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Showing 11 articles from September 19, 2012.


Don Franklin Jr., 52

Funeral services will be held 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Franklin, 52, of Lebanon. Mr. Franklin died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 at the University Medical Center.


Ask Ken Beck

TV star Dax Shepard is making a run on films

Dear Ken: Whats the skinny on Dax Shepard, who stars as Charles Bronson in the movie Hit and Run?

Actor-comedian Shepard, 37, began his career on the MTV hidden-camera practical-joke reality show Punkd before getting into such films as Employee of the Month, Idiocracy, Lets Go to Prison, Baby Mama and When in Rome. He now stars on the TV series Parenthood as Crosby Braverman. Engaged to actress Kristin Bell, he graduated magna cum laude from UCLA with a degree in anthropology and enjoys racing motorcycles. Shepard wrote and co-directed Hit and Run, which also stars Bell, Beau Bridges, Kristen Chenoweth, Bradley Cooper and Tom Arnold. Hes already working on his next production, Send Lawyers, Gun and Money.


Wilson Living

Darn...he noticed

Wilson Living Magazine

A few months back, I convinced my husband to embark on a small remodeling project.

And actually, remodel is too strong a word. It was really an organizational project.

We are a family of clutter. At any given time there are trails of tennis balls, footballs, baseballs, cleats, shin guards, backpacks, dog leashes, bathing suits, goggles, purses, and files leading the way through our house.

I just want to put in some built-ins for all this clutter. Maybe bump out the laundry room. Thats all - promise. were the words that came out of my mouth.

And yet as I sit here writing this afternoon, Im staring into a huge hole on the side of my house.


General Lifestyle

Cumberland golf coach gives PGA players the shaft

Scott Wilkerson places the right clubs in hands of the pros

The Wilson Post

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=86|imageid=589|displayname=0|float=left}Scott Wilkerson fits tightly into the best of two very different golf worlds.

On a typical Tuesday he may be at a major PGA event fitting Graeme McDowell (the 2010 U.S. Open champion) or another of the worlds greatest golfers with a new hybrid fairway wood. By Thursday he may be found at the Old Hickory Golf Course giving Cumberland University golf team member Ryan Botts a chipping lesson.

Wilkerson, 45, serves as PGA Tour Manager for Adams Golf, a job he hooked in 2004, the same year he became coach of the Cumberland mens golf team. Three years ago he took the helm of the womens golf team as well.

I get the chance to work hand in hand with some of the best players in the world. I always dreamed of playing on the PGA Tour, but this is as close as I can come without playing, said Wilkerson, who was born and grew up in Lafayette in Macon County. Ive gotten to see the world. I went to the British Open this year and have been overseas many times to tour events in countries like New Zealand, Australia and Panama.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - Sept. 19


Hummers, Hummers, and even more Hummers have taken over the neighborhood, almost makes one want to bob and weave across the yard looking for the safety of the front door. Dotty Kim called Saturday to report that all her feeders are overflowing with birds. As of last count Dotty said she has at least 30 there at her home. I told her when she gets tired to send them my way. As September comes to a close the amount of Hummingbirds will be almost nil. Personally, there will be at least two feeders out all the way through October just in case of some stragglers. Someone asked if keeping their feeders out would cause the Hummers to stay later than usual. I can safely say that when it is time for them to leave, they will go south.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=585|displayname=0|float=left}The unknown bird drinking from my mothers Hummer feeder has finally been identified. It returned to feed and she said that my brother got a peek at it. With bird book in hand it was found to be a Northern Flicker, a member of the Woodpecker clan. I was thinking that it was a much smaller bird.

My good friend Anthony Gray stopped by to see me this past Friday, and asked if I would like to eat Chinese on Saturday with him. Well, hmm, does a big brown bear live in the deep woods? It should be against the law to refuse a special friend the chance to dine with you.


