By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine
I’d been dreading this moment since the day he was born. (OK. That’s probably a little melodramatic.)
I didn’t even know this would be awkward. Before becoming a parent and right up until this day, I swore I was going to be a cool, open-minded, honest parent who answers ALL of my children’s questions.
Dear Ken: Tell us a bit about Colin Firth, who was nominated for a best actor Oscar for his role as King George VI in “The King’s Speech.”
Firth, 50, was born in Grayshott, England, but lived from the age of two weeks to 4 years old in Nigeria (three of his grandparents were missionaries). His father taught history at Winchester University College, and his mother taught comparative religions at the Open University. Married, he has three children. The actor is a strong supporter of Survival International, an organization that defends the rights of tribal peoples. Among his other acting credits are “Valmont,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “The English Patient,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Nanny McPhee,” “Mamma Mia!” and “Dorian Gray.” He has completed the film “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” a thriller which will be released at the end of the year.
By ANGEL KANE
Wilson Living Magazine
As you are all aware, the last few weeks we’ve been all consumed by weddings, weddings and more weddings. With the Blushing Bridal Show and the 3rd annual Wilson Living Wedding Issue about to hit stands, there hasn’t been much else for us to think about.
But of course, every bride needs a groom and for those ladies out there who haven’t quite met their perfect match, you won’t want to miss “The Bachelors of Wilson County” presented in the March/April issue that comes out this Friday.
Who are the most eligible bachelors in Wilson County? To find out, you’ll need to check out the next issue of Wilson Living Magazine. Can‘t wait until then? Ok, well here are just a few hints!
Bachelor #1 is a metropolitan attorney whose current love is named “Sadie.”
Bachelor #2 is a handsome legalist whose perfect date would be taking in a baseball or football game before a fantastic dinner.
Bachelor #3 is an aspiring politician who works in local government. If his ambitions are not enough to attract the perfect girl, then his ability to play the drums and saxophone will definitely seal the deal.
Bachelor #4 is an edgy entrepreneur who owns his own business. He would love to take the right lady snowboarding or wakeboarding any time.
Bachelor #4 is a hometown athlete. To win his heart, you will have to be able to make his favorite dish, chicken spaghetti casserole.
Bachelor #5 is a local baseball player. This athlete doesn’t need anyone to cook for him. He loves to cook and intends to cook everyday for his soul mate.
Bachelor #6 is a good-hearted dentist. This bachelor would definitely take his lady love on an outdoor adventure that would include hunting, fishing and shooting.
Bachelor #7 is a trendsetting orthodontist. His favorite vacation spot where he would like to take his favorite girl is Alys Beach in Florida.
So, put your thinking caps on and let the guessing begin! And be sure to look for more hints on Facebook by becoming our friend on the Wilson Living Magazine Fan Page.
And until next time, keep reading!
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
CAINSVILLE — Donald Alexander harvests much from the bounty of his fertile fields and his fertile mind.
The Cainsville farmer, 61, raises beef cattle on a 700-acre family farm about 18 miles south of Lebanon and also runs a small sawmill with his son, Matt.
When he’s not toiling in timber, tilling the soil or taking care of the herd, you might find him painting a landscape, writing a poem or crafting a piece of furniture.
Most recently, Alexander built several blanket chests and cedar chests. He advertises with a small, hand-painted sign by the side of the road.
“I was trying to sell the chests before Christmas. I’ve been making them off and on for years,” said Alexander, who began producing the chests in the 1980s out of cedar, walnut and poplar from timber on his land.
By RAY POPE
After a rough night of weather on Thursday night, I was relieved to have survived a close call situation on Highway 70 coming back from Watertown.
I have never been under the wheel of a car right in the middle of a tornado before. After leaving The Wilson Post at the post office in Watertown to be delivered to our subscribers in the area, it had just started to rain and as I approached Pruitte Hill on Hwy. 70.
The weather went from bad to seriously horrendous. The rain was coming down in sheets, but was blowing in the horizontal position, while tree limbs and possible hail were beating the van very hard. Times such as these, call for immediate prayers to God for safety. The van was at one point pushed sideways by the hard wind. Pray a little harder, and then it was over. Don’t try to tell me that prayer doesn’t work. It takes a lot to unlock fear in me and that was one of the times.
Saturday was a whole lot better so I went to watch our Cumberland University Bulldog baseball team. Usually, I keep my eyes on the game, unless there happens to be some birds flying over.
The Nashville Suzuki Players will perform at Sutton’s Ole Time Music Hour, Sutton’s General Store, Granville on Saturday, March 5, with music beginning at 6 p.m. and radio taping at 7, with family style southern meal served at 5 and 6:30 p.m.
