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Showing 14 articles from December 6, 2011.


Arthur I. Gid Jackson, 91

Mr. Jackson, 91, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 at University Medical Center.
Services were held Monday afternoon, Dec. 5, 2011 at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon.
Interment was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements by Selalrs Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Bobby Ray Brumley, 76

Mr. Brumley, 76, of Mt. Juliet, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.
Services were conducted Tuesday evening, Dec. 6 at Grace Baptist Church. Interment with military honors will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Gabriel Buck Alexander Kaupke, 6 months

Funeral services will be held in Arizona for six month-old Gabriel Kaupke of Lebanon.
He passed away Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

Judy Dawn Davis Jordan, 73

Mrs. Jordan, 73, of Old Hickory, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.
Funeral services were conducted Monday morning, Dec. 5 at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Martha Eunice Dockins, 87

Mrs. Dockins, 87, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
Services were held Monday afternoon, Dec. 5 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Burial was at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Nina Elizabeth Beth Spain Humes, 39

Beth Humes of Madison died Dec. 2, 2011 at age 39.
A memorial service is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Robert Cone Beasley III, 80

Mr. Beasley, 80, of the LaGuardo Community died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011.
Graveside services are scheduled 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Woodlawn Memorial Park (South) 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville.
Local arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Sadie Elizabeth Rohtert, 90

Mrs. Rohtert, 90, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 at Alive Hospice in Madison.
services were held Sunday afternoon, Dec. 4 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Interment was at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens beside her husband, Joe.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Tommy Lloyd Butler, 73

Mr. Butler, 73, of Mt. Juliet, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.
Graveside services were conducted Tuesday morning, Dec. 6 at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.


Ask Ken Beck

Kevins Home Alone siblings all the same age

Dear Ken: Regarding the Christmastime movie Home Alone, how old now are the kids who played Macaulay Culkins siblings?

Well, Culkin, who starred as Kevin McCallister in the 1990 flick (which was the highest-grossing film that year at $477 million), is 31. The youngsters who played his siblings are all the same age: 34. They are: Devin Ratray, an actor-musician, as Buzz; Hillary Wolf, a member of the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Judo Team, as Megan; Angela Goethals, still acting, as Linnie; and Michael C. Maronna, an electrician in film and TV, as Jeff.

Dear Ken: What else has Ginnifer Goodwin, who plays Mary Margaret Blanchard on the TV series Once Upon a Time, done?

Goodwin, 33, who was born in Memphis, Tenn., earned a degree in acting from Boston University and trained with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She was in the TV series Ed and Big Love and did voices for Robot Chicken. Movie wise, she starred in Win a Date With Tod Hamilton! and played Johnny Cashs first wife in Walk the Line. And she played Aunt Bea in Ramona and Beezus and appeared in Something Borrowed and Birds of America.

Dear Ken: Where was Roberta Flack, the singer of Killing Me Softly With His Song, born?

Flack, 74, was born in Black Mountain, N.C. She won Grammy Record of the Year for that song in 1974 and won the same honor in 1973 for The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. The singer-songwriter is currently working on an album of Beatles classics and continues to perform around the world. She founded the Roberta Flack School of Music at the Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx, which provides a music education program to underprivileged students free of charge.

Dear Ken: I just saw for the first time an actress named Gene Tierney in a wonderful murder mystery called Laura. Could she still be alive? What are some more of her movies?

Tierney died in 1991 of emphysema at 70. Sadly, because she believed she sounded squeaky on film, she began smoking to help lower her voice and that contributed to her death. For a few more of her classic roles, check out the films Heaven Can Wait, Leave Her to Heaven, The Mating Season, The Razors Edge and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. She made her last appearance in the 1980 miniseries Scruples.

by Ken Beck

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Wilson Living

The egg or the chicken?
This summer I gave each of my children a project. To be honest, I dont even remember what project was delegated to my oldest or youngest. Thats because the purpose behind the summer project, isnt to actually accomplish anything. Its just to keep my children busy so that I drown out the summer sounds of Im sooooo bored!

However, as much as I try and tryI cant quite drown out the sounds of my middle childs project. (And believe me Ive tried!)

Thats because Zoe was required to raise chickens.

Thats right we skipped right over the summer reading list or perfecting the backstroke and went straight to livestock!

We are one of those families that lives in the countrybut isnt quite sure what we are supposed to be doing out here.

So, we bought a chicken coop, painted it and named our chicks The Chicken Nugget Gang. We named each and every one of them, my favorite chick being Little Jerry Seinfeld.

So, let me enlighten those of you who may have a yearning for country living.

Chicks are super cute when they are little. Your kids will hold them and cuddle them and you will be able to Facebook the most adorable photos of your picture perfect life.

But before you know it, the chicks grow up.

And when they dothey become fat, filthy, fowl!

Thats because all they do is eat and eat and eat, which also means that The Chicken Nugget Gang has defecated over every square inch of my beautifully, painted chicken coop.

Not to mention that they are Angry Birds times 1000!

