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John Sloan - Outdoors

What happened to the rainbows?

The fog lays close on the water. You can barely see the far bank. The temperature is at the edge between cool and cold55-degrees. To fill time while I wait for Mark Campbell to park the truck, I make a cast. Two turns of the reel handle and the lure is smashed. I put five on the bank before Big Bird gets back. They are all stocker browns about 10-inches long. What happened to the rainbows? The Caney Fork changes.

We float slowly along, our float boat riding gently on the slow current. The boat is one of our better purchases. We went in partners on it a few years ago just for floating the Caney Fork. The boat is stable and rides high in the water. If you dont want to, you seldom have to step out of the boat for shallow water. It is also a perfect small pond boat. It fits on a trailer or in the back of a truck. The stockers are everywhere. Even a young brookie takes a swipe and Bird lands him. However, the rainbow trout are absent.


Ask Ken Beck

Linda Hamilton terminates ties to Malibu

Dear Ken: What is Linda Hamilton, who starred in the TV series Beauty and the Beast, doing now?

The actress, 55, most recently co-starred on the TV series Chuck, until it came to the end of its run in January, and has completed a psychological thriller, Right Next Door.

The native of Saulsbury, Maryland, who starred as Sarah Connor in The Terminator films, was married to writer-producer-director James Cameron from 1997 to 1999 and reportedly received $50 million in the divorce settlement. In March she put her Malibu villa up for sale with an asking price of $5.5 million. She has a 22-year-old son by her first husband and a 9-year-old daughter by Cameron, who is famed for such films as Titanic, Avatar, Aliens and The Terminator.


Wilson Living

Thank You, Mean Girl

By Angel Kane
Wilson Living Magazine

I have a theory...

Mean little girls grow up to be mean Mamas that spawn more little mean girls.

In the case of mean girls nature supersedes nurture most every time.

In fact, I truly believe when scientists crack the gene code they will find a mean girl supergene and when they peer closely into their microscopes, the markings of this gene will be the overly made up face of a 5th grade mean girl. She will be smiling back at them with that mean girl smile sans braces, of course, because her mean girl Mama made sure her braces went on in 2nd grade to insure she would be prime boyfriend material by 4th grade.

If my description makes you cringe a little on the inside then you know of what I speak - for one reason or maybe another.

I have another theory...


General Lifestyle

The man behind the lens

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The Wilson Post

To the best of his knowledge, Al Ashworth operates the only photography shop in Lebanon that still operates a darkroom.

Ashworth and his wife Claudine will celebrate the 27th anniversary of their photofinishing business, Custom Color, in July. Here, everything begins and ends with the photograph.

Al is as passionate about photography as Claudine is about customer service. For the man, who has taught more than 200 local Wilson Countians the art of photography, it started when he was 20 years old and won a 35-millimeter camera through the mail.

I had to figure it out. How does it work? I would shoot pictures and then send the film off. I had to see what they were (the developed photographs), said Ashworth, 50, who was born and raised here and graduated from Lebanon High in 1980.

There used to be a photo lab in this town called Quick Color. I would go in there about once a week and spend my paycheck. I would shoot a roll of film and didnt have a clue what I was doing, but I wanted to get better, he recollected.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - June 6

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=318|displayname=0|float=left}Anthony Gray called me the other night just to chew the fat about some of our old adventures. Later, I received a message from him on Facebook telling me some things that he had forgotton to mention when we were on the phone.

One of his home birds, a Robin caught a hugh grasshopper and the hopper decided that he was not going to lay down and give up. He struggled and fought back several minutes then Anthony said that the Robin got fed up and flew to the birdbath where he kept dunking the grasshopper in the water untill it ceased to struggle. That was one smart bird.

Anthony also told me that he had never paid any attention to the way birds drink. They get water in their beak and hold their head back so the water will run down into their stomach. He said that it looked like the birds are giving thanks to God for the cool drink of water.


"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Is Tiger back?

Is Tiger Woods for real this time?

Or was Tiger teasing us? Again.

The magic was back when it had to be Sunday at the House That Jack Built, i.e. The Memorial Tournament.

Tiger won for the fifth time at Muirfield, golfing legend Jack Nicklaus creation.

He had to do it under pressure. He did it by making three birdies on the final four holes. His flop shot birdie on No. 16 was one for the ages.

The Golden Bear himself said so. He called it the best shot he had ever seen at his tournament and considering the circumstances, the finest shot he has ever seen.

There was no margin for error on Tigers shot from the rough. It came out high, and landed soft as a butterfly. It found the crest of the green and began slowly rolling down the slope.


Guest Column

So hand me a Kleenex before I catastrophize


How are new words added to our vocabularies? I know this is happening a lot, but Im curious about what the process is or even if there is a process.
-Using Words I Didnt Know Existed When I Was A Child

That signature above needs to be left alone; those of us with mostly no TV childhoods were able to grow up without knowing about the existence of a lot of words, mostly X-rated ones. (X-rated itself is meaningless before the movie standards were adopted; the original ones went in use in late 1968.)

