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Telling Tales

Sophies Choice
Do you guys remember this movie? If you’ve seen it, I’m sure you remember that gut wrenching moment when Meryl Streep was forced to pick between her two children. She was given the choice of deciding which would live and which would die. Her choice led her to madness.
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Ask Ken Beck

These baseball flicks score home runs
Dear Ken: I always loved the old Gary Cooper film about N.Y. Yankee great Lou Gehrig called “Pride of the Yankees.” What would be your top five favorite baseball films?
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Mature Lifestyles

Boomer Beat: Are Cell Phones, Texting, I-Pods Replacing Grandma?

By Linda Varon

Nothing can compare to that first grandchild. From the moment you look into that beautiful face, you think about all those years that your own children drove you nuts!

The first few years may be filled with late night phone calls. “Mom, she is throwing up and we think she has a fever. What should we do?”

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How Much Sleep Do We Need?

We all want a good night's sleep. Sleep allows our body to rest and to restore its energy levels. Without enough restful sleep, not only can we become grumpy and irritable, but also inattentive and more prone to accidents. Like food and water, adequate sleep is essential to good health and quality of life.

Sleep needs change over a person's lifetime. Children and adolescents need more sleep than adults. Interestingly, older adults need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults -- seven to nine hours of sleep per night.

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General Lifestyle

Millworks Theatre announces premier season

There's a new kid on the block by the name of "Millworks Theatre" opening at The Mill at Lebanon in June.

This multifunctional entertainment venue will appeal not only to theatre devotees but also to music lovers and aficionados of other multiple forms of entertainment, officials said.

Millworks will present its "Evening Series" of musicals, comedies and dramas on Thursday through Saturday evenings and at Sunday Matinees. Tuesday through Saturdays, its "Afternoon Series" of fast paced song and dance variety shows, light comedies and musicals will be presented at matinee performances that are perfectly suited to the bus tour market. On the remaining Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday evenings, Millworks Theatre will present their “Music and Event Series” and will have a variety of entertainment options from Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, Gospel and Classical artists to stand up comics, improv groups, murder mystery evenings, magic and more.

 

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Our Feathered Friends

April showers cause flooding problems

April showers have received an extention from Mother Nature and it will probably rain through the rest of this week. I saw more water backed up in places that don't usually have flooding problems. Jackson Cave behind the Cedar Forrest Lodge was flooded with a very high volume of water pouring from the entrance. It was a real frog strangler this weekend.

This past weekend at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park we held the second annual Elsie Quarterman Glade Festival with birdwalks, wildflower tours, and my favorite, a geology workshop with State Geologist, Ron Zurawski. This has been my 34th year for doing programs at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

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Watertown Art Crawl, A New Breed of Art Exhibition, set May 30

Local artists and Watertown business owners are joining forces to present Watertown’s inaugural Art Crawl on Saturday, May 30 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Event organizers are promising a fun, eclectic event while raising funds for New Leash on Life, a local not-for-profit animal welfare organization.

Event attendees will enjoy live music, food and drinks while strolling the historic Public Square of Watertown. The Art Crawl will offer a vast assortment of art ranging from paintings, photography, jewelry, stained glass, woodwork, quilts and steelwork, just to name a few. Art demonstrations will also be performed throughout the event and the evening will be capped off with a special live auction at 9 p.m. with Michael Walker of Cumberland Real Estate and Auction presenting several unique pieces to the highest bidders. 

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Column

CPR is Epidemic So Lets Objurgate

By ANNE DONNELL

What are semicolons used for? I guess I wasn’t listening that day (days?), and now I’m curious. (“For what are semicolons used” – right? I do remember you are not supposed to end a sentence with a preposition, but I do it anyway.) Thanks for all your language police work with highlights from literature. You often make me laugh.
-Call Me Grammar Deaf

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Guest Column

A smart fix for Tennessee's bridges

By Commissioner GERALD NICELY 
Tennessee Department of Transportation

Across the nation interest rates are at historic lows. Many Tennesseans are taking advantage of the low prices now to buy a new home or refinance their existing home.  Many others are taking this opportunity to finance needed repairs to their homes, like a new roof or a new addition. What is true for home owners is also true for TDOT. With interest rates and construction costs low, now is the time to invest in the health of our transportation system. 

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General News

Council waives sidewalk for Joseph Storehouse on first reading

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council agreed to allow Joseph Storehouse to add storage space onto its existing food pantry without having to either build a sidewalk over sinkholes or pay a fee in lieu of the sidewalk at the regular meeting Tuesday night.

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Gladeville board waits for next step in audit findings

From Post staff reports

Members of the Gladeville Utility District’s governing board are now waiting for the next step so to speak with regard to a recently completed audit by the State of Tennessee charging that the district’s former general manager had committed a number of management failures including paying himself an unauthorized amount in excess of $300,000.
         
What happens next, according to members of the board of commissioners, is up to the state.
         
By that they mean it will be determined by state authorities as to what legal action may follow concerning alleged mistakes or wrongs made by Clifford Walker, the former general manager of the district.

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Schools can include God

From Post staff reports

Wilson County Schools cannot ban the phrases “In God We Trust,” “God Bless America” or other religious references from student posters, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Echol

One result of the ruling is that posters in Wilson County Schools for the National Day of Prayer scheduled for Friday can include the word God and other Christian quotes.

The case stems from posters made by children at Lakeview Elementary for "Meet Me at the Pole," a student-led prayer event, last fall.

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Teacher points to mold at LHS

 This ceiling tile in one of the restrooms at LHS is so wet it’s sagging.By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Walking into many classrooms at Lebanon High School is an invitation to an allergy attack, if the student is allergic to mold.

LHS teacher David Glasscock invited parents, county commissioners and school board members to come tour the school and see for themselves during Monday night’s regular meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education.

During an actual tour on Tuesday afternoon, Glasscock pointed out recently replaced ceiling tiles with water streaks still leading down nearby walls.

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