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John Sloan - Outdoors

An azalea morning

There was a huge gap between the smell of azaleas in Lower Alabama and the crisp, cool air of the rising thermals as the sun warmed the mountains. Six years. A six years filled with heat, sand, cold, and wind…always the wind. And often, excessively often, the sound of gunfire and mortars and choppers and bombs.

And screams.

Should TN legalize commercial farming of whitetail?

That is a question before Tennessee state legislators. Introduced by Rep. Frank Niceley (R) Knoxville, HB 1112 would make it legal to raise and import whitetail deer into Tennessee for commercial purposes.

Let me make it simple for you. What this bill would do is allow Tennessee residents to enclose deer in pens and raise them as they would cattle and then sell the live animals, the body parts for food consumption, allow the killing of them by individuals and sell the various by products.


Telling Tales

What did you do over Spring Break?

Wilson Living Magazine
For the first time in many years, we decided to stay home during Spring Break. To which our children responded …

“We never get to go anywhere. Our life is horrible. Why do you hate us?”


Ask Ken Beck

Matt Damon dropped out of Harvard

Dear Ken: Can you provide a bit of background on Matt Damon?

The actor, 40, was born in Cambridge, Mass., where his mother was an early childhood education professor and his dad was a stockbroker. One of his childhood friends was Ben Affleck. Damon entered Harvard as an English major in 1988 but dropped out before graduating after he co-starred in the movie Geronimo: An American Legend in 1992. He had also worked in Mystic Pizza, Rising Sun and School Ties. It was 1997’s Good Will Hunting, which he wrote with Affleck, that turned him into a star and also won him and his pal Oscars for best screenplay. The Boston Red Sox fan is a serious poker player.


General Lifestyle

Our Feathered Friends - April 6

Now is the time for our Purple Martins to start making their way here. Just like the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds making their way north in time with the blooming of the nectar producing flowers, so does the Purple Martins move forward with the hatching of the insects that provide them food. I am hoping that maybe this year I will get that first family of Purple Martins.

Back on the 19th of March, I did a talk on this insect eating machine, the Purple Martin, at Garr’s Rental and Feed. One of the first things to do as you prepare to place out a Martin condo is to ask yourself a question. Can I, will I, be able to put forth the time and effort that goes into attracting Martins?

This is not a few years involvement, but you should consider it a lifetime of work to do it right. Most of the Martin condos that I find around Wilson County have been neglected for many years past and have been taken over by House Sparrows or Starlings. Do you have the heart to evict a family of birds that really have no business of being here in the United States in the first place? It took me a few years to get used to doing that very thing when it came to my Bluebirds.

Sgt. Yorks son recalls humble hero of war

Efforts to restore York Institute extends across the globe
Special to The Wilson Post  
The most famous soldier of World War I, Tennessee born and bred Sgt. Alvin C. York, was a reluctant fighter and a humble hero. Yet most Volunteer State residents might be surprised to know his most personal legacy was a commitment to education.

And while the school he built in Jamestown, York Institute, has been saved from demolition, the struggle to preserve and restore the structure remains an uphill battle.

The Rev. George Edward York, the 87-year-old son of Sgt. York, will speak at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 10, to the Mt. Juliet-West Wilson County Historical Society. He will discuss how his father’s legacy is being preserved.

“On Oct. 8, 1918, Corporal Alvin Cullum York and 16 other men under the command of Sergeants Harry Parsons and Bernard Early were dispatched to capture the Decauville railroad near Chatel-Chehery in the Meuse-Argonne. After a brief firefight (nine Americans died in the melee) the confused Germans surrendered to what they believed to be a superior force,” said Michael E. Birdwell, an associate professor of history at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville and the archivist of Alvin C. York’s papers.

“In all 132 Germans were captured and delivered to U.S. Army headquarters by the seven survivors led by Corporal York. The army singled out York as the hero of World War I and presented him with the Congressional Medal of Honor. Upon his return to the United States, York found himself being wooed by Hollywood, Broadway and various sponsors who clamored for his endorsement. York turned his back on quick and certain fortune in 1919 and went home to Tennessee to resume private life and pursue a dream that consumed the rest of his life.”

That vision was York Institute, and from 1925 to 1979, the school educated the youth of his home area of the Cumberland Plateau.



Calendar - April 6

Government meetings
*Wilson County Commission’s Animal Control Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 7, at Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

*Education Committee will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 7, at the courthouse.

*Minutes Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7, at the courthouse.

*Steering Committee will meet at 6:45 p.m., Thursday, April 7, at the courthouse.

*Budget Committee will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 7, at the courthouse.

