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Ask Ken Beck

The Vow star played Sherlocks girlfriend

Dear Ken: Please tell me in what films or TV shows I have seen Rachel McAdams before she starred in The Vow.

McAdams, 33, a native of London, Ontario, Canada, was a figure skater as a girl and switched to acting in her teen years. She made her TV debut in 2001 in an episode of the Disney Channels The Famous Jett Jackson and co-starred in Slings and Arrows from 2003 to 2005. She most recently gained fame as Irene Adler in the two Sherlock Holmes films, starring Robert Downey Jr. Her other movie credits include The Hot Chick, Mean Girls, The Notebook, Wedding Crashers, The Family Stone, State of Play, Morning Glory and Midnight in Paris. The environmentalist and daughter of a truck driver and a nurse worked for three summers at McDonalds and loves to shop for vintage clothing.


Wilson Living

My new addiction

Wilson Living Magazine

As if I didnt have enough things to suck my time, I finally - FINALLY got an invitation to join Pinterest.

And lets start this story right there, because apparently not JUST anyone can join this online closed community.

I had sent the website a request to join multiple times, to no avail. And then found out that if someone on Pinterest would invite me, I could join.

So, I asked my teen-ager, who already was in the Pinterest family, to invite me.


General Lifestyle

When tragedy comes, DART lends a hand to animals

The Wilson Post

When disaster strikes, police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians are there in a flash to aid humans. Close behind may follow Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Red Cross and the National Guard.

But when it comes to others of Gods creatures here below, its members of DART that answer the call.

Wilson Countys DART (Disaster Animal Response Team) recently notched its fifth anniversary. The band of creature comforters were called to action after seeing what happened to pet owners in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

Melissa Riley guides a horse out of high waters in Hermitage after the Nashville flood of May 2011.

I made two visits to New Orleans after Katrina to help with recovery efforts there with animal rescues, and when I got back I didnt want to see that happen in our own backyard, said Julie Hutchison, Wilson County DART president and co-founder.

So I went to WEMA and met with Dr. Melissa Riley, who was the disaster planner at the time, and she thought that it was a fabulous idea. Thus DART was born. At the time, WEMA was doing a lot of research on Wolf Creek and Center Hill Dams, and they were happy to have someone interested in the animal divisions, Hutchison recalled.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - March 21


With spring fast approaching, I finally got a Bluebird house put up at Judd Sellars' Funeral Home. While there, a song greeted me from on high. It was my first Purple Martins on the new year and I'm sure they will start filtering in all over Wilson County. I'm still waiting on my Martin house to have it's first occupants. Martins can sometimes find themselves in dire straits if while nesting has begun, extreme cold weather comes, which can stop the bug world in their tracks. Since they only partake of flying insects, its a possibility the newly hatched young might find themselves starving.


"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Bracketology. Smacketology.

My NCAA Tournament bracket was really bad after the first two rounds. How bad was it? It was so bad that when I tried to feed it to the shredder, the machine rejected it.

While the state of Ohio placed four teams in the tournament field, they are sending all four teams to the Sweet 16. That is playing some hoop.

Ohio State, Xavier, Cincinnati and Ohio all advanced to the next round.

Tennessee did not fare as well. Far from it.



All is well and old folks are making money


I was writing a note and thought of this sentence: I hope all of your family is (are) well. I think I know the answer -- I used the verb "are" to match the subject "all." Just want to be sure I am correct, because this seems to be a problem with folks.-Just Wondering

Thats a great question, O Smart QP of T (Question Person of Today). People do mix this up, and it can get a bit tangled and dysfunctional, like families and knee joints. [Dysfunctional is an overkill here, just like those expensive kitchen knobs HGTV wants us all to install for updating. If you watch House Hunters perhaps you join me in amazement as entitled younguns whine about the color of something like the kitchen cabinets, as if the food cares. Theyre so particular about countertops and tattoos, why cant they distinguish their from there or theyre, to from too or two?]


Guest Column

Ideas sought on protecting, preserving Social Security, Medicare programs

AARP Tennessee Volunteer Leader

Do you wonder what your retirement would be like without Social Security or Medicare? What would it be like for your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren?

Do you have some ideas about how to protect and preserve these crucial programs?

AARP believes that Youve Earned a Say and we want to hear those ideas.

Thats why we are launching a listening tour to ensure you and all the people of Tennessee have a say in the future of Medicare and Social Security.


