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Obituaries

Reshardo Juantai 'Tai' Clemmons, 35

Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Friday, July 13 at Victory Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet for Mr. Clemmons, 35. He died in an automobile accident Saturday, July 7, 2012.

Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at Corona Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet and Friday from 11 a.m. until 12 Noon at Victory Baptist Church.

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John Sloan - Outdoors

These Octember days

The sky was so blue it hurt to look at it. Puffs of clouds stayed high above. Almost as high, as the eagle whirling, screeing and riding the thermals. I reckon he was searching for a meal far below in the sage. Not quite October but tasting like it, it was an Octember day, a day in late September that just feels as though it is October.

We were at a trailhead high at the base of the Tetons, Ronnie Many Horses and I. It was a day for fishing a lake seldom fished, maybe never by a white man. Ronnie, my friend and sometimes rodeo-traveling partner, is a full blood Shoshone and my guide for a day on the Wind River reservation. Back then, a reservation permit cost four dollars. It was a long time ago.

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Telling Tales

To be careless again

By ANGEL KANE
Wilson Living Magazine

The first words out of Neills mouth when we hit the beach were, Nikoli, do you want to dig a hole?

And so it went for a solid week. Each morning my youngest would rise and his day would go something like this.

Get up whenever he naturally awoke.

Breakfast was served to the little master. His only decision being, would it be Cocoa Puffs or eggs and bacon?

Decisions, decisions.

Immediately thereafter, he would put on his swim trunks and grab a newly washed and dried beach towel and would race out the door to the beach.

There he would find waiting, just for him chairs, umbrella, pale, shovel, kite and a boogie board. Together with his friends hed spend hours and hours digging a hole, running into the surf, catching a few waves and then back to digging a hole.

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Ask Ken Beck

Downton Abbey castle sets stars heart aflutter

Dear Ken: What can you tell us about the actor who plays Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, on PBSs Downton Abbey?

That would be British actor Hugh Bonneville, 48, the son of a nurse and a surgeon, who trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. The star of TV, film, stage and radio is also famed in his native country for the TV sitcom Twenty

Twelve. Among his movie credits are Tomorrow Never Dies, Notting Hill, Asylum and Iris. Playing the lord of such a magnificent estate has quite an element of fantasy fulfillment for the thespian. Every time I drove up to Highclere Castle, where we filmed the series, it made my heart flutter. Its such an impressive house. You cant help but be swept away by the atmosphere, he says. The actor and his wife have a 10-year-old son. By the by, filming is currently underway on the third series of Downton Abbey.

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General Lifestyle

Well, well, well...

Jerry Jones celebrates 50 years of drilling

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=60|imageid=379|displayname=0|float=left}By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post

When it comes to making deep holes in the ground, Jerry Jones, a man with true grit, proves an expert.

His Jones & Stone Drilling Company averaged drilling more than 500,000 feet a year over the past 12 years. That totals up to, or more accurately down to, 1,100 miles.

Jones, 69, went to work in the drilling business 50 years ago on July 12, 1962, with (George) Eatherly and (Arthur) Jackson Drilling.

I had no earthly idea what I was getting into, said Jones, who was diving into the business of sinking deep holes into the earth. I had never been around drilling before.

But that was then, and this is now, and Jones knows how to drill holes in the ground like Dunkin knows how to make holes in doughnuts.

No two holes drill alike. What will work on one hole may not work on another. Thats because of the change of formation, said the 5-foot-9, 140-pound Lebanon resident. Its kinda like a doctor. You never know till you open em up.

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Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - July 11

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=374|displayname=0|float=left}By RAY POPE

We should be catching a break this week on these extreme high temperatures. It seems that every day for the past week has been in the 100s, and now the humidity is so high you can chew it. I am in hopes that this year at the Wilson County Fair it will not get as hot as it did several years ago

I took a side trip out to the blown out bridge on South Dickerson Chapel Road this past Friday, and every few yards had an Indigo Bunting singing its little heart out. They must be one of the most prolific birds in the county. I wanted to get some pictures from there to go on my facebook to share with my friends that subscribe to "If you grew up in Lebanon, you remember" page. An old friend, BC Yahola, is on there and we try to share photos and our memories with all the others. Check it out.

