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Telling Tales

Emergency Contact

By ANGEL KANE, Wilson Living Magazine

No matter where you go these days or what you do, it seems somebody or other wants you to list your “emergency contacts.”

If you are like me, you don’t hesitate on the first one. I always list my husband because he is ultra dependable. But #2 is a problem.

In some ways, I believe your list of “emergency contacts” should be privileged information. Nobody needs to know if they are or are not on the list until duty calls.

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Ask Ken Beck

Lots of stars have made films in Tenn

Dear Ken: In your opinion, what are the 10 best movies shot in the state of Tennessee?

Well, first of all, everybody has different tastes. Mine favor older movies over contemporary. Here goes: 1: “Wild River” (1960) with Montgomery Clift and Lee Remick; 2: “All the Way Home” (1963) with Robert Preston and Jean Simmons; 3: “W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings” (1975) with Burt Reynolds and Art Carney; 4: “I Walk the Line” (1970) with Gregory Peck and Ralph Meeker; 5: “Walking Tall” (1973) with Joe Don Baker; 6: “The River” (1984) with Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek; 7: “The Liberation of L.B. Jones” (1970) with Lee J. Cobb and Roscoe Lee Browne; 8: “The Firm” (1993) with Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman; 9: “A Walk in the Spring Rain” (1970) with Anthony Quinn and Ingrid Bergman; 10: “Marie” (1985) with Sissy Spacek and Jeff Daniels. 

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General Lifestyle

Communist takeover changed Urbans life forever

By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
With civil uprisings around the globe making headlines in recent days, Lebanon physical therapist Oleg Urban can relate to the causes of the oppressed.

When he was a toddler, his father and mother fled the Soviet takeover of Czechoslovakia. Although his memories are vague due to his young age, he knows the story well as his parents’ shared it with him. 

Born March 30, 1965, in Prague, Urban was smuggled out of Czechoslovakia by his father and mother when he was 3½ years old.

“My dad got this research grant at a university in Paris, and he and my mother were allowed to leave, but I was supposed to stay behind, so they would come back. The best I recall, my dad drugged me and hid me beneath some luggage, and we passed the border and never looked back,” recollected Urban, 45.

They left their homeland for one reason: the Soviet invasion (the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia occurred Aug. 20 to Sept. 20) in 1968. About 70,000 Czechs fled the country immediately, and 230,000 more left in the years that followed.

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Our Feathered Friends - Feb. 23

By  RAY POPE
People in my neighborhood probably thought that I was trying to rush spring time after hearing me start my lawnmower. My vegetable garden from last season had weeds and old dried up tomato plants everywhere. In reality, I left them there so my birds would have an extra wild place to find some seeds.

Time to rest and give the people a break from all the racket emanating from behind my house. Robins were singing their signature spring “time to mate” songs that we are all so familiar with. Why do most people consider the Robin as the harbinger of spring? That was something I had always heard since I was a little fellow.

I remember my mother, Margie Pope, when we lived here at my current address back in the ‘50s, talking to mama Robin who had built a nest on the back porch. It seemed like the Robin and her were on the same page. Robins have always stood out in my mind as maybe a sacred bird.

Even as a small youngster, I had a BB gun and was a terror to the sparrows in our neighborhood. I was so good of a shot the family cat would follow me whenever I took off with my trusty Red Rider. I would never take aim at a Robin or Mockingbird.

Several years later, we moved to Clearview Drive where my brother, Don tried his hand at giving mother Robin a helping hand with her little ones. An old hackberry tree on the northern property line was the perfect spot in which she placed her nest.

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POSTSCRIPTS The Confession

By MARGARET PARTEE
Suppose you are an ordained minister. People come to you, revealing their innermost secrets. They feel safe because you are bound by the assurance of confidentiality. Suppose a man comes to you and says that he has murdered someone. It happened nine years ago and someone else was arrested, tried and convicted of the crime. And in less than a week he will be executed by the State of Texas.

