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To Camp

I grew up in the suburbs of a big city. Most everyone I knew had an identical looking house in a subdivision. Your house was either a “ranch” or a “colonial”. Every home was surrounded by a big gray concrete sidewalk in the front and a large wooden fence in the back.

Council nods rezoning, site could include amusement park


Lebanon City Council passed on second reading an ordinance to rezone 33.74 acres on Tater Peeler Road, from R-2 (medium density residential) and RM-6 (high density multi-family residential) to B-4 (highway business) at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The ordinance said the characteristic uses are retail, restaurant and convenient stores. The B-4 zone it could also be used for an amusement park, an auction house, bowling alleys, nursing homes, a miniature golf course, skating rinks, kennels or a race track.

The Tater Peeler Road area is in fact one of several sites under consideration for the Bible Park if it should be located in Wilson County, according to City Liaison Sue Akins Siens. Others are along I-40 and State Routes 840 and 109, she said.

Tax sale set Sept. 13


Wilson County will conduct a delinquent tax sale at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 13 in the Chancery Courtroom at the Wilson County Judicial Center, located at 134 South College Street, Lebanon.

Potential buyers are encouraged to arrive on time to hear about the terms of a tax sale. Back Tax Attorney Bob Rochelle said he will warn that this is a "buyer beware" sale where the buyer takes much more risk than if buying from a Realtor or an individual.

Potential purchasers are encouraged to thoroughly investigate the parcels before the sale.

The county will sell 19 parcels. A list of the parcels slated for sale may be obtained from the Office of the Clerk and Master.

"There may be parcels paid before the sale date. Of course, they will be dropped from the sale," Rochelle said. "Prospective purchasers should make their own inquiry into the state of the title and condition of each parcel."

The sale is part of the continuing effort by Wilson County and the cities of Lebanon and Watertown to reduce the amount of delinquent taxes owed, he added.

Astronaut Wilmore visits Parker Seals


By TOMMY BRYAN, The Wilson Post

There’s a sign in the break room at Lebanon’s Parker Seals which reads, "We’ve got friends in high places."

One of those high-flying friends popped in for a visit Friday morning – none other than NASA Astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore.

In the fall of 2009 Commander Wilmore expects to be at the controls of a space shuttle mission to the International Space Station – certainly going faster and higher than anyone who grew up on West Wilson County’s Vanderbilt Road.

A 1981 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School and a former Golden Bear football standout, Wilmore was on hand to brief Parker Seals employees on the importance of team work and dedication to excellence.

Parker Seals manufactures rubber which is used for the 23-foot long "o-rings" so vital to the solid rocket boosters used to help launch the space shuttles.

Meet the 'Dogs event is Saturday

By TOMMY BRYAN, The Wilson Post

LEBANON -- Cumberland University’s football program will stage a "Meet the Bulldogs" event Saturday, Aug. 23 between the hours of 9-11 a.m. at Lindsey Donnell Stadium.

Plans call for the players to be available for autographs, pocket schedules and posters will be distributed and a few free tickets to upcoming games will be awarded.

Third year head coach Dewayne Alexander is hoping the community will recognize his program as "fan friendly".

"We’ve got an outstanding group of young men on this football team, certainly the best since I’ve been here," Alexander said.

"I’d especially like to invite the junior pro, junior high and high school players to come meet these guys Saturday morning."

Cumberland will wrap up serious two-a-day practices today and is scheduled to hold "Picture Day" activities Thursday morning.

A game-type intrasquad scrimmage is on tap for Thursday afternoon followed by two light practices on Friday in helmets, shirts and shorts.

Alexander was particularly pleased with the effort dur-ing Saturday afternoon’s nearly 90 minute scrimmage.

"I was pleased with our concentration and execution," Alexander said.

"We were on our 12th consecutive practice session and I thought our guys were a little leg weary, but they battled through it.

"Our offense didn’t have any bad plays, no bad snaps, no bad exchanges between the quarterbacks and backs.

"Our receivers ran good routes and I thought our offensive play was very physical."

Senior tight end Michael Thrasher pulled in several tough catches.

On the other hand, the Bulldog defense of first-year coordinator Donnie Suber didn’t give up big plays.

