By JOHN L. SLOAN
I think I was 11-could have been 12. It was hot, so hot the road was sweating. We pulled the old red truck into the dusty lane and shut the engine down. The gate and the cornfield, picked four days ago, stretched in front of us. I got my Winchester 20-gauge and three boxes of shells from the back. Of course, they were Peters High-Velocity. The good ones. The gun was one of the now valuable, red W ones. Wish I still had it.
Sweating like pigs, Uncle Lloyd and I headed for the small pond where we would setup. It was September 1 and in 15-minutes, dove season would open and I would probably shoot my three boxes of shells. Hopefully I would kill a few doves. They make a great jambalaya and just the breasts, wrapped in bacon and grilled arent bad either.
How many years and how many shells have I spent since then? From that hot, dusty kid and through the miles of fields and acres of food spreads, years sprinkled with backyard shoots and massive, catered hunts.
Dove season marks the start of hunting season even though squirrel season opens earlier here in Tennessee. The great many of us only hunt a few days at the start of the season. The addicted wing shooters hunt all through the season. It opens here tomorrow and I suggest you consult your hunting guide for exact dates since I am no longer smart enough to figure it all out. What I know for sure is, it starts at noon tomorrow and the limit is 15.
On that first afternoon, if memory serves, I killed five birds out of my three boxes of number 7-1/2 lead shot. Those shells were paper. This was before plastic took over and stopped the problem of swelling from moisture. I had a brand new shell vest with a lined game bag and the pockets of the vest were loaded with shells. A carefully wrapped sandwich-baloney and cheese on white, loaf bread-and a bottle of water bumped shoulders with a couple candy bars
Naturally, the candy bars would melt and the sandwich never was eaten because as we opened the gate, the air was filled with doves.
Uncle Lloyd and the rest of the group, Lester, Jesse, Rip, Frank, Alphus and some Im sure I cant remember started the war. That is what it sounded like. Most got their limits. As I said, I got five. Pretty good for the first time, I thought.
I recall an opening day near Portales, NM when I killed almost as many rattlesnakes as I did doves. I was hunting with Winston Ford, the athletic director at Eastern New Mexico University. He was nailed as he reached down to pick up a dove. I rushed him to what pretended to be a hospital. Thankfully, it was not a bad bite, not much venom injected and they handled it.
There was a shoot down in Mississippi hosted by their fish and game department. Birds everywhere and I needed only 18 shots to get my limit. It is possible that field may have been baited but I wouldnt swear to it. Some folks just plant wheat that way.
There were the great hunts at wade Bournes house near Clarksville, complete with fantastic food, some of which I cooked, and enough birds to suit everyone. I usually shot my Remington 870, 20-gauge on those hunts. Good shooting, good food, good companions.
Funny how the action always picks up just as the sun starts to go down and when you go to pick up a bird, another one flies over you.
There was the day it rained. We were in central Louisiana on the Cane River. The big field was behind the restored plantation house and there must have been 50 hunters. At five minutes until noon, the skies opened. It rained as only it can in Louisiana. We were all soaked but still the birds flew.
There was the hunt near Paris when I shared a shooting stake with Hank Williams Jr. He outshot me even with only one eye. However, not by much. I still run into him from time to time, usually in airports as we go various places. Last time we were going hunting, he for elk, and me for deer. Pretty good wingshot, ole Junior.
In addition, there have been some good shoots here on the Old Hickory WMA. That was years ago. I do not go much anymore. Just lost interest, I guess. I dont know if Ill go tomorrow or not. Either way, dove season opens tomorrow at noon and the limit and possession limit for that day is 15.
Hunt safely, wear sunscreen and shoot well.
Contact John L. Sloan at firstname.lastname@example.org
By SAM HATCHER
The riff brewing between former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of State and retired General Colin Powell is picking up tracks quickly.
In case youve been out of the loop, a new autobiography by Vice President Cheney that appeared on book shelves for sale Tuesday has apparently been unkind to Secretary Powell and speaks harshly about his tenure in the George W. Bush administration.
According to reports, the book, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, is also unkind to others who served in the Bush administration
Secretary Powell is pulling no punches and is making it clear that he is very upset about what has been written about him in the Cheney book and says adamantly that the charges are not true adding that he is disappointed that a former vice president would write such remarks to be published in a tell all book.
On CBSs Face the Nation Sunday, Secretary Powell described the books remarks about him and others as cheap shots.
At this point it looks like the matter is going to develop into a who do you believe type of argument.
Im betting most Americans will side with Secretary Powell, a well respected military leader and public servant.
But even so Mr. Cheney will surely still win because the turmoil and controversy will only help sell more books.
A Mt. Juliet High School student was being held overnight in a Rutherford County juvenile detention facility for allegedly bringing an automatic handgun, a knife and police nightstick onto school campus Tuesday and faces a hearing before Juvenile Court Judge Barry Tatum at 8:30 Wednesday morning.
Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said the weapons were found inside the 16-year-old students car Tuesday as Student Resource Officers searched his belongings. Ashe said the SROs were searching the car for an unrelated reason and indicated the search was connected to a report that the student possessed narcotics.
Ashe said the student had a .22 caliber Luger automatic handgun, a hunting knife and the nightstick in his car and was apprehended by school SROs and taken to the Rutherford County facility.
I dont have any information that indicates he brought these to school with the intention of using them, Ashe said.
The sheriff pointed out officers did not recover any ammunition for the pistol in the students car and noted the handgun could hold a maximum of 15 rounds.
This just goes to show you how valuable the SRO program is, Ashe said. He implemented the program in local schools 15 years ago.
