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"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

A lot to cheer about in Middle Tennessee

This is a special time of the year.

Football is in the air and Friday night, Lebanon High christens its new football stadium against Franklin County.

The Blue Devils would rather forget Week Zero (I will never understand that math) against state powerhouse, Mt. Juliet.

There is nothing like the first game in a brand new stadium. The popcorn tastes better. The band has some extra pep in its step. Its a great spot to run into friends you havent seen this summer.

The new Lebanon High School has a lot of similar features that Mt. Juliet used when it built its new school. If only the Blue Devils football program could become as competitive as Mt. Juliets.

Football isnt the only thing to get excited about around Middle Tennessee.


General News

LPD hope to identify Fair shooting suspect

LPD to use surveillance footage to find suspects

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police are hoping to review surveillance cameras located at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center to identify four suspects reportedly involved in a shooting that took place Saturday morning outside the fairgrounds.

Chief Scott Bowen said shortly after 12:30 a.m., Saturday, an altercation between a group of men as they left the fair led to gunfire and a man being grazed in the back by a bullet or a piece of shrapnel from a ricochet.

There was some kind of altercation between the victim and four men, who were on foot and we think in the way of traffic, Bowen said.

The police chief noted words were exchanged between the victim and suspects as they left the fairgrounds but when they reached West Baddour Parkway, Bowen said the victim stepped outside his vehicle and got into a second altercation with the men.

One of the men in that group of four produced a handgun and fired about three shots, he said.

Saturday Fair attendance breaks record

It seems every year the Wilson County Fair has a day that breaks attendance records from previous years and this year, Saturday set an all-time record with 116,532 visitors.

According to the latest attendance numbers, this year's fair began with one of the lowest first-day crowds with 29,018, down from 51,302 last year. But Saturday made up that difference in a big way.

The Saturday crowd was an increase of 41,713 over 2011 and an increase of over 72,700 compared to 2010, when rain and poor weather plagued the fair all week.

Sunday's attendance was lower that last year, but still amounted to 60,026. Last year, 73,576 attendees visted the fair on the lone Sunday.

The attendance on Saturday passed a few other days in the fair's history that also had over 100,000 visitors, including the second Saturday of last year's fair, which saw 109,603 visitors. The first Saturday in 2009 saw 105,779 visitors and the first Saturday of the 2004 fair had 100,338 visitors.

The total attendance for the first three days totals 205,576.

Wilson Co. businessman arrested for tax evasion, theft

A local businessman was arrested by state a local officials this past week on charges of tax evasion and theft.

The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to the arrest on Thursday, Aug. 16, of Daljit Sandhu, age 42, president of Khalsa, Inc., d/b/a Zips Market #4, located in Lebanon. Wilson County Sheriff officials and Tennessee Department of Revenue Special Agents arrested Sandhu at the market. Bond was set at $25,000.

Sandhu was indicted by the Wilson County grand jury on Aug. 13 on 12 Class E felony counts of sales tax evasion in violation of Tennessee Code Annotated Section 67-1-1440(g) and one Class C felony count of Theft of Property over $10,000 in violation of TCA Section 39-14-103. The indictments charge Sandhu with tax evasion totaling $12,919.26 during the period January 2009 through December 2009.

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