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D.T. Tom Morgan, II, 56

Mr. Morgan, 56, of Mt. Juliet, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2011.
Funeral services will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet.

Jackie L. Burton, 59

Mrs. Burton, 59, of Lebanon, died Nov. 13, 2011.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

John Theodore "Ted" Jones, 59

Mr. Jones, 59, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 in Lexington, SC.
Graveside services were held Monday, Nov. 14 at the Jones Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements by Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home.

Lucy Marie Cothron LeCornu, 98

Mrs. LeCornu, 98 of Lebanon, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 15.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Terry Harris, 52

Mr. Harris, 52, of Lebanon, died Nov. 14, 2011.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.


Ask Ken Beck

Lana Turners dad was a Tennessee miner
Dear Ken: When did Lana Turner die and what was the cause of her death?

Born Julia Jean Turner in Wallace, Idaho, she was the daughter of John Virgil Madison Turner, a miner from Hohenwald, Tenn. Her mother moved to Los Angeles when Turner, called Judy by her friends, was 10 and she really was discovered in a caf on Sunset Boulevard. The blonde star hit her peak in 1940s and 50s and among her best films were The Postman Always Rings Twice, Johnny Eager, Somewhere Ill Find You. The Bad and the Beautiful, Peyton Place and Imitation of Life. She made her last movie in 1991s Thwarted and died of throat cancer in 1995 at age 74.

Dear Ken: Didnt Robert Redford make a movie where he played a small airplane pilot who put on air shows across the country? What was the title and who else was in the movie?

That was 1975s The Great Waldo Pepper with Redford as Pepper, a biplane pilot who missed out on serving in World War I, so he becomes a barnstormer in the early 1930s and then gets a shot at aviation glory playing a pilot in a WWI film. The cast also includes Bo Svenson, Edward Herrman, Susan Sarandon, Geoffrey Lewis and Margot Kidder.

Dear Ken: Steve Buscemi is amazing in HBOs Boardwalk Empire as politician-gangster Nucky Thompson. How old is he and what are some of his other credits?

Buscemi, 53, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was a fireman for four years in the early 1980s before he became a professional actor. His movie credits include Bloodhounds of Broadway, Millers Crossing, Barton Fink, Reservoir Dogs, Fargo, Escape From L.A., Con Air, Ghost World and Big Fish. The actor voluntarily returned to his old New York firehouse the day after 9/11 and worked 12-hour shifts for a week, assisting his former company digging through rubble and searching for missing firefighters.

Dear Ken: What can you tell us about Britt Robertson, who plays a young witch in the new TV show The Secret Circle?

Robertson, 21, was born in Charlotte, N.C., and grew up in Chester, S.C. She is the oldest of seven children in her family and was home schooled. She got her first break in the TV movie Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers, and played Cara Burns in the movie Dan in Real Life. She has a recurring role in the TV series Swingtown and starred in the TV movie The Tenth Circle. Last year she starred in the CW TV series Life Unexpected and the Disney Channel movie Avalon High. In 2012 she stars in the film The First Time. Robertson drives a Mercedes C300 and has a pet miniature dachshund named Foster.

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck at


Wilson Living

2011 Holiday Expo Vendors Announced!
The Wilson LivingHoliday Expo starts tomorrow Thursday, Nov. 17 with the Pre-Gala Preview Party, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at The Mill located at 300 N. Maple Street in Lebanon.

Complimentary food and beverages will be served, and those in attendance will get to meet Aaron Kelly from American Idol. Be the first in the door the night before! Bring your friends and come enjoy a fun ladies night while you shop all our amazing vendors. Tickets are available on-line at and at all the Wilson Bank & Trust locations. Tickets will also be available at the door on Thursday evening.

The event remains FREE to the public Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the shopping event begins at noon and ends at 7 p.m. On Saturday, we will open our doors at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. The first one thousand people through the doors will receive complimentary Wilson Living Holiday Shopping Bags.

Santa will be on hand both Friday and Saturday for photos with the kids by professional photographer Ken Griffith.

On Saturday, The Art Mill will be painting holiday paintings with the kids, while mom and dad shop!

There remain only a few tickets left for the Breakfast with Santa that will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 8 to 10 a.m.. Children in attendance will get to meet and mingle with Santa while they enjoy a gourmet breakfast prepared by Wildberry Catering. Tickets can be purchased at Painturos in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet.

Both Friday and Saturday Two Fat Men will be serving warm, delicious treats to all those in attendance so come hungry!

