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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.

Humane Association changes name


The Humane Association of Wilson County has changed its name to New Leash on Life, and officials will present the new brand and logo at its booth at the Wilson County Fair on Friday, Aug. 15.

The Humane Association changed its name to New Leash on Life to more accurately reflect its mission and to create a fresh image.

As part of the change, there will also be a "Fill the Truck" event for community members to donate items from the New Leash on Life wish list.

Those wishing to donate supplies can bring things like cat litter, canned cat and dog food and toys to the New Leash on Life Ford truck or booth at the Wilson County Fair. (A full list of items can be found at by clicking the Donations tab.)

"As a non-profit organization, supplies are often scarce and a lot of people don’t know about the wide range of programs we offer to Middle Tennessee residents and animals," said Melissa Richards, president of the Board for New Leash on Life..

Ollie Williams Purnell, 92

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Ollie Williams Purnell were held Tuesday afternoon, August 12 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Mrs. Purnell, age 92 of Lebanon passed away Saturday, August 9, 2008, at the University Medical Center.

Born September 1, 1915, in the LaGuardo Community of Wilson County, she was the daughter of the late Walter James and Louise Prowell Williams. In 1937, she and her late husband, Oscar Allen Purnell, moved to Michigan and lived for 33 years, returning back to LaGuardo in 1970.

She was a homemaker and a member of the LaGuardo Baptist Church.  Services were conducted by Rev. Carl N. Price and Dan Stewart. Interment followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

She is survived by children Richard Purnell of Troy, Michigan and Sandra (Stephen Adams) Purnell of Enterprise, Oregon.

Also surviving are grandsons Daniel Purnell of Falls Church, Virginia; Michael Purnell of Troy, Michigan; and Thomas Purnell-Fisher of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; former daughter in law Nadia Purnell of Beverly Hills, Michigan; special niece Janette (Ernest) Tatum and special nephew Dan (Bettye) Stewart; and sister in law Melba Williams -- all of Lebanon; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, J. D. Williams and Albert Ray Williams, and a sister, Janie Sue Stewart.

Memorials may be made to the LaGuardo Baptist Church or to the charity of your choice.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charlene Watson Rogers, 74

LEBANON -- Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon, August 12 at the Sellars Funeral Home for Mrs. Rogers, 74, of Lebanon. Mrs. Rogers passed away Saturday, August 9, 2008.

Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars with interment in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include children: Robert Rogers, Patricia Johnson, Charles Rogers, Carey Boles and Eula (Johnny) Porter. Also surviving are siblings Ruby Newon, Jo Watson, Marie Clifton, Jenny McPeak, Teresa Sellars, Charles (Patricia) Watson and Jerry (Peggy) Watson; 21 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers: Kevin Kelley, Terry Kelley, Mark Lucas, Terry Rogers, Troy Rogers, Frankie Hirst and Mike Mainerd.

She is preceded in death by parents Charlie and Lula Gilbert Watson, sons Larry and Charles Lynn Rogers, husband Loranzo "Biggen" Rogers, grandchildren Michael Lucas and Emily Rogers, three sisters and one brother.

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

Sandra Kay Mallory, 61

MT. JULIET -- A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, August 14 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Mallory, 61, of Mt. Juliet. Mrs. Mallory passed away August 10, 2008.

Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Services will be conducted by Rev. John Bender.

She is survived by husband Charles Gary Mallory; children Jeanne Mallory, Becky Mallory, Gary (Tammy) Mallory and Steve (April) Mallory; sister Carole Hazelwood; grandchildren Wayne, Brandon, Dylan, Nick and Zach.

The family extends thanks to Mrs. Mallory’s caregivers Helenka McCathern and Betty Parnell as well as the Alive Hospice staff Kathryn Owens, Beverly Walker and Allyson Garvey.

She was preceded in death by parents Carl and Ira Baumgardner.

Memorial contributions may be made to Walden’s Puddle, P. O. Box 641, Joelton, 37080 or the Humane Association of Wilson County, P. O. Box 247, Lebanon, 37088-0247.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

BOE rejects Lebanon High bids

BY CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post

Wilson County Board of Education decided to reject all hard bids for the new Lebanon High School Friday night at their regular meeting.