*Lebanon Airport Commission will meet at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7, at Lebanon Municipal Airport, 760 Franklin Road.

*Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, April 7, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.

*Wilson County 911 Board will meet at 4 p.m., Monday, April 11 at the 911 office at 1611 West Main Street, Lebanon.

Community Calendar
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.

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.

Wilson County Special Olympics Annual Track & Field Event, set for Wednesday, April 6 at Wilson Central High School’s football field, has been postponed due to field conditions. For information, contact Dawn Bradley at 453-7288.

Wilson County Retired Teachers’ Association will meet at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 7, at the main branch of Wilson Bank & Trust in Lebanon. The program will be presented by Gail Watson, president of TRTA. Donating to the WCRTA’s Books from Birth program is the project for April. For information, call 444-0071.

Watertown Elementary School Pre-K and K Registration for 2011-2012 school year will be from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7, at Round Lick Baptist Church. Bring child’s official birth certificate and Social Security card, shot records, two proofs of residency (for example, gas, electric, water, sewer bills in parent’s name) and custody papers, if applicable. A readiness test will be given so your child is requested to attend.

Wilson County Schools Kindergarten Registration for the 2011-2012 school year will be Thursday, April 7. Your child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2011. Documents for registration may be downloaded from Click on “Kindergarten Registration” in the announcement box. Fill them out and bring them with you to register. Registration times will occur during normal school hours. Contact your zoned school if you need more information. Bring your child with you to registration for a Kindergarten screening.

Wilson County Republican Party monthly meeting will be at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 9, at WCRP Headquarters at 500 South Cumberland Street, Lebanon, next to Kevin’s Automotive and behind 231 Car Sales. Guest speaker will be Dorie Mitchell, executive director of Leadership Wilson. Its mission is to identify, train and motivate individual citizens in community leadership. For information, contact Kevin Foushee, WCRP chairman, at 444-5732, or visit

Helping Your Child Manage ADHD, a workshop presented by Lebanon Special School District, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Monday, April 11, at Castle Heights Upper Elementary School. There will be tips from school system professionals, a book for children called “Get Organized Without Losing It,” a manual for parents called, “Helping Your Child Manage ADHD” and video from Youth Leadership Wilson. The workshop and materials are free. Childcare will be provided. RSVP to Beth Petty at 453-2693 or email

Volunteers are needed by the Ombudsman Program to visit and advocate for elderly residents of long-term care facilities in the Wilson County area. Requirements include patience, persistence, the ability to be objective and concern for the vulnerable elderly population. The next 16-hour, two-day volunteer certification training will be Monday and Tuesday, April 11-12. For information, or to register for training, call the Ombudsman Program at 452-1687 or at 452-5259.

Lebanon Area Crohn’s & Colitis Support Group will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. at the University Medical Center board room. The next meeting is set for April 12. Guest speaker will be Virginia Harper, a 30-year survivor of Crohn’s Disease. She conducts a program called “You Can Heal You – One Meal At a Time,” and has also written a book called, Controlling Crohn’s Disease the Natural Way. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wilson County Democratic Women will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, at the Gentry Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Members are asked to bring cans of fruit to be donated to the Mt. Juliet Help Center.

UMC/McFarland Volunteer Auxiliary will present a sale by Friends in Stitches on Wednesday, April 13, in the old intensive care unit at University Medical Center. The hours will be from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. There will be many items to choose from for Easter and Mother’s Day.

Second annual RunWILD 5k/10k run will be at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 16, at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. The fund raising event is sponsored by the Wilson Central High School Cross Country and Soccer Programs. Prizes, T-shirts and refreshments will be provided. The entry fee is $20-$25. Pre-registration is required for discounts. For details, visit

University of Tennessee Extension Office will conduct a workshop on Shaken Baby Syndrome for parents or childcare providers needing recertification hours. The cost of the class is free, however, participants must pre-register to attend. The class will be from 9 until 11 a.m., Saturday, April 16, at the Extension Office at 925 E. Baddour Pkwy., Suite 100, Lebanon. For information, or to pre-register, call the office at 444-9584 or email Marietta Sanford at

“Faithgirlz: The Beauty of Believing,” hosted by Fairview Church, will be from 1 until 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 16. It is an upbeat, engaging event that ministers to girls age 9-12 and their moms. The event features best-selling author and local resident Nancy Rue. The day includes the conference with Rue, crafts, refreshments, gift bags and door prizes. Tickets for girls are $12 in advance or $16 at the door. Moms and mentors are free. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 1-800-965-9324. For information, call Fairview Church at 444-0111 or visit online at

PHOEBE Ministries, a ministry of widows reaching widows, will meet for a special luncheon hosted by deacons and wives of First Baptist Church, Lebanon, in the fellowship hall of the church at noon, Saturday, April 16. Attire is church dress. There is no admission charge, but reservations are required by Monday, April 11. Call 453-2313 or 443-3742 to leave a message for your reservation. All widows are welcome. Guest speaker will be Nancy Steward of the Christian Women’s Job Corps.

