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Showing 14 articles from April 18, 2012.

John Sloan - Outdoors

I hate crankbaits

We have had several of them, those hot spring days when things are all green and the sun gets hot about 10:30. The bass, you figure, should have moved up from the deep water. So you start in tight with a white fluke and a Pop-R. Not much. The sun is just filtering through the trees in the back of the first creek. Somewhere, a turkey gobbles. Where was he yesterday when we had a gun in hand?

We change to a GitZit on a 1/8 ounce head. Nothing. They do not want the spinner bait or worm.


Ask Ken Beck

Rae Dawn Chong Home again in movies

Dear Ken: Share an update on Rae Dawn Chong, who starred in Quest for Fire.

Chong, 51, the daughter of comedian Tommy Chong, was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and continues to work in film and on TV. She co-stars in the current film Jeff, Who Lives at Home, about two brothers in their 30s, one who lives in his parents basement and the other in the midst of a bad marriage. In the past five years, Chong appeared on Thats so Raven and in the TV movie Deadly Skies. Coming up for her is the TV movie The Blood of Pegasus and the feature film Shiver.


Wilson Living

My Winter of being a YOGI

Wilson Living Magazine

So last year, in early Fall, Becky convinced me to start taking Hot Yoga with her at this trendy place in Nashville. Once there, I realized in order to really, really immerse myself in this alternative lifestyle, I needed yoga pants.

So, I bought my first pair.

To those not familiar with yoga pants they are a glorified sweat pant. But as all those aficionadas of sweat pants know sweat pants stopped being cool when Jerry Seinfeld mocked his sweat pant wearing friend, with the infamous line


General Lifestyle

Barber wont snip family ties

The Wilson Post

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The barber, 32, even dresses old school from head to toe in black tennis shoes, black pants, white shirt, black vest, burgundy tie and a gray fedora hat. And his shop holds a myriad of antiques, curios and other items that date back to the first half of the 20th century.

However, his tightest connection to yesteryear might go unnoticed unless youre a Mt. Juliet native who remembers that this long, block building formerly housed Oldhams Drive In Market, a business operated by Martinezs grandparents, Ralph and Ailleen Oldham, from 1954 into the early 1990s.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - April 18


Another weekend has come and gone, and my little friend next door has gotten a year older. Birthday wishes goes out to Andrew Boyd, son of Ashley Boyd, who just turned 4 years old on the April 15. It is very easy to remember his birthday because it comes on tax day each year. I hope you got yours filed.

Sitting outside this morning there were a couple of Tree Swallows checking out one of my extra Bluebird houses that was put out just for that particular species. Most of the time they are flying up above the large hay field out back, soaring back and forth with the Purple Martins, as they do their thing to decrease the insect population. That sure beats the old mosquito wagon that we older kids used to chase after on our bicycles, just to ride in the fog. Maybe, just maybe, that might account for some of my brain damage and memory loss.



Congrats to local teachers chosen best in their class


Congratulations to Debra Martin of Mt. Juliet, Wilson County Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Martin, a guidance counselor at Mt. Juliet Middle School, was presented the Teacher of the Year honor last Friday night at a special dinner at Cumberland University hosted by the events sponsors CedarStone Bank and Wilson County Motors.

She has won her place in heaven one family wrote about the recipient describing the care, compassion and concern she has shown for their child, a student at Mt. Juliet Middle School.

Accepting the award, Mrs. Martin attributed her career in education in part to her mother whom she said was her second grade teacher.


Guest Column

Ask Anne: The pleonastic tide rolls on


I recently wrote the word pavilion and I spelled it pavillion. I thought that was correct, but it isnt, is it? You have any thoughts on that?-A Buddy Using Her Dictionary

Ah, if you could only convert the world to dictionary use, regular dictionary use. Dream on, language lovers.

On the subject of dreams, (and, no, this is not some kerfuffle about interpretation), did you know many retired teachers still dream of school and generally the dream involves being at a huge disadvantage? Surely not a reflection of the career reality. Only last night I dreamed I was in Alabama in my parents house, needing to be in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, at an inservice in 30 minutes. Life is good, though. As soon as I woke up pop! Im back in RETIRED LAND. A LOVELY LAND. Well, the moneys not so great and your joints are stiff, but, whos complaining? No papers to grade, no grades to average, no prom to chaperone, no homecoming floats to punch napkins into the chicken wire sides, while students are sneaking outside to smoke and drink.


