By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been sharing techniques and equipment with Wilson County law enforcement officers during a three-day special training course this week at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.
Officers from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, Lebanon Police Department and Mt. Juliet Police Department walked three crime scene scenarios set up within Fiddler’s Grove on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as a part of the course taught by five FBI agents from the Bureau’s Nashville branch.
“We host evidence classes for local law enforcement, about three basics a year,” said FBI Special Agent Suzanne Nash.
Mt. Juliet Police Department investigated two suspicious packages that were left near a USPS mailbox on Thursday, which resulted in the temporary closure of Providence Parkway.
A Mt. Juliet Police Officer noticed two black suitcases near a United States Postal Service mailbox on Providence Parkway near Deerfield Apartments at about 11:30 a.m., Thursday.
On the side of caution and per protocol, officers and Wilson County Emergency Management established a safety zone. MJPD officials requested assistance from Metro-Nashville Police Department’s Bomb Squad who responded to the scene to investigate the packages. The Bomb Squad then rendered the packages safe.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
All Wayne “Buddy” Ingram’s wife, Lisa, could say when he told her that a newly discovered species of grasshopper had been named after him, was, “Lord, have mercy.”
Ingram, 56, an interpretive specialist who has worked for 35 years at Cedars of Lebanon State Park, found out earlier this week that a grasshopper that only inhabits the gravel zone of cedar glades has been christened Melanoplus ingrami.
Asked how it feels to have a grasshopper named after him, Ingram answers, “I don’t know. It’s kinda one of those things you think won’t ever happen to you. It’s a real honor.”
Mayor Philip Craighead, the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and Lone Star Rodeo announce the 2nd Annual Charity Whip Crackin’ Rodeo to be held Friday and Saturday nights, April 15-16, at the James E. Ward Ag Center under the lights of the new arena.
New this year - A Special Events Rodeo for Exceptional Individuals kicks off the rodeo events on Thursday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Action-filled events will include Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Cowgirl’s Breakaway Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Cowgirl’s Barrel Racing & Brahma Bull Riding.