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Column

The equator is the top of the world

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

Ever since my visit to the equator years ago when I first saw the globe on its side, I have wondered where the top of the world was located. In our culture we always have our globes with the North Pole pointing up and our maps show the top to be the north. We referred to Australia as Down Under and think of New Zealand as being upside down.

On our last visit to Quito, Ecuador, we went out of town to a monument that was on the equator. It was a rock patio plaza with a line of black stones 2 inches wide that had been placed exactly in the center of the earth. A GPS unit showed a 00 0 degrees reading the sun could be viewed at noon to cast no shadow.

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Guest Column

Area mayors planning now to avoid traffic problems in future

By CHARLES W. BONE

When you hear people in the Nashville region say, "We don't want to be another Atlanta," you can be sure they are talking about traffic.

You don't have to drive 5 minutes in Atlanta (or Los Angeles or Detroit or most any large U.S. city these days, for that matter) to see what the words "congestion" and "gridlock" are all about.

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Letters to the Editor

Reader: God is bigger than all our problems and situations

To the Editor:

I appreciated so much reading the letter written by Ada Hawpe. She made a very good point in her letter in the Feb. 26 edition of The Wilson Post, regarding our future generation. I stand with her, as we Christians should all be as concerned.

But what Ms. Hawpe may or may not know is that the ACLU didn't make the decision to stop the Bibles from being handed out to fifth graders. Our school Director and the School Board made that decision. We don't have enough money to operate our schools as it is; it's my opinion I feel they would rather just give in than to fight an expensive lawsuit. I believe that is why they made that decision.

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General News

Director hopeful about new LHS funding prospect

By ZACK OWENSBY
The Wilson Post

People across Lebanon are all excited about the possibility of securing funding to begin construction on a new Lebanon High School.

District 15 Wilson County Commissioner Mike Justice was scheduled to present a resolution to the county Budget Committee Thursday night explaining a process for funding a $50 million bond for the new high school that he worked on with Finance Director Ron Gilbert.

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Tallent seeking new trial

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

A woman convicted in the 2003 murder of two law enforcement officers here is to appear in court Friday asking for a new trial.

Fallon Tallent was convicted of two counts of first degree murder in 2004 in the deaths Mt. Juliet Sgt. Jerry Mundy and Wilson County Sheriff’s Deputy John Musice after running them down with her car on I-40 in June ’03.

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TN Outdoor Classroom Symposium to come to Lebanon

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Some 300 participants are expected to attend the Tennessee Outdoor Classroom Symposium to be held at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon in May.

Teachers, principals, school system directors, college officials, PTO members and others are set to attend the symposium which is sponsored by the Tennessee Environmental Education Association, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Ward Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds with support from the Tennessee Department of Education and Tennessee State Parks, said Vicki Shelton, a first grade teacher at Southside Elementary School.

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Two former locals may lose jobs, if city is voted out

From Post staff reports

The jobs of two former employees of two separate local municipalities in Wilson County are being threatened.

Not because they’ve done something wrong or haven’t been performing their respective duties as they have been instructed, but rather because a number of citizens for whom they now work are considering abolishing the very town they now serve.

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WCs Top property taxpayers named

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Wilson County property tax payments are ahead of where they were this time last year, and a local utility cooperative remains at the top of the list for property tax payments.

That was the word Thursday from Wilson County Trustee Jim Major who reported his office has collected 86 percent of total property taxes due.

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Wilson obesity rate ranks near the top

From Post staff reports

Tennessee, based on a recent report by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), has the fourth highest rate of adult obesity in the U.S. at 30.2 percent.

Wilson County, while not listed among counties with the highest obesity rates in the state, does have its problems.

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