Dear Ken: Who invented Icees? I love them and drink more than my own kids.
A fellow by the name of Omar Knedlik, who owned a Dairy Queen in Coffeyville, Kansas, concocted the cool, sweet drink in the late 1950s. It took him five years to devise a machine that could deliver a frozen, carbonated beverage, but he finally made one from an old soft ice cream machine. Later he found the Johnny Mitchell Company in Dallas that manufactured cotton gin machinery, Mark IV air conditioners for cars, LP gas vaporizers, Central Vacuum Cleaners and car washes, and they perfected the machine, so that billions of Icees have been served to fanatics like you and me. Sweet!
Dear Ken: The name of a movie is driving me crazy. Well, OK, crazier. These four cowboys from Texas leave the state and join up in the Civil War with great energy and high hopes. After a few years, only one comes back, scarred by the horrors of war.
That is 1968’s “Journey to Shiloh,” not a great flick but not bad either. It’s most definitely watchable for its young cast of seven Rebels that includes James Caan (wearing a really bad wig if I recollect correctly), Michael Sarrazin, Don Stroud, Paul Petersen, Michael Burns, Jan-Michael Vincent and Harrison Ford.
Dear Ken: Cameron Diaz, who stars with Tom Cruise in “Night and Day,” where was she born? What are her next movies coming up?
Diaz, who turns 38 on Aug. 30, was born in San Diego, Calif., to an Anglo-German mom and Cuban-American dad. She was a model when she auditioned for and got the lead opposite Jim Carrey in “The Mask” in 1994. Her career has rocketed along ever since in such films as “There’s Something About Mary,” “Any Given Sunday,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Gangs of New York,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “The Holiday.” Up next in 2011, she stars in “Bad Teacher” and “The Green Hornet.” Diaz, who loves to knit, has reportedly broken her nose four times.
Dear Ken: My mom was a big fan of movie star Victor Mature. What were some of his biggest films?
The actor nicknamed “The Hunk” was born in Louisville, Ky., and made about 50 flicks. He first made a splash as Tumak, a caveman, in 1940’s “One Million B.C.” After serving in the Coast Guard during WWII, he became one of the most popular stars of the 1950, particularly in biblical epics where he could show off his beefcake build. Other credits include “My Darling Clementine,” “Kiss of Death,” “Samson and Delilah,” “The Robe” and “Demetrius and the Gladiator.” Mature could have easily have passed as the father of Sylvester Stallone as the two bore strong facial similarities, and there was talk at one point of the pair co-starring in a western. The golfing fanatic died at age 86 in 1999.
By ANGEL KANE
This Friday, August 13, the Wilson County Fair returns! From food to contests to rides to beauty queens, every day from the 13th through the 21st, the fair offers fun-filled entertainment for the whole family.
This year, brings the return of the third annual Betty B. Freeman Memorial Walking Horse show. Betty Freeman was a long-time Wilson County resident who had a passion for horses. Originally from Lewisburg, Betty moved to town when she married John Freeman and in the 1970’s, Betty turned her passion for horses into a breeding business known as Freeman Foals.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
A Lebanon native’s providential encounter at a craft show will bring a cherished piece of Tuckers Crossroads history home for a visit when an heirloom quilt goes on display at the Wilson County Fair.
The quilt, bearing the stitched names of more than 30 women who lived in the Crossroads community during the 1930s, was a gift to Mattie Fisher Turner Neal, the late grandmother of Nancy Dozier, who today possesses the quilt.
Melanie McDonald, whose mother’s family, the Gills, was raised in Tuckers Crossroads, spotted the quilt in March while shopping at The Gathering, a crafts show held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville.
By MARGARET PARTEE
Is your HomeSafe? You’d like to think that your home is one place you can always be safe. But what if it isn’t? There are women who are not safe in their own homes. These women are from all backgrounds and from all neighborhoods. They are women who suffer from domestic violence.
No one in my home has ever hit me, you may say. They don’t have to. Domestic violence is anything that happens as a way to control another person. It may be physical abuse; it may be threats and name calling; it may be a basic need such as food being withheld; or perhaps movement outside the home is restricted. It could be many other things. It does not have to be a physical blow.
I recently attended a meeting to learn more about the mission of HomeSafe in Wilson County. Their Mission Statement is to provide a safe place for survivors and their children; to help them explore
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Expect the 2010 Wilson County Fair to prove once again that this is indeed “The Place to Be” as several new attractions join the largest county fair in the state when it begins its nine-day run Friday, Aug. 13 through Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds.
As you might expect, anyone and everyone associated with the fair is quite busy this week. Andy Brummett, coordinator of the Wilson County Fair, said his schedule is “like a florist on Valentine’s Day” this time of year. With many new events and attractions, the fair hopes to advance its reputation as one of the best in the nation.
Headlining the Fair this year will be a free concert by country music star, and Wilson County resident, Charlie Daniels. The concert will take place on Monday, Aug. 16 in the Exposition Center. Sponsored by Burchett Ford Lincoln Mercury, the concert benefits local charity, The Joseph’s Storehouse Food Ministry.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
In 1910, the seeds of the Tennessee 4-H program were planted in 12 counties by the formation of Boys Corn Clubs and 100 years later, the Wilson County Fair celebrates this extraordinary Tennessee tradition.
