Dear Ken: How many children did Michael Landon have? What TV series did he star in beside “Bonanza” and “Little House on the Prairie”? Did he make any movies?
Born Eugene Maurice Orowitz, Landon had nine children. The eight who survive range in age from 51 to 24. The man who was known on TV as Little Joe and Charles Ingalls also starred in the series “Highway to Heaven.” His feature film credits include “I Was a Teenage Werewolf,” “High School Confidential,” “God’s Little Acre” and “The Legend of Tom Dooley.” He appeared in several TV movies, most of which he produced or created, such as “Sam’s Son,” “The Loneliest Runner,” “Love Is Forever” and “Where Pigeons Go To Die.” The actor died in 1991 at age 54 of pancreatic cancer.
By BECKY ANDREWS
Have you ever looked at your someone special and thought, “I think this was a mistake. Can we just be friends? Or on second thought, I don’t want to be your friend because frankly, you drive me crazy.
What is it with the hair in the bathroom sink? And when is the last time you paid me a compliment anyway? Do you know how lucky you are?!”
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
Record label executives on Music Row may have never heard of the likes of Jack Remington and Dollie McFarland, but for 50 years the partners in life, lyrics and melody have been making beautiful music together.
Self-dubbed Americana originals, Dollie, 73, and Jack, 75, have called Lebanon their home for the past five years. And they’ve claimed Dingbat’s as their music den. It’s where they can be heard singing their original compositions 7 to 11 p.m. most Wednesdays.
Their love affair began in a rough and tumble Texas honky-tonk in 1960 when Dollie heard Jack singing before she ever saw the man.
“Something in his voice touched something in my heart that had never been touched before,” Dollie said. “I was in the process of getting divorce number three. I said to my friends, ‘If that’s not taken, that’s my next husband.’ He just bowled me over with that voice.”
By RAY POPE
What a beautiful weekend we were finally able to enjoy here in Lebanon. There has been a little less traffic here at my feeders as we get into maybe a warmer pattern, and hopefully spring will be right on its heels. Spring also means something more than just birds, and I have had a great sit down watching our Cumberland Bulldogs baseball team. Go Dawgs!
I had a few e-mails this past week telling me about the activity at their bird feeders. Beverly Stacy has really been enjoying having Dark-eyed Juncos around. Remember lots of folks call them Snowbirds.
She sent me a picture of several eating in the snow under her feeders, sometimes up to 10 birds at a time. I would be happy to have at least one here at my house. I am probably one of the people who keep out seed on the ground more than others, and now I wonder why I have no snowbirds!
From Post staff reports
The family store taught the Wharton children “values,” according to Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton Jr. Speaking to a gathering of local history enthusiasts last Saturday, Wharton detailed how the family store operated by his late father was truly a family enterprise.
Located at the corner of Trousdale Ferry Pike and Baddour Parkway, the small neighborhood grocery was operated by the entire family, Wharton recalled saying his mother would walk across the street at four in the morning in the winter just to turn on the heat to warm the small store and then come back and cook breakfast for the family.
He said they all worked in the store at one time or the other and that the store taught him and each of his siblings important lessons about life’s values.
He said the original Wharton’s Store, bought in 1960, was a little shed with screen-wire windows.
Lebanon Beer Board will meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administrative Building at Castle Heights, to consider the application of El Molino, Inc. d/b/a El Molino Mexican Restaurant at 809 South Cumberland Street, Lebanon, for on the premises consumption, and Tomcat LLC d/b/a West Main Shell at 1324 West Main Street, Lebanon, for off the premises consumption.
Wilson County Commission’s Education Committee will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.
Minutes Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, at the courthouse.
Steering Committee will meet at 6:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, at the courthouse.
Budget Committee will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, at the courthouse.
Wilson County Convenience Centers and Landfill will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21, for President’s Day.
Wilson County Animal Control will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21, for President’s Day.
Wilson County Industrial Development Bond Board will meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Joint Economic & Community Development Board office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.
Wilson County Board of Education will hold a work session at noon, Monday, March 7, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon, to discuss a memorandum of understanding with Dell and AT&T and the 2012-2013 school calendar. The board will meet in regular session at 2:30 p.m., Monday, March 7, at the Central Office. All items to be considered for the meeting agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Wednesday, Feb. 23.
Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center in Gallatin is accepting gently used items for its third annual yard sale. Items may be dropped off at the center at 185 W. Franklin Street behind Dairy Queen on Main Street. Call for times to drop off items at 206-1176.
