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John Sloan - Outdoors

Just call them perch

They had many names when I was growing up. We called them specs, short for speckled perch. Bream perch and chinquapins and shell crackers were bluegill in some areas. The names just varied depending on what variety of perch we were catching. What I am referring to are fish we call crappie and bluegills here. Over most of the South, they are just referred to as perch.

Now you talk about fun to catch, mister, I mean to tell you they are. Dave Thornhill called me a few days ago and the talk reminded me of how much fun I use to have catching bluegill on Center Hill. The method I used was dissimilar to the way he catches bluegill.

Dave played lead guitar for Loretta Lynn for over 25-years. I met him when I was working for the rodeo end of the business. Now he is a Wilson County Deputy and fishes as much as he can. Maybe we can get together for a day or so this year.


Ask Ken Beck

Blossom star takes strong stand for motherhood

Dear Ken: What has happened to Mayim Bialik, who starred in the 1990s sitcom Blossom?

Bialik, 36, who starred in that 1990-1995 TV series, also portrayed the young version of the Bette Midler character in the 1989 movie Beaches. She has since earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience, specializing in obsessive-compulsive disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome, and returned to television as Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory. She recently appeared with Joey Lawrence in Old Navy TV commercial. The mother of two sons, 6 and 3, serves as the spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network and just released a book, Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way. We need to live in a culture where people can be strong and be mothers! When a culture is so driven toward convenience, towards beauty, towards vanity, towards Me Time, towards martinis with your girlfriends. Who wouldnt feel like, Where did my life go and why am I changing diapers all day? When our culture doesnt value it, we dont, says Bialik.


Wilson Living

Bathing suit seasons here! Time to start praying

Wilson Living Magazine

I love shopping for bathing suits. I love it like a cat loves a bath, like a 2 year old loves naptime or like my husband loves complete strangers giving him hugs. The very process of finding that perfect suit is poetic. There are many things to consider before purchasing a piece of material so small even the larger ones would be considered indecent in some countries. Theres the print, the color, the amount of medication you will need to feel comfortable wearing that thing in public.

Not only does it cling, its tiny too. Im not talking about just the bikini. Those became a thing of the past after having my first child. Since then my tummy has more closely resembled a deflated balloon with a sad face for a belly button. And this is why I opt for a one piece, but even those dont hide the parts I think they should.


General Lifestyle

Reflecting on Lebanon's past

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Chairman, Historic Lebanon Tomorrow

May has been declared Preservation Month by the City of Lebanon and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Historic Lebanon Tomorrow encourages everyone to use this month to celebrate Lebanons historic gems. What better time could there be for us to explore our town.

The first stop on a tour of Lebanons historical places is the Public Square.

Since its founding in 1802, the Public Square has played a vital role in the story of Lebanon and is the heart of the historic commercial district.

Lebanons Square was recognized on the National Register for Historic Places as a Historic Commercial District in 1988. Several fires over the years have changed the predominant architecture so that the Square now largely reflects a late 19th century streetscape with current buildings on the Square dating from the late 1800s thru the 1940s. The one exception is the Bank of America building on West Main that dates to the 1960s.

One of the Squares unique features is the Town Spring. Located in the northwest corner, close to the replica of Neddy Jacobs cabin, the spring furnished the town with a source of fresh drinking water until 1908. Stone steps that led down to the spring were erected in 1824 to provide easier access. Stop to hear the Town Spring today, still bubbling and flowing, some 211 years later.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - May 9

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I made another run out in the country to my friend Haskell Evans for some more feathers, or Swallow enticements. These were more of the downy type feathers, which will make a good lining for their nest. Now I know who rules the roost. The male sat on the top of a second nesting box while the female was sticking half way out of the main box. I took a small feather and held it aloft then let it catch a breeze right in front of the birds. The male sat and watched as the female took off and caught the feather in just a second. She returned to the hole, but the feather kept her from getting a grip. She then circled and flew straight to the hole and this time she went into the hole to place the feather in just the right place. I did this several times and she would always catch it. The male never gave chase, and sat there as if to say, yes dear, wherever you place it will work for me. You da' boss!



Off to see the Wizard with a horse of a different color


My grandchildren and I were watching The Wizard of Oz recently. The scene in which Dorothy, The Tin Woodsman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion have just arrived in Emerald City caught my attention with the horse of a different color pulling the carriage and changing color repeatedly. What is the origin of that phrase? Thank you, and sign me.-A Blessed Grandmother

What a truly pleasant scene, generations together for a great classic movie. L. (for Lyman) Frank Baum (1856-1919, American) wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (later shortened to The Wizard of Oz) which was first published in May of 1900. He would write 17 [an 18th, attributed to him after he died, is thought to be the work of Ruth Plumly Thompson (1891-1976), who wrote 20 other Oz books. My father read them all, Baums and Thompsons, to me twice. My mother and older brother were Winnie the Pooh people certainly finished sooner.]. Oz books are still being written. The International Wizard of Oz Club has existed since 1957.