Its the kick-off to the holiday season, and we hope to see you all there! For more information call 969-6751 or 443-6901 or go to

Vendors in attendance include:

31 Handbags, Advance Signs, All About Holidays, Amy Rich Photography,

Asante, Atmosphere Generation, Avon, Baubles N Bling, Beauty Boutique

Ben Brantley & Co., Body Kneads, Claudia Designs, Cumberland University,

Dazzling Divas, Dixie Homecrafters, Dreams Boutique, Embelish, Fired Up,

Gardens on Main, GG's Gifts and Jewelry, Grace Silver Company,

Gravity, Green Glow Candles, Gutter Gutter, Hartmann Luggage,

Hat Creek Embroidery, Hello Dollie, Heritage Silver, It Works, Jana Marie Design,

Judy's Fashion, Just Jewelry, Karen's Kloset, Lizzie Lou Lou Designs,

LuLu's Clothing Company, Lynn Porter/African Art, MC Spinal Care,

McClain Christian Academy, Miche Handbags, Nature-skin and Body Food,

Music City Wellness, NuSkin, Pampered Chef, Plexis Slim, Premiere Jewelry,

Salon Django, Sara Vena Life, Scentsy, Silpada, Silver Ridge Pottery,

Sole Unique Shoe Boutique, Sparkling Tiara, Superior Construction and Design,

The Art Mill, The Crystal Couture, The Jewelers, The Paper Mill,

Total Family Physicians, Unique Specialty Gift Baskets, University Medical Center,

Vaden Pools, Vintage Couture, Walker Creek Toffee, Wilson County Chiropractic,

Wilson Living Telling Tales, Wine Shop at Home, Wubdoras Chop Shop, Glitz and Glamour, Xocai Healthy Chocolate, DeStress Express, Encore Theatre Company,

The Pink Giraffe.and a few more are in the works!!

by Angel Kane


General Lifestyle

Dickson captures Long Hunter flora, fauna on ceramic
Like the Old West had its Charles Russell and Fredric Remington, the wildlife and plants of Long Hunter State Park have Fred Dickson.

Dickson, 65, a hiker, a harpist and avowed old movie aficionado, is a photogrammetrist by trade. He draws maps from aerial photographs for the Tennessee Department of Transportation in the Aerial Surveys division.

However, for relaxation, he paints the birds, mammals, butterflies and plants of Long Hunter, not on canvas but on ceramic plates, cups and saucers.

Dicksons Flora and Fauna of Long Hunter collection ranges from such creatures as coyote, fox, raccoon and bobcat to birds like the scarlet tanager and indigo bunting and butterflies like the black Eastern tiger swallowtail, the juniper hairstreak and even a luna moth.

As for flora, he has captured Long Hunters famed Tennessee purple coneflower, the limestone fameflower and morel mushrooms. Most of his ceramic creations are one of a kind.

His ambitious project to sketch and paint the wildlife of Long Hunter State Park onto plates, cups and saucers commenced in October 2010 when seasonal ranger Ponda Armstrong and park volunteer Jason Allen took him to Fired Up, a contemporary pottery painting studio at Providence MarketPlace, as a birthday gift.

Thats the first time I knew you could do this kind of thing. Ive been an artist for a long time, but I didnt know you could paint on ceramics like this, recalled Dickson, a gentle, quiet man. I was sold.

A native of Dickson County, he lives in Donelson and has visited Long Hunter State Park almost once a week since 1987.

I come mostly on weekends to hike the trails. I usually try to make 5 miles each trip, he said. I just enjoy the freedom of being out and in the open.

For the past year, he has claimed Fired Up in Providence as his painting studio and sits down here twice a week to create.

This is enjoyable, a place where I can work. I dont have a place at home. Its claustrophobic in my little apartment, Dickson said.

Everyone who comes in here to paint loves Fred and loves to watch him, said Fired Up owner Dominique Darsinos. He comes and paints on Saturdays when we have birthdays, and he patiently paints and paints and is not annoyed by anything. Were impressed by him. His work is amazing. It looks real.

Dickson confessed he was flummoxed as to where to begin when he first took up his brush.

I couldnt make up my mind what to do that first evening. I had seen a book on wildflowers and so I drew a prickly pear cactus. That was my first plate, he recollected.

About a month or two later, Jason and I talked about it, and he suggested that I start doing some of the Long Hunter plants and animals and wildflowers and birds.

He has since created 21 plates, three cups and saucers and a deer platter and recently began on plate number 22, a ruby-throated hummingbird.

