By JOHN L. SLOAN
“Hard to find a better eating fish than a walter.” Said Harold Dotson. “They aren’t much to look at and they don’t put up much of a fight but they sure plate up right nice.” Made me look again at the five fish cooling on the bag of ice in the Coleman cooler. I was starting to get hungry.
A walter is a slang name for a walleye. They are a member of the pike family and have all the attendant teeth that go with that group. They also have weird eyes. They are often called “marble eyes”. In daylight, they appear to be blind.
Senor Dotson and I were putting along on the carp arc, a small pontoon boat with a 25-hp kicker and a pump that pumped water right out of the lake and allowed a hot fisherman to cool off. We had four rods in holders-two with night crawler rigs and two with weighted, long-lipped crankbaits. The crawler rigs were winning 4-1.
A special ceremony was held at Long Hunter State Park on Saturday, June 18, to rededicate the newly located Sherrod Bryant Tennessee Historical Marker.
Bryant (1781-1854) was a farmer who settled in an area that later became known as Bryant Grove and which is now a part of Long Hunter State Park. By 1850, Bryant — a land owner and slave owner -- was recognized as one of the wealthiest free blacks in Tennessee. Bryant is buried in Bryant Town Cemetery in Donelson.
Previously the Bryant historical marker was situated along Couchville Pike in Rutherford County, but recently it was moved to Bryant Grove Recreation Area at Long Hunter State Park in order to make it more accessible.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
This is not your grandmother’s ladies’ Bible class.
The GBG girls, a.k.a. the Girlfriends Bible Group, comprised of 40 women in their 20s, come from about 15 different congregations in Lebanon and represent churches of Christ, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist and non-denominational churches.
The Christian girlfriends meet one evening a month for Bible study and prayer. At other times, they may be seen in the community wearing their bright pink T-shirts when serving as volunteers at such events as the Lebanon Special School District Family Resource Center’s weekend backpack program, church food giveaways, canned food drives, community meals and kindergarten and pre-K registrations.
By RAY POPE
I hope Father’s Day went well for all our fathers out there. This was my first one not to have my father here with me. The day seems so hollow and out of place with out his presence, but he is in a much better place than here and I have to accept that. I did go to the cemetery for a spell, but soon realized that only an empty shell is present there. Like the Bible says, to be absent from the body is to be in the presence of God. Don’t we have something to look forward to?
Thinking back on my dad, mostly brings back memories of our vacation to Florida. I went almost every year, except the year that I got married. That was the year that NASA launched the Saturn 5 with our first moon walkers aboard. Lucky for me Mom and Dad had bought a new 8mm movie camera and actually took pictures of the blast off all the way from Daytona. I don’t remember if that year went without a Brown Pelican issue or not. Pelicans always seemed to favor my Dad. At least every time it happened, he was always close to an outdoor shower.
Dad was always a great protector of our wildlife, and when he bought me my first Red Rider BB gun, I received a sermon on what to shoot and what not to shoot. A terror to the birds was unleashed on the poor unsuspecting sparrows in our neighborhood. I was so good a shot that our family cat, upon seeing me with my gun, would follow me out on my backyard adventures.
By PATRICK HALL,
The Wilson Post
Questions about rate increases, budget delays and giving funds to non-profits entities were the focus of the Lebanon City Council meeting Tuesday night as the body pointed out they are still struggling with many issues that are involved in next year’s budget.
“Plans are to have the books to you by Friday,” Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead told the council Tuesday night. The council was scheduled to have a work session on Wednesday to continue reviewing the 2011-2012 budget but the meeting was abruptly cancelled Tuesday after Russell Lee, commissioner of finance, said he could not assemble enough information the council had requested by that time.
Instead, a special called meeting for Wednesday, June 29, was suggested as a starting point for voting on the budget proposal at first reading. City Attorney Andy Wright explained it takes three readings to pass a budget.
From Post staff reports
Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are continuing their investigation into the Saturday crash of a plane that claimed the life of the pilot, a Lebanon attorney, and two passengers.
One other person, a young boy, remains hospitalized. The attorney, Robert “Tim” Hatton, was the pilot of the plane, a Piper Cherokee 140, which crashed after it took off from Guntersville Municipal Airport in Guntersville, Ala.
Also in the plane were Tara Lynn Whitacre of Xenia, Ohio, and her two children, Hailee Day, 4, and Gavin Whitacre, 7. Hatton and Ms. Whitacre were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and Hailee died a short time later on Sunday at a hospital in Huntsville, Ala. Her brother, Gavin, is reportedly in critical but stable condition at the same hospital.
Wilson County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the thefts of some trailers, a felony crime.
At around 9:50 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, unknown persons stole two utility trailers from behind Green Hill Church on Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet. A light colored Chevy Tahoe and a new model Ford truck were seen in the area of the crimes.
On March 23 and March 27, unknown persons stole two trailers from Mundy Park in Mt. Juliet. A dark colored truck was seen in the area of that theft.
Anyone with information concerning these crimes or any other crimes should contact the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department at 444-1459 or the Wilson County Crime Stoppers at 444-JAIL (444-5245). Callers will remain anonymous.
By KENNY HOWELL
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET – Citizens in Mt. Juliet citizens will have a chance to have their voices heard on Thursday – instantly. The City of Mt. Juliet is holding a Community Conversation at the Mt. Juliet High School auditorium, Thursday, June 23, at 5:30 p.m. The main issue will be fire protection, but several other issues – like parks, police and infrastructure – will be discussed as well.
The first 600 in attendance will receive a clicker. When the questions and options are asked, the citizens will vote anonymously, and the results will appear in seconds. It will give a chance for all the city leaders to see what the people of Mt. Juliet want instantaneously.
Point Active in Mt. Juliet is providing all the materials to make this happen. They gave a great deal to the city so it became possible. Royce Gray of Mt. Juliet runs Point Active.