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John Sloan - Outdoors

They call it 'The Smith'

It winds down the draws and hollers and through the fields for 99 miles. One more mile and it would be a river, so they tell me. I have no idea if that is true. I do know it is full of fish and some big smallmouth. It is floated, camped on, waded and at one time, so they tell me, it was famous for spearing suckers. Before that, the Indians used it as a highway. I have no idea if that is true.

The Smith Fork.


Wilson Living

Another ends and so it begins...

Wilson Living Magazine

Its the end of another school year and that means my children (and probably yours) will repeat the same 4 phrases throughout the summer.

Im bored. Can we have a sleepover? I didnt do it. Theres nothing to do around here!

And we parents will find ourselves also repeating the same chain of responses to our brood.

Clean your room or mow the lawn. Someday when you get older and have children of your own, youll realize sleepovers are stupid. This usually occurs to you when your oldest child is 9 or 10. Give me your phone, iPod, DS etc. Maybe youll think before you talk back next time. I cant wait for school to start.

Of course by preparing myself for the summer with the kids I often forget to relish these days. Eventually school will start and they will grow another year and well be lost in the day to day of academia and fall sports. It wont be long before well all be thinking, I cant wait until fall break, Christmas break, spring break.


General Lifestyle

Teeing it up with the big boys

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=49|imageid=289|displayname=0|float=left}By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post

June is going to be a really big month for me, said Lebanon Golf and Country Club head golf professional Audie Johnson.

Thats putting it mildly.

June should prove to be a wow! month for the 49-year-old Johnson whose main duty is handling daily golf operations at the Lebanon club.

Next week, he makes his Professional Golf Association (PGA) tour debut in the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis. Then June 24-27, he swings West for the PGA of America National Club Pro Championship on Californias Monterey Peninsula, an four-day event that will air on the Golf Channel.

The PGA tour event is not what I do. Im a club pro at Lebanon Golf and Country Club, Johnson said, honestly. The second tournament is where I will be competing against club professionals. Ill be playing with my peers rather than the greatest golf pros in the world.

While the mid-1990s were good years professionally for Johnson, then in his 30s, the past two years have been even better. His victories in 2011 and 2012 include the Tennessee PGA Match Play Championship, the Tennessee PGA Section Championship, the Tennessee Club Pro Championship and two other Middle Tennessee chapter championships.

Zookeeper goes from Avengers to Making Psycho

Dear Ken: We recently watched the movie We Bought a Zoo. What other movies has Scarlett Johansson, who played the zookeeper, been in?

The actress, model and singer has been making movies since she was 10. Her earlier films included North, Manny & Lo, The Horse Whisperer and Ghost World. Over the past decade or so, the 27-year-old starred in Girl With a Pearl Earring, Match Point, The Island, The Prestige, The Nanny Diaries, Iron Man 2 and, most recently, The Avengers. She next portrays actress Janet Leigh in the flick Making of Psycho, while Anthony Hopkins plays Alfred Hitchcock, James DArcy plays Anthony Perkins and Helen Mirren is Hitchcocks wife Alma.

Dear Ken: Who was the host of the local pop music/dance show Five OClock Hop that was on Nashvilles Channel 4 back in the early 1960s?

That was WSM-TVs Dave Overton, who came to Nashville in 1950 to work for WSM Radio. He also could be heard on The Waking Crew early morning radio show back in the day. The hostess of Five OClock Hop was Martha Sanderson.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - May 30

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=284|displayname=0|float=left}By RAY POPE

Thursday night just happened to be one of those special times that makes sitting outside worth while. There were no mosquitoes to interrupt my train of thought. With all the lightning bugs coming up out of the grass, it took me back a few years ago to one of my Owl Prowls at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

It was a little before dark and my crowd of campers were already chomping at the bit to have a little nocturnal fun. We took the road up to the Group Lodge, took a right turn over to the edge of the woods where I was preparing to work some emotional magic to pull a Screech Owl out of the woods and hope that everyone could catch a look at it. Most of our birds live in territories where the sound of an interloper will justify a response. We saw about three or four Owls before returning back to the camp store.

