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Obituaries

John Richard White, 71

Mr. John Richard White, 71, of Lebanon died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 at the University Medical Center. He was a member of St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church and retired from Campbell-Hausfeld.

The family will receive friends Friday, Sept. 7 between the hours of 2-8 p.m. at the Partlow Funeral Chapel. A Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m.

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Ask Ken Beck

Errol Flynns grandson played a Hatfield

Dear Ken: Did swashbuckling cinema star Errol Flynn have any children?

He had four children. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, the son of a biologist-professor, Flynn was married three times. By first wife actress Lili Damita he had a son, Sean, a photographer who disappeared in Cambodia in 1970 during the Vietnam War and was presumed dead. By second wife Nora Eddington he had daughters Deirdre and Rory, and with actress Patrice Wymore, he had daughter Arnella Roma, who died in 1998. Flynn died of a heart attack in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1959 at the age of 50. Daughter Rory has penned a book about her father titled The Baron of Mulholland, and her son, Sean Flynn, recently appeared as Johnse Hatfield in the miniseries The Hatfields and McCoys and co-stars in the new film Return of the Killer Shrews.

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Wilson Living

Yes we can!

By ANGEL KANE
Wilson Living Magazine

WE are on a diet.

Because WE are going to the beach in five weeks.

And WE need to lose 15 pounds.

My husband and I have been having this discussion each and every Sunday evening for the past 15 plus years. And yet, every Monday morning, I find him in the kitchen, eating Cocoa Krispies with our children, as if WE were not dieting.

WE are supposed to start out diet today! I say in the most un-shrewish wife voice possible. (No really, I have a very pleasant voice. Ive been told its very soothing.)

To which my husband responds, Who is stopping you?

Well that just sets me off, and of course, there is no way I can diet after being spoken to in that manner!

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General Lifestyle

No love lost for the NFL

Big John LoVetere paid with pain for little gain

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The Wilson Post

WATERTOWN -- If former National Football League tackle John LoVetere could go back in time and start all over as pro ball player, he would punt.

The glory of the gridiron is not all its cracked up to be, and the 76-year-old LoVetere (pronounced Lo-vuh-teer), who played seven seasons in the trenches as a defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants, will testify to that fact.

Once a giant of a man with the strength of Samson, the Watertown citizen stands 6-foot-3-inches tall and weighs 230 pounds. But when he starred in the pros, he towered at 6-foot-5 and hefted 290 pounds on his muscular frame.

Knee replacement surgeries have knocked down his height. Diabetes and kidney problems have trimmed his weight. As for the pain in his knees, well, that hes just had to learn to live with those deep aches for decades.

Not one for waxing nostalgic, the ex-pro kept no souvenirs from his NFL days.

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Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - Sept. 5

By RAY POPE

I once mentioned, where have all the Hummers gone? I didn't know about it then, but they somehow found my feeders this past week. So far there are about 30 here in my neighborhood fighting for their own space, trying to take their turn to drink. Right now there are seven feeders out at my neighbors that form a semicircle with my house in the middle. With all this weird weather back in the spring, I believe that some of our bird's internal clocks got sidetracked.

Dotty Kim and her daughter Tammy that lives over inTrousdale Countyhave plenty Hummingbirds at their feeders, especially since I had an extra feeder that I was not using that I gave her. With all the bird traffic at her place, its a wonder someone doesn't get run over or stabbed.They also have a large number of Indigo Buntings on their property.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=559|displayname=0|float=right}

I went over to my mothers home Saturday hoping to find the bird that flew down to her Hummingbird feeder for a long drink of nectar. The way she described it, it could be some type of Oriole. Orioles are often found feeding from Hummer feeders or special feeders made for the species. If you just happen to have them, you can cut orange slices and nail them to a tree to attract them.

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"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

One game is not a season

The predominantly orange clad crowd in the Georgia Dome exhaled a chorus of relief after Tennessee toppled N.C. State, 35-21, in the season opener for both teams.

Vols Coach Derek Dooleys seat cooled considerably while N.C. States Tom OBriens seat was noticeably warmer than when he arrived in Atlanta.

Preseason expectations were high in Raleigh. Their fans were banking on a strong secondary and the play of senior quarterback Mike Glennon.

In Knoxville, expectations ran the gamut. Truth be told, no one knew how their heroes would play in the season opener, much less beyond that.

Dooley has taken a lot of heat, but reasonable fans were willing to watch this season play out before rendering judgment.

After the Vols had picked Glennon off four times and receivers ran by NFL cornerback prospect David Amerson, Vols fans were breathing easier.

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At the Movies

Avengers best movie of 2012 so far

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Labor Day weekend is considered the end of the summer season for the film, and here is a look back and handing out some awards for this years movies that have come out so far, based on wholly subjective criteria.

Unfortunately, Im going to start with this years Worst Movie, which would be Battleship hands down, although Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter sure gave the board-game-based film a run for its money.

Directed by Peter Berg, Battleship is the story of some international sailors left to defend against an alien invasion. It is loud and there are explosions galore, but they arent exciting at all, which is a shame. For a film that tried to follow in the footsteps of Transformers it did succeed in being pretty awful, like most of those films.

Star Taylor Kitsch is uninteresting as are all the characters, save for Col. Gregory D. Gadson, a double amputee U.S. Army veteran who played double-amputee Lt. Col. Mick Canales. Out of all of this years movies coming out on DVD soon or already out, Id avoid Battleship at all costs.

