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Showing 16 articles from May 26, 2010.

Ask Ken Beck

Anna Chlumsky could still be My Girl
Dear Ken: I was wondering whatever happened to Anna Chlumsky of the “My Girl” movie series. Did she ever marry and start a family or continue acting?
Chlumsky, 29, married Shaun So two years ago. She left her acting career for four years, from 1998 to 2002, to earn a major in international studies at the University of Chicago. Since her two “My Girl” films in 1991 and 1994, she has made about eight films, four TV movies and appeared in six TV series including “Cupid,” “30 Rock” and “Law & Order.” She performs regularly as a member of the Poor Artist’s Collective. Chlumsky has also worked for the Manhattan-based restaurant guide, “Zagat,“ writing about food, travel and music. It is reported that Dan Aykroyd has made comments to the fact the “My Girl III” film could happen with Chlumsky portraying her Vada character as an adult.

Wilson Living

Wilson Living: WB&Ts Family Entertainment Series Begins
By Angel Kane  

Mark your calendars for a summertime triple play on the grounds of WB&T’s Main Office as the Family Entertainment Series begins this May 27th! And once again this enjoyable event is free for the entire family.

Entertainment starts a 6:30 with the Zach Allen Band performing on the grounds of WB&T‘s Main Office on West Main Street in Lebanon. Concessions will be on hand as will numerous activities for the children. Nashville Sound’s mascot Ozzie will also be at the festivities and there will be photo opportunities available.

General Lifestyle

Home cooking, homey atmosphere at Four Winds
Special to The Wilson Post

It’s a Saturday morning at 8 a.m., and within hearing distance of a diesel horn blast from the interstate, 15 vehicles form a huddle of sorts around the Four Winds Restaurant on Sparta Pike. Of the 15 vehicles, 11 of them are pickup trucks.

Originally a truck stop, the eatery today is a family restaurant but could equally lay claim to being a pickup truck stop.

Nothing fancy here: 11 booths, a front counter, no stools and big, plate-glass windows on three sides. There’s a jukebox that might be playing a tune by Charley Pride, George Strait or the original Hank Williams. A few gumball/candy machines collect coins, and two boxes of bubble gum and mints on the counter tempt those with sweet tooths and jingle in their pockets for a stray nickel.


Cruelest of tricks

What a beautiful setting the June Bee motel had. Located in the little town of Conception on the Philippines island of Llollo, a 2-1/2-hour bus ride from the nearest city, it would be far away from light pollution and the dark tropic sky would allow me to see everything in the night sky that I’ve never been able to see before—or so I thought.

A few problems came with the stargazing right from the start. Our hotel locked its doors at 10 p.m. and by doors I mean huge, steel structures padlocked from the inside, a situation not conductive for wandering away from the hotel light, continually fueled by generators on site.

Yet from the balcony, the northern sky could be seen by shielding away from the room lights. From the other side a few of the Southern Constellations could be seen through the upstairs windows.
We Mainely remember, but in a yellow haze

Can you explain the term “yellow journalism”?  Why that color?  Thanks,
- A Reader

Anything about journalism is a bit hard to pin down, but, yes, I can explain “yellow journalism.” And, I’m feeling educator-like. Since yesterday was my 70th birthday, I’m glad to be feeling anything. I think Betty White covered this in her recent introductory remarks on Saturday Night Live, but, to be fair, she’s 18 ½ years older than I am. She could be my mother; I could be short.

Letters to the Editor

Reader remembers rails

To the Editor:

Sam Hatcher, I applaud you and the two other proponents, John McDearman and Jere McCulloch, for your column in the May 21 edition of The Wilson Post in generating interest in Lebanon mass transit systems
As a senior citizen of some 78 years, I have had the opportunity of riding the Tennessee Central Rails on several occasions.

In 1942 after our farm on Oak Point Hill in Norene was covered up with hundreds of U.S. Army maneuver soldiers, Mom was uneasy with all the soldiers about. Dad was working at the VA Hospital in Murfreesboro sometimes nights/swing shifts. Dad could only get 4 gallons of gasoline per week, so Dad stayed in quarters at the VA Hospital. Mom and Dad decided to move from our farm to Nashville, where she would work for her former employer, Satsuma Tea Room, to help pay off their mortgage notes on their farm.


