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Showing 15 articles from April 25, 2012.

Ask Ken Beck

Johnny Depp bites into Dark Shadows

Dear Ken: Whats the scoop on the upcoming Dark Shadows movie?

The supernatural comedy, directed by Tim Burton, hits theaters May 11 and stars Johnny Depp as 200-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins. Michelle Pfeiffer plays his cousin Elizabeth. Set in Collinsport, Maine, in the 1970s, the film is based on the hit 1960s Gothic soap opera of the same title. Cast members from that original TV show set to have cameos include Jonathan Frid (the original Barnabas), Lara Parker, David Selby and Kathyrn Leigh Scott. Other stars in the movie include Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathcote and horror legend Christopher Lee. Playing himself will be rock musician Alice Cooper.


Wilson Living

Religion, politics, sex and breastfeeding

Wilson Living Magazine

Besides religion, politics and sex theres one more hot button issue that should be added to that list of taboo topics never discussed in mixed company. Not war. Not equal pay. Not even the latest shocking elimination on Dancing with the Stars. Nope, its breastfeeding. I understand that because this word actually includes part of the female anatomy some would argue it falls under the sex category but trust me its shouldnt.

When my oldest child was born, I had every intention of doing things the right way. No television, strict feeding and sleeping schedule, classical music piped in the nursery daily, cloth diapers and because all the books and medical research proved that breastfeeding would make my little genius even smarter and healthier, I would breastfeed for at least a year. After six months and 6 brand new razor sharp teeth emerged, I decided to quit.


General Lifestyle

Getting High: the highest points in Wilson

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The Wilson Post

No man in Wilson County stands closer to heaven than Snooky Ricketts when he reaches the summit of Ballard Hill from his farm 3 miles south-southwest of Watertown.

Here, the 5-foot-5 Ricketts plants his feet at an elevation of 1,363, according to United States Geological Survey (USGS) topographical maps, which put him very near the highest point in the county.

Near the top of Ballard Hill on a sunny but cool morning in mid-April, white blossoms smother the blackberry vines, and May apple plants shoot up green stalks with big leaves. Trees cover most of the summit here, so panoramic views of the countryside are impossible.

To truly scan the horizon, Ricketts has to drop 17 feet down and a quarter of a mile southwest of here to a grassy clearing, a hill he calls Nebo at 1,346 feet above sea level. Standing on Nebo, a man with 20-20 vision can see Nashville skyscrapers to the west. Also clearly visible are the Gallatin steam plant towers, the Hartsville nuclear plant cooling tower and the lookout tower on Jennings Knob.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends-April 25


It has been a real trying weekend. Wanda Walker's dad passed away this past Wednesday night, and I have been at the funeral home most of the weekend. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=132|displayname=0|float=left}I finally got my paws on some chicken feathers to attract the Tree Swallows to my nesting box. I had racked my brain, trying to locate some, then it came to me as to where I could find them. I was calling my good friend, Haskell Evans, who is a farmer and also sells produce at the farmers market, to ask what his favorite tomato was. Pink Girl and Bradleys were number one and number two on his list. I also remembered that he sold fresh country eggs and put two and two together, which added up to having chickens and, of course, feathers.



Its all Greek to me


What is the difference between the Odyssey and the Iliad? I remember studying the Odyssey in the ninth grade. Are there any more great ancient works about the Trojan War? -Noticed a Book on This Online

The two works, long thought to be about a mythical city, have deep roots in history. Credited to Homer, whose existence, birthplace, and time of birth are disputed by many miles and hundreds of years, the two works have some significant differences. Some scholars insist the Iliad came first, perhaps by several decades. The Trojan War, which could be something with little resemblance to the epics about it, is often dated to the 12th century B.C. (or B.C.E. your preference). Homer, code for the person or persons who created these works, is placed closer to the 800s B.C., maybe earlier.

Perhaps these are works polished over many generations of bards, an appealing idea as we think of the input of many gifted people contributing speech patterns both refreshing but also typical of specific locations in the ancient world -- people with prodigious memories who could repeat these works by heart to audiences equally capable of reciting the epics. Art growing through the ages.


Guest Column

Grammar gambling now at epidemic levels?