General News

Council nods change to line item policy

The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council approved a change to the citys line item policy, allowing transfers within the same fund up to $2,500, despite Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmaths opposition.

Council took the action at Tuesday nights meeting.

With Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler absent, the ordinance to change the line item policy passed 4-1 with Warmath opposing.

Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino proposed an ordinance that allows department heads to transfer money from one line item to another, up to $2,500, with approval by Commissioner of Finance and Revenue Russell Lee and Mayor Philip Craighead.

Debra Martin announced Wilsons Teacher of the Year

From Post staff reports

It was a night to place an emphasis on education and more specifically to recognize Wilson Countys most formidable educators.

For the 14th consecutive year Wilson County Motors and CedarStone Bank teamed together to host the Teacher of the Year program last Friday night at Cumberland Universitys Baird Chapel.

Debra Martin, a guidance counselor at Mt. Juliet Middle School, was presented the title Wilson County Teacher of the Year while 28 other educators were recognized as nominees for the award from their individual schools.

Local governments budget for high fuel costs

The Wilson Post

With fuel prices approaching $4 per gallon, local governments are compensating by budgeting more for fuel costs in their upcoming discussions about next years budgets, with most governments expecting an increase in fuel expenditures.

Lebanon Commissioner of Finance and Revenue Russell Lee said the city is expected to increase its budget for fuel for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Lee said the current estimate is $845,400, which he noted is an increase of $90,600 from the current fiscal years budget. The largest consumer of fuel in the city is the Lebanon Police Department, which Lee said is budgeted to spend $347,900 on gas next year. That figure is up by $37,300, according to Lee.

Mile-Long Yard Sale springs for 24th edition

The Wilson Post

WATERTOWN -- Come rain or shine, Saturday morning marks the 24th edition of the Watertown Spring Mile-Long Yard Sale.

That means by 7 a.m., the 2 miles of Main Street will overflow from one end to the other with more items, new and old, than you can shake a walking stick at. And shoppers may need a walking stick (and shoppers very well may be able buy one somewhere along the way).


General Sports

CU BASEBALL - 'Dogs finish seres at TNU Saturday at 2 p.m.

NASHVILLE -- Cumberland's baseball team will play Trevecca Nazarene today at 2 p.m. in the rubber game of a three-game TranSouth Conference series at Jackson Field.

Ben Fosters RBI single in the seventh inning provided the winning run and Cody Ferrell worked out of a jam in the bottom of the inning in Friday's second game of a doubleheader as Cumberland split a a twin bill vs. the Trojans.

Cumberland (27-23) lost the opener 11-4 before rebounding with a 5-4 win in the second contest. Cory Urquhart, Sam Lind and Mike Mandarino each homered in the first inning for a 4-0 lead in the second contest, but the Trojans tied the game in the sixth on an RBI single from Matt Dobbins.

PREP BASEBALL -- WC 2, Lebanon 1

Wilson Central 2, Lebanon 1 --
LEBANON -- Wilson Central mustered just enough offense to come away with a 2-1 win over Lebanon Thursday night at Veterans Field.

The win was the second straight pitcher's duel between the two District 9AAA clubs and came on the heels of Wednesday night's 1-0 Wildcat home win.

WCHS (13-11 / 4-4) pushed across a run in the top of the second as Jacob McEntire tripled, then came home on Eric Guethlein's double.

PREP SOFTBALL - MJ downs Lebanon 5-3

Mt. Juliet 5, Lebanon 3 --
MT. JULIET -- The Lady Bears prepped for Friday night's opening round action of the Cookeville / Duff tournament with a 5-3 victory Thursday over Lebanon.

Mt. Juliet improved to 21-8-1 overall and 7-0 in District 9AAA while LHS slipped to 11-14-1 / 2-6. The Lady Bears scored three in the second and tacked on two more in the third inning, then had to hold off a seventh inning Lebanon rally.

Madison Taylor and Rachel Atnip had three hits each for the winners. Brittany Nagelhout and Katlin Eakes had a pir of hits each for the Lady Devils.

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