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Telling Tales

Telling Tales: Intervention

Well, I hate to admit it, but I’m back on the crack.

A year ago, I was completely addicted to it. Consumed by it! I’d wake up and the first thing I’d do was find my phone, check my emails and texts and then stumble to the coffee maker.

My children remained in the state of terror as I drove down Coles Ferry trying to text, drive and call out spelling words all at the same time.



Bring it on with barbeque


Why don't people know the difference between take and bring? It is so easy to use them correctly. This is just the latest "discord" with me. Why can't I stop saying I've got? Don't say it often, but catch these words coming out of my mouth now and then.   
-Neat Friend from Another County

He remembers the Reuben James he knew growing up


As I sat listening to “Real Country” on my radio recently, and I heard the song “Reuben James.” Every time I have ever heard it my mind goes back to the days of my youth when I walked in the furrow behind a black man as he turned the fertile soil. Those were happy days, and I felt this man or these men cared about me.

Who was Reuben James? He was a big, strong black man whose hands held the turning plow and walked in the furrow that the plow made. Behind him, a little white boy with no name tagged along. Why did this little boy have no name? In the days when I was young and this boy was young, there were very few illegitimate children. This was the fate of this child and so as he tagged along, Reuben James became his protector and he would be his father figure.


Letters to the Editor

Reader blames school board, not ACLU

To the Editor:

I appreciated so much reading the letter written by Ada Hawpe. She made a very good point in her letter in the Feb. 26 edition of The Wilson Post, regarding our future generation. I stand with her, as we Christians should all be as concerned.

But what Ms. Hawpe may or may not know is that the ACLU didn't make the decision to stop the Bibles from being handed out to fifth graders. Our school Director and the School Board made that decision. We don't have enough money to operate our schools as it is; it's my opinion I feel they would rather just give in than to fight an expensive lawsuit. I believe that is why they made that decision.


General News

Freedom Rider to speak at local church Sunday

Pickett Ruckett United Methodist Church will host a special Black History Service on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. with a special Black History program to follow service.

After the service, a display will be set up to celebrate Black History, and a “soul food” lunch will be provided by the church members.

Mayors ask Alliance to shape mid-state mass transit strategy
From Post staff reports

Dealing with growing concerns in Middle Tennessee about commutes that are getting longer as each year passes is a primary focus of a recently created nonprofit organization, according to its chairman, Nashville attorney Charles Bone.

Bone, who heads the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, told members of the Lebanon Morning Rotary Thursday, that growth in the mid-state region is crowding our highways and causing government leaders to think more seriously about mass transit and other issues of regional concern.

MJs Mundy Park on the sale block

Special to The Wilson Post

A refused offer from a local church to purchase a Mt. Juliet park has the City Commission rethinking the future of the property, with the hopes that the sale will allow the purchase of land closer to the center of the city for a larger, more convenient park.

Mt. Juliet City Manager Randy Robertson said Monday that the city commission is considering the sale of Mundy Park, off Belinda Parkway on the south side of town, and that a “request for a proposal” for the land has been sent out. Robertson said City officials have spoken with one Realtor so far “to see what the market will bear” and “to do the heavy lifting” of getting the nearly 30 acres of land on the market.

MTEMCs web site displays map showing outage information

A map that shows existing Middle Tennessee Electric power outages can now be viewed by anyone logging on to MTEMC’s web site —

“Our intent was to create something our members could easily use,” MTEMC’s Vice President of Communications and Member Services Chris Jones said. “The map shows our entire service area. Outages are displayed through highlighted blocks that users can zoom in on and click for additional information.”

Property taxes due

The Wilson Post

For those of us who have not done so, we have until 4 p.m., today to pay our Wilson County property taxes.

That’s right, the taxman calleth, and it’s time to pay up.

Property taxes are normally due Feb. 28, but this year that falls on Sunday when government offices are closed.

Songwriter royalty joined Wilson on stage at MCAs Music at The Mill

The entertainment showcased at MCA’s Music at the Mill, a concert benefit for McClain Christian Academy, on Saturday night was top-shelf, songwriter “royalty.”

Hands down, the line up of Music’s elite truly exceeded the sold-out crowd’s expectations.


General Sports

Friendship 53, RBS 48


WATERTOWN -- Friendship Christian won the first region basketball championship in the history of the boys program Thursday night with a 53-48 victory over Red Boiling Springs in the 4A finals at Watertown High.

The Commanders improved to 21-8 and will host Grace Baptist Monday at 7 p.m. in the TSSAA sectional game. Monday night's winner will advance to the Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee Basketball Championships later this month at MTSU's Murphy Center.