"Our defense kept things pretty well bottled up, no busts in the secondary -- well played overall," Alexander said.

Lebanon safety Freddie Hall had a leaping interception of a tipped pass to snuff out a late drive.

CU is set to open its’ 11-game season Saturday, August 30 on the road at conference rival Campbellsville.

Aug. 30 at Campbellsville, KY

Sept. 6 at UT-Chattanooga

Sept. 13 at Georgetown, KY

Sept. 27 at U. of the Cumberlands


Oct. 11 at Faulkner, AL


Oct. 25 at Belhaven, Mississippi




home games in ALL CAPS

* homecoming

James Houston Driver, 64

WATERTOWN – Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, August 16 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Driver, 64, of Watertown.

Born in Smithville and a graduate of Cumberland County High School, Mr. Driver died Aug. 14, 2008 at the St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.

A steam fitter, he was a veteran of the US Air Force and a member of the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters of America, Local No. 52.

Services were conducted by Jack Stone and Tollie Cantrell with burial at the Poplar Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: wife Darlene Breeding Driver and children: Deanna (Scott) Jennings, Jimmy (Tracy) Driver – all of Watertown and Brandee (Roger) Beadle of Lebanon.

Also surviving are grandchildren: David (Melanie) Jennings of Lebanon, Sonia Jennings, Reagan Hendrickson, J.T. Driver and Josh Driver – all of Watertown, mother Merle Driver Dorsey of Donelson and sister Glenda (Max) King of Nashville. He is preceded in death by father Thomas Driver.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Willie Frank Seay, 59

PONTIAC, MI – A memorial services was held Saturday, August 16 at the Cobb Funeral Home for Mr. Seay, 59, of Pontiac, Michigan. Formerly of Lebanon, he died Aug. 11, 2008. He was the son of the late Hubbert and Beautie Seay of Lebanon.

Survivors include: wife Gloria Seay, son Stevie Seay and siblings Nancy Seay, Hubert (Patricia) Seay, Wayne Seay and Russell (Deborah) Seay.

Also surviving is mother-in-law Juanita Rhodes, sister-in-law Gale Rhodes, brother-in-law Charles (Cornelia) Robertson, aunt Louise Seay, uncle Claude (Rosa) Seay and a host of other relations.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Seay is preceded in death by daughter Tina Seay Austin and siblings Mary Frances Seay, Pauline Crawford, Sammie Carter, Loretta Owens, Luke, Ben, Buford and Andrew Seay.

Information provided by Disyal Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Kathleen Thomas McClanahan, 87

NASHVILLE — Graveside services were held Tuesday morning, August 19 at the Woodlawn Cemetery for Mrs. McClanahan, 87, of Lebanon. Born September 27, 1920, in Shreveport, LA, she died Saturday, August 16, 2008, at the Cedars Health Care in Lebanon.

The daughter of the late Monroe and Ella Lee Thomas, she was a homemaker and a Baptist in belief.

Services were conducted by Dr. Ray Cleek.

Survivors include: sons Ron (Kathy) McClanahan of Arrington and Richard "Rick" McClanahan of Cookeville.

She was preceded in death by husband Eugene Douglas McClanahan; and siblings:  Robert, Russell, William, Bud Thomas, Ruby Shane and Betty Gibbs as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.

Janis Lynn Carver, 52

MT. JULIET – Funeral services were conducted Monday morning, August 18 at Rutland Baptist Church for Ms. Carver, 52, of Mt. Juliet. Known as "Lynn" to her family and friends, she died August 15, 2008.

Ms. Carver attended Rutland Baptist Church. A 1974 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, she attended Tennessee State University.

Services were conducted by the Rev. Stanley E. Southall. Interment followed at Rutland Community Cemetery.

Survivors include: devoted mother Grace Oldham Carver and sisters Jamie (Larry) Brooks and Jackie Carver — all of Mt. Juliet.

Also surviving are: aunts Katherine Garrett of Gallatin, Ruby Lloyd and Sadie (Robert) Majors — both of Nashville, uncles Bob (Carey) Oldham, Curry Oldham and Jim (Margaret) Oldham — all of Gallatin; George Robert Gaines and Johnny (Mary) Gaines — both of Nashville as well as numerous cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Curtis Carver.

