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Showing 9 articles from May 4, 2011.

Telling Tales

Buying in Bulk

Somewhere in history, who knows when, it became clear that enough was not enough. It was probably somewhere between Cleopatra and Marc Antony’s demise at the Battle of Actium when they knew death was not far off that Cleo turned to Mark and said,

“Why didn’t you bring more than two spears? Now we are staring death in the face”
“Maybe if you would have packed more”
‘Maybe if you would have bought more”
“If you can tell me where I can buy more than two at a time, I’ll do it. Until then, shut up and fight!”


Wilson Living

Locals participate in area marathons

Many area residents got their running shoes on this weekend and participated in the Country Music Marathon in Nashville. Saturday’s weather was perfect for the event and quite a few locals either took part or showed up at the finish line to lend their support.

While the course was hillier than last year’s, all those who participated finished in record times!


General Lifestyle

MJPDs Explorer Post 465 is recruiting

The Mt. Juliet Police Department Explorer Post 465 is currently recruiting students to join their post. The police department has a long tradition of promoting excellence in our area’s youth, and is looking for students who have a strong interest in the law enforcement career.

MJPD officers guide youth members in Exploring’s five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience. To these ends, Explorers have unique opportunities to receive training in various policing skills, ride along with officers on patrol, assist the police department at special events and parades, provide service to their community and take leadership roles within the organization.

Primary Requirements for Becoming a Police Explorer:

· Be at least 15 to 19 Years of Age when joining the program
· Have a general interest and appreciation for law enforcement
· Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0
· Not engage in alcohol and drugs
· Be of good moral character
· Have no pending criminal charges or convictions
· Parental consent and support to participate

Those interested in becoming a police explorer should contact Cpl. Tyler Chandler at (615) 773-6260 or email

Recruiting will be conducted throughout the month of May, and new explorers will begin participation with the program in June.

Our Feathered Friends- May 4

We couldn’t have bought better weather than what we were blessed with this past Friday and Saturday. The birds at Cedars of Lebanon State Park were out in numbers and a few even showed off at my cabin, by coming down from the tree tops to enquire about the bird songs emanating from my CD player.

Many thanks to Carole Young for taking me out to the park for my weekend programs. I thought Carole might enjoy some closeup action from a few woodpeckers and other species of birds since she is one of my readers with a passion for our feathered friends. I played the call for the Pileated Woodpecker and a pair showed up with in a minute and flew from limb to limb trying to locate the strange birds in their territory. Carole kept calling them “Woody” after the old cartoon character Woody Woodpecker.

Two more of the Woodpecker family decided to show up to see what the commotion was all about. A Red-bellied Woodpecker also answered the call of the CD player along with a small Downy Woodpecker.

I thought that maybe we could get a few more non-woodpeckers species to show up and say howdy. It couldn’t have been longer than two minutes before the White-breasted Nuthatch showed up trying to find his next of kin calling out from under the porch with the swing that Carole had commandeered for her sitting pleasure. I sat on the rocks that made up the floor of the porch.



Calendar - May 4

Government meetings
Wilson County Commission’s Finance Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 5, in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

Animal Control Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 5, in Conference Room 1, courthouse.

Emergency Management Agency Committee will meet Thursday, May 5, in the commission courtroom, courthouse.

Education Committee will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 5, in Conference Room 1, courthouse.

Minutes Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5, in Conference Room 1, courthouse.

Steering Committee will meet at 6:45 p.m., Thursday, May 5, in Conference Room 1, courthouse.

Budget Committee will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 5, in Conference Room 1, courthouse.

Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, May 5, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.

Wilson County Road Commission will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, May 6, in the Road Commission Office and will be followed by the Urban Type Public Facilities Board. A work session will immediately follow.

Emergency Communications District “911” Board will meet on Monday, May 9 at 4 p.m. at the “911” office located at 1611 West Main Street in Lebanon.

Wilson County Election Commission will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, in Conference Room 1, Wilson County Courthouse.

Wilson County Board of Health will meet from noon until 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, at the Wilson County Health Department Conference Room, Lebanon.

Public Records Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 11, at 3 p.m. at the Wilson County Archives.
Health & Welfare Committee will meet Thursday, May 12 at 5 p.m. in the commission courtroom at the Wilson County Courthouse.


General News

Citizens unhappy with TV report on Craighead

The Wilson Post

Official business took a backseat at Lebanon City Council’s Tuesday night meeting as citizens spoke out and argued with councilors regarding a recent television news report that alleged Mayor Philip Craighead is violating the city charter.

Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler asked City Attorney Andy Wright if it was legal for the Mayor to hold two jobs. A WKRN News2 report on Monday night claimed Craighead is currently operating a real estate business on top of his duties as mayor.

“According to our charter, he is not supposed to have two jobs,” Wright said, adding “it could be unethical and still be lawful.”

Rodeo nets $40,000 for charities

From Post staff reports
In its second year and despite horrendous weather on the first night, Lebanon’s Whip Crackin’ Rodeo managed to raise more than $40,000 for local charities.

In a letter addressed to supporters of the annual event, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said “I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of this community adding that the rodeo had raised over $40,000 this year.

He said the increase in profits over last year was made possible by additional new sponsors who came on board this year in support of the event. Last year’s rodeo netted just over $36,000 although attendance for the two nights last year was greater than this year.

Thompson family files suit


From Post staff reports
A wrongful death suit has been filed by the family of Greg Thompson, who was killed by a Lebanon Police officer on April 28, 2010.

Thompson was killed last year after a police chase down Carthage Highway from Lebanon ended and officers Mitch McDannald and David McKinley asked Thompson to exit his vehicle.

When Thompson would not get out of the vehicle, McKinley approached the car with his firearm drawn and slipped down the ditch, accidentally discharging his weapon. McDannald, who thought his fellow officer was being fired upon, shot Thompson and killed him at the scene.


General Sports

New LHS field to bear "Tribble" name

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
The football facility at the new Lebanon High School will honor the accomplishments of Clifton Tribble -- generally recognized as the greatest player to ever wear the Blue & White.

Thanks to a vote Monday night by the Wilson County Board of Education, the playing surface at the new LHS under construction on Hart-mann Drive will be named “Clifton Tribble Field.” The measure passed without opposition 5-0.

Tribble, a 1954 graduate of Lebanon High, was named First Team All-State in 1953 and was a three-time All Mid-State selection.

In his senior season “Twinkletoes Tribble” led the state in rushing (1,968 yards) and points scored (163) from the fullback position.

He signed out of high school with then-University of Kentucky head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, then transferred closer to home at Middle Tennessee State University after Bryant left UK to take the job at Texas A&M.

Tribble became the head coach at Lebanon High in 1960 and coached the Blue Devils for eight seasons -- twice being named Mid State Coach of the Year.

At Lebanon, he coached a pair of Alabama signees: tackle Louis Thompson and split receiver Bruce Skeen as well as Mid-State Player of the Year Billy Sellars.

Upon stepping down as varsity coach at LHS, he coached the Blue Devil freshmen for a time and served many years as the principal of the Wilson County Vocational Center.

His head coaching tenure of eight years was the longest in the school history until Bobby Brown’s nine year run ended after the 2010 season. He was lured back onto the practice field for the 1974 season when he served as offensive coordinator under then-Coach Ralph Overton -- helping the Blue Devils roll to a record of 10-1 and the championship of the Mid-State Bowl.

In 2007, Tribble and 12 other former Lebanon standouts, were in the first induction class of the Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame.

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