They say that nobody knows what heaven looks like. They - would be wrong. I know exactly what heaven looks like and, I’m here to tell you, it’s grand!
As we vacationed this week by the beach and strolled around the town of Seaside, I explained to my husband that “If heaven doesn’t look like Seaside, I’m going to be really ticked off when I get there.”
Not missing a beat, he responded, “Really? What makes you think you’re getting into heaven?”
Ask Ken Beck
Dear Ken: Where is Ted Danson of the TV shows “Cheers” and “Becker” from?
Edward Bridge Danson III was born in San Diego, Calif., and grew up in Flagstaff, Ariz., near a Navaho reservation as his father, Ned, was an archaeologist and director of the Museum of Northern Arizona. An environmental activist, the actor is a pal of former President Bill Clinton through his wife Mary Steenburgen, who, like Clinton, is an Arkansas native.
Dear Ken: What actors have played Jesse James in film and on TV?
Over 60 actors have portrayed the legendary train robber going back to the days of silent films. Among the most well known have been Brad Pitt, Colin Farrell, Rob Lowe, Kris Kristofferson, James Keach, Harris Yulin, Robert Duvall, Audie Murphy, Christopher Jones, Robert Wagner, Don “Red” Barry, MacDonald Carey, Dale Robertson, Clayton Moore, Lawrence Tierney, George Reeves, Rod Cameron, Tyrone Power and Roy Rogers. But the first to play Jesse was the outlaw’s own son, Jesse James Jr., born in Nashville, who portrayed his father in two silent movies in 1921.
Looking for something to do this weekend to celebrate July 4? You don’t need to travel far. Wilson County has plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Whether you’d like to take in one of the spectacular fireworks shows in Mt. Juliet, Watertown or Nashville or you prefer staying at home and cooking up some excellent outdoor fare, Wilson Living has done the research so you don’t have to.
In Watertown, spectators can enjoy the 4th of July parade and keep cool by participating in a squirt gun battle. The parade begins at 6 p.m. Fireworks to follow at dusk at Three Forks Park. For more information call 237-0270.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
It’s no secret anymore. A mere mile or so beyond the Wilson County line lies one of Tennessee’s most popular state parks.
Long Hunter State Recreational Park with its 2,600 acres along the southeast shore of J. Percy Priest Lake drew 850,000 visitors last year; double that of 2001. And it’s no wonder with the variety of activities available that include hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, swimming, boating and observing wildlife.
“The area has developed so much that we have become like a city park. People are looking for a place to go out and get away from everybody,” said Park Manager Thurman Mullins.
By ANNE DONNELL
What’s the best way to write %? Percent? Per cent? Per-cent?
-Merely Curious, Not Really Needing to Know
Seeing today’s signature, I had to laugh (LOL in texting or on Facebook – Laugh Out Loud, as if you laugh “in your head” very often. Try it. Less than a hoot. LOL can mean Lots of Love, but why would I feel that for this anonymous correspondent? I’m still working hard on not spitting at strangers.).
Our QP of T (Question Person of Today) exhibits an accuracy most of us neglect when dressing up our 50%-100% pretend selves for public viewing. The Clothing of Sham – a good book title. Well, how about Faking It the American Way? Disinterest in America: The Public’s Demand for Less Content, More Pizzazz. Sounds like something good to ignore.
By SAM HATCHER
Two good local men died last week at a very young age.
Both men, one 46 and the other 63, were victims of what were apparent heart attacks.
Their deaths should serve as a reminder to all of us that the ongoing heat, the stress in our daily lives and other personal health issues can be life threatening challenges for all of us.
These two men, Andy Martin, 46, and James D. Bryant, 63, still had so much to give and so much to share. They indeed will be sorely missed by both family and friends.
BY CHELSEA BURNETT
The Wilson Post
Mother Nature threatened to rain down on the annual Wilson County Relay for Life event this past weekend, but in the end, she was defeated.
Defeat of cancer is the goal of the Relay for Life event which raises money for the American Cancer Society in its battle against the disease.
With another Relay for Life event over for this year, Co-Chairman Vicki Gordon said it went extremely well.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a request from the State of Tennessee for a 30-day extension of the deadline to register for federal assistance for those affected by the severe storms and flooding between April 30 and May 18.
Tennesseans can now file for Individual Assistance through Aug. 5.
Likewise, the deadline to submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has also been extended through Aug. 5. While no one is required to take out an SBA loan, applications are a key part of the FEMA registration process. A loan denial may open up other assistance to eligible applicants.
By KALYN SHELLY
The Wilson Post
Fiddler’s Grove Historic Village kicked off its Founders' Day Celebration this past Friday night at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center by honoring Geneva and Carlton Thomas for their efforts in making this pioneer village a historic landmark in Wilson County.
Randall Clemons, treasurer of the foundation, said the event was to honor "instrumental people and their efforts" who had helped develop Fiddler’s Grove.
“Geneva Thomas is the chief historian" for the special historic area contained within the Ward Agricultural Center, and according to Clemons, "she tells the story of Fiddler’s Grove in a way that no one else can.”
From Post staff reports
If you were planning to purchase Music City Star tickets to the Celebration at Riverfront Park on July 4th, you are out of luck.
All 900 tickets have been sold, according to Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) officials.
While this news is about the special train to Riverfront Park on July 4th, there is other good news to be related about the Music City Star.
From Post staff reports
Some candidates are complaining about political signs being removed or stolen and one political camp has said that in some cases they believe teenagers are taking signs as a prank.
Wilson County Trustee Jim Major, who is running for re-election, said Tuesday morning he has had three signs removed from sites where they were originally placed.
According to Major, the signs are valued at $75 or more. He said he would prosecute according to law if he finds the person or persons responsible for taking his signs.