11:12 AM May 14, 2013
Paramedics airlifted a Lebanon toddler to Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Monday after she was attacked by a pit bull. The 2-year-old girl and her parents were fishing with friends on Canoe Branch Road on Monday at about 4 p.m., and the property owner’s pit bull was loose in ...
11:26 AM May 13, 2013
Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed the controversial “Ag-Gag” bill Monday, just days after the state’s attorney general called it “constitutionally suspect.” Senate Bill 1248/House Bill 1191, sponsored by state Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, and Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dr...
2:34 PM May 8, 2013
Two Wilson Central High School teachers are engaging students while helping local animals. The first Dogs for Dogs aims to raise money for the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter. The event is the brainchild of Brad Major, a Spanish teacher at Wilson Central, and DeAna Elwell, an art teacher ...
3:36 PM May 6, 2013
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Gabryelle Conklin cools off as a friend dumps water on her.
Lebanon’s Gabryelle Conklin will take the national spotlight Tuesday. ESPN will feature a segment on Gabryelle, a former cheerleader at Wilson Central High School, on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Gabryelle has cerebral palsy. Gabryelle's parents knew there was something ‘dif...
11:45 AM May 3, 2013
Paramedics rushed a young child by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Friday morning following a head-on collision in Lebanon. The wreck happened at 8 a.m. on Highway 70/Sparta Pike at Greenwood Road. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesperson Jennifer Don...
10:42 AM May 3, 2013
 Photo: Photo courtesy of Savannah State University

Vaughn Cornelia
A former Mt. Juliet football player was shot early Friday morning. Vaughn Cornelia, 20, was one of two people shot when a confrontation escalated to gunfire near Broughton and Jefferson Streets shortly before 3 a.m. in Savannah, Ga. Police said as many as 100 people were present at ...
1:15 PM May 1, 2013
A new state law restricts the types of photo identification voters can use when casting their ballots. Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law a bill aimed at prohibiting the use of photo library cards and other forms of city and county identifications for voting purposes. Lawmakers crafte...
12:50 PM Apr 25, 2013
Wilson County’s state Sen. Mae Beavers spoke Thursday in favor of a controversial bill critics say would stifle undercover investigations into animal abuse. House Bill 1191/Senate Bill 1248, dubbed the “Ag-Gag” bill, amends Tennessee's cruelty to animals statutes to requi...
10:53 AM Apr 24, 2013
 Photo: Photo courtesy of Lebanon Police Department

Police find items typically associated with manufacturing methamphetamine after an anonymous caller reported possible drug activity in a car parked outside Advance Financial early Wednesday.
Police find items typically associated with manufacturing methamphetamine after an anonymous caller reported possible drug activity in a car parked outside Advance Financial early Wednesday.
12:58 PM Apr 20, 2013
 Photo: Sara McManamy-Johnson • Lebanon Democrat

Community members greets 6-year-old Bobby Harris as he returns home Friday. Harris was diagnosed April 6 with brain cancer.
The fire truck’s siren wailed as cheers rose in the Lebanon neighborhood. Lebanon’s Bobby Harris came home Friday to a throng of well-wishers after nearly two weeks at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Bobby, 6, was diagnosed April 6 with medulla blastoma, an aggress...
12:56 PM Apr 20, 2013
Former law enforcement officers would be allowed to carry guns in schools under a bill lawmakers approved Thursday. The local director of schools and the school’s principal would also have to approve which staffers could come to school armed.
4:15 PM Apr 17, 2013


Tiffany Ferguson
A Wilson County woman was accused of filling fraudulent prescriptions and using TennCare to pay for them. Tiffany N. Ferguson, also known as Tiffany Wilson, 27, of Lebanon, was charged Wednesday with two counts of TennCare fraud and two counts of getting a controlled substance by fraud.&nb...
4:08 PM Apr 17, 2013
It started with a headache Easter morning. Six-year-old Bobby Harris was never one to complain, said his father, John Harris. Bobby, a rambunctious kindergartner – and media darling – from Castle Heights Elementary, definitely wasn’t one to complain about headaches...
3:35 PM Apr 16, 2013
The state’s appeals court Tuesday upheld a Wilson County court conviction and sentencing of a Smith County man on multiple sex charges. A Wilson County jury in 2011 found Barry Hogg, a “lifelong Smith County resident,” guilty of 24 charges, including 11 counts of especial...
3:30 PM Apr 16, 2013
A bill that would allow more municipalities to create new school systems is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam’s desk. House Bill 1288, co-sponsored by Rep. Mark Pody, eases restrictions enacted in 1998 that limit the creation of school districts to municipalities located in counties wit...
4:45 AM Apr 15, 2013
After considerable discussion, county commissioners chose Monday not to vote on a proposed payroll plan for county employees. Commissioners sent Wilson Mayor Randall Hutto’s plan back to the budget committee so department heads could learn more about the plan’s details and addr...
11:00 AM Apr 12, 2013
A Lebanon man remained in stable condition after his girlfriend stabbed him early Friday morning. Police Chief Scott Bowen said the call came in at about 1 a.m. reporting a stabbing at 1694 A Classicview Drive. When officers arrived, they found the 43-year-old victim was stabbed in the abd...