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Telling Tales

What would you save first?

Wilson Living Magazine

As the storms were bearing down on Wilson County Friday night, I did what many of you did.

Started prepping.

We basically have one closet in the house that just might survive a direct hit. Problem is, its my junk closet. So as I watched Lisa Patton and her warnings to take cover, I thoughtfully considered whether it would be scarier to face down the storm or face down 9 years worth of clutter. But in the end, Lisa, coupled with the Facebook frenzy I was monitoring, made my decision easy.


Ask Ken Beck

Film/TV star Michael B. Jordan hotter than the NBA

Dear Ken: Is Michael B. Jordan, one of the young stars of the sci-fi thriller Chronicle, the son of basketball star Michael Jordan?

Michael Bakari Jordan, 25, is not related to the hoops superstar. Michael B, who was born in Santa Anna, Calif., and grew up in Newark, N.J., was discovered at 13 by Bill Cosby and had a recurring role as Michael in Cosby. Most TV viewers would know him best from three roles: quarterback Vince Howard on Friday Night Lights, teen drug dealer Wallace on The Wire and Reggie Montgomery on All My Children. The actor, who is also in the movie Red Tails, was a regular on TVs Parenthood and a guest on such shows as The Sopranos, CSI, Cold Case, Burn Notice, Bones and House. By the way, the young Jordans favorite NBA basketball player is Baron Davis of the New York Nicks.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - March 7


Continued from last week.

Back in the early 1970's, young John Sellars Jr. and myself took the trail behind the Inn looking for Barred Owls. We walked several feet into the woods where I started hooting my vocal call. Several more feet into the trail, I started to hoot some more. All of a sudden there was flashlights shinning up all around the trees. John Jr. was about to burst out laughing at all the people trying to locate the "Owls". Farther and farther out we kept up the hooting till we snuck back and finally parted company for the night. The next morning at breakfast in the Inn's dinning room, everyone was excited about the Owl's hooting, but they never could find them. That was John Jr. and my little secret.



Ask Anne: And who chokes better than Artie?


I have a little question for you, and dont laugh! I am capable of confusing than and then. Do you have some magic Ask Anne dust to solve this? Or maybe just a simple, easy to understand rule?-A Good Buddy

I like good buddies. Bad buddies, about whom I was warned in yore by parents and teachers, really can be risky. Speaking of risky, yore, which refers to a long distant past, is generally used with of not in.* I thought it might be a refreshing twist (sounds like a commercial for lemons) to use yore with another preposition. In yore and about yore. Yoring! Say that the way adolescents say boring yor-ring.

TDCI officials: Verify licenses of potential home contractors

In light of the tornadoes and hailstorm that caused damage to parts of Tennessee last week, the Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is reminding homeowners to verify the licensure of purported home contractors by using its license database at

Unscrupulous, unlicensed contractors often prey on victims of natural disasters, says TDCI Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. Taking the time to make sure someone is licensed with the state is your fundamental first step, when selecting a contractor to work on your home. By all means, use to see whether the person youre considering is a licensed contractor.


General News

Council passes sales tax increase, again

FromPoststaff reports

Tuesday night the Lebanon City Council once again passed an ordinance on first reading to raise the local sales tax by 0.5 percent and request a referendum on the matter, after a public notice mistake prevented the previous vote.

Initially, the measure was approved on Feb. 21, but City Attorney Andy Wright discovered the city did not comply with a state requirement about issuing a public notice. The city did not publish a notice in a local newspaper at least seven days before the initial vote, as is required by state law.

As a result, the council voted to rescind the Feb. 21 vote on Tuesday and then approved the ordinance once again. The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury must approve the ordinance before it returns to the council for a second reading.

The proposal would raise sales taxes by 0.5 percent from 2.25 to 2.75 percent, making those who shop within the Lebanon City Limits pay 9.75 percent in sales taxes, the maximum allowed by the state. If the council approves the ordinance on second reading, the Wilson County Commission has a 30-day window to pass its own ordinance, in order to split the 0.5 percent increase with the city.

