Like in most places, Wilson County had its ups and downs in 2013. The county saw its share of crimes, but it also saw some major victories. The following stories were compiled from those that resonated most with our readers and were then ranked in a Top 10 format based on blind votes from Lebanon Publishing Company staff. See Tuesday’s edition for the final five top stories.
10. Director of Schools eliminates positions, prompting lawsuits
Wilson County Director of Schools Tim Setterlund eliminated two positions in the Central Office in September, prompting the individuals whose positions were affected to file lawsuits.
Supervisor of Special Education Jill Micco’s position was eliminated Sept. 12, and Supervisor of Career and Technical Education Bill Moss’s position was eliminated a day later, leaving both without jobs. Both Micco and Moss filed suits in Wilson County Chancery Court against Setterlund and the Wilson County Board of Education alleging wrongful termination.
9. Lebanon teens capture evidence in parasailing accident
Two Lebanon teens, Grace Gallaher and Hayley Gatlin, were vacationing in Florida in July when they witnessed an accident involving two parasailers.
Gallaher snapped a photo of the parasail as it went by over the ocean before its connecting line broke. The teens gave the photo to a Panama City news station, which then provided the photo to investigating authorities.
8. Meth lab explodes in motel
An active meth lab exploded at the Traveller’s Inn in Lebanon in November, blowing out the door and wall of a motel room. Lebanon police officers responded and the state Meth Task Force cleaned up the hazardous materials.
Two suspects, Gary Bennett, 36, of Carthage and Samuel Forrester, 36, of Carthage, were charged with numerous offenses, including manufacture of methamphetamine more than 0.5 grams, promotion of methamphetamine production and reckless endangerment, among others.
7. Murder suspects indicted in shooting death
Derrick Devaughn Carr, 20, of Nashville and Shawn Derrick Betty Jr., 20, of Nashville, were arraigned in September in the shooting death of Andre Logue of Lebanon.
The shooting happened Aug. 10. Both suspects had fled the scene following the shooting and were eventually found in Michigan and extradited back to Lebanon.
6. Police investigate deadly shooting
Lebanon police investigated the shooting death of Ronald Lyn Johnson, Sr. Johnson was shot Oct. 12 on Joseph Street in Lebanon. Around two weeks following the shooting, the Lebanon police issued a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting. Police still have not identified a suspect.