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Showing 15 articles from July 28, 2010.

Telling Tales

Family visits
I’m hiding out; in my bedroom, on a Friday night, watching the Golden Girls. Don’t pity me. I love those girls. In fact, they’re the highlight of my evening. You see, this week I have played hostess to my brother, his wife and their three children (two of which are in pre-school). They stay with us every year after making the trek from California to Tennessee. And just to add a more variety to the mix, my oldest niece, her husband and their new baby joined us. So every night since they’ve been here (6 days, 16 hours, 41 minutes) it’s been a party with all my brothers, sisters, their spouses and children. It’s been fun. Especially when my 4 year old nephew uses his 9 octave scream when I tell him he can’t drink his grape juice upstairs, when my 2 year old niece locks herself in the pantry and empties a full box cereal or when my dad leaves my house without telling anyone because… he can!

Ask Ken Beck

Rev. Camden once flew a Grumman Goose amphibian

Dear Ken: Did Stephen Collins, who played the father, Rev. Eric Camden, on “7th Heaven,” star in any other TV series?
Collins, 62, starred in several shows before he struck gold with “Heaven,” which ran for 11 seasons. In fact, word is that Collins would like to get the family back for a TV reunion. His other series included “Sisters,” “Working It Out,” “Tattingers,” and, my favorite by a mile, “Tales of the Gold Monkey.” “Gold Monkey” was produced by Donald Belisario, the genius behind such shows as “Airwolf,“ “Magnum, P.I.,“ “Quantum Leap,” “JAG” and “NCIS.” Collins played pilot-adventurer Jake Cutter in the action-comedy show that was set in the Pacific islands during the late 1930s. The best news is that “Tales of the Gold Monkey,” the pilot and all 22 episodes are now on DVD.


Wilson Living

By Angel Kane  

One thing all the ladies of Wilson Living have in common is that we love to shop!! So we were so excited to hear that a new children’s boutique is opening at the Mill in Lebanon this weekend.

Hadley and Finn Children’s Boutique’s grand opening is July 31st and anyone who mentions Wilson Living Magazine on Saturday, will receive 10% off a single item!

For those who haven’t heard about this new fabulous boutique, then you need to check out for a sneak peak at all the fabulous finds the grand opening has in store for you. Owners, Jenni Beth and Norma Underhill, will be on hand to help you find the perfect outfit or accessory for your little princess or prince.

General Lifestyle

Hey, hey, hey, meet the Hay Man
Special to The Wilson Post

Say hey to the Hay Man.

That’s the name by which most farmers and horse people know Richard Quintal, local hay broker and Massachusetts expatriate, who keeps his barn full of hay bales in a southeast nook of Wilson County known as Greenvale, where the hills are hillier, the grass is greener and the valleys are full of hay.

“I sell a lot of hay. Since 1999, I’ve sold 9,896 rolls and 79,148 bales. This hay here is top of the line,” he said, not bragging but as a matter of fact, in a strong New England accent. “That’s beautiful hay. You don’t see sagebrush or sticks. You won’t find a bad bale here.
POSTSCRIPTS My Babies Flew Away
By Margaret Partee

In the late spring I noticed that a bird had built a nest atop the smoke alarm that is inside my carport. It was very similar to one I had seen in previous years stuck to the top of a security light under the eaves at the back of my house. Soon it was apparent that a bird was on the nest because every time I opened the back door, a streak flew up into a nearby tree!

About the same time I was watering a newly planted hanging basket on my front deck when an eruption from the basket scared me half to death! I peered carefully into the foliage of the red begonias and ivy to see a beautifully constructed nest with four adorable little brown speckled eggs in it. I carefully watered the plants around the nest and retreated. As I watched from my window a Carolina Wren returned to her home to keep her eggs warm! They usually nest in the bird bottle I described in an earlier column, but not this year!   


O Father, is it farther or further?

When do you say (or write) “farther,” and when is it “further”? Believe it or not, this came up at our church service last Sunday.

-Tuned In (Mostly)

I liked the refreshing modesty of noting (Mostly) after the Tuned In signature. Paying attention is such a big demand! We can ramble on (and on) about attention deficit (which we usually identify in other people’s children or in their older relatives when it’s not just slapping us in the face in our own in-laws), but we see the only remedy as medication. There’s something called behavior modification, too. OK, I have no idea who needs Ritalin©, but I know a nation of wandering minds when I see it.
Remembering the Beatles first visit to America

Seeing that Paul McCartney was in Nashville Monday night brought back a number of memories about the introduction of the Beatles to America.