What do you do? This is the dilemma faced by 35- year-old Reverend Keith Schroeder following a visit by a man named Travis Boyette. Boyette had shuffled into St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Topeka, Kan., one day, leaning heavily on a cane, and asked to speak with Rev. Shroeder.

John Grisham is back with The Confession! I really enjoyed Grisham’s early books and avidly read each of them. Then I sort of lost interest and was not as intrigued with some of his later work and almost didn’t read this one. I kept seeing good reviews of it, however, and succumbed. I had emptied my “book basket” and ordered up a cache of books including this one. And am I glad I did! I enjoyed it immensely, finding it difficult to put down at times as tension mounts in different parts of this book. 

Most of the book takes place during a period of time between one Monday morning and the following Thursday evening. There are several sets of characters and the action moves among the sets but is primarily concerned with Shroeder and Boyette. A young white Texas cheerleader disappeared 10 years ago and was never found, dead or alive. Through investigative procedures a young black football phenom, Donté Drumm, was identified and arrested. He never had a chance – body or no body. He was tried and convicted of her murder.

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Weatherlys celebrate 65 years of bliss

As of March 6, 2011, Ernest and Lois Weatherly will celebrate a big milestone as they will be married for 65 years.

They met in Seattle, Wash., in May 1945. Ernest was a Navy Radar Man on the USS Renshaw DD499, and the ship had been torpedoed Feb. 22, 1945, in the Mindanao traits and came to Seattle for major repairs. Ernest met Lois, a student in West Seattle, and they were married March 6, 1946, in Helena, Mont.

After being assigned duty in New Orleans in the Navy, Ernest and Lois settled into the married couples housing until June 1946. Upon Ernest’s Honorable Discharge in June 1946, the couple moved back to Lebanon. This was a big adjustment for Lois as she recalled there was no air conditioning and the climate was much hotter than her hometown in the Northwest.

Ernest was employed at the Capitol and Princess Theaters in Lebanon until 1953 when Lux Time came to Lebanon. Ernest accepted employment with Lux Time where he served as Personnel Manager and Purchasing Agent for 37-plus years. Lois was employed with Draper and Darwin Stores as accountant for 37 years. She was active in the Lebanon Business and Professional Women’s Club and was instrumental in getting the Lebanon Senior Citizens Center started.

The Weatherlys have two daughters, Karen Garner and Darlene (Gary) Enzfelder; three grandchildren, Glen R. Enzfelder, Erin (Justin) Smith and Joy (David) Pine; and three great-grandchildren, Ella Kate Pine, Sienna Carin Pine and Eden Monroe Pine. Great-granddaughter number four, Sofie Smith, is due in March.

The Weatherlys are members of Bartons Creek Baptist Church.

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General News

CU to open Culinary Center Thursday

Cumberland University is set to officially and formally open the doors to its new Culinary Center, located at 411 Tennessee Blvd., in Lebanon on land adjacent to the Wilson County Vocational Center,

The 2,400 square-foot center houses a commercial kitchen and storage facility designed to help local entrepreneurs prep their products for market as well as serving the needs of local farmers and students.

“The Cumberland Culinary Center will allow area entrepreneurs a safe and affordable venue to prepare their products for market,” said Dr. Paul Stumb, dean of the Labry School of Business and Technology.

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Lebanon Airport awarded TDOT grant

From Post staff reports
Lebanon Municipal Airport has been awarded an aeronautics grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The $89,010 state grant was announced Tuesday by TDOT officials.

The City of Lebanon is providing a 10 percent match of $9,890, making the total $98,900. The grant will be used to repair pavement cracks and sealing.

Lebanon’s airport was one of eight to receive grants which included federal funds for Abernathy Field in Pulaski. The grants are made available through TDOT’s Aeronautics Division which administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system.

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General Sports

Dine with the 'Dogs Thursday

BIG WEEKEND SERIES AHEAD

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Do you want to own a unique piece of Cumberland’s 2010 NAIA World Series championship?

