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Showing 14 articles from February 2, 2011.

Telling Tales

Family Secrets

Wilson Living Magazine

As we were rushing to get ready for school Wednesday morning, the words I heard stopped me in my tracks. From the kitchen, I could hear my middle child revealing a closely guarded family secret. One I had demanded never to be exposed!

“Oh yeah - well I don’t care what you call me,” she said, “because you wear girl shirts to school!” (And she wasn’t talking to her sister.)


Ask Ken Beck

Boys, dogs generate both joy & tears

Dear Ken: My family and I are big fans of the movie “My Dog Skip.” We were wondering what other good boy-and-his-dog movies are out there.

There are several classic films on this theme, and “My Dog Skip” is near the top of the list. I’m most partial to “Good-bye, My Lady,” a 1956 release starring Walter Brennan, Phil Harris, Sidney Poitier and Brandon de Wilde. De Wilde, who co-starred as the boy in the western “Shane,” portrays an orphan coming of age who lives in a Georgia swamp with his uncle. He finds a strange breed of dog who laughs, a Basenji, that becomes his pride and joy. Just know that when a boy becomes a man, it’s a sad, glad thing. Warner Home Video has recently released “Good-bye, My Lady” on DVD. Other excellent movies about boys and dogs include: “Old Yeller” (1957), “The Biscuit Eater” (1940),  “Lassie Come Home” (1943), “Skippy” (1931), “Where the Red Fern Grows” (1974) and “Dog of Flanders” (1960).


Wilson Living

Monte Durham of Say Yes To the Dress Atlanta is coming to Lebanon!

Wilson Living Magazine

Wilson Living Magazine is pleased to announce that the Blushing Bridal Show will have a celebrity guest on hand, Feb. 20 at The Mill at Lebanon. Monte Durham of the TLC hit, “Say Yes To The Dress - Atlanta” has graciously accepted our invitation to be part of the inaugural Blushing Bridal Show!

This will be Monte’s first visit to Lebanon, and we couldn’t be more excited to show him all that Wilson County has to offer. Monte will be on hand from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Bridal Extravaganza. He can’t wait to meet the show’s fans and will be giving style advice to brides-to-be and their entire bridal party. Faccio Bridal will present a fashion show during the event, and Monte will make sure to add his flair to the show as he presents all the best of the 2011 wedding style trends.   

If you are getting married, know someone who is getting married or plan to get married someday soon, then this event is for you! Mark your calendars because The Mill at Lebanon will be transformed into a wedding Mecca. Come by and see the latest trends in wedding fashions, invitations, cakes, flowers, photos, caterers, entertainment, gifts and jewelry.


General Lifestyle

Lulus brews hot coffee, stimulating conversation

Special to The Wilson Post
WATERTOWN — For 21 years, you could practically always catch Hunter Allen with a guitar in his hands, but these days you’re more likely to find him holding a steaming, hot cup of coffee.

The former Nashville luthier today serves as owner-barista of Lulu’s Coffee House in Watertown, one of the village’s favorite hot spots for a cup of joe, a bite to eat and spicy to mild conversation.

“People ask me why I opened a coffee shop. I really don’t have a good answer, but I thought Watertown needed one. It’s a perfect business. Everybody drinks coffee,” said Allen, 57, who sports a shaved head, white goatee and moustache along with a wide grin.

He describes his place as having “a community feel, welcoming to all types of people. I try to keep religion and politics out of here. But there have been some pretty heated discussions in here. It’s become a hangout for a lot of people. People come in for coffee and shoot the breeze with their buddies.”

Our Feathered Friends - Feb. 2

It would have been a shame not to have gotten out this past Saturday and Sunday with temperatures hovering in the sixties, at least that’s what my front porch thermometer was saying. Sunday’s beautiful sunshine made me take to the walking path at the Don Fox Park to see what was lurking around.

First of all, I had to wade through waist high grass to get to the walking path. The first sounds were from some unidentified Duck, a soft gurgling, “quack, quack, quack.” Later I ran into a small boy and probably his sister who was riding bicycles on the other side of the creek. She told me about the ducks and said it had a green head, but it wasn’t a Mallard. Later when I was headed back home, I heard it again.