Wilson County Adult Learning Center offers classes for anyone interested in achieving his or GED diploma. Classes are held in Lebanon and in Mt. Juliet. For information, call the Adult Learning Center at 443-8731.
Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Spain House on the Lebanon First United Methodist Church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.
Lebanon Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the area. Meal routes range from about 10-15 people. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m. and are done by 10:30. If you are interested, contact Jessica at 449-3488 between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.
Telephone Pioneer Cookbooks Volume I and III are now on sale. All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Museum. To purchase one or for information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.
Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.
AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.
HomeSafe Women’s Support Group meets Thursday evenings. For information and to sign up, call 444-6130. If you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.
Darkness to Light “Stewards of Children,” a free workshop on preventing child sexual abuse, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, at Castle Heights Upper Elementary Library. It will be facilitated by Debra M. Daugherty, executive director of the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center. The workshop is hosted by the Lebanon Special School District. There will be refreshments, child care and materials. RSVP to Beth Petty at 453-2693 or at email@example.com.
Indoor Yard Sale, benefiting Joseph’s Storehouse, will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, at First Baptist Church, Lebanon. The sale will be inside the building beside the church, behind the Wilson County Election Commission office. (The sale will be cancelled in case of inclement weather.)
Breast Cancer Friends support group meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Maple Hill church of Christ on the corner of West Main Street and Maple Hill Road in Lebanon. Those who have had breast cancer in the past or who are dealing with it now are welcome to attend. The next meeting will be Monday, Feb. 21. Diana Crawford of AGAPE Counseling & Psychological Services, and Barb Hall, Crawford’s sister and breast cancer survivor, will be the guest speakers. For information, call 444-6106 or 504-1147.
Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m. at the UMC/McFarland Specialty Campus, 500 Park Ave., Lebanon, in the first floor conference room. The support group is open to anyone experiencing the stress of caregiving. For information, contact either Kathryn Roberts at 443-6800 or Beth Goodner at 449-0500, ext. 6832.
The Alzheimer’s Association, along with Belmont Village and Rolling Hills Hospital, will present part one of a four-part caregiver’s series on “How to Deal with the Changes of Alzheimer’s Disease – A Caregiver’s View: What’s Really Happening?” from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, at Belmont Village Assisted Living of Green Hills, 4206 Stammer Place, Nashville. Caregivers, families and friends from Wilson County who are managing the disease of Alzheimer’s are welcome to attend. The event is free, and a meal for attendees will be provided. Advance registration is required. To register, call Tiffany Mann at the Alzheimer’s Association at 292-4938. A local Alzheimer’s support group meets the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at Elmcroft of Lebanon, 801 West Main Street. For information, call 453-5494.
PHOEBE Ministries, a ministry of widows reaching widows, will meet at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Owens Building of Immanuel Baptist Church. Officer Fred Dye of the Lebanon Police Department will speak on personal safety, and McFarland Rehab Center will present their services. All widows are welcome to attend, and admission is free. The service project this month is providing craft supplies for McFarland Rehab patients. Bring craft supplies such as foam pieces, lacing string for making jewelry, 12mm beads or larger, crossword and wordfind books, craft sticks, glue, markers, etc.
Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 7463 Hickory Ridge Road, Mt. Juliet, invites all teenagers in grades 6-12 to the church grounds at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, for an Airsoft Day. Bring your own equipment or a gun can be rented for $25 with advance notice. For information, or to rent equipment, call Jeff at 612-8515.
A free Childcare Provider Workshop will be offered by the University of Tennessee Extension from 9 until 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 26. Participants will receive 2 hours of training credit. The workshop is the first of a two-part workshop. The topic is “ADHD in Children Part I.” For information, or to register, contact Marietta Sanford at 444-9584 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants must pre-register to attend. Class size is limited.
Fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off and Democratic Social will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 5, in the East-West Building, James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite chili (in a Crock Pot) and compete for one of three trophies. Cost is $10 at the door and includes chili, hot dog, drink and dessert. There is no additional fee to enter the contest. For information, call 444-3838.
Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year reunion to be held June 11. Call one of the following people with your contact information: Teresa Halbert at 444-5995, Phil Bragg at 444-4941, Jo Smith at 444-8811 or Brownie Hall at 444-5173.
Lebanon High School Class of 1991 is planning a 20-year reunion for July 2. Organizers are looking for classmates. Email contact information to Dawn Carr Willis at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 308-0034. For information, go to www.eventbrite.com or Facebook.
To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, Tenn. 37087, or e-mail them to email@example.com. Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.