The board normally meets on the first Monday of each meeting, but this meeting was moved to Friday instead since some of the members could not attend on the regular night.

County Attorney Mike Jennings advised the board that none of the bids were in compliance with a Tennessee law passed July 1 requiring each bidder to name a geothermal contractor who has a Tennessee Department of Environmental Control license and to post the TDEC license number on the front of their bid.

He said it would be a Class A misdemeanor to accept a bid that didn’t comply.

County football season approaches


Three Wilson County football teams will be in action during Week Zero as the 2008 campaign is on the horizon.

Class 1A teams Watertown High and Mt. Juliet Christian Academy will each host games Friday, August 22. The Purple Tigers will entertain Upperman High while the Saints entertain Lancaster Academy out of Rutherford County. Wilson Central High will travel to Franklin County High.

One week later, five local teams will play in traditional Week One contests.

Lebanon High hosts Gallatin High at Nokes-Lasater Field while Wilson Central will welcome cross-county rival Mt. Juliet High. Friendship Christian will host Ezell Harding, Watertown will host DeKalb County and MJ Christian is idle.

Cumberland University, under the direction of third-year head coach Dewayne Alexander, will open the 2009 season on the road Saturday, August 30 as they travel to Campbellsville University, KY.

JAMBOREE ACTION -- Wilson Central High’s football program will host the second annual Justice Jamboree Saturday, Aug. 16.

Designed as an "under the lights" tune-up for teams playing in Week Zero, ten varsity programs will participate in addition to middle school and ninth grade teams.

Sponsored by local attorney Frnk Lannom, the jamboree cranks up at 3 p.m. as West Wilson Middle School squares off against Southside for two quarters of action.

Battle Ground Academy will play Donelson Christian in a varsity scrimmage at 4 p.m. followed by a ninth grade match-up between Wilson Central and Portland.

LaVergne is scheduled to play Portland in a 6 p.m. varsity scrimmage followed by Cumberland County taking on Sycamore at 7 p.m.

A pair of Wilson County teams will be featured in the final two periods as Watertown meets Davidson Academy at 7 p.m. followed by host Wilson Central going against Ensworth Adacemy in the 8 p.m. finale.

All tickets are $5 and will be available at the gate.

LEBANON HIGH will hold its annual Kick-Off Classic Thursday, Aug. 21 at Nokes-Lasater Field.

The event is hosted by the Blue Devil Football Alumni Association and sponsored by Wilson Bank & Trust.

Lebanon High and Beech will square off in a ninth grade scrimmage at 7 p.m.

The varsity Blue Devils will take on Beech at 8 p.m. for two periods.

Admission is $5 per person.




GLADEVILLE -- Johnny Benson won his third straight NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Saturday, passing Erik Darnell for the lead with less than three laps remaining in the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.

Benson's victory also was his fourth in the past five races and 13th of his career. He has a 45-point lead over Ron Hornaday Jr., who finished fifth.

The Bill Davis Racing Toyota driver spent most of the 150-lap race driving up through traffic. He started 16th, drove up to fourth and fell back to 12th following his first pit stop. Benson was 13th prior to his second stop on Lap 65. The team took time to make adjustments, and he restarted 25th.

Ten laps later, Benson gained valuable track position by taking fuel only when pitting with most of the field, jumping from 15th to seventh.

Benson was fourth for the final restart with 23 laps remaining, trailing Darnell, Hornaday and Todd Bodine.

Martha Louise Lehew Cutrell, 83

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Cutrell are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2008, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Rev. Lisa Oliver officiating.

Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be on Monday from 4-8 p.m. at Ligon & Bobo.

Mrs. Cutrell, age 83, of Lebanon passed away Friday, August 8, 2008, at the Tidewell Hospice in Arcadia, Florida.

Born November 25, 1924, in Wilson County, she was the daughter of the late Earl Russell and Lily May Estes Lehew.

She was a homemaker and a member of the New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Ford Cutrell on April 23, 1986, and two brothers, Ester Lehew and William Russell Lehew.

