37 LETTERWINNERS

LEBANON -- Cumberland University begins spring football practice next week coming off last season’s Mid-South West Division conference championship and returning 37 letterwinners for head coach Dewayne Alexander.

Cumberland returns 17 letterwinners on defense and 20 on offense from last season’s club that ended the year with three victories in the last four games, including a thrilling 29-26 triumph over 11th-ranked Lambuth in the season finale.

The Bulldog offense ranked in the Top 30 nationally in seven categories, including 18th in passing efficiency, 20th in passing yards per game and total yards per game, 22nd in scoring offense, 23rd in kickoff return yards and punt return yards per game, and 28th in first down per game.The defense was 35

th in the country in sacks, 43rd in pass defense efficiency, 46th in opponent third down conversions and 47th in total defense per game.

Cumberland will practice on the following dates from 3:30-5:30 p.m. each day on the CU campus: March 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 and 30, and April 1, 3, 6 and 8.

The squad will also have workouts on two Saturdays, March 21 and 28, at 9:30 a.m. The Bulldogs will play their spring game on Thursday, April 9, at a time to be determined.

All practices and the spring game are open to the public.

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Keep TN Beautiful visits Lebanon, area schools

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Catching littering drivers can help Lebanon be more beautiful and add revenue to the city or county general fund as well, said an official with a state beautification organization.

Keep TN Beautiful (KTnB) Community Development Specialist Howard Cobbs told people how they can help at a recent Lebanon Beautification event.

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Curves to participate in 11th Annual Food Drive

During the month of March, Curves of Lebanon will participate in the 11th Annual Curves Food Drive to benefit local food banks.

Collectively, during the past five years, nearly 50 million pounds of food were distributed to local communities all over the world through the Curves Food Drive. 

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Additional charge filed against Lebanon woman

Julie Hardin

From Post staff reports

A Lebanon woman was arrested Monday by Metro Nashville Police and charged with attempted child abuse, a felony.

Julie Ann Hardin of Callis Road, Lebanon, was arrested Feb. 19 by Nashville Police, suspected of tampering with her 4-year-old son’s IV in an attempt to harm the child. She was charged then with felony aggravated assault.

 

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Marijuana, weapons, cash seized in drug arrest

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

A Lebanon man was arrested Sunday night and is expected to face charges after authorities discovered close to 50 pounds of marijuana, weapons including an assault rifle and more than $10,000 in cash.

Arrested was Vance Clemmons, 22, of 229 East Old LaGuardo Road, Lebanon.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said authorities served a search warrant and at the residence where they reportedly found about 50 pounds of marijuana, an SKS assault rifle, two handguns and $10,207 in cash.

Clemmons, said Det. Jeremy Reich, has a juvenile record.

“He’s somebody known to us,” Ashe added.

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Parents sue Wilson County Schools

Group claims Lakeview trying to ban God

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

A group of parents are suing Wilson County Schools claiming the schools are trying to take God out of the school.

The parents of one child sued the school system in 2006 for promoting religion when a group called Praying Parents was allowed to meet at the school.

In that case, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Echols ruled in 2007 the school, Lakeview Elementary, had given preferred treatment to the group, and ordered the board to pay $171,000, for the family’s legal fees.

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FCS partners with local jewelry firm at benefit dinner

Join the families of Friendship Christian School for a taste of Italy on Saturday, March 7 at 6 p.m. 

The dinner, benefiting the FCS Annual Fund, also features a unique partnership with a local jewelry company. Professional jewelers will examine gold and silver jewelry on the spot and make a purchase offer to each attendee. If they choose to sell, the attendee gets paid immediately for their gold and then the jewelry company donates 20 percent of their total event purchase to FCS. 

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Does it make good sense to chase park away before all facts are in?

By SAM HATCHER
          
Imagine this.

There are three curtains on stage and you get to pick only one in order to receive the merchandise behind it.

You have the advantage of knowing today what’s behind two of the curtains. Behind the first curtain is a state-of-the-arc vacuum cleaner and behind the second is a top-of-the-line dishwasher.

However, you don’t know today what’s behind the third curtain but you do know that it has the possibility of being worth millions of dollars.

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Dr. Bone gets immersed in mission work

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

Well, not literally in water, but in the mission effort.

