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Wilson Living

Sleepless nights

By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine

Its midnight and I cant sleep. So instead of just enjoying the quiet hum of an otherwise bustling house, I think. And you know what that leads to... I start out thinking about the birthday party I need to plan for my youngest. Then I remember Thanksgiving hits right before his birthday, so I need to mentally and physically prepare for hosting a day full of brothers, sisters, and in-laws, not to mention nieces and nephews with sticky fingers, loaded diapers and missing parents.

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General Lifestyle

Hot Rod Crazy

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Car enthusiast loves showing off his wheels

By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post

The letters on the license plate to Rod Reprogles 2003 Chevy Silverado SS spell out RODSTOY.

But the truck is more than his toy, its his pride and joy. Over the past four years, the Lebanon car enthusiast has entered 18 car shows with the truck and won 16.

Sundays Oktoberfest Antique Car Show on the grounds of the main branch of Wilson Bank & Trust will make car show No. 143 for Reprogle, 67, who will be aiming for hunk of shiny metal No. 148.

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Our Feathered Friends

OFF- Oct. 17

By Ray Pope

I don't believe that we could have ordered a more perfect Saturday as this past weekend. The weather was so nice that it was a great day to drive out to Tyree's Access onOldHickoryLakeand try my hand at fishing. Fishing is an easy task unless there is no connection with my brain, telling my left hand how to hold a cricket so that I could bait my hook. Finally after dropping half of my crickets back into the wild, it became frustrating and it was time to depart for home.

This past Monday was the last day for me to see Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at my location onFairview Avenue. Have any of you seen any later than that? In a couple more weeks, I will take my remaining feeders down and wash them and store them in a sealed container to be ready for next season.

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At the Movies

'Argo' not entirely true, but still a thrilling film

By PATRICK HALL
Special to The Wilson Post

Sometimes stories in films are just too crazy to believe, but in the case of the based-on-a-true-story film, Argo, the reality is more entertaining than most of what Hollywood cooks up these days, and it finally tells a miraculous story that saved the lives of six Americans.

Directed byBen Affleck, who also stars as TonyMendez, Argo tells of the Iranian Revolution in 1979, where the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was stormed and 52 Americans taken hostage. But there were six who escaped the embassy to the Canadian Ambassadors home.

Mendez devises a plan to get the six embassy personnel home, by disguising as a Canadian film producer and the six Americans as his crew on a location scout in Tehran. It was, asBryan CranstonsJack ODonnell put it, The best bad idea we have.

Argo finds a balance between tension, humor and the heavily emotional events to create a narrative that is deadly serious, but breaks tension in key moments with witty humor. However, not all of its best moments actually happened.

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General News

'Taste' kicks off Restaurant Week

Its never been easier or more flavorful to support your community in a number of ways at the same time than during Taste of Wilson Countys Restaurant Week.

From Oct. 19-26,Wilson Countyis celebrating local eateries, caterers and food vendors by offering special discount coupons, all of which can be found inside Oct. 17, 2012s edition of TheWilson Post.

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Amazon hiring for seasonal positions

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is hiring for more than 50,000 seasonal positions at its fulfillment centers across the U.S. this holiday season.

In addition to the thousands of people weve hired for full-time jobs this year, were proud to be adding more than 50,000 seasonal jobs this holiday, said Dave Clark, vice president, Global Customer Fulfillment. Were hiring at our sites across the U.S. for talented individuals to help us deliver a great experience for our customers this holiday season. Temporary associates play a critical role in meeting increased customer demand during the holiday season, and we expect thousands of temporary associates will stay on in full-time positions.

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Cajun Feast to support Girl Scouts Thursday night

From Staff Reports

The public is invited to a Cajun Feast Thursday evening at the home of Kathy Hansen at 2019 Shoreline Drive in Mt. Juliet. The event is free of charge, but donations are accepted for the Wilson County Girl Scouts.

Food and beverages will be available for guests to enjoy while they listen to music performed by Mandy Barnett. Barnett starred as Patsy Cline in the musical AlwaysPatsy Cline at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

For more information, contact Cathey Sweeney at 453-2473.

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Cooper hosts Military Service Academy Day for students

Fifth District U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, will host a workshop on Saturday, Oct. 20 for Middle Tennessee students interested in attending military service academies.

Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marines, Tennessee National Guard, ROTC programs and the U.S. State Department will be in attendance.

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Early voting begins today

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Early voting for the Nov. 6 Federal and State General Election begins today at four Wilson County locations.

These locations include: the Wilson County Election Commission Office, 203 East Main Street, Lebanon; Mt. Juliet Community Center, 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet; Watertown Community Center, 8630 Sparta Pike, Watertown; and the Gladeville Community Center on McCrary Road, Gladeville.

Early voting for the election runs through Thursday, Nov. 1. Hours for early voting locations are 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

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Housing inventory continues to drop for the 4th month in a row

As the housing inventory continues to drop, housing sales increase.

