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Ask Ken Beck

Dreyfuss goes swimming with the little fishies
Dear Ken: I enjoyed actor Richard Dreyfuss in “American Graffiti,” “Jaws” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” but what other films did he make?

The 5-foot-5, Brooklyn-born Dreyfuss, 62, who grew up in Beverly Hills, has got some other fine flicks you might enjoy. Check out “The Goodbye Girl,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” “Stakeout,” “Tin Men,” “Always,” “What About Bob?,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” “Poseidon” and “W.” He has several movies coming soon, including “Piranha 3-D” in late August. Just when you thought it was safe to …

Dear Ken: What year did Marty Robbins release his hit “El Paso”? How many No. 1 songs did he have?

Born near Glendale, Ariz., Robbins died way too young at age 57 in 1982. He sang pop, country and western songs with equal aplomb. “El Paso” hit the charts in 1959 and was the first song to be No. 1 on the pop charts in 1960. He had 17 No. 1 tunes, including “Singin’ the Blues,” “A White Sport Coat,” “Devil Woman,” “Ribbon of Darkness,” “I Walk Alone” and “My Woman, My Woman, My Wife.”
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Wilson Living

A Day of Friendship & Chocolate
By Angel Kane  

Summer is in full swing and the ladies of Wilson Living Magazine are staying very busy this summer.   

This past Saturday, Becky and I were honored to be the featured speakers at the Al Menah Shriner’s 2010 Ladies Luncheon hosted by Kathy Wantland of Lebanon.

Kathy’s husband, David Wantaland is the Pontentate of the Nashville Shriner’s organization and as the Pontentate’s wife, Kathy was in charge of this year’s women’s luncheon.
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General Lifestyle

Gourd People grow their own gourd-eous festival
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post

John and Zena Swendiman have grown used to the fact that they have ripened into gourd people.

At various festivals and shows in the area, he is referred to as the Gourd Man and she as the Gourd Lady.

The couple is serious about gourds. No, neither is out of his or her gourd, just really, really into gourds.

On their 45-acre Tojo Creek Ranch about 6 miles north of Lebanon, the duo is doing everything they can to bloom their gourd patch into an agritourism success.
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Column

Imposed Timelines
By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

Being in medicine, I am continually bombarded by rules and regulations from all sides. For an older practitioner, being able to remember the days without all those rules is a bitter pill to swallow, if I can use an old cliché. Back in my day, a doctor didn’t have to worry abut telling the family—and sometimes half the community—what was wrong with Uncle Harry.

I really couldn’t believe that when going through the waiting room I heard a nurse whisper the code word to the family of a patient so that they could have access to his information and important stuff like his room number (after all, he might be part of the Mafia or have been given a new identity by the FBI).
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Oil spill looking like road in front of 'my' house
By SAM HATCHER
 
I'm sure Tennessee Gov. Gordon Browning accomplished much while serving in office first from 1937 to 1939 and then again from 1949 to 1953.
 
But for all the years he served he is best remembered and frequently quoted as saying "the most important road in Tennessee is the one that runs in front of your (my) house."
 
The truth in this statement can be applied to a number of issues.
 
It's been interesting to watch how we have all been touched about the BP oil rig exploding off the coast of Louisiana.
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To err is human the prequel
By ANNE DONNELL

The quote in the headline last week (“To err is human…”) is correctly attributed to Alexander Pope. (1688-1744. English poet and satirist. Major works are Essay on Man, Essay on Criticism, The Rape of the Lock, Dunciad, and a translation of Homer.) The quote comes from Essay on Criticism, a compilation of Pope’s literary opinions. Ah ne'er so dire a Thirst of Glory boast,/Nor in the Critick let the Man be lost!/Good-Nature and Good-Sense must ever join;/To err is human, to forgive divine. Lines 322-325.

BUT, let’s step back in time to Seneca the Younger [3 B.C.-65 A.D., Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist, considered leading literary figure of his day. Tutor to Nero, who eventually suffered from such a poor teacher-student relationship that he ordered Seneca to commit suicide. Seneca did.  Seneca’s brother Gallio is mentioned in the new Testament (Acts 18) in his capacity as proconsul of most of Greece. Their father, Lucius Annaeus Seneca, was called Seneca the Elder (ca 55 B.C. – 40 A.D., Spanish born Roman orator and writer of influential works on rhetoric).]
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General News

Domestic assault leads to neighborhood evacuation
By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JUILET -- A Providence-area neighborhood was evacuated Monday night after police responded to a domestic assault that led to a woman barricading herself in her home with multiple weapons, police said Tuesday.