During a two-week stay in Africa at the Nigerian Christian Hospital, Dr. Bone and his coworkers Dr. Henry Farrar, Dr. George Robertson and Don Thompson from Nashville performed more than 60 surgical cases in this Third World facility. The types of procedures performed ranged from routine hernias sometimes called ruptures, to resection of malignancies. Especially rewarding to Dr. Farrar were the results of cleft lip cases he did on young children and one 50-year-old man.

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William David Tinsley, 47

LEBANON -- David Tinsley, 47, of Lebanon, passed away on March 4, 2009.

A private memorial service will be held in Kentucky.

Survivors include mother Canelia M. Tinsley of Lebanon; sister Tammy and (John) Miles; niece Breanne Miles and nephew Sheldon Miles – all of Newport News, VA.

He is preceded in death by brother Wesley Tinsley.

Local arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Clara Ruth Underwood, 56

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, March 6 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Ms. Underwood, 56, of Mt. Juliet.

A member of Friendship Baptist Church, she passed away Monday, March 2, 2009 at Nashville’s St. Thomas Hospital.

Services will be conducted by Brother Kenny Layne and Brother Ray Pledger. Burial will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Survivors include: mother and step-father Clara (John R.) Sutton; sisters Bobbie (George) Swift and Patricia (Ricky) Goins; brothers Roger (Julie) Underwood and Robert (Judy) Underwood.

Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Chris and Barry Eubank, Shana Shaffin, Paige Goins, Triba Swift, Alex, Amy, Brian and Jordan Underwood.

She is preceded in death by grandparents Frank and Mary Underwood; Bill and Goldie Bennett.

Active pallbearers: Chris and Barry Eubank, Charlie Hendrix, Casey and Charles Harper, and Visuit Saeaung. Honorary pallbearer: Tiny "Ronald" Underwood.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Claudine Prowell, 82

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7 at the First Presbyterian Church for Ms. Prowell, 82, of Lebanon. Known as "Pottsie" to her family and friends, she passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at University Medical Center.

Ms. Prowell was a claims adjuster for the State of Tennessee , an avid gardener as well as a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she worked as a secretary and later served as organist for 41 years.

Visitation Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time at the church.

Services will be conducted by Dr. Jim Choomack and Dr. John Cheetham. Interment will be at the Wilson County Memorial Park.

Survivors include: niece Melissa Prowell; great nephews Emanuel Luke and Clifton P. Sepulveda and special friend Jack Howard.

She is preceded in death by parents Claude C. and Hester Lewis Prowell; brother Claude C. Prowell, Jr. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be directed to the charity of your choice.  Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers, the choir of First Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Time to spring forward

From Post staff reports

Maybe you realized it, and maybe you didn’t, but it is time to spring forward this weekend.

That’s right, before you retire for the evening on Saturday, be sure to move your clock(s) one hour ahead as daylight saving time takes effect at 2 a.m., Sunday.

On the positive side, the change means it will stay daylight longer so you’ll have time to do things perhaps around your house when you get home from work. On the negative side, the change means we all lose an hour of sleep.

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Mikayla new March of Dimes Ambassdor

From Post staff reports

A baby who might not have lived if March of Dimes hadn’t been able to help is this years Ambassador child for Wilson County.

Her parents, Leshia and Mike Scheetz, told the amazing story with their daughter, Mikayla, at the March of Dimes kickoff event at Dell recently.

“Having the March for Babies Walk on April 25th this year means more than just any other day to us,” said her mother. “It was this day in 2007 we welcomed our daughter, Mikayla Leigh.”

She told the group that Mikayla was born full term, 39 weeks, but weighed only 4 pounds, 2 ounces.

“But it’s five months earlier that our story begins. After having my 20-week ultrasound, I received a phone call stating that something was not quite right,” Leshia said.

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Heart for Israel at Fairview Church

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Fairview Church in Lebanon wants to offer people in Wilson County hope and rest in a time of trouble so it’s sponsoring a Heart for Israel Conference this weekend called “The Lion Roars from Zion,” and more than 800 people are expected to attend.

Set to appear at Fairview are former University of Colorado football coach and Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney, among others.

