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Showing 21 articles from March 14, 2012.

Ask Ken Beck

Rawhide trail boss drowned in Peruvian river

Dear Ken: What happened to Eric Fleming, who played trail boss Gil Favor on Rawhide?

Fleming, born Edward Heddy in Santa Paula, Calif., enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII and served as a Seabee in a naval construction battalion. An accident at work injured his face, thus he had to undergo extensive plastic surgery. After the war, he studied acting and found work on Broadway, in film and on TV. He was making High Jungle, an adventure film in Peru in 1966, when his dugout canoe flipped and he was carried away by the strong current of the Huallaga River and drowned at the age of 41. He had planned to marry his fianc two days later. Fleming was buried on the grounds of the University of Peru in Lima, Peru. Among his movie credits were Fright, Queen of Outer Space, Curse of the Undead and The Glass Bottom Boat.


Wilson Living

March Madness

Wilson Living Magazine

March Madness

Upon hearing this term I thought it was some obnoxious sales plug for a shopping center. That is, until I came home one afternoon, stepped into the bonus room where my husband and our two children sat staring intently at the television. Before I could ask, What are you watching? I got shushed by my 8 year old. I shouldve walked away. But, because I showed a little interest, my husband and oldest child started talking about brackets circulating, hardwood hysteria, seed teams and something about stars being born. All of it made as much sense the acronyms Gary Busey spouts off every time a TMZ camera is close.


General Lifestyle

Jimbo's in Mt. Juliet plans to shake hamburger world

The Wilson Post

Partners Jim Lamberth, left, and John Isaac hope to shake up the burger world with Jimbo's in Mt. Juliet.

MT. JULIET--Can Wilson County birth a second restaurant chain, one that might trace in the tracks of the super successful Cracker Barrel?

Well, if Jimbos partners Jim Lamberth and John Isaac succeed with their dream, built on the backs of 3-ounce, 100 percent, fresh-beef patties, the answer is yes, and they would like fries with that.

Their first Jimbos, a retro-styled hamburger palace that shares room on the menu with hot dogs, hand-cut French fries and milk shakes, opened in December on North Mt. Juliet Road, across from Mt. Juliet Middle School, and their burger business is booming.

Walk into the diner, which features an all-American theme with red tables, red and white walls, black chairs and photos on the walls of classic cars, Coca-Cola, Popeye the Sailors burger-munching pal Wimpy, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, and odds are the first person to greet you from behind the counter will be smiley-faced John Isaac, a former chief operating officer of Service Merchandise Catalog Showroom.

Postrcripts - The Wedding Petticoat

My Granny Mae, maternal grandmother Hannah Mae Robinson, married on April 19, 1905. Her mother had passed away two years earlier and I remember her telling about her father taking her to Chattanooga to purchase her wedding gown and trousseau. I still have her wedding gown, two petticoats, a nightgown, her white crocheted stockings and a pale blue dress. She was less than 5 feet tall and had a waist of around 20 inches. She was a lovely bride.

The wedding petticoat is in perfect condition as I have had it conserved and packed in acid free tissue and boxes. It is made of cotton with the lower third in tiers of lace and gathered fabric. It looks beautiful and has been worn by five brides in my family over the past 107 years.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends-March 14


I received a message from my first cousin, Traci Walker, updating me on her Mockingbird and her cat. Since last year the Mockers have tormented Oreo, her cat, dive-bombing and pecking it on its head. I believe the cat would love to turn the tables on the Mocker and invite it to lunch.

We had a very good time at Garrs this past Saturday as we talked about Bluebirds, Purple Martins and even Bats. I myself would love to get a Bat house where the winged creature of nocturnal bliss could work on eating the insects that escape my daytime favorites. That was a mouthful. It was also nice to have Sheila Smith show up with a friend, whose name I cant remember, to learn about the birds. Memory loss seems to run rampant in my life since last October's close call with death.


"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Bud's at it again

Maybe Bud Adams cant help himself.

And you cant teach an old dog, new tricks.

The Titans owner didnt learn from his last misguided order. That missive was for the Titans to take Texas quarterback Vince Young with their first round pick of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Bud may have been the only one in the Titans building that wanted to take Young. The head coach didnt want him. The offensive coordinator didnt want him. The general manager didnt want him.

That didnt matter to Bud.



Ask Anne: Hey, folks, no problem?


