6:00 PM Feb 26, 2006
February, 24 2006 The alleged mastermind of a wide-ranging marijuana distribution operation has been indicted along with two co-defendants by the Trousdale County grand jury on an array of charges, including attempted theft and tampering with government records. Fred Earl Strunk, who has remained i...
6:00 PM Feb 16, 2006
February 2, 2006 Lebanon's clean up costs associated with the old city-county landfill have ballooned by some $800,000 based on a consultant's estimates, though one official says part of the overrun was anticipated. "There weren't any mess ups with the original estimates, there was just more waste ...
6:00 PM Feb 16, 2006
Feburary 3, 2006 The recent end of a federal conspiracy trial which put two ex-Wilson County Jail guards behind bars has signaled a new beginning for a series of brutality lawsuits filed on behalf of former prisoners. A stay put in place by a federal judge at the request of prosecutors before the s...
6:00 PM Feb 16, 2006
February 6, 2006 The head of the Wilson County Education Association says there's no question about the overriding issue for educators when negotiations begin on a new three-year contract. In a nutshell, WCEA president Jeff Garrett said recently, teacher pay will be the focus of the talks, which wi...
6:00 PM Feb 16, 2006
February 11, 2006 A "very knowledgeable" Long Hunter State Park ranger was killed during a trip to his mailbox, struck by a car driven by a Lascassas man. Authorities say no charges will likely be filed in connection with the accident which claimed the life of Ranger Charles Ross Pahnke, 58, who wa...
6:00 PM Jan 25, 2006
January 27, 2006 NASHVILLE — Two ex-Wilson County Jail guards are behind bars after being convicted in a conspiracy of brutal prisoner beatings, one facing a possible life sentence and the other unexpectedly jailed in a violent coda to their emotion-filled federal court trial. Convicted were ...
6:00 PM Jan 25, 2006
January 21, 2006 NASHVILLE — An ex-Wilson County Jail guard on trial in an alleged conspiracy of prisoner beatings and cover-ups testified he saw high-ranking officers strike inmates and labeled a former co-worker turned government witness a coward. Former guard Shane Conatser testified as th...
6:00 PM Jan 15, 2006
January 14, 2006 NASHVILLE — A former Wilson County Jail guard graphically described beatings that allegedly killed a prisoner while testifying about the bloody, bone-shattering 'jailhouse justice" routinely dished out by three ex-jailers standing trial on conspiracy charges. Former Cpl. Gary...
6:00 PM Jan 15, 2006
January 14, 2006 A man collapsed inside the Wilson County Jail late Friday following his arrest by Lebanon police and was pronounced dead a short while later at a local hospital. Officials with both law enforcement agencies said the man had no physical signs of injuries when he was taken from the j...
6:00 PM Jan 8, 2006
January 5, 2005 A blistering audit of the Tennessee School Board Risk Management Trust indicates Wilson County lost nearly $52,000 in taxpayer money in allegedly fraudulent commissions. A state investigative audit released Thursday of the Tennessee State School Board and Risk Management Trust paint...
6:00 PM Dec 29, 2005
December 21, 2005 For the overwhelming majority of Wilson Countians, the good times are now. Majestic subdivisions filled with stately, six-figure homes dot a landscape that not very long ago housed little more than livestock. "Growth" has become the unofficial mantra of local leaders over the past...
6:00 PM Dec 29, 2005
December 22, 2005 Despite its seemingly well-earned reputation for kindness, Wilson County lacks two of the essentials most desperately needed by those caught in the cruel clamps of poverty — shelter and transportation. Experts from across the board agreed the lack of both can occasionally be...
6:00 PM Dec 29, 2005
December 29, 2005 An ex-Wilson County Jail guard will testify against his former co-workers after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges in a hearing which saw him acknowledge his role in an inmate's death. Former Cpl. Gary Hale stood impassively before a federal court judge with his hands clasped b...
6:00 PM Dec 13, 2005
December 12, 2005 Three Lebanon attorneys have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a DeKalb County couple who once served as foster parents for the Department of Children's Services, alleging DCS workers labeled them child abusers in retaliation for their complaints about the agency. The lawsuit not only ...
6:00 PM Dec 9, 2005
December 7, 2005 A 17-year-old Wilson Central High School student could face as many as 200 charges for allegedly viewing child pornography on a school computer, officials say. "There's evidence that 100-200 photos were pulled up and each one of them could end up being a separate count," Wilson Cou...
6:00 PM Nov 21, 2005
November 21, 2005 Authorities have filed several charges – including aggravated stalking – against a man who allegedly appeared twice at a Lebanon woman's Bible study class. A charge of criminal trespass and violating the condition of his release has also been filed against Charlie Doak...
6:00 PM Nov 21, 2005
November 18, 2005 Former Wilson County property assessor Jimmy Carter Martin pleaded guilty to charges of official misconduct and oppression Thursday for illegally changing the assessed value of land after losing his 2004 re-election bid. Martin was charged in a two-count criminal information filed...