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Telling Tales

Boss of the House
On Saturday, after a long day of swimming, Neill and Jackson (Becky’s son) raced inside to find me.

Neill: “Mama, can I go to Jackson’s house for dinner?”

Jackson: “Please, please can he come?”

I looked at the sunburned and tired little boys and said “No, its already late, you probably should just stay home.”

Then in unison it started:
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Ask Ken Beck

Late singer Lena Horne acted in seven movies

Dear Ken: Regarding the legendary singer Lena Horne, who recently passed, did she make many movies?

The silky-voiced Horne, who died May 9 at age 92, appeared in numerous films as a singer but only acted in a hand full of films between 1938 and 1978. Her seven silver screen credits as an actress include “The Duke Is Tops,” “Cabin in the Sky,” “Stormy Weather,” “Broadway Rhythm,” “Till the Clouds Roll by,” “Death of a Gunfighter” and “The Wiz.” She played Glinda the Good Witch in the latter. Horne released an autobiography in 1965 titled simply “Lena.”  


Dear Ken: How many westerns did Burt Lancaster make and did he ever win an Oscar?

Lancaster made about 75 films. Of those, about a dozen were horse operas. The best of those include “The Unforgiven,” “Lawman,” “Valdez Is Coming” and “Ulzana’s Raid.” The former circus acrobat, who referred to his killer smile as “the Grin,” was nominated for the best actor Academy Award four times and won for “Elmer Gantry” in 1963.
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Wilson Living

Politics and Wilson Living on the small screen
What a busy week at Wilson Living.  We spent most of the week putting final touches on our Political and Americana themed July/August issue. Readers will not only get to know each of the three candidates running for Wilson County Mayor, you will also get reacquainted with some familiar political faces.

Also this issue, Wilson Living contributor, Roy Harris shares a story titled, “America the Great!” In it, he weaves a fascinating story of why this country of ours is a wonderful place to live. Living the life of freedom is not something we should take for granted, although we often do.  For a few minutes while your reading this inspirational piece you will realize that July 4th is more about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness than a day off from work, sparklers and grilled hotdogs.

Did you notice any familiar faces on the news last week? Channel 2 specifically? Please let me fill you in. Wilson Living Magazine was chosen by Channel 2 News morning anchor, Julie Kroenig as a business that’s ‘Positively Tennessee.’ ‘Positively Tennessee’ is a news segment dedicated to sharing local positive economic stories that sometimes get overlooked in this time so laden with news about a failing economy. Julie and News 2 photographer, Ken Wilson traveled to Lebanon and shot a story about how Wilson Living began during the recession and has been thriving ever since.
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General Lifestyle

At the Movies with Doc - "The A-Team"
Well the heat has been turned up outside!  And just when some of the summer's hottest movies are hitting theaters, it sure makes it a great time to sit back and relax in the well air-conditioned ROXY theater and take in a few. This past weekend I saw "The A-Team," which is the big-screen production based on the 80's hit television show of the same name. The movie stars Liam Neeson, who adequately reprises the role of Hannibal that George Peppard first made famous. Among others on Hannibal's team are "Face," played by current Hollywood heartthrob Bradley Cooper, and "Mad" Murdock, played by Sharlto Copley. Perhaps the most famous (or at least the most memorable) member of the original A-team was B.A. Baracus, famously played by Mr. T. The interesting story about Mr. T is that he was not even an actor by trade.  He was working in Chicago as a bouncer when he was discovered after appearing in a televised show, kind of a battle of the bouncers. I think it may have even been a segment on Wild World of Sports.
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Colorful Magaline brightens up Kentucky cave country
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post

CAVE CITY, Ky.—A myriad of shining attractions may snare your eye in Kentucky’s cave country, but none sparkles brighter than the marvelous Magaline Meredith.

Inside Magaline’s Antique Mall on Cave City’s Broadway Street, she dresses in Victorian garb from head to ankle. Today she’s elected to go purple as in a purple hat, purple scarf, purple shirt and purple dress that flows down to just above the purple crocks on her feet. Rings adorn seven fingers, bracelets encircle her right wrist, and a bejeweled watch adorns the left wrist.

She could be the poster girl for the Red Hat Society ladies who have tried to get her to join, but she’s got too much work to do right in her 10,000-square-foot mall with its 100 booths and thousands of items.
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Column

Try not to misread this
By ANNE DONNELL

I was shocked by a recent defense offered by an office seeker in another part of the country.  He defended his lies by saying he “misspoke.”  What’s your take on this?