On the road back to civilization, there were probably over a million lightning bugs all over the place. It was so bright that we all turned off our flashlights and walked back just using the light from their tails. I have only seen that one time, and it was way cool.


"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Fine coaching by Corbin

With a 7-15 record, eight games below .500, Vanderbilts baseball team was in danger of not making the NCAA Tournament field for the first time in seven years.

What happened after that makes this the best coaching job Commodores Coach Tim Corbin has done on West End.

Corbin overcame losing key players from the first Vanderbilt team to make the College World Series.

The pitching staff was young and inexperienced. Corbin could not have turned the season around if not for the job turned in by veteran pitching coach Derek Johnson.

They closed the regular season with a 10-2 record and carried over the momentum by winning their first four games in the SEC Tournament, placing them in Sundays championship game against Mississippi State.



Summer heat ahead based on weekend


With the passing of Memorial Day weekend and high school graduations on the immediate calendar ahead, the long hot days of summer are near.

Our preview for whats ahead, based on the temperatures over the past few days, is not so appealing.

Three days of record heat were recorded over Memorial Day weekend with mercury readings reaching into the mid-90s.

Like a giant warning sign were being given a message that the days of summer are upon us.

Tennessees summer heat can be like no other. High humidity combined with unbearably high temperatures serve as a basis for heat-related illnesses, exhaustion, and in some cases can be life threatening.


Guest Column

Can tutti-frutti emerge from squareness?


What is the story behind square meal? It should be interesting, because, though Ive seen square plates, I dont think they ever made it big. Thanks.-More Round Than Square!

Im square while round! Ask my grandson, an altogether splendid lad aged 12. Im having another relaxing week achieved through finding an online answer (see below!) and copying and pasting my way to the finish line. All this did involve some time spent with our excellent local The Computer Doctor, and, finally, some time spent making this old dog (me, and thats as far as well go with the dog imagery) learn new tricks with a new computer and yet another version of Windows. Why do those tech inventor people have to keep inventing and upgrading? Its so tough on us who are still fumbling through setting electric alarm clocks.

DA warns of dangers of synthetic drugs

By the Honorable TOM P. THOMPSON,
District Attorney, 15th Judicial District

There is a new system of drug trafficking in Tennessee, and it is being carried out right in front of our eyes at convenience stores across the state. Those who are breaking the law are doing so knowingly, and I am writing today to alert you to this dangerous trend: synthetic drugs.

Synthetic drugs are illegal, and they are dangerous. Often sold in stores, some purchasers may not know that these drugs are illegal and dangerous. Across Tennessee, children and adults are having bad reactions to the changing chemicals used in these drugs.

Along with my fellow district attorneys, I am working to strengthen laws seeking to eliminate these products altogether and to prosecute individuals who continue to sell these substances. Please help us by learning more about synthetic drugs and spreading the word within our community.

How can I recognize synthetic drugs?

Synthetic drugs are often marketed in small, colorful plastic pouchessometimes using cartoon-like imagesunder names like K2, Spice or Mollys Plant Food. They can be accompanied by disclaimers such as Not for Human Consumption and labeled as plant food or bath salts in an attempt to mask their true use and sidestep existing laws. Some are designed to look and be smoked like marijuana while others are used more like methamphetamine.


General News

Amazon seeks to fill 1,000 jobs

Amazon is now accepting applications for more than 1,000 positions between two new fulfillment centers, one of which is currently under construction in Lebanon off Central Pike and State Route 840.

According to Amazon spokesperson Ty Rogers, the company is hiring more than 1,000 positions that will be split between the Lebanon facility and Murfreesboro site, which is also currently under construction.

Those wishing to apply may visit for information on the Warehouse Associate and Lead Warehouse Associate positions that are available.

County schools name new administrators

There will be five new administrators in place in Wilson County Schools for the 2012-2013 school year, Director of Schools Mike Davis announced on Tuesday.

Stanley Moss has been named the new Supervisor of Attendance for Wilson County Schools beginning July 1.This position became available after the retirement announcement of Phillip Barnes who held the position for 13 years.

