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Showing 10 articles from October 20, 2010.

Telling Tales

Tower of terror


I’m a risk taker. That’s right. You know it.  After years of reading about my fear of flying, fear of germs, fear of public displays of affection, fear of Becky getting me into another “fine mess”, I know that you might have  pegged me differently.

But I’m here to tell you that for one brief moment last week, I was that bold and courageous girl, I always knew I could be!


Ask Ken Beck

Frankensteins bride was wife of Charles Laughton

Dear Ken: Who was the actress that played opposite Boris Karloff’s monster in “The Bride of Frankenstein”? What other movies did she make?

That was Elsa Lanchester, a star of the British stage and screen before she came to the U.S. Married to Charles Laughton until his death in 1962, she died in 1986 at age 84 of bronchial pneumonia. Among her film credits were “The Private Life of Henry VIII,” “Rembrandt,” “The Bishop’s Wife,” “Come to the Stable,” “Witness for the Prosecution,” “Bell, Book and Candle,” “Lassie Come Home,” “The Secret Garden,” “Mary Poppins” and “Willard.” Her last film role was as Grandma in “National Lampoon’s Vacation” in 1893,  


General Lifestyle

Putting their stock in dogs

By KEN BECK, Special to The Wilson Post

The instant Carol Leeman gives the word, Sue, her 5-year-old border collie, bolts like a black-and-white flash toward a flock of white Dorper sheep a half a mile across the field.

In no time at all, Sue is driving the sheep toward her handler. The border collie, like kelpies and Australian heelers, are stock dogs, used to work sheep and cattle.

"The border collies are far superior because they do all the things the other breeds do—only better," says Leeman. "Their strongest asset is natural—fetching livestock. They’re born with a natural desire to bring livestock back to their master. Heelers are not born with that instinct but are born with the instinct to push at the heels.


General News

City manager study begins

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Lebanon City Council voted unanimously to begin a study that will look into changing of its government to the council-manager form as opposed to the “strong mayor” format, during Tuesday night’s regular scheduled meeting.

The study was proposed by Haywood Barry, councilor of Ward 5, who said this form of government seems to be a popular change moving through numerous cities in Tennessee and across the country.

“We should always keep our minds open,” said Barry at Tuesday night’s meeting, referring to the study.

Corker visits Noon Rotary

LEBANON -- U.S. Senator Bob Corker spoke at length about the Washington’s lack of fiscal discipline and America’s debt crisis to the Rotary Club of Lebanon at their Tuesday meeting at the Lebanon Country Club.

Corker’s talk was accompanied by a slide presentation illustrating the current and future debt crisis, should the federal government continue on its current spending path.

“I worry that as we talk about our fiscal issues, many Americans feel this is an academic issue, that is they think it will affect the person next to them, and not them,” Corker said. “I don’t think they really internalize the seriousness of the problem.”

Early votes near 4,000 so far

Wilson County Election Commission officials report that as of last count on Monday evening 3,865 people had voted early, and the numbers “seem to be picking up.”

Election Commission officials said Tuesday that 1,941 voters have cast their lot at the Lebanon polling place, 1,811 have voted at the Mt. Juliet Community Center, and 113 people have voted in Watertown.

Early voting will continue through Thursday, October 28, at the following polling places:

New Leash awarded grant


From Post staff reports
Wilson County’s New Leash on Life organization has been awarded $14,500 from Nestle Purina Pet Care Company in partnership with Kroger for placing second in a nationwide “Tales for the Pet Lover’s Heart” video campaign.

“I am so pleased that our hard work is recognized and our story shined through. We greatly appreciate and want to thank Purina and Kroger for the support they have shown the animal welfare organizations throughout the country through this campaign,” said Maureen O’Nell, Executive Director of New Leash on Life.

The video told the story of some of the animals that are under Wilson County’s New Leash on Life organization, including a kitten who was adopted by a family for their daughter with eye cancer.


General Sports

Central hosts VB sectional


CLARKSVILLE -- Wilson Central’s volleyball team claimed the Region 5AAA tournament championship Tuesday night with a 3-0 victory over Portland. With the win, the Lady Wildcats earned the right to host a TSSAA Sectional match against Independence High.

Central will entertain Independence Thursday at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to the state tournament Oct. 27-29 in Murfreesboro.

