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General News

New Music City Center to have impact locally

From Post staff reports
The Music City Center, a $585 million convention center complex under construction in downtown Nashville, is now and will in the future have an impact on Wilson County, according to a spokesman for the project.

Charles Starks, who is currently the executive director of the Nashville Convention Center, said the new facility is expected to attract as many as 270 events annually and more than 546,000 visitors. This represents more than twice the number of visitors being attracted currently to the existing convention center.

Starks, who resides in Mt. Juliet, said that Nashville is now welcoming more than 11 million visitors each year. About one-third of this number, he said, comes to the capitol city for leisure activities while the remainder comes for business meetings and other interests.

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Nursing home bookkeeper nabbed for embezzlement

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Lebanon woman after she was indicted by the Wilson County grand jury on multiple counts of theft from a nursing home where she served as bookkeeper for approximately 10 years.

Regina Jacobs, 46, 107 Gilbert Valley Drive, Lebanon, was indicted on three counts of theft over $60,000, two counts of theft over $10,000 and one count of theft over $1,000.

Over a several-year period, she allegedly stole approximately $425,000 from Quality Care Health Center. In December 2008, the center discovered Jacobs had reportedly been cashing checks intended to cover patient costs and keeping the money for herself.

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Sherrys Run makes a difference John Riddle

DIXON SPRINGS — Following a sequence of tragic and life-altering experiences over the past few years, John Riddle knows what it is to suffer.  Physically, emotionally, financially, his worries have run the gamut. And not one to draw attention to himself, he’s all too familiar with suffering in silence.

Four years ago, John lost a 4-year-old son, John Wesley Riddle, in a car accident.  Around the same time, the development of some seemingly minor physical ailments went largely ignored by the single father as he shouldered the heavy burden of loss along with his older son, Zachary. Even when John’s persistent indigestion was followed by kidney stones, and then colon pain and constipation, dealing with those maladies still seemed secondary to making a living and dealing with the other things in his life.

Finally, in mid-January of this year, he came home from work in pain and with a temperature of more than 100 degrees. The next day when he could no longer stand the pain, he visited an ER and was eventually referred to Tennessee Oncology. A biopsy on Jan. 21 revealed the worst: cancer of the colon, with additional spots on his liver and lungs.

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The art of the blacksmith

By LINDA GRANSTAFF
Director of the Wilson County Archives

The art of “Blacksmith” of years gone by would likely be lost if it were not for the blacksmith artists who have managed to keep the art of working with iron alive. These talented artists work at having shops available to the public at fairs, festivals, and other community activities.

Years ago, in Wilson County, there was a great need in most communities to have at least one good blacksmith shop. These shops took care of the horseshoes for the horses and mules, along with making frames for wagons and buggies. The blacksmith would be called on for any other ironwork needed by the communities such as knives, pots, hay forks, cooking hooks (for the fire place to hang pots on), and the repair work on any equipment made of iron.

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General Sports

Alysha Clark to play in Israel

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Two time Sun Belt Player of the Year Alysha Clark has signed with Rishon in the Israeli professional basketball league for the upcoming season.

Clark, who was named TSSAA Miss Basketball following her senior season at Mt. Juliet High, will depart for Israel Oct. 1. Rishon is an expansion squad in the 10-team Israeli Division 1 league.

Clark was selected as the 2010 Sun Belt Female Student-Athlete of the Year earlier this summer. She finished 2009-10 as the nation’s leading scorer for the second-straight season with a Sun Belt and school-record 28.3 ppg average after leading Middle Tennessee to a 25-6 record and NCAA Tournament berth.

A finalist for the State Farm Wade Trophy and John R. Wooden Award - given to the nation’s top player - Clark was chosen 17th overall by the San Antonio Silver Stars in the WNBA Draft this spring, but was released before the 2010 season.

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