Second annual Mt. Juliet Noon Rotary Cornhole Tournament, presented by total Family Chiropractic & Rehab, will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 16, at Mt. Juliet High School. Cash prizes total $550. Entry fee for a two-player team is $40. It is a double elimination tournament and will be held rain or shine. For information, call 758-3478 or email

Wilson County Right to Life will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, at First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet. Call Trecia Dillingham for information at 443-5458.

Easter Egg Hunt at Cedars of Lebanon State Park will be Sunday, April 24. Meet at the Softball Field Parking Lot at 3 p.m. for the hunt. Bring your own Easter basket. Plastic eggs are provided with candy in each egg. Admission is free and open to the public. The Easter Egg Hunt is for children ages 3 and under, 4 to 6 years, and 7-12 years. For information, call the park office at 443-2769 or 443-2770.

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 or, or call 308-0034. For information, go to 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 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.


General News

April 16 will be a busy day at the Ward Ag. Center


Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Division and Fiddler’s Grove Foundation join forces Saturday, April 16 to present the third annual Dumplin’ Day cook-off and Fiddlers Grove Spring Fest with All About Horses.

Cook-off sponsors are US Community Credit Union and Wes Dugan – Wilson County Farm Bureau. The cook-off starts at 10 a.m. in the Veterans Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center with judging at noon and awards ceremony at 1 p.m.

There are two divisions (sweet dumplings and savory dumplings), with prize money awarded for each division: 1st prize $100; 2nd prize $75; 3rd prize $50. There’s also a prize for the best dressed work station. The entry fee is $10 per recipe.

Council seeks another audit of Lebanon's books

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
With an upcoming work session to discuss next fiscal year’s budget, the Lebanon City Council argued over line item transfers and the city’s annual audit during a work session Tuesday night.
Members of the council asked for a re-audit of last year’s books due to many line item transfers being made prior to council approval. Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath and Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler were the major proponents of the re-audit.

“We found there are a lot of pieces moving without our approval,” Warmath said.

Neal: $9M owed county in uncollected court fees

The Wilson Post

Members of the Wilson County Commission’s Judicial Committee finally learned that approximately $9,219,199.44 is owed the county in uncollected court costs during a joint meeting Tuesday night of the panel along with the Budget Committee.
Wilson County Court Clerk Linda Neal presented the information to the committees’ members. 

While members of the budget committee still felt the $9 million was extremely high, it is a far cry from the $59 million that was given to the panel by Neal, which turned out to be the result of a computer error.

Signs of Aging workshop set Thursday

From Post staff reports

A workshop will be held on Thursday to assist Wilson County residents in recognizing the signs of aging in a parent or elder relative at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Sponsored by the County Mayor’s office, the workshop will help those concerned with parents or relatives who may be in need of care. Along with determining whether a loved one is in need of care, the workshop will educate participants in how to recognize the signs of aging.

These include physical symptoms and emotional changes, loss of attention signals and environmental clues. The workshop is designed to ensure your loved one has the assistance he or she needs to live safely and comfortably.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 7, at 11:30 a.m. in the Commission Room on the second floor of the Wilson County Courthouse at 228 East Main Street, Lebanon


Titans Mariani, Bironas headline Top Shot event

From POST staff reports
The Gun Room, Lebanon’s first indoor shooting range, will be hosting a star-studded event Saturday, April 16 to benefit McClain Christian Academy.

Similar to a celebrity golf tournament, the event is a handgun competition called “Celebrity Top Shot” and will team participants with celebrities with proceeds going to the Lebanon private school.

Headlining the event is Tennessee Titans Pro Bowl kick returner Marc Marc Mariani and veteran kicker Rob Bironas.  Bironas frequently participates in local charity events and started The Rob Bironas Fund in 2008 to bring the benefits of music to the children of Nashville.

Watertown yard sale blooms for two miles Saturday

Special to The Wilson Post
WATERTOWN — Alas, there will be no live camel to ride at Watertown’s annual Spring Mile Long Yard Sale, but for urban cowboys and cowgirls, a mechanical bull ride makes its debut. 

