9:30 AM Dec 13, 2012
MT. JULIET - A Wilson County School bus was hit head-on by another vehicle Tuesday afternoon at Saunderville and Bay Roads. Wilson County Schools Safety Director David Burton had no explanation for why the other driver didn't see the bus, which was stopped to let a student off. "Th...
10:50 AM Dec 12, 2012
Shriners  Photo: Mary Hinds • Lebanon Democrat

The Shriners clowns, including this guy dressed in orange, were a hit at the annual Shriners Christmas party for the disabled. Despite speculation he was Lane Kiffin in disguise, the Big Orange clown admitted nothing. 
The Wilson County Shriners put on its annual Christmas shindig Tuesday night when the group played host to many of the county's disabled citizens.
9:30 AM Dec 12, 2012
sadie  Photo: Submitted to The Democrat

Sadie Davis, 17-months-old, was diagnosed in November with acute myeloid leukemia. The Journey Church in Lebanon is holding a bone marrow match drive Saturday to try to find someone who is a match for Sadie to give her a chance at life. 
As Christmas approaches, families everywhere are plotting and planning what presents to get their children. One Mt. Juliet family is plotting how to keep their daughter alive.
10:20 AM Dec 11, 2012
The pressure's on, and there's little time to waste for anyone planning to ship a gift for Christmas.
10:00 AM Dec 11, 2012
FCS 1  Photo: Submitted

This dirt floor shack was home for Jimmy Booth of Hancock County until students from Friendship Christian School intervened.
Students at Friendship Christian School are given a lot of opportunities to put their Christian values to work with various projects.
11:20 AM Dec 8, 2012
JS turkey  Photo: Submitted to The Democrat

Brother Bob Evans founder of Joseph's Storehouse Food Ministry unloads turkeys. The ministry will distribute 400 turkeys to Wilson County families in need Dec. 13 and Dec. 15.
Joseph's Storehouse Food Ministry is once again making sure Wilson County families in need have food for the upcoming holiday.
10:00 AM Dec 8, 2012
Bentley  Photo: Submitted to The Democrat

Newly adopted Bentley is hailed as a hero after his actions got his owner out of his office before an out-of-control SUV crashed into The Jewelers of Lebanon on Thursday.
Christmas miracles come in all shapes and sizes, and the people inside The Jewelers of Lebanon experienced their own Thursday morning.  Store owner Shawn Smith credits his newly adopted pooch with making sure he is in shape to enjoy the season.
10:30 AM Dec 7, 2012
They are the people the rest of us call on when things go wrong. Things ranging from a medical emergency, to a car wreck, to a tornado that has ripped apart the neighborhood. They are local emergency management agencies, and they have to have a plan for just about any emergency.
10:30 AM Dec 7, 2012
Wilson County's nominations for the fifth annual Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards are complete. The awards are designed to recognize the top volunteers in each county of the Volunteer State. A committee was formed to process the nominations to choose the top five adult and the top ...
10:00 AM Dec 7, 2012
Judge Jim Flood swore in newly elected members of the Lebanon City Council and re-elected Mayor Philip Craighead at a ceremony Thursday at City Hall. "We appreciate everyone coming out and joining us and everyone's support over the next four years," Craighead told the audience before the ...
11:20 AM Dec 6, 2012
When a suspected dog fighting operation was busted in Cheatham County, 60 of the recovered dogs were sent to Lebanon where New Leash on Life immediately went into action to find a place to hold and help them. It took a lot of people, supplies and goodwill to give the dogs a chance. All thr...
10:50 AM Dec 6, 2012
Three men who won a spot on the Lebanon City Council will be sworn into office to begin their terms Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
10:50 AM Dec 6, 2012
ESL 1  Photo: File photo

At last year's International Fellowship Dinner the smallest diners concentrated on playing, while the adults focused on all the great food.
Debbie Vaughn, who teaches English as a Second Language for the Lebanon Special School District, is a woman on a mission. Her mission is to make sure ESL students in Lebanon schools and their families feel welcome and have the essentials needed to make it in their new homes.
10:10 AM Dec 5, 2012
The Lebanon City Council approved several measures in a fast meeting Tuesday evening, but the only item on the agenda that might have produced fireworks was deferred.
10:00 AM Dec 5, 2012
JObe  Photo: Submitted

Larry Jobe of Lebanon becomes Habitat for Humanity’s newest homeowner as he cuts the ribbon, celebrating the completion of his house on Hobbs Avenue.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville's Wilson Division officially completed its 2012 build season Saturday with a dedication ceremony for new Habitat homeowner Larry Jobe.
9:50 AM Dec 5, 2012
Davis  Photo: File photo

Director of Wilson County Schools Mike Davis at the ceremony to mark the groundbreaking of the addition at Rutland Elementary School.
In many school systems, the director of schools is a lightning rod for complaints and criticism from board members, funding bodies, parents and teachers. Mike Davis is no exception. Despite recent controversy surrounding Davis' support of using the old Lebanon High School as a middle schoo...
9:50 AM Dec 4, 2012
The Lebanon City Council will meet Tuesday evening for a regular meeting, which will be the last meeting for three council members who didn't seek re-election. The council will also meet Thursday evening to swear in the three newly elected members.