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John Sloan - Outdoors

The amazing, versatile fluke

Hot weather, cold weather, clear water, stained water, I dont care. The fluke can produce when other baits do not and they will catch an amazing variety of fish species. The fluke is a specially designed type of soft plastic worm. There is a variety of ways to fish it. I prefer just a four or five-ought hook and no weight.

The fluke can be used in shallow or deep water and when properly rigged is about as weedless as you can get a lure. It is primarily a bass and stripers (rockfish) lure. The fluke is simple to fish. Just cast, let settle, twitch and let settle again. Being so weedless, they are superb for fishing in heavy cover.

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Telling Tales

Bored!? Ill show you bored!

By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine

The day started off as a big fat lie. My sister Christy visiting from Portland, Oregon had come to town and together we decided to take my children for a relaxing day by the pool. She didnt know any better. She cant be held responsible for agreeing that this day would be anything less than heavenly. I, on the other hand, should have known from experience that taking my boys anywhere while they are in the midst of summertime boredom (just 7 short days after a stay at the beach) was a recipe for disaster or at the very least a recipe for a fight.

When we mentioned going swimming both said something along the lines of, Um. Im not sure I want to go. Can we just stay home and you guys watch me make it to the next level Dragon Ball Z Bootikai Tenkaiechi 3? That would be better. When Christy calmly explained that there was no way she was going to watch them play a video game that she couldnt even pronounce when she could be soaking in a heavy dose of vitamin D on this reprieve from the northwest, they obliged to shut her up.

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Ask Ken Beck

Singer Jewel to portray June Carter Cash in TV movie

Dear Ken: Someone told me that there is a new movie in the works based on the life of June Carter Cash. Who will play her and when is it coming out?

The Lifetime network has announced that pop-country singer-songwriter Jewel, 37, will star in The June Carter Cash Story, which is based on Anchored by Love, the book by June and Johnnys son John Carter Cash. It will be filmed this summer in Atlanta, and Matt Ross of the TV series American Horror Story will portray Johnny Cash. It should hit TV late this year. Jewel and her husband Ty Murray, 42, a nine-time World Champion rodeo cowboy and co-founder of the Professional Bull Riders, live on 2,400-acre ranch in Stephenville, Texas, with their 11-month-old son Kase Townes Murray. Among Jewels hit songs are Who Will Save Your Soul, You Were Meant for Me, Foolish Games, Hands, Standing Still and Intuition.

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General Lifestyle

Cruising the Cumberland

Capt. Jesse Caskey transports passengers to river world

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The Wilson Post

The river road that comprises the northern border of Wilson County presents a liquid highway that most locals have yet to navigate.

For those who dont own a vessel, Capt. Jesse Caskey and his 38-foot-long covered pontoon boat Discovery offers a leisurely option with Cumberland River Cruises.

The Coast Guard-licensed skipper worked at Opryland theme park when it opened in 1972 and was serving as safety manager of the park and the Opryland Hotel when he left the complex in 1985.

I operated the Sky Ride my first two years. I managed every ride out there and was supervisor for the opening of the Grizzly River Rampage and Screaming Delta Demon. I joke around about the Opryland job. Im back to being a ride operator, but now I own the ride, said Caskey, 59, who lives with his wife Elaine in Gallatin.

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Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - June 20

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=332|displayname=0|float=left}By KAREN FRANKLIN

My family recently went on a two day camping trip to Fall Creek Falls, in Pikeville, with some friends. One of the first things I noticed when we arrived at the wooded campsite was the sound of birds all around us. After a few hours and a little patience I discovered we had quite a variety, which included Tufted Titmouse, Chickadee, Cardinal, Blackbird, Chipping Sparrow, Downey and Red-Bellied Woodpecker. However, there was one call in particular that was close, frequent and unfamiliar to me. I soon discovered there was a large family of Northern Flickers near our camp site.

I believe this is the first time I have seen a Flicker, but they were easy to identify. They are 13-14 inches in length and very unique. They have a beautiful red V on the back of their head, a spotted chest and a black crescent on their front lower neck and black cheek patches. Their sound is a very distinct wicka-wicka-wicka. I tried to count how many there were but of course they would not hold still long enough for me to get an accurate count. Im assuming there were 6-8 and most likely parents with their first set of fledglings. Flickers are a type of woodpecker but are primarily ground feeders who prefer ants (which make up almost half of their diet). They also eat other insects, fruit, berries and seeds and will visit bird feeders.

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Guest Column

Homeownership and Rural Development Now is the Time

By BOBBY M. GOODE
USDA Rural Development,
State Director for Tennessee

Nearly every rural Tennessean benefits from USDA Rural Development investments in businesses, cooperatives, communities and non-profits. We help them create jobs and improve access to things like reliable water, sewer, broadband, electricity, rental housing, home repairs and other essentials like public safety, education, job training and healthcare. Our urban neighbors benefit, too. A competitive rural America is vital to the economic health and independence of our nation in terms of food, exports and as a vital source of renewable energy and innovation for the future.

We also help literally thousands of families achieve the dream of homeownership every year. Just since 2009, we have helped more than 12,500 rural Tennesseans reach this important milestone.

June is National Homeownership Month and as we celebrate with families across Tennessee, we are reminded that ownership matters because homes are the center of family life and communities. Owning a home generates pride that encourages greater participation in civic life and stable households contribute to greater success in school for children who then grow up to have greater success in work and life.

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Thank-you notes: you know you must

By ANNE DONNELL

I know youve written about thank-you notes, probably more than once, but do you mind cruising through it again? I hope that graduates and brides and grooms will read this and start writing their thanks.-A Rather Generous Person

Too often one has to be generous, even when the notes have arrived in ones mailbox. These graduates and brides and grooms, as our QP of T (Question Person of Today) phrases it, seem to feel that what worked in the third grade (contents, form, and general appearance as in smudges and numerous erasures, misspelled words, and worse) works all life long.