She is survived by three daughters, Betty Louise (Bob) Buhler of Rotunda West, Florida; Ellen O’Neal of Nashville and Sue (Benny) Reynolds of Summershade, Kentucky; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Glitch delays vote totals


Think Murphy’s Law in that "if things can go wrong, they will."

Such was the case Thursday night, Aug. 7 at the Wilson County Election Commission as a technical glitch meant rather than feeding vote totals into a computer through a special cartridge, Election Commission workers had to resort to reading numbers off paper ballots and inputting them by hand into the computer to get vote totals. The election finally wrapped up shortly after midnight.

"Our Election Night Reporting System failed us," said Martha Ann Sutherland, assistant administrator of elections. She said later the cartridge system they use somehow became corrupt causing the delay. It had worked fine earlier in the day when she ran a test on it, she noted.

It took a while, but Election Commission workers persevered and winners were determined. Of course, all vote totals are unofficial until certified in the next few days.

There were three Wilson County Board of Education seats up this time. In Zone 1, newcomer Vikki Adkins won with 453 votes. Challengers Jeff D. Brown received 269 votes, Stanley Spicer received 222 and Dorinda D. Wolentarski received 138.

Pratt ousts Locke, Gwin in as judge

Political newcomer Jack Pratt unseated incumbent Jimmy Locke for Wilson County Assessor of Property in Thursday’s general election.

In the other county-wide race John Gwin slid past two other candidates to be elected Division III General Sessions Judge.

Gwin, who served as Municipal Judge for the city of Mt. Juliet for over 15 years, polled 3,620 votes while Haywood Barry totalled 3,181.

E. Marie Farley finished third with 1,875 votes.

Pratt, who was employed for just over three years in the property Assessor’s office in a previous administration, polled just under 50% of the votes cast.

Locke was voted out of office after serving just one four-year term after having defeated then-incumbent Jimmy Carter Martin in 2004.

A computer glitch at the Wilson County Election Commission headquarters delayed the final tabulations until well after midnight.All told, Pratt was credited with 4,379 votes while Locke collected 3,751 votes.

Steve Nixon finished third with 762 votes.

"It’s been a long hot summer," Pratt said, "we’ve had some supporters who carried me through.

"I’m deeply humbled by the vote tonight. It’s going to be my high honor to serve the people of Wilson County."

Clarence Raymond Ingram, 77

TULSA, OK – Lebanon native Clarence Raymond Ingram died Friday, August 1 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 77.

Known by many as "Buttermilk", Mr. Ingram served in the US Army 1952-1954 as an Aviation Engineer. He was retired from Ford Glass Plant, as a furnace specialist. Mr. Ingram was a member of Rhema Bible Church.

Survivors include: his wife of 57 years Thelma Jean Ingram, children Timothy (Marsha Ann) Ingram, Deborah Maxwell and Delana Lynn (Bob) Frazier; grandchildren; Todd Maxwell, Kelly Abney, Austin Frazier and DeDe Koewler; great grandchildren Tyler Maxwell, Chandler Koewler and Macie Thomas.

Also surviving are sisters Mae (Bob) Gammons, Jenelle (Wayne) Drennon and Bobbie J. Farmer.

He is preceded in death by parents Clarence Orton Ingram and Minnie Massey Ingram, brothers Aubrey Ingram and Denver Ingram and son-in-law George Maxwell.

Floral Haven Funeral Home in Broken Arrow, OK was in charge of arrangements.

Carlos Andrew Hamlet, 67

WATERTOWN – Funeral services were held Thursday, afternoon, August 7 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Hamlet, 67, of Watertown.

Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Thomas W. and Affie Mai Phann Hamlet. Involved in the construction industry, Mr. Hamlet died Aug. 4, 2008 at NHC Healthcare in Smithville.

Services were conducted by Brother David Haun with burial at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: wife Linda Watts Hamlet and children Diane (Rick) Stephens, Carlos (Tina) Hamlet, Jr. and Bobby (Peggy) Hamlet – all of Watertown.

Also surviving are grandchildren A.J. Hamlet, Cody, Shelby and Wesley Hamlet; siblings James (Frances) Hamlet of Watertown, Ray Hamlet of Sparta, Ruth Castell and Liza Ann Coffee – both of Gainesboro, Lucille (Joe) Fitts of Temperance Hall and Lorene Rymer of Rome, GA as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Hamlet was preceded in death by brothers Charles, Eston and William Hamlet. Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Jim "Tiny" Clark, 53

LEBANON — Graveside services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, August 8 at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens for Mr. Clark, 53, of Nashville.