At the Movies

'Jump Street' earns R-rating, still hilarious

The Wilson Post

As the final credits rolled for 21 Jump Street, I was asking my wife how I would appropriately review a film that was less like the original television show and more of a recent comedy filled with sexual jokes, gratuitous violence and language, but the film did entertain.

I will go ahead and point out this movie definitely earned its R rating.

Jump Street is loosely based on the late 80s, early 90s television show featuring young-looking police officers sent into local high schools undercover to crack cases among teens and often dispensing a moral lesson or public service announcement afterward.

The film certainly abandons the public service announcement angle opting instead for a recent formula that has brought success to comedies about high school or college-aged characters.


General News

Disposition hearing set in murder case

The Wilson Post

A disposition court date is set for May 18 for Hiram Edward Sheler Jr., who was arrested this past week and charged with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse and neglect following an indictment by a Wilson County grand jury.

Sheler, 24, of Hermitage, was arrested on Wednesday, March 14, and charged in the death and abuse of 13-month-old Haileigh Dilts. The toddler was reportedly injured in an incident on Jan. 7 in Mt. Juliet.

The child was taken to Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital with major head injuries where she was hospitalized for weeks before passing away from her injuries in February.

Sheler is reported to have been the childs mothers boyfriend at the time of the incident, but she has not been charged.

The suspect is to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. on May 18 for disposition. A disposition hearing is held to hear motions and to determine what evidence will be admitted.

Sheler remains in the Wilson County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Drugs, teamwork focus of Youth Police Academy


The Wilson Post

While local schools are out on spring break, 32 kids are using this week to get educated on the facts of harmful drugs, law enforcement and civics as well as community involvement at the Lebanon Police Departments first Youth Police Academy.

LPD Officer P.J. Hardy is heading the program, which has 32 kids ranging from ages 10 to 17 years, all with an interest not only in law enforcement, but many other fields.

The primary goals of this program is keeping kids engaged in the community and in activities and to learn that were a part of a team, Hardy said.

On Tuesday, the students watched videos and learned facts about common drugs, their effects on the body and mind and more. Hardy said the kids are split into four squads of eight to participate in team-building activities.

Get Fit Wilson event to focus on healthy lifestyles

Leadership Wilson, a non-profit community organization founded in 1993, reminds all Wilson Countians to attend a free community-sponsored health and wellness fair, Get Fit Wilson!

The fair will be held at Mt. Juliet Middle School at 3565 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This free event will bring families together for a wide variety of health and safety information in a fun atmosphere. Get Fit Wilson! and its partners are anticipating a good turnout to take advantage of free health screenings, information on healthy behaviors and important safety demonstrations, a spokesperson said.

Info offered on 2012 Ag Hall of Fame inductees

In 2007, a group of concerned Wilson Countians came together to form the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Agriculture has been a cornerstone of Wilson County from the day it was formed back in 1799. To recognize the contributions of the many folks involved in agriculture to the community, the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame was organized.Each year, at least four Wilson Countians are recognized during a banquet designed to bring attention to Agricultures prominent place in the county.

The sixth Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet will be Tuesday, April 3, at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon with a reception at 6 p.m. and the actual banquet at 6:30. Area FFA and 4-H Members will serve as ushers for the evening.

Pickett Rucker UMC Youth Revival

Pickett-Rucker United Methodist Church Youth Revival, Leading Through Praise, continues Wednesday, March 21, at 6 p.m., with Hooping for the Lord at the Wilson County Civic League, 321 East Market Street, Lebanon.

For more information, call the church office at 444-1164.

Tickets remain for annual Library Roast

The Wilson Post

There are still plenty of tickets for sale to next Tuesdays 22ndAnnual Wilson County Public Library Roast as Lebanon/Wilson County Public Library Director Alesia Burnley noted they have sold almost 200 tickets so far.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Burnley said 180 tickets have been sold to the event, which raises money for the local public libraries at the expense of a local figure. This years roast features Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sue Vanatta.

Burnley said last year they sold 201 tickets to the event, hoping to once again meet that total or pass it completely. Tickets may be purchased for $25 per person at all Wilson County public libraries and at the Lebanon Chamber office.


General Sports

Cody Ferrell leads CU rally over Campbellsville

LEBANON -- Cody Ferrells two-run walkoff single capped a seven-run ninth, as Cumberland posted its first come-from-behind win of the season in a 9-8 victory over Campbellsville University Tuesday at Ernest L. Stockton Field.

Ferrell finished with a pair of doubles in addition to the game-wining hit.

"We were really down mentally," said CU head coach Woody Hunt. "We kept getting guys on base and kept hoping for the next guy to get up there. Oh what a day Cody Ferrell had. He's really made an impact on our team over the last week."