Kicking off the celebration will be an opening parade on Friday, Aug. 13 at 7. The parade will begin at the Purple Gate and travel through Fiddler’s Grove, coming to an end around the Jordan House and the Yellow gate.
“Community leaders who were former 4-H members will be marching in the parade, wearing their 4-H shirts,” said Wanda Bates, a former 4-H member and organizer of the celebration.
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
A junior at Wilson Central High School died as the result of a single-vehicle accident that occurred shortly after 3 p.m., Sunday on North Greenhill Road in Mt. Juliet. The accident also left one other person, the driver, injured.
The victim was identified as Lexus J. Hedels, 16, of Mt. Juliet. She was a passenger in a 2003 Mercury Mountaineer pickup truck driven by another female, age 17, of Old Hickory. The driver’s name is being withheld because she is a juvenile.
Trooper Bill Fitzgerald of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said in his report that the vehicle was headed south on North Greenhill Road when the driver crossed the center line and overcorrected which sent the truck into a yaw. The vehicle left the roadway off the left side and went into the yard at 1120 N. Greenhill Road where it rolled over.
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
LEBANON -- Getting stronger and working smarter are two of Dewayne Alexander’s preseason goals as he opens his fifth fall camp as head coach of the Cumberland football program.
Returning most of his starting 22 from last season’s 5-6 campaign, Alexander is taking a different approach as he welcomed some 130 players to campus over the weekend.
Rigorous two-a-days are out. Walk throughs, conditioning and strength training will be the norm during 9-11 a.m. sessions followed by a more traditional practice in the late afternoon.
“When you sit down and look at it, we know who can play for us,” Alexander said. “The goal is to have our best players healthy and ready to go when we open the season Sept. 2 at Austin Peay. What’s the point of having a knock down, drag out fall camp if we wind up with half the team watching practice instead of participating?”
Alexander indicated a large majority of the team passed Monday’s conditioning test, “by far the most we’ve had in my five years here.”
Looking for, “tempo and high quality work,” Alexander hopes his veteran team will benefit from regular morning sessions in the weight room.
“We certainly need to be a stronger, more physical team this season,” Alexander said. “We’ll have a little more than three full weeks in the weightroom before we play our opener and that’s got to be a positive.”
Scrimages -- The Bulldogs will play a controlled scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 14 and then a game-type scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 20 that will bring fall camp to a close.
“Meet the Team” and an open house will take place Saturday, Aug. 21, with fans able to mix and mingle for autographs starting at 10 a.m. at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
Sherry’s Run and the Cumberland athletic department are partnering for the home opener vs. Campbellsville University Sept. 11, with participants from that day’s 5K run / walk receiving half off admission price at the gate when they wear the 2010 t-shirt.
Tailgate -- The annual Wilson County Sports Council tailgate party will also take place for the Campbellsville game, with a live band and free food from area vendors available starting at 11 a.m.
Season tickets -- Cumberland football will offer three season ticket packages for the 2010 home schedule, which begins Saturday, Sept. 11 against Campbellsville University at Lindsey Donnell Stadium. The Bulldogs play six home games this year.
Reserve season tickets cost $75 if purchased before Friday, September 3 and $90 thereafter. Reserve seats for each game are $15 per person. A general admission season ticket may also be purchased for $40 by Sept. 3 and $48 before the first contest. Fans may also purchase a season pass for $125, which offers general admission to all home football and basketball games for the 2010-11 academic year.
Purchase tickets by calling Jo Jo Freeman at 615/547-1350, by sending an email to email@example.com or at Freeman’s office in the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
FORMER FCS ALL-STATER
Mt. Juliet native and former Friendship Christian baseball standout Stephen Pryor has been promoted to the Clinton LumberKings, a Class A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners organization. Pryor, the Mariners fifth-round selection in the 2010 draft out of Tennessee Tech, receives the promotion after 11 appearances with the Everett (Washington) AquaSox.
A 6-foot-6-inch, 225-pound right-handed pitcher, Pryor posted a 0.49 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 18.1 innings of work while leading the team in saves with five. Drafted previously by the Texas Rangers following his freshman season at Cleveland State Community College, Pryor opted to return for another year before transferring to Tennessee Tech for the 2010 season.
The primary closer for Tennessee Tech, he led the Golden Eagle pitching staff in 2010 with 24 appearances and four saves. He maintained a 4-4 record with a 5.71 ERA throughout the course of the season. He struck out 75 batters in 41 total innings, ranking fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference in strikeouts, and held opponents to a .224 batting average.
Pryor holds the single season record at Tennessee Tech for strikeouts per nine innings with 16.46, while his four saves in a single season ranks third in the record books. Of the 35 hits allowed in 2010, only 13 of them were for extra bases.
The son of Chris and Lisa Pryor, he helped lead Friendship Christian to the 2007 Class A state championship and was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers All-State team.