A rare opportunity to purchase a championship ring -- identical to the one Coach Woody Hunt, his players and staff wear, will be available to the highest bidder Thursday night at the annual “Dine with the ‘Dogs” dinner / auction.

“We had an extra ring made and we’re going to put it up for bid,” Coach Hunt said Tuesday. “We’ve got a world of National Championship memorabilia available, as well as a one-of-a-kind Joe Hayes Cumberland mirror and some major league baseball tickets.”

Also up for grabs will be baseballs autographed by American League MVP Josh Hamilton, Tampa Bay Rays’ young stars David Price and B.J. Upton. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Benton Jennings Center, adjacent to Stockton Field.

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Tanner Bates goes 50-0

STATE TITLE FOR MJ WRESTLER 

By TOMMY BRYAN. sports editor
How did Mt. Juliet High senior Tanner Bates celebrate winning the 119-pound state wrestling title and completing a perfect 50-0 season? With a special order, five patty burger at Steak & Shake -- that’s how.

Bates won his championship in spectacular fashion at the Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Arena, coming from behind with third period rallies, in both the semifinal and state championship matches.

“Tanner has a tremendous work effort, he’s very dedicated and is just a special young man,” said MJ wrestling coach Brad Mattingly.

Bates, who checked in around 130 pounds during preseason, worked tirelessly on his weight and conditioning all year.

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Tuesday district results

Commanders win 8A crown
GORDONSVILLE -- Friendship Christian rode the red-hot production of guard Cameron Hill Tuesday night to clinch the District 8A tournament title with a 59-48 win over host gordonsville.

Hill poured in 23 points, including four 3-pointers in the opening half, as the Commanders improved to 21-4 overall. Drew Hutchison added 11 points while Dalton Patterson and Mark Sandoval each had nine points.

FCS will host Jackson County Saturday at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the Region 4A tournament. Jackson County was a 67-49 loser to Clay County in Tuesday's Distict 7A consolation game.

8A Consolation
GORDONSVILLE -- Watertown dropped a narrow 63-60 decision to Red Boiling Springs in Tuesday night's 8A consolation contest. Cameron Jordan had 20 points to lead Watertown while KeAnDre Bates added 17.

The Purple Tigers fell to 16-13 and will play at District 7A champion Pickett County Saturday at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the Region 4A tournament.

All Tournament
Friendship Christian's Cameron Hill was named tournament MVP. Joining him on the all tournament team were teammates Sandoval and Patterson as well as Cameron Jordan and KeAnDre Bates of Watertown. Friendship's first-year head coach Celve Harris was named District Coach of the Year.

Central falls in 9AAA finals
GALLATIN -- Gallatin snuck away with a controversial 79-76 double overtime win over Wilson Central High Tuesday night in the District 9AAA tournament finals.

Gallatin's Jason Griffin drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing just before (of after) the final buzzer -- according to who's side you're on. The game was tied at 62-62 after regulation and 68-68 after the first overtime period.

The Green Wave called time out with 9.9 seconds left in the second OT and worked the ball inside, then kicked out a pass to Griffin for a shot. The horn sounded twice -- once as Griffin was shooting, then again after the shot went in.

The three man crew of officials never approached the scoring table to address the multiple horns, but rather darted off the floor and raced to their locker room.

The crazy ending overshadowed a brilliant comeback by the Wildcats, who trailed by nine points in the late stages of regulation, only to force overtime with a 3-pointer by Dee Oldham.

Oldham scored 29 points for Wilson Central and led all scorers. Malcolm St. Louis added 16 points while Blake Huffman had 12 for the Wildcats. DeVante Ray had 21 points for Gallatin (20-8).

Wilson Central fell to 21-8 with the loss and will host Clarksville Northeast Saturday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the Region 5AAA tournament. Saturday's winner advances to Gallatin next week for the semifinals.

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