At mile 3 my second toe on both feet went numb. Before some of you elite runners start questioning the stability, size and toe box of my shoe, I DID the legwork and research. I spent more than I should have on my latest pair of running shoes that were guaranteed to get me to the finish line without so much as a blister. The shoes didn’t exactly deliver what they promised, but I’m not one to cry over lost toenails.
When I noticed the big “Mile 7” sign, as sweat was streaming down my face and burning my eyes, I thought, “Why in God’s name am I trying to run a half marathon… again? What am I trying to prove? I’ve done this twice before! Geez, I’ve run a full marathon! So who is this for? Maybe Angel’s right. Maybe all runners and late blooming athlete wannabes are insane. Then again, Angel also says this about people who cook from scratch, smile too much or hug strangers.”
Dear Ken: Did movie star Julienne Moore used to be on the soap “As the World Turns”?
You got it. Moore, 49, who was born in Fayetteville, N.C., portrayed half-sisters Frannie and Sabrina on “ATWT” from 1985-1988. She is considering a brief return to the soap opera before it comes to an end in September. Among her film credits are “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “Boogie Nights,” “The Big Lebowski.” “Safe,” “Nine Months,” “Assassins,” “The End of the Affair” and, my favorite, “The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio,” that will make you cry.
You’ve been asking for it and this week we’ll deliver. I’m talking about the 2nd Annual Wedding Issue of Wilson Living Magazine. We had so much fun putting this issue together. From the photo shoot at Five Oaks Golf and Country Club to selecting fun new gowns and accessories for our models, it was amazing. Amy Rich of Amy Rich Photography shot some of the most incredible photos. Amy uses her lens to make the images come alive in this issue. Trust me; if you haven’t read a single issue (shame on you!) this is the one you don’t want to miss.
There is a lot going on this week, starting with Wilson Living’s Style and Trends Editor, Erin Brown. Erin will be sharing fashion tips and style dos and don’ts to the Year Round Garden Club at their annual May Day Fundraising Event on May 1.
As I have made many recent visits to the The Roxy theater, seeing many, varied films, one movie preview caught my attention and had me anxiously awaiting its opening. With taglines such as "Anyone else would be dead by now", and "You don't give them orders, you just turn them loose", "The Losers" had my attention. I thought it was based on a graphic novel of the same name, but found out it is actually based on a short-lived comic book series.
The movie starts with much promise as we are introduced to a very small, yet elite CIA black ops team. The team is set-up and left for dead by someone high up in the CIA who we know only as Max (played by Jason Patric).
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
You know him best as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, but it might surprise you to know that “Dukes of Hazzard” star James Best also paints and writes.
He will be in town Friday night to sign his autobiography, “Best in Hollywood,” and offer his paintings at Sherlock’s Bookstore in Lebanon, and then Saturday night, will sign his book and sell his artwork at the Sherlock’s Bookstore in Nashville as part of the Downtown Art Crawl.
By SAM HATCHER
Brooks House, named in honor of the late Brooks Franklin, an outstanding reporter with The Lebanon Democrat, who authored a number of articles about the homeless and less fortunate in Wilson County, celebrated its second anniversary this past Saturday.
Through the writings of Brooks Franklin our community was made aware of a local population of great need that until his words were published went largely unnoticed.
By ANNE DONNELL
I was thinking about you the other day and decided I’d try to come up with a topic for your column. It’s not far from graduation and summer weddings, so here’s your question. Is it all right to e-mail thank-you notes? Everyone seems so busy, and we have relaxed so many things, so perhaps we’re relaxing this?
-Much Younger than You (A Former Student of Yours!)
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Jack Howard, a man with deep roots here, was named as the new Wilson County Historian by county commission at its April 19 meeting.
Howard is a native of Lebanon and worked for many years at Cumberland University where he was a professor and taught math, physics and chemistry, but not history. He noted during an interview Tuesday at the Wilson County Archives that Cumberland was blessed with fine history teachers during his time there.
It is not uncommon for children to follow in their parents footsteps and join the military.
However, a parent actually enlisting their child into the military is something very special. And one Tennessee National Guard mother has done it not once, but twice.
Mt. Juliet native Maj. Lawana Nelson, director of Personnel at the 118th Airlift Wing in Nashville, recently administered the oath of enlistment to her daughter, Lauren, officially swearing her into the Tennessee Air National Guard.
Lots of games and entertainment abound at the McClain Christian Academy annual Fun In The Sun event, slated for Saturday, May 1, beginning at noon at the school located at 1662 Leeville Pike, Lebanon.
Guests of all ages are encouraged to attend. Activities include live entertainment, The Balloon Kid, cakewalk, dunking booth, inflatables, delicious food, rock climbing wall and our ever popular live auction. Auction items include vacation packages, autographed items from country music stars and Titans' players.
By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET -- “Shocking” was the word of the night Monday when a former Mt. Juliet department head faced the city commission in an appeal to be reinstated to his position only to have unsettling issues unveiled and the hearing continued on a later date.
The courtroom at city hall was standing room only for the appeal hearing of Dennis Buchanan, who served as director of the Mt. Juliet Parks Department for the past 12 years. He was terminated via letter on March 26 after nearly a year of paid medical leave due to a work-related back injury.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Lebanon Police continue to investigate a shooting and robbery that resulted in one man receiving minor injuries.
The incident occurred April 16 at Dix’s Plaza Motor Lodge on West Main Street.
From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- A suspect is dead after a high-speed pursuit by police that included shots being fired early Wednesday morning on Carthage Highway in the Sugar Flat Road area.
The name of the suspect has not been released until he is positively identified and next of kin is notified, said Kristin Helm, spokesperson for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
“TBI got a call by the District Attorney’s office about investigating an officer-involved shooting in the 3800 block of Carthage Highway around 3 a.m.,” she said, adding “Neither officer was injured. One subject was shot and killed. He will be sent for autopsy.”