The Bulldogs (18-12) trailed the entire game after a home run in the first inning by Gibby Briones and a pair of RBI singles in the third from Chance Kopacz and Rylan Chin for the Tigers (21-5).

CU adjusts weekend series

Cumberlands weekend baseball series against Bethel University has been moved to Saturday and Sunday because of forecasted inclement weather in the area on Friday. Saturdays doubleheader will start at Noon and Sundays single game is set for 1 p.m. at this time.

LEBANON -- David Higuera collected three hits and six RBIs and Brian Smith drove in five runs, as Georgetown College pounded out 22 hits in defeating 7th-ranked Cumberland, 18-8, in eight innings Wednesday at Ernest L. Stockton Field..

The Bulldogs (18-13) used six pitchers in the loss to the Tigers (23-4), who scored three times in the second and seventh innings, six runs in the third, four runs in the sixth and twice in the eighth to end the game by the run rule after eight innings.

"This was bad baseball, I'm embarrassed for our program," said CU coach Woody Hunt. "I had hoped we could build on that big win Tuesday, but we failed to do that. We were on such an emotional high yesterday, and now it's completely opposite. Today was not good in any area."

FCS, Central post baseball wins

WATERTOWN -- Friendship Christian got a stellar pitching performance from junior Brennan Swindoll and some timely hitting in a 7-0 victory over District 8A rival Watertown Tuesday at Three Forks Park.

Swindoll (2-0) breezed through five innings of work, allowing just two hits -- both to Watertown's Dennie Holcomb -- with five strikeouts.

Junior Ben Bain (0-2) was the tough luck loser for the Purple Tigers, scattering seven hits over seven innings. The Tiger defense struggled behind him with four errors.

Leading 2-0 the Commanders broke the game open with a four-spot in the top of the fifth. Catcher Drew Erie got things going for FCS with a one-out double. Kyle Wood was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles for the winners.

Watertown, now 2-2 overall and 1-1 in league play, will play in the Murray Tigers Classic Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Murray, Ky.

FCS will serve as one of four host sites for this week's Wilson County Invitational Tournament.

Wednesday, the Commanders will play Father Ryan at 6 p.m.; on Thursday FCS hosts Christ Presbyterian at 8:30 p.m.; followed by a 3:30 p.m. Friday vs. Hendersonville High.

WHITE HOUSE -- Eric Guethlein drove in three runs Tuesday night as Wilson Central defeated White House 5-2.

The Wildcats (2-3 overall) piled up 11 hits while pitchers Toby Muhler, Dylan Lannom and Tyke Williams kept the Blue Devils bottled up. Mulher started and got the decision with four innings of work. Lannon pitched the fifth and six while Williams pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.

Central scored a pair in the first inning as Jacob Williams and Tyler Fish led off with consecutive singles, two outs later, Guethlein singled to right, scoring both runners.

In the third inning, the Wildcats plated their final three runs as Williams led off with a single, then moved to second on Fishs sacrifice bunt, which was followed by a single by Kyle Hubbuch, and a sac fly to center by Dylan Prendergast.

Guethlein then drove a double off the left field wall to score Hubbuch, which was followed by a single from Jacob McEntire, and Hunter Brothers hard smash off the Blue Devils third baseman to plate Guethlein.

Wilson Central begins play in the Wilson County Invitational by hosting Macon County Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Prep softball at a glance

An early season District 8A softball showdown is on tap Thursday as Watertown High (2-1) will host Friendship Christian School (3-3). First pitch is set for 5 p.m. at Three Forks Park.

Jamie Reed battled control problems, but threw a two-hitter Tuesday as Watertown went on the road for a 1-0 victory at Red Boiling Springs. Reed worked around nine walks, but struck out seven batters.

The Tigerettes pounded out 11 hits, scoring four runs in the first inning, two in the second and four more in the fourth. Erin Patchen, Jordan Brewington and Bay Cole each had a pair of hits while Tiffany Tomlinson drove in two runs.

WCIT baseball tourney starts today at three local venues

Mother Nature and the elements have always been the common opponent for baseball teams playing in the annual Wilson County Invitational Tournament -- set to crank up Wednesday.

Rain has played havoc with the event for the past several years, forcing last minute schedule changes and moving games from site to site. Weather might enter into the picture again this year as thunderstorms are in the forecast for Thursday and Friday.

Four venues will be utilized this year, Mt. Juliet, Wilson Central, Lebanons Veterans Field and Friendship Christian -- all with lights.

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