Is it possible to have a conflict of rules in grammar and usage so that there is no clear answer? Since my school days, I have often wondered if all the laws could always be applied.-Betting on a Yes Answer for the Question

Through the years of column writing (debut June of 2003 with the birth of The Wilson Post) I have become aware of the serious vein of grammar gambling amongst the readership. Home after home seems to be filled with Betcha this, Betcha that. And the bets seem to be about grammar and usage. Remarkable.

I really hadnt noted a correspondingly high level of interest in the classroom as I rolled out the cases, the tenses, the commas and more. But, apparently I was missing the real action, as it appears I have been doing in many areas for many of my so numerous years. The real action, with results probably posted in a school restroom, was grammar betting.

Now I know, but like so much other wisdom too little, too late, ole creaky bones.

Womens college basketball wont be same without Pat Summitt


This (past) week, the University of Tennessee, where I was once president, announced that our basketball coach, Pat Summitt, is stepping down after 38 years in that position and, shortly after, President Obama announced that Summitt had been awarded our nations highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Women's college basketball will never be the same without Pat Summitt and women's college basketball would never be what it is today if it weren't for Pat Summitt.

She did far more than win eight NCAA championships and more games than any other coach in college basketball she changed the game, she changed the lives of the young women she coached, and we all hope her efforts to fight Alzheimers and find a cure will change many more lives. Thats the kind of inspiration over her 38 years at UT that earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


General News

Amazon bomb threat produced no danger

A reported bomb threat at the site of the new Amazon fulfillment center Tuesday night, created a brief scare for authorities last night, but after a brief investigation, no danger was discovered.

Approximately 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, Lebanon Police Department received a call from a security guard at the construction site off Duke Drive in Lebanon, just off State Route 840. According to Police Chief Scott Bowen, emergency responders were on the scene for roughly an hour.

"They were there for about an hour and nothing was found," Bowen said.

He said the department will follow up with the investigation and that no one was harmed during the brief incident.

News of the threat was first reported on our Facebook and Twitter page as it occured on April 24. If you'd like to receive breaking updates, 'like' "The Wilson Post Newspaper" on Facebook and follow "wilsonpostnews" on Twitter.

Big Hill bike ride challenge returns

The Veloteers Bicycle Club and Historic Watertown announce the 9th Annual Big Hill Challenge at Watertown on Saturday, June 16.

Cyclists of all ages and ability levels are invited to enjoy one of four scenic routes through the Middle Tennessee countryside.

The free, 10-mile loop provides an easy, family-friendly ride through the outskirts of historic Watertown. This sleepy, country route is perfect for young and old alike, a spokesperson said.

The 32-mile route offers a moderate challenge through rolling terrain and is a great outing for cyclists just getting into the swing of things. A rest stop mid-point takes you to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where cyclists take in breathtaking views of serene pastures.

Eateries unite to 'FEED HOPE'

Brooks Houses mission is to provide a safe, comfortable environment for women and children seeking shelter and to connect them with resources to help them change their lives.

Wilson County restaurants are joining together to fulfill that mission and host the organizations month-long FEED HOPE fund-raiser. The restaurants, Zaxbys, McDonalds, CiCis Pizza, Whitts BBQ, HoneyBaked Ham, Painturos and Blue Moon BBQ, will offer guests two ways to participate:

From Monday, April 23through Tuesday, May 22, guests who donate basic household items, including laundry detergent, diapers or cleaning supplies (no canned goods), will receive a FREE drink with their meal. On May 22, guests are encouraged to dine at any of the participating Wilson County restaurants, where 10 percent of the days sales at each establishment will be donated to Brooks House.

Brooks House was founded in April 2008 as a way to raise funds and give hope to the hopeful. They offer shelter and support to homeless women and children and connect them with the necessary resources to get them back on their feet. Since opening its doors, Brooks House has helped more than 250 women and children.

High-speed chase leads to burglary suspects arrest

The Wilson Post

A high-speed chase Tuesday night resulted in the arrest of a Hartsville man linked to an April 22 burglary on Maddox-Simpson Parkway in Lebanon.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said Duston D. Whisenhunt, 32, of Hartsville, was arrested by Wilson County Sheriffs Department deputies on Central Pike after the pursuit led officers and deputies from South Hartmann Drive to Interstate 40 and Highway 109.

Bowen said partial descriptions of a suspect and vehicle were recovered from security camera footage at an unidentified business on Maddox-Simpson on Sunday, April 22.