Reservations are required for dinner by calling (931) 653-4151 which also entitles you to a reserve seat at the performance.
The Nashville Suzuki Players have performed in concerts and made television appearances all across the Southeast in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina. They have performed at the Biltmore Estates, Georgia Aquarium, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, The National Corvette Museum, The Country Music Hall of Fame, Graceland and at the 2010 Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Festival.
In January, the Nashville Suzuki Players opened for the Oak Ridge Boys concert at the Gaylord Opryland Resort Hotel in Nashville. The Nashville Suzuki Players have appeared on the “Tennessee Morning Show” with celebrity hosts, Charlie Chase and Kelli Sutton, and on “Good Day Atlanta,” “Good Morning Memphis” and “Live at Five” in Knoxville. The group has recorded eight CDs and five DVDs. The group’s latest CD, “Fiddlin Around,” has just been released.
The Nashville Suzuki Players is directed by Thornton Cline and are joined by Ken Morrell on guitar, Renee Morrell on autoharp and bluegrass and Hall of Famer Haskell McCormick on the banjo. The student members who will be performing are Cole and Savannah Ritter, Jaime Dorsey, Rachel Morrell and Ragen Perry.
Sutton Ole Time Music Hour started on April 5, 2008 and has been performed each week since that time. It is now heard on seven radio stations and around the world via the Internet. For stations and times as well as websites, visit www.granvillemuseum.com.
The weekly show is sponsored by Coca Cola of Cookeville, Jackson Bank & Trust, Meadows Homes, Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home, Granville Marina and Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Thanks Gretchen & MCA
By SAM HATCHER
“Where have we been for the past two years?” That was the question my wife and I asked ourselves last Saturday night when we walked out of The Mill following the third annual production of McClain Christian Academy’s “Music at the Mill.”
Frankly, I’m not one capable of reviewing a show of this quality, but I can assure you, for a guy who likes to be in bed by 9 o’clock, I felt no anxiety when we got home at a little after 11.
This was one great show played to a full house just as it should have been. It was our first, but I promise we will be back next year.
Lebanon Airport Commission will meet at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3, at the Lebanon Municipal Airport, 760 Franklin Road.
Wilson County Road Commission will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, March 4, at the Road Commission office and will be followed by the Urban Type Public Facilities Board in the same location.
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.
Southern STARRS Winter Class Session is now open. The program offers therapeutic horseback riding classes for special needs children. A one-hour class is available for Saturday morning and Monday evening, and you can download an application form at www.southernstarrs.org. Volunteers are needed, also. The minimum age to volunteer is 14. Times are from 4 until 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, from 4 until 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning in the spring and from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays. No experience is needed, and training will be provided. Internships, work-studies and community service credit are offered. Forms can also be downloaded at www.southernstarrs.org. For information, call 453-2592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center in Gallatin is accepting gently used items for its third annual yard sale to be held from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., rain or shine, Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, at the Gallatin Farmer’s Market. 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. All donations are tax deductible.
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.
Fairview Church invites everyone to join members at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, when Master Illusionist Harris III will visit and perform. Fairview Church is at 1660 Leeville Pike, Lebanon. For information, visit the website at www.fchope.com or call 444-0111.
NSDAR Margaret Gaston Chapter will meet at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, at the Spain House, next to First United Methodist Church, Lebanon. Guest speaker will be Jack Masters who will discuss “Searching for Revolutionary Land Grants.” Thomas Partlow is being honored for his work in preserving local history. Hostesses are Marty Bone, Jean Johnson, Lydia McVicker, Alexa Moscardelli and Elaine Skipworth.
Internet Safety for Parents, a free workshop with materials, refreshments and childcare, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3, at Castle Heights Upper Elementary. Speakers include Kendall Bryan, local counselor; Youth Leadership Wilson students and Wilson County School Resource Officers. Also, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, a free workshop with childcare and refreshments, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Monday, March 7, at the CHUE Library. There will also be free materials for families. RSVP to Beth Petty at 453-2693 or at email@example.com for either workshop.
Wilson County Retired Teachers’ Association will meet at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 3, at Southern Manor Assisted Living in Lebanon. The program will be presented by a representative of Urban Physical Therapy in Lebanon. Bring items for New Leash on Life, the community project for March. Any retired educator is welcome to visit the meeting. For information, call 444-0071.
Wilson ONE will meet at Ryan’s Steakhouse on South Cumberland Street, Lebanon, at noon, Thursday, March 3. All visitors are welcome to attend. Keynote speaker will be Debbie Pare’ with SCAN (Senior Citizens Awareness Network). Wilson ONE focuses on the enablement of working women, paid and nonpaid, from all walks of life in Wilson County, provide networking opportunities for businesses and volunteers, provide education through programs and guest speakers, promote local, civil interests as determined by members and encourage community organization and involvement.