Memorials may be made to The Nashville Red Cross Blood Bank, 2201 Charlotte Ave., Nashville 37203 or The American Cancer Society, 2000 Charlotte Ave., Nashville 37203.

Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Robert Graham, 67

MT. JULIET – Funeral service were held Tuesday morning, August 19 at the Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Graham, 67, of Nashville.

Known as "Bobby" to his family and friends, Mr. Graham passed away August 15, 2008. He was the son of the late William and Robbie Graham.

Services were conducted by Brother Dean Campbell and Bob Hamm. Interment followed at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife of 45 years Ethelene Graham; and children William Clay (Kim) Graham, Tyler Eugene Graham and Bobbie Lea Graham. Also surviving is brother Roy Eugene (Ann) Graham; nephew Chuck (Janie) Waggoner; and grandchildren Joshua Trinity Graham and Denali Rose Graham.

Pallbearers included: Chuck Waggoner, Bruce Hammock, Raymond Martini, Phillip Kennedy, Tommy Inman, Josh Probo, Daniel Sullivan and Bob Hamm.

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

Virgle Buck, 91

MT. JULIET – Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 20 at the Mt. Juliet AME Church for Mrs. Buck, 91, of Mt. Juliet. A beloved mother and grandmother, she died August 15, 2008.

Services were conducted by Rev. Timothy Bryant with interment at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include daughters Mary Ann Hancock and Betty Christine Clay, step-daughter Flayetta Wright and step-sons, Edmund (Ida) Buck and Joe Buck.

Also surviving are grandchildren Loyd, Ambrose, Dorothy and Sylvia Branch, Ruby and Senica Hancock, Christopher Clay, Brother Daniel Sweatt; other family members and friends.

JC Hellum Funeral Home, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.

Week Zero heroes


Two Wilson County football teams posted Week Zero wins Friday night as the 2008 prep season got underway.

At Robinson Stadium, Watertown defeated Class AA Upperman High 31-14 as senior Blaze Eaton (pictured) scored a pair of touchdowns, recorded three quarterback sacks and recovered a fumble.

Eaton returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown, then added an 8-yard TD pass reception from Dalton Phillips just before intemission.

Receiver Ethan Patterson caught seven passes for 62 yards including two for scores. Phillips completed 14-of-27 attempts for 130 yards and three scores.

IN WINCHESTER -- Wilson Central defeated Franklin County 21-0 as the Wildcat defensive unit forced four turnovers -- including threeinterceptions.

JaJuan Brooks intercepted two Rebel passes while Alex Raines scored twice on runs of 13 and 1 yards. Raines led the Wildcats with 50 yards on 13 carries.


Rose to head CU's Fine Arts dept.

By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post

LEBANON -- When Cumberland University’s new Dean of Fine Arts Ted Rose was asked to speak at the luncheon introducing him last week at Five Oaks Country Club, he said it was difficult for him to decide what to talk about.

"I could talk for an hour about my faculty," Rose said. "They’re not just professors, they’re artists, performers who students see as role models."

He added that he thinks it is important for professors to have experience in the field they teach.

In his actual speech he told those gathered that he wants to put what he has learned both as a working artist and working in corporate America into practice for the students at CU.

Construction projects to require interstate closures

From Post staff reports 

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation announce that continuing construction on Interstate 40 in Mt. Juliet will make it necessary to shut down one lane in each direction beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 15 through 6 a.m., Monday, Aug. 18.

The inside lane of I-40 East will close at 6 p.m., and the inside lane of I-40 West will close at 7 p.m., Friday, to allow for the construction of sign footings in the median. Two lanes will remain open in each direction at all times.


Finance panel recommends 20-cent tax hike to fund schools


Wilson County Commission’s Finance Committee recommended a 20-cent increase in the property tax rate to fund schools for fiscal year 2008-2009 at Thursday (Aug. 14) night’s meeting.

Finance panel members voted 6-1 to recommend Wilson County Schools’ proposed budget of $41.3 million and a 20-cent tax hike to fund it to the full county commission after receiving a recommended “status quo” budget from the Education Committee earlier that night.

The recommendation from the finance panel is less than what was sought by the county schools. Full funding of the proposed budget approved last month by the Wilson County Board of Education would have required giving the school system an added 34 cents per $100 of valuation.

