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Showing 12 articles from July 14, 2010.

Telling Tales

Advice for my 20 year old self
I read a blog recently and the 22 year old blogger requested readers write a letter offering advice to the younger you, a 20 year old you. I tried to think of how many times I’ve heard people, my dad in particular, say, “If only I could go back and do this (or that or the other thing) differently my life would be better.” We’ve all said it. But most of us, if given the chance wouldn’t take it. Because we know that cutting out some of the poor choices, embarrassing moments or just plain awful experiences of life would most likely mean cutting out the breathtaking, lesson learning and indescribable moments as well.

The reason the blogger made this request of readers was so that she and other 20 something’s might learn more about the bumpy road us older folk had already traveled.

Ask Ken Beck

Robert Redford played burn out with Don Drysdale

Dear Ken: Can you provide some background on Robert Redford? What was his first movie role? Where did he grow up?

Redford, 73, was born the son of an accountant in Santa Monica, Calif., and he went to high school in Los Angeles where he played on the same baseball team with former Dodger ace Don Drysdale. He was a pitcher for the University of Colorado before studying painting and then acting in New York. His first film role came in the 1962 movie “War Hunt,” set during the Korean War. Redford worked mostly in episodic TV in the early 1960s before getting good roles in the mid-1960s in such films as “Inside Daisy Clover” and “Barefoot in the Park.” Believe it or not, he has only made about 30 movies since his monster success, 1969’s “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Since then, he has been a major star and also an Oscar-winning director. His 1988 film “The Milagro Beanfield War” failed at the box office but stands up as a wonderful movie. The environmental conservationist has a son and two daughters by his first wife. Last July he married German painter Sibylle Szaggars, his longtime girlfriend. Redford founded the Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Channel and owns a restaurant, Zoom, in Park City, Utah.


Wilson Living



Even though the weather is hot, hot, hot, the ladies of Wilson Living are hard at work shopping for Christmas!!! That’s right, Wilson Living Magazine is once again preparing to host the Second Annual Wilson Living Holiday Expo at the Mill in Lebanon.

This year the holiday shopping event will be on November 19 and 20,so mark your calendars accordingly. And once again this two day extravaganza will host vendors and exhibitors showcasing something for everyone including gifts, jewelry, fashions, food, art, toys, books, skin care and spa products and much, much more! 

Our interviews with vendors have allowed us the opportunity to spot some fabulous finds, and we can’t wait for you to see these wonderful gift ideas come November.   


General Lifestyle

Blacksmith tends to aching hooves

Special to The Wilson Post 

There’s far more to being a blacksmith than tacking horseshoes to horses’ hooves.

For blacksmith-farrier Tim Goolsby, who has had a shop for the past 14 years on Sherilltown Road outside of Watertown, his work has turned into an equine ministry.

“He’s kind of like the last stop for horses before the incinerator,” said his wife and No. 1 cheerleader, Angela. “If they get sick, the illness goes to their feet. Vets call him from Lebanon, Murfreesboro, Gallatin and Mt. Juliet.”



A degree of knowledge

I suppose because it is graduation season, and people are donning those caps and gowns, we’re hearing once again about people getting degrees by finishing high school. Please set the record straight on this. Thank you,  
-Someone Who Has A Degree

First, let’s understand that an educated person continues the work of education each moment of his or her life until breath is gone, the work of lighting and filling the large dark caverns of the mind using dim lanterns and varied tools and materials we discover, invent, borrow, or steal. Diplomas usually help, but there’s more out there. 

Volunteers, others get credit for Fair program


We make mention on our front page that the newspaper today contains the 2010 Wilson County Fair catalogue or program book.

It’s a big deal, trust me.

This 96-page book doesn’t just drop into place but rather it is carefully born with almost the same amount of time allotted as for a new infant.


Letters to the Editor

Stafford thanks volunteers

To the Editor:

First, we would like to thank the hundreds of children who showed up on June 12 in the near 100-degree weather to enjoy our 5th Annual Comm Unity Fest. We want to thank the folks who helped and supported our efforts. It is important that we give back to our community and sincerely help others.

We were able to get support from Walmart (Doug Sheppard/manager) for their donation of the bicycle; Kroger for a gift card; Alan Reed who donated one of the tents plus came and set up all the tents. Aldi’s for the hamburgers, hotdogs and buns with the condiments. Publix gave Charis Health Center free soft drinks to hand out to attendees. Colonel Bakery outlet store provided 100 hot dog buns.


General News

Chamber announces Business Extravaganza set for Aug. 6

The Wilson Post

Kicking off the upcoming tax free weekend, the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 2nd annual Business Extravaganza at Prime Outlets-Lebanon on Friday, Aug. 6.

The expo serves as a one-day promotional opportunity for local businesses.

Large attendance is expected, as that Friday also starts the beginning of the yearly tax-free weekend. Tax-free weekend is always a huge draw for shoppers in August as many are gearing up for the new school year. Certain items may be purchased, such as computers, school supplies and clothing, without paying sales tax.

Early voting begins Friday

The Wilson Post

Exercise your right to express your opinion beginning Friday, July 16 as early voting begins in the Republican and Democratic Primaries and General Election.

“People need to come and vote,” said Lynn Harris, administration of Elections for the Wilson County Election Commission.
Early voting runs through Saturday, July 31. Election Day will be Thursday, Aug. 5.

Indictment handed down in Cooksey's 1969 death

BULLETIN -- An indictment has been handed down by the Wilson County grand jury in the ongoing investigation of the death of Charles R. “Butch” Cooksey on June 14, 1969.

The grand jury on Monday indicted George Benny Page, 68, of 4494 Old Rome Pike, Lebanon, on one count of intentionally providing false information in the investigation of Cooksey’s death.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said the Sheriff’s Department along with the District Attorney General’s Office presented testimony and evidence to the grand jury on Monday.

“Several witnesses testified at the hearing and George Benny Page was indicted on a sealed indictment and arrested on (Wednesday) July 14,” Ashe said. He added the charge against Page “is a Class D felony and carries a maximum four-year sentence. Other charges on him and others may be forthcoming at a later date. This was a tragic and brutal death of a 19 year old in 1969. Sadly, Mr. Page is the step-uncle of Butch Cooksey.”

MJ parents indicted in death of 4-yr.-old adopted daughter

Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- In what police officials called the first death of a child stemming from child abuse in the city’s history, a Mt. Juliet couple surrendered to authorities Monday after they were indicted on charges of felony murder, child abuse, and “failure to protect.”

Dr. Deborah Mark, 39, and husband Steven Mark, 47, of 441 Laurel Hill Drive in the Autumn Ridge subdivision in Providence, were indicted on multiple charges by the Wilson County grand jury Monday after a 10-day investigation into the death of their adopted daughter, Kairissa Mark, age 4.

Authorities said the child was the victim of “extensive and extended” child abuse.

Repairs on East Main St. could last 12 months

The Wilson Post

Due to a recurring problem at East Main Street in Lebanon near the Wilson County Courthouse, a major construction project will close the street for up to a year, said City of Lebanon Engineer Chuck Boyette.

The city closed the affected portion of the roadway, which is the right-hand, eastbound lane in front of CoffeeConnexion, a few weeks ago after a portion of the roadway began to sink, or settle, due to an underground cave system, as Boyette described it.

The project is being funded totally by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Bidding will open on Sept. 17 for the project. Construction typically begins about 60 days after a bid is accepted.

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