The Cripps and the Bloods have nothing on our gang! They are mean as heck and have drawn blood from 2 of our 3 children. The only reason they havent attacked my youngest is because he absolutely refuses to tend to them.

That was Zoes project, not mine, he can be heard screaming as he runs upstairs each time I ask one of them to feed the chickens.

So, a few weeks ago the beasts (I no longer call them by their given names) finally produced an egg.

It was covered in poop.

So as I sit here tonight, Ive been googling recipes. Thats because the filthy beasts are also prolific egg layers.

Im not googling egg recipes though.

Fried chicken or BBQ chicken? Hmmdecisions, decisions

by Angel Kane

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General Lifestyle

Proclaiming Christ at Christmas
Kenneth and Linda Bowen pose beside a traffic light with a Christmas message This time of year around here is go, go, go and do, do, do, said Lebanons Brother Kenneth Bowen, a man who promotes Christs birth with a myriad of Christmas lights in his yard display that he has christened Christmasland.

This past December he counted 2,500 vehicles that circled his driveway as wide-eyed passengers took in the hundreds of attractions, most of them accented with lights of red, white, blue and green. The messages in the lights spell out such greetings as Happy Birthday Jesus, Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth.

We started when my oldest grand boy, Adam, was born. We started off with just a few pieces, and now weve got 800 of them, the most weve ever had, said Bowen, 68, pastor of Unity Church in Lebanon.

We started with a Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and a reindeer, and thats been 16 years ago, said his wife Linda. We really enjoy it because so many people come through. A lot of people send us cards in the summer thanking us for having it open.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - December 7, 2011
Dark-eyed Junco or Snowbird

Hello to all my birding friends. You do not know how much I have missed you. I have had a very rough time and even looked death straight in the eye. Thanks to our Lord and Savior, Jesus, I have been given an extension on my life. We are planning on giving you the full story on my health problem with a stern warning which may save your life. Many churches have me on their prayer list, and my good friends on Facebook and Bc Yahola and the members of If you grew up in Lebanon you remember... have prayed without ceasing. Thanks to all of you.

My mother, Margie Pope, took care of me for a little over two weeks while new friends from Donelson Home Health taught me exercises to help build my muscles which had deteriorated from my two weeks of ICU in a coma. The first chance I went out to my house, my binoculars were a must-have so I could see what all was feeding on and below my brothers sock feeder. There were Chickadees eating the stale Nyjer seed from the sock while other ground feeders were scratching below for leftovers. There was one solitary White-throated Sparrow out by the old shed in the backyard.

It was great to have Karen Franklin and her two children, Anna and Nick, visit me on a Saturday afternoon. The first thing I saw when I awoke in the hospital was a couple of drawings from Nick and Anna, wishing Mr. Ray to get well soon. They are such a loving family. I would like to thank Karen for keeping you informed on my situation and to her husband John for his patience while she wrote articles for your enjoyment. You don't really know what it takes to write something each week, especially when you don't want to repeat yourself.

Dotty Kim and her daughter, Tammy, along with a couple of her grandchildren, Britney and Steven, hijacked me one night to go to Ponderosa for supper. Since I was not working, there was not enough money for a steak, so I ordered the salad bar. The manager Billy Mullinax spotted me and was asking where I had been and why I wasn't eating steak. I explained everything about my condition and my empty wallet. In no time Billy returned to our table with a juicy sirloin steak, compliments of the manager. It was the first real meal that I have eaten outside of what my mother cooked. Thanks Billy!

Finally, like Dorothy said in her famous movie, "There's no place like home." You don't know how many times I have joked with some of my visiting friends, telling them that I have clicked my heels three times and repeated Dorothys line. My mother was afraid that I might want to go home too early, but I reminded her about our trips to Florida. It was a lot of fun, but it was so nice to see the lights of Lebanon when we topped Four Mile Hill.

My birdfeeders were dry as a bone and had been for over a month when I finally got around to refilling them. It took two whole days before anything showed up to feast, and the first birds were Carolina Chickadees. The next day one of my favorites showed up. The Dark-eyed Junco was scratching beneath the feeder on the seed that was scattered just for the ground scratchers. My left ring finger is starting to get sore, so I will close this article and hope to have another for you next Wednesday.

I would love to hear from you as to whats lurking about in your neighborhood and at your feeders. You can write me at 606 Fairview Ave., Lebanon, TN, 37087 or e-mail me at

by Ray Pope


"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

My Bid for December 7, 2011

The Oklahoma Cowpokes are bellyaching in their beer this week. They dont get to play undefeated LSU in the BCS Championship Game.

Ah, the BCS. An imperfect system at best.

The Harris Interactive Poll, comprised of 115 voters (including this writer) from various walks of life, submitted their final top 25 votes Sunday.

LSU was a consensus No. 1. The brilliance of the panel is overwhelming, no?


Alabama came out second, with Oklahoma State third. Thats the way my poll read, but I recognize there is legitimate room for debate that Oklahoma State deserved to jump an idle Alabama and grab the coveted second spot at the table.

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