Around 8:55 p.m., Monday, June 7, Mt. Juliet Police responded to a domestic assault call at 1013 Bradford Park Drive, in the Providence area of Mt. Juliet, according to Mt. Juliet Police Chief Andy Garrett. Upon arrival officers made contact with the resident, Tony Ferrer.

Ferrer stated to officers that his girlfriend, Christina Spiceland, had allegedly assaulted him. Officers said they observed visible signs of assault on Ferrer’s person. Officers then attempted to make contact with Spiceland, who had locked herself in the residence.
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Home sales in Wilson continue to climb
As the real estate market continues to slowly rebound, Wilson County continues on an upswing as May 2010 produced more residential home sales than any other month since August of 2008.

Figures from the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors, or EMTAR, show Wilson County ended the month of May with 154 sold residential homes with a median sales price of $173,235 and 160 homes going under contract. May ’09 produced 125 sold homes and 139 going under contract with a median sales price of $199,900.

Of the 154 closed transactions in May, Mt Juliet produced 87 of those with a median sales price of $186,000 and average days on the market of 56. Of those 87 total sales, 11 of those were foreclosures and/or short sales and 37 of the sales were new construction, which leaves 39 existing home sales.
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Lebanon to pick up flood debris through July 2
City of Lebanon crews will continue to be available for pick up of flood damaged debris and items from businesses and residents through Friday, July 2.

Items must be placed along the edge of the street. Please be sure no drainage ditches are blocked and that no driver’s visibility is obstructed, said Mayor Philip Craighead.

Contact the City Street Department at 444-0825 and provide the address where the pick up is needed. City staff will compile the information and schedule the pick up.
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Robbery, shooting suspects sought
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police Department needs your help in locating and arresting suspects in a recent series of robberies and in a separate case, a shooting that occurred this past Thursday afternoon.

Det. Sid Cripps told The Wilson Post Tuesday that a pizza delivery person was shot through-and-through in the upper leg in a robbery that occurred early Saturday morning on Virginia Avenue.

“He was shot,” Cripps said, “after he had about fully cooperated with the robbers. He was shot as an afterthought.”
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TWA WordFest to feature popular local writers
WordFest, an all-day writing event presented by the Tennessee Writers Alliance, will once again be held at Cumberland University in Lebanon, this year on Saturday, June 19.

WordFest ’10 will feature Lebanon author Michael Lee West as she leads a workshop entitled “Finding Time to Write a Novel.” West is the best-selling author of six books, including Mermaids in the Basement, Mad Girls in Love, American Pie, She Flew the Coop, Crazy Ladies and Consuming Passions – a memoir centered around food and family.

“West’s ladies live in Tennessee, and some people see a lot of Lebanon and Wilson County in her settings,” remarked Tennessee Writers Alliance President Tomi L. Wiley. “Either way, her books are well-loved and well-read locally and around the world, and the TWA is pleased to have her at WordFest to present such a timely workshop.”
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General Sports

Inman to coach Devilettes

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor

 Larry Inman LEBANON -- OVC Hall of Famer Larry Joe Inman was introduced Wednesday afternoon, June 9 as the new girls' basketball coach at Lebanon High School.

Inman, 62, retired in April of 2008 as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky University, ending a brilliant 28-year college coaching career with 480 wins, a 60 percent winning percentage, 10 Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championships, six OVC tournament titles, eight OVC Coach of the Year awards and six NCAA tournament appearances.

No stranger to local basketball, Inman went 126-24 (.840) as the head coach at Mt. Juliet High School (1973-1978). In just five years, Inman led the Lady Bears to five district titles, four regional championships, three Nashville Interscholastic League titles and the 1977 Tennessee Class AAA state title.

Inman replaces Ashley Johnson who resigned last month after two seasons on the job to pursue a doctoral fellowship.

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