General News

2 shot, killed in SW Wilson
The Wilson Post

Authorities continue to investigate the shooting deaths of two males that occurred Tuesday afternoon in southwest Wilson County.
Sheriff Terry Ashe said the incident occurred on a dead end road on the west side of Stewarts Ferry Pike about 75 feet into the Wilson County line around 2 or 2:30 p.m.

He said one male was found dead at the scene in a vehicle that crashed into a creek, and the other male left with some other individuals and he was found dead on the side of Hobson Pike about 4 miles away from where the other victim was found.
80+ homes damaged 50-100 percent: WEMA
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Director John Jewell said although there are no plans on behalf of the county or city governments to purchase damaged properties from homeowners, people are still hurting from the floods that struck so many homes earlier this month.

“It has not come up, to my knowledge,” about Wilson County or the City of Lebanon discussing purchasing homes damaged more than 50 percent of their value, Jewell said.

“We will leave those decisions to the DRC (FEMA Disaster Recovery Center),” he said.
Dirk Ash honored as one of nation's best principals
From Post staff reports

Dirk Ash, a Lebanon/Wilson County product complete with a degree from Castle Heights Military Academy and now an educator in Rutherford County, is being recognized as one of the nation's outstanding school principals.
Ash, principal of LaVergne Middle School in Rutherford County, currently lives on Coles Ferry Pike in Lebanon. His wife, Nancy, is principal of Lebanon High School.
He is to be the recipient of special honors in Washington, D.C. in the fall after being named Tennessee Middle Level Principal of the Year by fellow school principals and educators.
MJ nears decision on new parks director
Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Mt. Juliet commissioners could have a parks and recreation director candidate to consider by next week, city officials said Tuesday, and the hiring process has been narrowed down to two people.

Mt. Juliet City Manager Randy Robertson said Tuesday that the field of candidates to replace Dennis Buchanan as Mt. Juliet’s parks and recreation director has been narrowed from 24 to two people who have made it through the application process, including phone and face to face interviews. Robertson said representatives from PARTAS (Tennessee’s Parks and Recreation Technical Assistance Service) were set to interview those two candidates this morning between 9 and 11 a.m.
MJ tabs funds for Greenway
Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- The City of Mt. Juliet last week received approval for funding to cover inspection costs for the West Division Greenway project, city officials said, and is one of only three entities to receive the funding.

Mt. Juliet City Manager Randy Robertson said the Metro Planning Organization executive board approved up to $50,000 to be used for inspection work for the greenway project. He said a surplus of ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) funds supplies the funding, and that amount “should cover all” of the inspection required when utilizing Federal funds, which the City is using for the greenway.
MTEMC plans outages May 27-28 in Lebanon
Middle Tennessee Electric crews will be working to improve electric service in Lebanon Thursday and Friday, May 27-28, which will require outages in parts of the city.  

The scheduled work, which will require about 200 members to be without power, was originally scheduled for last week; however, inclement weather prevented Middle Tennessee Electric crews from performing the work.
Nashville Symphony returns to CU in June
The Wilson Post

Mark your calendars for the annual Symphony on the Lawn event to be held Tuesday, June 15 on the campus of Cumberland University in Lebanon.

The Nashville Symphony returns with another exciting program, and this year, the performance is free, courtesy of Regions Bank, said Dottie Allen, a member of the Cumberland University Fine Arts Council, or CUFAC.
Slammin & Jammin returns this weekend
The Wilson Post

The 17th Annual Slammin’ & Jammin’ Auto Show returns to Lebanon this weekend featuring various car competitions and entertainment held at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

The event runs from Friday through Sunday, May 28-30.

Charlie Cobble, president of Auto Shows Motor Sports Events, said the events for this year will be the same as in years past. He said they will be hosting the bikini contest, lowest of the low contest and many of the other “popular” events. He added that they are expecting 1,400-1,600 participants and the regular crowd of around 7,000-8,000 guests.