Many birds call the old Town Creek area home, and it makes a big difference as to what’s being found and what time of the year it is. There were a pair of Carolina Wrens singing back and forth across the creek and a pair of Carolina Chickadees looking in every crack and crannie of the trees hoping to find their supper. I have watched the chickadees many times in the area checking out the former homes of Downey Woodpeckers.

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Guest Column

A solution offered on fire service

I have been frustrated since 2002 about the fire service issue. It has been handled poorly by all the representative governments in Wilson County. The issue has been here since 1986 and finally went to Court in 1995. My feeling is that the court told Wilson County what to do but Wilson County Emergency Management Agency did the very poorest of jobs in carrying out the court decision.

Finally, in 2006, the Wilson County Commission passed a resolution to terminate service to Mt. Juliet. The County Mayor, at that time, established a special committee to present the County Commission a solution to the problem. That body failed in its mission and recommended that the current agreement be extended, thereby, making the problem more difficult for future County Commissions. I attended all those committee meetings and NEVER was there an elected official of the City of Lebanon in attendance. Therefore, there was no input.


Letters to the Editor

Maybe change the council?

To the Editor:
I appreciate what the members of the Lebanon City Council do, but I am becoming a little concerned about the apparent power struggle that is developing between the council and the Mayor.

I am not a current citizen of Lebanon and live in Murfreesboro now but have followed the local papers since I joined the Marine Corps in 1971 and still consider Lebanon my hometown.

Why is it that the council members appear to be so against anything the Mayor recommends? Is it not his obligation to seek out opportunities to make improvements? Does he need to ask the council before he pursues any possible opportunities? Why is it that the council members think that the Mayor is incompetent? I would think that the citizens of Lebanon elected him because they felt a need for change.

Maybe the council is the next place for change.

Ed Bennett



Community Calendar - Feb. 2

Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.
Lebanon Airport Commission meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lebanon Municipal Airport, 760 Franklin Road.

Wilson County Road Commission will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, Feb. 4, at the Road Commission Office in Lebanon and will be followed by the Urban Type Public Facilities Board.

Wilson County Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, at the Lebanon-Wilson County Public Library on South Hatton Avenue.

Wilson County Commission’s Planning and Zoning Committee will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

Wilson County Board of Education will hold a work session at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon, to discuss the Watertown High School property.

Following the work session, the board’s regular meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Wilson County Election Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Conference Room 1, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

Community Calendar
Wilson County Adult Learning Center offers classes for anyone interested in achieving his or GED diploma. Classes are held in Lebanon and in Mt. Juliet. For information, call the Adult Learning Center at 443-8731.

Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Spain House on the Lebanon First United Methodist Church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.

Lebanon Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the area. Meal routes range from about 10-15 people. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m. and are done by 10:30. If you are interested, contact Jessica at 449-3488 between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.

Telephone Pioneer Cookbooks Volume I and III are now on sale. All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Museum. To purchase one or for information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.

Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.

AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.

First Wednesdays of each month a Healing Service is held by Sister A.A.A. Stafford at the Sports Village Complex, 1735 West Main Street, Lebanon, beginning at 10:15 a.m.
HomeSafe Women’s Support Group meets Thursday evenings. For information and to sign up, call 444-6130. If you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.

Co-Parenting After Divorce, a free workshop with childcare, refreshments and materials, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, and Monday, Feb. 7, at Castle Heights Upper Elementary Library. You will need to attend both nights. The facilitator will be Nancy Guethlein, school counselor at CHUE. RSVP to Beth Petty at 453-2693, 804-2460 or at

NSDAR Margaret Gaston Chapter will meet at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Spain House next to First United Methodist Church, Lebanon. Larry Singleton of Cracker Barrel will present the program, “I’ve Seen That Before – Antiques Show and Tell.” Hostesses are Jean Ayers, Nancy Boyd, Dorothy Chambers, Helen Hayes and Lanova McCluskey.