And, yes, I agree that grooms should be on the list of those who write thank-you notes. Often the gifts come from those with close ties to the groom and perhaps no ties to the bride. So the groom can take pen in hand as I hope he would have done for graduation gifts (and birthday).

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General News

Job fair set Thursday, June 28

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Wilson County businesses and the Tennessee Career Center at Lebanon, Wilson County Mayors Office and Joint Economic & Community Development Board are holding a job fair next Thursday for all local residents.

Mika Russ with the Career Center said they hope to have more than 30 employers participating in the job fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Thursday, June 28, at Winfree-Bryant Middle School in Lebanon.

Were hoping to have more than 30 this year. Last year we had 37 and we hope to have close to that same number, Russ said.

Over 600 local jobseekers attended the job fair last year, and Russ said the employers that will be present range from small retail stores, larger retail chains to industrial and construction companies.

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Juneteenth celebration set Saturday

The Roy Bailey African American Museum will host its inaugural African American Street Festival celebrating Juneteenth on Saturday, June 23.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Market Street, one block north of the Lebanon Public Square.This will be the first African American celebration of thismagnitude for Lebanon since the old Market Street Field Day stopped back in the 1970s, a spokesperson said.

All are invited, and the event is free to the public.

The primary purpose of this event is to unify the entire community, break down present-day racial barriers and to give an opportunity for civic and social organizations to join together in community action bringing awareness to Wilson County's only African American Museum, the spokesperson said.

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Lebanon woman arrested on counterfeit money charges

A Lebanon woman was arrested this past weekend for her alleged part in manufacturing and selling counterfeit money in the Wilson County area.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation made the arrest after the woman, identified as Stacy Rene Peters, 35, of Bluebird Lane in Lebanon, was indicted by the Wilson County grand jury on June 11.

She was indicted on four counts of criminal simulation $1,000 to $10,000 and one count of criminal simulation $10,000 to $60,000.

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Teams, volunteers set to Change the Channel on Cancer at Relay For Life

Wilson County will celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer while supporting the American Cancer Society at the overnight Relay For Life in Lebanon on Friday.

This years theme for Relay For Life of Wilson County is Change the Channel on Cancer. Organized by the ACS to raise awareness about cancer, the event promises an evening of TV-themed fun, with campsites and games based on favorite television shows.

Traditional activities at Relay For Life will include the Survivor Lap, the Caregiver Lap and the Luminary Ceremony. Live entertainment and an annual benefit auction are also on the agenda.

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TN first Lady to visit Wtown Library

Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam recently launched the Read20 Family Book Club with the goal of promoting early child literacy and parental engagement in their childrens academic lives.

Haslam is encouraging families this summer to read 20 minutes daily. Each month a book will be featured on the website (www.tn.gov/read20). Children and families can participate and find family engagement ideas, reading activities and tips.

I am very excited to launch the Read20 Family Book Club, Haslam said in a news release. Families reading together build a foundation for strong relationships and academic success for our Tennessee students.

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Tough budget decisions ahead for commission

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Finance Director Aaron Maynard told County Commission Monday night they would be faced with tough decisions in the near future, indicating the county would have to either cut personnel or raise taxes.

We have been 16 years on status quo budgets, Maynard said, adding this year would be no different.

District 8 Commissioner Frank Bush asked Maynard if the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget would be a balanced budget. According to Bush, the budget would be balanced if revenues were greater than or equal to expenditures.

Maynard said the budget would not fit Bushs description of a balanced budget, adding he uses the current revenues and general fund balance as a starting point in getting the budget together.

Although he has only been working with the county for a year, Maynard said when budgeting, the fund balance has always been taken into account when projecting expenditures and revenues.

However, he noted just because money from the general fund is budgeted does not mean the county spends that money.

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Woman injured in accidental shooting

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

A woman was accidentally shot early Tuesday morning on Southeast Tater Peeler Road in Lebanon as she tried to prevent her elderly father from committing suicide, according to Wilson County Sheriffs Department Det. Jeff Johnson, who added no one was seriously injured.

Johnson said at approximately 5:30 a.m., at a home on the 3700 block of Southeast Tater Peeler Road, a 72-year-old man attempted to take his own life with a single-shot 410 shotgun.

The man has had health problems for quite some time and went outside to kill himself, Johnson said.

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General Sports

Purvis resigns as MJ baseball coach

After 13 stellar seasons, Mark Purvis stepped downlast week as head baseball coach at Mt. Juliet High School. Purvis, a 1989 graduate of Mt. Juliet and a four-year starter at second base for Cumberland University, broke the news to his team in a meeting on Wednesday, June 20.

"I've been thinking about this for the past couple of years," Purvis said, "I've poured everything I have into the program for over 13 years and I'm tired -- mentally and physically.

"I spent some time talking to Mr. (Mel) Brown (MJHS principal) and he knows exactly what I'm going through. I still want to teach at Mt. Juliet, but I'll take some time -- go see Cumberland and Vanderbilt play in the spring, visit some other high school games and work on the farm."

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Veterans Field closes for repairs

The City of Lebanon Parks & Recreation Department is closing Veterans Field in the Baird Park Complex for the time being as preparations for the annual Continental Amateur Baseball Association 14U World Series get serious.

There are presently 41 teams from all over the map signed up to play in the annual event which is set for July 13-21 at various venues in Lebanon / Wilson County.

Veterans Field has always been the site for opening and closing ceremonies, in addition to hosting a full slate of games as well as a home run derby and fireworks show.

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