-An Honest Reader

Still maintaining he’s “going to tell the people of Connecticut the truth” (May 27, in Litchfield, Connecticut, in this case about other matters) Richard Blumenthal, candidate for U.S. Senate and currently Attorney General of Connecticut had been caught being quite untruthful.  Well, we the people tend to soften that (particularly when describing our own wanderings) by saying, “less than truthful.”

Connecticut is one of those little states “up there” close to the right corner of Eastern United States. Amateur geographers and ignorant jigsaw puzzle solvers have a hard time putting that one in the map correctly. (And, boy, howdy! I recently received an e-mail map puzzle with places like Mauritania and Turkmenistan. I’m amateur and ignorant. Doubt that’s news.) 
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Guest Column

Celebrate the Flag by protecting Old Glory
By CLARENCE E. HILL

One sure way to light up The American Legion’s switchboards is for an overzealous homeowners association to ban the display of Old Glory within its community. While these disturbing incidents seem to be on the rise in recent years, I find it completely ironic that while a ban can exist on flying the flag of our country, no such ban is allowed to exist on desecrating it.

“Sorry, Mr. Veteran, you’re not allowed to fly the flag on your private property, but the Constitution says you can urinate on it, spit on it, and burn it all you want,” is what the government seems to be telling us.

The American Legion finds this unacceptable. In fact, for 21 years now, dating back to the Supreme Court’s flawed Texas v. Johnson decision, we’ve been pretty fired up about it. In that case, a narrow 5-4 majority ruled that flag desecration was permitted by the First Amendment. Essentially, a margin consisting of one Supreme Court Justice invalidated flag protection laws enacted by 48 states and the federal government. The high court removed from the people the right to protect their nation’s foremost symbol – a right that the people have enjoyed since the birth of this nation.
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General News

City tabs TDOT grant for Baird Middle School
Gov. Phil Bredesen announced Tuesday the Safe Routes to School funding for the City of Lebanon totaling $239,639 for improvements at Walter J. Baird Middle School.

The Safe Routes to School program is a statewide initiative designed to make bicycling and walking to school a safer, more appealing and healthier alternative for students in kindergarten through 8th grade.

“The Safe Routes to School program is a great opportunity for schools, communities and government officials to work together to promote a healthier lifestyle for Tennessee children,” Bredesen said. “The program helps create safer walking and biking environments for students and funds activities to encourage children and their parents to consider walking and biking to school for a more active lifestyle.”
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Council nods consulting position for Weeks; passes budget on first reading
By AUTUMN ALLISON
The Wilson Post
Lebanon City Council is to consider on second reading an ordinance approving a consulting contract for six months for Commissioner of Public Safety Billy Weeks in a special called meeting at 6 tonight.
    The measure was approved on first reading during Tuesday night’s regular council meeting by a vote of 5-1 with Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston casting the lone no vote.
    Under the contract, Weeks would retire as commissioner and would begin his consulting duties after third and final passage of the city’s 2010-2011 budget. His expected start date would be July 6.
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Mt. Juliet woman claims world whistling title
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post

After traveling 8,000 miles around the world, Mt. Juliet’s Pat Sonnier puckered up and whistled her way to a world title recently.

Sonnier won the senior female division at the 2010 International Whistlers Convention near the end of May in Qingdao, China, at Qingdao University.

“It was exciting, but there were only seven women, so there wasn’t all that much competition,” Sonnier said of her victory, which she won by whistling one pop and one classical tune, “Summertime” and “Hungarian Dance,” respectively.
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General Sports

Lions Club BR to host state 15s tournament

By TOMMY BRYAN
LEBANON -- Eskew Field in the Baird Park Complex will be the site for the Babe Ruth 15s State Baseball Tournament in late July. Hosted by the Lebanon Lions Club Babe Ruth League, the 10-team, double elimination tournament cranks up Friday, July 23 with a full slate of four games.

Tournament finals are planned for Tuesday, July 27. The Lebanon 15 year old all-stars will open tournament play in McMinnville July 15, but will earn an automatic berth to the state, regardless of their finish in McMinnville.

The tournament will be dedicated to the memory of two longtime Lions and Babe Ruth League officers, Charlie Baird and Tim Denny, both of whom died last year.

“Both these gentlemen dedicated many hours to our Babe Ruth baseball operation,” said Lions Club officer David McKinney. “We’re dedicating the tournament, as well as the game program, to Charlie and Tim as a way of paying tribute to their contributions.”

Advertising sales for the game program are presently under way with proceeds offsetting tournament costs. For information, call 444-1113 or 443-8383.

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