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General News

Annual Ladies Day event set

Market Street Church of Christ will host its Annual Ladies Day event on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Guest speaker will be Dorothy Dye of Valdosta, Ga. Registration will begin at 9 a.m.

Market Street Church of Christ is at 502 East Market Street, Lebanon. For more information, call 444-8637.

The minister is David Meek. Assistant ministers are Michael Neal and Anthony White.

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Cicis Pizza debuts Natl Guest Appreciation Day

To thank its loyal guests during the busy back-to-school season, CiCis Pizza will host its first National Guest Appreciation Day on Sept. 6.

Participating restaurants, including Cicis Pizza in Lebanon, will offer the eaterys endless buffet for just $2.99 all day from 11 a.m. until closing time.

At CiCis, we have families too, and we know how busy and expensive back-to-school can be. Theres no better time to say thank you to the families that make our communities great, said CiCis Pizza Chief Marketing Officer Nancy Hampton. CiCis offers everyday value for dine-in and To Go family meals or team and club gatherings, and Guest Appreciation Day is just one more way we can help our guests during this hectic time of year.

With more than 550 restaurants nationwide, CiCis custom pizza buffet is stocked with 28 piping hot pizzas in rotation, pastas, salads, hot soup and oven-baked desserts. Guests who dont see their favorite pizza on CiCis buffet can request it and it will be made specially and brought out fresh from the oven to the table.

For more information, go to www.cicispizza.com.

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Council: More info needed on proposed sales tax revenue

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Some Lebanon City Councilors criticized Mayor Philip Craighead for not explicitly defining where a proposed sales tax increase would be spent if it passes a referendum on Nov. 6 and said citizens wouldnt vote for the increase if they dont know where the money is going to be spent.

Earlier this year, Craighead proposed placing a referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot asking if citizens would approve a 0.5 percent sales tax increase within Lebanon city limits, raising the citys sales taxes to the state maximum of 9.75 percent.

I dont really know where the money is going, said Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler.

Buhler said a flyer recently distributed by the mayor and ads in local newspapers give possibilities of what the money could be spent on, but said it needed to be more specific. He said the city should tell citizens exactly how the estimated $3.5 million in extra revenue from the increase would be spent.

Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston said if the people dont know where or how the money will be spent they wont vote to increase the tax. He said people have to be better informed before they make the decision in November.

If we dont define it, people wont vote for it, Huddleston said.

We should put it in concrete and say in the first 10 to 15 years, this is what the money is going to do, Buhler added.

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Road closures announced for Sherrys Run

The ninth annual Sherrys Run is slated for Saturday, Sept. 8, in Lebanon, and road closures have been announced for the event.

According to Scott Jasper, executive board member who heads up operations for the event, We feel very fortunate that each year our attendance at Sherrys Run increases. This enables us to help those battling cancer, right here in our communities. Last year we had over 3,600 participants at the Run.

Jasper continued, We are making every effort for residents and businesses to plan ahead for this great event. Most road closures and detours along the routes will be in effect between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. At 6:30 a.m., police and event personnel will implement a soft closure along the entire race course. The race begins at 8 a.m. and streets will reopen on a rolling basis as soon as the last participant has passed and all course support materials have been removed.

Streets along the earlier miles of the route will open earlier than roads along the end of the route. Please review the road closure grid and Sherrys Run 5K Course Map located on our website at www.sherrysrun.org for detailed information. Residents and businesses located near the race course are urged to plan ahead and be aware of road closure schedules and alternate access routes.

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School board, club sports reach agreement

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Board of Education made a promise to a packed room of athletes that they would be able to continue competing while using the name of their respective schools if their club sports obtained 501c3 non-profit status.

Monday afternoon a large crowd of athletes from local high school swimming clubs gathered with parents and coaches to ask the school board to continue letting the clubs use their school names when competing.

If we dont operate through the school we will not be allowed to compete, said Kristi Dean, parent of a swimmer in Lebanon High Schools swim club.

Sports such as swimming and hockey are not recognized by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletics Association, or TSSAA, and athletes at local high schools have formed sports clubs to compete with other clubs in Middle Tennessee.

The school system was not officially affiliated with club sports because they are not recognized by TSSAA and for liability issues. However, swimming is an especially popular sport in Wilson County with LHS, Wilson Central and Mt. Juliet High having swim teams.

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Sherry's Run about abilities

Seven-year-old Alex Johnson is among the thousands of people who are planning to participate in the ninth annual Sherrys Run, a 5K run that raises funds to help those with cancer locally.

The upbeat Friendship Christian School student who has confidence beyond his years, told his Dad, I got this! Thats what Alex tells his parents Nathan and Danna Johnson and big brother Michael, and his friends time and time again. And, time and time again, Alexs family and friends are amazed and inspired. Why? Because, Alex has abilities! a Sherrys Run spokesperson said.

Alex has a rare form of skeletal dysplasia that affects his bones including his vertebral column. It is painful and a real struggle for him to walk and do many of the activities most people take for granted. Less than 10,000 people worldwide have Alexs form of dysplasia. There are different forms of the disease including dwarfism and brittle-bone disease. In Alexs case, his joints are primarily affected resulting in stiffness and muscle weakness.

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