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Showing 11 articles from November 29, 2011.


Craig H. Gumby Fitzgerald, 47

Mr. Fitzgerald, 47, of Mt. Juliet, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011.
A celebration of life will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 at Bond Memorial Chapel. Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet.

Delbert Kirby Carnahan, 86

Mr. Carnahan, 86, of Mt. Juliet died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011.
Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Graveside services will full military honors will follow at 2 p.m. at Kirby Family Cemetery, Lafayette.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet.

Georgia Mac Williams, 81

Mrs. Williams, 81, of Hartsville died Friday morning, Nov. 25, 2011 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin.
Services were held Sunday afternoon, Nov. 27 at Anthony Funeral Home, Hartsville. Burial was at Hartsville Memorial Gardens.
Anthony Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

J. Sue Womack, 73

Mrs. Womack, 73 of Mt. Juliet died Nov. 29, 2011.
Memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Jeri Donise Binkley, 34

Ms. Binkley, 34, of Lebanon, died Nov. 24, 2011.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Nov. 28 at the Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon. Interment followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Baddour Parkway.


Telling Tales

Dog Daze
Almost 2 years ago our beloved Sasha went to doggie heaven. She was 14 years old and seriously the sweetest dog. She was our child before we had the two little humans who inhabit our home now.

Shortly after Sasha died, my husband and our children began the search for a replacement. Dont get me wrong, I loved her, but when she died I assumed that was the end of our dog days. As much as I adored her, I didnt want another pet. Not because I didnt want to replace her or my heart was too broken. Our family just doesnt have the time to give a puppy all the attention it deserves. Sure my husband does all the feeding and playing and training. But what happens when he forgets to pick up dog food, the dog gets sick or has to go out to pee in the middle of the night. Thats right, its my job. Since giving birth to my first child, I have enforced a strict rule: I dont feed, water or play with anything unless Im required by law to do so. Its not like I will purposefully ignore the needs of our pets or houseplants, theres just a good chance Ill forget to feed or water it.

It wasnt long after we married that my husband decided against sending an innocent houseplant to its inevitable death just because it was our anniversary. Instead he opted for a nice Fichus tree. Its still as green as it was the day he gave it to me AND it doesnt shed dead leaves.


Ask Ken Beck

Kurt Russell rode West in 1960s wagon train
Dear Ken: I seem to remember that Kirk Russell starred in a western series on TV when he was a boy. Can you help with the title?

That was The Travels of Jamie McPheeters, which ran during the 1963-1964 season with Russell as a 12-year-old boy on a wagon train heading West in 1849. Dan OHerlihy played his father, a scalawag and a doctor. The cast also featured four of the Osmond Brothers as the Kissels (Micah, Leviticus, Deuteronomy and Lamentations). Charles Bronson joined the series in later episodes as wagon master, but the series only made it one season. Russell, 60, was born in Springfield, Mass., and was getting close to making his dream come true of playing major league baseball when an injury ended his career. His dad, Bing Russell, played Deputy Clem Foster in a number of episodes of Bonanza.

Dear Ken: Where was Kal Penn of Harold and Kumar fame born?

Penn, 34, who plays Kumar to John Chos Harold, was born in Montclair, N.J. He recently spent two years as a mid-level staffer in the White House and currently is working on a sitcom set at the United Nations. Next month he and Cho return in A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, as the duo treks through NYC looking for the ideal Christmas tree.

Dear Ken: What happened to child actor Bobby Buntrock, who played the boy in the 1960s sitcom Hazel?

Buntrock, who played Harold Baxter in the comedy, died in an automobile accident in 1974 at the age of 21. As a youth he appeared in the first Rockem Sockem Robots toy commercial for the Marx Toy Company in 1964.

Dear Ken: Whats doing with Gina Torres, who played Zoe Washburne on Firefly?

Cuban-American Washburne, 42, was just in the TV series Huge but presently co-stars on Suits. She has also been doing the voice of Airachnid on the cartoon series Transformers Prime. And she is in the movie Mr. Sophistication. Trained in opera and jazz, she and husband Laurence Fishburne have a young daughter. She says the experience of making Firefly left her incredibly spoiled because the cast and crew worked so well together. I thought that there would never be another occasion for that, and I have to say, these guys (on Suits) are fantastic, she says.