The bull ride will be located near Watertown High School, but the main attraction will be the 2 miles of yards along Main Street filled with items, “everything from A to Z,” for sell, says event coordinator, Jim Amero, the community’s unofficial public relations chief who also operates Jim’s Antiques on the Square.

“It begins and ends in Watertown. The heartbeat of the sale is Main Street and a few side streets. Every nook and cranny will be filled with things you didn’t know you wanted,” Amero said. “This is the highest number of official vendors we’ve ever had. We’re pushing 120.”

Widespread damage reported Monday

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
A line of thunderstorms moved through Middle Tennessee and Wilson County on Monday, bringing strong winds, the threat of tornadoes and heavy rain, while leaving a trail of storm damage and power outages in its wake.

Approximately 10,000 members of Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation were left in the dark Monday afternoon. In Wilson County, most of those outages were focused in Mt. Juliet.

“We had at one time, countywide about 4,000 power outages,” said John Jewell, director of Wilson County Emergency Management Agency.


General Sports

CU 9, Lindsey Wilson 8 (13 innings)

LEBANON -- T.J. Murphy's single plated the tying run and Antonio Butler came around to score from first after an error in the outfield, giving 18th-ranked Cumberland a 9-8 victory in 13 innings over Lindsey Wilson Tuesday night at Veterans Field.

Murphy's fourth hit of the game scored Richie Seaton from second base and Butler easily made it to third base on the play. When LWC centerfielder Dustin Murphy booted the ball, Butler kept on motoring around, sliding into the play with the winning run almost four hours after the first pitch.

For his efforts Murphy was named the Music City Star of the Game after going 4-for-7 with two RBIs, a walk and one run scored.

Lindsey Wilson's Lance Harrington singled to leadoff the top of the 13th and later scored on a groundout by Ryan Williams, setting up the heroics for the Bulldogs.

Devin Stovall (2-1), the fifth Bulldog hurler, picked up the win, tossing four innings and allowing one run on two hits with six strikeouts. CU starter Daniel Kern tossed a career-best 6.1 innings, giving up five hits on 10 hits.

LWC reliever Jeremy Greene (0-3) took the loss despite striking out 10 in 4.2 innings of work. The lefthander gave up two runs on three hits and walked two.

Cumberland (28-12) stranded 18 runners in the contest, including 16 in the first nine innings. The Bulldogs left at least one runner on base in each of the first nine innings, including the bases loaded in the fifth and two runners in the first, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

Lindsey Wilson (16-17) trailed 7-2 in the contest before scoring three times in the seventh and twice more in the ninth to tie the game.

Mike Mandarino and David Fanshawe each collected three hits for the Bulldogs in the win, while Drew Barrett and Williams both had three hits for the Blue Raiders.

The Bulldogs scored twice in the first inning for an early lead. Greg Appleton drew a leadoff walk and Murphy followed with a single to short left. Mandarino doubled off the base of the wall in deep leftcenter, scoring one run, and Murphy scored on a groundout by Cory Farris.

Lindsey Wilson cut the deficit in half with a run in the third after a one-out walk to Harrington. Barrett followed with a single and Williams' two-out single to rightcenter plated a run.

Cumberland answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Mandarino singled with one out and Farris tripled into rightcenter. anshawe's double down the leftfield line pushed across Farris for a 4-2 CU advantage.

Clint Newman's first home run of the season cleared the rightfield wall with ease for LWC in the fourth, making it 4-2 Bulldogs.

Butler led off the bottom of the inning with a walk for Cumberland and stole second. He moved to third on a groundout from Appleton and scored on a single to left by Murphy.

The Bulldogs added two more runs in the sixth inning thanks to a pair of errors by the Blue Raiders.

Murphy drew a leadoff walk and Mandarino reached when Williams' throw to second sailed into rightfield. With two outs Crews' pop fly to Barnes was dropped in short left, allowing both runners to score for a 7-2 CU lead.

The Blue Raiders got back in the game with three runs in the seventh, chasing Kern from the contest.

Dustin Murphy led off with a double and scored on a single to left from Heath Barnes. Harrington's double off the base of the wall in left plated another run, ending the day for Kern. Williams' third hit of the game, a chopper up the middle, scored Harrington, cutting the Bulldog lead to 7-5.

The Blue Raiders tied the contest in the ninth thanks to some wildness from Winegardner, who recorded the first two outs of the inning before walking the next three batters. Aaron Wilkerson entered and allowed a two-run single to center from Newman, tying the game at seven.

Neither team could score until the 13th inning, more than an hour after LWC tied the game in the ninth.

Cumberland plays at Campbellsville University on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. CT.

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