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State of LHS Part 1: Lebanon High's physical decline
State of LHS Part 1: Lebanon High's physical decline
July 6, 2009 – Issues surrounding a new Lebanon High School have been years in the making; Staff and students battle issues with space, sanitation and the threat of closure if ordered by the state fire marshal, codes or health department.
By HILARY TRENDA

State of LHS Part 2: The renovation vs. building cost
July 7, 2009 – There's a big difference between 13 and 60, especially in terms of millions of dollars. The cost of a new LHS could be as much as $60 million, and to renovate it into a functioning middle school may take as much as $13 million.

By HILARY TRENDA

State of LHS Part 3: LHS: What if?
July 8, 2009 – What if the county commission doesn't vote to fund a new Lebanon High School?
With a laundry list of needs in an aging and overcrowded school building, several possibilities exist if the funding doesn't come through.

By HILARY TRENDA

State of LHS Part 4: Best vs. worst case scenarios
July 9, 2009 – Wilson County School officials are bracing for the worst and hoping for the best when it comes to the funding for a new Lebanon High School.

By HILARY TRENDA

Part 1: Don't Believe the Hype
Part 1: Don't Believe the Hype
MARCH 3, 2008 — Over the past year-plus, there has been a widely reported bust of the housing bubble. Home prices are up, closings are down. Homes sit vacant for months, as realtors struggle to bring buyers and sellers together. Interest rates on sub-prime mortgages balloon, increasing the rate of foreclosures. The question is: Is it happening here? Is Wilson County's market as bad as the rest of the country is?
By J.R. LIND

Part 2: Don't Believe the Hype
MARCH 5, 2008 — After that old standby "Location, location, location," perhaps the second most repeated real estate adage is "rooftops brings retail."
By J.R. Lind - 3 opinions posted

Part 3: Don't Believe the Hype
MARCH 6, 2008 — As the county's two largest cities, with Mt. Juliet among the fastest growing in the state, Lebanon and Mt. Juliet grab much of the attention in discussions about real estate, with their 300-plus home subdivisions of high-priced houses.
By J.R. Lind - 1 opinion posted

Part 4: Don't Believe the Hype
March 7, 2008 – March 20 will be a big day for Kenneth Lokey and his wife.
By J.R. LIND

Part 1: School bullying not a ‘rite of passage’ to be endured
“Sue” spent more time in the bathroom at school than in class. Almost overnight the friends she had since kindergarten had turned on her. They excluded her, talked behind her back, made up rumors and called her names.
By LAURIE EVERETT

Part 2: ‘Never confuse meekness with weakness'
Bill Bond said the murderous episode took only 12 seconds. Three young lives snuffed, five others injured in a brief blip of time at Heath High School in Paducah, Ky., where Bond was principal.
By LAURIE EVERETT

Part 3: Bullying in school can lead to life behind bars
Lebanon resident James Keeley wore a bright orange jumpsuit when he shuffled into the office of Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe. He stuck out his hand for a shake then settled uncomfortably in a chair. A warden stood discreetly in the corner of the room.
By LAURIE EVERETT

Part 4: Cyber bullying emerges as deadly new rage
All of the West Wilson Middle School students (who wished to remain anonymous) interviewed by the Mt. Juliet News said the newest rage of bullying is cyber bullying.
By LAURIE EVERETT - 2 opinions posted

Hidden Faces, Part I: Poverty rate, aid requests increase
December 21, 2005 For the overwhelming majority of Wilson Countians, the good times are now.
By BROOKS FRANKLIN

Hidden Faces, Part II: Means to help poor lacking
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.
By BROOKS FRANKLIN

Hidden Faces, Part III: Hidden faces out in the open
December 23. 2005 For months, stretching from the heat of August through the bitter cold of mid-December, she slept in a cramped compact car, her haven the parking lot of one of Lebanon's largest, most majestic churches.

Little Pink Houses, Part I: A special report on the impact of onsite sewer in Middle Tennessee
Across Tennessee?s three grand divisions, a silent housing boom is dotting the countryside with thousands of new rooftops, shifting the population growth from urbanized areas to outlying rural lands once thought unsuitable for widespread residential development.
By BRIAN HARVILLE

Little Pink Houses, Part II: Major players control multiple sewer aspects, assets
Decentralized wastewater treatment systems represent a burgeoning industry in Tennessee, generating millions of dollars in new assets and revenue for county water authorities, statewide public utilities and private businesses.
By Brian Harville

Little Pink Houses, Part III: Cities, utility district debate continues
The territorial debate between cities and public utility districts is one likely to make headlines again in the coming year, State Sen. Jeff Miller said.
By Brian Harville

Jailhouse Paper Trail: Part I
Not a normal arrest, jail experience May 18, 2004
By BROOKS FRANKLIN