A special election must be held in order for the people to cast their votes in a referendum, which will ultimately decide the fate of the sales tax increase proposal.

Insurance claims spike due to hail damage

The Wilson Post

Local insurance agents have been swamped so far this week with new claims from the heavy storm this past Friday afternoon that brought with it intense hail and wind damaging peoples cars and homes.

On Monday, we had probably the busiest day that Ive seen here in 20 years, said State Farm Agent Rob Gwynn.

Gwynn said the majority of claims coming into their office have been from the Cainsville Road, Peyton Road and Maddox-Simpson Parkway areas and Gladeville.

Jewelry thief targets assisted living facility

Mt. Juliet Police Department continues its search for a woman suspected of stealing jewelry from elderly female residents at an assisted living facility.

The incident occurred at about 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 13, at Providence Place at 1020 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet.

Surveillance video captured this image of the suspect in a recent theft of jewelry from residents at an assisted living facility in Mt. Juliet. The vehicle shown is the suspect's vehicle.

Photos courtesy of MJPD

The suspect, authorities said, entered the facility and scammed the victims by acting as if she was there to clean their jewelry. The jewelry, however, was never returned.

In one incident, a victim told investigators that the offender asked her to remove her wedding rings so she could clean them. After the offender had the rings, she told the victim that she needed to put them in a towel and left the victims room. The offender even used some type of cream to remove the rings from the victims fingers. Moments went by and the victim realized that she had been scammed, and she called police. Prior to police arrival, the offender had already left the property.

MJPD investigators are asking the publics help in identifying the offender. The suspect is described as a middle-aged white female, with brown shoulder length hair. The suspect vehicle is described as a late 1990s model two-door Honda or Acura hatchback car that is light blue or purple in color with side graphics.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the MJPD at 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling 754-TIPS (8477) or via the MJPD website at

Local mother, son recall POW tribulations

Editors Note: This is the first part of a two-part series on a Lebanon family held as prisoners of war in the Philippines during World War II. Part two will run in the Wednesday, March 14 edition of The Wilson Post.

The Wilson Post

After 67 years, the memories for Bill Leslie and his mother Nancy, of their time as civilian prisoners of war during World War II are still fresh.

As Lebanon residents for the past 36 years, the pair settled down in the very place where their eventual liberators prepared for war.

Howard Leslie, Bills father, lived in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, in 1933, working for two of his uncles, both veterans of the Spanish-American War. His parents married in 1937 and Bill was born in Manila that year.

Police nab burglary suspect; 2 schools placed in lock-down

The Wilson Post

A burglary call Tuesday morning on Hickory Ridge Road in Lebanon resulted in two local schools being placed on lock-down for a short period of time before the suspect was apprehended.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said authorities received a call around 9:15 a.m. from Edward Ashworth of 1668 Hickory Ridge Road.

He said he was being robbed, but he caught someone trying to break into his home, Bowen said.

Santorum wins in Wilson County

The Wilson Post

Rick Santorum appeared to be the choice Republican challenger against President Barack Obama for Wilson County residents as he received overwhelming support in Tuesdays Presidential Preferential Primary, according to unofficial results.

Santorum led the whole way, starting with early voting results showing him receiving 1,475 of 3,291 votes in Wilson County. The second-highest total, Mitt Romney only received 620 early votes and Newt Gingrich tallied 511 during the early period.

Square traffic could change

The Wilson Post

There could be a bump in the plans by the City of Lebanon to revamp traffic patterns and bring new life to the Public Square if the parking lot on the south side of the Square is a material part of any proposed new look.

According to County Mayor Randall Hutto and County Commissioner Gary Keith, chairman of the commission's Public Works Committee, the City will have to deal with the county if its plans for the Public Square in anyway involve the use of the parking lot that once was the location of the Wilson County Courthouse.

Keith said a resolution adopted by the County in 1998 that resulted in providing a lease of the property to the City of Lebanon limits the use of the property for a parking lot, public restrooms, or a visitors' center.

