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Stop and smell the road kill

Don’t you hate it when you hear that crunching thud noise under your car when you see a squirrel darting across the road in front of you?

Driving in to work the other day, I saw a squirrel duck under the car at a fatal angle, and I braced for the vibration and noise. But when I didn’t hear it I looked in the rearview mirror and saw the wide-eyed animal celebrating his close call with death on the other side of the road. I still don’t know how my wheels missed him.

Usually in a situation like that I would turn the steering wheel and try to miss whatever varmint might be in my path. Driving manuals don’t advise that behavior because it results in many wrecks and mishaps that are much worse then just going straight ahead and hitting the animal (unless you are a squirrel). Our reflexes are programmed in the opposite vane, however, and the impulse is strong to swerve.

Guest Column

DART helps animals in times of disaster
DART Volunteer

Love animals? Want to help during a disaster? Well, you can combine those two elements by becoming a trained member of the Wilson County DART, the Disaster Animal Response Team.  

What is a Disaster Animal Response Team (DART)? Tennessee Disaster Animal Response Teams, deployed by Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, are a statewide program under the authority of the State Veterinarian, Department of Agriculture. The DART program was created in the 1990s but has been expanded since the Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina disasters. These two events showed deficiencies in emergency response to situations involving animals.

In fact, the creation Wilson County’s Disaster Animal Response Team, in 2006, was a direct result of Hurricane Katrina. Julie Kupniewski, DART field leader, had just returned from her second visit to New Orleans. She found that even six months after Katrina, things in New Orleans were a mess and clean-up efforts were progressing very slowly.

Letters to the Editor

Learn more about transportation issues through CRT website
To the Editor:   

I recently attended the 2010 Convening the Region Summit hosted by Cumberland Region Tomorrow (CRT), the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Tennessee Department of Transportation. For the second year in a row, the summit focused on the importance of bringing all 10 counties in Middle Tennessee together to address the challenges and opportunities facing our region.

At the summit, the Nashville MPO unveiled its 2035 Regional Transportation Plan, laying the groundwork for a vigorous discussion on the best transportation options for our region over the next 25 years. Dozens of community leaders signed a commitment to continue to work together on this issue. With the plan now available for public review, we can officially begin a substantive regional conversation about our future transportation options, and CRT will continue to play a leading role in that effort.

General News

Baskin Robbins to donate 31 percent to Empower Me Day Camp
The Wilson Post

Empower Me Day Camp’s “FUN Raiser,” an ice cream social to help raise money for campers and staff, will from 5 until 10 p.m., Friday, June 18 at Baskin Robbins, 1023 West Main Street, Lebanon.

Baskin Robbins, of 31 Flavors fame, is donating 31 percent of all sales to EMDC.

The organization specializes in serving children and young adults with any degree of special needs. The camp is a six-week long program, beginning in June. Camp is held every day at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds and is in its 12th running year.
Fly In to benefit Wounded Warriors
The Wilson Post

Lebanon Airport will host the third annual Mid Tenn Fly In on Saturday, June 26 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a VA accredited program dedicated to raising awareness and assistance of severely injured service men and women.

WWP also strives to preserve the history of military service through advocacy and educational enlightenment.

The annual event will reunite and honor retired military “war birds” and donate 100 percent of the $3 gate fee to the Wounded Warrior Project. 
Mendenhall in court Monday
The Wilson Post

A disposition hearing is set for Monday, June 21, for the case of Bruce Mendenhall, 56, who was charged with the murder of Symantha Winters, 48, three years ago.

Winters’ body was found by a maintenance worker in a trash can at a Lebanon truck stop on June 6, 2007. She had been shot to death. In addition to murder, Mendenhall was also charged with abuse of a corpse.    

The hearing on Monday will be generally to determine a date for when Mendenhall’s trial will begin. Judge John Wootten will preside over the trial.
New public library schedule announced
The Wilson Post

With the temperatures in the 90s and rising, sometimes it’s best to get out of the heat and into air-conditioning and a good book.

Wilson County Public Libraries have an assortment of activities planned, not only for children, but for teens and adults as well this summer.

The Lebanon-Wilson County Public Library is offering a children’s program called “Make a Splash, Read!” The target age group for this program is infant-age to 6th grade. The program will host a bevy of events such as book clubs for children of all ages and a visit by the Chattanooga Aquarium on Tuesday, June 22.
Poker Run set to benefit Wilson Books from Birth
Bikers are set to participate in the 3rd Annual “Poker Run” through Wilson County to benefit Wilson Books from Birth on Saturday, June 26.

Books from Birth is a pre-kindergarten literacy program.

William Shipper, who organized the ride, explained that on a poker run, each rider draws a card at each stop. At the end, the rider with the best five-card poker hand wins a prize.
Sherrys Run team captains kick-off meeting set June 22
Lace up your shoes!

It's time to get your team organized for Sherry's Run. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 11, and promises to be the biggest and best ever. Anyone interested in forming a Team for the Sherry’s Run event is invited to attend the upcoming Sherry's Run Team Captain’s Kick-Off Meeting on June 22 at 6 p.m.

The Sherry’s Run Team Captain’s Kick-Off Meeting will be held in the lobby on the main floor at Wilson Bank & Trust, 623 West Main Street in Lebanon. Please enter through the doors on the east side of the building. This is an opportunity for those interested to receive all the tools needed to have a happy and successful team and to distribute packets, answer questions, give fundraising ideas and information on PAINT THE TOWN GREEN!

General Sports

WHS athlete dies in wreck
 Tyler Russell

From Post staff reports
Watertown was rocked Thursday after news that 17-year old Tyler Russell was killed in a two-car motor vehicle accident Wednesday evening.
Russell, a defensive lineman on the Watertown football team and a rising senior, was a passenger in a car with two teammates and another youth when the vehicle was struck by another car around 10 p.m. near 11045 Sparta Pike, outside the Watertown city limits.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the mishap.
Funeral services for Russell will be conducted 10 a.m. Monday, June 21, at Gladeville Baptist Church, 9000 Stewarts Ferry Pike.
The family will receive friends 2-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bond Memorial Chapel in Mt. Juliet and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Bruce Grubbs. Interment with will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: mother Yevonne “Bonn” (James) Lewis, father Todd Russell and brother Wade Russell. Also surviving are: grandparents Claude and Patricia Baker, Billy and Becky Russell and Earl Lewis; great-grandmother Ophelia Stubblefield; aunts and uncles Michael and Renee Ray, Tiva Bradshaw and Dane Baker; cousin Kristin Meisel and several other cousins.
He was preceded in death by great-grandparents Juanita Langley, Willard and Margaret Russell and Hackett Stubblefield.
Active and honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Watertown High School football team.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615)773-2663.

Memorials may be made in memory of Tyler at any location of Wilson Bank & Trust.

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