Perhaps some would think me overly sensitive, but I think the response to Thank you should be Youre welcome. Thats worked well for a long time. The current response of No problem grates on my ears! Dont you agree? -Someone Who Appreciates Good Manners

In the news recently: Famous cook who has overcome many problems is now under attack for her diabetes; Wealthy banker after paying for a $133 lunch leaves waitress a 1% tip and a note saying, Get a real job. (The latter, possibly a hoax, is in the process of being checked out as is the waitresss level of service.) We used to mumble something about mans inhumanity to man, but felt optimistically that everyday life around us would still shine clean and bright.

Weather forecasters right more than wrong


My wife and I were watching the old Humphrey Bogart movie "Key Largo" a few weeks ago on what we'd define as a slow television night.

The 1948 film is a classic. The story line is about a character played by Bogart who visits a hotel in Key Largo, Fla. and finds that the hotel has been taken over by gangsters.

During the hostage situation at the hotel, a hurricane develops and threatens the area.


Letters to the Editor

Reader: Voter turnout "pathetic"

To the Editor:

Seriously? Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren says 18.5 percent voter turnout was a good day?

Wait, are we talking about a dictatorship where voting becomes obsolete, or America where men and women give their lives every day for the freedoms we enjoyincluding the right to vote?

He says, good day, I say pathetic. We should know better. Stop complaining if you are not willing to exercise your right, no, your duty.

Greg Fast
Mt. Juliet


At the Movies

John Carter is more than just an action film at its heart

The Wilson Post

Civil War veteran and strange treasure-hunter, John Carter, is captured in Arizona by the U.S. Army, seeking his help to fight back against Apache attacks on citizens.

Carter manages to escape with troops hot on his tail before a skirmish with the Apache leads to Carter dragging a U.S. Colonel to safety in a cave where an otherworldly man wielding a strange weapon ambushes him.

Quickly, Carter kills the man, who with his dying breath, utters a phrase as Carter clutches a medallion being held by his attacker. With the last syllable, Carter suddenly wakes up on Mars.


General News

Cumberland announces 2012 dates for Patrons Party and Phoenix Ball

Cumberland University officials have announced the dates for the 2012 Patrons Party and Phoenix Ball.

The Patrons Party will be Thursday, May 31, at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Aaron Pryor in Lebanon.

Both alumni of Cumberland University, Mandy Pryor graduated in 1996 with her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Dr. Pryor graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. As Lebanon natives and parents of three, the couple is very involved in their community and have been great supporters of the Phoenix Ball for many years, said Phil Carter, CU spokesperson.

Lebanon Airport tabs grant for fuel tank

Lebanon Municipal Airport is one of 17 airports selected by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) as a recipient of an aeronautics grant for a fuel tank.

The local airport grant is for a total of $90,000 with $81,000 of that amount from federal funds and the remaining $9,000 from the City of Lebanon.

The total amount of the grants announced for the 17 airports in Tennessee is more than $16.7 million.

Lebanon City Council could grow by two

From Post staff reports

There is discussion taking place at city hall about adding two new wards to the political landscape in the City of Lebanon.

Currently the city's legislative body is comprised of six council members representing six wards stretching between Lebanon's boundaries.

A new drawing being floated for consideration at city hall calls for the creation of two additional wards which would add two council members.

Lebanon family recalls liberation from POW camp in Philippines

Editors Note: This is the final article in a two-part series on a Lebanon family held as prisoners of war in the Philippines during World War II. In case you missed it, you may read part one of this story by clicking here.

The Wilson Post

Its Nov. 11, 1943, in Wilson County, where soldiers participated in maneuvers and mock-battles across the county and Middle Tennessee, and somewhere between Lebanon and Watertown, the 44th Tank Battalion was forged.

Consisting of soldiers from across the nation, the men of the 44th Tank Battalion would liberate local man Bill Leslie and his mother, Nancy, from Santo Tomas internment camp in Manila, Philippines on Feb. 3, 1945.

The 44th was alerted on Jan. 25, 1944, and embarked on March 22, bound for the South Pacific. Landing at Camp Washington Casual Camp in Finschafen, New Guinea, the 44th was the first tank battalion in Gen. Walter Kruegers Sixth Army.

On Feb. 1, 1944, the Japanese Imperial Army took over administration of Santo Tomas University, which was converted to a camp for citizens of Allied nations living in Manila, including the Leslie family.

Tracy Lawrence to headline charity concert, tournament

From Post staff reports

The scare that Tracy Lawrence's wife Becca had with breast cancer a few years back was cause enough for him to launch a charity event here dedicated to raising money to aid in the ongoing battle against the disease.

Last spring the country music entertainer, who makes his home in Wilson County, produced the first annual Tracy Lawrence Celebrity Golf Tournament at Five Oaks Golf and Country Club, but this year the event, still with a mission to raise funds to help battle cancer, will be a two-day affair with a concert on Sunday night before the golf tournament on Monday.

