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Working harder than a rented mule-A man in Fulmer

By RON HART

“There is no character, howsoever good and fine, but it can be destroyed by ridicule, howsoever poor and witless. Observe the ass, for instance: his character is about perfect, he is the choicest spirit among all the humbler animals, yet see what ridicule has brought him to. Instead of feeling complimented when we are called an ass, we are left in doubt.”

-- Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar, Mark Twain

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Guest Column

Former GM worker asks about AIG

To the Editor:

The following is an open letter to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee.

I am a retired GM executive, and when I retired, GM agreed to pay my medical insurance for life - as a result of having a combined age and years of service greater than the number 85. I also got an executive retirement amount that I would receive monthly.  And more times than once, I made career decisions regarding not leaving GM for a higher paying job elsewhere, knowing that I had earned that retirement as part of my total compensation package. 

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Commerce Cumberland Presbyterian Church sets services
Commerce Cumberland Presbyterian Church will continue this series on “Bible Basics About the Family” on Sunday, March 22.
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Commission Employee Compensation panel to meet

There will be a meeting of the Wilson County Employee Compensation Committee, an ad-hock committee for study purposes, on Tuesday, March 24, at 6 p.m., in room 2 of the Wilson County Courthouse. 

Citizen participation is welcomed.  

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General News

Adult titles on cable concern parent

Charter official tells way to block objectionable content 

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

When a local father discovered that his 9-year-old son was accessing “adult programming” on his cable television, he first blocked the sites.

But that didn’t quite solve the problem. The TV guide scroll which is part of the benefits of having Charter’s extended programming package, with a digital cable box, still showed all the titles that were available.

And the titles were “just a click away” from the information about programs on regular channels.

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Lebanon announces annual Spring Clean Up

The City of Lebanon announces its Annual Spring Clean Up will be held during the month of April.

The intent of this service is for the residents of Lebanon to discard unwanted items generated at their residence. Vacant houses and lots will not be picked up. Generally, the volume of the unwanted items should not exceed what could be loaded in the back of an average size pickup truck.

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Spring finally arrives!

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Surely you set your alarm clock this morning for 6:44, the arrival of spring!

But don’t get too excited thinking about warmer weather and planting your garden and such. The low tonight drops to the mid 30s and some outlying areas might get closer to freezing.

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State jobless rate climbs to 9.1 percent

County unemployment numbers set for release 

Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley announced Thursday Tennessee’s unemployment rate for February was 9.1 percent, up 0.5 percentage point from the January rate of 8.6 percent.

The February rate a year ago was 5.5 percent. The national unemployment rate for February 2009 was 8.1 percent, up from the January rate of 7.6 percent.

"Data released today (Thursday) continue to highlight the severity of the deepening recession in Tennessee,” Neeley said. “The statewide unemployment rate remains on an upward trend, and the number of unemployed persons has climbed to the highest level since we began keeping these records in 1973.”

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