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

Santa Sightings Abound!
Christmas lights are starting to pop up all over town, holiday events are being planned and everyone is in a merrier mood because Christmas is right around the corner,

And that means one thingSanta sightings are happening all over town!

If you havent figured it out yet, Santa has a special affinity for Wilson County, having scheduled many visits to the area before Christmas Eve.

For those boys and girls who want to visit with Santa and review their Christmas lists with him, mom and dad need to make sure to take them by Wilson Bank & Trust in the coming weeks. Go to for a list of all the branches Santa is scheduled to visit between now and Dec. 17. Santa will make an appearance at every branch in the county, and he is very excited about meeting all the kids from the area.

And kids and pets are welcome to visit Santa and the Grinch Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1-5 p.m. Santa and the Grinch will be on hand for photos and proceeds benefit New Leash On Life. For more information go to


General Lifestyle

Appraising Wilson County
Johnny and Margie Trice raise cattle on their Alanjohn Farm a few miles outside of Lebanon. Johnny's old home place on Trice Road has been in the businessman-property appraiser's family for more than 120 years.

Businessman, farmer and property appraiser Johnny Trice may not have walked every square mile of Wilson County, but hes probably come close.

In 79 years of living in Lebanon, hes seen a world of changes, some that he promoted, and some in his own life that he never thought would happen.

I used to be bashful when I was in school. I couldnt hardly have a conversation, said Trice, who has held many an important exchange of words in the years since he was a student at Oakland School that once occupied high ground near Friendship Christian School.

I once said Id never have a cell phone, and when bottled water came out, I said I would never buy it, Trice said from his office in a rock house on West Main Street. He grins, then taps his shirt pocket and pulls out a cellular phone before he points to a pint of bottled water on his desk.

As for changes that impacted the local landscape, Trice was instrumental in the start up of Wilson Bank & Trust, among numerous other businesses, as well as persuading Wilson County commissioners to purchase the land that would become the home of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

Hed like to witness a few more changes in Wilson County before he departs this world.

We have got to get some white-collar jobs here. I dont see that happening in the next few years. Were sort of stymied, wanting to be a warehouse distribution county. We need them, but thats not all that we need, said Trice, who has been a member of numerous local service and civic clubs over the decades as well as serving on the Wilson County Economic Board, the Wilson County Farm Bureau Board and the Wilson County Co-op Board, to name a few.


"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

My Bid for November 30, 2011

Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley could not have had his players pick a worse time to quit on him than the final game of the season.

Vols fans has to be embarrassed by the fact players mailed it in against a woeful Kentucky team that beat Tennessee for the first time in 26 years.

The story is even more worrisome because Tennessee had something meaningful to play for a post-season bowl game.

If successful, it would mean an opportunity to finish with a winning record in a season where a lot of things went wrong.

More importantly it would have given Dooley and his team another four or five weeks to practice. Heaven knows that team could have used more practice.

But the players were admitting they werent into the game. Some said they didnt want to go to some minor bowl game, perhaps referring to last years Franklin American Mortgages Music City Bowl game in Nashville.

So they bailed out. They didnt compete. For athletes, that is the cardinal sin.

So they lolly-gagged around while Kentucky used a wide receiver that had not played quarterback since he was in high school five years ago. Unlike Tennessees football team, Matt Roark took advantage of the opportunity he was given. Roark ran for 124 yards, as Kentucky won, 10-3.


General News

Red Cross holds four local blood drives

Think outside the box this holiday season and donate blood at local blood drives held by the American Red Cross in Wilson County, the perfect gift for this in need of blood.

Locally, you may give blood on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Cooks United Methodist Church located at 7919 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet; on Thursday, Dec. 8, from noon to 5 p.m., at Immanuel Baptist Church at 214 Castle Heights Ave. in Lebanon; on Friday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to noon, at University Medical Center at 1411 Baddour Pkwy. in Lebanon; and from noon to 5 p.m., at Sports Village Aerobic Studio at 1735 West Main Street in Lebanon.

Its the season of giving and theres one gift that wont cost you a penny, but means the world to a patient in need, said Tim Ryerson, CEO, Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. By donating blood, you can give someone an opportunity to spend another holiday with their loved ones.

All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply, especially O-Negative. Type O-Negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.

To make an appointment for one of these dates, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit

A blood donors card or drivers license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old. New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 years and younger. All presenting blood donors receive a holiday inspired long-sleeve shirt.

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