There is not a process for adding new words; there are many, many, many. Sometimes a famous creative person hammers away at words (think Shakespeare), chipping and shaping until new ones appear. Sometimes an anonymous creative person pops out a new word (think advertising copy writers of this century and last), and this word sticks. Sometimes high school students open their mouths and out comes something never heard before, maybe jitterbug, maybe Tweeeterbug.

Use common sense in adding fluoride to water

This guest column is in response to an article published in the Friday, June 1 edition ofThe Wilson Post, in which local dentist, Dr. Chad Williams said he will be contacting other dentists to begin a campaign to add fluoride to the local water supply. You may read that article by clicking here.

I read with great concern the article about a Lebanon dentist who wants to put fluoride back into the water.The first thing I would like to point out is that fluoride is NOT a nutrient.The fluoride that is typically used for water fluoridation is hydrofluorosilicic acid, not the pharmaceutical grade sodium fluoride that is used in toothpaste, but rather the toxic waste straight from the scrubbers of phosphate plants with all of its other toxins such as arsenic, lead, and mercury. It's too toxic to release into the air or rivers, yet okay to put in our drinking water. It doesn't pass the common sense test.

Supporters of fluoridation always refer to "research" that shows fluoride to be safe and effective, yet in the 10 years that I have been studying fluoride I have yet to see this research.They always refer to the "York Review," however, Dr.Trevor Sheldon, the founding director of the center that actually did the study, said that the review did not show water fluoridation to be safe. In 2006 the National Research Council released a report that also found the levels of fluoride used at that time not only to be unsafe, but potentially harmful to diabetics and kidney patients as well as other groups of people.


At the Movies

New 'Snow White' film an interesting take on a classic

The Wilson Post

Fairy tales are designed to tell us a story, often with a lesson to be learned at the end, but Snow White and the Huntsman is a slight deviation from the original tale and delivers excellent settings and interesting visuals, but the problem with fairy tales are the one-dimensional characters.

In this telling, Snow White, played well by Kristen Stewart, is a princess who is locked for years in the tower by her evil stepmother, Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron). When Snow White escapes, the witch-like Queen finds out from the magic mirror on the wall that only Snow White can prevent her from obtaining immortality.

Enter The Huntsman played by Chris Hemsworth, who stumbles around drunkenly, but is capable in a fight. Hes enlisted to track Snow White through the incredible Dark Forest to bring her back to be killed by Ravenna.

Director Rupert Sanders handles the films major settings with outstanding flair, bringing a gloomy, haunting forest to life, and its counterpart, a beautiful and visually enchanting, er, Enchanted Forest.


General News

CU memorial for Dr. Phillips on June 10

A memorial service has been planned for Dr. Ray Phillips, former president of Cumberland University.

Phillips passed away April 29, 2012. He was 89.

The service will take place on Sunday, June 10, at 3 p.m., in the Universitys Baird Chapel with a reception to follow in Phillips Dining Hall, the facility named in honor of the former president and his wife.

Dr. Phillips served Cumberland University as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1983-86. He then was elected to the Board of Trust and served from 1986-91 before serving as President from 1991-94.

Family escapes harm in blaze that claims apartment unit

The Wilson Post

A Wilson County family escaped injury Tuesday in a fire that destroyed their residence at Spring Hill Apartments on Trousdale Ferry Pike.

The blaze was reported at 1:48 p.m., Tuesday, and Wilson County Emergency Management Agency responded with engines from Stations 1 (headquarters), 8 on Carthage Highway and 6 on Highway 109. They left the scene at 3:55 p.m.

WEMA Director John Jewell said upon arrival, firefighters requested as a precaution backup from Lebanon Fire Department which responded with Engine 1 which has a 75-foot aerial ladder.

We were afraid it might get away from us, Jewell said, noting the apartments are constructed in a townhouse or condominium style in that they are all tied together.

However, Jewell said, We were able to contain it to one bedroom.

A cause of the fire had not been determined as of press time, but LFD Lt. Kerry Lawson was investigating. Jewell added that firefighters did not believe the cause was electrical.

LFD Golf for Toys Scramble set

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Firefighters Association will hold the 9th Annual Golf For Toys Scramble on Friday, June 15, at Pine Creek Golf Club.

All proceeds from the scramble will go towards the Christmas For All program, which works to see that all children in Wilson County receive a gift on Christmas. They also work in conjunction with Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet and the Angel Tree program in Watertown.

Last year, we gave to 450-500 kids, which is equivalent to about $20,000, said Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Dowell.

If enough money isnt raised with the golf tournament, Dowell has other plans to get donations.