Born August 10, 1954, on Burtonwood Air Force Base in Warrington, England and a 15-year veteran of the US Navy, Mr. Clark died Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at his residence.

Known as "Tiny" to his family and friends, Mr. Clark was the son of Edie Bult Clark of Lebanon and the late Noah Alfred Clark Jr. 

Services will be conducted by Dr. Larry Locke and Jimmy McDowell.

Survivors include: his mother Edie Clark of Lebanon; son Jeremy James (Omega) Clark of Pensacola, Florida; brother Stuart (Crystal) Clark; sister Lisa (Jeff) Brockette — all of Lebanon as well as several nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers: Arthur, Michael and Darryl Bult, Jeff Brockette, Stevie Whitaker, Drew Brockette, Carl Crawford, Brad Powers and Noah Clark.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jo Ann Hicks, 63

WATERTOWN – Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, August 9 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Hicks, 63, of Watertown.

Born May 15, 1945 in Lenoir City, the homemaker died August 8, 2008 at the Alive Hospice, St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville.

The family will receive friends Friday between the hours of 1-8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. until the service. Burial will be at the Jones Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: husband Tom Hicks of Watertown; children Jimmy (Jane) Thompson of Louisville, KY, Joseph (Kim) Hicks, Brad (Stephanie) Hicks, Dee Hicks – all of Lebanon and Amy (Elliot) Persinger of Watertown; stepchildren Christy (Lynn) Tisdale of Brush Creek and Betty (Danny) Prater of Smithville.

Also surviving are 24 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; sisters Pat (Gary) Aikens of Lebanon, Cathy (Stanley) Everett and Susie Cobb – both of Lenoir City as well as several nieces and nephews; special aunt and uncle Dee and Faye Stinnett, special cousin Linda Presley and special friend Mary Jo Hicks.

She is preceded in death by grandparents James and Edna Stinnett, mother Mildred Louise (Stinnett) Roberts, son David Thompson and stepsons Randall and Robert Hicks.

Pallbearers will include grandsons Jason Thompson, Kyle Hicks, Gregory Hicks, Austin Thompson, Zach Hicks and Tim Hicks. Honorary: Cameron Wells, Brayden Hicks and Michael Drake.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Harold Eugene Jarvis, 87

SALINEVILLE, OH -- Funeral services will be conducted in Ohio for Mr. Jarvis, 87, of Mt. Juliet.

A US Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Highlandtown United Methodist Church, Mr. Jarvis died August 3, 2008.

Mr. Jarvis was a member and past master of Salineville Masonic Lodge and for 15 years was the public address announcer for Southern Local High School football. He was the son of the late Clyde and Lena McClurg Jarvis.

Survivors include: his wife of 52 years Mary Jarvis of Mt. Juliet; children John (Patty) Jarvis of East Liverpool, OH and daughter Marianne (Allan) Wise of Mt. Juliet.

Also surviving are siblings Glenn Jarvis of Salineville, OH and Agnes Ward of Wellsville, OH; 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughters Cheryl Tracy and Jean Kozar as well as five siblings.   

Memorials may be made to Highlandtown United Methodist Church, c/o Elaine Jarvis, SR 39, Salineville, OH 43945.

Local arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Enrique Correa, Jr., 48

LEBANON -- Mr. Correa of Madison passed away on August 4, 2008 at age 48. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Survivors include mother Rose Postello of Madison; children Derrick Correa of Lebanon, Kristen Nicole Correa of Madison, Trinity Owens of Chattanooga and Natsha Crotzer of Lebanon; siblings: Daniel Correa, Ruben Lorenzo, Andrew Correa and Anthony Postelle.

Also surviving are grandchildren: Devin Correa, Brianna Crotzer, Haley Crotzer, Serenity Owens, Spencer Owen and Devin Postelle; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by father Enrique Correa Sr. and step-father William Postelle.

