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Telling Tales

Little Havana

My husband and I are amazed by the fact our children continue to persist in the theory that America is a democracy. They wake up in the morning clinging to this belief and go to bed at night dreaming of the red, white and blue.

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Public Records panel to meet

Wilson County Commission’s Public Records Committee is to meet at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Wilson County Archives on South College Street, Lebanon.

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General News

BoE action called unfair

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Who bid how much and whose price was accepted to build the new Lebanon High School may now be a moot point.

Wilson County Board of Education approved Hewlett-Spencer’s Guaranteed Maximum Price bid of $48 million during a special meeting held on Saturday at the school system’s Central Office. The action has raised some questions among county officials and construction company officials concerning the fairness of the bids in that, Hewlett-Spencer apparently did not bid on the same package as the other two construction firms.

The school board’s action has caught the attention of several county commissioners.

District 23 Commissioner Bernie Ash, chairman of the commission’s Budget Committee, said, “I don’t think this was fair, and it’s not what the commission had in mind.”

He was quick to add that it may not matter, however, with the current state of the economy. He noted that he doesn’t see how the county can possibly finance any new construction right now.

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Council nods two Bible Park ordinances

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

After considerable discussion, Lebanon City Council passed two ordinances on first reading to assist the Bible Park USA in their attempts to arrange funding for the proposed development during Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

The developer, represented by Robert Wyatt, presented information about the park and the economic plan to the council during a work session before the meeting.

The first ordinance accepts BPUSA’s Economic Impact study and authorizes the Industrial Development Board to take such action as is allowed under state law to implement the BPUSA economic plan, and to issue up to $60 million worth of non-recourse bonds, based in tax increment funding and a user fee to be charged inside the park.

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Joseph Storehouse sets Thursday and Saturday food giveaway

The Joseph Storehouse food ministry is having a 20 percent increase in new families signing up for help with food.

The food ministry will be giving away food to the very elderly, sick and those on walkers and in wheelchairs on Thursday, Oct. 23. You need to be pre-approved with an active approval card to get food Thursday. The main food give away day will be Saturday, Oct. 25.

Both times the doors will open in the Chapel for a time of worship at 8 a.m. The doors will be opened to receive food at 9 a.m. This gives you a place to go out of the weather and gives the volunteers time to get the frozen foods ready to give away.

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WC Celebrity Hero to be on CNN, Larry King Live

By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post

Usually it’s the celebrity who gets the spotlight, but next week a Wilson County educator will be the focus of a special segment on an internationally known news channel for being the hero of local resident and country superstar Gretchen Wilson.

Bernadine Nelson, the director of the Adult Learning Center for Wilson County Schools, said she met Wilson when the singer decided to set an example for her daughter, as well as the millions of other people in the U.S. who never graduated high school, and get her General Education Development (GED).

Wilson left home and dropped out of school after the 8th grade, when she was 15 years old, and although Nelson said the singer didn’t have to complete her education they both thought it was important for Wilson to set an example and be a spokesperson for the some 93 million Americans over the age of 25 who never finished high school.

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