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Showing 9 articles from July 2, 2010.


Lebanon eliminates fireworks but not the case in Watertown
By Sam Hatcher
Due to an exhausted City of Lebanon budget there will not be a fireworks show in Lebanon this year.

It’s an effort by local government to try and pinch a dollar or two or as in past fireworks exhibits perhaps as much as several thousand dollars.

However, that’s not the case in Watertown where fireworks are to follow a parade and political rally.
Snorkeling on Jasmine Beach

Sunday afternoon after a morning worship and a little down time after lunch, Lee, the nearsighted pharmacist, knocked on my door looking for a snorkeling partner. Last year I had gone swimming alone but the troop leader decided that was too risky and made the rule that we had to have a buddy to get out in the deep.

I was happy to go snorkeling again even though I had been for more than an hour that morning. We pushed off of the end of the pier into shallow water trying to avoid the surge of waves and then made our way toward the cleanest and most pristine part of the reef. I immediately had a funny sensation of blurred vision but trying to clear my snorkel mask was not the problem. Four bright yellow fish about an inch in length were swimming immediately in front of me. There were very bright in color and had a black stripe going all the way from their dorsal fin to their ventral one. I could put my hand in front of my face and they would disappear temporarily, the other divers told me to my back and shoulder areas, spots I couldn’t see myself. My facemask made of bright yellow plastic was almost the same color as the fish and Lee suggested that the fish somehow felt that I was their mother.

Letters to the Editor

Blessed are the peacemakers leads to calm
To the Editor:

Wouldn’t it be great if we begin growing at the least possible expense to the other and slow the painful attack on the existence of life? Instead we’re funding the most enormous killing machine the world has ever known with 53 cents of every taxpayer’s dollar going to the military. But of course the fiscal profits go Halliburton, Blackwater, Wall Street, Big Oil and the rest of the corporate guns for hire, while studies place the cost of the Iraq invasion at $6,000 billion with a million-and-a-half people killed thus far. Then there’s the millions misplaced, injured and starving.

Meanwhile, as the unending war or terror continues, more as less as the battle between good and evil, the ultimate cost to the whole of things is beyond our comprehension. For in all practical purposes, as a whole, you and I, them, they, we, and all else is the other.

General News

2 nabbed by drug task force, federal charges pending
The Wilson Post

Authorities arrested two subjects this week after observing a drug transaction between them occur.

Sheriff Terry Ashe said in a news release issued late Thursday afternoon that detectives with the Wilson County Violent Crimes and Narcotics Task Force received information that the two subjects were going to make a large cocaine deal in Wilson. The detectives saw the two subjects meet and took them into custody.

Detectives recovered more than 1 kilo of cocaine that had changed hands in the transaction. They then obtained a search warrant for one of the subject’s residence and recovered a Glock pistol and two shotguns. They also seized a custom racing motorcycle, a BMW 745, and a highly modified show truck with numerous pieces of high-end electronics.

The drugs, the sheriff said, have an estimated street value of $80,000, and the vehicle and other items were worth more than $100,000.
DRCs, DLOCs continue to offer services, but close for July 4 holiday
Four Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), scheduled to close July 6, will remain open until further notice.

Since the deadline to apply has been extended, Tennesseans have until Aug. 5 to register for disaster assistance.

DRCs allow disaster survivors who experienced damage from the severe storms and flooding between April 30 and May 18 to meet one-on-one with recovery specialists who can answer questions and provide additional information about specific needs. Recovery specialists also can supply contacts for other programs that may be of help.
Goodall advises of new passport fee increase
Wilson County Clerk Jim Goodall wants to inform everyone who may be planning a trip out of the U.S. to know that a rate increase for passports will take effect Tuesday, July 13.

Goodall said he was notified by the U.S. Department of State’s Passport Agency about the rate hike.

“It is my suggestion if you think you will need a passport in the future to come in and apply for one before the rate increase,” he said. “All passport applications submitted to us on or before July 12th will be charged the old rate.”
McMurry-Fite officially becomes Bishop
The Wilson Post

Belita McMurry-Fite, founder and pastor of Heaven’s View Baptist Church in Lebanon, was recently honored with being deemed a Bishop at the 2nd Annual Church Empowerment Conference.

The consecration ceremony took place on June 8 in Niceville, Fla. McMurry-Fite served as a bishop-elect from Tennessee and journeyed to Florida along with her family to partake in the ceremonial festivities.

She was alongside another bishop-elect during the rite of passage which consisted of a consecration message delivered by Archbishop Ruth W. SmithHolmes who presides over Light of the World Christian Tabernacle International. Bishop T.P. Johnson Sr. of New Life Christian Ministries Interdenominational International Association hosted the event.
MJPD now provides online crime mapping
Have you ever seen flashing blue lights in your neighborhood and wanted to know what was going on?

Do you want to find out how safe your neighborhood really is? Now you can, through a new partnership between the Mt. Juliet Police Department and CrimeReports, creators of the National Crime Map, at

“Providing reliable, timely information to our citizens is one of our top priorities,” said Chief Andy Garrett. “And partnering with CrimeReports gives us the ability to keep the public informed on a regular basis as to what is going on in the community.”
Officers cleared in shooting death
From Post staff reports

A Wilson County grand jury declined to indict two officers on criminal charges in the shooting death of a man in April.

Lebanon Police Officers Dave McKinley and Mitch McDannald were placed on leave since the incident occurred in April.
Greg Thompson Jr., 22, was shot and killed in the incident in which the officers mistakenly believed he was shooting at one of them.
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