Man charged with 'doctor shopping'

A Smith County man has been arrested in two separate incidents for a second and third time for doctor shopping.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) on Tuesday announced the arrest of 21-year old Joshua L. Sherrill, of Smith County. He was indicted by a Smith County grand jury on two counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance paid for by TennCare. Sherrill allegedly saw multiple physicians for the purpose of obtaining prescriptions for the painkiller Hydrocodone.

Sherrill was also indicted by a Williamson County grand jury, which charged him with fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance which was paid for by TennCare another doctor shopping charge also involving Hydrocodone.

His first doctor shopping arrest was in April of this year, when charges were lodged in Wilson County, also reportedly involving doctor shopping for Hydrocodone, using TennCare to pay for it.

MJPD checks 35 stores for beer sales, 31 comply with law

An alcohol compliance check of 35 stores in Mt. Juliet found that 31 of them complied with the law regarding beer sales to someone under the age of 21, and four of them reportedly failing to do so.

Mt. Juliet Police Departments Crime Suppression Unit conducted the compliance checks on Thursday, May 31.

The 31 businesses that did follow the law represented an 89 percent compliance rate out of all of the businesses that sell beer for off-the-premises consumption.

The four businesses that reportedly failed the compliance checks are:

N. MJ Road section now open for business

The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Motorists in Mt. Juliet have been enjoying the widened 2-mile section of North Mt. Juliet Road for several weeks, but the Tennessee Department of Transportation officially celebrated the reopening on Monday and businesses along North Mt. Juliet Road will be inviting customers in to their stores for a special event in the coming weeks.

This is a great day for Mt. Juliet, said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.

The project, which began in July 2009, cost a little more than $9 million to widen a 2.2-mile section of North Mt. Juliet Road from Division Street to Highway 70.

According to Schroer, the construction ran into several roadblocks along the way. He said there were six sets of utilities that had to be moved in order to complete the job.

The project also was adjusted to include a crosswalk to tie into the citys greenway, as well as an additional turn lane and modification of the traffic signal at the intersection of Mt. Juliet Road and Hwy. 70.

Symphony on the Lawn returns June 12

Its almost here: the annual Symphony on the Lawn Concert.

The evening is full of family fun and outstanding music. The event has quickly become a favorite of the community.

Regions Bank and the Cracker Barrel Foundation have joined forces to present the Tuesday, June 12, concert that will be held at Cumberland University on the front lawn of Memorial Hall at 5:30 p.m.

Gates open at 5 p.m., and tickets are $5 for adults. Students of all ages attend free. The Nashville Symphony will be bringing their Instrument Petting Zoo, giving anyone a chance to try out an instrument.


General Sports

Nominations sought for LHS Sports Hall of Fame

The Lebanon High School Athletic Department is accepting nominations for the Class of 2012 Sports Hall of Fame until July 15. Nominations must be made in writing and include full justification for the nomination, including statistics, honors, awards and any other pertinent information pertaining to the nominee.

The date and time of the 2012 Hall of Fame induction ceremony / reception will be announced in the coming weeks. The purpose of the Sports Hall of Fame is to identify and honor in a permanent manner those individuals who have achieved excellence in athletics at Lebanon High School.

Penn all-state QB enrolls at FCS

Sometimes good fortune just strolls in the front door. That appears to have been the case almost three weeks ago when an all-state quarterback from Pennsylvania and his mom showed up at Friendship Christian School and wanted to take a look around.

Fast forward to today and rising junior AJ Long is enrolled at the local private school for the 2012-2013 academic year and is taking part in off-season workouts with the defending Class 2A state champion Commanders.

Long, a 2011 Associated Press Class A first-team All-State selection and a MaxPreps second-team sophomore All-American, tallied 3,700 passing yards, 931 rushing yards, 46 passing touchdowns and 17 rushing touchdowns last season for Pius X in Bangor, Pennsylvania.The Royals were All-American League and District 11 Class A champions in last season -- finishing with a record of (12-2).

I was coming out of a meeting and someone told me there was a young man and his mother wanting to find out about the school, take a tour, that sort of thing, said Friendship head coach and athletic director John McNeal. They also said he was a football player, but I had no idea he was THAT kind of football player.

Sunset takes Rotary Major title

The Lebanon Rotary Dixie Youth 11-12 league held closing ceremonies Tuesday night at Penuel Field in the Baird Park Complex as the 2012 regular season came to a close.

Sunset Restaurant won the league championship with a record of 13-2. Coached by Tim Hill and assisted by Cameron Hill and Dylan Boyd, the team included: Jensen White, Dylan Alsup, Elijah McDearman, Jackson Cherry, Jonathan Presley, Joe Daniels, Tristan Warden, Zachary Scott, Luke Smith, Will Wright and Cade Baker.

Twelve year old Noah Mulaski was named league Most Valuable Player. The shortstop / pitcher for Liberty State Bank led the league with a batting average of .657 (23-for-37) over 14 games.

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