When I saw his first fewplates, I knew he was onto something.Eachplate was a little better than the previous one, Allen said. Eventhe customersat Fired Up started gathering around Fred, watching him work, amazed by his creations.

Fred Dicksons Flora and Fauna of Long Hunter State Park

Artist Fred Dicksons work of animals, birds, butterflies and plants are for sale at the Long Hunter State Park office. The plates are priced at $50 each, the cups & saucersat $25 each, and a large deer platter is $100. His work also may be seen on the Friends of Long Hunter Facebook page. Dickson donates 10 percent of sales to Friends of Long Hunter.

Fired Up

Fired Up is a contemporary pottery painting studio where customers select a piece of unfinished pottery, choose their colors and paint their own designs. The studio glazes and fires the pottery. It is located at Suite 310 at Providence Marketplace, 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road. Phone: 773-4445. For more info, go online to

Dickson hints there might be more coming in the Long Hunter series such as trees, maybe frogs and other amphibians and owls and water birds. He recently began doing human portraits on ceramic for friends.

The artist first sketches his subject in pencil on the plate. After he colors it, Darsinos coats it with glaze and bakes it in a kiln.

I fire it, Darsinos said. The heat goes up to about 2,000 degrees. Its almost a 24-hour process by the time it cools off. It probably bakes about 8 hours.

The reactions to Dicksons finished products have been positive.

Everyone has been very complimentary, which has surprised and delighted me. Its encouraged me to do more, the artist said.

As far as I know, no one has ever donea collectionquite like this related to a Tennessee State Park, said Allen, one of Dicksons most ardent fans.

His artwork also may be seen in other areas around Long Hunter State Park: in the park office, on bulletin boards and on the cover of the Couchville Lake Arboretum brochure. And on weekends, Dickson may be seen himself, hiking his favorite trails.

Fred has become a fixture at the park. People expect to see him just like they do the deer and geese. Every parkand Friends group would be fortunate to have someone like Fred.Hes become an importantpart of Long Hunters foundation, said Allen, who leads an annual mega-hike that covers all 26 miles of trails at the park a single day. (Dickson recently completed his fourth marathon hike and was the eldest participant.)

Some people hike for exercise, others to be immersed in nature. I thinkFred does it for both.When hes on a trail,you can tell hes in his element, Allen said. Im not sure anyone has put in more trail miles at Long Hunter than Fred. Honestly,Ive never met anyone who can out-walk or out-hike Fred.

And, in terms of Long Hunter's wildlife and plants, it also seems apparent that nobody can out-paint Dickson.

by Ken Beck

Writer Ken Beck may be contacted at


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - November 16, 2011

Hello, again! Has anyone spotted any of our winter visitors? I've been keeping an eye out for them but have yet to spot any. Please send me an email if you have seen any!

Last week I talked about the types of bird seed available and what our little feathered friends prefer most. Many of you may be wondering about squirrels and how to protect our bird seed from their greedy little paws. There is no quick or simple solution to this problem and many, including our Bird Guru Ray, have found it is easier to just feed them (in a separate area). Feeding them inexpensive cracked corn, ears of dried corn and peanuts in their shells is an easy way to fill them up and prevent them from going after your expensive bird seed. This is the solution Ray gave me a few years ago when I was doing battle with some squirrels of my own. My daughter, Anna, told me to go with Rays suggestion. She said they needed to eat as well, and they were cute. Therefore, we installed a special squirrel feeder given to her by Kenneth Morgan, who read of her interest in one of Rays articles and offered his hand made creation for her enjoyment. It has been one of her favorite and most cherished gifts!

As you most likely know, squirrels are not only very smart but rather agile. They can jump eight feet straight up and 11 feet if jumping off something, like a roof or tree branch. They also love to chew, and anything you put out will likely be chewed and tested. So you need to start with a strong bird feeder, preferably one made out of an indestructible material like Lexan or metal. You can go with a cheaper plastic feeder if it is reinforced with metal around the seed holes/ports.

If possible try to ensure your feeder is more than 10 feet from any jump off point. Using a baffle can be very effective, but be sure it is at least 18 inches in diameter. Anything less and the squirrels will likely be able to maneuver around it. If putting the baffle on a hanging bird feeder, be sure the baffle is just above the feeder and opens down towards the ground. If you use a baffle for a post mounted feeder, be sure the baffle is just below the feeder. The direction of a post mounted feeder is up for debate. It seems it has its benefits both ways, so you may want to try it opening up and down to determine which works best for you. A post mounted feeder away from any launch zone and with a proper baffle is one of the best methods to feed our feathered friends! However, if you are like me with lots of trees, I lack an area that is free of a launch zone, so it is easiest to hang the feeders. If you have hanging feeders do not use chain or rope, which is easy for them to climb! Instead use a thick nylon fishing line (with a baffle).

