11:26 AM Apr 19, 2013
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Lebanon Police Department's communication personnel are honored in a meeting attended by (from left) state Rep. Mark Pody, Communications Supervisor Courtney Sellars, CTO Sierra Luna, police Chief Scott Bowen, Mayor Philip Craighead, Angela Thomas, Amber Jenkins and Heidi Holliday. Not pictured were Sandra Bryan, Alternate Dispatcher Corey Linville, CTO Faith Moore and Savanah Tate.
They are the people charged to keep their heads when other around them are losing theirs. This week, the Lebanon Police Department celebrated National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, and local officials honored unsung heroes. The week is designated as a time when citizens can thank...
11:12 AM Apr 19, 2013
Mt. Juliet police issued a traffic advisory Friday afternoon after a crash that involved a school bus was reported at the intersection of Lebanon Road and Benders Ferry Road. Officers said there were no injuries, and all students were safe.
11:09 AM Apr 19, 2013
 Photo: Mary E. Hinds • Lebanon Democrat

Lt. Crystal Corn, Sheriff Robert Bryan and Brooks House Director Liz Reese put the finishing touches on plans for the sheriff's department to serve as a drop-off point for diapers and other baby items needed for the families in crisis at the Brooks House.
Lots of women and children benefit from Brooks House, the Lebanon shelter for women and children in crisis. Some of the people who need that help the most are babies.
11:02 AM Apr 19, 2013
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Ann Shapiro of New Leash on Life has learned firsthand just how sweet Angel the Mastiff can be. Angel is recuperating from surgery and some hard breaks, but will soon be ready to go home with some lucky family.
New Leash on Life has sent out a call to the community to give a gift of compassion to help a special dog named Angel.  
3:11 PM Apr 18, 2013
The Lebanon City Council met in a special called meeting Thursday and approved several items with little discussion.
10:54 AM Apr 18, 2013
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Parents need to check their children for ticks after they return indoors or anytime if there are outdoor pets in the home.
Thanks to the unrelenting efforts of a local mother, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead declared May as Lyme Awareness Month in the city.
1:58 PM Apr 17, 2013
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Bargains, food, fun and even bubbles – there's something for everyone at the Watertown Mile-Long Yard Sale scheduled for Saturday.
For bargain hunters, it's the Super Bowl, the World Series and the Olympics all rolled into one. For the 25th year, Watertown will play host to the annual Spring Mile-Long Yard Sale on Saturday, and it's shaping up to be quite an event.
1:41 PM Apr 17, 2013
A guild is defined as "an association of artisans who control the practice of their craft in a particular town." A new guild has sprung up in Wilson County devoted to the art of photography.
1:30 PM Apr 17, 2013
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Jared Tomlin's and his buddies from D Company 1-506, 101st Airborne Division show the colors in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan. Tomlin is still finding ways to serve. He is the driving force behind the upcoming Freedom Isn't Free Motorcycle Ride to help military families in need.
Real heroes serve, and once they muster out, real heroes continue to serve in any way they can. Jared Tomlin is one of those heroes, and he has come up with an idea to continue to help even though his days in the Army are passed.
9:31 AM Apr 17, 2013
The Stonebridge Community has partnered with the Lebanon Special School District and Middle Tennessee Girl Scouts, to make sure students have food.
3:29 PM Apr 16, 2013
At the request of police Chief Scott Bowen, the Lebanon City Council on Tuesday talked about shortening the amount of time dogs stay at Lebanon Animal Control.
10:46 AM Apr 12, 2013
It takes 100 years to give a building so much character.
10:31 AM Apr 12, 2013
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Then-5-year-old Grayson Campbell sings the National Anthem at a Nashville Sounds game in 2009. He will give a repeat performance at the Sounds' doubleheader April 27.
A Lebanon boy is already making a name for himself in Nashville, and his mom hopes it could become a career.
10:22 AM Apr 12, 2013
2nd chance  Photo: Mary E. Hinds

It's time once again for the annual Second Chance Prom to benefit the Lebanon High Band. Band Boosters President Joyce Berry, band parent Tracie Gatlin and prom co-coordinator Buffy Merrell hand delivered Sheriff Robert Bryan's tickets to the event, planned for June 15 at the newly renovated Capitol Theatre. Tickets cost $40 and are available at the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce or Crystal Couture. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 680-2247.
If the prom didn't turn out as planned years ago – didn't get the date you wanted, your hair refused to cooperate or a huge zit appeared on the end of your nose at the last minute – never fear, the Lebanon High School Band Boosters are offering a do-over.
3:32 PM Apr 11, 2013
 Photo: Mary E. Hinds • Lebanon Democrat

Rick Smith. president of the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, gets an assist from chamber president Sue Vanatta as he attempts to sit with his spare tire. He was a walking tribute to the upcoming 'Lean in Lebanon' campaign during Thursday's Imagination Dinner.
There aren't a lot of occasions when adults can dress up in costume, but three spring to mind – Mardi Gras, Halloween and the Imagination Dinner. Of those three, only the Imagination Dinner helps children learn to read.
2:12 PM Apr 11, 2013
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Donna Hamlin of Watertown will graduate from the Wilson County Adult High School in June. She said she hopes other high school dropouts will follow her and give high school a second chance.
Mary Ashby, principal of the Wilson County Adult High School, is singing the praises of one of her students due to graduate in June.