The proposed budget approved by the school board, which calls for an extra $7.5 million, was presented to the committees by Director of Schools Mike Davis, who explained the increase is primarily needed due to the opening of the brand-new Mt. Juliet High School, and because the school system has at least 400 more students than last year.

Fallen Soldiers March held Friday


About 60 people, including active and retired military, civilians and others set out from the Maj. Gen. Carl D. Wallace National Guard Armory on Leeville Pike on a 9-mile trek Friday afternoon for the 4th Annual Fallen Soldiers March which honors those who have lost their lives in the War on Terror.

The march  followed the same route as last year. Marchers headed west on Leeville Pike and will turn right on South Hartmann and head toward West Main Street. From West Main, the group marched to the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

The march is organized each year by First Sgt. Jim Williams who began it after he returned from a tour of duty in Iraq in 2004.

Tonya Michelle Vantrease, 39

WATERTOWN – Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, August 14 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Vantrease, 39, of Alexandria.

A dispatcher at the 911 Center, Mrs. Vantrease died Aug. 11, 2008 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage following a brief illness.

A native of Wilson County, she was the daughter of the late Peggy Murray Stafford and Randall Woodard. She was a graduate of Lebanon High School.

Services were conducted by the Rev. Gordon Lee with burial at the Jones Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: husband Gerald Vantrease and son Josh Barnett – both of Alexandria; step-children Courtney (Ian) Lockert of Lebanon and Bob (Felecia) Vantrease of Gordonsville; step-grandchildren Kelsey, Paige, McClane, Jon Michael and Noah; aunt Gayle Ogle of Alabama and uncles Jackie Murray of Lebanon and Dale Murray of Michigan.

Pallbearers included: Evan Winters, Ian Lockert, Bob Vantrease, Robert Marsh, Mark Morton and Rick Brown.

Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.

Amy Lannom Ragland Morse, 88

LEBANON — Private graveside services were planned for Mrs. Morse, 88, of Lebanon.

Mrs. Morse, retired from the State of Tennessee as a licensed practical nurse, passed away Wednesday, August 13, 2008, at her home.

Born March 19, 1920, in Wilson County, she was the daughter of the late Posey and Callie Clark Lannom and was a member of the Southside Baptist Church.

She is survived by children Harold (Helen) Ragland and Sandra (Sam) Oldham — all of Lebanon; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and a great, great grandchild.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands William Clyde Ragland and Walter M. Morse; sisters Pauline Massey, Thelma Cousins, Dorothy Mills and Mamie Lannom; and brothers William Hoyte Lannom, Walter Lannom and Amos Lannom.

The family request memorials to be made to the Vision Fund of the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church or to the Lebanon Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Edward Lowe Brewington, 57

 LEBANON — Funeral services have been set for 11 a.m. Friday, August 15 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Brewington, 57 of Hartsville.

A longtime resident of Lebanon and a US Navy veteran, Mr. Brewington passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2008, at the Kindred Hospital in Nashville. 

He was a member of the Southside Baptist Church and a painter.

The family will receive friends Friday 9 - 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Services will be conducted by Brother Greg Moser and Brother Danny Sellars.  Interment will follow in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. 

Survivors include: daughters  Angel Bingham of Phoenix, AZ and Kayla Brewington of Hartsville; father and step-mother Ed and Jean Brewington of Lebanon.

Also surviving are siblings:  Patricia (Jackie) Adams of Westmoreland; Misty (Mark) Dawson; Wayne (Gail) Brewington and Ronnie (Sandra) Brewington —— all of Hartsville; half-sisters  Susie Jared and Debbie Brown of Lebanon; half-brother Bubba Cook of Seaborn, FL; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter Susie Olesinski; mother Mildred Belcher Brewington; half-brother Jr. Brewington. 

Pallbearers:  Wayne Brewington, Mark Dawson, Ronnie Brewington, Jackie Adams, William Harris, George Reed, Shon Brewington and Chris Brewington.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Frances Fay Holmes Beatty, 90

LEBANON – Graveside services have been scheduled for 9 .m. Friday, August 15 at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens for Mrs. Beatty, 90, of Nashville.

A homemaker and a member of Woodmont Baptist Church in Nashville, Mrs. Beatty passed away peacefully August 12, 2008 at Alive Hospice.

