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John Sloan - Outdoors

SLOAN / Ripples on Wolf River

It leaves the plateau. Not in a rush or even a long, slow glide as the interstate highway does. It leaves in little jerks, jumps, and twitches, as a deer would leave the plateau. Later it begins to glide as it winds through the hills.


Telling Tales


Wilson Living Magazine

There seems to be an epidemic going around. Its an epidemic that involves our children. I noticed something off in my own household a few years ago during a school break. After a few days of hanging out at home I was going stir crazy. When I suggested we go to a movie or ANYTHING you want to do their response was confusing.

We dont wanna go anywhere.

Are you sure? We can do whatever you want. What about the batting cages? Or Target? Chuck E. Cheese? I was desperate. Theres only one mouse I hate more than the one who resides at the happiest place on earth and his name is Chuck E. Cheese. The unsupervised children, the prizes, the bacterium filled pool of filth or ball pit, it was more than I cared to experience, but I was determined to get the kids out of the house.

We just want to stay home.

Who were these kids? When I was growing up and the opportunity to leave the house arose, it was a death race between my brothers and sisters to see who could get to the car first and win the coveted front seat.


General Lifestyle

Johnny Cash's sister, brother, recall Dyess home

Lebanon producer coordinates Cash Music Festival

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The Wilson Post

Sumner Countys Joanne Cash Yates and Tommy Cash, the surviving siblings of the late country music giant Johnny Cash, cling to precious memories of their formative years on an East Arkansas cotton farm.

Their familys story of growing up in Dyess Colony, a part of President Franklin D. Roosevelts new Deal Program during the Great Depression, will be introduced in a most personal way next year when the front door opens for fans to enter Johnny Cashs Boyhood Home.

I lived there first 17 years of my life. I know where every table was, every lamp, the piano, the pictures, Yates said about the house where her parents Ray and Carrie Cash raised their seven children: Roy, Margaret Louise, Jack, J.R. (Johnny), Reba, Joanne and Tommy.

What a joy it is going to be for Tommy and me to go back in that house like it was when we lived there. They say you cant go back, but Tommy and I are gonna get to.

Yates and brother Tommy will join niece Rosanne Cash onstage during the second Johnny Cash Music Festival on Oct. 5 at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro to discuss the restoration of their home.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - Aug. 1

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If questions cost a nickle, I could buy enough bird seed to get me through winter. Everyone have been asking me, where are the Hummers hiding? Finally after what seems like an eternity, some are starting to show up at my feeders. I am not sure what caused the birds to be as scarce as they have been, but the weather had to take part of the blame. You would think that heat would be no problem, since most of our Hummers spend the winter months down in South America. I'm told you can walk into the jungle canopy for one minute and then you can take off your shirt and wring water from it.

Today after church, one of my newer bird friends was telling me about her three Hummingbird feeders staying busy. Felicia Drake, who lives out the Old Hunters Point Pike, has what must seem a complete plethora of wild birds. One of her shepherd hooks supports a bird feeder that sits just off the ground, where a flock of Wild Turkeys can take advantage of it.

I've never heard this before, but someone told Felicia that if you sprayed Pam, the non-stick cooking spray, on your Hummer feeder that it would keep wasps away. Just maybe, it would make the surface to slick to hold on to. I wonder which flavor works best!


"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Munchak loves this time


Titans Coach Mike Munchak is enjoying his favorite part of the NFL calendar.

Dont bother to hazard a guess as to Munchaks choice.

You wont get it.

Its the first 10 days of training camp. Huh? This guy has been involved in 30 NFL training camps. He was a Hall of Fame offensive lineman for the Houston Oilers. He hung up the cleats and became an assistant coach for the Oilers/Titans.

Munchak is in his second season as Titans head coach. Although NFL training camps have changed dramatically in recent years, Munchak holds firm that its the first 10 days that give him the most satisfaction and joy.

Why? Its all about football. Teaching football. Teaching technique. Watching his team take shape, forming what will be its identity.

Mike Munchak is first and foremost a teacher. His classroom is the football field.

Really, its the first 10 days for me because there are no games to be played, Munchak said on the eve of training camp 2012.



Starting a new year in the classroom


While some may say its been a long time coming, the doors of a new Lebanon High School will officially open today.