Unity Church, 222 Cainsville Road, Lebanon, will have a gospel singing at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, with gospel singers Cedar City Quartet and other guest singers. Everyone is welcome. The pastor is Brother Kenneth Bowen.

Lebanon First Assembly of God will have a Churchwide Indoor Yard Sale and Bake Sale from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, at the church at 716 North Cumberland Street. Members want to meet you, so drop by and shop and enjoy the fellowship. For information, call 444-4133.

“Phish Camp,” a play written and directed by Frank Fox, is being presented now through Saturday, Feb. 5, at Westland United Methodist Church, 110 Dawson Lane, Lebanon. Friday and Sunday are dessert shows at $12, and Saturday shows are dinner shows for $18. Dinners will be served one hour before the play, and desserts will be served at intermission. Thursday and Friday shows and Saturday, Jan. 29, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Feb. 5, shows will begin at 2 p.m. Reservations for dinner shows are required and recommended for remaining shows. For information and reservations, call 444-1447. You may also visit

Shopping in the Glade will be at the Gladeville Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Booths are available for families or dealers at $20 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space. For information, call Mabel Beazley at 243-2664, Debbie Ray at 443-3817 or Margaret Rediker at 449-6955.

Nashville African Violet Club will meet at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Green Hill Women’s Center, 10905 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. The Tennessee Gesneriad Society will meet at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13, at Cheekwood in Botanic Hall, Nashville. There will be a panel forum on growing techniques. For information about either meeting, contact Julie at or at 364-8459.

Wilson County CASA/Smith County CASA new advocate training will be from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday through Friday, Feb. 7-18. Volunteer advocates are trained and supported to speak in court for the best interests of children who are victims of abuse and neglect. More volunteers are needed. Training for new volunteers will be held in Gordonsville, and Wilson County residents are welcome to attend this session. For information, call 443-2002 or visit

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency announces a Money Management Workshop called “Furthering Your Education is Like Money in the Bank,” presented by Bernadine Nelson of the Adult Learning Center and Tory Tredway of Habitat for Humanity of Wilson County. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday, Feb. 14, at 233 Legends Drive, Lebanon. For information, call 444-4714 or visit

Wilson County Right to Life will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet, at 7 p.m. Call Trecia Dillingham for information at 443-5458.

First “Girl Talk” class of the year will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Veterans Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Girl Talk is a four-part class for girls in grades 5-8 and their moms. Cost is $40 per family. Space is limited. The meeting on Feb. 15 is for moms only. Additional classes for girls and moms will be Feb. 17, 22 and 24. To pre-register or for information, contact Shelly Barnes at 444-9584 by Friday, Feb. 11.

Darkness to Light “Stewards of Children,” a free workshop on preventing child sexual abuse, will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, at Castle Heights Upper Elementary Library. It will be facilitated by Debra M. Daugherty, executive director of the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center. The workshop is hosted by the Lebanon Special School District. There will be refreshments, child care and materials. RSVP to Beth Petty at 453-2693 or at

The Alzheimer’s Association, along with Belmont Village and Rolling Hills Hospital, will present part one of a four-part caregiver’s series on “How to Deal with the Changes of Alzheimer’s Disease – A Caregiver’s View: What’s Really Happening?” from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, at Belmont Village Assisted Living of Green Hills, 4206 Stammer Place, Nashville. Caregivers, families and friends from Wilson County who are managing the disease of Alzheimer’s are welcome to attend. The event is free, and a meal for attendees will be provided. Advance registration is required. To register, call Tiffany Mann at the Alzheimer’s Association at 292-4938. A local Alzheimer’s support group meets the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at Elmcroft of Lebanon, 801 West Main Street. For information, call 453-5494.

Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year reunion to be held June 11. Call one of the following people with your contact information: Teresa Halbert at 444-5995, Phil Bragg at 444-4941, Jo Smith at 444-8811 or Brownie Hall at 444-5173.

Lebanon High School Class of 1991 is planning a 20-year reunion for July 2. Organizers are looking for classmates. Email contact information to Dawn Carr Willis at or, or call 308-0034. For information, go to or Facebook.