Country Line Dancing with the Gary Allen Band will be from 7 until 10 p.m., Friday, March 4, at the Jimmy Floyd Family Center in Lebanon. The public is welcome. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door and may be purchased at the JFFC.
Wilson County Conservatives will meet at 9:15 a.m., Saturday, March 5, at Logan’s Roadhouse at Providence MarketPlace in Mt. Juliet. Guest speaker will be Walter Jewell of the Professional Educators of Tennessee. Everyone interested in conservative issues affecting Wilson County is invited to attend.
Unity Church, 222 Cainsville Road, Lebanon, will have a gospel singing at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 5. The guest group will be Larry Hagan and Friends and other guest singers. Everyone is welcome. The pastor is Brother Kenneth Bowen.
Shopping in the Glade Expo will be from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, March 5, at the Gladeville Community Center. Concessions will be available. For information about booths or the event, call Mabel Beazley at 243-2664 or Debbie Ray at 443-3817.
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.
Republican Women of Wilson County will meet at 11:30 a.m., Monday, March 7, at the Castle Heights Chop House, 705 Cadet Court, Lebanon. Guest speaker will be a representative of ACT! For America, an organization that seeks to educate Americans about the dangers of radical Islam. Bring a friend. The meeting is open to the public, and reservations can be made by calling Mary Stimek at 288-4316.
UMC/McFarland Volunteer Auxiliary will host “Masquerade” (the $5 jewelry sale) on Monday, March 7, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Tuesday, March 8, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., in the University Medical Center’s old Intensive Care Unit. Come help support the volunteers and get some deals.
Lebanon Area Crohn’s & Colitis Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. at the University Medical Center hospital board room. The next meeting will be March 8. Guest speaker will be Charlton Graves, author of the book, Journey to No Man’s Land – The End of the Suffering. Graves is a veteran of dealing with Crohn’s for 35 years and will share his experience with the group. Light refreshments will be provided.
Wilson County Democratic Women will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, at Painturro’s in Lebanon. Members are encouraged to bring bars of soap that will go to assist the Mt. Juliet Help Center. Everyone is welcome.
Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency USDA Commodity Distribution will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, at Garden of Prayer Tabernacle, 1015 Bluebird Road, Lebanon. Commodities are available to households which meet income eligibility guidelines. Available commodities include applesauce, black-eye peas, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, peaches, pears, apple juice, cherry apple juice, cranberry juice, orange juice, figs, peanut butte, spaghetti sauce and sliced potatoes. Bring proof of 2011 income and Social Security cards of everyone in the household. Funded in part by DHS.
United Methodist Women of Hartsville United Methodist Church are sponsoring their annual Dinner Musical at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 12, at the Trousdale County High School auditorium. The theme this year is “City Lights.” Tickets are $15 per person or two for $25 and are available from the UMW and other church members. You may also call Kathy Dies at 374-3752, Kathy Atwood at 374-0907, Lora Lee Langford at the Hartsville/Trousdale Chamber of Commerce at 374-9243 or the church at 374-2400 for ticket information. Seating this year is limited to 22 tables, and all tickets must be reserved in advance.
Wilson County Republican Party will have its monthly meeting at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 12. Guest speakers will include State Sen. Mae Beavers, State Rep. Linda Elam and State Rep. Mark Pody. The meeting will be at WCRP Headquarters at 500 South Cumberland Street, Lebanon, next to Kevin’s Automotive and directly behind 231 Car Sales. All Wilson County Republicans are invited to attend. For information, call Kevin Foushee, WCRP chairman, at 444-5732 or visit www.wilsongop.org.
Coupon Workshop will be Saturday, March 12, at First Baptist Church, Lebanon, 227 East Main Street, and will be presented by Ann Haney. A Free Introductory Workshop will be from 10 a.m. until noon, followed by a lunch break from noon until 1 p.m. An Advanced Workshop/Drugstores and More will be from 1 until 3 p.m. Minimum donation of $10 per person is asked and special scholarships are available for admission. RSVP no later than Saturday, March 5 at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 444-3330.
Wilson County Democratic Women announces the Dorothy McAdoo Memorial Scholarship, Wilson County High School Senior Essay Contest 2010-2011. The scholarship is $500. All Wilson County high school seniors are eligible to enter by submitting an on the topic, “The Importance of Women in the Political Process.” The entry must be 400-500 words, typed and double-spaced; the cover page must include name, address, telephone number and school; omit your name on essay pages; it will be evaluated on content, form and clarity by the Scholarship Committee. It must be postmarked by April 26 and mailed to Linda Armistead, 210 Forrest Lawn Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122. For more 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, 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.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
During its quick meeting Monday night, several county officials gave reports to the Wilson County Commission concerning the severe weather this past Thursday night and the EF-2 tornado that passed through Gladeville causing extensive damage.