Watertown woman charged with TennCare doctor shopping
Ashley Hester

A Wilson County woman is charged with TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, or using TennCare to go to multiple doctors in a short time period to obtain prescriptions for a controlled substance.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) with the assistance of the Wilson County Sheriffs Department on Tuesday announced the arrest of Ashley Hester, 29, of Watertown.

She is accused of four counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by doctor shopping, as well as four counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

WWII veteran Perner services Friday

From Post staff reports

Retired World War II veteran and longtime Lebanon resident Louis "Lou" Perner died Monday, March 5 at the age of 94.

Mr. Perner worked for some 20 years with the United States Postal Service in Lebanon and upon retirement for another decade with the City of Lebanon.

He served with the U.S. Army in the European Theatre with the 13th Infantry. He also served in the Tennessee National Guard as a Master Sergeant with Company E, 173rd Armored Calvary Regiment.

Mr. Perner and his wife Frances also worked as photographers and owned "The Hobby Shop" at Castle Heights and "Quality Pets and Hobbies."

The family will receive friends between the hours of 4-8 p.m. Friday, March 9 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Burial with military honors will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.


General Sports

Airborne VB 16-1 wins tourney

NASHVILLE -- Airborne Volleyball's 16-1 team brought home the championship in the 16 Club division at the Ethos Volleyball Tournament held March 3& 4 at Ezell-Harding Academy. Team members, from left: Samantha Finley, Tatum Thompson, Kelsey Yarbourgh, Libby Towbridge, Taylor Bush, Tana Whited, Sarah Hall. The 16-1 coach is Dana Whited. Airborne Volleyball has six teams this season competing on the regional level of USA Volleyball.Next up for Airborne Volleyball Club is Chattanooga on March 24. Learn more about Airborne Volleyball at

BASEBALL: ERAU 10, Cumberland 6

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. -- Cumberland scored four runs in the top of the first but errors allowed fifth-ranked Embry-Riddle to plate seven unearned runs en route to a 10-6 victory over the No. 7 Bulldogs on Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs (10-9) stranded 11 runners on base for the second straight game against the Eagles (17-5) and two big errors allowed the home team to score three unearned runs in both the fourth and seventh innings.

MJ falls 65-54 to Riverdale

MURFREESBORO -- No. 1-ranked Riverdale took Mt. Juliet's best shot and never flinched in Wednesday's 65-54 victory over the Lady Bears in the quarterfinals of the BlueCross Basketball Championships at MTSU's Murphy Center.

Miss Basketball finalist Shacobia Barbee got things rolling for RHS with a pair of long range 3-pointers in the first half en route to a game-high 23 points.

"She's something," said Mt. Juliet head coach Chris Fryer, "when their big kid can step out there and stroke a couple early, it really puts a different spin on things."

Mt. Juliet (32-5) trailed 27-22 at intermission, but took a brief 42-41 lead on a snow bird layup by MeMe Jackson with 6:33 left in the game. Riverdale cooly responded with a 7-0 run to get things back under control.

Ring ceremony at FCS raises $$$ for cancer patient

LEBANON -- Friendship Christian School football supporters managed to mix in a dose of real life with their Ultimate Tailgate Event Saturday evening, March 3.

Commander fans celebrated their team winning the 2011 Class 2A BlueCross Bowl with the presentation of championship rings to players and coaches.

While raising funds to pay for the rings, supporters generated in excess of $8,000 to aid the family of FCS ninth grader Zac Anderson, who is battling cancer.

A malignant tumor found near his spine has been diagnosed by Vanderbilt Children's Hospital as Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer.

For information on helping the Anderson family call Friendship Christian School at 449-1573.

Friendship Christian School presented its football team with state championship rings at an Ultimate Tailgate Event held on campus Saturday, March 3. From left: Drew Erie (13), Tallon Mehlhoff (9) and Tanner Martin (55). DARREN BROWN / The Wilson Post

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