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My brother, Muddy Waters
By W.H. WATERS    

In the long ago, I was born into a family and had a brother whose name was George Hugh Waters. He started at Vanderbilt in 1929, the same year I started school. Never believe that age and distance ever barred us from loving one another. When I was little, he even carried me on dates now and then. He played with me and I thought he was the very best!

My early memory of Hugh Waters was as a left-handed pitcher for Tuckers Cross Roads. He weighed 135 pounds and his claim to fame was a curve ball that seemed to stop 4 feet in front of the plate and then dive down just below the knees. This curve made his fastball faster and people simply did not hit him much. Gladeville and “Buck” Spickard were his greatest opponents and they battled tooth and nail for several years.
The Saga of the Yellow Billed Cuckoo

As I was getting ready to enter the front door of the hospital the other day I saw a beautiful bird lying on its back gasping for breath on the hot pavement near the front door. On closer inspection the bird was apparently suffering from a near fatal blow either from a passing car or running into the large plate glass window nearby. His head was in an unnatural position and its pretty yellow bill was crooked and stained with blood. It was lying right in the passenger traffic walkway in front of the hospital where patients were arriving and cars were pulling in and out, and it could easily have been crushed under their wheels.

I had something urgent to do at the time but couldn’t resist moving the bird from the busy road into the shady porch behind the trash can, and I fully expected to find him dead as I popped back out of the hospital after a few minutes. To my surprise, the injured bird had not succumbed to the heat or the traffic and now had its head a little straighter and its bill squarer. So, since I hadn’t seen one up so close before and had a birdwatcher visiting my house that day, I thought he and my wife might want to get a closer look at this elusive specimen. I picked it up gently for the ride home in my car.

General News

Indictment handed down in Cooksey death
The Wilson Post

An indictment has been handed down by the Wilson County grand jury in the ongoing investigation of the death of Charles R. “Butch” Cooksey on June 14, 1969.

The grand jury on Monday indicted George Benny Page, 68, of 4494 Old Rome Pike, Lebanon, on one count of intentionally providing false information in the investigation of Cooksey’s death.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said the Sheriff’s Department along with the District Attorney General’s Office presented testimony and evidence to the grand jury on Monday.
Lebanon Guard unit set now to be back in U.S. by July 25
The Wilson Post
The date for the return of Lebanon's Army National Guard unit has again been changed, and for those anxious at home to see their soldiers serving in this unit, the change is good.
According to officials with the Guard, the hometown unit should be back in the U.S. by next Sunday.
The unit is now scheduled to arrived at Camp Shelby, Miss. on July 25, and return to its home station soon there after.
Lebanon teen unveils worship album
Special to The Wilson Post

Kyrsten Paige, 19, seeks to soothe and serve the brokenhearted through her debut album, “Hope Unveiled,” with 13 original compositions inspired by faith, hope and love.

The 2009 Lebanon High School grad wrote all 13 songs on the album, which include such titles as “Father I Come,” “I Will Praise You,” “Jesus I Love Thee” and “Anthem for the Broken.” A release party will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at Westland United Methodist Church.

Her choice of album title comes from real-life experience.
Slammin and Jammin leaves Lebanon, may go to Cookeville
The Wilson Post

Slammin’ & Jammin’, a car and truck show that has brought thousands of people and their money to Lebanon and Wilson County as well as an element that has caused problems for local businesses and law enforcement, may be considering a move to Cookeville for future events.

The (Cookeville) Herald-Citizen newspaper reports that Charlie Cobble, president of Autoshows which puts on Slammin’ & Jammin’, took a tour of the Putnam County Fairgrounds in Cookeville this past week as a possible new location for the event.

“I know we will be moving from Lebanon,” Cobble said yesterday during a telephone interview with The Wilson Post.   
Trial date expected to be set for Burdick on Monday
The Wilson Post

A disposition hearing for a man accused in the February 2008 rape of a Wilson County teenage female is set for 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 19 in Criminal Court.

Robert Jason Burdick, dubbed the “Wooded Rapist” by law enforcement, is charged with aggravated kidnapping and rape of the then 16-year-old Wilson County girl.

Judge David Durham will preside over the disposition hearing on Monday during which time a trial date is expected to be set.
TVA work to cause brief power outage for Watertown, east Wilson
Tennessee Valley Authority will be performing some electrical work this weekend, causing some Middle Tennessee Electric members in eastern Wilson County – including Watertown – to be without power for a brief period Sunday morning.

The scheduled work will cause approximately 5,000 members to experience a short power outage, approximately 5 minutes in length, just after midnight Sunday.
Winfree Bryant MS groundbreaking held
The Wilson Post

Work didn’t stop Thursday morning on construction of the new Winfree Bryant Middle School for a ceremonial groundbreaking event at the site on Leeville Pike.

And the early morning July heat didn’t keep dozens of well-wishers from coming out to see the school’s two namesakes, former Lebanon Special School District Superintendent and Byars Dowdy Elementary Principal Cordell Winfree and long-time teacher Hattie Bryant, plunge their shovels into the dirt to commemorate the new school.

“I owe everything Andy Brummett is to these two people,” said Brummett, former teacher, superintendent and current member of the board of the LSSD, about Winfree and Bryant.
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