Guest Column

A Food, Farm and Jobs Bill as soon as possible

By U.S. Secretary of Agriculture TOM VILSACK

After spending much of August out of Washington, Congress is back and rural America is watching closely, hoping for passage of a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill as soon as possible.

With farmers facing the worst drought in decades this summer and the current Farm Bill set to expire on Sept. 30 of this year, time is running out for Congress to act.

You and I both know the stakes couldnt be higher.

Since early this summer, when the Senate passed a comprehensive, multi-year Food Farm and Jobs Act, the Administration has expressed its preference for such comprehensive legislation and urged Congress to act before the current law expires.

Your grandmother would appreciate your mincing your oaths unless shes cussing, too


Im curious about why we say What in Sam Hill and Hot as blue blazes. Please give us an explanation of these, as they seem pretty far-fetched to me, and I say them!-Man with Wild Speech

What in Sam Hill is this guy talking about? Just joking; our QP of T (Question Person of Today) has asked about expressions commonly used, which means they are effective. The user believes they work and believes the listener, and less frequently the reader, understands them. And we do, dont we?

As to the origins of these two, its the old, familiar story of sources with various explanations. The snarly forest of the origins of words and phrases is not easily penetrated; the treasures hidden stay hidden. Mostly.


General News

Council sets sales tax priorities

The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night specifying they would spend revenue from a proposed sales tax increase on balancing their budget, improving drainage and flooding issues as well as catching up on paving.

A 0.5 percent sales tax increase will be put to a referendum on Nov. 6 for Lebanon citizens to decide if they want to raise the sales taxes within city limits to the state maximum of 9.75 percent. Members of the council wanted to specifically state where the additional revenue would be spent so citizens could be more informed.

The resolution states 50 percent of the additional revenue would be deposited into the citys reserve fund, or their Rainy Day Fund. The city has been budgeting money from that fund for the past several years to cover a deficit.

The 2012-2013 budget allocates $2.75 million from the reserve fund.

Officials break ground on new WHS Wednesday

The Wilson Post

County officials and residents of Watertown gathered Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new Watertown High School.

This is a great day for our community and an even greater day for our students, said Watertown Mayor and County Attorney Mike Jennings.

It is a great day to be a Purple Tiger, noted WHS Principal Jeff Luttrell.

The site of the new WHS is located on Neal Road, just passed downtown Watertown. However, Jennings noted the land was not within the Watertown city limits. He sat down with the City Council and said, We fixed that in two readings.

Land was purchased in 2011 for $516,000 and the school was designed by local firm Kaatz, Binkley, Jones & Morris. Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis said the new school will cost $36,949,420.61.

WB&Ts Oktoberfest celebrating 25 years

Oktoberfest at Wilson Bank & Trust is a tradition nearly as long-running as the bank itself.

And in the past quarter century, its seen nearly as much growth and change as the banking industry.

This fall, WB&Ts signature event will officially celebrate its 25th year of bringing festival-like family fun to the people of Lebanon, Wilson County and beyond. But its roots actually go back a little farther, to the same year Wilson Bank & Trust opened its doors.

In 1987, after only a few months in business, Wilson Bank & Trust was still in its infancy. It was the only locally-based option for financial services, and its founders wanted to build on that reputation by holding a gathering for local residents to enjoy, a recreational opportunity representative of the banks commitment to the Lebanon community. The solution was a two-fold experiment.

WHS students get voting experience

Romney wins mock Presidential election at WHS

The Wilson Post

Almost 350 students at Watertown High School cast their vote in a mock Presidential election Monday morning and many registered to vote as the Wilson County Election Commission continues its effort to reach young voters.

The Election Commission set up and organized the mock election with the Future Business Leaders of America, or FBLA, club helping to get students in to vote. In just over an hour-and-a-half, 342 students voted.

WHS Business Technology teacher Ella Williams, who leads the schools FBLA club, said the mock election ties in with curriculum in several classes and helps students become more familiar with the voting process.

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