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General Lifestyle

Mt. Juliet Homecoming celebrates rich, rural heritage

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By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- West Wilson Countys best-kept autumn secret may be the Mt. Juliet Homecoming, a gathering of hundreds of folks, young and old, who share music and meals but mainly take a day to reminisce about the towns agrarian roots.

The big event, which organizers describe as a miniature version of the Museum of Appalachia with lots of old-time, bluegrass, country and gospel music, takes place Saturday at the Circle P Ranch, behind Cloyds Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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Perpetual motion wheel still turns heads

Photos courtesy of the Museum of Appalachia

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By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post

Even though it is motionless, Wilson County inventor Asa Jacksons perpetual motion machine continues to keep heads turning and minds spinning 150 years after its creation.

Nobody seems to know exactly how it operated and plenty of pieces are missing, but the Leeville farmers perpetual motion wheel, 6 feet in diameter and made of wood, commands a prominent place in the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, Tenn.

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Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends- Oct. 24

Coming back home from Al's Foodtown, I drove down Cole Avenue and was well surprised to hear a House Wren singing its little heart out. Usually this late into the fall, they should be much farther south where the weather in a little warmer.

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General News

30,000+ cast ballots early

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

More than 30,000 voters cast their ballots during the early voting period that ended at 6 p.m., Thursday.

That was the word yesterday from Phillip Warren, administrator of elections for the Wilson County Election Commission.

As of press time, 30,151 voters had cast their ballots early, surpassing the 26,054 total number of early voters in 2008.

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LSSD to host Year Two of Rachels Challenge

Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.

Her acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for Rachels Challenge, one of the most life-changing school programs in America, a spokesperson said.

Fifth through eighth grade Lebanon Special School District students will attend age-appropriate presentations regarding Rachel and her life story. These assemblies create the want to or desire for positive change. In February, LSSD hosted its first Rachels Challenge. In August of this year, the school system hosted a kickoff rally at the Wilson County Fair. LSSD will host year two of Rachels Challenge on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 5-6.

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MJ songwriter tabs ASCAP Songwriter, Song of the Year honors

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Two-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Ben Hayslip is the first to admit hes a lucky guy.

Blessed with a wife, Melissa, three sons, Tarver, Camden and Knox, and four hit songs currently on country radio most everyone would have to agree 2012 has been Hayslips year.

"Ive had four hits this year, Honey Bee by Blake Shelton, I Dont Want This Night to End by Luke Bryan, This Ole Boy by Craig Morgan and Im Gonna Love You Through it by Martina McBride, said the Mt. Juliet resident. Because of the success of these four songs, Hayslip was named 2012 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year with an added bonus. Honey Bee also won Song of the Year. I felt like I would probably get Songwriter of the Year but didnt expect to win Song of the Year. It stayed at number one on the charts for four weeks, he said.

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Schools officials pleased with students progress

Graduation RatesAmong Area Counties:

Wilson 95.5 Percent
Williamson 92.2
Trousdale 95
Smith 93
Putnam 91.4
Sumner 91.2
Rutherford 90.7
Davidson 78.4

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis said he was very pleased with how schools ranked on the 2012 state Report Card, released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Davis said that all Wilson County Schools are above the state average in ACT composite scores and that they received all As in Achievement.

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Unruly students may be charged

Armed bus driver report was false

A frightening situation on a school bus about an armed bus driver in Mt. Juliet turned out to be false.

Mt. Juliet Police officers quickly responded to a 911 call of an armed bus driver on a Wilson County School Bus around 3:30 p.m., Wednesday afternoon. Once arriving on the scene, officers noticed multiple students in a nearby field who were upset and scared. The bus driver was located, and the scene was rapidly cleared by officers to ensure all children were safe.

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General Sports

9 qualify for state C-C meet

Saturday at Percy Warner Park --
Nine Wilson County runners will be competing Saturday in the TSSAA state cross county meet at Nashvilles Percy Warner Park Steeplechase Course. Runners qualified for the state based on their performances at the Region 5AAA meet Thursday, Oct. 25 at Hendersonvilles Sanders Ferry Park.

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CU hosts Bluefield Saturday

Bring a new toy for half-off admission
Football fans can help make the holiday season a little brighter for local children just by donating a new, unwrapped toy for a discount admission to Cumberlands final home game of the 2012 season.

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