Although I may be dating myself, I remember watching the group’s appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.

And I also remember my father declaring something like . . . “if I ever see you with hair that long, I’ll have your head shaved.”

General News

Aug. 5 deadline approaches to apply for FEMA assistance
With the Aug. 5 application deadline approaching, 6th District U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon urges Middle Tennessee residents affected by May’s flooding to contact FEMA and apply for assistance.

“The deadline to apply for individual assistance from FEMA is Thursday, Aug. 5th,” Gordon said. “I encourage everyone to apply sooner rather than later. Planning ahead could save hundreds of dollars down the line.”

The damage Middle Tennessee sustained during the flooding makes a range of assistance available for residents, including grants for home repairs, funding for temporary housing and other expenses that are flood-related. Property owners can register online at or by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA.
CU to offer M.A. program in fall
The Wilson Post

Cumberland University will offer a Master of Arts degree beginning this fall designed to help students gain a better understanding of their chosen area of study.

Ted Rose, dean of the School of Music and the Arts at Cumberland, said the course of study will include 36 hours of credit and will have three tracts of study. They are music, drama and art.

“It is not three separate degrees,” he said, but “one degree” that offers three areas of study.
Former Beatle spent summer here in 1974
The Wilson Post
The former Beatle knocked their socks off at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Monday night playing to a full-house, jam packed crowd.

Surely to goodness Paul McCartney must have paused at some point during his in-and-out visit to Nashville to recall some of the good times he shared with family and friends some 36 years ago when he spent the biggest part of the summer here in Lebanon.

Early on it was one of Lebanon's best kept secrets.
Less than 10% vote so far
The Wilson Post

Less than 10 percent of registered voters in Wilson County have cast their ballots since early voting began on July 16.

Martha Ann Sutherland, assistant administrator of elections for the Wilson County Election Commission, said through Monday, 5,157 people have voted so far. There are 67,494 registered voters in Wilson County.

“It’s not bad,” she said, but “it’s not overwhelming considering how many we have registered. It’s not even 10 percent.”
Local teacher off to Abu Dhabi
The Wilson Post

She is not in a “Garfield” cartoon, but one local educator will soon be packing her bags and slapping an Abu Dhabi sticker on them.

Kristi Galligan of Lebanon will soon be in a different world – half a world away – as she is soon to fly to the United Arab Emirates to teach English to 12th grade girls for the next two years.

“Yeah, it wasn’t really thought out. I didn’t expect much to come of it,” Galligan laughed about her applying with an international teaching agency and having her life take a sharp turn in a new direction. “It was just meant to be.”
MJ couple charged with child abuse hearing moved
Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- The arraignment hearing for a Mt. Juliet couple charged with the abuse and murder of their daughter has been rescheduled, officials said Tuesday.

Dr. Deborah and Steven Mark were scheduled to appear in Criminal Court on Friday, July 23, but that arraignment hearing has been moved to Thursday, July 29, at 8:30 a.m., according to the Wilson County Criminal Court Clerk’s office.

Both face multiple child abuse charges, and Dr. Mark has been charged with Felony first degree murder in the death of her adopted daughter, Kairissa Mark, age 4.
Six LHS bids received


Bids for construction of the new Lebanon High School were opened Tuesday afternoon at the Wilson County Board of Education Central Office. Six firms submitted base bids for the project, including:

* $38,088,000 submitted by R.G. Anderson Company, Inc. of Nashville;

* $39,542,000 submitted by Doster Construction Company of Franklin.

* $39,990,000 submitted by Denark Construction of Knoxville.

* $40,590,000 submitted by Hardaway Construction Corporation of Nashville.

* $40,990,000 submitted by Rentenbach Constructors Incorporated of Knoxville.

* $41,166,000 submitted by Robert S. Biscan and Company of Brentwood.

Wooded Rapist trial date set
The Wilson Post

A trial date of March 28-30, 2011 has been set for a man accused in the kidnapping and rape of then 16-year-old Wilson County girl in February 2008.

Criminal Court Judge David Durham set the trial date during a hearing on Monday.

The suspect, Robert Jason Burdick, nicknamed the “Wooded Rapist” by authorities, is charged with aggravated kidnapping and rape in the Wilson County case.
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