In May, Wilson County had a seven-month supply of homes on the market. As we roll into the fall season, we begin with 5.6 months of inventory on the market, putting us right in line with becoming a seller's market, which we haven't seen since mid 2007, said Amy Hamilton, chair of the Public Relations Committee of the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors, or EMTAR.

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Long Hunter hosts annual Pow Wow Oct. 19-21

By DAN WHITTLE
Naturalist Photographer/Author
Special to The Wilson Post

Hear the distant drums of living history.

Educators and school students from Cannon, Rutherford, Wilson and Davidson counties have an (free) opportunity to experience living history of Native American Indians at Long Hunter State Park on Oct. 19-21, the dates of the Native American Indian Associations 31st annual Fall Festival and 2012 Pow Wow.

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Mayfield given 50 years

Mayfield given 50-year sentence in deadly DUI wreck

From Post staff reports

A woman who pleaded guilty to charges resulting from the death of a 4-year-old boy and his grandfather in a DUI wreck was sentenced to a prison term of 50 years on Tuesday.

Barbara Mayfield pleaded guilty in August to two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, one count of aggravated vehicular assault, third DUI and second driving on a revoked license.

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Relay For Life surpass $100K goal

Relay For Life of Wilson County surpassed its 2012 goal by raising more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society, officials announced recently.

Because of great participation and some outstanding contributions, we came very close to reaching our goal on the night of Relay For Life, which is remarkable, Committee Chairperson Tina Winfree said. On behalf of the entire Relay For Life committee, we want to say a big thank you to our event sponsors, auction item sponsors, teams, volunteers, event guests and, of course, everyone who donated. Its been thrilling to work with so many neighbors who were eager to be part of the fight against cancer this year.

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Survey under way of historic homes

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Middle Tennessee State University graduate students were spotted in Lebanon Tuesday afternoon conducting a baseline survey that Kim Parks, chair of Historic Lebanon Tomorrow, hopes will lead to establishing historic zoning within the city.

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Two Lebanon churches lead vote against hunger effort

From Post staff reports

Two Lebanon churches are putting biblical differences aside in an effort to help feed the hungry in Wilson County through a special Election Day project titled Vote Against Hunger.

College Hills Church of Christ and Immanuel Baptist, working together, are promoting a one-day event to help restock two important food banks in Wilson County.

The two churches are energizing brethren from within their respective congregations and also encouraging the help of others to organize a can food drive on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6.

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Vice Lords member found guilty

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen lauded the hard of officers in a drug distribution conspiracy case that led to the conviction of a member of the Vice Lords gang in federal court on Tuesday.

Monique Money Smith, 41, of Cookeville, was convicted on all counts of a seven-count indictment by a federal jury in U.S. District Court in Nashville, said Jerry Martin, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Smith was one of 17 people indicted in September 2011 for their alleged participation in the drug distribution conspiracy and associated violence while also illegally possessing firearms. He was one of 11 members of the Vice Lords to be indicted.

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Wilson County Christmas for All receives $10,000 grant from MTE Customers Care

Middle Tennessee Electrics Customers Care has donated $10,000 of its Operation Round Up funds to the Wilson County Christmas for All.

This holiday season may be a little brighter for those in need in our community thanks to the generosity of the members of Middle Tennessee Electric, President Alan Ricketts saidWilson County Christmas for All provides toys for children at Christmas and food baskets for elderly and disabled residents.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=95|imageid=642|displayname=0|float=right}

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General Sports

FCS athletics moving to TSSAA Division II

Fresh off winning three state championships last school year in TSSAA's Division I (public school / non-scholarship) Lebanon's Friendship Christian School will move to the TSSAA's Division II for the next four years.

"We believe that this decision is consistent with our mission," said FCS President Jon Shoulders. "In our efforts to fully educate ourselves to arrive at this decision, we have had conversations and received feedback from our stakeholders, as well as administrators, coaches, athletic directors and leaders of Division II schools with whom we would be competing. We feel strongly that this is the right decision for our school at this time."

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Friendship wins volleyball regional

HOSTS SALE CREEK IN SECTIONAL
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian's volleyball team rolled to the Region 4A championship Tuesday with 3-0 wins over Clay County and Jackson County at the Bay Family Sportsplex.

FCS, the defending Class A state champs, blanked Clay Co. 25-11,25-11 and 25-10 in the semifinals before disposing of Jackson County 25-16, 25-11 and 25-14 in the finals.

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MJ falls in Region 5-AAA finals

LADY BEARS VISIT BRENTWOOD THURSDAY --
Mt. Juliet High's volleyball team dropped a 3-2 decision to Rossview in Tuesday night's Region 5-AAA tournament finals in Dickson. Game scores: 24-26, 25-20, 25-19, 15-22 and 9-15.

The Lady Bears, now 33-8 overall, will travel to Williamson County Thursday for a 7 pm TSSAA Sectional game vs. Brentwood High.

The Sectional winner advances to the TSSAA state tournament next week in Murfreesboro.

Mt. Juliet, the District 9AAA runner-up, ousted host Dickson County in Tuesday's regional semifinal match.

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