By ANGEL KANE
It’s inevitable that as cold and flu season makes its way through town, my kids will catch the sniffles. So when my mother heard my youngest cough and wheeze over the Thanksgiving holidays, it was also inevitable that she would break out the Vicks.
My mother is a firm believer that any ailment can be cured with a thick layer of Vicks!
And because - we all become our mothers - I am now an expert in slathering on this gooey, gummy, menthol mess. Screaming and struggling to get away from me in the hopes of avoiding a rubdown, will do you no good - as I truly believe that one day scientist will affirm that Vicks cures everything from colds to cancer.
Dear Ken: What can you tell me about Megyn Kelly of Fox News? Is she married?
Megyn Marie Kelly, 40, grew up in Delmar, N.Y., where she dreamed of becoming a cowgirl as a child. Her nicknames included Magnetta (given to her by her mom) and Tigger Montague (her shopping alter ego). She played field hockey and basketball and was a cheerleader at Bethlehem Central High School. The newswoman earned a political science degree at Syracuse University and a law degree at Albany Law School before working as a corporate litigator. Kelly has been with the Fox News Channel for six years, where she anchors “America Live” from noon- 2 p.m., and has been married for two years to Douglas Brunt. They have a 1-year-old son, Edward Yates Brunt.
Former Notre Dame football players Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger and Ross Browner will serve as grand marshals of the Mt. Juliet Christmas Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. The parade begins at West Wilson Middle School and will travel north on Mt. Juliet Road and turn right on Division Street. The parade floats will dismantle at S&S Industries on Clemens Road. Ruettiger and Browner will sign autographs under tents at the old Mt. Juliet Elementary property after the parade. For more info on Rudy Ruettiger, go online to www.rudyint.com. (KB)
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
He stood 5-foot-6 and weighed 165 pounds. With less than half a minute to go in the final game of his senior year at Notre Dame University, the player wearing jersey No. 45 ran onto the gridiron.
A member of the practice squad, it was the first and only game in which the athlete, known best by his nickname of Rudy, was allowed to suit up.
In the final moments of that game on Nov. 8, 1975, the small defensive end sacked the Georgia Tech quarterback. Seconds later, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettinger became the first and only player to be carried off the Notre Dame gridiron on the shoulders of his teammates.
The little athlete who wouldn’t quit saw his story go to the silver screen in 1993 when Angelo Pizzo and David Anspauch, the writers and producers of the classic basketball film “Hoosiers,” released the movie “Rudy,” with Sean Astin standing in his football shoes.
Bonus plans dies on Council floor
By SAM HATCHER
The City of Lebanon, as many of us, has struggled during a difficult economic environment. The City has slashed budgets, cut services and been creative in a number of ways in order to make ends meet.
Credit for stabilizing the City’s budget woes should be handed to the mayor and members of the city council. Over the past two years they have made some tough decisions.
They’ve squabbled and fought and churned and in the end made critical decisions for which we may not all agree but decisions that we all understand have been necessary because of an ailing economy.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
A kitten found outside Monica Duran’s and Kayla Holt’s Lebanon home, which they brought in from the cold, turned out to be the third rabies case reported in Wilson County this year and the first of Dr. Perry Harmon’s 24 years as a veterinarian.
“It was kind of unusual because it wasn’t what you usually see in rabies cases,” Harmon said.
The kitten was found by Duran and Holt in November outside their window and after a few weeks of keeping it in their home, noticed that its back leg appeared dislocated or broken.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Mayor Philip Craighead’s ordinance issuing Christmas bonuses to city employees died during Tuesday night’s Lebanon City Council meeting as some councilors expressed concerns about giving money at a time when money is tight.
The ordinance was set to give all full-time city employees a bonus based on the years they have been employed with the city. The total cost of the bonuses would amount to $49,600, taken from the city’s general fund, but mostly from local sales tax revenue.
LEBANON -- Cumberland University’s accreditation was reaffirmed Tuesday by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) during its annual meeting in Louisville, Ky.
Accreditation for an institution of higher learning indicates a mission appropriate to higher education and a sufficient infrastructure of academic, operational, financial, governance systems, and policies.
While Cumberland retains its accreditation, other universities in Middle and West Tennessee are in danger of losing theirs.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
An architectural marvel, the Lebanon Arcade may be getting a makeover in the near future if the dreams of two local businessmen come to fruition.
Mike Manous of Manous Design and Hal Bone, president and owner of Horizon Construction & Development, are imagining the possibilities for the 101-year-old structure in the southeast corner of the Square. A few weeks ago, the pair purchased the property from Jimmy and Phyllis McCullough.
“When we lost a dear friend in the MacFadden Auditorium (that building on the former Castle Heights Military Academy campus was demolished in mid-2010), I was not going to let this opportunity slip by when it came up,” said architect Manous, who restored the main building on the ex-Heights campus into Lebanon City Hall, as well as the D.E. Mitchell House.
OPENING NIGHT IN 9AAA
Wilson Central's basketball squads opened District 9AAA play Tuesday night with an impressive sweep over visiting Hendersonville High.
The Lady Wildcats buzzed HHS 61-28 in the opener, running their record to 6-0 on the season. Bud Brandon's team opened up a commanding 12-0 lead and never looked back as Sydney Vandlandingham led all scorers with 18 points while Iesha Hassell added 12.
The nightcap found Wilson Central's boys holding on for a 45-36 win over the Commandos -- improving to 4-1 overall. Malcolm St. Louis finished with 14 points and Dee Oldham had 13.
Central will host District 9AAA rival Beech High Friday, Dec. 10.
Beech sweeps Lebanon
SHACKLE ISLAND -- Lebanon High's basketball teams had a rough opening night in District 9AAA play Tuesday with a pair of losses at Beech High.
The Devilettes dropped a 60-59 overtime loss to the Lady Bucs, despite a 27-point effort by soph guard Julia Fox. LHS trailed 18-4 in the early going, but scrapped back to tie the game at 49-all at the end of regulation play. Marissa Jennings added 20 points for Lebanon while K.D. Williams had seven.
The Blue Devils slid to 1-5 on the season with a 58-40 loss to the Bucs in Tuesday's second game. Kyrus Hoffinger lead Lebanon with 14 points, including three 3-pointers. Cameron High had 12 and Zimmer Hunn six.
Lebanon will play at Hendersonville High Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Mt. Juliet splits with Station Camp
The Golden Bears suffered their first loss of the season Tuesday night -- a 47-45 home loss to Station Camp. Coach Troy Allen's squad dropped to 6-1 as Travis Bush slid inside for a last second layup to allow the Bison to escape with the win. Caleb Chowbay paced Mt. Juliet with 14 points while Austin Odum added 12 -- including three 3-pointers.
Mt. Juliet's girls rolled to a 54-41 win over Station Camp in the opener. Caya Williams dominated the paint with 32 points for the 7-0 Lady Bears. Paige Baugher had eight points and Barianne Taylor five.
Mt. Juliet will visit Gallatin Friday, Dec. 10.