Of all the birds here on my side of the road, there is one who stands out with his singing. It lives across the street where Holly Boyd resides with her husband, David, and two children, Ayla and Atticus. Their back yard is fenced in with lots of plants growing there. That makes her back yard a paradise for a Song Sparrow. Sometimes it will visit me to feed on the ground where I toss out mixed seed for my ground scratchers.

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"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Welcome to the SEC

Texas A&M and Missouri officially became new members of the Southeastern Conference on July 1.

Their real induction comes next week when they join 12 other teams, each represented by their head football coaches and three players at the annual SEC Football Media Days in Birmingham.

I was there the day then-SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer welcomed Arkansas and South Carolina to the conference in 1992.

I had known and covered Kramer during his days as Vanderbilts athletics director. But the day he wore a large plastic Razorback snout on his head, was indeed groundbreaking.

It was totally out of character for Kramer, who was always dignified in his role at Vanderbilt and as the SECs commissioner.

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Column

Public Defender gets well-deserved honor

By SAM HATCHER

Members of the local bar association are honoring Lebanon attorney Comer L. Donnell today as part of an ongoing series to recognize senior members of the legal profession.

Mr. Donnell, who has served as public defender for the 15th Judicial District since 1989, the year the position was created, is most deserving of this recognition.

He is a credit to the legal profession and, as important, he is a credit to our community.

He is active in his church, supportive of charitable causes, and committed to making his home community a better place to live.

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Guest Column

Mark that twain

By ANNE DONNELL

Hi, Mrs. Donnell, I'm not very techno, my daughter actually hooked me up with this iPhone . I have a question for you, and I've tried sending it through Wilson Post and can't seem to get it through, so I'll just ask here. When the weather is perfect like it has been for a day or two why do the weather men refer to it as a Chamber of Commerce Day?-Thanks L. L. J.

Well, hello, Facebook friend! Thats the route this question travelled. Traveled. The first past tense of travel is the British version; the second is the American. If youre feeling international, double your ls. It turns out Im very British Isles; I submitted DNA to Ancestry.com and my results were 76 percent British Isles, 21 percent north central Europe, 3 percent unknown. Of all things, they included a little spiel to remind me that Shakespeare was English. I suppose someone doesnt know.

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General News

Audit brings policy changes to WCSD

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

An audit report released Tuesday by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury showed several deficiencies in record keeping and handling of seized evidence and money by the Wilson County Sheriffs Department as part of joint drug and crime tasks forces, which were led by former Deputy John Edwards.

The audit was conducted by the Comptrollers office last year, investigating records and cases from Jan. 1, 2008 through May 31, 2011, that were handled through the Joint Violent Crimes Task Force, or JVCTF, and Safe Streets Task Force, or SSTF, which were joint operations with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

We corrected these things last year, moved on and are operating under the policies that they wanted us to implement, said Sheriff Terry Ashe, who added that deficiencies were a result of Edwards criminal actions.

Edwards pled guilty to obstruction of official proceeding and was sentenced on April 27, 2012 to 18 years in prison.

The FBI and TBI requested the audit to aid in their investigation of Edwardss actions.

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Bairds Grove MBC sets Youth Revival

Bairds Grove Missionary Baptist Church will have a Youth Revival at 7 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, July 11-13.

Guest speaker Wednesday night will be Minister Marcelly Smith of Lily Hill Baptist Church; Thursday night, OKeefe Hassell; and Friday night, Minister Deangelo Weir of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

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Body found off Central Pike

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

A man was found dead Saturday, July 7, in Lebanon, and authorities are unsure of the cause, but pointed to possible heat or a medical condition.

The mans body was found on the side of the road at 1353 Central Pike at approximately 5 p.m., Saturday, said Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Director John Jewell.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said no foul play was involved, but noted the man could have either died from the heat or a medical condition as he was working outside.

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Brothers arrested in multi-county theft ring

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

A Davidson County man is being held in Wilson County Jail on two theft charges after he reportedly stole a John Deere Gator from a Mt. Juliet resident and is also alleged to be responsible for thefts in multiple counties.

Dustin Nicholson, 19, of Wildview Drive, Nashville, was arrested on Thursday, July 5, along with his brother, Jason, for a theft scheme that had the brothers allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of property.