Moss came to Wilson County in 1998 and has served as the Principal at Lakeview Elementary School for the past five years and Principal of Carroll-Oakland Elementary for nine years prior to that.He earned his Bachelors degree from Tennessee Technological University, his Masters degree from Middle Tennessee State University and also holds an Ed.S degree.

Adam Bannach has been named the new Principal at Lakeview Elementary School, filling the position vacated by Moss. Bannach was raised in Mt. Juliet and taught at Lakeview Elementary from 1996 to 2007.Since 2007, he has served in administrative roles in the county school system, most recently as the Principal of West Elementary School for the past three years.

Golf giant Troon to manage Five Oaks

County and city officials announced in Lebanon yesterday that Troon, a recognized world leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing, has been recruited to Wilson County to lead club and course operations at Five Oaks Golf & Country Club.

Troon, which has operations in 29 states in the U.S. and in 26 countries across the globe, has hosted some of golfs most prestigious events, including the British Open at its Turnberry course in Glasgow, Scotland. Additionally, 47 Troon facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications.

Troon, headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., is currently engaged with many of the worlds most renowned resorts and private clubs. Troon properties are located in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean and include among others The Grove, London, England; Classic Club, Palm Desert, Calif.; Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, El Jadida, Morocco; and the Ocean Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas.

This is an important announcement for our community, said Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead. Troon, as many know, is considered the first trademark name in golf course and country club management.

Grinder says veterans' care a top priority

The Wilson Post

Tennessee Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Many-Bears Grinder told members of the Lebanon Rotary Club yesterday about seeking out and meeting the needs of veterans across the state after being appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam in January 2011.

A Colonel in the Tennessee Army National Guard, Grinder has served more than 35 years and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2004. She called Lebanon a second home after serving as the Executive Officer for the 168th Military Police Battalion in 1998.

Grinder, who lives in Gallatin, said she comes from a military family, where her father, brother, husband and son all serve in the military. Her daughter-in-law, Billie Jean Grinder, was killed in action on Feb. 21, 2010.

She said military families must deal with these realities and difficulties all the time, and the various problems that can arise after they come home, is her chief concern.

Puffy Stuff fire believed to be accidental

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=48|imageid=286|displayname=0|float=left}By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

A fire at Puffy Stuff located at 212 S. Cumberland, Tuesday night was deemed to be an accidental fire, possibly caused by homeless individuals living underneath the building according to Lebanon Fire Inspector Pat OBrian.

Smoke poured from the building and firefighters of the Lebanon Fire Department responded around 7:45 p.m. and worked to extinguish the fire for several hours.

Were looking at probably an accidental fire, OBrian said. Its possible it could be smoking or cooking.

OBrian said the business has had incidents with homeless people taking shelter under the building for some time. LFD firefighters spent a lot of time beneath the building while on the scene, and OBrian said there was evidence the fire started there.


General Sports

AAU Vipers win Bulldog Classic

The AAU Vipers wrapped up their 2012 basketball season by winning the eighth annual Bulldog Classic Sunday afternoon, May 27.

The Vipers crushed the Gound Level Tigers from Smyrna in the finals 38-7 after defeating squads from LaVergne, Nashville and Brentwood in pool play.

Team members include: Jared Lawrence, Zion Logue, Caleb Lawrence, Xavier Mills, Jeremiah Hastings, Jackson Stafford and Griffin Creswell.

The Vipers ended their season 23-3 overall. submitted photo on slideshow

MOJO wins Franklin tournament

FRANKLIN -- Mt. Juliet MOJO, a 12U travel baseball team, went undefeated (4-0) to win the 2012 Franklin Baseball Club Memorial Classic and became N.I.T. Class AAA Champions.

The tournament was held Memorial Day Weekend at Liberty Park in Williamson County.

Team members include: Tanner Antonutti and Ethan Parker Shelton; Aidan Raines, L.J. Fisher, Eric Rice and Bailey Bryant; Luke Raines, coaches Brad Raines, Jade Sellars, Nelson Alsup and Scott Raines, Cole Alsup, Gavin Sellars and Jared Barnes. submitted photo

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