The movie was released in 1939. Some changes were made to Baums work; for example, the famous ruby slippers of the movie are silver in the book.

Thank you for your service, congratulations


More than four dozen World War II veterans, some in wheelchairs, others on walkers and many still physically fit, showed up on the Cumberland University campus yesterday to be recognized for their service to our country and to receive Honorary Masters degrees in Military Arts.

The occasion was all it was meant to be.

A hearth-throbbing rendition of the National Anthem, the posting of Colors, Taps, a 21-gun salute and a fly-over of vintage warplanes made the ceremony a most memorable event.

Those receiving degrees came from far and near. From California, Alabama, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and other states they came. And they also came from Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Hartsville, Nashville, Lewisburg, Shelbyville, Brentwood and other Middle Tennessee communities.


Letters to the Editor

Greenhill Woman's Club of MJ thanks community

To the Editor:

The Greenhill Woman's club of Mt. Juliet would like to take this opportunity to thank some special people who made the Wilson County FCE Spring Luncheon on May 1 a success.

We would like to thank Houston's Catering of Mt. Juliet for the delicious food enjoyed by all attending.Special thanks go to each fce member who entered an apron to raise money for 4-H scholarships.Our program was provided by the 4-H Performing Arts Troupe and we wish to thank them and UT specialist, Justin Crowe, for a very enjoyable day.Going above and beyond were Medina Vail and Channing Dudley.Thank you, ladies, for your outstanding contribution.

Others who helped make the luncheon so special were the staff of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, the staff of Wilson County Extension, Moss' Florist and Greenhouse and H&R Block.Thanks to each of you.

Wanda Briddelle, President,
Greenhill Woman's Club,
Mt. Juliet


At the Movies

Avengers assemble perfectly

The Wilson Post

I had to see Marvels The Avengers twice over the weekend, once to fully absorb all of its splendor and a second time trying to figure out how to objectively review what is the greatest comic book movie ever and also, the most fun Ive had in a movie theater in years.

Im a huge comic book nerd, so Im not even going to pretend that I wont slip into a bias on why Avengers was so good, but Ill do my best here.

Of course, if you havent heard, the film puts our heroes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) against Thors conniving brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

Loki is out to obtain the Tesseract or Cosmic Cube, a source of unlimited power, and hopes to lead an army of aliens called the Chitauri to conquer Earth. The heroes must assemble to stop his machinations and learn to work together in the process.

The strength of Avengers was on the shoulders of its writer and director Joss Whedon, to manage the actors and top tier characters in such a way that is convincing and true to the great history they have.

Whedon succeeds with flying colors in dealing with the major characters Iron Man/Tony Stark, Thor, Captain America/Steve Rodgers and most splendidly Hulk/Bruce Banner.


General News

LPD seize pot, weapon, cash at Federal housing unit

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police Department Narcotics Detectives seized drugs and a loaded handgun from a local Federal housing project unit Wednesday afternoon, and the evidence will be taken to a Wilson County grand jury in the near future.

Police Chief Scott Bowen said the departments Narcotics Unit responded to 140 Upton Heights on Wednesday afternoon to investigate complaints of the tenant allegedly selling marijuana.

Detectives spoke with a male subject who lives there and who reportedly admitted to having one-quarter pound of marijuana and a handgun.

Bowen said the tenant consented to a search of the unit and detectives discovered a loaded handgun with the serial number scratched off. The gun and marijuana was found along with approximately 20 devices commonly used for smoking marijuana.

Also seized by detectives was $903 in cash on the residents person at the time of the search, which was believed to be proceeds from the sale of marijuana.

LPD, DEA check suspected drug trafficking

The Wilson Post

Federal search warrants were served Monday at three Lebanon addresses, part of a larger investigation into a suspected narcotics trafficking operation based here.

Not much is known concerning the case; however, Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said the investigation is continuing.

What is known is that Lebanon Police Department, its SWAT team and agents with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, or DEA, executed three search warrants at 407 Pennsylvania Ave., at 227 Trousdale Ferry Pike and at 840 Carthage Hwy., Apartment 10, all in Lebanon, on Monday, May 7. Four additional search warrants were executed in Nashville.

The search warrants were related to an ongoing Federal drug trafficking investigation that is based out of Lebanon, Bowen said.

He told The Wilson Post Tuesday afternoon that no arrests have been made, but authorities did seize some drugs, money and weapons from the Lebanon locations.

