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101st Airborne 1st Brigade to tell locals about deployment

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division, recognized as the Bastogne Brigade, will embark in November on its fifth deployment since Sept. 11, 2001, and the brigades commander, Col. J.P. McGee and soldiers under his command will give local residents a special briefing on their mission in Afghanistan.

Brigade Public Affairs Officer Maj. Michael McCullough said the briefing to be held at Cumberland University on Tuesday, Oct. 16, will give Wilson County residents the chance to get to know the 1st Brigade and learn about their upcoming deployment.

We have a mission to reach out to communities and reach out to people who dont see soldiers on a regular basis, McCullough said.

The 101st Airborne Division is based in Fort Campbell, Ky., and more than 20,000 soldiers are stationed there.

McCullough pointed out Cumberland University developed a unique relationship with the 1st Brigade when McGee served as a guest speaker at the universitys May 8 ceremony honoring World War II veterans who participated in the Tennessee Maneuvers from 1941 to 1944.

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Arcades original arch uncovered

By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post

The Arcade, a fixture of the Lebanon Public Square since 1904, is the subject of a major renovation project being spearheaded by the structures new owners Mike Manous and Hal Bone.

Acquired from Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy McCullough, the Arcade, situated in the southeast corner of the Square adjacent to what is now Cuzs Antiques, is a historical landmark for the city having once served as a location for a Kuhns department store, a number of doctors offices, and the meeting place for civic clubs.

The new owners plan to bring back as much as possible of theArcades original design.

There was a major break-through this week in the construction project when workers uncovered the original limestone arch that served as the entrance to the Arcade area.

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Autumn & Friends golf tournament Sept. 22

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

In addition to the annual Autumn & Friends golf tournament, organizers of the tournament are holding a party prior to the event with music, fun and a mini-silent auction to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

This marks the third year of the Autumn & Friends charity tournament, which has raised $28,000 for the CF Foundation in its first two years. One of the events organizers, Vera Smith, said the goal this year is $25,000.

Gary Bennett began raising money for the CF Foundation after his daughter Autumn, lost her struggle with Cystic Fibrosis in 1997. In 2010, Bennett, who admits he is not a golfer, decided to add the charity tournament to expand the fundraising.

But new this year is the party to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Music City Bar & Grill, which was the idea of the restaurants owner, Blake Kolvrig. Music City Bar & Grill is located at 2416 Music Valley Drive in Nashville.

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Cracker Barrel: Biglari rejects offer to appoint two independent board members

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) Thursday confirmed it offered Sardar Biglari the opportunity to nominate two independent directors to its Board.

Company officials said they received notice from Biglari of his intent to nominate himself and Philip L. Cooley for election to the Companys Board of Directors at the Companys Annual Meeting set for Nov. 15.Biglaris bid for a Board seat at last years Annual Meeting was rejected by shareholders by a margin of approximately 64 percent to 36 percent.

In a letter sent to Biglari earlier this week, company officials said The Board has considered your request thoroughly and has concluded, due to concerns about potential conflicts of interest and legal issues given your roles with Steak n Shake, as well as other issues, not to appoint you and Phil to the Board. However, in an effort to be constructive and avoid another proxy contest, the Board has authorized us to make the following settlement offer.

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Lebanon Council sets work session

Lebanon City Council will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.

The purpose of the meeting is a drainage recommendation discussion.

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Losing a lifestyle but not a life

Recoveringand rebuilding with help from Sherrys Run

Its a parents dream to see her children on their own, successful and working, in college and building their own future. Its unexpected for that parent to suddenly be forced into a battle against cancer, unable to work and have her life going backward, but thats what happened to Heather Bailey when she got the news in late 2011.

Heather is the single mother of three adult children, becoming single again in 2011. That summer she had to move out of her beautiful log cabin home in Watertown and into an apartment in Mt. Juliet. Her oldest daughter graduated from Cumberland University in May, her son Nick enrolled there and played football on a scholarship while working two jobs, and her youngest daughter is following Heathers footsteps at MTSUs School of Nursing.

In October of that year, Heather was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a bi-lateral mastectomy. It was a year of changes and transitions, both full of blessings and bad news.

Heather began chemotherapy in early spring 2012, but she was unable to maintain her workload at Kindred Health Care in Nashville an ironic twist to a devastating diagnosis. Heather took FMLA (Family and Medical Leave), received short term disability but was unable to qualify for State aid. Her income dropped dramatically, so she cut her expenses disconnecting cable TV, Internet, home telephone and cutting corners where she could.

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