“Our church has always had a heart for Israel,” said organizer Paula Renfro.

So when the pastor of the church, Michael Christian, suggested flying an Israeli flag, the congregation agreed, she said.

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Fox: Put Bible Park near Superspeedway

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

The next round in the fight for the Bible Park may involve attempting to move the site out of Lebanon and into the county.

Former Lebanon Mayor Don Fox met with Wilson County Mayor Robert Dedman and County Attorney Mike Jennings to discuss the issue on Wednesday, Dedman said.

He said Fox discussed the park and said it could possibly be relocated to a site on State Route 840 near the Superspeedway.

“I told him I think the County Commission is going to want answers to the same questions the City Council is asking,” Dedman said. “I think it will have a hard time passing without financials.”

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Gang suspects busted

From Post staff reports

A major drug and gang operation was concluded and closed this week, said Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe and Lebanon Commissioner of Safety Billy Weeks, and two persons, brothers, were arrested.

Brothers Marlon and James Waters were arrested on narcotics related charges stemming from four search warrants executed by the Lebanon Police and Wilson County Sheriff’s Departments.

A news release from Ashe and Weeks said that for the past year, the LPD and WCSD have been flooded with complaints from local residents and business owners concerning alleged narcotics trafficking occurring at the apartments located behind the car wash at 419 East Main Street in Lebanon.

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Lady 'Dogs fall to FHU

SEASON ENDS FOR CU WOMEN

HENDERSON -- No. 5-ranked Freed-Hardeman eliminated Cumberland 68-54 Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the TranSouth Women’s basketball tournament.

The Lady Lions went on a 15-2 second half run to break open a close game.

Cumberland (8-23) closed within 43-37 with 11:42 remaining in the contest after an Angie Wells bucket, but the Bulldogs failed to score a field goal for the next six minutes.

Freed-Hardeman took full advantage, running off a 15-2 spurt that essentially put the game away.

CU committed four turnovers and missed seven field goals during the stretch, with two free throws from Simone Ryan the only points.

In her final game as a Bulldog and playing with a fractured left (non-shooting) hand, senior Chaquaila Gaten scored 12 points, as did Tamara Gonzalez, while Ryan grabbed 10 rebounds.

Cumberland trailed 31-20 at halftime after hitting just 27 percent from the field and committing 12 turnovers.

A basket from Bona Ogada and 3-pointers by Gaten and Gonzalez helped the Bulldogs close within six, but the costly dryspell doomed CU in the end.

Whitney Johnson netted a game-high 19 points for FHU and also recorded eight rebounds, while Meribeth Boehler had 16 points and Jana Cross posted 12.

The Bulldogs scored the first six points of the game with a pair of 3-pointers from Gaten, but the Lady Lions answered with 15 consecutive points over the next six minutes.

Johnson netted five points and Cross and Boehler each posted four.

Wells ended the run at 12:47 for the Bulldogs, but FHU extended the lead to 21-8 over the next three minutes.

The Lady Lions led by as many as 18 in the period, but CU closed the half with a 9-2 spurt over the final four minutes, with Gonzalez, Gaten, Wells, Ryan and Keshia Brown all contributing.

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Bulldogs top Bellevue, Neb.

CUMBERLAND IMPROVES TO 8-8

DAYTONA BEACH, FL -- Michael Wheeler’s two-run single in the sixth scored the winning runs Cumberland in a 7-6 victory over No. 6 Bellevue Wednesday in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Wheeler, a former Friendship Christian all-stater, went 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored in the victory as the Bulldogs improved to 8-8 on the season.

Matt Greener collected a pair of hits and scored once. Kyle West also drove in a pair of runs, including a solo homer in the third inning.

Canadian Shawn Schaefer (1-1) picked up the win for Cumberland, tossing a complete game. The lefthander allowed six runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out seven.

Kyle Wink (0-1) took the loss for Bellevue (1-3), giving up four earned runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked seven and struck out six

CU got on the board in the third with West’s solo homer, his second of the season.

The Bulldogs open play in the TranSouth Conference Friday, March 13 at home with Bethel College.

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Beavers brother wears many creative hats
Dear Ken: How old is Tony Dow, who played Wally on “Leave It to Beaver”? Does he still act?
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