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People make Wilson special

By PATRICK HALL

There is a lot going on this weekend that makes me proud of the community I grew up in and call home.

From this weekends Whip Crackin Rodeo, the Hits for the House concert and Watertowns spring Mile-Long Yard Sale, theres plenty to see and do in Wilson County in the next few days.

While the traffic can be a little maddening for folks driving down Sparta Pike, the Mile-Long Yard Sale is a time when one of our smallest and most tight-knit communities becomes the center of attention.

The term mile-long certainly is a misnomer, as you can be sure to find yard sales all over the place from the outskirts of Lebanon all the way to downtown Watertown.

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Guest Column

Earth Day today or no earth tomorrow

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

Did you ever ask the question, what has the Earth done for me?

Too often we want everything for ourselves and give nothing in return. Well this Sunday is Earth Day, and we can focus on the reciprocal of the equation. I call it an equation because the sides of the problem must be equal, meaning that if we continue to draw from the earth without paying back on the other side, our earth will eventually be bankrupt.

One day a year we try to think of a way to be earth friendly which is not the usual give-me-what-I-need attitude but what can I do for you? In past years, I've made it a priority to ride my bicycle to work instead of burning up all the gas like I usually do the rest of the year. But this time on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day the request is to try this mindset for at least 40 days which still means that for the other 325 days we are still borrowing from the earth's side of the balance.

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General News

A new site added for early voting

Wilson County Election Commission has approved four Early Voting sites for the Aug. 2 election.

Adding a fourth site at Gladeville Community Center will make early voting easily accessible to every Wilson County voter, said Philip Warren, administrator of Elections.

Early voting for the Aug. 2 Wilson County General and State and Federal Primary begins Friday, July 13, and ends on Saturday, July 28.

This summer, the early voting sites in Lebanon at the Election Commission office and in Mt Juliet at the Community Center in Charlie Daniels Park will be open the full two weeks of early voting. The early voting site in Watertown at the Community Center on Sparta Pike and the newest site at the Gladeville Community Center will be open Monday, July 23, through Saturday, July 28.

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Cumberland Center moving forward

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Site plans for Logans Roadhouse, one of the first tenants in the new Cumberland Center, are to come before the Lebanon Planning Commission next Tuesday and despite a lack of approval for the entertainment district, the retail development is moving forward.

Larry Frankenbach, vice president of Vastland Realty Group, developer of the Cumberland Center, said the first two tenants in the development are expected to start construction next month.

The Cumberland Center began as a proposal for 1 million square feet of retail and office space, around a 4,500-seat events arena.

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead proposed making the area an entertainment district to receive additional sales and property tax revenue to build the arena. However, Lebanon City Council failed to approve the creation of the entertainment district in January.

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FBC, Lebanon victimized by burgulars

Local authorities are investigating an overnight bugulary at First Baptist Church, Lebanon.

Thieves entered the house of worship by breaking through glass doors adjacent to the chuch welcome center at the rear of the building and made off with electronic video and sound equipment, a large TV and at least one laptop computer.

"It could have been much worse," said FBC Pastor David Freeman, "there was no vandalism. It looks as if they went through several offices.

More details as they become available.

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Local songwriter releases album

By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post

For budding Americana singer-songwriter Arthur Alligood, who grew up in Lebanon, to make an album in Los Angeles with musicians whove played with the likes of Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Bob Dylan and The Wallflowers, proved a heady experience.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=24|imageid=121|displayname=0|float=left}Alligood, who turns 33 in May, earned the album deal by winning the Mountain Stage NewSong contest in October, beating 2,000 other entrants. The grand prize meant having his songs produced by Mikal Blue, who has produced such acts as Colbie Caillat, James Blunt, Jason Mraz, Five for Fighting and Lady Danville, among others.

I was surrounded by incredible talent. It was not really intimidating but it makes you step up your game. It makes you want to kind of rise up and really push to do something great. They made me feel really comfortable, Alligood said earlier this week about the making of his album One Silver Needle.

He celebrates with an album release party at The Basement in Nashville at 9 p.m., Wednesday.

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MJPD arrest Florida bank robber

After receiving an anonymous tip, the Mt. Juliet Police Department arrested a Florida man, identified in a bank robbery that took place in Deerfield Beach, Fla. on Wednesday, April 18.

On April 18th,James Wilbert Gray II, 21, formerly of Pompano Beach, Fla.,entered Bank Atlantic located at 1299 S. Military Trail, Deerfield Beach at approximately 3:30 p.m. and demanded cash from the teller while displaying a firearm tucked into his waistband. After receiving the cash, the suspect fled the scene.

Graywas arrested at a home in the 600 block of Meadowview Drive in Mt. Juliet after an anonymous tip led to his identification and whereabouts.

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