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Showing 10 articles from June 5, 2009.

General Lifestyle

New Leash on Lifes debut Watertown Art Crawl a big success!

Watertown’s Public Square was alive with excitement Saturday evening as almost 500 attendees at the first Watertown Art Crawl strolled the streets listening to live music wafting through the warm evening air. 

Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, desserts and drinks while viewing art at the participating art galleries and shops. Event organizers said they were thrilled with the response to their debut event benefiting New Leash on Life.

New Leash on Life Executive Director Maureen O’Nell welcomed the crowd and thanked them for coming out to support such a worthy cause. Adoptable animals were also in attendance reminding everyone why they were there.


Guest Column

Cap and Trade: It's a Political Energy Scheme

By State Rep. SUSAN LYNN

Right now the state and federal government are trying to impose several energy related schemes. These energy schemes, if put into effect, would severely increase energy prices for all Americans. One of the policies currently being discussed by our federal delegation is cap and trade legislation. Cap and trade, if enacted, would more than double electricity rates as well as violate good business ethics and economic fairness.

SmartFIX40 races toward an early finish

By Commissioner GERALD NICELY
Tennessee Department of Transportation

Admittedly, it was a radical idea -- shut down a major interstate through the heart of a city for 14 months. Other states had done total interstate closures, but none for this duration. In just a few days, we will reopen a safer, more modern and totally redesigned Interstate 40 in downtown Knoxville. SmartFIX40 is racing to an early finish.


Letters to the Editor

Writer asks local officials to consider guns in parks bill carefully
To the Editor:
The Second Amendment is clear in affirming an individual's right to keep and bear arms.

General News

Beavers: State Senate overrides governors veto

State Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, reports on this week’s happenings in the Tennessee General Assembly.

The Senate hopes to wrap up its business within the next two weeks before adjourning for the summer, she said.

Bone: House defeats bill increasing selenium in TN streams
State Rep. Stratton Bone, D-Lebanon, along with 39 other House Democrats and two Republicans, on Wednesday voted down a bill that would have allowed coal mining companies to dump unacceptable levels of selenium into local streams and rivers.
Council, mayor butt heads on layoffs
The Wilson Post    
Work sessions on the City of Lebanon’s proposed budget for 2009-2010 have devolved into a test of wills, of sorts, with city councilors seeking the layoffs of several employees who supported the current and former mayors.
Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston produced a list during Wednesday night’s session that targeted City Liaison Sue Akins Siens, hired by former Mayor Don Fox; Personnel Director Bill Durham, a Fox and Craighead supporter; a custodian at City Hall identified by Craighead as the mother of former Ward 2 Councilor Annette Stafford. Stafford was defeated by Huddleston for the council position.
New Providence fire hall will take more than just a grant

Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Although a new Homeland Security grant to provide financial assistance directly to fire departments to build new or modify existing fire stations could jump start efforts to build a new fire hall in southern Mt. Juliet, chances of netting grant money is “unlikely” and upwards of a million dollars will be needed yearly to facilitate it, officials said Tuesday.

Sen. Thelma Harper to speak at 2009 Banquet
Tennessee Sen. Thelma M. Harper will be the featured speaker at the 2009 Banquet, “Rebuilding (Wilson County) Heritage,” a fundraising event sponsored by the Wilson County Black History Committee.
Soldier awarded Purple Heart in attack that claimed local life

Staff Sgt. Thomas Hosfelt, a squad leader in the Tennessee National Guard’s 269th Military Police Company from Murfreesboro, was awarded the Purple Heart during a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Mosul on May 28 for injuries he sustained while serving in Iraq.

On Feb. 24 of this year, Hosfelt and his squad were conducting an inspection visit at an Iraqi Police Station in Mosul when two men wearing Iraqi police uniforms opened fire on the team with AK 47 assault rifles. While shot in the right side of his face and in his upper left shoulder, Hosfelt returned fire as the assailants fled the scene. He then administered first aid to the wounded and coordinated with other units to secure the area and transport his soldiers to the hospital.

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