We actually got that information out to our officers Tuesday night during roll call, Bowen said.

Local fundraiser to dig well in Kenya

The Wilson Post

Local man Greg Holbrook and the organization he founded, Miracle Power, are looking to raise funds for digging a well in a small Kenyan village, adding to the work the organization has already done in the village of Awasi.

On Saturday, April 28, the organization is holding its second annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction to help raise money for Miracle Powers efforts of digging a well in Awasi, Kenya. This wont be the first time local residents stepped up to help the people in need in the small village.

We raised over $12,000 last year to help build the widows and childrens home, Holbrook said.

In 2011, Miracle Power built an apartment-style building called the Miracle Power Center, for widows and orphans in the village. Holbrook said there are four women and 12 children living in the home. The next step is to provide clean drinking water for the village by digging a well there.

Wildflower Fest unveils Pelican statue

From Post staff reports

The annual Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival blooms Friday and Saturday at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

The event presents a weekend of nature study with workshops, lectures, hikes and field trips into one of the few remaining natural ecosystems in Middle Tennessee, the Lebanon Limestone Glades of the Central Basin.

Cedars of Lebanon State Park and the Center for Cedar Glade Studies at Middle Tennessee State University have collaborated to bring together the finest group of ecologists, botanists and naturalists in the country to present the beauty and uniqueness of the glades in the spring. The festival honors Dr. Elsie Quarterman, who over the past 60 years has studied and directed scholarly work about the glades. Quartermans work has not only brought worldwide attention to the glades but also informed the public about the need for protection and appreciation of glade areas.

Wilson drug take back Saturday

Wilson County Community Coalition, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agencys (DEA) national take back initiative, will hold the third Prescription Drug Take Back event in Wilson County on Saturday, April 28.

The fate of unused medicines is a rapidly emerging concern with issues of human and environmental health, water quality, solid waste management, law enforcement, and the health care industry. Substances of concern include both prescription and non-prescription medicines. Medicines are produced and prescribed in increasing numbers each year, which lead to accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.


General Sports

PREP BASEBALL -- Mt. Juliet 3, Wilson Central 0

Wilson Countys three Class AAA baseball programs will wrap up their respective District 9AAA schedules tonight as Mt. Juliet visits Wilson Central and Lebanon will entertain Station Camp for Senior Night. First pitch at both sites is set for 7 p.m.

Mt. Juliet 3, Wilson Central 0 --
MT. JULIET -- Vanderbilt signee Kyle Smith threw a three-hitter and catcher Zach Tompkins drove in two runs Tuesday night as Mt. Juliet defeated Wilson Central 3-0 in District 9AAA action.

The Golden Bears improved to 9-0 in the district / 27-4 overall while the Wildcats slid to 13-16 / 4-5. Tyle Williams took the loss for Wilson Central, scattering nine nits.

Mt. Juliet was coming off a 6-2 loss to No. 1-ranked Collierville in Saturday nights finals of the Soddy-Daisy Trojan Classic.

Wilson Central also participated in the Trojan Classic and wrapped up play Saturday with a 4-1 loss to Coffee County High.

Station Camp 2, Lebanon 0 --
GALLATIN -- Station Camp scratched out a pair of runs for starter Alan Lacey who did the rest in Tuesday night's 2-0 victory over Lebanon High in 9AAA baseball.

Senior lefty Antonio Logue was the tough-luck loser, scattering four hits and four walks while striking out seven in five and two-thirds innings of work.

Lacey limited LHS to just three singles and struck out 10 as the Blue Devils dropped to 3-16 overall / 1-8 in the district.

LHS picked up a 4-3 victory over Murfreesboro Central Magnet High at Veterans Field Saturday afternoon.

Friendship Christian 17, RBS 1 --
RED BOILING SPRINGS -- Friendship Christian made it 19 consecutive games in a row without a loss in Tuesday's 17-1 District 8A victory at Red Boiling Springs.

FCS (25-1 / 8-0) rode a two-hit pitching performance from Jacob Pruitte, who struck out six and walked just one batter. Drew Erie slugged a fourth inning grandslam homer and finished with five RBI. Austin Godwin and Caleb Snider each finished with three hits.

FCS will host Lebanon High Thursday in a 6:30 p.m. game.

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