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Column

Its about doing what mama taught us to do
By SAM HATCHER
          
Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant of Alabama football fame was questioned by reporters after the 1978 Sugar Bowl as to why he didn’t wear his signature houndstooth hat during the game.
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Guest Column

Running to fight cancer

By JOHN B. BRYAN

Once again the “Sherry’s Run” event has surpassed all expectations with some 3,200 participants either walking or running the 5K track.
          
My wife and I have participated in the event each year since its inception, and this year we made it a family affair with all three of our children participating.

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To not hear President disrespectful, not disruptful

By ERIC THOMPSON

I am dismayed at the most recent local display of disrespect for the Office of the President of the United States. That parents would keep their children out of school so not to hear the President speak about education is sad, but for school boards and/or superintendents to deny students from hearing this message is tragic. George W. Bush was far from being my favorite President, however, I respect the office and would have welcomed his comments on education for my children when they were in school.

 

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Letters to the Editor

Celebrate National Assisted Living Week by volunteering

To the Editor:

National Assisted Living Week (NALW) will take place Sept. 13-19.

This is an opportunity for the community at large to recognize the accomplishments and traditions of assisted living residents and to participate in a celebration of their lives and their continuous enrichment of our environment. Join more than 38,000 assisted living communities nationwide in celebrating this year’s theme “Traditions of the Heart.”

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School bd.s decision regarding Obamas speech disappointing

To the Editor:

I was disappointed by the Wilson County School Board decision to block the broadcast of the President's speech to students. 

The rationale explained by the automated calls to parents by the WCSB said the schools instead wanted to focus on teaching the content standards that students are required to learn by the state. It is in my opinion that several of those content standards could have been covered by having the children watch the speech, especially for social studies. After reading the speech, I believe that the President's words could only help teachers engage more students in the content standards.

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General News

LHS PAC still confident

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

Even though only around 10 people showed up to Thursday night’s town hall meeting to educate voters on the referendum to increase the wheel tax, Larry Hubbard and One County One Future are still confident the vote will go their way.

The money from the increase will help build a new Lebanon High School and purchase land for a future Watertown High School. The referendum will increase the wheel tax by $25, bringing it to $50. It will be reduced back to $25 once the debt is paid off.

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Lottery winner gets name back in headlines
By SAM HATCHER, The Wilson Post
        
 Her name was put in headlines last year when she and her husband celebrated a winning lottery ticket valued at $800,000.
          
And again this year her name is back in the headlines but for a much different reason.
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More rain coming

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Think of it as liquid sunshine. Perhaps that will help lighten things up a bit because more rain is in the forecast through the first of next week.

Chances of rain decrease the next few days, but is still in the 30 to 60 percent range.

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Voting slow on wheel tax

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Early voting continued Thursday despite the on-again, off-again rainfall on the referendum on whether to increase the county wheel tax by $25 to construct a new Lebanon High School and to purchase land for a new Watertown High School.

Through about 3 p.m., Thursday, a total of 1,249 people voted so far at all three polling places, said Martha Ann Sutherland, assistant administrator of elections. There are 67,060 registered voters in Wilson County.

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Wear your seat belt at MJHS, get a chicken sandwich

High fatality rates and low seat belt use rates among teens have reached high levels year after year.

However, 2008 had fewer teenager fatalities than 2007 and dropped from 188 to 137 deaths. Mt. Juliet law enforcement officials noted that 137 deaths are still too many, and community members are working together reverse the trend.

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