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Showing 5 articles from July 5, 2012.


Carol Townsend Simpson, 47

Memorial services were held Thursday morning, July 5 at Brentwood Baptist Church For Mrs. Simpson, 47, formerly of Lebanon. A graduate of of Lebanon High School and a a resident of Franklin, Mrs. Simpson died Sunday, July 1, 2012.

She was a graduate of Tennessee Technological University, a Certified Public Accountant and a member of Brentwood Baptist Church.

Survivors include: parents Darrel and Evelyn Townsend of Lebanon; husband Mitch; children Hailey, Madison and Austin -- all of Franklin; sister Robin (Jim) Conlan of Greenville, S.C.; brother Brian (Jo) Townsend; and niece and nephews Olivia, Luke and Jack Townsend -- all of Brentwood.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brentwood Baptist Missions.

Austin Funeral & Cremation Services iwas n charge of the arrangements.

Edward "Bo" McPeak, 89

Funeral services will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, July 7 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Edward "Bo" McPeak, 89, of Lebanon.

A World War II veteran, having served with the US Army Air Corps, Mr. McPeak died Wednesday, July 4, 2012 in the Summit Medical Center. The son of the late Elwood & Zelma McPeak, he was self-employed as an electrician, plumber and farmer.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - July 4

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=368|displayname=0|float=left}By RAY POPE

Last Sunday, our church family hung around talking about this and that after a great service. My old bowling partner, Anthony Walker, started asking about how the birds in my life were doing and when will I write about the Belted Kingfisher. Its strange that almost everyone that has anything to say to me always gets around to asking me something about birds.

Many years ago an old friend, Neal Blackburn, photographer for The Lebanon Democrat, pinned the name "Birdman" on me as I was taking pictures for the articles in the "About Birds" featured each week in their newspaper. I'm not sure if he knew my real name, but he taught me quite a bit about taking pictures and developing my own negatives and prints. Barbara Manners also started calling me her Bird Guru which Karen Franklin picked up real quickly. That is quite a reputation for me to live up to.


"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Vandy players make school history at NBA draft

For the first time in Vanderbilt basketball history, the Commodores saw two players taken in the first round of the NBA Draft.

John Jenkins went No. 23, to the Atlanta Hawks. Festus Ezeli was the last first round player taken, No. 30 by Golden State. The Commodores could have made it three, but Jeffery Taylor was the first player taken in the second round.

The only draft picks to get guaranteed money are first rounders. Those in the second round start their NBA careers behind the 8-ball, as their teams dont have significant money invested in them.

Prior to Jenkins and Ezeli, the Commodores have had only three first round picks, dating back to the first year of the draft, 1957.


At the Movies

'Amazing Spider-Man is familiar, yet pleasantly new

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=58|imageid=370|displayname=0|float=left}By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Perhaps its too early for a reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, which Sony began in 2002 with Spider-Man, but the restart with The Amazing Spider-Man features a side of Peter Parker thats welcome and more interesting, making his web-slinging hero side, that much more powerful.

Sony went back to square-one with Amazing, starting with Peter Parker, played by Andrew Garfield, watching his scientist father and his mother leave unexpectedly. Peter grows up with his Aunt May (Sally Field) and Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen).

Peter meets a scientist, Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), who worked with Peters father Richard on cross-genetic research. He also develops a friendship and love interest in Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone.

But when Connors uses a revolutionary serum that he and Peter co-create to repair his amputated right arm, using reptile DNA, the good doctor turns into a misguided monster, The Lizard.

The film separates itself well from the previous trilogy, showing a more troubled Peter Parker than before. While Tobey Maguires Parker was smitten by his love interest, he isnt necessarily displayed as a teen struggling with the obvious issues that would come along from losing his parents so early.

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