Dear Ken: Where have I seen Aaron Eckhart before? He plays Sgt. Michael Nantz in the movie “Battle: Los Angeles.”
Eckhart, 43, has movie credits going back to 1993. Among his best are “Any Given Sunday,” “Erin Brockovich,” “The Missing,” “Thank You for Smoking,” “The Black Dahlia,” “Rabbit Hole” and “The Dark Knight.” Born in California, he completed high school in England and Australia before attending college at Brigham Young University. He actually broke his arm while making “Battle: L.A.” “We were doing a stunt, and I slipped, and I fell about seven feet and flew right on my arm and my head, just barely missing some rocks, broke my arm, kept on going and finished the scene,” said the actor.
151 soldiers of the South rest in Lebanon cemetery
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
Eight days and 150 years ago Confederate guns began raining cannonballs and artillery shells on the federal garrison at Fort Sumter in Charleston, S.C. The Civil War had begun.
By the time it came to a halt four years later, 620,000 Americans had given their lives in the conflict between the 11 states of the Confederacy (South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee) and the Union.
The sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War, which continues the next four years, will end where the war began with the raising of the American flag at Fort Sumter in April 2015. By that date more than a million visitors will have toured the fort and other sites related to the war near Charleston Harbor.
Millions more will have visited other Civil War battlefields from Gettysburg in Pennsylvania to such places in Tennessee as Shiloh, Missionary Ridge, Chickamauga, Franklin and Stones River in Murfreesboro.
Wilson County sent hundreds of its own men to serve in the War Between the States, most notably Cumberland Law School graduate, local lawyer and politician Robert H. Hatton.
Government announcements / meetings
Lebanon Beer Board will meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, to consider the applications of Karim Gebrael (St. Maria LLC) d/b/a Chum’s, located at 622 North Cumberland Street, for off the premises consumption; Shehata Gergies d/b/a M&N Discount Tobacco and Beer, located at Suite C – 1123 North Castle Heights Ave., for off the premises consumption; Makram A. Gendy d/b/a Daniel’s Market Discount Tobacco and Beer, located at 1037 Sparta Pike, for off the premises consumption; and Barjesh Kumar and Bipinchandra Patel (L&K Corp.) d/b/a AM #2, located at 404 South Cumberland Street, for off the premises consumption.
Wilson County Landfill will be closed on Good Friday, April 22.
Board of Directors of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County will meet at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 26, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.
Lebanon City Council will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, to hear a presentation on the drainage studies.
Wilson County Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m., Monday, May 2, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon.
Lebanon City Council will hold a work session at 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights. There will be a presentation by MTAS on “TDEC MS4 Stormwater Quality Regulations under the City of Lebanon General Permit.”
The 2011 Wilson County Teacher of the Year was announced on Friday, April 15, during an awards celebration held at Cumberland University in Lebanon. Kim Vann, a seven-year veteran of the Lebanon Special School District, was selected as this year’s honoree.
Vann, a special needs teacher at Castle Heights Upper Elementary, received a $1,500 check for her efforts and her school also received a $500 donation.
CedarStone Bank and Wilson County Motors are sponsors of the 14-year-old event that recognizes educators from across Wilson County.
Each of the 28 schools in Wilson County nominates and elects its own “teacher of the year” from its faculty; nominees are chosen by their peers. Those 28 teachers then complete self-evaluation packets, providing the information for the final judging. An anonymous panel of Cumberland University faculty members then selects the Wilson County Teacher of the Year.
REMATCH OF 2010 NAIA FINALS
From Post staff reports
CLEVELAND -- Cumberland tuned up for this weekend's TranSouth Conference series at Lyon COllege with a 7-4 win Tuesday evening vs No. 1-ranked Lee University at Olympic Field.
Lee brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but Daniel Kern recorded the final three outs to preserve the win and snap a 12-game Flame winning streak.
Seventh-ranked Cumberland pounded out 11 hits, including three each from Cory Farris and Tommy Crews, as the Bulldogs (36-12) overcame four errors. The victory was the 10th straight for Coach Woody Hunt's crew.
Mike Mandarino (4-2) threw six strong innings for the Bulldogs, allowing no earned runs on five hits. The righthander did not walk a batter and struck out three. Mandarino looked like he might take the loss after two errors allowed the Flames to score three times in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-3 lead.
But the Bulldogs answered with three runs in the seventh after Tommy Winegardner walked and Mandarino singled. Farris scored one run with a single before a two-run double to rightcenter from Crews put Cumberland ahead for good.
CU added an insurance run in the ninth when Farris doubled and Crews singled over the shortstop's head for his third RBI of the contest. Mandarino added two hits to his cause on the mound and Winegardner scored twice.
Matt Vance tossed two good innings of relief before running into trouble in the ninth. Vance also benefitted from a great relay throw from Winegardner, as Roberto Reyes doubled to deep center, off the glove of Antonio Butler with two outs in the eighth, but Butler hit Winegardner and his throw nailed Reyes trying to stretch it to a triple.
Cumberland will depart Lebanon Thursday around 11 a.m. for the long trip to Batesville, Ark. Friday's single game starts at 3 p.m. and Saturday's doubleheader beginns at 12 Noon.
Live radio coverage of Friday's game can be heard on WCOR AM-1490; Saturday's doubleheader will be broadcast on WANT FM-98.9.