If you have a horizontal line with feeders it is also wise to use a fishing line, but you can add sections of plastic tubing on the line which will spin when the squirrel tries to climb across. Many people will grease or oil their poles or lines, and this can be semi effective for short periods of time. However, it is dangerous not only for the squirrels, but other animals that can get the oil in their hair or feathers and freeze to death in cold temps.

There are also fancy weighted bird feeders that will shut when a heavy animal tries to feed from them, but Ive heard many stories of squirrels who have outsmarted these. You can also try adding hot peppers/powder to your bird seed which the squirrels can taste and hate but has no effect on our feathered friends. Please let me know if you have any successful methods or devices you use to protect your bird feeders so I can pass the info along. You can email me at Again, we wish our dear friend Ray a speedy recovery!


"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Can we chill a little?
The Tennessee Titans clubbed the Carolina Panthers Sunday.

It was impressive, 30 to 3 impressive.

Chris Johnson ran for 130 yards, caught four passes for 44 yards and showed signs of the Chris Johnson Titans fans have been searching for.

Wide receiver Damian Williams continued to earn the starting role he was given Oct. 2. Williams caught five passes for 107 yards with a 41-yard touchdown reception being the highlight.

From the local media coverage Monday, one would surmise the Titans are Super Bowl shoo-ins. Will they ever lose another game?

One publication promoted its columnists opinion on Page 1-A and he didnt even cover the game. It must have been a slow news day.

Hey, it was the Carolina Panthers. Can we chill a little? Its a team that has two wins this season. Its a team that came out flat and paid the price. It has happened to the Titans this year. It happens to all but the elite NFL teams. Neither the Titans, nor the Panthers are in that conversation.

But I need more proof that this is a Titans team that has truly seen the light. We will see if that is indeed the case when they play the Falcons in Atlanta Sunday.

Atlanta Coach Mike Smiths team has taken on his persona. They will bloody your nose. The next move is all yours.

Smitty was a defensive coordinator at Tennessee Tech before Brian Billick saw something in him he liked and took him to the NFL. Smitty was a blue- collar linebacker at East Tennessee State, never played a down in the NFL and doesnt begin to compare resumes with Titans Hall of Fame player and current coach Mike Munchak.

Smith gives his team chances to win games. Although they lost a tough 26-23 game in overtime Sunday to New Orleans, Smith went for it in overtime on a fourth-and-one from his own 29. It came up short, but too often Smith has punted in those situations against the Saints, only to never see the football again.

I stand behind our coach, behind our players, Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton said. I would have done the same thing. If we convert, our offense drives down the field and we score to win the game.

You can bet the Titans will get the Falcons best shot Sunday. Two 5-4 teams stand at a crossroads in the season. The winner fights to have a respectable season.

The loser, well, 5-5 is just what it appears to be.

If the Titans come up short in Atlanta, it erases all the positive vibes they earned in Carolina. They cannot afford to stay around the .500 mark and hope to catch AFC South leader Houston.

And the playoffs are out of the question unless they win a division that is as bad as it has been ever since Peyton Manning got past his rocky rookie year in Indianapolis.

The Titans last seven games will tell the story of this season. Four of them are on the road. Four of the opponents have winning records. The only punching bag is 0-10 Indianapolis.

They finish up head-to-head with Jacksonville and Houston, two division opponents they lost to earlier.

They can write their own script. They know one game does not a season make.

Contact Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at


General News

Martin named MJ Interim City Manager

Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET -- Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners named Economic Development Director Kenny Martin as Interim City Manager and approved an ordinance to appropriate funds to purchase a site for a fire station at Monday nights meeting.

Mayor Ed Hagerty nominated Martin for the position, and said that there were seven or eight employees who could have filled it as well.

I think it is a credit to City Manager Randy Robertson on recruiting and training his people, Hagerty said.

Commissioner Jim Bradshaw nominated City Recorder Sheila Luckett, who held the interim position before Robertson took the job. She made it clear that she did not want to be considered permanently. Commissioner Art Giles nominated Chief Building Officer Dwayne Hicks.

Martins name came up for vote first, and Hagerty, Vice Mayor James Maness and Commissioner Ted Floyd all voted for him.