General Sports

Johnson resigns at LHS

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
It didn’t take long for the rumor mill to get cranked up after Ashley Johnson submitted her resignation Friday morning as girls basketball coach at Lebanon High. For the record, Johnson has accepted a fellowship at Michigan State University and will begin work on her Ph.D in education.

Several coaches with extensive high school and even college coaching experience have expressed serious interest in the position. Johnson, 25, leaves LHS with a record of 29-27 over two seasons and with the admiration of outgoing principal Nancy Ash.

“Ashley was an outstanding teacher, coach and role model for our young ladies,” said Ash, “she really wrestled with this decision.”

Johnson, the TSSAA Class AAA Miss Basketball at Shelbyville Central High in 2002 and a standout player at Ole Miss, said, “I’m being led in a different direction. Lebanon will always have a special place in my heart. It was extremely tough telling the girls -- but working toward my doctorate is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Johnson took the Lebanon job in May of 2008, replacing Darian Brown -- who left after two seasons to take an administrative position at Wilson Central.

The job is much better today than it was four years ago when Brown took over, especially with a solid group of ninth graders coming in and the prospect of a new school in two years.

While Ash is tasked with fielding the initial calls and e-mails regarding the position, she has already accepted a position in the Central Office -- leaving the responsibility of actually hiring the new coach in the hands of the incoming principal.

Ash said Tuesday she has named Devilette assistant Erica Bragg as interim head coach.

Spring Fling Updates

Friendship 2, Nashville Christian 1

MURFREESBORO -- Friendship Christian pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh to down Nashville Christian 2-1 in the opening round of the Class A state tournament Tuesday at Riverdale.

Friendship improved to 29-5-1 overall and will play Riverside High (31-5) in a 12:30 p.m. game Wednesday at Riverdale.

Chris Hall knocked in Kyle Wood from second with the game-winner, breaking a 1-1 tie.

Freshman pitcher Brennan Swindoll ran his record to 13-1 on the season with another gym. The lefty threw a four-hitter and struck out five, walking two.

Mt. Juliet 15, Science Hill 7
MURFREESBORO -- Mt. Juliet zoomed to the second round of the Class AAA baseball tournament with a 15-7 win over Science Hill Tuesday evening at Oakland. Mt. Juliet (35-7) will take on Houston at 12:30 p.m. wednesday, back at Oakland.

The Golden Bears ripped 16 hits and took advantage of eight Science Hill errors. Mt. Juliet trailed 7-2, but rallied for the win.

“We got down 7-2 and we told the kids, ‘Just keep chipping away and don’t give up’ and they never do,” MJ Coach Mark Purvis said. “They’re a very resilient group and they just kept plugging away and Science Hill helped us in certain spots.”

Mt. Juliet narrowed the deficit to 7-5 before erupting for eight runs in the fifth inning as 12 batters went to the plate.

First baseman T.J. Diffenderfer hit a two-run homer in the third and had four RBIs for the Bears.

“We showed how good we can be today,” Diffenderfer said. “A couple games we had to rally like that, but whenever we need to we get it done.”

Every Golden Bears starter contributed at least one hit.

“We’re never out of a game and we always have a chance to score runs,” Mt. Juliet shortstop Ethan Gross said. “I wasn’t really worried when (Science Hill went up 7-2) because I knew we could hit and I knew we could come back. We’re more situational hitters.”

Forrest 4, Friendship Christian 1
MURFREESBORO -- Friendship Christian fell into the losers' bracket of the Class A state tournament Tuesday with a 4-1 loss to powerful Forrest High at Starplex.

The Lady Commanders (21-19) face a 10 a.m. elimination game Wednesday against University School (17-18) at Starplex.

Forrest (27-5) rapped out nine hits against FCS pitchers Brooke Klinefelter and Hunter Holland.

FCS scored its lone run int he bottom of the sixth on three straight singles by Laurel Burroughs, Kaity Woodall and Amber Hunt.

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