Mike Davis, director of Wilson County Schools, said the student was apprehended when the weapons were found, and his parents were notified. He added the student was guilty of a no-tolerance offense and said he faces expulsion from school for up to one calendar year.
Despite all the things we tell them, kids continue to do some stupid things. Adults do stupid things, too. You just cant bring a gun onto a school campus, Ashe said.
The student was not identified as he is a minor.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET -- A Chattanooga man was arrested at the Kroger grocery at Providence MarketPlace on Friday on drug charges, including manufacturing meth.
The incident occurred at approximately 5:01 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26. Mt. Juliet Police Office Paul Foutch was dispatched to the grocery after authorities received a call about a disorderly person inside the store.
While there, a white male matching the description of the disorderly person reportedly waved his hands at Foutch to get his attention.
Foutch and MJPD Cpl. Allen Carver then spoke to the man, identified as Jeffrey Carver, 31, of Chattanooga. While speaking to Jeffrey Carver, Cpl. Carver said he noticed what appeared to be a clear Baggie of suspected marijuana on the dashboard of Jeffrey Carvers vehicle.
In addition, a large knife and more illegal drug items were reportedly found inside the suspects vehicle. Officers also located what they believe was more marijuana, a small Baggie allegedly containing crystal methamphetamine, three glass pipes and a hypodermic needle.
A backpack on the rear seat of the vehicle reportedly contained items used to manufacture meth that included spoons, filters, lithium batteries, latex gloves and butane fuel.
In the trunk, officers reportedly found a glass jar with a cloudy liquid that Jeffrey Carver described as liquid methamphetamine.
An investigator from the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force was requested and responded to the scene to assist in the investigation and proper disposal of the dangerous substances.
Carver was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail on the following charges:
one count of Simple Possession Schedule II
one count of Simple Possession Schedule VI
one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
one count of Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
one count of Initiation of Methamphetamine Manufacturing
He was released from the jail on Monday after posting bond. His total bond was set at $20,000.
From Post staff reports
MT. JULIET - Tennessee Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker told the Mt. Juliet Breakfast Rotary Club Tuesday morning he believed Americans are in a somber and sober mindset and fearful about the nations deficit and federal spending and indicated he believed positive changes were on the horizon in Washington, D.C.
Corker said since his election in 2006, he has worked with members of both parties to find a solution to the nations $15 trillion debt, but admitted the needed votes in the Senate for things such as a balanced budget amendment and spending reductions are hard to obtain.
I almost miss being the mayor of a city where you can make things happen almost on a daily basis, Corker laughed. Corker served as the mayor of Chattanooga from 2001 to 2005 prior to his Senate campaign.
He was one of the original co-sponsors of a balanced budget amendment and proposed a Cap Act that would cut $5 trillion in spending over the next 10 years. However, his legislation was not approved and he pointed out the balanced budget amendment is just a little out of reach.
I tried to develop something that would solve the problem, Corker said of his legislation to cut spending by $5 trillion.
The bitter and partisan tone of the recent debt ceiling debate in Washington, according to Corker, has subsided and given way to a more cooperative attitude where elected officials understand that the country faces many challenges that must be resolved.
Congress discussed spending cuts of $4 trillion several times before Corker said they all agreed that $2.5 trillion was a solid middle ground. On Aug. 2, Congress cut id=mce_marker trillion on discretionary spending, which included education and defense spending.
Corker said he voted in favor of the$1 trillion cut and was asked by many of his constituents why he had supported the measure, knowing that more spending cuts were needed at the federal level.
Wilson County Schools honored 74 teachers Tuesday afternoon who earned tenure this year during a reception at Wilson Central High School. The schools and the teachers are as follows:
Elzie D. Patton Elementary
Katherine Hendricks, Kristin Mink, Erin Myers, Sara Ruble and Carol Smallwood
Kandi Biggs, Sandra Byrd, Noel Grizzard, Kathryn Horn, Rodina Key, Kathy White and Courtney Harrison.
Lebanon High School
Alan Ford, Brian Hutto, Larry Inman, Dan Lorenzon, Luke Puryear and Kitty Van Straaten.
Mt. Juliet Elementary School
Elizabeth McDaniel, Vicki Vaughn and Jaclyn Wix.
Mt. Juliet High School
Natalie Cooper, Kimberly Evans, Amber Gross, Andrew Hall, Diana Mason, Melissa Mitchell, Rachelle Reigard, Charles Seaten and Anita Starling.
Mt. Juliet Middle School
Jennifer Johnson, Josh Marlowe, Carey Miller, Teari Weaver and Kristy Zale.
Rutland Elementary School
Kathleen Ackerman, Rhonda Everett, Lindsay Foutch, Joanna Hook and Cynthia Osborne.
Southside Elementary School
Jeri Ann Jones, Martin McFarlane and Angela Pulley.
Stoner Creek Elementary School
Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School
Meredith Ashworth, Tammy Barrett, Lori Fuller, Heather Pulliam and Lisa Reece.
W.A. Wright Elementary School
Clarissa Childress and Margaret Smith
Watertown Elementary School
Watertown High School
Emily Adkisson, Matt Bradshaw, Jason Bradshaw, Burton Goolsby and Marcie Murrell.
West Wilson Middle School
James Emberton and Dawn Golson-Saunders.
Wilson Central High School
Randy Alley, Marybeth Boswell, Kelly Gallion, Terry Jones, Kira Leavens, Marcie Polk, Andrew Schmeltzer, Kelly Sprague, Carrie Tinsley, Carmen Valkyrie and Zachary White.
Wilson County Technical Center
English as a Second Language