The South Hartmann Drive facility is a state-of-the-art structure with all the bells and whistles to make it a superb learning center.

To tour the new school is like taking a walk around some high-end technology plant in the Silicon Valley.

This school should make us all proud.

But so should all of our schools.


Letters to the Editor

Writer remembers friend, "Bob" Beckwith

To the Editor:

Robert Bob Beckwith of Watertown was buried Friday, July 27, with full military honors. Several persons and relatives attended the service and burial.

Bob, a friend and someone who not only served his country in time of World War II, but came back to his home and served as a mail carrier and contributor to his community, fellow man and countless others, was a highly decorated soldier of Wilson County. Among the numerous decorations he earned in the United States Army was: Silver Star, Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts for the three times he was wounded by enemy fire. One of these, a sniper bullet, he carried with him in his body to his grave.

Linda Beth Evins gave a beautiful eulogy relating to an interview she did with Bob a few years ago. She detailed by memory the places in the South Pacific in which he heroically served and also his subsequent service to his community. One could witness, on the faces of those in attendance, the admiration for Bob and his great loss to the community and nation.


At the Movies

Lincoln, Master and Hobbit could be years most important films

The Wilson Post

Granted, there are still a few blockbusters to come this month and next, but arguably, the most important films of the year, in terms of awards and lasting impact, will be hitting theaters this winter.

Director Steven Spielbergs biopic on Abraham Lincoln entitled, Lincoln, is set to open Nov. 16 and has a pretty spectacular cast, including the greatest actor alive, Daniel Day-Lewis, in the roll of the 16th President.

Written by Tony Kushner and an original screenplay by Paul Webb, the film is based on Doris Kearns Goodwins biography Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

Its obviously unclear how much Spielberg will stick to the books themes, but given the fact weve had to put up with Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter this year, it will be nice to see the talented director take a serious look at one of our nations heroes.

With Day-Lewis leading the cast, his first film since he won an Oscar for Best Actor in 2007 (There Will Be Blood), you can bank on at least his otherworldly skill being the anchor of the film.


General News

Commission prepares for tomorrow's election

The Wilson Post

Wilson County Election Commission and volunteer poll workers will be working to ensure everyone gets to their proper polling location tomorrow on Election Day after a smooth early voting period, said Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren.

Warren said 5,631 people voted early for the county general and state primary, surpassing 2008s early voting total of only 3,237. Tennesseans turned out in record numbers to vote early with 326,876 going to the polls early.

We had a very good early voting period with a good turnout, Warren said. The November election will, of course, have a much higher turnout.

In 2008, only 9,307 votes were cast for the August election, and if early voting is any indication, Warren expects a higher turnout this year.

New to this election are new polling locations and new registration cards as a result of redistricting. Warren said they are taking every precaution to be sure people make it to their proper polling location on Thursday.

Lebanon Council to hold special meeting tomorrow

Lebanon City Council will hold a special called meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 to consider an ordinance on second reading to initiate termination of the Fixed Base Operator Agreement with RediAir, LLC, at the Lebanon Municipal Airport and to approve a temporary assignment of Fixed Base Operator duties with Direct Flight Solutions, LLC.

Council met and approved the ordinance on first reading Wednesday morning.

The meeting will be held at the Lebanon Administration Building at 200 N. Castle Heights Avenue.

Local residents recover from storm damage

The Wilson Post

Local residents were working hard Tuesday morning to clean up damage from a storm that moved through north Lebanon early Tuesday, knocking down several trees and knocking out power to over 1,000 homes.

A heavy storm moved through Wilson County around 1:30 a.m., Tuesday, with heavy lightning, strong winds and even hail in some areas. The storm path moved through north Lebanon and appeared to be most intense from Coles Ferry Pike to Highway 231 North.

Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Director John Jewell said the storm moved through north and east Lebanon before traveling south of Watertown. WEMA crews were busy during the night, but no injuries were reported.

We had probably 40 calls last night but we didnt have any medical calls or injuries, he said.

Jewell noted the major threat was straight-line winds that knocked down trees and damaged buildings across the county.

Some residents were awakened in the middle of the night by falling trees due to the storm.