Survivors include: son Joseph Marion (Monica Sena) Beatty of California; daughter Cynthia Holmes Beatty (Glenn) Gilmore of Nashville; grandson James Cary Beatty; granddaughters Melissa Diane and Kimberly Renee Gilmore as well as special friend Carrie Jo Martina of New Orleans.

She is preceded in death by parents Richard and Bessie Holmes; husband James E. Beatty; son Clay Holmes Beatty; and two step-sisters.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alive Hospice.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of local arrangements.

Rosie Lee Gilliam White, 89

LEBANON – Memorial services will be will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, August 16 at the JC Hellum Funeral Chapel for Mrs. White, 89, of Lanham, Maryland.

A resident of Wilson County and the Bellwood Community until moving to Maryland in 1992, Mrs. White passed away August 5, 2008.

She was educated in the Wilson County public schools.

Services will be conducted by Brother Donnie Hatcher, with interment at the Rest Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include children Sammie and Walter White of Tennessee, Mary Hurd of Michigan, Gladys Hooper and Evon White of Maryland.

Also surviving is sister Lillie Moxley of Tennessee; Brother William Gilliam of Tennessee; daughters-in-law, Betty and Ossie White; sister-in-law Mary Gilliam; 20 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; one great, great grandchild; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and relatives.

She is preceded in death by her husband Sam William White; and children James Donell, Hoyal, and Robert White.

JC Hellum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Janet K. Barnes, 57

NASHVILLE – Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, August 16 at the Una Church of Christ, 1917 Old Murfreesboro Pike, for Mrs. Barnes, 57, of Mt. Juliet.

Known as "Jan" to her family and friends, Mrs. Barnes passed away August 13.

The family will be receiving friends at Una Church of Christ Friday between the hours of 3-8 p.m. and Saturday for one hour prior to funeral.

Services will be conducted by Brother Todd Elliott and Brother Steve Blackman.

Survivors include: her husband of 36 years Ron Barnes of Mt. Juliet; sons Brian A. Barnes and Eric G. Barnes; father Robert Crumley; and siblings Chuck Crumley, Lois DeLarra, Linda Crosslin, Mark Crumley and Gary Crumley.

Mrs. Barnes is preceded in death by mother Lila Kroll Crumley and brother Dale Crumley.

Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.

Services held for local banker David Grandstaff

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, August 16 at the Maple Hill Church of Christ for Mr. David Wilson Grandstaff, 64, an assistant vice-president and loan officer at Wilson Bank & Trust.

A lifelong resident of Wilson County, Mr. Grandstaff passed away Thursday afternoon, August 14, 2008 at Alive Hospice / Skyline Medical Center, Madison, following an extended illness.

Involved in the local banking business for more than 40 years, he was a 1962 graduate of Lebanon High School.

Captain and star quarterback of the 1961 undefeated Blue Devil football team, he was called by many the greatest punter to ever wear the Blue and White.

He was treasurer of the Wilson County Fair, treasurer and long-time member of the Sertoma Club, treasurer of The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), and a member of the Maple Hill Church of Christ

Mr. Grandstaff graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Banking. He attended Middle Tennessee State University and Austin Peay State University.

Sink or Swim

I have a theory that there are two types of holiday families. There are the cookie cutters and the nutcrackers. As a member of the nutcrackers, I always took for granted that I would get to spend all holidays with my family… that was… until I got married.

Electric bills will rise in October


Electric bills in Wilson County will be going up in October due to increasing costs of generating electricity, according to a spokesman with the Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation (MTEMC).

The co-op will be passing along an increase in the cost of generating electricity from the Tennessee Valley Authority. At the same time, they also have some tips on saving electricity that may help keep bills more affordable.

Chris Jones, vice president of Marketing and Communications for MTEMC, said Monday the reasons for the increase include the cost of coal used to generate electricity, and the serious drought in East Tennessee where most of TVA’s hydroelectric plants are located.

When water levels are low, he said, TVA has to use more coal to produce electricity.

And when demand is high, as happens when the temperature is near 100 degrees or more as it was this past week, TVA also uses natural gas generating which is the highest cost generation, or buys electricity from commercial sources to meet the demand.


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