John Jewell, director of the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, said the tornado “was heading to town” on Thursday, Feb. 24, after touching down in Gladeville and causing damage along State Route 840 and Highway 109.
Jewell said the tornado traveled along Old Franklin Road where most cases of damage were reported. The storm’s trajectory put it on a crash course with Lebanon but Jewell said everyone was lucky it didn’t make it that far.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Leadership Wilson is inviting everyone to attend a special “Power of One” luncheon on Monday, March 28, to bring citizens and elected officials from across Wilson County together.
Jeff Gannon, a member of this year’s class in Leadership Wilson, has worked with a group of six other members to organize the event and bring together city and county leaders for the luncheon.
“The main focus is getting us to a place where we are all working together,” Gannon said.
The keynote speaker at the luncheon will be Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, who will speak for around 20 minutes on the present and future of Wilson County. Gannon called it a speech that mirrors one the President of the United States gives each year.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Lebanon City Council passed an ordinance on second reading at Tuesday night’s regular meeting to enter into a contract with Johnson Controls Inc., to authorize an evaluation study of the city’s energy usage and infrastructure.
With Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath absent, all five members of the council voted in favor of the ordinance that could lead to saving the city a lot of money for utilities.
On Feb. 1, representatives of Johnson Controls spoke to the Council regarding their plan to reduce costs and maintenance on utilities by increasing efficiency in many city buildings and facilities.
By KENNY HOWELL
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET — The connection to BP/McDonalds from Old Pleasant Grove Road will be closed off, said City of Mt. Juliet Public Works Director Marlin Keel on Monday.
The issue came to light when Keel, Tennessee Department of Transportation representatives and consultant representatives met at the cul-de-sac September 2010 to discuss the significant accident history along that stretch of North Mt. Juliet Road.
While there, the group noticed several drivers making the cut-through at the site. TDOT officials agreed to evaluate the problem and later recommended that it be closed.
COMMANDERS REACH REGION FINALS
WATERTOWN -- Friendship Christian went on an 8-0 second quarter run and never looked back, rolling past Clarkrange 51-27 Tuesday in the Region 4A semifinals at Watertown.
The victory sends the local team into Thursday's region finals against Clay County -- a 51-44 winner over Pickett County -- and assures FCS (23-4) a berth in the TSSAA Sectional Monday.
Dalton Patterson had 14 points to lead the Commanders while Mark Sandoval had a double-double 12 points and 17 rebounds.
Good Friday Golf Tournament
The Blue Devil Football Foundation will be staging its 9th annual Good Friday Golf Tournament Friday, April 22 at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club. Lunch at 11 a.m. with a 12 Noon shotgun start. Entry fee includes lunch and one Mulligan and is $110 per player. New LHS head coach Troy Crane will be in attendance.
Monday volleyball at CU
Cumberland volleyball Coach Dwayne Deering is now accepting applications for the Monday Night Girls Volleyball League at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. League play begins Monday, March 22 and continues every Monday Night until April 25 with an 18U division and a 14U division. Cost is $60 per player. Contact Deering at 615-547-1318, or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Babe Ruth signups March 5
Signups and tryouts for the Lebanon Lions Babe Ruth League will be held at 1 p.m. March 5 at the league's Eskew Field in Baird Park. The league is open to ages 13-15. For more information, contact league president David McKinney at 444-1113 or 444-8383.
Adult co-ed softball
An adult co-ed softball tournament will be held the weekend of March 25-27 at Tuckers Crossroads. Entry fee is $175 per team, $25 discount is paid by March 18. Teams may bat 10 or 12 hitters, but must alternate male and females. NSA rules will apply. Top three teams will earn trophy. Proceeds from tournament will go towards Wilson Sox 11U travel baseball team. For more information, please contact Brandy at 598-8356 or Terry at 517-4482.
T-ball / coach pitch
City of Lebanon T-ball and Coach Pitch sign-ups are Saturday, April 9, from 9-11 a.m at the Harold Dean Greer Recreation Center in Baird Park. Participants must be 4 years of age by April 30th, 2011, and cannot be 9 years on or before April 30th, 2011and live in Wilson County. The registration fee is $30. All new participants must provide a birth certificate (copy). Early registration continues through April 9. Those registering early can come to the Greer Center between the hours of 7:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m. (11-12 closed for lunch), Monday through Friday. Prospective coaches should come to the Greer Center to fill out an application. Call Nancy Lee at 449-0303.