MJ woman's church seeks State Supreme Court ruling

The Wilson Post

A Mt. Juliet woman, along with fellow members of the church she attends in Nashville, has become engaged in a conflict between their congregation and a higher authority, not the Almighty.

St. Andrew's Church congregants are asking the Tennessee Supreme Court tohear a case they hope will preventthe Episcopal Diocese ofTennessee from confiscating church property paid for by church members andto which they hold a free and clear deed.

Theres a considerable sum of money involved.

The parish paid theDiocese $15,000 for the propertyin 1966, but the land just over 5 acres located in the upscale Green Hills area of Nashville (at 3700WoodmontBlvd.) -- has appreciated to the point that many believe itsworth several times that much today. According to the church, one real estate expert suggested that 5 acres in the midst of a residential area like Green Hills would easily be worth $3-4 million.

Sue Gaskin, who lives in Mt. Juliet and has been a parishioner at St.Andrews Church since 1966, is closely connected to the lawsuit because of her role as a secretary to the Bishop who was ultimately responsible for approving the sale of the property to the congregation.

MJPD: Suspect has change of heart, turns self in

From Post staff reports

A Mt. Pleasant man was in custody at the Wilson County Jail Tuesday after reportedly turning himself in to Mt. Juliet Police and confessing to a string of car burglaries and a vehicle theft in Mt. Pleasant.

MJPD Community Policing Director Sgt. Tyler Chandler said it appeared Austin Sparks, 20, of Mt. Pleasant, had a change of heart after allegedly breaking into six unlocked cars and stealing a white truck.

All of the burglaries took place across from Mt. Pleasant High School and the white truck still had the keys in the ignition. Sparks reportedly told police he was looking for cash and wound up taking change, extra keys and phones.

Sales Tax Holiday this weekend

Tennessees Sales Tax Holiday is this weekend, and its likely not a moment too soon for many families as school for most Wilson County students begins today.

The sales tax holiday allows for the purchase of various items, such as clothing and school supplies, without paying the sales tax, a help to many families.

The state sales tax holiday begins this weekend on Friday, Aug. 3, at 12:01 a.m. and ends on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 11:59 p.m.

Sherry's Run helps MJ girl rebound from breast cancer

When she joined the Sherrys Run team made up of Mt. Juliet High School basketball players last year, 14-year-old Ashley Roby wasnt planning on being a recipient of the benefits of the run herself less than one year later.

Ashley is a very competitive player on the MJHS basketball team. She made the NIKE Team this summer but wont be able to participate because shes preparing herself mentally and physically for reconstruction surgery and makes weekly visits to the Monroe Carrell Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt for expansions, scans and counseling.

As Vanderbilt Hospitals youngest breast cancer patient, Ashley is doing well after having had a bi-lateral mastectomy there in February. After surgery, her initial scans came back clear, with no radiation or chemotherapy needed. She had a home school teacher at the end of the spring semester, as she recuperated from surgery and is preparing for reconstruction, but she still went to practice sessions with her MJHS basketball team. Ashley now is scheduled for surgery later this summer, and will have more medical follow-up care.

Upcoming events at local state parks

Cedars of Lebanon State Park

Saturday, August 4th

9:00 a.m. Farm Field Hike

Join us for a hike through the fields of Cedars of Lebanon. This hike will be one and a half miles long and will qualify for the Move Across Wilson Program. Be sure to wear bug spray, sturdy shoes and bring along plenty of water.

1:00 p.m. OUCH! - Mini First Aid Kit

Meet at the nature center to make your own starter first aid kit. Be prepared for any emergencies you may have on or off the trail.

3:00 p.m. Snake Feeding

Come to the Nature Center and meet our snakes. Learn about their eating habits, the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes, and find out what snake skin feels like.


General Sports

Prep teams to scrimmage Friday

Its been a few days since the pads went on and most local varsity football teams will be taking part in scrimmages later this week.

Lebanon High will visit Riverdale Friday evening while Watertowns Purple Tigers host Jo Byrns High. Wilson Central heads to Nashville to work against East Literature Magnet; Mt. Juliet High will scrimmage BGA and Franklin High Friday at Franklin. Friendship Christian will scrimmage at Davidson Academy on Friday while Mt. Juliet Christian Academy will hold a regular practice.

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