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

Vela Pearl Hicks Usrey, 89

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, August 9 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Vela Pearl Hicks Usrey, 89, of Lebanon.

Retired from Performance Food Group after 34 years of employment, Mrs. Usrey died Aug. 7, 2008 at University Medical Center following a brief illness.

A longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Lebanon, she was employed by Kroger in when it was located on College Street.

Visitation will be Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. until the service.

Reverend David Hesson will conduct the funeral. Interment will be at Lebanon Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: her son Elgan (Edwin Ann) Usrey of Lebanon, granddaughters Heather (Richard) Clements of Chattanooga and Laurel (Gregg) Key of Lebanon, great-grandchildren Daniel and Stephen Clements of Chattanooga and Holly and Mason Key of Lebanon. Also surviving are sisters Bertha McClane of Monticello, Kentucky and Juanita (Bill) Roberts of Crystal Springs, Mississippi; sister-in-law Faye Hicks of Springfield, Illinois and brother-in-law Keith Brewster of Findley, Ohio as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Joe and Sallie Hicks; husband W.T. (Dub) Usrey and daughter Barbara Ann Usrey; brothers Delbert Hicks, Ophard Hicks, Isaac Hicks and James Hicks; sisters Nell Mouney, Evelyn Brewster and Roxie Hardiwick.

Pallbearers will include Richard Clements, Daniel Clements, Gregg Key, Estil Hicks, Ernie Wingo and Gene Usrey.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Benjamin R. Heilman, 78

MT. JULIET -- Services for Mr. Heilman, 78, of Nashville will be Monday, August 11 at 10 a.m. at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet. Mr. Heilman passed away August 7, 2008.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 10 from 4 - 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Monday.

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

Survivors include: children Terry Heilman, Danny Heilman, Rick Heilman, Geraldine (Denny) Vanderboom, Debbie Heilman, and Tammy (Dennis) Worley; 7 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Gladys Heilman.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

William Hugh Buchanan, 63

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services for Mr. Buchanan, 63, of Smyrna, will be held Saturday, August 9 at 2 p.m. at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet  Mr. Buchanan passed away on August 6, 2008.

Visitation will be Friday, from 2 – 8 p.m. and from 12 Noon until service on Saturday.

Services will be conducted by Bro. David Shannon and Rev. Jo Ann Nichols.

Survivors include: children William (Shannon) Buchanan, Larry (Helen) Buchanan and Mildred (Jimmy) Porter; siblings Bobby (Nan) Luffman, Charles (Pam) Buchanan, Gary (Cathy) Buchanan, Dennis (Kay) Buchanan and Nancy DeWit; granddaughter Ariana Buchanan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Buchanan was preceded in death by son Jesse Buchanan; parents Jessie and Georgia Buchanan; and brother Arthur Luffman.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

VIP seats available for Lawrence concert

LEBANON -- Excitement is building for a concert by country music entertainer and Wilson County resident Tracy Lawrence at the new covered arena at the Wilson County Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce has announced a VIP event for the concert that will include a reception and a chance to meet Lawrence along with special seating for the concert.

Tickets for the VIP event are required. There are 50 tickets available at $35 each and include the reception with Lawrence, reserved seating at the concert, a souvenir and a photograph with Lawrence and an autograph.

There are also 100 tickets available at $20 each and include the reception with Lawrence, reserved concert seating and a souvenir. To purchase tickets for this VIP event, call 444-5503.

The Wilson County Fair will be Aug. 15-23 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds, Lebanon.

Council nods sign ordinance


About 40 people turned out in support of and opposed to an amendment to an ordinance that would prohibit electronic signs in several business zones at Tuesday night’s regular Lebanon City Council meeting.

Council approved the measure on first reading.

Bob O’Brien spoke for about 40 people who were there supporting the ordinance, and Gary Andover, owner of Witt Signs, asked the council to consider amending the ordinance to allow churches and schools to have the signs regardless of where they were located.

The council rejected Andover’s proposal after Ward 5 Councilor Haywood Barry  pointed out that churches and schools are difficult to define and are allowed to locate anywhere in the city.

Ward 3 Councilor William Farmer pointed out that signage was only one problem presented by zoning areas next to residential zones as B-1.


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