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Memorial Day in Wilson County
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Memorial Day, May 26 this year, is a day set aside to celebrate and honor United States men and women who have died serving their country in the military. For many Americans, including those of Lebanon, Wilson County.  This day marks the start of summer. Learning institutions are usually closed on this day. “We will have an outstanding service honoring our military dead and recognizing all military personnel now and in the past for service to our great country,” noted Lt. Col. Jim D. Henderson (USAF ret.), event Director and Emcee.  This year Shyrell Herrera, the daughter of one of the 24 persons presented this country’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor, will be the principal speaker to talk about her dad, a real hero of the Viet Nam War. The event begins at the monument in front of the Wilson County Courthouse on East Main Street, at 9 A.M.

Sponsored by American Legion Post, the City of Lebanon and Wilson County, the ceremony will honor and identify all veterans by service branch with branch flags to be raised in the adjacent Veterans Park. This park, which will be partially completed by Memorial Day, will also feature tours of the sections of the park which are completed, estimated to be 80-90% of the project.

Gold Star Mothers will be honored for their contributions to our country and every name on the monument, which is slated to be moved into the new park later, will be read aloud and remember.

The event concludes with the posting of the wreath at the foot of the monument by Wilson County commanders and/or designees of all veterans’ organizations including the American legion and auxiliaries, DAV, VFW and Vietnam Veterans of America Post 1005.  A 21 gun salute and the playing of Taps.   “Get your family together, invite a neighbor and honor those who have given their all to keep this country free,” concluded Col Henderson.

 
Commissioners move forward with WEMA agreement
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Board of Commissioners approved an agreement between the Fire Department of Mt. Juliet and WEMA Monday. 

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Head-on collision ends in fatality, two more critically injured
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lebanon Road was shut down for two hours Tuesday, May 6 as Mt. Juliet Police and Wilson EMA investigated a three-car crash that sent three to the hospital in critical condition, one of which died days later from the injuries. 

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Controversial book back on reading list
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A book that was taken off a high school reading list by the School Board is back on from time being. 

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon was taken off the list by a 3-1 vote at the May 5 board meeting. The item was brought up by Board Member Wayne McNeese who took objection to the profanity in the book. 

But in a email Friday, Interim Director of Schools Mary Ann Sparks said the book will remain on the reading list for now. 

“Wilson County Schools Board Policy 4.400 provides procedures for review and reconsideration of allegedly inappropriate instructional materials. The Board wishes to remain in compliance with this policy and therefore will ask the Director to review this complaint within the guidelines of the current policy rather than implementing the changes recently considered. Any further discussion will be considered at the June board meeting,”

Sparks wrote in the email. 

 
Brandon running for Circuit Court Clerk
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Former Wilson Central High School Girls’ Basketball Coach Bud Brandon announced his bid for Wilson County Circuit Court Clerk today.

“The job of the Circuit Court Clerk is about management, leadership and serving the public,” Brandon said. “With 30 years’ experience as an educator and coach, I will bring a fresh view to county government.”

Brandon recently stepped down as the Lady Wildcats’ head coach, in order to focus on the Circuit Court Clerk race. “It’s time for a new challenge. I want to serve the County in a different capacity, using the skills I learned in the classroom and on the basketball court,” Brandon said.

Brandon is a graduate of Lebanon High School and Middle Tennessee State University. He worked in several basketball camps throughout Tennessee, including Pat Head Summit’s basketball camps for 14 years. 

Brandon began his teaching and coaching career at Carroll Oakland in 1984. He assisted Tommy Martin at Mt. Juliet High School for six years, while serving as the girls Freshman Head Coach. Brandon served as the Head Coach for both Boys’ and Girls’ teams at Walter J. Baird Middle School for 11 years, where they won two James C. Hale State tournaments. Brandon was the Wilson Central Lady Wildcats’ Head coach for the last 13 years, leading the Lady Wildcats to two state championships and five state tournament appearances. 

“It has been a great experience, not only to coach with my father, Hall of Famer Campbell Brandon, but to also reach the pinnacle of any coach’s dream to win two girls’ state championships,” Brandon said.

Brandon received the 2007 Wilson County Great Commission Coach from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was named Coach of the Year three times by the Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee.

Brandon serves as president of the Oak Hill Homeowner’s Association. Brandon and his wife, Bonita, attend College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon and have a daughter who attends Wilson Central High School.

Brandon’s campaign kick-off will be Thursday, May 1, from 4-7 p.m., at the National Guard Armory located at 1010 Leeville Pike in Lebanon. The County General Election is Aug. 7, with early voting from July 18 – Aug 2.

 
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