Work needed on Shop Wilson First directory

The Wilson Post

A few business owners and Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sue Vanatta were supportive but cautious about the launch of a new online Wilson County business search engine by the Shop Wilson County First campaign during a meeting Tuesday morning.

I dont think were ready to go live with this, there are a lot of mistakes on here, Vanatta said, referring to the business database.

Kevin Pigg of Creation Keepers developed an online business directory for Shop Wilson County First, which would allow all local businesses to register and enter into a search engine.

Wreck claims the life of 2011 Wilson Central graduate Cody A. Hill, 19

MURFREESBORO -- A 2011 Wilson Central High honors graduate died in a one-vehicle crash in Rutherford County Monday night, according to authorities.

Cody A. Hill, 19, of Murfreesboro Road, was the driver of a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup westbound on Compton Road when the vehicle left the right side of the roadway and went down an embankment, striking a concrete culvert and utility pole guide wires, according to Trooper Michael Morgan of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The truckk overturned and Hill was ejected, according to Trooper Morgan. He was not wearing a safety belt.

Hill was a freshman at Middle Tennessee State University and was a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 595 where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He was the son of Gregg Hill and Arlene (Rick) Proctor.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2012 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 4 - 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the service. Burial will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

The family has requested memorial donations be made in his honor to the Eagle Scout Scholarship at Lebanon's Cumberland University.

Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


General Sports

CU's Stovall whiffs 11; pinned with 3-0 loss Tuesday at The Vet

LEBANON -- Devin Stovall struck out 11 in six innings of work, but seventh-ranked Cumberland managed just five hits and stranded 10 runners in a 3-0 loss to 15th-ranked Missouri Baptist Tuesday night at Veterans Field.

The Bulldogs (15-10) wasted a solid effort from Stovall (1-3), who allowed just one earned run on four hits with one walk. He gave up a solo homer in the first inning and an unearned run in the third to the Spartans (12-8), who split a pair of games after losing 6-1 to Campbellsville University earlier in the day on the CU campus.

Cumberland stranded at least one runner in each of the first six innings, including two in the first inning and the bases loaded in the sixth. In the sixth William Henderson blooped a single into short center with one out and Ben Foster and Tyler Alford both walked, loading the bases and prompting a pitching change for MBU.

FCS tops defending MS 6A champs 5-3

GULF SHORES, AL -- Friendship Christian's baseball team defeated defending Mississippi 6A state champion Pedal High School 5-3 Wednesday afternoon in the Spring Break Nike Classic.

Caleb Snider started and got the win for the Commanders. The lefty scattered three hits in six innings of work, striking out four and walking four. Senior Connor Caines worked the seventh to pick up the save.

FCS struck for three runs in the first on hits by Stephan Remus, Gaines and Brennan Swindoll.

After Pedal cut the margin to 3-2 in the fifth, Friendship extended their lead with a pair of runs on an RBI fielder's choice by Drew Erie and an RBI single by Gaines.

FCS improved to 2-0 on the season while Pedal dropped to 9-3 with the loss.

Beech High of Sumner County is up next for Friendship later tonight.

Science Hill 51, Wilson Central 46

MURFREESBORO -- Trailing 46-39 with 1:45 left, No. 3-ranked Science Hill came roaring back and scored 12 unanswered points to defeat Wilson Central 51-46 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the BlueCross Boys Basketball Champions at Murphy Center.

The Hilltoppers (35-2) overcame 19 turnovers against an aggressive Wilson Central defense and advances to a Friday semifinal game against Memphis East -- a 57-56 winner over Blackman earlier Thursday.

Senior Dee Oldham scored the final Wilson Central bucket with a layup at the 1:45 mark, giving the Wildcats a seven-point lead.

WCHS softball wins two Tuesday

HENDERSONVILLE -- Wilson Central improved to 3-1 on the season with two softball wins Tuesday night at the Commando Classic, beating Sycamore 7-1 and shutting out Clarksville High 6-0.

Freshman Hannah Bodenhorn got the decision against Sycamore, going five innings, scattering up five hits while striking out 10.

The Lady Wildcats rapped 13 hits as sophomore Nicole Bailey went 3-for-3 with two RBI. Brittany Wiseman and Morgan Powell each had two hits.

Freshman Morgan Powell pitched four innings, earning the win against Clarksville, with three strikeouts.

Allie Bennett, Jessica Fults and Ashley Eldridge had two hits apiece for the winners.

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