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Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

In 2007, a group of concerned Wilson Countians came together to form the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame.  

Agriculture has been a cornerstone of Wilson County from the day it was formed back in 1799.  

To recognize the contributions of the many folks involved in agriculture to our community, the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame was organized.  

Each year several Wilson Countians are recognized at a banquet designed to bring attention to Agriculture’s prominent place in our county.  

The seventh Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet will take place on April 2 at the Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon. 

Area FFA and 4-H Members will serve as ushers for the evening.   

Plans are in place to recognize the following individuals as the fifth annual class of inductees into the Hall of Fame:

Robert Burton

Bob Haley

Fred Laine

Harold Patton

“The purpose of the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame is to recognize citizens of Wilson County who have made a significant impact on agriculture in Wilson County, Tennessee, nationally or worldwide” states Hale Moss Chairman of the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame.  “We felt the time was right to pay tribute to these very deserving individuals.  Each has made significant contributions to Wilson County Agriculture, as well as Wilson County in general.

Other members of the Board of Directors of the Hall of Fame are Ben Powell-Vice Chairman, Keith Harrison-Secretary, Diane Major-Treasurer, and Ruth Correll & Stratton Bone.  

The organizers have established a non-profit status for the organization to enable them to raise money to be used to the establishment of a building on the Ward Agricultural Center to be dedicated to the individuals inducted into the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame.  “Any funds raised over and above the costs of putting on the annual banquet will be set aside for the building,” states Diane Major, treasurer of the Hall of Fame,

Tickets for the banquet can be purchased from Diane Major by calling 444-1890 ext 3.  The cost is $15 each.  

Jordan’s Catering will be preparing the meal that evening, which is another reason to join in on the festivities.  

Area businesses interested in becoming sponsors of this event should also contact Diane Major.  

“We want the entire agricultural community in our county to come together to recognize these deserving individuals on April 2,” says Moss. “We owe these folks a great deal of gratitude for everything they have done for agriculture.  We hope our community will come together and join in the celebration.”

Man arrested in connection with Saundersville Road area car burglaries
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man in connection with several reported vehicle burglaries in subdivisions in the Langford Farms, Hidden Harbor and Saundersville Road area. 

Jamie W. Stanfill, 37, was arrested on unrelated charges, and after investigation, admitted to approximately 25 car burglaries in Wilson County alone, as well as implicating himself in other burglaries in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon and Sumner County. 

Concert for Black History Month
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Celebration of the Arts for Black History Month will remember the most famous African American performers in Wilson County on Feb. 23 in story and song at Baird Chapel at Cumberland University (CU), from blues guitarist extraordinaire Howlin’ Wolf and country harmonica wizard DeFord Bailey to accomplished gospel vocalists Maggie Porter and Thomas Rutling of the original Fisk Jubilee Singers.

Spiritual Care now offered at Charis
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Charis Health Center, a non-profit primary health care clinic for the working uninsured, strives to care for the entire patient in body, mind and spirit.  In order to help meet the spiritual needs of our patients, Charis now has a trained spiritual director available at our clinic for appointments on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

MADD, Beavers joining for life-saving legislation
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is joining with Tennessee lawmakers, including Senator Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet), to call for advancement of key legislation to stop drunk driving. House Bill 353 and Senate Bill 670 require the use of ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.  Other sponsors of the bill are Representatives Tony Shipley (R-Kingsport), William Lamberth (R-Cottontown)  and Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster); and Senators Ferrell Haile (R-Gallatin), Mike Bell (R-Riceville), Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) and Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga). 

“Research shows that ignition interlock devices are one of the most effective ways to keep drunk drivers from continuing to drive drunk,” said Senator Beavers.    “Unfortunately, they’re significantly underused across the state.  Passage of legislation to require use of these devices will greatly help in our efforts to get drunk drivers off our roads.”

“MADD urges the legislature to advance this lifesaving legislation because requiring convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlocks has been proven to reduce drunk driving, save lives and prevent injuries,” said Jan Withers, MADD National President.

Currently, 17 states require interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. Ignition interlocks are critical to eliminating drunk driving, as 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers will continue to drive on a suspended license.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), requiring interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers saves lives and is effective in reducing drunk driving recidivism by 67 percent. States that are enforcing all-offender ignition interlock laws, such as Arizona, Oregon, New Mexico and Louisiana have cut DUI deaths by over 30 percent, largely due to comprehensive interlock laws requiring all drunk drivers receive the device.  

In December, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and AAA came out in support of requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.  The NTSB’s recommendations follow the July 2012 enactment of Surface Transportation Reauthorization legislation, known as MAP–21, which includes a number of drunk driving reforms, including providing incentive grants to states that adopt all-offender ignition interlock laws.

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