Grace Baptist dropped a 73-65 decision to Chattanooga Arts & Science in the Region 3A finals.

TUESDAY NIGHT IN LIVINGSTON -- FCS placed four players in double figures and rode a strong second quarter to eliminate rival Gordonsville 76-58 in the Region 4A semifinals at Livingston Academy.

Leading by one, 17-16 after the first quarter, the Commanders took a 37-29 lead into intermission thanks to a 20-13 second quarter. FCS padded its lead by outscoring the Tigers 20-11 in the third.

Parker Teeter led FCS with 17, Lee Maasen added 16, Hardie Sorrels had 15 and Dalton Patterson 13.

NFF honors local football players

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Eight area football players will be among the honorees Monday, March 8 at the annual awards banquet for the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The black-tie event will be held at 7 p.m. at the Nashville Airport Marriott.

The banquet gives the Hall of Fame Foundation, along with all of Middle Tennessee, an opportunity to honor 56 high school and seven college scholar/athletes who have distinguished themselves not only as football players but also in their academic and leadership achievements. The NFF will be awarding $500 scholarships to all high school scholar/athletes and recognizing outstanding community leaders and great Americans by awarding the Fred Russell Distinguished American Award and the Roy Kramer Contribution to Football Award.

Among the high school players set to be recognized are the following from Wilson County:
Mt. Juliet quarterback Reed Gurchiek; Wilson Central lineman Anthony Clark; Lebanon WR / DB Phillip Vance; MJ Christian lineman Phillip Harnage; Friendship Christian WR / P Parker Teeter and Watertown quarterback Dalton Phillips. Also honored from neighboring Trousdale County is Yellow Jacket standout Alexander Gregory.

Cumberland University’s all Mid-South Conference  defensive back Anthony Allen is among the collegiate honorees. Allen was the leader of the defensive backfield that posted 18 interceptions this season. The Belle Glade, Fla., native picked off four passes, ranking fifth in the Mid-South and 22nd nationally. He also had nine pass breakups, ranking third in the MSC and 19th in the nation. The senior recorded 49 tackles this season and returned one interception 94 yards for a touchdown, in the season opener versus Campbellsville.

Former Mt. Juliet High and Tennessee Tech football standout Barry Wilmore is slated to receive the “Fred Russell Distinguished American Award” during Monday’s banquet. Wilmore, a NASA astronaut, piloted the Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-129) on a mission to the International Space Station in November of 2009.

Wilmore, a member of the Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame, will be introduced by his former Golden Eagle teammate Dewayne Alexander, head coach at Lebanon’s Cumberland University and a member of the NFF Board of Directors.

Also on tap for recognition Monday is Tennessee Tech head football coach Watson Brown. A prep star at Cookeville High who went on to play quarterback at Vanderbilt, Brown will receive the “Roy Kramer Contribution to Football Award”. He is best remembered by many Commodore fans for leading Vandy to a 14-10 victory over Alabama in 1969. Brown was named the Sports Illustrated National Back of the Week for his efforts.

Brown, who is married to the former Brenda Arnold of Lebanon, just wrapped up his 25th season as a collegiate head coach and 37th overall in the profession. Prior to taking the TTU job in December of 2006, Brown had spent the previous 12 seasons as head coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He also served as head coach at Austin Peay State University and Vanderbilt.

Several local businesses have stepped forward to help sponsor Monday night’s affair, including: Perma-Pipe, Bill Erwin; Extra Point Sports, David Elrod; Shoney’s and Maggie Moo’s, Kay Couch; and Cumberland University.

A limited number of table sponsorships are still available for $500 each by calling NFF Executive Secretary Scott Brunette at 259-8783.  For more information, go to

Roar Run planned Mar. 27

From Post staff reports

LEBANON -- Entries are still being accepted for the second annual “Roar Run”, sponsored by Byars Dowdy Elementary School. The event will be staged Saturday, March 27. Proceeds will go toward improving and expanding the playground equipment at Byars Dowdy in an effort to fight childhood obesity and illness.

Well over 500 people took part in last year’s inaugural 5K run / walk and one mile fun run for the kids.

Entry fee for the 5K is $20 for anyone 14 and over; $10 for ages 5-13. The 5K, which will start and finish on the Castle Heights campus, will start at 8:30 a.m.

Entry fee for the children’s one mile fun run is $10 for those age 10 and up; $5 for 9 and under. The fun run will start at 8 a.m.  Registration is available online at

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