8:36 AM Aug 8, 2013
(Laurie Everett • Lebanon Democrat) Significant flooding is evident in an area off Saundersville Road in Mt. Juliet.
Wilson Emergency Management Agency Director John Jewell said his department is busy Thursday morning helping citizens stranded due to flooding.
6:34 PM Aug 7, 2013
(Kimberly Jordan • Lebanon Democrat) Ben Channell, director of the band program at Winfree Bryant Middle School, displays some of the instruments students use during classes. Channell said there are not enough instruments for his students at the present time, and he is hoping for a little help from the community to allow the school to buy more instruments.
Winfree Bryant budding musicians can’t play without instruments
12:13 PM Aug 1, 2013
A Wednesday afternoon car crash claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl in Gladeville.
3:43 PM Jul 31, 2013
Today I celebrate one of those "milestone" birthdays. I am now officially no longer in my 20s. Everyone says that turning 30 makes you feel different somehow, but I really don't.
6:00 AM Jul 19, 2013
Emergency first responders and their spouses are invited to the Criminal Justice Center in Lebanon on Saturday for the Wills for Heroes event. Policer officers, firefighters and EMTs are all welcome to come to the center from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., where local attorneys will offer free wi...
12:40 PM Jul 12, 2013
Wilson County’s sales tax revenues in June showed gains in consumer spending compared to the prior month. The Tennessee Department of Revenue released Friday sales tax collections for Wilson County that showed totals for June were up nearly $100,000 compared to May’s nearly $3 ...
12:10 PM Jul 11, 2013
A local Girl Scout is paying it forward to those in need by collecting items to donate to the Girl Scout organization in Oklahoma to help with tornado relief efforts. "I saw how many people it affected and really wanted to help," said Megan Buehler, a 10-year-old Junior Girl Scout with a t...
11:53 AM Jun 28, 2013
 Photo: Kimberly Jordan • Lebanon Democrat

Wilson County Sheriff's Department Deputy Matt Edwards explains some of the equipment used by the Special Respose Team as he goes over functions of a tactical vest.
Area teachers got a taste of what sheriff's deputies do when responding to crisis situations during the final day of an inservice Friday. The Wilson County Sheriff's Department invited teachers to the James E. Ward Ag Center on Friday to view a number of vehicles and types of equipment the...
3:07 PM Jun 27, 2013
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Lauren Stavinoga bats in the home run derby Wednesday. She won by hitting a shot off the top of Middle Tennessee State University’s scoreboard.
The Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches' Association held an all-star game Wednesday featuring a team from Tennessee and a team from Kentucky. Several players from Wilson County hit the diamond. The Tennessee team lost to Kentucky in a tiebreaker. Each team won a game, but Kentucky pulled ou...
10:32 AM Jun 27, 2013
Wilson County’s unemployment rate broke a three-month downward trend in May with a slight increase, but it remains one of the lowest in the state. According to figures released Thursday from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, May’s jobless rate in Wils...
6:16 AM Jun 27, 2013
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Randy Vanatta
Lebanon police charged a juvenile suspect with vehicular homicide by recklessness Thursday in a March 30 crash that killed longtime Lebanon High School teacher and coach Randy Vanatta. Police Chief Scott Bowen said Darius Johnson, 16, of Lebanon, was charged Thursday. Bowen said an ...
1:10 PM Jun 26, 2013
I am having one of those days with an extreme case of writer's block. Nothing has come easy in the writing department, including this column. I feel like I am pulling teeth as I write these words. Stress never helps me write anything, and we have had plenty of that in the office. On Wednes...
12:40 PM Jun 26, 2013
 Photo: Kimberly Jordan • Lebanon Democrat

Patrons check out the selection of fireworks Wednesday at a stand next to Walgreen’s on South Cumberland Street in Lebanon.
Fireworks are a popular addition to Fourth of July celebrations, but revelers need to keep in mind the regulations governing their use. Mt. Juliet, Lebanon and Watertown each have laws in place as to when fireworks can be bought and used within each city. Time periods range from one to two...
7:03 AM Jun 21, 2013
A 5-year-old boy died shortly after arriving at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after he was struck by a large pickup truck Friday morning in Mt. Juliet. Police said the incident happened at about 10:30 a.m. just off Main Street near W. Division Street in Mt. Juliet. According to poli...
11:19 AM Jun 19, 2013
 Photo: File Photo

Fireworks blaze during Lebanon's July 4, 2012, celebration.
As Wilson County gears up for summer, one reminder that the season is upon us comes in the form of dozens of brightly colored tents throughout Wilson County. As the Fourth of July draws closer, fireworks tents can be seen dotting the landscape in preparation to fulfill the needs of revelers. Th...
7:00 PM Jun 18, 2013
Tuesday night I had the good fortune to spend some quality girl time with my mom and my sister….and about 15,000 other screaming people. The three of us went to the New Kids on the Block concert at Bridgestone Arena and I can honestly say that I screamed myself nearly hoarse. Boys I...
1:14 PM Jun 17, 2013
 Photo: Photo courtesy of Lebanon Police Department

Emergency officials work the scene of a wreck Monday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 109 and Hickory Ridge Road in Lebanon.
Emergency officials work the scene of a wreck Monday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 109 and Hickory Ridge Road in Lebanon.