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Guest Column

Well, yellow dog me

By ANNE DONNELL

I have a good election question for you. Where did yellow dog democrat come from? Ive heard it all my life (Im from the South) so is it Southern?-Always a Voter

I love that youre always a voter. Statistics tell us a woeful story; the privilege of voting, hard won with no guarantee of permanence (check out world history), is a privilege scorned by many voters. Election after election yields participation of less than 50 percent. Presidential elections do better. The last two (2004, 2008) had percentile voter turnouts in the 60s. A little rain, a little shopping, a little headache, keep voters away from the polls. Even the ease of early voting doesnt woo.

Shameful is too mild a word to affix to this.

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General News

Jewell: 39 fires since July 1

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Director John Jewell said the agency has responded to almost 40 grass or structure fire calls since July 1, with dry and hot conditions persisting to make outdoor fires a huge risk.

As drought conditions have worsened, Jewell pointed out WEMA has responded to 39 fires since July 1. He said they responded to 71 fires in the whole month of June.

We did have a high number of small fires during the peak times of fireworks use, said Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Director John Jewell.

Jewell said he expects the number of fire calls to decrease slightly given the time that local residents can shoot fireworks is coming to a close. Wilson Countys ban on open burning is still in effect and will remain in place until conditions improve.

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MJ fire talks expected to heat up soon

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Talks regarding fire coverage in Mt. Juliet are expected to heat up once again this month as two proposals are on the table that would see Mt. Juliet paying for Wilson County Emergency Management Agency personnel in the new Providence station or having the city completely fund and staff the new station.

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said the two proposals would be discussed within the County Commission Emergency Management Committee this month.

Both the EMA committee and the Mt. Juliet City Commission are looking at two proposals to determine how Mt. Juliet fire coverage will exist, Hutto said.

According to Hutto, one proposal would have Mt. Juliet paying WEMA to run the new Providence station that is currently under construction. District 6 County Commissioner Kenny Reich, vice chairman of the EMA committee, said the first proposal isnt likely to find support within the committee.

I dont see anyone being for it, Reich said.

The second proposal coming from Hutto would have Mt. Juliet completely staff and fund the new station with WEMA continuing to operate Station 3 behind Mt. Juliet City Hall. According to Hutto, both stations would cover the city limits and portions of the county that are within those limits.

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Wilson in severe drought

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

The U.S. Drought Monitor elevated Wilson County as well as all of Middle Tennessee to Severe drought conditions, which is likely to threaten local agriculture, increase fire risk and bring water shortages.

According to Meteorologist Mark Rose of the National Weather Services Old Hickory office, Wilson County has seen only 70 percent of average rainfall so far this year, putting the moisture well behind where it needs to be this time of year.

Were actually 30 percent below normal, which isnt catastrophic but thats significant, Rose said.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, approximately 64 percent of the entire state of Tennessee is experiencing a severe drought at this time. The area stretches from the Mississippi River in West Tennessee all the way Fentress County in the east.

Also, about nine percent of the state, in the Northwest corner of the state, is currently experiencing an extreme drought.

Rose said a severe drought means dry conditions can cause actual agricultural losses in the form of dying crops as well as a very high fire risk. Wilson County has already instituted a ban on open burning that is in effect until conditions improve.

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General Sports

Former Bulldog McGuire named interim baseball coach at MT

MURFREESBORO -- Former Cumberland University infielder Jim McGuire has been named interim head coach at Middle Tennessee in the wake of last week's resignation of longtime Blue Raider coach Steve Peterson.

Considered one of the most respected and knowledgeable coaches in the collegiate ranks, McGuire recently completed his 20th season with the MT baseball program -- the last 12 as associate head coach.

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