To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, Tenn. 37087, or e-mail them to Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.


General News

Alert driver rescues family

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Steve Campbell’s drive from his home in Sumner County to work at Cracker Barrel’s corporate headquarters in Lebanon turned into an episode of heroism and déjà vu as he pulled a mother and her two children from the burning wreckage of their car Monday morning.

“This is probably about the fifth wreck in my life that I’ve been the first to arrive,” said Campbell, the senior director of Corporate Systems at Cracker Barrel, where he’s worked for 20 years.

Nearly two years ago, in June 2009, Campbell was driving down Coles Ferry Pike after work when he came upon two wrecked cars along the side of the road.

Council OK's bill requiring grant approval

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
With only four councilors present all votes had to be unanimous for ordinances to pass during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting and the members approved all items on the agenda, including resolutions to change the Critical Lot requirements and to require council approval for seeking grants.

Absent from the meeting were Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino and Ward 4 Councilor Joe Hayes.
Council approved a measure that requires council approval in the form of a resolution before the Mayor or any city department head can apply for a grant, for any reason.

“This is a way I think we can all be on the same page,” said Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath, who sponsored the resolution.

Red light cameras could solve two local robberies

Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet Police plan to utilize red light traffic cameras to help solve two local pharmacy robberies, officials said Tuesday, by reviewing the 24-hour videos the cameras provide in addition to individual red light photos.

Just after 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30, MJPD was called to Rite Aid, located at 11222 Lebanon Road, for a robbery call. After speaking with the pharmacist on duty, MJPD Officer J. Cothron reported that a “younger white male wearing a cream colored sweater with red and brown horizontal stripes, black pants, white shoes, and a two-toned ‘trucker-style’ ball cap came to the pharmacy counter and produced a note that had directions and drug names and descriptions on it.”

The suspect told Rite Aid staff to “cooperate and don’t make any sudden moves,” the report said, although he “never brandished a weapon but did advise the pharmacy workers not to move or call the police or he would hurt them.”


General Sports

Dine with the Dawgs set Feb. 24

Cumberland University baseball will host its annual “Dine with the ‘Dawgs” dinner and auction 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Benton Jennings Center on campus. The evening will include a silent and live auction of baseball memorabilia as well as other donated items.

All proceeds from the event benefit the baseball program. Cost of the event is $35 per person. Questions and other information should be directed to head coach Woody Hunt at or by calling 615/547-1366.

Cumberland claimed its second NAIA World Series championship in 2010 and has now reached the World Series 11 times in program history. Hunt begins his 30th season at the helm of the program in 2011.

Redditt inks with UT-Martin


Wilson Central kicker / punter Jackson Redditt signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent earlier this morning with UT-Martin of the Ohio Valley Conference. Redditt, the son of Mark and Lisa Redditt, played in the fourth annual Toyota Tennessee East - West All-Star Classic at Carson Newman College.

Redditt (6-2, 190) handled both the kicking and punting chores for the West team. As a senior at Wilson Central, Redditt knocked down field goals of 56, 50 and 47 yards. As a junior he drilled a 51 and a 50-yarder.

This past season, 18 of his 22 kickoffs were touchbacks. He punted 44 times for an average of 40.5 yards with a long punt of 65 yards. He was voted to the All District 9AAA post season team and played for Coach Brad Dedman at Wilson Central.

LATER TODAY -- Mt. Juliet High wide receiver Vaughn Cornelia is expected to sign with Savannah State University of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. As a senior at Mt. Juliet, Cornelia (6-5, 212) caught 28 balls in a run-first offense for 641 yards, an average of 22.9 yards per reception. He scored 12 touchdowns for the Golden Bears of Coach Roger Perry.

BASEBALL -- Lebanon High baseball standout Jessep Polk is expected to sign with Volunteer State Community College later today at the LHS library.

THURSDAY -- Wilson Central's Ariel Morris will sign a soccer scholarship with Lebanon's Cumberland University Thursday morning.

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