Martin will begin the position Dec. 19. Robertson will be leaving it on Jan. 9, 2012.

In other business, the possible property for the new fire station is located at Belinda Parkway and Athens Drive. The commissioners approved the ordinance to appropriate the funds, but deferred a resolution approving the contract for the land because of uncertainty about some issues. The commissioners wanted to make sure there was enough room on the property for a two-story complex which could house some city workers temporarily to help make room in the current City buildings.

Public Works Director Marlin Keel said it should cost roughly $175,000 to get the property ready for building, but they hadnt looked into a two-story structure being there. The deferral gave him plenty of time to get exact figures on how much it would cost to get the property ready, and if the two-story structure was possible.

The commissioners also approved a new communication system for the Mt. Juliet Police Department. MJPD gave a presentation a few weeks back to show the problems with their system that often keeps them from communicating with each other in dire situations. The new system would alleviate those problems and make it easier to communicate with surrounding police departments. It also could be used for a fire department.

We cant continue to allow our officers to work out here with no radio contact, Floyd said.

The commissioners chose to fund the communication system through Motorola with a five-year leasing option at $238,548.51 a year. Finance Director John Rossmaier said he felt good that it could be paid for at that rate. The resolution passed unanimously.

In the unfinished business consent agenda items, the commission approved for Walmart to have outdoor sales, as long as it was the same as what Lowes is being allowed to do.

In unfinished business, the commission approved to award the City of Mt. Juliet employees a Christmas bonus. Hagerty was the only one to vote against it, because he said it did not send a good message to send out tax notices, then hand out bonuses, even though the money comes from a different source.

In new business, the commission approved an ordinance amending the unified development code of the city for handicapped parking. Commissioners also annexed two properties near the corner of South Mt. Juliet Road and Central Pike. The commission approved new filing cabinets and carpet for the planning and zoning offices. They also approved establishing a processing fee for utility customers paying with credit or debit cards. The last two items approved were transferring $2,500 to parks and greenways to establish a 501(c)3 and a ordinance amending the budget to appropriate funds to replace the roof on finance and sewer accounting building.

Editors Note: Kenny Howell is the managing editor of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet. He may be contacted at


General Sports

BLUE League scores from Nov. 12

BLUE League basketball results from games played Saturday, Nov. 12 at Walter J. Baird Middle School. Games of Saturday, Nov. 19 will be played atWinfree Bryant Middle School. For recent BLUE League photos, please visit Facebook and go to our page -- The Wilson Post Newspaper.

Sam Houston (12): Ali Davis 2, Jasmine Fuqua 4, Alyiah Steverson 4
Castle Heights (21): Addie Grace Porter 6, Emily Sword 7, Bailey Lasater 8.
5th Quarter
Sam Houston (2): Ali Davis 2.
Castle Heights (2): Akinana Steverson 2.

Sam Houston (23): Andrew Harper 8, Chase Birdwell 4, Brandon Roufin 2, Peyton Flatt 4, Austin Brown 2.
Castle Heights (26): Dawson Allen 2, Braden Reese 6, Kameron Davis 6, Thomas Bryan 8, Luke Bradshaw 4.
5th Quarter
Sam Houston (0):
Castle Heights (2): Mason Taheny 2.

Byars Dowdy (4): Kyleigh Burton 4.
Coles Ferry (22) no scoring provided
5th Quarter
Byars Dowdy (0):
Coles Ferry (6):

Byars Dowdy (28): Kobe Gwyn 6, Damian Collins 2, Xavier Mills 11, Jackson Carson 4, Jeremiah Hastings 7.
Coles Ferry (17): no scoring provided
5th Quarter
Byars Dowdy (4): Adam Al-Ageda 4.
Coles Ferry (2): no scoring provided

Tuckers Crossroads (5): Sutton 2, Dixon 3.
Carroll-Oakland (26): Aaryn Grace Lester 10, Allissa Mulaski 8, Rebecca Brown 4, McKenzie Willis 2, Maghan Williams 2.
5th Quarter
Tuckers (0):
Carroll-Oakland (4): P.J. Tomlinson 2, Lindsay Chessor 2.

Tuckers Crossroads (31): Ethan Njezic 4, Kole Armstead 4, Ethan Chambers 2, Tyler Hayes 4, Evan Britt 8, Ethan White 9.
Carroll - Oakland (26): Gaven Reasonover 9, Corey Jones 3, Logan Hawk 5, Michael Sells 1, David Greene 2, Luke Jones 6.
5th Quarter
TXR (0):
COS (0).

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