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Man charged with TennCare doctor shopping

A Smith County man has been indicted in Wilson County for TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, which includes going to more than one doctor in a short time period exclusively to obtain prescription drugs.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Wilson County Sheriffs Department, on Monday announced the arrest of Joshua L. Sherrill, 21, of Gordonsville. He is accused of seeing multiple physicians, receiving prescriptions for the painkiller Hydrocodone, without disclosing the prescriptions to the physicians. The drugs were paid for by TennCare. In addition, Sherrill is also charged with attempting to obtain possession of a controlled substance by fraud.

We are grateful to doctors, pharmacists and other providers as well as their medical staff, who help to identify people abusing TennCare in this manner, Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said.TennCare is an important program for people who need help paying for health care services, and we intend to preserve it.

Man found dead in Providence neighborhood

A man was found dead Wednesday morning in the common area of a Providence neighborhood and the Mt. Juliet Police Department are investigating the matter as a suicide.

The incident was reported Wednesday afternoon through the MJPD Nixle alert system.

MJPD responded to a report of a non-responsive man in a playground area at the Providence neighborhood's swimming pools. Upon arrival, officers found a male deceased and determined there was no danger to the public. An autopsy will be performed by the Medical Examiner's Office.

Authorities will not release any other details due to the sensitive nature of the incident.

MJs Planet Playground closed for renovations

The City of Mt. Juliet Parks & Recreation Department will begin Renovate Planet Playground with demolition on Wednesday, May 16,and construction begins the following Monday.

Construction is expected to conclude on Friday, May 26, in order to have the playground open again for use over the Memorial Day Holiday.

After 12 years of wear and tear due to heavy usage and the elements, Planet Playground requires an update for both safety and modernization purposes. After removing various wooden sections of the playground, they will be replaced with a new pipe and plastic system. The new equipment features innovative climbing structures, brand new swings, and creative ways to step, swing, spin and slide.

Ruby Tuesday to help local Habitat

Every Thursday in the month of May, the Ruby Tuesdayin Lebanon and Mount Juliet will donate your 20 percent of your bill to Wilson County Habitat for Humanity to help fund the Blitz Build house, which will begin construction in May. This is part of the restaurants GiveBack program.

Before heading to Ruby Tuesday for lunch or dinner, make sure to print the flyer below so your 20 percent will be donated.

Suspects in MJ pot bust released on bond

The Wilson Post

Both suspects arrested in Mt. Juliets largest drug bust to date Monday night where police seized $1 million worth of marijuana were released on bond Tuesday, according to officials at the Wilson County Jail.

Stephen Middleton, 45, and Susan York, 39, both of Mt. Juliet, were released Tuesday, May 8, on $100,000 bond each. The pair is facing charges of Manufacturing Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II for Resale (cocaine), Possession of Schedule VI for Resale (marijuana) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

More than $1 million worth of drugs was seized by the Mt. Juliet Police Department on Monday, May 7, which officials said was the largest marijuana growing operation ever discovered in the city.


General Sports

9AAA BASEBALL - MJ Bears win tournament crown

MT. JULIET -- Senior Josh Smith kept Station Camp off-balance for most of the night as Mt. Juliet defeated Station Camp 4-1 Wednesday for a seventh consecutive District 9AAA baseball championship.

A lefty, Smith improved to 8-0 on the season by twirling six and one-thirds innings of six hit ball with five strikeouts before giving way to closer Conner Sugg in the seventh.

Sugg recorded the final two outs of the game and earned his 15th save of the season -- believed to be a state record.

DISTRICT 8A BASEBALL -- FCS storms to title

LEBANON -- It was same old, same old in the District 8A baseball finals. Friendship Christian made it 14 consecutive district championships on Wednesday with a 23-2 win over Trousdale County High.

FCS, now 34-2 overall, trailed 2-0 before scoring seven runs in the second inning, six in the third and kicking in the run-rule with a 10-spot in the bottom of the fourth.

The Commanders will now host the runner-up from District 7A Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the first round of the Region 4A tournament.

Trousdale County reached the finals with a 4-2 victory over Watertown in the finals of the losers bracket.

DISTRICT 8A SOFTBALL -- FCS 4, Watertown 1

FCS 4, Watertown 1
SOUTH CARTHAGE -- Friendship Christian defeated Watertown 4-1 to claim the District 8A softball championship Thursday afternoon at Crump Paris Park.

With the win, FCS improved to 22-13 overall and will host Clarkrange Monday in the first round of the Region 4A tournament. Watertown (16-14) will be on the road Monday at District 7A champion Clay County.

Brianna Stovall paced the Lady Commanders with three hits -- including a two-run HR in the sixth inning.

Hunter Holland threw a two-hitter for Friendship Christian, striking out seven and walking one.

Jamie Reed took the loss for Watertown as she scattered eight hits with one strikeout and no walks. Tiffany Tomlinson had an RBI double for the Tigerettes in the first inning.

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