Coach Tammy Serbin’s team improved to 41-12 Tuesday with a 25-23, 25-20, 29-27 win over Portland in the finals. Amanda Wiseman had 15 kills, 18 digs while Jenna Pavan chipped in with two aces, 11 digs and 32 assists.

Kristin Cook served three aces, had nine kills, two blocks and 10 digs while Kendall Roberts had 25 digs.

Wilson Central defeated host Rossview 3-0 in the tournament semifinals. Game scores were: 25-15, 25-22 and 25-14. Wiseman led the way with three aces, 13 digs, 11 kills and an assist.

Local sports in brief

Canned food drive at CU -- Cumberland University athletics is sponsoring a canned food drive for Saturday’s home football game between the No. 20-ranked Bulldogs and Union at Lindsey Donnell Stadium. Anyone who brings a canned or non-perishable food item to the game will receive $2 off the admission price. Kickoff is set for 12 Noon. All food collected will go to Joseph’s Storehouse here in Lebanon.

Fifth Quarter at FBC -- First Baptist Church in downtown Lebanon will be hosting a "Fifth Quarter" for athletes, coaches, students, and fans of area high schools Friday, October 29 from 9:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. The event will be held at "The Rock" - the church's newly renovated multi-purpose building located behind the Wilson County Election Commission. The event is free and will include food, games and live music. For information call the church at 444-3330 or go to "The Rock Student Ministry" Facebook page for the latest news.

LHS baseball dinner -- Lebanon High’s baseball team will hold its annual Alumni Dinner / Auction 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 at Castle Heights Upper Elementary School. Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for any former Blue Devil baseball player. Pitcher Jeff Bennett of the Milwaukee Brewers organization will be the keynote speaker. For information or to RSVP, please call Audra Torres at 615-517-8857. 

LHS Sports Hall of Fame -- Lebanon High School is now accepting nominations for the Class of 2010 Sports Hall of Fame. Nominations must be made in writing and include full justification for the nomination, including statistics, honors, awards, and any other pertinent information pertaining to the nominee. E-mail nominations to: Jonathan Hall, assistant principal at: or mail to: Jonathan Hall, Lebanon High, 415 Harding Drive, Lebanon, TN 37087. Nominations will be accepted until Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010.

LHS 3-on-3 tourney -- Basketball players of all ages are invited to participate in Lebanon High’s ‘throw down’ 3-on-3 hoops tournament Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5 - 6. Early registration is being accepted until 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22. Anyone who registers by this date will be assured of a t-shirts for the team. Entry fee will be $60 per four-person team with brackets determined by age. For more information, call Coach Keil at 812-5444 or Coach J.D. Douglas at 931-624-0967. Proceeds will benefit Blue Devil basketball.

Gladeville turkey shoot -- The annual Gladeville Community Center Turkey Shoot will be held Nov. 7, 14 and 21; Dec. 5 and 12 beginning at 12 Noon. For more information, call Earl Ray at 604-5735 or Tommy Knowles at 443-4522.

WC falls in 9AAA soccer

GALLATIN – The Wilson Central girl’s soccer team accomplished something it hadn’t for over three years with the 1-0 win over Portland in the quarterfinals of the District 9AAA Tournament Saturday. The Lady Wildcats celebration was short lived however, because their second round opponent was regular season district champion, the Lady Commandos from Hendersonville, who are undefeated in the district.

Hendersonville showed why it was the top seed in the tournament as the Lady Commandos got their second shutout in a row with a 3-0 win over Wilson Central Monday, ending the Lady Wildcats season.

“We knew we had to come out and play at a high level tonight because Hendersonville is such a good team,” said Wilson Central Coach Ashley Orzechowski. “I thought we played well, and I’m just proud of the girls for getting past the first round because that hasn’t happened around here in a while.”

Central (5-8-1) goalkeeper, Jessica Estes, was under constant pressure Monday night as the Lady Commandos had 24 shots on goal, 21 of those turned away by Estes.

Hendersonville (11-7-2) got on the board in the first three minutes of the game when Haley Foutch knocked a shot home from over 18 yards out, and then Samantha Hogan crossed it to Caitlin Chandler who put it in to put the Lady Commandos up 2-0 with 31:42 left in the first half.

Wilson Central held HHS scoreless for the remainder of the first half, and 25 minutes in the second half until Hogan had her second assist of the night, this time to Megan Gold to account for all the Lady Commando scoring.

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