Lt. Ricky Knight of the Wilson County Sheriffs Department said Nicholson reportedly responded to a Craigslist ad by a Mt. Juliet resident looking to sell the John Deere Gator.

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Driver service center to close temporarily, reopen in new location

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced the Wilson County Driver Service Center located at 725 Elkins Drive in Lebanon, will temporarily close on Friday, July 13 and Monday, July 16, and will reopen for normal business hours at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17, in its new location at 204 Maddo- Simpson Pkwy., also in Lebanon.

The newly-constructed facility replaces the modular driver service center that has served Wilson County for the past 25 years. The new driver service center will also house Tennessee Highway Patrol personnel assigned to Wilson County.

Improving customer service and reducing wait times at our driver service centers are top priorities of this department. This new driver service center replaces a space that was never intended to be permanent. It will help us better serve the citizens of Wilson County, Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.

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Local bar assoc. honors Comer Donnell

From Post staff reports

The 15th Judicial Bar Association is to honor Lebanon attorney and 15th Judicial District Public Defender Comer Donnell at a special luncheon meeting today.

The local bar association, comprised of attorneys from the five counties that make up the 15th Judicial District including Wilson, Trousdale, Smith, Jackson and Macon, are recognizing and honoring senior members of the legal community as an ongoing program.

Donnell, who has been the public defender for the 15th Judicial District since the office was first created in 1989, is a life-long resident of Lebanon.

The son of the late Comer and Mattie Walker Donnell, he is a graduate of Castle Heights Military Academy, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and earned his degree in law from Vanderbilt.

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MJPD bust pot growing operation

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Mt. Juliet Police discovered a marijuana growing operation and arrested a man who was allegedly growing the plants in his backyard, within close proximity of two churches, each having a daycare.

MJPD Det. Jason Brockman discovered the operation after conducting a traffic stop on Tuesday, July 3. Brockman reportedly stopped a vehicle for expired registration and the driver claimed her husband had assaulted her.

Brockman and officers went to the drivers residence at 13523 Lebanon Road at approximately 3:30 p.m. to speak with the husband about the domestic assault allegations. Timothy D. Wethington, 46, answered the door and reportedly allowed officers to enter the home.

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One goal, one camp: Empower Me

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=59|imageid=371|displayname=0|float=left}By NICHOLE MANNA
The Wilson Post

Empower Me Day Camp has a simple goal, to empower children ages 5-21 with mild to moderate physical or developmental disabilities using fun and exciting activities throughout the year to enhance their quality of life.

The non-profit organization was established in 1999 to help children throughout the greater Nashville area. The staff includes occupational and physical therapists, speech language pathologists and teachers. They have a variety of programs throughout the year including a Sports Festival, Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Fling. Their biggest program is happening right now the six-week summer day camp.

We do basically any activity youd find at a regular day camp, but we adapt them so each child can participate and do them as good as possible, said Michelle Hill, Empower Me Day Camps executive director.

Some families will join the camp for a couple weeks; some will join for the whole summer. The camp is open to children with different diagnoses, including but not limited to, autism, cerebral palsy and children who are blind or deaf.

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General Sports

CABA World Series opens Friday

Thirty-two baseball youth teams will descend on Lebanon Friday for the eighth annual Continential Amateur Baseball Association (CABA) 14U World Series.

Growing from modest roots, the event attracts teams from as far away as Nebraska and upstate new York to compete for a national title on six local baseball diamonds.

Opening ceremonies and a barbecue dinner are planned tonight at the Jimmy Floyd Recreation Center with pool play games cranking up Saturday at Veterans Field and Eskew Field in the Baird Park Complex, Cumberland University's Stockton Field, Wilson Central High, Friendship Christian and Mt. Juliet Middle School.

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Sandlot baseball at a glance

Kiwanis 11-12's eliminated Tuesday
HARTSVILLE -- Lebanons Kiwanis Little League 11-12 all-stars were eliminated from district tournament play Tuesday night with a 20-4 loss to Smith County at the City Park.

One night earlier on Monday, the local team ousted Lafayette 12-8. The Lebanon squad fell into the losers bracket with a 16-2 drubbing at the hands of Gallatin on Saturday -- then waited an extra 24 hours to hit the field due to wet weather and lightning in Trousdale County.

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