TEXAS FIRM SELLING ADS
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Businesses in Wilson County are asked to be wary of a company reportedly selling advertising on magnets and which claims to be associated with the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber officials said Tuesday the organization is in no way connected with the company, Premier Impressions, an advertising firm headquartered in Arlington, Texas. The company has been calling local businesses asking for credit card numbers and information for the purposes of selling advertisements on magnets.
“We’ve had several businesses contact us and say they are selling ads on these magnets,” said Sue Vanatta, president and CEO of the Lebanon Chamber.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
He may be nervous about it, but Chip Smith, owner of Rose Tire & Service is looking forward to helping out the Wilson County Library Board by being the subject of the 21st annual Library Board Roast.
“I don’t know how they pulled my name out,” Smith laughed, adding he definitely didn’t volunteer.
The Library Board will hold the Roast on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m., at Castle Heights Upper Elementary School in Lebanon to raise money for the Library system, at the expense of Smith. Of course, the jokes and embarrassing stories are all in good fun.
HOSTS EVENT FOR MCA FEB. 26
Wilson County’s Gretchen Wilson has kicked off her cowboy boots and slipped into a pair of combat boots to show her gratitude for America’s armed forces. It’s part of the Boot Campaign’s “Get Your Boots On” mission. By posing in her combat boots, Wilson is saying “thank you” for the hard work and sacrifices made by the men and women in the U.S. military. Wilson joins a growing chorus of celebrities, professional athletes, politicians, business leaders and Americans who are getting their boots on for the troops.
“This is such a simple and really effective campaign to bring attention to men and women who serve our country all over the world to protect our freedom, and I am very proud to be a part of it,” said Wilson, the singer-songwriter who exploded onto the country music scene in 2004 with her smash hit “Redneck Woman” and has since scored three No. 1 albums.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
WATERTOWN — A quartet of original fiber sculptures should be in the hallowed confines of the Smithsonian Institution any day now, all from the hands of Watertown artisan Gloria McRoberts.
On Monday, McRoberts shipped the four pieces, which range in size from 15-inches-by-30-inches to 48-inches-by-25-inches. Their titles are “Entwined,” “Far Reaching,” “Three Birch Trees” and “White Out.”
Her fiber sculptures serve as contemporary wall pieces for homes and offices and are hand woven from undyed wools imported from other countries.
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Eighteen local wrestlers have earned berths in the TSSAA Championships this weekend beginning Thursday in Franklin.
Mt. Juliet High will carry seven grapplers, including Region 5 champions Tanner Bates (119) and Scott Seaman (130) -- both seniors. Junior Alex Charest (160 lbs), and senior Blake Biggs (189 lbs) placed second. Sophomore Austin Cook (112 lbs), and seniors Randy Grimsley (135 lbs) and Jon Kossa (140 lbs) placed third at their respective weights.
Bates won an award for best wrestling match in the lower weight classes in his match against Legrand Sommers from Blackman. Biggs won an award for best wrestling match in the heavier weight classes in his match against Scott Boykin from Riverdale. Mt. Juliet Coach Brad Mattingly was voted Coach of the Year.
Lebanon High School will sending four wrestlers to Franklin, including two region champs -- both females. Senior Ali Trull (6-0 at 120 lbs.) and freshman Aletha Grisham (6-2 at 148 lbs.) will each compete in eight person brackets. Trull is a No. 1 seed and has received a first round bye. Grisham also received a bye to the semifinal round.
LHS senior Cain Sloan was the regional runner-up at 215 lbs while Austin Holtgraeve finished fourth at 171 pounds. Sloan enters the state tournament with a record of 27-6 while Holtgraewe comes in at 22-12.
Wilson Central will also be sending seven wrestlers to Franklin, including region champion Jacob Belcher at 135 lbs. Belcher, 48-4 on the season, will be making his fourth conseutive trip to the state. Joining him are second place regional finalists Nick Insalaco (112 lbs), who went 44-5 as a sophomore and ninth grader Austin Richard at 125 lbs, 47-8 on the season. Insalaco qualified for the state last season and finished eighth.
Soph Bryson Hutchison qualified with a fourth place finish at 140 lbs. He has a season record of 21-13. Freshman Christian Cerrito qualified with a fourth place finish at 103 lbs. He brings a record of 34-12 on the season. Sophomore Jacob Meyers earned a berth in the state with a fourth place finish at the 152 lbs division. He has a seasonal record of 35-10. Amber Hayes will bring a season record of 6-4 to the female side of the tournament. The sophomore advanced by placing fourth in the region at 125 lb.
Admission is $10 per day at the Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Arena