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Chronicle 10-7-09 Edition

Chronicle 10-7-09 Edition

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THE CHRONICLE
of Mt. Juliet
The Largest Circulation in Wilson County 
Celebrating our 28th year as the leading newspaper in Mt. Juliet and West Wilson County
 www.thechronicleofmtjuliet.com
 Volume 29 October 7, 2009 Number 39
Months of house flooding:act of Godor WWUD’sfault?
Page 2
Local coupleretiring fromfurniture bizafter 35 yearspropertyMJ man goredby elephantsfeatured onAnimal Planet
Autumn scarecrow
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workshop
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You know it’s fall when Garr’s Rental & Feed, located on Lebanon Road, begins their annual scarecrowbuilding workshops. People from as far away as Florida attended Saturday’s 11 a.m. workshop, withmost families coming from outside of Mt. Juliet to join in the fall fun. The workshop was led by SavannahSager, who has helped families build scarecrows for six years. ~ 
 Photo by Tomi L. Wiley
 
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Page 2, The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet, October 7, 2009
By Tomi L. Wiley
 Managing Editor 
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For Lloyd and SueLedsinger, who will retire fromFurniture & Bedding Directat the end of this month,the last 35 years haven’t just been about sellingfurniture in the Mt. Julietand Old Hickory area – it’sbeen about making lastingrelationships, friendships,and connections.Furniture & BeddingDirect has been located inthe Shiloh Plaza shoppingcenter, near the Mt. Juliet/Old Hickory line on LebanonRoad, for 14 years, sellingeverything from dining roomtable sets to mattresses.Before that, the store waslocated on Andrew JacksonParkway for 18 years, andbefore that it was on ElmHill Pike in Nashville – whereit all began.Lloyd Ledsingersaid he was in the truckingbusiness in 1974, but when gas prices becametoo high he mentioned to afriend that he wanted to dosomething different. Lloydbought a decorative mirrorfactory on Elm Hill Pike fromthe friend, and Art MirrorManufacturing Company was the Ledsinger’s
rstforay into wholesale.Lloyd moved thefactory to Andrew JacksonParkway, where he alsosold lamps. He said it was“easier to do business” inthe suburbs of Nashville,and he also moved into retailfurniture sales.“Back then, sales were sales, whether it wasfurniture or bibles,” Lloydsaid last week, sittingcomfortably in a blackleather dining room chair,
ngertips on the marble-toptable. “You gotta get out andsell it. Fifty years ago people would drive to BF Myers outin Goodlettsville because headvertised and people wentthere to buy his furniture.Out here, we’ve had goodbusiness – and we’ve madegood friends.”It’s a family ownedand operated business, witha Ledsinger son, grandson,and up until recently adaughter working for thestore. Grandson Brandonis on hand at Shiloh Plaza,and until just recentlydaughter Jessica worked forthe store. Son John – oneof 
ve children total – hastentative plans to open asmaller furniture store onLebanon Road closer to Mt. Juliet, but those plans arestill in the works.After Furniture &Bedding Direct closes itsdoors for the last time onOctober 31, matriarch SueLedsinger will continue the wholesale furniture businessshe has had for some 30 years.“Keeps me busy,”Sue said with a wave of thehand.
West Wilson biz closing after 35 years
Lloyd and Sue Ledsinger take a break from the furniture business tochat. Furniture & Bedding Direct in Shiloh Plaza will close its doorson Oct. 31. ~
 Photo by Tomi L. Wiley
See BIZ, Page 4
 
The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet, October 7, 2009, Page 3
By Tomi L. Wiley
 Managing Editor 
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Seven months of local home flooding:act of God or faulty WWUD work?
 
Recent rains havecaused area creeks to swelland lakes to rise, but onelocal man is convinced the
ooding of his home for thepast seven months is no actof God.According to ChrisHudson of 1180 Hwy 109North, the
ooding of a roomin his home began whenWest Wilson Utility District“moved water lines awayfrom Hwy 109 for the fourlane project.”“I have talked tomany people at West Wilson,”Hudson said. “Stant (Eakes,assistant general manager)many times. His claim is itis an act of God.”Hudson addedthat the WWUD engineerhasn’t returned calls,and that WWUD GeneralManager Freddy Weston“says it’s TDOT’s fault(Tennessee Department of  Transportation).”“He told me that John Jones, TDOT projectmanager, said he would cutthe drainage ditches. Whichtells me, they know theydidn’t cut the ditches, so it’snot an act of god.”Weston said Tuesdaythat WWUD lay water lineson the state right-of-wayduring the latter part of last year, and they lay pipeacross the front of Hudson’sproperty. Weston said theydidn’t cover the ditches, hehad engineers look at theland, and he doesn’t thinkthat Hudson’s
ooding isthe fault of WWUD work. Headded that WWUD workersdid remove several treesat the top of a hill some300 – 400 feet away fromHudson’s home, but hedoesn’t “see how that couldcause anything.”Weston said there isa “great big hill” to the southof Hudson’s house, which“backs up to Hwy 109, hishouse fronts Martha LeevilleRoad.”“That’s a naturaldrain that’s been therefor years. It’s
ooding theside toward the front, so Idon’t see how that couldcontribute to it,” Westonsaid. “He (Hudson) tookthe garage and made it aroom, and it’s lower thanthe ground around it. I’d saythat’s a natural cause for
ooding.”Hudson said he hasspent around $3,000 inreplacing
oors, drywall,carpet and furniturerepeatedly.“When it rainsregularly, it might just getthe carpet by the baseboards wet,” he said. “When we havea lot of rain, it completelydestroys everything and
ood the whole room. Theroom is 16X20 and nothingis dry. The last rain, I triedto save the carpet and pulledabout 60 gallons of waterout of the carpet, and stillcouldn’t save the carpet. Ihave a bedroom suit thatis now growing mold on thelegs because of the water,that I hope can be
xed, andWest Wilson was called andcame out the
rst time, sothey have known from thestart.” The
ooding is causingdamage not only to his homeand belongings but to hisfamily as well.“My family hasallergies and the moistureis ridiculous,” Hudson said.“Not including the smellfactor.”Hudson said hehas “called every optionout there,” ranging fromGovernor Bredesen’s of 
ceto the of 
ces of senators,mayors, Mt. Juliet CityManager Randy Robertson, TDOT, county and stateroad, sewers and drainagecommission of 
ces, codesdepartments.When contacted forcomment Jones referredquestions to TDOT Region3 Communication RelationsOf 
cer BJ Dowdy, who didnot return call for commentby press time Tuesday.“We did everything we were supposed to do,how we were supposed to doit,” Weston said on Tuesday,adding that he had spoken with Hudson as recentlyas last week. “If we causedit we would do somethingabout it, but we don’t think we did. There’s been times
This is a photo of water damage from months of flooding in ChrisHudson’s home. He contends it is the fault of West Wilson UtilityDistrict, while that company said it is natural flooding of a roomthat is below ground level. ~
 Photo submitted 
See FLOOD, Page 4

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