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Well, its official, TN is fattest state in U.S.

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

Tennessee is the fattest state in the union, according to a recent study, except for Mississippi which is all right because if you are in the overweight mind frame you can always find someone bigger than you are.

I don’t have to tell you how really unhealthy being overweight is. How many heavy people over 70 years of age do you know? I have tried to get patients to see how hard it is on their hearts by challenging them to get a 50- or 100-pound feed sack and put it on their shoulders or just carry it around for a few minutes. This is what we are doing to our bodies when we are that much overweight. No wonder our knees hurt after being on them for a few hours.

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Guest Column

Why I Voted for Health Care Reform

By U.S. Rep. JIM COOPER

Cancer nearly killed me eight years ago. I know how crucial good health care is to each and every one of us in Wilson County. 

Our health care system is broken. Despite all the great work by our local physicians, nurses and University Medical Center, too many people can’t afford health insurance. The insurance we do buy can be rescinded when we need it most. Too many families go bankrupt because of high medical bills. Our very lives can be cut short due to insurance problems.

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Letters to the Editor

Photographs sought for Vietnam Walls new education center

To the Editor:

I received a letter from Judy King asking for pictures of soldiers listed on the Vietnam Wall. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (“The Wall”) is in the process of building an education center near “The Wall” and needs photos of all the 58,000-plus names on the memorial.

When the education center opens, each name and photo will be featured on their birthday. The pictures will also be on the virtual wall on the website for “The Wall.” The Tennessee photos will also be copied and stored at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

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Reader says Sloan one of best outdoor writers hes ever read

To the Editor:

I don't know if The Wilson Post's John L. Sloan has ever written a book on his sporting experiences, especially fishing, but I hope if he hasn't that he does. 

John has got to be one of the best outdoor writers I have ever read. Maybe it's just because I can identify with him in so many examples, or that he just tells it like it is, with a touch of the whimsical of bygone days and favorite things. I say let's just support him with some grease to fry the fish and potatoes in and some cold ones to wash them down.

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General News

Dr. doesnt take U.S. for granted

By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post

Still with a distinctive accent from a time in her life in which she lived in her native Iraq, Dr. Wiaam Falouji, a Lebanon neurologist, sings a rendition to “America, The Beautiful” as few in America have ever heard before.

She’s not literally singing the song, she’s living it.

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H1N1 flu virus still active in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health continues its efforts to ensure the health of state residents as cases of H1N1 flu are still affecting some pockets of the state.

Though flu activity has declined since late October, recent activity across Tennessee should encourage people who have not been vaccinated to get the H1N1 flu vaccine to protect themselves and their communities.

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Hatcher, McDonald added to list for State Senate seat

From Post staff reports

As the deadline window for qualifying for upcoming elections continues to close, new names are surfacing as potential candidates.

In the 17th District State Senate Democratic Primary race two new names have been added to that of attorney Aubrey Givens, who was candidate in the same race four years ago.

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Lebanon Planners nod LHS, LSSD middle school site plans

From Post staff reports

Lebanon Planning Commission re-approved unanimously the site plan for the new Lebanon High School to be built on property off Hickory Ridge Road and Leeville Pike at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Planning commission member Rick Jones made the motion to approve the site plan and it was seconded by David Taylor.

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Middle Tennessee Electrics tax payout to Wilson County tops $1 million

Middle Tennessee Electric’s tax payment to Wilson County Trustee Jim Major was the largest tax payment he saw this year.

As has been the case for the past several years, MTEMC has been at the top of the list or close to it as one of the county’s highest taxpayers. This year, MTEMC’s tax payment was just ahead of Nashville Superspeedway.

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One remains hospitalized after Wed. night hit-&-run

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

One person remains hospitalized after a hit-and-run accident Wednesday night on Hill Street in Lebanon. The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. as two women, Suanne Bone and Melanie Long, were walking eastbound on Hill Street when they were struck from behind from a vehicle also traveling eastbound on the roadway.

Bone is the niece of State Rep. Stratton Bone. Long is the owner of The White Room, a wedding and formal dress shop on South Cumberland Street. Both women were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Long was reportedly released from the hospital Thursday, suffering a broken nose in the accident.

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Publix donates over $50K to United Way of Wilson Co.

Publix of Lebanon recently presented a donation of $53,043 for United Way of Wilson County, associates raising $30,643 in employee pledges while the Publix corporation contributed $23,400 in matching funds.

"We are so excited and so happy to have Publix stores as a partner corporation,” said UWWC President John McMillin. “Publix employees have a history of exceeding our expectations.

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Tickets still available for Library Roast

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Tickets are still available for the 20th Annual Wilson County Library Roast to be held Tuesday, March 30, but you better hurry because the deadline to purchase yours is this Friday.

If you would like to reserve tickets, you may do so and they will be waiting for you at the door, said Alesia Burnley, director of Wilson County Libraries.

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